Ambassador Telseth

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Status: Active
Affiliation: Ambassador of the Kvurri


Personal Data


Height: 15'
Weight: 800-900 lbs (estimate)
Eyes: not visible behind the mask
Hair: none displayed


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Appearances (in Publication Order): Astro City #1, 6


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A 70-foot-tall intergalactic diplomat from another civilization. Telseth claims to be a representative of "the star-spanning Kvurri," interested in peaceful contact.

History

In 2013, a giant door mysteriously materialized over the Gaines River one day. When it opened, it was the being humanity would soon come to know as Telseth who stepped through, announcing his diplomatic intent and requesting a human guide to Earth's cultures and customs. Ben Pullam volunteered for the position. ("Through Open Doors (Part One)")

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The door stayed on the Gaines, a physics-defying portal to his base... somewhere else. Eventually, the mobster Thatcher Jerome, who was in charge of the river, tried to shake down Telseth, who was after all in his territory. For his own reasons, the Ambassador chose to enter into an arrangement where Jerome's men would deliver to him whatever Earth goods he required. Over the course of these deliveries, he came to know Jerome rather well. During one delivery, however, the human stole an alien object he saw lying around. The Ambassador seemed oblivious, though who can really say? ("Through Open Doors (Part Two)")

Powers

The extent and specifics of his power are unknown, but they're presumably vast indeed.

The doors in the sky which he used to arrive on Earth were unaffected by the combined powers of Samaritan, Winged Victory, N-Forcer, Reflex 6, American Chibi, and E.A.G.L.E., suggesting technological capabilities which are considerably beyond current Terran science.

He was walking on air when he first stepped through those doors, and he telekinetically enabled Ben Pullam to do the same when they retreated back through together.

Observations

  • He carries a box-shaped instrumentation device whose full range of functions is a mystery. During initial contact with the citizens of Astro City, he used it for lowering his voice volume. Could be a common amplifier, or it could be the device for controlling all the functions of his uniform/body.

Speculations, Theories

  • Given the aspects of his costume -- no head behind the mask, everything else covered in drapery, fabric, and ornaments -- it all might be a ruse. A means for a probably alien species to portray a comfortable, human-like appearance. It could well be that what we see is a complex, technically advanced vessel, some kind of device for presenting Telseth to Earth. The real Telseth could be some life form, much different in size and manner, embedded inside the machinery. Or perhaps the entity know as Telseth is not encased inside at all, but somewhere entirely different, and the device is merely a conduit for communication and recognizance.




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