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Dr Who

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From TARDIS Index File, the free Doctor Who reference.

Obsidian was a hard, black variation of glass, found in areas of volcanic activity. It was used in blades on the planet Karagula by the surface dwelling Karagulans because of its high quality. (NSA: The Colour of Darkness)

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Obsidian was planet in orbit of the star Loki, located near the Romulan Neutral Zone. It was given its name by Federation observers, due to its dark surface covered with black volcanic glass.

Obsidian's atmosphere, while class M, had a nearly non-existant ozone layer which, combined with the high radiation output of its star, made Obsidian a harsh desert world. Still, numerous lifeforms survived here, including a sentient humanoid race.

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People

The people of Obsidian were distinugished by their dark-olive complexions, sharp features, and angular bodies. Two distinct cultures existed among the Obsidian people: the city dwellers, who took permanent refuge from the desert in the oasis settlement of Kalara; and the nomadic tribes who roamed the deserts and mountain ranges. The two groups maintained little contact, with the city dwellers considering the nomads uncivilized animals, and the nomads called the residents of Kalara "Tamed Ones", ignorant of the ways of desert life.

One aspect of desert life was the concept of the Sunstorm Truce. During solar storms, all hostilities between tribes were put aside, and no person could be refused shelter from the sun's deadly output.

The people of Obsidian had very basic theological beliefs, with a personified force of Good, and an opposite force of Evil: the Fiery One, who is depicted with red hair and eyes of flame.

History

In the 2290s, faced with an increase in cancers and infant mortalities due to Loki's increaseing flare activities, the people of Kalara called on the Federation for help. A small Starfleet mission was established, under the command of Captain David Rabin. However, most of Rabin's efforts to improve life on Obsidian came to failure, leading him to suspect sabotage.

At almost the same time, the Romulan Star Empire, with the help of a mad Vulcan named Sered, took advantage of the religion of one of the desert tribes to cast Rabin and the Federation as forces of evil, and force Starfleet to abandon the planet. In the end, these efforts were unsuccessful. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge)

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DC Comics

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Real Name
Current Alias

Identity

Alignment


Relatives
Alan Scott (Green Lantern, Father); Jennie-Lynn Hayden (Jade, Twin Sister, deceased); Mayflower (half-sister, deceased), Rose Canton (Thorn, Mother, deceased); James Rice (Adoptive Father); Shirley Rice (Adoptive Mother); Molly Maynne (Harlequin, Step-Mother)

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Base Of Operations

Characteristics
Gender

Height
5' 11"

Weight
193 lbs (88 kg)

Eyes

Hair

Unusual Features
None

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Adventurer, JSA Chief of Security

Education
N/A

Origin
Origin
He found out in his late teens that he had a twin sister, Jennie-Lynn Hayden, alias Jade. They met, discovered they both had superpowers and, operating under the assumption that Green Lantern was their father (which they did not know for certain at the time, but did eventually learn to be true), decided to follow in his footsteps.

Place of Birth
Unknown


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History

Obsidian is the codename of Todd James Rice, the biological son of Alan Scott (the Golden Age superhero Green Lantern) and the Golden Age villain known as Thorn. Todd was raised in an abusive adoptive home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He found out in his late teens that he had a twin sister, Jennie-Lynn Hayden, alias Jade. They met, discovered they both had superpowers and, operating under the assumption that Green Lantern was their father (which they did not know for certain at the time, but did eventually learn to be true), decided to follow in his footsteps.

Jade and Obsidian became founding members of the hero group Infinity, Inc, which comprised those who continued the legacy of the JSA. He served with this group for its duration, then continued to partner with his sister. He was also briefly affiliated with the Justice League.

Obsidian apparently inherited schizophrenia from his mother, Thorn. However, his connection with the shadow realm which gave him his powers and the experience of seeing the blackness within many other souls caused him to go gradually insane, and after many of his team-mates were killed and the Justice League of which he was a part was disbanded, he began a sort of revenge campaign against both of his fathers - biological and adoptive. Corrupted by Ian Karkull, Obsidian turned evil, using his shadow powers to spread darkness over the entire world. Obsidian had a conflict with the new JSA in Milwaukee which was ended by a sacrifice on the part of his adoptive father James Rice after a drawn-out battle with Sentinel, He was defeated by his father. Obsidian retreated to the Shadowlands, the otherdimensional plane from which he derives his powers. Later he joined the mystical villains Mordru and Eclipso to seek vengeance (unsuccessfully) on Green Lantern and the JSA. Following his defeat, Obsidian was cured of his mental imbalance.

