The Uni-Mind are ephemera entities gestalt of species created by Celestials.
Mainly performed by Eternals, others species have proved themselves to be able to created such entities, such as the Brethren, humans, and even composite of multiple races and species. On some occasions, Deviants, humans and Gods have been part of the Eternal Uni-Mind.
- 1 References
- 2 History
- 3 Process
- 4 Gann Josin
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
Over the years, many Eternals species, as well as related groups, have been able to form Uni-Minds or similar mergers.
Eons ago, the Eternals of Eyung were able to form a being similar to the Uni-Mind, the Over-Mind. The Eternals having survived the war they waged on the Gigantians (about a billion survivors) were sent in synthesizing chambers all over their planet, and their brain-power was harnessed and transferred into Grom, the mightiest of the Eternals. He was sent into space into to incubate for a long period.
Returning to Earth, the Young Gods created the Panhuman Uni-Mind, with Varua gathering progressively the minds of all humans, starting with the million inhabitants of Madripoor, with goal of uniting the human species and taking it to the "next level" by using it birth a Celestial, "Terran", in the Fifth Host.
When the Dark Celestials invaded Earth to destroy the planet, Iron Man visited the Eternals in hopes to learn of the invaders. He and Doctor Strange found that the Eternals self-eliminated, and Ikaris was on the brink of death. With his final breath, Ikaris passed on to Iron Man the key to summon a Uni-Mind. During the final battle against the Dark Celestials, Iron Man rallied the Avengers to link their minds and combine their powers. They used the Ghost Rider, who had taken over the armor of a dead Celestial, as a conduit for the Uni-Mind. Due to humanity's genetic makeup, the Avengers' Uni-Mind successfully repelled the Horde and rendered it dormant.
The Eternals must enough, at least seven for the Uni-Mind to form. Ikaris once tried to perform an Uni-Mind with five other Eternals along with the Deviants Reject and Karkas (in order to have enough members), in vain (possibly due to a lack of participants). The Uni-Mind was later achieved by joining up mutated humans (the Avengers) and Asgardian Thor to the Blue Flame.
However Sprite, along with four other Eternals, were able to form a Uni-Mind, and another one with only Zuras and Ajak. It was later confirmed that only three Eternals were needed for an Uni-Mind.
The Uni-Mind usually merge all Eternals into the Uni-Mind, while the Panhuman Uni-Mind left the bodies back, brain-dead (slowly killing them), and its leader Varua apart from it. Half-way, all Brethren were included physically to their Uni-Mind save for Thane Ector, his Fool and the Eternal Sersi, the leaders and holders of that merger. Zuras' modern Uni-Minds was created with him turning into the Blue Flame from the top of a tower, who turned the flame into a beam. It is impossible for someone to be part to more than one Uni-Mind at a time, including a Gann Josin, thus making fragile a Uni-Mind formed including someone included in a Gann Josin.
Dissolution and Aftermaths
It is stated that the Uni-Mind is a dangerous experience. If a member of the Uni-Mind fell, then all other participants follow him, leading to the destruction of the Uni-Mind. A sufficient bolt of energy can dissolve the Uni-Mind and expel its members. The destruction of the tower used to create some of the Uni-Mind caused its return and dissolution. The ones to lead, to hold, the Uni-Mind can be affected by that strain. The Brethren Thane Ector and his Fool even died from it. If targeted, the leader, core of the Uni-Mind, can take the damage for himself, protecting the other participants.
Those processes were used often for demonstrate more powers, use an energy form to approach and study other beings,, or save a species by merging it into a single individual, making of him a powerful being.
It was postulated that the Uni-Mind's purpose was to wash away the anxieties and fears of the Eternals regarding the overweight of experience on their souls, given that their immortal bodies were grafted to human-templated consciousness. Not proceeding to Uni-Mind would led to the Madh Wy'ry.
The Uni-Mind is generally used as a means to defeat something a group could not.
According to Varua's insight, the Celestials are Uni-Minds of entire planets clad in armor, leading her to create the Panhuman Uni-Mind, for it to be put into an armor as the Celestial Terran. It is unknown if that is true, though Makkari expressed doubt and Legba hinted it wasn't true.
Humans were allowed to merge in the Eternals' Uni-Mind safe. Other species, such as the Brethren, are able to form their Uni-Mind, but it is forbidden for the Eternals to participate to such cross-species Uni-Mind, as it could hasten the breakdown of their mental disciplines. While stated to be rare, the Gann Josin between human and Eternal weren't seemingly problematic either.
Ghaur, using Varua, was able to form an Uni-Mind by converting human Varua and Captain America, Inhuman Crystal, Eternal Sersi and Olympian Hercules into the Blue Flame. That Uni-Mind quickly absorbed Deviant Kro and Deviant/Eternal merged twin hybrid Tzabaoth.
- Eternals Vol. 3 presented many inconsistencies and retcon cancelled since regarding many aspects of the Eternals, including the Uni-Mind. However, Eternals Vol 4 #9 confirmed that an Uni-Mind could be created with only three Eternals.
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