What the D'ast? Ghaur
(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with Marvel Cosmic and its many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)
By Byron Brewer
Anyone who loves Jack Kirby’s Eternals (like me) knows this Deviant well. Or do you? Let’s see.
Ghaur was born in the “City of Toads” in Deviant Lemuria. He grew up to become a high priest of the Deviant priesthood but had ambition to be much more. He had Ranar the Deviant killed when Ranar claimed succession to the Deviant throne. Ghaur became the unofficial leader of the Deviants and eventually had a confrontation with the Warlord Kro, whom Ghaur allowed to become a figurehead monarch.
Ghaur captured Kro and the Eternals Thena and Sersi and revealed to Kro that he had amassed an army of Deviants in suspended animation. Ghaur then used a vial containing part of the “essence” of the Dreaming Celestial to transform himself into one of those Space Gods. However, Ghaur fell under the mental control of the Dreaming Celestial, who forced Ghaur to free him from his tomb. Ghaur’s consciousness was separated from his Celestial body by a Uni-Mind composed of the Eternals and (no lie) the West Coast Avengers. Ghaur’s consciousness seemingly dissipated, and Ghaur’s Celestial body shrank into apparent nothingness.
The Deviant priest later tricked the Silver Surfer into recreating his physical form, then he battled the Surfer and freed the Lemurian super-villainess Llyra (murderer of Namor’s beautiful Lady Dorma) from captivity. Ghaur formed an alliance with Llyra to recreate the Serpent Crown and, after allying with Attuma, helped free Tyrannus from the body of the Abomination. Ghaur and Llyra caused the devastation of Atlantis as a sacrifice to the serpent god Set. Ghaur and Llyra then assembled the seven “Brides of Set” (Andromeda, Dagger, Invisible Woman, Jean Grey, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk and Storm) and used them to bring the elder demon to Earth. They were thwarted by a Thor-possessed Demogorge. Ghaur sought to slay the “Brides” to bring Set back to Earth, but was foiled by Naga.
Most recently, Kro and Ghaur formed an alliance in which Kro resumed his role as Deviant ruler but was forced to share power uneasily with Ghaur. When the Black Panther (T’Challa) found a Deviant mother and her humanlike child in Wakanda, Ghaur demanded their release, which T’Challa refused. This sparked an international incident, and nearly plunged Wakanda into war with Lemuria when Klaw tricked the Wakandans into firing upon Lemuria. T’Challa’s friend, Everett K. Ross, eventually discerned that the child was Ghaur’s own daughter and Ghaur feared the scandal that would erupt were it known he had sired such a humanlike offspring. Ghaur ultimately stood down, and the mother and child were placed in the custody of the Sub-Mariner, with their deaths faked for the sake of the public.
FYI for today: Ghaur is the result of a crossbreeding of his forbearers supervised by Deviant priests trained in genetics over centuries. His superhuman powers include the psionic ability to manipulate the minds and actions of any other Deviant whose genetic code is known to him. Since he has a photographic memory; that effectively means every Deviant in existence … with the sole exception of Kro.
Someday, most likely soon if not already, the MarvelU.will see another explosive plot from this most ambitious of the Deviants.