Terra of the House of Serenity
Aliases: Terra, The Galactic Destroyer, "The
Monster" or "The Beast"
Physical Age Range in the Series: Approximately
9 to 18 years
Awarded Titles: Princess
Hair Color: Red
Eye Color: Green
Part in the Story: The main character
(with a capital "The"!)
Genetic Background: Terra only
had a few seconds to come up with a proper genetic structure for
her human appearance. The biggest thing on her mind wasn't really
about creating a superhuman or a form that would be the best balanced
for combat. She was thinking more along the lines of "something
quick, that the human with the magic rock won't kill!"
On tap she had the memorized copies of thousands
of different species she'd annihilated, but she needed something
human, and the most recent addition had been the Elder Sailor
plus, another example right in front of her was Queen
Serenity, whom she was attempting not to be destroyed by. In the
end, she went for an instant "don't-kill" reaction,
and she selected the form of an adorable child that would look
to Queen Serenity pretty much like one of her own offspring.
distribution of genetics ended up something like:
- 55% Human: Royal Lunar Family
- 30% Human: Royal Saturn Family
- 10% Juraian: High Imperial
- 4% Saiyajin: Elite Soldier Class
- 1% Other (I.E. Invid, Vorlon, Other Human, Etcetera)
of the first major things that becomes apparent about Terra is
her hair. It's an expressive feature, every bit as important as
her face. When she's calm, it tends to stay down and relatively
organized. When she's mad, angry, or otherwise surprised, it tends
to flare in a pattern much like the Galactic Destroyer's spiky
crests. This serves as a helpful reminder of Terra's true form.
In the first few chapters, since she's just starting
out, her hair hasn't yet been combed, washed, or cut. It looks
pretty spiky, and separates into lots of jagged-ended locks. That
helps her look more GD-ish when she's really mad or channeling
lots of power.
though, she'll get a trim and have it all sorted out. For example,
most of the formal paintings done of her tend to have smoothly
organized hair. Nevertheless, she doesn't exactly have the most
well-behaved tresses, so you can still expect it to act up under
uncomfortable circumstances. For example, she doesn't like her
hair tied up in royal odango or ponytails. Even if she
did, her hair might behave for a few seconds, but it wouldn't
take long for it to "sproing" back into a spiky look.
The main point is that her hair helps convey her
mood, whether calm, antagonistic, angry, or whatever else. When
she's more out-of-control and slipping back into her Galactic
Destroyer instincts, she'll have hair that more closely resembles
At the beginning of the series, Terra's fairly thin, and pretty
much stays that way. That's partly due to her genetic structureshe
borrowed from family groups that don't seem to gain much weight,
no matter how much they gorge themselves on ice creambut
mostly because she doesn't like the local cuisine.
So she'll tend to stay without much meat on her
bones for a generous portion of her life. She also won't gain
much apparent muscle mass for reasons of both genetics and lifestyle.
However, as she grows up she'll advance pretty
much like any normal anime girl would, meaning she'll be skinny
and shapely at the same time. Here are some examples based on
This isn't a perfect representation of age-progression
from the beginning to the end of the series, but it works for
this explanation. There probably won't be a complete set of images
until either the Galactic Destroyer Maker game or this web comic
Terra initially starts off with the short white
robe she's wearing in chapter one, with a cloth sash and bare
feet. She gets a green dress with accessories in chapter two for
something formal enough to wear around a palace, but not quite
so formal as the dresses the Queen and the Princess wear. Later,
after she's formally adopted, she gets a white dress similar in
style to what the royals already wear for formal occasions. For
casual activities, she either wears a knee-length white greek-style
robe or her green dress. She doesn't like sailor-style stuff,
so she avoids it like the plague until forced to use the Chibi-Moon
Terra has a bad case of Multiple Personality Disorder, to the
tune of millions of "voices". In prose, the personas
were easily represented as thoughts in her mind by using "<
>" notations or different fonts. The comic requires something
cuter and with a little more finesse. For that reason, it was
decided to use cute Chibi-figures to represent the most prominent
of the inner voices.
