The Chronicles of Riddick (franchise)
|The Chronicles of Riddick (franchise)|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Twohy (Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, Riddick)
Peter Chung (The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury)
|Produced by||Tom Engelman (Pitch Black)
Scott Kroopf (The Chronicles of Riddick)
Vin Diesel(The Chronicles of Riddick, Riddick)
Ted Field (Riddick)
Samantha Vincent (Riddick)
|Written by||David Twohy
Jim Wheat (Pitch Black)
Ken Wheat (Pitch Black)
Brett Matthews (The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury)
by Jim Wheat
|Music by||Graeme Revell|
|Studio||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Interscope Communications (Pitch Black)
One Race Films (The Chronicles of Riddick, Riddick)
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures
USA Films (Pitch Black)
Gramercy Pictures (Pitch Black)
Entertainment One (Riddick, co-distribution in Canada and United Kingdom)
United Kingdom (Riddick)
|Budget||$166 - 181 million|
The Chronicles of Riddick is a science fiction action horror media franchise created in 2000 by David Twohy spanning three live-action feature films, a direct-to-DVD animated film and two video games.
The series follows the adventures of the character Riddick (either portrayed or voiced by Vin Diesel) in the 28th century. The Chronicles of Riddick fictional universe was initially created with the release of Pitch Black, which was written by director Twohy, Ken Wheat, and his brother Jim Wheat.
- 1 Films
- 2 Characters
- 3 Other films
- 4 Video games
- 5 Characters
- 6 Creatures
- 7 Locations
- 8 Races / factions
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Pitch Black (2000)
The first installment of the franchise, Pitch Black, was a lower budget production compared to the later ones. The story involved Riddick being transported to prison on the Hunter Gratzner, a commercial cargo ship. When the spaceship is damaged in the wake of a comet and makes an emergency crash landing on an isolated desert planet, Riddick escapes. However, when flying creatures begin attacking all the survivors, Riddick joins forces with the others to escape the planet. After the release of the sequel titled The Chronicles of Riddick, in the hopes of building a franchise, this film has often been referred to as The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black in subsequent home video re-releases. It received mixed reviews but today is considered a cult classic.
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
The second feature film in the series, The Chronicles of Riddick was a considerably more expensive production and was more action oriented than its predecessor. It takes place five years after Pitch Black and involved Riddick's meeting with Jack and Imam, survivors from the first movie, his escape from the prison planet Crematoria, and his battle with the Necromonger fleet, which ended with the defeat of the Lord Marshall and Riddick taking his place. Critically it wasn't received as well as the first movie in the franchise, but the release of a director's cut DVD received strong sales and a cult following.
Encouraged by high DVD sales and Vin Diesel's newly restored box office clout, David Twohy wrote a script for a third movie in the Riddick series. The film was produced by Media Rights Capital and distributed by Universal, and was released on September 6, 2013, Karl Urban returned to reprise his role as Vaako from The Chronicles of Riddick. Katee Sackhoff and Matt Nable would also join the cast of the film. Reviews were mixed but it was considered an improvement over the previous film.
|The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury
|The Chronicles of Riddick
|Riddick||No voice actor||Vin Diesel|
|Johns||No voice actor||Cole Hauser|
|Jack/Kyra||Rhiana Griffith||Alexa Davalos|
Slam City (2000)
PITCHBLACK: Slam City is a short (eight minute) Flash movie prequel to Pitch Black drawn by animator Brian Murray and written by David Twohy and released one month before the main film. Slam City takes the form of a confidential prison record detailing Riddick's arrival and escape from the Ursa Luna Slamcity Facility in eleven hours twenty-two minutes. Notably, it shows Riddick undergoing the surgery that gives him the eyeshine and paying for this with a pack of Kool cigarettes as mentioned in Pitch Black. Johns is seen at the end of the movie and is charged with capturing Riddick. It was available for download at the Pitch Back website but as of no later than 2009 it became unavailable. Events depicted in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay may contradict and retcon those in Slam City.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)
Dark Fury, a made-for-DVD animated movie, acts as a bridge between the live-action films of Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. It takes place shortly after Pitch Black and involves Riddick and the other two survivors of Pitch Black, Jack and Imam, and their run-in with a mercenary ship, as well as its captain who wishes to keep Riddick frozen as part of her collection of warriors from around the universe. It received mixed reviews.
