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X'Hal (New Earth)

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Eons ago, X'Hal was one of hundreds of peaceful people living on the Vegan planet Okaara. When the Okaarans made first contact with another alien race, the Psions, X'Hal was present to greet them. The Psions had little interaction with the people of Okaara and soon left to explore other worlds. They eventually returned, bringing with them one of the warriors of the planet Branx. The Branx were the exact opposite of the Okaarans in that they embraced their more primal aggressions and lived for war. The Psions attempted to crossbreed the Okaarans with the Branx and chose X'Hal to serve as the mother of their experiment. After numerous failures and months of torturous experimentation, X'Hal finally gave birth to two children: one, who embodied the physical characteristics of an Okaaran later became known as Auron. The other was a monstrous example of its Branx ancestry. This being would later become the forerunner of the Citadelians. X'Hal's Branx mate, still consumed by his warrior's lust, attempted to violate X'Hal, but she responded by stabbing the creature in the stomach with a pair of medical scissors. The Branx retaliated and snapped X'Hal's neck in his bare hands. Upon discovering what had transpired, the Psions immediately disintegrated the Branx.

The Psions grew concerned that the loss of X'Hal's nurturing techniques might have an averse affect on her offspring. Unable to save her body, they were able to preserve her mind by converting it into pure energy. What they failed to realize at the time though, was that the conversion process had imbued X'Hal with great power. Months of abuse and helplessness had given rise to a need for vengeance in X'Hal's soul and she lashed out at her captors, destroying not only the Psions, but the entire lunar base as well.

X'Hal gathered her twin children and brought them back to Okaara where she was hailed as a goddess. She was no longer the peaceful, loving woman they once knew however. Her behavior was now erratic and she was prone to fits of rage and violence. As the years passed, X'Hal's children grew strong. One child, having inherited the warlike aggressions of his Branx father, inspired the repressed rage that laid dormant within the hearts and minds of all Okaarans. Okaaran settlements began waging skirmish after skirmish with one another until the entire planet existed in a near-perpetual state of war. As the Okaarans grew more skilled in the art of battle, they soon became known as the Warlords of Okaara. Their constant fighting resulted in the activation of a Doomsday weapon that destroyed most of the planet. The Okaarans blamed the child of X'Hal for this tragedy and exiled him from the planet. When X'Hal learned that her son had been sent into exile, she flew into a tremendous rage. Her fury was intense that she turned her power against three of the twenty-five worlds occupying the Vega system, destroying them. It was only X'Hal's sense of remorse that caused her to stop.

  • 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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