LAND of the GOLDEN STAR

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Official Name: The Land of the Golden Star (see comments)

Nature: Extraterrestrial planet, Milky Way galaxy (near Vrellnex)

Natives: The native population of Golden Star is unrevealed.

     Those seen appear to be members of unrelated races, but perhaps they are a world where the Celestial-created Deviant population came to dominate.

Residents: Oona and his/her/its mate and other auction attendees, the Resistance (Gregor and many unidentified, including an unidentified elder), unidentified gruel-server,
    unidentified rodent

Non-native inhabitants: A number of Sssth (including Sssthgar) and Vrellnexians; the Vrellnexians' mercenary army

Visitors: Fandral, Hildegarde, Hogun, Odin Borson, Thor Odinson, Silas Grant, Starjammers (Ch'od, Corsair, Hepzibah, Raza), and Tana Nile, apparently numerous unidentified Asgardians;
    possibly briefly Karnilla and Sif

Population: Unrevealed

Capital City: Unrevealed

Government: Unrevealed;
    formerly/briefly ruled Sssthgar and the rest of the
Sssth;
    formerly ruled by an alliance of Vrellnexians and
Sssth;
    government prior to being conquered by the Vrellnexians and Sssth unrevealed, but considered a paradise by at least some of its natives.

Languages: Unrevealed;
    Thor and his allies didn't need any sort of translation technology, etc., but perhaps that just occurred off-panel

National Defense: Unrevealed

Places of Interest: Auction Hall, Drug factories, dungeon, harbor/port, Mondurian steel door, Resistance base, unidentified base from which Sssthgar ruled

First Appearance: Thor I#212 (June, 1973)
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Features
: The Land of the Golden Star seemed to be comparable to Earth in terms of atmosphere, gravity, temperature, etc., as not only the Asgardians and Tana Nile, but also the mortal humanoid Silas Grant, did not comment on anything uncomfortable, nor did they require any special equipment to survive.

     Large waterways facilitated travel by boat to port cities.

     While the Vrellnexians and Sssth gathered the beings who were auctioned, there were apparently plenty of beings who were willing to purchase such slaves.


History
:

(
Thor I#213 (fb)) - Golden Star was once filled with gleaming, gilded spires reaching triumphantly for the heavens, and peace and prosperity were spread across the land.
   
     Some of its natives considered it to be a paradise.













pre-takeover by Sssth and Vrellnexians

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(
Thor I#213 (fb)) - A fleet of Sssth and Vrellnexians traveled to the planet Golden Star where the ship flew through its atmosphere raining carnage and devastation across its surface.
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(
Thor I#213 (fb)) - After the planet was in flaming ruins, the ships landed, and the Sssth and Vrellnexian crews emerged and gathered the residents and placed them in their slave pens.
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(Thor I#212 (fb) - BTS / Thor I#213 (fb) /  Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#10: Appendix to Alien Races: Sssth) - The Sssth were partnered with the insectoid Vrellnexians to enslave and sell intelligent beings from other worlds, using the conquered world "Golden Star" as a base.

(Thor I#212 (fb) - BTS) - When the Vrellnexians assaulted Asgard and captured a number of Asgardians, a number of Sssth departed the Vrellnexian ship (or were marooned there by the Vrellnexians) and inhabited Asgard.

(Thor I#212 (fb) - BTS / Thor I#212 (fb) - BTS) - The Vrellnexians used drugged food to make Odin and the other captured Asgardians submissive upon their arrival back at Golden Star.

(Thor I#212 (fb) - BTS) - After the Asgardian Thor led fellow Asgardians Fandral, Hildegarde, and Hogun, as well as the Blackworld native Silas Grant, and the Rigellian Tana Nile to Asgard, Sssthgar agreed to lead him and his allies to the Golden Star, noting that the Sssth, too, had a reason for revenge.

(Thor I#213 (fb) - BTS) - Sif and her sorceress companion (Karnilla) were sold to the Miners of the Dark Nebula scant hours before the Space/Starjammer had arrived on Golden Star.

(Thor I#212 (fb)) - Aboard Thor's galley (aka Voyager/Spacejammer/Starjammer),  they reached the Golden Star, and Sssthgar guided them to a port where they found Odin being auctioned off.

