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Tartarus Prime is a huge dysonsphere orbiting a red dwarf in  Space,used as a penal colony for convicted prisoners,as a cheap labor force,to help build various worlds within the sphere. It's barren surface is covered in massive cracks and craters and oddly enough, it appears to be completely hollow at the core. Tartarus Prime's odd composition is attributed to the fact that it didn't form naturally but was put together with billions upon billions of asteroids moved by the . This dysonsphere was built as a prison to encase prevent convicted individuals or groups and even succeeded for several million years but when excessive mining created weak points in the giant shell, It was released.

MythologgEdit

Tartarus - Wikipedia This article is about the deity and the place in Greek mythology. For other uses, see Tartarus (disambiguation). Sisyphus depicted on a black-figure amphora vase Persephone supervising Sisyphus in the Underworld, Attic black-figure amphora, c. 530 BC In Greek mythology, Tartarus (/ˈtɑːrtərəs/; Ancient Greek: Τάρταρος, Tartaros)[1] is the deep abyss that is used as a dungeon of torment and suffering for the wicked and as the prison for the Titans. Tartarus is the place where, according to Plato's Gorgias (c. 400 BC), souls are judged after death and where the wicked received divine punishment. Like other primal entities (such as the Earth, Night and Time), Tartarus is also considered to be a primordial force or deity.

Greek mythology In Greek mythology, Tartarus is both a deity and a place in the underworld. In ancient Orphic sources and in the mystery schools, Tartarus is also the unbounded first-existing entity from which the Light and the cosmos are born.

Deity In the Greek poet Hesiod's Theogony, c. 700 BC, Tartarus was the third of the primordial deities, following after Chaos and Gaia (Earth), and preceding Eros,[2] and was the father, by Gaia, of the monster Typhon.[3] According to Hyginus, Tartarus was the offspring of Aether and Gaia.[4]

Place As for the place, Hesiod asserts that a bronze anvil falling from heaven would fall nine days before it reached the earth. The anvil would take nine more days to fall from earth to Tartarus.[5] In the Iliad (c. 700 BC), Zeus asserts that Tartarus is "as far beneath Hades as heaven is above earth."[6]

While according to Greek mythology the realm of Hades is the place of the dead, Tartarus also has a number of inhabitants. When Cronus came to power as the King of the Titans, he imprisoned the one-eyed Cyclopes and the hundred-armed Hecatonchires in Tartarus and set the monster Campe as its guard. Zeus killed Campe and released these imprisoned giants to aid in his conflict with the Titans. The gods of Olympus eventually triumphed. Kronos and many of the other Titans were banished to Tartarus, though Prometheus, Epimetheus, Metis and most of the female Titans were spared (according to Pindar, Kronos somehow later earned Zeus' forgiveness and was released from Tartarus to become ruler of Elysium). Another Titan, Atlas, was sentenced to hold the sky on his shoulders to prevent it from resuming its primordial embrace with the Earth. Other gods could be sentenced to Tartarus as well. Apollo is a prime example, although Zeus freed him. The Hecatonchires became guards of Tartarus' prisoners. Later, when Zeus overcame the monster Typhon, he threw him into "wide Tartarus".[7]

Originally, Tartarus was used only to confine dangers to the gods of Olympus. In later mythologies, Tartarus became the place where the punishment fits the crime. For example:

King Sisyphus was sent to Tartarus for killing guests and travelers to his castle in violation to his hospitality, seducing his niece, and reporting one of Zeus' sexual conquests by telling the river god Asopus of the whereabouts of his daughter Aegina (who had been taken away by Zeus).[8] But regardless of the impropriety of Zeus' frequent conquests, Sisyphus overstepped his bounds by considering himself a peer of the gods who could rightfully report their indiscretions. When Zeus ordered Thanatos to chain up Sisyphus in Tartarus, Sisyphus tricked Thanatos by asking him how the chains worked and ended up chaining Thanatos; as a result there was no more death. This caused Ares to free Thanatos and turn Sisyphus over to him.[9] Sometime later, Sisyphus had Persephone send him back to the surface to scold his wife for not burying him properly. Sisyphus was forcefully dragged back to Tartarus by Hermes when he refused to go back to the Underworld after that. In Tartarus, Sisyphus was forced to roll a large boulder up a mountainside which when he almost reached the crest, rolled away from Sisyphus and rolled back down repeatedly.[10] This represented the punishment of Sisyphus claiming that his cleverness surpassed that of Zeus, causing the god to make the boulder roll away from Sisyphus, binding Sisyphus to an eternity of frustration. King Tantalus also ended up in Tartarus after he cut up his son Pelops, boiled him, and served him as food when he was invited to dine with the gods. He also stole the ambrosia from the Gods and told his people its secrets.[11] Another story mentioned that he held onto a golden dog forged by Hephaestus and stolen by Tantalus' friend Pandareus. Tantalus held onto the golden dog for safekeeping and later denied to Pandareus that he had it. Tantalus' punishment for his actions (now a proverbial term for "temptation without satisfaction") was to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches. Whenever he reached for the fruit, the branches raised his intended meal from his grasp. Whenever he bent down to get a drink, the water receded before he could get any. Over his head towered a threatening stone like that of Sisyphus.[12] Ixion was the king of the Lapiths, the most ancient tribe of Thessaly. Ixion grew to hate his father-in-law and ended up pushing him onto a bed of coal and woods committing the first kin-related murder. The princes of other lands ordered that Ixion be denied of any sin-cleansing. Zeus took pity on Ixion and invited him to a meal on Olympus. But when Ixion saw Hera, he fell in love with her and did some under-the-table caressing until Zeus signaled him to stop. After finding a place for Ixion to sleep, Zeus created a cloud-clone of Hera named Nephele to test him to see how much he loved Hera. Ixion made love to her, which resulted in the birth of Centaurus, who mated with some Magnesian mares on Mount Pelion and thus engendered the race of Centaurs (who are called the Ixionidae from their descent). Zeus drove Ixion from Mount Olympus and then struck him with a thunderbolt. He was punished by being tied to a winged flaming wheel that was always spinning: first in the sky and then in Tartarus. Only when Orpheus came down to the Underworld to rescue Eurydice did it stop spinning because of the music Orpheus was playing. Ixion being strapped to the flaming wheel represented his burning lust. In some versions, the Danaides murdered their husbands and were punished in Tartarus by being forced to carry water in a jug to fill a bath which would thereby wash off their sins. But the tub was filled with cracks, so the water always leaked out.[13] The giant Tityos attempted to rape Leto on Hera's orders, but was slain by Apollo and Artemis. As punishment, Tityos was stretched out in Tartarus and tortured by two vultures who fed on his liver. This punishment is extremely similar to that of the Titan Prometheus. King Salmoneus was also mentioned to have been imprisoned in Tartarus after passing himself off as Zeus, causing the real Zeus to smite him with a thunderbolt.[14] According to Plato (c. 427 BC), Rhadamanthus, Aeacus and Minos were the judges of the dead and chose who went to Tartarus. Rhadamanthus judged Asian souls, Aeacus judged European souls and Minos was the deciding vote and judge of the Greek.

Plato also proposes the concept that sinners were cast under the ground to be punished in accordance with their sins in the Myth of Er.

There were a number of entrances to Tartarus in Greek mythology. One was in Aornum.[15]

Roman mythology In Roman mythology, Tartarus is the place where sinners are sent. Virgil describes it in the Aeneid as a gigantic place, surrounded by the flaming river Phlegethon and triple walls to prevent sinners from escaping from it. It is guarded by a hydra with fifty black gaping jaws, which sits at a screeching gate protected by columns of solid adamantine, a substance akin to diamond – so hard that nothing will cut through it. Inside, there is a castle with wide walls, and a tall iron turret. Tisiphone, one of the Erinyes who represents revenge, stands guard sleepless at the top of this turret lashing a whip. There is a pit inside which is said to extend down into the earth twice as far as the distance from the lands of the living to Olympus. At the bottom of this pit lie the Titans, the twin sons of Aloeus, and many other sinners. Still more sinners are contained inside Tartarus, with punishments similar to those of Greek myth.

In the New Testament, the noun Tartarus does not occur but tartaroo (ταρταρόω, "throw to Tartarus"), a shortened form of the classical Greek verb kata-tartaroo ("throw down to Tartarus"), does appear in 2 Peter 2:4. Liddell–Scott provides other sources for the shortened form of this verb, including Acusilaus (5th century BC), Joannes Laurentius Lydus (4th century AD) and the Scholiast on Aeschylus' Eumenides, who cites Pindar relating how the earth tried to tartaro "cast down" Apollo after he overcame the Python.[17] In classical texts, the longer form kata-tartaroo is often related to the throwing of the Titans down to Tartarus.[18]

The ESV is one of several English versions that gives the Greek reading Tartarus as a footnote:

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell [1] and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;

Footnotes [1] 2:4 Greek Tartarus Adam Clarke reasoned that Peter's use of language relating to the Titans was an indication that the ancient Greeks had heard of a Biblical punishment of fallen angels.[19] Some Evangelical Christian commentaries distinguish Tartarus as a place for wicked angels and Gehenna as a place for wicked humans on the basis of this verse.[20] Other Evangelical commentaries, in reconciling that some fallen angels are chained in Tartarus, yet some not, attempt to distinguish between one type of fallen angel and another.[21]

Notes Tantalus, for instance, would not be sent to Tartarus. Only condemned monsters and titans are sent to Tartarus.

References Hesiod, Theogony, in The Homeric Hymns and Homerica with an English Translation by Hugh G. Evelyn-White, Cambridge, Massachusetts., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1914. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Homer, The Iliad with an English Translation by A.T. Murray, Ph.D. in two volumes. Cambridge, Massachusetts., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1924. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Homer, The Odyssey with an English Translation by A.T. Murray, PH.D. in two volumes. Cambridge, Massachusetts., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1919. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. XI, 576ff. Virgil, Aeneid, VI, 539–627. ^ The word is of uncertain origin ("Tartarus". Online Etymological Dictionary).

Greek HellEdit

The Hell of Tartarus, Ancient Greek Prison of the Damned Aeneas and the Sibyl in the Underworld. In Greek mythology, Tartarus is the name both of a deity and of a place. The deity by the name of Tartarus is a primordial being that existed before the Olympian gods, and their predecessors, the Titans. This primordial being is not very well known, as it features rarely in Greek myths.

By contrast, the concept of Tartarus as a place is much better known. Initially, Tartarus was imagined as a great pit beneath the earth which served as a prison to those who threatened the Olympian gods. Later on, however, it was re-imagined as a type of hell, where those who committed heinous crimes whilst alive were punished.

