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Council of Godheads[1]

Official Name
Council of Godheads[1]
Organization Aliases
The Council Elite, Council of God-Kings, Skyfathers, Godheads, Sky-Lords, the Thunderheads[2]

Status
Status

Organization Identity

Universe

Base Of Operations
Various, ranging from Asgard to an unnamed neutral realm between their dimensions to Earth

Organization
Organization Leader(s)


Former Members


Enemies
Atum the Demogorge, Thanos, Akhenaten, Skrulls

First appearance


History

The Council of God-Kings, also called the Council Elite or the Council of Skyfathers, is a loose committee of the leaders of the Earth's pantheons of gods designed to gather information and share consultation upon menaces or threats which no single pantheon of gods can handle alone, designed basically to unite the force of the deities of Earth, integrating their separate might into a near-unstoppable force for benevolence. The Gods of Earth are an extra-dimensional race of beings of which all of whom consider Gaea the Mother Goddess as their common ancestor and are usually as a collective race are called Immortals (not to be confused with various individuals or races who have also used that name to designate themselves). Over several years after the Hyborian Age, which occurred roughly after the sinking of the continent of Atlantis and before the advent of written records, the Immortals of Earth divided into certain groups or tribes called pantheons mostly designated to areas on Earth with mortals who were separated culturally, geographically or racially. Each pantheon allowed themselves to be worshipped as gods either willingly or unwillingly by these gatherings of mortals. At times, certain pantheons even came to clash with each other over different reasons, usually over worship rights. Only a few of these confrontations are known. It is known that the Olympian gods and the Asgardian Gods formed an alliance with each other after friction between their perspective pantheons and that the Native American Gods nearly entered into bloodshed with the Asgardians when Vikings started invading North America. More over, the Celtic Gods now have a truce with the Asgardians after years of enmity, but not yet with the Olympians who they have held in low disregard since the Romans invaded Briton. Similarly, the Mesopotamian Gods finally have a truce with the Olympians after millennia of mistrust, but not with the Devas of the Hindu gods.

Following the war between the Asgardians and the Olympians, Odin learned of the coming of the Third Host of the Celestials, alien beings of inconceivable cosmic power who had influenced the evolution of the Earth’s human race and intended to judge humanity’s worthiness to survive when the Fourth Host came. Odin had contacted Zeus, Ruler of the Olympian gods, and they then met with the ruling gods of Earth’s other pantheons to set a course of action. This would be the first such gathering of the Council. Odin, Zeus and Vishnu the Preserver of the Hindu Gods then confronted the Third Host, which threatened to seal off the inter-dimensional passages between the gods realms and Earth unless the gods did not interfere with the Celestials’ activities for a millennium. Acting on behalf of Earth’s gods, Odin, Zeus and Vishnu agreed with their terms, but Odin already began making plans for the Fourth Host, which would arrive about a millennium later. He constructed a suit of armor with nearly invincible powers called the Destroyer, and transformed the Ring of the Nibelung into the Destroyer’s armor. Frigga and the other leading goddesses of Earth’s pantheons took charge in finding Earth’s human beings who were as close to genetic perfection as possible over these centuries.

After the coming of the Fourth Host of the Celestials, Odin withdrew all the life essences of the Asgardians except Thor into himself. Then Odin’s spirit entered the Destroyer, animating it, and Odin thus did battle with the Fourth Host. The Celestials annihilated the Destroyer, but judged in humanity’s favor when Gaea presented them with twelve genetically advanced human beings, the “Young Gods.” The chieftains of the other pantheons of Earth granted the power to restore Odin, who then revived the Asgardians. (It is possible that the Asgardians “deaths” when the Destroyer was annihilated constituted the prophesied Ragnarok, and that the Asgardians have thus survived it.)

In later years, the Council has been called together by Zeus, Odin or others to face potential threats. After Hades, the Olympian god of the dead entered into a pact with other gods of the dead to extend their respective reigns, they actually succeeded in restoring the primeval entity known as Demogorge to life which then proceeded in consuming the respective gods of the dead which it had confused as demonic beings. Odin then called upon the gods of earth to each send a champion to confront Demogorge who then turned on them as well. Consumed himself, the thunder-god succeeded in reversing the creature's palate and was able to save himself and the other consumed gods.

