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Real Name: Pharoid

Identity/ClassExtradimensional (Microverse) humanoid (Homeworld's Sandzone/Aegypta native)

Occupation: Prince of Aegypta

Group Membership: Leader of the Desert Demons; Revolutionary Army
    at least honorary member of the Micronauts

Affiliations: Aquon, Belladonna, Coral, Queen Fria, Kaliklak warriors, Knights of Neep of Quarlos IV, Margrace, Micronauts (notably Acroyear, Biotron, Bug, Cilicia, Fireflyte,  Huntarr (Iann-23), Marionette/Mari, Microtron, Nanotron, Arcturus Rann), Prince Peacock, Planetary Council (Gra'hm of Quarlos IV, Esmera of Kaliklak, Mari of Homeworld's First Zone, Icch of the B'zzk, Slug of Homeworld's First Zone, Zoot of the Quor, unidentified Acroyear of Spartak, unidentified humanoid council member, unidentified orange council member), Slug, Time Travelers, Tybalt; mer-people of Oceania and Seazone, people of Polaria, unidentified Ostra steed (likely more than one over time);
Doc Samson (Leonard Samson), S.H.I.E.L.D. (notably Nick Fury and Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan) of Earth;
    formerly Argon/Force Commander and his "Revolutionary Army" (actually Dog Soldiers by that time)

Enemies: Antrons, Argon/Force Commander (while he was under Baron Karza's control), Baron Karza, Centauri (notably Centaurus), Dagon, Death Squad (Ampzilla, Battleaxe, Centauria, Lobros), DeGrayde, Dog Soldiers, Faceless Priests, Hydra of Earth, Kronos, leviathans of Seazone, Membros, Phobos, Reptos, spider-scorpion-creature, Shaitan,;
Belladonna, people of Oceania

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Commander of the Desert Demons, Lord of Aegypta, Sovereign of Sandstone, Wielder of the Star Scepter;
    "Boyo" (from Margrace)

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    died in the arena in First Zone's royal city
, Homeworld, Microverse proper;
    formerly imprisoned in the Pleasure Pits, First Zone,
Homeworld, Microverse proper;
    formerly Aegypta, Sandzone, Homeworld, Microverse proper

First AppearanceMicronauts I#23/2 (November, 1980)pharoid-microverse-mn24-2-3-face-visor

pharoid-microverse-mn29-mostlyfull-standPowers/Abilities: Pharoid was a brave and loyal warrior. 

    His most powerful weapon was the Star Scepter, with which he could project energy blasts (as long as it was charged via sunlight).

    He also wielded a rapier and a hand-held pistol/blaster.

    In Sandzone, he rode atop on ostra (a large flightless bird, mostly like the rocs of fairly tales, especially in the head, but otherwise similar to terrestrial ratites, like an ostrich), traveling at great speeds across the desert sands.

    Pharoid was loyal to his allies, and he could withstand torture without screaming or betraying his allies.

    Pharoid was accustomed to living in Sandzone's desert climate, with less than one inch of yearly rainfall.

    He was briefly transformed into a mer-man, possessing a fish-like tail/lower body and able to breathe and survive underwater. 

    He could operate the Thorium cannons on the back of the Micronauts' Astro-Station.

Height: Unrevealed (in the Microverse, approximately 5'11"; on Earth, approximately 5.9")
Weight: Unrevealed (
in the Microverse, approximately 180 lbs; on Earth, approximately 1.65 ounces)
Eyes: Unrevealed (they appear to be dark, likely brown in most images, but some make them appear to be blue
Hair: Brown


(Micronauts I#25/2: Tales of the Microverse (fb) - BTS) - After Karza's defeat, Pharoid led the Desert Demons in reclaiming the protectorate of Sandzone and re-establishing a civil rule.

    At some point,  in the course of rebuilding, a cache of hidden ancient archives was uncovered, detailing Karza's attempted assassinations of Lord Dallan and Lady Sepsis a millennium ago. The plot discovered, Karza fled into the Syanite desert where he was eventually rescued by a strange sun cult, whom he eventually slaughtered and took over, turning them into the first of his Dog Soldiers.

