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Ophiuchus is a subordinate and advisor of the Zodiac Emperors, as well as the descendant of Emperor Sagittarius.

Biography

Ophiuchus was a lesser prince in the Sagittarius house, which then paid tribute to Scorpius. He was a romantic, longing for the old days when his family had ruled their empire independently. When he discovered that the original Zodiac Emperors were not dead, but imprisoned, he began plotting to free them. He hired the Windjammers to perform the actual snatch, later joining them on Earth's Moon just in time to stop Emperor Aries from killing them all.

He helped bring Aries up to speed on current events, including the fact that there were no Rangers on Earth. He was promptly proven wrong when a lone Red Ranger stopped their attempt to press-gang humans from Angel Grove into their new army.

When Taurus was roused from his sleep, he treated Ophiuchus with disdain, interrupting and barely listening to him except to give orders. After Aries' relatively respectful treatment Ophiuchus was rather crestfallen. Things did not improve as Taurus gave him what was essentially busywork, to keep him out of the way. He commiserated with Pitch over his predicament and admitted the monster wasn't as dumb as he'd presumed.

Taurus subjected him to outright abuse when he suggested that it was time to hand over control to Emperor Gemini, throwing furniture and yelling at him until he left. Gemini himself told Ophiuchus not to worry about it, since whatever Taurus would do would give him more time for his own project. He sent Ophiuchus to have a monster collect DNA samples from the Rangers, which he did.

Gemini's apparent reluctance to fight led to Ophiuchus playing messenger boy again; he garnered permission to send some scouts down to occupy the other Emperors. Doing the same for Cancer, he finally had the temerity to suggest a plan of his own, and received support from Sagittarius. He sent down Praziolite, successfully getting the Rangers to produce the damaged Pink Zeo Subcrystal to leech off the monster's powers. Unfortunately, in growing giant-sized Praziolite destroyed the fellow Windjammer intended to steal the crystal. With little time to act, Ophiuchus headed down himself, snatching the Zeo Subcrystal out of the Red Ranger's hands. It burned him, but he was able to escape with it.

He took time to recover from his injuries, during which time Sagittarius visited him. He overheard an argument between his ancestor and Leo. After Leo left, Ophiuchus agreed that he seemed defensive and battle-hungry, more interested in fighting the Rangers than killing them. He felt ready to return to duty by the end of the summer, but Sagittarius was loathe to let him. Aside from his injuries, his presence tilted the balance of power slightly, and most of the other Zodiac Emperors were uneasy about his presence. Pitch came to visit him, and Virgo stopped by at the same time. When she asked their advice on whether to send a decoy monster down or not, Ophiuchus was unsure, asking how distracting the plan itself was. Virgo decided she didn't need any decoys, thanked them and left.

While watching Taurus train, Virgo struck up a conversation with Ophiuchus. She wasn't happy with their current tactics; they were much weaker than they had been last time, and hadn't adjusted their plans accordingly. She then asked Ophiuchus to spar with her. Initially it seemed as if he was winning, until she was nearly disarmed--she quickly turned the tables on him. The demonstration impressed the Windjammers, and when Virgo offered to keep teaching Ophiuchus, he agreed.

Ophiuchus asked Libra for the chance to help with her next plan, and she assented, allowing him to face the Blue Ranger in combat. However, the other Rangers arrived and the Zodiac Emperors teleported him out, to his frustration. Libra explained that he'd done what she needed, slow down the Rangers so she could restore more of their past foes, and sent him to rest. He quietly asked for a rain check from the Blue Ranger on their battle.

He cashed that check a little while later, and to his surprise she seemed to want to duel him, asking her teammates to leave and make sure the Zodiac Emperors weren't up to anything else. She disarmed him initially, but hesitated to strike the killing blow. He turned the tables, but the Red Ranger attacked from behind, wounding him. Violet started to question his motives for serving the Zodiac Emperors, saying that grunt work wouldn't get him what he wanted. Before he could respond, he was teleported away, to his frustration. However, Libra and Virgo told him that Scorpius's forces were on the way, and they couldn't waste him. They sent him to sickbay.

Personality

Ophiuchus is bookish and subdued, but will go to great lengths to get what he wants. He has very grand ideas about the past, and wants to restore glory to his house and empire, regardless of what that means for him personally. This means he can be a bit of a martyr.

Talents and Abilities

He is a skilled hand-to-hand fighter, particularly with kusarigamas.

Appearance

Ophiuchus resembles a green, serpentine humanoid with white bone-accented armor. It is unclear if this is his body or a suit of armor.

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