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Daxam
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
In story information
Type Planet
Notable people Lar Gand
Laurel Gand
Sodam Yat
Ol-Vir
Notable races Daxamites

Daxam is a planet within the fictional DC Universe. It is home to a race called the Daxamites, who are descended from Kryptonian colonists. Like their Kryptonian cousins Daxamites manifest powers and abilities similar to those of Superman when exposed to the light of a yellow star, including vast strength, damage resistance, great speed, flight, enhanced senses and heat and X-ray vision. Their own sun Valor was a red giant, so while on their homeworld, they could not have their powers.Their sun has recently become yellow in Green Lantern Corps. They are fatally sensitive to lead, which affects them as kryptonite affects Kryptonians. They are an intensely xenophobic race, and are fearful of alien invaders. Daxam's inhabitants tend to stay on their homeworld, but some have ventured into the galaxy.

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History

The Daxamites were originally Kryptonians who left their homeworld in order to explore the Universe. In post-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity, The Eradicator, programmed to preserve all Kryptonian culture, altered the birthing matrices ("artificial wombs") the explorers took with them so that the newborns would be fatally vulnerable to lead. Thus, if they persisted in their anti-Kryptonian wanderlust, they would all die from it. Later, the Eradicator altered the DNA of all remaining Kryptonian life-forms so that they would instantly die upon leaving the planet. In the post-Infinite Crisis continuity instead the Daxamite started their life as a more peaceful and less xenophobic offshot of the Kryptonian race, choosing to gain the trust of the people living in the planets they found rather than mercilessly killing them as the other Kryptonians did. So, when the Kryptonian explorer Dax-Am discovered a planed inhabited by a peaceful native population, the Kryptonians decided to merge with the Native Daxamites, giving birth to a race with inherent Kryptonian powers, plus the ability to breed with other humanoid races. This, coupled with the fact that, even when they lost track of their Kryptonian origins, choosing to consider themselves only Daxamites, they kept traveling through the stars, allowed for a large population of half-breeds residing on the planet, naturally inclined to seek new planets, as the descendants of the last Kryptonian purebloods kept alive their ideals of isolation and xenophobia. Eventually, the social unrest stirred by isolationists and explorers exploded in a full-blown civil war. The isolationists won, founding the Cult of Sorrows, and rewriting history to blame aliens for the ruins of the war, and hide the presence of half-breeds in Daxam.[1] By the time of the invasion of Earth, Daxamite society evolved into a semi-religious regime, greatly disapproving of any other form for spacefaring but conquest and war, outlawing several pieces of technology, and displaying a widespread xenphobia in every single inhabitant of the planet, let alone for selected individuals as Sodam Yat, Kel and Lar Gand, the first and the latter forced to self-exile themselves to avoid harsher punishment for their different ways.

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Invasion!

Daxamites took part in an invasion of Earth masterminded by the Dominators. During the invasion however, the Daxamite forces discovered that they gained tremendous powers, of a set and scale comparable to Kryptonians, in a yellow sun environment. However, while engaging Superman, the super-hero convinced his opponents, who were succumbing to lead poisoning, that their allies were wrong to invade Earth and Kel Gand — Lar Gand's father — sent a message before his death to their government to intervene on Earth's behalf. They were successful in this intervention when the Dominators, unaware of the Daxamite physical reaction to Earth's environment, dismissed the small force of primarily troop transports. Thus, they were caught completely off guard when the Daxamites deployed in space an extremely formidable force of hundreds of soldiers who had gained powers and quickly defeated the enemy. They also fought against the galactic destroyer known as Imperiex.

The Great Darkness Saga

In the 1982 Legion of Super-Heroes story The Great Darkness Saga, Darkseid learned of Daxam from Mon-El and proceeded to mind-control its entire populace, and then moved the planet to a yellow sun, creating an army of several billion beings each roughly equal in power to Superman. He then commanded them to sculpt the entire planet's surface in his likeness, effectively destroying Daxam's civilization. This army was then unleashed upon the galaxy as an almost unstoppable force.[2] After the events of The Great Darkness Saga,, the planet, returned to its original solar system by an incarnation of Highfather, had to be terraformed in order to restore its habitability, and the Daxamites returned there.

