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NEGAFOK

Real Name: Negafok

Identity/Class: Inuit god

Occupation: God of cold weather

Group Membership: Inua (Inuit gods)

Affiliations: Notable worshipers including Aningan Kenojuak

Enemies: The Great Beasts, Mauvais (Jean-Pierre Beaubier)

Known Relatives: Hodiak (father), Gaea/A'akuluujjusi (mother), Nelvanna, Sedna (sisters), Nanuq, Turoq (brothers), Narya (Snowbird, niece)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Quidlivun

First Appearance: Incredible Hercules#118 (August, 2008) (seen); Thor & Hercules: Encyclopedia Mythologica (2009) (named)

Powers/Abilities: Like other Inua, Negafok possesses superhuman physical attributes and is a true immortal who ceased to age upon reaching adulthood; he cannot die by conventional means. He is immune to all terrestrial diseases and is resistant to conventional injury, and will recover at a superhuman rate if injured. His flesh and bone are about three times denser than similar human tissue, contributing to his superhuman strength (lifting about 30 tons) and weight, as well as superhuman endurance in all physical activities. Negafok's additional superhuman powers may be magical in nature. Negafok can generate snow, ice and freezing winds; he has extended arms and fingers that aid in focusing icy cold winds into small spaces and suggests some level of shapeshifting ability, similar to many other Inua. Negafok is mostly restricted to snowy and icy lands.

Height: 6'
Weight: 270 lbs.
Eyes: Dark blue
Hair: White icicles

History:

(Thor & Hercules: Encyclopedia Mythologica) - The Inua are a race of superhumanly powerful humanoid beings who have been worshiped by the Inuit and other Eskimo-Aleut shamanistic cultures of the circumpolar region from 10,000 BC into modern times, possibly even older. Most of the Inua dwell in Quidlivun, a small "pocket" dimension adjacent to Earth; an interdimensional nexus point between Quidlivun and Earth exists somewhere within the Arctic Circle, although access has frequently been cut off in recent years. The Inua's precise origin is shrouded in legend. According to ancient myths, the Sky Father Hodiak and the Earth Mother Gaea (known to the Inua as "A'akuluujjusi") are the progenitors of the principal Inua. Of note is that the Inua are called different names by their human worshipers across Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Siberia, although Negafok is simply also known as Negafook.

   Negafok assisted the Inua against the Great Beasts, a race of conquering extradimensional creatures. The Inua successfully sealed the Great Beasts within their native dimension via a mystic barrier, but the Beasts countered the incantation and trapped the Inua within Quidlivun. In the mid-18th century, the Inua used their influence to oppose the French sorcerer Mauvais (Jean-Pierre Beaubier) as he tried to conquer Canada during the French & Indian War. Later, during the French Revolution of the late 18th century, Mauvais again clashed with the Inua, who joined forces with that era's Sorcerer Supreme, the Ancient One.

(Inuit myth) - Negafok's face is said to become long and forlorn as spring comes and the ice recedes, and he must head to the icier northern areas. He was apparently more active around 1900 during a particularly icy weather period.

(Thor & Hercules: Encyclopedia Mythologica) - While the Inua are often cut off from Earth, they are still invoked by powerful shamans such as Aningan Kenojuak of the Inuit Bantu Nation and Michael & Elizabeth Twoyoungmen of Canada's Sarcee Nation.

(Incredible Hercules#118) - Nightmare cast up various night terrors against the attacking God Squad (Hercules, Snowbird, Ajak, Mikaboshi, Atum, Amadeus Cho), including an apparition of Negafok to scare the Inuit Snowbird.

Comments: Adapted by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lante, Rafa Sandoval, Roger Bonet, Anthony Flamini.

Many thanks to Anthony Flamini for noting Negafok's first cameo appearance in Incredible Hercules #118. Initially intended as just a night terror in Nightmare's army, he soon became a god in the Encyclopedia Mythologica.

An energy creature called Brother Bear was patterned after the scion of Negafok and Sedna, but the offspring's name and exact nature is unclear.

A North Wind Mask, representing Negafok, is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York.

This profile was completed 8/21/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Negafok has no known connections to:


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Thor & Hercules: Encyclopedia Mythologica, p31 (main image)
Incredible Hercules#118, p18, pan1 (headshot)


Appearances:
Incredible Hercules#118 (August, 2008) - Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente (writers), Rafa Sandoval (pencils), Roger Bonet (inks), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Thor & Hercules: Encyclopedia Mythologica (2009) - Anthony Flamini, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lante & Paul Cornell (writers), Jeff Youngquist (editor)


First posted: 09/18/2021
Last updated: 10/05/2021

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