colosseum-battletide-3-whole-less-obscurredCOLOSSEUMcolosseum-battletide-city-surface

Official Name: Colosseum (any previous name is unrevealed)

Nature: Extraterrestrial planetoid;
    benighted, its surface is scarred by constant battles;
    its surface appears to be mostly barren rock, with a central city/inhabited/habitable area within an area that was either terraformed or was just a massive crater;
    it is surrounded/orbited by a number of large asteroids, perhaps broken off from the central "crater" region

Location: A "dark back-water of space," unidentified star system and galaxy

Natives: None identified

Population: Unrevealed

Natives: None identified

Residents: Knights of the Tempered Brotherhood/Temploids;
    formerly
Megaira, Smith, Termagent;
    possibly formerly Tasker and the marshals, although they may well have only been present during the Games;

Visitors: Battletide, Dark Angel (Shevaun Haldane), Death's Head (Minion), Hercules (Heracles/Alcaeus), Killpower (Julius Mullarkey),  Megaira, Psylocke (Elizabeth Braddock), Sabretooth (Victor Creed), Smith, Tasker, Termagaira, Termagent, Wolverine (James Howlett/Logan); 
    numerous other combatants in the Games

Capital City: Unrevealed;
    possibly inapplicable

Government: Unrevealed;
    apparently ruled by
Megaira and Termagent;
    previous rulers unidentified

Languages: Unrevealed;
    at least during the Games, communication between combatants from various worlds was facilitated such that each appeared to be speaking the same language to those with whom they were communicating
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National Defense: Unrevealed

Places of Interest: Arena-Plex, Battle Zone One, Battle Zone Two, unidentified Battle Zone, Oasis Sector, Pleasure Drome of the Gladiator Village, Sector X245 (which was in proximity to the transmitter), Tower/ "Omniversal Transmitter,"  Termagent and Megaira's private quarters

Significant Events: The Gamescolosseum-battletide-4-bt-assault3

First Appearance: BattleTide#1 (December, 1992)

History:
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BattleTide#1 (fb) - BTS) - For an untold time period (see comments) continuing into recent years, vicious conflicts scarred Colosseum's surface and blood soaked and permeated its rocks.

(BattleTide#2 (fb) - BTS) - Per Tasker, "Every three cycles, warriors from across the multiverse were invited to Colosseum to participate in the greatest blood sport of them all...the Games."

(BattleTide#3 (fb) - BTS) - The "Omniversal Transmitter" in the Tower provided a direct link to viewing channels of the populated cosmos.

(BattleTide#1) - In preparation/warm-up for the upcoming Games, which would be to the death and would therefore summon the demonic Battletide, Termagent and Megaira slaughtered a number of other warriors.

(BattleTide#2) - Termagent and Megaira transported a number of warriors captured from Earth -- including Dark Angel, Death's Head, Hercules, Killpower, Psylocke, Sabretooth, and Wolverine -- to Colosseum, instructing Tasker to prepare to receive the combatants in their training cells.

    Hours later, Tasker floated on a hoverdisc in front of a number of viewscreens with the "invited" combatants in containment spheres, and he addressed the record-level crowd.

    At Termagent's command, the combatants were transmatted to the battle zones -- notably Battle Zone One, Battle Zone Two, and the Oasis sector -- where they met their partners and engaged in combat.
  
(
BattleTide#3) - Tasker interrupted the battles, returning the warriors to stasis cubes and announcing they had completed the first day of contest and had fought well:

    The survivors would get to enjoy a night of supervised relaxation before tomorrow's final free-for-all bout.

    As the warriors enjoyed a night of debauchery in the Pleasure Drome under the watchful eye of Colosseum's marshalls, Dark Angel recruited Smith and the other Earth-associated heroes to meet with the Temploids who detailed the threat of the Battletide and noted how the lethal nature of this year's Games would summon it/them:

    When the Battletide reached Colosseum, it would be able to access and feed upon all 17.6 trillion sentient beings viewing the Games. The heroes plotted to stop it by disabling the transmitter, with their efforts facilitated by the savant Killpower being able to disable their inhibitor collars.

