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By Byron Brewer
A good man gone wrong: That is almost all we know of the once-noble Spaceknight of Galador named Daystar.
The Spaceknights is an elite group of cyborg humanoids from the planet Galador, created to battle the Dire Wraiths. Rom was the most well-known member, and one fondly thought of in the offices of
Galador was located in a galaxy known only as "The Golden Galaxy" and was a paradisiacal planet, with very advanced technology. Galadorians seem to be identical to normal humans but with longer life spans.
Two hundred years ago, the planet was ruled by a man known as "The Prime Director" and its scientists had already developed a class of angel-like warriors using genetic engineering. However, when it was discovered that the evil shape-shifters known as the Dire Wraiths were invading their galaxy, the Galadorian government decided that it would be necessary to create cyborg warriors to defend the planet from them. (Imagine any presidential candidate’s response to this! lol)
The Prime Director himself asked the people of Galador to volunteer, promising them that their "humanity" (the body parts that would need to be removed to implant the Spaceknights' armor) would be preserved frozen and later restored to them after the threat had passed. At first the Galadorians were hesitant, until a young man called Rom became the first volunteer.
Inspired by his example, a total of 1,000 Galadorians underwent the process, and were transformed into Spaceknights, each super-strong and capable of space flight, but each having a different special power or weapon, as well as an individual form and codename.
There is no past data on the Galadorian knight known as Daystar before he arrived on the Kree planet of Hala. He and several other Spaceknights were to take part in a glorious celebration as the Kree planned to secure the safety of those that inhabited the Kree galaxy after their infiltration and near-extinction at the hands of the tyrannical Annihilus and his wave of destruction.
The Spaceknights had planned a Restitution Initiative following the Annihilation War, offering to upgrade the Kree Empire's War-Net Security System with a program called "A-Ware." Little did anyone know that Daystar had been turned into a Phalanx “Select” prior to his arrival and that his A-Ware tech was actually the Phalanx Transmode Virus. Upon uploading it into the War-Net, Daystar was a one-man demolition team bringing the Kree Empire thundering to its knees.
While battling Bug, who was trying to bring down the Phalanx Babel Spire, Daystar apparently lost his life.
I am sad because we know of many, like Ronan, who survived being made a “Select.” Daystar had many noble adventures left in his time, I am sure.