Real Name: Namtar

Occupation: God of death, Vizier to Eriskegal

Legal Status: Citizen of Allatum

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

Other Aliases: Mutu (Assyrian name), Mott (Phoenician name), Melech/Moloch (Canaanite name)

Place of Birth: possibly Nippur, Sumeria (now part of modern Iraq)

Marital Status: Single

Known Relatives: Enlil (father), Asherah (mother), Reshef, Horon (brothers), Hadad, Martu, Ninurta, Nergal, Kinyras, Gibil (uncles), Inanna, Ninlil, Gatumdug, Anath (aunts), Shamash, Nanna, Telepinu, Ninkasi, Zintuki, Dumuzi, Gestinanna (cousins),

Group AffiliationsThe Gods of Mesopotamia

Base of Operations: Allatum

First Appearance: (as Moloch) King Conan #3

History: Namtar is a member of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Anunnaki who were worshipped as gods by the various races of Ancient Sumeria. The Anunnaki were ruled over by Anu, who had freed them from the subservience of their ancestors. Anu was in turn overthrown by his son, Enlil. As he departed Earth, Anu cursed Enlil to father three miserable sons. Enlil later raped the goddess Asherah, and fathered Reshef, god of pestilence, Horon, god of famine and Mot, known to the Sumerians as Namtar, the god of death.

Namtar became the vizier and advisor of Eriskegal, goddess of the dead and ruler of Allatum, the extra-dimensional realm set aside for the spirits of their worshippers. Namtar escorted the goddess Inanna through the underworld when she arrived for her lover,  Dumuzi, abducted by Eriskegal. Namtar instructed Inanna to leave an article of her clothing at each of the gates of the underworld in order to humiliate her before Enlil freed her.

When the god Baal came to Allatum to seize the secrets of life and death for mortals, Namtar invited him to partake of the table of the dead. Having tasted the food of the underworld, Baal was not permitted to depart until his wife Anath, the queen of the gods, invaded Allatum and confronted Namtar. She demanded that Namtar restore Baal to life, and once Baal was restored to life, Anath slew Namtar herself, earning the eternal wrath of Eriskegal.

It is unrevealed as to whether Namtar has been restored to life. The Phoenician and Canaanites revered him by a number of names, but his worship was eventually replaced by the Hebrew and Christian faiths who converted him into an aspect of the Biblical devil.

Height: Various, usually about 5' 10"
Weight:  Unrevealed
Eyes: Various, usually Blue
Hair: Various, usually Black

Strength Level: Unknown, Namtar possibly possesses the normal strength level for a Mesopotamian god of his size, height and build who engages in extensive regular exercises; the typical Mesopotamian god has superhuman strength enabling him to lift (press) 30 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Namtar
possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Anunnaki or Mesopotamian gods. Like all of the Anunnaki, he is extremely long-lived, but he is not immortal like the Olympian gods. He has aged at an exceptionally slow rate 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 Anu, Ea or Enlil or for a number of Mesopotamian gods of equal power working together to revive him. Namtar also possesses superhuman strength and his Anunnaki metabolism provides him with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Anunnaki flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Mesopotamian gods.)

Namtar also has a number of abilities, possibly mystical in origin, enabling him to perceive where death is about to occur, but not to affect it. He can traverse dimensions to lead the dead to the underworld, often taking a number of forms from a desiccated corpse to the traditional form of a grim reaper. Contrary to some accounts, he is not demonic, but he does have some sway over demonic forces.

Comments: Namtar has not yet been seen in Marvel or DC Comics.

Clarifications: Namtar is not to be confused with:

Last updated: 11/14/13


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