egaliterns-eopia-dg3-blocEGALITERNs

Classification: Humanoid extraterrestrial race 

Location/Base of OperationsEgalitern Bloc, Eopia, unrevealed star system, Albedo Crux Cluster (see comments);
    notably the governor's mansion in the capital city and its underground command bunker

Known Members: Trusivor; various unidentified ensigns and members of the press

Affiliations: Dark Guard (Albion/Peter Hunter, Dark Angel/Shevaun HaldaneDeath's Head/Minion, Killpower/Julius Mullarkey, Colonel Tigon Liger, Motormouth/Harley Davis, Ultra-Marine/Kith Nasca), Demogog Montano and the Technarchy bloc of Eopia;
    indirectly Superconductor, the Time Guardian
    formerly/seemingly Permafrost, Sunder;

Enemies:Mys-Tech (notably Collapsar, Permafrost, Sunder, Gudrun Tyburn and her artificial replicant), Demogog Tansteele;
    briefly Albion (Peter Hunter), Dark Angel (Shevaun Haldane), Ultra-Marine (Kith Nasca) due to mistaken intentions;
    formerly the Technarchy bloc of Eopia;

First AppearanceDark Guard#2 (November, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: The Egaliterns did not demonstrate any superhuman abilities. Some had bionic implants or perhaps just wore technology externally, such as plates on the chin and/or forehead.

    Most of those seen were very similar in appearance (see comments).

    storm drains

Traits: While seeking peace, the Egaliterns were equipped for and willing to go to war to defend themselves as needed 

Type:  Bilaterally symmetric humanoids
Eyes
: Two (on head; color not clearly shown, but the closest images seemed to show dark irides)
Fingers
: Four (plus opposing thumb)
Toes
: Unrevealed (presumably five)
Skin color: Pink (Caucasian)
Average height: Approximately 5'10"
Distinguishing features: Like other Eopians, the Egaliterns have prominent ridges/creases running around their foreheads and extending down the bridges of their noses. Some had bionic implants or perhaps just wore technology externally, such as plates on the chin and/or forehead.

History:
egaliterns-eopia-dg2-press(Dark Guard I#2 (fb) - BTS) - On the planet Eopia, the Egalitern bloc was opposed by the Technarchy sect/bloc, whose chairman-prime Demogog Tansteele led his people to devote their efforts to the art of war for 30 years.

(Dark Guard I#2 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Trusivor became governor of the Egaliterns. 

(Dark Guard I#1 (fb) - BTS / Dark Guard I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Conflicts between the Technarchy and Egaliterns escalated to the point that each force was capable of incinerating not only just one another but their entire world, Eopia.

(Dark Guard I#1 (fb) - BTS / Dark Guard I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Representing the Techno-Wizards of Earth's Mys-Tech, Gudrun Tyburn used an artificial replicant/golem of herself to establish a presence on Eopia, escalating the war between Egaliterns and Technarchy in effort to cause the planet's destruction via thermo-nuclear war.

(Dark Guard I#1 (fb) - BTS / Dark Guard I#2 (fb) - BTS / Dark Guard I#3 (fb) - BTS) <Last year (in relation to the main story; whatever a year is on Eopia)>- Mys-Tech "smart weapon" agents Permafrost and Sunder were sent to manipulate Trusivor and the Egaliterns, promising to help free their land from the Technarchy threat. In reality, the goal of these smart weapons was to precipitate Eopia's nuclear destruction. 

    Similarly, Mys-Tech sent Collapsar to "aid" Tansteele and the Technarchy.

(Dark Guard I#3 (fb) - BTS) - As part of some "secret defense program," Sunder implanted three hundred empathic receptors deep in the planet's continental crust. These would absorb the death scream of Eopia as it perished in nuclear conflagration. Mys-Tech could then synthesize a raw, emotive force of pure death-agony to pay off Mys-Tech's debt to the Hell-lord Mephisto.