Escape from Butcher Bay (2004)
Escape from Butcher Bay is a video game based on the Riddick series, released for the Xbox and Windows PC. It acts as a prequel to Pitch Black, and involves Riddick's escape from the eponymous prison, Butcher Bay. The game was very well received and it is often listed among the greatest video games based on a licensed property and greatest first person shooters of all time.
Assault on Dark Athena (2009)
The Assault on Dark Athena is a video game for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, and Mac OS X computers. It includes an enhanced remake of Escape from Butcher Bay, and covers events between the previous game and Pitch Black. Reviews were strong.
Riddick: The Merc Files
Riddick: The Merc Files is a touch-based stealth action game for iOS devices. It was developed by Gaming Corps, a game developer founded by some of the original developers of the previous Riddick games.
Richard B. Riddick
The series follows the exploits of the character Richard B. Riddick. Riddick is an escaped convict with exceptional hand to hand fighting skills and the ability to see in the dark. While sharing the spotlight in Pitch Black, Riddick went on to be the antihero of the series.
His character is played by Vin Diesel throughout the series.
William J. Johns
William J. Johns is a war veteran and mercenary who was trusted to track down Riddick after he escaped from Slam City and the primary human antagonist of Pitch Black. He captured Riddick and brought him to Butcher Bay, but upon discovering that he could not get as much of a reward as he wanted, helped Riddick escape. The Johns Chase Log on the Pitch Black special features tells of the events afterward: Riddick stabs Johns and leaves him for dead. Johns becomes a morphine addict after having it prescribed to him because of the wound, and then chases Riddick down while also avoiding other mercenaries on Riddick's trail. He eventually catches Riddick on the planet Aquila Major (featured in the opening scene of Chronicles of Riddick) by killing two children and threatening to kill two more unless Riddick surrenders. He gets a seat on the transport vessel Hunter Gratzner, which crashes onto Hades in Pitch Black. Johns promises to free Riddick after the crash, as he states that he is tired of chasing him. The validity of this statement is unclear. Johns helps the crash survivors (though also impedes them with his self-centeredness) and by killing one of the animals with a shotgun, learns of their weakness to light. However, after suggesting killing Jack, Riddick wounds Johns mortally and leaves him for dead. Johns is killed shortly afterward when a bioraptor bites directly into his head.
He was played by Cole Hauser.
Abu "Imam" al-Walid
Abu "Imam" al-Walid is an Imam (usually just called Imam) who was looking for New Mecca when the Hunter-Gratzner crashed in Pitch Black. He was traveling with three young boys and despite everything he went through, including the deaths of the boys, he never lost his faith and believed there was goodness in Riddick. Imam was one of the three survivors of the first movie along with Jack and Riddick. In The Chronicles of Riddick, after learning of the Necromongers coming to decimate his home planet of Hellion Prime, Imam, the only person Riddick trusted with his location, gives it to Aereon so she can set a bounty to draw Riddick to Hellion Prime. Riddick is furious as Imam betrayed his trust and refuses to listen to him until he brings up Jack. After dealing with a group of Hellion soldiers, Riddick demands to know what happened to Jack and Imam reveals how she was sent to Crematoria. During the Necromonger invasion, Imam tries to protect his family and draws Irgun away from them. Irgun kills him and Imam shows no fear of his fate. Riddick finds his body and is furious and takes his necklace. Riddick kills Irgun in revenge for Imam and returns his necklace to his family who survived before going to face the Lord Marshall.
He was played by Keith David.
Jack B. Badd/Kyra
Jack B. Badd/Kyra is a character from the first three Riddick movies (See above).
