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Quote1 "From the darkness oozed, in flowing scaly coils, the ultimate horror of reptilian development." Quote2

About Satha, from The Scarlet Citadel[18]

 

Origins

Along with Gaea, Oshtur, and Chthon, Set was an Elder God, created at the dawn of life on the planet Earth by the sentient bio-sphere known as the Demiurge.[19][20]

As Satha, he was a great serpent[13] and an Old One.[14]

Early years

Set learned that by devouring his fellow Elder Gods, he could add their power to his own. Thus, in this way, Set became the first murderer[19][20] by killing the centaurian Hyppus.[4] Other Elder Gods followed suit, and soon the majority of the Gods had become corrupt, degenerating into demons. Set and his "brother", Chthon of the dark forces, were among the worst.[19][20]

Gaea wept for her brothers and sisters, and conceived a child with the Demiurge known as Atum. Atum had a secondary form known as Demogorge, the God-Eater, and he went to work destroying the corrupted Elder Gods. Set and his children, Damballah and Sligguth, fled the Earth into a pocket dimensional space to escape the wrath of Demogorge.[19][20]

Set formed a bond with the reptiles of the world, especially the dinosaurs and attempted to prevent the ascendancy of mammals. Through the essence of the dinosaurs, Set was able to merge several dinosaur bodies and reincarnate himself on Earth, taking on a serpent incarnation for the first time. Atum intervened, and at the end of an eons long battle, the dinosaurs underwent extinction. Set was forced back into his dimensional exile.[21]

First Host

At some point before the First Host of the Celestials, Set brought upon the emergence of the Serpent-Men. On behalf of Set, they attempted to receive the genetic gifts of the Celestials in lieu of early man, but failed. Mankind grew strong thanks to the Celestials, and recognized the Serpent-Men as demons.[22]

Rise of Humanity / Pre-Cataclysmic Age

By the time of pre-Cataclysmic Atlantis, King Kull had killed most of the Serpent-Men.[22]

In the time of the kingdom of Valusia, the Serpent Men possessed the Cobra Crown, an object of Setian magic. Before this, the Serpent Men and the Harpies, Spider People, and Wolf Men, amongst other demonic races, harried the emerging human societies. Eventually, man became strong enough to oppose these races and established the Seven Kingdoms,[citation needed] Lemuria, and other large civilizations. The sorcerer Thulsa Doom, a worshiper of Set, and a group of Set worshipers also sought to create a powerful leader via human sacrifice for the demon.[citation needed]

Great Cataclysm

Circa 18,000 BC, Set's followers created the Serpent Crown, another great object of Setian power. However, the Celestials bombed Lemuria, causing it to be lost.[citation needed]

Some Serpent Men survived the resulting Cataclysm.[citation needed]

Hyborian Age

Those pre-humans received a brutal setback when humans who had migrated from the east after a slave revolution who slew many of them and took their land (these humans had enslaved the fleeing Lemurians, who had escaped the sinking of Lemuria.[23] In turn, these Lemurians became the Hyrkanians and Turanians).[24] The Stygians came to worship Set[25] and the remnants of the pre-humans.[23] Oddly, the Stygians believed Set had a sister called Isuus.[citation needed]

At some point, Set influenced the development of the Midgard Serpent, his descendant.[4]

13,000 BC

The invading humans set up the cultures of Stygia[23] and Acheron around 13,000 BC.[citation needed]

Set continued his struggles and encounters with other gods. He battled the avian-headed deity Ibis, became a foe of the demon Xka'Ahk, and formed an alliance with the dark god Nexxx,[4] having met him in Stygia (the spot where they met becoming temple to both gods).[26] Mitra (Mithra), sent to Earth by his father Ahura Mazda to serve as his representative, intervened directly to protect humanity from him.[27]

Set worshipers at some point summoned the demon Khorus, but the first followers of the deity Mitra turned him into stone.[28]

Set later transformed a priestess of Mitra into a harpy to serve him.[citation needed]

Satha was presumably among the many horrors who resided in the pits (whose door was walled) of the ancient ruins upon which were founded Khorshemish by Khossus V, King of Koth circa 13,000 BC. These horrors were briefly discovered upon the digging of cellars for the city, then walled back again by Khossus V after the Grand Vizier's death.

King Akhutho I of Koth's rule

Centuries later, Akhutho I wished to revive the lost glories of Khorshemish and built a fortress there. Tsotha-Lanti eventually came to rear the Scarlet Citadel and open the pits once again and go into it, returning with a strange expression in his eyes which would not leave him afterwards. Satha became chiefest of Tsotha's "pets".

