The Baronkhan Sedition

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The Baronkhan Sedition
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Start date: February 1, 2016
End date: June 4, 2016
# of strips: 108 (18 weeks)
Writer: Tony DePaul
Artist: Paul Ryan, Mike Manley
Original colorist: KFS staff
Preceded by: "The Twins' Futures"
Followed by: "Farewell to
the Deep Woods
"

"The Baronkhan Sedition" is the 244th Phantom daily story. The story was written by Tony DePaul and drawn by Paul Ryan and Mike Manley.

Plot Summary

The story picks up from the previous story. Rex and Captain Lara are visiting the Skull Cave for the 15th birthday of Kit and Heloise. Rex and Captain Lara, tell both the Phantom and Diana that the tradition does not allow a royal to love a commoner and how a group of insurgents, lead by Dumat, are planning to use violence to separate them. Diana persuades the Phantom to go along Rex and Captain Lara back to the Kingdom of Baronkhan and stop the this group of insurgents.

The Phantom accompanies Rex and Captain Lara to the Misty Mountains and during the journey Rex briefs the Phantom about his enemies: Dumat, Kavik and Girok. That same night while Rex and Captain Lara are sleeping, the Phantom reaches Barokhan and with the help of Colonel Petra uses his legend to spread fear among the followers of the insurgents. The next morning Captain Lara and Rex wake up to find that the Phantom has gone alone on his mission.

After hearing about the Phantom's arrival at Barokhan, Kavik unsuccessfully tries to call Girok and then decides to go personally to his home. Meanwhile, the Phantom has marked Girok with the Skull Mark and forces him to reveal the locations of the arms caches around the city.

Kavik finds the furniture at Girok's place destroyed and assumnes that Prince Rex has found Girok and taken him prisoner. So Kavik goes to Dumat's house in panic. On hearing about the Phantom's arrival at Barokhanand Dumat decides to contact the spies they have inside the Palace of Barokhan, but their reports don't show anything strange. Dumat calms down Kavik and after hearing the legend about the Phantom, Dumat ignores it and goes upstairs to his room to dress himself before going to find Girok alongwith Kavik.

Downstairs the Phantom arrives and Kavik is thrown out through the window and spirited away by the Phantom. Following the screams of Kavik, Dumat comes down to find only the broken window and presumes that Kavik has panicked and run away. Dumat takes the keys of the Arms Caches and decides to do the job himself praying the Phantom hasn’t found out what the fight is really about.

After dealing with Girok and Kavik, The Phantom goes to the bedroom of Colonel Petra and with the help of a map marks for him every single one of the Arms Caches shown by Girok. The Phantom asks Colonel Petra not to make any move that would lead Dumat to suspect that his plot is known.

Meanwhile, a foreign spy paradrops down to Dumat's house with the mission to kill him. Not finding Dmat the spy/the Captain decides to wait for him. But Dumat never arrives in time and when the spy wakes up, he finds the Phantom in a chair aside him. The Captain tries to kill the Phantom and the Phantom tries to stop him without hurting him.

At the beginning the Captain believes that the Phantom is working for Dumat so he tries to kill him with his guns, knife and later by unarmed combat. But the Phantom stops every move he makes and reveals that he is working for Rex's side. The Captain lets slip the real motivation of Dumat. One the Phantom suspected from the beginning...

Dumat isn't just another Royalist kook, who believes Royalty can’t marry the commoners, but Dumat is a Bomb Builder, who is financed by "The Nomad". The Hard Drive the Phantom found in the Nomad lair, has led the forces of various states to search for the Nomad acolytes like Dumat and kill them. But The Phantom won't allow the Captain to kill Dumat. Determined to kill Dumat, the Captain hits the Phantom from behind and the noises alert Dumat, who takes his car and decides to kill the Phantom even at the cost of his own life in an attempt to reveal the true nature of the Phantom.

After Dumat explodes his own car againts the wall, trying to kill the Phantom, both the Phantom and the Captain, talk to Colonel Petra and his armed forces, just before the Phantom leaves the kingdom back to Bangalla. Next morning, Colonel Petra updates Prince Rex and leads him and Captain Lara to the Arms Caches around the city, where Girok and Kavik are trapped.

The Barokhan Army forces take the guns and explosives from the Arms Caches around the city and Prince Rex takes advantage of the situation to kiss Captain Lara. The next day, Prince Rex pardons the Captain who had tried to kill Dumat and in gratitude, the Captain thanks him before leaving for his country in a big plane.

In the Chronicle Room Diana tries to ask the Phantom his point of view about the relationship of Rex and Captain Lara, if it was fling or true love. But the Phantom doesn’t care a lot about that kind of a thing and jokes about how he didn’t have much time to see them while he was in Baronkhan.

The End

Appearances

Recurring characters

One-time characters

  • Dumat
  • Kavik
  • Girok
  • Kavik's spy
  • Captain

Locations

Tribes

Organisations

Old jungle sayings

  • "Phantom moves faster than lightning"


Related stories

Refers to

Behind the scenes

  • This is the last story drawn by Paul Ryan who died abruptly on March, 7 2016. His last strip was published on May 28, 2016.

Reprints

This story has been published in the following publications:

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  • "La rébellion de Baronkhan", El Informador March 19, 2016 – July 20, 2016

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  • "Oppvigleriet i Baronkhan", Lister April 19, 2017 – October 30, 2017
  • "Oppvigleriet i Baronkhan", Lindesnes May 10, 2017 – November 11, 2017
  • "Idiotenes revolt", Fantomet 7/2017
  • "Oppvigleriet i Baronkhan", Gudbrandsdølen Dagningen July 8, 2017 – November 9, 2017
  • "Oppvigleriet i Baronkhan", Agderposten July 10, 2017 – November 11, 2017
  • "Oppvigleriet i Baronkhan", Fædrelandsvennen July 12, 2017 – November 14, 2017
  • "Oppvigleriet i Baronkhan", Romsdals Budstikke August 15, 2017 – December 18, 2017
  • "Oppvigleriet i Baronkhan", Grimstad Adressetidene September 28, 2017 – February 3, 2018
  • "Oppvigleriet i Baronkhan", Aftenposten January 9, 2018 – April 28, 2018

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