STAR-THIEFIlse faceStar-Thief manifestation

Real Name: Princess Ilse Pterigil

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Dreolln) mutant

Occupation: Princess

Group Membership: None

AffiliationsDefenders (Andromeda Attumasen, Angel/Warren Worthington, Beast/Hank McCoy, Cloud, Gargoyle/Isaac Christians, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde), Krugreppeans, Kubik/Cosmic Cube, Seraph/Sonya Tolsky

EnemiesDefenders (Andromeda Attumasen, Angel/Warren Worthington, Beast/Hank McCoy, Cloud, Gargoyle/Isaac Christians, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde), Krugreppeans, Kubik/Cosmic Cube, Seraph/Sonya Tolsky

Known Relatives: Unidentified mother

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The planet Dreolln, uinidentified Star System, presumably in the Milky Way galaxy

Appearances: Defenders I#150 (December, 1985)

Powers: The Star-Thief possessed great, but untrained psychic powers, which allowed her to tap into and usurp the power of the Cosmic Cube. With this power, she could make her every wish a reality, and was limited only by her own scope and imagination. She was able to teleport entire stars into a pocket dimension. She could rearrange matter and energy to a vast degree. Her physical form was blind, and while her mind was outside her body in the form of the Star-Thief, it was comatose, as well.

    What psychic powers she will develop on her own are uncertain, but she retains the potential to tap into the power of a Cosmic Cube.

Height: 4'8" (when last seen, as a child)
Weight: 87 lbs.
(when last seen, as a child)
Eyes: White
Hair: Black

star-thief-pterigil-manifest-fullHistory: The Star-Thief was a young princess on an the planet Dreolln. Under unrevealed circumstances, a laser beam struck her eyes and penetrated into her brain, rendering her comatose. Having been used to getting anything she wanted, the princess was severely traumatized by being cut off from the outside world. Her mind reached across the vastness of space, and managed to tap into the power of the first Cosmic Cube from Earth, which had just begun its evolution into a sentient being. Now seeking vengeance on the "little light" which had injured her, she used her vast power to remove the stars from around her, leaving only her planet's own sun, which she saw as a different kind of light due to its proximity.

The Star-Thief continued to remove the stars from around her in an ever-expanding sphere. Some races were able to survive in small numbers by escaping in starships, but numerous races met their end when they suddenly lost all heat and light. A nebula in the proximity of the disappearing stars had somehow developed intelligence. This nebula sought to stop the deaths of the stars, which it saw as its brethren. The nebula tracked the Star-Thief's power source's origin to Earth, but a series of events robbed the nebula of its memory and resulted in a portion of it becoming Cloud, who ended up as a member the Defenders. Eventually Cloud regained its mind and purpose, and brought the Defenders into space with it to oppose the Star Thief.

star-thief-pterigil-sharingThe Defenders were aided by the intelligent Cosmic Cube, who led them to join with a Krugreppean fleet composed of the survivors of one of the planets that had lost its sun. The Star Thief threatened to destroy them, but its new perceptions had limited its ability to comprehend smaller levels of action, and it was unable to directly attack them. The Beast determined where the Star-Thief's home planet might be by finding the single star in the center of the empty space from where so many stars had vanished. The Defenders invaded that world, and the Cube guided them to the princess. Cloud allowed the Angel to mentally contact Star-Thief. Having been recently blinded himself, the Angel hoped the Star-Thief would relate to him best. Initially the Star-Thief feared his intrusion, and sought to lash out. She appreciated the scope of entire galaxies from the mind of the Angel, and threatened to begin wiping them out on that level. All of the Defenders, Seraph, Cloud, the Cube, and even the aliens who had lost their own Star-To the Star-Thief then joined together to mentally comfort the terrified girl. They succeeded in easing her fear and anger, and making her realize the effects of what she was doing, and the princess released a small bag that was a portal to the pocket dimension into which she had placed the stars. The Cube took the bag and returned the stars to their original locations.

Comments: Created by Peter Gillis, Don Perlin, Alan Kupperberg and Randy Emberlin.

    Star-Thief got a full entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1980s Handbook.

    Planet Dreolln and Star-Thief's real name were identified in the Star-Thief profile in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z#11 while the Krugreppeans were identified in the Over-Mind profile in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z#8
    The race is not actually revealed in print, but Dreollnians sounds as good as anything for the people of Dreolln to me.

    The Cloud profile in Defenders: Strange Heroes#1 noted Dreolln to be presumably in the Milky Way galaxy, while Cloud's nebula originated only "many light years" from Dreolln.

    Ilse has a few additional images in the Dreollnians profile.

Clarifications: Star-Thief should be distinguished from:

Ilse's mother

dreollnians_race-queen_mother-fulldreollnians_race-queen_mother-upperAs Ilse was a princess, it is presumed, but unconfirmed, that her mother was the queen. 

(Defenders I#150 (fb) - BTS) - Child princess Ilse Pterigil was left comatose by a blinding laser beam of unrevealed origin that struck her and penetrated into her brain.

