Real Name: Bialgesuard
Reality (Reality-8116) extradimensional (presumably the 10th-12th planes of existence; see comments) demon;
apparently active from 6 billion years ago (or maybe 5, 999, 000, 000 years ago if they were being really specific) to 1 million years in the future
Occupation: Demon (Class III/extradimensional)
Group Membership: Formerly the Great Division (which may be a group or a place from which he is an outcast)
Affiliations: Presumably other demons (possibly served by some demons, including the tentacled demon, unless that was a transformed Bialgesuard)
Syzygy Darklock (both enemy and ally);
formerly unwillingly served Taurus Killgaren (and possibly other sorcerers of the Dread Veil Plane)
Enemies: Ajar'l Darklock, Syzygy Darklock (both enemy and ally), Taurus Killgaren
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: None; Syzygy Darklock called him "demon," but that's really just a descriptor (just like Bialgesuard calling Syzygy "mortal")
Base of Operations: Presumably the 10th-12th planes of existence ( see comments) in Reality-8116
First Appearance: "The Price," Eclipse Graphic Album Series#5 (1981) - see comments
Powers/Abilities: Bialgesuard is an arch-demon of the 7th level (apparently different than the planes/levels of existence; see comments).
He is ancient and powerful,
although his power is dwarfed by the Dread Veil sorcerers (or, at
least, Taurus Killgaren).
Only a few of his abilties have
been demonstrated, such as dimensional traveling, including
transporting himself, others, and pieces of masonry to realms otherwise
inaccessible to mortals.
Bialgesuard may well have been a shapeshifter (see comments).
Certain magical rituals could allow a sufficiently powerful mortal sorcerer to summon, pain and even enslave him, at least while the sorcerer was contained within a protective pentagram/hexagram; were such a sorcerer to step outside the protective region, Bialgesuard could tear that being to pieces.
Like most demons, he was vulnerable to and pained by the energies of an Amulet of Pure White Light, which could force him to speak only the truth for at least the next solar cycle.
Although the energies accessed from the 10th
level reality known as Nirvana's Gate were tainted to be poison to
demons such as Bialgesuard if they tried to claim them, Bialgesuard was
able to remotely close the iris to the Eye of the Gods while the
energies were pouring out of it.
Bialgesuard is noted to be of feline aspect, and he has a feline head and tail, but his other bodily proportions/conformation is that of a human male. He wears no clothes (but his naughty bits are mostly shadowed)
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 15'; likely variable)
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 3125 lbs. based on the above height; likely variable)
("The Price" (fb) - BTS) <According to the Sacred Tome of Powers and Secret Names) - An arch-demon of the seventh level (apparently different than the planes/levels of existence), Bialgesuard is over 6 billion years old. An outcast of the Great Division, he is known chiefly to serve the lords of the Dread Veil plane.
("The Price" (fb) - BTS) - At some point, the demon Bialgesuard became a servant of the Dread Veil sorcerer Taurus Killgaren (and possibly other sorcerers of the Dread Veil Plane).
("The Price" (fb) - BTS) - A few decades ago, Killgaren prophesized a stellar event that would have a tremendous effect on mortal life, but that the structure of this future was unstable; seeking to aid this tomorrow's coming, Killgaren began studying the characters who would play important parts in forming the future. Determining that either of the brothers Syzygy or Ajar'l Darklock was destined to be a major factor in this grand scheme (although it wasn't yet determined which), Killgaren chose Syzygy and influenced him into joining the priesthood of the Instrumentality (the theocracy ruling Altarix, the planet that was home to Ajar'l and Syzygy). Realizing the amount of power Syzygy would need to achieve his goals, Killgaren plotted to have Bialgesuard slay Ajar'l in order to lead Syzygy to gain the power to confront him (Killgaren).
("The Price" (fb) - BTS) - Syzygy spent long hours at night with forbidden tomes and parchments and casting secret spells. From the Sacred Tome of Powers and Secret Names, he learned of the demon Bialgesuard.
("The Price" (fb) - BTS) - Taurus Killgaren abused his mystic servant Bialgesuard, seeking to inspire the demon to betray his master.
("The Price" - BTS? - see comments) - Ajar'l Darklock took the long way home from work, occasionally glimpsing things in the shadows.
Ultimately, a tentacled creature (the demon Bialgesuard or his agent(s) (see comments) reached out from behind him in the shadows; Ajar'l's screams were heard throughout the city.
("The Price" (fb) - BTS) - Bialgesuard used a phalanx of minor demons and a spell of concealment to disguise his involvement.
("The Price" - BTS) - Sensing Ajar'l's passing, Syzygy, now a Lord High Bishop in the Instrumentality, interrupted his meditation to seek out his brother.
("The Price" (fb) - BTS) - Only portions small enough
to fill a small box were all that was left of Ajar'l's body to be
recovered by authorities.
("The Price" (fb) - BTS) - The Instrumentality's Papal division sent
a cardinal, who examined Ajar'l's remains and ruled that no supernatural
agency had anything to do with it.
