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Quote1 Thou, Fen – beautiful goddess of the seals – thou shalt find thy way into the hands of these white monsters, there to work your feminine wiles to our racial advantage – get thee hence, while there is yet time! Quote2
-- Thakorr src
 

20th Century

1920s

Fen (Earth-616) Original appearance

Original appearance

Princess Fen was a member of the royal family of Atlantis, and daughter of Emperor Thakorr. In the early 1920s, Atlantis (located near Antarctica) was rocked by the explosive charges of expiration vessel the Oracle, piloted by Captain Leonard McKenzie. Not knowing what had attacked them, Emperor Thakorr began preparing an expedition to the surface world in an attempt to learn the truth. Fen offered to travel to the surface and learn the cause of the blasts, but Thakorr forbade it. However, Fen disobeyed his orders, convincing Atlantean scientists to provide her with a new experimental chemical that allowed Atlanteans to breath on the surface for an extended period of time. Travelling to the surface, Fen stole aboard the Oracle and was soon subdued. Not sure what to make of her, McKenzie ordered his men to stand down and decided to see to her himself and taught Fen how to speak and write in English.

After successfully mastering their language, Fen returned to her fathers kingdom to tell them all she has learned. Despite his misgivings, he allowed her to return to the surface to learn more about the surface dwellers so that her people could learn the best way to deal with them. However, Fen and Leonard McKenzie began to fall in love with one another. Soon they were married, and Fen could not slip away as easily as she had in the past. Also unknown to her at the time, her first night in marriage to Leonard found her pregnant. Her feelings for Leonard grew, as he almost died when betrayed by Walter Destine who almost left Leonard to die in an icy avalanche. Their bliss soon ended when Emperor Thakorr, assuming the worst, sent a raiding party to recover Fen, and seemingly slew Leonard before recovering Fen.[1][2][3][2][4]

In a presumably fictional account, Leonard McKenzie was left behind by his crew and Fen rescued him. Although the people of Atlantis were outraged by this, Fen kept Leonard in their undersea world to heal his broken leg and their relationship blossomed while Emperor Thakorr was away. However, public opinion soured even more when another expedition began blasting the ice above their kingdom again. Thakorr returned, furious to find a surface man and his daughter in a relationship and threatened to kill Leonard. Fen helped Leonard to the ship and they soon left the area. Later, it was discovered that Fen was pregnant. The birth was a success and Namor was born. Thakorr decided that Fen and young Namor needed to go into exile for the next ten years until the baby grew up to be a boy and could be raised to be the next heir to the Atlantean throne.[5] However, it would appear that this exile might not have happened, or not has been as long as originally decreed. It was also later revealed that Fen had a certain amount of shame about her son's half-breed nature.[6]

Despite this, Fen saw that Namor was raised to in the model of his royal heritage, and taught him about Atlantean history. When they witnessed Thakorr exiling the scientist Vyrra, Fen explained to young Namor that cloning was outlawed in Atlantis after a clone massacre generations earlier known in Atlantean history as "Night of the Long Spears".[7] She also nurtured Namor's interest in becoming a member of the Tri-Team.[8]

As Namor began to grow, Fen soon realized that due to her son's hybrid nature he had abilities that put him beyond normal Atlanteans. Such as the night that Namor was trapped above the Antarctic ice for over 24 hours, Fen discovered that her boy could breath above the surface,[9] his super-human strength when after Fen was trapped under a ship mast,[10] and when Namor suddenly grew wings from his feet that allowed him to prevent himself and his mother from falling into an icy ravine.[11][12]

By this time, the people of Atlantis had migrated to a new home near the Pacific Northwest. However, they soon found their new home was over a patch of oil, which was slowly seeping into their realm from the cracks in the ground. When Namor began romancing surface girl Sandy Pierce, Fen encouraged the relationship, consenting to allow Namor to bring Sandy to his cousins birthday.[13]


1930s

By the 1930s, Namor's relationship with Sandy was growing into a business deal with her father Henry Pierce, who had convinced Namor to allow them to dig the oil that was sitting under Atlantis. Fen was present when her father Thakorr met with Henry and brokered a deal to drill for the oil.[14] However, relations soon broke down and after a mutiny by Namor's cousin Beemer led to the drilling platform being destroyed, their home was heavily polluted by the spilling oil, leading Fen and her people to once more return to their original home located in the South Pole.[15]

