Membership: John, Sita, and Tara
Purpose: Originally education and entertainment; Forced to become the would-be slayers of Starhawk
Affiliations: Children of Starhawk
(Aleta and Stakar); Grandchildren of Ogord;
pawns of Ogord and the Reavers of Arcturus
Enemies: Starhawk while serving Ogord
Base of Operations: Earth-691, @ 3000 AD. the fleet of the Reavers of Arcturus; Formerly an artificial environment on an asteroid, both in the Milky Way Galaxy
Aliases: The Psychic Vampires of Arcturus
First Appearance: Defenders I#29 (November, 1975)
Powers/Abilities: Initially the children possessed only latent psychic powers, destined to surface later in life. After these powers were brought out by Ogord's scientists, they could fire destructive bursts of energy, capable of slaying even Starhawk. Use of their powers triggered a physical maturation in the children. While serving Ogord, they wore headbands which kept them under his control.
History: (Defenders I#29, Marvel Presents#4, 11(fb), , 9-11) - Tara, then John, then Sita were all born from the union of Stakar and Aleta, which took place in a pocket realm in which they both existed in the same plane. They grew up in an artificial environment, hidden on an asteroid in space. However, they were eventually discovered and captured by the Reavers of Arcturus, who were led by Ogord, their own grandfather. Ogord possessed a fierce hatred for Starhawk, and after his scientists learned that the three children possessed great latent psychic powers, he sought to use them against Starhawk.
Starhawk almost instantly was aware of his children's' abduction, and led the Guardians of the Galaxy to locate them. The Guardians flew into a trap of the Reavers, but Starhawk teleported out of the ship to confront Ogord. Ogord, however, was ready for him. Ogord's scientists succeeded both in bringing out the psychic powers of the children, as well as designing headbands that would place them completely under Ogord's control. The children blasted Starhawk mercilessly, and he found himself unable to strike back against his own children. The use of their powers triggered maturation cycles in the children, bringing them physically to adulthood as they brought Starhawk to the brink of destruction.
The other Guardians then arrived to help Starhawk, and Vance Astro used his telekinetic powers to remove the headbands from the children, freeing them from Ogord's control. However, the shock of realizing they had nearly killed their own parents triggered another maturation cycle. This cycle continued out of control, and within seconds the children were geriatric, and then crumbled into dust. Starhawk wept for his lost children, while Ogord wept only for his lost vengeance.
Comments: Created by Steve Gerber and John Buscema.
Given that their parents and grandfather all lived to be over 1000 years old, it is difficult to be certain of the ages of these children who were youthful in appearance and demeanor. They may have been 10 and under, or could have been centuries old.
Actually, the Earth-691 Quasar and Her were the parents of Starhawk.
I refer to Starhawk as "him" or "he" simply for ease of description.
I'm not sure why Starhawk, "The One Who Knows," didn't see this coming.
CLARIFICATIONS: Tara has no known connection to:
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Marvel Presents#4 (April, 1976) - Steve Gerber (writer), Al Milgrom (artist), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Marvel Presents#9 (February, 1977) - Steve Gerber & Mary Skrenes (writers), Al Milgrom (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Marvel Presents#10 (April, 1977) - Roger Stern (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Marvel Presents#11 (June, 1977) - Roger Stern (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Bob Wiacek & Al Milgrom (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Last Updated: 12/24/03
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