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- Using Blood Magic Lifeline was able to take out the intial form of Skinwalker Gloomweaver Letters Page Episode 13. This occurred at the same time as Nightmist was opening the gates.
To Other Works
- As a sympathetic villain who feels the need to destroy worlds in order to save others, Deadline draws comparisons to the Marvel villain Galactus. His motivation is also similar to the DC villain Relic and the Marvel anti-hero Black Swan.
- Deadline’s costume design and body coloring are both evocative of Beta Ray Bill, a Marvel superhero who is in turn evocative of Thor.
- Deadline’s “head-fin” is similar to that of the DC villain Despero.
- Deadline’s overall design, including the “hover disk” he rides, evoke the character designs of Jack Kirby.
- The red beam being fired into the Earth on Deadline’s “Remorseful Eco Vandal” side is similar to the “Red Matter” doomsday weapon employed by Nero, the Romulan villain of the Star Trek 2011 reboot movie.
Questions Answered on The Letters Page
- From Letters Page Episode 24 Deadline/Lifeline
- Where does he appear in regards to the comic publication history (while he's in the Silver Age Enclave, he himself doesn't seem particularly Silver Age appropriate)? Was he introduced early, but later given motivation? How was that motivation received by the audience? Did different writers show him as more or less sympathetic? What's his relationship with other Endlings like (incap art shows him with Bloogo for example)? There's only one, fairly recent, "Deadline" event, that includes several fights with different heroes. Tarogath as a character predates this by a little, but not back into the Silver Age. He was a background filler character in the Silver Age (as were some of the other aliens), but didn't have any dialog or anything - they were only fleshed out my later writers. Tarogath just turned out to be the most important such character. He was introduced to push that feeling of "everything is going wrong" that was the run-up to the OblivAeon reveal and so there weren't "different writers'" take on him. He was also introduced knowing that he'd become a hero after the horrible actions of his introductory story. As mentioned up top, he's kind of an outsider within the Endling community, but he does have a friendship with Bloogo, who does die when the Enclave is damaged leading up to his becoming Lifeline (there will be an Enclave of the Endlings Episode).
- What does he know about OblivAeon? Initially, nothing. It's only after Jansa retrieves him after his villain arc that he's told about him (Jansa knows a lot).
- Was it actually OblivAeon who destroyed his people? It was an ancient entity who has not had a name for the majority of its existence, but is known as Faultless (as it is not at fault for its actions). It used to be the personification of Order, but has been (to simplify) been twisted into a being of Chaos and is eventually a Scion of OblivAeon. It destroyed the Procitors due to their manipulation of ley lines to almost perfectly order their planet and so Faultless was drawn there to destroy them.
- How did Jansa know this was going to happen, did she warn anybody, why did she allow it? The "early warning" systems in the Enclave kind of gave her a heads-up. Tarogath was a fairly young Procitor (which partly explains his impulsiveness) but was also pretty introspective and just happened to be the one she picked - she has her reasons for who she picks, but it's not necessarily logical from our human perspective. She allowed it because she's not a fighter and can't prevent destruction, she just has her duty to preserve a selected representative.
- We know that Deadline precedes Progeny, how much damage had Deadline done and what was left for Progeny to really destroy? Was the Chairman concerned about the damage Deadline was doing? As stated, lots of people died and Deadline caused a lot of damage, but he didn't really destroy anything completely. He did damage Rook City, but nothing too far out of what the Chairman would put up with as acceptable collateral from any other super-powered fight and figured he'd still manage to profit from it in the end. If Deadline shows up and you see it on the news you'd think, something like a distant terrorist attack ("that's terrible, those poor people") whereas Progeny is more like discovering that a series of nukes have been set off all over the country - its a bit different of a scale.
- After Deadline was defeated did he retreat to the Enclave or did Jansa come get him? Jansa, as mentioned in the overview.
- Did F.I.L.T.E.R. try to intervene? No, they wouldn't go after something as major as Deadline seemed to be. There would be a bunch of cost-benefit analysis before they'd commit.
- What did the Endlings think of his actions? There are a lot of them, and they have their own reactions, but most probably think it was an awful thing to have done (although some Endlings aren't nice people to begin with and were probably fine with it, but not for his actual reasons). Why he did what he did was hard for anybody to understand.
- Can we take a moment to recognize that Tarogath is adorable? Sure, why not, I guess.
- What kind of planet did the Procitors inhabit? Very similar to Earth before all of the ley line manipulation to give it the orderliness that eventually brought Faultless to them. The similarity is part of what made him think that he knew how to save humanity (by killing a bunch of them).
- What was he like, personality wise? Different as Lifeline? Pretty similar, but as Lifeline who has more information, he's a bit less sad but more arrogant.
