Gammenon the Gatherer collected the ape-men and send them to Ziran the Tester who mutated them to have an unstable genome, creating the Deviants (Homo descendus), a race with destabilized DNA expressing into various mutations, who were then released and went hiding in the caves.With other subjects, Nezarr the Calculator then created the Eternals (Homo immortalis), hairless, upright tall beings able to tap into the cosmic power. They were themselves released, flying out of the Celestials' laboratory-ship. Finally, Oneg the Prober created a latent gene for the expansion of human potential.
Their rate of mutation was much higher than that of Homo sapiens. The few children who survived rarely resembled their own parents. For most of their history, their priesthood culled the most radical mutations and sacrificed them. Others who differed too much from the human baseline were called Mutates, who often wandered away or were exiled. Some of them encountered normal humans and gave rise to folklore stories about "trolls", "ogres", or other monsters. By the same token, Deviants who did not mutate enough, i.e. appeared "too human", were shunned, sometimes exiled or even killed.Conversely, beneficial mutations occurred more often. A typical Deviant had one or more traits that exceeded the human norm, such as intelligence, strength, or lifespan, or an entirely new ability. The only thing Deviants had in common is that they were all uncommon.
Their heterogeneity, rather than fostering tolerance, made the Deviants hostile to all species, none more so than their own. The most basic positive feelings, such as the love between parent and child, or between husband and wife, were almost nonexistent in Deviant society. Other positive feelings, such as friendship, loyalty, and patriotism, thus had no emotional bedrock to support them. Those few Deviants who experienced such feelings kept them hidden.
Their origins bound them to the Celestials and the Eternals. They once worshiped the Celestials as their makers. They saw the Eternals as rivals and warred against them throughout their history.
With their higher mutation rate, Deviants evolved faster than humans. Thus, they developed technology sooner. By approximately 20,000 BCE, they had built cities, above and below ground, and developed genetic engineering. Only their mistrust of each other and their constant battles with the Eternals had kept them from conquering Earth. In about 18,000 BCE, though, they controlled the whole planet except for Atlantis, from their capital on Lemuria.
The Second Host of the Celestials arrived on Earth circa 16,000 BCE. The Deviants, in the middle of another assault on Atlantis, attacked the Celestial ship. In retaliation, the Celestials bombed Lemuria. At the same time, the Atlanteans opened their magma vents to drive off the Deviants. The bomb destroyed Lemuria, and the shock waves from it, combined with the open vents, sank Atlantis. This Great Cataclysm reshaped the Earth's surface.
Most of the Deviants died in the blast and in the subsequent devastation. The survivors took refuge in their underground cities. They stopped worshiping the Celestials in general and devoted to the "Dreaming Celestial", whom they believed had been punished for creating them. The priesthood changed Purity Time, their culling ritual: they had the "sacrifices" put in suspended animation as an army to attack the Celestials when they returned.
Third Host / Truce with the Eternals
The Third Host of the Celestials visited circa 1,000 BCE. The Deviants and the Eternals called a truce between themselves and pledged to stop interfering with humans until the Fourth Host would arrive.
The Deviants of Earth learned of them when a group of extraterrestrial Deviants arrived,[verification needed] having overthrown their own worlds' base species. The two groups naturally refused to assimilate,[verification needed] so the newcomers established a city called Lyonesse beneath New York. They intended to conquer Earth as they did other worlds.
In the mid-20th century, a group of idealistic Deviants, Eternals, and humans put aside their differences and created the Damocles Foundation. The invention of the atomic bomb convinced them that all three species needed to find a way to coexist, which would only happen when they recombined into a single species. The Foundation believed that that single species would be mutants, and they intended to control the future by creating and controlling those mutants. Their leader was Odysseus Indigo; their members included a group called Sword (made up of Argos the Hunter, Pyre, Stranglehold, and Zona), Marcelus, and Veeg.
In 1976, the Fourth Host arrived to judge Earth. Their truce with the Eternals over, the Deviants attacked New York City to trick the humans into attacking the Celestials. As usual, though, they spent as much, if not more, effort on disputes with each other. They did manage to invade Olympia, the home of the Eternals. Led by the high priest, Brother Tode, the Deviants posed such a threat that the Eternals formed their Uni-Mind, trapped the invaders in a stone block, and took it into space.
After the Fourth Host found Earth acceptable, they abandoned their plan to destroy it and left. The history of Lemuria since then mainly consisted of a series of power struggles between the priesthood (usually represented by Ghaur) and the monarchy (usually represented by Kro).
The Delta Network, a gathering of Deviants from both Lemuria and Lyonesse, formed, hoping that one day the Deviants could rejoin their human cousins and assimilate themselves into humanity at large. A group of Delta Network members, calling themselves Delta Force and led by Kro, undertook one mission.[verification needed]
The Underground Legion was a government-backed team of Deviants, mutants, and heroes protecting the secret of Lyonesse. They called their leader Blackwulf, even though the original Blackwulf (Pelops) died. His brother Lucian replaced him.
Please find here the history of alternate realities Deviants.
Even though their first official appearance didn't take place until Eternals #1 (1976), some.characters appeared before were later retconned as Deviants.
Please consult the "Deviant editorial history" page for more information.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1
- ↑ Uncanny X-Men Annual #1989
- ↑ Marvel Fact Files #8
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 What If? #23
- ↑ New Eternals: Apocalypse Now #1
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Eternals #1
- ↑ Eternals #2
- ↑ Thunderstrike #6
- ↑ due to the sliding timescale, that date must be considered topical
- ↑ Eternals #3
- ↑ Avengers #370
- ↑ Blackwulf #1
- ↑ Marvel Atlas #1; China's entry
- ↑ New Warriors Vol 5 #2