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Darkstar

Real Name: Laynia Petrovna
Occupation: Ex-Government agent, now free agent
Legal Status: Citizen of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics with no criminal record
Other Aliases: Tyomni Zvezda (code name in own language)
Place of Birth: Minsk, U.S.S.R
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Nicolai Krylenko (brother), Sergi Krylov (father), Marya Krylova (mother, deceased)
Group Affiliation: Soviet Super-Soldiers, former member of the Champions of Los Angeles
Base of Operations: Moscow, U.S.S.R.
First Appearance: CHAMPIONS #7

History: Laynia Petrovna is a mutant born to a nuclear physicist and his wife who were accidentally irradiated during an experiment. When her mother died in childbirth, Petrovna's father was told that she and her twin brother died in childbirth as well. The mutant infants were taken into state custody and when their powers manifested themselves in adolescence, they were turned over to Professor Piotr Phobos who had started an academy for the training of mutants. Given the code-name Darkstar, Petrovna studied at the academy alongside her brother Nicolai Krylenko (code named Vanguard) and trained to be a government agent. Soon after the academy was shut down, Darkstar was sent to the United States on a mission accompanying the fourth Crimson Dynamo. The mission aborted, she joined the Champions of Los Angeles for several months until the team disbanded. Returning to her homeland, she joined her brother and two others to form the Soviet Super-Soldiers.

Height: 5 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 125 lbs
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Blonde

Strength Level: Darkstar possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Powers: Darkstar possesses the ability to tap and manipulate an intense-black form of extradimensional energy called the Darkforce. This energy, which appears to be related to the extradimensional black gas-like substance manipulated by the Shroud and Cloak, possesses mass and form whereas the Shroud's and Cloak's does not. It may be that it is the same substance and Darkstar simply knows how to manipulate it to greater effect than the other two. Her power seems analogous to that of Blaokout.

Darkstar can project the Darkforce into simple mentally controlled forms such as pincers, rings, columns, spheres, and so on. She can form objects with the density of steel. She can form objects with a maximum volume of approximately 750 cubic feet, sufficient to encompass ten human beings comfortably. These objects are solid and well defined while she consciously wills them to be. If she is rendered unconscious, they dissipate. Darkstar can also project the Darkforce as a beam of solid force, capable of impacting an object with sufficient power to rupture 3-inch solid high-carbon steel or tip over an average, loaded railroad boxcar (15 tons).

Darkstar can also employ the Darkforce to teleport herself and up to three others. She does this, in a manner similar to that of Cloak, by entering into the Darkforce's dimension of origin, traversing a distance (which may or may not be the linear correspondent distance in this dimension) and reemerging in Earth's space. She has so far been able to travel a maximum distance of about t mile in this way. Because crossing through the interdimensional portal disorients her sense of direction, and the light of the Earth dimension blinds her for several seconds upon reemergence, teleportation is risky. It also takes her several seconds to create a portal into the Darkforce dimension, preventing her from teleporting out of the way of such high velocity danger as a bullet.

Darkstar can utilize the attractive force of the Darkforce dimension to fly. By generating a virtually invisible portal into the dimension in the contour of her body, she balances its attractive force upon her against that of Earth's gravity, without passing through the portal. She can fly at speeds up to 120 miles per hour, the maximum velocity at which she is still able to breathe. She cannot support the weight of anyone other than herself while in flight.

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