caldor-8116-ei9-orbitCALDOR

Official Name: Caldor

Nature: Alternate Reality (Reality-8116) extraterrestrial planet, Chalfalon star system (500,000 light years from the Dark Sector (formerly the Milky Way Galaxy), Empirical Galaxy

Environment: Life-sustaining biosphere

Gravity: Unrevealed (but presumably possessed a gravitational field in which it was comfortable for humanoids to function; Vanth did not comment on it being significantly different than from Earth)

Atmosphere: Unrevealed (presumably mostly nitrogen and oxygen as it can be breathed by humanoids)

Natural Satellites: At least one moon; possibly two or more

Artificial Satellites: None known

Natives: Birds of an unidentified species were present and may have been native; alternatively, they could have been brought there by Instrumentality scientists. Perhaps pets escaped and flourished there...

Population: None known;
    the people had approximately 320 members (all were slain except Oedi, who departed Caldor), plus formerly four non-native residents, plus whatever group of Instrumentality scientists were there for an undetermined period of time

Prominent residents: Formerly the People (Oedi (only known survivor); Lectra, Minde', Oedi the elder, approximately 315 others (all deceased)) were created and lived there;
   
Syzygy Darklock, Delilah D-50, Pyrax 8-13, Vanth (later Dreadstar)

Visitors: Aknaton (buried there), First Nova Squadron (notably Lt. Sandorz)

Capital City: The Village was the only known settlement

Government: The People lived is something of a commune, loosely under the surveillance of the Instrumentality;

Languages: Unidentified language used by the Instrumentality

National/Planetary Defense: None; the People were pacifists, Vanth had renounced his violent past at the time, and Syzygy Darklock was living in isolation

Major Resources: Unrevealed

Monetary Unit: Money did not seem to be a part of the commune-like civilizations; the People like shared/bartered/helped as needed 

Places of Interest: Mist Valley (which contained Syzygy's abode), the Village (Research Center Delta 219; contained Delilah and Vanth's home)

First Appearance: Epic Illustrated#9 (December, 1981)caldor-8116-mgn-wooded

History:
(Dreadstar and Company#5: The Dreadstar and Company Files: Oedi) <Perhaps 150-170 years before the main story in Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar> - War broke out between two imperial powers within the Empirical galaxy, the Monarchy and the theocratic Instrumentality. Early in the course of the war, the Church of the Instrumentality established scientific research centers on planet throughout its empire whose purpose was to discover or devise a means of assuring the Instrumentality's victory. 

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) <Decades before the main story> - In hopes of creating a race of super-warriors to use against the Monarchy, Instrumentality scientists established Research Center Delta 219 for a top secret research project on the planet Caldor, which was "pretty far from any regular space corridors." 

(Dreadstar and Company#5: The Dreadstar and Company Files: Oedi) - Caldor had no native humanoid population.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) / Dreadstar and Company#5: The Dreadstar and Company Files: Oedi) - There they cross-bred (almost certainly via genetic engineering) cats and humans in hopes of producing super-warriors with feline reflexes, instincts, and ferocity coupled with man's intelligence and manual dexterity. 

    However, while the resulting cat people did have human intelligence and body conformation, their natural temperaments were so peaceful and gentle that all attempts to use them as soldiers failed miserably. With the first generation being herbivores, they proved to have a real talent for farming. They were dubbed the People.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - Nonetheless, as wars needed soldiers, soldiers needed food, and Caldor was a very fertile planet, the People, were allowed to survive as long as they kept producing high-quality forest wheat and other crops for the government...at prices set by the government. 

(Dreadstar and Company#5: The Dreadstar and Company Files: Oedi) - Over the succeeding decades, the People's population grew to 320, while the research center retained no Instrumentality personnel on base). For unrevealed reasons, the Instrumentality did not attempt to convert the People to the repressive state religion. 

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - The People perpetuated the name Mist Valley, established by the earliest Instrumentality settlers, considering it part of the "out there" (space), because its cliffs and rocky terrain made it inarable (unfarmable); as a result, few ventured out there. caldor-8116-ei9-akspherecrash

    Once a year, a huge Instrumentality ship came from space to collect the forest wheat harvest and to deliver used agricultural equipment, rations (always in insufficient quantities), approved literature (mostly almanacs), and an occasional visitor (usually some type of scientist).

