Green Lantern Corps Annual #1 served as the final entry in the story arc for The Rise of the Third Army. Guy Gardner travels to find Kilowog in subterranean Oa and reacquired his ring. At the same time reinforcements of Lanterns arrive and offer their support (including Soranik Natu.) Elsewhere John Stewart and Fatality are on Mogo and witnessing its rebirth after previously being destroyed in the War of the Green Lanterns story arc. Guy leads a diversionary attack on Oa and engages the Guardians of the Universe in a brief battle before the arrival of the New Guardians (including Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner), the Manhunters and the Red Lanterns. The combined power is too much for the Guardians to deal with so they instead tap the power of the First Lantern. The result is a surge of power to which the outcome is unknown.
Fatality’s true name is Yrra Cynril. She was a native of Xanshi, where she was also a member of the ruling family. As the eldest daughter of a royal lineage, she was sent to Okaara to receive training and education by the warlords there. She took extremely well to this training and discovered that she was naturally gifted in combat. More importantly while on Okaara, Xanshi was destroyed due to a mistake by John Stewart. Although this had been a situation where John had little choice and she didn’t know a Lantern Corps member was involved, she chose to blame the Green Lantern Corps for the destruction of the world. She continued her training on Okaara until she had reached a point beyond what was expected of her. Following this, she set off on a bloody path of murdering Green Lanterns throughout the universe.
Fatality’s first appearance was in Green Lantern #83 in 1997. She was created by Ron Marz and Darryl Banks.
Fatality’s character is defined by two key events. The first is the destruction of her homeworld which fueled her hatred of the Green Lantern Corps, and turned her into one of their most deadly adversaries. As a number of new corps were formed across the spectrum during the events leading up to Blackest Night, she was accepted into the Star Sapphire Corps. This carried with it a degree of redemption as she eventually accepted the loss of Xanshi and forgave John Stewart while also asking for forgiveness for her actions. As with most members of the Star Sapphire Corps, she is now known for her duties to the concept of love. Thus Fatality has acted as both a villain and hero in reference to the Corps.
Major Story Arcs
After her campaign to rid the universe of Green Lanterns, she eventually discovered that there was only one Green Lantern left in the universe: Kyle Rayner, the representative from Earth. She attempted to ambush him first in his civilian life, but this was before she realized his power ring did not have the twenty four hour limit before needing to be recharged by a power battery. He was subsequently aided by John Stewart, who revealed that he was the one responsible for the destruction of her planet. However, before she had chance for retribution, she was attacked by an alien creature and presumed dead when he only found her arm.
She had not died though, and when she returned it was discovered that her arm had been replaced by a weaponized synthetic one. She returned again to Earth and this time also hunted Jade, who was a member of the Green Lantern Corps for a short time. After their confrontation, she was once again thought to be dead.
Biding her time, Fatality awoke one day to discover a yellow power ring on her hand. She did not question this suspicious turn of events and set out to face off against Kyle. She lured him out by endangering civilian lives as a distraction so she could slip away and abduct John Stewart and Merayn. She made John watch her torture Merayn to punish him, but Kyle was able to intervene before she could do worse. She was defeated by Kyle and asked that he just kill her because she would never stop. Kyle would not, but when he attempted to remove her ring, it detonated. The explosion destroyed her other flesh and blood arm. She was taken in by human authorities and fitted with a cybernetic prosthetic.
John Stewart began visiting her in the Slab, wanting to talk to her about Xanshi. She taunted his attempts at therapy with her and his current confinement to a wheelchair. She had an innate ability to see the weakness and frailties in things. She told John that what she saw when she looked at him was a man in perfect physical health, meaning he had no spinal damage keeping him in that wheelchair and that it was all in his head. She was later released from the Slab thanks to Major Force using his government contacts. He wanted her to kill Kyle Rayner and bring him the ring. After that, she could kill John Stewart and do whatever else she wanted. All he wanted was Kyle's ring. She was outfitted with all the weapons she desired and engaged Kyle in combat, injecting him with a neurotoxin she was certain would cripple his ability to use his ring. Kyle overcame the drug and took her down with a thrown jet.
Fatality kept out of prison this time and joined up with the metacriminals on Earth. She was not going anywhere as long as those she wanted to kill were to be found on Earth. Then, the Green Lantern Corps not only returned but doubled in size from what it previously was. Fatality returned to space, finding her way back to the Vega System where she hooked up with bounty hunters to facilitate her getting to take shots at any Green Lanterns who came into the area. When Sinestro established the Sinestro Corps, she was recruited and given a power ring she could use to kill as many Green Lanterns as she wished.
Fatality was among those female members of the Sinestro Corps apprehended by the Star Sapphire Corps and brought to Zamaron. Rather than imprisoning her like the Green Lanterns would have, the Star Sapphires sealed her inside a crystal that attempted to affect her mind and rehabilitate her. The process was quickly completed and she emerged from her crystal cocoon as a Star Sapphire with her first thought being to locate John Stewart.
Fatality later located John Stewart on Okaara, while the Green Lantern Corps were engaged in a battle with the Orange Lantern Corps. Separating John Stewart from the fight with a violet crystal, she explained to him that she had changed. The Star Sapphire Corps had made her realize how wrong her previous actions had been and they even allowed her to forgive herself for not being there for Xanshi's destruction. Before leaving John, she told him that next time he grieves among Xanshi's remains he should forgive himself too.
With that business concluded, Fatality returned to Zamaron just in time to defend against an attack by members of the Sinestro Corps who had come to retrieve their captured female members. Even though she was originally one of them, she had already been converted by the Star Sapphire Corps unlike many of the others.
Following the decision to reboot the DC universe into the new 52, the three ongoing series wrapped up with the War of the Green Lanterns, of which the other Corps were not involved. Following the reboot Carol Ferris decided to stop using her ring for a period, and thus the Queen of the Star Sapphires was absent. As Fatality investigated why a violet power ring had chosen Kyle Rayner as a bearer, she discovered that other power rings had also chosen him. She subsequently traveled to Oa to confront the Guardians of the Universe before returning to Okaara with Larfleeze and Sayd.
Powers and Abilities
For the majority of her appearances, Fatality has relied primarily on her own natural combat instincts when it has come to conflict. However, she is knowledgeable in a wide range of weapons and has a large assortment of highly technological items available, and she employs them with great effectiveness. She also had her arms replaced with synthetic ones after various battles. These arms also contain a wide array of weapons. Since becoming a member of the Star Sapphire Corps, she has wielded a Violet Power Ring. This has the standard abilities of a power ring--most notably that of flight, travel through outer space and the creation of hard light constructs.
Lantern Corps Stats
- Corps: Star Sapphire
- Status: Active
- Space Sector: 1313
- Homeworld: Xanshi
- Predecessor: Inapplicable
- Successor: Inapplicable