Some would call Baron Hraal Karza power-hungry—a tyrannical ruler exploiting the crisis Microspace faces for personal gain. But nothing could be further from the truth. Everything that Karza does, he does for his people. He knows that he represents Microspace's best chance for survival, and will not allow anybody to stand in the way of his plans, no matter the cost. If some individuals must be sacrificed to save the universe, so be it.
Recently, Karza has had a lot of time to himself to think, and his ideas have moved in a more radical direction. Microspace must still be saved, but couldn't things be made even better with a strong leader at its head? Someone to guide—to shepherd—the people down the right path. Someone... just like Baron Karza?
Rise to Power
Hraal Karza was born on Aegis-6, to the desert planet's Sandmen mercenary society. As a young warrior, Karza fought on behalf of the Sagitarrion for several years. He was later among the Sandmen hired to defend the Emperor of Microspace from a Kronos revolt, and was recruited as one of the ruler's elite guardsmen in the aftermath of the conflict. He rapidly rose through the ranks, and within a matter of years was installed as Minister of Defense. Accordingly granted the title of Baron, Karza conscripted his fellow Sandmen into the military, putting them through genetic and behavioural modification to create the Acroyears.
Part of the Emperor's inner circle, Karza developed a hatred for the Red Falcon, the son of Microspace's ruler; not only did the arrogant warrior ignorantly meddle in diplomacy, but he was betrothed to Shazraella – the Mistress of Spies and object of Karza's affections. When a Pharoid temple was occupied by militants, Karza and the Falcon led a battalion of Acroyears on a rescue mission. At the battle's conclusion, Karza received a cryptic warning from one of the dying militants, before discovering Red Falcon inside the heart of the temple, communing with five Time Travelers. The Emperor's son returned home with claims that the Travelers, part of a Pharoid sect said to have transcended time itself, had shown him the future, and that by seeking their counsel he alone could guide the empire on the right path.
Concerned that the Falcon was withholding something, Karza attempted to convince Baron Daegon, his counterpart in the Ministry of Science, to help act against the heir to the empire, but was turned away. Before long, however, Shazraella sought out Karza, sharing his concerns about Red Falcon, and the pair embraced in a kiss for the first time. The Mistress of Spies revealed that the Time Travelers were showing her betrothed his own bloody ascent to the throne, and resolved to work with the Baron to avoid this. Together they prepared an arcane poison which Karza slipped into the Red Falcon's goblet, killing the heir and ending the threat he posed to Microspace's future.
Savior of Microspace
However, the death of his son greatly affected the Emperor, and following the subsequent emergence of the Entropy Storm, a mysterious interstellar cloud capable of destroying entire planets, his state of mind deteriorated to the point that Karza, Daegon and Shazraella chose to place him in cryo-hibernation to recuperate. The two Barons subsequently became joint rulers of Microspace, while Karza and Shazraella, now married, raised an artificially-gestated child named Larissa, who later abandoned them under unknown circumstances.
Eventually, disagreements over how to deal with the Entropy Storm led to the eruption of a civil war between the two Ministries, even as the phenomenon continued to destroy Microspace. MoDee, Karza decommissioned the vast majority of the Acroyears, replacing them with a second generation with greater mental stability. He kept a small number of the original breed active for special purposes, including Raith.After a disastrous mission on
On one occasion, Karza demanded that intelligence questions be redirected to his wife, who was at the time – unbeknownst to her husband – interrogating a mysterious interloper from within the Entropy Storm. While observing the Storm from afar one day, Karza and Shazraella reminisced together on the fall of Red Falcon. After his wife left the chamber, Karza's Microtron unit approached him with an object recently ejected from the maelstrom: the Baron's own helmet, weathered with age. With this revelation, Karza began to speculate that the Entropy Storm was in fact a rift in time, not merely a simple destructive force.
When he discovered that the Ministry of Science was developing biological weapons aboard Valtricos research station, Baron Karza ordered a blockade of the facility to try and claim them for himself. Meanwhile, the Baron himself was stationed along with his wife at the Ministry's mobile outpost near the Entropy Storm, and it was there that she brought him news of Valtricos's destruction, and the failure of their Acroyear II units' to retrieve the biological weapon. As the spouses traded barbs over recent events, the Baron was set upon by an assassin, which he quickly dispatched using his Enerchange abilities. With the threat passed, Shazraella received additional news from the front: the band of thieves involved in the station's destruction included one of the last Pharoids, and were now in Baron Daegon's custody.
Realizing that the Pharoid, the only survivor of the famed "oracle event", could be key in ending the threat of the Entropy Storm, Karza initiated a full-scale attack on the Ministry of Science's flagship. The Baron tasked Commander Raith with leading a small strike team to recover the Pharoid, whilst he himself would engage the bulk of Daegon's forces directly. On the ship's bridge, the two Barons duelled in their Enerchanged centaur forms, with Karza decrying his counterpart's attempts to understand the Storm instead of simply seeking to destroy it. After felling Daegon with a all-out final blow, Karza received the news that the Pharoid and his crew had escaped Raith's team, boarding their ship and flying towards the Entropy Storm. As the craft used its warp core punch through the boundary of the Storm, an obsessed Karza burst into space in pursuit, following the ship's wake into the maelstrom.