(Dark Guard I#1 - BTS / (Dark Guard I#2 (fb) - BTS) - ) - The Time Guardian gathered the Dark Guard -- Albion, Stacy Arnheim, Death's Head, Killpower, Colonel Tigon Liger, Motormouth, and Ultra Marine -- to oppose Mys-Tech's becoming a universal threat and -- per the Time Guardian's Superconductor assistant -- to slay Collapsar. 

(Dark Guard I#2 - BTS) - The Time Guardian's Superconductor assistant detailed the situation on Eopia and Mys-Tech's involvement.

(Dark Guard I#2 - BTS) - With Collapsar having captured Killpower and Liger for the Technarchy (and with Stacy Arnheim having seemingly perished upon exiting the Time Guardians' Null-Space ship), Albion, Dark Angel, and Ultra-Marine had Superconductor open a portal to Eopia to get them to Trusivor, who seemed open to reason; Death's Head and Motormouth instead traveled to the Technarchy's Helios Plateau to rescue their teammates.

(Dark Guard I#2) - Just outside Trusivor's mansion in the capital of the Egalitern bloc, Trusivor -- flanked by Permafrost and Sunder in in conventional humanoid forms -- addressed his people. He noted that Eopia's future was hanging by a thread and that he if his upcoming meeting with the Technarchy ambassador amounted to naught, the Egalitern bloc would be at war with the Tech bloc.

    As the aliens (Albion, Dark Angel, Ultra-Marine) approached Trusivor and Dark Angel noted they would speak with him, Trusivor called on Sunder and Permafrost to protect him and slay what he believed to be Technarchy assassins.
    In response, Permafrost and Sunder assumed their massive true forms, intimidating the Dark Guard members.
egaliterns-eopia-dg4-ensign

(Dark Guard I#3) - After a fierce but relatively brief struggle, which damaged the governor's mansion and surrounding structures, the Dark Guard members destroyed both Mys-Tech constructs/smart weapons, after which Dark Angel convinced Trusivor to speak with them.

(Dark Guard I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Three hours later, Trusivor's staff showed Ultra-Marine some of the defense initiatives, at which point he found evidence of the 300 Mys-Tech weapons buried deep in the continental crust.

(Dark Guard I#3) - In Trusivor's office, Dark Angel and Albion revealed Permafrost and Sunder's true purpose, and Albion advised Trusivor that the Egalitern and Technarchy must by reconciled soon, noting that both sides must see that mutual destruction can be the only result of their present confrontation. They were interrupted by Ultra-Marine, who advised Dark Angel and Albion to come down to the war-rooms in the bunker below the mansion.

    In the bunkers, Ultra-Marine revealed the Mys-Tech weapons, at which point the Gudrun Tyburn golem appeared and revealed the weapons' true purpose. "Tyburn" further informed them that the Technarchy -- in response to the other half of the Dark Guard's assault on the Technarchy's Helios Plateau encampment -- had declared war on the Egaliterns, blaming them for the assault. As the Technarchy were launching their first strike and the Egalitern retaliation would be automatic, "Tyburn" noted that Eopia was finished. egaliterns-eopia-dg4-monitor-tech

(Dark Guard I#4) - After Death's Head, Liger, and Motormouth explosively destroyed Collapsar, an ensign (the balding one over Trusivor's shoulder in the image on the right) reported the mysterious massive explosion on Helios Plateau. Correctly reasoning that the real Tyburn would not have risked coming to Eopia in person, Dark Guard prompted the Tyburn golem to reveal her true nature, transform into an insectoid smart weapon and attack; Dark Angel swiftly destroyed the Tyburn golem. 

    At Dark Angel's prompting, Trusivor ordered (apparently) the same ensign to broadcast a diplomatic initiative on all channels, suing the Technarchy bloc for peace unconditionally. They were interrupted when another ensign (with the white hair seated in front of Trusivor in the image to right reported a transmission from Helios Plateau, and Death's Head
noted that casualties had taken the fight out of the Technarchy; presuming Tansteele to have perished, Death's Head assessed the Technarchy to be amenable to peace negotiations with the Egaliterns.

