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HORUS

Real Name: Horus-Aton

Occupation: God of the sun, former Pharaoh of Egypt

Legal Status: Citizen of Celestial Heliopolis

Identity: The general populace of earth is unaware of the existence of Horus except as a figure from mythology. He was well known in Ancient Egypt.

Other Aliases: The Falcon God, Hor, Horos, Ra-Herakhty, Haroeris, Harpocrates, Herachte, Harendotes, Harmachis, Hermertri, Harsaphes, Hor-Hekeru

Place of Birth: Chemmis, Egypt

Marital Status: Married

Known Relatives: Osiris (father), Isis (mother), Seshat (foster-mother), Nephthys (aunt), Horus I, Seth (uncles), Anhur, Min, Neper (brothers), Bast, Sesmu (sisters), Duamutef, Hapi II, Ihy, Imsety, Qebshuf (sons), Hathor (wife), Khonshu, Khnum, Hapi I (uncles), Ammon-Ra (father-in-law), Anubis, Bata (half-brothers); Geb (grandfather), Nut (grandmother), Shu (great-grandfather), Tefnut (great-grandmother); Suchos, Babi, Edjo, Nekhbet (cousins), Mihos (nephew); Sakhmet (niece)

Group Affiliation: The Gods of Egypt (The Ennead), ally of Thor and the Thing

Base of Operations: Celestial Heliopolis ("City of the Sun")

First Appearance: Thor I #239

History: Horus is the youngest son of Osiris and Isis, who once ruled on Earth as pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Osiris and Isis were actually members of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Ennead, a second-generation of beings descended from the Ogdoad, who were worshipped as gods in the centuries following the end of the Hyborian Age. Ammon-Ra, Ruler of the Ogdoad, had bestowed his brother, Shu, as ruler (pharaoh) of the land known as modern Egypt before departing earth. Shu reportedly instructed and civilized mortal man in how to erect cities and create pyramids similar to the earlier Atlantean civilization before the Hyborian Age. When he departed Earth to join Ammon-Ra in the heavens, he left his throne to his son Geb, who in turn left it to his son Osiris when he departed earth. Osiris was hated by his brother, Seth, who then sought to depose his brother and take the throne for himself. He created an enchanted coffin and tricked Osiris to lay within in it and then sealed him up within it. Seth cast the coffin to the Nile to be rid of his brother and ousted Isis and her children from power, taking the throne of Egypt for himself.

Isis fled for the island of Chemmis and found shelter under her half-brother, Khnemu, god of the Nile. She gave birth to Horus in secret and departed Chemmis to search for Osiris on Earth. In her absence, Horus was raised to adulthood by a number of goddesses, most notably the cow-goddess, Hathor. Isis subsequently found Osiris, but Seth appeared and ripped his brother apart, scattering the pieces to the winds. Isis collected the pieces and gathered them together. With the help of several gods, including Horus, Anubis and others, they successfully restored Osiris to life. During the time the spirit of Osiris had been away from his body, he had discovered the realm of Duat, the location of afterlife where mortals departed after death and then departed earth himself to rule it so that other mortals might find their way to it. Before departing, Osiris named Horus as his rightful heir and worthy ruler to the throne of Egypt.

Ammon-Ra, meanwhile, decided to retire as King of the gods and named Osiris as his successor. Together, they created the realm of Celestial Heliopolis, which was named for what was then the capital of Egypt on Earth.

Horus hated Seth for the dishonors to his father and subsequently challenged Seth to his own right to rule Egypt. Geb, the god of earth, arbitrated the dispute and rewarded Horus the right to rule Egypt, and Seth was forced to retreat to the underworld of Abydos where he ruled over sinners and evil spirits not allowed into Duat ruled by Osiris. Horus meanwhile took the goddess, Hathor as his wife, and fathered the gods Duamutef, Hapi II, Imsety, Qebshuf and Ihy who became funerary deities to the Egyptians. Unwilling to accept his fate, Seth continued to clash with Horus for several centuries. Seth, finally, however, managed to defeat Horus through treachery at the same time as the sea battle of Actium in which the forces of Rome lead by Octavius Caesar defeated the navies of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra and her lover, Marc Anthony. The triumphant Seth entrapped Osiris, Isis, Horus and a number of the Egyptian gods within a great pyramid that he sank beneath the sands, and conquered the other-dimensional realm of Heliopolis with his armies of the undead. Seth declared that Horus and his family would never be released until their ancestor Atum-Ra finally returned to Earth.  

In recent years, the pyramid appeared in the United States, and Osiris, Isis and Horus cast a spell over the Asgardian god Odin, causing him to believe he was the reincarnation of Atum-Ra. (Whether there is any connection between Odin and Atum-Ra is unknown.) Odin’s son, Thor tried in vain to force Osiris and the others to release Odin from this spell and accompanied Osiris, Isis and Horus into Heliopolis where they confronted Seth’s undead armies. Thor realized that, unless stopped, Seth would then menace Earth and Asgard next. Therefore, Thor entered into battle with Seth and with the help of Odin, defeated Seth. Horus then cast Seth from the Golden Bridge of the Gods, and Osiris reclaimed his rightful place within Celestial Heliopolis.

