In the past I have done Super Sunday profiles for characters who have already turned up somewhere in one of my stories, but who I wanted to flesh out a bit more. I called them Superfluous Sundays and this week I am doing it with aliens:
Plasglack was the king of his entire species during the era of Earth’s history that was called the Bronze Age. For the most part, he was a wise and level-headed ruler, taught since birth in the ways of fair governance. But upon taking over the active role as king, he found out about the humans. Man, the humans were jerks. He couldn’t help but want to destroy them. Apart from that one indiscretion, though, Plasglack’s reign was considered a fine one and his descendants rule the world to this day.
I’ve never mentioned it anywhere (because nobody but me cares), but the stories I have written that are set in “the Bronze Age” are actually the history of the Earth in Universe Bronze. This includes “Whence Scabies“, the story in which Plasglack appeared.
Wise Alien Master
Now known as the Wise Alien Master, Gurbessy Choible was not always so wise. For most of Gurbessy’s life she was a shiftless loser, not good at making herself happy, nor anyone else. It was only after a near-death experience that she devoted herself to meditation and attained inner peace, which she now hopes to spread by teaching others.
The Wise Alien Master was seen in this little comic, but actually first appeared in his less pleasant days playing cards at a bar in this Space Army comic. I’ve also never come right out and said this, but Universe Bronze, which is home to the likes of the Hover Head comics and the Space Army comics. The latter being sci-fi adventures, one might think they are set in the distant future. But no, the Space Army stories take place in the era I made them (the 90s) but are just set in the cosmos while things on Earth is less advanced. There’s a whole reason for this that I hope to get to someday, but we’ll see how that goes.
Kurdiflax is a Toborian man who attended Jorbos Nine High School and has since made a name for himself in the Jorbos system as an interplanetary good shipper. It isn’t glamorous work, but it pays the bills and Kurdiflax is happy with that because it gives him the chance to focus on his family.
I dropped Universe Indigo into the list after I did the most recent overview of PDR Universes, but it is not a new one. It is the universe that my character Jhad O’Leary lives in. I had planned (and hopefully still plan) on doing more Jhad stories, but never got beyond “Jhad O’Leary’s Cry For Help“, which is where Kurdiflax appeared. That sci-fi tale actually is set in the future, but all the aliens I’ve introduced to Universe Indigo via Super Sunday are set in the present, therefore existing before that story. It may see confusing, but just remember, nobody but me has to care.
After I did Superhero Sundays and Supervillain Sundays, I did Supernatural Sundays, so here I have three aliens that have supernatural powers:
Planet Gurx is a world where knowledge is highly valued and collected, but sometimes forbidden knowledge has escaped the records and now only exists in the minds of those who call themselves “The Wise”. Chargan is one of the wisest Strondovarians in this sense, full of occult knowledge that is too dangerous to be made public. Chargan employs a small army of loyal subjects who infiltrate all sections of Strondovarian society and keep Chargan informed if any important “secret” information should be discovered. When that happens, everything in Chargan’s vast power is done to make sure that information is lost anew.
The project to create a New Gurx, a giant replacement planet for the tiny homeworld, is secretly being financed and led by the Wise. They have had their secret employees filling the interior of the planet with occult runes with meanings unknown even to those employees.
Centuries ago, the planet Jinnar was ravaged by wizards who wanted to wrest control of the planet from the technology-based governments that had ruled for so long there. A long war resulted, which left that planet in ruins, but at least the wizards were wiped out. That is, save one. A single one of those wizard found terrible secret ways to cheat death. So now, as the only remaining survivor on either side, that one wizard can safely declare himself the Dark Victor of the war. But even having survived, the Dark Victor did have to leave Jinnar to find a better place to recover. The Victor now roams from planet to planet, haunting the cosmos as a magical alien ghost monster, occasionally attempting to take over some other nice species. It’s a good gig, but it also makes him a prime candidate to be hunted by Konwaag the Magic Hunter.
There was a time when otherworldly beings were present on the planet Dellwell and they were worshipped as gods. Though those beings seem to have left the world, their traces remain, but none more strong than Haphaff, who claims to be descended from those very beings. Essentially this makes Haphaff a demi-god, and his strength and durability seem to agree with that assessment. Though boisterous, Haphaff has not drawn too much attention to himself over the years, but there are elements working on the planet who would like to get their hands on him.
I didn’t mention it when I did the Dellwellians’ profile, but this is a species that was one I found among my notes from back in my youth. It was just two pages, one with a few Delwellian “superheroes”, and the other with the Dellwellian religion. Haphaff was the thing combining the two. I maybe thought it was clever that the species is hunched over normally, but this example of a more “bestial” Dellwellian stands upright, a reverse of how that might go with humans.
This week it is aliens who are supervillains.
Juka the Deadly
Planet Szunkrun is full of advanced technology, but few are more advanced than Juka the Deadly. Juka is from a Szunkrun culture that believes a person only really has power if their technology is inside them, and therefore eschews the robots and devices that other Szunkruns use to make their lives easier. But Juka has developed the planet’s most advanced nanotechnology and has injected it in his own body. Now with all sorts of powers over electricity and magnetism and the like, Juka wages a war against all the machinery and robots of the rest of the world, thus coming into conflict with the hero Montoroloxi the Magnificent. Juka would be a different kind of enemy for Montoroloxi, whose regular opponents are just corrupt businesspeople and their enforcers.
The alien criminal mastermind/warlord/villain called Revengulon is a recurring foe of the superhero called Noblewoman. At some point, Noblewoman stopped one of Revengulon’s evil schemes in deep space, so now, befitting their name, Revengulon pours all sorts of resources into getting revenge. Revengulon has used all sorts of tactics (armies of robotic soldiers, hired alien mercenaries, giant mechs, anything at all) in attempts to defeat the hero and conquer or destroy the Earth (depending on Revengulon’s mood).
If I got around to doing stories for Noblewoman, Revengulon would mostly be a running joke. If I need a story to start with some action, or if there has to be an ongoing fight outside while the real plot is going on inside, those are the kinds of places where Revengulon would allow me an easy set piece.
Every now and then a being is born with a connection to the multiversal axes, allowing them vast mystical abilities. These are the types of individuals that the Order of Wallfixers seek out and try to recruit. But the vastness of the cosmos means that they can’t reach them all and set the on the right track. The Starcleaner developed its powers all on its own and has set about using them in whatever way it wants. Oddly, the way it wants to use its powers is this: The Starcleaner will bring itself to a new universe and find a star it likes. It will then proceed to remove anything that orbits the star, including comets and asteroids and even inhabited planets. The Starcleaner has never made any effort to communicate its mission, but as far as anyone can tell, the mysterious creature just prefers the appearance of stars with nothing around them and doesn’t care if it has to kill whole species to get it just right. This use of its powers does not actually damage the walls of reality, since the damage is contained within the universes the Starcleaner visits, but the Wallfixers still consider it an enemy because they recognize it must be stopped.
Universe: Wherever It Wants