    The People called Research Center Delta 219 home or "the village."

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) <Twelve cycles before the main story> - Pyrax 8-13 and his wife, Delilah D-50, arrived one of the annual Instrumentality ships, intending to study the People on a university grant. 

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) <Six cycles before the main story>  - Pyrax was killed by a Monarchy scout ship, and he was buried. Delilah stayed on to finish Pyrax's anthropological work. She became an accepted member of the community despite being "human."

(Epic Illustrated#9) - The mystic sphere containing Orsirosian Aknaton and his warrior Vanth Dreadstar -- who had facilitated the destruction of the entire Milky Way Galaxy to eliminate the threat of the Zygoteans -- approached Caldor after 1 million years of travel.

    Aknaton's senses told him that Caldor was where Vanth's destiny awaited. 

    After explaining how they had survived and where they were, Aknaton detailed how Caldor and its surrounding star systems were chiefly populated with human and semi-human beings and was much like the Milky Way Galaxy in many ways; and this space sector had need of a person of Vanth's particular talents and qualities.

    Overwhelmed at having been led to contribute in the destruction of an entire galaxy, Vanth fatally wounded Aknaton with his laser pistol. caldor-8116-mgn-vanthwheatforest

    Aknaton continued that the people of this galaxy were at a moral crossroads, a point of technological development where they could change their worlds into scientific gardens of paradise or breed their own race of Zygoteans. Aknaton advised Vanth that he was needed to lead the people down the right road, but that he would not be alone, as others would help him, though those people would need Vanth in order to survive. Aknaton explained that Vanth had to make others hear his message or they would suffer the same damnation.

    After confirming that he had goaded Vanth into killing him, Aknaton died.

(Epic Illustrated#9 (fb) - BTS / Epic Illustrated#9 - BTS) - Vanth dug a shallow grave for Aknaton, buried him under a pile of rocks, and then wandered away.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar) - Near the Village, Vanth collapsed from a radium laser blast he had taken prior to their journey in stasis. He was found by the People, who brought him to Delilah, in whose home he recovered. The two soon fell in love, and the People came to accept him, while Vanth renounced his violent past and became a farmer.

    Thirty years later, the Altarix mystic Syzygy Darklock arrived in the Lightcutter II, seeking to join with Vanth to fulfill a prophecy to improve the lives of the people of the galaxy and made base in Mist Valley.caldor-8116-orbit.jpg

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - For an unspecified number of star cycles (years), Vanth met with Syzygy Darklock twice every moon cycle, and the two became friends while Syzygy shared his knowledge with Vanth. 

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - The Monarchy's intelligence forces received decades-old information about the Instrumentality's "cat warriors,"  and King Nellor resolved that they should destroy them before they were put into action as well as to terminate any scientists they found on the site. 

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - While Vanth and Syzygy were within Syzygy's multi-dimensional overlap-constructed home, the Monarchy's First Nova Squadron assaulted the Village. They easily slaughtered the People.

(Epic Illustrated#15) - Only the younger Oedi survived.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - After presumably questioning/torturing Delilah, First Nova Squadron slew her.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar - BTS) - As Vanth departed Syzygy's place, they saw a bright light over the village and Monarchy ships flying away from there. Syzygy told Vanth that he had only had a feeling but that Vanth better get home, and Vanth took Syzygy's flyer to return the distant Village in minutes.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar) - Finding the Village in flames, the People all slaughtered, and Delilah's body,

    Vanth summoned his Sword of Icy Fire, learning what had happened from First Nova Squadron's Lt. Sandorz, whose flyer had been downed, before killing him.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar - BTS) - After bringing about the death of First Nova Squadron and murdering King Nellor, Vanth agreed to join with Syzygy to bring about the end of the Monarchy-Instrumentality war.

Comments: Created by Jim Starlin.

Dreadstar / Reality-8116 primer

    See the People's profile for a discussion on when they were created. Sources and resources vary from estimating 35-200 years before Vanth's profile. I favorVanth's 35-45 years before his arrival on Caldor estimate.

    So, as stars are different sizes and planets are various distances from their suns, what is a year on one planet may be significantly longer or shorter than a year on Earth. That being said, I think most writers/stories tend to work on the premise that a year is a year, and I believe that to be true of this story. So 30 years on Caldor was presumably pretty close to 30 years on Earth. Or perhaps not...