Tartarus in Hesiod’s Theogony In Hesiod’s Theogony, Tartarus is one of the first beings to have emerged at the creation of the universe, and was the opposite of Gaia (Earth),

“First came the Chasm; and then broad-breasted Earth, secure seat forever of all the immortals who occupy the peak of snowy Olympus; the misty Tartara (the plural of ‘Tartarus’) in a remote recess of the broad-pathed earth;”

16th-century manuscript of Theogony. 16th-century manuscript of Theogony. ( Public Domain )

Like the other primordial figures, Tartarus was thought of as a purely elemental being, rather than a god, like the Titans or Olympians, and is closely linked to its concept as a place. For instance, Gaia was not a deity of the earth, but the Earth itself. Similarly, Tartarus was not a deity of the Pit, but the Pit itself.

The difference between the two figures is that Gaia features more prominently in Greek mythology, particularly in the myth explaining Kronos’ rise to power and his overthrowing of Ouranos, his father. In the process, Gaia, though purely elemental, is transformed into something that Hesiod’s human readers can perhaps relate to better. Gaia came up with a trick to castrate Ouranos, spoke to her children, the Titans, and was delighted when Kronos agreed to carry out her plan. Tartarus, by contrast does not get this type of treatment in the myths.

Aion and Gaia with four children, perhaps the personified seasons, mosaic from a Roman villa in Sentinum, first half of the third century BC Aion and Gaia with four children, perhaps the personified seasons, mosaic from a Roman villa in Sentinum, first half of the third century BC, (Munich Glyptothek, Inv. W504). ( Public Domain )

As a place, Tartarus was imagined to have been an inverted dome. The Greeks imagined the cosmos to have been egg-shaped of spherical. This cosmic sphere was divided into half by a flat disc of earth. The upper half of this sphere formed the dome of heaven, whilst the bottom half formed the pit of Tartarus. In Hesiod’s Theogony, the distance between Heaven, Earth and Tartarus is given as follows,

“as far below the earth as heaven is from the earth, for so far it is from earth to misty Tartarus. For nine nights and days a bronze anvil might fall from heaven, and on the tenth day reach the earth; and for nine nights and days a bronze anvil might fall from earth, and on the tenth reach Tartarus.”

Initially, Tartarus was the place where the Olympians imprisoned those who posed a threat to their rule. The most important of these are perhaps their predecessors, the Titans. Following the war between the Titans and the Olympians, the former, who were defeated by the latter, were imprisoned in Tartarus. Hesiod’s description of the event is as such,

“And they (the Olympians) dispatched them (the Titans) in painful bondage, having defeated them by force for all their pride…. There the Titan gods are hidden away down in the misty gloom, by decision of Zeus the cloud-gatherer, in a place of decay, at the end of the vast earth. They have no way out: Poseidon fastened brazen doors thereon, and a wall is driven up to the doors from both sides. ThereKottos, Gyges, and brave Obriareos live, trusty guardians of Zeus who bears the aegis.”

Re-Imagining Tartarus It was only later on that the Greeks re-imagined Tartarus as not just a prison for the great enemies of the Olympians, but also as a place of punishment for those who committed terrible crimes. As a realm where the wicked are punished, this view of Tartarus serves as a contrast to the concept of Elysium, where the righteous are said to reside.

Some of the most well-known characters said to be punished in Tartarus include Tantalus, Sisyphus, Ixion, and the Danaïdes. There are a variety of crimes that could result in a person being punished in Tartarus, and the punishments are supposed to fit the crime. In Virgil’s Aeneid, Aeneas’ journey through the Underworld is described with much detail. At one point, the hero is told about the criminals and punishments of Tartarus by the Sibyl,

""Immured in this place and waiting for punishment are those who in life hated their brothers, beat their fathers, defrauded their dependents, found wealth and brooded over it alone without setting aside a share for their kinsmen – these are the most numerous of all – men caught and killed in adultery, men who took up arms against their own people and did not shrink from abusing their masters’ trust…. Some are rolling huge rocks, or hang spread-eagled on the spokes of wheels…. If I had a hundred tongues, a hundred mouths and a voice of iron, I could not encompass all their different crimes or speak the names of all their different punishments.”

Persephone supervising Sisyphus in the Underworld, Attic black-figure amphora, c. 530 BC. Persephone supervising Sisyphus in the Underworld, Attic black-figure amphora, c. 530 BC. ( Public Domain )

Featured image: Aeneas and the Sibyl in the Underworld. Photo source: Public Domain

CriminalsEdit

Convicted escapees from Tartarus Prime, nearly obliterated and every mining platform along with their occupants were destroyed in It's fury. Tartarus-Prime was a small planet located in the Tartarus-Prime system of theOuter Rim Territories, coreward of Rutan, between the Hydian Wayand the Ninth Quadrant. A fiery volcanic world where lava was mined like a precious natural resource,Tartarus-Prime often served as a place to dispose of unwanted evidence, a quality which drew Black Sun to the planet

EventsEdit

.: it was on Tartarus-Prime that Darth Maul began his Sith training.Tartarus-Prime also served as the last capital of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and was the site of the Separatists' downfall, an event that shaped galactic history. In a duel that followed,Supreme Lord Luciphar Sarkhon fought Supreme Lord Adam Sarkhon, and lost, as a result of which he was forced to wear dark armor for the rest of his life. Tartarus-Prime was a very young and volatile world, torn apart by opposing gravitational forces of the gas giants Jestefad and Lefrani, with the former being the closer of the two. Astride thick-skinned lava fleas, the natives leapt across the lava fields to mine the planet's deadly natural resources. Tartarus-Primeians oversaw the smelting facilities constructed by the Separatists on Tartarus-Prime. Tartarus-Prime-was original built by Sidairians and the Atlanteans,with some help from the other Elder Race of the Maveric ,but after a series of treaties with Tauron Alliance.it’s complition was handled over to the Taurons and allies.Variuos prisoners were sent there from all over several alternate.Universes,Osirhons,the Celestrials,theAsguardian,the Asitlandrians,the Attilandrians,the Avaloneans,thePromeatheans,the Atlashians,as a Temporal TransitJump Point,to otherAlternate Realities,within the Pocket universe,known as The Vault of Heavon.

The Amazing Dysonsphere World of Terra-Prime was created as one of the last,great dyson sphere projects-apart of the Great Network of Temporal Transit Civilations,to complete a network of Temporal Jump Point Clusters,similar to Atlantis-Prime,Asguard-Prime,Olympus-PrimeCelestrial-Prime,Asitland-Prime,Attiland-Prime.,[[Titanus-Prime,Avalon-Prime,Promeathia-Prime,Atlas-Prime,Hades-Prime,Tartarus-Prime.Genisis-Prime, It was the hope of the ancient,elder civilizations to give to the many infinateTerran civilizations,a similar world as they already had and upgrade them into a higher state of civilization.It was also though,since there was so much room upon a Dyson Sphere,that lost civilization or dying civilization could relocated for possable settlement of various World Plates. Terra-Prime-built by the Sidairians and the [[]]Atlanteans,with some help from the other Elder Race of the Maveric Universe,Osirhons,the Celestrials,the Asguardian,the Asitlandrians,the Attilandrians,the Avaloneans,the Promeatheans,the Atlashians,as a Temporal TransitJump Point,to other Alternate Realities,within the Pocket universe,known asThe Vault of Heavon. The Amazing Dysonsphere World of Terra-Prime was created as one of the last,great dyson sphere projects-apart of the Great Network of Temporal Transit Civilations,to complete a network of Temporal Jump Point Clusters,similar toAtlantis-Prime,Asguard-Prime,Olympus-Prime,Celestrial-Prime,Asitland-Prime,Attiland-Prime,Avalon-Prime,Promeathia-Prime,Atlas-Prime,Hades-Prime,Tartarus-Prime.Genisis-Prime, It was the hope of the ancient,elder civilizations to give to the many infinateTerran civilizations,a similar world as they already had and upgrade them into a higher state of civilization.It was also though,since there was so much room upon a Dyson Sphere,that lost civilization or dying civilization could relocated for possable settlement of various World Plates. Tartarus Prime Edit Comments3 413PAGES ON THIS WIKI Tartarus Prime, also known as Tartarus and HP is a planet, leading economic power in the Tartarus system. Known for its cultural and religious tolerance, Tartarus Prime is a crowded transit hub. 1 Government and Environment Edit It has been an independent political entity since the 26th century. The world has an atmosphere of 75% Nitrogen 17% Oxygen and .7% Argon. The surface largely covered in sand dunes, and an ocean of green water. Tartarus Prime is the innermost planet, closest to the sun. Rich in light, it uses its great solar beacons to gather and export that light to the other worlds of the system--the colder worlds. Dependent planets are Tartarus 2, Tartarus 3,Tartarus 4, Tartarus 5. The government type is Constitutional Monarchy. It contains 147 countries, 277 metropolitan counties, 630 districts and 9 regions, with New Helius City as its capital. For 68 standard cycles the Tartarus energy administration has used the energy relay grid to process and reconstitute solar energy to deliver clean utilizable energy parcels to the outer planets of the system. Though it first offered sunlight as a commodity, Tartarus Prime is now a beacon of light to anyone seeking refuge from the darkness of space." New New Helius City is taken over by Necromongers after a brief, one-night-long battle between Necromongers and Tartarus troopers (although armed Tartarus resistance continues until Riddick kills the Lord Marshal), but gains freedom after Riddick slays the Lord Marshal. The planet is covered by hundreds of caldera, most of which are in a state of constant eruption. The volcanic activity is caused by gravitational stresses on the planet created by the two gas giants that affect its orbit (similar to Jupiter's Galilean moons). An automated energy and mineral collection facility on the planet is used by the Separatist Council as their last headquarters. Contents [hide]

HistoryEdit

o 1.1 Confederate World o 1.2 Confrontation o 1.3 Expanded Universe • 2 Concept and creation • 3 External links • 4 References

==History==[edit] Despite its hellish conditions,Tartarus-Prime has developed native lifeforms. A sentient race known as Tartarus-Primeans developed in the cooler hollows of the planet. They are divided into two subspecies: the tall, thin Northern Tartarus-Primeans (led by the enigmatic "Maverick Main") and the shorter, hardier Southern Tartarus-Primeans (aka "TheTartarus-Prime Rats"). The Techno Union took an interest in the planet and the mineral-rich molten rivers covering its surface, and employed the Tartarus-Primeans to mine these minerals. The Tartarus-Primeans made use of native "lava fleas," as well as the Techno Union's technology that gave them further protection from the heat. The natives had little interest in outworld politics and were content to work on their homeworld.