In Pitch Black she went by the name Jack after the crash of the Hunter-Gratzner and pretended to be a boy so that everyone would take her seriously. Jack befriended Riddick and was enamoured by him. According to Imam, she grew to look up to him like a brother. She shaved her head and found a pair of goggles so she even looked like him and asked how he got his eye-shine. During the trip to the escape ship, Riddick revealed her as a girl on her menstrual cycle with the blood drawing in the creatures. Johns suggested killing her to distract the creatures, but Riddick was enraged by the suggestion and mortally wounded Johns and left him as the distraction instead. Even when Riddick left, Jack never lost faith in him and after she, Riddick and Imam escaped the planet in the ship, she asked what they'd tell the mercenaries and authorities with Riddick responding to tell them that Riddick had died on the planet. During Dark Fury, she killed someone to save Riddick and this more violent side worried Riddick and Imam.
In Chronicles of Riddick, its revealed that Riddick left her with Imam behind on Helion Prime. Wanting to find Riddick, she joined a mercenary crew, got caught and got sent to one of the worst prisons in existence: Crematoria. According to what she told Riddick later, she did what he said in an attempt to get the eye-shine like him: she killed a few people, got sent to a prison where its said you can never escape from but couldn't find a doctor that could do an eye-shine. Also, at some point she changed her name to Kyra saying Jack was weak and is dead. When Riddick returned to Helion Prime, he refused to listen to anything that Imam had to say until he mentioned her. Riddick allowed himself to be captured so he'd be taken to Crematoria so he could rescue Kyra. There they were reunited, but Kyra was bitter over Riddick abandoning her and rejected him at first, but the two started to bond again eventually. When the Necromongers came and the guards fled after a battle with the mercenaries that brought Riddick, Riddick led Kyra and several other inmates in a desperate run across Crematoria's surface in an attempt to reach the mercs ship and escape. Despite saying he'd leave behind anyone that fell behind, Riddick rescued Kyra from death when she was trapped and when they found the Necromongers near the hanger, the two worked together to battle them. After Riddick was apparently killed, Kyra boarded the Necromonger's ship, in order to escape the heat of the Crematorian temperature differential. Kyra was converted to the Necromonger way as revealed when Riddick (who survived) returned and didn't answer him when he asked her if she was with him. The loss of Kyra enraged Riddick and he attacked the Necromonger Lord Marshall. Riddick was nearly killed but Kyra, who had apparently faked her conversion or broke free, stabbed the Lord Marshall in the back with a spear, seriously wounding him. In response, he flung her into a spike next to his throne, mortally wounding her. Her attack severely weakened the Lord Marshall, allowing Riddick to kill him. Riddick cradled Kyra as she lay dying of her wounds and tearfully asked her again if she was with him. Kyra responded that she had always been with Riddick before dying of her wounds. Her death reduced the normally stoic Riddick to tears.
In Pitch Black and Dark Fury, she was played by Rhiana Griffith.
In Chronicles of Riddick, she was played by Alexa Davalos.
Siberius Vaako is a Necromonger Commander from The Chronicles of Riddick, serving as Zhylaw's right hand man. Though sent to kill Riddick, confused of his leader's sudden fear, Vaako uses it as an excuse to get close enough to assassinate Zhylaw to become Lord Marshall. However, once the chance to kill Zhylaw presents itself, Riddick beats Vaako to the punch and becomes Lord Marshall. But when Riddick eventually renounces the title and gives it to him in exchange to for an escort to take him to Furya, Vaako uses the turn of events to have Riddick assassinated on the planet where Riddick takes place.
He was played by Karl Urban.
Alexander Toombs is the mercenary from Chronicles of Riddick and Dark Fury.
He was played by Nick Chinlund.
