jat-vor-thrul-kree-ux255-mostfullJAT VOR-THRULjat-vor-thrul-kree-ux254-face-oblique

Real Name: Jat Vor-Thrul

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Kree) apparent pseudo-cybernetic organism advanced technology user

Occupation: Mercenary, salvage/junker, spaceship navigator/pilot

Group Membership: Crew of the Tath En'ruh/Boneyard Dog (Glitter, Horse; presumably formerly Sovel Redhand)

Affiliations: Glitter, Horse, Rogue (Anna Marie) and to-a-lesser degree Rachel Summers-Grey (aka Marvel Girl), and to an even-lesser-degree (allies of convenience) Frenzy (Joanna Cargill), Magneto/Max Eisenhardt, Starjammers (Havok/Alex Summers, Korvus Rookshir, Polaris/Lorna Dane), X-Men (Gambit/Remy LeBeau)
    formerly Sovel Redhand (see comments), Charles Xavier;
    Jat invoked/exclaimed "Sharra and Kythrii" in his first appearance...he's Kree, and those are Shi'ar gods...maybe he just picked up the expression from Sovel or Glitter?

Enemies: Danger, Friendless, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Grad Nan Holt, Charles Xavier (aka Professor X), Shi'ar soldiers aboard the Gul Damar Space Station;
Rogue (Anna Marie)

Known Relatives: Unidentified father; the Diamond Glacier Vor-Thruls (see comments)

Aliases: None identified

Base of Operations: Last seen on the Gul Damar space station outside Earth orbit (and formerly on the station in the Shi'ar galaxy;
    formerly mobile throughout space in an unidentified starship;
    formerly mobile throughout space in the
Tath En'ruh/Boneyard Dog;
    formerly the Kree homeworld, perhaps Diamond Glacier33 (see comments), Pama system, Greater Magellanic Cloud galaxy

First Appearance: X-Men: Legacy#220 (March, 2009)

Powers/Abilities: As a presumed Kree hybrid ("pink" Kree), Jat likely has a body that is somewhat more dense, durable, and strong than a comparably built human. He may or may not have duplicates of several internal organs.

jat-vor-thrul-kree-ux224-dermware    Jat possesses Dermware (technology within his skin) that allows him to communicate with, control, and repair technology. He can swiftly take control of ships and other large amounts of equipment/technology, although his range is somewhat limited, perhaps 10-20'. He can even override control of a ship from someone at the controls.

    He could superficially scan (perhaps via linking to nearby sensor equipment) hundreds of starships for function and integrity. He could link to the scanner array in the Boneyard Dog ship, at least, to specifically locate a specific being.

    He could transmit a "sessite metavirus" (see comments) into a robot or computer, which would presumably incapacitate the target in some fashion.

    Jat can allegedly black out major cities easily or even unintentionally.

    Jat, like his teammates/co-workers, apparently could activate some type of psi-shield to protect him from telepathic intrusion.

    Jat is a skilled warp starship pilot and navigator, and he has some experience using a hand-blaster

    Jat's interest in technology borders on being romantic/sexual, as he sometimes speaks as if he's involved in foreplay, etc.

    Jat described himself as obsessive-compulsive, and he takes great pride in his work/skills.

    Like his teammates/co-workers, Jat's goals were self-preservation first and profit second, and he was generally reluctant to risk his life for others unless there was some profit in it.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6')
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 205 lbs.)
Eyes: Apparently red, with pink sclera
Hair: Bald or shaved; possibly dark/black eyebrows or shadow in that region

The circumstances under which Jat gained his Dermware are unrevealed.

(X-Men: Legacy#220 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Jat Vor-Thrul joined the crew of salvage/junkers including Glitter, Horse, and Sovel Redhand aboard the Tath En'ruh/Boneyard Dog starship.

(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb) - BTS) - Per Sovel Redhand, his motto (presumably extending to the crew) "No job too small, brute force always an option."

(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb) - BTS) - Jat may or may not have been present on Derumek for unspecified reason, when Sovel Redhand "got stuck in a sentient" brothel.

(X-Men: Legacy#220) - Jat discovered advanced Shi'ar technology on Earth (tech he "would kiss with my mouth open"), noting it to be "level seven, peaking into eight. Enough to bankroll this whole sally." Sovel instructed Jat to set a course for Earth so they could recover it. They did not realize the target -- Danger, the sentient form of the Danger Room, which had been constructed with Shi'ar technology -- was a sentient, mobile entity.

