The origin of compassion



Compassion was an emotional concept born of The White Light of creation, and is represented by the color indigo. Compassion was defined as "a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering". The Compassion Entity is known as the Proselyte Entity.

Indigo Light

A great source to the Indigo Light of Compassion was on the planet Nok. At some point, it came under assault from vicious explorers from space who enslaved the native inhabitants and shipped them off world. All was lost until the arrival of the Green Lantern Abin Sur who fought against the attackers and, with the aid of Natromo, uncovered the Indigo Light in a cavern that sprang from an unknown source from within the planet. Coating their weapons with the substance, the natives learned that the light of compassion's strikes made their enemies feel regret and remorse over their actions. After their defeat, Natromo and Abin Sur decided to harness the Indigo Light of Compassion to create a Power Ring.

Following its creation, Abin Sur departed and returned with a woman called Iroque who was his greatest nemesis. After placing the Indigo Lantern Power Ring on her, he transformed her into a remorseful being and began collecting other villains where he used them to create the Indigo Tribe. Thus, they became wielders of the Indigo Light of Compassion which they used with the seemingly sincere wish to alleviate suffering in others. It was Abin Sur's intention of using them to battle the Blackest Night and an evil madness that would spring from the Guardians of the Universe afterwards. Hal Jordan learned of this on Nok from Natromo who revealed the secrets of the Indigo Tribe as well as their connection to the light of compassion.


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  • It is said that the Indigo light of compassion is the rarest of the spectrum. such that excessive use of the light's power will leave the user unable to recharge.


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