Real Name: Quan-St'ar
Identity/Class: Human magic user
Occupation: Sorcerer, revenge, would-be-conqueror
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Formerly Yü-Ti, formerly Cybelle
Enemies: Yü-Ti, Iron Fist, Shang-Chi, Shou-Lao, the Undying, Cybelle
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: S'Ahra Sharn, in the same dimension of K'un-Lun
First Appearance: Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1 (1976)
Powers/Abilities: He can transport through dimensions, fire mystical blasts, and possesses some degree of precognition or clairvoyance. In general, his mystical powers are increased by the Globe of Eternity. He was also a skilled warrior as he confronted a Sacred Dragon of K'un-Lun and killed him using a scimitar.
Height: 5'11" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
(Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1 (fb)) - Quan-St'ar was born in K'un-Lun and was a magician. He was an important person in K'un-Lun. During an exhibition of the Dragons-Knights, one of the dragons went mad and attacked Yu-Ti. Quan-St'ar loyally defended Yu-Ti, nearly dying for him three times before eventually killed the dragon. Taking out the dragon's heart, he offered it to his lord in a show of loyalty, but Yu-Ti ungratefully accused Quan-St'ar of the murder of a Sacred Dragon and banished Quan-St'ar from K'un-Lun.This dragon was Shou-Lao (see comments.
Quan-St'ar took refuge at S'Ahra Sharn where he used his magic powers to impress the citizens and gather henchmen. Full of hate, he started to gather an army to conquer and destroy K'un-Lun and thought to kill Iron Fist for revenge against Yu-Ti. He became the strategist and the supreme leader of the army and of the city.
Quan-St'ar took Cybelle, a beautiful woman and warrior, in his army.
(Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1) - Using his magic powers,
Quan-St'ar reached through the dimensions to appear in London, near
where Daniel Rand was. A "bobby" tried to stop
Quan-St'ar thinking he was a thief (mistake a sorcerer for a thief?
sheesh! What else? Mistake an elf for a dwarf?) but
Quan-St'ar killed him. The sorcerer summoned an army of warriors from
S'Ahra Sharn and sent them against Iron Fist and Shang-Chi, but the two
masters of martial arts defeated the assassins. With the fight's
conclusion, Quan-S'tar approached the pair and convinced them that
K'un-Lun needed their help against S'Ahra Sharn's evil army. Then he
transported the three of them across strange dimensions to emerge via a
portal of co-existent and conterminous dimensions in S'Ahra Sharn, .
Quan-St'ar had Cybelle trick Iron Fist and Shang-Chi and had the Captain of the guardsmen, Shai-Tahn, capture the two. Five days later Quan-St'ar and Cybelle visited Iron Fist and Shang-Chi in the prison and unveiled some of his plans and stated that Cybelle will become his queen.
(Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1- BTS) - Using the Globe of Eternity, Quan-St'ar watched Cybelle helping the two warriors to flee from the prison and attack his tower.
(Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1) - The two warriors reached the sorcerer at the top of his tower. Drawing power off the Globe, the source of his powers, Quan-St'ar threw magic blasts at the pair. Iron Fist managed to deflect the arcane death using his "Iron Fist," while Shang-Chi approached the Globe. Almost in same moment, Iron Fist hit Quan-St'ar and Shang-Chi smashed the Globe. The sorcerer fell in the path of evil sprung from the shattered Globe, and both the globe and he were consumed and disappeared.
Comments: Created by Doug Moench and Keith Pollard.
An evil sorcerer with a magical Globe in a tower, a medieval city full of scoundrels, two paladins, an inn, a beautiful she-warrior, unicorns, ... I'd like to play it in Dungeons&Dragons™!
