Membership: None named (ranged from hundreds to thousands in number)
Purpose: Takeover and enslavement of Earth; Usurping the physical forms of the beings powerful enough to contain their energies
Affiliations: Harrison Budge, Lo Chin,
Sui Ti Kama, Lotus Shinchuko (formerly),
a sumo wrestler and numerous ninjas and other martial artists (pawns)
Enemies: Master Kee (deceased), Sons of the Tiger (Abe Brown, Bob Diamond, Lin Sun)
Aliases: (possibly) The Seven Silent Ones (See Comments)
Base of Operations: Dimension of the Silent Ones; formerly Earth
First Appearance: (mentioned) Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#1/6 (April, 1974), (seen) Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#10/3 (March, 1975)
Powers/Abilities: The Silent Ones possessed vast energy manipulating powers, enabling them to open dimensional portals, create and animate solid objects or humanoid creatures, grow to great size and strength (the sole survivor, pictured above, grew to 20 feet in height), and form powerful force fields. Their power was so great that it gradually burnt out their physical forms, requiring them to usurp the forms of others powerful enough to contain their energies.
History: (Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#11/3 [fb]) - The Silent Ones are a group that evolved and separated from humanity millions of years ago, around the time of the Neanderthals (See Comments). What changed them and motivated them was never clearly described. They apparently represent some evil force that balances out the force of good on the wheel of life. Following some unrevealed war in humanity's past (perhaps the Great Cataclysm, @ 18,000 B.C.) which nearly wiped out the entire race, the Silent Ones watched and waited as humanity slowly began to redevelop, once again from a more primitive state. When this occurred, the Silent Ones abducted a human woman, and used both natural and unnatural means to implant their darker lusts and passion in the new race of humanity.
Their activities over the next however-many-years have not been described. At some point, the Silent Ones relocated to another dimension. Eventually, they found that their power was so great that it was burning out their forms. The Silent Ones whose forms died from their power were placed in stasis. In the modern era, only one of the Silent Ones remained. He sought vessels powerful enough to contain the energies of the Silent Ones, into which they could transfer their minds and powers. He used promises of riches and power, often involving the use of addiction to opium or other narcotics, to convince several pawns on Earth to serve them and aid in his quest for these vessels.
(Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#1, 3, 4/4, Album issue?, 7/4, 8/4, 9/5-BTS) - In the modern era, the last living member of the Silent Ones believed that the Tiger Amulets, possessed by the kung fu sensei Master Kee, could unify and empower a group of three people to become such vessels. He manipulated events to train these people to use the power of the amulets and travel to the dimension of the Silent Ones. This began with the murder of Master Kee, who gave the amulets to his disciple, Lin Sun, who kept one for himself and gave two of them to two other students of Kee, Abe Brown and Bob Diamond. These three became the Sons of the Tiger, set out to avenge Kee, and learned of the existence of the Silent Ones. After several encounters with the Silent Ones' pawns, they managed to access the power of the amulets to travel to their dimension.
(Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#10/3, 11/3) - The last survivor again tested their power, then confronted the three warriors, and explained some of his race's past. He then awakened the hundreds or thousands of dead and mummified Silent Ones to claim the forms of the Sons of the Tiger. The Sons tapped into the power of their amulets and created an army of warriors, embodiments of the Tiger's Power. The warriors attacks on his mummified ancestors caused the last survivor to weaken and stagger back, and Lin Sun knocked him back through his own time portal. This destroyed him, and the mummified Silent Ones crumbled to dust.
Comments: Silent Ones was created by...well...conceived/mentioned by Gerry Conway (writer), from an origin given by Bill Mantlo (writer) and George Perez (artist).
Changing writer syndrome: A big build up, a poorly fleshed-out explanation, and an anti-climactic finish to a nearly one year long story. Lots of holes--I'm not even going to begin questioning the details. It was still a good story, you just felt like something was still missing.
