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"You'll never make a good Centaurian." That's what they told me...
~ Yondu Udonta
Listen up, mud apes! My name is Yondu, and I'm in control now! We're taking your warp cores and leaving you to drift. Your fate is in the hands of the stars. High and dry. That's the pirate way. This is our ship now!
~ Yondu Udonta

Yondu Udonta is a centaurian from Centauri-IV and a member of the original incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Biography

Yondu Udonta is a member of the Zatoan tribe, primitive beings native to Centauri IV. He functions as a hunter. His homeworld was the first planet to be colonized by humans that was outside Earth's solar system. Yondu is born in the late thirtieth century. Yondu's people had fled from contact with overwhelming earth colonizers who had begun arriving in 2940 A.D.


Yondu Udonta was a game hunter of the primitive Zatoan tribe of humanoid beings who were native to Centauri IV, the first planet system to be colonized outside of the Sun's solar system; the colonization took place some time during the 29th century. Intimidated by Earth's superior technology, most Alpha Centaurian tribes established peaceful relationships with the settlers. Yondu's tribe, however, migrated from their ancestral forests to the less accessible plains in order to avoid contact with the outworlders. 200 years after the Alpha Centaurians first contact with Earth, a ship bearing Vance Astro (later Major Victory) arrived on Centauri IV, using an antiquated mode of star travel.

Finding that Earth had beat him to his destination centuries before, using advanced star-drive engines, Astro set about to perform his reconnaissance mission of the planet, despite the fact that it was now obsolete. While performing his geophysical survey, Astro came across Yondu, who was in the midst of his ritual of manhood ordeal. Although Yondu tried to avoid contact with the outworlder, the planet-wide attack by the extraterrestrial Badoon brought the two men together.


Abilities & Powers

Yondu is a natural mystic, like his entire tribe, and possesses an intuitive "sixth sense" that permits him limited empathic relationships with other lifeforms. The higher the lifeform, the more limited is his empathic potential. Additionally, Yondu possesses an intuitive and rather mystical rapport with nature, particularly with his own world, but also with any world that still possesses natural wildlife. With this rapport, he can sense incongruous elements (foreign bodies or substances) or focus on specific elements within the whole (such as the location of a given plant). He is also sensitive to mystical beings and forces and is able to detect their presence and activities without effort. By going into a trance, Yondu is able to replenish his own inner strength by communing with natural forces.


Yondu is an above average physical specimen of his race. He has enhanced physical prowess (agility, stamina, dexterity) and slightly more endurance than the average human male and is about 4.5 times as strong as an athletic human. Yondu can lift/press about 875 pounds. An apprentice hunter, Yondu is proficient in the use of bow and arrow. His ability to whistle with a range of four octaves aids his archery (see Weapons, below). The native Centuarian language is a system of grunts, clicks, and whistles, but Yondu has managed to master the English language, although it is painful for him to speak for too long without resting his throat.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Mantis, Nebula, Yondu Udonta)

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