    Thor and his allies attacked the Vrellnexians, while Sssthgar informed his allies that with their former partners on the run, they would become the masters of the Golden Star.

    After Thor and his allies defeated the Vrellnexians, the Sssth surrounded them and Sssthgar revealed that the Vrellnexians had been the Sssth's partners before marooning them on Asgard.

(Thor I#213) - Distracted by Odin's pleas that they had no hope in battle, Thor and his allies were ultimately defeated and imprisoned by the Sssth. golden_star-planet-maxsecdp

(Thor I#213 (fb) - BTS) - Fandral, Hogun, and other captives consumed the drugged food and became submissive.

(Thor I#213) - Thor recovered, refused to consume any of the drugged gruel, and broke out of his cell and then liberated the free-willed Hildegarde and Tana Nile.

    Thor, Hildegarde, and Tana jointed forces with the Resistance, with the former invading the Sssth stronghold and gaining the advantage over Sssthgar and the Sssth.

(Thor I#213 - BTS) -  The Resistance journeyed to and destroyed the facility in which the will-sapping drug was manufactured.

(Thor I#213) - Thor then pointed out the explosions that signaled the death of their secret drug factories, meaning the Sssth could no longer hold the inhabitants of Golden Star in silent subservience.

    Thor told Sssthgar there was no room on their craft (or anywhere) for him and advised him to begin running, as far and as fast as he could.

(Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1) - Near Vrellnex, the interstellar freebooters known as the Starjammers.

(Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1 - BTS) - At a meeting of the Intergalactic Council, a Laxidazian represented discussed the Starjammers actions on Golden Star, using them as an example of how a human-led group upset the economy of a dozen worlds.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, John Buscema & Don Perlin, and Vince Colletta.

    So, Sssthgar obviously concealed the fact that the Sssth were allied with the Vrellnexians in being slave-traders on the Land of the Golden Star. How does that reflect on the other information Sssthgar provided? Only the fact that the Sssth were brought to the Golden Star as slaves to be auctioned (from Thor I#212) is directly contradictory to the Sssth fighting alongside the Vrellnexians to conquer the Golden Star (from Thor I#213).
    However, it is not explicitly stated that the Sssth were auctioned off on Golden Star. The Sssth are just shown being auctioned/sold on a "civilized world."

    It has been said many times that falsehoods work best when sprinkled with elements of truth, and I don't see any reason to believe Sssthgar's discussion of the history of the Sssth is false. It makes perfect sense to me for a population of Sssth to have been captured by the Vrellnexians, but Sssthgar somehow convinced the Vrellnexians to ally with them to conquer Golden Star instead for whatever reason.
    But, of course, this is speculative..

    There are a lot of unidentified aliens shown on Golden Star, but I don't note many of them to be comparable to known alien races.
    On a semi-related note, there are multiple unidentified aliens shown with the Vrellnexians auctioned off the Sssth, wherever that was, and if it happened at all.

     Upon the Asgardians' approach, it is noted that they "neared a golden star--and dropped toward the azure globe below." So, technically, the Golden Star is the sun/star, and the planet is the Land of the Golden Star, but the planet is consistently referred to as Golden Star throughout Thor I#213. This information is confirmed in the Official Index to the Marvel Universe: Thor entry for Thor I#212. The planet is referred to as "Golden Star" in the  Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe entries for the Sssth and Vrellnexians.

    Thanks to Donald Campbell for pointing out the appearance in Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1!
    Obviously the defeat of Sssthgar and the destruction of the drug-producing plants did not end the slavery on Golden Star.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Land of the Golden Star
should be distinguished from:


Resistance
golden_star-planet-resistance1golden_star-planet-resistance2     The Resistance was formed primarily of non-enslaved residents of Golden Star, left to starve or eke out an existence in squalor without any means for employment, etc.

     They opposes the Sssth-Vrellnexian alliance, and later the Sssth-only rule.

Known members: Gregor, unidentified elder

(
Thor I#213) - After Thor, Hildegarde, and Tana Nile had escaped imprisonment from the dungeons of Golden Star, Gregor sought them out and convinced them to accompany him to meet the Resistance.

