Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Reality-791 sentient energy form (former stellar body)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Star-Lord (Peter Quill), Starlord (Sinjin Quarrel) (partners);
Master of the Sun (possibly the leader of her race);
Aletha, Trinity-That-Is-One, Kip Hölm and Sandy, the people of Cymoril
Enemies: Harith Damyish, Haalmhad race, Lorq, Kyras Shakati, Slavers, Symbion (planet), unidentified race
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Aurora, 'Rora, Caryth Halyan
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the universe;
formerly Bovric, R'Ralmis, an unidentified solar system
First Appearance: Marvel Preview#11 (Summer, 1977)
Abilities: Ship is a highly powerful sentient energy form. She most often exists in the form of a starship, but can alter her structure into many different forms. She can fly through air, space, and water. She possesses many of the conventional starship accessories, including shields, energy blasters, advanced sensors, replicators (able to form any kind of food, drink, etc.), and hologram projectors.
Even if completely destroyed, she has, under some circumstances, restored her form, since her true form is her consciousness.
In addition, she takes on a number of feminine characteristics, such as a mothering type instinct for those she is partnered with. She has also felt deeper attachments, and even lover for her partner(s).
Among her many forms are the warship image to the above left (with her semi-holographic human form, 'Rora (discussed later under abilities), taking a wolfen appearance at the same time), a Sikh'aar gunship, ...
a Kinderish merchant ship (seen to the right); and she has proven created a human form, which she can then animate and take as a host, notably her form as Caryth Halyan
Ship has also demonstrated the ability to radically alter her form while remaining functional. When she had to travel from orbit to near the surface of Cinnibar in less than two minutes, Ship allowed her form to stretch and flow into an elongated form (like a silver needle). By the time she had reached Shakati's floating palace, Ship had assumed a form resembling a hot-air balloon and sucked Star-Lord, Kip and Sandy into her. In this "balloon" form, Ship's hull seemed to be only inches thick (at least at the part where the opening into her was located) but her interior was comfortable even though her outer surface was glowing red-hot from friction. Also, after closing into a sphere, Ship was able to withstand a multi-megaton fusion explosion which detonated "a moment later" as EXTREMELY close proximity. At that range, Ship should have been pulverized by the shockwave or incinerated by the heat but she (and her passengers) were completely unaffected by the explosion.
Ship can make herself invisible to both
living beings and to sensors. On at least one occasion (Marvel Preview#11), Ship
could approach a slaver starship without being detected. Then, when she was a
mere one hundred kilometers away and directly in front of them, Ship allowed
their sensors to detect a contact, one which seemingly appeared out of nowhere,
by allowing Star-Lord (who was within her) to become visible while she remained invisible. Finally, while the slavers were distracted by
seeing a man floating in space, Ship became visible herself and opened fire.
On at least one other occasion (Marvel Preview#18), Ship demonstrated her invisibility trick again when, while under attack by Quan-Zarr's remote-automatic fighters, she maneuvered them into surrounding her and then became invisible and quickly changed her position, letting the fighters' automatic sensors lock onto the only targets now available (each other) and open fire.
Ship possesses a certain amount of telepathic ability. She
could monitor Kip Holm's Windrunner trance and identify people and places that he "saw" while
in his trance. Her "empathic rapport" with Star-Lord may be another manifestation of this
Ship communicated telepathically with Sinjin Quarrel, a Probiti who had low-level telepathic abilities. Sinjin had found Ship after sleepwalking into the forests of Bovric, apparently because Ship had dreamed that she was calling to someone.
Ship demonstrated a vulnerability to more powerful telepaths. When Lawgiver Harith Damyish came too close to her, Ship was unable to bear his presence (in her holographic form) and had to withdraw back into her core. This seems to indicate that Ship's consciousness was somehow present within her hologram form.
