Alter Ego: None
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Trigon (father, deceased), Arella (mother,
Group Affiliation: The New Teen Titans, the New Titans
Base of Operations:
First faux-DC Appearance: Flash #3
Height: variable (5'11" in human form) Weight:
variable (125 lbs in original body)
Eyes:white (formerly blue) Hair: gold (formerly
History: Raven's mother Arella was a teenage runaway who
fell in with a mystic cult whose purpose was to bring the Devil
to earth. What they conjured up appeared to be a handsome, red-haired
man, who proceeded to seduce Arella. Once their love was consummated,
the stranger revealed himself to be the other dimensional conquering
demon named Trigon the Terrible.
Arella went mad with anguish at the idea of carrying this monsters
child, but could not bring herself to kill the baby growing inside
her. She was found and taken in by mystics from the otherworldly
realm of Azarath. There in it's peaceful dimension she was given
the name Arella and schooled in their pacifistic ways. The child's
birth nine months later brought darkness and fear to Azarath.
The girl, Raven, was taken in by the Goddess Azar who taught Raven
to suppress her every emotion and to achieve an inner peace to
combat her demonic nature lest it take Raven over completely.
Raven also learned to use her other powers as well. Upon Azar's
death, Raven was awarded Azar's rings of power.
Raven spent her earlier teen at war with her father, who wanted
to use her as his means of taking over the Earth dimension. Against
the wishes of the Council of Azarath, Raven went to Earth to try
and gather allies to fight her father. These allies became the
New Teen Titans. Raven served with the Titans for many months,
battling not only her father, but other menaces as well. She grew
as close as she could to several members particularly Wonder Girl
and Kid Flash, the later who had fallen in love with her.
Eventually Trigon succeeded in dominating his daughter and the
two conquered the Earth. Only the combined power of the Titans
beat back Trigon and freed Raven. In the process, Trigon was destroyed
and Raven was believed dead.
Raven turned up alive, but in the thrall of the Titan's enemy,
Brother Blood. She had been apparently cleansed of Trigon's evil,
but had fallen prey to the charismatic villain. Raven was freed
by her fellow Titans and returned to the team. Unfortunately,
Raven and the other Titans were later betrayed by their teammate
Jericho who had been possesed by the insane souls of destroyed
Azarath. In the course of defeating Jericho, Raven's physical
body was destroyed, an the good "half" of her soul sought
refuge in the body of her friend and teammate Starfire. Raven's
demonic side manifested itself and did a host of evils to the
Titans and their allies before it was ultimately and finally destroyed
by Raven's good side. Existing now as an extension of her soul-self,
Raven briefly staid on New Tameran, ultimately traveling on to
explore her new existence.
Recently she encountered her old teammate Wally West, now the
Flash, as he was attempting to rescue his captured lover from
there. She aided him as best she could, and followed him back
to Earth where both heroes were caught up in the events that reshaped
the Titans once again.
Powers/Weapons: Raven exists now solely as her soul-self.
She can transform it's normal birdlike shape into a glowing visage
of her human form. Exactly how this has affected Raven's powers
is unclear. She still seems able to teleport both herself and
others vast distances and across dimensions, but what her new
limits are is still unknown. Apparently Raven's soul-self can
still absorb all manner of attacks and send them "elsewhere".
Her empathic ability to both sense pain and disease in and to
remove them from others also appears intact.
In her pervious human form, Raven could create mental illusions
of her opponent's greatest fears or desires. She could calm the
enraged. These powers were amplified when used though her soul-self.
Of course, her powers also could be used for the opposite effects,
i.e. she could project pain and harm, manipulate people into fits
of fear and rage, and other destructive mystic feats. Since these
aspects of her powers were closely related to her more demonic
nature, the pacifist Raven almost always avoided using them unless
under outside influence or under extreme duress. Whether Raven
still possesses these powers, or any new ones as a result of her
transformation has yet to be documented.