I wonder what Conway had planned for the Silent Ones. He initially referred to them as the Seven Silent Ones. I'd like to see him do some sort of epilogue, reuniting the Sons of the Tiger for one last struggle and to make some sense of this. Maybe in the pages of the Defenders?
The Silent Ones are one of those races that existed before the age of humanity that some describe. They take credit for Eve taking the apple from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden.
Satan (possibly Marduk Kurios or some other demon), as detailed in the Spyros entry, has also been, and is most typically, ascribed as having tempted Eve.
Even though the one guy wouldn't shut his cake-hole once the Sons of the Tiger encountered him, all of the other dead ones were silent. I guess that's what the name means?
Any pre-history buffs want to give me an idea
what era the Neanderthals existed?
Neanderthal man (homo sapiens neanderthalensis) existed circa 400,000 B.C. to 30,000 B.C., the Cenozoic Era, Quaternary Period. Specific dates supplied by discoverychannel.com in this article. If the Silent Ones evolution first diverged millions of years ago, then this evolutionary divergence did not first occur during the time of the Neanderthals, although an evolutionary divergence of some kind could have happened for the Silent Ones during the time Neanderthals existed. -- Kyle
Lotus Shinchuko received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#12 under the Sons of the Tiger entry.
CLARIFICATIONS: The Silent Ones have no known connection to:
Profile updated/edited by Kyle Sims
Harrison Budge had been an agent of the Silent Ones for years. After the successful completion of his first mission for them, he was given the young Lotus Shinchuko by them as a reward. He came to the apartment of the Sons of the Tiger and used a knock-out gas to incapacitate them. He brought them back to his base, where he used computer generated images to confront them with their greatest fears. When they overcame their fears, he sent several robots after them. They defeated him, but he managed to escape, and led them to a cavern below the Queensboro bridge. There he attempted to take them out with a machine gun to make up for his previous failure, but was again defeated. He was possibly killed either by other agents of the Silent Ones, or by the subsequent explosion caused by Lotus Shinchuko.
Budge is skilled in the use of conventional and unconventional weaponry. He had access to advanced technology.
-- Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#7/4 ([9/5(fb)], 7/4, 8/4
Lo Chin led a group of ninjas and ran a large heroin operation. His group set a trap for Lin Sun while he was investigating the Silent Ones, and they succeeded in capturing him. Sun would have been killed if his allies, Brown and Diamond, had not arrived in time to save him. The Sons of the Tiger defeated his men, but he escaped back to his base: a jumbo jet which remained in the air almost constantly, receiving fuel while in flight, as well. The Sons managed to board the plane when it landed to pick up Chin. They overpowered Chin's agents, threw the pilot through the front windshield, escaped by parachute, and left the jet to crash. Chin was apparently killed in the crash. Despite this, some of his men attacked (and were defeated by) the Sons of Tiger "under Lo Chin's orders" as they left the airport.
He was a skilled planner, but not a fighter. For unknown reasons, his legs were very weak, and he most frequently used a wheelchair. -- Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#3 (4/4, [Album issue]
Sui Ti Kama led a band of ninja assassins. It was this group that carried out the assassination of Master Kee. He also ran an opium den. Both his organizations were based in Chinatown. Lin Sun was initially overpowered by him, but took him out when his abilities were magnified by the Tiger amulets.
He is large and powerful man, and a skilled martial artist. -- Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#1/6
A sumo warrior was dispatched to battle the Sons of the Tiger following Budge's defeat and before they were ambushed by Lotus Shinchuko. He nearly crushed Lin Sun to death before all of the Sons eventually overpowered him.
The sumo was immensely strong and could withstand an incredible degree of punishment.
-- Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#8/4
Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#3-4 (August-September, 1974) - BTS
Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#7-9 (December, 1974 - February, 1975) - BTS
Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu#11 (April, 1975)
Last updated: 03/22/04
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