Seth eventually captured Horus, Osiris and Isis once more. Seth held Horus as a sacrifice to a creature called the Devourer, but when the Devourer became too much for him to control, he became obliged to release his brother and with the aide of Thor and the Thing, the Devourer was defeated. Seth fell from power once more, and Horus was rescued. Indebted to Thor, Horus carried out his father’s wishes to join Thor in battle with several other gods against the Demiurge released by Seth in alliance with several other death-gods. Although briefly consumed by the beast, Horus was rescued from the primeval entity after Thor willingly entered the beast and forced a change in its palate to release him and all the other consumed gods.

Horus and several of the Egyptian Gods were eventually recaptured by Seth and mystically drained of their godly powers. Seth used their energies in his desire in conquering the universe, and invaded Asgard in his first step of his overall plan. Although bereft of his powers, Horus went to Asgard’s defense joined by Osiris and Isis and helped to switch the loyalties of Earth Force from Seth’s influence toward the side of the Asgardians. Odin once more confronted Seth and defeated him, draining him of his stolen energies and restoring Horus and the other weakened Egyptian gods to full power.

Through her manipulation of powerful mystical energies, Maryet Karim managed to restructure reality and rewove the timeline so the Egyptian Dynasties never ended. In this altered timeline, the Egyptians lead invasions into Europe and North America and conquered much of Earth. Horus became a founding member of the Avengers in this reality as a rough counterpart to the mainstream Thor. Horus also took the mutant Ororo Munroe (Storm) as his wife and made her a goddess. Karim called herself the Sphinx as the undisputed empress of Earth in this timeline, but during a battle with the Mutant Liberation Front in this altered reality, Richard Ryder, developed a sense of déjà vu and realized the altered sense of reality around him. He confronted the Sphinx and took for ransom her cat, her only memory of a lost love, threatening to kill it unless she restored the timeline. Giving into the blackmail, she returned the Earth’s reality back to normal. Despite this reality having come to an end, it still remained in existence within the countless myriad universes in existence. This Horus was among the Avengers of this timeline brought by the Time Keepers to oppose the mainstream Avengers during the Destiny War.

In the restored timeline, the sorceress Circe (not to be confused with the goddess Circe) set into motion a sequence of events to force the gods of Earth into granting her a source of infinite power. To combat Circe, Osiris stripped Kent Nelson of the mantle of Doctor Fate and gave it to his wife, Inza Cramer, little knowing this had been orchestrated by Circe to obtain the powers for herself. Nelson confronted Horus and a host of the Egyptian gods in Egypt for an explanation. Working as a mediator, Thoth, the god of time, claimed it was all in the course that Inza would prove to be a more worthy champion, thereby placing Inza in a place to be corrupted by Circe. After the Justice League of America defeated Circe, Osiris realized the manipulation and guided Nabu, the original Doctor Fate to grant the mantle of Doctor Fate upon a new worthy champion, Eric Strauss.

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 425 lbs.

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

Strength Level: Horus possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift (press) 75 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Horus possesses the conventional powers of the Egyptian Gods. Like all of the Ennead, he is extremely long-lived, but he is not immortal like the Gods of Olympus. He has not aged since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. He is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If he were somehow wounded, his godly life force would enable him to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules to cause him a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Ammon-Ra, Osiris or for a number of Egyptian gods of equal power working together to revive him. Horus also possesses superhuman strength and his Ennead metabolism provides him with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Ennead flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Egyptian gods.)

Horus also has some innate power to tap into and manipulate magic to some extent, and can also conjure solar and microwave energies, particularly the Ra-related powers of the sun, for a variety of effects. He can also channel it through his staff or ankh, the religious symbol of everlasting life, as a force of beneficent energy capable of repelling or shattering matter. He can wield it as a healing force and conjure rays upon he can fly upon or walk through the air. He can also paralyze anyone with his left eye. The full measure of his powers are unknown, but it is possible he is almost as powerful as Osiris himself.

Transportation: Horus sometimes travels on earth by means of a horse-drawn chariot.

Comments: This history largely describes Horus of the Marvel Universe; he has not yet been confirmed in the DC universe or elsewhere.

The Aton part of Horus’ name was theoretically added after the end of the reign of Akhenaton. It could actually be the name of the deity known as Jehovah to the Jews and Christians and as Allah by Islamics and Moslems. Coincidentally, in German/Norse myth, Gimle is used as the name of the paradise that the Asgardian gods enter after Ragnarok, but it’s also used as the name of the supreme God when they refer to “Gimle’s snowy beard,” indicating that perhaps even as gods of earth, these pantheons honor and pay tribute in some way to another more powerful guiding creator-force of the universe.

CLARIFICATIONS: Horus should not be confused with:

·         Horus, aka Heru-Ur, god of boundaries, brother of Osiris, @ Marvel: The End #2

·         Horus, god of health, son of Montu

·         Horus, falcon trainer of Anubis the Jackal, @ Moon Knight II#1

·         Horae, Olympian goddesses of season

·         Horse, Dormammu's priest, @ Dr. Strange II#6

·         Horse, member of China Force, @ Alpha Flight I#69

·         Horusians, aliens who impersonated the Egyptian gods, @ Incredible Hulk II#145

Last updated: 11/29/06

 

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