(Micronauts I#23/3: Tales of the Microverse (fb) - BTS) - Spotting as the centaurian Argon (under Karza's control), joined by a group of Centauri, carried Slug across his back across the Syanite desert, Margrace reported this to Pharoid.pharoid-microverse-mn24-2-1-ostra

(Micronauts I#23/3: Tales of the Microverse) - From a ridge above, Pharoid, Margrace, and the rest of their Desert Demons forces watched Argon and the Centauri's progress. Confirming Margrace's findings and praising his skills, Pharoid announced that the Centauri had raided the royal city and returned with a human captive. Margrace noted that the woman looked to be royalty, and Pharoid considered that while she looked none too pleased with her fate, although she did not appeared to frightened, either.

    Confirming Margrace's question that they would rescue her, Pharoid noted that they would wait until their targets thought themselves safe in their tents so that they couldn't just run off in any direction in the desert.

(Micronauts I#23/3: Tales of the Microverse (fb) - BTS) - As Argon met with Shaitan within a tent in the grey oasis, Pharoid led the Desert Demons to attack.

(Micronauts I#23/3: Tales of the Microverse) - While Centaurus announced the assault to Shaitan, Pharoid blasted Centaurus and urged the other Aegyptans to spur their ostras and to ride down the sand-scum; Margrace cheered that Pharoid wielded a blaster like he was born to it.

    After Margrace urged the others to show no quarter, Pharoid promised to thank him for his rallying speech once they had stilled their enemies' laser-crossbows. Margrace assured him that riding with him was thanks enough, as wherever Pharoid dug in his spurs, old Margrace was sure to find a fight.

(Micronauts I#24/2: Tales of the Microverse) - As his ostra dropped another of the Centauri, Pharoid urged his men to ride down the rest of the Centauri so they could rescue the maiden the Centauri had captured.

(Micronauts I#24/2: Tales of the Microverse - BTS) - Observing the assault from his tent, Shaitan instructed his Faceless Priest to exit the back of the tent and prepare his sand skimmer. Slug taunted Shaitan that not all of his base treachery would save him from the Aegyptans' wrath. 

    Shaitan slew the Centauri chieftain Karsh for his failure to provide a safe haven, and
Karsh fell close enough to Slug that she could reach his laser crossbow.pharoid-microverse-mn24-2-3-stabshaitan

(Micronauts I#24/2: Tales of the Microverse) - Entering Shaitan's tent upon his ostra, Pharoid confronted and skewered Shaitan with his rapier, announcing that he was delivering him to death. Unharmed, Shaitan countered that he had already been delivered there and returned: If Acroyear could not deliver him to death, what hope had Pharoid. Shocked that his blade was buried in Shaitan to the hilt to no apparent affect, Pharoid was unprepared as Shaitan raised his energy sword.

    Via Karsh's laser crossbow, Slug blasted Shaitan's sword. Resolving that he only needed Argon, Shaitan blocked Slug's blasts with his sword as he knocked Pharoid away with a swat.

    Shaitan subsequently departed with Argon aboard his sand skimmer, presumably along with some Faceless Priests. As Slug urged Pharoid to stop him, Pharoid assured her that not even the fastest ostra could overtake Shaitan's skimmer.

    After Slug introduced herself, Pharoid could not believe her name. As Margrace asked if the lady would be riding up behind him, Slug leapt atop an ostra, noting that she rode behind no man. Impressed, Pharoid watched and considered that "By the shifting sands, I like this girl."

    As they rode across Sandzone, Homeworld's fifth zone/"molecule," Slug filled Pharoid in the fate of herself and Argon.

    As they arrived at their destination, Pharoid announced the Avenue of Ancestors, and he noted what Slug assumed to be statues were rather immense caskets, containing the remains of the first lords of Sandzone, whom legend told were giants from beyond the Microverse. As the descend into the subterranean realm of Aegypta, Pharoid noted it to be the most ancient citadel on Homeworld and the birthplace of Baron Karza.  

(Micronauts I#25/2: Tales of the Microverse) - Alongside the Desert Demons, Pharoid led Slug through Aegypta, confirming an immense statue to be Karza prior to his transformation into the armored despot. There Pharoid discussed the legends of Karza's transformation. When he proclaimed Karza to be dead, however, Slug noted that not even death could long imprison Karza.

(Micronauts I#25/2: Tales of the Microverse - BTS) - Argon's body was completely taken over by Karza's life force, transforming to match Karza's form and power.

(Micronauts I#26/2: Tales of the Microverse (fb) - BTS) - Riding atop ostra, the Desert Demons (including Pharoid and presumably Margrace) and Slug arrived at the cavern in which Argon's empty Force Commander armor laid. They appreciated what had happened to Argon and that Karza was back (having taken over Argon's form; although he had already traveled to Earth's dimension).

