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Myand’r & Luand’r

Starfire’s Parents
King Myand’r & Queen Luand’r

Related Links:  Starfire (Koriand’r)Tamaran • X’Hal •
Darkfire (Ryand’r) • Blackfire (Komand’r)
Prince Karras • General Ph’yzzon

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 History


The Royal Family

Myand’r’s father and brothers were killed in battle against the Citadel, and his mother went willingly into slavery to prevent further destruction of the planet. Thus began the tradition of the Tamaranean Royal Family sacrificing all to protect their world. Myand’r eventually met and fell in love with Luand’r. They married and had three children.

Komand’r was the eldest child of Tamaran’s royal family, and the first princess born in almost a century. As such she should have been courted and showered with honors, but Komand’r was instead reviled. On the day of her birth, the dreaded Citadel Empire attacked and destroyed the western Tamaranean city of Kysarr and killed three thousand citizens in her name. Due to no fault of her own, Komand’r was for all time inextricably linked with Tamaran’s day of infamy. To make matters worse for the infant, Komand’r was born crippled by Tamaranean standards. She could not harness the sun’s energy, and found herself earthbound.

Myand’r and Luand’r had a second child, Koriand’r , whose birth was an occasion of great joy. The title and privilege of Princess was bestowed on Koriand’r, causing her sister Komand’r’s rage to grow  inward.

Finally, Myand’r and Luand’r had another child. Ryand’r was born as the youngest member to the royal family of Tamaran. He grew up during the Citadel War and witnessed many hardships.

Koriand’r relates her troubled childhood in NEW TEEN TITANS #3 [1981].

Years passed. Although the Citadel controlled Tamaran through King Myand’r, the King quietly sent his two daughters to train with the Warlords of Okaara in the traditional art of war. His silent hope was that his children would rebel against their dreaded enemy and free their planet where their father could not.

Eventually Komand’r and Koriand’r, together with youngster of the various Vegan worlds, were taken to be trained in combat by the Warlords of Okaara. Komand’r then defected to the Citadel, revealing Tamaran’s defense secrets and instigating a series of devastating attacks on her homeworld in which millions were killed. The Citadel invaded peaceful Tamaran and quickly crippled its defenses. They demanded that King Myand’r turn over his daughter, Koriand’r, to the Citadel in exchange for peace. Myand’r accepted. His daughter would be sacrificed, but the paradise that was Tamaran would endure.

After six years of torture, Koriand’r escaped. Eventually, she made her getaway to Earth, where she joined the Teen Titans as Starfire.

Komand’r later located her sister, who had since freed herself from her Gordanian captors and made a home on Earth. Now adopting the name Blackfire, Komand’r kidnapped Starfire and delivered her into the hands of a brutal Citadel leader known as Lord Damyn. Blackfire’s true objective was to secure the throne of the Citadel homeworld, which would give her great power throughout the Vegan Star System.

Although Blackfire succeeded in slaying Lord Damyn, her leadership was challenged by Damyn’s chief advisor. He then pitted Starfire against Blackfire in a duel to the death, ostensibly to decide Komand’r’s succession and the fate of Tamaran. The death-duel resulted in Blackfire’s seeming demise, and secured Tamaran’s freedom. Starfire was then reunited briefly with her parents and brother before returning to Earth with her teammates.

Kory reunites with her family in NEW TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 [1982].

Civil War

Later, Koriand’r returned to Tamaran to learn that the planet was about to be plunged into a civil war. In order to keep peace between the ruling houses of Tamaran, Myand’r pledged that his daughter would marry Karras, heir to the ruling Southern continent. This would be a political marriage as both Koriand’r and Karras loved others.

During this time, Komand’r seized control of Tamaran, with her parents acting as her advisors. Koriand’r returned to Earth, and began to mend her relationship with Dick Grayson. Myand’r and Luand’r continued to advise Komand’r, which helped to temper her harsh demeanor.

Komand’r wrests Tamaran’s rule in NEW TEEN TITANS (second series) #23 [1987].

Deadly Destruction

Starfire later returned to Tamaran, respecting her sister’s rule. But soon, both sisters were embroiled in an interplanetary conflict within the Vegan Star System, incited by Evil Raven. Starfire enlisted the help of the New Titans as well as Cyborg, whose consciousness had been absorbed by the alien Technis. Despite the utter defeat of Evil Raven, the loss was great.

