N'GARAI


Classification: Extradimensional (Class III) Demons (See Comments); Distant Past, Pre-Cataclysmic, Hyborian , and modern eras

Location/Base of Operations:  "The Dimension of the N'Garai" 
    This extradimensional 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 and Limbo.

Known Members: B'Terak, Kierrok the Damned, Mabdhara, M'Drul,, Y'Garon, Y'Bsgloth, and Y'Griarth; (see comments);
   possibly Syxra--Mother of Knives, Zo--Who Makes the Dead Weep, and Klejan Kan--Devourer of Angels and Breaker of Cities , Dansker(see comments)

Affiliations: Offspring of Chthon;
    "Siblings" of
Victoria Montesi;
    Served by/allied with Jaffar ibn Haroun Al-Rashid, Belasco, the
Camarilla of the N'Garai, Dhasha Khan, Dwarf, Simyon Karashnur, Kulan Gath, Master Khan, Modred the Mystic, Aurora Poule, the Puffball Collective, Shadowqueen, T'hehly'eh, Elianne Turac, Vung;
        formerly the Ru'tai;
        possibly the
Four, Lady Daemon,

Enemies: Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur), Basilisk, Bloodscream, Clan Akkaba,   "Darkhold Redeemers": (Sam Buchanan, Louise Hastings, Jinx , Victoria Montesi), Dr. Strange, Dracula, Exiter, Kate Fraser, Lee Forester , Dr. Michael Heron, Hulk, Ka-Zar, Jade, Lucifer (the demon/fallen angel, see comments), Magik (Amanda Sefton), Magneto, Marada the She-Wolf, Arianrhod MacLlanllwyr, Donal MacLlanllwyr, Modred the Mystic, Peliali, Pilgrimm, Pixie (Megan Gwynn), Rhiannon, Ru'Tai, Sabretooth, Satan (Marduk Kurios), Satana, Shanna the She-Devil, Sunfire, Undying Ones,
    X-Men (Archangel, Banshee, Beast, Colossus, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Phoenix (Jean Grey), Polaris, Professor X, Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat), Psylocke, Sunfire, Thunderbird (Neal Sharra), Wolverine), the people of the town of Perfection;|
    formerly Belasco

First Appearance:
   
(Kierrok) X-Men I#96 (December, 1975)
    (N'Garai) Uncanny X-Men#143 (March, 1981)

Powers/Abilities: Like all demons, the N'Garai are immune to the effects of aging and terrestrial disease.  They are superhumanly strong and resistant to damage, with tough, leathery skin.  Their razor-sharp claws and teeth are coated with a deadly poison which is fatal to regular humans.  Some members of the N'Garai in their native dimension possess wings and others have additional limbs.

Height: 6' - 9'
Weight: 400 - 900 lbs.
Eyes: Red
Skin: Grey

Traits: A very small number of N'Garai--such as Y'Garon and Kierrok--have advanced intelligence and direct the others, who are extremely savage and bloodthirsty. This warrior caste has been described as the "Lesser N'Garai." It is unknown whether they have any sort of social order, other than having used the Ru'Tai as slaves at one point.  Although N'Garai of different physical forms have been glimpsed (winged, multi-armed) it is not known if these physical differences bring with them different societal functions. 
    The level of intelligence of the warrior caste is unknown, although they do not appear to be particularly bright, nor cunning.  The are able to communicate with speech, although whether they have their own language is unknown.
        In combat they rely their claws, teeth, and tails, and sheer numbers to gain advantage and overwhelm their enemies.  They appear to lack gender and it is unknown how, and if they even do, reproduce. By some accounts they must be born through a host. 

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 ruled the earth.  They were defeated and driven back to their dimension by some force approximately one million years ago.  One account has it that the angel Lucifer, prior to his Fall, was responsible for their banishment.

(Dr. Strange III#41 (fb) - BTS) - The Undying Ones possessed an age-old and festering rivalry with the N'Garai demons, who also ruled humanity, or a section of it, in the distant past.