The personalities are a mix of components in her
psyche. They are something like plug-ins for the kernel of her
being, to use a computer analogy, and are copies of actual beings
that haven't degraded or been completely "digested"
The vast majority are too weak to make themselves
heard, but a few still can stand out on their own, or group together
as a gestalt. Of those who can, most just look like Terra herself,
but a very few can still take the form of what they were before
There are three main examples of the types that
don't end up looking like a variation of Terra:
Elder Sailor Saturn. Devoured by the Galactic Destroyer during
the climactic Battle of Saturn, she's the most recent addition,
and as such, she's still got a lot of individuality and power.
She serves as a voice of reason and wisdom and tries to keep
the other two primary personalities under control. Her usual
way of maintaining order is called the "Psychic Glaive
Surprise." In extreme cases, she uses an advanced attack
called the "Neuron Reborn Revolution." Either one
is a guaranteed headache for poor Terra, whose brain is the
Saiyajin. He was probably one of Vegeta's ancestors, and is
a fairly typical bloodthirsty Saiyan Elite. He usually wears
the ribbed armor and blue undersuit from Dragon Ball Z. The
Saiyajin is a voice that calls for suffering and death to
be poured out upon the masses in the name of revenge. He also
tries to force Terra to do the things that he wants her to
do through mental violence, but his diminutive size and power
doesn't back up his temper very effectively.
Galactic Destroyer. This is the primal, chaotic instinct that
drives Terra to kill, destroy
and then destroy some
more. It has no regard for morals, or for much of anything
else for that matter. Its driving motivation is a pure and
simple need to see things ripped apart. After the transformation
into Terra, it's mostly reduced to growling ineffectually
and devouring imaginary things in great delusions of grandeur.
The interaction of these three in the comic is
intended to capture the essence of the multiple personalities
in the fanfic. Many other kinds of personalities will appear,
but these are the ones that will be focused upon through the entire
Some other distinctive personalities that will
be making appearances include Tenchi Muyo's Tsunamiincluding
the ship!Archons from Starcraft, Invid mecha, and a host
of random creatures drawn from a plethora of science fiction sources.
Terra's been busy the past nine billion years, and she most certainly
has a lot to show for it.
The personalities that look like Terra include the
Sailor Kawaii. The part of Terra's persona that
urges her along to do cute things and act cute at all costs,
because if you're cute, you can get away with anything.
This is a devious sub-personality. Her hair falls free, not
spiky or anything, but definitely in Terra's style. She's
dressed in a cutesy, ribbony Sailor outfit.
Sailor Nuke. The part of Terra's persona that
urges her to have fun and take the direct approach to everything:
"Be natural. BLOW 'EM TO SMITHEREENS! WOOOO!"
This persona is really close to what the Atomic Starlight
Knight will be in his more active moods. Her hair's kind of
spiky and she's got a lot of weaponry hung about her person
by leather straps. She still wears a sailor suit, though.
The Chibi-Terra-Scientist. This personality
always appears dressed in a labcoat, and prescribes creative
solutions to unusual problems. She also constantly asks for
opportunities to experiment. Think of her as being like Washuu
with a lobotomy.
The Honestly Girlish Chibi-Terra. This personality
took to being a human girl a little too well. She likes to
play with dolls, thinks some guys are cute, and is a good-natured
and rather timid inner voice that pleads for caution
much to the disgust of the other personalities.
At the center of it all, the core which makes Terra
herself directs, processes, and tries to figure out what all of
the other input from her personalities means. Terra's mental fusion
with Queen Serenity gave her a kind of cipher key or codec through
which to make sense of human thought, which she would otherwise
have just filed and kept stored away, like she had all of the
other races she'd annihilated. It came as quite a shock when she
started looking at the universe through human-colored glasses
and realized that those other races hadn't had as much fun being
destroyed as she'd had destroying them; but in the end, she is
who she is. She's just never taken a moment before to wonder who
she is in the first place
and that's the core of this story.