After being cured, Obsidan retired. It was during this time that Todd finally came to terms with the fact that he was gay. He met and fell in love with Damon Matthews, an assistant district attorney who works with the vigilante Manhunter (Kate Spencer). Todd's powers went dormant during most of this time, but they returned, following the death of his twin sister Jade during Infinite Crisis. He has since then returned to being a superhero and is still dating Damon happily.

Prior to Justice Society of America vol. 3 #1, Obsidian joins the team. He serves as the security guard of their New York headquarters.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Shadowlands Connection: Unlike his sister, Jade, whose powers resembled their father's, Obsidian has various shadow-based powers from his father's exposure to Shadow energy after a battle with Ian Karkull. Obsidian is connected to the Shadowlands, a dimension of primordial, quasi-sentient darkness.

  • Shadow Form: Obsidian possesses the power of shadows. He does this by tapping into the dark energy of a dimension known as the Shadowlands. Todd can turn into a living, three-dimensional shadow by merging with his own shadow, turning it completely black. If he wished he could merge whatever he is wearing with his shadow as well. He can turn any part or all of his body two-dimensional. The full-range of Obsidian's powers has yet to be revealed. In his shadow form he has the powers of:
  • Intangibility: capable of passing through walls and people.
  • Enhanced Strength
  • Superhuman Vitality
  • Levitation: he can float weightlessly, almost fly
  • Shadow Control: Obsidian could animate the shadows of others.
  • Shadow Possession: ability to possess people by taking possession of their own shadow.
  • Growth: ability to grow to enormous sizes
  • Shadow Constructs: create objects out of shadow, in a similar way that his father and sister can create objects out of green energy.
  • Darkside View: Obsidian also has limited telepathic abilities and by coming in contact with a victim's shadow he could cause them emotional agony by subjecting them to their innermost fears.

Telepathic Link: Obsidian could communicate with his sister Jade through a limited form of telepathy.

Antimatter Resistance: During the Crisis Obsidian learned that in his shadow form he is resistant to low amounts of antimatter, for instance the amount of antimatter a shadow demon is made of. In his shadow form shadow demons can not hurt him but he can hurt them.

Weaknesses

Light Flaw: His shadow-form was easily injured by bright light.

Trivia

  • Obsidian grew up in a abusive foster home.
  • Obsidian is homosexual.
  • Obsidian is in a relationship with Damon Matthews.
  • Obsidian formally dated Marcie Cooper the 3rd Harlequin.

Recommended Readings

  • Infinity, Inc. # 01-53 (March 1984-August 1988)
  • JSA # 46-50 (May 2003-September 2003)

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Fallout

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Game company
Obsidian Entertainment
Company data
founded in: 2003
founded by: Feargus Urquhart
Chris Parker
Darren L. Monahan
Chris Avellone
Chris Jones
headquarters: Santa Ana, California (USA)
key people: Feargus Urquhart, CEO
Chris Parker, COO
Darren L. Monahan, CIO
Chris Avellone, CCO
Chris Jones, CTO
Fallout games
developer for: Fallout: New Vegas (upcoming)
Other games
developer for: Neverwinter Nights 2
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
External links
homepage: http://www.obsidianent.com
Wikipedia: Obsidian Entertainment
MobyGames: Obsidian Entertainment

Obsidian Entertainment, founded in 2003 after the disestablishment of Interplay Entertainment's Black Isle Studios, is a video game developer for PC and console systems. Obsidian continues to operate under management by its founding officers: Feargus Urquhart, Chris Parker, Darren Monahan, Chris Avellone and Chris Jones. In July 2005 they hired Josh Sawyer of Icewind Dale fame. Several of the developers at Obsidian worked on Fallout, Fallout 2 and Van Buren (the canceled Fallout 3 project).

On April 20 2009, Bethesda Softworks announced that a new game in the Fallout series, Fallout: New Vegas will be developed by Obsidian, with an expected release in 2010.

