The Quantum Bands are unique energy-manipulating devices of incredible power that the Cosmic Being Eon awarded to those beings that it appointed to be Protectors of the Universe. The bands served as both instruments of power and symbols of the station of the Protectors. Although some texts claim that Eon created them, the exact origin of the Quantum Bands has never been revealed so it's possible that Eon actually acquired them from some unknown source. One story points to the Bands being created by the ascended Eternal Kronos for the wedding of his son, an event which Eon attended.
With the exception of the Kree Captain Mar-Vell, all of the chosen Protectors have worn the Quantum Bands, beginning with Glakandar, the very first Protector who was appointed by Eon five billion years ago. Eon usually controlled who possessed the Quantum Bands but sometimes random chance caused them to fall into the wrong hands, allowing them to be used by beings who were unworthy of them.
The Quantum Bands are believed to be the weapons known to the Kree as the legendary "Power-Bands of Rinn" that were the prototype for the powerful Nega-Bands. It has been observed that they bear a certain resemblance to the Kree Uni-Beam weapon.
Sometime between 200,000 years ago and the present day, the bands were acquired by Kronos under unknown circumstances, to be granted to Mentor in response to a petition. They were used in the wedding ceremony of Mentor and Sui-San, attended by Kronos and Eon. The power of the Bands gave the couple the ability to sire their children, Eros and Thanos, something previously thought impossible. When Thanos later killed his mother, Kronos took back the bands, vowing that they would oppose Thanos' villainy always.
Thanos once used the Infinity Gauntlet to resurrect four previous Protectors and equip them with fully-functional replicas of the Quantum-Bands. Three of those replicas may have been destroyed when Quasar used the original bands to overload them with energy in order to destroy the attacking bioduplicates. The fourth pair remains in the possession of the last bioduplicate, Blue Marvel.
The bands draw energy from the Quantum Zone, the realm of potential energy from which all actual energy in the Marvel Universe derives. Although the Quantum Zone usually supplies the wielder with unlimited power, the Quantum Bands also maintain a finite store of energy within themselves. If the power from the Quantum Zone were ever inaccessible or somehow blocked, the Quantum Bands would be forced to rely on this stored energy and would become useless once that energy had been totally drained.
Once donned, the Quantum Bands interface with the nervous systems of their wearers, enabling them to control the functions of the bands via mental commands.
The bands give their wearer control over the electromagnetic spectrum and can be used to drain most forms of energy from beings or mechanisms in their vicinity. The bands can also project energy at any wavelength desired by the wielder or project beams of concussive force. However, the bands cannot be used to control either psionic energy or magical energy because those energies lie outside of the electromagnetic spectrum.
The Quantum Bands can also be used to absorb the life-force from beings (like Jack of Hearts) with metabolisms that are highly-energized. Life energies from beings who have recently died can also be absorbed and used for power. In desperate circumstances, specific souls can find refuge in the bands until they can be restored to their proper bodies.
The bands can be programmed to perform certain automatic functions, such as detecting energy sources, sensing the approach of incoming energy fluctuations of sufficient power to do harm and automatically absorbing that energy, shielding the wearer when they leave an atmosphere into space, protecting the wearer from external mental control, etc.
The Quantum Bands can be used to create quantum-constructs, quasi-solid energy constructs that can be any shape that the wearer can visualize. Once formed, these constructs are permanent and remain in existence until destroyed or the wearer chooses to deconstruct them. They are often used as protective force fields or to maintain a habitable environment during space travel.
The Quantum Bands enable their wearers to fly within an atmosphere or through space. The wearer can also "Quantum Jump" by opening a wormhole in spacetime allowing them to travel vast distances. They can also open portals into the Quantum Zone to achieve similar effects. The bands can also be used to transport their wielders to the location outside of reality is known as the White Room.
The bands are able to augment the wearer's physical strength and durability. Although any wearer could do so, Quasar never realized that they could, unlike his predecessor, Thelius, who used them to give himself superhuman strength and prowess.
The bands can bend light around themselves to appear invisible, allowing the wearer to go around unnoticed. They can also make their normally visible constructs invisible. It is not known if the wearer could extend this to allowing themselves to be cloaked or allow image induction, but it is theoretically possible.
Although the Quantum Bands have long existed in the form of two 3-inch wrist-bands that fit on the arms of their wearers, at times in the past they have existed as a single object, a Quantum Band that was worn as a belt or necklace by Protectors who did not have arms. In at least one case, the Quantum Band existed as a crown that floated above a Protector whose form was gaseous. Presumably it was Eon who controlled what form the bands would take in accordance with the needs of the beings he had selected to be the next Protector.
Whatever their form, the Quantum Bands are made of an unknown black metal and each of them are studded with seven smooth golden gems of an unknown composition. However, at some times in the past, for reasons that have not been revealed, the metal portions of the bands have been as golden as the gems. The Quantum Bands are at least five billion years old but have never shown any sign of reduced functionality. The bands may in fact be indestructible but can still be nullified by the Ultimate Nullifier.
In the past, once the Quantum Bands had been donned by their wearers, they would bond to their bodies and could not be removed until they died, not even by Eon. In the event that a body part to which a Quantum Band had been bonded was detached from the rest of its wearer's still-living body, the organic material within the band would become extremely durable and unremovable, preventing the band from being worn. Once the wearer actually died, then the bands would come loose from the wearer's body part. However, in recent years, it has been possible to remove the bands from their wearers while they were still alive, as when Phyla-Vell took them from Annihilus.
While they were being worn, some of the life essences of the wearers would be retained within the bands. Upon the deaths of the wearers, those residues of life essence would be transmitted to a pocket dimension known as the White Room where they would manifest as spirits that animated copies of their bodies that were composed of the matter of Eon's body.
- The Quantum Bands have no control over magic or telepathy. However, Quasar was able to make himself immune to mental control by programming his bands to automatically protect him from any detected attempt at such control by setting up a jamming frequency that would keep any psionic energy out of his head.
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