HECLA

Real Name: Hecla

Identity/Class: Extradimensional humanoid

Occupation: Farmer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Lache, Thor (Jane Foster)

Enemies: "Crystal monsters," Yod

Known Relatives: Unidentified wife and son (deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: A dimension resembling his own perceived reality; formerly an unidentified dimension ruled by Yod

First Appearance: Avengers VI#9 (September, 2017)

Powers/Abilities: Hecla was a skilled farmer and was also capable of forging work tools such as hammers. During his journey with Thor, he carried several supplies with him, including a staff-like weapon, food rations and bandages.

Height: 6'0" (by approximation)
Weight: 170 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Orange
Hair: None

History: (Avengers VI#9 (fb) - BTS) - Hecla came from a dimension with a civilization full of miners and woodcutters. At some point, a creature called Yod appeared, becoming the dimension's newest ruler and demanding nothing but fealty, taking all of the civilization's industry and resources, and forcing Hecla and others to farm the muckpits for food. When Yod demanded tribute from Hecla's family, his wife and son refused and were killed.

(Avengers VI#9) - Hecla was digging into the muckpits of his alien world for community food when he was shocked to see Thor immersed in the vicious fields. Despite being somewhat skeptical when Thor referred to herself as a god, Hecla nonetheless helped the other workers pull Thor from the slime since Thor seemed to want to locate her hammer quite urgently. After freeing Thor, Hecla sat down for a few moments to rest, explaining how his race was not curious by rule when Thor questioned how the other farmers could go on with their work despite having just seen a stranger in their midst. Hecla then introduced himself and listened intently as Thor explained how she had arrived in Hecla's dimension. Continuing to think Thor delusional, Hecla still agreed to help her find a way to return to her own dimensional, providing her food and shelter in the meantime. While Thor slept, Hecla packed a bag of rations and prepared for their journey towards a legendary artifact that could potentially help Thor traverse back to Earth. He also constructed Thor a reproduction hammer since she had lost her true hammer, Mjolnir. The next day, Hecla led Thor towards a mountain range, reminding her to focus not on the distance to be conquered but on the distance already won. Remarking that his wife used to say that, Thor deduced that Hecla's wife was dead and offered her sympathies, both for Hecla's wife and the son Hecla also mentioned when he explained how his family was killed when they refused to offer tribute to the dimension's newest ruler. As their journey progressed, Hecla befriended Thor and the two shared stories of Thor's Earth and Asgard dimensions, taking an entire day for Thor to explain to Hecla how the game of cricket worked. Revealing a legend that the device that could return Thor to Earth was built by one of Hecla's race for Yod, who was also trapped in Hecla's dimension, Hecla led Thor nearer to the legendary transportation device that was foretold to be able to send a person back to its perceived home when the person was exposed to the device. When they grew close, the duo was attacked by a group of crystalline monsters that Hecla was unfamiliar with. Yelling for Thor to save herself, Hecla attempted to hold off the two "crystal monsters" and injured his arm in the process, prompting Thor to display her power by grabbing one of the monsters by the tail and slamming it into the other monster, killing them both on their own crystalline bodies. An amazed Hecla asked how Thor could do that and Thor reminded him that she was a god before stopping to tend to Hecla's injured arm. Thinking that he had made a lifelong friend in Thor, Hecla then led her to the mountains where Yod resided. Thor asked Hecla to stay close but, terrified of Yod, Hecla tried to run for it, drawing attention to himself and making himself a target for a lightning bolt meant to strike him dead. Hecla was rescued by Thor, who harnessed the lightning and hurled into the mountain, creating an opening inside. Finding no legendary device inside, Hecla and Thor found some sort of guardian, who revealed itself to be Yod. While Thor leapt into battle against Yod, Hecla tried to stay out of the way, only to find a gun-like device on the wall. Thinking it was the legendary device he had spoke of, Hecla grabbed it and tossed it to Thor, only to be struck by one of Yod's lightning bolts through the chest. Rushing to Hecla, Thor asked Hecla to stay strong but Hecla, aware he was dying, told Thor to use the last remaining charge on the gun to save herself and her friends by transporting herself home. Thor instead used the transport gun on Hecla, sending him to his own perceived home. Thor then used the hammer Hecla had constructed for her and grabbed the orb Yod had been guarding, smashing the two together to incinerate Yod. As Thor then sat, wondering how she would get back to Earth, Hecla awoke in a field of red, where he reunited with his lost family and thought about his friendship with Thor and how she could have saved herself and didn't.

Comments: Created by Mark Waid and Mike del Mundo.

Hecla mentions "our children" in his internal monologue, suggesting that he may have unidentified children but he also very well could have been referring to the children of his race and not himself specifically.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Hecla has no KNOWN connections to:


images: (without ads)
Avengers VI#9, p12, pan3 (Hecla running, main image)
Avengers VI#9, p1, pan2 (Hecla, headshot)
Avengers VI#9, p20, pan2 (Hecla waking up in his new home)


Appearances:
Avengers VI#9 (September, 2017) - Mark Waid (writer), Mike del Mundo (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 03/09/18

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