- —Dreaming Celestial[src]
The Dreaming Celestial was a Celestial once known as Tiamut the Communicator whose function was to alert the Fulcrum of the findings of the Celestials during planetary examinations and to send a signal to the Horde to collect the planet's aggregate life-force.
Tiamut was one of the ten members of the First Celestial Host when it visited Earth one million years ago. During this visit, Tiamut personally created the Eternal Makkari, designing him for speed and with several other interesting features in his DNA structure.
During the Second Celestial Host, the Deviants were the dominant force on Earth, and Tiamut was ready to call the Horde to begin the harvesting of the planet. However, Arishem had that order canceled, and had many of the Deviants culled, while not touching the other species. As this was a violation of their protocol, Tiamut deemed Arishem to be malfunctioning and tried to assume command by attacking Arishem. Although Tiamut defeated Arishem, he was then attacked by four other Celestials who had been working with Arishem, and he was imprisoned underneath the mountains. Why they did this though, is still not truly clear, and mention must be made of the fact that this account of events was given by the Dreaming Celestial itself and has not yet been rebutted or verified. It should also be noted that, by giving this account to Makkari, the Dreaming Celestial contradicted his previous claim that he could not explain why the other Celestials had put him to sleep because the reason involved concepts for which Makkeri had no referent.
The other Celestials ripped his spirit from his body and placed in a device known as "The Vial," with a fraction of Tiamut's soul used to make a key that could unlock the Vial. The Celestials then sealed the Dreaming Celestial's body in a vault under the Diablo Mountains in California. For millennia, the Celestial slept.
It was after being defeated and imprisoned that Tiamut's true name was supposedly obliterated forever so that he would only be spoken of as the Dreaming Celestial. He was erased from all records.
In 1906, during San Francisco Earthquake the Dreaming Celestial’s chamber was damaged. The Eternals arrived and formed Uni-Mind to fix it. During the Mahd Wy'ry, Sprite realized he could use the Celestial's powers to change his Eternal life, allowing him to finally grow up.
Eventually, the Deviant Priestlord Ghaur remade the key and drank the essence of the Dreaming Celestial, thus giving the Priestlord the height and power of a Celestial. Soon thereafter, the Dreaming Celestial took advantage of this and mentally controlled Ghaur to free the Dreamer from his never-ending sleep. This plan was thwarted by the Avengers and the Eternals, and the Vial was sealed once more.
After Franklin Richards transported the Fantastic Four and several Avengers into a pocket dimension, the Dreaming Celestial found a loophole out of his prison: a gateway into the pocket universe. The Dreaming Celestial learned that one of his star-spawned kin, the Celestial known as Ashema, was the guardian of the pocket universe. He concluded that the only way out of that pocket universe was through her, and began to plot her demise. Soon he was opposed by Doctor Doom, Lancer, Technarx, and several other heroes. The Dreaming Celestial was successful in capturing Ashema and escaping into his home dimension, but was soon thwarted by Doom and the Fantastic Four.
The Deviants eventually re-awoke the Dreaming Celestial, who turned from black to gold when the rising sun's rays hit him. However, the Dreaming Celestial decided against destroying the Earth as he had originally intended. Instead, he decided to wait and judge humanity for himself by his own standards. In the interim, he informed Makkari that a devastating force called The Horde, drawn to the planet by the Celestial's awakening, was heading for the Earth.
The Dreaming Celestial stood silently in place, towering above San Francisco, where he was ultimately turned into a tourist attraction. Although the Dreaming Celestial laid apparently dormant, he spoke to, and only to, Makkari, his prophet. Sersi, who had rekindled her relationship with Makkari, grew worried about his recurring sessions with the Celestial, feeling that her loved one was slowly fading away. After having enough of it, she finally decided to confront the Celestial, determined to find the reason for this deadly bond. And, despite almost getting killed, the Celestial revealed that Makkari had been chosen as his link to humanity before the arrival of The Horde, and she too was part of its grand plan: She was the one who had to protect Makkari.
Unfortunately, Sersi failed in her mission and Makkari was killed. With no way of him being revived through conventional ways, a countdown to global annihilation was activated. Seeing that there was no other alternative, Sersi then pushed her powers to the limit by transmuting her own body into a perfect replica of Makkari and then replacing his consciousness with her own. Thanks to Sersi, the connection with the Celestial was restored once more.
After The Horde arrived on Earth, Uatu told Tiamut about free will and emotions. During the battle that ensued, the Dreaming Celestial finally confronted the Fulcrum, questioning his own purpose. In the process, he removed his helmet, revealing a shining humanoid face. He then pleaded with the Fulcrum to spare Earth as the Celestial was finally caring for the planet. The Fulcrum declared that it had sought a Celestial who would rise above its purpose since before time began, and asked the Dreamer to become his companion; he accepted.
After creating a diversion by having Magneto attack San Francisco, the High Evolutionary removed a specific item from the Dreaming Celestial's head through a process Magneto referred to as a "lobotomy". The object was used in an experiment on Magneto which appeared to restore his mutant gene.
When Archangel sought to bring about the Age of Archangel, he traveled to the Dreaming Celestial to retrieve a Death Seed. Like Apocalypse before him, Archangel desired to serve evolution and needed his horseman Death by his side.
After the schism between the X-Men, Mr. Sinister returned, and somehow activated the Dreaming Celestial. While the X-Men battled the Celestial's body, Sinister utilized its head to transform part of San Francisco in his own image. Due to this action, numerous Celestials came to Earth but Cyclops made them go back.
Cosmic energy control with an unknown upper limit. His armour is able to easily withstand strikes from nuclear warheads and planetary impacts. Tiamut seems to be one of the most powerful Celestials as Galactus feared it and Uatu the Watcher could not see anything when it awoke.
- There are conflicting accounts as to why the Dreaming Celestial was put to sleep.
- According to what the Eternals were told, the Dreaming Celestial was guilty of a heinous "crime against life itself" but what this crime was and where it was committed have never been revealed.
- On one occasion, the Dreaming Celestial seemingly confirmed that he had done something that his fellows said was such a crime but felt that he should not have been punished for it.
- Most Deviants worship the Dreaming Celestial because they believe that he alone created their race. Many believe that this act was the "crime" for which he was cast down while others believe that he was betrayed and tricked by the other Celestials when he tried to protect the Changing People.
- Some Deviants believe that their race was created to be a delicacy for the Celestials to consume and that the Dreaming Celestial was imprisoned because he tried to get the other Celestials to stop eating Deviants.
- In his own account of what happened, the Dreaming Celestial did not claim that he had been trying to protect the Deviants. Instead, he stated that he had been going to send a signal to the Horde to harvest the aggregate planetary life-force but that Arishem had then stopped him, claiming that the Fulcrum had ordered them to only cull the Deviants, thereby sparing the base species.
- Tiamut is the only Celestial to ever question the Fulcrum. Even other Celestials who had evolved into beings of greater power have never done that.
- 38 appearance(s) of Tiamut (Earth-616)
- 3 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of Tiamut (Earth-616)
- 2 minor appearance(s) of Tiamut (Earth-616)
- 7 mention(s) of Tiamut (Earth-616)
- 7 mention(s) in handbook(s) of Tiamut (Earth-616)
- 1 invocation(s) of Tiamut (Earth-616)
- 19 image(s) of Tiamut (Earth-616)
- 3 quotation(s) by or about Tiamut (Earth-616)