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"In Blackest Night": Returning from a mission to find a suitable protector for the Obsidia Deeps, Katma Tui reports back to the Guardians. Katma explains that that sector is lightless, without stars, suns, or

Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #3 is an issue of the series Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual (Volume 1) with a cover date of August, 1987.

Synopsis for "In Blackest Night"

Returning from a mission to find a suitable protector for the Obsidia Deeps, Katma Tui reports back to the Guardians. Katma explains that that sector is lightless, without stars, suns, or any sort of light, making it hard for her to even locate a planet. Eventually, she found a world sparsely populated, where he saw a silicone-based life-form apparently suited for becoming a Green Lantern, meditating in the dark. His name was Rot Lop Fan, and he was blind, initially startled by Katma's sudden voice. Using her ring to translate, Katma explained her intentions, but she had trouble describing the Green Lantern Corps. For a naturally blind species like his, the words "green" and "lantern" are meaningless because there's no concept of color or light in their language. So every time she said those worlds, the ring couldn't translate it for him. Eventually, she resorted to explaining the same concept but with something he could understand: sound. Putting her ring on his finger, she asked Rot Lop Fan to imagine a bell that resonated a sound that soothed him, in this case, an F-Sharp. This "F-Sharp Bell" would allow him to emit sound waves and shape them into solid forms. Then, Katma told him that his power battery was like his tuning fork, and she created an oath for him, replacing the concepts of "light" and "color" with sounds. Finally, she gave Rot Lop Fan a modified suit, replacing the Green Lantern symbol with a bell.

Her mission accomplished, the Guardians accept her reports, even though she doesn't think he qualifies as a member of the Green Lantern Corps. The Guardians, tell her that they will think about this matter, and they'll try "not to keep him in the dark too long." Katma realizes that she heard a Guardian make a joke, making her feel uneasy.

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Synopsis for "Guardian Angel!"

Green Lantern Shingo Wol came to the planet Tumbla IV to stop a civil war between two armies, but his interference united both sides against him. The battle extends for hours, and he gets overpowered by the numerous enemies and their yellow weapons. Sore and on the brink of unconsciousness, Shingo starts to hallucinate, imagining himself overcoming the yellow impurity and becoming invincible, defeating the massive army of enemies surrounding him. But in reality, his death is imminent. Mortally wounded by the yellow spears and swords pierced through his chest and back, Shingo Wol lies death on the battlefield, and his enemies retreat, reveling on their victory.

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Synopsis for "Worship"

Wissen, the Green Lantern of the planet Veltre, is considered a god to its people, and as he welcomes the advent of a new High Priestess, three other Green Lanterns arrive, informing Wissen of an imminent catastrophe threatening his world. Seeing three equals giving him orders, his subjects start to doubt Wissen's godhood, and he leaves, feeling guilty for his lies. After saving his planet, Wissen returns to Veltre, but he's too ashamed to face his people. He claims that he's not worthy of having such authority, and not even worthy of being a Green Lantern. Angry, he takes off his ring and throws it away. Later, the High Priestess Da'n approaches him and speaks on behalf of the people, claiming that, even though they feel betrayed, they see great strength in him, and that they need him. D'an gives his ring back, and as she puts it on his finger, she invites him to come down of his mountaintop and join his people.

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Synopsis for "A Sense of Obligation"

A pregnant Green Lantern called Ahtier attempts to stop an invading ship of the Coltans from invading Zymia. However, the ship explodes, and she gets injured by yellow shrapnel that passed through her Power Ring's shield. Fatally wounded and about to give birth, Ahtier commands her ring to look for someone to take care of her child. Instead, the ring looks for a replacement to become Green Lantern as was its prerogative. The ring brings Bruun, who blames the Green Lantern for her husband's death. When she meets Ahtier, Bruun criticize her for being a "power-mad monster," and the Green Lantern dies after asking her to look after her child. Bruun takes the ring out of Ahtier's hand and asks it what should she do. The ring shows her images of Ahtier's life with the Green Lantern Corps, enough to convince her that the Corps care for all life in all its forms. Wanting to continue with that legacy, she decides to start with the baby, and she makes a grave in honor of Ahtier before leaving.

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Synopsis for "Yellow Fever!"

On a yellow desert world, a pirate kills a Green Lantern with his yellow-colored laser and leaves his corpse on the sand. Later, a castaway finds the Green Lantern and takes off his ring. He tries to use it, but he can't figure out how, mainly because he is surrounded by yellow, which nullifies its power. Frustrated by the useless trinket, he tosses the ring over his back, landing by the side of its dead owner.

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Synopsis for "Many Are Called..."

A Green Lantern about to retire visits the planet Valstan C5 looking for his successor, as the Guardians indicated him. He finds the world to be virgin, without any sign of industry or civilization. He commands his ring to point the way towards his successor, but it fails to pinpoint the location. At first, he thinks the atmosphere has depleted his energy, but the power ring still obeys his commands to create constructs. He then realizes that the being he's looking for is in fact a hive-mind organism of floating fuzzballs. Upon reaching the center of this organism, he realizes that it has limited intelligence. Suddenly, a bird-like creature gets snared by this cluster of fuzzballs, and the bird's intelligence is transmitted to each of the individual cells as energy. The Green Lantern figures that the Collective could absorb the Power Battery, and each individual fuzzball would turn living power rings. Still, they would lack the intelligence to use that power, so the Green Lantern decides to come in, literally, and get snared by the Collective. As a result, the Collective becomes the new Green Lantern, patrolling Sector 1287 with its over one billion fuzzballs.

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