|Type||Tenth Zenith of Things Tournament team|
|Notable members||Springfoot Jack |
The Starship Cult (スターシップカルト Sutāshippukaruto?), formerly known as 'The Phenomena', was a group led by Whophon that competed in the Tenth Zenith of Things Tournament (ZOTT). Placed within Block A, they entered the tournament and advanced to the second round of competition before getting eliminated.
As a young adult, Molonev Menhir was living in the slums. One day, he heard a disembodied voice that supposedly chose him as a prophet. Fearful, he fled and encountered a man who was stabbed and bleeding out; dressed as a clown, the man died in front of Molonev and the voice spoke again; this time receptive to it, the now insane Molonev took on the name Springfoot Jack and decided to spread the madness and chaos, forming a traveling group that would add others to their number and also kill people at random. Initially known as 'The Phenomena', the members gave off the aura of a regular circus until it was later revealed they used nosis to cause various murders and suicides. Eventually, Springfoot Jack would cede leadership of the group to one of his former torture victims known as Whophon.
For unknown reasons (or just to kill more people indiscriminetly under the protection of LADDER), the newly named Starship Cult entered the Z.O.T.T. and entered a team under the name 'The Charisma Magic Troupe'
Having made it through the qualifing match, the Starship Cult were placed within Block A and advanced through the first round; despite this, they lost one member named Bacon during the first round.
Darbhanga emerged as the first competitor of the Starship Cult to square off against the sempo of the Space Angels: Elf and Zwölf. He placed everyone in the area under hypnosis and made it appear that he conjured several rope tricks to snag Zwölf and hoisted her up into some clouds that materialized above them; pulling a sword out of his mouth, he climbed it and ascended into the air with Elf following close behind. However, the twin cyborgs had laid a moleculer wire trap ahead of time and sliced Darbhanga into pieces; the resulting scream broke the illusion and brought everyone back to their senses.
The next two members arrived, being Springfoot Jack and his assistant Lily. Jack persuaded the two to relax with a game; pleased by their enthusiasm, Jack produced a magnum pistol and suggested a round of Russian Roulette. After both Jack and Lily go, he discreetely swaps out a gun with fake rounds to one with hollow point shells. He then hands the gun to Elf, who goes next and blows apart her head. Shocked and horrified, Zwölf grabs Elf's TR-55 unit and tries to flee; Jack springs in front of her and easily stops Zwölf by hypnotizing her in place.
Then, the next member of the Angels, Sechs, arrives and easily sees past Jack's trick of swapping out revolvers. Jack tries several other tricks, but Sechs soon attacks with his Titan Blade; Jack counters with Lily, hypnotized to be as sturdy as any sword. Jack then blinds Sechs with a substance shot out of his mouth and orders Zwölf to contort into a boomerang; he then throws her towards Sechs and uses the diversion to leap into the air, raising Lily above him to strike down Sechs. Unfortunately, Sechs is able to mimic Jack's voice and causes Lily to reconstitute as flan; she then dissolves as Jack collides with her. Jack is killed quickly afterwards by Sechs kicking the Titan Blade through his head. The clown grins before exploding in a shower of confetti and streamers.
The next member arrives and it is revealed to be Whophon himself, accompanied by numerous female devotees singing in praise of him. Upon learning that his followers must leave the arena, Whophon has them all commit seppuku with the promise they will meet again; however, one follower named Misha is stopped by Sechs and is knocked out soon after.
|Whophon||Head of the Starship Cult. Immensely powerful hypnotist able to generate mass hallucinations and able to cause spontaneous combustion on a wide scale.||Deceased|
|Springfoot Jack||Former head of the Starship Cult. Mentally insane and able to use hypnosis to turn enemies into allies; is strong enough to throw individuals about his size with ease and accuracy.||Deceased|
|Lily||One of Springfoot Jack's torture victims completely subservient to him. Able to change her body composition on command.||Deceased|
|Darbhanga||Flutist with hypnosic abilities. Is skilled with knife throwing.||Deceased.|
|Misha||One of the former followers of Whophon. Showed mass devotion and willing to obey any command or order given.||Alive|
- The overall theme with the Cult was that of a traveling circus; this was in part due to Springfoot Jack's encounter as a young man, meeting a mortally wounded clown and being rendered insane due to that and the ongoing influence of the god Absurde.
|e · d · v||Tenth Zenith of Things Tournament|
|Block-A:||Key: *:Quarterfinalist • ♦: Block champion • ★: Tournament champion|
|Block-B:||Venusian seed: Genome Kingdom|
|Locations:||Martin Company Cargo 502 • Onion Frame • Ptolemaeus|
|Combat TV:||Chernov 727 • Jack Gerambo • Hegeor Hopper|
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