The Asgardians are a extra-dimensional race of powerful beings who were worshiped by the Norsemen as Gods. Their origins are shrouded in myth, making it difficult to nail down the truth of all of the stories written about them.
The Norse Myths tell the story of their origin like this:
Eons ago, the giant hermaphrodite Ymir traveled icy wastes with a giant cow. The cow began to lick the ice, and this constant licking somehow caused a humanoid entity called Buri to emerge from the ice. Buri ran off with one of Ymir's children, producing his son, Bor. Bor also mated with a giantess, producing his family, including Odin, Vili, and Ve. The three boys in time slew Ymir, though his power to reassemble himself has long been documented.
Odin and his brothers then at some point faced Surtur, in a conflict in which Villi and Ve seem to have died. Odin fathered other Asgardians, but at some point, Asgard and its enemies fell in the first Ragnarok. Out of this emerged Those Who Sit Above in Shadow, beings who fed on the continual reincarnation of the Asgardians and Ragnaroks. Buri, going into seclusion, remained apart from this cycle.
The worship of the Asgardians by human beings began at some point after 18,500 BCE. (The first vampire, Varnae, immune to post-Thurian era gods, once stated that he saw the Asgardians emergence: "I watched and snickered as your savage ancestors gnawed their civilization from the bones of the old gods". Who these old gods were is unknown, although Crom might be one of them.)
The cosmic entity the Unbeing, while impersonating the other cosmic entity Origin, claimed that Origin had directed the Asgardians to seek out Earth. Circa 10,000 BCE, Woden (an alternate name for Odin) and other deities were frequently invoked by human beings, and there existed a culture of the Nordheimr, whose people called themselves the Vanir and Aesir. The Nordheimr also worshiped Ymir and his first daughter, Atali. They continued to do so up to roughly 8,000 BCE, when harsh events forced many Nordheimr such as Niord Worm's Bane to migrate to the Vilayet Sea, which became the Caspian Sea. These migrating Nordheimr became the ancestors of the Aryans.
The periodic cycle of Ragnaroks continued for thousands of years. The story of one such cycle, as told to Thor by a giant eye claiming to be the severed eye of Odin, was supposed to have happened around 7 BCE to a version of Asgard with a red-haired Thor. Their counterpart of Odin was also known as Wode, and was worshiped by the Franks in the area that later became Bavaria. The Franks held sacrificial jousts in which those warriors slain would gain the honor of joining Wode on the Wild Hunt in the sky. This Asgard went down in flames; according to the eye, Asgard's destruction served as part of the phenomenon later called the Star of Bethlehem which attended the birth of the Christian/Muslim prophet Jesus of Nazareth. Vidar, Balder, Hoenir, Vali, Vili, Ve, Modi and Magni (Thor's sons), and a few other gods of this incarnation of Asgard who survived this Ragnarok emerged to find the spear of the prior Odin. Grasping it, they were transformed/merged into a new Odin, who again created a new Asgard. Accounts differ as to whether the new Asgardians actually had childhoods or Odin implanted them with false memories of pasts and childhoods that never happened. At some point before the birth of of the current Thor, Odin thwarted the rebellion of Rimthursar. Evidently, memories of the past Asgard remained among men, as a man around 200 CE in Britain invoked Woden and Thor.
Odin grew tired of the Ragnarok cycle and decided to end it once and for all. He joined with the Earth-goddess Gaea to produce the latest version of Thor. Thor would have many adventures around 1000 CE, facing Marduk Grylak, Varnae, Dromedan, and Atlantean mummies animated by Loki. Thor adopted the mortal Thialfi for Asgard's court. At one point, Thor saw Vikings attacking a Christian monastery; apparently unaware that the Vikings performed such acts for purely profit (monasteries were noted for hoarding gold), while Christian figures had pursued a fierce war against polytheists out of purely ideological Pauline reasons, Thor decided to no longer seek worship on Earth.
Around 1000 CE, Odin joined with Zeus and Vishnu to oppose the Celestials.Odin thus created the magical armor known as the Destroyer. Odin later had both Valkyrie and Thor live on Earth as mortals in a series of events that he later wiped from their minds, though he would admit to this brainwashing centuries later. During this time, Thor slew the giant Fafnir, who had transformed into a dragon. (A man named James Allison once incorrectly believed that the story of Fafnir slaying the dragon was only a "racial memory" of a conflict that he had had in his past life as Niord Worm's Bane.)
