The other type of Super Sunday I have done is the expansion of some character’s supporting cast. This week, we’ll do it for a character from the first alien year.
Skeedoy is a private investigator on the planet Dellwell. He’d be happy sticking to small cases, but they don’t pay enough. Instead, he gets stuck dealing with things that are quite over his head. These are some of the people he has to put up with:
Halch is Graats’s sidekick. Though not a supersoldier like him, Halch is highly trained in combat and has been very useful on his mission to stop evil criminal organizations. But now Graats has gone missing, apparently captured, and Halch has hired Skeedoy to help find him. Though the super soldier has many criminal enemies, Halch thinks that the kidnappers could be the government, trying to Graats to create more supersoldiers. Skeedoy wants to investigate the case, but is not used to having a kid that insists on tagging along.
Mave is a government-sponsored supehero and is also the law enforcement officer who Skeedoy deals with a lot. As far as Mave is concerned, it is ridiculous to think that the government would capture Graats, considering that he is just a supersoldier, and since his creation they have invented real superheroes, with powers beyond being good at fighting. Mave, for example, is living rubber and capable of bouncing around like a ball (and Skeedoy notes that some of the others have good powers instead). But deep down, Mave is nervous, because his superiors have been hiding something, and Mave doesn’t know what it is.
Egate is a criminal that has crossed paths with Skeedoy in the past, and who seems to know something about the case. Egate, who prides himself on only being a thief, nothing more evil than that, recently broke into the headquarters of one of Graats’s enemies, and found documents about his capture that he is willing to sell to Skeedoy. What he has not told Skeedoy is that he also found a serum that they had made from the supersoldier’s blood, that the documents claim is the first step in achieving immortality. That is something Egate wants more than all the stolen riches in the world.
Dsurey is an alien immigrant to planet Dellwell, and even though it gives a bad name to other immigrants, Dsurey hangs out with bad crowds. Working at a gathering hall for the criminal element, Dsurey cleans up after the scum of the world and socializes with them when possible. From time to time, he picks up tips that could be useful to Skeedoy, who pays Dsurey in fresh water, a hard resource to find on Dellwell. But when Dsurey stumbles across the biggest piece of information he’s ever heard of, will the water be worth the risk?
In the past I have done Super Sunday profiles for characters who have already turned up somewhere in one of my stories, but who I wanted to flesh out a bit more. I called them Superfluous Sundays and this week I am doing it with aliens:
Plasglack was the king of his entire species during the era of Earth’s history that was called the Bronze Age. For the most part, he was a wise and level-headed ruler, taught since birth in the ways of fair governance. But upon taking over the active role as king, he found out about the humans. Man, the humans were jerks. He couldn’t help but want to destroy them. Apart from that one indiscretion, though, Plasglack’s reign was considered a fine one and his descendants rule the world to this day.
I’ve never mentioned it anywhere (because nobody but me cares), but the stories I have written that are set in “the Bronze Age” are actually the history of the Earth in Universe Bronze. This includes “Whence Scabies“, the story in which Plasglack appeared.
Wise Alien Master
Now known as the Wise Alien Master, Gurbessy Choible was not always so wise. For most of Gurbessy’s life she was a shiftless loser, not good at making herself happy, nor anyone else. It was only after a near-death experience that she devoted herself to meditation and attained inner peace, which she now hopes to spread by teaching others.
The Wise Alien Master was seen in this little comic, but actually first appeared in his less pleasant days playing cards at a bar in this Space Army comic. I’ve also never come right out and said this, but Universe Bronze, which is home to the likes of the Hover Head comics and the Space Army comics. The latter being sci-fi adventures, one might think they are set in the distant future. But no, the Space Army stories take place in the era I made them (the 90s) but are just set in the cosmos while things on Earth is less advanced. There’s a whole reason for this that I hope to get to someday, but we’ll see how that goes.
Kurdiflax is a Toborian man who attended Jorbos Nine High School and has since made a name for himself in the Jorbos system as an interplanetary good shipper. It isn’t glamorous work, but it pays the bills and Kurdiflax is happy with that because it gives him the chance to focus on his family.
I dropped Universe Indigo into the list after I did the most recent overview of PDR Universes, but it is not a new one. It is the universe that my character Jhad O’Leary lives in. I had planned (and hopefully still plan) on doing more Jhad stories, but never got beyond “Jhad O’Leary’s Cry For Help“, which is where Kurdiflax appeared. That sci-fi tale actually is set in the future, but all the aliens I’ve introduced to Universe Indigo via Super Sunday are set in the present, therefore existing before that story. It may see confusing, but just remember, nobody but me has to care.