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November 4, 2016

308. ARMONIA

BIRTH NAME:

Armonia

ALIASES:

Supreme Entity; Supreme Being

BIRTH DETAILS:

Mysteriously formed at the beginning of time

SPECIES:

Goddess

Intelligence

Mental Powers

Strength

Speed

Energy Projection

Tactical Skill

Durability

Agility

Power Rating: 1 – 100

POWERS, ABILITIES, WEAPONS & TOOLS

Armonia possesses absolute power. She rules over everything past, present and future, as goddess of the universe. She is immortal. She can create life from nothing instantaneously with a mere thought, and she can make anything cease to exist instantaneously with a mere thought. She can manipulate all matter. She can morph into anything in existence. She is omnipotent.

THE STORY

When the universe was first formed, an all-powerful, supreme being was created to rule over everything in existence. The goddess’ name was Armonia, and she was to be connected to all things past, present, and future. She was immortal, and her sole purpose was to maintain balance over all creations. She was said to be able to appear in numerous forms: as blue crystal air, a humanoid woman, an enormous blue mega star hot enough to evaporate entire galaxies at once, or any alien species in existence. Alas, if Armonia was engaged by a being, she would always be in doppelganger form, and nobody would ever know her true form. For eons, Armonia roamed the universe creating life and destroying it at will, passing immediate judgment on those creations deemed unbalanced with their purpose and destiny. Then, in a single moment, Armonia realized something that would reshape the fate of the cosmos forever.

Intuitively, the supreme being realized it was impossible for one singular entity to be in harmonic balance, and another god or goddess must be created. However, she did not have the power to create anything equal to herself. Thus, she split her spirit in half – the spirit of the universe – and divided one of the halves into three stars called the “Triplos Asteri”. They were then hidden across the universe and set for periodic relocations at random to conceal their whereabouts.

HEIGHT: 7’0″ in human form; Exists in various forms
WEIGHT: 265 lbs. in human form; exists in various forms
SKIN: Glistening chrome
HAIR: Black (when in humanoid form)
EYES: Diamond

If a being was able to find the Triplos Asteri and unlock the stars by locating their celestial locations, Armonia would present herself to that being. Next, Armonia would ask the “Inquiry of Cosmic Wisdom” – a question at the heart of the meaning behind all life. If the being answers incorrectly, they evaporate and their essence is blended into the universe forever, for no being can see the supreme entity and live. However, if they answer correctly, the being would have fulfilled the “Prophecy of Sympan”, and Armonia would grant the being the right to rule at her side for eternity as her equal, with all the powers of the universe.

As a method of protection for the Triplos Asteri to ensure they were not destroyed by cosmic events, Armonia created celestial creatures called “everlifes”. Major General Delilah Fray of the Galaxia Kyklos Force was one of these everlifes, and billions of years prior she had been specifically tasked with guarding the star which rested deep beneath the Earth’s surface.

However, after several centuries of living as a human on Earth, Delilah was summoned to the Stavro Dome by fellow celestial Pathfinder, who informed her that the Triplos Asteri were being sought after by the tyrannical emperor of the Tromkratesian alien race, Emperor Kako. Delilah set out to find and destroy cosmic ruler, but after going undercover, infiltrating the Tromokratesian ranks, and seducing the tyrant into marrying her, Delilah was discovered to be a spy just as she uncovered the secret Kako already discovered two of the three stars. His secret unveiled, Kako flew into a rage and attempted to execute her. However, Delilah was able to fend off the emperor long enough to receive assistance from a nearby GKF crew monitoring her situation, barely escaping with her life.

After recovering from her ordeal and informing the rest the GKF of what she had discovered, Delilah led an armada of battleships toward Earth, in order to protect the third star – for there was evidence to suggest the Tromokratesians were on their way to retrieve it. During her journey, Delilah came across Captain Noble – the mighty earth-born hero, who had been lost in space. She encountered him on the planet Friki, and after assisting Astor Rathegalia in the overthrow of the evil Lord Asotos Yios, who had become the world’s dictator, Delilah and Captain Noble used a portal on planet Friki for expedited transport back to Earth, as Delilah’s ships continued the longer journey through space.

Captain Noble had previously been made privy to an impending doom that would befall the entire universe, and after speaking with Delilah he was sure the Triplos Asteri were at the center of his mission, as well. Then, upon arriving on Earth through the portal, the two of them immediately journeyed to the Pentagon in Washington DC. Everyone was flabbergasted to see Captain Noble, as he had disappeared nearly a year prior during an encounter with the wormhole witch Fata Dracaena; the world was under the impression the Hero of Heroes was dead. Yet, there he was with his long, barbarian hair and grizzly beard. He displayed the wear of a man who had been through a million lifetimes in one, and when they expressed these sentiments, Noble demanded he and Delilah speak to President Enid Remington, General Hank Garrison, and all the top officials of the US government at once. The Pentagon employees immediately picked up the phone, and began making calls. Noble and Delilah, meanwhile, were escorted to a situation room.

