The Path of Hoggoth crossing the Fangs of Farallah, in the Realm of Nightmare 

FANGS OF FARALLAH

Classification: Magic Spell

Creator: Farallah

User/Possessors: Clea, Silver Dagger, Baron Mordo (Karl Mordo), Nightmare, Nox, Doctor Strange, Nicodemus West

First Appearance: Strange Tales I#116/2 (seen, January, 1964);
    Doctor Strange II#1 (named, June, 1974)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Fangs of Farallah was a spell which complexity, purposes and effects were numerous. Even when appearance, size and shape of the Fangs were the same, from version to version of the spell, the result could be different. The Fangs were used as an offensive weapon (see Evocation), as a defense against other spells (see Abjuration), many times to travel to other planes of existence (see Conjuration), and as means to empower other spells (see Metamagic).

Aliases: Fangs of Faralloh





The Fangs swallowing the streaks of warningVersion: Abjuration (or Banishment) spell

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Counterspell some kinds of enchantments, banish objects or creatures back to their plane of existence or on another plane.

Casting Time
: few seconds, possibly instantaneously
Range: middle, probably 120 feet
Components:
varying from version to version,

Duration: Concentration, maximum time unrevealed
Primary effects: A gaping maw with a double pair of Fangs, superior and inferior, floating. Dimensions: variable, usually 4x3x2 feet.
Collateral effects: None.

History:

(
Doctor Strange II#1) - The evil Silver Dagger opened the Fangs of Farallah to counteract the effect of another spell. The magical streaks of warning were swallowed by the Fangs and never fulfilled their purpose.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#23/1) - Baron Karl Mordo needed to vanquish the gargantuan tentacles coming from the Dark Dimensions that were created by Dormammu. Mordo called on the power of the Fearsome Fangs, but he banished only few of the towering tendrils.





Version: Evocation

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Physical ranged attack.

Casting Time: Fangs rending a demon's limbfew seconds
Range: middle, probably 120 feet
Components:
probably only a somatic component: fingers/hand/arm movement.
Duration: Concentration, maximum time unrevealed
Primary effects: A maw with a double pair of Fangs, superior and inferior, floating, able to rend, sever, cleave through, cut the target. Dimensions: variable, usually 4x3x2 feet.
Collateral effects: trail of rectangular
shapes of the same color of the Fangs, at the end of which appeared the Fangs.

History:

(
Doctor Strange II#45) - Doctor Strange used the Fearsome Fangs of Farallah to gnaw at a demon's tentacle. It worked. The pain, for the N'Garai was so sudden that he had to release the grab on Clea. However, the Elder Demon God adapted to the material nature of the Fangs, so, when a second attack came, doubled in number, the demon slashed them using two daggers.









The tongue of the Fangs enveloped the mindsVersion: Conjuration, Abjuration

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Create a dimensional passage, negation or limitation of other's abilities.

Casting Time: few seconds
Range: long or more, probably 300 feet
Components:

Duration: Concentration, maximum time unrevealed; it is likely that it can be made permanent
Primary effects:
A gaping maw with a double pair of Fangs, superior and inferior, floating, and an oozing tongue able to entrap body and mind. Dimensions: from medium to huge (approximately from 6 to 300 feet).
Collateral effects:
It was possible to look at the madness ravishing beyond the portal.

The Crossroads and the FangsHistory:

(Strange Tales I#116/2) - In the Nightmare Realm, walking on the Path of Hoggoth, leading to a hole in the space, Doctor Strange crossed the Fangs of Farallah, apparently inactive.

(Doctor Strange II#23) - When Doctor Strange dimension-traveled for the first time to the Quadriverse, arriving in that realm, he crossed a maw resembling the Fangs of Farallah.

(
Doctor Strange II#49) - The Fangs of Farallah conjured by Baron Mordo had a double purpose. The most important was to defeat his enemy, and to do that he let the tongue pull Doctor Strange and Morgana Blessing into the dimension beyond the Fangs: the Realm of Madness. The second purpose was to limit his enemies' abilities, the green tendrils had a snuffing effect on Doctor Strange's mental call for help sent to Clea.

