Hela

Synopsis: Hela was born ages ago to the being who would one day be called Loki and the sorceress giantess Angrboda. On the day of her maturity Odin appointed her goddess and ruler of the northernmost realms of the dead. Her special dominion was over the souls of all who did not die in battle, while Odin himself built the palace Valhalla to house the souls of all of those who died as heroes. In recent years, when Odin’s attention had strayed from the maintenance of Valhalla, Hela tried to annex that realm to her own, hoping to consolidate her power over all Asgard’s dead. Eventually Odin grew aware of her ambitions and opposed them. In the course of battle, Odin’s band of Valkyrior, the custodians of Valhalla, lost their physical forms, no longer able to travel from Valhalla except in their wraith-like astral forms. Hela gave up her contest for Valhalla when Odin vowed to keep better watch over it in future, and she returned to her realms. Although Hela’s province is over Asgard’s dead, she has occasionally formed alliances with other death gods, including Pluto (Olympian god of death), and has held court with many rulers of demonic realms such as Blackheart, Dormammu, Mephisto and Satannish.

Powers/Abilities: Superhuman strength, stamina, and durability, black magic telepathy, life expansion, reincarnation, teleportation, Deadly touch (Hand of Glory) High level mystical powers. She is a master swordsman and wielder of the Nightsword.

Real Name: Hela

Alias: Miss Halja, The Death Queen and Mistress of the Darkness

Weakness: Hela always wears her magical cloak which enhances her strength and keeps her young and healthy. Without the cloak, Hela reverts to her true form: in this form half of her body is healthy and beautiful, while the other half is decaying. Without the cloak Hela is very weak and can barely move, and her powers are greatly reduced; she is unable to levitate or even stand, and cannot project mystical bolts. Hela doesn’t need to wear the cloak; simply touching it is enough to restore her to her stronger form. The left side of her body appears dead and decayed, though it appears alive and beautifully healthy while she wears her cloak.

Base of Operations: Hel

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #102 (1964)

Sidekick: N/A

Nemesis: Thor/Odin

Affiliations: Hell-Lords, Death Gods

Love Interest: N/A

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