(Micronauts I#26/2: Tales of the Microverse) - The Desert Demons and Slug were present as Mari arrived there, having returned from Earth's dimension. When Pharoid (apparently, as he was quite distant) noted that they would learn how Mari had returned and they would have to tell her Argon's true fate (as she had assumed him to have fallen in battle), Slug suggested they spare Mari knowledge of Argon's true fate, at least until they reached the royal city.

(Micronauts I#26/2: Tales of the Microverse (fb) - BTS) - After returning First Zone's Royal City, presumably Slug (but possibly Pharoid) told Mari how Argon had become the host for and was under the control of Baron Karza.

(Micronauts I#26/2: Tales of the Microverse - BTS) <48 Xats after Mari's return to Homeworld> - In response to Mari's request, the Planetary Council gathered on Homeworld to discuss how they might oppose Karza. Pharoid attended the meeting, and he asked if Slug, as Argon's betrothed, be the one to address the council. Slug, however, yielded to Mari as Homeworld's hereditary queen, as she best knew the danger threatening them all. pharoid-microverse-mn30-face-profile.jpg

    Mari discussed how Karza, mind-merged with Argon, had journeyed through the Spacewall to Earth.

    While Esmera of Kaliklak, Pharoid, and Gra'hm of the Knights of Neep of Quarlos IV noted how races associated with Karza -- notably the Kronos, Phobos, Lobros, and Reptos -- had grown more bold and aggressive, Pharoid discussed how in Aegypta the Centauri had become openly aggressive: Traditionally cowards, the Centauri actually defied Pharoid's peace-keeping Desert Demon Patrols.

(Micronauts I#26/2: Tales of the Microverse) - After noting how Karza had usurped the Enigma Force from Arcturus Rann, Mari sought to bypass Karza's control of the Enigma Force by contacting the Shadow Priests directly. However, Pharoid and the ambassadors present witnessed with shock and horror that Karza held the Time Travelers in bondage.

(Micronauts I#28 (fb) - BTS) - As Karza's forces -- comprised of renegades, pirates, and scum from every race in the Microverse (Antrons, Phobos, and Reptos were seen specifically; presumably Kronos and Membros were involved as well) -- bombed the Mari-led revolutionary army, who had taken refuge in Karza's Body Banks to learn why Karza's armies were streaming there.

(Micronauts I#28) - Alongside Slug, Pharoid joined the revolutionary army in battle. Standing atop a fallen Repto, Pharoid questioned why Mari had them seek refuge in this house of evil. After Slug explained the reason, Pharoid and the other defenders found themselves driven back to the edge of the Worldcore pit. There, Pharoid appreciated as one of Karza's Faceless Priests mystically held open a portal allowing Karza and his forces to breech the Spacewall and access Earth at will.

(Micronauts I#28 - BTS) - Seeking vengeance for his betrayal by Karza, Shaitan sealed the Portal, trapping Karza's fleet in hyperspace, while allowing the assembled might of the Micronauts resistance forces through.

(Micronauts I#28) - Ships from Homeworld (carrying among them Mari, Pharoid, and Slug), Kaliklak, Neep, Spartak, and "other worlds too numerous to mention" -- arrived through the portal to reinforce the Micronauts and S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Ultimately, Acroyear -- completing using the force of Spartak's Worldmind after it was summoned by Shaitan -- and Queen Esmera of Kaliklak -- via her suicide sting -- defeated Karza and drove his mind out of Argon, who reverted to his original human form. However, the thrill of victory was diminished by the death of Esmera, the destruction of Spartak and of Rann being rendered comatose by the trauma of the Enigma Force, which had been linked to his mind, being torn from Karza and then retreating from reality.

(Micronauts I#29) - Pharoid, Slug, Argon, Cilicia, and Dagon were present with the Micronauts at the mass ceremony on the S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier's open deck, jointly mourning the deaths of numerous SHIELD agents, as well as Biotron (secretly destroyed by Dagon, one of Karza's robots posing as an Acroyear, and Karza's Dog Soldiers), Esmera, and Shaitan.

    Pharoid watched silently as superhuman psychiatrist Doc Samson sent Acroyear, Bug, Mari, and Microtron into Rann's mind with his Psychotron cannon to neutralize the outside force causing him to remain comatose.

(Micronauts I#29 - BTS) - The effort successfully revived Rann, while Microtron destroyed Dagon after he/it revealed its true loyalties. The Micronauts then returned to the Microverse.

