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The Ancients were a group similar to the Old Ones (extradimensional beings predating Earth),[5] who may or may not[6] have been contemporary with them, or a sub-set of them.[5]

Elder times

The Ancients, including a water elemental,[1] were the rulers of Earth a long time ago,[1] even before humanity developed language and started adoring them.[1]

Horrible creatures, the Ancients inhabited the citadel on the uncharted island that became the base of Magneto, and commited "unspeakeble atrocities" that causing and even the stones to radiate a primal malevolence that could never be purged, whether by time or effort. They apparently built statues made of crystalline circuity matrix, devices serving as guardian unites intended to protect the citadel.[4]
It is unclear whether the Ancients mentioned here are the group of beings known as the Ancients and possibly connected to the Old Ones, or if the term was used a generic name for the ancient beings inhabiting the island.
That isle was also related to Shuma-Gorath, greatest of the Old Ones and to its rebellious creation Quoggoth.[7]


At some point in the past, the Ancients were eventually defeated and bound by magic who used human sacrifice and black magic.[1]

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

At some point in the Pre-Cataclysmic Age (see notes on Captain Rhan's page), the Captain Ehestes Rhan possessed a few ancient incantations books (though he claimed to have never dabbled in black magic). Rhan was marooned on an isle west of Grebuhl by his crew. Stranded on the isle (that he named Zahrahan), Rhan decided to punish the mutineers and to force them to respect the Ancients they despised. He studied the teachings of Set and Mhur in his books. He prayed to the Dark Ones, and to the Great Goat Gods and their brethren, unwillingly summoning a terrible creature only named as "the were-god". The creature seemingly forced Rhan to mate, and later spawned the monstrous Children of Rhan, rapidly aging girls that eventually transform into massive feral creatures if taken away from their birthplace, and causing the weariness of men.[2]

Hyborian Age

The water elemental possessing Martin Fein's body

Manu-Kaleem uttered dreaded maledictions in the lost tongue of the Ancients.[3]
It is unknown what relation existed between Manu-Kaleem and the Ancients, and if he was one of them.

Modern Age

While fighting Urthona, Doctor Strange was forced to destroy many objects of powers to swipe his enemy, but in doing so released many ancient evils,[8] including the water elemental of the Ancients,[1] and many Old Ones.[citation needed] The water elemental invaded Martin Fein's body, went to the Sanctum Sanctorum and attacked Strange, provoked him in revealing that by killing the host, Strange would kill him as well. To the Ancient's surprise, Strange choose to destroy him at the cost of Martin Fein's life.[1]


Cultural Traits

The Ancients had their own tongue, lost at the time of the Hyborian Age.[3]


The water elemental.[1]


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