Brave General Ph’yzzon alerted King Myand’r and Queen Mother Luand’r of the situation. The two called for an evacuation plan, to vowed to stay on the planet to man what ground defenses remained. But the Psion attack caused the core of Tamaran to implode, consuming the entire planet – and claiming the lives of  Myand’r and Luand’r.

Myand’r and Luand’r sacrifice their lives in NEW TITANS #128 [1995].

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Essential Reading


Tales of the New Teen Titans #4 [1982]: 4-issue mini series. As the Titans take a break on a camping trip, the new members reveal their origins. The origin of Starfire details Kory’s life growing up on Tamaran.
New Teen Titans #23-25, New Teen Titans Annual #1 [1982]:
 Princess Koriand’r’s evil sister, Komand’r, captures Starfire and takes the name “Blackfire;” Blackfire seizes control of the Citadel and attempts to usurp control of Tamaran and the Vegan system. The two sisters battle on Tamaran, and the Titans team up with the Omega Men to bring Starfire back to Earth. Robin confesses his love for Starfire. First appearance of Blackfire in issue #23. Starfire is reunited with her parents and brother Ryand’r in New Teen Titans Annual #1. 
New Teen Titans (second series) #15-18 [1986]: Komand’r has incited civil war on Tamaran, and King Myand’r tells Starfire that she must marry the Prince of Tamaran’s southern continent in order to stop this mayhem; Captain Karras reveals that he is the man that Starfire must marry. Starfire and Nightwing argue about her upcoming wedding; Komand’r gathers her forces to take over Tamaran, and captures Nightwing, Jericho and Starfire’s brother, Ryand’r;A distraught Starfire heads toward the capital city of Tamarus for her wedding. Ryand’r, Jericho and Nightwing escape from Komand’r and arrive in Tamarus in time to see Starfire and Prince Karras marry; Komand’r attacks right after the wedding, captures Nightwing, Jericho and Karras, and has the Royal Family sent to Okaara; Komand’r attempts to have the Royal Family eliminated and believes she is successful. After escaping Komand’r yet again, Nightwing, Karras and Jericho travel to Okaara, where Dick tells Starfire to forget that she ever knew him; Nightwing and Jericho return to Earth.
New Teen Titans (second series) #22-23 [1986]: Komand’r learns that her family is still alive and orders them to return to Tamaran within 12 hours; Starfire immediately begins her countercoup,bringing war to her own planet; Koriand’r brings her assault to Tamarus, then learns that the Tamaraneans prefer Komand’r’s rule over King Myand’r’s; The two sisters battle until their father intercedes, declaring that Komand’r shall remain ruler of Tamaran; The Council of Elders insists that the Royal Family rule at Komand’r’s side; Starfire realizes that Tamaran is no longer her home, tells Prince Karras that she does not love him, and departs Tamaran for Earth.
New Titans #127-130 [1995]: After Changeling escapes from S.T.A.R. Labs, the team is reunited with Victor Stone, now a computer form known as Cyberion. The Titans aid Starfire, who is danger from evil Raven (now resurrected once more). Evil Raven is trying to destroy her good self (which lay dormant in the body of Starfire). To ferret out Starfire, evil Raven incites a conflict in the Vegan star system. Tamaran is destroyed, killing many inhabitants including Starfire’s parents. A general in the Tamaranean fleet named Ph’yzzon aids the Titans and reveals he and Starfire are married. The Titans are able to destroy evil Raven utterly, and restore good Raven into a new spiritual golden body. Starfire decides to rebuild her culture on a new planet; many Tamaraneans were off-world during the explosion – enough to settle on a new planet dubbed New Tamaran. First Appearance of General Ph’yzzon in issue #127. Reveals he married Starfire in issue #129. Raven tells Starfire she is with child in issue #130, although this is never acknowledged in the future. Death of King Myand’r and Queen Luand’r, and most of the inhabitants of Tamaran in issue #128, where Tamaran explodes.

 



Sources for this entry: DC Who’s Who Binder Series, The Official Teen Titans Index [published by ICG in 1985],supplemented by titanstower.com


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