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Quote1 You see, Samuel, we have all faced death once before and managed to triumph over it. It is the defining moment for an External, the moment of transmutation into something… more. Quote2
-- Saul src
 

Origin

Garbha-Hsien is a member of a rare subspecies of immortal mutants called Externals, to which he represents Patience in Thread in the Tapestry of the Infinite.[1] Even among his own Garbha-Hsien is one of the oldest Externals, having been already old when the continents shook.[2][3]

High Lords

It is unknown when Garbha-Hsien had joined fellow External Nicodemus and possibly though to a lesser extent Crule to form the self-fashioned “High Lords”. Together they manipulate events behind the scenes on a global scale, with the soul goal of political and monetary control over the destiny of Earth.[4][5]

Their earliest known activities was in the early to mid 11th century, when they approached Candra to join them but preferring to play the power broker alone declined.[6][7]

Nomad to Ruler

For several lifetimes of wonder Garbha-Hsien found himself in Mongolia, China in the northern mountains of Ho-Lo Shan or what is now the Hopeh Provine he would as a visionary and savage rule for centuries. Garbha-Hsien had twelve mortal children during his rule, and constructed giant booby-trapped tombs for each of them upon their deaths. Along with this through his immortality and magics Garbha-Hsien gained a level of infamy among his people.[1][8]

At some point near his kingdom Garbha-Hsien tribe found the crashed ship of the earth judging Celestials, both humbled and humiliated he’d spend the next fifty years studying the alien ship. He would also hide pieces of the alien vessel in the tombs of his dead children.[1][8]

Forever Walker

Garbha-Hsien (Earth-616) and En Sabah Nur (Earth-616) from X-Force Vol 1 37 001

In the 12th century during this fifty years Garbha-Hsien infamy grow far and wide, it even reached the ears of the Egyptian En Sabah Nur. En Sabah Nur though old was still very young and sought him out, in a confrontation to learn the truth of this possible fellow Forever Walker. He slaughtered all of Garbha-Hsien men in a bloody path to him, En Sabah Nur challenged Garbha-Hsien to show him this incredible power.[1]

Having heard of En Sabah Nur as well Garbha-Hsien wanting to humble his fellow External showed him a test of his magic, and as he explained a bit of his long life he show En Sabah Nur the Celestial Ship. Though Garbha-Hsien was humbled En Sabah Nur though surprised was not unfamiliar with futuristic technologies. Believing he had humbled the young En Sabah Nur, he plunged his sword through an unaware Garbha-Hsien back. Badly wounded but not life threatening for an External, Garbha-Hsien could only watch as En Sabah Nur entered the ship to claim its secrets that were denied to him.[1]

Learning that there will always be someone on this earth more cunning, more ruthless and more powerful than himself left his kingdom to take quite a different direction.[1]

Stealing Power

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Having grown in numbers with the soon to be External Absalom, Garbha-Hsien together with the High Lords had become a type of authority among their kind, specially if it interfered with their plans.[9][10] So in 1891 when they learned that Candra planned to stop En Sabah Nur rise to power and take the ability to fold space for herself. He and the others unwilling to physically act against her sent Dr. Nathan Milbury, who worked for En Sabah Nur, deal with Candra.[11][12][9]

After Candra made it to En Sabah Nur’s sanctum beneath the pyramids outside of Banī-Mazā in Egypt, thanks to her Thieves Guild and their leader Jean-Luc LeBeau so began to translate the text. Dr. Nathan Milbury with a time traveling Gambit and Courier arrived to stop her via Milbury’s transport ship. Choosing to bring down En Sabah Nur sanctum instead of fighting and steal his powers another day, Milbury quickly over powers her with his new found metamorphic ability. Defeated she begs for him to stop and as he does while revealing Garbha-Hsien and the other four High Lords who appeared as the reason behind her loss. Candra tried to explain her actions but Garbha-Hsien and the others knowing En Sabah Nor's citadel is not to be touched, his slow glaciers rise to power is not to be interrupted. For their greater glory awaits the Millennial Dawn[13][14][15] and Candra's actions put that at risk punished her. [12][9]

The Gathering

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In more recent years, Garbha-Hsien now calling himself Saul and the other High Lords were searching for the next External to rise, and their next member. For a time thanks to Gideon believed it was Roberto da Costa,[16] but when Cannonball come back to life moments after his death Garbha-Hsien and the other four sensed it. Now knowing Samuel was the next External they had been looking for they gathered.[17][4]

Garbha-Hsien and the others met at Nicodemus Chalet in the Swiss Alps of Switzerland, to discuss this new revelation. Though Absalom was displeased with having their time wasted on recruiting the wrong person, they listened to Gideon’s plan to unleash Krule to kill the X-Force leader Cable. Though shocked he’d involve Krule, Garbha-Hsien and Nicodemus allowed him to go through with his plan. Despite Burke’s concerns that he’s plan would only lead Cable, who was aware of Gideon being an External right to them or Xavier, his men, factor or force learn of their existence.[18][4]

