Real Name: Xochiquetzalli (original spelling)

Occupation: Goddess of love and beauty, former spring-goddess, patron goddess of handiworks,

Legal Status: Citizen of Omeyocan

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

Other Aliases: "Flower of the Rich Plume," "Flower Feather," "Blue-Skirted Lady"

Place of Birth: Unrevealed, possibly Teotihucan (modern Mexico City)

Marital Status: Married

Known Relatives: Xipe Totec (father), Cihuacoatl (mother), Cineteotl (brother), Tezcatlipoca (uncle/husband), Tlaloc (former husband), Ixquimilli, Omacatl, Chalchiutotolin (sons), Ixzaloh (daughter), Xilonen (niece), Xochipilli (nephew),

Group AffiliationsThe Mexican Gods

Base of Operations: Xochitican ("Palace of Flowers") in Itzehecayan within Xibalba, formerly Tamoanchan in modern Mexico

First Appearance: "Pantheons of the Megaverse" by CJ Carella

History: Xochiquetzal is a member of the extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Coatli who were once worshipped by the Ancient Mayan and Aztec Empires. The Coatli once reigned on Earth as semi-divine rulers and retreated from Earth as their earthy reigns were over, retreating for Omeyocan, the home of the Mexican gods, or for Xibalba, a cosmology of worlds linked to earth through underworld caves and subterranean passageways; later mythology erroneously claimed Xibalba actually existed underground. The lowest part of Xibalba was Mictlan, ruled by Ahpuch, the god of the dead, who accepted the spirits of the Aztecs and Mayans.

The most beautiful of the Aztec goddesses, Xochiquetzal was taken by the rain-god Tlaloc to be his wife despite his marriage to the goddess Chalchihuitlicue, the water-goddess. At the time, Tlaloc had supplanted the god Quetzalcoatl as ruler of the gods, but Chalchihuitlicue dethroned him and took Quetzalcoatl as her husband. Xochiquetzal had a number of children by Tlaloc including Ixquimilli, Omacatl, Chalchiutotolin and Ixzaloh. As gods, her children received a number of gifts from the other gods including being bestowed the gift of speech from a dove and a multiplicity of tongues or languages, each one more unintelligible than the others.

Tezcatlipoca eventually overthrew Quetzalcoatl and took Xochiquetzal from Tlaloc to be his wife, transforming her into the Aztec goddess of love as a result. She became the lover of the mortal, Piltzintecuhtli, the grandson of the Mayan ruler Coxcox, but she is believed to have taken several lovers from both mortals and lovers.

Eventually, Xochiquetzal lost her mortal worshippers after the Aztecs were invaded and subjugated by the invading Spanish conquistadors looking for gold. In recent years, Xibalba was devastated by Amatsu-Mikboshi, the Japanese god of chaos, and Xochiquetzal fled for Omeyocan. Her modern activities are unknown.

Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 310 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

Strength Level: Xochiquetzal possesses superhuman strength enabling her to lift (press) around 25 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Xochiquetzal possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Mexican gods. Like all of the Coatli, she is extremely long-lived, but she is not immortal like the Olympians. She has not aged 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 Itzamna, Tezcatlipoca or Xipe Totec or for a number of Mexican gods of equal power working together to revive her. Xochiquetzal also possesses superhuman strength and her Coatli metabolism provides her with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Coatli flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Mexican gods.)

Xochiquetzal also has mystical powers of an undefined nature linked to flowers, prosperity and the emotional attractions between living things ("love"). Her full range of powers are unrevealed, but it is possible her mystical potential is equal or similar to deities such as Aphrodite and Persephone.

Comments: Xochiquetzal has not yet appeared in the Marvel or DC Universe.

Last updated: 01/18/13

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