Confederate WorldEdit

As a planet controlled by the Techno Union,Tartarus-Prime was a member of the Confederacy of Independent Systems of Dysonspheres, but remained largely untouched by the Titan Wars. As the war progressed, Count Dooku and the Separatist Council saw fit to build a fortified stronghold onTartarus-Prime to be used in the event that the war against the Galactic Republic did not go well. The Techno Union, the Commerce Guild and the Trade Federation funded the costly fortress, which was designed to be able to withstand any prolonged assault. Tartarus-Prime 's terrain and environment made it difficult enough to reach the bunker, but it was designed so that even if enemies could negotiate the terrain, they would be unable to take the fortress. Tractor beam and ray shield technology protected it from the lava rivers and its interior chambers were climate-controlled. This bunker was the setting for the duel between Time Sorcerers Doctor Han Karza and Prince Lasar Sarkhon Confrontation[edit]


Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader duel on Tartarus-Prime. After the defeat of the Separatists in the opening battle scene of Revenge of the Sith, Darth Sidious orders the Separatist leaders moved to theTartarus-Prime fortress. Soon afterward, he dispatches Darth Vader (the recently corrupted Anakin Skywalker) to assassinate the entire Separatist leadership. Vader is tracked there by Obi-Wan Kenobi, culminating in a climactic duel. During the course of the fight, Kenobi slices off the lower halves of Vader's legs and his left arm. Vader falls near the shore of a river of lava, where his robes catch fire, burning off most of his skin and hair and severely damaging his lungs. It is these wounds that force him to wear the black life-support suit in which he appears in the original Star Wars films.

Expanded UniversEdit

Tartarus-Prime appears in the video game Star Wars Battlefront II. In the game, Gizor Delzo, a Geonosian who was in complete denial of the separatist Geonosian leader Archduke Poggle the Lesser being killed and still with the idea that the Clone Wars were occurring, planned to start another attack on the "Clone Army". He reactivates a droid factory and begins creating a new droid army. He acquires engineering drawings for a new, superior battle droid, but his plans to use these droids are foiled when Vader's 501st Legion destroys the factory. After the level is over, a cutscene tells that the Empire destroyed the entire factory to eliminate the threat of the creation of another droid army by Gizor Delso. It also appears in the game Star Wars: Empire at War. Concept and creation[edit] In the earlier drafts for Episode III "Tartarus-Prime" was called "Mufasta"[1] Star Wars creator George Lucas has on multiple occasions used ideas in his films that had been considered but not used in earlier projects.Tartarus-Prime originated from rough drafts of the script for Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, which describe a similar world for the setting of the final battle between Vader and Luke Skywalker. The novelization of Return of the Jedi mentions that the duel between Obi-Wan and Vader which led to Vader's terrible injuries happened very close to a "molten pit," in which Vader had fallen after losing to Obi-Wan. On screen, theTartarus-Prime scenes were realized through a combination of film of Mount Etna, models and computer generated effects. One effect used was backlit methyl cellulose. Ultra-powerful lights from the bottom of the "lava" flow produced the glow of the molten rock. Tartarus-Prime was originally designed to look like Lucas' vision of hell,[2] and drew heavy inspiration from Jupiter's volcanic moon Io.

HistoyEdit

"It's obvious that civilizations have been present here for thousands of years. Strangely enough though, apart from the last few hundred years, there are no records at all of who was here or where they are now." ―Epo Qetora[src] 1.1 Early history Edit

The ruins of a Enclave on Tartarus-Prime

Once a lush green world,Tartarus-Prime was home to a Jedi Enclave built around 5,300 BBY. Jedi MasterChu-Gon Dar, an individual whose mastery of physical Force was unmatched, also lived there.[3] He created a unique Force-sensitiveobject while on the planet known as the Chu-Gon Dar cube which was used to both channel and manipulate the physical Force to alter the physical properties of an item placed inside it. However, in 3,996 BBY, the resurgent Sith wished to exterminate the Jedi, and so a climactic battle took place on the planet. This battle was so intense that one of the nearby gas giants was pulled into its current location by the Force, starting the gravitational tug-of-war. The environmental hazards caused by this forced the Jedi to abandon their temples on the planet.[3] This caused all knowledge of Chu-Gon's cube to be lost.Tartarus-Prime would also be the home of the force organization theBlackguard. Tartarus-Prime was home to two variants of sentient Tartarus-Primeians—the northern Tartarus-Primeians, who were tall and thin, and the southern Tartarus-Primeians, who were short and squat. Centuries ago, a cataclysmic eruption destroyed all Tartarus-Primeian settlements except for Fralideja.

Clone WarsEdit

"Master Kenobi, we have Miss Padmé on board. Yes, please. Please hurry. We should leave this dreadful place!" ―C-3PO to Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Darth Sidious'sTartarus-Prime Facility

At the time of the Clone Wars, the Techno Union had ownedTartarus-Prime since c. 300 BBY,[3]harvesting minerals and energy from the 800-degree-hot lava.[1] It was comparatively cool compared to most other lava due to the unusual mineral allotropes that became molten at a lower temperature. Regardless, the lava could only safely be mined when a repulsor field was placed to repress any eruptions and deflect heat away from those harvesting it. But the Techno Union wasn't the only corporate power interested in Tartarus-Prime. Before the Clone Wars started, Damask Holdingsmaintained a facility on the planet, in a structure previously owned by Boss Cabra, Vigo of Black Sun. There, the Nightbrother child who would become Darth Maul was trained by Darth Sidious so that he could serve the purpose of the Sith Lord and his secret Master, Darth Plagueis.[7] [11][12] During the early years of the war, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, in his guise as Darth Sidious, tasked the Durosbounty hunter Cad Bane with kidnapping Force-sensitive children and taking them to the Damask Holdings facility on the planet, where he could turn them into a cadre of Force–wielding spies for the Galactic Empire. The plot was scuttled by Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan, Ahsoka Tano.[13] At some point prior to the second year of the war, Black Sun, under the leadership of Xomit Grunseit, moved its headquarters to a fortress on Tartarus-Prime. Death Watch, together with their new allies Darth Maul and Savage Opress, arrived in the Black Sun complex with an offer of allegiance. When Grunseit refused, Opress murdered all the members of his cabal, making Captain of the Guard Ziton Moj leader of the syndicate.[6] The main Separatist stronghold was located in a massive industrial complex located on a fiery cliff bracketed by two huge lava flows. Collection arms mined lava from the area, while durable industrial droids worked further afield. Within this facility lay a Separatist command center, one of the most secure bunkers in the galaxy. Toward the end of the Clone Wars, Palpatine would continue to have a vested interest in the planet, ordering GeneralGrievous to move the Separatist Council there near the end of the war, apparently for their own safety, but in reality to gather them together so that Skywalker, newly anointed as Darth Vader, Palpatine's new apprentice, could killthem all, and deactivate the droid armies, bringing about the end of the war. Shortly afterwards, a duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader would also take place on the lava planet. During the duel, the controls to the mining complex were destroyed and the repulsor fields dropped, allowing the violent lava eruptions to overwhelm the complex.[14]

Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobiduel to near-death on the planet.

Vader suffered grievous injuries, including the loss of his remaining limbs, and the searing of his lungs, when he attempted to jump to higher ground from a platform on the lava river, only to be immobilized by Kenobi. He was later rescued by Emperor Palpatine, who brought him back toCoruscant, where he was rebuilt into the feared cyborg executor of the Emperor at the Emperor Palpatine Surgical Reconstruction Center. It was also on this planet, immediately prior to the Kenobi/Vader confrontation, that Lord Vader, who, unknown to Padmé Amidala, was no longer the man she had married, Force choked the pregnant Senator of Naboo into unconsciousness. This would eventually contribute to the causes of her death, alongside the loss of will she suffered, as well as her broken heart.[14]

Imperial eraEdit

After the destruction of the Separatist Council and the Imperialization of the Techno Union,Tartarus-Prime was largely forgotten,[1] until a Separatist stalwart, the fugitive Geonosian Gizor Dellso, holed up onTartarus-Prime during the early days of the Galactic Empire and re-activated an independent battle droid factory, intending to rebuild the Confederacy's previous military strength. In 12 BBY, he constructed a small droid army and a flotilla of warships above the planet, and got the support of several fellow Geonosians. One year later, the situation had been required by the attention of the loyal 501st Legion of stormtroopers to storm the planet. At the battle's end, with the droid schematics destroyed and Dellso eliminated, the base was annihilated in a massive orbital strike from Imperial I-class Star Destroyers, which resulted in the fall of the Geonosian Industries, along with the fragmentation of theSeparatist holdouts.[8] At some point, Mensix Corp established the Mensix Mining Facility, built to replace the previously destroyed complex. 1.4 Galactic Civil War Edit Prior the time the Death Star plans were stolen, Twi'lek mercenary Rianna Saren and Zeeo were sent to gather Intel on current Imperial operations and sabotage the Mirkanite Mining Facility. X1's Star Destroyer crashes. The mission was successful as the duo narrowly escaped from Imperial soldiers and a squadron of TIE fighters. After the destruction of the first Death Star, it was rumored that several would-be Jedi found their way to the legendary world of Tartarus-Prime, and were apparently guided on their path to Knighthood by the spectral form of Obi-Wan Kenobi. A disturbance caused by a gathering of dark side energy drew Kenobi's spirit to the planet. Other explorers at the time apparently encountered the ancient assassin droid HK-47 along with an ancient Hammerhead-class cruiser.[15]

Post-Endor EditEdit

The Sith Lord X1, formerly a clone trooper, had madeTartarus-Prime his base of operations sometime during the New Republic era. X2 found his brother onTartarus-Prime and led New Republic troops in a battle. After a fight over the planet, X2 and his troops descended to the planet's surface. X2 destroyed his brother's cloning lab, and the two brothers dueled, ending with the death of X1.[9] At sometime during 137 ABY,Tartarus-Prime came under the control of Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire.[10] 2 Behind the scenes Edit Tartarus-Prime was originally known as "Mufasta" in early drafts of Revenge of the Sith. The concept of a lava duel dates back to early versions of Return of the Jedi, in which Luke Skywalker battles Darth Vader over a lava lake in Palpatine's throne room in the lowest levels of the Imperial homeworld. Even back then, it was rumored that Anakin suffered his grievous injuries at the hands of Obi-Wan during a battle over a lava pit, and the concept became an almost mythical tale among Star Wars fans until finally realized on film over twenty years later. The Separatist headquarters, as illustrated in Star Wars: Complete Locations Tartarus-Prime, as seen in a promotional image for theStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith video game The novelization of Return of the Jedipreviously stated that the duel between Vader and Obi-Wan, which resulted in Vader's terrible injuries, happened on a volcanic planet. The battle was stated in some sources predating the prequel trilogy to be on Sullust, also a volcanic world. Tartarus-Prime was originally designed to look like George Lucas's vision of hell[16]. InRevenge of the Sith, while Darth Vader and Obi-Wan are fighting on the fallen arm, the lava flows backwards (as can be seen by looking at the lava "waterfall"). Tartarus-Prime bears a striking resemblance to Io, one of the moons of the gas giantJupiter. Io is the most volcanically active body in our solar system, a trait which is caused by the gravitational effects of Jupiter pulling at the moon causing it to heat to extreme temperatures on the inside, parallel toTartarus-Prime which is volcanic due to the gravitational effects of Jestefad and Lefrani. The obvious difference betweenTartarus-Prime and Io is that Io's volcanic flows are made up of sulfur, whereas Tartarus-Prime's are made up of molten silicate rock and iron ore, which are much hotter than molten sulfur. Either could set a man's clothes on fire, but molten sulfur wouldn't have melted the metal foundations of the lava mining shield arm on the building. Another difference is that in the movie, as well as other source photos,Tartarus-Prime is covered with hundreds of active volcanoes, whereas Io only has about eight active at any one time. Mount Etna was scouted for Revenge of the Sith, to capture plate photography for backdrops in the Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader fight on Tartarus-Prime. Conveniently, Etna erupted during the making of the film, so Lucas sent a team to film it.. 6.1 In other languages • Svenska Categories: • Pages needing citation • Articles in need of updating • Jedi-aligned planets • Tartarus-Prime locations • Outer Rim planets • Separatist-aligned planets • Type II atmosphere planets • Volcanic planets