At some point, the elf Malekith became a foe to the Asgardians and to terrestrial humans. His Casket of Ancient Winters was stolen by a human being later called Eric Willis. This happened centuries ago; Malekith was then extra-dimensionally banished till the modern era.
An unidentified Asgardian at some point mated with a mortal to produce Vali Halfling, later called Agamemnon. The Asgardian Fandral also claimed to have romanced a human woman named Marian, though with no known progeny, living on Earth as Robin Hood or at least being mistaken for him. As such, Fandral may have encountered the time-traveling Avengers on one occasion.
In the 1900s, Thor and Loki journeyed to Earth to the American West, meeting a time-traveling Black Panther. In the 1940s, Loki opposed the Olympian deity Venus and invaded Mount Olympus. Thor aided Venus against Major John Dark, the Creeping Death, and the Sultan of Cassarobia. In the 1960's, Thor again came to Venus' aid.
The stories told by the Thor comics show the repeat of Ragnarok again and again, with Odin trying to find a way to stall or trick the cycle, hoping each time that it would be the last. Finally, the destruction of Asgard came for real (at the end of Thor Volume 2. This last Ragnarok was different from the previous ones in several respects. This time, Odin gave Thor the Odinpower, and sacrificed himself for the last time in order to trap Surtur in the afterlife. Thor, with his new understanding of the cycle, was able to confront Those Who Sit Above in Shadow and break the pattern, sending them into oblivion. His strength and force of will was enhanced by Odin was merging Thor with the persona of Donald Blake, a human doctor. The humanity and humility learned by Thor gave him the ability to finally end the cycle once and for all.
Blake reappeared on Earth when Thor ended the cycle, and was able to convince Thor to return to Earth from the void of non-existence. The city of Asgard was rebuilt in Oklahoma and most Asgardians were restored to live, including more unsavory Asgardians such as Enchantress and Loki who was resurrected in a female body later revealed to have belonged to Sif. Now free to find their own destiny the Asgardians struggled to find their place on Midgard since Thor generally disliked them leaving Asgard for fear that they might bring harm unto themselves or others due to their inexperience with life on Midgard. Due to being unable to pass the time with battles and hunting as they had done on Asgard restlessness and fights broke out among the ranks of the Asgardians.
Loki, in another of his plots released Bor Burison from his entrapment in a spell (which Loki himself had cast) and altered his perception so that he would see everything around him as demons and monsters. Thor confronted him, not knowing his grandfather and simply believing him to be a confused Asgardian. Bor in turn only saw a demon with traces of his sons powers. Believing Thor to have slain his son Odin, Bor immediately engaged him in battle. The battle was hard fought but after Bor began releasing enough energy to destroy all of Midgard, Thor was forced to kill him. Loki and Balder appeared and Loki informed Balder that Bor had technically been King of Asgard when Thor slew him and that the punishment for killing a king was banishment. Balder was forced to comply and banished Thor, becoming the King of Asgard in his place with Loki as his advisor.
Balder accepted an invitation from Victor Von Doom to move the Asgardians to Latveria at the urging of Loki. Since Latveria greatly resembled Asgard, most Asgardians opted to leave the warm and unfamiliar Oklahoma in favor of Latveria. This was all part of a ruse on the part of Doom and Loki however since Doom planned to vivisect Asgardians in order to find out the secrets of their longevity and great power. After the Asgardians found out about Dooms vile experiments they managed to defeat him and the Asgardians returned to Oklahoma.
This was all just a part of Loki's plans however. He manipulated Norman Osborn (Earth-616) - head of HAMMER and leader of the Avengers - to invade Asgard. Norman rallied his forces and attacked Asgard. Normans forces were surprisingly successful due to the fact that the Asgardians were weaker on Midgard than they had been on Asgard. The Asgardians were helped by various heroes of Earth who tried to stop Osborn and his Dark Avengers. However what neither Loki nor the anyone else had counted on was the Sentry. After Osborn was captured by the Avengers he ordered the Sentry to destroy Asgard which he did. Seeing that his trickery had gone too far Loki prayed to Odin for help and used to Norn stones to empower all who fought on Asgards side. He was ripped into pieces by the Sentry however who had lost all control and sanity and turned into his dark side, the Void. The heroes were eventually able to defeat the Void however and Thor dropped his body into the sun.
