- We have been absolute masters of this world for thousands of years! It does not rain, but that we permit it! Now you say the world will destroy us?
- — Lara Lor-Van src
Lara Lor-Van was the mother of Superman.
Lara Lor-Van, daughter of was born a descendent of the noble lord known as Nara on the planet, Krypton. Raised in the most rigid and sterile traditions, she grew up to become a reputable scholar and librarian in the capital city's archives.
Like all Kryptonian females, Lara was fated to marry a man deemed genetically fit to carry her offspring. The Master of the Gestation Chambers cross referenced her name within the Register of Citizens and selected a young man named Zon-Em as a suitable mate. However, during this time, harmful radioactive elements from Krypton's unstable core began affecting the planet's general populace. Over a period of several weeks, thousands of Kryptonians fell victim to the radioactive fallout commonly referred to as the Green Plague. The Plague took Zon-Em's life and Lara was left without an ideal suitor. The Master of the Gestation Chambers selected a secondary name from the Register, and chose fifteen-year-old Jor-El as a worthy companion.
Lara's grandmother, Nara, informed Jor-El's father, Seyg-El of the proposition. Although Jor-El had yet to partake in the Kryptonian rite of passage, Seyg-El was pleased that Nara would offer her own granddaughter to join with the noble House of El.
Kryptonian marriage was a matter of procreative efficiency and it was uncommon for couples to even meet one another, let alone form bonds of affection. Jor-El however proved himself to be an unorthodox suitor and brazenly requested to be introduced to his wife-to-be. The nobles were uncomfortable with the favor, but acquiesced nonetheless. As luck would have it, Jor-El and Lara actually fell in love with one another.
Years passed and the robotic laborers collected genetic samples of each of them with which to conceive the couple's child. Naming him Kal-El, the infant was raised in an isolated gestation chamber within the bowels of a vast nursery. Weeks later, Jor-El discovered that the Green Plague that had destroyed so many Kryptonians was but the foreshadowing of a much graver threat. The world's core had become extremely unstable and threatened to destroy the planet within hours.
Jor-El created a hyper-drive system that he modified to accomadate Kal-El's birthing matrix. He showed Lara an image of a world where their son would be safe from Krypton's ultimate destruction - a world called Earth. At first, Lara was horrified at the so-called savage Earth populace, but held onto the hope that her son might one day indoctrinate the terrestrial people towards proper Kryptonian ways.
As Krypton's core overheated, Lara and Jor-El launched the hyper-drive birthing matrix into outer space. They shared a final moment of intimacy before their home world exploded ending the lives of several billion Kryptonians.
- 69 Appearances of Lara Lor-Van (New Earth)
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- 1 Quotations by or about Lara Lor-Van (New Earth)
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