(Deadly Hands of Kung Fu#22 (fb)) - Many millennia ago, well before the Great-Cataclysm which sank Atlantis, before the age of Kull, the Earth was ruled by the N'Garai. Humanity was enslaved by these gods, serving as their workers, pets, and meals. Eventually the N'Garai were driven from the Earth, and humanity gained its freedom.

(Conan the Barbarian I#259 (fb) - BTS) <10, 000 BC> - Kulan Gath was transported to the realm of the N'Garai: "Of late, I have dwelt in realms which would make that snake-infested kingdom [Stygia] seem a paradise by comparison."

(BTS) - At some point the N'Garai empowered an apparently mortal sorcerer, transforming him into the being known as Belasco.

(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. 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 MacLlanllwyr brought Marada to Ashandriar to recover, though she seemed a broken woman. Rhiannon, mistress of the arts arcane and ruler of Ashandriar, who recognized the stench of blackest sorcery about Marada.
   
    Simyon Karashnur had his torturer 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 she 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.

(Dr. Strange II#43-44 (fb))- One thousand years ago the monk Kan discovered a strange temple. Exploring it, Kan was drawn against his will through a mystical black mirror into an otherdimensional realm. There Kan met Jehan, king of Siridar, his sister, Princess Shialmar, and their court magician, Vung, the one who had cast the spell drawing Kan through the mirror. Jehan persuaded Kan to lead his people in a war against the Wizard Kings who ruled this otherdimensional realm. Kan agreed to do so. During his time in this realm, Kan and Shialmar fell in love with each other.
    Ultimately Kan led his forces to complete victory over the forces of the Wizard Kings, and all but one of the Wizard Kings were killed. But Kan did not realize he was a pawn in Vung's secret plans. Vung captured both Kan and Shialmar and prepared to sacrifice them to the demonic race he secretly served, the N'Garai. Shialmar offered the N'Garai her own soul, in exchange for power. The N'Garai complied, transforming Shialmar into the Shadowqueen, a sorceress of great mystical power who was nearly incapable of love. The Shadowqueen slew Vung and sent Kan back to China.

(Giant-Size Dracula#3 (fb) ) - In the 15th century Elianne Turac spent the a year training in the black arts. She performed a ritual involving the sacrifice of a young boy to the N'Garai ("Gods that rule the Dark Places") in exchange for immortality to enable her to battle her immortal enemy. The Gods found the life of the boy insufficient, and in addition, they took her innocence, her joy, her love, and her vision.

(X-Men: Apocalypse vs. Dracula#4 (fb) - BTS) - Around 1861 after being awakened by Clan Akkaba, Apocalypse slaughtered a tribe of N'Garai demons while they watched.

(Giant-Size Dracula#2)- Y'Garon accessed a Sa'arpool, seeking to bring the N'Garai to Earth. The Triad emerged from the Sa'arpool and attempted to claim Kate Fraser, but Dracula fought off Y'Garon and hurled him into the Sa'arpool. He then fought past the Triad to rescue Kate. The Sa'arpool was sealed up and destroyed.

(X-Men I#96) - Cyclops, lashing out in anger, accidentally blasted off the top of a N'Garai Cairn located near the X-Men Mansion.  This released Kierrok, who promptly attacked the X-Men.  Charles Xavier attempted to scan Kierrok's mind, only to be overwhelmed by the demon's evil.  Kierrok leeched the X-Men's energy, until Storm destroyed the N'Garai Cairn, banishing Kierrok back to his dimension.

(Deadly Hands of Kung Fu#24) - Dhasha Khan accessed the power of the Firebird (Jade) to begin transforming Earth into the form it wore in millennia past, when the N'Garai ruled the Earth. However, before Khan could summon the N'Garai to Earth, Iron Fist used his chi to focus his will and bridge the gap to the world of the living. Iron Fist attacked and, after a lengthy battle, defeated Dhasha Khan. He took his Soulgem, reversed the changes on Earth, and returned the spirit of the Firebird to Jade.

(Haunt of Horror#4/3 (fb) - BTS) - Jimmy Cruz, monsignor of a Catholic Church, became obsessed with destroying the forces of Satan, by whatever means necessary. To this end, he turned to the N'Garai for power and support, becoming affiliated with the Camarilla of the N'Garai.