     Thor remained skeptical, but Gregor convinced him to accompany him to meet his compatriots, the faces of whom would surely convince Thor of his sincerity.

     Upon reaching the Resistance base, Gregor offered Thor anything from their meager food supplies, at which point the rest of the Resistance made their presence known.

     When Gregor introduced Thor and his allies, noting they had come to join their fight for freedom, Thor reminded him that he had not yet agreed to anything.

     However, after an elder of the Resistance revealed their world's history, Thor vowed to take down Sssthgar and the Sssth, noting the need to destroy the source of the will-killing drug used to make others obedient.

     Gregor then revealed an old chart that would aid both in the defeat of the Sssth and the destruction of the drug factories.

     Gregor and a band of Resistance members initially accompanied Thor, Tana Nile, and Hildegarde back to the surface, after which they parted ways, with Gregor's group planning to bomb the drug factories.

(Thor I#213 - BTS) -  The Resistance journeyed to and destroyed the facility in which the will-sapping drug was manufactured.

--Thor I#213

Note: Although Thor and his allies defeated and captured Sssthgar and his allies, they departed soon after, leaving Sssthgar alone. I'm sure they were eager to depart and find Sif, but it's hard to believe they wouldn't have seen him imprisoned and under the control of the Resistance before departing.

     I don't believe any of the Resistance were seen after the overthrow of Sssthgar or the destruction of the drug-creating facility; while it was only Gregor and a few members of the Resistance that traveled to the facility, it is quite possible that those who did go perished in the facility's explosive destruction.




Resistance base
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     Beneath the surface of Golden Star, the Resistance had a base, accessed via a cleverly concealed cavern within a decaying part of the city.

    The base was largely subterranean caverns, and it

(Thor I#213) - Gregor led Thor, Hildegarde, and Tana Nile to the base.

    Convinced to ally with the Resistance to take down the Sssth, Thor and his allies departed along Gregor and members of the Resistance, parting ways on the surface, each to pursue a goal that ultimately led to the Sssth's defeat.


--Thor I#213

Gregor
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     Gregor was a representative, if not the leader, of the Resistance against the cruel rule of the Sssth and Vrellnexians.

(
Thor I#213) - After Thor, Hildegarde, and Tana Nile had escaped imprisonment from the dungeons of Golden Star, Gregor sought them out.

     Although Thor originally considered him to possibly be a scavenger or some other threat and grabbed him from the hallway and yanked him off of his feet and threatened him, Gregor assured Thor that he was a friend, offering to help him in return for his aid.

     Thor remained skeptical, but Gregor convinced him to accompany him to meet his compatriots, the faces of whom would surely convince Thor of his sincerity.

     Trusting Gregor's earnest face, Thor agreed to let Gregor lead them through a decaying portion of the city and finally into the depths of a cleverly concealed cavern.

     Upon reaching the Resistance base, Gregor offered Thor anything from their meager food supplies, at which point the rest of the Resistance made their presence known.

     When Gregor introduced Thor and his allies, noting they had come to join their fight for freedom, Thor reminded him that he had not yet agreed to anything.
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     However, after an elder of the Resistance revealed their world's history, Thor vowed to take down Sssthgar and the Sssth, noting the need to destroy the source of the will-killing drug used to make others obedient.

     Gregor then revealed an old chart that would aid both in the defeat of the Sssth and the destruction of the drug factories.

     Gregor and a band of Resistance members initially accompanied Thor, Tana Nile, and Hildegarde back to the surface, after which they parted ways, with Gregor's group planning to bomb the drug factories.

(Thor I#213 - BTS) -  The Resistance journeyed to and destroyed the facility in which the will-sapping drug was manufactured.

--Thor I#213

Note: Although Thor and his allies defeated and captured Sssthgar and his allies, they departed soon after, leaving Sssthgar alone. I'm sure they were eager to depart and find Sif, but it's hard to believe they wouldn't have seen him imprisoned and under the control of the Resistance before departing.

     I don't believe Gregor or any of the Resistance were seen after the overthrow of Sssthgar or the destruction of the drug-creating facility; while it was only Gregor and a few members of the Resistance that traveled to the facility, it is quite possible that those who did go perished in the facility's explosive destruction.

