- The Swordsman taught me the most of all. Through him, I saw the history of our race more clearly than ever. How we'd been betrayed. First the Skrulls offered the temptation of animal "technology," a way of life we never needed... and then the barbaric Kree slaughtered us for those twinkling baubles. Such injustices had to be avenged--as is our way. And we could not stop there. My father's template was a human. He knew the depths such animals could sink to. For the good of all true life, they had to be purged... their grotesque sins against us redeemed... in death.
- -- Quoi src
A prophecy read that one day the perfect human female, who would be the Celestial Madonna, would have a union with the perfect male plant of the Cotati race, and from their union would spring the perfect child, who would be the Celestial Messiah; a being destined to change the universe. A newborn star sent by Uatu the Watcher appeared in the sky above Avengers' Headquarters during the period when Mantis was an active member of the group, proclaimed that the Celestial Madonna's time was at hand. Kang the Conqueror had set up an automatic monitoring device to alert him to this appearance, in hopes of capturing the Madonna and using the child to advance his quest for power, but did not know which of three human females was The Madonna: Mantis, the Scarlet Witch, or Agatha Harkness.
Once it was revealed that it was Mantis, she mated with the elder member of the Cotati contingent that had been left on Earth along with a group of the Kree-born Priests of Pama (to protect it from the Star Stalker). Though this Cotati was a tree, this mating was made possible because he took the form of the Avenger known as the Swordsman, who had recently been killed saving her life in battle with Kang. Their baby was named Sequoia, after the noblest of Earth trees.
However, after giving birth to the pod, the Cotati saw that they were more fit to raise their son, the Celestial Messiah alone on Tamal and forced Mantis to leave. Mantis and her allies, the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer, went on a quest to retrieve her son. In order to prevent that the Cotati and the Priests went to Pyramid where they allied themselves with Kang. They demanded Mantis to cease her quest, but refused, not wanting her son to grow to become an emotionless being like the other Cotati, and battled the Cotati and the Priests. When Mantis began battling the Cotati with her psychic powers that she had learned from the Priests, the Cotati fled to their realm of pure thoughts with the pod, with Manti's psyche following shortly behind after leaving her body behind once again.
Mantis was seemingly successful in retrieving her son and raised Sequoia in hiding in Willimantic, Connecticut for a time. While there he had dificulty blending with the other kids, but eventually was able to make some friends like Connor, until his Cotati genes manifested. Mantis then asked Sequoia's father to take him to the Cotati homeworld of Tamal. He was supposed to take teachings from both his father and his mother, but because Mantis' esence was disperced he grew up without his mother.
At the time of Sequoia's puberty, a newborn star once again appeared, signaling the Celestial Messiah. This caught the attention of a group of Thanos-based artificial beings called the Thanosi, who tried to kill him. Mantis and the Avengers traveled to Tamal to save him.
At this time in his life, Sequoia was going through a period of adolescent rebellion. Usually referred to as Quoi for short, he had taken the name "Q". He was captured by the pirate Raptra, but she decided not to deliver him to the Thanosi. They escaped to a region of space called "the Rot", in which space itself was being consumed by beings created by Death and the Thanosi. After a great battle involving the Avengers and Mantis, the Rot was defeated, so Quoi and Raptra remained in that sector of space to help its recovery.
After parting ways with Raptra, Quoi reunited with the Cotati on Tamal. His father, "Swordsman" decided to return to his old body in temple of Vietnam, since because of his human part was left outside the Cotati collective. Quoi assisted his father, and after stealing the original Swordsman's Sword, the father and son duo went to the temple only to find Alchemax removing the old Cotatis. They tried to convince the workers to cease their work, and then Swordsman tried to fuse back with his former body, while leaving his son behind. However, the Alchemax's workers returned and removed the plants, prompting Swordsman to kill everyone of them, with Quoi witnessing everything. After returning to Tamal Quoi grew inside of him a new golden sword which he gave to his father, since he had broken his previous one, and forced the conclave to accept Swordsman again. After his father told Sequoia about the carnage the Kree had brought to their ancestors becuase of the Skrulls, coupled by the humans' attack on the Cotati of the Temple in Vietnam, Quoi decided that the meat-based animal life was inferior to the superior plant life and deemed them unworthy to rule the universe and instead it was their right to rule it.