(Micronauts I#30) - Back in the Royal Palace in Homeworld's First Zone, Pharoid was present as Rann showed and Microtron translated the subliminal message that had been inscribed deep within his brain and that had been found when the other Micronauts had traveled inside his brain.

    Pharoid considered that while the hieroglyphics were archaic, their meaning was clear, and he wondered if the "Great Distress" mentioned in the message was why they had returned to Homeworld; Rann confirmed this to be the case. After Rann discussed the danger to the Microverse should the Time Travelers be destroyed, which Karza had seemed to have caused, the group concluded that they must locate the three Keys mentioned in the message and use them to contact the Enigma Force.

    When the Royal City was rocked by planet quakes, Argon concluded that this marked the beginning of the great distress mentioned in the message. Argon then sent messengers to every corner of his kingdom to search for the Keys.

(Micronauts I#31 (fb) - BTS) - Argon asked Pharoid to accompany the Micronauts on their mission, noting concern with their time spent on Earth and whether their first allegiance was to the Microverse.

(Micronauts I#30) - After Acroyear noted that he was leaving the Micronauts to return to his people, Pharoid announced that he would accompany the rest of the Micronauts in his stead as far as Aegypta. Pharoid subsequently joined Bug, Mari, Rann, and Microtron in their Astrostation, which soon skimmed over Oceania's waves. When Pharoid asked how Rann intended to locate the keys, he noted that he just had a feeling that they would find their answer in Oceania.

    Further discussion was interrupted when a leviathan emerged from the waters and drained the astrostation's solar batteries, causing it to drop to the water. Kept afloat via inflatable pontoons, Pharoid fired thorium bursts to no avail at the leviathan as it swam directly at them. pharoid-microverse-mn31-starscepter

    As Pharoid noted that the thorium cannon was losing its charge, Bug explained that the leviathan was draining their weapons system. Regardless, Pharoid watched helplessly alongside Bug and Microtron as the leviathan swallowed Rann and Mari as they tried to lead it away via their glider-wings. A group of dolphin-riders then appeared and drove the leviathan to dive deep beneath the surface, after which Lady Coral explained that the leviathan would soon return to attack them if they did not hasten to the safety of Seazone before noting that no air-breather had ever returned from beneath the surface of Oceania.pharoid-microverse-mn31-uw-dolphin

    Pharoid, Bug, and Microtron subsequently, via their Astrostation, followed Coral and the dolphin riders to Oceania, where they were brought before Coral's father, the elderly Tybalt, to whom Pharoid and the other respectfully bowed. Coral subsequently detailed the history of Seazone and Oceania, and how she planned to go to war with Oceania. Pharoid announced that he, Bug, and Microtron would accompany her in the hope that their missing comrades still lived.

(Micronauts I#30 - BTS) - Meanwhile, the leviathan delivered the intact Rann and Mari to Oceania, where they met its king, Aquon.

(Micronauts I#31) - Astride one of Seazone's "dolphins" and wearing an oxygen helmet, Pharoid -- who resided in a desert with less than one inch of yearly rainfall -- empathized with Bug's unfamiliarity with the water, but he advised that that would have to get used to it if they hoped to rescue Rann and Mari.

    Soon after, a number of leviathans surfaced, with the wave pulling many of the Seazoners underwater along with Pharoid and Bug. As Pharoid blasted one of the Oceanian Mer-Men with his star scepter, Coral was shocked to find her brother, Aquon, leading the Mer-Men. Although the star scepter was meant to only be wielded in Aegypta's defense, Pharoid justified his actions as the Micronauts fought for the Microverse as a whole.

    Pharoid subsequently rescued Bug from one of the Mer-Men who had captured him, and Bug noted that while he had been initially leery of Pharoid replacing Acroyear on this mission, he considered him "every inch a Micronaut." Pharoid silently wondered if was he was and what would Bug think if he knew how Argon had sent him to spy on the Micronauts.

    When Seazone subsequently collapsed, Aquon used his Key to the Enigma Force, given to him for this purpose by one of the Time Travelers years before, to transform the Seazoners -- as well as Pharoid, Bug, Mari, and Rann -- into mer-people so they could survive without a landmass on which to live. pharoid-microverse-mn31-mer-man

(Micronauts I#31 (fb) - BTS) - Aquon subsequently gave the Key to Rann, and its power returned himself, Mari, Pharoid, and Bug to their normal forms so they could continue their quest.

(Micronauts I#31) - Pharoid departed with his allies aboard the Astrostation.

