erok-hyborian-voidindigo-palaceEROK
(please note that these stories are from Epic, part of a more mature line and the text and images may not be appropriate for everyone)

Official Name: Erok

Continent: Novum Terra, in the region that would become New Mexico, United States of America, in North America;
    active circa 10,000 - 9000 B.C. (Hyborian era)

Population: None;
    formerly unrevealed

Capital City: Unrevealed

Government: At the time of its destruction, it was ruled by King Ath'Agaar;
    prior to that, it was ruled by a 
magistrate serving under the Dark Lords (Eeyod, Hemuth, Koth and Zepharr) who, in turn, drew power from Kaokerok-hyborian-voidindigo-athinvade

Major Languages: Unrevealed

Monetary Unit: Unrevealed

Major Resources: Unrevealed

National Defense: Warriors

International Relations: Some alliance with Baalat, Kerei, and Tzerama, with likely plans to assault the other citadels, including Kur;
    the citadels formerly warred amongst each other 

Extraterrestrial Relations: None

Places of Interest: The palace of Erok

Domestic Super Humans: Perhaps the former magistrate's witch-woman;
    formerly ruled by the Dark Lords

Non-Human Population: None

Prominent Citizens: Ath'Agaar, Ren, the former magistrate and his witch-woman

Superhuman Residents: None

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (1984)

History:
(Marvel Graphic Novel#11:
Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) <Perhaps 10,000 BC> - Nine gleaming citadels -- including Erok, Baalat, Kerei, Tzerama, and likely Kur -- arose from desert stone and sand in the continent known, at least to some outsiders, as Novum Terra. 

    Each citadel was a kingdom unto itself, at war with all the others, until the coming of the Dark Lords, alleged survivors of Atlantis, who conquered all nine mighty armies with their mystic powers (described as "fire from their hands"). 

    The Dark Lords united the citadels in servitude and, from the ebon towers of their stronghold, Kur, they ruled for 1000 years.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Barbaric tribes from the "glaciated Northlands," seeking to avoid the advancing ice and led by the chieftain Ath'Agaar, pillaged the enslaved cities, seizing power by sheer, brute force. Ath'Agaar led the conquering of Kerei, Baalat, Tzerama, Erok.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Ath'Agaar established his palace and Erok, and he proclaimed himself King of Erok, overthrowing the former magistrate.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Considering that they had weakened with age and that Kur might fall next, the Dark Lords began sacrificing their followers to Kaok: They decreed that half of the young men and young women in the five citadels still under their rule were to make a pilgrimmage to Kur. With each sacrifice, the wizards regained some small measure of their lost vigor, but they ultimately found it to be not enough, even after sacrificing thousands. erok-hyborian-voidindigo-palace-bedchambers

    Considering that those they had enslaved had become too tame, they resolved to instead capture Ath'Agaar himself.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Despite Ath'Agaar's orders, Ren spoke to Erok's former magistrate and his witch-woman, who told her that the wizards had marked Ath'Agaar for vengeance. 

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb)) - Some nights later, the Dark Lords ambushed Ath'Agaar in his bedchamber in Eerok's palace amidst passion with his lover, Ren, transporting the pair to Kur.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Lords tortured Ren and then Ath'Agaar for days. Nearly dead, Ath'Agaar lashed out, shattering the Dark Lords' mystic Living Orb.

    The ruptured Orb spewed forth a cloud of force that engulfed the domed chamber and all within it -- their bodies flayed and their bones ground to powder -- before similarly destroying the walls of Kur and then all of the nine citadels formerly ruled by the Dark Lords, including Erok. Within hours, the entire civilization was obliterated.erok-hyborian-voidindigo-citadelsdestroyed

    The jeweled spike artifact that had destroyed the Living Orb was carried away almost 1000 miles, "nearly to the sea," and ending up in what is now New Mexico.

CommentsCreated by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik.

VOID INDIGO

    To the best of my knowledge only 4-5 of the Nine Citadels were identified by name. Kerei, Baalat, Tzerama, Erok, certainly. I would think Kur, as the Dark Lords' stronghold, was the fifth, but that still leaves four unidentified. Given the choice/chance, I'd provide the remaining names, such as Vayeirk, Stalyamerg, Sorr, and Meveer...but until/unless that happens, they will remain unidentified. 

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Erok has no known connections to:


BALAAT

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) <Perhaps 10,000 BC> - Nine gleaming citadels, including Balaat, arose from desert stone and sand in the continent known, at least to some outsiders, as Novum Terra. Each citadel was a kingdom unto itself, at war with all the others, until the coming of the Dark Lords, alleged survivors of Atlantis, who conquered all nine mighty armies with their mystic powers. They united the citadels in servitude and, from the ebon towers of their stronghold, Kur, they ruled for 1000 years.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Barbaric tribes from the "glaciated Northlands," seeking to avoid the advancing ice and led by the chieftain Ath'Agaar, pillaged the enslaved cities, seizing power by sheer, brute force. Ath'Agaar led the conquering of Kerei, Baalat, Tzerama, Erok.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Lords tortured Ren and then Ath'Agaar for days. Nearly dead, Ath'Agaar lashed out, shattering the Dark Lords' mystic Living Orb.

