ORIKAL

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (unknown realm) undefined entity

Occupation: Prophet, information source;
    former guardian of the Chalice of Ruins
    former weapons maker;
    previous occupation unknown

Group Membership: Unrevealed

Affiliations: Odin, Sif, Thor;
    unwilling ally of Geirrodur and the Rock Trolls of Asgard

Enemies: Geirrodur, Mangog, Rock Trolls of Asgard, Thanos, Ulik

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: A chamber within the caverns of the Rock Trolls of Asgard;
    former home/location unrevealed

First Appearance: Thor I#138 (March, 1967)

Powers/Abilities: Orikal possesses the Infinite Eye, enabling it to view anything occurring in any time, place, or other location. It can scan the multiverse for evidence of a certain object or being within seconds. It possesses vast power, enabling it to transform into energy and travel through space. However, it is completely helpless against a form of flames found in the Troll kingdom.
    Orikal has only been seen in an armored form, approximately 20-25 feet tall. He once took an energy form off panel, and it is not clear whether either or neither of these is his true form.

History: Orikal's origins are unknown.

(Thor I#138 (fb) - BTS) - Orikal arrived in Asgard from another universe, lost and bewildered, and fell prey to Geirrodur, king of the Trolls, who entrapped him within a sea of flame from which he could not escape. Despite his vast power, Orikal was unable to escape. Geirrodur led Orikal on for an unknown period of time, telling him he might consider letting him go if he assisted him. Orikal provided information, as well as the knowledge of how to build powerful weaponry, though Geirrodur knew he would never let him go.

(Thor I#138) - Using the weaponry provided by Orikal's knowledge, the Trolls assaulted Asgard. Orikal informed Geirrodur that his legions were about to attack from a secret tunnel and overwhelm Asgard.

(Thor I#139) - The Trolls used the Ulti-Force Cannon to drain the power from Odin's scepter. The Asgardians were on the verge of defeat when Thor and Sif invaded the Trolls' caverns and located Orikal. At the same time, Ulik, who resented Orikal for drawing attention away from him, arrived and attempted to kill Orikal by turning the flames around him to maximum power. Thor stopped Ulik and then used the device to turn down the flames around Orikal, who transformed into energy and shot out into space.

(Thor II#9 (fb) - BTS) - Under unspecified circumstances, Orikal once again became the prisoner and slave of Geirrodur.

(Thor II#9) - Thor confronted Orikal, demanding to know where Odin and the rest of the natives of Asgard had vanished to. Orikal initially refused to grant him any information, but when Marnot arrived and began to explain the involvement of the Dark Gods, Orikal chimed in, confirming the truth of his claims.

(Thor II#14 (fb)) - Orikal warned Thor that forces beyond his ken conspired against him.

(Thor II#20) - Orikal requested an audience with Ulik, but then the Mangog arrived, flattening Ulik and tearing the Chalice of Ruins from within Orikal's chest, causing it great pain.

(Thor II#22) - Orikal showed Odin and Ulik a vision in which Thanos would use the power of the Designate, focused through the Chalice of Ruins, to destroy all life in the cosmos.

(Thor II#23) - Orikal showed Odin that Thor continued to trail Thanos by a wide margin, and that Thanos and the Mangog were close to the Designate.

(Thor II#24) - Orikal showed Odin the continuing struggle between Thor and Thanos, and they watched as Mangog smashed Thor into unconsciousness.

(Thor II#25) - Orikal watched as Odin empowered the battle armaments of the troll Jagrfelm and then had Firelord transport them to Thor. Orikal then showed as Thanos collected the tears of the Designate to gain vast power, then as Thor rallied to defeat Mangog, and finally as Firelord delivered the armaments, allowing Thor and the Designate to seemingly destroy Thanos.

(Thor II#41) - Orikal witnessed the funeral of Odin.

(Thor II#42) - Thor had Orikal search all planes of existence for evidence that Odin had survived, but Orikal could find none.

Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee, Jack "King" Kirby, and Vince "the Prince" Colletta.
    Thor I#138 lettered by Artie "the Smartie" Simek.

    According to Thanos in the Infinity Abyss, the Thanos viewed above by Orikal was just another one of the Thanosi.

Orikal supposedly died during the Ragnarok in Thor II#85.

Profile by Snood.

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images:
Thor II#9, p15, panel 3


Thor I#139 (April, 1967) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Thor II#9 (March, 1999) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Buscema (pencils), Jerry Ordway (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#14 (August, 1999) - Dan Jurgens (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#20 (February, 2000) - Dan Jurgens (writer), Michael Ryan (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#22-25 (April-July, 2000) - Dan Jurgens (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Klaus Janson (#22), Dick Giordano (#23-25) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thor II#41-42 (November-December, 2001) - Dan Jurgens (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 07/27/04

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