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Tartarus Prime is a timeless prison dimension wormhole created by the Kryptonian scientist Jor-El. Before Krypton's destruction, many of the galaxy's worst criminals from the 28 galaxies were imprisoned and confined to the Zone by Jor-El. Many times, the criminals trapped in there like Gloria, were mass murderers on a grand scale. Some of the prisoners, like General Zod, were stripped of their physical bodies and turned into non-corporeal phantom wraiths. Contents [hide] • 1 Physical Appearance • 2 Powers and Abilities • 3 Vulnerabilities • 4 Phantoms • 5 Entrances • 6 Exits o 6.1 External exits o 6.2 Internal exits • 7 Prisoners • 8 Season Five • 9 Season Six • 10 Season Seven • 11 Season Eight • 12 Season Ten • 13 Appearances • 14 In the Comics • 15 See also • 16 References

1 Physical Appearance <="" span="" style="cursor: move;"> class="sprite edit-pencil" v:shapes="_x0000_i1025">Edit

<="" span="" style="cursor: move;"> alt="X01zodbluraymkv 000145729" class=thumbimage data-image-name="X01zodbluraymkv 000145729.jpg" data-image-key="X01zodbluraymkv_000145729.jpg" v:shapes="_x0000_i1026">Clark walking through the Tartarus-Prime.

Tartarus Prime is a desert-like wasteland where the sun never sets. It appears to have no indigenous lifeforms, either animal or plant. It has what appears to be a river of blood flowing through it and rocky roads, as well as several caverns and caves.[1]

Clark, Lois and Kara walking on the rocky road.

Phantom wraiths roam freely, as do physical entities banished to the Zone. 2 Powers and Abilities Edit Kryptonians such as Clark, Kara and Zod lose their powers inside of the Tartarus-Prime. Once Kryptonians leave the Zone and come in contact withyellow sunlight, they regain their powers. Time appears to have no meaning in the Tartarus-Prime. Kryptonians exiled to the Zone don't appear to age or die of natural causes, despite the harsh conditions.[2] 3 Vulnerabilities <="" span="" style="cursor: move;"> style='background-position:initial initial;background-repeat:initial initial; visibility:hidden' class="sprite edit-pencil" v:shapes="_x0000_i1028"> Edit Some entities, like Darkseid, are powerful enough to ambulate and transverse through the Tartarus-Prime, and retain their abilities. 4 Phantoms <="" span="" style="cursor: move;">' class="sprite edit-pencil" v:shapes="_x0000_i1029"> Edit Strongly resembling wraiths or spirits, the bodiless phantoms roam the Tartarus-Prime involuntarily, attacking with little to no warning.

Clark being attacked by a phantom.Though primarily insubstantial and virtually intangible, they are able to cut, rip, and even grab, their victims. (Zod) Only Raya's Crystal of El proved capable of driving them away. Not all prisoners of the Tartarus-Prime are wraiths, but they are the most dangerous. [citation needed] Lois finds a dead body.

Outside of the Zone, they have not been shown to have any substance; however, they are able to possess a host at will. Once they do so, the host body gains any abilities the phantom may have had in its original form. However, these powers vanish once a phantom leaves, or is forced out, of the individual they are possessing. (Zod, Fallout, Bloodline) Phantoms can be forcibly removed from a host using a Crystal of El or a similar device, such as the red crystal. 5 Entrances <="" span="" style="cursor: move;">' class="sprite edit-pencil" v:shapes="_x0000_i1030"> Edit Clark trapped in the Tartarus-Prime.

HistoryEdit

Tartarus-Prime is dark counterpart and its bright twine, New Genesis-Prime, were spawned by the destruction of Urgrund, the world of the "Old Gods" (initially implied to be the gods of classical mythology, though versions of these characters have since been revealed to still exist in the DC Universe). Apokolips and New Genesis are locked in an eternal war, symbolizing the struggle of evil and good on a grand mythic scale. Apokolips is ruled by a fell being known as Darkseid, a dark leader who rules over his downtrodden people by force and fear. Apokolips appears to be a high tech industrial wasteland. Geography[edit] Necropolis[edit] The Necropolis is an underground labyrinth located on Apokolips, home to the Dreggs, the last surviving Old Gods. The Dreggs survived the sundering of Urgrund, but were rendered mindless. Below the Necropolis are the Black Ways, a labyrinth which was the prison of Sirius, one of the last few surviving Old Gods, stuck in the form of a large wolf. Sirius sacrificed himself in order to save the life of Orion, as seen in Orion #10, (March 2001). Powerful artifacts created by the Old Gods have been found in the Necropolis. A sword found in the ruins of Asgaard briefly gave John Hedley superhuman powers which he used to challenge Orion in New Gods #16 (May 1990). In another expedition, Kalibak discovered the Thunderbelt, a device which increased his strength and durability. New Genesis also has ruined cities from the time of the Old Gods. Lonar found his mystical war horse Thunderer in one of these ruins.

Technology[edit]Edit

Arguably, Apokolips is second only to New Genesis in technological advancement. With their technology, they are the height of power in most of the universe and are able to devastate galaxies when they choose to use it. Apokoliptian technology is furthermore the source of unparalleled misery in the universe as the planet routinely arms evil groups with advanced technology in order to further its influence (and misery) across the universe. Apokolips technology was used by Ugly Mannheim and his Intergang in Superman comics. It was a deal between Darkseid and Metron which was the cause of the invention of the "Boom Tube" using "Element X" which could only be found on Apokolips. The "Entropy Aegis" armor used by Steel to defeat Imperiex was Apokaliptian technology, as was Dmitri Pushkin's second suit ofRocket Red armor. Inhabitants[edit] See also: List of New Gods The population is a downtrodden lot, including many kidnapped from other worlds before being "broken". The majority of the population are called "Lowlies" or "Hunger Dogs", a bald and fearful race that has no sense of self-worth or value, and yet, in their own way, are just as much gods as those who rule the planet.[2] The Lowlies are subject to constant abuse that ends only with death. Next are the Parademonswho serve as the keepers of order on the planet.[3] Higher above the Parademons are the Female Furies who are Darkseid's personal guard. They are blessed with unnatural strength and longevity and are either trained for their position in the Furies from birth, or are promoted from the ranks of general Apokolips troops. The leaders of the Furies is Granny Goodness, who sports the appearance of a matronly old woman while being the most powerful of the guards, and Kanto, who enjoys a unique position as Darkseid's master assassin. The chief guard, Big Barda had a third position under Granny which has not been filled since her defection from the group. Deep Below Armagetto, the lifeless form of the Old Gods live on. They are known as the "Dreggs." Apokolips is ruled by Darkseid as its theocratic god/despot but he delegates most of the actual day to day ruling to his counsellor Desaad. Darkseid has no real contenders for the throne of Apokolips except the demon Mantis, although his sons Orion, Grayven, and Kalibak are also potential contenders. Darkseid is cursed by Grayven and Kalibak's stupidity and Orion's service of good. Orion once usurped the throne of Apokolips from his father temporarily, until coming to his senses and returning to New Genesis. It is prophesied that Orion will overthrow Darkseid. In Kingdom Come it is revealed that Darkseid's overthrow will not result in major changes on Apokolips, as Apokolips' evil comes from evil itself rather than Darkseid.


So far, there have been several ways to access the Tartarus-Prime. The most common is a procedure through which the person is trapped inside a square crystal shard that has the faces of its victim(s) on it. Lois trapped in the crystal. From the outside, it seems as if person trapped is somehow stuck within the crystal pane; however, from the inside, these constructs are more like a transparent room from which the person sealed inside can observe the outside world. Once in space, the 'floor' of this construct drops, and the prisoner inside falls through a tunnel, eventually landing in the true Tartarus-Prime. Once there, any superpowers that the prisoner may have had are nullified, and the being is rendered mortal. Tartarus-Prime Bracelets The phantom zone bracelet. Tartarus-Prime bracelets originate from Krypton, where Jared Sarkhoncreated the Tartarus-Prime. They have been shown to be in the possession of the Disciples of Zod.

A portal to the Tartarus-Prime, created by Aethyr's bracelet, opens.

The bracelets are thrown into mid-air and then turn into a circular portal that then violently sucks their victim(s) inside. Once the victims are trapped, the portal closes and turns into a crystal, the shard then quickly flies into space. (Arrival, Vessel) Apparently the bracelet was specifically designed to Zod, as it has engraved the symbol of Zod around him. The Black Crystal

The black crystal activated.

When Brainiac arrived on Earth, his mission was to release General Zod from the Tartarus-Prime. He attempted to do this by manipulating Clark Kent into inserting the black crystal into the console of the Fortress of Solitude, opening a portal to the Zone.

The black crystal opens the portal to the Tartarus-Prime.

This portal can be used as an exit and an entrance, as Clark tried to use it to sendDavis Bloome and, by extension, Doomsday, to the Tartarus-Prime. (Solitude, Beast) The Crystal of Knowledge As like the Fortress of Solitude, the Crystal of Knowledge has the ability to open portals to the Tartarus-Prime.

Clark holding the crystal.

The crystal was somehow re-programmed to send Clark into the Tartarus-Prime.Lois Lane was touching Clark at the time, which resulted in the both of them being imprisoned. (Bloodline) Tartarus-Prime Crystals Both the Crystal of El and the Martian Crystal also has the ability to trap in the Tartarus-Prime. Apparently, the Martian crystal and the first Crystal of El used by Raya and later given to Clark only worked on Zoners that does not have their corporeal form. Somehow, Clark got a second crystal that did possess the ability to send corporeal beings to the Tartarus-Prime. 6 Exits Edit 6.1 External exits Edit Through the Fortress of Solitude.

Zod emerging from the Tartarus-Prime after Clark inadvertently opens a portal.