     Ilse's mind reached across space to tap the power of the now-sentient Cosmic Cube (later Kubik), a force field containing reality-altering energy, as it explored the cosmos. 

     Ilse used the Cube’s energy to transport stars and their discharged light into a pocket dimension, destroying many civilizations dependent on them.

     Ilse's mother people of Dreolln were unaware of Ilse's actions, and her mother, the (presumed) queen cared for her comatose daughter. Although the surgeons had told her their was no chance of recovery, the queen mother continued to maintain hope.

(Defenders I#150 (fb) - BTS) - Having sensed the vanishing stars, the being that would become Cloud allied with the former Cosmic Cube that would become Kubik and Earth's Defenders, eventually tracing Ilse, the Star-Thief, to Dreolln (via identifying the only star in a region otherwise void of stars) and ultimately to her bed where her mother stood beside her. dreollnians_race-queen_mother-mostfull

     Surprised at the aliens appearance/intrusion, Ilse's mother asked what they were doing and ordered them away. After Cloud identified the comatose girl as the Star-Thief, Beast apologized and asked what was wrong with the girl. The queen mother explained the events that had led to her daughter's condition. 

    Beast convinced the queen mother to join the others in projecting their presence, their desire to help and their love into Ilse.

    Comforted and overcoming her fear, Ilse withdrew her Star-Thief identity, restoring the Cube's power and manifesting the pocket dimension containing the stars as a small bag (like a sack of marbles). While the Cube planned to begin restoring the stars, Valkyire assured the queen mother that her daughter was back from the abyss and that she would recover and be whole.
     The queen mother thanked her, but nonetheless noted how she was bewildered by their discussion of the fates of stars. The Cube explained Ilse as an extraordinary being who had reached across the light years and tapped into the Cube's power's power in an effort to destroy the light that had hurt her.

     As the queen mother watched, still somewhat shocked, the Cube sent all the visitors back home as it began the process of restoring the stolen stars, starting with the Krugreppeans.

Note: Her last name would seem likely to be Pterigil, but that's unconfirmed. If she had been identified, I might have given her her own profile.

The Krugreppeans that assisted the Defenders had originally been a happy, peaceful society. When the Star Thief wiped out their star, they used their starships to escape the darkness and cold that resulted. However, they possessed a limited number of ships, and only a very small number of them were able to take to the stars. The rest died on their planet.

They sought vengeance on the source of their plight, and eventually joined with the Defenders and the Cosmic Cube against the Star Thief. One of their ships brought them to Star Thief's world, and several of them participated in helping to calm Star Thief to prevent it from performing destruction on a larger scale. The name of the race, its planet, and its galaxy are not known. The galaxy is the same as that of Star Thief, and the Beast jokingly referred to their planet as Xiombarg.

The natives are covered with thick hair, have brown skin, and no visible nasal structure. Many are trained as warriors, and use both bladed and energy weapons. They possess space-faring ships and other advanced technology, but after superstitious enough to fear the Valkyrie as the Chooser of the Slain. The warriors are strong, possibly superhumanly so. They like to use the world "Hoopla" (or their languarge's equivalent) as an exclamation of some sort. None of them were known by name, but the Beast referred to several of them as Moe, Curly, and Shemp, after the Three Stooges, of course.







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  (New) Defenders I#150, pg. 17 (manifestation; confronts Defenders);
        pg. 18, panel 5 (manifestation; full)
        pg. 30, panel 5 (Ilse's room; mother full, small);
        pg. 31, panel 1 (mother; face; profile);
            panel 2 (Ilse; face);
        pg. 32, panel 4 (mother; upper; oblique);
            panel 4 (others sharing love, offering help/hope);
        pg. 35, panel 1 (Ilse in bed with stars);
        pg. 36,  panel 6 (mother, mostly full, olbique)

(New) Defenders I#150 (December, 1985) - Peter B. Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Alan Kupperberg & Randy Emberlin (inkers), Carl Potts (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z hardcover#11 (January, 2010) - Jeff Christiansen, Stuart Vandal, & Sean McQuaid (head writers/coordinators), Mike Fichera, Madison Carter, Markus Raymond, & Mike O'Sullivan (coordination assistants),  Jeff Youngquist & Jennifer Grunwald (editors)
Defenders: Strange Heroes#1 (February, 2012) - Jeff Christiansen, Mike O'Sullivan, Stuart Vandal (head writers/coordinators), Markus Raymond, Mike Fichera (assistant coordinators), Sean McQuaid, Patrick Duke, Markus Raymond, Roger Ott, Ronald Byrd, Madison Carter, Kevin Garcia, Anthony Cotilleta, Rob London, Patrick Ryall, Eduardo Freyre, Michael Hoskin (writers), Jennifer Grunwald & Mark D. Beazley (assistant editors), Jeff Youngquist (editor, special projects)

First posted: 09/01/2001 (apparently one of the first 165 profiles I loaded onto the site the day I started it)
Last updated: 4/18/2021

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