FARALLAH

Real Name: Farallah

Identity/Class: Extradimensional magic user

Occupation: Mystic entity

Group Membership: Octessence (Balthakk, Cyttorak, Ikonn, Krakkan, Raggadorr, Valtorr, Watoomb)

Affiliations: Carnivore (Count Andreas Zorba);
    invoked by Baron Mordo, Clea, Doctor Strange, Nox, Silver Dagger, Urthona
and probably other mystics.

Enemies: Unrevealed;
    spells used against numerous beings

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Faralloh

Base of Operations: Extradimensional realm;
    possibly active on Earth in what would become the Andean Mountains.

First Appearance: (Invoked in-story) Doctor Strange II#I (June, 1974)
    (Seen) Iron Man III#22 (
November, 1999)

Powers/Abilities: Farallah is an entity who grants magical power to those who invoke him. Farallah typically grants power to those invoking the Fangs of Farallah, which can serve to different purposes as creating a dimensional door, catching or entrapping, tearing and/or destroying an enemy.

 

History: Farallah's origins are unrevealed. He was likely worshipped at some point on Earth, though whether he is closer to god or demon is open to speculation. Mystic beings like this who grant powers to lesser beings are referred to as principalities.

(Iron Man III#22 (fb)) - <Millennia ago> Eight great mystics gathered, and a disagreement arose as to which was the most powerful. To settle the argument, they entered into the Wager of the Octessence: Each created a totem, with each totem holding a fraction of its creator's vast power and possessing the ability to transform the first human who touched it into an Exemplar, a living embodiment of that power.

(Iron Man III#22(fb) - BTS/Avengers III#25 (fb)) - Farallah placed his totem, the Fearsome Fist of Farallah, within the Temple of Farallah in what would become the modern Andean Mountains in Peru. The runes on the walls in the Temple invoked Farallah and also described the history of the Wager of the Octessence.

(Doctor Strange II#1 - BTS) - Silver Dagger was granted power by Farallah to conjure the Fangs of Farallah.

(Iron Man III#22) - <Modern Era> The Temple was discovered by Nigel Pigman, but it was the Count Andreas Zorba who touched the Fearsome Fist and was transformed into Farallah's Exemplar, Carnivore.

 

 

Comments: Name and use in spells created by Steve Englehart.
    Form revealed by Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern, Sean Chen, Rob Hunter, Rags Morales, Nelson & Eric Cannon..

    Writers say "millennia" all the time, as if they were really an ancient time. It's possible that it was hundreds of thousands of years ago, or even millions or billions.

    Nox described Faralloh as an evil entity who loved the night.

Per David Sexton

Mystic beings (such as demons) can gain power in 3 ways...
 
  1. Entities can steal energy from an unwilling source by consuming the source entirely or by draining a portion of energy from the source. This exchange is one-way. The entity takes energy.
  2. Entities can be given spiritual energy unconditionally in the form of worship. Statements of worship come in the, "I believe..." format. Worshippers may also petition for favors, etc., but this form of prayer is an affirmation of their belief and of the entities existence. The worshippers expect nothing in return. This exchange is also one way. The entity is given energy. 
  3. An entity may grant energy to a petitioner in answer to an invocation or prayer. The mere act of being asked gives the entity power and so to encourage this action, some spiritual beings will grant power to an individual who invokes their name in the proper way. The entity may chose to ignore the request. I would theorize that the spiritual energy or "mystic potential" present in the petitioner plays a part in how often requests are granted. The invocation or prayers of an individual who has large amounts of spiritual energy would provide the entity with a more enticing exchange and they would be more inclined to answer them.

    This is a brief list of issues where Farallah was invoked. In these issues we could consider Farallah being present BTS.
    It is probable that there are other appearances of the Fangs of Farallah. Please let us know what I've missed, preferably specifying the issue, the situation it was used in (by whom, against whom, accomplishing what), and then quote the spell exactly:

Doctor Strange II#1: Conjure: Fangs of Farallah

[Note: Silver Dagger used the Fangs of Farallah to counteract a protection spell. The Fangs swallowed up the warning magic ray, probably sending it to fade in another dimension.]

Doctor Strange II#45: Conjure: Fangs of Farallah

[Note: The Fangs were used two times. The first time by Strange to tear to limbs a demonic tentacle, the second time by Strange and Clea but with few results because the demon had adapted to the attack and used a proper counterspell.]

Doctor Strange II#49: Mordo conjured the Fangs of Farallah.

[Note: The Fangs opened and its two-forked tongue enveloped Strange's and Morgana Blessing's faces.]

Dottor Strange II#68: Conjure: Dimensional Portal

[Note: Doctor Strange conjured the Fangs of Farallah and entered in them to reach the realm of madness where the Black Knight had gone.]

Doctor Strange II#81: Urthona conjured the Talons of Farallah to grab a whole spaceship at a planetary distance.

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#23/1: Banish: Mystic tentacles

By the fearsome Fangs of Faralloh--by the Mabdhara's talon sharp--
let these tendrils birthed in blackness be thrust backthrough yonder warp!

[Note: Mordo dissipated some dark dimension tentacles created by Dormammu]

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#39: Conjure: Night

By the horned hellions of Rangsabb,
and the sibilant slithers of Sligguth,
by the misbegotten Myghty Mytorr,
and the fear-some fangs of Faralloh,
By the darksome depths of Draggus--
the deadly daggers of Daveroth--
and the dreaded Demons of Denak--
let night's shadow now enfold and slay!

[Nox succeeded but Strange casted a counter-spell.]

 

    I was extremely that Strange had pronounced at least one rhymed spell in his stories using Farallah's name, but I was wrong. They were Mordo and Nox! While doing my researches, I wrote some spells invoking Farallah.--Spidermay

Banish: reptilian creatures

Fulfill me, furious Farallah!
Fuel me with your frightening fangs!
Entrap the children of Damballah
and scatter his venomous gangs.

Space: Dimensional Portal

By the spawning words of the Kabbalah,
let the frightening fangs of Farallah--
open wide a passage for my friend,
for the world he needs to descend.

Conjure: Fangs of Farallah as shield against another spell

For the furious Farallah's fur!
Let appear his frightening fangs!
So my enemy's curse will blur,
routed in mute multiple clangs!

Control: over mind and body

By Farallah's fearsome fist,
by the fangs which all can grind,
hold my enemy's evil wrist,
close his mind in a clutching bind!

Conjure: Fangs of Farallah

Try the fury of Farallah's fangs!
Now, your body, lifeless, hangs.

Profile by Spidermay.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Farallah has no KNOWN connections to


Images:
Iron Man III#22, p17, panel 5 (Farallah, back view)
Avengers III#25, p1, panel 6 (Farallah, head shot)
Doctor Strange II#, p6, panel 1 (Fangs of Farallah conjured by Silver Dagger)


Appearances:
Iron Man III#22 (November, 1999) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Sean Chen (pencils), Rob Hunter, Rags Morales, Nelson & Eric Cannon (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Avengers III#25 (February, 2000) - Kurt Busiek
(writer), George Pérez  (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Smith (colors), Breevort & Harras (editors)


Last updated: 09/05/10

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