Five Years Later

In the V4 Legion storyline, Glorith, fearing that the Dominators might gain control of Daxam, destroyed the planet and all its inhabitants to prevent this. Also revealed was the existence of Laurel Gand, another Daxamite and descendant of Lar Gand's brother.

Post-Zero Hour/"Our Worlds at War"

Following the Zero Hour reboot of Legion continuity, 31st century Daxam was reinvented as a closed-off and insular society, home to a racist political group called the White Triangle. Later, the planet Daxam was forcibly removed from its orbit and used to power Imperiex's war efforts. It was quickly returned to its proper place in space by the Justice Society and their reserve members.

Threeboot

Following another reboot of Legion continuity, it was asserted that Daxam was wiped out 300 years earlier by natives of Trom using mass lead poisoning, and that Mon-El is the only surviving Daxamite.[3] However, it was later revealed that this version of Daxam (and the Legion) inhabits the universe which contains Earth-Prime, the home of hero-turned-villain Superboy-Prime.[4]

Physiology and special abilities

Visually, Daxamites are identical to humans; this allows Mon-El to lead a double life as Jonathan Kent. On their native planet, much like their Kryptonian ancestors, Daxamite do not possess any superpowers as Daxam revolved around a red star. However, when on planets like Earth which orbit a yellow star, Daxamites utilize solar energy on the cellular level to achieve abilities unattainable by ordinary human beings. Among other abilities, super-powered Daxamites possess the following at the peak of their power: super strength, super speed, invulnerability, a healing factor, heat vision, flight, super hearing, x-ray vision, telescopic vision, micro-vision, super breath, and ice breath, and any other abilities related to their Kryptonian DNA.

Due to their earlier breeding with the native Daxamite population, a race of non-powered people found by the Kryptonian explorers later known as Daxamites themselves, the current Daxamite population, descended by both the Kryptonian and both the Native Daxam race, possess the ability to breed with other humanoid races: an ability they did not share with their parent race. The offspring of a modern Daxamite and another humanoid individual, like a terrestrial, would share the full powers and abilities of a full-blooded individual.[5]

Super-humanoidly powered Daxamites are highly vulnerable to lead. They share Kryptonian weakness to magic.

As a result with their interbreeding with the Native Daxam race and other non-Kryptonian races, Daxamites exhibit several small physiological differences with their ancestor race: first and foremost, Daxamites, even on a planet with a yellow primary, grow hair and need to shave, their bodies perceiving hair as "dead." [6]

Daxamites of note

Lar Gand

The galaxy's most famous Daxamite is Lar Gand, known in various incarnations as Mon-El, Valor and M'onel. After the invasion, it was found that the Dominators had been experimenting on humans and still held a significant number of them captive. Lar Gand helped save the humans the Dominators were experimenting on and took these victims to uninhabited planets, in effect seeding the worlds which would eventually become Legion member worlds. He was later sent to the Phantom Zone for 1,000 years as a protection against dying from lead poisoning. His sudden disappearance troubled many he had helped, and they started a religion around him. He would later be rescued from the Zone by Brainiac 5 and the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Laurel Gand

Laurel Gand is the descendant of Lar Gand. She is a native of Daxam from the 30th century who eventually joins the Legion of Super-Heroes. She is introduced during the "Five Years Later" of Legion continuity, which is no longer considered canonical. Another version of the character appears during the Post-Zero Hour era. She uses the codename "Andromeda", and is a native of the now-nonexistent Earth-247, which was destroyed during the "Infinite Crisis".

Ol-Vir

During Darkseid's attempt to conquer the United Planets in the 30th century, he enthralled the entire population of Daxam, who attacked the U.P. at his command. Ol-Vir, then a child, nearly destroyed the prison planet Takron-Galtos before being caged by Chameleon Boy. He would later align himself with the Legion of Super-Villains, and participate in several attacks on the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Bal Gand

Bal Gand is an ancestor of Lar Gand, and thus the entire Gand family. A pilot-constable in the spacefaring age of Daxam, she was given the task of finding new planets and establish peaceful relationships with Daxam. After traveling to several inhabited planets in the universe, she landed in South America, during the years of the Inca civilization. While the Inca believed that the Daxamite visitors were the gods of their legends (thus starting their renowned practice of human sacrifices in their honor), Bal Gand fell in love with an Incan soldier, bearing his son. Having broken her role of impartial observer, out of fear of the disruptions a human-born Daxamite could have brought in the nascent Incan society, she decided to return to Daxam, hiding her ship and programming it with a fast route to Earth, to allow her yet unborn son, if he or his descendants were despised or disallowed from living peacefully on Daxam, to return on Earth, to be cared for from the people of their forefather. Bal's son however grow to be a well-accepted son of Daxam, his mixed heritage fading in the years to nothing but a legend, until Lar Gand, hoping to flee the now oppressive and xenophobic society of Daxam, stumbled into her ship, unwillingly fulfilling his ancestor's promise.

