TEYANOGA

Real Name: Teyanoga

Identity/Class: Human (pre-Cataclysmic era) magic user

Occupation: Former leader and tribal Shaman

Affiliations: Worshipped the Snake God;
led two tribes of Picts, including the Hawk Moon tribe and Brule's own tribe;
created and controlled a
snake-man
possible loose alliance with
Thulsa Doom

Enemies: Brule the Spear-Slayer, Kull

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Kurmonn, Pictish Isles, pre-Cataclysmic era

First Appearance: Kull and the Barbarians#2 (May, 1975)

Powers/Abilities: Teyanoga had a number of magical abilities. His favored trick was to merge a man with a serpent, turning it into a hybrid warrior under his control. While Teyanoga was able to focus on his creation, this snake-man was able to survive most forms of destruction, including decapitation.

Teyanoga also possessed superhuman resistance to injury, as he was badly burnt in a fire, yet rose to attack anew. He may be completely immortal.

Teyanoga's full powers has yet to be seen, although he did claim--presumably falsely--to be infinitely more powerful than Thulsa Doom.

History:
(Kull and the Barbarians#2 (fb) - BTS) - Teyanoga's true origins are unknown, but legends have it that he made arcane pacts with Hellish demons, trading his soul for power and immortality.

(Kull and the Barbarians#2) - Kull and Brule came to the island of Kurmonn, seeking to recruit Brule's tribe for assistance in regaining his throne from Thulsa Doom. However, upon arrival they were ambushed and overpowered by the Picts, who now served Teyanoga. The shaman demonstrated his power to Kull by merging a man and a serpent into a hybrid creature, which he then decapitated. Teyanoga planned to slay Kull next, but Kull broke free and attacked Teyanoga's loyal tribesmen. Kull scattered the tribesmen and freed Brule, at which point Teyanoga reanimated the headless snake-man and sent it to destroy Kull. The former king stabbed the snake-man repeatedly, to no avail, as its tail coiled around and crushed him.

 

Realizing that Teyanoga was feeding the snake-man power, Brule shoved the shaman into the middle of a blazing fire. As Teyanoga screamed in pain, the snake-man paused, and Kull stabbed it one last time, finishing it off. However, Teyanoga was not defeated, but instead rose from the flames, covered with bubbling, burning skin. Teyanoga rallied his warriors to attack his two foes, and Kull and Brule fled from the amassed warriors.

While Kull went off to seek further allies to regain his throne, Brule remained in Kurmonn, intending to free his people from Teyanoga's power.

(Savage Sword of Conan#59/ , 76/2,
--I'm waiting to find the conclusion of this saga before adding this information.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Hardcover#7: MAGIC) - Teyonaga, summoned by Agamotto, attended the Assemblage of Avatars in Atlantis around 19,000 BC to find a solution for the current conflicts between the Elder Gods. Only little was accomplished during the meeting and Agamotto became frustated with humanity's limitations.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway and Jess Jodloman.

When Kull first saw Teyanoga, he saw the image of Thulsa Doom floating above him. Kull asked him if he conspired with Thulsa Doom, and Teyanoga did not explicitly deny this, but instead stated that he was so powerful that he need not conspire with anyone. Nonetheless, Thulsa Doom had been directing attacks at Kull ever since he fled the City of Wonders, and his involvement (at least as a warning or suggestion to Teyanoga) seems likely, though it remains unconfirmed.

It looks like the "Wolves Beyond the Border" adaptation was never finished, which leaves the story in Savage Sword of Conan#59 and #76 unresolved.
--Markus Raymond

Teyanoga worshipped "the Snake God," who would presumably be Set, but this is also unconfirmed.

CLARIFICATIONS:
not so much


Appearances:
Kull and the Barbarian#2 (July, 1975) - Gerry Conway (writer), Jess Jodloman (artist), Roy Thomas (editor)
Savage Sword of Conan#59 (December, 1980) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Ernie Chan (artist)
Savage Sword of Conan#76 (May, 1982) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Ernie Chan (artist)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Hardcover#7: MAGIC (2009) - David Sexton (writer), Jeff Younquist & Jennifer Gruenwald (editors)


Last updated: 06/22/03

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