Real Name: Y'Garon
Identity/Class: Demon (Elderspawn - see comments)
Group Membership: N'Garai (Marada demon duplicate), Mabdhara (N'Garai masters), the Triad (with Y'Bsgloth and Y'Griarth);
Affiliations: Simyon Karashnur, Amos Starn (host), Anthony D'Aire (pawn)
Arianrhod, Dracula, Inspector Chelm, Kate Fraser, Donal MacLlyanllwyr, Gaius
She-Wolf, Rhiannon, an unidentified warlord from centuries past;
Tom Ashton, Annie Malcolm, and Nobby Clarke (victims)
Known Relatives: Triad (Y'Bsgloth and Y'Griarth, brothers), N'Garai (brethren), Chthon (ancestor)
Aliases: Eldest of the Triad
Base of Operations: Unidentified extradimensional
D'Aire Manor, Rutherton, England
First Appearance: Giant-Size Dracula#2 (September, 1974)
Powers: Y'Garon's full powers are undefined. He is superhumanly strong and can form a sword out of fire. He can apparently be wounded by cold steel, even to the point of apparent death, though this may be just the death of the form he was inhabiting. His true form is uncertain; he may be one of the tentacled monsters accessed via the Sa'arpools.
In a human host, he possessed sufficient strength to drop Dracula with a single blow (from behind), @ Class 10. He could mentally control others, fire destructive eye-blasts. It possessed magical knowledge, and could cast certain spells, although it usually drew power from human sacrifice.
(Giant-Size Dracula#2 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: A-Z#8: N'Garai) - Y'Garon is the Eldest of the Triad, composed of itself, and its brothers, Y'Bsgloth and Y'Griarth, a clan within the Mabdhara, the ruling class of the N'Garai.
(Giant-Size Dracula#2 (fb) - BTS) - Y'Garon was separated from its brothers uncounted aeons ago by a dimensional holocaust.
(Giant-Size Dracula#2 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: A-Z#8: N'Garai) <18, 000 BC> - Y'Garon observed mankind destroy itself (sort of) via the Great Cataclysm.
(Giant-Size Dracula#2 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: A-Z#8: N'Garai) <8,000 BC or 3,000 BC> - Y'Garon observed mankind again destroying itself via cataclysm and/or flood.
(Giant-Size Dracula#2 (fb) - BTS) - At some point he became trapped in an extradimensional realm.
(Epic Illustrated#10 / Marvel Graphic Novel#21: Marada the She-Wolf (fb) - BTS) <Roughly b/t 50 BC to 50 AD> - Some of the Mabdhara (the N'Garai Masters), including Y'Garon, sought the soul of Marada for her powers "both temporal and arcane, though she knows it not." Simyon Karashnur, a sorcerer serving the N'Garai, sought to bind Marada's power to the service of his masters.
(Epic Illustrated#10 / Marvel Graphic Novel#21: Marada the She-Wolf (fb)) - As Marada and here allies celebrated their safe return from a battle, Marada unwittingly downed a drugged mug of wine (apparently drugged by an agent of Karashnur). She awoke in a tower, chained within a mystic circle. The sorcerer Simyon Karashnur greeted her and then summoned Y'Garon, who announced that she was to be his consort and then took her by force, mocking her resistance. In his passion, Y'Garon raked her back, cutting her to the bone; while Marada prayed the wounds would be fatal, Y'Garon contemptuously healed her. He then took part of her soul and replaced it with a piece of his own -- so that when the night finally came to an end and he returned to his realm, Marada begged him to stay.
(Epic Illustrated#10 / Marvel Graphic Novel#21: Marada the She-Wolf (fb) - BTS) - Roman Tribune Gaius Marcellus Fulva rescued Marada from her captor and arranged a caravan of Parthian mercenaries to return her to Rome in hopes of gaining favor with her grandfather, Caesar.
(Epic Illustrated#10 /
Marvel Graphic Novel#21: Marada the She-Wolf - BTS) - Donal MacLlyanllwyr brought
Marada to Ashandriar to recover, though she seemed a broken woman. Rhiannon, mistress of the arts arcane
and ruler of Ashandriar, recognized the stench of
blackest sorcery about Marada.
Simyon Karashnur had his torturer, Tchunda, painfully slay Gaius Marcellus for his theft, after which he used Marada's possessions to enable a demon of the Outer Dark to come to Earth and usurp Marada's form to recover her for their masters. Sensing this, Marada awakened, screaming.