(Micronauts I#32 (fb) - BTS) - Aboard the Astrostation, Pharoid accompanied Bug, Mari, and Rann to Subzero zone, where they fruitlessly searched the frozen wastes for the city of Polaria.

(Micronauts I#32) - Mari encountered Prince Peacock, who led the Micronauts to Polaria. There Queen Fria vowed to aid them in their quest for the Keys to the Enigma Force, and Peacock told them of how the Subzero had been heating up and melting their city, and the legend of how one could save Polaria by slaying the venerated snowbear while losing that which he held most dear. With Peacock having noted a marking on the snowbear matching that of one of the remaining keys to the Enigma Force, Pharoid noted how that suggested that the snowbear was connected to the second key to the Enigma Force. 

    Pharoid and the Micronauts subsequently followed Peacock as he again hunted the snowbear. After an avalanche trapped them within a cavern leading to a tunnel up a mountain, Pharoid used the star scepter -- the power of which had faded with its time away from Aegypta's fierce solar rays -- to illuminate their way (as it could no longer melt through the ice). As Mari and Rann rushed to aid Peacock via their glider-wings, Pharoid felt guilt, considering that the Micronauts should receive honor and glory rather than reaping base betrayal, but he reluctantly acknowledged his duty to follow Argon's orders.
    Ultimately, Pharoid attended the burial of Queen Fria, who had been transforming into the snowbear via the Key's power, and Peacock too late realized he had loved her. Peacock gave the second key to Rann.

(Micronauts I#33) - As Pharoid and the Micronauts departed in their Astrostation, Pharoid regretted that he must serve Argon and betray the Micronauts once they reached Aegypta, perhaps unto death. Regardless, Pharoid observed as the increased heat caused the surrounding snow to melt, and Polaria broke up and collapsed into the water. 

(Micronauts I#34) - Aboard the Astrostation, Pharoid accompanied Rann, Mari, and Bug into Sandzone. As they approached Aegypta, Pharoid initiated landing procedures. At the entrance to Aegypta, Pharoid explained to Rann and Mari how the apparent statues were actually tombs containing the allegegly giant original inhabitants of homeworld, which Rann considered to be a "nice fairy tale." They were then confronted Argon's Revolutionary Army who now wore the uniforms of Karza's dog soldiers and who surprised them by firing on them. When Bug went for his rocket lance, Pharoid aimed his now-recharged star scepter at Bug and warned him to stand down, noting how he was following orders from Argon.

    Having captured Acroyear and his new ally, Devil, and having obtained the third Key to the Enigma Force from them, Argon had his soldiers forcibly take the two other keys from Rann. Argon then claimed to take them into protective custody, due to the two kingdoms Seazone and Polaria having been destroyed while they obtained the keys.

    Pharoid then greeted Margrace and Lady Slug. However, disgusted with Pharoid's betrayal of the Micronauts, Margrace noted that his ostra was kicking up a fuss, like he smelled something rotten, and he insisted that he had to take the ostra out to the desert where the air was sweeter. For similar reasons, Slug joined Margrace.

    Appreciating that neither Margrace nor Slug could look him squarely in the eyes, Pharoid considered that he had but obeyed his king, as any soldier must; however, he wondered if he had been right to do so.

    Pharoid subsequently appeared outside of the prison cell from which Margrace, Nanotron, and Slug had freed the Micronauts. Noting his desire to make amends for his base betrayal, Pharoid used his star scepter to shatter the bonds restraining Acroyear and Devil. As Devil's longtime companion, Fireflyte, arrived and revealed that she had found the Keys,
Pharoid explained to Slug how he had realized his belief in Argon having had Homeworld's best interests in mind had been misplaced.

    As Fireflyte led Acroyear, Bug, Devil, Mari, Microtron, Nanotron, and Rann to Keys, Pharoid followed Slug's lead to stayed behind with her and Margrace to hold the corridor against the Dog Soldiers who were sure to come.

    As she gave her commands, Pharoid noted how lovely was the Lady Slug, and he
considered that she should not be exposed to such danger. Almost immediately thereafter, the Dog Soldiers arrived and opened fire on them.

(Micronauts I#34 (fb) - BTS) - After defeating the Dog Soldiers, Pharoid, Margrace, and Slug returned to Sandzone's surface and reunited with the rest of the Desert Demons, who took out the Dog Soldiers stationed outside

(Micronauts I#34) - After the rest of the Micronauts, having defeated Argon, arrived on the surface, Pharoid was pleased to note that Rann had the three keys.