(Dark Guard I#4 - BTS) - With other Technarchy officials en route to Helios Plateau and Trusivor ready to speak to his opposite number, however, Tansteele commandeered the command gunship.

(Dark Guard I#4) - An ensign (seated in front of Dark Angel in the image on the left; not identified, but possibly the same as the one Trusivor had instructed to broadcast the diplomatic initiative; or perhaps a third ensign or some other tech-monitor) then reported a launch alert, as two cruise missiles had left the Technarchy silos near Helios and they were targeting the Egalitern capital city; with impact in six minutes, the monitor considered the Egaliterns to be sitting ducks.

(Dark Guard I#4 - BTS) - As Tansteele had all the override protocols, those present at Helios base were unable to abort the launches. 

(Dark Guard I#4 - BTS) - Liger's weapon/partner Clementine dropped Tansteele's ship, and Killpower punched down and captured Tansteele. However, Liger notified Death's Head that he would not be able to crack the abort systems in time. 

(Dark Guard I#4 - BTS) - Ultra-Marine and Albion redirected the missiles toward space, and they detonated harmlessly upon reaching their operation ceiling. 

(Dark Guard I#4 (fb) - BTS) - Tansteele was presumably imprisoned, while Demogog Montano became the new Technarchy leader.

(Dark Guard I#4) - Dark Angel introduced Trusivor to Montano, and they optimistically prepared to negotiate peace on Eopia, both men considering this to be a historic moment they savored..

     Dark Angel then noted that diplomatic procedure was not the Dark Guard's strong point, and that from here on, it was all up to the two of them; both men assured her that it was a challenge to which they rose.


   
Dark Angel nonetheless advised them to get their world in order, or the Dark Guard would be back to show them what they were good at.

(Dark Guard I#4 - BTS) - Dark Guard departed, returning to the Time Guardian's base in No Space.

Comments: Created by Dan Abnett, Carlos Pacheco, and Oscar Jimenez under the Marvel UK imprint.

    The main image is not the best, as five of the main figures are not Egaliterns, but the rest of the images are mostly face shots in front of a computer screen or something. It's a more dynamic shot, and its got a good profile shot of Trusivor, plus a number of the members of the press.

    There were minimal differences in the appearances of the Eopians, regardless of whether they were Technarchy or Egaliterns. I don't recall seeing any female Eopians. Perhaps the Eopians were clones or they reproduced asexually...or something? Or maybe the females just weren't seen.

    Albedo, derived from the Latin word meaning whiteness, is the ratio of the radiation (radiant energy or luminous energy) reflected by a surface to that incident on it. I'm not sure that the Albedo Crux Cluster is a known existing astronomical structure, and I would assume this was just a sci-fi use of a scientific term.

    According to space.com a cluster of stars is a galaxy if it is held together by dark matter...there's more information on that, but it's beyond my Freshman astronomy I took back in 1988. Feel free to Google it for yourself, or to provide a layman's explanation for everyone else.
    Other sources just note a cluster to be smaller than a galaxy, independent of the habitability of any stars in the cluster.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Egaliterns should be distinguished from:


command bunker

egaliterns-eopia-bunker-weaponegaliterns-eopia-dg4warroom(Dark Guard I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Three hours later, Trusivor's staff showed Ultra-Marine some of the defense initiatives, at which point he found evidence of the 300 Mys-Tech weapons buried deep in the continental crust.

(Dark Guard I#3) - In Trusivor's office, Dark Angel and Albion revealed Permafrost and Sunder's true purpose, and Albion advised Trusivor that the Egalitern and Technarchy must by reconciled soon, noting that both sides must see that mutual destruction can be the only result of their present confrontation. They were interrupted by Ultra-Marine, who advised Dark Angel and Albion to come down to the war-rooms in the bunker below the mansion.