    As the Boneyard Dog warped into Earth. Jat noted that their target was on the move.

    The ship soon appeared in the sky in Maynard's Plains in the Australian Outback, firing on Danger (and, indirectly the X-Man Rogue, in her proximity). Danger shot the ship, which plummeted directly toward her.

(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb)) - Danger shot down the Boneyard Dog. Jat landed the ship safely, and Sovel and the others engaged Danger with flow-inhibitors, attempting to shut her down without damaging her. Instead, the inhibitors shut down her higher cognitive functions and reduced her back to her core programming. Danger automatically engaged a program that immersed them in an holographic scenario.

(X-Men: Legacy#221) - Redhand, Glitter, Horse, and Jat were imprisoned in manacles against a wall in a room with Danger's hologram scenario when they were detected by the newly arrived Gambit and Charles Xavier, who broke into their cell. Jat remained silent (and possibly inert) as Sovel unwittingly mocked their rescuers

(X-Men: Legacy#222 (fb) - BTS) - Gambit and Xavier freed Jat and the rest of his crew.

(X-Men: Legacy#222) - Within Danger's hologram scenario, Jat and the rest of the crew fought alongside Xavier and Gambit against Sentinels; when a Sentinel confronted Jat and noted him to be anomalous, Jat distracted it by relating his family history and then encouraging it to scan him, during which time his Dermware transmitted a "sessite metavirus" into the Sentinel; before the virus could take effect, however, Horse hurled a steel girder through the Sentinels' head, rendering it inert.

    After Xavier read Sovel Redhand's mind and identified him and his crew, Sovel --
uncomfortable with telepaths -- instructed his crew to activate their psi-shields, after which he explained how they had attempted to claim Danger only to be immersed in her holographic scenarios. jat-vor-thrul-kree-ux223-full2

   After Xavier asked if they could find the machine they had met, Glitter acknowledged that Jat could, as his Dermware was linked to the main scanner array back on the Boneyard Dog. As Jat led them there, Sovel told Jat they were going in circles, but Jat explained that the landscape was cycling, so they kept seeing the same places. Jat further noted that this hologram suite was a mite obsessive, which was not a good thing in an artificial intelligence.

    Redhand subsequently noted that the internal logic of the simulations was breaking down and that if they were lucky, the simulations would fade out altogether; alternatively, they might do some extreme spatial contortions first, in which case they would be pureed in the process.

    When Jat noted as they reached they eye of the storm, Xavier requested Redhand's people clear a way for him to get inside, Horse then tore a path to the ship, allowing Xavier to approach the giant Danger, who was wrapped in a fetal position.

(X-Men: Legacy#223) - At Jat's request, Xavier explained that the alien crew's assault had fried the subroutines that gave Danger free will and had crippled her reasoning.

    When Xavier discussed his intent to telepathically interface Danger's CPU and initiate self-repair algorithms, Jat noted that none of the available consoles responded. Xavier explained that those were all part of the simulation  and didn't connect to anything in reality.

    Succeeding, Xavier ended Danger's simulations. However, when Xavier began speaking the commands to restore Danger's free will, Redhand shot him in the back with his energy blaster (so they could still capture and sell Danger), and Jat and Glitter locked their weapons on Gambit, with Jat noting that he favored a body shot as it was harder to miss. Feigning peaceful communication, Gambit touched their weapons, charged them with kinetic energy and blew them up, stunning Jat and Glitter.

    As Horse battered Gambit, Glitter helped Jat to his feet, and Rogue arrived, entered and took control of the Boneyard Dog, and advised Horse to stop.

(X-Men: Legacy#224) - After Rogue blasted Horse, Jat raised his hands and feigned a desire for peaceful negotiation, "Hey, Hey, Hey, sweet lady. Let's talk!. Let's strum the besrek of peace...at least until I'm within Dermware range," at which point he locked the helm and opened the bay doors, allowing Glitter to enter and assault Rogue.

    However, while Glitter overpowered Rogue, Xavier recovered sufficiently to finish speaking the commands to restore Danger's free will. After Danger incapacitated Horse, Redhand called for a blind jump, locking on him, which teleported Redhand, Glitter, Horse, and Jat away.

