The Sword of Rao was a revolutionary movement founded by General Zod to overthrow and replace the Kryptonian Law Council in a coup and restore Krypton to its former glories. It was named after Rao, the Kryptonian Sun God. It became inactive when all its members were imprisoned in the Phantom Zone again and General Zod was killed by Superman.


Attempted Coup

When General Zod became discontented with the running of Krypton by the Law Council, he decided to institute a measure to take over them and make a new government that will reinstate Krypton to its past magnificence of eons ago. His forces arrived at the Legislation Chamber where Jor-El was in council with them. He tells Jor-El of his ideas and has his men take him away whilst General Zod informs the Council of his plans after killing Ro-Zar, one of the members.

When informed that Jor-El had absconded and also stole the Growth Codex, General Zod and a few men travel to Jor- El’s homestead where Zod confronts Jor-El face to face as Lara Lor-Van launches Kal-El off-planet. Zod fights Jor-El and, after a hard fought battle, stabs his friend with the hidden blade from his armor. Dismayed at what he had to do to his friend, he and his followers were promptly arrested by loyalist forces, which had regrouped by that time.

Apprehended, Zod and his followers were put on trial before the Law Council with Lara present. They were sentenced to three hundred years of reconditioning inside the Phantom Zone. Zod yelled at Lara and declared that sending her son away wasn't enough and that he wasn't safe and he would find him. A ship descended on Kandor and General Zod and his followers embarked and went through the Phantom Zone Projector to begin their sentence.[1]

Release and Search

Krypton imploded, however, and thinking that they were the only survivors of their planet, Zod led his supporters through space to search for other survivors and a planet in which to rebuild a Kryptonian atmosphere.[1]

Invasion of Earth

After years of probing, they ventured to Earth after Kal-El activated a signal from the Fortress of Solitude. General Zod and his cohorts endeavored to take over Earth to remake it into a new Krypton but were stopped by Superman, resulting in his death and his followers being sucked back into the Phantom Zone.[1][2]

Known Members

Sword of Rao storms the Kryptonian council

General Zod and his followers.


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