    I don't recall whether we learned more about Caldor after the conclusion of the Metamorphosis Odyssey and the Oedi profile in Dreadstar and Company. After finishing coverage of the graphic novel and then Epic Illustrated#15, I'll be working my way though the Dreadstar series and other appearances, and I'll add anything else on Caldor that I find.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Caldor has no known connections to



birds
caldor-8116-vanthreemooncaldor-8116-birdOther than being grossly similar in appearance to terrestrial birds, the fact that they lived on Caldor, abd flew in flocks, nothing has been revealed about them.

The People were originally herbivores, but they developed into omnivores over time.

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Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar


Mist Valley

caldor-8116-mistvalley    Early Instrumentality settlers dubbed the region "Mist Valley."

    The People considered it part of the "out there" because of its cliffs and rocky terrain make it unfarmable, so few ever ventured there.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar) - Near the Village, Vanth collapsed from a radium laser blast he had taken prior to their journey in stasis.

     He was found by the People, who brought him to Delilah, in whose home he recovered. The two soon fell in love, and the People came to accept him, while Vanth renounced his violent past and became a farmer.

    Thirty years later, the Altarix mystic Syzygy Darklock arrived, seeking to join with Vanth to fulfill a prophecy to improve the lives of the people of the galaxy and made base in Mist Valley.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - For an unspecified number of star cycles (years), Vanth met with Syzygy Darklock twice every moon cycle, and the two became friends while Syzygy shared his knowledge with Vanth.


(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar) - Vanth was visiting Syzygy when First Nova Squadron destroyed the Village and slaughtered the People.

--"The Price," Eclipse Graphic Album Series#5; (identified) Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (1982)





Syzygy's abode
caldor-8116-syzygybase-intcaldor-8116-syzygybaseA multi-dimensional overlap-construction, Syzygy constructed in Mist Valley soon after arriving on Caldor.

     A thin veil hung from the sole entrance, passage through which revealed a structure larger inside than outside (like a tesseract?)

(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (fb) - BTS) - For an unspecified number of star cycles (years), Vanth met with Syzygy Darklock twice every moon cycle, and the two became friends while Syzygy shared his knowledge with Vanth.


(Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar) - Vanth was visiting Syzygy when First Nova Squadron destroyed the Village and slaughtered the People.

--"The Price," Eclipse Graphic Album Series#5


Delilah and Vanth's home
caldor-8116-mgn-delvanthomeDelilah and Vanth apparently lived here for 30+ years.

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Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar



images: (without ads)
Epic Illustrated#9: Metamorphosis Odyssey, Chapter XIII: Doomsday, pg. 9, panel 3 (Aknaton's sphere approaching Caldor);
"The Price," pg. 44, panel 3 (Syzygy approaching Caldor in Lightcutter II);
Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar, story pg. 1 (wounded Vanth wandering barren woods);
       pg. 12, panel 1 (wooded area and mountain);
        panel 2 (wheat field);
       pg. 13, panel 1 (Mist Valley, with smaller image of Syzygy's abode);
       pg. 14, panel 1 (Syzygy's abode; closer);
       pg. 16, panel 1 (Village at night);
          panel 2 (Delilah and Vanth's home, interior);
       pg. 17, panel 5 (Syzygy's abode, interior);
      


Appearances:
Epic Illustrated#9: Metamorphosis Odyssey, Chapter XIII: Doomsday & XIV: Aftermath (December, 1981) - Jim Starlin (writer, artist), Stan Lee (editor/publisher), Archie Goodwin (editorial director), James Shooter (consulting editor)

"The Price," Eclipse Graphic Album Series#5 (1981) - Jim Starlin (writer/artist); I don't know who edited it; reprinted in Epic's Dreadstar Annual#1 (1983) it credited Jo Duffy (associate editor) and Archie Goodwin (editor)

Marvel Graphic Novel#3: The Metamorphosis Odyssey Book Three: Dreadstar (1982) - Jim Starlin (writer/artist), Archie Goodwin & Jo Duffy (editor)


Started: 05/04/2023
First posted: 10/13/2023
Last updated: 10/29/2023

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