The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

Tales of Quill

Posted in Red Lantern Corps by mrread7 on November 26, 2008

As we get ready to carve the Thanksgiving Feast this weekend and I prepare for the end of Red Lantern month. I thought I should talk about Quill of the Five Inversions. The very demon that would help Atrocitus give birth to the Red Lantern Corps. Quill has been around for years and was the one who told of the Tales of the Blackest Night. As much as Atrocitus would like to say he did it all himself, it was Quill who started it all. I’ll let the good people at Comicvine tell the tale:

A demon member of the Empire of Tears and the being that planted the seeds of doubt into the mind of Abin Sur, ultimately leading to his death. Quill was bludgeoned to death while in prison.

Eons earlier, before the elders of Oa ascended to become the Guardians of the Universe, the galaxy was still prevalent with the powers of magic.

Among the most horrific practitioners was the Empire of Tears, deathless demons of pure evil. The Oans decided that it was the time for technology and science to rule and sought to eradicate the evil of the Empires magic from the universe.

Ysmault was the final battleground in their war. There, the Empire tortured those Oans who were not strong willed enough with visions of ghastly horrors.

The Oans prevailed in the battled however were unable to destroy their demon foes. The Oans chained down and crucified the demons on the surface of Ysmault and declared the planet permanently off limits to all.

Millennia passed until one day Abin Sur attempted to aid a badly damaged Ungaran starship that was sent careening to the surface of Ysmault. Ignoring the Guardians edict against traveling to Ysmault, the Green Lantern pursued the falling starship in an effort to save the lives of the many passengers on board.

Abin Sur located the damaged craft but was unable to locate its passengers. The entombed demons offered assistance to Abin, enticing him to free them. One of the demons, Quill of the Five Inversions, promised to give the answers to any three questions, free of charge.

After Quill answer Abin Sur’s first question the Green Lantern located a young Ungaran girl, the only survivor of the crashed ship.

Although still skeptical Abin Sur was intrigued by the demon and returned to ask Quill a second question about his own fate. Abin was told that he would die when his ring failed him during a crucial moment and that his successor would eclipse him to become the greatest of all Green Lanterns.

Now annoyed by the demons obvious trickery Abin Sur asked to know the fate of the Green Lantern Corps. The third question concerned the final battle of the Green Lantern Corps.

He was told a prophecy: “After untold millennia, The Weaponers of Qward, Ranx the Sentient City, the Children of the White Lobe, and the Empire of Tears would rise united against the Green Lantern Corps”.

“Sodam Yat, a Daxamite hailed as the ultimate Green Lantern, would perish battling the lobe-spawn. The planet-form Green Lantern named Mogo would be the last to fall as Ranx the sentient city explodes a blink-bomb within his core”.

Abin Sur laughed dismissively at the demons transparent attempts to rattle him and left the planet with the young girl, intent of wiping his mind of Quills nonsense. The demons reported laughed for nineteen weeks after he left, convinced that they had broken the strong willed Lantern.

Although he refused to admit it, the demons warnings deeply troubled Abin Sur. He began charging his power ring excessively, trying to ensure that it did not fail him as Quill predicted. He also began using a spaceship rather then his ring for long space flights and missions.

Quill’s actions would anger his fellow demon Atrocitus, who felt that Quill’’s machinations were short sighted. Atrocitus planned to escape after the Guardians transferred the two demons from Ysmault, to a less oppressive prison planet. Atrocitus blamed Quill for planting this idea into Abin Sur’s death and eliminating their change for rescue.

Quill was undeterred by Atrocitus’ anger. However Atrocitus bore a grudge. He had uncovered the power of the red spectrum of light and formed a red ring and power battery. This new weapon was powered on the emotion of hate and anger and needed to be anointed in blood.

Atrocitus raised the red lantern above his head and used it to beat Quill to death. The lantern was bathed in Quill’s blood which apparently unlocked its power.

Despite the fact that Quill now lies on a crucifix in front of the Red Lantern Corps Central Power Battery. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of Quill or the other three members of the Inversions. After all, we don’t know who told the Manhunters to annihilate Sector 666.


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