(Marvel Preview#7 - BTS) - The Camarilla of the N'Garai, human servants dedicated to them, sought revenge on Marduk Kurios/Satan by plotting to slay his daughter, Satana. (see comments)

(Haunt of Horror#4/3 (fb)) - Cruz summoned one of the N'Garai to slay Satana's familiar, a magic cat named Exiter. However, Satana herself caught up with Cruz before he could summon demonic assistance, and drained his soul, killing him.

(Marvel Preview#7 (fb)) - The Camarilla transformed Satana into the human form of Judith Camber.

(Marvel Preview#7) - The Camarilla captured Camber and extracted Satana's spirit, intending to sacrifice it to the N'Garai, but Satana summoned the Basilisk to slaughter the Camarilla instead.

(Iron Fist I#7 (BTS))- Master Khan invoked the N'Garai for power, but his ceremony was interrupted by Iron Fist.

(Marvel Team-Up I#79)- Kulan Gath attempted to open a portal to the N’Garai’s realm via one of the mystic Sa’arpools, offering Red Sonja and Spider-Man to them. The Triad began to emerge from the Sa'arpool, but Spider-Man broke free and sealed up the Sa'arpool, leaving only one other Sa'arpool on Earth.

(Dr. Strange II#42-44) - The Shadowqueen, a servant of the N'Garai, conquered her dimension, and then battled Dr. Strange. Dr. Strange slew her by invoking the power of the Tetragamatron.

(Dr. Strange II#45) - Dr. Strange accessed a Sa'arpool, from which emerged one of the demons referred to as the "Old Ones."

(Uncanny X-Men#143) - On a Christmas Eve a single N'Garai demon escaped from the restored Cairn near the X-Mansion.  It attacked Kitty Pryde, who was alone for the evening, and chased her around the X-Mansion before she was finally able to incinerate it with the Blackbird's engines.

(Uncanny X-Men#159/Magik#1-4) - Belasco collected soul fragments from Illyana Rasputin, creating "bloodstones" from them, with which he intended to summon the N'Garai (see comments).

(Ka-Zar The Savage#13) - Belasco attempted to free the Elder Gods he served (the N'Garai - see notes) from their imprisonment using a bloodstone locket and Shanna the She-Devil as part of the spell.  Ka-Zar threw the locket into lava, which disrupted the spell and the N'Garai apparently destroyed Belasco.  (In actuality he was banished to Limbo.)

(Incredible Hulk II#308 (fb) - BTS) - The Puffball Collective, part of a large collective, freed the N'Garai on its world, resulting in mass slaughter. The evil sub-group of the collective was banished to the Crossroads dimension, and the portal to the world had been sealed shut in order to protect other realms from the demons’ wrat. The N'Garai exterminated the remainder of the Collective remaining on its native planet, which since became known as the "Demon World of the N’Garai."

(Incredible Hulk II#308) - The Puffball Collective tricked the Hulk into smashing through the barriers of the Collective's world. The then virtually mindless Hulk was assaulted by one of the N'Garai. Eventually, the demon’s attack stopped, and the Hulk rose to find an entire horde of the beasts surrounding him with the Puffball Collective. The Collective gloated to the Hulk about how he had fooled him. The Triad, manifestations of the id, ego, and superego of the Hulk/Banner, leading him to trigger the failsafe that sent him back to the Crossroads and then quickly shut the portal to the Demon World of the N’Garai. The Collective’s screams were heard from the other side as the demons rent him apart.

(Five Decades of the X-Men: Up the Hill Backwards) - Black Air, including Pete Wisdom and Scratch, had a N'Garai cairn in Scotland under observation. The X-Men and WHO members, in a war game arranged by Alistair Stuart, stumbled upon the area. The Black Air men foolishly slew some WHO members, which only served to summon the N'Garai who slaughtered the rest of the Black Air agents present. The X-Men were forced to team-up with Wisdom and take control of Scratch (via Psylocke) to drive the N'Garai back into the cairn, which they then destroyed. Wisdom and Scratch escaped.

