Character Preview--The Ray

24th Sep 2019, 2:51 PM

Character Preview--The Ray
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Otto Gruenwald on 24th Sep 2019, 2:51 PM

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The Ray, who will be appearing in issue 2 of The Power of Stardust.

Some characters in The Power of Stardust haven't changed much from their original incarnations--the Marvels, for instance. Some have though (like the Black Terror who is now an entire army and Tabu who is based on the Nigerian Zangbeto).

Our version of the Ray is very different.

When scientist Harold Terrill encountered a photon anomaly high in the thermosphere, only the anomaly survived the encounter. Torn between the memories of a dead man and a guideless future, the anomaly was adopted by the crew of the Ivan Sanderson thermosphere observation station named after

The anomaly adopted the name Roger after Roger Bacon and helped Sanderson base research the naturally occurring aerofauna of the thermosphere which are normally out of sync with the visible spectrum until Roger brings them into it with his halo.

He's pictured with an example of aerofauna--or rather part of it brought into visibility by his light.

Roger is something of a shepherd for the aerofauna around Sanderson base and even keeps a few as pets.

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thing 1 on 24th Sep 2019, 11:43 PM

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hmm... very interesting. aerofauna: life forms that dwell in the air, unseen and untouchable, except under certain unusual conditions, no doubt.

i'm sure you are already aware of other phenomena in the upper atmosphere such as sprites and ELVES (
that will be referred to or appear in your comic, no doubt.

Otto Gruenwald on 25th Sep 2019, 3:49 PM

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Oh yeah, we got creatures called niamhs that are based on upper atmospheric lightning that are going to appear near the end of issue 2 along with the Ray.

The thermosphere is a neat place--not quite space, not quite sky. It provided a lot of inspiration and serves as a kind of sub-setting for the comic.

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