    The ruptured Orb spewed forth a cloud of force that engulfed the domed chamber and all within it -- their bodies flayed and their bones ground to powder -- before similarly destroying the walls of Kur and then all of the nine citadels formerly ruled by the Dark Lords, including Balaat. Within hours, the entire civilization was obliterated.

--Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo

Note: Unless it was in one of the images of the conquering by Ath'Agaar or in the destruction of the nine citadels, Balaat was not shown.



KEREI

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) <Perhaps 10,000 BC> - Nine gleaming citadels, including Kerei, arose from desert stone and sand in the continent known, at least to some outsiders, as Novum Terra. Each citadel was a kingdom unto itself, at war with all the others, until the coming of the Dark Lords, alleged survivors of Atlantis, who conquered all nine mighty armies with their mystic powers. They united the citadels in servitude and, from the ebon towers of their stronghold, Kur, they ruled for 1000 years.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Barbaric tribes from the "glaciated Northlands," seeking to avoid the advancing ice and led by the chieftain Ath'Agaar, pillaged the enslaved cities, seizing power by sheer, brute force. Ath'Agaar led the conquering of Kerei, Baalat, Tzerama, Erok.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Lords tortured Ren and then Ath'Agaar for days. Nearly dead, Ath'Agaar lashed out, shattering the Dark Lords' mystic Living Orb.

    The ruptured Orb spewed forth a cloud of force that engulfed the domed chamber and all within it -- their bodies flayed and their bones ground to powder -- before similarly destroying the walls of Kur and then all of the nine citadels formerly ruled by the Dark Lords, including Kerei. Within hours, the entire civilization was obliterated.

--Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo

Note: Unless it was in one of the images of the conquering by Ath'Agaar or in the destruction of the nine citadels, 
Kerei was not shown.



TZERAMA

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) <Perhaps 10,000 BC> - Nine gleaming citadels, including Tzerama, arose from desert stone and sand in the continent known, at least to some outsiders, as Novum Terra. Each citadel was a kingdom unto itself, at war with all the others, until the coming of the Dark Lords, alleged survivors of Atlantis, who conquered all nine mighty armies with their mystic powers. They united the citadels in servitude and, from the ebon towers of their stronghold, Kur, they ruled for 1000 years.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Barbaric tribes from the "glaciated Northlands," seeking to avoid the advancing ice and led by the chieftain Ath'Agaar, pillaged the enslaved cities, seizing power by sheer, brute force. Ath'Agaar led the conquering of Kerei, Baalat, Tzerama, Erok.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - The Dark Lords tortured Ren and then Ath'Agaar for days. Nearly dead, Ath'Agaar lashed out, shattering the Dark Lords' mystic Living Orb.

    The ruptured Orb spewed forth a cloud of force that engulfed the domed chamber and all within it -- their bodies flayed and their bones ground to powder -- before similarly destroying the walls of Kur and then all of the nine citadels formerly ruled by the Dark Lords, including Tzerama. Within hours, the entire civilization was obliterated.

--Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo

Note: Unless it was in one of the images of the conquering by Ath'Agaar or in the destruction of the nine citadels, 
Tzerama was not shown.


magistrate

Presumably appointed to rule Erok by the Dark Lords in their stead, he was served by his witch-woman

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Ath'Agaar established his palace in Erok, and he proclaimed himself King of Erok, overthrowing the former magistrate.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Seeking the mystic power to oppose Ath'Agaar's forces and failing to gain significant power from sacrificing their slaves, the Dark Lords resolved to capture Ath'Agaar himself.

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Despite Ath'Agaar's orders, his lover Ren spoke to Erok's former magistrate and his witch-woman, who told her that the wizards had marked Ath'Agaar for vengeance. 

--Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo


witch-woman

(Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (fb) - BTS) - Despite Ath'Agaar's orders, his lover Ren spoke to Erok's former magistrate and his witch-woman, who told her that the wizards had marked Ath'Agaar for vengeance. 

--Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo


images: (without ads)
Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo, pg. 2-3 (Ath'Agaar conquering);
        pg. 7, panel 1 (Erok's palace);
        pg. 18-19 (destruction of the nine citadels)


Appearances:
Marvel Graphic Novel#11: Void Indigo (1984) - Steve Gerber (writer), Val Mayerik (artist), Laurie Sutton (assistant editor), Archie Goodwin (editor)


First posted: 12/04/2021
Last updated: 12/04/2021

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