    In the bunkers, Ultra-Marine revealed the Mys-Tech weapons, at which point the Gudrun Tyburn golem appeared and revealed the weapons' true purpose. "Tyburn" further informed them that the Technarchy -- in response to the other half of the Dark Guard's assault on the Technarchy's Helios Plateau encampment -- had declared war on the Egaliterns, blaming them for the assault. As the Technarchy were launching their first strike and the Egalitern retaliation would be automatic, "Tyburn" noted that Eopia was finished.

(Dark Guard I#4) - After Death's Head, Liger, and Motormouth explosively destroyed Collapsar, an ensign reported the mysterious massive explosion on Helios Plateau. Correctly reasoning that the real Tyburn would not have risked coming to Eopia in person, Dark Guard prompted the Tyburn golem to reveal her true nature, transform into an insectoid smart weapon and attack; Dark Angel swiftly destroyed the Tyburn golem. 

    At Dark Angel's prompting, Trusivor ordered his ensign to broadcast a diplomatic initiative on all channels, suing the Technarchy bloc for peace unconditionally. They were interrupted by a transmission from Helios Plateau, and Death's Head
noted that casualties had taken the fight out of the Technarchy; presuming Tansteele to have perished, Death's Head assessed the Technarchy to be amenable to peace negotiations with the Egaliterns.

(Dark Guard I#4 - BTS) - With other Technarchy officials en route to Helios Plateau and Trusivor ready to speak to his opposite number, however, Tansteele commandeered the command gunship.

(Dark Guard I#4) - An Egalitern tech monitor then reported a launch alert, as two cruise missiles had left the Technarchy silos near Helios and they were targeting the Egalitern capital city; with impact in six minutes, the monitor considered the Egaliterns to be sitting ducks.

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Dark Guard#3

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press & car

egaliterns-eopia-press-vehicleegaliterns-eopia-dg3-press(Dark Guard I#2) - Just outside Trusivor's mansion in the capital of the Egalitern bloc, Trusivor -- flanked by Permafrost and Sunder in in conventional humanoid forms -- addressed his people. He noted that Eopia's future was hanging by a thread and that he if his upcoming meeting with the Technarchy ambassador amounted to naught, the Egalitern bloc would be at war with the Tech bloc.

    As the aliens (Albion, Dark Angel, Ultra-Marine) approached Trusivor and Dark Angel noted they would speak with him, Trusivor called on Sunder and Permafrost to protect him and slay what he believed to be Technarchy assassins.
    In response, Permafrost and Sunder assumed their massive true forms, intimidating the Dark Guard members.

(Dark Guard I#3) - During the ensuing battle, the press, Trusivor, and presumably other Egalitern security agents hid out behind a car (perhaps the same one seen in the picture to the left).

     After a fierce but relatively brief struggle, which damaged the governor's mansion and surrounding structures, the Dark Guard members destroyed both Mys-Tech
constructs/smart weapons, after which Dark Angel convinced Trusivor to speak with them.

--Dark Guard#2

Note: I would ASSume that the vehicle is Trusivor's, but maybe it wasn't...




images: (without ads)
Dark Guard#2, last page, panel 1 (press/mansion distant; car);
            panel 2 (Trusivor, flanked by human forms of Permafrost and Sunder, addressing the press);

    #3, pg. 1-2 (Trusivor,
Permafrost, and Sunder vs. Albion, Dark Angel, Ultra-Marine; press startled & fleeing);
        pg. 21, panel 1 (bunker, Myst-Tech weapon);
            panel 2 (Mys-Tech weapon);
    #4, pg. 9, panel 3 (war room);
        pg. 13, panel 3 (Trusivor and two ensigns);
        pg. 15, panel 5 (another or the same ensign, or another tech-monitor)


Appearances:
Dark Guard#1-4 (October, 1993 - January, 1994) - Dan Abnett (writer), Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Oscar Jimenez (inks), Stuart Bartlett (editor)


First posted: 10/03/2022
Last updated: 10/23/2022

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