Like some other characters in the series, I originally came up with Jayd literally decades ago as a superhero design. Back then, her name was “Jade” and she was asian, because of course she was. I thought it would be cool to have someone conjure armor and weapons and be able to constantly change the designs whenever I wanted to since the armaments would be uniquely conjured each time based on the need.

The energy was supposed to be green (thus the name “Jade”), but I changed it since the ability to manipulate green energy into recognizable shapes was just too similar to Green Lantern. In the end, after all these years, I kinda got attached to the name “Jade,” even though it didn’t quite fit the color scheme anymore. So she became “Jayd.” The powers remained the same but are now attributed to alien ability rather than being bitten by a radioactive ring.