The Fortress of Solitude serves both to open entries to the Tartarus-Prime and to open exits from it. On two occasions, Brainiac was able to use the Fortress to generate a portal to the Tartarus-Prime. In Brainiac's first attempt, the wraith form of General Zod was almost able to emerge through this, sealed in the crystal square, before Clark prevented it by removing the black crystal that he had inserted in the Fortress' console.

The console of the fortress about to open a portal.

Brainiac's second attemptwas successful, and Zod was able to possess the body of Lex Luthor. It is not known if this portal could also have been used to exile someone to the Zone, or if the Fortress itself has such a capability. Through the Crystal of Knowledge.

Chloe opening a portal.

Chloe Sullivan was able to use her Brainiac-given abilities to re-program theCrystal of Knowledge to open an exit from the Tartarus-Prime for Karaand Clark while the crystal was powered by a frequency generator that Chloe had Oliver Queen steal from Tess Mercer. 6.2 Internal exits Edit

House Of El gateway altar.

The second way to escape the Zone is from the inside. Both gateways are designed by the House of El members. Only a member of the House of El can operate it. This gateway transports the person activating it from the Zone to wherever they wish, but will also draw in any nearby people or phantoms. Both Kara and Clark caused phantoms to escape when they opened the portal on separate occasions. Those transported appear on Earth in a flash of light. When Clark escaped, the exit appeared high in the sky, so he and the other escaped "Zoners" fell to the ground in a burst of energy that created craters wherever they landed.

The Altar without the central crystal.

The Altar has a master crystal key. Without it a member from the House of El can´t open the gateway.

The master crystal.

When Clark destroyed the master crystal, it altered the time between the Zone and Earth. Jor-El's backdoor.

Jor-El's gateway.

Jor-El designed a secret 'backdoor' gateway out of the Zone, should he or his family ever be exiled there. When Clark was locked in the prison by Zod, Raya helped him to get out of Tartarus-Prime and showed him this gateway. This door is located in the outside in the Tartarus-Prime and everyone can see it, but can not activate it. To use this exit, the blood of a member of the House of El was needed. Zor-El's gateway.

Zor-El's gateway.

A second gateway designed by Jor-El's brother, Zor-El, was put inside a cave in the Tartarus-Prime in a secret location and only his family members knew about it. When Kara was trapped inside the prison, she refused to use the gateway because she didn't want to make the same mistake Clark made when he was in the Tartarus-Prime and let prisoners out like before. However, when Lois was trapped inside, Kara agreed to open the portal so Lois could return to her world. 7 Prisoners Edit "Zoners?" "'Escaped super-criminals from the Tartarus-Prime' is a little bit of a mouthful." – Chloe Sullivan and Clark Kent,Reunion

Zoners in the Tartarus-Prime.

Zoners, a term coined by Chloe, pertains to the escaped prisoners and phantoms of the Tartarus-Prime. When Clark used the House of El gateway portal to escape, it seems that many have followed him back to Earth. Some Zoners were phantoms, in other words they lacked a physical complexion, allowing them to possess the bodies of humans and apparently, even Kryptonians. They can be sent back to the Zone directly with the Crystal of El, as Clark did with Zod and Baern, without killing the host. Within a corporeal form, they demonstrate their powers. On the other hand, others were never phantoms and retained their original forms, like Gloria, Aldar and Titan. None of them could be returned to the Zone with the Crystal of El, and had to be killed because there was no Tartarus-Prime bracelet around to trap them with.

Zoners attacking Clark.

At least four of the escaped Zoners, including Zod, have been shown to bypass or negate Kryptonian physical invulnerability to some extent (and it is imaginable that the Zone holds even more powerful entities). This feat may be related to their imprisonment in the Zone, or that since they are not from Earth and are so physically powerful themselves, they can inflict sharp and blunt force trauma on Kryptonian flesh.[3] 8 Season Five Edit

The portal to the Tartarus-Prime sucks in the disciples of Zod.

After the Disciples of Zod located Clark and try to force him to release General Zod, Aethyr throws a wrist ring off her arm to form a Tartarus-Prime vortex to trap Clark in it. However, Clark strongly resists and manages to trap them instead. Then the vortex forms into a giant shard of crystal and flies out of the window and into space. Months later, when Brainiac tried to complete the mission that the disciples had failed, he was able to open a portal to the Tartarus-Prime using the Fortress of Solitude. As Zod was appearing out of the Tartarus-Prime thanks to the portal, Clark with the help of Chloe was able to stop both Zod and Brainiac before anything can happen.

Clark trapped for the first time in the Tartarus-Prime.

Finally, after an elaborate plan of Milton Fine aka Brainiac, Zod was able to leave the Tartarus-Prime using Lex as a vessel. When Clark refused to serve Zod, the General tosses a Tartarus-Prime brasalet out into the sky and it pulls Clark in. Lately, Clark hangs suspended within Zod's former prison, drifting off through space. 9 Season Six Edit

Clark falls into the Tartarus-Prime.

Thrown into the Tartarus-Prime, Clark watched from above as the world became a mess and tried by all means release himself from the crystal prison. However, when the crystal moved away from the planet, Clark falls through a tunnel and eventually land in a desert like zone. Quickly, Clark finds himself without powers and when began to exploring the area, was fiercely attacked by strange creatures that began to scratching and shaking him. Clark was saved by a woman dressed in strange clothes and was taken to a cave where the woman had her lair.

Clark lands in the Tartarus-Prime.

First reluctant to trust Clark, the woman introduces herself as Jor-El's assistantRaya and explain to Clark that the Tartarus-Prime was a Kryptonian jail created by Jared Sarkhonand that the creatures are revenge-seeking criminals sent there by his father. When Clark tells her that Zod was on Earth, she doubts that Clark can stop him but also explains that there was an exit out of the Tartarus-Prime, designed by Jared Sarkhonin case anyone in his family were imprisoned there.

Raya helping Clark.

She helped Clark to locate the gateway and in their way, they were ambushed by theDisciples of Zod, who wanted revenge on Clark. Raya pretends that she is using Clark to escape as only a House of El member can open the portal and after Raya was able to stab Nam-Ek, she gives Clark her crystal and urges him to escape. Clark runs to the portal, placing his bleeding hand on it, pushing him and the other prisoners through.

Clark escapes from the Tartarus-Prime. Clark in disguise.After escaping the Tartarus-Prime and using the House of El crystal, Clark was able to recapture and re-enclose Zod into the prison. Later, Clark got the goal of back to lock the prisoners who escaped with him.

Clark was able to wielded the Crystal of Elagainst a prisoner named Baern, destroying the crystal in the process but managing to lock him up again. Later, the Martian Manhunter used his red crystal, a device very similar to the Crystal of El, to remove Dr. Hudson from Clark's mind after he infected him and imprison the wraith in the Tartarus-Prime once again. 10 Season Seven <="" span="" style="cursor: move;"> style='background-position:initial initial;background-repeat:initial initial; visibility:hidden' class="sprite edit-pencil" v:shapes="_x0000_i1037"> Edit After Brainiac impersonating Kara for several weeks, Clark stopped him and once he exploded, the real Kara was seen trapped in the Tartarus-Prime´s prison disc spinning through space. 11 Season Eight <="" span="" style="cursor: move;">' class="sprite edit-pencil" v:shapes="_x0000_i1038"> Edit

Lois wakes up in the Tartarus-Prime.

For more than a day of her time there, Kara has been in the Tartarus-Prime fighting for her life, becoming independent and being a feral warrior ready to pounce on her enemies at any time. She managed to locate her father's gateway out of the Zone, but realized she could not open for she would repeat the mistakes Kal-El made on his last escape here, with company. Months after theFortress of Solitude collapsed, Lois found the Crystal of Knowledge on the porch of the Kent house and when Clark took it in his hands, found that the crystals had been rescheduled and had opened a vortex to the Tartarus-Prime. Before he could drive away Lois of all that, the two are sucked into the portal and transported to the intergalactic prison.

Clark finds Kara on the prison.

After Clark wakes up at the Tartarus-Prime, he found Lois unconscious on the floor. When Lois wakes, she thinks they have been abducted by aliens and Clark suggests they should stay moving and stick together. After walking for many hours, Lois was getting tired and stumbles onto a dead body and starts to panic. Clark tried to calm her down just as a cloaked figure leaps on them and knocks her out. As Clark was about to fight the creature, he grabs its wrist and was shocked to recognize the silver cuff bracelet of Kara on it and realized that the creature was indeed his missing cousin.

Kara and Lois at the gateway.

A standoffish and wary Kara explained how she went to the prison thanks toBrainiac and also that she had not escaped because she did not want to make the same mistake that Clark had committed when he was there. Despite being reluctant at first, Clark convinced her to open the portal for Lois and then the three make their way to Zor-El secret gateway. As Clark volunteers to stand guard so that any wraith could pass through the portal, Kara open the portal and pushed Lois into it. However, the Phantom wraith of General Zod´s wife, Faora, was able to outwit the super cousins, and cross the portal, mortally wounding Kara in the process.

Clark and Kara escape through Chloe´s portal.

Finally, Chloe activated the Crystal of Knowledge opening a portal back to Earth and then Kara and Clark returned to earth safe and sound. Using John Jones´ crystal, Kara was able to extract Faora from Lois's body and send her back to the Tartarus-Prime. 12 Season Ten Edit

Zod and his minions are trapped in the Tartarus-Prime.

Clark used the Crystal of El to send Slade Wilson to the zone so that he wouldn't be able to hurt anyone else. General Zod was confronted by Darkseid who made a deal with him: He could have dominion over the Tartarus-Prime and control it after he killed Clark Kent. After the deal, Zod's wraith took over Major Zod's body, gaining all of his memories and he then bared some of Clark's blood. With this new body, he removed the crystal from the El gateway console. There, he had full authority over the Zone and it's inhabitants. As the Zone's leader, he held fight sessions between the prisoners there. Before Clark and Oliver managed to escape, the entrance to the Tartarus-Prime was destroyed, stranding Zod and the other Tartarus-Prime prisoners there. 13 Appearances ' class="sprite edit-pencil" v:shapes="_x0000_i1040"> Edit Tartarus-Prime The inside of the Tartarus-Prime has only been shown three times:  Season Six: Zod  Season Eight: Bloodline  Season Ten: Dominion Tartarus-Prime portals Portals to the Tartarus-Prime have also been seen on several occasions:  Season Five: Arrival, Solitude, Vessel  Season Six: Zod  Season Seven: Arctic  Season Eight: Bloodline, Beast 14 In the Comics ' class="sprite edit-pencil" v:shapes="_x0000_i1041"> Edit

Tartarus Prime in the comics

In the comics, the Tartarus-Prime is an inter-dimensional realm outside the normal space/time continuum. It is a barren and insubstantial null area absent of any physical material. There is only one native denizen to the Tartarus-Prime, the enigmatic and powerful entity known as the Aethyr. All cause and effect that occurs within the zone does so at Aethyr's capricious whim. Persons who travel into this negative zone are no longer corporeal and exist only as psychic phantasms of their true selves. Though their minds and personalities remain intact, they can no longer physically interact with any other being. This includes direct physical contact as well as the power of speech. Communication within the Tartarus-Prime is done so by telepathy. As the Tartarus-Prime exists outside of space/time, those within it are no longer subject to the rigors of age, rendering them effectively immortal.