(Dr. Strange III#41 (fb) - BTS) - The Undying Ones took possession of the mutant Wolverine--although not without a bloody fight when some human worshippers gassed him--and sent him to slay Dr. Strange. Learning of the Sa'arpool (a magical gateway to Earth created by the N'Garai), the new Nameless One sent Wolverine through it.

(Darkhold#3) - The Dwarf tricked Aurora Poule into using a Darkhold page to get revenge on the town of Perfection, and the N'Garai were summoned. One of the demons attacked Louise and Sam, but was killed when Sabretooth showed up. Vicki ended up trapped in an elevator with a bunch of the demons outside.

(Darkhold#4) - Modred located the cairn of the N'Garai in the quarry and told Aurora Poule that her unborn child had become a new N'Garai, as they have no natural way to reproduce. Modred saved a woman from a demon, then hurled her through the N'Garai portal to see if humans could pass through. The woman was killed and Modred was denied his plan to pass through the portal and confront Chthon and retrieve his soul. When the N'Garai were defeated Modred sent Sabretooth away and left the Redeemers, who realized he'd used them so he could test the cairn.

(Marvel Comics Presents#145/2) - During the "Siege of Darkness" Victoria Montesi attempted to shoot herself to prevent her giving birth to Chthon.  She was interrupted by Sam Buchanan and the two were chased through the ruins of Dr. Strange's mansion by N'Garai demons who wanted to take and protect her until she could give birth to their master.  They were rescued by Dr. Strange who pulled the Darkhold Redeemers through a portal.

(X-Men: Soul Killer) - Belasco usurped a group of vampires from Dracula's control and used them in a plot to return his masters. He had one of them encounter Rogue and make physical contact with her. In this case, the absorption process had a traumatic effect on Rogue, while leaving the vampiress a duplicate of Rogue. Sending the vampiress impersonator of Rogue to wreak havoc and distract his enemies, Belasco attempted to use Rogue to return his masters to Earth by traveling with her to their dimension and having her absorb their essence. Belasco was, however, defeated by Dracula, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Colossus, Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Amanda Sefton/Jimaine Szardos.

(Wolverine Annual 1995/1) - 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 Cairn and the N'Garai's native dimension.  Nightcrawler followed his one-time teammate, only to discover that Wolverine, while badly wounded, was relishing his slaughter of the N'Garai and had no intention of returning to earth until all the N'Garai were killed.  The two mutants confronted Kierrok, who wounded, and was in turn wounded by, Wolverine.  Realizing that Wolverine could succeed, Kierrok banished him and Nightcrawler back to earth and closed the Cairn for the immediate future.

(X-Men Unlimited#9) - Belasco tricked Bloodscream into assembling an armada of zombie ships to combat the N'Garai through a Cairn located on Magneto's Island in the Bermuda Triangle.  In reality, Belasco wanted to conquer the N'Garai and use them to attack earth.  The X-Men (Beast, Psylocke, and Wolverine) teamed up with Lee Forester to investigate and were captured by Belasco.  Belasco defeated the X-Men and imprisoned Psylocke in a crystal, using her life force to open the Cairn, releasing a N'Garai demon.  Empowered by the crystal, Belasco confronted Kierrok and appeared to have the upper hand.  Lee Forester shot the crystal, destroying it, and Bloodscream sacrificed himself to push Belasco through the Cairn into the N'Garai's dimension before the portal collapsed.

((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.

(Avengers III#27 - BTS, #28-30) - Kulan Gath controlled the Kamekeri people and empowered agents to capture the goddess Peliali, to be sacrificed for the necessary power for his plans. He was confronted by the Avengers, and, with the aid of her daughter Silverclaw, Peliali rallied against Gath and prevented her sacrifice (but not her death). Without the sacrifice of Peliali, the N'Garai (and/or agents of Shuma-Gorath or other Dark Gods) feasted instead on Kulan Gath.

(X-Men: Black Sun#1 (fb) - BTS) - The N'Garai were not all destroyed and regrouped, and teamed up with Belasco, who had finally realized that they were the Elder Gods he served.  They granted him a new right arm and planned to conquer Limbo, using it as a stepping stone towards Earth.