A New Threat

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When Crule went off plan and choose to attack Cannonball in an attempted to kill him, and X-Force came to Ophrah research facility to save Sunspot from Gideon he promised that as along as Cannonball stays out of the High Lords affairs they would leave him alone.[19][3] But when Stryfe tricked Sinister into unleashing his Legacy Virus the Externals found that they were not even safe.[20][21]

With the Legacy Virus having claimed Nicodemus, Garbha-Hsien and Gideon came up with a plan to trick Cannonball into coming to them. Garbha-Hsien went to Camp Verde in Arizona were X-Force had their base, there he found Warpath, Boom-Boom and Siryn alone. From the shadows Garbha-Hsien blasted them with a form of electrical force that left the three unconscious. He brought them to his home on the North Oregon coastline and with each secured to a rock on the cliff near the ocean's water and near drowning, he and Gideon sent Cannonball via hologram the massage of their captives.[21][22][23]

But unbeknownst to them X-Force instead located Crule at St. Anthony's Hospital in Portland Maine, with Cannonball staying behind the others got a still in a body cast Crule. As Garbha-Hsien and Gideon discuss what the loss of Nicodemus and what the ascension of their newest External Cannonball means, Crule wanting to humble his fellow High Lords gladly gave them up to X-Force. While Garbha-Hsien and Gideon drank tea X-Force in their IPAC came crashing through the side of Garbha-Hsien house sending them flying. With their teammates free as Shatterstar and Feral keeping guard, Sunspot showed Gideon the letter from Cannonball that their plan to get him to break their deal failed. As they left Garbha-Hsien pleaded that they needed to study the newest ascendant, for without Sam Guthrie the Externals may all die. But to no avail, instead was left with a warning to due not continue harassing them or you will suffer that fate anyways.[3]

Searching for Hope

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For a time Garbha-Hsien and the others stayed away from Cannonball and his X-Force, until Burke and Absalom became infected by the Legacy Virus which would take Burke's life first. But not before Burke through his precognitive skills saw and made the others aware that Samuel Guthrie was the architect of their salvation.[1]

Garbha-Hsien, Absalom and Gideon went to Cumberland County, Kentucky to find Samuel who with Tabitha was visiting his family. In hopes to convince Samuel to help them Garbha-Hsien told them of his loss to En Sabah Nur and what he learned from that. As the others told him their defining moments of their ascension from mortals to something more, they told him of what each of them represent and for Samuel that was Hope.[1]

After Samuel shared heartfelt words with them and how they could have made a difference, but did nothing Absalom after losing his temper one to many times would have the virus overwhelm. Samuel saved Garbha-Hsien and the others with his blast field, amazed to have found Absalom survived Garbha-Hsien and Gideon believed it was a testament to the truth of Samuel's words. So with Samuel's word that as long as they try to do better with what they got and if the time comes, if he is able to he will save their lives Garbha-Hsien and with Gideon took their fallen brethren Absalom left.[1]

Even an X-Ternal Can Die!

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With the loss of Nicodemus[21] and Burke, [1] Garbha-Hsien and the remaining High Lords found themselves vulnerable for the first time in centuries. Though not from others but from their fellow Externals, namely Selene who had been waiting for this moment and with the coming terror that is Onslaught,[24] not to mention the return of Apocalypse[25] that would come with it she would wait no longer.[26]

As Garbha-Hsien joined Gideon at his Manhattan penthouse in Rockefeller Center, when they were attacked by Selene who shift in and out of shadow form. In trouble due to the surprise attack, Gideon reached out to Sunspot for help as Garbha-Hsien fought Selene. Garbha-Hsien would be defeated by Selene who then crucified him to the wall of Gideon’s office and drained Garbha-Hsien of his life-force before moving on to Gideon.[26][2]

Powers

  • Immortal: His aging process was greatly retarded and he could apparently regenerate injured or missing cells from even near-fatal injuries.
    • Rapid Healing: Ability to endure injuries (within unknown limits) without lasting harm or even feeling pain such as knife wounds.
  • Magical Manipulation: He had the ability to manipulate magic in various ways, which may be a unique form of mutation.[1] He has so far shown:
    • Energy Blast: He could fire energy blasts that take the form of powerful explosive electrical energy.[22]
    • Levitation:
    • Fire Manipulation: He could handle fire without any harm.[1]
    • Shapeshifting: He could transform into a winged fire breathing dragon.[8]




Garbha-Hsien seems to have magical abilities[1] which could be a form of mutation in origin. He has so far displayed levitation,[1] powerful explosive energy that appears electrical in nature, [22] some type of fire manipulate,[1] and if there is any truth to the tapestry of him in the form of a fire breathing winged dragon then shapeshifting.[8]

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