With Asgard destroyed the Asgardians went about rebuilding it and as a reward for the help they had received from the heroes of Earth, the Asgardians vowed to always be there when Midgard needed them and Thor vowed that he would once again fight alongside the Avengers if called upon.
Loki would attempt to manipulate the Hulk in this reality much like he did on Earth-616. However, in this reality Bruce Banner would retain his intelligence whenever he became the Hulk and would see through Loki's ruse, thus the Avengers would never form in this reality.
In this reality, the Avengers would form due to the machinations of Loki and Thor would be among their members. However, in this reality, the group could not agree on how to deal with their former teammate the Hulk forcing the group to disband. Thor would return to Asgard to focus his energies to fighting threats to his homeland.
Jane Foster would be the one to find Thor's hammer in Norway, becoming the costumed hero known as Thordis. When Loki would free himself from the tree in which he was trapped in, he would go to Earth and be shocked to find a female Thor. Thordis would defeat him and send him back to Asgard where he would tell a shocked Odin of the developments on Earth. Odin would call Thordis to Asgard and confront her with the truth about Donald Blake. Odin would banish Thordis from Asgard and she would go about on many adventures on her own. When Odin would go into the Odinsleep, he would charge Sif to keep Asgard safe. Loki would transport her to Earth and have her meet with Donald Blake, and sure enough they would fall in love and start a relationship. Loki would attack Sif on Earth and injure her until Thordis would arrive to stop the fight. After Sif would undergo surgery, Thordis and Sif would detect the coming of Ragnarok and travel to Asgard with Donald Blake to battle Mangog. With the help of Odin they would prevent Ragnarok and defeat Mangog. In the aftermath, Odin would tell Jane to return Mjolnir to him and he would turn it over to Blake restoring him to his true form of Thor. In thanks for her help, Odin would transform Jane into a god herself. Odin would propose to Jane and the two would be wed and rule over Asgard while Thor and Sif would return to Earth and defend it.
On Earth-804, history would diverge from Earth-616 during the event of the Kree-Skrull War. In this reality, a world where Rick Jones would be killed early on, thereby prolonging the war, Thor and Iron Man would be charged with preventing the Skrull forces from reaching Earth. During the battle, Iron Man would be severely injured forcing Thor to bring Iron Man to Asgard and there he would petition Odin to get Asgard involved in the conflict. Odin would agree and Thor would lead a war party including Sif, Balder, and the Warriors Three among others. They would hold off the Skrull forces in space until the end of the conflict.
Some citizens of Earth-928 worship Asgardian gods. For example, Punisher 2099 was raised as a Thorite and was a member of the Church of Thor. In the Fall of Hammer storyline, Alchemax created the floating city of Valhalla, which contained the false Norse gods known as the Aesir, including Heimdall, Baldur, Thor, and Loki.
The Asgardians are aliens that were manipulated by the Celestials. Their natural evolution over the centuries has put them in the third tier of the Celestial mutation cycle. As such, their appearance, powers, and identities are defined by the belief of others. As they are believed to be the Gods of Norse mythology therefor they have the same special adaptations. In the guise of Asgardians, these aliens have become are extremely long-lived, but not immortal like the Olympians; they age very slowly upon reaching adulthood. Their body density are three times denser than normal human beings, contributing to their superhuman strength and weight.
Further Details of the Asgardians of Earth-9997
The origin of the Asgardians of Earth-9997 is vastly different to that of their Earth-616 counterparts. In this reality, they were an unidentified alien race that were manipulated by the Celestials. The Celestials would come to fertile worlds and impregnate it with an embryo to give birth to a new Celestial. In order to defend the planet, they would manipulate the DNA of the dominant species on the planet. The altered species would go through three stages of mutation. The first would be that each individual could trigger a mutation that is unique to the individual. The second tier would be that each member of the race would have the same exact power. The third tier would make the entire species lose all definition. In this state, a species appearance, powers, and identity would be determined by those around them. This is the state the future Asgardians were in when they left their home planet. The reason for their departure is lost to the ages and remains unrevealed.
They would arrive on Earth in the 11th Century, where they would be witnessed by the Norsemen. One in particular, a lame story teller named Donnerson (manipulated by Mephisto) made all present believe that they were the Asgardian gods, and that is exactly what they became. Donnerson told them that they were Odin, and when he had the Asgardians reenact the battle against Surtur, he merged with his "brothers" aliens who took on the shape of the fictional Odin's brothers Vili and Ve. When they merged with Odin, Donnerson gained the powers and long lifespan that he envisioned Odin to have.