Ship has always been able to speak to other beings through sound or
radio communications, either as a starship or through her Widgets. However, her ability
to more directly interact with others has varied over time. One one occasion (Marvel Preview#11), Ship
manifested within her cockpit as a three-dimensional image of a woman but that
image was unable to physically touch Star-Lord. In desperate
circumstances (Marvel Preview#14), Ship sub-divided her consciousness and place most of her
into a mechanoid humanoid body while leaving some of her "self" within her starship body,
but this procedure was difficult and dangerous. In another instance (Marvel Preview#15),
appeared within her cockpit in the form of a human woman apparently able to grasp
Star-Lord's hand in hers, suggesting that this form had some physicality to it.
During her association with Sinjin Quarrel, Ship/Aurora could generate a hologram of a woman within her starship body. This hologram appeared to function as the center of Ship's awareness, and it disappeared when the presence of a powerful telepath forced her to withdraw back into her core. Presumably this "core" was a section of her starship body (possibly the computer system which normally "contained" her consciousness) that was protected from outside influences. When Ship changed the shape of her starship body, her hologram form changed to match it, as when she became a Kinderish while changed into the shape of a Kinderish merchant ship. Ship was also able to manifest two separate Kinderish hologram forms simultaneously and use them to carry on to separate conversations when she needed to communicate with two different traffic control officers at the same time.
Among the equipment which Ship carries aboard/within herself is a "hypno-probe" (as seen in Marvel Preview#11). This electronic device, when placed on a subject's head, allows Ship to neutralize any mind shields the subject might possess and induce a hypnotic state during which the subject will remain calm and truthfully answer any questions asked of him/her. Although it is not physically connected to Ship, the hypno-probe must still be considered to be a part of Ship since she must have created it out of her own basic mass (like the Widgets).
On one occasion (in Marvel Preview#15), Ship generated intense heat ("A thousand Centigrade and climbing") from her outer hull while keeping her interior (where Star-Lord was) comfortable. The heat output was (allegedly) the result of a "controlled matter-to-energy conversion" created by Ship "(molding) the primal fabric of space itself like a master sculptress." This tactic is extremely dangerous because if Ship were to make even the slightest slip, her body would become "a small scale super-nova" that would totally destroy her and her surroundings.
Ship can create Widgets--small, mobile droids able to scout out situations, gather information, and then return to her. Widgets can play cassette tapes, use laser surgery (laced with antibiotics) to treat minor cuts, and can operate autonomously when unable to communicate with Ship herself.
The full extent of Ship's abilities, as well as her limitations, remains to be seen.
(Marvel Preview#15 (fb)) - The entity known as "Ship" was once a sentient star: a Yellow Dwarf, whose solar system held eleven planets, two of which had begun to develop intelligent life. However, it became a pawn between two rival forces from another star system, and one of these sent a bomb into the center of her, forcing her to go super-nova, destroying her solar body, the rival starships, and all of the planets in the system.
For an uncertain period of time, she somehow existed as a consciousness without form. Eventually, she was found by the Master of the Sun, who brought her to his base on R'Ralmis and helped her to find inner peace.
Preview#4 - BTS?) <February 9, 1990> - The Master of the Sun transported
Terran astronaut Peter Jason Quill from Space Station Eve to a city in
space (presumably R'Ralmis) and transformed him into the
Star-Lord. The star's
consciousness may (or may not) have been present during the
(Marvel Preview#15 (fb)) - As the newly-remade Star-Lord stood before them, the Master of the Sun asked the star's consciousness (which may have been visible as a spiral of energy beside his throne) what she thought of "the lad." The star replied that he was young and beautiful and yet so lost and alone that it hurt to look at him. The star then speculated that Quill was like her and stated that she knew that he needed her as she needed him. The Master of the Sun then told her that to wait would be a sin and to go to him and so, with the Master's aid, the star reshaped her 'self' into a physical form to which Quill could easily relate, that of a sentient starship.
(Marvel Spotlight#6 (fb)) - The Master of the Sun introduced the former star to Peter Quill as "Ship" whom he described as a very special living being who was in complete control of her molecular structure and thus could alter her form at will. When the Master stated that, in deference to Star-Lord's needs, Ship would most often take to form of a starcraft, Ship mentioned that she had already forgotten her true form. After that, Ship became Star-Lord's transport and, later, his friend.