(X-Men Legacy#256 (fb)  /
X-Men Legacy#257 (fb) - BTS) - ) - On the Shi'ar space station Gul Damar, the Grad Nan Holt telepath and former slave known as Friendless took control of the Grad Nan Holt, former slaves of the Shi'ar, leading them to rise up and war against their former Shi'ar masters.

(X-Men Legacy#255 (fb) - BTS) - Answering a distress call on Gul Damar, Rachel Summers/Grey and the rest of the Starjammers walked into a civil war.

(X-Men Legacy#255 (fb) - BTS / X-Men Legacy#256 (fb) - BTS) - Friendless assaulted Rachel with a powerful mind-punch that knocked out for a week (or, at least an extended period of time); Friendless believed he had slain her. Friendless then placed the other Starjammers under his control.

(X-Men Legacy#254 (fb) - BTS) - After the Shi'ar were defeated in a war with the Kree, Redhand led his crew to the damaged Gul Damar. With the station's defenses down and former slave race the Grad Nan Holt rebelling against the Shi'ar, the crew thought to salvage a large amount of technology.jat-vor-thrul-kree-uxn253-full-lat-gun

    However, as Gul Damar's gravitic flux generator had been damaged, local gravity was distorted, and the crew lost control, presumably crashing the ship.

    Finding the unconscious form of Rachel/Marvel Girl and noting that she measured a "9-Tau-9 on the Kiatna psi-scale," Redhand and his crew picked her up.

X-Men Legacy#250) - Jat noted Rachel's awakening, and while Glitter wished to speak to her, Redhand loaded his weapon, noting that he had been practicing his "Terran," and told her that they had killed her friends and taken their time doing it: "The next word you speak had better be the one I want to hear" (see comments).

X-Men Legacy#253 - BTS) - Rogue -- having absorbed a teleporter's power from Legion/David Haller -- locked on to Rachel's location and transported herself, Frenzy, Gambit, and Magneto a couple thousand light years to reach Rachel Grey.

    Rogue was split from her allies, who arrived on a different part of the Gul Damar space station.

(X-Men Legacy#253) - When Rogue appeared aboard in front of them, Jat and Glitter held her at gunpoint.

(X-Men Legacy#254) - Rogue explained she wasn't looking for them but had come for Rachel, warning them that Rachel had better just be sleeping. After Jat reminded the others of their previous encounter on Earth, Redhand decided she might have use as a decoy or living shield. Detecting "suspect energy readings" two levels down and one click over, Jat advised they move on. Jat also told Rogue that she was lucky it was his crew that found her, as they were "all kinds of cute and cuddly" compared to most of the locals.

    Jat checked their passageways for safety before the group moved forward. When Rogue asked him where they were, he told her it was the Gul Damar station and noted how the Shi'ar were considered easy targets by many after their defeat by the Kree. When Glitter told him not to talk to the prisoner, Jat asked if she was a prisoner as he hadn't received that data burst. Glitter told him that Sovel would tell Rogue whatever she needed to know and that if she asked too many questions, she would zip Rogue's mouth with a flash-seal. Jat amusedly noted that it sounded more like she was a full member of the crew.

    When Horse encountered a Grad Nan Holt ion grenade while clearing a blockage, Jat told Rogue some of the history of the base, the Grad Nan Holt, and how his crew had come there; a furious Glitter interrupted, smacking Rogue across the back of her head with a hand weapon and then asking Jat if he thought Rogue could help them; when he replied "No," Glitter asked if he was trying to get some inter-species romance going. As he tried to explain, "I just--" Glitter cut him off, telling him to tell Rogue nothing.

    Soon after, Jat and the rest of the crew observed alongside Rogue as the planet Xanthimi was pulled into the sun.

    After Jat informed Redhand that the lift tube they had found was dead, Rogue approached Jat again. He informed Rogue that he was not supposed to talk to her, but she continued, asking him about the planet falling into the sun. Jat explained it to be
a result of the damage to Gul Damar's gravitic flux generator causing the sun's gravity field to spike, and he confirmed that it could happen to them. He further noted that he knew nothing about the Starjammers and had that he and his allies had just picked up Rachel due to her psi-powers.

