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GORDANIANS

Class: Extraterrestrials

Known Representatives: Merak, Trogaar, Weezak

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Karna (homeworld), Slagg, Hnyxx, Prison Planet, Citadel Homeworld

First Appearance: New Teen Titans vol. 1 #1(November, 1980)

Powers: Gordanians are fierce and strong fighters whose entire society has been dedicated to the study of warfare. Technology they employ include interstellar warships, sticks that fire energy blasts, whirling chains that can open space warps and gliders that enable short-distance flight.

History: (New Teen Titans vol. 1 #1, 3)-The Gordanian race rose to civilized society on the Gordane continent of the planet Karna. The Gordanian society thrives on obedience to authority and military leadership. Their culture expanded thanks to the labor of legions of captured slaves, and slavery became the Gordanian's main vocation after warfare. Hundreds of years ago the Citadel annexed the Gordanians in exchange for a steady supply of weapons and technology. The Gordanians retained some freedom and a token governing body called The Tribunal, but they had little reason to object to their new relationship with the Citadel. Gordanian colonies were soon set up on the planets Slagg, Hnyxx, the Prison Planet and Citadel Homeworld. These new colonies paid tribute money to the Citadel and served in the Citadel army. Gordanians helped the Citadel conquer the planet Tamaran and enslave Starfire II, princess of that world. Years later Starfire escaped to Earth, and the initial Gordanian retrieval party was forced back by the New Teen Titans. The Gordanians succeeded in recapturing Starfire for a time under the leadership of Blackfire.

Some of the most notorious Gordanian slaves escaped and helped form the Omega Men. After the Omega Men toppled the Citadel the Gordanians continued to ally themselves with the remnants of that empire, and pledged obedience to Harry Hokum's New Citadel.

(Titans #17-19) - The Gordanians found their homeworld Karna under attack from Ryand'r and the Tamaranians, who were looking to make the planet their own. The Gordanian military was off-planet, leaving average Gordanian citizens to defend their planet. A small fleet of Gordanian ships attacked the Titans, who were coming to aid Ryand'r in his war against the Gordanians. Starfire destroyed three of their ships, making the others flee. The Titans crushed the Gordanians few remaining military outposts, but the Gordanians managed to take Tempest hostage. Tempest tried to negotiate peace between the races, but Ryand'r would have none of it. When the Titans came to free Tempest the Gordanian military returned to Karna, and the Titans were forced to surrender. Thanks to Tempests' diplomacy the Gordanian military tribunal agreed to ally themselves with the Tamaranians, as long as Starfire led them, and not Ryand'r. Tempest also convinced them that slave-trading was becoming archaic in a progressively civilized universe.

(JLA #21) - Adam Strange used zeta-beams to teleport the En’Taran Slavemasters away from Rann, and sent them to be watched over by the Gordanians of the prison planet Takron-Galtos.

Comments: Created by George Perez & Marv Wolfman

The Gordanians received a profile in Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #9.

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