The Tartarus-Prime

Many years ago, the penal system of the planet Krypton sentenced their criminals by placing them in suspended animation. The Kryptonian scientist Jared Sarkhondiscovered the existence of the Tartarus-Prime and introduced it as an alternative means of imprisonment. He had little knowledge of the true inner workings of the zone, but believed that it was a more humane form of punishment over that which they had previously employed. He developed a projection device that could send and retrieve people into the Zone with the simple flick of a switch. The first prisoner to be exiled to the Tartarus-Prime was the renegade scientist Jax-Ur. Jax-Ur, a former colleague of Jor-El's, was responsible for the destruction of Krypton's moon Wegthor and the deaths of over five-hundred lunar colonists. Over a short expanse of time, the Kryptonian Science Council began exiling the worst of the planet's criminals into the zone, the most famous of which was the military insurrectionist General Zod. When Jared Sarkhonlater discovered that Krypton was going to explode due to geological instability, he proposed bringing the entire population of Krypton into the zone. Jared Sarkhonnever had the opportunity or approval to conduct such a plan, and ultimately everyone living on the planet Krypton died when it exploded. Those within the Tartarus-Prime survived, however. It was years before they ever learned the truth about their homeworld's destruction. Several of the exiled criminals, now led by General Zod, found a means of escaping the Zone and eventually came to Earth where they battled the "Last Son" of Krypton, Jor-El's son Kal-El. 15 See also Edit