(X-Men: Black Sun#1) - Belasco used his magic to convince Kitty Pryde that the N'Garai had conquered earth and almost all of earth's super-heroes.  A mountain of skulls, enormous in height, could be glimpsed from outside the X-Men Mansion.  Kitty and some of the X-Men retreated into the mansion and performed a black magic blood spell which was supposed to aid against the N'Garai.  Instead, however, the X-Men were disguised as N'Garai, and Kitty traded their souls with those of the captured X-Men, giving the N'Garai access to the powers of Sunfire, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Banshee.  Belasco revealed his illusion and his plan and sent a N'Garai to attack Shadowcat and Magik (Amanda Sefton) who had appeared to help against him.

(X-Men: Black Sun#2) - Magik quickly dispatched the N'Garai demon that Belasco sent after her.  Meanwhile, the N'Garai-possessed Storm attempted to steal the soul of the X-Men's Archangel and encountered resistance from Psylocke and the Ru'Tai Pilgrimm.  After battling them and unleashing Storm's elemental powers, N'Garai/Storm sucked Archangel's soul out of his body and departed.

(X-Men: Black Sun#3) - New, hyper-evolved N'Garai emerged from Cairns on earth, seeking to destroy mankind, while the N'Garai-possessed Banshee and Sunfire arrived at Genosha to capture the souls of Iceman and Polaris.  They encountered resistance from them, as well as Wolverine and Pilgrimm, but ultimately succeeded in acquiring the souls they came for and fled.

(X-Men: Black Sun#4) - The evolved N'Garai demons assaulted Thunderbird (Neal Sharra) in Limbo and almost overwhelmed him, before Wolverine's timely intervention saved his teammate's life.  Thirteen N'Garai Cairns had appeared all over the earth, each at a site of great mystical power, including Vatican City.  The N'Garai-possessed Nightcrawler and Colossus arrived there and encountered Pilgrimm.  Beast and Phoenix (Jean Grey) entered the fray, as did Magik, but the N'Garai succeeded in gaining Beast's soul.  Magik took Jean Grey back to Limbo and prepared for the final battle.

(X-Men: Black Sun#5) - The N'Garai and Belasco had acquired the bloodstones required to open the portal to earth permanently; while Belasco readied the spell, the N'Garai assaulted Wolverine, Thunderbird, and Phoenix.  Pilgrimm again entered the battle against both sides, but was defeated by Phoenix.  Magik was able to trick Belasco using Shadowcat as a decoy and the resurrected original X-Men and unpossessed "New" X-Men teamed up to destroy Belasco's castle, ending his threat and destroying the N'Garai Cairns worldwide.

(Avengers III#40 - BTS)- A homunculus of Diablo unearthed the Tablet of T'hehly'eh from a building across the street from Avengers Mansion, the artifact having lain dormant since the time of the N'Garai. The homunculus intended to use the tablet to rescue the real Diablo from his other-dimensional exile, but the Avengers prevented him from completing his spell.

(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. While the N'Garai remained invisible to normal eyes, the former New X-Man Pixie was able to see the demons due to the darkness recently put in her soul by Magik. Knowing something was not right, Pixie contacted the disbanded X-Men. She soon made a list of the missing townspeople and gave it to local constable Rhys. On her way home, she noticed B'Terak and M'Drul preparing to abduct children from a nearby park. Pixie quickly held off the N'Garai long enough for the children to escape and she then retreated to the Abergylid Museum and Visitor Center, where Pixie summoned her Soul Dagger and killed the two demons. She was soon after attacked by a small group of N'Garai but was rescued when the X-Men (Beast, Colossus, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Nightcrawler, Wolverine) arrived, having got her earlier message. 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 and Dave Cockrum.

    The N'Garai are described in OHTMU Deluxe Edition#3 as being a a class III, extradimensional demons, spawned by an Elder God (Class I Demon).  However, Sligguth is described as a Class II demon, and he is also spawned by an Elder God (Set).  Since the N'Garai are extradimensionally-based, this apparently determines their classification, not their parentage.