See the Shou-Lao
profile for a discussion about how Quan-S'tar's killing of Shou-Lao,
recounted by Cybelle (who thus might be an unreliable narrator), fits
in with later revelations about the dragon's origins and the
subsequent reveal that it keeps getting killed and being reborn to
supply K'un-Lun with a string of Iron Fists going back at least as far
as 1,000,000 B.C. Suffice to say, if Quan-S'tar was the first person
to kill the dragon, he'd been in exile for a heck of a long time! -
Quan-St'ar has no known connections to
S'Ahra Sharn has no known connections to
Cybelle has no known connections to
The Globe of Eternity has no known connections to
Shai-Tahn has no known connections to
Shaitan - biblical mythology, along with
Moloch grandparent of Sybil, invoked in the Hyborian era
<Islamic(?) for "devil">-Last of Gehenna--[Marvel Graphic Novel: Conan of the Isles, Gambit II#1]
The city of S'Ahra Sharn is the twin
(but evil) city of K'un-Lun. Like K'un-Lun, residency in S'Ahra Sharn
grants immortality to the inhabitants, most of whom are thieves,
scoundrels, mob-enforcers, assassins, and brawlers. The city seems to
embrace this cutthroat image, with drinking establishments such as the
"Den of Last Despair." Virtually all the citizens carry weapons with
them, and some have unicorn-like mounts. The city has a corps of
guardsmen led by Shai-Tahn. Quan-St'ar wasn't the only magic-user there.
After Quan-St'ar defeat, Cybelle became the queen of the city.
Comments: How S'Ahra Sharn fits in with the
later revelation that K'un-Lun is one of Seven Capital Cities of
Heaven, and there is a dark Eighth City, none of which are apparently
S'Ahra Sharn, remains unrevealed. Given Iron Fist didn't know about
the other Capital Cities until years later, it seems unlikely S'Ahra
Sharn is another name for one of them, not can it be yet another
Capital City, because the whole point with the Eighth City was that it
was a big surprise to most people that there even was more than seven.
I guess given the title "Capital" City, it could be argued that other,
non-capital cities exist, though that feels like a bit of a semantic
cheat. Perhaps a writer will one day revisit S'Ahra Sharn and explain
how it all fits together. - Loki
--Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1
The Globe of Eternity
The Globe of Eternity was the source of Quan-St'ar mystic powers. It is unclear if he used the Globe when he was in K'un-Lun or if he found it later. Probably the Globe was a high amplifier of Quan-St'ar power. The globe contained evil faces and forces, but it wasn't so durable as Shang-Chi broke it with a single hit. After shattered it consumed itself and nothing remained of it.
--Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1
Cybelle was a skilled warrior and
strategist. Cybelle complied with Quan-St'ar's plans, but secretly she
was a spy and gathered a her own army of followers as strong as
Quan-St'ar's. Cybelle sent many of her warriors to join the army who
attacked Shang-Chi and Iron Fist in London, probably ordering them to
not harm the two.
Following Quan-St'ar instructions, she met Iron Fist and Shang-Chi at an inn, the Den of Last Despair, where she started a brawl and let Shai-Tahn and his guardsmen capture her. By threatening to kill Cybelle, the soldier forced Iron Fist and Shang-Chi to surrender and be imprisoned. Quan-St'ar complimented her on her work.
Five days later she and Quan-St'ar visited the two warriors in prison. That night she helped them to escape, explaining to them her intentions and took them to the sorcerer's tower. She explained that the balance between evil and good must be kept, and that she and her group were the good counterpart of the evil one in S'Ahra Sharn.
At the tower she and her warriors defeated Quan-St'ar's guardsmen, but all her forces would have been powerless against the sorcerer if he could have used the Globe of Eternity.
After Quan-St'ar's death she became the queen of S'Ahra Sharn.
--Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1
Shai-Tahn was the corrupt captain of a squad of soldiers who acted as
guards in S'Ahra Sharn. Working for Quan-S'tar, he and his troops
crashed the brawl at the Den of Last Despair, where he falsely accused
Shang-Chi and Iron Fist of starting the fight and arrested them, forcing
their surrender by threatening to have one of his men stab Cybelle.
--Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1
Quan-St'ar - full body, Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1, page 5, panel 4
Quan-St'ar - head shot, Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1, cover
S'Ahra Shan, Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1, p15, panel 4
The Globe of Eternity, Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1, page 30, panel 7
Cybelle, Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1, page 18, panel 1
Shai-Tahn and an unicorn, Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1, page 22, panel 1
Shai-Tahn riding the unicorn (better look at the steed), Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1, page 21, panel 1
Master of Kung-Fu Annual#1 (1976) - Doug Moench (writer), Keith Pollard (pencils), John Tartaglione & Duffy Vohland (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
First Posted: 04/01/05
Last updated: 08/12/20
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