Official Name: Iolium

Nature: Extraterrestrial world; Carinian Cluster, presumably in the Milky Way galaxy (see comments)

Natives: Merimarth Quarrel, Sinindru Quarrel, Sinjin Quarrel (Starlord);
    it is unrevealed whether the couple the Quarrels met with were natives or just visitors;
    there were likely a few Probiti stationed on Iolium, and it is possible that one or more of those is native to Iolium

Population: Unrevealed

Capital City: Unrevealed

Government: They were under the control of the government of Carina Prime, which apparently ruled the Carinian Cluster;
    They were governed to some degree for the nebulous Lawgivers, while actual trials and other matters involved the use of Probiti who were used with the intent of ensuring the truth would be learned.

Languages: Unrevealed (there was no discussion of any variation in languages between anyone on Iolium, other worlds in the Carinian Cluster, such as Carina Prime or Bovric; or even in worlds outside the cluster, such as Holmrig)

National Defense: Unrevealed

Places of Interest: None identified

Visitors: None identified;
    it is unrevealed whether the couple the Quarrels met with were natives or just visitors;
    there were likely a few Probiti stationed on Iolium, though it is possible that one or more of those is native to Iolium;
    Colonel Castonis and/or other agents of Harith Damyish presumably briefly visited Iolium to capture Merimarth and Sinindru Quarrel (though the two may also have been off-world at the time);
    Viz Glazgon and/or some of his agents returned the Quarrels to their home.

First Appearance: Starlord#1 (December, 1996)

(Starlord#1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point it was realized that there were a number of telepaths amongst the worlds of the Carinian Cluster, and they organized themselves into a group, to train the young in the use of their abilities, as well as to work together towards common goals. Eventually, the Probiti's skills were recognized, and they were made judges of the courts in the Carinian Cluster.
    At the age of seven, any of these telepaths (who all had gold eyes) were sent to Carina Prime to be trained at the Probiti Institute.

(Starlord#1) - Sinjin and Merimarth Quarrel were shocked to learn that their newborn son, Sinjin, had gold eyes, marking him as a telepath. They reluctantly accepted they would have to send him to the Probiti Institute at age seven, but vowed to take those first seven years to teach Sinjin everything they knew about right and wrong.

(Starlord#1 - BTS) - The Probiti's skill continued to grow, and while many of the Probiti accepted their new authority with wisdom and humility, far too many others used their power for their own wealth and/or power. Lawgivers' efforts to reduce the Probiti's authority were blocked by Probiti control of the legal system or else by intense pressure on their own membership.

(Starlord#1) - On Sinjin's seventh birthday, Sinindru and Merimarth sent Sinjin to the Probiti Institute. 

(Starlord#3 (fb) - BTS) - Damyish had his enforcer Colonel Castonis (or other agents) kidnap Sinindru and Merimarth Quarrel and bring them to Bovric to use as leverage in case Starlord opposed him.

(Starlord#3 - BTS) - Viz Glazgon offered to personally transport the Quarrels to their home, as he had some business in the Carinian Cluster.


Comments: Created by Timothy Zahn and Dan Lawlis.

    Iolium seemed to be a world relatively involved with their natural environment. We didn't see a lot of technology. While the spaceport may or may not have been on Iolium, they had to have some sort of port for ships from other worlds to travel to and from their world to bring the Probiti to Carina Prime, at least.

    Sinjin notes that Paka's Crossing, the city in which he was stationed on Bovric, would barely have qualified as a village on Iolium, though both were much less urban than Carina Prime.

    While the Quarrels were certainly humanoid, we only see seven (counting the three tiny, unidentifiable biped figures seen outside the window when Sinindru and Merimarth are meeting with the alien couple(?)) other people on Iolium. Two of these (seen in the departure image below) were also humanoid, one being one of the Probiti and the other -- since he or she was present at the spaceport -- may have been a visitor or a native. Two were clearly alien, but it is not revealed whether they lived on Iolium (they may have been the Quarrels' neighbors and friends) or whether they were visitors from another world.

    Wre just don't know how much of Iolium's population was humanoid, or whether it was a sort of melting pot world, etc. Maybe future stories of Sinjin Quarrel (hopefully in a story true to Star-Lord-791) will reveal more about Sinjin's homeworwld.


    It is not clear to me whether the scene of Sinjin's departure takes place on Iolium, as his parents are sending him off with a Probiti escort (in the brown robe in the background), or whether they are dropping him off on Carina Prime, and the Probiti representative is just going to take him to the training center. My gut feeling is that they are dropping him off on Carina Prime.

    Sinjin Quarrel's adventures take place in a potential future, approximately 12 years after the last known adventure (at the time) of Star-Lord (Peter Quill) - presumably the Reality-791 version. This COULD occur between Marvel Super Special#10 and Starlord, the Special Edition.

    Starlord (Sinjin Quarrel) referred to his predecessor, Peter Quill, as being from "a minor planet called Earth," but further noted his was mobile throughout "the entire galaxy." Since Sinjin said "the galaxy," I'd think that meant he considered Earth to be in the same galaxy as the Carinian Cluster...which would make the Carinian Cluster in the Milky Way galaxy.

Profile by Snood.

Iolium has no known connections to

images: (without ads)
Starlord#1, pg. 2, panel 3 (field and sky)
        pg. 3, panel 1 (Merimarth cooks with young Sinjin - landscape visible);
            panel 2 (Sinindru fishes with young Sinjin);
            panel 3 (Sinindru & Merimarth have drinks at home with alien couple(?));
        pg. 4, panel 2 (Sinjin's departure; spaceport)

Starlord#1 (December, 1996) - Timothy Zahn (writer), Dan Lawlis (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 03/12/15

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