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Real Name: Glora Teth

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Vassyr) mutate (Enhanced)

Occupation: Warrior;
    former oceanographer

Group Membership: Enhanced (Gun Runner/Brell, Lure/Kay Glayvor, Oracle, Smith; others deceased and unidentified);

Affiliations: Gale Patric, Gyre

Enemies:  Cynodd (Shakata, Dog Soldiers, Strike Team, War-Dogs), the Zoo (Ballistik, Blitz, Laz-Fire, Payload, Warcrime);

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Duty" (nickname from teammates);
    Genetic coding (presumably via Gena-Sys): GP80103E (it could also be
GP8OIO3E of GP8O1O3E, as it is not clear whether some of the characters were numbers or letters; given that the other letters are capitalized, a lower case "l" seems less likely)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly the boat Scylax, planet Nautilus, star system and galaxy unrevealed (but "nine sidereal years from Canopus");
    formerly the Warbird;
    formerly Vassyra

First Appearance: Gun Runner#2 (November, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Glora Teth possesses enhanced strength (perhaps lifting 1000-4000 lbs.; possibly greater, but she was not shown to demonstrate any massive feats of strength), stamina, and durability (allowing her to survive being on her ship when it was set afire via lasers from an alien craft. 

    Glora carries huge gun-type weapons, firing a variety of lasers and rockets. She has an extensive arsenal, including explosive thermex weapons and at least one tri-thermex mine, which shattered the thick Syntropic dome as well as the powerful Payload. 

    She was considered the team's power backbone.

Height: Unrevealed (she's at least a couple inches taller than the 6'4" Gun Runner, so perhaps 6'6" to 6'8")
Weight: Unrevealed (she is very tall and very muscular, so perhaps 300 to 350 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue (sometimes glowed solid blue)
Hair: Brown

History:
(Heavy Duty Gene Card) - A Vassyran oceanographer with a passion for undersea life, Glora Teth developed great strength and endurance through deep sea diving.

(Gun Runner#5 (fb) - BTS) - Recognizing the Cynodd's threat, the Vassyr race sought to prevent them from activating a network of conditioned Synergysts across the galaxy, which would turn all creation into a stolid, ordered, universal machine. 

(Gun Runner#1 (fb) - BTS / Gun Runner#2 (fb) - BTS) - The Vassyr created the Enhanced race of warriors to end forever the mystical threat of the Cynodd and expunge their evil.

(Gun Runner#2 (fb) - BTS) - Those who would become the Enhanced had their innate skills and talents genetically amplified by Vassyr technology into lethal fighting skills. Amongst the Enhanced were Gun Runner, Heavy Duty, Lure, and Smith.

(Heavy Duty Gene Card) - Glora's strength and endurance were enhanced to fearsome levels. 

(Gun Runner#5 (fb) - BTS) - The Enhanced encountered a syntropic wasteland on Caveor Prime.

(Gun Runner#1 (fb)) - Heavy Duty and the Enhanced battled the Cynodd on an unspecified world; the Cynodd's guns stunk of plasma.heavyduty-enhanced-gr3-swim

(Gun Runner#2 (fb) - BTS) - After a long and bloody war, the Enhanced defeated the Cynodd, destroying their armies and machines, and incarcerating their leaders. The Enhanced believed the conflict to be over.

(Gun Runner#4 (fb) - BTS) - When the Enhanced were ordered to return to Vassyra to witness the armistice and to join in the revels, Heavy Duty, Lure, and Smith all departed the Warbird en route, not considering there to be anything worth celebrating. 

(Gun Runner#3 (fb) - BTS) - Settling on the planet Nautilus, a waterworld nine sidereal years from Canopus, Glora Teth abandoned her previous identity and enjoyed a solitary lifestyle from her clipper, Scylax.

