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Princess Adora Bio
Real Name: Adora of the House of Randor (Leader in the Great Rebellion)
When Adora and her twin brother, Adam, were born, the Sorceress recognized they were the twins prophesized to wield the Power of Grayskull™. She magically cloned the Sword of He, enhancing it with the Stone of Protection so that each twin could have a key to unlock the Power. But Hordak™ also learned of the twins and arranged for his Eternian pupil, Skeletor®, to abduct the infants. Man-At-Arms® prevented Adam from being taken, but Adora was stolen away to the planet of Etheria, deep in the Dimension of Despondos. There, she was raised by Hordak™, until the day her brother returned, handing her the Sword of Protection, which she held aloft to become She-Ra™ — The Most Powerful Woman in the Universe!
Portrait Art Source: She-Ra Style Guide
First things first: I’m going to be a jackass and point out that “prophesized” is not a word. It should be “prophesied.”
So. The Sword of He. This incredibly powerful mythic weapon, bestowed upon Eternia by the Trollan Overlords of the Timeless Dimension of Ancient Eldritch Colossal Epicness–so powerful that when King Grayskull died, it had to be split in half and hidden lest the dark powers ever catch wind of its existence–this amazing artifact of universal power? CLWNED, BITCH.
Yes, here we get the first controversial mention of the Sorceress having “magically cloned” the Sword of He, which was then enhanced with the Stone of Protection. I’m sure the Bio Writers (BW) could cook up some sort of story whereby, through this vastly complicated one-time-only spell, the Sorceress managed to clone the Sword of He–cloned and enhanced it, mind you. I usually try to give the BW the benefit of the doubt, but I think this cloning idea represents a significant paucity of imagination. I’d rather the Sword of Protection have its own origin unrelated to the Sword of He than get this. At the very least, couldn’t have the Trollan Overlords have bestowed both swords? I think making it a cloned sword weakens the independence and strength of She-Ra’s character. Suffice to say, I’m ignoring this angle.
By the way, don’t even THINK about connecting this Stone of Protection with the one in He-Ro’s staff. DON’T EVEN THINK IT!! NO, STOP! STOP THINKING IT! They’re not the same thing. Do not imagine some sort of intriguing connection between He-Ro and She-Ra that better incorporates her into the mythos and prevents Adam from having a monopoly on the mythic forebear angle. It never happened. It totally wouldn’t be cool if it turned out that He-Ro was She-Ra’s mythological antecedent, as King Grayskull was He-Man’s.
The rest of the bio is nearly identical to the familiar bio we know from the cartoon, and I have no problems with it. But it does reference the fact that King Grayskull evidently banished Hordak and the Horde to a dimension that had an inhabited planet. Kind of sucks for Etheria. I’m going to hope that KG was unaware of this when he banished them. (In the Millennium cartoon version, I believe Hordak had opened the dimensional portal which KG then co-opted and sent Hordak into, so that couldn’t really be blamed on him.)