Zhylaw or Lord Marshal is the main antagonist of Chronicles of Riddick. Before Riddick's birth, Zhylaw consulted an Elemental seer, who told him that a Furyan male would be born that would kill him in the future. In retaliation, Zhylaw attacked Furya in an attempt to massacre all male children, going so far as to personally strangle newborn infants with their own umbilical cords. He strangled Riddick with his umbilical cord and believed him dead but Riddick actually survived. At some point, he traveled to the Underverse and afterwards returned not completely human. He is referred to by the Necromongers as the "Holy Half-Dead" and possesses powers such as incredible strength, the ability to pull souls from bodies and to separate his soul partially from his body and then pull his body where his soul is, resulting in a kind of super-speed that makes him hard to hit. In Chronicles, the Lord Marshal and his army of Necromongers attacked Helion Prime. The Lord Marshal noticed Riddick when he killed one of his men. Suspicious of his abilities, the Lord Marshal has Riddick taken into his fortress to confirm his identity. Placed before the psychic Quasi-Deads, who claim Riddick is a Furyan, the Lord Marshal orders his death. Luckily, Riddick escapes and runs into Toombs, who takes Riddick to Crematoria. The Lord Marshal commands Necromonger Commander Vaako to find Riddick and have him killed, so Vaako sets out with a small group of Necromongers and a Purifier to bring him down. Vaako is curious as to why the Lord Marshal is so afraid of Riddick. With encouragement from his rabidly ambitious wife, Dame Vaako, the two learn, before he achieved his current title, the Lord Marshal destroyed the Furyans' homeworld of Furya and its citizens. This occurred after a seer foretold that a single Furyan would cause his downfall. They deduce Riddick is the one in the prophecy. Vaako returns to the Legion Vast, where the Lord Marshal promotes him for killing Riddick. Not quite convinced of Riddick's death, the Lord Marshal orders the "Final Protocol", which will ultimately destroy all life on Helion Prime. But Riddick already infiltrated the mother ship and makes his way to the throne room, where he comes face to face with the Lord Marshal. After learning that his friend Kyra had been converted, Riddick threw the knife he'd won by killing the Necromonger warrior earlier at the Lord Marshall in an attempt to kill him, but the Lord Marshall was quick enough to catch it, but not before it cut him. Surprised by the sight of his own blood (which he hadn't seen in a very long time) and impressed by Riddick's skill, the Lord Marshall fought Riddick one-on-one with no interference from his guards. Despite Riddick's great fighting abilities, he was no match for the Lord Marshall's powers, though he did manage to land a couple of punches and resist his soul-pulling technique. Finally the Lord Marshall got the upper hand and started strangling Riddick from behind, but Kyra intervened, stabbing the Lord Marshall in the back with a spear. He quickly threw her into a spike, mortally wounding her, but was left severely weakened himself by the attack. When Vaako came down, he ordered him to help him, but Vaako tried to kill him instead. The Lord Marshall quickly used his powers to dodge the blow, but Riddick positioned himself where he moved to and stabbed him in the head with the knife he'd fought him with and then broke the blade off in his head, killing the Lord Marshall and fulfilling the prophecy. Afterwards, due to the Necromonger philosophy of "you keep what you kill" Riddick became the new Lord Marshall due to his killing of Zhylaw.
He was played by Colm Feore.
Shirah is a Furyan seen in the Director's Cut of The Chronicles of Riddick. and the video game The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.
She was played by Kristin Lehman.
Purifier was a member of the Necromonger fleet. It revealed that he, too, was Furyan like Riddick, before being converted. When Riddick falls unconscious after fighting the Necromonger fleet chasing him, the Purifier pulls him into the safety of the hangar and tells Riddick, "We all began as something else". Regretting what he has done under a faith he did not believe in, the Purifier tells Riddick that the Furyan in him hopes that Riddick goes after the Lord Marshal, before committing suicide by walking into the sunlight of Crematoria.
He was played by Linus Roache.
Pope Joe is a hermit, and former Bovine Veterinarian, that lives in the sewers of Butcher Bay. After Riddick retrieved his radio from the sewers, he heals Riddick, and is credited with giving him his "eyeshine" that he uses throughout the franchise to see in the dark, but is not believed to be the actual source.
Bioraptors are nocturnal predators who serve as the antagonists of Pitch Black, sometimes called "demons". They live on the planet M6-117, residing in caves and other dark places due to their extreme photophobia, which causes their hide to burn, and feeding on whatever they manage to drag into their lair, before an eclipse occurs every 22 years. They are believed to be the ones to cause all animals on the planet to go extinct. As the eclipse's duration lasts for a long and undefined amount of time, the Bioraptors emerge to hunt down anything in their sight. Due to the scarcity of prey, the Bioraptors will kill each other while hunting.
