Quote1 I am a shaman of the deep wood, bearer of the Emi-Iku. I am a builder. The seed is my plank. The root is my nail. I am an apostle of the life cycle, and you have reached the end of it. Quote2
-- Tetu src

Tetu was a former pupil at Hekima Shulē, a Wakandan academy in Birnin Azzaria. He left civilization in search for knowledge beyond the physical realm. After failing to find people that could provide him with answers, Tetu retreated to the wilderness of Wakanda. He returned changed, with the ability to manipulate the forces of nature, and decided to use this power to punish the acquisitive who exploited the little people.[1]

In his search for a better Wakanda, Tetu rallied a group of rebels known as the People, and allied himself with Zenzi and the Nigandan Army, to overthrown the king Black Panther. Zenzi's abilities were used to incite riot among the Wakanda miners and the military.[2] Briefly after Zenzi reported back to Tetu, the mystic traveled to Hekima Shulē to visit his former teacher Changamire, to whom Tetu owed most of his beliefs.[3]

Tetu (Earth-616) from Black Panther Vol 6 1 001

The Black Panther managed to track down Zenzi and intercepted her and Tetu in Southwest Wakanda. The king and his Hatut Zeraze managed to subdue her and the Nigandan soldiers, but Tetu used his mastery over nature to bind them with roots and escaped.[4] Zenzi remained comatose for several days, which caused the turmoil in Wakanda to withered. After failing to recruit the revolutionary Dora Milaje to their cause, Tetu and the People resorted to Ezekiel Stane, who raised the stakes of the People's war with the deployment of suicide bombers equipped with repulsor technology.[1]

In an effort to defame the Black Panther, the People broadcast a video of Genoshan leader Jorick Kroawl, who had advised the king to take immoral measures to contain the revolution, purposely omitting the mention that that Kroawl's idea had been rejected by the king.[5]

After helping the Dora Milaje fend off an attack from Black Panther's Hatut Zeraze to establish an alliance,[6] Tetu tried to personally invite Changamire to join the People. The old scholar refused, opposing the People's violent methods and expressing sorrow that his teachings paved the path to such bloodshed, ultimately accusing Tetu of being not too different from the same tyranny he opposed.[7]

Niganda from Black Panther Vol 6 1

The People later planned to carry out a coordinated attack on the Golden City together with the Dora Milaje, but the plan fell apart due to the Milaje's repudiation of the People's violent tendencies. Instead, the People decided to carry out the assault on their own.[8] After days of marching, Tetu and the People eventually reached the gate of the Golden City.

Black Panther and his allies tried to hold the line, but Tetu's powers and the perseverance instilled in his soldiers by Zenzi proved to be too strong. The People's numbers were greatly diminished when Black Panther had Changamire speak out against Tetu's actions and broadcasted it through the Kimoyo Beads, breaking Zenzi's hold over numerous soldiers. Tetu ordered her to use those who remained on their side to murder those that were about to defect. She then empowered the remaining soldiers, turning them into mindless brutes that managed to break T'Challa's final line of defense and break into the city.

When he delved deeper into the Golden City, Tetu found himself and his soldiers outnumbered by Black Panther, his allies, and the manifestation of the souls of the Necropolis, which included all past Black Panthers. Tetu's soldiers were swiftly subdued and returned to their human forms, while Tetu was taken down by T'Challa. Tetu believed the king was going to kill him, and made peace with it, stating that no prophet should live to see his work complete. However, Black Panther informed him that the dead would not have him, and that the living were not done with him. Manifold subsequently teleported Tetu away.[9] Tetu was subsequently imprisoned beneath Birnin Zana,[10] guarded by other shamans,[9] until he was freed from the prison cells of Fort Hahn and rejoined Zenzi, this time in Hydra.[11]


Nature Manipulation: Tetu displayed the ability to control the forces of nature, specially plants. He has also managed to cast storms after performing a ritual.[4]


Wood rings: Tetu wears two spiked wood rings on each shoulder. He can use his abilities to change the length and form of the spikes, and use them as tendrils to attack people.[1]

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