     If those on Golden Star are aliens who traveled there rather than being Deviants/Inhumans/etc. type native races, I would speculate that perhaps Gregor is of the same race as Fath of the Mourners.


Resistance elder
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     After Gregor brought Thor, Hildegarde, and Tana Nile to the Resistance base.


     After
Thor noted that he had not yet agreed to anything, an elder of the Resistance revealed their world's history, after which Thor vowed to take down Sssthgar and the Sssth, noting the need to destroy the source of the will-killing drug used to make others obedient.


--Thor I#213


Note
: This elder was apparently present at the time of the Sssth and Vrellnexian invasion.

drug / drug factories
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     The Sssth and the Vrellnexians used an unidentified will-sapping drug to control those imprisoned in their dungeons and/or placed in the auctions.

(Thor I#212 (fb) - BTS) - Odin and other unidentified Asgardians were rendered submissive by this drug.

(
Thor I#212) - Even Odin completely surrendered and further urged Thor and others who came to rescue him to surrender as well.

(Thor I#213 (fb) - BTS) - Fandral and Hogun consumed the drugged gruel and lost their wills.

(Thor I#213) - Thor refused to consume the gruel, broke free, liberated Hildegarde and Tana Nile, and met up with the Resistance.

     While Thor and his allies defeated Sssthgar and the Sssth, Gregor and a number of members of the Resistance blew up the drug factories, preventing the Sssth from keeping the people of Golden Star docile.

     Meanwhile, Tana Nile liberated the captive Asgardians, who regained their wills at some point after they departed Golden Star.

--Thor I#213


port/harbor
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(Thor I#212) - When Thor, Fandral, Silas Grant, Hildegarde, Hogun, Tana Nile, and Silas Grant arrived on Golden Star via their flying longship Starjammer/Spacejammer/Voyager, they landed in the harbor, which took them to the port city in which the auctioning of Odin was occurring.







--Thor I#212


gruel-server
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     One of the servants of the Sssth/Vrellnexians, this man was charged with feeding the drug-laden gruel to captured prisoners/slaves/auction candidates in the dungeon to ensure their subservience.

(
Thor I#213 (fb) - BTS) - Most of the captured Asgardians, including Odin and later Fandral and Hogun, consumed the gruel and became docile/passive.

(
Thor I#213) - When the gruel-server approached Thor, the thunder god told him, "Nay, unwashed one -- away with thy foul-smelling gruel. Thor has little taste for garbage such as this!"

     The server informed Thor that the masters demanded he eat the gruel.







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     After Fandral urged Thor to eat the gruel as well, noting that he would quickly grow accustomed to its fragrance and that a slave needed strength to survive, Thor was surprised that the taste-refined Fandral was happy with it, after which he appreciated a medication-type smell to the gruel.

     Thor then kicked away the gruel-server, incapacitating him, and he similarly flattened the Sssth presiding in the dungeon.

--Thor I#213

Note: After the Resistance destroyed the drug factory, this guy was presumably out of a job...and happy about it...


Mondurian steel door
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     A highly durable material; a foot thick door of this material was present on the planet Golden Star amidst its subterranean tunnels, inexplicably obstructing the passageways.

     As it was additionally electronically sealed, Tana Nile noted that it would require a company of good Rigellian battlecraft to penetrate it.

     Regardless, Thor and Hildegarde were able to tear it open

--Thor I#213


dichotomy in technology
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     The Golden Star showed significant variation in structure, material, technology, etc. within a short distance.

     Ruined sewer caverns/tunnels were next to advanced technological structures

(
Thor I#213) - Thor, Hildegarde, and Tana Nile passed through the strangely different regions after escaping from the dungeons

--Thor I#213

Note: No explanation for the sudden changes in architecture/technology was provided.

     Since Golden Star hasn't been seen since 1973, I doubt any such explanation is forthcoming.

Dungeon
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     Those captured by the Vrellnexians and/or Sssth were placed in a dismal dungeon.

          The walls were stone, with some stone blocks that could be used as benches, as well as a stone staircase that led to the only door out of the dungeon.