Products

  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (released for Xbox in 2004 and for PC in 2005)
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 (released for PC in 2006)
  • Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer (released for PC in 2007)
  • Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir (released for PC in 2008)
  • Alpha Protocol (in development)
  • Fallout: New Vegas (in development)

See also

The contents of this page were entirely or partially copied from Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, and are therefore licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. The original version, its history and authors can be found at Obsidian Entertainment.

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Obsidian is a naturally occurring glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. It is produced when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly through the glass transition temperature and freezes without sufficient time for crystal growth. Obsidian is commonly found within the margins of rhyolitic lava flows known as obsidian flows, where cooling of the lava is rapid. Because of the lack of crystal structure, obsidian blade edges can reach almost molecular thinness, leading to its ancient use as projectile points, and its modern use as surgical scalpel blades.

Obsidian represents the Ages of Abandonment[1], a period of time that begins the Covenant's Progression of Ages.

Sources

  1. Halo: Contact Harvest, page 196

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Runescape

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Obsidian is a volcanic glass found in TzHaar City under the volcano in Karamja. Obsidian could refer to:

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Obsidian was a naturally occurring material, with several things named for it:

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Transformers

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This article is about the Beast Machines Vehicon and the Universe Decepticon. For the Robots in Disguise Decepticon, see Obsidian (RID).
Obsidian is a Vehicon from the Beast Machines portion of the Beast Era continuity family.

Obsidian and his consort Strika have fought for Cybertron in countless battles... and won them all. Though he is sophisticated and canny, able to concoct strategies with layers upon layers, his purpose is single-minded. He defends Cybertron.

There is some fine print. Whoever happens to be in charge, whether a benevolent or malevolent force, in his reasoning, is Cybertron. Once power changes hands, so does he. He is loyal only to the planet, and perhaps his consort Strika, not to any moral ideals. As his fellow Vehicon General Thrust has remarked, "If you're loyal to everybody, can you really be loyal to anybody?"... a question that has given Obsidian pause.

While he was pretending to be dumber-even-than-Tankor, his activation code (and, indeed, his entire vocabulary) was "obliterate". He dropped the word when the ruse was over.

In an alternate universe, Obsidian was a former Autobot who rose to overthrow Megatron and take over Cybertron, only to be abducted by Unicron to serve as his Minion.

Note: Obsidian has been variously credited as a former Autobot or as a former Predacon.[1]

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Fiction

Beast Machines cartoon

Voice Actor: Paul Dobson (English), Masaya Onosaka (Japanese)
Obsidian, LA Nails spokes-bot.
No, really. HE WANTS TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE TRANSFORMERS.
I want to tell you about the Transformers!

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Tired of the Maximals using his world as a playground and getting fed up with Thrust's inability to handle them, Megatron selected two Sparks to be his new generals. When Thrust first saw Obsidian and Strika, he remarked "Very nice, boss. Very very nice." However, the feeling wasn't mutual, as Thrust discovered when he started to inform the new guys of their enemies - and was batted away by Obsidian, bouncing off the wall and sliding to a halt as his "feet".

Obsidian was quick to act against the Maximals, ambushing Silverbolt and Nightscream with Strika. Screaming "Obliterate!" repeatedly, he pursued Silverbolt but was tackled by Optimus Primal, sending both crashing into the ground. When Optimus tried to reason with him, Obsidian merely fired at him and transformed, escaping into the city. He rendezvoused with Strika and let the Maximals into a trap, as hundred of drones modeled after the two generals surrounded them. Transforming to robot mode, Obsidian remarked "Although he took his name from a great leader, Optimus Primal never learned the first rule of warfare: NEVER underestimate your opponent." The Maximals were able to escape the trap, but found all of their escape routes blocked by drones, Rattrap surprised at the number of drones and Optimus realizing that it wasn't number but tactics; their new opponents were master strategists. Forced to barricade themselves inside the Counsel Citadel, Primal realized that they had been herded there, at which point Obsidian contacted him and offered the Maximals the chance to surrender themselves. Revealing who he and Strika were, Obsidian informed Optimus that "Megatron IS Cybertron. To defend one is to defend the other. And to betray Megatron is to invite death." Despite their advantage, Obsidian and Strika were unable to capture the Maximals due to Botanica's timely arrival, disrupting the drones' targeting systems and allowing the Maximals to escape. Sparkwar Pt. I: The Strike