(Gun Runner#2 (fb) - BTS / Gun Runner#3 (fb) - BTS) <203 years ago> - As Gun Runner was returning to Vassyra aboard his Warbird ship, an unidentified event incapacitated Warbird/Oracle and Gun Runner, leaving the former drifting and dysfunctional.

(Gun Runner#3 (fb) - BTS) - Every dawn for two hundred years, Glora heard the ultrasound of the ocean's dawn chorus, and she leapt into the waters to appreciate the sonar song of the great calm cetaceans in her ears and sternum as it echoed through the seas.

(Gun Runner#5 (fb) - BTS) <100 years ago> - The Cynodd burned Vassyra.

(Gun Runner#1 (fb) - BTS) - Shakata and the Cynodd believed they had rid the universe of the Enhanced centuries ago.

(Gun Runner#3) - In recent years, from the deck of the Scylax, Glora heard the ultrasound of the ocean's dawn chorus, and she leapt into the water, feeling the sonar song of the great calm cetaceans in her ears and sternum as it echoed through the seas.

    Hearing a new and questioning theme, Glora returned to the Scylax, and she denounced Gun Runner (Brell) and the Enhanced, denying her warrior name and ordering Brell and Smith off of her world.

    When the Zoo attacked the Scylax, Glora fought to save her ship, pounding Brell away. A blast from the Zoo seemingly left her to perish in flames while the Zoo arrived to take out Gun Runner and Smith.

(Gun Runner#4 (fb) - BTS) - Recovering, Glora donned her battle uniform and weaponry. 

(Gun Runner#4) - As the Enhanced and Zoo members fought, Heavy Duty fired a pair of blasts that took down Blitz and Payload. After Brell remarked that he had thought she was dead, she replied that she damn well wished she was.

    When Ballistik aimed his weapon at the back of Smith's head, Glora joined Brell in leveling their weapons at Ballistik's back, forcing his surrender. Brell then advised they depart before the rest of the Zoo recovered, and Glora reluctantly agreed. She also met Brell's friend from Earth, Gale Patrec.

    Before departing, Glora set a sonar beacon to drive the cetaceans in the area away so they would not be hurt, and then she set the Scylax's power cells to explode. After leaving in Gun Runner's Warbird, Glora said a tearful goodbye, telling both the Scylax and the world of Nautilus that she would miss them forever, and then Scylax exploded.

    Brell subsequently shared his history since their separation, as well as the current Cynodd threat with Glora and that they could not reach the Vassyran high command. They discussed returning to Vassyra with plans to pick up their final member, Lure, en route.

    Glora and the others soon arrived on the facteroid Isambard. where they encountered Lure and his drone Gyre just after he had taken out a group of Cynodd warriors. Lure then informed them that Vassyra was dead and gone.
 
(Gun Runner#5) - After Lure clarified that the Cynodd had burned Vassyra a century ago, Glora warned the others of a large group of approaching Cynodd Dog-Soldiers. She then followed Brell's orders and unleashed rockets to take out a number of the attackers.heavyduty-enhanced-gr6-face-mine

    After Gun Runner's tactical noted 300 troops in their vicinity, Gayle Patric and Oracle directed the group to a location from which the Warbird could pick them up, and Glora and Lure provided covering fire while Smith and Brell opened up a bulkhead for them. They departed Isambard.

    While Glora and Brell originally voted to seek out other Enhanced rather than first confronting the Cynodd, when it became clear that the Cynodd had unleashed a Synergist on Earth, the Enhanced agreed to stop that threat.

    After they reached Earth, Oracle transported to within the region of Syntropy (in what was normally Las Vegas, Nevada), unaware that the Zoo was already in there and was watching them. 


(Gun Runner#6) - On Earth, the Enhanced wandered the colorless void until Glora identified the syntropic source six spans ahead of them, at which point the Zoo attacked them. She fired a salvo that knocked Payload back, and then when Ballistik blasted Lure, she swatted Ballistik back with her weapon, noting "If anyone's going to kill that little runt, it's me!" When Lure thanked her for the kind words, she told him to shut up before noting that they were right over the source of the syntropy, which was forty spans below them. She then set a tri-thermex mine for ten nano-cycles, and the Enhanced rushed to a safe distance. Happening upon the mine and picking it to examine it, Payload was destroyed by it.