    This profile assumes that the N'Garai are the "Elder Gods" which are referred to in Claremont stories, as they were later confirmed as the Elder Gods served by Belasco.  As such, the beings on the other side of the Sa'arpools in Marvel Team Up I#79 and Giant-Size Dracula#2 (both Claremont-penned tales) are most probably either the N'Garai or directly related to them. Giant-Size Dracula#2 identifies the tentacled things as the Triad, which would make them Y'Bsgloth, and Y'Griarth. --Prime Eternal
    The "Elder Gods" to which Y'Garon belongs are correctly identified as the N'Garai in the X-Men indexes for X-Men I#96.
         This could also mean that Y'Garon is actually not an Elder God, but, as a spawn of Chthon, a Class II or III demon.  Perhaps he and his brothers (Y'Bsgloth, and Y'Griarth) form a "god" of the N'Garai when united as one.

        Additionally, the N'Garai could technically be listed as BTS in every appearance of Belasco.  I listed just the first arc's conclusion as they are actually glimpsed briefly, and not just mentioned.

    Syxra, Zo, and Klejan Kan are named from in the X-Men: Soulkiller novel as beings summoned and served by Belasco. As Belasco's masters have been revealed as the N'Garai, that would make them the N'Garai, too.

    I didn't list the account of Belasco's origin from Ka-Zar the Savage #12, as the OHTMU Deluxe Edition#2 says it is probably false.  So while it is true that Belasco was empowered by the N'Garai/"Elder Gods" it most likely didn't happen as it is shown in the purported journal of Dante Aligheri Ka-Zar reads in that issue.

    Though the N'Garai were banished from earth "millions of years ago," it is not known who was responsible for their exile.  It is obviously not human sorcerers, as mankind had not arisen yet.  It could possibly the ancient gods, such as Crom, Mitra, and Astra, or maybe the account from Marvel Preview#7 is true.  Another possibility is that Sise-Neg, when banishing Shuma-Gorath circa 1,000,000 years ago, also banished the N'Garai behind the scenes.  Sise-Neg was mistaken for God in other time periods during the time-travel story of Marvel Premiere#12-14, so perhaps the N'Garai mistook him for the angel Lucifer.
    They apparently were twice banished on Earth, once before the dawn of humanity, and once sometime between 100, 000 to 20, 000 BC.
--Snood

    Marduk Kurios is the true name of Satana's father, though he was more commonly named "Satan." What, if any, connection he has to the fallen angel, Lucifer, is unknown. Lucifer would more likely be a completely different demon, another of the arch-lords of Hell, though such a being has not yet been seen in the Marvel Universe. Perhaps as both Lucifer and Marduk Kurios were known as Satan, the N'Garai and/or their human agents confused the two? Or maybe it was not the fallen angel Lucifer that imprisoned the N'Garai extra-dimensionally.
--Snood.

The curse of the Wendigo is referred to as the "curse of the Elder Gods" in Monsters Unleashed#9. As it's written by Claremont, that would seem to tie the Wendigo to the N'Garai as well.

In Marvel Premiere#27 Satana refers to Dansker as an "Old One", which Claremont has Dr. Strange refer the N'Garai to in his basement in Dr. Strange II#45 (whereas everywhere else he refers to them as the "Elder Gods"). In addition, in order to access his full power and/or access/free his physical form from Hell he had to perform a sacrifice on a Cairn, geographical sites which only the N'Garai are known to access our realm via. This would all seem to suggest he is an N'Garai, but what sort – a demon or a master?
--James

D'Spayre cast an illusion of the N'Garai in Dr. Strange II#55 as part of his psychological war with Dr. Strange.

Lousise Hastings in Darkholders#4 stated that the N'Gari had Chthon as a "father".--John McDonagh

Also, in the Darkhold appearances, Modred referred to the N'Garai on occasion as "the Great Devourers". Whether this is an actual name they go by or if Modred was merely waxing poetic, is uncertain.

Before some hammerhead comments about the N'Garai seen in a What If world or Earth-MC2, please get it through your skull that this profile is on the race associated with Earth-616. Alternate Earth characters go in Alternate Earth profiles. Stop the madness!!!!