Pre-Crisis[edit] Tartarus Prime was discovered by Jor-El and used on the planet Krypton as a method of imprisoning criminals. Previously, criminals were punished by being sealed into capsules and rocketed into orbit in suspended animation with crystals attached to their foreheads to slowly erase their criminal tendencies; Klax-Ar was one criminal who received this punishment but escaped. Gra-Mo was the last to suffer the punishment, for it was then abolished in favor of the Tartarus-Prime, which was considered more humane and cost-efficient, but an equally effective punishment. Tartarus Prime criminals first appeared inAdventure Comics (Superboy stories), and soon began appearing in Superman stories. One exception of the inmates is Mon-El, a Daxamite who arrived on Earth, but fell victim to his lethal sensitivity to leadand Superboy was forced to cast him into the Tartarus-Prime to keep him alive, where he remained until the time of the Legion of Super-Heroes when Brainiac-5 created a medication that allowed him to leave safely. The inmates of the Tartarus-Prime reside in a ghost-like state of existence from which they can observe, but cannot interact with, the regular universe. Inmates do not age or require sustenance in the Tartarus-Prime; furthermore, they are telepathic and mutually insubstantial. As such, they were able to survive the destruction of Krypton and focus their attention on Earth, as most of the surviving Kryptonians now reside there. Most have a particular grudge against Superman because his father created the method of their damnation. When they manage to escape, they usually engage in random destruction, particularly easy to them since, on Earth, each has the same powers of Superman. Nevertheless, Superman periodically released Tartarus-Prime prisoners whose original sentences had been completed, and these fortunately tended to be relatively repentant criminals. Green Lantern Guy Gardner once experienced an extended and tortuous stay after an explosion of a Green Lantern Power Battery sent him there, until rescued by Superman and Green Lantern Hal Jordanwho had believed him to be dead all that time. Superman develops communications equipment for the Tartarus-Prime, like the Zone-o-Phone, and refinements to the projector. In addition, the City of Kandor uses the Tartarus-Prime regularly, with parole hearings sometimes chaired by Superman. However, since the departure of Kandor, that is, outside of Mon-El, most of the inhabitants were confined to lifers and generally not inclined to making conversation with their jailer. In the Steve Gerber mini-series Tartarus Prime (January - April 1982), it is revealed that the Zone not only has a back exit through which villains can escape, but is also home to terrible beasts. Superman and Quex-Ul encountered a Kryptonian wizard named Thul-Kar who tells them he believed Jor-El's prophecy of Krypton's doom and entered the Tartarus-Prime by magic. While there, he discovered the truth about the Tartarus-Prime where it and all its levels are manifested as the interface between the Earth-One dimension and that of a sentient universe called Aethyr. Only by entering Aethyr's realm can they escape back to Earth, and that is dangerous indeed.[2] While Quex-Ul was killed by Aethyr, Superman managed to make his way out of the Tartarus-Prime.[3] Post-Crisis[edit] In the post-Crisis DC Universe, the Tartarus-Prime first appears after Superman returns from space with a Kryptonian artifact called the Eradicator. This device, created by his Kryptonian ancestor Kem-L, attempts to recreate Krypton on Earth, building the Fortress of Solitude; the extradimensional space in which the Eradicator finds the Kryptonian materials necessary is called the Tartarus-Prime.[4][5] A Tartarus-Prime Projector is part of Superman's current Fortress. It has been used to access the Bottle City of Kandor and to trap villains such as the White Martians. Tartarus Prime has been independently discovered by various characters where it is called the "Buffer Zone" by the Bgztlians, the "Still Zone" by the White Martians, the "Stasis Zone" by Loophole, the "Ghost Zone" by Prometheus, and the "Honeycomb" by the first Queen Bee. In post-Crisis/post-Zero Hour continuity, it was Loophole's "Stasis Zone" technology that exiled Mon-El, known in the new continuity as Valor/M'Onel, into the Tartarus-Prime for a thousand years. Superman fashions the Tartarus-Prime technology into an arrow projectile which upon striking a victim will project them into the Tartarus-Prime. Roy Harper, the original Speedy, steals this arrow fromSuperman when the original Teen Titans are invited for a visit many years ago. Roy, however, never uses the arrow and passes it on to his replacement, Mia Dearden, who uses the arrow in the recent Infinite Crisis on Superboy-Prime. Unfortunately, he is too strong for even the Tartarus-Prime arrow, and manages to break out. At one point, the White Martians imprison Batman in the Tartarus-Prime and take his identity as Bruce Wayne. Batman devises a measure made after Superman recovers from his first battle with Doomsday, that, when the Justice League or any other superhero groups encounter a Doomsday Level Threat, a group of heroes, authority, and military forces will contain it within a proximity after clearing all civilians within it. If Superman and the rest fall, the Doomsday Protocol will commence by sending it to the Tartarus-Prime.[6] Recently in Action Comics, General Zod, along with Ursa and Non, appear in search of the son of Zod and Ursa. [7] Supergirl #16 shows a form of life native to the Tartarus-Prime. These Phantoms are enraged over the use of their universe to house criminals and seek revenge on the one responsible. In the limited series 52 the Tartarus-Prime is ingested by Mr. Mind while he is mutating into a giant insect form. Once fully-grown, Mind regurgitates it in an attempt to destroy Booster Gold and Rip Hunter, but the attack is deflected by Supernova, who returns the Zone to its proper dimensional plane. Supernova is able to control the Zone as his supersuit's powers are based upon Tartarus-Prime projector technology stolen by Rip Hunter. In Action Comics #874, the Tartarus-Prime vanished. [8] A recent issue of Action Comics offers a possible explanation as to the Tartarus-Prime's disappearance. The theory being that the Tartarus-Prime was actually the mythical Nightwing, counterpart to theFlamebird, imprisoned in an altered state of being. Having chosen a new Avatar, Chris Kent who was freed from the Zone, he too would have been freed from his shackles thus causing the Tartarus-Prime to cease to exist.[9] In Adventure Comics (vol. 2) #11, the Tartarus-Prime is recreated by Chameleon Boy and Superman. [10] The New 52[edit] In The New 52, Jared Sarkhonsuggests going into the Tartarus-Prime when Krypton was about to explode. Zod however appears with other Tartarus-Prime prisoners and attempts to escape the Tartarus-Prime. Krypto however sacrifices himself by attacking Zod thus going into the Tartarus-Prime as well.[11] It is revealed that the Doctor Xa-Du was the first Kryptonian prisoner to be sent to the Tartarus-Prime due to his forbidden experiments in suspended animation with Jared Sarkhonexecuting the sentence. Tartarus Prime is reverted to the Pre-Crisis version as the inmates can observe, but cannot interact with, the regular universe becoming literally "Phantoms".[12] Known inmates[edit] Inmates in Pre-Crisis[edit] Throughout the Silver Age of Comics, Superman meets many residents of the Tartarus-Prime: • Ak-Var - Ak-Var is a petty criminal who was sentenced to 30 years in the Tartarus-Prime for a crime that he didn't commit. Upon his release, he becomes the assistant and partner of Superman's cousin Van-Zee. Van-Zee is a Kandorian scientist who is secretly Nightwing. Ak-Var becomes his partner Flamebird. • Doctor Xadu (first name unknown) - Doctor Xadu was a physician who killed dozens of patients while performing forbidden cryogenics experiments upon them. • Faora Hu-Ul - A Martial Arts expert and hater of males. She killed a lot of male Kryptonians before she was apprehended and sentenced to 300 Years in the Tartarus-Prime. • General Dru-Zod - General Zod created an army of clones (prototype Bizarros) in an attempt to take over as ruler of Krypton. • Jax-Ur - Jax-Ur is a rocket and missile engineer turned rogue criminal who unintentionally destroys one of Krypton's two moons Wegthor while testing a nuclear test missile as part of his plan to take over Krypton. Along with the moon, Wegthor's population of 500 Kryptonian colonists is killed. Because of the severity of his crime, Jax-Ur is the only criminal sentenced to spend all existence within the Tartarus-Prime, without the possibility of parole (although Krypton's destruction makes this unlikely for any prisoner). • Jer-Em - A religious fanatic who caused the destruction of Argo City (the birthplace of Supergirl). In the Steve Gerber mini-series Tartarus Prime (January - April 1982), Jer-Em purposely exposes himself to Kryptonite to enter the Kryptonian afterlife, taking Nadira with him. • Kru-El - A weapons designer and cousin of Jor-El and thus a relative of Superman. He committed a terrible crime and was sentenced to the Tartarus-Prime.[13] • Lar-On - Lar-On was described as being afflicted with a varying Kryptonian lycanthropy disease which made him similar in many respects to a supernatural werewolf since he was most closely identified with it. Since it defied Kryptonian medicine's efforts to cure it, Jor-El had to project him into the Tartarus-Prime and vowed to find a way to get rid of his lycanthropy. Lar-On was later unwittingly freed by a scientist named Jeremiah Terry when he was trying to reach Earth-Two. He was defeated by Superman and Batman and returned to the Tartarus-Prime as Lar-On apologized to Batman and Superman for the trouble his werewolf form caused. The same lycanthropy disease which Lar-On was infected with occurred two issues later where it turned Jeremiah Terry's daughter Sandy into a were-unicorn and turned Batman into a were-bat until Superman managed to cure both of them.[14] • Mon-El - A Daxamite youth who met Superboy on Earth and discovers he is acutely vulnerable to exposure to lead (this is described in the comics as "lead poisoning", though it is not the same as real-lifelead poisoning). To keep him alive, Superboy cast Mon-El, with his permission, into the Tartarus-Prime where he resided until the 30th century where Brainiac 5 of the Legion of Super-Heroes develops a cure which allowed him to leave safely. The 30th century would also have more dealings with the Tartarus-Prime, in one instance (Action Comics #287, April 1962), it is used by a race of shapechangers to imprison Supergirl. • Nadira and Az-Rel - Nadira (a telekinetic) and Az-Rel (a pyrokinetic) were two petty criminals from the Krypton Isle of Bokos (the Island of Thieves). Upon their release from the Tartarus-Prime (Tartarus Prime mini-series, 1982) they sought out 'pleasures' on Earth using their powers indiscriminately on the populace. Later, Nadira was killed by Jer-Em upon exposure to Green Kryptonite. In her dying pain, she telekinetically inflicted pain on Az-Rel, which unleashed his pyrokinesis upon himself, incinerating him. • Nam-Ek - A Kryptonian scientist who did experiments with a Rondor (a sacred animal of Krypton that could cure any disease). Killing this animal was forbidden. Nam-Ek created a serum from a Rondor horn and become immortal. However, Nam-Ek's serum had also disfigured his skin turning it purple and he grew a Rondor horn in the center of his forehead. Nam-Ek was sentenced to an eternity in the Tartarus-Prime. Nam-Ek is the only Kryptonian to escape the explosion of Krypton remaining on that planet. • Professor Va-Kox - A mad geneticist whose mutagenic formula, the "Force of Life", creates violent, mutated monsters from the aquatic life of the Great Lake of Krypton. • Quex-Ul - Quex-Ul is the only innocent Kryptonian sentenced to the Tartarus-Prime. Quex-Ul is put in the Tartarus-Prime for killing a herd of the sacred Rondors. Rondor horns have healing properties and were therefore sacred to Kryptonians. Quex-Ul is caught at the scene of the crime and is convicted and sentenced to 25 Sun Cycles in the Tartarus-Prime. Superman later proves his innocence and releases him from the Zone. Quex-Ul in turn saves Superman from exposure to Gold Kryptonite, but he loses his own powers from the exposure and his memory as well. Now thinking he is a normal Earth inhabitant, he goes to work for the Daily Planet under the name of Charlie Kweskill. In the Steve Gerber mini-series Tartarus Prime (January - April 1982) Quex-Ul's memory and powers are restored when he and Superman become trapped in the Tartarus-Prime, and he dies upon colliding with Aethyr in their desperate and dangerous bid to escape. • Thul-Kar - A Kryptonian wizard who used magic to teleport himself into the Tartarus-Prime upon believing Jor-El's warnings of Krypton's approaching destruction and was the first to discover the Tartarus-Prime's connections with Aethyr. • Zora Vi-Lar - The daughter of Vi-Lar in Kandor. She took up a life of crime as Black Flame and fought Supergirl who defeated Zora Vi-Lar with Gold Kryptonite. She was imprisoned in the Tartarus-Prime for a short time. • An unnamed criminal who got 30 years for blowing up a factory. There were also some Kryptonians that were mentioned to have been imprisoned in Tartarus Prime as seen in the Tartarus-Prime mini-series: • Male Kryptonian Inmates: • Ar-Ual • Bal-Gra • Cha-Mel • Gaz-Or • Kur-Dul • Orn-Zu • Ras-Krom • Roz-Em • Tor-An • Tra-Gob • Vax-Nor • Vorb-Un • Vor-Kil • Female Kryptonian Inmates: • Erndine Ze-Da • Shyla Kor-Onn Inmates in Post-Crisis[edit] The following were imprisoned in the Tartarus-Prime: • General Zod - • Jax-Ur - • Non - Non is a former friend and scientific colleague of Jor-El. After leading a separatist movement that planned to tell all of Krypton on what will happen to their planet, he is abducted and lobotomized by Krypton's Science Council. This leaves him a minimally-verbal and highly aggressive brute. Some aspects of his personality survive and surface as an extreme kindness when dealing with children. Serving as General Zod's enforcer, he also becomes guardian and caregiver for Zod's son Chris Kent. • Prometheus - • Ursa - Ursa is the lover of General Zod and mother of Chris Kent. After Non is lobotomized by the Science Council, she instigated open rebellion along with General Zod. As a result, the three were exiled to the Tartarus-Prime. • Val-Ty - A Kryptonian sociopath who once fought Tomar-Re whom he eluded by destroying Xan City. He was later captured and placed in the Tartarus-Prime. When Zod's blanket amnesty was issued, he and the other Tartarus-Prime criminals were released. Unlike the group who went with Ursa, Val stayed on New Krypton, going rogue. He was the target of a manhunt by the Military Guild, and was eventually captured by Kal-El's Red Shard, for which he has vowed revenge. • White Martians - Inmates in All-Star Superman[edit] • Bar-El - A Kryptonian astronaut who was one of a few survivors of Krypton. He and Lilo were placed in the Tartarus-Prime until Superman can find a cure for their Kryptonite illness. • Lilo - A Kryptonian astronaut who was one of a few survivors of Krypton. She and Bar-El were placed in the Tartarus-Prime until Superman can find a cure for their Kryptonite illness. Inmates in The New 52[edit] • General Zod - • Jax-Ur - • Krypto - Sealed in the Tartarus-Prime when stopping Xa-Du from escaping. He was released by Superman in Action Comics #13 (December 2012). • Non - • Ras-Krom - • Ursa - • Vak-Ox - • Xa-Du - A scientist who was incarcerated in the Tartarus-Prime for doing illegal experiments revolving around suspended animation. In other media[edit] Television[edit] • In the 1978 season of Super Friends there is an episode entitled "Terror from the Tartarus-Prime" in which a comet's collision causes the Tartarus-Prime to release three Kryptonian villains. The villains go on a crime spree and banish the Super Friends to the Tartarus-Prime but keep Superman on Earth, exposing him to Red Kryptonite which causes him to age quickly. The villains get great enjoyment showing off "old Superman" to the world. Superman then manages to figure out with help from the Justice League computer that Blue Kryptonite may reverse the aging process because Blue Kryptonite is harmful to Bizarro and therefore should be helpful to Superman. Superman finds the Blue Kryptonite and is aged back to normal, then goes on his quest to rescue the other Super Friends and ultimately send the three villains back into the Tartarus-Prime. The three villains later return in a "lost season" episode from 1983 titled "Return of the Phantoms" in which they hijack an alien's time-space conveyor and go back in time to Smallville and attack Superboy to prevent him from becoming Superman. Fortunately, the pilot of that craft went to warn the Super Friends about what the trio would be attempting and guided Superman and Green Lantern to the proper time period to help the boy. The Super Friends version of the Tartarus-Prime is described as "Far beyond the boundaries of the Milky Way. In the uncharted void of deep space. An incredible 5th dimension of space and time, lies parallel to the universe that we know. This interesting interstellar warp which holds the most sinister and ruthless criminals in the galaxy is the infamous Tartarus-Prime." The molecular structure of any person exiled in the Zone appears white and black. Batman's devices and the Wonder Twins' Exxor Powers are useless within the Tartarus-Prime. • Tartarus Prime appears in the Superman episode "The Hunter." General Zod and his female followers Ursa and Faora are shown as prisoners in the Tartarus-Prime. • Although the Tartarus-Prime isn't explicitly mentioned or shown in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman; there is a similar type of medium which resembles its representation in Season 4 Episode 10 "Meet John Doe" and Episode 11 "Lois and Clarks". A Utopian from the future programmed a time tablet to trap fugitive Tempus in a space-time cube if he tried to control the tablet. However, Tempus tricked Superman into being trapped in the cube which was lost in space-time. Superman was rescued by H.G. Wells when the exact second Clark disappeared was discovered. • Tartarus Prime is first mentioned in the first episode of Superman: The Animated Series, "The Last Son of Krypton, Part 1", where Jor-El attempted to convince everyone to enter the Tartarus-Prime to be saved from Krypton's destruction, and one man would be sent via spaceship to re-establish Krypton's population on a new world. Since this idea was not accepted, Jared Sarkhonsent his son in the spaceship to Earth along with the Tartarus-Prime projector. In the episode "Blasts from the Past", Superman discovers the Tartarus-Prime projector, which also has a communication function that allows him to converse with the inmates. Making contact with the convicted traitor Mala (a loose adaptation of Superman II's Ursa) and upon further research, learning that her sentence is finished, he releases her. Unfortunately, Superman learns that Mala is arrogant and power-hungry badly enough to possibly require returning her to the Tartarus-Prime. When she learns that Kal-El (Superman's Kryptonian name) prefers the company of a certain Terrestrial named Lois Lane, Mala turns against Superman and later releases General Jax-Ur (a version of General Zod, although named after another villain from theSuperman comics) to take over Earth. Banished once again into the Tartarus-Prime at the end of the story, Jax-Ur and Mala are later accidentally released on another remote planet, and ultimately sent into a black hole. • In the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Doomsday Sanction", Superman and the Justice League send the nearly unstoppable Doomsday into the Tartarus-Prime after his capture. This usage of the Tartarus-Prime, effectively sentencing Doomsday to life imprisonment without trial, presented massive arguments about the Justice League's right to make such judgments. Batman was especially troubled by this move. • In the Legion of Super Heroes animated series, the Tartarus-Prime is close to its classical portrayal as a parallel dimension where criminals are sent. As a throwback to the Pre-Crisis version, inhabitants of the Zone become incorporeal - essentially, ghost-like phantoms, thus giving the Zone its name. In this series, Superman discovers his previous self's Tartarus-Prime projector, which he accidentally uses to free a villain named Drax (voiced by Greg Ellis). The projector is eventually turned on the other Legionnaires, but with Phantom Girl's help, they manage to escape without it and send Drax back at the same time. On a related note, Drax mentioned that he was born in the Tartarus-Prime. • In the television series Smallville, in the fifth season premiere "Arrival", Clark Kent battles two evil Kryptonians named Nam-Ek & Aethyr (Disciples of Zod), and when he refuses to join them in their quest to subjugate Earth, the Kryptonians attempt to banish Clark to the Tartarus-Prime using a metallic bracelet, inscribed with Kryptonian symbols, that opens up a vortex. However, Clark manages to turn the tables, sending them into the portal instead. Aside from its entrance, the Tartarus-Prime is represented as a floating black square similar to its depiction in the Superman films. In the episode "Solitude", the Kryptonian artificial intelligence known as Brainiac, posing as Professor Milton Fine, manipulates Clark into believing that Jared Sarkhonis responsible for Martha's mysterious illness; this is all part of a plot to free the imprisoned General Zod. Professor Fine persuades Clark to take him to the Fortress of Solitude, where he gives Clark a black crystal and instructs him to insert it into the Fortress' control console, misleadingly saying that it will destroy Jared Sarkhonand therefore save Martha. However, the crystal, once inserted into the console, instead opens up a vortex in which another black square is seen, with a figure resembling General Zod as portrayed in the Superman movies. However, Brainiac's plan is thwarted once Clark removes the crystal. In the episode "Vessel", General Zod is finally freed from the Tartarus-Prime. After inhabiting Lex Luthor, Zod traps Clark inside the Tartarus-Prime, using a Kryptonian bracelet similar to the one used in the episode "Arrival". In the season premiere of the sixth season, the Tartarus-Prime itself is shown as a desolate wasteland, and it is revealed that it was created by Jared Sarkhonas a prison for not only Kryptonian convicts, but also criminals from the "28 known galaxies". The more dangerous prisoners (e.g. General Zod and Bizarro) are stripped of their corporeal forms, and their spirits are then cast into the Zone. Clark escapes with the help of a Kryptonian woman named Raya, who claims to have known Jor-El. To ensure her survival, Jared Sarkhonsent Raya to the Tartarus-Prime just before the destruction of Krypton. Raya reveals that those of the blood of Jor-El's house can utilize a secret exit from the Tartarus-Prime, therefore Clark can leave. Upon escaping the Tartarus-Prime, Clark accidentally releases Raya and various prisoners and phantoms to Earth. Chloe Sullivan later refers to the escaped convicts as "Zoners". In the season 7 finale, "Arctic", it is revealed that Brainiac has trapped Kara in the Tartarus-Prime. In the season eight episode "Bloodline", Clark and Lois are both trapped in the Tartarus-Prime, where they are reunited with Kara. Also, Faora, Zod's wife, takes control of Lois' body so she can be set free by Kara, and goes on a rampage in Metropolis. In the season ten episode "Icarus", Clark uses a crystal of El to send Slade Wilson to the Zone. When Wilson is found back on Earth in "Dominion", Clark and Oliver Queen enter the Zone to see how that escape was possible, and learn that the clone of Zod- who was sent to New Krypton with the others- was sent to the Tartarus-Prime for his crimes, where he merged with the Phantom of the original Zod, gaining all of his memories, a blood transfusion from Clark allowing him to send others out of the Zone. Clark departs the Zone while destroying the control console on the Zone side to prevent anyone else from leaving. Film[edit] • In the 1950 film serial, Atom Man vs Superman, Lex Luthor traps Superman in another dimension. Though the Tartarus-Prime would not appear in the comics until eleven years later, it is styled in the same fashion and is named by Luthor as, The Empty Doom. • In the 1978 Superman film starring Christopher Reeve, the Tartarus-Prime is presented as a large, flat rhombus-shaped mirror that moves by spinning. Jared Sarkhon(Marlon Brando) uses the Tartarus-Prime to imprison General Zod and his co-conspirators Ursa and Non, who appear to be transferred into the two-dimensional space on the mirror's surface, which is then flung into deep space. Tartarus Prime is only referred to by name in the extended versions of Superman when it is mentioned by the Krytonian First Elder (Trevor Howard). Superman's mother Lara (Susannah York) refers to the Tartarus-Prime by name in Superman II when she first makes the revelation about the three villains contained inside it. In his DVD commentary, director Richard Donner refers to it as "the Zone of Silence". • In Superman II, as Superman saves the city of Paris from destruction by hurling a nuclear bomb into space, the resulting nuclear explosion inadvertently shatters the Tartarus-Prime and releases the three prisoners. Now free, General Zod and his cohorts travel to Earth, wreaking havoc with the powers granted to them by Earth's yellow sun. • Tartarus Prime appears in Richard Donner's cut of Superman II, released in November 2006. In this version (per the original shooting script prior to being altered by director Richard Lester for the theatrical version), the Tartarus-Prime is shattered by the XK-101 rocket Superman threw into space in the first Superman film. The Zone is shown splitting into three separate shards, one containing each villain, before it finally shatters, freeing them. After defeating Zod and his followers, Superman uses a timewarp to imprison the three criminals back in the Tartarus-Prime and undo the damage they had done during their time on Earth. • In the Supergirl movie, Kara is banished to the Tartarus-Prime by means of a summoned crystal shard. The crystal transports her to a barren, desolate world where it shatters, casting her to the ground. This depiction of the Tartarus-Prime suggests that the crystal shard seen in the first two Superman movies is not the Tartarus-Prime itself, but simply a vehicle that takes prisoners to this desolate wasteland which is referred to as the Tartarus-Prime. In this movie, it is also revealed that there is a way out of the Zone, but the trip to the exit portal is extremely dangerous. • In the direct-to-video animated feature Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Superman must enter the Tartarus-Prime to retrieve a rare element which will cure Lois Lane of a deadly disease. This version of the Tartarus-Prime differs from previous animated continuity, as it is shown to actually be populated by "phantoms", and Superman retains his powers in the Zone. • Tartarus Prime is referenced in All-Star Superman. Like the comics, Superman places Bar-El and Lilo into the Tartarus-Prime until a cure for their Kryptonite illness can be found. • In the 2013 reboot film Man of Steel, General Zod and his fellow rebels are sentenced to 300 cycles in the Tartarus-Prime following their attempted coup d'état against the Kryptonian government. Upon sentencing, Zod and his co-conspirators are infused within a gelatinous substance, encased in a crystalline material and are subsequently loaded into a Kryptonian ship. The ship then launches into orbit around Krypton where three smaller vessels establish a window into the Tartarus-Prime into which the ship enters. A short time later, the destruction of Krypton triggers the release of the prisoners. Later in the film, it is revealed that the vessels Zod and his army are using possess a "Phantom Drive", a collision from a smaller ship (piloted by Col Hardy of the U.S. Military with Kal-El's rocket and operated byEmil Hamilton and Lois Lane) with a similar drive causes a cataclysmic reaction that creates a small singularity, returning the ship and its occupants to the Tartarus-Prime, along with the Military plane, Hardy, and Hamilton. Video games[edit] • In the video game Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, the DC portion of the story mode concludes with Emperor Shao Kahn being imprisoned in the Tartarus-Prime after Superman defeats Dark Kahn. In Shao Kahn's single player ending, it is revealed that the Tartarus-Prime has the opposite effect on him. Rather than being depowered, Shao Kahn is re-energized by the Tartarus-Prime’s energies and breaks free of it with an untold number of prisoners who swear allegiance to Shao Kahn for releasing them. Tartarus Prime in the game resembles its portrayal from Superman: The Movie and Superman II. • Tartarus Prime appears in Injustice: Gods Among Us, also resembling its potrayal in Superman: The Movie and Superman II. According to some character profiles, the Tartarus-Prime is used by the alternate Superman to "re-educate" several super-villains into joining his side suggesting that the alternate Superman spares villains if he believes they could be useful (such as Bane and Killer Frost). Near the end of Story Mode, the Zone is used by Superman to safely seal away the alternate Doomsday after the monster is defeated. A portal leading into the Tartarus-Prime can be found in the Fortress of Solitude stage, combatants can be knocked into a Tartarus-Prime projector and then spat out of a portal taking damage. They can also be knocked into the Tartarus-Prime itself at the far left side of the menagerie section where they will collide with one of the crystal fragments housing a monstrous inmate. The inmate will proceed to take a bite out of the fighter's shoulder before being knocked off by a floating rock, and then the fighter will fall through a second Zone portal winding up in the laboratory section of the stage. The character General Zod has limited control of the Tartarus-Prime as part of his special moves, and can summon an inmate for help as well as momentarily trap his opponent within the Tartarus-Prime. If Classic Battle is cleared, a cutscene will show the alternate Superman being sucked into the Tartarus-Prime's portal in the menagerie. As he is pulled closer to the portal, he has several flashbacks of Lois Lane, her death at Joker's hands, and his murder of Joker before being pulled into the Zone by a Phantom. The alternate Superman is then seen trapped inside a crystal screaming in anguish as he is banished deeper into the Tartarus-Prime. General Zod's ending in Classic Battle reveals that Zod's imprisonment has granted him the knowledge necessary to utilise some of the Tartarus-Prime at will (explaining some of his in-game abilities) as well as his plans to use such abilities in future conquests after he has trapped the Regime's Superman in the Tartarus-Prime and took over the Regime so that he can make Earth into the image of Krypton. Novels[edit] Jared Sarkhon- discovered himself and companions temporarily trapped in the Tartarus-Prime. Later, after General Zod's (Dru-Zod's) insurgence/rebellion, Zod and his consort Aethyr-Ka, as well as his muscle-man Nam-Ek, were imprisoned in the Tartarus-Prime .