After a couple of hours, all the key players were present. The POTUS, Vice President Larry Mitchell, the General, the Secretary of Defense, and all other personnel with top-level clearance. They shook Captain Noble’s hand, and awed over his return. They also were introduced to Delilah, and she answered a few questions, giving just enough information to let them know she was an extremely important individual and a member of Earth’s ally, the GKF, while not revealing the full extent of her celestial origins.

Then, the Alpha Initiative walked in.

When Lt. Rashard Bonds saw Captain Noble, he called his name out. The returned hero immediately parted the crowd and went towards Lou. The two embraced firmly, and laughed a joyous laugh. Lou could not believe his eyes, and he told Captain Noble as soon as he heard of the hero’s return, he dropped everything and came immediately. Captain Noble expressed how good it was to see his old buddy. The two had grown close during their trials with Sir Vellichor and his Library, and it was Noble who imparted the vision of a super team on Lou. The Captain had also been the first person to fill Lou in on everything concerning the ruthless villains Edgar Lockhart and Ramses Hondo, and their suspected connection.

After their greeting Captain Noble was filled in on everything he’d missed since his disappearance. Lou informed the returned hero all about Edgar Lockhart being exposed as supreme hyper-villain and all-round corrupt individual, thanks to the skills of the Iga Clan ninja, Interface, whom he introduced to the Captain. Lou then introduced Noble to the rest of the Alpha Initiative, rightfully referring to them as the manifestation of the Captain’s vision of a team of diverse heroes, who could come together to battle the most dangerous threats to the planet.

Black Jag, Musashi, Liberty Star and Orenda all shook the Captain’s hand, as Encore gave him a respectful nod from across the room. Lou then made heartfelt mention of their fallen brother-in-arms, Brolic. Captain Noble stepped back and gazed upon his dream come true. They were a powerful unit, and the returned hero could not help but be impressed. He placed his hand on Lou’s shoulder and, in a grateful tone, told the super soldier. A moment of silence came over the room for a moment, then Noble said the world was going to need the Alpha Initiative, and much more, for what was coming.

President Remington spoke up. She was beginning to grow impatient with the rehashing of what had occurred on Earth since Noble’s disappearance, as much of the conversation included a number of transgressions by her and her administration. She demanded they move on to more important stuff, like who exactly Armonia was. Captain Noble looked at Lou, who simply shook his head, and then Noble commented from what he just heard, she and her people were the last individuals he wanted in the room, as the US government’s actions and decisions over the last year were, at best, gross miscalculations opening the door for Edgar Lockhart to make the world vulnerable to the impending danger drawing near; at worst, their actions and decisions were totally and utterly complicit in a methodically calculated plan to give the world over to hyper-villains. When the POTUS began to chastise him, Captain Noble spoke loudly, interrupting her to say that he could never trust anyone with such strong suspected ties to Edgar Lockhart. To that end, he refused to speak while she was present in the room.

This caused a mighty uproar. However, Delilah emitted a flash of cosmic light throughout the room, shocking everyone into silence. Those present began to realize she was not just a person with powers, but much, much more. Then, Captain Noble explained what was about to happen to their planet was much bigger than anything in the world. With her permission, he revealed that Delilah was an everlife created at the beginning of time from the spirit of the universe. He continued they would only explain more, though, once any suspected allies of the enemy left. Remington refused to leave, which was when Delilah said she could either go of her own will, or she could be forcefully removed by the everlife’s celestial powers. The POTUS, realizing even though she was a ghost orphan, she was way outmatched. Therefore, she reluctantly grabbed her things and left the room with her people. Finally, the meeting started.

Captain Noble elaborated on his time lost in space, and Delilah gave details of her entire past leading up to her meeting with Noble on Friki. Upon hearing their stories, General Hank Garrison was curious for her to expand on her mention of the ultimate weapon of mass destruction General Kako was attempting to use. She began to elaborate on the origins of Armonia, and how the goddess, in all of her wisdom, encapsulated part of her divine essence into the Triplos Asteri, with the mindset of preserving balance in the universe. Emperor Kako had collected two of the stars, though, and was on the verge of gathering the third, which meant he would gain ultimate power and be virtually unstoppable as a god. Musashi asked why she and other everlifes like herself could not simply combine forces and stop Kako from completing his diabolical plan. Delilah retorted Armonia, despite her omniscience and omnipotence, refused to directly interfere in any outcome involving the Triplos Asteri, as it would cause direct manipulation of the multiverse’s harmony and balance, a result which was against her entire existence. Therefore, the everlifes were not permitted to directly interfere; they were only to protect the stars from being destroyed. Lou then asked Delilah how she could have gone to eliminate Kako if it was against Armonia’s mandate. The everlife answered it was a decision that would not go unpunished; she would pay greatly for, it but the cost to be paid paled in comparison to the motivations behind her wanting to save Earth and all she had come to love about the life she made there.