    Rogue -- seeking to ensure they rescued her friends and teammates rather than just escaping -- subsequently approached and punched down Redhand, invoking the rite of Arin'nn Haelar (the Shi'ar battle to the death), and challenging him for rule of his crew.

(X-Men Legacy#255) - Learning he could name a champion, Redhand chose the monstrously strong Horse; however, Rogue also chose a champion, and a secretly revived Rachel (in Rogue's form) subdued Horse with a touch to the head.

    Jat and the others acknowledged their new leader.

(X-Men Legacy#256) - After Rachel sealed a hull breach caused by warring Shi'ar and Grad Nan Holt (in a fight involving the X-Men and Starjammers), Glitter made a plan to stop the Shi'ar guns while Rogue went to rendezvous with the X-Men.

(X-Men Legacy#256 - BTS) - After Friendless assaulted Rachel anew, she learned how he had manipulated his own people into war with the Shi'ar, and she cast him out through a rent in the wall into space; all those under his influence regained their own wills.jat-vor-thrul-kree-uxm257-workingship

(X-Men Legacy#256) - Jat the rest of his crew confronted a group of Shi'ar soldiers who, not wishing to participate in a firefight in an external freight bay, ordered all gunners to stand down, allowing Magneto and Polaris to repair the rent in the spacewall.

    Jat and his crewmates, alongside Rachel and Rogue, joined up with the X-Men and Starjammers. Rogue, who had absorbed the memories and knowledge of a dying Shi'ar scientist (at the expense of losing her teleportational power), revealed the great difficulty it would take to reach and repair the generators (which were 10,000 miles away) in the hour before Gul Damar hit the sun's corona.

    Jat agreed with Redhand's advice that
they liberate a ship and get clear, noting that there was no point crying over non-viable habitats. However, Rogue's borrowed knowledge from the Shi'ar scientist instead led her to use the station's flux array to swiftly travel to the generator (her body protected from the damage by absorbing half of the strength and durability of Joanna Cargill, who accompanied her on the mission).
    Feigning a desire to protect his captain, Redhand gave Rogue a "stun baton" (
actually one end of a short-range teleport shunt) allegedly in case there was anyone waiting for her by the generators.

(X-Men Legacy#257) - As the space station approached the sun and Polaris asked why they weren't already burning up, Jat noted that "the birdies" (Shi'ar) built the shield generators first and that they were as big as a city.

    Jat further noted that they were in Gul Damar's freight facility and that the dockyard had to be nearby, with probably a hundred ships close by. Having used his dermware to download a station map, Jat began leading the others to a vessel with which to escape. When Redhand questioned his fraternizing with mammals (see comments), Jat noted that they were warm-blooded with four-chambered hearts, with lots to admire. When Jat noted his desire to survive,  Redhand expressed disappointment, noting that he set his sights a little higher.

    However, as they found the ships in the dockyard already destroyed by those under Friendless' control to prevent anyone from escaping death, Jat noted that they were not the first to find it.

jat-vor-thrul-kree-uxm258-shieldsdown    With aid from Magneto, Havok and Glitter, Jat located a Sylvari freighter with holes and a Shi'ar scout ship missing its wing assembly. When Glitter told him they didn't have enough time, Jat told her to watch her mouth, as he was Kree, obsessive-compulsive, and had so much dermware that he couldn't scratch his armpit without blacking out major cities; he told Glitter to watch him work.

    Jat communicated with the technology, almost flirting with it, and, after succeeding in restoring the one craft, he told Glitter, "Get me a wing, and I'll give you a ship!" Glitter directed Havok to blast the wing off another craft, but then a Friendless-controlled Shi'ar leader had a Null Cascade antimatter factory activated and used it against them.

    Redhand used the teleport shunt device reach the station's flux array.

(X-Men Legacy#258) - Rachel telelpathically contacted Rogue and helped her realize the nature of the teleport shunt, and she transported the rest of the X-Men and Starjammers to the generator with them.

    Confronted by his irate crew, Redhand started trying to explain, but Jat neutralized his force field, and Glitter swiftly punched him out.

(X-Men Legacy#258 - BTS) - Rogue and Rachel overwhelmed Friendless and used his intelligence combined with the previously absorbed knowledge of the Shi'ar scientist to fire the Null Cascade into the nearby sun, converting it into a white hole and using it to transport Gul Damar to Earth's orbit.