    Rann sent Microtron and Nanotron to return to First Zone and retrieve the Micronauts' ship, the Endeavor, while
Acroyear, Bug, Devil, Mari, and Rann piloted the Astrostation toward Dead Zone to use the Keys to save the Microverse.

(Micronauts I#34) - Recovering, Argon led the Dog Soldiers to the surface to ambush Margrace, Pharoid, Slug, and the Desert Demons, and a brief but bitter battle ensued.

(Micronauts I#35 (fb) - BTS) - Margrace, Pharoid, Slug, and the Desert Demons apparently fled (see comments).

(Micronauts I#35 (fb) - BTS) - Pharoid's defiance of Argon cost him his throne.

(Micronauts I#35) - Pharoid led a charge of the Desert Demons (as well as Slug) from out in the Syanite Desert to confront Argon and his Dog Soldiers. After Slug slammed her ostra into Argon, Pharoid came to her aid, engaging Argon in single combat; nonetheless, the Dog Soldiers, aided by their airborne forces, devastated the gravely outnumbered Desert Demons.

(Micronauts I#35 - BTS) - Argon led his Dog Soldiers against the Micronauts at the Tomb of Prince Wayfinder. The Micronauts ultimately revived/released the Enigma Force and departed while Argon vowed vengeance.pharoid-microverse-mn43-blastedbyfc

(Micronauts I#39 (fb) - BTS) - Pharoid was imprisoned in stasis in the Body Banks alongside Slug.

(Micronauts I#39) - Argon approved his ally Lady Belladonna choosing Slug's body to become her own, noting Slug's betrayal, notably allying with Pharoid and others in the rebellion. Though contained within a stasis tank, Pharoid replied that countless others would rise after he and Slug had fallen. Pharoid continued, asking what kind of man was Argon to sacrifice the woman he once loved. After Slug replied that Argon was not a man, as power had made him as cold and cruel as the armor he always wore, Argon calmly noted that Slug was more right than she knew before departing.

 (Micronauts I#43 (fb)) - As Argon's Dog Soldiers took Slug away for the mind transferrence, Pharoid told Argon to do with him what he would but to spare Slug. Dispatching Pharoid with a blast, Argon informed him that he would do with both of them exactly as he pleased. 

(Micronauts I#43 (fb) - BTS) - Pharoid was dragged back to his cell in the dungeons known as the Pleasure Pits.

(Micronauts I#43 (fb) - BTS) - Within the Body Banks, DeGrayde transferred Belladonna's mind into Slug's body and vice-versa.

(Micronauts I#41) - Within the Pleasure Pits, Pharoid raged at the guards, calling them cowards and curs for taking Slug instead of him. When he told them that if he could break the bars to his cell, Argon's skull would follow, they mocked his idle threat, enraging him that they would speak thusly to a prince of Aegypta. The guards taunted him that chief scientist DeGrayde had his Star Scepter, that Argon had enslaved his country, and that Pharoid had been unable to protect his woman.
    Slug, now in Belladonna's aged form and in the next cell, encouraged Pharoid to not heed their taunts, as they must set an example as leaders of the rebellion. She further vowed that she would defy Argon to the death.,

(Micronauts I#44 - BTS) - Slug (in Belladonna's form) had feigned death, she duped a Dog Soldier into getting close, stole his weapon, blasted him, and escaped her cell.

(Micronauts I#44) - As Slug rushed by his cell next door, Pharoid asked "Milady -- what is happening?" She told him that freedom was happening, and that she was going to revenge herself on those who had stolen her youth and her name. She vowed that when she was herself again, she would return for him, her beloved. 
(Micronauts I#46 (fb) - BTS) - In the Pleasure Pits, Pharoid was subjected to torture by the Dog Soldiers.

(Micronauts I#46) - As the Dog Soldiers taunted Pharoid, telling him to make their work more enjoyable by screaming, Acroyear and Bug took out the Dog Soldiers and freed Pharoid. Acroyear supported Pharoid as he could not stand, but Pharoid nonetheless urged them to save the Lady Slug.

(Micronauts I#46 - BTS / Micronauts I#47) - Before they could, however, they were confronted by the Death Squad (Ampzilla, Battleaxe, Centauria, and Lobros). 

(Micronauts I#47) - At Pharoid's urging, Acroyear put Pharoid down so they could focus on their attackers and then save Slug. Desperate to do something to help his allies, Pharoid crawled to the chamber containing the Star Scepte only to find it to be powerless after having been so long away from sunlight. Frustrated at having again failed the Micronauts, he collapsed to the ground.