Age of Conan (10,000 BC)

The town of Solvantha was menaced by the Dragon of Set.[4]

Satha (Earth-616) from Savage Sword of Conan Vol 1 30 0001

Satha at the Scarlet Citadel

After having King Conan of Aquilonia captured by the forces of King Strabonus of Koth and King Amalrus of Ophir, Tsotha-Lanti had him chained into his Scarlet Citadel, to be devoured by Satha. Satha approached Conan, dropping some venom on him, but went into hiding upon the sound of the door opening to Beeya, an ancient foe of Conan became slave to Tsotha-Lanti and who wished to enact his revenge on Conan.

After teasing Conan with the keys of chains, Beeya was going to strike Conan when Satha reappeared in his back and killed him, before crushing his body and dragging it into the shadows, leaving Conan to free himself.

After freeing Pelias, the sorcerer, rival and captive of Tsotha, they encountered Satha a second time, but the serpent fled out of fear upon seeing the "naked soul" of Pelias.[14]

Country of the Worm

Satha lived in the southern jungle of the Country of the Worm, which was inhabited by the Picts and later colonized by the Aesir led by Niord. Satha was the only beast feared by the Picts (yet less feared than "the Worm").

Niord (Country of the Worm) (Earth-616) and Satha (Earth-616) from Supernatural Thrillers Vol 1 3 0001

Niord attacking Satha

After the Worm exterminated the tribe of Bragi, his fellow Aesir, Niord decided to slay it. He first collected Satha's venom, by setting a trap and beheading the great serpent. He then used arrows dipped into the venom, first on the Worm's pre-human slave, then, in vain, on the Worm itself (he would defeat it through other means).[13]

Antiquity

Later, after Vanir adventurers had turned Stygia into Egypt,[29] Set lost his worshipers to the Heliopolitan deity Seth, an impostor. Through sleight-of-hand, Seth appeared to Set's worshipers in the form of the Serpent God, then assumed his natural state and instructed "his" worshipers to call him Seth. In this manner, Seth diverted the worship Set received to himself.[30]

Circa 1 B.C., Set faced the Olympian deity Neptune.

600 years ago, Atlantean wanderers came upon the ruins of Lemuria and found the Serpent Crown. Their leader, Naga, became an agent of Set. Later, Lemurian rebels stole the Crown from Naga, only for one of them to don it and fall under Set's sway. Rebelling in a lucid moment, this man set off an explosion to kill himself.[31]

Modern Age

Later, American Paul Destine in the 1920's traveled to the site of the explosion and found the Crown. Destine placed himself in suspended animation. Circa 1958, Destine revived himself and attacked the Atlanteans (Neptune worshipers) under Set's direction. He then returned to suspended animation.[32]

Power Grid [33]
Intelligence
Strength
Speed*
 3
Durability
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
* Teleporter

Powers

Set is an ancient Elder God of great power, limited only by his inability to leave his pocket dimension and manifest totally on Earth. Sorcerers calling upon the power of Set have been capable of performing a wide variety of powerful magic. Also those wearing the Serpent Crown were granted power, such as levitation, mind blasts, and telepathic communication and mind control. Set could taint the minds or otherwise influence those in the presence of the Serpent Crown and was able to control minds of its bearers to some extent.[citation needed]

As Satha

Satha was venomous,[13] and his venom had the feeling of "a white-hot dagger" when falling on Conan's skin.

According to Pelias, he (and generally the scaled people) can see what escape the mortal eye, and Satha was allegedly able to see his naked soul.[14]

Satha possibly possess the ability to return from the dead, having died in early Hyborian Age[13] yet being alive in the Hyborian Age of Conan.[14]




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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Marvel Tarot #1; Names of Set
  2. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Heliopolitans' entry
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 King Conan #3
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Set's entry
  5. Conan the Barbarian #67
  6. 6.0 6.1 Savage Sword of Conan #40
  7. King Conan #1
  8. Conan the Barbarian #105
  9. King Conan #2
  10. Savage Tales #3; The Lurker from the Catacombs
  11. Silver Surfer Annual #2; Saga of the Serpent Crown: Creation
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Conan: Serpent War #1
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 Supernatural Thrillers #3
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 Savage Sword of Conan #30; The Scarlet Citadel
  15. Marvel Team-Up Annual #5
  16. Marvel Tarot #1
  17. Conan the Barbarian #58
  18. Savage Sword of Conan #4
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Thor Annual #10
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Silver Surfer Annual #2
  21. Iron Man Annual #10
  22. 22.0 22.1 Uncanny X-Men Annual #1989
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Savage Sword of Conan #8; Rise of the Hyborians
  24. Savage Sword of Conan #12; The Hyborian Age Chapter 3: The Hyborian Kingdoms
  25. Conan the Barbarian #7
  26. Conan the Barbarian #125
  27. Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Yazatas' entry
  28. Marvel Graphic Novel #53
  29. Savage Sword of Conan #17; The Hyborian Age Chapter 6: The Darkness... and the Dawn
  30. Punisher Annual #2
  31. Daredevil Annual #4B
  32. Sub-Mariner #1
  33. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 10



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