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Arella recalls Azarath in NEW TITANS #73 [1991].

 History


A Place Of Peace

Arella, involved in a mystic cult, was chosen to become the bride of the demonic Trigon. Abandoned by the demon after mating with him, Arella was bent on suicide when she was taken in by the pacifistic disciples of Temple Azarath, a group who had centuries earlier forsaken life on Earth to pursue their own nonviolent lifestyle.

In their interdimensional world, Raven, Arella’s daughter by Trigon, was born. Fearing that the child would bring evil among them, Juris, a magistrate of Azarath, attempted to cast the infant Raven into Limbo, only to be destroyed himself. Azar, the spiritual leader of the temple, then took the young Raven under her personal tutelage, instructing her in pacifism, meditation, and the submergence of her emotions, while perfecting her powers of teleportation, astral projection, and empathic healing.

Later, after Azar’s death (in which she entered another plane of existence), when Raven was plagued by prophetic dreams of Trigon, she learned of her true parentage and, defying her teachers, she confronted her demon father in Limbo at his bidding. Trigon spared her and Arella after satisfying himself that, upon his return when she reached adulthood, he could seduce Raven into becoming his ally. When Raven turned eighteen, she sensed Trigon’s power returning and fled to Earth.

ABOVE: Azarath, as depicted in TALES OF TEEN TITANS (mini series) #1
BELOW:  Arella discovers Azarath in
TALES OF TEEN TITANS (mini series) #1 [1982].

The Terror of Trigon

The disciples of Temple Azarath refused to help the Titans in their battle against Trigon, due to their pacifistic beliefs. Arella remained on Azarath, but aided the Titans during their first encounter with Trigon; she eventually rescued Raven from him. After the Titans combined their powers and banished Trigon into the Nether-Verse, Arella assumed the duties of guarding the doorway against any attempt by Trigon to return.

Trigon did indeed return when his influence over Raven reached a powerful level. In the ensuing battle, Lilith led the Titans in a seance, using Raven’s rings as a focus. Raven’s image appeared, but rejected their help, after which the Titans were mystically transported to an Azarath in the throes of destruction. Despite their efforts, Azarath and all its inhabitants are apparently destroyed.

Lilith tapped the power of Raven’s rings to return herself, the Teen Titans, and Arella to Earth, which has been totally taken over by Trigon. Trigon awakened at full strength, possessing the souls of everyone on Earth except the Titans and Arella, and grew to even more gigantic stature, many times the size of the former Titans Tower. The Titans decided to fight on, even in a seemingly hopeless cause. As they rushed to confront their foe, Lilith roused Arella to action, but failed until Raven’s mother suddenly hears the clairvoyant Titan speaking in the voice of the deceased Azar, former spiritual leader of Temple Azarath.

ABOVE: Lilith, channeling Azar, finds the key to
Trigon’s defeat in NEW TEEN TITANS (second series) #5 [1985].

BELOW: Arella witnesses Trigons defeat, and Raven’s disappearance in
a flash of white light –  in  NEW TEEN TITANS (second series) #5 [1985].

As the Titans approached, Trigon began to open a gateway to his ravaged home universe, intending to recreate it by allowing it to absorb the dimension containing Earth. While the Titans fought, Arella and Lilith, who was being controlled by Azar, placed Raven’s rings on her body. Raven’s soul-self, now an angelic pure-white entity serving as a conduit for the power of Azar, rose from her still form and grew to envelop Trigon, ultimately destroying him.

Remnants of Azarath

Unknown to the Titans, the souls of Azarath  – now tainted by Trigon’s evil – needed a vessel to survive. They sought Raven, but she was protected by her soul self. The Azarathian spirits were aware of Jericho, and his powers made it easier for the souls to enter him. Their energies lay dormant inside of Jericho for months, quietly building up strength as time passed.

Once powerful enough to gain control, Jericho took over the criminal society known as the Wildebeests and began a series of experiments to create alternate host bodies. When these experiments failed the Wildebeests then went after the other members of the New Titans, hoping that their super-powered bodies would prove more receptive to possession from the Azarathian force.

The final showdown between the Wildebeest Society took place where the proud Temple Azarath once stood. In a final effort to end this threat forever, Arella joined forces with the telekinetic Danny Chase to attack the Azarathian energy at its source. Their own energies combined with the force from Azarath and drove away the evil. In an explosion that saw the dissipation of one energy wave, the other energies somehow combined. This new force inhabited the garb once worn by Danny Chase and took on the identity of the new Phantasm. The dimension where Azarath once stood became a uninhabited wasteland.

Arella and Danny Chase perish – but merge with the souls of Azarath to be
reborn as Phantasm – in NEW TITANS #84 [1992].

 New Azarath

Years later, the untrained Teen Titan member Kid Devil found himself trapped in New Azarath, and Zachary Zatara was able to use his mystic might to locate the lost Titan teammate. The two heroes eventually found their way home, but mentioned they were “almost eaten by the Phantasm.” Who – or what – this new, deadly Phantasm is remains to be seen.

 People of Azarath


Azar: Female spiritual leader of Temple Azarath; granddaughter of the original Azar, founder of Temple Azarath.
Coman : High Magistrate of Azarath
Gayla : Raven’s nursemaid

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Essential Reading


New Teen Titans #1-6 [1980]: Titans stop Trigon’s invasion of earth. First appearance of Trigon in issue #2. First appearance of Arella in issue #5. Origin of Raven, Trigon and Arella in issue #6.
Tales of the New Teen Titans #2 [1982]: 4-issue mini series. As the Titans take a break on a camping trip, the new members reveal their origins. The origin of Raven.
New Teen Titans (second series) #1-5 [1984-1985]: Titans stop Trigon’s second attack on earth. Death of Trigon. Raven cleansed of Trigon’s evil and disappears. Arella reappears and aids the Titans to defeat Trigon.
New Titans #71-84 [1991-1992]: This event is catalogued as “Titans Hunt.” Corrupted Azar taking over Jericho revealed in issues #82-84. Souls of Azarath become Phantasm in issue #84.
Teen Titans (third series) #39 [2006]: Kid Devil mentions he was lost in New Azarath for two weeks during the Titans “missing year”. He was rescued with the help of Zatara, although the two teens were almost eaten by the Phantasm. This event is only related in dialogue. The new Phantasm and New Azarath remain to be seen!



Sources for this entry: DC Who’s Who Series, The New Titans Sourcebook [Mayfair Games, 1990], supplemented by titanstower.com


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