    The next day, in Sector X245, the warriors from Earth joined forces against all comers before removing their collars, leading Termagent and Megaira to confront the heroes just as the Battletide arrived just outside Colosseum's orbit.

(Battletide#4) -  Colosseum shook as the Battletide washed over it, and Dark Angel and Psylocke formed mystic shields to protect the heroes' minds.

   
Drinking in the Battletide's power, Termagent and Megaira merged back into their previous self, the powerful Termagaira.

    The Temploids reinforced the heroes' psychic shields, and the heroes rushed to the tower to stop the Battletide, fighting their way past Battletide-crazed warriors.

    Ultimately, Termagaira was consumed by the Battletide, and Killpower merged a damaged Temploid with Death's Head to destroy the Battletide.

    When the others departed for Earth, Smith remained on Colosseum with the Temploids.

Comments: Created by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Geoff Senior.
    The Colosseum stories occurred within the Marvel UK imprint.

    The text narrative noted Colosseum to have endured conflicts "as old as space-time" and to have its rocks soaked with blood for centuries. 

colosseum-battletide-4-bt-assaultWhat is a cycle?

    A cycle is generally a year, which is one revolution of a planet around its sun...but a year for Earth is not the same as a year for another world unless it traveled around its sun in the exact same time as Earth...unlikely...distance, solar and planetary masses, ...manganese, and chinch bugs...and other things about which I'm not an expert.

    Adrenal endorphins? Endorphins are produced by the pituitary gland, not the adrenal gland, and they are endogenous opioids (morphine-like drugs created by the body rather than added to the body). They probably meant epinephrine, aka adrenaline, which is produced by the adrenal gland and associated with stimulation.

    I don't know why beings from throughout the Multiverse would be watching the Games on Colosseum, as each reality would have its own Colosseum and its own Games. They probably meant the cosmos, or other alien dimensions associated with Reality-616.

    Many of the other characters associated with Colosseum, such as the spectators and pariticipants in the Games will be featured in an upcoming Games profile.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Colosseum has no known connections to


Sector XZ45


    colosseum-battletide-3-sectorxz45Sector XZ45 was one of the combat regions used in the Games on Colosseum.

    It was in relatively close proximity to the Tower/"Omniversal" transmitter with which the

(BattleTide#3) - On the second day of the Games, in Sector X245, the warriors from Earth joined forces against all comers before removing their collars, leading Termagent and Megaira to confront the heroes just as the Battletide arrived just outside Colosseum's orbit.

(Battletide#4) -  Colosseum shook as the Battletide washed over it, and Dark Angel and Psylocke formed mystic shields to protect the heroes' minds.

   
Drinking in the Battletide's power, Termagent and Megaira merged back into their previous self, the powerful Termagaira.

    The Temploids reinforced the heroes' psychic shields, and the heroes rushed to the tower to stop the Battletide, fighting their way past Battletide-crazed warriors.

 

--BattleTide#3



colosseum-battletide-3-term-quarterscolosseum-battletide-3-term-quarters-interiorTermagent & Megaira's quarters


    Lovers Termagent and Megaira had their own private quarters on Colosseum.

    Presumably these quarters were the "penthouse" at the top of the building shown on the right.

    Their room(s) were largely surrounded by a transparent material (perhaps glass, plastic, energy) that gave them a great view of their surroundings and of the night sky.

    Their quarters contained numerous artifacts (perhaps mounted heads of some of the beings they had slain),

    There was also a bed, with spotlights, and a private bar.

(BattleTide#3) - Following the conclusion of the first day's combat, Termagent and Megaira retired to their quarters, where they noted their pleasure at and toasted the success of their efforts to summon the Battletide.

    --BattleTide#3


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(
BattleTide#3 (fb) - BTS) - The "Omniversal Transmitter" in the Tower provided a direct link to viewing channels of the populated cosmos.

