Millennia ago, priests of the Babylonian god Marduk obtained the Book of the Vishanti and appointed a sacred griffin to stand eternal vigil over the mystic text. After an unspecified time, the sorcerer Yao (sometimes known as the Ancient One) arrived after having traveled back in time from the 19th century AD. The Ancient One defeated the griffin (by banishing it to a Place Beyond Time) and, by defeating the beast guardian, he became the destined possessor of the book following a prophecy "written in words of flame." The Ancient One took the book with him when he returned to his own future time.
Later, the Book of the Vishanti reappeared in ancient Babylonia after the evil sorcerer Kaluu stole the book in the 20th century, memorized its contents and sent it to its origin point in the ancient past. To reclaim the book, the Ancient One and his pupil Doctor Strange traveled to the past and, after the Ancient One again defeated the griffin, they freed the book. The Ancient One then time travelled back to his future sanctum in Tibet while Strange returned to his Sanctum alone to use the book against Kaluu.
When Babylon was besieged and about to be conquered by Ashurbanipal, its people reduced to cannibalism, Shamash-Shum-Ukin moved his entire ziggurat-shaped citadel in the Hyborian Age, to a city called Akbitana, in the land of Shem.
Perhaps about 500 BC, the Eternals Zuras, Ajak, Ikaris, and Thena fought the Deviants above Babylon. The Deviant Kro had a chance to slay Thena, but did not, and as the years passed, the two of them grew closer together.
Blade Cinematic Universe (Earth-26320)
On Earth-26320; Dagon was the progenitor of the Vampire race. He was the terror of human kind in the very first moments of mankind's history, spreading his cursed blood all over the world. He went by many names, originally from the city of Babylon, in Mesopotamia and was known as called "Dagon" then as the centuries past he became known as "Dracula". He became bored of the world and decided to rest in a tomb in Syria. In the 21st Century, while searching for help in their fight with Blade, Danica Talos and Asher Talos find Dracula's tomb in the Syrian desert, and awaken him. After consuming dozens of humans in order to regain his strength and powers, Drake is informed by Danica on the situation of the vampire kind and on Blade, and, disgusted by their weakness, accepts to hunt down and kill the Daywalker.
Marvel Noir (Earth-90214)
On Earth-90214; in 1938, Tony Stark is a daring adventurer, traveling the world in search of its mythological treasures and trying to forget the responsibilities of an iron magnate. From the Fountain of Youth to the hanging Gardens of Babylon, Tony has conquered them all.
Points of Interest
- Temple of Marduk
- Hanging Gardens of Babylon
- According to the Vishanti entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1, the Ancient One traveled back in time to the year 4000 BC in order to obtain the Book of the Vishanti. This date is problematic because, at least in the real world, the state of Babylonia was not established until 2,000 years later.
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