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Komand'r (also known as Blackfire, the English translation of her Tamaranean name), is the elder sister of the Teen Titan Starfire.

Origin

Komand'r was born the eldest child of Tamaran's royal family. The first princess born in over a hundred years, she should have been courted and showered with honors. On the day she was born the Citadel Empire attacked and destroyed the western Tamaranean city of Kysarr, killing three thousand citizens in her name. Though she was in no way at fault for what had happened Komand'r was for all time inextricably linked with that terrible day. To make matters worse, Komand'r had been stricken with a childhood illness that left her unable to harness ultraviolet light to fly as most Tamaraneans did. Komand'r grew up hated by the Tamaran population, who denied her birthright and refused to allow her to be the next Princess of Tamaran. All of her queenly privileges, honors, and celebration were later given to her younger sister, Koriand'r. Komand'r's rage grew inward, and whenever she could, her hatred for her planet was focused on her hapless sister.

Komand'r's rivalry continued and intensified when the siblings were sent for combat training with the Warlords of Okaara. Things came to a head during a sparring exercise in which Komand'r attempted to kill her sister. As a result, she was expelled. Komand'r swore vengeance and joined the Citadel, quickly rising through their ranks to becoming a traitor against her own people and world. Komand'r later betrayed her planet with detailed information about Tamaran's defenses to the the Citadel. They conquered Tamaran with ease, and the surrender conditions included the enslavement of Koriand'r. Koriand'r was also never permitted to return to Tamaran, since it would mean the Citadel would devastate the planet for Tamaran's abrogation of the treaty.

Starfire vs Blackfire

Komand'r was made her younger sister's ruler and made the most of the bondage with years of horrific servitude and torture. When a furious and humiliated Kori killed one of her rapists, Komand'r decided to execute her as punishment, but before getting the chance, the sisters were attacked and captured by the Psions. The Psions, largely a species of sadistic reptilian scientists, performed a deadly experiment on both of the sisters to see how much ultraviolet energy their Tamranian bodies could absorb until expiring from the excess. Before the procedure could be completed, Komand'r's Citadel forces attacked the Psion ship to rescue her. While the Psions were distracted, Kori broke free with the newly developed starbolts, which were circular blasts of bright green-colored ultraviolet energy directed from her hands, which were a result of the Psions' experiments. Against her better judgment, she decided to free Komand'r, who was absorbing more and more ultraviolet energy. However, far from grateful, Komand'r struck her sister down with the same, much stronger blast of light purple-colored ultraviolet energy and had her restrained for later execution. Kori escaped and stole a space ship to escape to planet Earth, where she met a group of five superheroes and helped form the New Teen Titans.

Family Reunions

The would-be successor to the throne went on to work with the same Gordanian slavers who imprisoned and torment her and Starfire as she came of age. Working as a forced labor Templar who twisted and experiment on future members of the Omega Men over the decades she worked with them. Eventually tracking down her younger sibling to earth in an attempt to resell her back into slavery on the Citadel Homeworld. But not before Forcing the recaptured Koriand'r to watch as her Gordania vessal's defenses took apart her rescuers, the Teen Titans bit by bit in an attempt to save her. While stationed with the citadel, it's torture technicians wasted no expense in putting her sister through unbearable amounts of torture while she dined with Lord Damyn, relishing in their capture of both her wayward sibling and the Tamaranian goddess X'Hal at the hands of Okaaran Warlords within their ranks. What she didn't count on was it being a cleaver trap set by both the Titans and Omegans in order to infiltrate their base of operations.

When the Teen Titans entered into the citadel throne room, Komand'r threatened to unleash the maddened and murderous godess X'Hal upon them all lest they surrendered. When titan's member Cyborg took Damyn as a hostage, the two factions were caught in a mexican standoff, one which was expediently broken by the treacherous Blackfire who summarily killed Lord Damyn herself in order to commandeer his throne and empire. With this change in events Starfire's friends tried their hand at appealing to Blackfire in the hopes of going free, the latter of who laughed off such negotiations gloating that she soon moved to raze Tamaran to the ground with her newfound armada.