(Marvel Preview#11) - Ship assisted Star-Lord in his assault on the Slavers. She then transported Star-Lord, and two of those recently freed (Kip Hölm and Sandy) to Cinnibar to gain vengeance on Kyras Shakati, who had sent the Slavers. She rescued the three of them and escaped Cinnabar when Shakati's entire base exploded. She brought them to Sparta, but was shot down by starships under the control of Gareth, Emperor Jason's uncle and would-be usurper. She crashed on the surface of Sparta, but saved the lives of all aboard and was present when Emperor Jason revealed that he was Peter Quill's biological father. Ship later left with Star-Lord after he turned down Jason's offer to become heir to the throne.
(Marvel Preview#14) - In the form of a Sikh'aar gunship, Ship was shot down again, this time by a squadron of Lorq starfighters, and they crashed on the planet Ferrol.
Star-Lord was badly injured, and Ship created a human form to operate and save his life. When he revived, she pretended to be a woman who had found him, and named herself Caryth Halyan. Star-Lord and Caryth explored the planet, searching for what the Lorq had been after. She attempted to seduce him, but found the feelings this generated to intense for her, and so she broke it off. They encountered and saved the life of the Trinity-That-Is-One and its insectoid symbionts, and Star-Lord provided a water source to keep them alive. Then the Lorq attacked anew, slaying Caryth and destroying Ship before he could fight them off.
Ship, however, as a being of primal energy, was able to reform. Star-Lord guessed that she had been Caryth.
(Marvel Preview#15) - Ship sensed the destruction of the planet Carillon at the hands of the Haalmhad. Furious over such senseless destruction and feeling a connection to the destruction of her own star-form, Ship went on a mission to stop the Haalmhad. She and Star-Lord disabled the Haalmhad homeship, saving their next target, the planet Cymoril.
(Marvel Preview#18) - Ship sensed an immense power source (the Power Rod) on Redstone and sent Star-Lord to investigate.
(Marvel Super Special#10) - Ship and Star-Lord were pulled
through a warp associated with a black hole and were separated. There Star-Lord
met an alien race living on a massive, planet-sized ark. Their leader, Noah,
initially claimed that they were the last remnants of the human race, having
come from 3 million years in the future. However, another member of the race,
Aletha, revealed that they were aliens, using illusions (which they called
"smoke") to appear to be human. Aletha revealed that "Noah" and his allies had
actually sought to use Star-Lord's knowledge to conquer Earth and take it for
their new home. With Star-Lord's aid, Aletha and the rest of the people of the
ark overthrew Noah and his warlords, so that they would then live on the ark for
the rest of their lives.
After a brief affair with Aletha, Star-Lord was then reunited with Ship. As they left the ark, Ship revealed that she had been linked with Aletha for the course of their adventures.
(Marvel Spotlight II#6) - Star-Lord sensed an attack on the Master of the Sun and rescued him. However, the Master instructed them to return him so he could accept his fate.
(Marvel Spotlight II#7) - Star-Lord and Ship traveled to the planet Heaven, where they tried to save Thorn from Shreen and allow Thorn to regain his wings and return to the cloud world. Ultimately both Shreen and Thorn died, a result of their debts of honor.
(Marvel Premiere#61) - Star-Lord investigated the planet "Symbion" (see comments). The planet, a sentient being, tried to form a temporary symbiosis with him, but he mistook it to be a parasitic creature. He broke free of its clutches and planned to destroy the planet to prevent it from taking other victims. Ship talked him out of it, and he left the planet behind.
(Starlord#2(fb)) - Ship, and presumably Star-Lord, were caught in the pull of a black hole. Ship narrowly escaped destruction by "slingshotting" around the gravity well, but she crashed on the planet Bovric.
(Starlord#1-3) - Twelve years later, Star-Lord was still
missing, and Ship had no memory of what had happened to him. Ship encountered
and trained the Probiti (a race/group of telepaths) Sinjin Quarrel to be the new
Starlord until they could find the original. She also assisted him in uncovering
a plot of lawgiver Harith Damyish. This adventure took them to R'Ralmis, where
they learned it to be the source for the Element Gun, and saved it from
iatrogenic damage. They then traveled to Holmrig, where they broke up an
alliance between Glazgon and Damyish, and exposed Damyish as a Probiti.