Drones are human bodies that have been mechanically altered so that they can be remotely controlled. The Dark Athena Starship held an army of them.
Shiners are humans seen in the flash movie on the Pitchblack.com website. They can see in the dark (like Riddick, who they refer to as "Darkeye") and they live in the Ursa Luna prison (a.k.a. "Slam City") where the guards do not tend to go. Shiners obtained their eyeshine from Cutter, a former veterinarian who did the operations for cigarettes.
The Crematoria HellHounds are dog-like creatures from The Chronicles of Riddick that live on Crematoria, called "Crema-Hounds" for short. They serve as guard dogs in the prison, let loose to maul any prisoners who fail to reach their cells in time. While normally dark bluish in color, Crema-Hounds turn red whenever in an aggressive mood.
Lensors are cyborgs from The Chronicles of Riddick. They see in infrared vision, the Necromongers use them to detect "breeders". Body movement professionals were used to show the lensors as robots without free will.
The Mud-Demons are scorpion-like predators that live on the planet "Not Furya" and serve as the antagonists of Riddick. They emerge from the mud and are apparently buried in the ground of the planet to emerge when storms create mud.
The Dingo-Dongos are Jackal-like creatures from Riddick.
All Chronicles of Riddick stories take place in the distant future of the 28th century, long after mankind has discovered faster-than-light flight and has since colonized most of the inhabitable worlds across the galaxy.
A parallel universe has been described as "a dark mirror of the normal universe where death has no meaning", the Underverse is the ultimate destination for the Necromongers, who are being led there by the Lord Marshal, the only being to have actually been to the Underverse. Lord Marshal's pilgrimage to the Underverse gave him almost supernatural powers, and he returned a "holy half dead".
Earth was the homeworld of the human race that is no longer considered a significant planet in the grand scheme of the galaxy as hundreds of other more strategic and resource-rich worlds have also been colonized. Earth has never been seen in the Riddick universe, and few characters have even mentioned it. Of the few who have, Paris in Pitch Black, before he is eaten alive by the planet's creatures, mentions that he wanted to die "In France. I never even saw France."
M6-117 is a moon of a planet which was the first world seen in the franchise and also the primary setting for the first live-action feature film Pitch Black. Although it has a similar atmosphere and gravity to Earth, M6-117 is a desolate desert experiencing almost constant daylight hours from three suns. One is solitary, while the other two form a binary pair. Once every 22 years, the moon will experience a solar eclipse of all the suns as they set behind the parent planet and the eclipse lasts for months, allowing nocturnal creatures who are harmed by light to emerge onto the surface from a network of vast, underground caverns. It is implied that these creatures were responsible for making all other lifeforms on the planet extinct, and are responsible for turning the surface into a "graveyard". Their sizes range from bat-sized to about twice the size of a regular human. A previous human mining operation on the planet, who gave it the designation M6-117, suffered the same fate.
Seen destroyed during the opening scenes of The Chronicles of Riddick, Aquila Major appears to be very urban but also densely forested in many areas as well. After a devastating campaign against the Aquilans, who are forced to either convert or die, the Lord Marshal of the Necromongers orders the destruction of the planet with a massive bombardment known as the "Final Protocol".
Aguerra Prime was presumably the major planet in the eponymously-named Aguerran System, part of Assault on Dark Athena is set here. Over the course of the game the planet comes under siege by the mercenary/slave ship Dark Athena, which takes out it orbiting satellites to prevent the planet's colonists from contacting outside help, before starting a ground assault and eventually docking the ship itself at its primary spaceport. Most or all of its inhabitants are killed or harvested for Drone recruitment, remotely-controlled cyborg soldiers.
First appearing in Chronicles of Riddick, this cold, barren planet is covered in ridged terrain that resembles giant fingerprints. Riddick hides here in a cave which is actually the skeleton of a whale-sized carnivorous creature, for five years, between the events of Dark Fury and Chronicles of Riddick.
