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Asha Del-Nar was one of the residents of Kandor who was abducted along with the city by Brainiac in the days before Krypton's destruction. She came from a long line of Kryptonians in the Military Guild, but at this time, she was a writer in the Artist's Guild. Whatever reasons she had for making that life decision apparently fell by the wayside because of Brainiac. After being taken, she enlisted in the Military Guild.
 
Serving in the military, Asha became a good officer but not a notable one. She reached the rank of lieutenant and was assigned to lead the Red Shard unit, a unit devoted to civil defense. She continued as unit commander through Kandor's liberation and its resettlement on New Krypton.
 

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When Superman came to New Krypton and joined the Military Guild, he was assigned to command Red Shard and Asha became his second-in-command. A bond of trust developed between them early on, after Superman helped her through an encounter with a head of Thought-Beasts that were preying on her fear of Brainiac. After that, she proved her loyalty was more to Superman than to their superiors in the MIlitary Guild, namely General Zod. She disobeyed a direct order from General Zod to execute rather than capture a Phantom Zone criminal, choosing instead to follow Superman's capture-only order. For doing this, both she and Superman were arrested under the charge of treason.
 
Asha stood by Superman and even attempted to take sole responsbility during the trial for not executing the criminal Val-Ty. Superman would not allow her to do this, though. To prevent it, he said that he had prevented her from carrying out General Zod's order. It was a confession that allowed Asha to be cleared of all charges, but it was also what General Zod used to complete his case against Superman.
 
After being cleared of treason, Asha was reinstated to Red Shard, and she soon became Superman's second-in-command once again after he was absolved of his crime by the Religious Guild.

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