CLOUDSEA

Type: Alien/Magical World

Environment: Alien, consists of floating landmasses within a breathable atmosphere

Usual means of access: Magic

Dominant Life Form: Humanoids, Ephex, Tordenkakerlakk

Natives: Spindrifter/Marandi Sjörokker, Elmak, Kurudred, Gorath Tenclaws;

Locations/Artifacts: Citadel of a Thousand Lamps, Nonesuch, Marmorkjelde, Seven Planets of Lemne

Appearances: Marvel Graphic Novel#22: Spider-Man: Hooky (1986); (MGN#22(fb), 22

History: (MGN#22(fb))-About two hundred years ago, the evil sorcerer Kurudred attempted to conquer the Seven Planets of Lemne, which were under the protection of another sorcerer, Elmak the Light-Shaper. After several struggles and foiled kidnapping of the people of Lemne, Kurudred conjured for eight days and melted Elmak's base, the Citadel of a Thousand Lamps into a big ball of slag...with Elmak in it. A band of sorcerers known as the League of Three Threes hunted and trapped Kurudred and drew a Death Rune on his brow. The League then did the same to Kurudred's brother, Gorath Tenclaws. The League was uncertain how to handle Kurudred's twelve year old daughter, Marandi. They feared that she would grow up in the family tradition, but were not comfortable in killing a little girl. Kurudred, realizing that League would eventually kill her unless they were sure she would not grow up evil, used the last of his power to cast a spell of Marandi, preventing her from growing older.

(22)-After the deaths of the last member of the League of Three Threes, Marandi returned to Cloudsea. She began to be plagued by a creature she dubbed the Tordenkakerlakk, or Thunder Cockroach. She could repel it initially, but it grew progressively more powerful. She located the superhero Spider-Man and brought him to Cloudsea to defeat the creature. Each time Spider-Man destroyed it, it returned more powerful than ever. Eventually Spider-Man reasoned that the creature was a creation of Kurudred, designed to force Marandi to use her powers to their maximum and re-start her growth (now that the threat of the League of Three Threes no longer existed). Spider-Man feigned weakness, and Marandi rose to the challenge of destroying the Tordenkakerlakk. She sent Spider-Man back to Earth with much thanks.

Comments: Created by Susan K. Putney and Bernie Wrightson.

This is one of my all-time favorite stories. Go get it. Now.

Kuru refers to a disease similar to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow disease, which occurs among the tribesman of New Guinea, as a result of eating the brains of the infected.

Kurudred the Blood Drinker, also known as the Tyrant of Dolara and the Master of the Nightspawn, was a powerful and evil sorcerer, and the father of Marandi, the Spindrifter. He destroyed Elmak and his Citadel over 200 years ago, after Elmak retrieved the natives of the Seven Planets of Lemne when Kurudred would abduct them. Kurudred was then sentenced to death by the League of Three Threes. With the last of his power, he cast a spell to keep Marandi young, so the League would feel too guilty about trying to kill her. He also created the Tordenkakerlakk to act as a catalyst to force her to overcome his spell of eternal youth when it would be safe for her to grow up.

The Citadel of a Thousand Lamps was the base of Elmak the Light-Shaper (not pictured), a benevolent sorcerer, who attempted to defend the Seven Planets of Lemne. The Citadel was destroyed by Kurudred, melted into a big ball of slag, with Elmak in it.

 

 

 

The Ephex are large, man-sized insects which fly around Cloudsea. They prey on defenseless beings attempting to navigate the sky. They possess prehensile tails which can be used to strangle their victims. They radiate and aura that dampens the reactions of their prey (including the spider-sense). They are able to generate light. However, if their eyes are covered, especially if by a darkness spell, they will attempt to continue to generate more and more light until they burn themselves out and are rendered temporarily inert. They can slowly replace their life energies once this has happened.

 

 

Marmorkjelde, the Marble Spring, is one of the floating islands of Cloudsea, which Marandi frequently uses as an anchor for her ship, the nonesuch.

 

 

 

 

The League of Three Threes is a band of sorcerers who act as a police force. After Kurudred killed Elmak, they hunted and trapped him, and placed a death rune on his brow, and then did the same Kurudred's brother, Gorath Tenclaws. However, they could not bring themselves to slay Kurudred's young daughter, Marandi. The last of the League died in recent years.

Nonesuch

The Seven Planets of Lemne (not pictured) were a group of landmasses under the protection of Elmak. Kurudred sought to conquer these Planets, and began raiding the cities. When Elmak attempted to retrieve Kurudred's victims, Kurudred killed him.

Spindrifter

Gorath Tenclaws (not pictured) was the brother of Kurudred, and the uncle of Marandi, the Spindrifter. He was presumably an evil sorcerer as well, because after the League of Three Threes killed Kurudred, they did the same to him.

Tordenkakerlakk

Last Updated: 08/02/02

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