He would form the entire Realm of Asgard into existence using the very aliens themselves to form the foundation of that world, hence giving it the name "the living land" and in the convening centuries, "Odin" would live out his fantasies. Much of this history matches Norse mythology and the Asgardians history on Earth-616.
Asgard remained as it was based on the collective belief of humanity that Asgard was real. Come the advent of new religions, belief in Asgard waned and threatened the realms very existence. In order to maintain his fantasy land's cohesion, Odin would send Thor back to Earth. Under the pretense that he was teaching Thor a lesson in humility by transforming him into the lame Dr. Donald Blake. All the modern day events that involved Thor, including the formation of the Avengers were all a orchestrated by Odin to make people of the modern era of believe in the existence of Asgard once more.
In modern times, Odin would be convinced by Loki to each Thor another lesson in humility and would change him into a woman and banish him to Earth once more. Thor would become trapped on Asgard once more when she would bring Clea to that realm for punishment for betraying Dr. Strange to Loki. Loki would learn the truth of the Asgardian people and be asked to rally them to help protect Earth from the Final Host of Celestials. When Loki attempted to convince Odin and Thor for help, they would refuse. Killing himself and ending up in Hel, Loki was able to convince all who were trapped there of their true nature and would lead them in battle against the Celestials on Earth. The Celestials superior intellects proved to be the Asgardian's undoing, when they convinced them that they were once more dead causing them all (save for Loki) to return to Hel. Although their attack was a failure, it gave Earth the precious moments it needed for Galactus to arrive and drive off the Celestials.
Later Loki would begin redefining himself, and he would also try to convince Thor of her true nature. It wasn't until Thor witnessed Mar-Vel taking her hammer and using it to kill the Supreme Intelligence did she realize that what Loki had told her was true, and reverted back to her male form. The two would work together in a conspiracy to take down Odin and free their people from his imposed slavery, believing that Odin's fantasy's was akin to slavery.
Notes regarding the Asgardians of Earth-9997
- In their native forms, the Asgardians have no definition and are difficult to focus upon. They appear vaguely humanoid.
- Their origin is revealed in Earth X #5.
- They first appeared in Earth X #0.
- Members included: Odin, Thor, Loki, Balder the Brave, Hela, Sif, Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg), Executioner
Powers and Abilities
The majority of the Asgardians all have some potential to practice magic, mostly but not limited to changing their appearances, transforming matter and wielding cosmic, elemental and paranormal energies. Though upon a world undefended by any known Sorcerer Supreme, all Asgardian races (like all sentient races of the Marvel Universe, including humans) have the natural ability to harness eldritch energy (magic) far more easily than humans, drawing upon the ambient mystical might of Asgard itself and power-objects found therein, though their magical strength wanes beyond their native dimensional plane, if never fading completely. It has previously been stated by the Sorcerer Supreme of Midgard, Dr. Strange, that personal vitality is a key factor in one's ability to harness magic and since Asgardians are many times more durable than humans, they can manipulate far greater magics than most human beings who mastered magic. All known Asgardian races have super-human strength and are extremely long lived, not truly immortal like the Olympians but long enough lived to seem ageless. Each group has especially dense body tissue rendering most of them bullet proof to at least small caliber weapons. Ulik resisted high powered, armor piercing rounds but it should be noted that he is the strongest of Rock Trolls and is probably more durable as well. The Asgardians have been shown to be bullet resistant but not completely unscathed from damage by them, though the more powerful gods, such as Thor and Odin have shown complete immunity to them.
Average Strength level
The average Asgardian male can lift (press) about 30 tons under optimal conditions; the average Asgardian female can lift (press) 25 tons under optimal conditions.
The Asgardians are not highly advanced in technology, and unlike many of the Olympians or other pantheons, very few relatively wield magic; even Ares has been shown using it for various effects. The Asgardians were doomed to die and be reborn in the eternal cycle of Ragnarok, until Thor ended it, their lives bound to the Norns, Yggdrasil, Hela and Those Who Sit Above in Shadow. Even on Midgard without Ragnarok, it has been shown that "the touch of mortality upon" the Asgardians are greater than in Asgard, and, like Odin, their natural powers are weakened.
Population: Population of this race is unknown.
Type of Government: Monarchy
Level of Technology: Magic
Cultural Traits: The Asgardians were worshiped as gods by the people of Scandinavia and Germania, occupying parts of Britain, Gaul and North American outposts.
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