- Did he get any friends as Lifeline? He teams up with Void Guard, and is allies with some others, but he's always standoffish. Might change a bit in the future. Nobody's really had time to get over his villain turn.
- Why didn't he skip straight to "help fight OblivAeon" instead of trying to kill a bunch of us for our own good? Did he and K.N.Y.F.E. discuss the terrible future they both saw? He didn't know the actual threat - he assumed it would be more like what happened on his world and is "super misguided". Even after he knows what's happening, he still tries to do everything himself rather than working with others and didn't even really meet K.N.Y.F.E. until they're already on the battlefield.
- Does he see himself as a hero, or does he recognize that he's "sacrificing his soul" as it were? Deadline is one of the few villains who knows that what he's doing is evil (and not "for the sake of evil" like Gloomweaver or Spite). The Chairman and Baron Blade act selfishly, and know that what they're doing will be bad for others, but it's not just mustache-twirling villainy. Deadline isn't out for himself and recognizes that the heroes are right to try to fight him, but he needs to to it anyway.
- We've been told that the Naturalist is his nemesis due to the thematic relationship to the Earth as a system, but what did the other heroes think about Deadline's reasons for his actions? Who are the other heroes most involved in the Deadline event? Naturalist is a nemesis, in addition to the theme reasons, they have a big scene together in one of the comics during the fight to point out their relationship specifically. Scholar and Visionary have strong reactions too (Scholar regarding ley lines, Visionary on the theme of trying to stop a bad future). Since there were many fights that were part of the event, most heroes were involved in one way or another (all of the major teams are namechecked), but since there wasn't one climactic fight scene ending of the event, there wasn't anything as meaty as the Naturalist's scene to vie for the "nemesis" title. Later, as Lifeline, there's a lot of reticence to accept him, but also not much time for them to come around. Seeing his actions working alongside them during OblivAeon goes a long way, even if they don't actually forgive him.
- How was his reception by Jansa after his defeat? As stated, he was in a lot of trouble - she considered locking him up like one of the dangerous Endlings. "His story is one of no forgiveness." Given his willingness to act, she allowed him to go out to help during OblivAeon, though.
- What does the Pandemonium Key do? It shows potential futures - it's part of the "early warning" systems of the Enclave. It's very powerful, but dangerous tool to use - the Varusiod who created it went insane pretty quickly afterwards.
- When trying to destroy the Earth, did he make efforts to avoid destroying the Maerynian Refuge? He doesn't really know about them at this point. Their homeworld showed up briefly on the Enclave's systems, but since some managed to escape they fell off their radar. His methods of finding important points to destroy never would have brought him to the Refuge as they're not important to the survival of the planet.
- Did he make any apologies to heroes as Lifeline? Any offer to have one of the heroes to become an Endling if things go wrong? He shows contrition and accepts all blame placed on him by others, but since he still thinks he was acting correctly given the information he had, he offers no apologies and expects no forgiveness. Has has not and cannot forgive himself, so why would anyone else do so? He can't make any offers regarding Endlings - there is a separate story involving a human Endling (Interlude fodder - my guess is Eternal Haka).
- How does he feel about Tempest? He's not an Endling, but they're still a race that's almost been wiped out. How does Tempest feel about him? Lifeline learns about Tempest's people later. Tempest sees how Tarogath got to where he is and how he made the decisions he did. Lifeline sees Tempest as "not strong enough" to do what it takes to save his people. This came up in the Empyreon fight and culminated in the "teamwork" lesson.
- Is Lifeline a Vampire (given the Blood Mage connection)? What's the difference if not? Vampires are "creatures of blood magic", but he "uses blood magic". Vampires have gone through specific rituals to basically "become" blood magic. Lifeline is kind of an "energy vampire" in that he can draw energy from others, but he doesn't need to do so to live/doesn't drink blood, etc.
- One of the preview Lifeline cards shows him fighting Skinwalker Gloomweaver in Dark Watch #18, which is also when Nightmist becomes the gate - how long was Skinwalker around that he's still around in the middle of the OblivAeon events? What are the similarities and differences in the types of blood magic involved? First off (as has been mentioned previously, but possibly after the question was submitted), the ARG events are not during the OblivAeon events, but lead up to it. Skinwalker, Void Guard in the Colosseum, and other events all happen in this lead-in time. The blood magic for Gloomweaver here has more to do with the reanimation of tissue - not keeping things "alive" for an unnatural time (like the vampires). It's a pretty broad category of power and could also have just been called "gross magic" considering that it pretty much covers all of the gross magical stuff that goes on.
- Deadline's species looks familiar, is this a crossover with the Reptilian Sulph-Orcs from Galactic Strike Force? No, the Sulph-Orcs are not Procitors. That being said, the GSF setting is the same setting, only very far in the future (and shouldn't be seen as the "ending" of either the Tactics or RPG timeline - it's its own thing).