It was here that young Namor had his first clash with the Nazis, taking down a Nazi fighter plane even though he was not entirely sure what it was. Proud of her son's victory, Fen took the downed planes tail-fin and presented it to him as a trophy.[16] Later when stocks of walrus and seals became scarce in the area the people of Atlantis feared over possible starvation. During this time, Namor came with a story of his encounter of the Ice King. However, Fen dismissed the Ice King as nothing more as a figment of Namor's imagination. Namor, however, with the aid of the Ice King helped save his people by finding a new supply of food.[17]

Soon after, Namor returned home with the corpses of two surface divers whom he had killed, Fen commended Namor for his deeds, even though Namor felt shame. She told her son that he would be the vessel of revenge against the surface world in Atlantis' name[3][12] and Namor was sent to wage war against the surface world.[18]

1940s

Fen soon began getting involved in Namor's affairs, and shortly after his kidnapping of surface woman Lynne Harris deemed the woman the ideal mate for Namor and demanded that they marry. After Namor recaptured her and brought her back to Atlantis, Fen cared for the woman until Lynne was forced to undergo surgery that transformed her into an amphibian.[19] However, when this plan ultimately failed, Fen encouraged her son to go out and begin adventuring once more.[20]

Following a Nazi attack on Atlantis,[21] Thakorr was gravely injured and Fen convinced the people of Atlantis to take Namor on as their new emperor until Thakorr's recovery.[22] Later, Namor ended up forcing Lynne Harris and her male companion Luther Robinson forced back to Atlantis, where Lynne was maid Fen's personal servant until they once more escaped captivity.[23] When Namor began rallying other undersea races to launch an attack on the surface world, Fen encouraged Namor's decision, even though it ultimately ended in failure.[24]

During one of Namor's more lengthy absences from Atlantis, his uncle Daka took over the Atlantean throne and had Fen and all of Namor's supporters locked away. When Namor returned to Atlantis, he freed his mother and the other captors and led them in a successful rebellion that saw Daka ousted from power.[25] Later, Fen had begun growing sympathetic toward the victims of World War II and convinced Namor to assist the people of France get a leg up on liberating their country from Nazi rule.[26]

However, this sympathy appeared to be short lived as Fen was soon tricked by the Nazis when they captured the Human Torch and amplified his powers and used the android to attack Atlantis. This convinced Fen to allow the Nazis to occupy Atlantis.[27] However, unknown to Fen the Nazis were using her people to conduct horrific experiments on the people of Atlantis and create an army of Human Torch androids dubbed the Firebrand Squadron. However, Namor and Captain America were able to show Fen the errors of her ways.[6] After the heroes freed the Human Torch and destroyed the Firebrand Squadron, Fen was about to have the captured Nazi's executed, however Namor stood up to her and ordered the Nazis turned over to the American military to face War Crimes trials at a later date.[28]

The Nazis soon returned to menace Atlantis again, this time under the command of Commander Kornstalk who attempted to poison the people of Atlantis by flooding their realm with copper. Although Namor went to stop Kornstalk alone, Fen led an army of Atlanteans to help, preventing Kornstalk from murdering her son.[29]

Namor was then absent from Atlantis for the remainder of the war and during his absence, Thakorr recovered from his injuries and regained his throne. Confused after his long recovering Thakorr was then easily convinced by Byrrah and Warlord Krang to exile Namor. Fen convinced her son to leave to find his own place in the world until Thakorr came to his senses.[22]

1950s

When Namor was finally allowed back to Atlantis, he also resumed ties to the surface world. For the most part, Fen remained uninvolved in the activities of her son. However, when the Earth's surface water was stolen by the Lunarians of the so-called Second Moon, Atlantis was also at risk. Learning that her son was on the Second Moon she used her seldom used telepathic abilities to contact him and inform him that Atlantis was at risk. Namor then returned the water to Earth, saving the people of Atlantis.[9] When the mad telepath known as Destiny recovered the Helmet of Power he first tested its power on Atlantis. The resulting on slaughter appeared to take the lives of both Princess Fen and Emperor Thakorr.[30] However, Socus, sorcerer of the Unforgiving Dead recovered the battered body of Fen and replaced it with the corpse of their dead queen Artys-Gran, as part of a plan to free the Unforgiving Dead and their ruler Suma-Ket and his people from the Grey Waters where they had been imprisoned for centuries.[31]
Fen (Earth-616) buried in old Atlantis from Tales to Astonish -96

Fen's grave in old Atlantis[32]

Meanwhile Namor went to clash with Destiny, the villain used the Helmet of Power to strike Namor with amnesia and went into suspended animation himself. Namor spent the coming decades wandering the surface world trying to remember who he was.[30] The people of Atlantis buried what they thought was the body of Princess Fen on the site of old Atlantis[32] and the people of Atlantis went to colonize another part of the ocean.[33] Elsewhere Socus had hidden away the body of Fen, using his magics to restore her body and slowly transfer the mind of Artys-Gran into it, while slowly trapping Fen's mind in the corpse of Artys buried in her grave. A process that would take years to complete.[31]