          There was apparently a single chair present (upon which a drugged Odin was seated)

          There was apparently a single, barred window toward the dungeon's ceiling that let in some sunlight.

          The ceiling leaked, and a stream of water pooled on the ground below.

     Prisoners were fed a drugged cruel that made them docile and compliant.

     Pending consumption of the drugged gruel, dangerous or more powerful prisoners, at least, were bound in manacles.

     Most of the drugged prisoners lied around, complacent.

     In addition to the bound Thor, we see Fandral, Hogun, Odin, several other unidentified Asgardians, and a number of unidentified aliens.

(
Thor I#213) - Awakening in the dungeon, Thor refused to consume the gruel, deduced its drugged nature, broke free, and escaped.

(Thor I#213 - BTS) - As Thor and Hildegarde ambushed and captured Sssthgar, Tana Nile liberated the other Asgardians (all of whom soon departed the Land of the Golden Star).

     At the same time, the Resistance destroyed the factories producing the drug used by the Golden Star's rulers, which presumably led to the Sssth being overthrown


--Thor I#213

Note: It would seem likely that Tana Nile left the dungeon open, at least, so the other prisoners could escape when they got over their drugged complacency.

     On the chain towards the upper right, a rodent is seen. Other than it being largely rat-like, we don't know anything else about the rodents of Golden Star...presumably there's more of them...


Oona's mate
golden_star-planet-oonamateOona's mate considered the Vrellnexians to be untrustworthy, and he/she/it told this to Oona, likely on a frequent basis.

Oona's mate attended the auction of Odin.

During Odin's auction, Oona's mate considered that Odin looked a little old to be good for a worker, and he stated his opinions to the being next to him.

--Thor I#212

Pictured here is Oona's mate. Oona was not shown

And that's all we know about Oona's mate...or Oona.


Ruling base
golden_star-planet-rulingbasegolden_star-planet-throneroom     We don't see its full structure, but the base from with the Sssth, at least, ruled had large, presumably stone, pillars and may have been some sort of castle...or not.

(
Thor I#213) - While Sssthgar and his allies celebrated their victory, an escaped Thor and Hildegarde broke in and overwhelmed them.

--Thor I#213

Note:
As the Resistance destroyed the factories that created the drug that the Sssth used to keep their prisoners, etc. docile and compliant, the Sssth rule was almost certainly overthrown.


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Thor I#212, pg. 13, panel 2 (form orbit);
          panel 3 (port city from above);
          panel 4 (harbor);
       pg. 14 (auction)
    #213
, pg. 7 (dungeon);
       pg. 8, panel 4-5 (gruel server, upper body oblique posterior view and upper lateral);
       pg. 9, panel 1 (gruel server, smashed away);
       pg. 11, panel 2-3 (dichotomy of corridors);
          panel 5 (Mondurian steel door);
       pg. 13, panel 1-2 (Gregor);
       pg. 14, panel 1-2 (Resistance);
          panel 3-4 (elder, upper body & face close-up);
          panel 5 (Golden Star in prosperity);
       pg. 15, panel 1 (Vrellnexian/Sssth fleet spotted);
          panel 2 (Vrellnexian/Sssth fleet assault);
          panel 4 (captured by Vrellnexian/Sssth fleet);
          panel 5 (those left homeless);
       pg. 18, panel 2 (exterior of base from which the Sssth ruled);
          panel 6 (interior of base from which the Sssth ruled);
       pg. 20, panel 2 (destruction of drug factories)
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1, pg. 19, panel 3 (Starjammers)


Appearances:
Thor I#212 (June, 1973) - Gerry Conway (writer), John Buscema & Don Perlin (pencilers), Vince Colletta (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Thor I#213 (July, 1973) - Gerry Conway (story), Len Wein (scripter), John Buscema & Don Perlin (pencilers), Vince Colletta (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#10: Appendix to Alien Races: Sssth
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#15: Appendix to Alien Races: Sssth
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet#1 (October, 2000) - Kurt Busiek & Jerry Ordway, Will Blyberg & Paul Ryan (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


First posted: 10/9/2020
Last updated: 10/13/2020

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