Honored Fallen Lantern of Space Sector 2814; predecessor of Hal Jordan
Space Sector: 2814
Sector Partner: Service pre-dates sector partners
Successor: Hal Jordan
Before he became a Green Lantern, Abin Sur was a history teacher on the planet Ungara. His ring was passed to him by the Green Lantern Starkoar sometime around the earth year 1860.
Starkoar was dying after having battled the genocidal warrior Traitor. His ring took Starkoar to the nearest inhabited world, Ungara, where the ring recognized Abin Sur as a being capable of overcoming great fear.
Starkoar fought the monster Traitor to the death to protect Ungara from destruction
As protector of Space Sector 2814, Abin Sur traveled to Earth several times in his lifetime, including visiting the American old West, where he met an ancestor of Hal Jordan. He once met Alan Scott, and after losing his own ring, borrowed Scott's ring.
Abin Sur secretly protected an earth unaware of the Green Lantern Corps
Abin Sur was a widely respected Lantern amongst the Corps and was a close friend and ally to Tomar-Re and to Sinestro, the Green Lantern of Sector 1417. Years after Abin's death, Sinestro would confided to Hal Jordan that during his Lantern career he had regarded only Jordan and Abin Sur as his friends; seeing the other Lanterns he served with as merely "colleagues".
Abin Sur's life would forever be altered by a mission on the planet Ysmault. Eons earlier, before the elders of Oa ascended to become the Guardians of the Universe, the galaxy was still prevalent with the powers of magic.
Among the most horrific practitioners were the Empire of Tears, deathless demons of pure evil. The Oans decided that it was the time for technology and science to rule and sought to eradicate the evil of the Empire's magic from the universe.
Ysmault was the final battleground in their war. There, the Empire tortured those Oans who were not strong willed enough with visions of ghastly horrors.
The Oans prevailed in the battled however were unable to destroy their demon foes. The Oans chained down and crucified the demons on the surface of Ysmault and declared the planet permanently off limits to all.
Abin Sur becomes obsessed with the prophecy of "The Blackest Night"
Millennia passed until one day Abin Sur attempted to aid a badly damaged Ungaran starship that was sent careening to the surface of Ysmault. Ignoring the Guardians edict against traveling to Ysmault, the Green Lantern pursued the falling starship in an effort to save the lives of the many passengers on board.
Abin Sur located the damaged craft but was unable to locate its passengers. The entombed demons offered assistance to Abin, enticing him to free them. One of the demons, Quill of the Five Inversions, promised to give the answers to any three questions, free of charge.
After Quill answer Abin Sur's first question the Green Lantern located a young Ungaran girl, the only survivor of the crashed ship.
Although still skeptical Abin Sur was intrigued by the demon and returned to ask Quill a second question about his own fate. Abin was told that he would die when his ring failed him during a crucial moment and that his successor would eclipse him to become the greatest of all Green Lanterns.
Now annoyed by the demons obvious trickery, Abin Sur asked to know the fate of the Green Lantern Corps. The third question concerned the final battle of the Green Lantern Corps.
He was told a prophecy: "After untold millennia, t he Weaponers of Qward, Ranx the Sentient City, the Children of the White Lobe, and the Empire of Tears would rise united against the Green Lantern Corps".
A belief in the prophecy of "The Blackest Night" would lead to Abin Sur's doom
" Sodam Yat, a Daxamite hailed as the ultimate Green Lantern, would perish battling the lobe-spawn. The planet-form Green Lantern named Mogo would be the last to fall as Ranx the sentient city explodes a blink-bomb within his core".
Abin Sur laughed dismissively at the demons transparent attempts to rattle him and left the planet with the young girl, intent of wiping his mind of Quill's nonsense. The demons reportedly laughed for nineteen weeks after he left, convinced that they had broken the strong-willed Lantern.
Although he refused to admit it, the demon's warnings deeply troubled Abin Sur. He began charging his power ring excessively, trying to ensure that it did not fail him as Quill predicted. He also began using a spaceship rather then his ring for long space flights and missions.
Abin Sur's death has been reported in conflicting accounts. It had been widely reported that Abin Sur died after crashing his ship on Earth. Some contend that he fell victim to the being known as LEGION who mortally wounded Sur while hunting Green Lanterns. Abin Sur crashed on Earth, and his ring sought out Hal Jordan as the best replacement.
Later accounts have attributed the demon of Ysmault, Atrocitus, to Abin Sur's death. Now obsessed with the prophecy spoken by the Empire of Tears, Abin Sur was determined to find out everything he could about "the Blackest Night".
Abin Sur feels fear
He freed Atrocitus from Ysmault and took the demon with him to Earth, convinced he would be able to force Atrocitus to help him find the clues he was looking for. Abin Sur confided his plan to Sinestro and made his friend swear he would investigate this prophecy further in the event of Abin's death.
While in custody, Atrocitus taunted Abin Sur that he was acting out of fear. As Atrocitus struggled against his bonds he informed the Lantern that his fear was overtaking him and that fear was infecting and weakening his constructs.
With a final effort, Atrocitus broke free of Abin Sur's ring willed prison and mortally slashed the Lantern with his claws. Remarking on the irony of Abin Sur failing his ring, rather than the opposite of Quill's prediction, Atrocitus threw himself out of the rapidly descending starship to the Earth below.
Seriously wounded, Abin Sur directed his craft away from Coast City and crashed in the desert. Abin Sur knew he was dying and instructed his ring to find a suitable replacement. The ring found Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner and selected Jordan, the closer candidate.
With a final smile upon meeting his replacement, Abin Sur succumbed to his injuries and died. As he passed, he remarked to Sinestro that he thought he would never see the day a human was selected to join the Corps.