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Photon of Force (Guardians of the Galaxy character) (Marvel Comics)

Photon

(Centauri)


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed parents (deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: Force
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile
  • Height: 5’3” (6’6” with fin) Weight: 115 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Red Fin


Powers and Abilities

A mutant of her race, Photon can fly and shoot beams of energy from her eyes.


History

Born to the primitive tribes of Centauri IV, Photon’s powers emerged when she was still an infant, for which she was labelled an abomination, and was to be killed because of it. Her parents rebelled against the tribe, and while her father gave his life holding the tribe back, her mother fled to the wilds with her. Her mother didn’t survive long, however, leaving Photon alone in the wild.

Her salvation came in the form of the visiting alien Interface, and his companion. Interface took pity at the infant, having lost his own daughter, and took her, raising her as his own. She grew to become part of Interface’s mercenary group, Force, believing contentedly that the rest of her race had perished in the Badoon invasion.

When Interface learned of a sacred shield which supposedly bestowed great power on its wielder, he led Force on a search for the shield. They eventually tracked it down to a planet, where the computer that runs the world, Main Frame, forced them to compete against another team that had been searching for the shield, the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Photon faced fellow Centauri, Yondu. Believing himself the last of his kind, Yondu was shocked to see her, and horrified to learn that she didnt follow Centauri beliefs. He tried to convince her that they were the last chance of saving their race, but she wanted nothing to do with him, and easily beat him when he refused to defend himself against her. With the other contests resulting in draws, the final contest came down to Interface versus Vance Astro.

Interface easily subdued Astro, but when he seized the shield, he didn’t understand that its “power” was symbolic, and was so caught up in trying to access the power that Astro managed to take it away from him. Losing due to his motives rather than the contest, Interface, Force, and their ship were teleported 15 parsecs (1 parsec = 3.26 light years) away by Mainframe.

Seeing no benefit in returning to challenge Mainframe or the Guardians, Interface ordered them to move on to other possibilities.

When Force were attacked by Malevolence, their resistance was easily dispatched, apart from Brahl, who happily made a deal with Malevolence. She declared them her slaves, using her power to keep them in line, and assigning Brahl as their new leader.

Malevolence led them to Homeworld, centre of the Universal Church of Truth, where she challenged for the role of matriarch to Protégé. When Malevolence sensed the Guardians, with her main rival, Aleta, approaching, she dispatched Force to delay them.

Force attack the Guardians on board their vessel, where she again faces Yondu, telling him of her history. When she attacks him, he reflexively slices her jugular. Interface lashes out, transmuting Yondu’s hand into vapour. Getting Photon to the medical bay in time, they finally call a truce.

Brahl flees to tell Malevolence of their treachery. Joining forces, Force and the Guardians travel to Homeworld to confront Malevolence. She convinces Protégéthat they are coming to harm him, so he dispatches his elite guards, forcing them to use their powers in his presence. The battle is stopped when Starhawk reabsorbs Aleta, and leaves, allowing Malevolence to win by default.

Force and the Guardians are spared when the Guardian, Replica, herself a Universalite, begs Protégé for their lives. He accedes, banishing them from Homeworld. Force leave, looking for new opportunities for profit.


Personality

Usually calm and loyal, Photon had a deep hatred of her fellow Centauri, and would ruthlessly try to kill any she encounters. It is unknown how her feelings towards them will have been affected by her making peace with Yondu.


Quotes

“The Way has long since been purged from my soul. I no longer feel resonance with my ’fellow‘ Centaurians. Indeed, I had hoped you were all dead !”

“I am now called Photon. My tribal name is forgotten. I was taken from Centauri IV long ago – I am no longer one with the circle of life !”


DC Universe History

In the DC universe of the 30th Century, Centauri IV is called Amadus by the Earth colonists, but the natives are referred to as Centauri.

Force have clashed with the Legion of Super Heroes on a couple of occasions, most recently when Brahl manoeuvred them into fighting as part of a plan to gain revenge on Phantom Girl. He was expelled from the group as a result.


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

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Photon

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Unwanted Power
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 04 Occupation: Mercenary
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 005
Init: 013 HP: 025

Powers:
Energy Blast: 08, Flight: 06

Skills:
None

Advantages:
None

Connections:
Force (High), Interface (High)

Drawbacks:
Strange Appearance

Equipment:
After they made peace with one another, Yondu gave her his Yaka Bow & Arrows.

  • Yaka Bow [BODY 08, Projectile Weapons: 03, Ammo: 01, Rec. STR: 03, R#02, Bow Advantage (Photon maxes this bow at EV 04 and Range 06)]
  • Quiver of Yaka Arrows [BODY 08, Flash: 05, Flight: 04, Ammo: 10, Limitation: Ammunition load for bow, Limitation: Flash and Flight have the Focused Limitation, Loss Vulnerability (Flash and Flight are lost if the arrow, or Yondu, is affected by a sound dampening field, or excessive noise {at least 1 AP of either}), Misc. Advantage: Yaka Arrows may be recovered and reused unless directly damaged]

Previous Stats

Prior to her making peace with Yondu, she had a SIH (Centauri).

By Gareth Lewis

Source of Character: Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Comics

Helper(s): Gamers Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Chris Cottingham, Sébastien Andrivet

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