    Acroyear subsequently surrendered when Bug's life was threatened, and Dog Soldiers dragged Pharoid back to his cell while the others walked.

(Micronauts I#47 - BTS) - Now allied with Slug against Argon's corruption, Belladonna (in Slug's body) picked up the Star Scepter.

(Micronauts I#48) - Acroyear broke free, but as he battled the other members of the Death Squad, Lobros shoved his tongues down Pharoid and Bug's throats and threatened to kill them. Acroyear then surrendered and had his armor stripped from him, after which the Dog Soldiers drove Pharoid, Bug, and Acroyear down into the Pleasure Pits.

pharoid-microverse-mn50-chargekarza (Micronauts I#48 - BTS) - Holding Pharoid's powerless star scepter, Slug (in Belladonna's form) forced a guard (ignorant of the weapon's limitations as she threatened to blow off his head) to tell them the location of DeGrayde's laboratory. After Belladonna had knocked out the guard by striking him in the back of the head with the scepter, the two women traveled to the lab, where Slug held the scepter and ordered the scientists to switch back her and Belladonna's bodies.

(Micronauts I#49 (fb) - BTS) - Force Commander's agents recaptured Slug and Belladonna at the Body Banks before the transfer could occur, and they learned that the Micronauts and Pharoid had been taken by the Death Squad as well.

(Micronauts I#49) - Force Commander initiated the wedding games, and Acroyear, Bug, and Pharoid were released from a mobile cell into the arena. To make things more entertaining, Argon supplied Pharoid with his Star Scepter, Bug with his rocket-lance, and Acroyear with his energy sword.

    They were then confronted with DeGrayde's monstrous scorpion-creature, and Pharoid stunned it with a burst from his Star Scepter that took it's full charge, after which gathering storm clouds limited further recharging. pharoid-microverse-mn50-blasted

    After Mari and new ally Huntarr arrrived and attacked Argon's forces, Pharoid watched as Acroyear slew the scorpion-creature, after which the inspired crowd assaulted the Dog Soldiers
, calling for Force Commander's death.

(Micronauts I#49 - BTS) - After Belladonna (in Slug's form) exposed Argon as a non-human energy creature, Argon beseeched his people to forgive him, as he had not betrayed them but had been under the control of another. With that, Karza revealed his presence, tearing open and emerging from Force Commander's armor.
    Margrace subsequently noted the approach of the immense Bioship, captained by the Micronaut's leader, Arcturus Rann.

(Micronauts I#50) - As Karza held both Slug and Belladonna by the throat, Pharoid advised the Death Squad that they would perish if they would not yield so they could get to Karza, and Ampzilla mocked his brave words as a fitting epitaph for the ex-monarch of Aegypta.
    After Slug and Belladonna both perished, Pharoid cried out Slug's name and assaulted Karza with his Star Scepter (noting that despite the rain it had achieved its full charge). 

    Denouncing Karza as a ravager of hope and destroyer of dreams, Pharoid rushed Karza while exclaiming how he did not fear him, but Karza mocked his weapon as more laughable than lethal as he slew Pharoid with a single blast.

Comments: Created by Bill Mantlo, Pat Broderick, and Danny Bulanadi.

    Pharoid and the Desert Demons vs. Force Commander and the Dog Soldiers:

    At the end of Micronauts I#34, it seemed like the Dog Soldiers ambushed and captured Slug and the Desert Demons, after which Argon, in his usual white Force Commander armor, denounced the escaped Micronauts as traitors. 

    At the start of Micronauts I#35, Argon was denouncing the Micronauts, so it seemed like a recap...but now Argon was wearing a black version of the Force Commander armor and riding a black steed. And then Slug and the Desert Demons attacked and fought a protracted battle. 

    I had initially thought #35 was just expanding on the events of the last page of #34.
    However, on closer examination, in #34, Slug and the Desert Demons were standing outside the entrance to subterranean Aegypta, and they were ambushed by the Dog Soldiers.
    In #35, Argon is with his Dog Soldiers on the surface when Slug and the Desert Demons charge in astride Ostras from the desert. It makes most sense that these are just subsequent events, and Argon progressing to the black armor fits with that, too.