In a fit of rage Starfire Attacked her leading to a brutal fight where she well nearly overwhelmed her demented assailant. But before the fighting could be further escalated however, a Psion employed within the citadel opted instead to mitigate a battle to the death between the two hateful rivals. Within a jungle on their home planet of Tamaran, where they fought both for their lives and rulership of the Citadel empire. Using cruel psychological tactics in order to gain a temporary upper hands, Komand'r quickly found herself outmatched by her younger sister in the contest as it dragged on. Going so far as to break the rules of which in an attempt to murder her fellow combatant that much quicker. She again found her underhandedness backfiring as Starfire took off into a crazed flight pattern, first smashing hard into the side of a mountain and then taking a nosedive into a nearby waterfall stream. Having had enough of the conflagrations, Komand'r attempts to used her starbolt power again only to be boiled alive in the rapids causing the rocks surrounding it to violently explode. Blackfire was then assumed to be deceased afterwards.

Return

Blackfire had survived nearly drowning in the falls but was left blinded by the incident, Komand'r's life was spared when her warrior lieutenant and lover Dor'ion saved her. For many months the two retrained her until she regained her killer instinct, readying to resume her crusade for the throne. Eventually exceeding expectations for her final test and having regaining her eyesight in the process, at the cost of her mates life. The death of her beloved and the mutual love they shared eventually spurred her back into the path of the conqueror, a drive she both lamented to've lost after her fateful encounter with her sister and her team, as well as cursed due to putting it before all else, even love. Eventually moving on to incite a civil war on her home planet of Tamaran in an attempt to usurp her father, Myand'r's throne by inciting rebellion within the populace.

When the Omega Men and Kory's friends, the Teen Titans intervened. Blackfire attempted to have them fight each other to the death, but this was undone when Jericho managed to see through her plans, possessing one of the Omegans in order to see through her veiled trickery. Moving on she decided to launch a full scale invasion against the capitol city, a campaign which lead to the successful domination of Tamaran as well as the capture & imprisonment of titans Nightwing & Jericho not to mention her brother Ryand'r. While banishing her hated royal family from the planet on live television, she rigged their vessel to explode in outer orbit, further salting the wounds when she gloated to a grieving Nightwing about their own dismal fates.

Unaware of her quarries escape she would later revel in her newfound sovereignty, only later did she find out her sister & family to be very much alive and well, sending them a message on Okaara to come challenge her authority lest she raze several of her own cities at her leisure. Waiting for the eventual attack while managing errends as head of state, Blacfire ponders why her sister would attempt to ruin her rule when she is a good leader, while the war rages on Komand'r continues to ponder and lament the devastation that has befallen her world. Admitting while she loves the power dominion has granted her she has used it wisely, fairly and all for the sake of her impoverished people. The two sisters clash once again within the war torn city streets, both lashing out at each other for similar reasons due to tamaran's current state. Eventually the former royal family would intervene, reinforcing her sisters rule ending all the fighting and bloodshed. On the councils word Blackfire's parents would be apart of her new advisory while her sister Starfire was to be forever exiled.

Powers

  • Tamaranian Physiology: Blackfire's Tamaranian physiology constantly absorb pure ultraviolet energy and convert it into circular blasts of lilac-colored ultraviolet energy called "blackbolts" which she projects from her hands and, later, her eyes.
    • Linguistic Assimilation: As a Tamaranean she is also capable of assimilating other languages through physical contact with another person.
    • Energy Absorption: Blackfire can absorb and repossess copious amounts of solar/stellar energy to energize her powers. A new facet she displayed when her abilities were absorbed was leeching off the abilities of her sister to produced lilac nova blasts.[1]
    • FTL Flight: After Katar Hol had stripped her of her powers, Komand'r sought out the Psions to restore and further strengthen them; this inadvertently also corrected her childhood illness and gave her the ability to fly faster than light itself, as her younger sister does. [2]
    • Superhuman Durability
    • Superhuman Strength
    • Prehensile Tongue
    • Cold & Heat Immunity


Weaknesses

  • Power Limitation: Unlike her sister (and most other Tamaraneans), Blackfire was stricken by a childhood illness that robbed her of the ability to fly, though she has compensated for this limitation through scientific means. (formerly)
  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.

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