Real Name: Krakkan
Identity/Class: Extradimensional magic user
entity; mystic principality
Group Membership: Octessence (Balthakk, Cyttorak, Farallah, Ikonn, Raggadorr, Valtorr, Watoomb)
invoked by Doctor Strange, Clea, Dormammu, Magnus and presumably other mystics;
some association with Set; see also the Catalogue of Correspondences for Set from Ian McNee's reading of the First Tarot
spells used against numerous beings
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Extradimensional
possibly active on Earth in what would become Northern Ireland.
(Invoked in-story) Doctor Strange II#45 (February, 1981)
(Seen) Iron Man III#22 (November, 1999)
Krakkan is an entity who grants magical power to those who invoke him,
typically in spells. Krakkan typically grants power to those invoking
Chains of Krakkan, which generally serve to entrap and hold others,
often preventing them from utilizing their powers.
Loki defined Krakkan as "an odd, tedious and particularly smelly entity".
History: Krakkan'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.
(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.
(Thor II#17 (fb) - BTS/Avengers
III#25 (fb)) - Krakkan placed his totem, the Kestrel
Key of Krakkan, within a cavern in what would become the
It was probably in the days that Krakkan walked the Earth, that Loki knew of his existence.
(Thor II#17 (fb)) - <Modern Era> The Kestrel Key of Krakkan attracted Bridget Malone to the hidden cavern. She touched it and was transformed into Krakkan's Exemplar, Conquest.
and use in spells created by Roger Stern.
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.
Loki, called the entities involved in the Octessence "Cyttorak's brothers." I do not believe there is a blood connection among Krakkan and the others entities, the word "brothers" was probably used with the meaning of "brothers-in-war" or "brothers-in-magic" or other.--Spidermay
Per David Sexton
Occasions in which Krakkan's power
was used by mystics for their spells.
I'm sure there are some not included here. Please let me 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#45: Clea conjured the Chains of Krakkan.
Doctor Strange II#47: Conjure: Chains of Krakkan:
Avengers I#240: Dispel: blocking spell:
By Krakkan and Pohldahk and
Let all barriers fall... 'fore this one I'm sending!
Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme#24: Under Dormammu's request, Umar swore to hold her vow upon the Enchanted Chains of Krakkan.
Defenders II#8: Strange tried to conjure the Chains of Krakkan to hold the Hulk but the spell was not completed.
The Order#2: Strange conjured an enchanted door to pass through a wall.
Fiery Balthakk, dread Krakkan,
Join thy powers now in chorus.
Open wide these works of man--
that those within may quail before us!
In my humble opinion, Krakkan's name has been used too few times till now, so here are some spells I created for joke.--Spidermay
Conjure: Chains of Krakkan to stop an enemy
By the wary fist of Krakkan,
by the power I hold and span,
here I wield the Enchanted chains,
to entrap my enemies' hands and brains!
Banish a creature coming from another world back from whence it came using the Chains of Krakkan
Go! Creature from beyond!
Shall Krakkan break your bond--
with this world I now defend.
The Chains' Rings force your trend,
stepping on their iron path,
back to your plane: aftermath!
Empower a creature
Lend your power, great Krakkan!
With the rage you only can.
Give my friend great strength and speed,
from his limits to be freed!
Profile by Spidermay.
No KNOWN connections to:
Iron Man III#22, p17, panel 5 (back view)
Avengers III#25, p1, pan2 (head shot)
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)
First Posted: 10/15/2007
Last updated: 12/28/2018
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