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Real Name
Joshua Saunders
Current Alias

Highfather, Takion of the Source




Phyllis Saunders (mother)


Base Of Operations


6' 2"





Marital Status

Avatar of Highfather of New Genesis, Source Avatar, formerly Psychologist

First appearance
Last appearance

Takion #1



Personal History

Josh Saunders, a blind psychologist, who was chosen by Highfather Izaya to become a Source Elemental and given the ability to manipulate the Source, because Highfather felt he was "a man without destiny" and therefore would not be missed. Highfather named him "Takion of the Source" and told him that he must clean a taint from the Source. In reality, Takion was created as an Avatar of Highfather, as a security measure in the event of Highfather's death. In that moment, Takion was able to see everything, all his failures and victories, and time was without boundary. He was even able to foresee Highfather's death.

While trying to deal with the ebb and flow of energy through his body into and out of the Source, Josh attracted the attention of Captain Atom, The Flash and Green Lantern. After a brief fight he easily defeated all three heroes and left the planet, feeling that with his immense power levels he was a threat to everyone on Earth.

Cosmic Awareness

The problem was that although he had Cosmic Awareness, unlike the New Gods, he had to filter all the information it brought using the primitive thought structures of a human brain, and this dissonance was making him unstable. He spent his time in space learning how to separate the future and past from the present, and forcing his awareness to exist only in the present. He allowed his body to discorporate so that he could re-assemble himself. This was when he first discovered he had the ability to possess others, read their minds, and also their potential timeline and destiny. Takion eventually learned how to accept and use his cosmic awareness.


Takion's most frequent enemy was "Stayne," his dark counterpart, a nameless human woman transformed by Darkseid's power. Stayne was sent to keep Takion from achieving his true potential, and from discovering Darkseid's plan to destroy the Source Wall. After Stayne's creation, he finally caught up to Darkseid and confronted him for the first time. Her first act was to attempt to cut him off from the Source, an act which immediately caused him to appear emaciated; Takion countered her attack and regained control. Later, Takion was finally able to make conscious contact with the Source, and teleported himself, Stayne, and an alien zealot to the Source Wall. During their fight on the wall, Takion discovered that Stayne was an Avatar of the dark side of the Source, and that whichever one of the Avatars touched the Source Wall first would have total control over their half of the Source, and by extension everything.

Izaya's death

During the events of "Genesis," Highfather Izaya) learned of Darkseid's plans to destroy the Source Wall and take control of the Source itself. Izaya gathered a group of young gods, including Zeus, Jove, Odin and Ares together to fight him. However, Ares rebelled against Highfather, and killed him. Ares was imprisoned in the new Source Wall by the other gods.


After Izaya's death, the role of Highfather was offered to his son, Scott Free (Mister Miracle), who was Izaya's only living heir, but he turned it down. Takion became the new Highfather. At one point during a crisis, he asked for guidance from Highfather, who had become one with the Source. Highfather was able to temporarily return from the Source by using the body of his Avatar Takion (this had been the real purpose for Takion's creation). Highfather resurrected Supertown, and provided the people of New Genesis with new hope.

Death of the New Gods

Takion would later die at the hands of the Infinity Man, killed along with the rest of the New Gods under direction of the Source. He was murdered at the Source Wall while pondering the other deaths, and was led there by Himon, who may or may not have been the Infinity Man himself in disguise at that point.

Powers and Abilities


Source Avatar: A living embodiment of the Source, and to the spirit of Highfather. Takion has the ability to commune with the source and thus gain a understanding of its wisdom, guidance and motivations. He is also empowered by the source. He is the conduit and avatar of the source to the New Gods of New Genesis.

Energy Channeling: Takion's only limit is the amount of energy existing in the Source, he cannot create new energy, but can channel and manipulate existing forms of energy. He apparently can actively shift the signature of wave energy along its spectrum.

Cosmic Awareness: ability to but had to filter this awareness and all the information it brought using the primitive thought structures of a human brain, and this dissonance was making him unstable. He spent his time in space learning how to separate the future and past from the present, and forcing his awareness to exist only in the present.

Possession: ability to possess others at will.

Immortality: Like few other of the New Gods, Highfather is functionally immortal, having ceased aging physically. Unless he falls in battle, Highfather is immune to the ravages of time, and could easily live for thousands upon thousands of years.

Invulnerability: He is resistant to blunt trauma like punches, kicks, and blows from weapons like bats and maces, though not -completely- immune; unless the blows a dealt by a being with similar or greater strength than Highfather, there just isn't a chance of injury. However, his invulnerability does not extend to bullets, laser-blasts, or other piercing/slicing weapons - his invulnerability is more akin to that of an Amazon, rather than a Kryptonian.

Super Strength: While Highfather's strength as a New God is naturally greater than that of a human man of his (approximate) build and stature who engages in regular intensive exercise.

Super Stamina: Highfather's stamina and endurance is nothing short of amazing. Highfather is able to manage his stamina on a certain amount of rest and sustenance (more than minimal) so that it seems he is able to constantly function, though this is not entirely the case. Tied directly to his strength and invulnerability, even his immunity to a certain extent, Highfather can actually function at peak efficiency for almost 48 hours before needing to eat and rest off the stress.

Telepathy: ability to read the minds of others.

Precognition: ability to see the potential timeline and destiny of a person.

Matter Alteration: He seems to be able to rewrite the atomic structure of matter by re-arranging the subatomic particles that form its identity matrix.

Intangibility: He could become intangible at will

Teleportation: He can teleport at will.

Time Continuum Manipulation: He could manipulate subjective time on a quantum level.

Energy Dampening: He could also dampen energy fields, including the ring of Green Lantern Kyle Rayner



  • Golden Staff

See Also

Links and References

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Highfather Izaya
Highfather of New Genesis (Current)

Highfather Izaya
Source Avatar (Current)

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