    Pharoid was intrigued with Slug early on. In Micronauts I#24/2, when she told him her name was Slug, Pharoid replied, "Surely not!" And when she refused to ride behind Margrace on his ostra and jumped on one of her own, he thought to himself, "...I like this girl!"pharoid-microverse-1976silvermegoactionfigure
    They journeyed together (alongside the Desert Demons) for a few issues before joining up with the Micronauts and the rest of the rebellion. Argon was seemingly freed from Karza's influence by Micronauts I#28, and it seems less likely that Slug would have romanced Pharoid during their time together before then, but it is certainly possible...
    Regardless, after Argon had again succumbed to Karza's influence, Slug turned to Pharoid, and they clearly fell in love with each other...however, it doesn't seem like they had any time to act on their feelings. Pharoid joined Slug and Margrace in opposing Argon in Micronauts I#34, and it seemed to be straight action through #35 when they were captured and imprisoned by Argon's Dog Soldiers, and then Slug had her mind swapped with Belladonna's, and then they both died at Karza's hands.
    However, perhaps there was enough of a break between the Desert Demons' conflict with Argon and the Dog Soldiers in #34 and #35 that they did get some private time.
    Moot point, though...Dorkas Farkas...

    Per Spider-Mike Fichera of the OHotMU team:

    Pharoid was based on a Mego toy that came with a little "King Tut" sarcophagus.
    See the Micro-Outpost:
    Courtesy of Mike's  own collection, here's a larger photograph of the action figure, the 1976 Silver Mego action figure:

Profile by Snood.

should be distinguished from:

Star Scepter

pharoid-microverse-mn47-starscepterpharoid-microverse-mn49-face-scepter     Pharoid's chosen weapon, it can project laser-like blasts, heat, and light.

     Solar-powered, when deprived of the sun's light, it diminished in power, losing the ability to project heat and/or blasts and being reduced to projecting light only before exhausting its energies completely.

     Powerless, it was useful only as a sharp object and/or blunt weapon, although its power was sufficiently respected that one might bluff others with threats of its power.

Micronauts I#24/2

Note: As far as I know the star scepter was not seen again after Pharoid's death. It should still continue to absorb solar power and serve as a weapon to whoever possesses it...or not...

     The Star Scepter could be separated out into its own profile if anyone is willing and able to do so...

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Micronauts I#24/2, pg. 1 (atop ostra);
        pg. 3, panel 2 (skewering Shaitan);
            panel 5 (face, with visor);
        pg. 4, panel 6 (face, sans visor)
    #29, pg. 1 (mostly full, standing)
    #30, pg. 3, panel 4 (face in profile);
        pg. 9, panel 4 (manning thorium cannons in Astrostation);
    #31, pg. 10, panel 3 (underwater, astride "dolphin," firing star scepter)
        pg. 15, panel 1 (underwater, astride "dolphin"; rescuing Bug);
        pg. 19, panel 1 (as mer-man);
    #34, pg. 9, panel 2 (upper, with star scepter) -- **#21, panel 1 - Desert Demons
    #43, pg. 5, panel 3 (blasted by Force Commander);
    #46, panel 4 (tortured);
    #47, pg. 16, panel 5 (face, longer hair);
        pg. 17, panel 1 ?(star scepter);
    #50, pg. 15, panel 2 (blasted by Karza);
            panel 3 (death)pharoid-microverse-mn54-fallenallies
        back cover (with stubble)
    #54, last page, featurette on fallen allies

Micronauts I#23/2 (November, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Micronauts I#24/2 (December, 1980) - Bill Mantlo (writer, co-plotter), Pat Broderick (penciler, co-plotter), Armando Gil (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Micronauts I#25/2-26/2 (January-February, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer, co-plotter), Pat Broderick (penciler, co-plotter), Armando Gil (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Micronauts I#28-30 (April-June, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Louise Jones (editor)
Micronauts I#33-34 (September-October, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Pat Broderick (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Micronauts I#35 (November, 1981) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Val Mayerik (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Micronauts I#39 (March, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Steve Ditko (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#41 (May, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Gil Kane (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#43 (July, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Gil Kane (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#44 (August, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Gil Kane (penciler), Danny Bulanadi, Carl Potts, & Al Milgrom (inkers), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#46 (October, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Luke McDonnell (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#47 (November, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Mike Vosburg (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#48 (December, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Butch Guice (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#49-50 (January-February, 1983) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Butch Guice (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Al Milgrom (editor)
Micronauts I#54 (September, 1983) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Butch Guice (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker of Micronauts memorial feature ), Ralph Macchio (editor)

First posted03/04/2023
Last updated: 03/05/2023

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