"Sanctuary": Kara Zor-El last saw Simon Tycho on his satellite, when she thought she had accidentally killed him. Now, though, he has apparently fused the burned remains of his body with an alien gelatinous body form. Though he claims t
- <Stop. Speaking. My. Language.>
- -- Supergirl
Appearing in "Sanctuary"
Synopsis for "Sanctuary"
Kara Zor-El last saw Simon Tycho on his satellite, when she thought she had accidentally killed him. Now, though, he has apparently fused the burned remains of his body with an alien gelatinous body form. Though he claims to be seeking only friendship, Kara does not trust him, and she is sick of hearing him speaking her language to her, as if it is his own.
Using his new abilities to defend himself against her, Tycho subdues her long enough to explain that he believes that this place they are standing in, miles below the surface of the ocean, was grown from the remains of the pod that brought Kara to earth. The red Sunstones that he discovered in the pod when she landed in Siberia hold a message, which he allows her to hear. It is the voice of her father, and his final message for her. She remembers as she listens, that her father was shot as he was giving the message, but there was more recorded onto the crystals than she thought. She distinctly hears her mother's voice, and realizes that it was Allura who shot Zor-El, trying to prevent him from sending their only daughter away from Krypton in its final moments.
Tycho has been using the data receptors in his gelatinous form to absorb the information in the crystals and learn what he could. He has learned that this underwater structure holds some kind of intelligence that allowed him entry, but prevents him from accessing its control system. Kara realizes that if her father really intended this place as a gift for her, she should never let Tycho have access.
She calls out, and the intelligence responds. It is her sanctuary, and it recognizes her voice as the control for its commands. Upon witnessing their exchange, Tycho realizes that she is the key to gaining control, and grabs her, commanding her to tell the sanctuary to obey him. As they fight, he mocks her efforts, reminding that she is given power by the sun, and so long as they are evenly matched now, a few days of being hidden from the sun in this underwater sanctuary will weaken her. So, she will either have to pass over control of the sanctuary to him, or die in it.
Suddenly, Kara realizes how much control she has in the sanctuary. She asks the sanctuary if it senses any non-Kryptonian life forms within it, and then asks it to neutralize that non-Kryptonian. In accordance with her wishes, crystals grow up from the floor around Tycho's feet, growing around his body and immobilizing him. He begs to be let free, and Kara responds that he must apologize. Before he can utter an apology, his voice is silenced by the crystal encasing his entire body. Knowing he can hear her, Kara warns that he will not be let free until he changes who he is.
Afterward, Kara decides she needs someone to talk to, and has the sanctuary access Earth's computer networks. Siobhan Smythe is awakened suddenly as Kara's face appears on her laptop, asking to talk. She is surprised to hear of what has happened and where Kara is calling from. They have little time to chat though, as the sanctuary interrupts them to tell Kara that it has detected an unidentified Kryptonian presence on the planet.
Visual feed confirms that it is not Kal-El that the sanctuary is speaking of, but the creature that he is attempting to destroy.
- This book was first published on October 17, 2012.
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