NautKeLoi (Green Lantern)

We use the brief time between a series and another to come back to Lucy W.‘s request, this time meeting yet another Green Lantern. In the Green Lantern movie, among the many aliens seen on Oa, there’s one who looks just like some giant, anthropomorphic fish: that’s NautKeLoi, as usual totally animated in CGI and portrayed by nobody. The film version is quite different from the original one, not just in appearance, since he’s a lot more fish-like, but also in the equipment, or lack of, as he’s missing his trademark breather he shouldn’t be able to survive without. Let’s see together.

NautKeLoi (sometimes spelled Naut Ke Loi) was born on the water world of Aeros, a planet on which sentient life evolved from fish, and inhabited by a wide variety of fish-like creatures. NautKeLoi’s actual origins are lost in time, as he was several centuries old by the time we first met him, and even what’s written in the Book of Oa about him has never been revealed. What we know for sure is that, among the other people of his planet, he stood out for his indomitable willpower, something that the Guardians of the Universe didn’t fail to notice. At the time, the Guardians were trying to replace their peace corp, the Manhunters, with a more reliable and humane police force, and had just founded the Green Lantern Corps: as the Green Power Ring they granted to the Green Lanterns was powered by sheer willpower, NautKeLoi was selected to be one of the very first recruits in the Corps, and he joined the group at its dawn. He moved to Oa, where he had to wear all the time a helmet filled with water in order to be able to breathe, and he was trained to be a space cop. He was assigned to Space Sector 12, that he patrolled for decades, earning the esteem and respect of all his fellow corpsmen. He faced and witnessed many crisis within the history of the Corps, and due to his experience he became a reference point for the rookies, albeit he never left active duty to become a full-time mentor or trainer: despite his remarkable age, he was still more than capable to serve the Lanterns on field, giving proof of an unbent loyalty and devotion to the cause.

Despite being more an action man than anything else, from time to time NautKeLoi also attended conferences with other Lanterns, mostly for putting his experience to good use for the new generations. During one such conference, on planet Yquem, he met the man who would have signed, for better or worse, the destiny of the Corps altogether, Hal Jordan from Earth. Despite a rush start, the two eventually joined forces as it turned out that the rogue Lantern Sinestro had infiltrated among them: they located him and defeated him, forging an alliance that would have become stronger in the following battles…that increased in number in the following years. First, Oa opened a war front against Qward, a planet in the Anti-Matter Universe inhabited by warmongering conquerors, who constantly threatened the Positive Matter Universe (and were usual allies of Sinestro, who opened the doors to our universe for them). Isolated battles and brawls soon escalated, until they led to the so-called Power War. NautKeLoi always participated on the front-line on the conflict, and buried many teammates in a war for the destiny of the universe itself…but even such a grave conflict like the Power War didn’t prepare even a seasoned warrior like him for what was to come. If the Qwardians had usually targeted the universe, their god, the Anti-Monitor, had much wider scope and higher aims, and he aimed to the entire multiverse. During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, all realities became threatened by a force of annihilation like nobody had ever seen, but NautKeLoi never backed away from the conflict, joining his fellow Corpsmen and others from parallel realities against the common threat. This time, the battle could easily be his last one…

NautKeLoi is a seasoned warrior, very wise for his old age, but unexpectedly direct and rude. As an Aerosian, his body is nearly all muscle, granting him superhuman strength, durability and swimming speed, his fins are razor-sharp and his skin is toxic upon the touch for most species; as a Green Lantern, his Green Power Ring allows him to fly, to communicate in any known language, to survive in every environment, and to create energy constructs powered by his willpower (NautKeLoi’s constructs are usually water-based, liquid in shape and nature). One of the most powerful and valuable Green Lanterns ever, NautKeLoi is a living piece of history, who however is not yet ready to be locked in a history book…

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