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- Tor lorek san, bor nakka mur,
Natromo faan tornek wot ur,
Ter lantern ker lo Abin Sur,
Taan lek lek nok -- Formorrow Sur!
- —Indigo Tribe Oathsrc
The Indigo Tribe, also known as the Indigo Lantern Corps, are the wielders of the indigo light of compassion. Their ranks are made up of merciless killers who were forced to wear rings of Indigo to make them feel compassion.
The planet Nok was a peaceful world populated by an indigenous species. One day a race of alien slavers came to the world and attempted to force them into a life of work. However a Green Lantern named Abin Sur defended the people of Nok from the enslavers. Eventually the people of Nok found a font of Indigo Light in a cavern which originated in the core of the planet. When the people of Nok dipped their weapons in this light the slavers they hit became overcome with remorse for a short time. Eventually Abin Sur and the people of Nok were able to defeat the slavers, with many of the Nok people returning to their homes in the forests. One priest decided to teach Abin Sur about the Indigo Light, his name was Natromo.
Together Natromo and Abin Sur learnt that the Indigo light was connected to the Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum and that this font was an example of the rarest light in the spectrum, the light of compassion. Natromo and Abin Sur eventually constructed a Power Ring out of the Indigo Light, this would be the first Indigo Power Ring of compassion. After the ring was constructed Abin left the planet and returned with a woman named Iroque, a remorseless killer who had murdered Abin's daughter. Abin put the ring on Iroque's finger which flooded Iroque with great remorse as she wept for hours, regretting every bad deed she had ever done. Iroque became Indigo-1, the first member of the Indigo Tribe, guardians of the Indigo light of compassion.
Abin Sur travelled the universe and picked up more remorseless killers to fill the ranks of the Indigo Tribe. Natromo forged more rings of compassion for the killers, nether joining their ranks. Natromo also converted the Indigo font into the Central Power Battery of the Indigo Tribe, which would power all of the rings and force their wearers to constantly feel compassion. The true reason Abin created this Corps wasn't to bring redemption to criminals, but instead the Indigo Tribe was meant as an army for a prophecy.
Abin foresaw a time when the dead would rise and consume all life in an event known as Blackest Night. However this isn't what Abin needed the Indigo Tribe for, instead he needed it for what would come after. Abin foresaw that the Guardians of the Universe would try to bring order to the universe with a successor to the Green Lanterns known as the Third Army, Abin believed this threat would be unbeatable so created the Corps in order to make the Guardians feel compassion before it was too late.
After the formation of the Tribe Abin Sur died and his ring went to Hal Jordan of Earth. Natromo kept himself isolated from the Tribe and the rest of the universe as he waited for Abin Sur to return with news of the Third Army, completely oblivious to the ongoing events in the universe. The Indigo Tribe went on to assist the universe in the defense against the Black Lantern Corps during the Blackest Night. After the army of the dead was defeated the Indigo Tribe took their leader Black Hand and inducted him into the Indigo Tribe, unknown to the other Lantern Corps who still sought to locate Hand.Thaal Sinestro. Sinestro had founded and lead the Yellow Lantern Corps until he returned to his roots in the Green Lantern Corps. The Indigo Tribe judged that Sinestro would not stay on the side of good for long, and so planned to induct him into their Corps so he could finally feel compassion. Members of the Tribe lead by Indigo-1 travelled to planet Earth, where Sinestro was currently meeting with fellow Green Lantern Hal Jordan. Indigo-1 didn't want to fight Hal because of the friendship they had formed during the Blackest Night, however when Hal left her no choice she didn't hesitate to knock him out and bring him to Nok alongside Sinestro.
When the Tribe arrived back at Nok they locked Hal in a cell and had Black Hand guard their new captive. At the same time they bound Sinestro to a ritual alter and began purging the green light from his system so they could replace it with compassion. However Sinestro was able to escape his bounding and kill the Tribe member who was purging his energy. Indigo-1 then knocked Sinestro out once again and completed the ritual, converting Sinestro into the newest member of the Indigo Tribe.
One by the one the Indigo Rings began shutting down, returning their wielders back to their evil routes. Led by Iroque, the serial killers of the Indigo Tribe attempted to hunt down and butcher Sinestro and Jordan. The killers followed the pair into the thick forests of the planet where Sinestro eventually turned back to fight them, buying time for Jordan and Natromo to restart the Central Power Battery. Iroque was the only killer to notice Jordan and Natromo circle back to the Battery and so followed them while the other killers dealt with Sinestro. Iroque overheard Natromo saying that it would take him weeks to rebuild the Battery. However Iroque still held remorse over murdering Abin's daughter, this remorse was the spark of compassion that Natromo needed to restart the Battery. And so with Iroque's compassion the Indigo Tribe was reforged.
With the troubling news that Hand had escaped, Indigo-1 teleported the Green Lanterns to Korugar, the home planet of Sinestro. The two Lanterns planned to track down Black Hand, and Sinestro had a possession on Korugar that would allow him and Jordan to find where Hand had gone. Indigo-1 bid the pair farewell and told them the Tribe would be ready when the Guardians needed to be imprisoned. Upon reaching Nok Indigo-1 and Natromo began forging new Indigo Rings to use on the Guardians of the Universe. Sinestro and Hal were able to find Hand, but after a tense fight the Black Lantern was able to escape again.
- Indigo Tribe Staffs
- Indigo Tribe Central Power Battery: Found on Nok, the Central Power Battery of the Indigo Tribe holds the indigo light of compassion in its center. If it the central battery is destroyed or shut down, the rings of the Indigo Tribe immediately shut down.
Transportation: None known.
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- 17 Appearances of Indigo Tribe (Prime Earth)
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