Real Name: Heth'sa

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Cultha/Culthan) race

Occupation: Former prison security guard

Group Membership: Former member of the security guards of an unspecified prison

Affiliations: Gambit (Remy LeBeau);
Bella Donna Boudreaux, Mercy LeBeau, Emil Lapin

Enemies: Unspecified rioting Heth'sa criminals, his past self;
    at least formerly Bella Donna Boudreaux, Gambit (Remy LeBeau), Mercy LeBeau, and Emil Lapin;
    at least formerly his Shi'ar prison guards

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly an unidentified Shi'ar penal system, presumably within the Shi'ar galaxy;
    formerly an unidentifed Culthan orbital penitentiary

First AppearanceGambit III#23 (December, 2000)

hethsa-culth-gambit-facehethsa-culth-gambit-face-oppobliquePowers/Abilities: Heth'sa had numerous sharp teeth, with apparently overlapping rows.

    He was large and appeared to be physically powerful, but he did not demonstrate anything to support or refute his having anything greater than human level strength and/or durability.

    He had knowledge of advanced technology, enabling him to track and locate specific desired techology, as well as to access technology to break through security doors; however, he could not necessarily do so without alerting authorities of his having done so.

    He demonstrated proficiency with hand-held energy blasters and bladed weapons, and he was likely trained in various forms of combat.

    The properties of the armor he wore are unrevealed, and it is almost certain that they lacked most features of the X-Cutioner armor; it is unrevealed whether he had access to spatial or time-travel technology otherwise, but he could activate and utilize such equipment within the X-Cutioner armor.

Height: Unrevealed; approximately 6'8" (the 6'2" Gambit looked to be about shoulder height)
Weight: Unrevealed; approximately 380 lbs.
Eyes: Solid white
Hair: None; multiple dark red ridges on "scalp"
Skin: Pink/red (more brightly colored than Caucasian human)


(Gambit III#23 (fb)) - Heth'sa was a security officer on an orbital penitentiary above his homeworld, planet Culth. 

(Gambit III#23 (fb)) - "Years ago" there was a riot on the orbital penitentiary, and the guards were overwhelmed.

    Panicking, Heth'sa abandoned his post and his co-workers, all of whom died standing their ground during the fighting. 

(Gambit III#23 (fb)) - Heth'sa was tried and convicted of cowardice. As he could not be placed in a Culthan jail, he was transferred to a Shi'ar penal system instead, where he served out his sentence.

(Gambit III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Carl Denti culled the armor and weaponry of the Culthan security officers to become the X-Cutioner. 

(Gambit III#23 (fb)) - During the events of Maximum Security, Heth'sa and his entire outpost was relocated to Earth as part of a plot to distract humanity to prevent them from interfering with intergalactic affairs.

    Heth'sa used equipment made available to him as one of Ronan's wardens to learn of Gambit's recent battle with the X-Cutioner on New York City's streets. He sought to access the armor.

(Gambit III#23 (fb) - BTS) - Heth'sa tracked the armor's teleport signal from New York to a missile silo in the Oklahoma plains; however, he could not obtain the information necessary to access the site without fear of alerting the authorities.

(Gambit III#23) - Heth'sa confronted Gambit and members of the Unified Guild of Thieves and Assassins (specifically Bella Donna Boudreaux, Mercy LeBeau, and Emil Lapin) in New Orleans after they had overcome a portion of the Ego-plague overrunning Earth; he introduced himself, telling him they called the man who wore his uniform "X-Cutioner."

(Gambit III#23 (fb) - BTS) - The Unified Guild brought Heth'sa back to their Garden District Guild safehouse.

(Gambit III#23) - Heth'sa told the Guild of his desire to locate the X-Cutioner armor, clarifying that he had been able to track the armor's teleport sequencing: He knew where the armor was, but not how to acquire it. 

    Explaining his desire to use the armor's components to teleport himself back to Culth to make amends for his previous wrong-doings, Heth'sa asked the Guild's aid. 

    When Emil Lapin asked what they'd get out of helping him, Heth'sa explained that the armor system had a database that contained information collected by the High Evolutionary that might help Earth's ecosystem slow down Ego's growth.

    Heth'sa subsequently showed the group a schematic of the Oklahoma missile silo so they could help him gain access.

(Gambit III#23 (fb) - BTS) - After Emil Lapin hacked into the silo's security locks, Heth'sa's scout ship flew them there in 15 minutes.

