Real Name: Mista (also spelled Mysta)

Occupation: Valkyrie

Legal Status: Citizen of Asgard

Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of the existence of Mist except as a mythological character.

Other Aliases: None

Place of Birth: Asgard

Marital Status: Single

Known Relatives: Odin (father), Nertha (mother, alias Erda), Brynhilda, Hildegarde, Gudra, Valtraute, Sigruna and the Valkyrior (sisters) Hoenir, Lodur, Njord (uncles), Frey, Freia (cousins), Thor, Balder, Heimdall, Hermod, Hoder, Tyr, Vidar (half-brothers), Sif (half-sister), Nanna (sister-in-law, deceased), Loki (foster-brother), Sigyn (sister-in-law),

Group Affiliations: The Valkyrior, Gods of Asgard

Base of Operations: Valhalla

First Appearance: New Mutants Special Edition #1

History: Mist the Valkyrie is the daughter of Odin, Ruler of the Asgardian Gods, and Nertha, the Vanir goddess of earth worshipped by the ancient Teutonic tribes of Germany. Seeing a need for special warrior-goddesses to protect and rescue the spirits of their worshippers who died in war, Odin chose Mist and her sisters to serve as his Valkyrior or Choosers of the Slain and Mist's sister, Brynhilda, in particular served as their leader. As Valkyries, Mist and her sisters appeared over the battlefields of the Vikings and Teutonic tribes who worshipped them and chose which of the fallen soldiers were worthy enough to be admitted into Valhalla, the hall of the honored dead in the dimension of Asgard. On rare occasions, the Valkyries defied Odin to choose particular warriors that they loved. Mist and her sisters have served Asgard capably in this capacity for centuries and even seemed to have survived the destruction of a much older incarnation of Asgard for the current modern Asgard in the process. In the interim of Asgard's destruction and rebirth, Brynhilda lived on earth as a mortal and became the lover of the German hero, Siegfried.

As a Valkyrie, Mist was often called upon to help defend Asgard from menaces to it or from within from Loki, the god of mischief. Loki's daughter, Hela, the death-goddess, has repeatedly tried to bend the Valkyries to her will in order to obtain the souls in Valhalla, Odin's hall for the honored dead. Her sister, Brynhilda became an adventurer on earth and a member of the Defenders. In the course of her own adventures, Mist became friends with Danielle Moonstar of the New Mutants. Moonstar became a Valkyrie as well and Odin gave her the winged horse, Brightwind, as a gift, but when Loki lured Ororo Munroe (Storm) of the X-Men to Asgard, he tried to get the New Mutants to give up their Asgardian gifts in order to return to earth. Mist stood by Odin's gift to Moonstar, but she gave him to Mist in order to return to earth.

Over the years, Mist has defended Asgard along with her fellow Asgardians from the Egyptian death-god, Seth and other menaces. When Seth tampered with Yggdrasil to force Ragnarok, The Twilight of the Gods, had occurred, Odin cast the Asgardians in mortal roles on earth with fictional histories to conceal their identities. During this period, the Valkyries slipped into slumber within Valhalla. Highly vulnerable in this state, Hela employed Malekith, one of the Dark Elves from Svartelheim, one of Asgard's Nine Worlds, in order to drain off their life-energies and unique Valkyrie-powers for Hela, but Brynhilda escaped and imparted part of her life-force to Moonstar. Moonstar brought Cable and X-Force composed of former New Mutants to Asgard to defeat Malekith and restore the Mist and the Valkyrior to full power.

Mist and the Valkyries suffered through throes of invaders in the form of the Dark Gods afterward defending Asgard, as well as the fledgling group of heroes known as X-Statix protecting of their teammates, but were forced to hold their ground against Thor and the Avengers. After Odin fell in battle against Surtur, Thor took his father's place on the throne of Asgard. Loki now set about a revised Ragnarok to lay siege on Asgard. Brynhilda passed chiefdom of the Valkyrior to Sif to guide them against Loki, but Mist and the Valkyrior were struck down by Surtur just before Asgard's finally destruction. In Asgard's devastation, Thor severed the threads of destiny keeping it in cycles of rebirth and destruction; however, recent evidence suggests that since then, Asgard might have appeared anew somewhere in the universe.

Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 345 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde

Strength Level: Mist has superhuman strength enabling her to lift (press) 50 tons under optimal conditions.

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

Like all the Valkyrior, Mist possesses greater superhuman strength, stamina and resistance to injury than the majority of the Asgardian gods. Like all the Valkyrior, she has inherent mystical powers allowing her to perceive supernatural phenomenon, especially to see astral spirits (ghosts) and sense when mortal beings are near death; a perception that appears as a glow around the form of a person about to die. Beyond Asgard, she can only appear as a shade (astral form) of her physical self. In ancient times, she could alter her appearance to become a raven or cast her likeness from clouds or darkness.  

Abilities: Mist is an extra-ordinary warrior in wielding swords and shields. 

Pets: Away from Asgard, Mist usually rides upon a winged horse subservient to mental commands and capable of attaining an immaterial form on earth.

Comments: Mista has only been seen so far in the Marvel Universe.

Clarifications: Mist is not to be confused with:  

Last updated: 02/18/07


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