Sometime later, Odin and Zeus again gathered the respective sovereigns of the pantheons of earth to discuss the threat that the Eternal Thanos posed with the Infinity Gauntlet, a device with extra-ordinary cosmic power to restructure reality. Previously, the group had met physically in a neutral realm adjacent to their separate worlds, but this time, they met in Asgard and were stranded here as Thanos set the realms of the gods off the Celestial Axis. Nevertheless, Thanos was defeated by recurring waves of forces ranging from the costumed champions of earth, the gods of earth and to the cosmic forces of the universe itself.

The Council also gathered to discuss the threat of the former Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaton who after spending years away from Earth in the company of extra-terrestrial races had returned with nearly omnipotent powers set to transform the earth into a close facsimile of the his Egyptian Dynasty, but Thanos robbed him of his power after traveling through time. In the altered timeline, Akhenaton was defeated by Thanos acting for himself, but in the aftermath, he saved and restored the universe out of a conscious act of will.

Over the years, the chief members of the Council has been unofficially preclusive to the rulers, sovereigns and chiefs of the pantheons of earth, but this has been by no means absolute. Both Brahma and Shiva have attended gatherings with Vishnu while others such as Shou-Hsing of the Chinese Gods and Horus of the Egyptian Gods have stepped in where Takamimusubi and Osiris were unable to attend. As a matter of fact, Osiris has taken over the sovereign duties of Ammon-Ra in his absence now that he has taken the role as ruler of the Egyptian gods. Tezcatlipoca, Ruler of the Aztec Gods, has even accompanied Itzamna in meetings, and in one known alternate reality was replaced by Quetzalcoatl himself. After the death of Odin, Thor himself ascended to his father's role in the Council after taking his role as Ruler of the Asgardian Gods although now with the restoration of the Asgardians, Odin is now once more Ruler of Asgard and again part of the Council.

Godheads

Athena convenes a Council of Godheads to discuss the impending threat of the Secret Invasion

In their most recent gathering, the Council of Godheads united by the Dreaming Celestial in San Francisco, called forth by Athena, the Olympian Goddess of Wisdom, to be told of the impending Skrull threat posed by the imminent Secret Invasion. Fearing that the shifting of the cosmic axis would replace them with a new patheon of alien deities and prompt the Demogorge to lay waste to them all, the Earth gods chose to counter this new threat by following Athena's proposed simple and direct strategy of journeying to the realm of the Skrull gods and eliminating them there, while the remaining heroes of the planet, combined with any of their alien or extradimensional allies, joined forces in hopes of repelling the threat directly through force; the Earth gods also refrain from all uniting to destroy the Skrull Empire thus, for many believe such an action would leave them open to internal attack by the Olympians, as they now lacked a proper home. The "God Squad" is chosen, comprising of the Gods of the North, South, East and West, as well as a representative of the Elder Gods called by the Egyptian Horus deity of Hercules, Snowbird, Ajak, Atum and Amatsu-Mikaboshi, joined by the boy genius Amadeus Cho, mortal companion of Hercules. The Council urged the god-heroes to reach Nightmare to attain a map of the route to the Skrull deity world, and though their own souls were nearly lost, Mikaboshi's magical trickery succeeded in fooling Nightmare long enough to find the map with no cost for the God Squad other than their own temporary suffering and more long-lasting mental scars from the traumatic experiences within themselves. Though both the Demogorge and Tecumotzin fell before the might of the Skrull gods before their final confrontation, Hercules, Amadeus and Snowbird survive to return to Earth, while Mikaboshi, thought to be slain by the surviving God Squad, becomes free of the Kami and seizes control over the slave Skrull deities, and upsetting the invasion, as well as damaging war morale for the Skrulls, who no longer possessed their core inspiration for their religious war, all according to Athena's plan.


Paraphernalia

Equipment: The Council has access to the combined total resources of all the dozens of Earthly pantheons, including everything found in their native dimensions, which they can use at their disposal if needed.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.


Notes

Each member of the Council possesses magical and cosmic power on a scale comparable to even the Elder Gods and certain cosmic beings, far dwarfing that of a Sorcerer Supreme's might.

The Abrahamic God seems to be absent either because He is omnipotent, omniscience, and omnipresent and frightens the others or because He refuses to 'play ball' with the other gods.


Trivia

Odin moved into the afterlife after the end of the Ragnarok Cycle to prevent Surtur from returning to again attempt to destroy the Earth. It is unknown whether the other members of the Council of God-Heads still consider him a member of their gathering.


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