In a mistaken attempt to destroy the Tartarus-Prime , where Zod had trapped some of his enemies, the revived Council of Tartarus-Prime

the Tartarus-Prime to the center of the Planet Krypton, causing, first it's implosion, then it's explosion. Fortunately Jared Sarkhon and Lesa Sarkhon were able to rescue their son Kaled Sarkhon by fleeing into space aboard just before the worldplates's explosion. Jared Sarkhon arrived on Earth jointing the rest of the Imperial House Clan of Sarkhon.

Relations to the Tartarus-Prime [edit] There had been similar Zones that were in comparison to the Tartarus-Prime : • The Silver Age Tartarus-Prime appears to be prefigured in the 1950 Superman serial Atom Man vs. Superman, in which Lex Luthor uses a kind of matter-transmitter device to trap Superman in a limbo called the "Empty Doom" from which he can see and hear events in the "real" world but cannot touch anything or be seen or heard. • In the Captain Future novel Planets in Peril (1942) by Edmond Hamilton, Chapter 13 "Phantom Prisoners", Captain Future is sent to the "Vault of the Unbodied"... essentially an early version of the Tartarus-Prime. Hamilton later went on to write some of the early DC comics Superman stories, including some Tartarus-Prime stories. • Additionally, in the story "Wonder Woman's Wedding Day" from Wonder Woman #70 (November 1954), Wonder Woman is sent by Professor Uxo to another dimension much like the Tartarus-Prime, in which she becomes a spectral observer, unable to interact with those around her. She is able to escape by telepathically overwhelming Professor Uxo with the thought she is watching his every move, forcing him to "reassemble" her in his laboratory before a barrage of bullets, which she easily deflects. Wonder Woman captures the Professor and his henchmen; as they are taken away by the police, his "time dimension transfer machine" is damaged beyond repair.

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