Ambassador Telseth

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Status: Active
Affiliation: Ambassador of the Kvurri


Personal Data


Height: 20 - 30' (estimate)
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


Event Timeline

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

History

A hot morning, sometime in July of 2013, a giant set of doors mysteriously materialized over the Gaines River. When they opened, an alien being that humanity would soon come to know as Telseth stepped through, announced his diplomatic intents, and requested a human guide to aid him in understanding Earth's cultures and customs. Ben Pullam volunteered for the position. ("Through Open Doors (Part One)")

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The Doors remain hovering over the Gaines River, a physics-defying display of something that behaves as a portal leading to... well, we can only assume some other place. What lies beyond the Doors is a complete mystery to all humans except Ben Pullman, who has not been heard from since that first fateful day.

Thwarted in their attempts to communicate, authorities have been left in the frustrating role of mere observers, watching and waiting for the Doors to open again. Over time, mobster Thatcher Jerome, who "owns" the river district area, attempted to shake down Telseth since the portal is after all in his territory. He comes up with a uniquely obvious solution. He knocks on the Doors. For his own reasons, the Ambassador chooses to respond and eventually enters into an arrangement. Jerome's "agency" will serve as middle men, delivering to him whatever Earth goods he requests. The "goods" of course, are provided by government agencies, whose only avenue of access to Telseth is through Jerome's services.

On certain deliveries, Jerome's cut sometimes included five-finger discounts like the odd alien container he saw carelessly lying around. When he discovered it missing, the Ambassador seemed curiously suspicious and yet somewhat ambivalent to the theft. Though who can say for sure? ("Through Open Doors (Part Two)")

Powers

  • The extent and specifics of his powers are unknown, but they're presumably vast indeed.
  • Telseth was walking on air when he first introduced himself. Using those same telekinetic powers, he enabled Ben Pullam to also float alongside him as they retreated back through the Doors.

Observations

  • He carries a box-shaped instrumentation device whose full range of functions is a mystery. He used it to adjust his voice volume while announcing his arrival to the citizens of Astro City. It could be just a common amplifier, or it is the main device for controlling all the functions of his uniform. Maybe more...
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Speculations, Theories

  • Given the design 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 an alien species to portray a comfortable, human-like appearance. What we see might be a complex, technically advanced costume, a vessel if you like, for presenting Telseth to Earth. The real Telseth could be a 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 resides somewhere entirely different, and the device is merely a conduit for communication and recognizance.





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