Julia

A blind female Daxamite befriended Wonder Woman during a six-issue story arc set in space.[7] Both women were prisoners of the Sangtee Empire. Sangtee enforcers ripped out her eyes when she proved to be too difficult to control. Wonder Woman provided her with one cybernetic eye (the other covered with an eye patch) and named the Daxamite Julia in honor of her close friend Julia Kapatelis. Julia later makes a cameo appearance during the company-wide "Our Worlds at War" crossover.[8] The Human Defense Corps are keeping a female Daxamite in stasis, for unknown purposes.[9][10][11]

Sodam Yat

According to Alan Moore's Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #2, an ancient prophecy since inscribed into the Great Book of Oa marks as the last milestone in the destruction of the Corps the death of a Lantern called Sodam Yat, an unstoppable Daxamite adding the Power Ring's powers to his own. When in fact a rookie Daxamite Lantern called Sodam Yat joins the Corps, Arisia is charged to protect him by Salakk, out of fear the prophecy would come true. However, the sheer stubbornness and the huge willpower of Sodam allows him to survive the first battles, even turning the tide on the prophesied destruction of the Corps. The Guardians of the Universe, impressed by his willpower, grant him the Ion symbiote further boosting his powers, and unleash him against the mad Superman-Prime. After a long battle that spans the both of them across the state of New York; Sodam is exposed to lead which is poisonous to Daxamites and is defeated by Superman-Prime. Defying the prophecy, Sodam Yat is able to survive, but vastly weakened, he is left with a new sense of mortality: even as Ion, he now must wear and keep charged a power ring, using all its power to keep his body from succumbing to lead poisoning.

Furthermore, the ring mainlines him to the Guardians of the Universe, on Oa, making them able to ration his god-like powers, or even divest him of it: thus, when Mongul invades his homeplanet of Daxam, Sodam is forced to remove his ring and dive into Valor, the red sun of Daxam, to turn it into a yellow sun, and grant his former people the power to save themselves. As a result, Sodam is trapped in the sun, seemingly immolated.

In the limited series Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds, it is revealed that, in the future time period of the Legion of Super-Heroes, Sodam Yat is still alive, acting as the last Guardian of the Universe. In the Legion's era, the Green Lantern Corps is reduced to a single active Lantern, Rond Vidar, while Sodam resides on Oa watching over the abandoned rings of former members of the Corps. When Vidar dies in battle and his ring is unable to seek out a new bearer in the wake of Mogo's death, it joins the other rings on Oa; when members of the Legion bring Vidar's body to Oa, they discover Sodam guarding the rings.[12] Stirred by the sacrifice of Rond Vidar and the selflessness of the Legion, Sodam later embraces his new role as the last Guardian of the Universe, wielding the Ion powers against the former prisoners of Takron-Galtos, and, later, raking over Mogo's role in searching worthy candidates for a new iteration of the Corps [13]

Sodam Yat's first appearance was in Alan Moore's proposal "Twilight of the Superheroes" where he was named "Sodal Yat".

Other versions

Freedom Fighters from Daxam appear in Justice League Adventures #3.

References

  1. ^ Superman Annual #14 (2009)
  2. ^ Levitz, Paul (w), Giffen, Keith (p), Mahlstedt, Larry (i). "The Great Darkness Saga" The Legion of Super-Heroes 2 (290–294) (August–December 1982), New York: DC Comics. Collected as Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga (1989), ISBN 0-930289-43-9
  3. ^ Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #25.
  4. ^ Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5.
  5. ^ Superman Annual #14 (2009)
  6. ^ Superman #688
  7. ^ Wonder Woman vol. 2 #68 (February 1993)
  8. ^ Wonder Woman vol. 2 #172 (September 2001)
  9. ^ Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #68
  10. ^ Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #71
  11. ^ Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #172
  12. ^ Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #2
  13. ^ Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5

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