The Royal Family
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. Among them, his one sister Komand’r betrayed his people to the Citadel while his other sister Koriand’r was turned into a slave. Ryand’r was reunited with his sister Koriand’r many years later, after she escaped slavery to join the New Teen Titans. Starfire and the Titans – with the help of the Omega Men – helped repel Citadel forces and defeat Ryand’r's traitorous sister, Komand’r.
Kory reunites with her family in NEW TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 .
Growing up during the Citadel War with two of the fiercest warriors in the Vegan system as elder sisters, Ryand’r did not try to excel as either fighter or politician. While studying to be a warrior on Okaara, Ryan’s skill at communications science became the deciding factor in his being chosen by Primus as a new recruit for the Omega Men. While on his first mission, Ryand’r was captured and experimented on by Psions. The operation triggered an ability to concentrate great amounts of energy through his hands. Rather than shooting bursts of energy outward, Ryand’r's hands become white-hot.
Ryand’r and the Omega Men were called back to Tamaran to witness the marriage of his sister Koriand’r as Ryand’r joined his family in opposing Komand’r's usurpation of the throne. Following these events, Ryand’r decided to stay on Tamaran, leaving the remaining Omega Men to return to the stars. Ryand’r eventually accepted Komand’r as queen, after a number of altercations and conflicts with her.
Komand’r's tactics as ruler were oppressive to her brother, Ryand’r. As such, he resolved to make his escape from his sister’s clutches. Using a jury rigged subspace communicator he had built, he sent out a message on the Omega Men’s communication channel. He then flew straight up into the stratosphere of Tamaran, hoping that someone had heard his signal and would come for him. He almost flew too high, and was passing out before he awoke to find himself on a ship with a number of his old teammates, including Ynda, with whom he was reunited.
Komand’r wrests Tamaran’s rule in NEW TEEN TITANS (second series) #23 .
Ryand’r was off-world when New Tamaran was devastated by the Sun Eater, but he was influential in finding a new home for his lost Tamaranean people. To this end, he helped lead an invasion on the planet Karna, home of the Gordanians.
Ryand’r eventually enlisted the aid of his sister, Starfire, who duped the Titans into believing that the Gordanians were the invaders. Starfire feared knowing her friends may not agree to defend the Tamaraneans had they known all the facts.
The Titans were able to settle the conflict peacefully when Tempest proposed a treaty, suggesting the Tamaraneans and Gordanians could share the planet. The Gordanians would allow the Tamaraneans to stay. And in exchange, the Tamaraneans would teach the Gordanians new trades outside of slavery, thus bolstering their reputation in the galaxy. As both Both races agreed to these terms, Koriand’r elected to remain on Karna and rebuild the culture of her people as Princess.
Ryand’r fight for his people in TITANS #18 .
Shortly afterward, tragedy struck. During the “Our Worlds At War” crisis, a series of Imperiex probes destroyed Karna. This marked the third Tamaranean home planet that was destroyed.
Ryand’r later rejoined his Omega Men teammates in preventing the evil Lady Styx from acquiring four mystical heartstones that, together, would give her godlike powers. After tapping into one of the four Heartstones, Ryand’r discovered his powers were increased to new levels. Assuming the codename Darkfire, Ryand’r and his Omega Men allies stopped Lady Styx from unleashing a cosmic apocalypse.
Powers & Abilities
While on his first mission, Ryand’r was captured and experimented on by Psions. The operation initiated an ability to concentrate great amounts of energy in his hands. Rather than shooting bursts of energy outward, Ryand’r's hands become white-hot. He also possesses the Tamaranean ability to absorb energy directly from sunlight and convert it to flight power.
Tales of the New Teen Titans #4 : 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 : 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.
Omega Men #26-38 [1984-1986]: Ryand’r, Starfire’s brother, joins the Omega Men in issue #26 and remained a member until the series cancellation with Omega Men #38.
New Teen Titans (second series) #15-18 : 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.
Teen Titans Spotlight On: Omega Men #15 : Starfire receives a transmission from her brother, Ryand’r, detailing his recent adventures with the Omega Men. Life is not easy for Ryand’r while his sister ruled. She would not allow him to work as either a pilot or in communications, but declared that he was her “plaything”. As such, he resolved to make his escape from his sister’s clutches. Using a jury rigged subspace communicator he had built from scratch, he sent out a message on the Omega Men’s communication channel. He then flew straight up into the stratosphere of Tamaran, hoping that someone had heard his signal and would come for him. He almost flew too high, and was passing out before he awoke to find himself on a ship with a number of his old teammates, including Ynda, with whom he was reunited. After witnessing Ryand’r's mature strength and courage, Starfire realizes her little brother is growing up.
Titans #17-19 : Starfire and the team head into space to help her people, the Tamaraneans, settle a new world and wind up mixed up in a major star war. The Titans realize they’re backing the wrong side by allying themselves with Starfire’s people. Tempest is able to organize a peace between the Tamaranean and Gordanian outer-space armadas. Starfire quits the team to lead her people on their new shared homeworld, Karna.
The Omega Men #1-6 : Convinced that all of creation is on the brink of cosmic apocalypse, the last remaining Omega Men begin a universe-spanning rampage of murder and destruction. Pursued by every known league of interstellar justice, they are on the run and taking no prisoners! What is the mystery in space that One Year Later transforms these former freedom fighters into brutal terrorists? First Ryand’r as Darkfire in issue #1.
Sources for this entry: DC Who’s Who Binder Series, supplemented by titanstower.com