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Cerdian

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Tempest, Dolphin and Cerdian

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History


A New Family

Tempest soon found new love with Dolphin, who was awkwardly still seeing Aquaman at the time. Dolphin broke things off with Aquaman, who eventually gave the union his blessing. It proved fortuitous, as Dolphin realized she was pregnant and Garth was the father. The couple was quickly married and Dolphin soon bore a son.

ABOVE: Tempest learns Dolphin is pregnant in AQUAMAN #55 [1999].
BELOW: Garth and Dolphin celebrate the birth of Cerdian in AQUAMAN #63 [2000].

Dolphin and Tempest’s first child was named Cerdian by Aquaman as a gesture to the surface-country Cerdia, which had recently fallen under Atlantean control. A unique blend of his parents, Cerdian’s black hair was accented with a streak of white. And like his father, Cerdian’s eyes were purple, a sure sign of powerful potential.

As Garth’s obligations to the Titans increased, he seemed to have trouble balancing his family life with his dedication to the team. Dolphin rectified the situation by moving into the Titans Tower with Cerdian. But soon after, the Titans Tower was destroyed by enemy forces. To put a further strain on the situation, Tempest was almost killed by an addictive drug from a Chemical World. After these events, Dolphin insisted Garth retire from the Titans, and Garth reluctantly complied.

ABOVE: Cerdian is named in AQUAMAN #70 [2001].
BELOW: Dolphin and Cerdian move into Titans Tower in TITANS #29 [2001].

Watery Graves

Garth moved his family to New Atlantis, where he was greeted with suspicion from the new rulers and placed under house arrest. Leaving his wife and small child behind, Tempest used his wizardry to escape Atlantis and sought Aquaman for help. Eventually, the sorcerers’ rule was overturned and Atlantis was restored. Before its citizens could celebrate, Atlantis was attacked by the Spectre, who was driven mad when he lost his human host. As Spectre razed Atlantis to the ground, Tempest and several Atlantean mystics unsuccessfully tried to combat him. With Atlantis destroyed, only Tempests’ tattered costumed was found.

Tempest later returned and began to search for his lost wife and and child. Tragically, he soon discovered the corpses of Dolphin and Cerdian in the ruins of Atlantis.

Tempest buries Dolphin and Cerdian in  TITANS #15 [2010].

Powers & Abilities


Like his father, Cerdian’s eyes were purple, a sure sign of powerful potential.


Essential Reading


Aquaman #63 [2000]: Sometime in the future, a girl named Donna writes the Atlantis Chronicles, and contacts Tempest to clarify some of the history she’s recording. Tempest starts relating the war with Cerdia. Meanwhile, in the present, Dolphin gives birth to Tempest’s son. The ‘Cerdian War’ arc concludes with issue #68. Birth of Cerdian, Garth’s son.
Aquaman #70 [2001]: Garth names his son Cerdian.
Titans #29-30 [2001]: Dolphin and Cerdian move into Titans Tower.
Titans #47 [2003]: Dolphin insists Garth quit the Titans.
Infinite Crisis #2-3 and Aquaman #37:[2006]:Tempest and a group of mystics fight to defend Atlantis, which is being attacked by the Spectre, who has been driven mad upon losing his human host. The Spectre razes Atlantis to the ground, killing many of its inhabitants. Deaths of Dolphin and Cerdian, although this is not confirmed until Titans #15 (2009).
Aquaman #38:[2006]: Aquaman and Aquagirl mourn the destruction of Atlantis, and the deaths of Kordyak and Vulko. Tempest, Dolphin and Cerdian remain missing in the wake of the attack.
Titans #15 [2009]: After discovering the dead bodies of Dolphin and Cerdian in the ruins of Atlantis, Tempest ponders his future. Slizzath returns with warnings of the Black Lanterns’ arrival. After some soul searching, Tempest assumes his new role as leader of Atlantis. Deaths of Dolphin and Cerdian confirmed.

 


Sources for this entry: DC Who’s Who Series, DC Who’s Who Binder Series, DC Universe Role-Playing Games: Sourcebooks and Manuals [ West End Games], DC Secret Files, supplemented by titanstower.com


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