Erlik was a Tenger, sired by Tengri, the god of the Eternal Blue Sky who predated all things in central Asia, and coupled with Gaea to create the god Erlik, Gaea providing a physical body by shaping it from mud, and Tengri imbuing it with life essence (or kut).
Erlik became prideful and arrogant, forcing Tengri to banish him to the underworld, where he became the god of death and evil. Tengri replaced Erlik as architect of the Earthly plane with Ulgen. The banished Erlik descended upon humanity with sin and disease, even finding a small group of worshipers during the Hyborian Age centuries before the other gods became popular.
Great Cataclysm aftermaths
Age of Acheron (13,000 BC)
Circa 13,000 BC, before the Fall of Acheron (and the end of the Age of Acheron), Erlik was considered a "minor godling of the steppes" (the Hyrkanian and/or the Turanian steppes), at least by Acheronian priest of Set Kheperu.
Age of Conan (10,000 BC)
- Robert E. Howard based the character and god "Erlik" on the Mongolian god rlik, or Erlik Khan. He also wrote an El Borak story, "The Daughter of Erlik Khan" (published in 1974), adapted as the Conan story "**" in Savage Sword of Conan #235 (July, 1995; the final issue of the original run of Savage Sword of Conan), written by Roy Thomas and penciled by John Buscema.
- Another Marvel character, Erlik Khan (first appeared in Strange Tales Vol 2 #6, September, 1987), is presumably based on the same god, although he bears little resemblance to its inspiration.
- 3 Appearances of Erlik (Tenger) (Earth-616)
- 1 Minor Appearances of Erlik (Tenger) (Earth-616)
- Media Erlik (Tenger) (Earth-616) was Mentioned in
- 2 Images featuring Erlik (Tenger) (Earth-616)
- Quotations by or about Erlik (Tenger) (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Erlik (Tenger) (Earth-616)
- Erlik at Wikipedia.org
- Erlik at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
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