The Importance of Quintin Capone

King Asilas is not a man who needs reassurances about the decisions he makes. He is the quintessential leader and does not rest until he completes his mission, and reflects on the costs once his objective is achieved. Which has mustered curiosity by some as to why Quintin Capone is such an important figure in Asilas’s inner circle. The easiest analogy to use when evaluating the situation and the people surrounding the king is the classic game of chess. The king has two bishops, two knights, two rooks, a queen, and two lines of pawns. By episode 4, we already know his queen and who his two bishops are: Quintin Capone and Dr. Ezekiel. These men give the king guidance and he trusts their points of view. Minister Jeremy Oreb falls into the category of a knight because Asilas sends him to meet combatants, terrorists, domestic rebels and other threats with the might of his guns.  President Jackson is a rook because he proves to be valuable to the king in terms of public opinion. He also maintains ties to the monster group. We also know who some of his pawns are: Abigail Sierra and Rachel Canaan, but Rachel was likely sacrificed in episode 4. When you look at the characters in the show through this lens, you begin to see how their maneuvering is determined. Each move is calculated with another anticipated by the king.

But how did Quintin Capone, a school chancellor for New York City Public Schools during the second civil war, become the most powerful “right-hand man” of the New Kingdom? The show does not give any clues as to how Capone became so trusted by Asilas. The novel does explain this in detail. Capone was once in the Army and served alongside of Asilas in their early years. Asilas ascended in rank and Capone left the Army due to an injury. They remained friends and stayed in touch over the years. To sum it up, during the war, the United States was in utter chaos -with battlefronts scattered across the entire country. The one place where the civil war was not felt so disruptively was New York City. School children continued to go to school and life was as normal as it could have been during such a tumultuous time. The establishment of Marshall Law at the conclusion of the war by General Asilas enabled school systems to be community hubs for dissemination of information, instructions, basic first aid, and a plethora of social services so people would not have to venture far from their homes during the transitionary period. In a large city like New York, this emergency system kept the enormous population from plunging into utter turmoil. Capone, along with the mayor, reassured everyone life can continue as normal as long as they followed the instructions given by Washington and General Asilas. While cities like Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles experienced great upheaval by a restless and paranoid population, New York was largely controlled and managed to stay peaceful during the government transition period. This decorum by New Yorkers on such a vast scale did not go unnoticed by Capone’s old friend, General Asilas.

When Asilas became king, the first person he asked to join his circle was Quintin Capone. For most, he was an enigmatic figure, but New Yorkers and people in the education field on the east coast knew Capone quite well. He was feared and despised by some, but respected by all. No one wished to cross him professionally or personally. So, to those who knew Capone, they were not nearly surprised to learn he would sit at the right hand of the king. The two men were very like-minded and always seemed to accomplish whatever they put their minds to. Their love and admiration for one another is evident in the way they converse. Capone, a brilliant man in his own right, was too smart to question the king when he knew his mind was made up. And whenever he spoke in contrast to the king’s ideas, he knew it to be wise to bow figuratively and literally. However, Asilas had no siblings and was not very close to many in his family since his days in the Army and Capone became his surrogate brother. He loved Capone for the figurative “brother” he was to him. But in the game of chess, Capone was his bishop and would sacrifice him only if absolutely necessary and only if he knew it would help him win the game.

The Trishul: King Asilas’s Super Weapon

 

King Asilas named his most powerful weapon the Trishul after the trident once believed to be wielded by the Hindu god Shiva. Asilas and Lord Oreb originally called this weapon  the “poison filter,” which was used to simply block mysterious frequencies that contained Satanic, subliminal messages from various forms of media. These frequencies manipulated the population into accepting evil and corruption as normal and acceptable behavior. Oreb and a team of scientists discovered with tweaking the machine and making some modifications, they could not only block certain frequencies, but also reverse the effects of long term exposure to many other previously unknown frequencies which inhibited the human brain from working at full capacity. The poison filter’s original design had changed from a one-prong device to a much larger three-prong machine about the size of a small car. It could be fitted on a stealth chinook, which was Asilas’s vehicle of choice, tanks, stealth bombers, off-road vehicles and ships. However, there was only one main Trishul, and it was made to be mounted on a variety of vehicles and be deployed at a moment’s notice.