(X-Men Legacy#258) - Jat noted the escalating power levels and, disapproving of the plan for fear of a black hole killing them all, reached to stop her, but Gambit advised him that if he wanted to save his life, he should start by taking his hands off of Rogue.

    Following the successful execution of the plan, Rogue placed Glitter in charge but promised that she would get them a ship and a captain before departing. Jat, Glitter, Horse, and Redhand were left aboard Gul Damar.

Comments: Created by Mike Cary, Scot Eaton, and Andrew Hennessy.

    X-Men had semi-shadowed figures surround Rachel Grey as she awakened, and their appearance, dialog, and behavior pretty clearly fit Jat, Glitter, and Redhand.
    In X-Men Legacy#254, they tell Rogue that they found Rachel unconscious, which fits with her waking up with them there, but Rachel is also unconscious when Rogue encounters them...so, it would make sense that Rachel only briefly woke up and then lapsed back into unconsciousness, or perhaps due to her weakness from Friendless' assault, she feigned unconscious until she was strong enough (and/or was needed).
    Or, perhaps there's some other explanation I'm not seeing?

    X-Men Legacy#254 described the location as "Vector, Spinward 30/715, Distance 3.2 Standard Units" - I don't know exactly what that means, but spinward means moving in the same direction of the space station's rotation...

    I don't recall a resolution to returning Gul Damar to Shi'ar space, but it seemed like they were saying it was so big that it's gravity might have been a problem with it being in Earth orbit?
    I don't know...I'm a surgeon, not an astronomer, engineer, etc.

    I suspect Redhand had a pattern of betraying his partners for money, but that Jat and the other might be willing to eventually get past that and again work with him for their collective goal of profit.

    In X-Men Legacy#222, Jat introduced himself as Jat Vor-Thrul of the Kree homeworld and being of the Diamond Glacier Vor-Thruls. The Kree homeworld presumably refers to Hala; I don't know whether "Diamond Glacier" is a location, or some sort of familial name not related to a location.
    Hala was subsequently destroyed by J'son in Guardians of the Galaxy#23 (2015)
    --Thanks to Chris McCarver for providing these specifics!

    I don't know what "sessite" means, but I'd speculate that it may be associated with the word "sessile," which means unmoving or broad-based (as in a polyp that is not pedunculated or on a stalk); perhaps the virus would immobile the target.

    I also don't know what a "besrek" is, but from the context, as Jat spoke of strumming it, I would presume it is some sort of string instrument, like a guitar.

    When Redhand questioned Jat's fraternizing with mammals in XML#257, it seemed off to me, because Jat is a mammal...but maybe Jat had typically fraternized only with technology in the past? Or maybe Redhand meant "humans"?

Profile by Snood.

Jat Vor-Thrul
should be distinguished from:

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X-Men Legacy#223, pg. 2, panel 1 (full, standing, arms crossed);
       pg. 18, panel 1 (full, standing, arms down);
    #224, pg. 4, panel 2 (face and forearms, dermware lit up);
    #253, last page, last panel (mostly full lateral with new uniform; hand-blaster);
    #254, pg. 17, panel 4 (face, oblique, Dermware inactive);
    #255, pg. 2, panel 3 (mostly full, slight oblique frontal);
    #257, pg. 10, panel 3-4 (communicating with ship);
    #258, pg. 7, panel 3 (deactivating force field)

X-Men: Legacy#220-224 (March-July, 2009) - Mike Cary (writer), Scot Eaton (penciler), Andrew Hennessy (inker), Daniel Ketchum (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor)
X-Men Legacy#250 (August, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth (penciler), Tom Palmer & Craig Yeung (inkers), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#253 (October, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Khoi Pham (penciler), Tom Palmer & Craig Yeung (inkers), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#254 (October, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth (penciler), Jay Leisten (inker), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#255 (November, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth (penciler), Craig Yeung & Jay Leisten (inker), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#256 (November, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth (penciler), Craig Yeung with Jeff Huet and Ed Tadeo (inkers), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#257 (December, 2011) - Mike Cary (writer), Khoi Pham (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)
X-Men Legacy#258 (January, 2012) - Mike Cary (writer), Steve Kurth (penciler), Ed Tadeo (inker), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Daniel Ketchum (editor)

First posted: 07/26/2020
Last updated: 03/28/2023

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