The Shi'ar are an avian-descended humanoid race of extraterrestrial beings that hail from the planet Chandilar, located in the large Shi'ar Galaxy. They are technologically advanced and extremely militaristic, conquering every world in their galaxy and forming the Shi'ar Empire.
- 1 History
- 2 Biology
- 3 Culture
- 4 Law
- 4.1 Overview
- 4.2 Jurisdictions
- 4.3 Procedures
- 4.4 Responsibility
- 4.5 Verdict
- 4.6 Recourse
- 4.7 Sanctions
- 4.8 Shi'ar Empire
- 4.9 Treaties
- 4.10 Notes
- 4.11 Philosophy
- 4.12 Religion
- 5 Politics
- 6 Powers and Abilities
- 7 Habitat
- 8 Miscellaneous
- 9 Notes
- 10 Trivia
- 11 See Also
- 12 Links and References
- Please see Shi'ar Empire for a history of the race and the empire it spawned
The Shi'ar are humanoids of avian descent who resembled humans with feathered crests atop their heads in lieu of hair. Two different styles were common; Most Shi'ar had feathers sprouting in a triangular shape away from the face, one peak on the top of the head and one peak on each side slightly over the shoulder. The other commonly seen "hair" style was bushy on both sides and very flat on the top.
Internally, they had light hollow bones, and on their forearms there were still some vestigial feathers left of wings that were lost over millions of years of evolution. The average Shi'ar could lift one ton in earth-like gravity and had far greater stamina.
The Shi'ar's blood doesn't generate its own heat, and therefore they can't survive long in the snow.
It can be presumed that the Shi'ar can cross with humans to produce hybrids, at least by the way of the bio-engineering. All the known specimens of those cross-breds are Mutants.
List of the known Shi'ar/mutant hybrids.
The Shi'ar have more chakras than humans.
Shi'ar do not dream, except for those born "defective", "infected by dreams". Such "defective" Shi'ar include Warbird (Ava'Dara Naganandini) and the Shi'ar having survived the Fianden's weapons (all executed by their empire afterwards).
Special abilities and mutants
Most Shi'ar have no special abilities.
Some individuals manifest supershi'ar-powers, as Electron (Magnetism), the Rook'shir (Phoenix Force utilisation), Deathcry (purple skin, enhanced agility and claws), Dakari (extremely powerful), White Noise (acoustikinesis) and Black Light (Darkforce manipulation). Those Shi'ar are presented as isolated individuals and not as a biological unity.
To be noted that Deathcry, White Noise, Black Light and Deathbird are all part of the Neramani family (the Imperial family), and that Rook'shir transmitted his Phoenix Force manipulation power to his descendants (including Korvus), who are the only ones able to wield the Blade of the Phoenix.
Some Shi'ar possess telepathic abilities.
A Shi'ar "galaxian" stated that they "learn[ed] nearly every spoken languages".
Mostly for tactical terms or insults, the Shi'ar insert words of their language into English sentences.
The Shi'ar are defiant toward arts such as drawing or music. They considered that music distorted perception.
They fought the Fianden, a species of artists, musicians, singers, painters and carvers... with such beautiful creations that it could enter the Shi'ar and destroy their minds, save for those "defective", able to dream.
Although, the Shi'ar did not forbid arts on conquered worlds, and they at least produce theatre, such as the Absurdist Shi'ar play "The Spaceship That Wasn't There" (allegedly very "successful in its dialectic".
There is a blurry limit between Shi'ar Law and matters, and Galactic Council or Tribunal matter.
Although the Council decisions are made under the tradition and laws of the Shi'ar, both are distinct and Shi'ar law can't be invoked to counter Council decisions. In other cases, it is the Shi'ar who rule the tribunal.
Apart from the Council decisions, the Shi'ar Law is seemingly ruled by different bodies of law: canon law, civil law, and also imperial edicts, decrees from the senate or the empress, and the personal directives of the majestor or majestrix.
The Shivarn'n Halanau (imperial consort)'s orders are lawful commands, and must be obeyed (until a certain point).
The Shi'ar Majestrix or Majestor possess complete executive power, while the Shi'ar High Council serves as an advisory body.
However, an emergency senate was assembled after Cassandra Nova's plots. That senate was able to decree the withdrawal of all Shi'ar citizens from Earth during the "disinfection period" (the time during which the Phoenix was supposed to purge Earth from the mutants), and therefore cancel the wedding of Empress Lilandra and Charles Xavier, although the union itself was dissolved by Lilandra herself.
The Shi'ar consider their laws to have to be respected across the galaxy, and intervene on Earth.
Trials are held at the Galactic Tribunal, also known as the Tribunal, Shi'ar Tribunal or Imperium Tribunal(s), where were invited other species representatives concerned by the trial of time-displaced young Jean Grey.
- The larger division, known as Borderers, aids the governors of conquered worlds in enforcing Shi'ar law.
- The elite corps, known as Imperial Guard, proects and carries out the personal directives of the majestor or majestrix.
Once judged under civil law, one is condemned by imperial edict.
Such combat can involve teams for each party.