After experimenting with his powers in the Kral System, the Skrull Empire noticed their presence and detonated the star, killing thousands of Skrull lives, while the Cotati had managed to escape. They tried to prevent the Skrull Empire and the Kree Imperium from uniting, but failed. When preparing himself for the attack on Earth, Quoi went through a ritual to purge all doubt from his mind. During this, he confronted the projection of his mother who wanted to reason with Quoi and abandon this conquest. However, after checking the memories of each other, it was clear to Quoi that the animal life was unworthy and destroyed the plant projection of his mother.
As the Kree-Skrull Alliance began approaching Earth, Swordsman and Quoi sent a distress call to the Avengers. Upon their arrival on the Blue Area of the Moon, now a beautiful garden, they battled a Sentry made out of Kree technology and Skrull mutation. After the defeat of the robot Quoi asked the heroes to help them against the Alliance who saw the Cotati as their common enemy. The Avengers agreed, but the truth would soon be revealed. The Alliance had decided to strike the Cotati because they were threatening the whole universe. Iron Man disabled all of the Alliance ships, Quoi stated that the Cotati would conquer everyone in revenge for the slaughter which they had suffered at the hands of the Kree, before he proceeded to start killing everyone in the ships after control over all flora was amplified due to the Death Blossom.
He then captured Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America and gave them a chance to surrender, but the heroes refused and freed themselves, forcing Quoi to teleport away. As armies of the Empyre spread throughout the world, Swordsmam and his son began planning to take over Wakanda's Vibranium Mound, since the metal would strengthen the Death Blossom allowing Quoi to achieve godhood. But then, Invisible Woman, the Thing and Mantis arrived at their current location and Mantis pleaded to her son to stop this invasion. However, the Cotati Hulk revealed itself and attacked the heroes leaving Quoi and his father to go to the Vibranium Mound. There Swordsman impaled Black Panther from behind seemingly killing him and prepared to plant the Death Blossom. Thankfully, Mister Fantastic arrived in an Iron Man-style Armor and used the suit's sonic frequency to block Quoi's powers, while almost all of the Avengers alongside the Alliance arrived and Black Panther revealed he had pretended to be dead. Then Thor used his powers to control plants that he had gained from his mother Gaea to nullify all of the Cotati's control over Earth's plants, while Swordsman seeing that there was no way to escape held his son hostage and threatened to kill him. However, Black Panther was able to get Quoi away from his maddened father and proceeded to destroy both him and the Death Blossom, defeating the threat of the Cotati.
After the surrender of the Cotati, all of them were captured by the Alliance. Mister Fantastic tried to interrogate Quoi about the origin of the weaponry they had used, but Quoi refused. Thor then transported them to a barren planet on an uncharted section in space under the watch of Powerhouse and Susan Storm. Thor covered the entire planet in plantlife so the Cotati could live there. Because the Cotati's new planet was in uncharted space and they no longer had access to starships, they could live out there in peace without posing a threat to anyone else.
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Human/Cotati Hybrid Physiology: Quoi had enhanced abilities of a plant and a human. He could breathe oxygen like a human, or photosynthesize, and thus did not require food or oxygen to survive. He could survive in the vacuum of space, possessed superhuman strength, and could manipulate the oxygen and carbon dioxide in the air.
- Energy Channeling: Quoi could also siphon, focus and redistribute raw power from other beings, even powerful entities the likes of whom being Thanos. Having limited capacity for controlling the Power Cosmic, which will presumably grow as he matures.
- Chlorokinesis: Quoi has a degree of control over plant-life, which can be vastly increased through means like the Death Blossom.
- Dream Projection: Quoi was able to manipulate the dreams of other people, such as making Tony Stark dream about the slaughter of the Cotati.
- Accelerated Wood Growth: He has the ability to control the growth, shape, and toughness of his bone-like wood structure. He was able to create a sword from his body which he gave to his father.
- Human Form: Quoi was able to transform himself into a human form.
- 22 Appearances of Sequoia (Earth-616)
- 2 Minor Appearances of Sequoia (Earth-616)
- Media Sequoia (Earth-616) was Mentioned in
- 16 Images featuring Sequoia (Earth-616)
- 3 Quotations by or about Sequoia (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Sequoia (Earth-616)
- Sequoia (Earth-616) at the Appendix to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
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