Sinjin named Ship " 'Rora" short for Aurora, goddess of the dawn.
Special Edition#1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Ship and Peter Quill were
reunited. Sinjin Quarrel's fate remains unrevealed.
(Starlord Special Edition#1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, after an abortive attempt to bring Peter back, Ship met with Kip Hölm and revealed that, since they had last met, "Star-Lord and Ship (had) roamed from one end of the galaxy to the other - - and beyond - - always searching, never at peace, Peter driven by his insatiable curiosity, Ship by her love for him."
(Starlord Special Edition#1: Epilogue) <70 years after the events of Marvel Previews#11> - On the last night of the year-long celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of Emperor Jason's coronation, Kip Hölm told his children the story of how he, their mother, and Emperor Jason had all first met Star-Lord and Ship. After having sat through this retelling, the children nodded off and Jason announced that he would abdicate the throne. However, later that night Star-Lord returned to see Jason, with Ship present, too. Sandy and Kip came to Jason's bed and found the imperial signet ring and Star-Lord's helmet, as Jason and Star-Lord, with Ship, took to the stars.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.
Marvel Super-Special#10 was published in Winter of 1979, which would place it between Marvel Preview#18 and Marvel Spotlight II#6. However, the trip through the black hole seems to connect it to the disappearance of Star-Lord discussed in the 1996 Starlord series. I see two possibilities.
A few more comments by Donald Campbell
You can see Donald's Ship-616 profile's comments for clarifications on the different versions of Ship and the convoluted chronology that led to the different versions of Ship. This comment is thus no longer relevant, but it was when this profile was written...
Profile by Snood. Updates, image upgrades, and expansions by Donald Campbell.
Ship, companion of Star-Lord-791 ("classic Star-Lord), aka 'Rora/Aurora, has no known connection to:
Ship's Widgets have no known connection to:
Marvel Preview#11, page 13?, panel 4 (Widget)
Marvel Preview#11, pages 31-32? (Ship near Sparta)
Marvel Preview#14, page 1?, panel 4 (full, black and white image)
Marvel Preview#14, page 4?, panel 4 (Ship as Sikh'aar gunship)
Marvel Preview#14, page 10?, panel 5 (Caryth's body before ?cosmetic modifications?)
Marvel Preview#14, page 17? , panel 6 (Caryth Halyan)
Marvel Preview#14, page 37?, panel 3 (Ship reforming around Star-Lord)
Marvel Preview#15, page 13? , panel 2 (original star form)
Marvel Preview#15, page 25?, panel 4 (Ship being inspected within Haalmhad worldship)
(all of the above reprinted in Star-Lord: Worlds On the Brink#1)
Marvel Preview#18, page 14?, panel 4 (Widgets -- including open portal -- with Ship)
Starlord#1, page 9, panel 2 (full 'Rora human form)
Starlord#1, page 10, panel 3 (another choice for Aurora - straight-on face)
Starlord#2, page 2, panel 2 (main/color image)
Starlord#2, page 29, panels 5-6 (Aurora plus Ship in warship mode)
Starlord#3, page 2, panels 5-6 (Aurora plus Ship as Kinderish merchant ship)
Marvel Preview#11 (Summer, 1977) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), John Warner & Ralph Macchio (editors)
Marvel Preview#14-15 (March, 1978 & June, 1978) - Chris Claremont (writer), Carmine Infantino (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Rick Marshall & Ralph Macchio (editors)
Marvel Preview#18 (Spring 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (pecnils), Bob McLeod (inks), Rick Marshall & Ralph Macchio (editors)
Marvel Super Special#10 (Winter 1979) - Doug Moench (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Rick Marshall (editor)
Marvel Spotlight II#7 (July, 1980) - Doug Moench (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Marvel Premiere#61 (August, 1981) - Doug Moench (writer), Tom Sutton (artist), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Starlord Special Edition#1 (February, 1982)
Starlord#1-3 (December, 1996 - February, 1997) - Timothy Zahn (writer), Dan Lawlis (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 09/05/02
Last updated: 05/18/14
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