Trial by combat can't be invoked in the Challenge of the Gods.
Under Shi'ar Law, a party is owed vengeance against another party who has caused suffering to it or its family (an attack on a party's family being considered as an attack against the party's self).
The Shi'ar law seems to apply multiple kind of procedures, including the M'ndavian Procedures, allegedly the most perfect legal system in the galaxy, and used by Reed Richards during his trial by the Galactic Tribunal.
The Shi'ar justice doesn't acknowledge mental illness, as it has no frame or reference for it.
The responsibility and level of guilt is either complete or absent, without anything in between.
In the case of a trial involving the Phoenix Force for crimes of genocide, the Shi'ar didn't recognize the fact of being only the counterpart to the guilty part. Such interpretation of the law was rejected by King J-Son of Spartax and by the Kree Supreme Intelligence.
In Galactic assemblies, the verdict is rendered by using the great Glow Globes, a number of globes transmitting the emotions and judgements of all present (accused, witnesses, prosecution, defense), making them judge and jury. If all the globes turn white, the verdict is not guilty and the trial end.
Arin'nn Haelar is a trial by combat, and can be used as a recourse in Shi'ar law.
In Council decisions, there is no recourse, including from Shi'ar Law.
Various sanctions exists regarding the crime.
Some crimes (possibly such as matricide on a royalty) can result in the stripping of rank and name, and exile.
Regicide leads to exile, although a royalty Shi'ar can slay the majestor and claim the throne. An attempt of murder from Christopher Summers on Majestor D'ken result in a penalty of death by slow torture, starting with the murder of Summers' wife, and his imprisonment in the star pits.
Other prison sentences exists:
- Some convicts are imprisoned into the Kyln, for crimes such as treason, mass murders...
- Others (some only known from a few people in the Imperium), such as Vulcan or Deathbird, are imprisoned in the third moon of Phygim, the highest security prison in all Shi'ar Space.
- Criminals can be consigned to "slave pits", as well as rebel leaders.
- In the case of Charles Xavier, he was sentenced to enter the M'krann Crystal.
Many sanctions apply to the Phoenix and its hosts:
- Rook'shir, an outlaw possessed by the Phoenix, was executed in the end of a battle.
- Under canon law, the Phoenix host is ritually branded with the Deathmark to become traceable.
- The whole genome of an host can be erased on order of the Majestrix.
- For 400 cycles, the Rook'shir males were all enslaved and killed, their mothers sterilized.
The Shi'ar Majestrix or Majestor possess complete executive power.
According to the texts of an arcane Shi'ar law, any child born in the High Palace of Chandillar may rise to become royalty. Such process was officiated by the majestor D'Ken during a royal wedding.
Royal weddings are celebrated "in the grand traditions of the Aerie", "upholding the laws of" the Shi'ar, by both a priest and the majestor.
The claiming of the throne can be done by right of blood and combat and right of succession. That includes the case of a royalty member assassinating the majestor.
The insanity of a majestor cause the succession to the next legitimate ruler.
Other areas like the Asteroid Archipelago are all access forbidden.
While pursuing rebel Lilandra was upon to enter Earth's planetary atmosphere, crewman Mr. S'lar mentioned the "Prime directive" as stopping them from keeping the pursue, objection dismissed by Captain K'rk. The exact content of the Prime directive is unknown.
Shi'ar Worlds and Segregation
The worlds ruled by Shi'ar possess different degrees of autonomy, from virtual independence to virtual martial law. That status depends on various factors, notably their loyalty.
Non-Shi'ar from loyal worlds are allowed to serve in the space fleet in positions below commande levels. Members of species regarded as primitive or of dubious loyalty are often used as slaves.
The Shi'ar Empire often establish treaties with other entities.
==Early Warning Treaty==
Traditionally, the Imperium aggressively absorbed new cultures. The story of the Shi'ar deities Sharra and K'ythri was a parable which guided the Shi'ar expansionist philosophy to other worlds:
- "Sharra and K'ythri are the gods in marriage. The gods who didn't want to marry, but were forced into it. In marriage they found strength and in strength they found love. That's what the Shi'ar Imperium does. It marries other cultures. Shotgun weddings."
In the Shi'ar belief, K'ythri promised the Eternal Sky as an afterlife to the faithful.
The Feast Day of Sharra and K'ythri is one of the religious moments of the Shi'ar Empire, and is always used as a pretext for a ceremonial display of military might.
Though the empire grew to include hundreds of thousands of different sentient species and worlds, the Shi'ar race controlled and governed the empire. Its central base of power was located on the "throneworld" Chandilar, while the Shi'ar homeworld was called Aerie (it is unknown if the planets are distinct, or their "Terra" equivalent). The leader of the empire was given the title Majestor (male) or Majestrix (female) and was a hereditary position, occupied by members of the royal family of the Shi'ar. The Neramani family was the most recent to represent the royal bloodline.
Not all races had the same rights in the Imperium, as the Shi'ar appeared to have a disproportionate influence on its governance.
