Real Name: Sep
Identity/Class: Terrestrial human sub-species (hidden race); Aerian
Occupation: Former scout and scholar
Group Membership: Aerian race
Affiliations: Dherk (he warned Dherk of Belasco), Ka-Zar (Kevin, Lord Plunder), Leanne, Shanna the She-Devil (Shanna, Lady Plunder);
formerly Khalf and the Pterons;
Belasco posed as an ally in recovering Leanne
Enemies: Belasco, Khalf and the Pterons;
formerly Ka-Zar, Shanna; Leanne (he betrayed her, she betrayed him);
he betrayed both the Aerians and the Lemurans out of love for Leanne and/or money
Known Relatives: None
Leanne called him "Darling"; Ka-Zar called him "Buster" once when they were struggling
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly Nahgen Island, Gorhan Sea, Pangea, Antarctica;
formerly Athmeth caverns, Pangea, Savage Land, Antarctica
First Appearance: Ka-Zar the Savage I#2 (May, 1981)
Like other Aerians, Sep is a a humanoid possessed of various avian
characteristics, like large-feathered wings (Sep looked to have a
wingspan of 15' or greater) with which he could fly, at speeds of
perhaps 30-60 miles per hour. He could fly carrying the weight of at
least an adult human woman, and he could fly for at least hours
carrying such a weight.
The Aerians may have had feathers instead of hair or they may have had hair in addition to feathers.
He likely had adaptations to assist in flight, such as porous,
bird-like bone, and/or eyes adapted to resist high-speed winds, etc.
Sep had some degree of expertise in Pangea's ancient sciences and languages.
Sep had some experience in combat, using his wings to enable him to
lift himself to a greater height or speed the velocity of his attack.
He carried a sword.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'10")
Weight: Unrevealed (he likely had porous, bird-like bones); possibly 130 lbs.
Eyes: Unrevealed; possibly light brown or green (poorly seen in the two face close-ups)
(Presumably) feathers: Black or dark gray
the Savage#2 (fb) - BTS) - Sep became lovers with Queen Leanne of
Zarhan -- who had become disenchanted with her role as a puppet ruler
-- and they made plans to elope. Sep made an arrangement with the
King Khalf and the Pterons to have Leanne "kidnapped" and escorted to a
remote part of
the Savage#4 (fb) - BTS) - Leaanne told Sep about Ka-Zar, and Sep sensed and was jealous of her infatuation with him.
the Savage#2 (fb) - BTS) - Pterons abducted Leanne, seemingly slaying
Sep (who was brought to their Athmeth caverns along with Leanne) and wounding the
other scout who had accompanied Sep.
the Savage I#2 - BTS) - A Pteron dropped the other Aerian scout back in
the Aerian's Aerie Shalan base, where he noted that their mission
had failed, Sep had been killed,
and the Pterons had taken Queen Leanne. Ka-Zar, Shanna, and Zabu agreed
to aid the Aerians in recovering Leanne.
the Savage I#2) - When Ka-Zar tried to rescue Leanne, she urged him to
leave before he ruined everything, and he ducked behind a curtain just
as Sep entered. When Sep and Leanne embraced, Ka-Zar angrily revealed
his presence, and Sep, questioning whether the intruder was one of her
people, reached for his sword. Leanne calmed Sep, explaining that
Ka-Zar was a friend, after
which Sep explained that he had come to see if she was ready as their
entourage was waiting. Leanne convinced Sep to give her privacy to
say goodbye to Ka-Zar, and Sep warned her that if they delayed things
angered Khalf he may renege on their bargain.
the Savage I#2 - BTS) - After Leanne revealed her and Sep's plot,
Ka-Zar questioned Leanne's motives and asked if he loved Sep, too.
Leanne told him, "No...not like you, Ka-Zar."
the Savage I#2) -
They were interrupted by Khalf, who, standing alongside Sep (who may or may not have overheard Ka-Zar and Leanne's conversation) and several Pterons,
revealed that Sep had betrayed both the Aerians and Leanne in exchange
for "a few paltry riches." Further noting that he never would have
allowed Leanne or Sep would to have left the cavern alive, he
ordered the Pteron guards to seize Ka-Zar and Shanna.
