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HERALD'S URN

Classification: Extraterrestrial cosmically imbued item

Creator: Dwarves of Nidavellir under direction of Thanos

User/Possessors: Galadorians (names unrevealed), Yondu Udonta (Earth-616), Yondu Udonta (Earth-691 (future))

First Appearance: Yondu I#1 (January, 2020)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Herald's Urn holds the Power Cosmic of a herald of Galactus. Guided by the intent and nature of the person wielding it, the Urn's cosmic energy can create or destroy via a released energy blast; this includes instant teleportation over vast interstellar space. The cosmic energy is held inside by an Urn of unknown but powerful material with a lid that can be partially opened to release the Power Cosmic, which glows through the semi-translucent container. It is unrevealed if the Urn's Power Cosmic is finite (although this seems unlikely given the Power Cosmic is described as eternal).

History:

(Yondu I#2 (fb)) - Galactus' first herald, the Fallen One, was killed. Thanos and and the sprite-like Skreet retrieved the body. Thanos took the corpse to the dwarves of Nidavellir, renown for their skill in forging energy-imbued artifacts and weapons. Thanos extracted the Power Cosmic from the Fallen One's husk and the dwarves encased it in the Urn, which took weeks to create. Thanos intended to use the Urn as a weapon but was killed in the galaxy-spanning Annihilation War before he could retrieve it. The dwarves placed the Urn in a small chest and the Urn quickly became a desired and priceless object for its power, but was also considered a myth by many.

(Yondu I#1 (fb) - BTS) - M'kraan leaders sought to create a new M'kraan Crystal using the Herald's Urn. They hired the crafty freebooters known as the Ravagers to acquire the Urn, but they were slain (see comments) before member Yondu Udonta's arrival, leaving the Urn unexpectedly in his hands. The M'kraan then hired the savage Sav'rkk to retrieve the Urn and kill Yondu.

Yondu I#1) - Yondu recognized the Herald's Urn was incredibly valuable but was at a loss on how to safely sell it. He turned to his trader ex-girlfriend Zhala and left with the Urn for Contraxia to see her, not realizing Sav'rkk was trailing him.

(Yondu I#2) - Yondu showed the Herald's Urn to Zhala, who realized the dangers associated with such a powerful item because of those who would stop at nothing to acquire it. She told him of its origins and set up a sale with now crimelord Skreet on the moon Anthos. Sav'rkk killed many to reach Yondu, who had been joined by his time-traveling descendant (also called Yondu Udonta but from future Earth-691). Overwhelmed by Sav'rkk's brutal assault, Yondu-616 opened the Urn.

(Yondu I#3) - Influenced by Yondu-616's destructive intent, the Herald's Urn transported both Yondus and Sav'rkk to the ravaged planet Galador (long thought destroyed by the Builders on a cataclysmic rampage). The Yondus fought off Sav'rkk and retrieved the Urn from the ravaged landscape and escaped to link up with Skreet and her Bahamut Crime Syndicate.

(Yondu I#4) - Out in space, the Yondus evaded M'kraan ships chasing the Herald's Urn. But they were soon boarded by Sav'rkk, ready to kill both Centaurians.

(Yondu I#5) - The cyborg Sav'rkk was about to slay Yondu-616 when Yondu-691 opened the Herald's Urn to stop him. Yondu-691's protective intent resulted in Sav'rkk's arm restored, distracting him, and the Yondus pushed him out the airlock. The Yondus determined the Urn's true nature, as well as the motives of the M'kraan. To end the hunt, the Yondus resolved to pass the Urn to Skreet (after calling for the Silver Surfer's help). On Anthos, Skreet refused payment, but Sav'rkk and a M'kraan regiment attacked, leading to an all-out bloody fight. Yondu-616 gained the Urn, although Yondu-691 apparently died protecting Yondu-616 while also killing Sav'rkk. Yondu-616 chose not to attempt resurrection of his descendant, realizing he could not control the Urn. The Silver Surfer finally arrived and subdued all except Yondu-616. Because the Power Cosmic was eternal, the Surfer stated it could not be destroyed, nor would it be use to him, only that it should be held by those virtuous. As a result, the Surfer took Yondu-616 and passed the Urn to Galadorians to restore their planet, given the noble reputation of their past Spaceknights.

Comments: Created by Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, John McCrea.

The color of the cosmic energy released varied: gray, pastel rainbow, blue. Perhaps this reflected what it was used for.

It's not clear who killed the Ravagers and left the Herald's Urn just lying on the spaceship deck. Was it attacking pirates in an equal match where both groups completely killed each other? Did someone open the Herald's Urn and their destructive nature killed everyone onboard? Did the chaos-obsessed Sav'rkk attack and kill everyone but inexplicably leave the Urn behind?

Creating a second M'kraan Crystal? Ambitious and extremely dangerous on a cosmic scale. Maybe it was a lesser-powered version with the M'kraan not realizing the full scope of its power.

Unfortunately, I can't see this storyline of the Herald's Urn going much further. It seems to have been ignored by the attacking, darker-natured Spaceknights shown scant months later in Cable #1 (May, 2020), who did not detect the revived Galador.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Herald's Urn has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Yondu I#2, p2, pan1 (main image)
Yondu I#2, p9, pan6 (holding casket)
Yondu I#5, p, pan (unleashing cosmic energy)


Appearances:
Yondu I#1 (January, 2020) - Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler (writer), John McCrea (pencils & inks), Darren Shan (editor)
Yondu I#2 (January, 2020) - Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler (writer), John McCrea (pencils & inks), Darren Shan (editor)
Yondu I#3 (February, 2020) - Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler (writer), John McCrea (pencils & inks), Darren Shan (editor)
Yondu I#4 (March, 2020) - Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler (writer), John McCrea (pencils & inks), Darren Shan (editor)
Yondu I#5 (April, 2020) - Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler (writer), John McCrea (pencils & inks), Darren Shan (editor)


Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First posted: 01/01/2021
Last Updated: 01/01/2021

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