It was nominally ruled over by a high council, which had representatives from a large majority of the alien races that existed within the Imperium. However, in practice, the head of the council (the Majestor or Majestrix) exercised strong executive control and could institute policy virtually by decree.
The Shi'ar Empire was one of the most advanced and expansive civilizations in the universe, spanning entire galaxies. It was mainly an economic co-operative, where trade with other galactic powers was its driving force.
The leader of the empire was protected by his or her own personal guard, the Imperial Guard, which was made up of the most powerful and elite soldiers from throughout the Empire, and led by a praetor. The military itself (outside of the Imperial Guard) consisted almost exclusively of Shi'ar personnel, at least in most of the command positions.
Though having warlike and militaristic ancestry, the Shi'ar Empire largely occupied the role of peacekeepers in many interstellar affairs. For example, Empress Lilandra Neramani tried to broker peace between the Kree Empire and the Skrull Empire to help bring an end to their devastating war, she sought interstellar accord when deciding how to end the threat of the Dark Phoenix, and attempted to avenge the destruction of Tarnax IV, the Skrull throneworld, by Galactus.
However, it should also be noted that Empress Lilandra was personally responsible for authorizing the use of the Nega-bomb weapon, devastating the Kree Empire during Operation Galactic Storm, and that the Shi'ar were pivotal in the invasion and containment of Earth during the Maximum Security event. One of the latest atrocities committed by the Shi'ar was ordering the extermination of Jean Grey's family, in an effort to quell any future conflicts with the Phoenix entity.
The death of Charles Xavier in this reality would have far reaching consequences to the Shi'ar empire. In this reality when Emperor D'Ken took over power of the empire he would slay his sister Lilandra and seek to gain control of the M'kraan Crystal. His only opposition would come from the Starjammers who were led by earthman Christopher Summers until he was infected with a Brood embryo and would return to Earth. He would be succeeded by Deathbird. When the X-Ternals came to the Shi'ar galaxy to obtain a shard of the M'Kraan Crystal they would clash with the Imperial Guard on number of times. In the aftermath of the battle, most of the Imperial Guard would be caught in a crystallization wave created by the Crystal and D'Ken would be rendered inert in attempting to seize it's power. The fate of the Shi'ar empire following the downfall of D'Ken remains unrevealed.
In 3099 A.D. is mentioned that the encroaching twilight of the Shi'ar left a void of power.
In the Avengers in Galactic Storm videogame, the Shi'ar are called Shi-ar, probably due to font restrictions in the 1995 arcade platforms. In an event parallel to Earth-616's Operation Galactic Storm, they were in war with the Kree Empire. The Shi'ar stole a WMD from the Kree and, when the Kree failed on a mission to try and recover it and murder Shi'ar Empress Lilandra, the Shi'ar answered by using the weapon to destroy the Kree empire and devastate its capital, Hala. The Shi'ar decisively win their war against the Kree, although the morality of their actions is dubious at best.
However, the game calls the weapon Anti-Matter Bomb. In the original story, it was called the Nega-Bomb and had been developed by the Shi'ar, not stolen from the Kree. In the game, the Avengers do not try to stop the bomb, and the Supreme Intelligence later claims that the Avengers had allied with the Shi'ar. The game also fails to mention the Shi'ar having been manipulated by third parties to use WMDs against the Kree, as they were in Earth-616.
Powers and Abilities
The average Shi'ar can lift 1 ton in earth-like gravity and has far greater stamina. Most Shi'ar have no other special abilities, though some are genetic throwbacks. These individuals possess wings which allow them to fly.
Average Strength Level
Since their blood does not generate its own heat, Shi'ar can not survive long in the cold.
60 billion.
Type of Government
Imperial Empire ruled by Empress-Majestrix Xandra Neramani.
Level of Technology
Highly advanced, with warp-drive starships, and Stargate space-warping technology that allows for instantaneous travel between galaxies. Very Advanced; According to Beast, the Shi'ar Empire is a "highly advanced type 5 space civilization", presumably on the Kardashev scale.
- Notable Individuals
- Deathcry (Sharra Neramani)
- Lifeguard (Heather Cameron) & Slipstream (Davis Cameron) (Half-Mutant)
- Adam-X (Adam Neramani) (Half-Mutant)
- Black Light & White Noise (Imperial Guards)
- Electron (Imperial Guard)
- Rook'shir & Korvus (Respectively Phoenix and able to wield the Blade of the Phoenix)
- Magique (Imperial Guard)
- Eric the Red
- Urizen Ul'var (Mummudrai)
- Warbird (Ava'Dara Naganandini)
- X-Men writer Ed Brubaker compared the Shi'ar to Star Trek's Romulans, saying they are "smart, aggressive, and mean".
- The correct spelling is "Shi'ar", with the capital letter only on the S, and is misspelled "Shi'Ar" on some occasions.
- The adjective form of the name can be both Shi'ar or Shi'arian.
- 384 appearance(s) of Shi'ar (Race)
- 40 minor appearance(s) of Shi'ar (Race)
- 139 mentions of Shi'ar (Race)
- 29 image(s) of Shi'ar (Race)
- 194 representative(s) of Shi'ar (Race)