Described as one of the last remaining "triple maximum security" prisons, Crematoria is a harsh prison colony reserved for only the most dangerous criminals. The surface of the planet is uninhabitable, as the temperatures are in the wild extremes: 700°F on the day-lit side and -300°F on the nighttime side. This makes the prison almost impossible to escape from, as there is only a constantly shifting twilight buffer zone on the surface of about 20 miles where humans can survive and where travel is possible.
Furya was once a bustling planet whose inhabitants were fierce warriors, perhaps even a superior off-shoot of normal human beings due to the harsh conditions of the planet. The Lord Marshal of the Necromongers bombarded the planet and massacred the inhabitants in order to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy that a Furyan would cause his downfall. This massacre takes place 30 years before The Chronicles of Riddick. An unknown but slim number of Furyans managed to escape the devastation, and from Furya itself, but the planet is now "dead, with no life to speak of."
A major planet of the worlds of man, Helion Prime was founded as a world where men of all faiths, religions and creeds could peacefully co-exist. It is now a flourishing and prosperous world, and the location of the city "New Mecca" and home of Abu "Imam" al-Walid and his family. The planet is constantly lit through artificial means. It is here where Riddick first learns of the Necromongers. New Mecca is taken over by Necromongers after a brief one night long battle with Helion troopers, although armed Helion resistance continues until Riddick kills the Lord Marshal, presumably freeing the planet. The only planet to be seen or at least mentioned in all three Riddick films.
Lupus Five is the planet where Kyra joined the mercenaries. It is mentioned in Chronicles of Riddick and is seen in the Hunt For Riddick game. It appears to be barren and over-industrialized, and contains a well-developed space transportation industry.
Seen in the internet flash game Hunt for Riddick, little is known about the Planet Origin but the game begins at and appears to be mostly a shipyard.
Desolate planet where the merc co-op station P7 is located. While it appears to be primarily desert, part of the world is covered by a savannah where the merc station is located. Riddick is taken here by the Necromongers to be assassinated and is left for dead. It is inhabited by Jackal-like animals and Mud Demons that emerge from the mud and are apparently buried in the ground of the planet to emerge when storms create mud. The events of the film Riddick take place here. Riddick is trapped here for at least several months before finding the merc station and activating its emergency beacon to draw in mercenaries in order to steal their ship. Most of the mercenaries are killed with only three and Riddick living to escape the planet with most dying at the hands of either Riddick or the Demons.
Races / factions
In the fictional universe of The Chronicles of Riddick, by the 28th century the human race has colonized planets throughout the galaxy, but has apparently never encountered any other sentient life form. Rather, due to the wide variety of planets that humanity has colonized, combined with the advanced technology allowing rapid adaptation to these new environments, humanity has diversified into several off-shoots which are slightly different from baseline humans. While "standard" humans appear to still be the overwhelming majority, there are also warrior races such as the Furyans, and races such as the Elementals that are so technologically advanced that they seem to possess supernatural powers. It is not clear if these off-shoots could be considered outright "sub-species" of humanity, or simply heavily specialized sub-cultures.
Mercenaries and bounty hunters feature heavily in the stories and are often simply referred to as Mercs. It would also appear that being a Merc is a common profession in the Riddick storyline. Mercs are often depicted as inept when compared to Riddick, simple-minded, greedy and immoral—though at least one, Boss Johns, appears to be a decent man. Riddick comments at one point that most mercs act like decent beings but "when you cut them open, they tend to be missing something important." In that instance, he was referring to William J. Johns and his 'lack of spine'.
The Furyans are an off-shoot of the human species. Riddick is one of the last surviving Furyans. In The Chronicles of Riddick it is revealed that he is the Alpha Furyan, the strongest of the race.
In the movie Pitch Black, Riddick is renowned for the unique appearance and function of his eyes. When asked about it, he says that his eyes received a "surgical shine job" on Butcher Bay by a doctor for "20 menthol Kools." However, in The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay it is revealed that the doctor, Pope Joe, was not responsible for this procedure. Pope Joe merely stitched a wound on Riddick's arm in payment for the retrieval of Pope Joe's beloved radio. The "eye shine" was developed in an as-yet unspecified fashion but was either developed or granted to him through his heritage as Furyan.
