|Other Names||Cursed Gardener|
|Affiliation(s)||Union State of Evillious|
Tasan Party (formerly)
- "The end is near."
- ―Gammon Octo[src]
Gammon Octo, also known as the Cursed Gardener, was a USE soldier, the leader of the Tasan Party, and a descendant of Sateriasis Venomania. Losing his brother to Gallerian Marlon's misjustice, Gammon formed the anti-government organization in opposition to the blatant corruption. Years later, he came to Evil's Theater in search of the Venom Sword. Captured and nearly put to death, he was saved by the Waiter and became a choreman for the theater inhabitants.
- "Then... could you return that sword, at least that sword? It's been passed down through our family, it's a treasured heirloom!"
- ―Gammon asking Gallerian Marlon for the Venom Sword[src]
Gammon was born a member of the Octo Family and the younger brother of Nyoze in the Union State of Evillious sometime during the EC 900s, living in Levianta's Samadin region. Later on, Gammon joined the Levianta's military and eventually achieved the rank of sergeant general. After Nyoze was convicted by Dark Star Bureau Director Gallerian Marlon for murder during in EC 978, Gammon quit the military. He then attempted to set up a meeting with the judge for several days.
The adamant soldier then traveled to Gallerian's mansion that night and rang the doorbell, apologizing for bothering the judge so late. The judge recognized Gammon and attempted to send him away, closing the door; the soldier quickly held the door open, pleading that Gallerian's judgment was a mistake and that Nyoze was innocent. Warned of his words' ramifications, Gammon became silent.
Hearing the judge's reasoning due to the evidence against Nyoze, he asked for their family heirloom, the Venom Sword, back from the judge's custody. Gallerian refused, claiming the weapon was confiscated under the law as evidence of Nyoze's crime. As Gammon attempted to retort, Gallerian threatened to denounce him as defying the law if he persisted. Unable to retrieve the sword, he apologized for disturbing the court director and left, dissatisfied.
At some point, Gammon joined the Tasan Party. After the death of his brother in December of EC 982, Gammon came in contact with Nyoze's lover and killer, Nemesis Sudou. Confirming Nyoze was set up as a hit by the corrupt Gallerian, he convinced the grieving assassin to swear vengeance against her master. The following year, Gammon attended the trial of Tony Ausdin; following Gallerian's verdict that Tony was innocent, Gammon watched the judge as he was leaving, murmuring that Gallerian was now finished. At some point, the man was elected head of the Tasan Party.
- "I carry this fearsome curse upon my body and, to undo the curse, the sword passed down from my ancestors was needed. I came to this forest, alone, to seek it."
- ―Gammon's "testimony"[src]
Following Gallerian's death in the Leviantan Civil War in August of EC 983, Gammon reformed his organization as a political movement in Elphegort. As the years progressed, the "Tasan Party" flourished in popularity under Gammon's leadership. After Nemesis was released from prison in EC 989, the party invited her into the organization and elected her as its vice leader below Gammon.
Later on, the politician disappeared from the public eye. Discovering that the Venom Sword was allegedly in Evil's Theater along with the rest of Gallerian's fortune, Gammon entered Evil's Forest so that he could undo the curse plaguing his bloodline.
After he arrived at the theater, he managed to elude the Master of the Graveyard and her servants; shortly after, he was captured put on trial before the Master of the Court. Given no defense, Gammon was quickly sentenced to death. As he awaited his execution, the Waiter stepped forward and recruited him to be their choreman. With few other options, Gammon became the new "Gardener" of the theater, replacing the mage and playwright, Ma.
Afterward, Gammon began cleaning up after the residents and doing any jobs they needed of him. At some point, he began helping Ma with creating screenplays about various characters related to the Seven Deadly Sins for the theater. Using his Purple Dream ability, he was able to detail the lives of his ancestors to better understand his curse; using the experiences he envisioned, the Cursed Gardener was able to adapt numerous historical events into screenplays.
Around this time, he had a dream envisioning the Master of the Court's future should her utopia be realized. Concerned about its relation to the world's destruction in EC 1000, he wrote down his vision as one of the screenplays, believing it would be good for something. When the screenplay was brought forward and the vision reviewed by the inhabitants, the Director Doll acknowledged it as a possible future for her but it didn't gain much attention due to the low probability it was accurate. During the review, Gammon noticed Ma was visibly upset.
After Gammon overheard the Master of the Court recite her lullaby aloud, he murmured that the end was near, referencing his vision. While there, Gammon learned that the Servants were merely copies of Hänsel and Gretel created from their remaining wills left in the Glass of Conchita. At some point, he was made the replacement for the unawakened vessel of Lust.In EC 998, Gammon attended the "trial" held by the Master of the Court, searching for the vessel of Wrath, annoyed they didn't just have a normal meeting. During the assembly, he was given permission by the Master of the Court to speak about why he came to the theater and explained his curse and how he needed the Venom Sword to remove it.
He later heard the cries of those convicted by the Master of the Court and sighed, reflecting on his time spent at the theater and how he needed to persevere. Shortly after, he was tasked with organizing the court "motions" for the Master of the Court. Questioning why he was also the secretary, Gammon reviewed the cases while reflecting on what they learned from each story. As he went over what he learned about the Servants, he questioned if they needed to ask the Master of the Hellish Yard about what transpired.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "I don't trust people who shout loudly about justice. How many of the weak have shed tears due to the shadow of worthless heroism?"
