Petton Everhail

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Our hero prepares to descend into the depths.

"The Least known FPS game hero of all time easily, Petton Everhail's name was only mentioned scarcely in the first few games' text manuals. Most people would recognise him by his rather normal looking face, with the infamous hood he wears throughout abyss, armageddon, and apocalypse. He is an apprentice in the towne, and one of the only men who can wield magic (Besides Gremlinar (Nemesis in Catacomb 3d: A New Dimension) who can control time waves throughout the towne). He can shoot majick missiles, and is considered the overall patriarch in the towne."
--Description, Catacomb Crypt

Petton Everhail is the protagonist of the Catacomb series. His name has also been spelt as Pelton on the Catacombs 3 box. As with other elements from Catacomb and related series, the name derives from John Carmack's Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

A wizard of some repute (described once as the High Wizard of Thoria), Petton is able to unleash a torrent of magical projectiles, make extensive use of powerful magickal artifacts, and even use alchemy to heal himself. He sees a bit of improvement in each game, showing minor changes to his appearance and gear that reflect his increasing mastery of Wizardry. His main reason for adventuring is to thwart the machinations of the Archlich Nemesis, his long-time rival. It's never made clear what the source of Nemesis' enmity towards Petton is, but the game story suggests that the two were rivals even before Nemesis became a lich.


In Catacomb[edit]

Petton travels to a ruined palace to recover the treasures of the lost Kieralon Empire.

In Catacomb II[edit]

Petton explores the deeper reaches of the palace.

In Catacomb 3D[edit]

Petton quests to the Catacombs to rescue his friend Grelminar from the clutches of Nemesis (provided he can remember which is which).

This is the only game in which Petton is shown without his hooded mantle, and it's shown he has a hairstyle in the fashion of a powdered wig.

In Catacomb Abyss[edit]

Petton returns to the Mausoleum after reports of Nemesis's return reach towne.

Having trained since Catacomb 3D, he dresses in a light blue cowl this time, and looks a bit older than the last time he set out to face his old foe. Equipped with the magical Crystal Sphere this time, he no longer has the ability to use Fireballs, but has increased his mastery of his Magick Missile spell and become better at casting the new Zapper and Xterminator spells.

Penetrating through Nemesis's stronghold, Petton fights his way past Nemesis' forces and into the depths of his lair, where he manages to slay the evil lich. However, the version of Nemesis Petton defeats ultimately is not the actual one, and Petton pursues his foe through a new land, to his outpost in The Towne of Morbidity.

In Catacomb Armageddon[edit]

Petton has further strengthened himself, gaining even more power and skill with his Magick Missile projectiles, and donning a red cowl to demonstrate his mastery. He's starting to look a bit older, as his hair has lightened from a light brown to a blonde, though he remains clean-shaven.

Chasing Nemesis through the jungles and forests of this new land, Petton discovers that his foe has developed the ability to clone himself - the source of the clone of Nemesis he destroyed in Catacomb Abyss.

Petton succeeds at vanquishing his old foe and destroying his numerous clones, only for Nemesis to unveil his grandest scheme to date - to control time itself to conquer all existence!

In Catacomb Apocalypse[edit]

Petton looks demonstrably older, the effects of having to repeatedly fight his way through the Catacombs' horrors weighing on him. He now sports a short beard, his hair has further lightened, and he now wears a magical ring as a token of his ever-increasing magical powers.

Trapped in a tomb complex by Nemesis, Petton breaks free and must now stop Nemesis from harnessing time magic to dominate the world, having brought forth threats from both the ancient past and its most apocalyptic possible future. Finally vanquishing his old foe, Petton brings peace to the land.

Apple II[edit]

In Catacombs[edit]

Petton seeks to reclaim Mount Kel-Keriad from the Shadrani invaders and get a little gold on the side.

In Sylvan Idyll[edit]

Having retaken the mountain, Petton continues his war of liberation taking on the Fire Giants in the surrounding forests.

In Ether Quest[edit]

A portal carries Everhail to the ethereal plane, and must face the unknown challenges within.

In Sand Trap[edit]

Mastering inter-dimensional travel, Petton attracts the attention of an immortal who enscrolls him in a pyramid of traps.

Apple II Games
Games: Catacombs - Sylvan Idyll - Ether Quest - Sand Trap - Catacomb Abyss IIGS
Lore: Petton Everhail - Shandrani - Fire Giant - Immortal
Locations: Mount Kel-Keriad - Forests of Kel-Keriad - Ethereal Plane - Pyramid
Developers: John Carmack - Tom Hall - Peter Rokitski - Nate Trost - Greg Templeman
Catacomb & Catacomb II
Lore: Petton Everhail - Terexin - Kieralon Empire - Kieralon Palace
Enemies: Goblin - Skeleton - Ogre - Gargoyle - Dragon
Items: Keys - Potions - Magick Missiles - Bolts - Nukes
Catacomb 3D
Characters: Petton Everhail - Grelminar - Nemesis
Enemies: Orcs - Trolls - Bats - Mages - Demons - Fireballs
Items: Magick Missile - Cure Potions - Treasure Chests - Keys - Bolts - Nukes - Scrolls - Gates
Catacomb Adventure Series
Games: Catacomb Abyss - Catacomb Armageddon - Catacomb Apocalypse
Lore: Petton Everhail - Nemesis - The Towne
Common Enemies: Demon - Troll - Evil Eye - Skeleton Warrior - Mage
Common Items: Bolt, Zapper, Xterminator, Cure Potion, Scroll, Jewel, Key, Treasure Chest - Crystal Sphere - Crystal Hour Glass
Developers: Greg Paul Malone II - Nolan Martin - Michael Maynard - James T. Row - Jerry Jones - Carol Ludden - Steven Maines
Catacomb Abyss
Characters: Petton Everhail - Nemesis
Enemies: Zombies - Bats - Wraith - Skeleton Warriors - Mages - Blue Demons - Water Trolls
Orcs - Green Trolls - Evil Eyes - Red Demons
Items: Magick Missile - Cure Potions - Treasure Chests - Keys - Zappers - Xterminators - Scrolls
Jewels - Crystal Sphere - Gates - Crystal Hour Glasses
Catacomb Armageddon
Characters: Petton Everhail - Nemesis
Enemies: Zombies - Giant Ants - Treants - Bats - Killer Rabbits - Mages - Skeleton Warriors
Vipers - Two-Headed Demons - Wretched Poxes - Evil Eyes - Succubi - Sea Serpents
Items: Magick Missiles - Cure Potions - Treasure Chests - Keys - Zappers - Xterminators
Jewels - Crystal Sphere - Gates - Crystal Hour Glasses - Barriers
Catacomb Apocalypse
Characters: Petton Everhail - Nemesis
Enemies: Wizards - Spectres - Robot Ants - Time Lords - Android Mages - Walking Tanks - Sentry Eyes - Cyborg Demons
Blue Demons - Fishmen - Golden Trolls - Death Squads - Devil Rays - Cyber Poxes - Invisible Horrors
Items: Magick Missiles - Cure Potions - Treasure Chests - Keys - Zappers - Xterminators
Jewels - Crystal Sphere - Gates - Crystal Hour Glasses - Barriers - Time Gate