Aerian forces alongside
Zabu then rushed through Athmeth's main entrance, and a savage battle
ensued, and shortly thereafter a destruct mechanism set by Shanna went off, and
Athmeth began to collapse. Prepared for this, the Aerians,
Ka-Zar, Shanna, and Zabu all escaped, but most Pterons were
trapped or crushed; Leanne escaped as well, but she fell off a cliff in
the ensuing chaos.(Ka-Zar
the Savage#4 (fb)) - As he prepared to sneak from Athmeth in grief and
shame, Sep, unable to deny his love for Leanne, Sep returned
for her; too late to save her from falling and striking the cliff wall
several times, he caught her before she struck bottom. Certain Leanne
was dead, Sep flew her to
Nahgen island to bury her at the religious totem of his people,
but found the island gone.
Suddenly, the island resurfaced, a result of the recently ever-shifting
geological "whims" of Pangea (many of which were actually caused by the demon sorcerer Belasco).
Sep located the Aerian temple, but then
found Leanne still had a pulse, though she was comatose. Astonished,
Sep stepped backwards and unwittingly pressed a hidden button that
opened a door to a chamber
of advanced equipment -- far beyond anything the Aerians possessed --
that had remained untouched and in excellent condition for millennia.
A scholar of Pangea's sciences and ancient
language, Sep reviewed the temple library; though he found many wonders
of science beyond his imagining and determined the material to be from
the proximity to pre-Cataclysmic Atlantis (18,000+ BC), he
failed to find anything to revive Leanne.
the Savage#4 (fb) - BTS) - Sep determined one piece of machinery could direct a patient's brainwaves outside his or her body.
the Savage#3 - BTS / Ka-Zar
the Savage#4 - BTS) - The Aerian Delphine duped Shanna into mounting a
skite (flying steed) maddened by a breeding urge, and it carried Shanna
toward Nahgen until a lightning bolt tore through its right wing,
causing it to crash into the sea.
the Savage#4 (fb)) - Taking a break from his exhaustive studies, Sep wandered the beach.
the Savage#4 - BTS) - Sep found Shanna's body after it washed up on Nahgen.
the Savage#4 (fb)) - Carrying Shanna's body back to the lab, Sep --
unable to master Atlantean medical technology but able to operate other
types of Atlantean technology -- used a pair of devices able to direct
a patient's brainwaves
extracorporally to switch the minds of Leanne and Shanna. Though
revolted by potentially destroying the mind of Shanna, he could not
bear the idea of Leanne remaining imprisoned in her comatose body
the Savage#4 (fb) - BTS / Ka-Zar the Savage#6 (fb) - BTS) - The
mind-transfer drew the attention of the Atlantean android Dherk, who
had worked with (and likely designed) and still had connections to the
equipment on Nahgen island.
the Savage#4 - BTS) - In Shanna's body, Leanne encountered and romanced
(at least kissed) Ka-Zar, who had traveled there in search of Shanna.
the Savage#4) - In the middle of the night, Leanne/Shanna attempted to rip out some of the life-support
tubing to the
machinery keeping Leanne's body (which held
Shanna's mind) alive. Sep stopped her, warning her it might kill her
Leanne/Shanna contended it was her right to choose; he countered that
it wasn't her right if it involved killing Shanna, though he figured
that was her plan. Leanne further noted
that her own (Leanne)'s body had been comatose for days and was going
die. Sep assured her he could revive her body if he could just spend a
few more days studying the equipment, but she argued that he didn't
know half of how it worked, and that they didn't have the time to spare
as Ka-Zar had arrived.
Surprised, Sep asked if Ka-Zar suspected
anything, and Leanne assured Sep that Ka-Zar did not suspect anything
but expected her to leave with him the next day, and that if she
didn't, Ka-Zar would eventually find the chamber and make them
the minds. She urged Sep that if he loved her he would pull the plug on
Leanne's "worthless" body, and accompany her and Ka-Zar when they left
the island the next day; she told Sep to leave handling Ka-Zar to her.
Resolving to stay with Ka-Zar (as she much preferred him to that "love-sick bird, Sep"), Leanne/Shanna returned to him and told
him that Sep was in a temple with a dying Leanne and that he had kidnapped her and was trying
to switch her mind with Leanne's and then to kill both Ka-Zar and
that she had barely escaped with her life. Concerned over Shanna's
fearful behavior, Ka-Zar
nonetheless rushed into the temple, where Sep -- jealous about Leanne's
infatuation with Ka-Zar -- hurled a piece of machinery at him and
ranted about Ka-Zar loving and coming after Leanne. Sep refused to
listen to Ka-Zar's requests to calm down and talk, noting that he knew
Leanne would twist and destroy even the purest motives but that he
loved and needed her nonetheless. Finally Ka-Zar caught Sep by the wing
and then punched Sep into the device
monitoring Leanne, knocking her body to the ground.
