PRIESTS OF SHAO-LOM

Membership: None identified

Purpose: To live lives of study and meditation, seeking perfection of the mind and body

Aliases: None

Affiliations: Eternals of Titan (Emlot, Kazantra, Mentor/Alars, others), Kree, Mantis (Brandt), Moondragon (Heather Douglas), Priests of Pama

Enemies: Dragon of the Moon

Base of Operations: Titan

First Appearance: Daredevil I#105 (November, 1973)

History: (Daredevil I#105 (fb) – BTS) – On Titan, a group of Eternals formed the Priests of Shao-Lom and began worshiping, meditating and training in a temple for “tens of centuries."

(Avengers I Giant-Size#4 (fb) – BTS) – The Priests of Shao-Lom were a variant of the Priests of Pama, who had a station on Earth. Both groups had connections to the Kree and were prophesied in time to help train the Celestial Madonna in an upcoming generation.

(Daredevil I#105 (fb)) – Mentor and Kazantra had Emlot take the human child Heather Douglas, whose parents had been killed on Earth, to the Priests of Shao-Lom for training and to be raised. They showed her the Statue of Kaluba, whom they worshiped nearby. Heather shaved her head and over the following years, she trained in mastering her own body and mind, learning how to tolerate stress and enjoy pleasure. As an adult, Heather considered herself Titan's finest athlete and most renowned geneticist.

(Defenders I#138 (fb)) – Heather used her superior mental skills to reach out beyond safe zones and tap into an evil presence that had existed on Titan since before the Eternals had been there. The presence called itself the Dragon of the Moon. Heather was able to seal the being off from her mind but he had corrupted her, making her see herself as superior to those around her. She began to taunt and ridicule the Priests of Shao-Lom as she furthered her training and they were horrified at her arrogance. To honor her own victory, she selected the name Moondragon for herself.

(Avengers I Giant-Size#4 (fb)) – As part of Moondragon's instruction, she was taught mastery of the mind so that she could commune better with the plant race, the Cotati. Meanwhile, Mantis was being trained in similar ways by the Priests of Pama on Earth. It was believed that one of these two women would eventually become the Madonna. Moondragon established herself as a priestess, scientist and athlete among the Priests of Shao-Lom, who would at times bow before her, and she saw herself as superior to them and all mankind.

(Daredevil I#105 (fb) – BTS) – In time, Thanos destroyed Titan, presumably including the Priests of Shao-Lom. Moondragon believed herself the only survivor.

(Avengers I Giant-Size#4 – BTS) – Despite the Priests' training, Moondragon learned she was not selected as the Celestial Madonna, even as Mantis was.

(Avengers I#211 – BTS) – Moondragon bragged about her upbringing and birthright among the Priests of Shao-Lom.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber, Jim Starlin and Don Perlin.

The Priests of Shao-Lom were Titanian Eternals but Giant-Size Avengers I#4 states that they had connections to the Kree in their origins. This could mean they had Kree training or that they had reached out to the Cotati, or they studied and practiced Kree philosophy, or that they had inter-breeded with the Kree at some point. This connection has never been fully explained.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Priests of Shao-Lom have no known connections to:
 


Kaluba the Master

(Daredevil I#105 (fb)) – The Priests of Shao-Lom on Titan showed young Heather Douglas the statue of Kaluba the Master, a worshipful space in their temples.






--Daredevil I#105 (fb)


images: (without ads)
Defenders I#138, p15, pan3 (Priests, main image)
Daredevil I#105, p13, pan1 (Priest with young Moondragon)
Avengers I Giant-Size#4, p7, pan4 (Priests with older Moondragon)
Daredevil I#105, p13, pan1 (Kaluba the Master)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#105 (November, 1973) – Steve Gerber (writer), Don Heck, Jim Starlin (pencilers), Don Perlin (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Avengers I Giant-Size#4 (June, 1975) - Steve Englehart (writer), Don Heck (penciler), John Tartag (inker), Len Wein (editor)
Avengers I#211 (September, 1981) – Jim Shooter (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Dan Green (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Defenders I#138 (December, 1984) – Peter Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (penciler), Kim DeMulder (inker), Carl Potts (editor)


First Posted: 07/01/2018
Last updated: 07/01/2018

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