Inside the Entropy Storm, Karza found himself in an empty void, awash with the debris of that which the cloud had appeared to destroy. Wandering the Storm for years, Karza eventually discovered a vast robotic form, which he came to learn was Micronus Prime, the being who created Microspace. Exploring the robot for years, the Baron was able to use its technology to make contact with another universe, and in particular with Miles Mayhem. From the human general, Karza learned of Ore-13, a mineral super-fuel with the potential to neutralize the Entropy Storm. Mayhem agreed to help Karza transfer Ore-13 into Microspace in return for assistance with his own schemes, although the process was inefficient – forty percent of the mineral was remaining in its home universe, and violently exploding. With vast power within his grasp, Karza also found a new desire awaken within him: to not merely save Microspace, but "shepherd" it on a better path.
A New World to Conquer
Not long afterwards, the Micronaut crew arrived at Micronus Prime, having entered the entropy storm mere days ago from their perspective. Karza explained the nature of the behemoth to them, spacebridge built into Micronus's body, intending for the Pharoid and his crew to travel to Earth as his pawns. To his surprise, however, shards of Ore-13 began flowing out of the portal, rocking Micronus with explosions. The Micronaut ship passed through, and the spacebridge closed shortly afterwards, halting the dangerous flow of ore.but soon received word from Mayhem that complications on Earth required the delay of further Ore-13 transfer. His patience expired, Karza activated a
Before long, the spacebridge was reactivated by Mayhem, and Karza himself travelled through, finding himself face to face with the human general's other allies, the alien Dire Wraiths. Without hesitation, the Baron initiated Enerchange, fusing himself first with the Wraith leader and then the rest of their forces. Now towering above all others present, Karza went on the attack, determined to secure the Ore-13 needed to save Microspace, even in the face of Mayhem's apparent betrayal. Absorbing the energy of nearby Ore-13 crystals, Karza proved more than a match for the gathered Transformers and humans, and they soon mounted an evacuation of the city in which they fought. However, working with the Earth inhabitants, the Micronauts took control of the spacebridge portal, threatening to return Karza to Microspace. Trying to escape this fate, the Baron clawed at Optimus Prime, but was rammed by Miles Mayhem in his combat vehicle. Knocked loose, Karza plummeted into the spacebridge as it simultaneously opened and exploded, sending the would-be tyrant back to his home universe.
Returned to the inside of the Entropy Cloud, Karza found himself lost in the storm; he lost track of time within it, not knowing whether he was lost for decades or for millennia, though it seemed like mere years to those in Microspace not yet touched by the storm and only weeks to the Micronauts. Within, he encountered the Time Travelers, who revealed to him the truth: their race had given birth to the storm through the madness of one of their number, and they wished for him to act on their behalf and save his universe by invading Earth, with even the possibility of saving those that had already been consumed by the cloud. Concluding that Earth represented the only chance of salvation for the people of Microspace, Karza amassed an army of brand-new Acroyear troops to secure the planet.
Enerchanging with Micronus Prime, Karza used the ancient Cybertronian's inherent spacebridge to bring his legions to Earth, planning to invade and make it a new home for his people; however, though he was able to learn much of Earth and its universe from the Prime's databanks, Baron Karza felt more of himself being lost every time he Enerchanged with Micronus. The newly-rechristened Ministry of War started by neutralising the Earth's defenders by sending troops to disrupt the capabilities of M.A.S.K. and G.I. Joe, while Karza himself Enerchanged with Micronus Prime once more, using his titanic size and strength to knock out and capture Optimus Prime and his Autobots; with the stage set and his enemies imprisoned in an orbital space prison, Karza set out to defeat Earth's armies and capture Oziron Rael and the Micronauts. Karza sent Membros and the crew of his Sharkos to deal with the Micronauts, with the ship shooting down the team's Heliopolis and capturing Acroyear, Biotron, Phenolo-Phi, and Oziron Rael; however, the team's Repto reported back to Karza that Larissa had been killed when the ship was shot down. Despite having been shown his daughter's death in advance by the Time Travelers, Karza was filled with grief and rage, and used an Enerchange-launched hand to choke the Repto in order to take out his anger on it.
As his invasion progressed, Karza Enerchanged with Micronus again, using his titanic power to crush Earth's armies beneath him. Wishing to allow humanity to live alongside his people as long as they accepted his rule, Karza contacted a cabal of Earth's worst villains and gave them the offer to lead humanity by serving as his Barons, though Miles Mayhem and Destro were infuriated by his demands. Some time later, Karza was informed at the Ministry of War's Mobile Operations Base that the Micronauts' Acroyear had been successfully reconditioned by Commander Raith, who advised Karza that he commit all his forces to the fight; however, the Baron was set on keeping troops in reserve in the event of reinforcements being needed. As the Baron and the Acroyear commander spoke, Karza realised that something was wrong with the incoming Sharkos, leading Raith to shoot it down; however, the crew survived, and were revealed to be the Micronauts, who had escaped the prison, including Larissa, who had survived the crash of the Heliopolis.
