scylax-heavyduty-gr3-distant SCYLAX

ClassificationExtraterrestrial (Nautilus)  vessel

Creator: Presumably Glora Teth

Possessors: Formerly Glora Teth (aka Heavy Duty)

Visitors
Gun Runner/Brell, Gale Patric, Smiththe Zoo (Ballistik, Blitz, Laz-Fire, Payload, Warcrime);

Location: Presumably built and destroyed on Planet Nautilus, unidentified star system, Milky Way galaxy (see comments)

First AppearanceGun Runner#3 (December, 1993)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Scylax was noted (in narrative) to be a clipper, which would make it a narrow sailboat designed for speed. 

    It was also noted (by Glora Teth) to be a yacht, which is a loose term for a sailing or power vessel used for pleasure, cruising or racing.
    It appeared to be a sailing vessel used for pleasure, and perhaps cruising.

    It apparently had living quarters below its deck.

    It contained sonar beacons that could be used to drive off or (presumably) summons the large cetaceans that populated Nautilus' oceans. 

    Its power cells could be set to detonate with force sufficient to completely destroy the ship. 

    It was presumably Glora Teth's home for 200 years.scylax-heavyduty-blasted

History:
(Gun Runner#3 (fb) - BTS) - Settling on the planet Nautilus, the Vassyran Enhanced Glora Teth abandoned her previous identity of Heavy Duty, and she enjoyed a solitary lifestyle from her clipper, Scylax.

(Gun Runner#3 (fb) - BTS) - Every dawn for two hundred years, Glora leapt from the Scylax's deck into the waters.

(Gun Runner#3) - From the deck of the Scylax, Glora leapt into the water. 

(Gun Runner#3 (fb) - BTS) - Glora's former Enhanced allies, Gun Runner and Smith, as well as Gun Runner's human friend, Gale Patric, were presumably beamed down to the Scylax from the Warbird by Oracle, another one of the Enhanced. 

(Gun Runner#3) - Hearing a new and questioning theme in the sonar song of the great calm cetaceans, Glora returned to the Scylax, encountering and denouncing Gun Runner and the Enhanced, denying her warrior name and ordering her former teammates off of her world. Gun Runner then began to tell her of the return of the Cynodd.

    When the Zoo attacked the Scylax, Glora fought to save her ship, pounding Gun Runner 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. scylax-heavyduty-profile-burning

(Gun Runner#4) - Aboard the Scylax, the Enhanced eventually subdued the Zoo, but Brell then advised that they depart before the rest of the Zoo recovered, and Glora reluctantly agreed. 

    With the conflict over, Gale Patric came out of hiding from below deck on the Scylax and prepared to depart with the others. 

    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.scylax-heavyduty-exploding

Comments: Created by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, Anthony Williams, and Jeff Anderson

    Nautilus was described as a waterworld nine sidereal years from Canopus.
    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.
   
Recent estimates note that the Milky Way galaxy is 100,000 - 120,000 light years across, and that Earth is 28,500 light years from the center of the Milky Way...which would put Nautilus in the Milky Way.

    Another image of the Scylax, aflame and boarded by the Zoo, is visible in the Zoo profile, first image down on the left, at least for now...

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Scylax should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads):
Gun Runner#3, pg. 17, panel 1 (Scylax, dawn on Nautilus);
       pg. 20, panel 1 (Zoo ship blasting Scylax);
    #4, pg. 11, panel 2 (aflame in profile);
        panel 2 (exploding)


Appearances:
Gun Runner#3 (December, 1993) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (script), Anthony Williams (penciler), Colin Fawcett (inker), Bambos Georgiou (editor)
Gun Runner#4 (January, 1994) - Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (script), Anthony Williams (penciler), Colin Fawcett (inker), Bambos Georgiou (editor)

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

First posted: 02/05/2023
Last updated: 03/08/2023

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