("The Price" (fb) - BTS) - Secretly sensing Killgaren's involvement in
the death of his brother, the Lord Papal encouraged Syzygy
to investigate, hoping to see his rival eliminated by the powerful sorcerer.
Comments: Created by Jim Starlin.
Dreadstar was a licensed
character/title created by Jim Starlin starting way back with the
Metamorphosis Odyssey in Epic Illustrated#1 in the Spring of 1980. The
Metamorphosis Odyssey started around the modern era and affected Earth,
but then swiftly destroyed the entire Milky Way galaxy and then moved
on to a million years in the future. Dreadstar eventually got his own
series under the Epic imprint, but Starlin later took the whole shebang
over to First Comics. And in 1994, it was published under the imprint
of Bravura, a creator-owned division of Malibu comics. He appeared
sometime later in issues #5-7 of the Breed III series. And, there's
been talk of a Dreadstar television show...
Still that earlier Marvel connection allows me to place this reality in the fringes of the Marvel Megaverse.
Peter David took over the writing around issue#31 or so, but Starlin remained the owner. At any rate, from start to finish, it is the best series I've ever read, period! I'd love to see it continued, by Starlin, David, or both!
With this profile, I am covering the second part of the Metamorphosis Odyssey, the origins of Syzygy Darklock. It is noteworthy to consider that the very end of the Metamorphosis Odyssey and everything thereafter (including the Price) takes place 1 million years after Aknaton used the Infinity Horn to destroy the entire Milky Way galaxy to eliminate the threat of the Zygoteans.
Bialgesuard is credited for slaying Ajar'l, although Bialgesuard is a feline-humanoid, while the creature that grabbed Ajar'l, while only partially seen, had tentacles. It is certainly possible that Bialgesuard is a shapeshifter, but it's also quite likely that Bialgesuard had lesser demon agents or allies grab Ajar'l. Perhaps they brought him to Bialgesuard, who may or may not have been hidden within the shadows or perhaps in another realm.
According to Epic Illustrated#9: Metamorphosis Odyssey, Chapter XIII: Doomsday, there are fifteen known power levels or dimensions of mystical existence:The first level is mortal existence as we know it, including the stars, the planets, and all plant and animal life, including humans.
Sadly, despite the price Syzygy paid, the vast power he gained in his origin story did not persist. Perhaps his body could not handle the magical energies, and his power faded as a result of his body dying (his life only maintained by his magical energies). Certainly the Lord Papal later had his powers amplified by the gods of the Instrumentality or something, but I suspect it was to some degree a plot device, as having Syzygy be that powerful just couldn't fit into regularly stories and not make him a virtually invincible foe.
I'll go progressively through the entire series/appearances of
Dreadstar (though it may take me a decade or three to do so), but I'm
not aware of any further appearances of Bialgesuard. I'd like to see
some story set in Vanth Dreadstar's most recent continuity where he and
Kara had to go rescue Ravol Darklock from things that were consequences
of Syzygy's actions and manipulaton of magical forces. Maybe
Bialgesuard and Slytis could be involved. Wouldn't that be nice?
The Price was originally published in black and white in Eclipse Graphic Album Series #5 (1981). It was reprinted, with colorized artwork, in Dreadstar Annual#1 (1983) by Epic (the licensed characters/stories division of Marvel)
Profile by Snood.
Bialgesuard should be distinguished from:
("The Price" (fb) - BTS) - To fulfill a beneficial prophecy, the Dread Veil sorcerer Taurus Killgaren plotted to have his demon servant Bialgesuard slay Ajar'l Darklock in order to lead his brother, Syzygy, to gain the power to confront him (Killgaren).
("The Price") - Ajar'l Darklock took the long way home from work, occasionally glimpsing things in the shadows.
Ultimately, a tentacled
creature (the demon Bialgesuard or his agent(s) (see comments) reached out from behind him in the shadows; Ajar'l's screams were heard throughout the city.
("The Price" - BTS) - Sensing Ajar'l's passing, Syzygy, now a Lord High Bishop in the Instrumentality, interrupted his meditation to seek out his brother.("The Price" (fb) - BTS) - Only portions small enough to fill a small box were all that was left of Ajar'l's body to be recovered by authorities.
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"The Price," story pg. 13, panel 3 (ritual of summoning);
panel 5 (mystic symbol);
pg. 14, panel 2 (mostly full, summoned);
pg. 16, panel 3 (face);
pg. 18, panel 3 (amulet used);
panel 4 (pained by amulet's energies);
pg. 19, panel 3 (face, oblique);
panel 4 (kneeling, showing feet);
pg. 20, panel 3 (initiating dimensional travel);
panel 4 (dimensional travel);
pg. 21, panel 1 (beside Eye of the Gods);
panel 3 (cosmic face)
panel 5 (Syzygy opening Eye);
panel 6-8 (Eye opened, releasing power)
"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)
First posted: 07/25/2020
Last updated: 04/08/2021
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