Real Name: Krakkan

Identity/ClassExtradimensional magic user

Occupation: Mystic entity; mystic principality

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

Affiliations: Conquest (Bridget Malone);
    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

Enemies: Unrevealed;
    spells used against numerous beings

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Extradimensional realm;
    possibly active on Earth in what would become Northern Ireland.

First Appearance:
    (Invoked in-story) Doctor Strange II#45 (February, 1981)
    (Seen) Iron Man III#22 (
November, 1999)

Powers/Abilities: Krakkan is an entity who grants magical power to those who invoke him, typically in spells. Krakkan typically grants power to those invoking the 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 Northern Ireland.
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.

Comments: Name 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

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.

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: 

By the Demons of Denak and by Hoggoth's grim clan
let my foe be ensnared by the Chains of Krakkan!

Avengers I#240: Dispel: blocking spell:

By Krakkan and Pohldahk and Mehroth unbending.
Let all barriers fall... 'fore this one I'm sending!

(Magnus sent Jessica Drew's astral form to the material plane penetrating Morgana's magic block)

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

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

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