Obsidian's next major move was against Cheetor, Blackarachnia and Silverbolt. Sent to a shell yard by Megatron and told to wait for the Maximals (as Megatron had sent Optimus a flash about the Sparks and their possible locations, which of course was a trap), Obsidian attacked the trio, outgunning and outflanking them easily. However, a power core thrown by Cheetor was hit by a shot from one of Obsidian's drones even as he was desperately telling them to cease fire, causing a huge explosion that sent him and his drones flying away in a fiery shockwave. Sparkwar Pt. II: The Search

When Megatron began to enact his plan for the Sparks, Obsidian and Strika were stationed to watch over the ground and air around the BFH. While he didn't get to do much personally, Obsidian attempted to engage Savage/Noble in single combat, only to have one of his own drones smacked into him and then Strika thrown into him. Ouch. Sparkwar Pt. III: The Siege

After Megatron's seeming destruction, the generals were at a loss. Without a leader they had no purpose, and when Cheetor and Nightscream approached them with an offer to join the Maximals they accepted, much to Thrust's annoyance. A possessed Jet Drone suddenly attacked both the generals and the Maximals, destroying the drones that were present. Obsidian and Strika did not join Cheetor and Nightscream in the fight against the Jet Drone (wusses). Later, Optimus welcomed the two to the group and sent them to patrol the inside of the Gran Mal, where they unsuccessfully tried to stop Megatron's depolarized Spark from entering. After Megatron was re-polarized and bonded to a Diagnostic Drone, Obsidian and Strika seized him and made their escape, pledging their loyalty to evil once again. Spark of Darkness

The conflict came to a head when Megatron began an all-out attack on his former base, seeking to reclaim the Sparks. Obsidian fell victim to Rattrap's identity scrambler, destroying several of his own troops before realizing his mistake. He later returned to his main fleet that was attacking the BFH, but they were unable to penetrate the shields. That changed when Megatron found a device Rattrap used to send Botanica back to the surface - a shield harmonic device synchronized to the base's shields. Obsidian and Strika were then able to fire through the shields and destroy the base's drive units, sending it plummeting into the Citadel. Endgame Pt. I: The Downward Spiral

After repairing and placing his troops, Obsidian began a second attack on the Gran Mal with Strika and Thrust. Taking down the shields and defeating several Maximals, the trio were left with only Cheetor in their way. However, the Maximal led them into the engine room, where he brought the anti-gravity generators online and sent Obsidian and Strika into Cybertron's orbit. Endgame Pt. II: When Legends Fall

Universe CD-ROM

Whee.

On an alternate Cybertron, Obsidian fought alongside the Decepticons Tankor, Razorclaw, Reptillion [sic], and Blackarachnia against Optimus Primal and his Autobots. One of these battles—the most violent of that year—was interrupted by a mysterious ship that sucked those Decepticons up on beams of light and sped away. None of the combatants realized that it was taking its captives to Unicron for use in a massive army. Universe CD-ROM

Note: This comic shows no signs of being intended to mesh with other Universe fiction. There are inconsistencies in many of its elements, but given that Universe is entirely ABOUT alternate dimensions, it could still be a side note to the greater storyline. Obsidian is one of the few characters who could conceivably be the same ones who show up the main Universe comic, but it is up to the reader to decide if that's the case.

Universe comic

In a parallel universe, the Predacon Megatron "decimated" Cybertron's population by capturing their sparks, including the vaunted Autobot general Obsidian. (It is unknown whether this literally means he only got one-tenth of the Cybertronians.) When Megatron gave him a new, helicopter-based body, Obsidian hid his thirst for revenge behind a feigned loyalty. He conspired with the brute Tankor, eventually using the latter's raw strength to carry out Megatron's termination. Obsidian, now an "ex-Autobot," supplanted the Predacon's rule with an iron-fisted tyranny of his own. With his enforcer Tankor at his side, he put down uprisings and held the planet in fear... until Unicron decided that such a mindset would serve his own purposes, and he pulled them out of their universe entirely.[2]

Unicron, his ruined form trapped between dimensions, sought to revitalize himself by pitting abducted Transformers against each other within his own body, absorbing their energon radiation and, eventually, sparks. But Obsidian was spared this fate, instead overseeing the deathmatch arena along with Tankor, Razorclaw, Reptilion, and Striker. Silverbolt, one of the intended victims, recognized Obsidian. Obsidian confirmed the familiarity, but noted that in his and Tankor's own timeline, Silverbolt had "died screaming." Abduction

For all his boasting and accomplishments, though, Obsidian still did a pretty crappy job of keeping Optimus Primal from freeing Silverbolt and dozens of other captives. Escape Notably, by this time Obsidian's allegiance had fully switched to "Decepticon,"[3] though it's unclear if this was before or after his coming under the thrall of Unicron.