arrived and tried to convince Ka-Zar that Leanne was as good as dead
and they should leave her with Sep and start a new life. As Ka-Zar
tried to make sense of Leanne's behavior, Sep recovered, exposed
Leanne's treachery, and revealed the truth; Sep also apologized to
Ka-Zar, noting that he was a bit overworked and had lost his
perspective for a moment. Leanne initially tried to convince
Ka-Zar that Sep was lying, but ultimately revealed her true nature,
leading Ka-Zar to subdue her. Ka-Zar then placed Leanne on the table
and had Sep reverse the mind-transfer.
the Savage#4 - BTS) - Sep completed the mind-transfer, and Shanna recovered without complication.
the Savage#4) - Sep
then noted his plans to stay with Leanne
until she awakened or died, explaining that he felt he and Leanne did
truly belong together despite a relationship built on treachery. Sep
asked that Ka-Zar and Shanna go far away and be happy somewhere, and
Ka-Zar and Shanna departed on Ka-Zar's skite.
the Savage#28 (fb) - BTS) <14 day before the main story> - After long months, Sep grew fatigued as he
exhausted his every means he could find in the Atlantean technology and
libraries of reviving Leanne, including tapping into the vast power of Pangea.
the Savage#28) - As a disembodied, unidentified voice, the demon
sorcerer Belasco offered
aid to Sep in reviving Leanne. Sep initially suspected the strain of
the last few weeks was getting him and that he was imagining things,
but the voice assured him otherwise. When Sep noted that he would give
anything to have Leanne there with him, Belasco explained that he could
and would revive Leanne, but then Sep must wait while she performed a
mission of utmost importance to him.
After Sep agreed, Belasco's arcane powers augmented the Pangean equipment, pouring the
energies of the realm and summoning lightning from the sky, causing
lights to dim even in Aerie Shalan.
Silently, Leanne revived, stood up, and -- ignoring Sep's calls and his noting that he would wait for her -- wandered out of the
caverns, where she vanished beneath the furious billows of the Gorhan sea.
the Savage#28 (fb) - BTS) - Sep was fatally injured as lava from a
volcanic eruption (allegedly benignly diverted there by Ka-Zar via
guidance from the Belasco-manipulated android Dherk to spare Aerie
Shalan) caused the waters of the
Gorhan sea -- which had largedly submered Nahgen Island again -- to
the Savage#28) - Dherk
(investigating the surrounding Gorhan sea after realizing the lava had
exited caverns into the sea) discovered the mostly submerged Nahgen
Island and spotted Sep on its remaining surface. Dherk swiftly
appreciated Sep's injuries, cursing himself for not foreseeing the
lava's spillage, but the delirious Sep told Dherk he had waited as
instructed after "he" had revived Leanne. As Sep perished, he warned
the arriving Dherk that even though "he" had never said his name, it
had to be Belasco.
Comments: Created by Bruce Jones, Brent Anderson, and Carlos Garzon.
In #4, Sep stated "Gods be praised" in response to discovering that
Leanne was still alive. I'm not sure which gods he worshipped, but it
would seem that he, if not all Aerians, were polytheistic.
Profile by Snood.
Sep should be distinguished from:
- SEPT (Carlyle Pallis) - enemies of SHIELD (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division)--[Hulk Comic#1/3], [1/3, 2/2]
- other "Sep" characters, etc.
images: (without ads)
the Savage I#2, pg. 16, panel 6 (aside Leanne, reaching for sword);
#4, pg. 12, panel 12, panel 1 (aside Leanne-possessed Shanna);
panel 3 (face);
pg. 13, panel 1 (full wingspan (almost));
pg. 18, panel 3 (fighting Ka-Zar);
#28, pg. 1, panel 1 (standing over inert Leanne);
last page, panel 5 (dying)
Ka-Zar the Savage I#2-4 (May-August, 1981) - Bruce Jones (writer), Brent Anderson (penciler), Carlos Garzon (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
the Savage#28 (October, 1983) - Michael Carlin (script; from an idea by
Bruce Jones), Armando Gil (penciler), Mike Mignola (inker), Danny
Ka-Zar the Savage#29
(December, 1983) - Michael Carlin (writer), Ron Frenz (penciler),
Armando Gil (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
First posted: 04/22/2018
Last updated: 04/22/2018
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