clavian_race-rom-resistance.jpgCLAVIAN race

clavian_race-rom-clavius-plants.jpgClassification: Humanoid extraterrestrial race 

Location/Base of Operations: Clavius, fourth from the sun in the Clyph star system, Milky Way galaxy;
    Clavius seemed to be essentially Earthlike in terms of atmosphere. 
    There were small villages, but not large cities observed.
    There were also a number of rocky, mountainous regions, as well as more barren plains;
    grassy vegetation was present on the plains and mountains

Known Members: None identified;
    estimated population: 45 million

Affiliations: Spaceknight Squadron (Rom, Skera the Scanner, Tarm the Seeker, Unam the Unseen, Vola the Trapper)

Enemies: Dire Wraiths (both science and sorcery), Raak the Breakerclavian_race-rom-ohotmu.jpg

First Appearance: Rom#71 (October, 1985)

Powers/Abilities: The Clavians did not demonstrate any abilities beyond those of humanity. 

    Their level of technology is generally inferior to Earth's, with some ballistic weapons. 

Traits: The Clavians exist as a number of tribal nations. 

    Prior to the invasion of the Wraiths and the assaults by Raak, they were warring amongst each other for power, riches, territory, or for the sheer thrill of fighting.

    They united against their common foes, but it is unrevealed whether they maintained such alliances after the defeat/departure of their attackers.

clavian_race-rom-faces.jpgType:  Bilaterally symmetric humanoid bipeds
: Two (on head; solid pink color seen)
: Four (plus opposing thumb)
: Five
Skin color: Pink
Average height: 5'10"


clavian_race-rom-wraiths_attack.jpg(Rom#71 (fb) - BTS) <According to what the Clavians related to Vola> - Clavius was an embattled planet, with the Clavian tribes warring amongst each other for power, riches, territory, or for the sheer thrill of fighting.

 (Rom#71 (fb)) - The Dire Wraiths (both science and sorcery-based) -- fleeing their aborted invasion of Galador -- invaded Clavius. The Clavians fought a series of pitched battles, but their disunity was their undoing. 

(Rom#71 (fb) - BTS) - The sorcery-powered Wraiths lost their powers with the destruction of Wraithworld, but the science Wraiths maintained their weaponry and assaults.

(Rom#71 (fb)) - Galadorian Spaceknight Raak the Breaker arrived on Clavius. clavian_race-rom-with_vola.jpg

    Raak initially used his microwave powers to destroy the Dire Wraiths, the enemies of Galador, but when he found the Wraiths would as willingly serve his power-seeking ends as their own, he used the science Wraiths' technology to subjugate the rest of Clavius as well.

(Rom#71 (fb)) - United agains the common foes, the Clavians began to form a resistance to Raak's rule and fight back. 

(Rom#71 (fb)) - In the face of Raak and his murderous Wraith hordes, the Clavians were easily put down and would have been annihilated, but for the arrival of another Spaceknight, Vola the Trapper, who lent her power to the resistance's cause.

(Rom#71 (fb)) - Both sects of Wraiths allied with the renegade Spaceknight Raak the Breaker who had subsequently come to Clavius. clavian_race-rom-target_squadron.jpg

(Rom#71 - BTS) - As Rom, Skera the Scanner, Tarm the Seeker, and Unam the Unseen explored space, seeking to locate Spaceknights unaware of the Wraith war's end, Skera sensed a spaceknight presence on Clavius, leading the Spaceknight Squadron to investigate the planet. 

(Rom#71) - As the Spaceknight Squadron landed, they were observed by Clavians who apparently planned to ambush them. As Skera discovered and identified these people, Tarm and Unam confronted and assaulted the would-be ambushers. As the Clavians fled this assault, they rushed right before Rom, whose presence terrified them. 

    Rom engaged his translator and asked why they sought to ambush he and his comrades, but Vola the Trapper then explained they had learned to hate other Spaceknights than her due to Raak's actions.clavian_race-rom-raak-assault.jpg

(Rom#71 (fb) - BTS) - Rom instructed Skera, Tarm, Unam, and Vola to assault Raak and his Wraith allies.

(Rom#71) - Raak and the Wraith assaulted the Clavians, instructing them if they surrendered and accepted servitude, they would be allowed to live, constructing the assault fleet with which Raak intended to attack Galador. 

    The oppressors were interrupted by Rom, who led the Spaceknights and Clavian resistance against them. The Spaceknights destroyed the Wraith's weaponry and banished the Wraiths to a branch of Limbo, while Rom confronted Raak. clavian_race-rom-with_spaceknights.jpg

    Ultimately, Unam sacrificed himself protecting Rom from Raak's microwave power, allowing Rom to banish Raak to Limbo alongside the Wraiths. The Spaceknights prepared to bury Unam with honor. 

Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo, Steve Ditko, and P. Craig Russell.

    The OHotMU Deluxe Edition#15 entry on the Clavians names their planet as Clarius, but that is a typo, as it was called Clavius in-story.

    My OHotMU image has some smudges on it. I'm working on getting it replaced.

    I don't know whether Unam was buried on Clavius, but he was not seen when the Spaceknights next appeared in Rom Annual#4.

Profile by Snood.

The Clavians have no known connections to

images: (without ads)
Rom#71, pg. 9, panel 2 (Clavius observed from space; the web-like pattern seen likely reflects Skera's scanning of the region);
            panel 3 (mountains and vegetation);
            panel 5 (preparing to ambush Spaceknight Squadron);
        pg. 11, panel 3 (faces, close-up);
        pg. 12, panel 3 (Wraiths assault Clavians);
        pg. 14, panel 4 (Clavian resistance);
        pg. 15, panel 1 (Clavians alongside Vola);
        pg. 17, panel 1 (Raak assaulting Clavians);
            panel 3 (Spaceknight Squadron leading Clavians to assault Dire Wraiths)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#15: Clavians entry (full body, underwear image)

Rom#71 (October, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Steve Ditko (penciler), P. Craig Russell (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#15: Appendix: Alien Races: Betans entry (March, 1987) - Mark Gruenwald (writer/producer), Peter Sanderson (writer/researcher), Kyle Baker (penciler), Josef Rubinstein (inker), Gregory Wright (assistant editor)


Last updated: 12/28/14

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