Everyone in the room was stunned by what they heard. They never had the slightest notion throughout their lives that anything she told them could have been a reality. At that moment, though, Captain Noble snapped everyone out of deep contemplation, and back into the harsh reality they faced: Kako already had two of the Triplos Asteri, and he was leading the enormous force of the Tromokratesian Empire to Earth to wage war so he could capture the third.

Delilah said that Emperor Kako was one of the most ruthless, vile, unrelenting beings in the entire universe. She then told them he was possibly the most powerful and skilled. There was a reason why they called him the Father of Death, and Delilah attested to witnessing him in all of his cosmic tyrannical and indomitable glory. Furthermore, the reward of becoming the god of all things in existence with Armonia, the goddess of all things in existence as his soul mate, had made him even more dedicated to his quest.

Lou then inquired if many have known about the Triplos Asteri across the multiverse, how there had never been a cosmic resistance created to prevent anyone evil from finding the stars. Delilah answered by informing them about the “Sympan Treaty of Galaxies”: a society created by an intergalactic political union to unlock the Prophecy of Sympan, by uniting all the star systems and galaxies under a commitment to unity, peace and protection. Their goal was to maintain order throughout the universe by obtaining the Triplos Asteri and locking them away without trying to unleash Armonia’s power within them; a method of denying access to the stars for any who sought to use them for evil. Nevertheless, no organization or militia was ever great enough to stop the Tromokratesians from their quests, and when Emperor Kako took the throne, he became obsessed with obtaining the stars so he could ascend the Tromokratesians to the position of masters of the universe.

Encore then asked how it was they could be so sure that Emperor Kako knew the answer to the Inquiry of Cosmic Wisdom. She said there could be a chance he answers Armonia incorrectly and evaporates, killing himself. Delilah replied nobody actually knew for sure if Kako knew the answer. However, she said that when one considered the fact the odds of finding three objects hidden throughout the entire universe were next to none, it was reasonable to guess that the being who had obtained two of them and was on the verge of collecting the third, could have uncovered the key to completing the entire process. Gen. Hank Garrison also added that strategically, it would not make sense for Emperor Kako to engage in intergalactic warfare on this scale, if he still needed that answer to finish his mission. The chance of relinquishing the two stars in his possession would be too great, and if he lost, his eternal quest would essentially be over. As a master of strategy, Gen. Garrison said the fact Emperor Kako was moving on Earth with the grandest force he can muster meant he was moving in for checkmate.

Lou responded by speaking to Captain Noble and Delilah. He wanted to know exactly what they were up against in terms of the size of the Tromokratesian force and their capabilities. He needed to know how to prepare to defend their planet. Delilah replied, in short, they were up against the greatest military force in the universe, and the greatest warrior species. Liberty Star then inquired about the Tromokratesians, and the everlife divulged all the information she had from her years of undercover work. Lou remembered Edgar Lockhart’s space station. The Alpha Initiative had fought three Tromokratesian warriors during their attempt to free London Lockhart from the clutches of her diabolical brother.

The heroes sighed loudly, and realized if only three Tromokratesians created a dire situation for their entire team, then a force of billions – would most likely mean they were in for the greatest struggle of their lives. Delilah then reminded them the Galaxias Kyklos Force would be there to help, and their numbers were just as great as the Tromokratesians. The GKF had soldiers from all over the galaxy, including some of the very best the star systems had to offer. This made everyone feel better. Yet, they knew the battle ahead was going to be beyond treacherous.

After a few more moments, everyone began to put their heads together to devise a plan. They deferred to Delilah for her expertise, and the remaining trusted government officials began making calls around the world to organize every country, their militaries, and to have the word put out to anyone with a hyper-power that it was time to prepare to defend the world from total annihilation.

It was at that moment General Garrison pulled Lou and Noble aside, and informed them that a situation had arisen which needed immediate attention and a swift resolution. He continued by telling Captain Noble and Lt. Rashard Bonds their reuniting could truly not have come at a better time, not just because of the war ahead with the Tromokratesians, but because only the combined skills and knowledge of the duo could successfully complete the mission…

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