(Epic Illustrated#11 / Marvel Graphic Novel#21: Marada the She-Wolf) - The N'Garai Marada attacked Donal and Marada; Arianrhod briefly stunned the demon, but it swiftly recovered, delivered a mortal wound to Donal, and abducted Arianrhod to force Marada to follow her. Rhiannon tried and failed to save Donal, after which Marada re-donned her old warrior attire and had Rhiannon send her to Y'Garon's realm so that she might rescue Arianrhod. Minor demons assailed Marada, but her instincts and skills proved to be intact, and she slew all of her attackers.
Eventually Marada confronted Simyon Karashnur and Y'Garon alongside the chained Arianrhod. Overcoming her fears, Marada hurled her axe at Y'Garon, wounding him, and when he created a flaming sword, she met him in single combat, delivered another wound, and proved herself his superior. Simyon conjured a floral scent (the lotus?) that dulled her mind and rendered her body hypersensitive. She dropped to her knees before Y'Garon, but as he raised his sword high, she suddenly slashed upwards with her sword, gutting him. As Simyon prepared to flee, Marada shoved her sword through his chest, apparently killing him as well.
(Giant-Size Dracula#2 (fb)) - Post-cognitive flashes have shown Y'Garon defeating an unidentified warlord and sacrificing another woman in centuries/millennia past.
(Giant-Size Dracula#2 (fb) - BTS) - In the modern era, Y'Garon sought to open a Sa'arpool, or a portal to another dimension, in order to free its brethren.
To this end, Y'Garon apparently came to possess Amos Starn, the proprietor of Rutherton Mortuary in Rutherton, England. Y'Garon also took control of the wealthy owner of D'Aire Manor, Anthony D'Aire. In order to gain power, it slew several women and transformed their souls into gems known as Hilthstars. When the correct number of Hilthstars were placed into the appropriate pattern on a Norse Runeboard, one further female sacrifice would open the portal to free the Triad.
(Giant-Size Dracula#2 (fb) - BTS) - After eleven people were murdered, Scotland Yard Inspectors Chelm and Kate Fraser were sent to investigate. Fraser possessed limited psychic powers and gained a postcognitive flash of Y'Garon from centuries past from touching a Hilthstar. Dracula and other vampires were suspected for the murders, but Kate Fraser knew he was not involved. Dracula, however, learned of the murders for which he was being blamed and came ot Rutherton to investigate as well.
(Giant-Size Dracula#2) - Y'Garon detected the presence of Dracula, and feared that Dracula might interfere with his plans. Using the Hilthstar that Fraser had taken, Y'Garon took mental control of her and sent her to slay Dracula while he slept. However, Fraser managed to resist Y'Garon's demands until sunset when Dracula could revive himself.
Y'Garon then influenced several townsmen to follow D'Aire in an effort to slay Dracula. Dracula and Fraser fled together, but were captured by Y'Garon. Y'Garon had Dracula bound and weakened by incense to observe him sacrifice Fraser to free the Triad. Y'Garon used some of Fraser's blood to open the Sa'arpool, but Dracula, having found Fraser to appear remarkable similar to his former beloved wife, Maria, slipped into a delirium where he believed he was reliving Turac's murder of his wife.
Delirious and enraged, Dracula broke free of his bounds, and attacked Y'Garon, whom he saw as Turac, throwing him into the Sa'arpool. The Sa'arpool was shut when Y'Garon passed through it, and the resultant backlash destroyed D'Aire manor. Dracula then erased Fraser's memory of the events, leaving her with the belief that D'Aire had been the sole killer.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Don Heck, and Frank McLaughlin.
It's not quite clear in the story in Giant-Size Dracula, but I think we only observed its human vessel, and it was its true form that it was seeking to release from its extradimensional prison. I'm not sure whether that was its true form in the Marada stories.
Y'Garon is NOT one of the Elder Gods
Y'Garon's brethren in the Triad are named in a spell in Marvel Spotlight I#25.
It also was never clear to me whether Amos or D'Aire was Y'Garon's host. I think Amos was the host and D'Aire his pawn, so I'm going with that.
The Triad has no connection to:
A frequent source of confusion/contention, even amongst the writers for the Appendix:
Epic Illustrated#10 / Marvel Graphic Novel#21: Marada the She-Wolf, p19, panel 4 (appearing in a glow)
Epic Illustrated#11 / Marvel Graphic Novel#21: Marada the She-Wolf, 10 (profile)
Giant-Size Dracula#2 (September, 1974) - Chris Claremont (writer), Don Heck (pencils), Frank McLaughlin (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Epic Illustrated#10 (February, 1982) - by Chris Claremont (writer), John Bolton (artist), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Epic Illustrated#11 (April, 1982) - by Chris Claremont (writer), John Bolton (artist), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Marvel Graphic Novel#21: Marada the She-Wolf (1985) - by Chris Claremont (writer), John Bolton (artist), Jo Duffy (editor)
Last updated: 01/28/18
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