Angry with Membros for failing him, and at the Pharoid for attempting to prevent him from saving the people of Microspace, Baron Karza Enerchanged into his centaur form in order to fight the team. Karza attempted to attack Rael with a fist-missile, but the attack was blocked by Larissa's Orbital Defender force-fields; angry at her betrayal, Karza attacked his daughter himself with a missile, and though Rael condemned him for his actions, Karza was resolute in his beliefs and would not change his mind. However, the Micronauts revealed their backup: the Transformers Optimus Prime, Jazz, and Arcee, who took on Karza's army in battle while the Micronauts dealt with the Baron himself. Summoning his own reinforcements, Karza set a huge Acroyear III swarm on the Autobots, but it transpired that the Micronauts' Acroyear had overcome the reconditioning and taken control of the swarm; unwilling to allow his troops to be usurped from him, Karza activated a killswitch that deactivated all the robotic Acroyear III units, but as the Pharoid pointed out, the Baron no longer had any cards to play and was roundly outnumbered. The Baron made one more plea for Rael to join him to save the people of Microspace, but it fell on the Micronauts' leader's deaf ears; but at the last moment, help for the Baron arrived in the form of his wife Shazraella, clad in battle-armor, who had taken the power one of the Time Travelers for herself.
Baron Karza was shocked at his wife's actions, arguing that they were unnecessary as the Ministry of War was on the brink of conquering Earth, but was interrupted when Optimus Prime picked him up to take him out of the fight. Karza, however, Enerchanged with Micronus once more, growing to an enormous size and clashed with the Transformers in battle; as they fought, however, Shazraella used her newfound powers to alter time and change the Transformers' forms, confusing the battle. While Shazraella effortlessly reduced Oziron Rael to dust with a wave of her hand, Karza defended his actions to the Transformers by claiming that they were enshrined in prophecy, but was distracted on recognising the power that Shazraella glowed with as the energy of the Entropy Cloud itself. Interrupting his battle with the Autobots, the Baron insisted that they set aside their quarrel and stop Shazraella, lest Earth's universe be destroyed like Microspace. Seeing Karza's willingness to give up on his invasion to protect the universe, Optimus agreed to a truce, and the Transformers turned their attention to Shazraella; Karza begged his wife to stop what she was doing, but Shazraella revealed that she believed that their future was within the Entropy Cloud, rather than running from it. Unwilling to let her continue, Karza stood up to Shazraella, but his wife wielded the power of the Entropy Storm to tear the forms of Karza and Micronus apart, banishing the ancient Prime through time; Karza fell from the sky, but was saved from falling to his death by a forcefield projected by Larissa. Though it seemed that Shazraella would allow Earth to be consumed by the storm's power, the planet and the Micronauts were saved when Oziron Rael — now ascended to become a Time Traveler himself — returned, wielding the power of the Time Travelers to tear their mad brother from Shazraella and sealing both Karza and Shazraella within fields of energy, before beginning to repair the damage caused by the Entropy Cloud.
In an alternate timeline where the Micronauts returned to Microspace not long after Karza, he personally defeated the crew's Acroyear and reconnected with Larissa, giving her a suit of armor resembling his own.
Aw Yeah Revolution!
Baron Karza was a tiny evil guy who ruled over Microspace with his friend/pet horse, Andromeda; he was the foe of the Micronauts and enjoyed reading comics like Revolution, featuring his favorite superhero, Snake Eyes. One one occasion, the Baron's despicable plan was to travel to Earth and steal the greatest power in existence, the Orbsah Gem! Boo, hiss! As well as stealing the gem, Karza also kidnapped the heroes Rom, Snake Eyes and Optimus Prime, planning to use the crystal's power to steal their special abilities: Rom's space-tracking skill, Optimus Prime's transformation power, and Snake Eyes' coolness! However, the size of the three beings was too much for their universe, whose molecular stability was threatened by their presence, causing the Micronauts to set out to beat Karza and make him release his prisoners. Upon discovering this fact, Karza deemed Microspace of no further use, and tried to escape through a portal, but Optimus Prime caught him as he left; the two fell through the portal and ended up near a Cobra base. Thanks to time flowing differently between the two dimensions, Karza had time to help Cobra defeat Optimus Prime and brainwash him to be under their control! While the Micronauts and G.I. Joe dueled with Cobra and Optimus, Karza used the Orbsah Gem to grow to enormous sizes, but this put his head directly in the path of an oncoming asteroid full of Dire Wraiths, which knocked him onto his back. Acroyear took the gem, returning Karza to normal size, but the Baron took on Acroyear himself... until Destro picked up the gem and took its power for himself, banishing Karza and the Micronauts back to Microspace!