Created by: Lawrenz Lano
First appearance: Novel Grey Legacy
First Comic book appearance:
The Return of Gaia Force #2
© 2013 Gaia Force by Lawrenz Lano
|Real Name: Daniel |
Hair: Black but keeps head shaved
Height: 5 foot 10 inches
Age: 25 in 2012
Born in: Canada
Familial links: Brother (Renshi), sister (Caregiver), lover (Michael)
Base of operations: The Citadel, Moon
Ethical alliance: Good
As keeper of secrets, Arkahnus has never spoken of his prior life or how he came to be part of Gaia Force nor has he ever divulged that Caregiver was his sister, until she, herself, alluded to that fact, much to the surprise of the other Gaia Force members.
Arkahnus is a tormented soul and unlike the other members does not revel in his power. Knowing the secrets of billions of souls and witnessing the horrors and pains they are living has made him embittered about his role as a guardian. He often wishes that he could actively participate in helping Humanity, but his position as Gaia's protector prevents him from interfering in the lives of Man. He must solely watch and record.
At times when he feels conflicted, he usually confides his fears and doubts to his brother, Renshi, or his friend, Silverlance.
Because of his particular skill, Arkahnus is frequently alienated by some members of the Force. While this sometimes pains him, he does understand their misgivings, and so, has tried time and again to assuage their fears by telling them their secrets were safe with him and that even if he did know everything about them, he did not share the knowledge with anyone.
As Arkahnus watched the daily lives of Earth's population, he became aware of a particular individual, a child called Michael. Michael was unique because, for some unknown reason, Arkahnus could not read him.
At first, Arkahnus thought Michael may have been a randomite, but dismissed the idea because Michael never showed any special abilities associated with the randomite definition. Michael, it seemed, was an aberration and so, Arkahnus kept a close eye on him, and over the years, watched him turn into a fine young man, get married and have a child.
Arkahnus grew very fond of Michael, but being unable to record his life with a glance, decided to follow his every move, the whole bordering on the stalking, though it was from his vantage point on the moon. Arkahnus had other duties, however, and could not watch him every minute of his life, and it was during one of these lapses that tragedy occurred. Michael died when anti-Gaia terrorists bombed the building he worked at.
Arkahnus was devastated at the news, but also saw an opportunity. He brought him back using his Life Almanac, the book he wears around his neck. Since Michael's real life experiences had not been recorded in the Almanac, Arkahnus imported those he had personally viewed himself, omitting certain memories, mainly those of his wife and child.
As time went by, Michael and he became lovers.
Photographic clairvoyance: He can read a person's complete life experiences at a glance.
Enhanced intelligence: His brain has been expanded to process loads of data. Arkahnus can access vast knowledge, and although he is smarter than most, he is not particularly intelligent in the sense that, he doesn't necessarily possess the skills to create new concepts. His skills are primarily information storage, retrieval and exchange.
Enhanced Memory: His brain can store the complete life experiences of every individual on the planet and still have plenty of room to spare.
Enhanced Vision: He possesses telescopic vision allowing him to see as far as the outer planets and, like all members of Gaia Force, can see in various modes and can stare directly at the sun.
Force fields: He can create force fields, which he uses in a defensive or offensive way.
Omnilinguilism: Like all members of Gaia Force, he can communicate with any intelligent life form through guardian speech, an ability that emits vocal messages on multiple frequencies, including the psionic.
Teleportation: He has teleported as far as Mars, and it seems that it is probably his maximum teleporting distance. In theory, he should be able to travel further using multiple teleport jumps, but he has never attempted it, as of yet.
Telepathy: Possesses low-level telepathy. He can communicate over vast distances instantaneously and allow others to do so by linking with them.
Energy and physical resistance: Like all members of Gaia Force, his body is resistant to the ravages of space. He also has moderate resistance to physical and energy attacks.
Mental projection: He can show others what he is thinking by projecting his thoughts on a viewer he mentally creates.
Super strength: His enhanced strength gives him 5 tons of lifting power.
Extended lifespan: Like all members of Gaia Force, he possesses long life.
Self sustaining: Like all members of Gaia Force, his body is nourished by starlight. He does not need to eat or drink, but can enjoy the experience, nonetheless. He has a fondness for fruits.
Space travel: He can survive in the vacuum of space and has travelled as far as Mars.
Weaknesses: Arkahnus can only read people he sees and can only read their conscious experiences. If they perform actions under someone's influence and are unaware of having done them, he will not be able to see them as well.
He cannot read the Guardian, Nicci and has a limited read on Avatar Prime. He also cannot read non-Humans.
Paraphernalia: His Life Almanac is the book he carries around his neck. The Almanac records all that Arkahnus reads. Through it, he can channel an individual's complete life experiences, and by removing a page, give him form. The individual will act as if he were truly alive, but only within a limited space. If he gets too far from the spot he was created, the individual will vanish.
Curiosities: All members of Gaia Force are sterile and cannot have children. It is unclear if this is Gaia's doing or the Guardian's.