Real Name:Katar Hol
Eye/Hair Color: Blue/Brown
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Paran Kator (father), Shayera Hol (Wife), Charley Parker (Ward)
Area of Ops: Midway City, United States
Occupation: Scientist and Super-Hero.
Group Affilation: JLA (former).
(Absolutely NONE of the useless Hawkman retcons that followed Crisis On Infinite Earths in the comics have occured in the rpg; what follows is heavily borrowed from the Hawkman FAQ at http://www.math.uab.edu/mcdonald/hawk.html )
"Katar Hol was the son of prominent ornithologist Paran Katar, who was training his son in the science.
Paran Katar was also an inventor, and had created sets of artificial wings for them both, in order that
they might observe bird-life in its most natural and inaccessible state. When the Manhawks attacked,
Thanagar was helpless; it had never before had the need for a police force. Katar decided that he was
best equipped to infiltrate the Manhawks' flock, and he did so, managing to make off with some of the
bird-beings' humanoid masks for his fathers' study. Paran Katar fitted his son with a hawks' head
containing circuitry designed to nullify the effects of the Manhawks' eyebeams, and, armed with
another of his father's inventions, Katar did overcome them, and sent them fleeing into space.
Had not some Thanagarians taken up the idea of thrill-stealing, this would have been his last flight, but
the government decided to establish a standing police force of their own. As a mark of honor to Paran
Katar, the hawk cowl and wings were adopted as the official uniform, and Katar Hol became the force's
first (and most decorated) officer.
"By the time of his arrival on Earth, Katar had ten years' experience in the organization which would
be dubbed the Wingmen by later writers. (This would make Hawkman now no older than his
mid-thirties. ...) Sometime after the establishment of the police corps, Katar Hol was assigned duty with
rookie officer Shayera Thal in tracking down the Rainbow Raiders [no relation to the Flash foe]. The
stalwart, though initially uncertain Shayera accidentally saved Katar's life during the case, and the
couple subsequently fell in love and were married (a state marked by Thanagarian custom with the
earrings worn by Hawkgirl in her costumed identity). Hawkman's greater experience as a crimefighter
has shown itself in many ways..."the Hawks," as they are affectionately known, are equal partners, fully
confindent of each other's courage and fighting prowerss, quite unlike their Earth-2 [that is, Golden
Age] counterparts. [Shiera Sanders was more of a dilettante as a superhero.]
"Ten years after Katar Hol fought the Manhawks on Thanagar, an inventor created a pill which allowed
the taker to become a metamorph with a[n] ability to alter the molecules of his body to any form of
animal life he can envision...it was stolen by Byth Rok and used as a means to plunder Thanagar. His ease
in doing so bored him quickly, and stealing a spaceship, Byth fled the planet to find new vistas of
thrills. As Thanagar's most prominent policemen, Katar Hol and Shayera were dispatched to follow him
in one of the newly built star-cruisers equipped to travel through hyperspace, allowing the ship to
exceed the limitations of the speed of light. Tracking the criminal to Earth, they placed their ship in
orbit, activating invisibility and anti-detection devices which shielded its presence from Earth, then
donned metal headbands connected to a device called the Absorbascon. This electronic brain absorbed
impulses from the minds of all thinking creatures on the world at which it was directed, allowing its
users to absorb all knowledge from every resident of the world over a span of many hours. Thus
equipped with full knowledge of all languages, customs, and mores of the people of Earth, Katar and
Shayera felt ready to follow Byth's trail and to sneak him out, while remaining undercover."
They eventually tracked him to Midway City, where they, "as any law officers entering an area out of
their jurisdiction would do, ... contacted the local authorities to fill them in on their identities, their
quarry, and to arrange for extradition. In this case, ... they met Midway City Police Commissioner
George Emmet, an elderly but open-minded man with enough faith in their fantastic story ... that he
aided them in establishing their Earth cover identities. Emmet's brother Ed was retiring as curator of
the Midway City Museum, and the commissioner arranged to have Carter [Katar] replace him, and for
the couple to take over the lease on his apartment. ... Following the trackdown [of], battle with, and
capture of Byth, with the criminal sent back to Thanagar for incarceration, the police officers applied
for and were granted an indefinite stay on Earth for the study and practical application of Earth's
police methods by their police chief, Andar Pul."
Q: What were his abilities and skills?
A: He could fly, of course, with his wings. He was skilled with ancient weapons. He also had the uncanny
ability to communicate with birds. Due to the Absorbascon, he had access to the sum total of all human
knowledge, but he would often have to stop for a moment to recall things. He also had access to some
Thanagarian coating that enabled him to survive in space unprotected for short periods of time.
Q: Who were his friends and allies?
A: Apart from ever loyal George Emmett, the Hawks' supporting cast consisted of museum naturalist
and diorama artist Mavis Trent, the museum's publicist Joe Tracy, Andar Pul, and a large red hawk
named Big Red, who lived in nearby Hawk Valley.
Hawkman joined the Justice League of America in issue #31, and Hawkgirl followed, in issue #146.
Hawkman formed close relationships with the Atom II (Ray Palmer) and Adam Strange. As a
conservative, Hawkman was constantly arguing with liberal Green Arrow. The JLA had
teleporter-tubes that were based on Thanagarian technology that Katar supplied."
During the INVASION! event in the RPG, Katar was among those heroes abducted by the Dominion and was slated to be replaced by a Durlan spy, just as the others had been. The Durlan disappeared though, and the whereabouts of Hawkman had been a mystery to all until his discovery and rescue by Young Justice on the Dominion homeworld of Elia.