Modern Age

As Timed Passed

As Princess Fen lay dead in her grave, the people of Atlantis became nomads after their most recent settlement was destroyed in atomic bomb testing. About 10 years ago, Namor's memory was restored by the Human Torch of the newly formed Fantastic Four. Fearing his people dead, Namor waged war against the surface world for a time.[33] Eventually, Namor found his people alive and well and took over rule of and settled them in a new Atlantis.[2] Over the years Namor's rule and his opinions over the surface world had been turbulent. Eventually, Namor's memory of Destiny were restored[30] and he eventually avenged the death of his mother when Destiny, in a fit of insanity, leapt off the roof of a building believing that the Helmet of Power could grant him the power of flight.[34]

Pawn of Suma-Ket

Fen (Earth-616) reunited with Namor in Namor the Sub-Mariner Vol 1 29

Mother and son reunited[35]

Over the years, Fen's body recovered from the fatal injuries sustained during the fall of Atlantis, and while the mind transference was still incomplete, Socus began manipulating events to suit the needs of Suma-Ket's return.[31] Part of this was facilitated when Namor's warlord Warlord Seth was seemingly slain in battle.[36] Socus had commanded the Faceless Ones to bring Seth to his domain and worked on healing him over the coming months as well, Seth fully believed the woman who was prisoner with him was the true Princess Fen.[37] Eventually Artys-Gran/Fen was released to carry ouf Suma-Ket's plan to free themselves from the Grey Waters, a plan that required the spilling of the blood of Atlantean royalty, and then a sacrifice at the gates of Atlantis. However the body of Fen was not completely under the control of Artys, and when Fen learned the location of her son, he came to rescue her during a period in which his memory was erased by the mystic known as Master Khan.[35] However they were soon captured in a Latverian fishing vessel being tested by that nations monarch Dr. Doom. The pair struggled against the ships crew, but Fen's weakened state out of water and Namor's own amnesia led to their defeat.[38] Namor broke free and managed to escape, leaving Fen to learn Doom's plan -- he intended to harvest all the oceans fish in a bid to control the world. But before he could continue on this plan, Namor returned with a vengeance.[39] Namor then sank the vessel, and as his memory was restored to normal defeated Doom in combat. Suddenly, Master Khan launched his next attack trapping Doom, Namor, Fen as well allies who had come searching for Namor which included, Namor's cousin Namorita, Iron Fist, Colleen Wing and Misty Knight. They all soon found themselves shrunken down to size and trapped in a bottle which Khan then took possession of.[40]
Fen (Earth-616) queen of Atlantis from Namor the Sub-Mariner Vol 1 35

Queen of Atlantis[41]

Khan then returned them to New York where he posed as Namor and began trying to financially ruin Namor's organization Oracle Inc.. The heroes managed to break free, and Fen witnessed as Namor seemingly slew Master Khan by ripping his head off, but the expansion of the water and ship in the bottle caused massive damage to the Oracle Inc. building in the process.[42] Suddenly the scene was visited by an Atlantean scouting party led by Lord Vashti who told Namor that strange happenings were going on in Atlantis and that Seth had returned seemingly from the dead. The Atlanteans were shocked to see Fen apparently alive and well, but Namor was not so quick to accept that this was his mother and not some impostor. As they travelled to Atlantis to investigate the trouble, suddenly Namor's scout ship was attacked and destroyed. While Namor was busy fighting off a massive sea-creature apparently summoned by a dead body, Fen's ship continued on to Atlantis.[43] With the Artys-Gran persona taking control, Fen reclaimed the Atlantean throne. When Namor arrived he was perturbed to find his people openly accepting "Fen's" rule. Things were distracted further when Namor's old ally Tamara Rahn came with his old foe Tiger Shark to warn of the Faceless Ones massacring people outside of Atlantis. Fen took control of the situation and ordered Tiger Shark imprisoned. Meanwhile, Socus tricked exiled Atlantean royal Byrrah to go to the Grey Waters where he was sacrificed. His blood allowed Suma-Ket to finally cross over from the Grey Waters with his armies, but could not leave the blackened depths without the blood of the true ruler of Atlantis. This slaying of Byrrah also allowed Gran to take almost total control of Fen's body.[41]
Fen (Earth-616) trapped in the body of Arlys-Gran in Namor the Sub-Mariner Vol 1 39

Trapped in the body of Artys-Gran[31]

