KIERROK the DAMNED
Real Name: Kierrok
Identity/Class: Extra-dimensional (Class III) Demon
Occupation: Ruler of the N'Garai
Group Membership: N'Garai demons
Served by several humans over the ages (see the N'Garai profile),
formerly the Ru'tai
Enemies: The Ru'tai, X-Men (Banshee, Beast, Colossus, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Storm, Wolverine), Moira MacTaggert, Pixie (Megan Gwynn)
Known Relatives: Chthon ("father"), other N'Garai ("siblings")
Aliases: The Shatterer of Souls, Slayer of Men
of Operations: "The Dimension of the N'Garai"
This extra-dimensional realm is accessible from Earth via Cairns located outside Salem Center, New York and on Magneto's Island in the Bermuda Triangle.
Formerly Earth circa millions of years ago
First Appearance: X-Men I#96 (December, 1975 )
Powers/Abilities: Like all N'Garai demons, Kierrok is immune to the effects of aging and terrestrial disease. He is superhumanly strong (class 75?) and resistant to damage, with tough, leathery skin, razor-sharp claws and teeth which are coated with a deadly poison which can be fatal to regular humans. He also had wings, allowing him to fly. When injured, Kierrok showed the ability to regenerate by draining some life energy from his opponents, weakening them in the process. Kierrok is one of a very small number of N'Garai with advanced intelligence, and he led and directed the others, who were extremely savage and bloodthirsty.
History: (Marvel Comics Presents#145 + 146 - BTS) - After escaping the Demogorge by traveling to another dimension, the Elder God Chthon created the N'Garai and populated them in their own dimension, creating Kierrok to rule over them.
(Marvel Preview#7 - BTS) - At some point millions of years ago, the N'Garai, possibly led by Kierrok, ruled the Earth. They were defeated and driven back to their dimension by some force approximately one million years ago.
(X-Men I#96) - Cyclops, in a fit of rage over a teammate's death, lashed out with his energy beams in the middle of a forest, unintentionally destroying the top of a cairn which acted as a portal to the N'Garai's dimension. This released Kierrok on Earth. Kierrok immediately attacked the X-Men, knocking aside Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Cyclops with little effort before being violently torn apart by Wolverine. However, Kierrok regenerated by drawing on the life forces of the X-Men around him, weakening his enemies and renewing his attack. Professor X scanned Kierrok's mind, but was overwhelmed by the evil. Eventually, Storm flew into the forest and sealed the cairn through which Kierrok had come. With that, Kierrok disappeared, back the the dimension of the N'Garai.
(Wolverine Annual 1995) - The Cairn near the X-Mansion rose again, releasing a N'Garai demon onto the X-Mansion grounds. It confronted Wolverine, who had began regression into a feral state. After slaying the demon, Wolverine followed another demon into the N'Garai's native dimension and began slaughtering of the N'Garai, with no intention of returning to earth until all the N'Garai were killed. Wolverine and Nightcrawler confronted Kierrok, who wounded and was in turn wounded by Wolverine. Realizing that Wolverine could possibly kill him, Kierrok banished Wolverine and Nightcrawler back to earth and closed the Cairn.
(X-Men II#75 (fb) ) - Inspired by Wolverine's performance against Kierrok, the Ru'Tai, a slave caste of N'Garai, rebelled and overthrew their oppressors. Kierrok was slain and his eye was kept as an amulet by Pilgrimm, a leader of the Ru'Tai.
(Free Comic Book Day: X-Men#1) - N'Garai demons, including B'Terak and M'Drul, took root in Abergylid, Wales, where they began kidnapping local residents to sacrifice towards resurrecting their lord, Kierrok the Damned. The X-Men made short work of the demons and Pixie led them to the N'Garai's base within a nearby mining cave. Inside the cave, the X-Men found that the N'Garai had partially brought Kierrok the Damned into Earth's dimension, but Kierrok still needed more sacrifices to fully return. As the X-Men battled the N'Garai demons, Pixie flew around the face of Kierrok, prompting him to swat at her, unwittingly destroying the supports that held up the mining cave. Eventually, Kierrok destroyed all of the supports, causing the cave to collapse on top of Kierrok, closing his link with Earth's dimension, or at least burying him under a lot of rock. Before any of the X-Men could be injured by the cave-in, Pixie teleported them all to safety outside the cave.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and Sam Grainer
The N'Garai have appeared lots and lots of times while Kierrok ruled them without Kierrok having been an active participant. See the N'Garai profile for more info on them. In fact, most of this profile is taken from the N'Garai profile.
· Any other "damned" characters
X-Men I# 96 page 10 panel 4 (fighting X-Men)
Wolverine Annual 1995, p18, panels 1
p19, panel 1
X-Men I# 96 page 10 panel 4 (fighting X-Men)
X-Men I#96 (December, 1975) - Bill Mantlo & Chris Claremont (writers), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Wolverine Annual 1995 (1995) - Larry Hama (writer), J.H. Williams III (pencils), Mark McKenna, Jimmy Palmiotti & Mick Gray (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
Free Comic Book Day: X-Men#1 (May, 2008) - Mike Carey (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Will Panzo (assistant editor), Nick Lowe (editor), Axel Alonso (executive editor)
Last updated: 06/06/08
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