Monday, February 8, 2010

Power Rings - Red

After the tribute I've made about bat species and the soundtrack of "Batman Begins", I didn't know what tribute to start next. Well, the main themes of LOTR is a good idea, but I think that I should first make something more comics-related. So I decided to write about the various Lantern Corps of the DC comics universe.
With blood and rage of crimson red,
Ripped from a corpse so freshly dead,
Together with our hellish hate,
We'll burn you all--That is your fate!

A red ring feeds on the rage of its user and anyone nearby, and is charged by the blood of those the user kills.Contrary to Green Lantern rings, which provide helpful commentary, red rings are depicted as constantly emitting violent commands ("Kill," "Rage," "Pain," "Hatred," etc.), driving their wearers insane with rage and reducing them to little more than snarling beasts. However, Saint Walker states that the rings are deliberately set to select beings with uncontrollable rage. The energy of red rings replaces the user's blood, which can then be regurgitated through the bearer's mouth in a highly corrosive form. The red ring's energy is also capable of corrupting the energies of other power rings, preventing them from functioning properly. The aura of a red ring is savage and rough in comparison to a green ring, but can be used similarly with sufficient focus, as Hal Jordan demonstrates by creating green lantern-like constructs when temporarily possessed by a red ring. The Blue Lanterns' energy is the only known power source capable of neutralizing the Red Lanterns' influences, and in combination with the Green Lanterns' energy can destroy the red ring. Removing a red ring without a blue ring present to heal the bearer results in death due to blood loss.

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