Profile by The Squid, Snood, Per Degaton, Patrick D Ryall and Prime Eternal.

Clarifications:
No known connection to

  • N'Astirh, demon from Belasco's Limbo @ X-Terminators#1
  • or to anyone or anything else with a similar name.

Elder Gods


images:

Uncanny X-Men#143 Cover
X-Men: Black Sun#1, pg. 4, panel 1
Wolverine '95/1, pg. 6 panel 1
X-Men: Black Sun#5, pg. 2-3, panel 1


Other appearances:
Giant-Size Dracula#2 (September, 1974) - Chris Claremont (writer), Don Heck (pencils), Frank McLaughlin (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Haunt of Horror II#4 (November, 1974) - Chris Claremont (writer), Pat Broderick (pencils), Crusty Bunkers (inks), Tony Isabella (editor)
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu#22 (March, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), Rudy Nebres (artist), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu#24 (May, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), Rudy Nebres (artist), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Marvel Preview#7 (June, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), Vicente Alcazar (artist), John Warner (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#79 (March, 1979) - John Byrne & Chris Claremont (writers), John Byrne (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Dr. Strange II#42-45 (August, 1980 - February, 1981) - Chris Claremont (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Dan Green, Walt Simonson (#45), Al Milgrom (#45), Wendy Pini (#45), Frank Giacoia (#45), Joe Rubinstein (#45), Bob Wiacek (#45) & Tom Palmer (#45) (inks), Mary Jo Duffy (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)
Ka-Zar the Savage#13 (April, 1982) - Bruce Jones (writer), Brent Anderson (pencils), Armando Gil (inks), Louise Jones (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#159 (July, 1982) - Chris Claremont (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Louise Jones (editor)
Magik#1-4 (December, 1983 - March, 1984) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Buscema (#1-2), Ron Frenz (#3) & Sal Buscema (#4) (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Louise Jones (editor)
Marvel Graphic Novel#21: Marada the She-Wolf (1985) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Bolton (artist), Jo Duffy (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#308 (June, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Darkhold#3 (December, 1992) - Chris Cooper (writer), Tony Harris (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Darkhold#4 (January, 1993) - Chris Cooper (writer), Norman Felchle (pencils), Mark McKenna & Andrew Pepoy (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents#145 (December, 1993) - Chris Cooper (writer), Reggie Jones (pencils), Rey Garcia (inks), Richard Ashford (editor)
Wolverine Annual 1995 (1995) - Larry Hama (writer), J.H. Williams III (pencils), Mark McKenna, Jimmy Palmiotti & Mick Gray (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men Unlimited#9 (December, 1995) - Larry Hama (writer), Val Semeiks (pencils), Bob McLeod (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
X-Men II#75 (May, 1998) - Joe Kelly (writer), German Garcia (pencils), Art Thibert, Dan Panosian, Scott Hanna & Jon Holdredge (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men: Soul Killer (1999) - Richard Lee Byers (writer)
Avengers III#28-30 (May-July, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey, Dick Giordano (#29) & Scott Hanna (#30) (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
X-Men: Black Sun#1 (November, 2000) - Chris Claremont (writer), Thomas Derenick (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men: Black Sun#2 (November, 2000) - Chris Claremont & Len Wein (writers), Thomas Derenick (pencils), Mark McKenna (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men: Black Sun#3 (November, 2000) - Chris Claremont & Roy Thomas (writers), Karl Waller (artist), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men: Black Sun#4 (November, 2000) - Chris Claremont & Louise Simonson (writers), Alitha Martinez (pencils), John Stanisci (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men: Black Sun#5 (November, 2000) - Chris Claremont (writer), Pablo Raimondi (pencils), Jason Martin & Team X (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Five Decades of the X-Men (February 2002) - Up the Hill Backwards • - by Thomas Deja (writer)
X-Men: Apocalypse vs. Dracula#4 (July, 2006) - Frank Tieri (writer), Clayton Henry (pencils), Mark Morales with Livesay (inks), Mike Marts (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:09/05/13

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