With Atlantis completely under her control Artys-Gran began preparing for the arrival of her husband. Meanwhile, Namor suspected that there was treachery afoot and left Atlantis to investigate along with Seth, Tamara Rahn, and a young page named Morel, following an encounter with Rama-Ket's Neried.[37] As Namor was mortally wounded battling Suma-Keth, Fen's last struggle with Artys-Gran was to have the wedding ring given to her by her late husband out of the treasury. With Gran in full control, she began organizing a festival intending to sacrifice the children gathered there in order to grant Gama-Ket entrance into Atlantis. As Keth moved towards Atlantis, the Olympian water god Neptune revived Namor and endowed him with armor with which he could battle Keth with.[44] Namor then ordered Tiger Shark and and Tamara to go back to Atlantis to stop the coming sacrifice while he and the others went to prove once and for all if the woman ruling Atlantis was really his mother. At this same time Rama-Ket's armies advanced on Atlantis, while "Fen" convinced her people to let her bring a child into an old temple in order to sacrifice her in an altar.[45] Namor travelled to the site of old Atlantis and after fighting off one of Rama-Ket's minions stationed there opened his mothers tomb. Fen, now trapped in the body of Artys-Gran explained Ket's entire plot. Then using the blood of a slain Neried, opened a portal allowing them to all be transported to Atlantis just as Ket and his minions breached the barrier as Gran succeded in carrying out the needed sacrifice.[31] During the final battle, Seth murdered Artys-Gan in Fen's body, and Rama-Ket was slain in combat against Namor. Fen meanwhile assisted Lord Vashti in rallying the people of Atlantis to rally the invaders. In the aftermath of the battle, the only Socus survived the slaughter of the Unforgiving Dead. He attempted to slay Namor by throwing a harpoon, but Fen dived in the way, sacrificing her life to save that of her son. Socus apparently escaped, and Namor mourned the passing of his mother, and she was buried once again.[46]

Powers

Fen possesses the typical attributes of Homo mermanus: gills to enable her to extract oxygen from the water, superhuman physiology to enable her to survive the extreme water pressure changes beneath the sea, blood circulation enabling her to withstand freezing temperatures, and specially developed vision which is a more sensitive than a human being's to the green portion of the spectrum and thus enables her to see in the murky depths. Fen can swim through water at a maximum speed of about 35 miles per hour for several hours before tiring.

In at least one instance, Fen showed the ability to telepathically contact her son, Namor. However, this form of communication required much concentration and she thus did not use it often.


Fenswim

Strength level

Normal Atlantean (homo mermanus) female with little regular exercise.




Transportation

Atlantean submarines.

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Footnotes

  1. Saga of the Sub-Mariner #1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fantastic Four Annual #1
  3. 3.0 3.1 Marvel Comics #1
  4. Namor the Sub-Mariner #1
  5. Sub-Mariner Comics #32
  6. 6.0 6.1 Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #3
  7. Namor the Sub-Mariner #20
  8. Namor #1
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sub-Mariner Comics #36
  10. Sub-Mariner Comics #37
  11. Sub-Mariner Comics #38
  12. 12.0 12.1 Saga of the Sub-Mariner #2
  13. Namor #5
  14. Namor #7
  15. Namor #12
  16. Sub-Mariner Comics #41
  17. Sub-Mariner Comics #42
  18. Marvel Mystery Comics #2
  19. Marvel Mystery Comics #12
  20. Marvel Mystery Comics #13
  21. Sub-Mariner Comics #1
  22. 22.0 22.1 Saga of the Sub-Mariner #5
  23. Marvel Mystery Comics #18
  24. Human Torch Comics #5 (Fall)
  25. Marvel Mystery Comics #24
  26. Marvel Mystery Comics #30
  27. Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #2
  28. Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #4
  29. Marvel Mystery Comics #37
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Sub-Mariner #1
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 Namor the Sub-Mariner #39
  32. 32.0 32.1 Tales to Astonish #96
  33. 33.0 33.1 Fantastic Four #4
  34. Sub-Mariner #7
  35. 35.0 35.1 Namor the Sub-Mariner #29
  36. Sub-Mariner #21
  37. 37.0 37.1 Namor the Sub-Mariner #36
  38. Namor the Sub-Mariner #30
  39. Namor the Sub-Mariner #31
  40. Namor the Sub-Mariner #32
  41. 41.0 41.1 Namor the Sub-Mariner #35
  42. Namor the Sub-Mariner #33
  43. Namor the Sub-Mariner #34
  44. Namor the Sub-Mariner #37
  45. Namor the Sub-Mariner #38
  46. Namor the Sub-Mariner #40
  47. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 14



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