PHAEDRA

Real Name: Phaedra

Identity/Class: Human, telepath, extra-temporal

Occupation: Leader of the Pathfinders, former slave

Group Membership: Crew of Seeker 3000, the Pathfinders

Affiliations: Cyrene, Kristian Delano, Martika, Ben Payton, Valida Payton, John Running Bear, Jordan Shaw

Enemies: Hkkkt, Jason, The Six

Known Relatives: Carter Shaw (godson)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Seeker 3000, mobile in space

First Appearance: Marvel Premiere#41 (April, 1978)

Powers/Abilities: Phaedra possesses psychic powers which enable her to sense other lifeforms and communicate using telepathy. By joining her powers with other Pathfinders, she can create powerful psychic attacks. Phaedra is the most powerful of the Pathfinders (a "Telepath-Z class"), and can single-handedly power the warp-drive of Seeker 3000. She is also able to disrupt electronic communications. She also seems able to teleport herself, although it may be that she uses mental tricks to make herself seem invisible.

History: (Marvel Premiere#41 (fb))- Phaedra was a Telepath-Z Class, the most powerful ever known. She was employed by the Council of United Continents to serve as their "silent translator", using her telepathy to facilitate in communications. The Council branded her face with tattos, to mark her as a telepath.

(Marvel Premiere#41)- Phaedra was intended to be used by the Six to serve as the power source for the warp-drive of Seeker 3000, allowing them to escape the destruction of Earth's solar system. However, Seeker 3000's captain, Jordan Shaw, defied the Six so that he could rescue Phaedra. Phaedra did not believe in Shaw's stated intentions, but as she saw the crew of Seeker 3000 battling the Six's forces, she realized they were her allies. She was still reluctant to aid the crew in attaining warp flight, but Shaw revealed to her that he had the DNA of 400 telepaths like her, who could be brought up without the stigma of tattoos. Phaedra agreed, and helped Seeker 3000 jump to warp.

(Seeker 3000#1 (fb))- After Seeker 3000 endured a civil war, they began to grow new crewmen using the DNA Jordan Shaw had collected, and Phaedra became the leader of the "Pathfinders" (as telepaths came to be called). She led the other Pathfinders deep within Seeker 3000 to its "Dead Zones", away from the rest of the ship's population. She was not seen by non-Pathfinders for 15 years.

(Seeker 3000#1)- Phaedra, still hidden from the normal human crew, launched Seeker 3000 to the Calver Fermion Theta Cluster. Upon their arrival, Phaedra detected the alien minds of the Hkkkt, and ventured out of the Dead Zones to warn the rest of the crew of the Hkkkt's hostile nature.

(Seeker 3000#2)- As the crew of Seeker 3000 prepared to encounter the Hkkkt, Phaedra was summoned by Dr. Kristian Delano to assist him in treating Martika, the comatose Pathfinder.

(Seeker 3000#3)- As Lamia of the Hkkkt addressed Seeker 3000 with a holographic image, Phaedra used her powers to scramble the frequency, ending her transmission. Needing time to plan, Phaedra suggested that they hide within the Dead Zones. In the Dead Zones, she helped Kristian Delano care for Martika, still comatose.

(Seeker 3000#4)- From the Dead Zones, Phaedra sensed that Jason had taken control of the Hkkkt's vessel Jakarah. Martika was on the verge of dying, and as Phaedra probed her mind, she learned that Jericho Shaw had allowed Jordan Shaw to die on Cyclades 778. Joining her power with the other Pathfinders, they unleashed together a psychic assault so powerful that it slew nearly all of the Hkkkt, and drove Jason from Jakarah's cerebral core.

Comments: Created by Doug Moench and Tom Sutton.

Shaw told Phaedra that the new telepaths whose DNA they held wouldn't have facial markings, which was important to her, yet the latter-day Pathfinders-- such as Martika and Cyrene-- possessed identical markings. Possibly Phaedra decided that away from Earth, it was no longer a sign of slavery.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Phaedra should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Seeker 3000#4, page 7, panel 1
Marvel Premiere#41, page 11, panel 7


Seeker 3000#1 (June, 1998)
Seeker 3000#2 (July, 1998)
Seeker 3000#3 (August, 1998)
Seeker 3000#4 (September, 1998)

Last updated: 08/11/04

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