In The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, one of Antonia Chillingsworth's frozen specimens is labeled as a Furyan. The label is emblazoned with "Furya," accompanied by the comment "Killer Of Men" beneath the plaque.
Furyans are impressive physical specimens; they are stronger, faster, tougher, and hardier in most respects than the humanoid races in the Riddick universe. Riddick is considered the strongest and most powerful Furyan seen. Riddick has been bestowed with "The Wrath of the Furyans" or "The Furyan Rage." This is essentially the collective anguish, pain, suffering and anger of the billions of Furyans who didn't escape the Necromonger slaughter 30 years ago. Its use is displayed against Vaako and the Hunting Party of Necromonger Soldiers, and he also used this technique against Abbott and his fellow prison guards in Butcher Bay post-interrogation.
The extent of the physical abilities of a Furyan are unknown. Riddick has held his own against particularly vicious predatory creatures (from Pitch Black). His physical strength and stamina allowed him to escape detainment by the bounty hunter Johns in Pitch Black. He has inordinate athleticism and agility as demonstrated by his raw speed evading the creatures.
The Elementals are introduced in The Chronicles of Riddick. The one that is seen in the film, Aereon (played by Judi Dench), is humanoid and is seemingly composed of nothing more than dense air. She becomes translucent when in the presence of blowing winds and, because of her negligible mass, she can glide through the air for extended periods of time (which is often confused with an ability to fly). The novelization by Alan Dean Foster states that the Elementals are an offshoot of humanity. One of the Necromongers refers to her as an Air Elemental (which in classical ceremonial magic is what Paracelsus calls a sylph) and the novel also hints that there are fire, water, and earth Elementals, but no other members of this race are seen in the film. According to the DVD, there are also elementals that represent Aether.
As portrayed in the film, the Elementals are a logical race, deciding their actions on complex calculations rather than on personal opinions or emotion. They are largely a neutral people, apparently unwilling to participate in the conflicts that they view as beneath them, but take action when their calculations show that their intervention is necessary. The Necromongers point out that the Elementals do not seem to believe in any god. Dame Vaako in the film refers to them as witches and spies, which is likely meant simply to provoke Aereon.
Diesel stated that in the fourth film about the UnderVerse he will meet fire and water Elementals, possibly explaining more of their society and evolution.
The only other possible Elemental seen is a mentally offset prisoner in Escape From Butcher Bay who considers himself to be an Elemental king.
The Necromongers are a doomsday cult of warriors, with their own distinctive architecture and uniforms representing their religious beliefs, who conquer planets as they make their way on a grotesque pilgrimage to Underverse—their promised land. Their religion's code of conduct states that "you keep what you kill", which applies to almost anything—not the least of which meaning that anybody could challenge the leader of the Necromongers and take his place by killing him, although due to his supernatural abilities none before Lord Vaako had dared to attempt to do so. Their leader, as Lord Vaako states, is the "holy half-dead Lord Marshal" (who can even steal the souls of his enemies), systematically commands his Necromonger Legion Vast to overrun worlds and convert its inhabitants into Necromongers; those who oppose conversion die. Converts receive "the mark of pain", which is meant to instill in them the idea that "one pain can lessen another". Due to the Lord Marshal's prior foray into the Underverse, the Necromongers have the most advanced and dangerous weaponry in the galaxy, able to destroy planets, which they do after a campaign to replenish their ranks. The Lord Marshal launched a personal crusade against the planet Furya, after being told a prophecy by a seer that a Furyan would lead to his downfall, which proved to ultimately be true. The Furyan who finally killed him was Riddick. Necromonger architecture and ship design have a decidedly baroque style to it, favoring massive statues in dramatic poses and ornate sculpture motifs. Nonetheless, their designs are cold, favoring harsh surfaces of stone and metal, resembling the inside of an imperial mausoleum. Riddick finds their design taste to be amusing, commenting that "I might have gone a different way."
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