(BattleTide#3) - The Temploids who detailed the threat of the Battletide and noted how the lethal nature of this year's Games would summon it/them:

    When the Battletide reached Colosseum, it would be able to access and feed upon all 17.6 trillion sentient beings viewing the Games.

    The heroes plotted to stop it by disabling the transmitter, with their efforts facilitated by the savant Killpower being able to disable their inhibitor collars.

    The next day, in Sector X245, the warriors from Earth joined forces against all comers before removing their collars, leading Termagent and Megaira to confront the heroes just as the Battletide arrived just outside Colosseum's orbit.

(Battletide#4) -  Colosseum shook as the Battletide washed over it, and Dark Angel and Psylocke formed mystic shields to protect the heroes' minds.

   
Drinking in the Battletide's power, Termagent and Megaira merged back into their previous self, the powerful Termagaira.

    The Temploids reinforced the heroes' psychic shields, and the heroes rushed to the tower to stop the Battletide, fighting their way past Battletide-crazed warriors.

    Ultimately, Termagaira was consumed by the Battletide, and Killpower merged a damaged Temploid with Death's Head to destroy the Battletide.


--BattleTide#1 (2-4


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Arena-Plex


The stadium on Colosseum

Numerous spectactors of various races attended.

The combat could be observed via multiple screens.


(BattleTide#2) - Tasker floated on a hoverdisc in front of a number of viewscreens in the Arena-Plex with the "invited" combatants in containment spheres, and he addressed the record-level crowd.

    At Termagent's command, the combatants were transmatted to their battle zones.


(
BattleTide#3) - At the conclusion of day one's combat, Tasker interrupted the battles, returning the warriors to stasis cubes as he reviewed the events with the group in the Arena-Plex.




 

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(
BattleTide#4) - The world of Colosseum shook as the Battletide washed over it, flowing through Termagent and Megaira and breaking through the viewscreens into the Arena-Plex and wreaking havoc. The crowds were driven into a mindless berserker rage as their adrenaline levels rose, and they attacked those seeking to oppose the Battletide's threat.




    The Temploids reinforced the heroes' psychic shields, and the heroes rushed to the tower to stop the Battletide, fighting their way past Battletide-crazed warriors.








--BattleTide#2 (3-4



Battlezone OneBattle Zone One

Battle Zone One was one of the combat regions used in the Games on Colosseum.

It appeared to be a somewhat demolished and otherwise uninhabited city.

(BattleTide#2) - In Battle Zone One, Death's Head and Killpower were confronted by a series of alien combatants.

After defeating their other foes, Death's Head and Killpower were confronted by the maddened Wolverine and Sabretooth.


(BattleTide#3) - Tasker interrupted the savage Killpower & Death's Head vs. Wolverine & Sabretooth battle, returning the warriors to stasis cubes.

This sector/zone and its combats were glimpsed in video spotlights shown by Tasker.

--
BattleTide#2 (3


Battle Zone Two

battle zone two colosseum-battletide-bz2-crater    Battle Zone Two was one of the combat regions used in the Games on Colosseum.

    It appeared to be a largely barren/desert realm, with numerous craters.

(BattleTide#2) - Wolverine and Sabretooth attacked each other before being blasted apart by penalty, after which they were assaulted by their opponents.

    Proving victorious, the maddened warriors were sent against Death's Head and Killpower in Battle Zone One.


(BattleTide#3) - This sector/zone and its combats were glimpsed in video spotlights shown by Tasker.

 
--BattleTide I#2 (3


 

Oasis Sector
"Battle Zone Three"

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    The Oasis Sector was one of the combat regions used in the Games on Colosseum.

     It was largely like a desert, with the skeletons of large creatures half-buried in the sand. There was at least one oasis with a number of trees.

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(BattleTide#2) - Dark Angel was paired with Smith in the Oasis sector, and they took out their opponents, after which they were confronted by the Knights of the Tempered Brotherhood (aka the Temploids and the Temploid Order).

(BattleTide#3) - This sector/zone and its combats were glimpsed in video spotlights shown by Tasker.