- ―Gammon's reaction to Red Shoe Parade[src]
Gammon acted melancholy and occasionally lackadaisical, often sighing and having a pessimistic view on things, such as his own ability to discover the truth behind his ancestry. Despite this, he remained determined and was not distressed by how he had become used to living in the theater with the inhuman inhabitants. He also considered himself different from humans, possibly due to his curse. Gammon was deeply concerned by this curse and wished to rid himself of it.
As a result, he was interested in learning about his ties to Sateriasis Venomania and its origin. When presented with the chance to learn more about his ancestor through his Purple Dream ability, Gammon was satisfied with the prospect. Certain the Venom Sword was the key to removing it, he attempted to retrieve the weapon from Gallerian after his brother's death and entered Evils Forest years later despite the hazardous rumors surrounding it.
The former soldier was very observant, taking notes on the theater inhabitants and Ma while studying the history of the vessels of sin and their users, as well as formulating his own theories of the truths of said history. Through the use of his Purple Dream ability, Gammon became concerned about the outcome of collecting the Seven Deadly Sins and the "utopia" the Director Doll intended to create, believing that EC 1000 would herald the world's destruction.
He was also hostile towards the notion of "justice" justifying an action, likely because of the corrupt justice system that executed his brother. Due to this, Gammon detested Gallerian Marlon, but held no ill will towards the Master of the Court for imitating her "father's" behavior. Although having been the leader of the anti-government Tasan Party for a time, Gammon seemed to find heroics a pointless effort and believed his position in the theater held a higher moral ground.
Since being nearly executed by the Doll, the Cursed Gardener was unsuccessful in convincing her of his prediction, due to its low probability of being accurate. He similarly became exasperated with her obsession of complicating matters in order to act as a judge, such as turning their simple meeting into a "trial". Despite his discontent, Gammon often avoided confrontation when the results posed a risk to him or would yield little results, usually by not verbalizing his complaints.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
- "But occasionally there may be a prophetic dream. Thus, I write it down. I thought it might be useful for something."
- ―Excerpt from Gammon's writings[src]
Gammon was trained in the Union State of Evillious military and attaining the rank of Sergeant General. Besides his military skills, he inherited his ancestor's prophetic dream ability he denominated as "Purple Dream", allowing him to dream events from either the past or future. His ability to peer into the past was assumed accurate, used to help construct the screenplays about past events with Ma. However, his ability to see the future was often inaccurate, estimating his vision about the alleged utopia having less than a fifty percent chance of being correct.
Although dubbed the "Gardener", Gammon's work at Evil's Theater ranged from tasks of choreman to that of a secretary, filing and organizing the transcripts for the Master of the Court's "court cases". He also had skills as a scriptwriter, collaborating with Ma in creating the screenplays of Evillious' past. Because of his visions and collaboration with Ma, Gammon became very knowledgeable of Evillious' history with the Seven Deadly Sins, creating several theories about the different people he envisioned.
Nyoze Octo: Gammon's brother. Gammon trusted Nyoze, in disbelief that his sibling had committed murder, and he cared about him deeply; he made several attempts to sway Gallerian's judgment of Nyoze as guilty and his death made Gammon bitter towards the concept of "justice" as someone's motive.
Gallerian Marlon: The man who condemned Gammon's brother. Gammon disagreed with Gallerian's judgment of his brother as guilty, although initially did not suspect him of any wrongdoing. After learning of Gallerian’s corruption, Gammon grew to detest him and his corrupt judgment of others.
Master of the Graveyard: A fellow member of Evil's Theater. Gammon initially saw the Master of the Graveyard as an obstacle towards getting the Venom Sword and eluded her. After becoming the Gardener, Gammon cohabited with her as with the rest of the inhabitants of Evil's Theater and was particularly curious about the nature of her Servants.
Master of the Court: A fellow member of Evil's Theater. Gammon acknowledged it was only her naivete and not real malice that allowed her to be manipulated into executing visitors, but disagreed with her idea of Utopia. In addition, he was exasperated with her adherence to trials rather than regular meetings, although Gammon was not willing to face the Master of the Court's anger if he spoke on the matter.
Waiter: A fellow member of Evil's Theater. Gammon thought of her as a spoiled girl, understanding her selfish reasons for saving him. As the chore boy, he would do some of her work around the theater and was curious about her resemblance to the Female Servant.
Ma: A fellow member of Evil's Theater and the previous Gardener. Gammon got along with Ma well enough to help her with her screenplays using his Purple Dream ability, learning more about the past via their relationship. He also served as her employee, tending to her garden. Despite this, he disagreed with her theory that utopia would result from the sins being gathered.
Sateriasis Venomania: Gammon's distant ancestor. Due to his actions, Gammon's bloodline was burdened with a curse that only the Venom Sword would be able to cure. The gardener showed an interest in learning about his heritage since making his way into the theater, learning about him using his Purple Dreams.
Lukana Octo: Gammon's distant ancestor. She birthed the tainted Octo line that would eventually come to Gammon.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- Gammon's name is possibly derived the word "gammon", meaning to speak misleadingly or deceptively.
- His surname is derived from the Greek and Roman prefix octo, meaning "eight".
- Gammon's name is partially inspired by the name of his representative Vocaloid, Gackpo, with both names sharing the first two letters.
- In Evil Food Eater Conchita, the Vocaloid Gackpo is credited as the "choreman" for the song, referencing Gammon's outcome as the Cursed Gardener; similarly, one of Père Noël's members, Sixth Venom, was labeled as being used for "chores".
- In the Evils Court booklet, Gammon does his job as a "clerk" via organizing the songs in the album and leaving his commentary for each "court case" from the Evils Court booklet.
- Due to their lineage to Duke Venomania, both Gammon and Nyoze had the potential to develop Hereditary Evil Raiser Syndrome and pass it onto future generations.