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When Ash's eyes were destroyed, the remaining damned shared her one way ticket to Hell.  These are the stories of the...
Last Day
Charles Keating
Septus Barbarus (7 A.D. - 42 B.C.)
Written by Greg Lemieux
Like his father before him, Septus was a Roman soldier. Unlike his father, he was also a sadist. He joined the army in order to inflict as much pain and suffering as he possibly could. In his 40' s he was removed from active soldier duty to become one of Governor Pontius Pilate's palace centurions. But he was in charge of floggings, crucifixions and inflicting death by torture, so he considered it an honor. Septus was one of the centurions who flogged Jesus before his crucifixion and whipped Him several times as He made His way up to the site of His crucifixion. The other Roman soldiers who accompanied Septus that day eventually repented their deeds. But Septus became an even crueler taskmaster.

Word of his deeds reached Emperor Caligula in A.D. 39, and Septus became his official torturer. After Caligula's death in A.D. 41 Barbarus worked for Emperor Claudius, but the two never got along. After he scourged a man to death who was to only have received five lashes, Septus was sentenced to be crucified for his crime - not murder, but disobeying the Emperor. Claudius specifically ordered that his legs not be broken, so Septus lingered on the cross for three days before he died. It is said, though not proven, that the terms "barbarian" and "barbaric" actually originated with Barbarus.

After the escape from Hell, Septus went to Los Angeles where he was briefly a neighbor of Rosalyn Stone - though fortunately their paths never crossed. He built up a fortune by selling gold coins that had been hidden in his uniform, and hence reappeared each morning.  Eventually he took the name Steven Barber and bought an apartment complex in L.A. There some of the tenants began to disappear shortly after lodging any complaints against their landlord. A local resident named Jonathan Dosenfeld Jefferson lived nearby. He was the son of a former Nazi Captain who, along with his friend Martin Benedict, had tried to smuggle Jews out of Nazi Germany - though Jefferson's efforts had been successful. He filed a complaint with the police after two of his friends vanished shortly after a run-in with Barber. On August 29, 2000, the police searched the apartment house but could find no evidence against Barber.

The next day, Septus kidnapped Jon from his home and dragged him to a hidden passage just under the apartment complex, where he had created a homemade dungeon in which his former tenants were languishing in chains. But before he could put the chains on Jon, his eyes exploded and he was sucked back to Hell. Jon found the inner catch to the dungeon door and summoned the police. As a result of Jon Jefferson's actions, 24 kidnapped people were rescued and a total of 30 missing persons cases were solved.