--BattleTide I#2 (3


Note: We got from Battle Zone One, then Two, to the Oasis Sector.
It makes sense that it would be Battle Zone Three, but that doesn't mean that it is...





 


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    This was one of the combat regions used in the Games on Colosseum.

    It appeared to be something of a junkyard for damaged ships.


 (BattleTide#2) - Hercules was paired with Psylocke in this Battle Zone.

(BattleTide#3) - This sector/zone and its combats were glimpsed in video spotlights shown by Tasker.

--BattleTide#2 (3


Note: We got from Battle Zone One, then Two, to the Oasis Sector, and then this one.
    It makes sense that it would be Battle Zone Three, but that doesn't mean that it is...





colosseum-battletide-pleasuredromecolosseum-battletide-pleasuredrome2Pleasure Drome

    Located in Gladiator Village on Colosseum, it was a place for recreation, drinking, fighting, and whatever other debauchery the warriors wanted to get into, as long as they didn't interfere with the Games.

(BattleTide#3) - Following the conclusion of the first day of combat during the Games, the warriors were transported to the Pleasure Drome.

     As the warriors enjoyed a night of debauchery in the Pleasure Drome under the watchful eye of Colosseum's marshalls, Dark Angel met with Death's Head, Psylocke, and Wolverine, telling them that the Temploids had told her that the Battletide could result in the destruction of all existence.

    They subsequently recruited Hercules, Killpower, Sabretooth, and Smith and then met with the Temploids (who prevented the marshalls from detecting their absence). The Temploids detailed the threat of the Battletide and noted how the lethal nature of this year's Games would summon it/them:

When the Battletide reached Colosseum, it would be able to access and feed upon all 17.6 trillion sentient beings viewing the Games. The heroes plotted to stop it by disabling the transmitter, with their efforts facilitated by the savant Killpower being able to disable their inhibitor collars.

--BattleTide#2

Note: I don't know what Pleasure Drome is supposed to mean.

Pleasure DOME is a term popular in fictional stories, and has apparently inspired real life facilities.
See below.

However, when I search "Drome" all I find is: A department of SE France, in the Rhone-Alpes region. Capital: Valence...etc.

Again, Pleasuredome or Pleasure Dome may refer to:


images: (without ads)
BattleTide#1,  pg. 2-3 (Termagent and Megaira warm-up);
    #2, pg. 8, panel 2 (close-up of city within a crater);
       pg. 12, panel 2 (Battle Zone One);
       pg. 13, panel 3 (Battle Zone Two craters);
          panel 5 (Battle Zone Two wide panel);
       pg. 14, panel 2 (Oasis Sector, giant skeleton);
          panel 3 (Oasis Sector, wide panel)
       pg. 16, panel 2 (Battle Zone "four"; Herc & Psy standing);
        panel 4 (Battle Zone "four"; attackers flying overhead);
    #3, pg. 6, panel 5 (Pleasure Drome preview);
       pg. 8, panel 1 (Pleasure Drome full);
       pg.12, panel 1 (Termagent & Megaira's quarters, exterior);
          panel 2-3 (interior);
       pg. 15, panel 2 (Colosseum, unobstructed by asteroids)
       pg. 17, panel 5 (Sector XZ45);
    #4, pg. 1, panel 2 (Colosseum surrounded by Battletide);
        pg. 2-3 (Battletide assaulting the city, with Marshals);
       pg. 4-5 (Battletide viewed from and then breaking into Arena-Plex);
       pg. 10, panel 2 (Arena);
          panel 3 (Termagaira scaling Tower);
       pg. 12, panel 4 (Termagaira atop Tower)


Appearances:
BattleTide#1 (December, 1992) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Geoff Senior (artist), John Freeman (editor)
BattleTide#2 (January, 1993) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Geoff Senior (artist), John Freeman (editor)
BattleTide#3 (February, 1993) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Geoff Senior (artist), Jacqui Papp & John Freeman (editors)
BattleTide#4 (March, 1993) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (writers), Geoff Senior (artist), Jacqui Papp (editor)


First posted: 08/15/2020
Last updated: 08/15/2020

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