    Consider it a bonus to have taken out Payload, Glora joined the others in dropping down the hole she had created, with the Zoo in close pursuit. Glora used her handheld tracker to navigate the growing maze surrounding the Synergist, but as they got closer, the syntropic energy began to cause the tracker to glitch, and then Ballistik blasted and destroyed the tracker out of Glora's left hand.

    Although her left hand still smoldered with energy, Glora subsequently destroyed Laz-Fire with "a deafening fury of thermex" when she injured Lure. In return, Ballistik shot Glora in the chest, taking her out of the fight, although Lure then had Gyre decapitate Ballistik.

    Gyre was destroyed in the process of locating the Synergist, but not before it transmitted
 the Synergyst's coordinates back to Lure. Brell then told Smith to watch over the injured Glora and Lure while he went after the Synergyst.

(Gun Runner#6 - BTS) - Disobeying Brell's order, Smith was fortunately on hand to slay Shakata when he was on the verge of killing Brell.

    Gun Runner's weapons systems ultimately finished off the Synergyst.

    Glora was not seen again.

(Gun Runner#6 - BTS / All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update#2) - With the Earth restored to normal, Brell allowed Gale to join the Enhanced in their mission.

Comments: Created by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, Anthony Williams, and Jeff Anderson as part of the Marvel UK imprint.

    I assumed that Glora recovered from her injuries and wasn't destroyed by the energies released when the Synergist was destroyed...but nothing was mentioned of the fate of any of the Enhanced. After Gun Runner destroyed the Synergist and everything was back to normal, we saw Gale board the Warbird...not even Gun Runner was actually shown. Gun Runner showed up again during Annihilation, but no one else from the series was there.
    We haven't seen hide nor hair of Glora in nearly 30 years (it will be 30 years in 2024). 

    Canopus is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina, and it is the second brightest star in the night sky. It is 310 light years from Earth.

    Heh, heh...they said, "duty."

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CLARIFICATIONS
Heavy Duty
should be distinguished from:


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Gun Runner#3, pg. 17, panel 1 (Skylax, dawn on Nautilus);
            panel 2-4 (Glora swimming);
    #4, pg. 7, panel 5 (full);
    #5, pg. 1, panel 4 (face);
    #6, pg. 6, panel 4 (face, with solid blue eyes and tri-thermex mine)

Heavy Duty Gene Card front & back


heavyduty-enhanced-card-backAppearances:
Gun Runner#1 (October, 1993) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (script), Terry Clark (penciler), Adolfo Baylla (inker), Bambos Georgiou (editor)
Gun Runner#2 (November, 1993) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (script), Anthony Williams (penciler), Jeff Anderson (inker), Bambos Georgiou (editor)
Gun Runner#3 (December, 1993) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (script), Anthony Williams (penciler), Colin Fawcett (inker), Bambos Georgiou (editor)
Gun Runner#4-6 (January-March, 1994) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (script), Anthony Williams (penciler), Colin Fawcett (inker), Bambos Georgiou (editor)
Heavy Duty Gene Card front & back (1993) - Marvel Comics UK Ltd.
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update#2 (2007) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer/coordinator), Sean McQuaid, Ronald Byrd, Michael Hoskin, Mark O'English, Mike Fichera, Stuart Vandal, Eric J. Moreels, Chris Biggs, Madison Carter, Anthony Flamini, Al Sjoerdsma & Rich Green  (writers), Michael Short & Cory Levine (assistant editors), Mark D. Beazley (associate editor), Jeff Youngquist & Jennifer Grunwald (editors)


First posted: 03/04/2023
Last updated: 03/04/2023

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