(Gambit III#23) - Heth'sa accompanied the Guild members in descending the silo, after which he identified the X-Cutioner armor's location as well as additional energy signatures. hethsa-culth-vs-past_self.jpg

Noting his attempt could trigger a military alert code, Heth'sa then opened the secure inner door, after which he identified the armor as being in a gravimetric stasis shell and wondered if the US military was safeguarding it. He then deactivated the stasis shell and removed a disc containing the armor's memory archive.

    Noting that no normal Terran computer would be able to read it and wishing Gambit the best of luck, Heth'sa activated the armor's space-time transit mechanism and vanished.

(Gambit III#23 (fb) - BTS) -Heth'sa traveled via "Stargate route 13.45" to the Andromeda galaxy, Quadrant 13, Sector 5, System 72, Planet 6, Cultha with a temporal egress of four solar rotations, six lunar rotations, and 13 interplanetary rotations (see comments).

(Gambit III#23 - BTS) - Via donning the X-Cutioner helmet, Gambit identified the location and time period of Heth'sa's travel and followed him there.hethsa-culth-gambit-helmet

(Gambit III#23 - BTS) - In the time of the violent riot on the orbital penitentiary on which Heth'sa worked, Gambit arrived, using his powers to disable some weaponry so he could locate Heth'sa. After the X-Cutioner helmet tracked the temporal energies to Heth'sa's location, Gambit removed the helmet.

(Gambit III#23) - As Heth'sa's past self panicked and broke ranks, the time-traveler Heth'sa knocked him down, revealed his identity, and instructed his past self to get back in there and fight, as dying was preferable to what he had gone through the past 4 years. 

    When past-Heth'sa refused, his present self threatened to kill him, at which point Gambit intervened, blowing up present Heth'sa's weapon. Present Heth'sa angrily yelled at Gambit, who explained that he could not be allowed to change the timestream and instead offered him what appeared to be his past self's helmet. After present-Heth'sa donned the helmet, Gambit was returned to the present.

Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza, Yanick Paquette, Sean Parsons, & John Stanisci.

    The planet is clearly called Culth by Heth'sa; the adjective Culthan is used repeatly to refer to Culthan troops, etc. Cultha is used when referring to the location to which Heth'sa was traveling; it is unclear whether this was referring to the planet or perhaps the star/sun.

    The temporal egress seems to be specifying 4 years, 6 months, and 13 days...part it would seem quite likely that this is referring to Culthan measurements of time, and there's no reason to assume that a Culthan year (planetary rotation around the sun) is the same as an Earth year.

    It is unclear what actions Heth'sa ultimately took, and it is similarly unclear whether his and/or Gambit's actions were significant enough to diverge a new reality, or whether they changed nothing and reality persisted.

    It is further unclear what past and present Heth'sa did after they were last seen. I would guess that past Heth'sa went on to flee and live out the life his future self had done, and that present-Heth'sa went back to fight the rioters. If past-Heth'sa lived out a different life and/or present-Heth'sa did anything more than join the fight, die at the rioters' hands, and not change the outcome significantly, then a new reality would have diverged. And while there is almost certainly a reality where those things happened, we have no reference to such realities, so there will be no designation until such a reality is referenced or seen.

Profile by Snood.

should be distinguished from:

hethsa-culth-gambit-shiar-penalShi'ar penal system

(Gambit III#23 (fb)) - Culthan prison security  guard Heth'sa was tried and convicted of cowardice. 

    As he could not be placed in a Culthan jail, he was transferred to a Shi'ar penal system instead, where he served out his sentence.

(Gambit III#23 (fb)) - During the events of Maximum Security, Heth'sa and his entire outpost was relocated to Earth as part of a plot to distract humanity to prevent them from interfering with intergalactic affairs.

--Gambit III#23

We don't know anything about the specific Shi'ar penal system / prison beyond what we see in this image. I'd imagine it was in the Shi'ar galaxy (as discussed in the comments in this profile)...

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Gambit III#23, pg. 6, panel 3 (main);
        pg. 8, panel 2 (in armor);
            panel 5 (trial/judges);
            panel 6 (Shi'ar penal system);
        pg. 9, panel 3 (face; left oblique);
        pg. 16, panel 3 (riot via time travel);
        pg. 18, panel 1 (face; right oblique);
            panel 3 & 5 (vs. past self);
        pg. 19, panel 1 (mouth open);
        pg. 20, panel 4 (donning helmet);

Gambit III#23 (December, 2000) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Yanick Paquette (penciler), Sean Parsons & John Stanisci (inkers), Mike Raicht (assistant editor), Mike Marts (editor)

First Posted: 11/26/2017
Last updated: 11/26/2017

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