 

The Trishul’s range was limited to an area over land or sea and could only affect people within the radius of its transmissions. It worked much like a radio transmitter, emitting frequencies which countered other specific frequencies, allowing only natural emissions to penetrate into the human body. The Trishul worked within a 40 mile radius, like any normal radio station transmission. People could only escape this range of the Trishul in large, fortified buildings or even underground bunkers. Even if some of the wealthy and powerful managed to shield themselves from the Trishul’s emissions, millions of people in the general population could not. Therefore, when people had their “fog lifted,” they gained a heightened awareness of everything around them and used a peculiar telepathic ability to locate Satanists, who emit a specific frequency unique to only worshippers of the devil. For inexplicable reasons, people who had their fog lifted, conjured an innate urge to destroy Satanists completely.

 

The most frightening effects of the Trishul occurred days after the fog was lifted. People initially engaged in irresistible celebrations, dancing, singing and overall elation at their newfound understanding of the world around them. Lords Oreb and Roberts discovered in this initial “happy stage” people’s production of natural endorphins spiked, as well as other biological chemicals which caused people to literally whirl in endless carousing. However, once the elations subsided, the sinister phase of the Trishul’s effects came to light. The people changed their focus to finding those who emitted frequencies of Satanists. Some scientists on Oreb’s team discovered these subtle frequencies hidden within other body frequencies which were later isolated to further single out those with evil intentions. Once the people with these frequencies were found, even amongst themselves, they murdered them in the most horrific ways imaginable. From levitating them in the air and making them drop to their deaths, to physically ripping their arms and legs off, decapitation, hacking them to pieces, tearing their skin off with their bare hands and throwing them against walls, and smashing them to a pulp.

 

King Asilas instructed Lords Oreb and Roberts to manufacture smaller versions of the Trishul that could be carried in a Spartan’s backpack. These smaller units were used when Spartans secretly entered the capitals of small countries in Latin America like Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Suriname, French Guiana, Paraguay, Uruguay, and the Caribbean Islands. The larger countries were places for Oreb and the main Trishul unit. Strategically placing themselves at the center of the capitals, the elite Spartan teams changed their physical appearances to mimic the local people. Once in a secured location, they began transmitting the frequencies from their small Trishuls. Spartans were not effected by the Trishul themselves because they were implanted with nano devices which counteracted the frequencies. Every person within a 5 mile radius of the capital were effected and the Spartans remained in their places for three days before moving on to other capitals in other countries. What resulted were catastrophic revolts within every country in Central and South America until no governments were stable enough to contain the social unrest that ensued. America’s military forces arrived at these strategic times, commandeering the nation’s armies and reestablished order and announcing to all of its citizens that they were now a part of the New Kingdom of America.

 

While the Trishul’s main function had been blocking frequencies and unleashing long dormant brain capacity, there was one final facet: the effects of suggestibility. Once the effects of exposure to the Trishul’s direct transmissions subsided, for a short period of time, people became easily swayed to the king’s commands. Of course, the only person who truly knew the code on how to circumvent and exploit this consequence of the Trishul was King Asilas himself, and he told absolutely no one about it. In fact, when Oreb and the others discovered the anomaly that would ultimately lead them to this property of the Trishul, King Asilas told them all to ignore it and concentrate on other matters, squashing further investigation into it and protecting its secret.

 

However, when the Chinese leader, President Wei, and his team of scientists, discovered an antidote for the effects of the Trishul, this presented an enormous problem for the king. It meant he would have to allow Lords Oreb and Roberts to learn of the mysterious suggestibility effects of the Trishul’s use. In order to keep the Chines from completely derailing King Asilas’s plans of world conquest, he allowed Lords Oreb and Roberts, and a very select team of the New Kingdom’s top scientists, Dr. Paul Gentile and Dr. Miriam Moses, to counteract the effects of the Chinese antidote. To do this, the Americans would first need to capture a Chinese soldier or someone who had been injected with the antidote, since it was unlikely the Chinese would ever sell it -in spite of President Wei’s threats to do so. For this, King Asilas and his High Council devised a plan to corner the Chinese and trick them to inject their soldiers with the antidote -in anticipation of an attack using the Trishul- and capturing one of them to study. Only Lords Oreb and Roberts knew the truth about why this plan would be put into motion, keeping all of the other members of the High Council in the dark about the mock attack. America had to deliberately pick a fight with its only significant ally.