Real Name: Yla
Identity/Class: Extraterrestial ("Virezki"; see comments)
Occupation: Unrevealed (possibly some sort of priest(ess)?)
Group Membership: Inasis of the Congregational (see comments)
Affiliations: Crix, Jusur, others unidentified;
worshipped the Uni-Lord
Enemies: The Uni-Lord caused energy storms that threatened his people
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Planet Virezk in a distant part of the universe
First Appearance: Silver Surfer III#112 (January, 1996)
Powers/Abilities: None identified.
Yla and his/her associates used prayer to appease the Uni-Lord. Any other abilties are unspecified.
Yla did not seem particularly sympathetic to the death of an associate's "temple twin."
Yla wore a somewhat different uniform than his/her associates, notably with decorative sleeces and a more plunging neckline.
Unrevealed (Yla was only seen as an upper body, and not in relation to
anyone of known size or even to others of his race; Yla was not
markedly larger or smaller than the rest of Virezk)
Eyes: Solid blue
Hair: None shown
Distinguishing Features: Like other Virezk, Vla had solid-colored eyes (perhaps due to an opaque membrane) and no external nasal or aural structures (nose and ears). Yla's hands were not shown, but other Virezk were shown to have three fingers and a thumb.
(Silver Surfer III#112 (fb) - BTS) - On Virezk, Yla and his people lived in fear of energy storms that might kill them.
(Silver Surfer III#112 (fb) - BTS) - Yla and other Virezki served as the "Inasis of the Congregational," which they considered to be an honor unique in the universe.
(Silver Surfer III#112 (fb) - BTS) - When the Silver Surfer traveled to their sector of the universe after being summoned by Grand Practitioner Harquis Tey, his arrival apparently greatly pained the Uni-Lord.
(Silver Surfer III#112) - Yla was present alongside several others on Virezk as a storm threatened them. Yla witnessed as Crix urged his temple twin, Jusur, and another Virezki to hurry into a shelter, only to see both Jusur and the other die screaming as the energy caught up to them. When Crix lamented Jusur's loss, Yla urged Crix to keep the portal closed, or they would all be joing Jusur at the Uni-Lord's "Soul Quad." Yla reminded Crix that it wasn't as if they hadn't all been warned about the storms and that this wasn't the first time the storms had happened.
Crix or another Virezki replied that this storm was different and asked if Yla couldn't feel it. Another Virezki agreed, noting that never before had he known the Uni-Lord to be this angry, and he wondered what they had done to so enrage him. Yet another replied that whatever they had done, they must seek the Uni-Lord's forgiveness. That Virezki then noted that they had been uniquely honored to serve Inasis of the Congregational and that they must prove to the omnipotent one (presumably the Uni-Lord) that they were and would always be worthy of that honor. He urged them to pray for their lives that whatever darkness had crossed the heart of the Uni-Lord would swiftly pass away.
(Silver Surfer III#112 - BTS) - Yla and the others' mournful wails of supplication skittered upward, like dry, brittle leaves, seeking desperately to get past the zigzagging spurts of cosmic magma that belched spasmodically from the construct in the heavens....
Within the blazing cauldron at the bottom of the cathedral floating above Virezk, the Dark Counsel (Vartu, apparently a corrupted Watcher) informed the Uni-Lord that his subjects were frightened; he further noted how much more fearful they would be if they knew how much the disturbances actually hurt the Uni-Lord.
Comments: Created by George Perez, Tom Grindberg, and Bill Anderson.
I think I had previously misunderstood that the Blackbody stories took place in an alien dimension rather than just some distant part of the universe. I think the latter is the case after re-reading the first two issues for this profile...I'd love to get somebody willing and able to cover the characters, planets, races, technology, groups, etc. from this entire arc for the Appendix. Any takers?
Yla and his people were noted to be inhabitants of Virezk. A race name wasn't given, so I went with "Virezki."
I BELIEVE "the Congregation" refers to:
CONGREGATION of FINALITY - dimension of Blackbody, housed soul of a member of each race consumed by Blackbody, destroyed, souls absorbed by Skooka--Silver Surfer III#112
I do not recall what the Inasis means. Eventually, I or another of the Masters of the Obscure will re-review the series and get the characters on the Appendix.
Since only a portion of Yla was shown and I don't know when I'll get to other Virezk or a race profile, here is an image of other Virezk.
I'm not sure if Yla is male or female, of if the Virezk have male and females. Yla's different uniform, the more plunging neckline, and the appearance of the pectoral/chest region looks like cleavage, but it may just be prominent pectoral muscles in a male. We certainly don't know if Virezk are mammalian; if not, there would not be a reason for breasts other than artistic license.
This profile was completed 5/21/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Snood.
Yla should be distinguished from:
Silver Surfer III#112, pg. 13, panel 3 (Yla; chest-up);
panel 4 (other Virezki)
Silver Surfer III#112 (January, 1996) - George Perez (writer), Tom Grindberg (penciler), Bill Anderson (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
First posted: 09/09/2021
Last updated: 09/07/2021
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