(Doctor Strange II#52) - In a journey to find Morgana Blessing's psychic essence, Doctor Strange ventured in worlds beyond reality till he heard a call from Nightmare. The call came beyond the Fangs of Farallah and, crossing them, Strange met the lord of nightmares.

(The Incredible Hulk II#300,301,302,304,305,308,309,311,312,313 / Incredible Hulk Annual#13 / Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads #1,2,4) - The Crossroads Dimension contained uncountable portals to other dimensions. Many of these portals had the shape of Fangs of Farallah. Most of them were apparently floating in the void of space and had pathways leading to or crossing them.
    During his banishment at the Crossroads, the Hulk crossed many of them.

Umar and the Fangs without fangs

(Dottor Strange II#68) - Months later, Doctor Strange conjured the Fangs of Farallah to use them as a gate for the Realm of Madness.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#12/1) - Clea, when was the rightful Queen of the Dark Dimension, traveled from the Dark Dimension; when she reached Earth she crossed a dimensional gate that was the Fangs of Farallah.

(ClanDestine I#8) - Years later, doctor Strange and Dominic Destine crossed a maw of the Fangs of Farallah that was before the G'Uranthic Guardian. They were leaving the Dark Dimension.

(The Incredible Hulk II#632) - Umar magically traveled from the Dark Dimension to Earth via Fangs of Farallah. The maw did not have fangs, but normal teeth.

(Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme#6) - The magic item of the Bones of Eh-Yuh enabled the user to travel in time and space within the dimension where the Bones were activated.
    When Doctor Strange activated the Bones in a trap-dimension chosen by Isaac Newton, the Bones opened myriads of portals (in time and space) that were Fangs of Farallah. Strange used the item and crossed different Fangs many times, alone or with other Sorcerers Supreme like Kushala, a young Ancient One, a mature Wiccan, the Conjuror.
    Sometime the Fangs would grab the guest passenger using its tongue, and dragged him back to the source location.













Version: Metamagic

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Increase, empower, extend other's spells effects

Casting Time: more than few seconds
Range: Unrevealed, probably anything seen or perceived by the caster
Components:

Duration: Concentration, maximum time unrevealed
Primary effects:
Unrevealed. Varying from spell to spell.

History:

(Doctor Strange Sorcerer: Supreme#39) - Nox, one of the Fear Lords, empowered the strength of the magical night she had created before. She wanted to use it to slay Rintrah and
Clea. Nox called for the power of many evil entities that loved the night, also the fangs of Faralloh. However, the enchantment was immediately counter-spelled by Doctor Strange, using the Eye of Agamotto's light.



Comments: Graphically created by Steve Ditko, named by Frank Brunner and Steve Englehart.

The Fangs before the G'Uranthic Guardian    Invoking powerful Entities to bolster and strengthen defenses, attacks, purposes and so on is quite logical. It could happen not only when a long verbal formula is spelled, but also with simple exclamations like "By Vishanti!". In Doctor Strange: The Oath#2, Nicodemus West invoked "By the Fangs of Faralloh!" but was probably by surprise.

    In Strange Tales I#116 and in ClanDestine I#8 the Fangs seemed inactive, if compared to the portals opened by Mordo and Doctor Strange. However, in both cases, the Doctor was traveling from a dimension to another. The same thing was likely happening in Doctor Strange II#23.

    In Doctor Strange II#1, there's also the possibility that the warning streaks sprung from the Amulet were not annihilated/counter-spelled by the maw but they were simply sent in another dimension or plane of existence, unable to reach their destination, then fading.

    The "Fearsome" attribute apparently did not add any fearsome effect to the spell in Doctor Strange II#45. If it was intended to cause fear to the target, a fear so strong that limited in some extent the enemy's abilities, the version of the spell could be included in the school of Illusion. There is the high probability that the Elder N'Garai, both being a fiend of powerful build, or being a creature used to be feared by his victims, was immune to fear and other mind-affecting attacks.