Intimidation Game

Voice Actor: Paul Dobson (English)

The Tripredacus agent Flamewar was held prisoner and interrogated by a group of Autobots and Maximals which included Obsidian. However, it transpired that the questioning was merely a test of suitability by the Predacon insurrectionist Megatron, and the entity appearing to be Obsidian was in fact a disguised Buzz Saw. Intimidation Game

Note: This story, if it is meant to be part of Beast Wars continuity, would be somewhere around the beginning of the Pax Cybertronia. However, it is tied directly to "Descent into Evil", which has been declared out-of-continuity by one of its creators. Take that as you will.

Toys

Beast Machines

  • Obsidian (Basic, 2000)
    • Accessories: Two rotors
A Basic-price point toy in the Beast Machines line, Obsidian transforms into a twin-rotor assault helicopter vaguely similar to an Osprey. His cockpit in helicopter mode is multi-jointed to allow it movement to look around, the Vehicons' toy aesthetic being "living vehicles". The cockpit's "eyes" further enhance the effect. The two rotor blades are pressure-launch projectiles.
The same mold is used by Robots in Disguise Obsidian and Universe Obsidian. A hand-painted mock-up of the mold was presented as a proposed Wreckers Rotorbolt as a future BotCon exclusive, but was never produced.

Universe

  • Tankor & Obsidian (Ultra, 2003)
A redeco of the Beast Machines Obsidian toy with darker deco featuring silver-paint "energon surge" splash-patterns.

Beast Wars Returns

  • Obsidian (Basic, 2005)
    • Japanese ID number: BR-14
    • Accessories: Two rotors
In 2005 the toy was redecoed and released as part of the Japanese Toys 'R' Us exclusive Beast Wars Returns series, the Japanese version of Beast Machines. Having been produced several years after the cartoon was, this version had a deco considerably more show-accurate than the original, but still not quite there, physical differences between the mold and show model regardless.

Trivia

  • At one point Obsidian was planned to have a deluxe toy that would be more show-accurate. Sadly, this toy never made it past pre-production. (Rotorbolt was originally going to be a BotCon exclusive redeco of this mold, explaining why he was drawn to match Obsidian's show appearance in the Wreckers comics rather than the Basic toy.)
  • Story editor Bob Skir wanted to depict Obsidian and Strika's return to Cybertron after the reformatting wave hit in the last episode, making them the only two purely mechanical beings remaining. They would refuse reformatting into techno-organic forms, seeing being in their normal bodies as punishment for their misguided actions. However, this never made it into the series.
  • Obsidian's Universe coloration is not far at all from the proposed colors for the unmade Wrecker Rotorbolt (save the "energon surge" deco, of course). As such, many fans use him as a substitute for the haughty Predacon.

References

  1. While most other sources hint at or outright declare him having once been an Autobot, Transformers: The Ultimate Guide calls Obsidian "one of the most feared and deadly Predacon warrior-generals from Cybertron's past."
  2. Obsidian's bio in Transformers Universe #2
  3. Tankor's bio, ibid.

External Links

  • Obsidian at TFU.info

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YCM

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Obsidian
黒曜石
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Obsidian
黒曜石
Obsidian
Obsidian
Attribute: EARTH Image:Earth.png
Type: Rock
Level: 2 Image:Star.pngImage:Star.png
ATK/DEF: 1800/1800
Card Lore: A Rare mineral that has been infused by Mystral Energy, giving it the soul of a monster. Although it's a beautiful stone, it is incredibly hard with many sharp edges.
Sets with this Card: Dawn of Ragnarok - DWRG - EN017
Rarity: Common
Card Limit: Unlimited
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