The "Great Cataclysm" (sometimes just the "Cataclysm", Great Fall, Great Flood, the Flood or Great Deluge) caused Atlantis to be submerged into the sea 20,000 years ago (circa 18,000 BC) (other dates are sometimes provided, see notes).
Many events have been listed as reasons for that Cataclysm:
- This event is tied with the Second Host of the Celestials,, who observed how the Eternals had ignored baseline humanity while the Deviants enslaved it.
- Another tale, from Poseidon himself, stated that the Atlanteans' council of sorcerers tried to harness a fraction of the power of the Axis Mundi using the Omphalos but were unable to control the energies, causing the Cataclysm....
- Many tales attribute the Cataclysm to godly powers:
- During the Hyborian Age, it was recounted that the Sea-Gods of Lemuria waxed angry and pulled the island of Lemuria down into the ocean.
- Astarta stated that at the same moment the oceans swallowed Atlantis' cities, the ancient Sea-God of Mu rose and caused the destruction of the costal cities of the kingdom.
- Annunaki god Dagon planned to annihilate humanity with a great flood, but Ea persuaded him to only punish them.
- According to the Bible (Genesis 6-9) and from a tale from Caretaker Sara, when God looked down at the Earth and saw the wickedness of man, he caused the Flood.
- Other tales of godly-originated floods exist, but can't be confirmed as being the Great Cataclysm due to inconsistencies towards it. Please consult the notes for more information.
- Llan also played an undescribed role in the Cataclysm, perhaps in conjunction with the Dweller in Darkness, the Darkholders, the Deviants, or others of the major threats of that era.
- The cybernetic alien entity known as the Suit stated that the Great Flood never occurred and that stories of it are nothing more than greatly over-exaggerated and mythologized accounts based on his species' first attempt to wipe out humanity, which had been postponed due to inclement weather and then aborted when they discovered they had been tricked by the unnamed entity that had first commissioned the genocide.
- A few other causes for the Cataclysm were hypothesized, though it is unrevealed whether these actually had any influence on that event, locally or globally:
- Some sources states the Great Cataclysm occurred in other dates than circa 18,000 BC, such as:
- circa 10,000 BC during the Hyborian Age of Conan.
- circa 18,500 BC during the Age of Kull.
- Other Cataclysms could be tied to the Great Cataclysm, including:
- In Aztec religion, the world under the Fourth Sun was destroyed by the feud between Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca which caused a cataclysmic flood. That flood happened before the creation of the mortals.
- The destruction of Kalumesh after being accursed could be another consequence of the Great Cataclysm: There is little information to infirm or confirm it, but the lost and evil city destroyed the Great Cataclysm is a common trope in the stories of Robert E. Howard, credited for concepts featured in "The Shadows of the Starstone!" (Marvel Premiere #7; (March, 1973), written by Gardner Fox and penciled by Craig Russell.
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Links and References
- Conan the Barbarian #1
- Conan the Barbarian #19
- Savage Sword of Conan #39; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age, Part VII: Vilayet Sea's entry
- Ka-Zar Vol 2 #1
- Marvel Spotlight #16-17
- Fantastic Four #576
- Savage Sword of Conan #35
- Carnage Vol 2 #8
- Savage Sword of Conan #176
- Eternals #10
- Ghost Rider Vol 6 #30
- Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23
- Namor the Sub-Mariner #62; Beware the Tides of March
- Saga of the Sub-Mariner #1
- Ghost Rider Vol 6 #33
- Howard the Duck Vol 3 #6
- Conan the Barbarian #35
- Savage Tales #4; Night of the Dark God
- Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man #1
- Savage Sword of Conan #186; Horror Out Of Time
- X-Men: Phoenix Force Handbook #1; Grotesk's entry
- Marvel Atlas #1; Lemuria (Deviant)'s entry
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #1; Atlas' entry
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #4; Dreaming Celestial's entry
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #2; Gorgons' entry
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1; Llan's entry
- All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #3; Atlantis' entry
- Eternals Vol 3 #1
- Incredible Hercules #123
- Conan the Barbarian #71
- All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Ea's paragraph
- Bible Tales for Young Folk #1
- Venom #16
- Venom #17
- Blockbusters of the Marvel Universe #1; Great Cataclysm's entry
- Eternals #8
- Eternals #2
- Ultimate Fantastic Four #56
- Marvel Graphic Novel #23: Into Shamballa
- Marvel Atlas #2; Atlantis's entry
- Marvel Fact Files #41; Atlantis
- All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #1; Ikaris' entry
- Namora #1; The Kingdom Beneath the Sea
- Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Teteoh's entry