    It is unrevealed if there is a favorite connection between the Fangs and the Realm of Madness.
    There is a strong connection between the Crossroads Dimension and the Fangs of Farallah. Many Fangs floated around the Crossroad, probably infinite in number, as well as other dimensional portals with other shapes: mirrors, circles, pyramids, and so on.

Profile by Spidermay.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Fangs of Farallah has no known connections to:


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Strange Tales I#116, p4, pan8 (in the Realm of Nightmare, the Path of Hoggoth crossed the Fangs of Farallah)
Doctor Strange II#1, p6, pan1 (Fangs of Farallah conjured by Silver Dagger)
Doctor Strange II#45, p13, pan1 (the Fearsome Fangs of Farallah rent the tentacle of a N'Garai)
Doctor Strange II#49, p7, pan3 (the oozing tongue of the Fangs of Farallah)
The Incredible Hulk II#301, p1, pan1 (the Crossroads and the Fangs)
The Incredible Hulk II#632, p20, pan1 (Umar coming out from the Fangs of Farallah)
ClanDestine I#8, p13, pan4 (an apparently inactive portal in the Dark Dimension)


Appearances:
Strange Tales I#116/2 (January, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer), Steve Ditko (pencils and inks)
Doctor Strange II#1 (June, 1974) - Frank Brunner and Steve Englehart (writers), Frank Brunner (pencils), Dick Giordano (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Doctor Strange II#23 (June, 1977) - Marv Wolfman (writer), Jim Starlin (pencils), Rudy Nebres (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Doctor Strange II#45 (February, 1982) - Chris Claremont (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Frank Giacoia, Dan Green, Al Milgrom, Tom Palmer, Wendy Pini, Joe Rubinstein, Walt Simonson & Bob Wiacek (inks), Mary Jo Duffy (editor)
Doctor Strange II#49 (October, 1981) - Roger Stern (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Doctor Strange II#52 (April, 1982) - Roger Stern (writer), Marshall Rogers (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#300 (October, 1984) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#301 (November, 1984) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk Annual#13 (November, 1984) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks),
Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#302 (December, 1984) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Doctor Strange II#68 (December, 1984) - Roger Stern (writer), Paul Smith (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#304 (February, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks),
Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#305 (March, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#306 (April, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#307 (May, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#308 (June, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#309 (July, 1985) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#311 (September, 1985) - Bill Mantlo(writer), Mike Mignola (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#312 (October, 1985) - Bill Mantlo(writer), Mike Mignola (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#313 (November, 1985) - Bill Mantlo(writer), Mike Mignola (pencils), Gerry Talaoc (inks), Bob Sharen (colors), Carl Potts (editor)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#12/1 (December, 1989) - Dann Thomas and Roy Thomas (writers), Jackson Guice (pencils and inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#23/1 (November, 1990) - Dann Thomas and Roy Thomas (writers), Jackson Guice (pencils), Doug Hazlewood (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#39 (March, 1992) - Jean-Marc Lofficier, Dann Thomas & Roy Thomas (writers), Geof Isherwood (pencils), James Sanders III (inks), Michael Rockwitz (editor)
Clandestine I#8 (May, 1995) - Alan Davis (writer/artist), Paul Neary (editor)
The Incredible Hulk II#632 (September, 2011) - Greg Pak (writer), Paul Pelletier (pencils), Danny K. Miki (inks), Jesus Aburtov & Morry Hollowell (colors), Jacob Thomas (editor)
Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme#6 (May, 2017) - Robbie Thompson (writer), Javier Rodriguez (pencils), Alvaro Lopez (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads#1 (September, 2021) - Peter David (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Frank D'Armata (colors), Nick Lowe & Devin Lewis & Danny Khazem (editors)

Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads#2 (October, 2021) - Peter David (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Frank D'Armata (colors), Nick Lowe & Devin Lewis & Danny Khazem (editors)
Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads#4 (December, 2021) - Peter David (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Frank D'Armata (colors), Nick Lowe & Devin Lewis & Danny Khazem (editors)


First Posted: 06/24/2021
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Last updated: 02/15/2022

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