Monday, June 25, 2012

Zarathos

Real Name
Zarathos

Occupation
Demon

Citizenship
None

Place of Birth
Unrevealed

Known Relative
Unidentified child

Group Affiliation
Leader of the Fallen, Cult of Zarathos; formerly Lilin

Education
Unrevealed

Height
Variable

Weight
Variable

Eyes
Blue Fire

Hair
None

Powers
Zarathos can control the elements, engulfing his foes in rock spikes. He can generate an unholy, soul-consuming fire. When sufficiently empowered, he can generate energy shields or grow up to 30 feet, among other feats. Zarathos is also able to teleport.

Abilities
Zarathos is immortal and superhumanly strong, he is unaffected by most non-magical weapons; he feeds off souls, belief and mankind's negative energy. He also has limited knowledge of magical lore, and possesses the ability to manipulate magical energies for a variety of effects. He is an excellent biker thanks to his merger with John Blaze.

Other Info
Millennia ago, a demon named Zarathos preyed on mankind. Coveting the mystical Medallion of Power, he was opposed by both the Blood (humanoid beings with innate magical abilities) and the Spirits of Vengeance. Over time, some of the Blood began to worship Zarathos and this faction became known as the "Fallen." The Fallen strengthened the demon by channeling mankind's negative energy into him. Eventually, Zarathos briefly obtained the Medallion of Power; however, the Spirits of Vengeance sacrificed themselves to seal Zarathos essence alongside theirs within the Medallion, which then the Blood shattered. To prevent the pieces from ever being united, they were given to two separate human families, who were watched over by the Blood known as Caretaker. (To learn about the above highlighted item, races, team, and/or character, just click on their names.)

2000 years ago, hearing the legends, the mage known as K'nutu led his starving tribe to find Zarathos' early remains. Against the chief's protest, they summoned Zarathos' essences back to Earth. Even though Zarathos was weakened due to part of him remaining trapped in the Medallion, he was still able to led the tribe to conquer their neighbors. In return, they for worshiped him and provided souls for him to consume, beginning with the protesting chief. This group became known as the "Cult of Zarathos." (To learn about K'nutu and/or the Cult of Zarathos, just click on their names above.)

After gaining more power and worshipers, Zarathos eventually challenged Mephisto for ownership of his realm. Mephisto, angered that Zarathos was destroying souls that might otherwise be his and regarding Zarathos as a potential rival, sent a man known as Centurious to confront Zarathos. When Zarathos tried to consume his soul, Centurious proved to be immune (his soul already claimed by Mephisto). Due to this, doubt began amongst Zarathos' followers. Eventually that doubt grew even stronger when Zarathos proved unable to defeat a manifestation of Mephisto, which allowed Mephisto to claim Zarathos' soul. (Click on the highlighted characters above to learn more about them.)

Over the next centuries, Mephisto bound Zarathos to various human servants, wielding his flames in Mephisto's cause--his memories wiped to make him compliant.

At one point, the Zarathos spirit fragment within the shattered Medallion possessed Max Parrish, who was trying to rescue his niece from the ancient sorcerer Comte St. Germaine. Zarathos would have kept his host stolen body, but a youthful Johnny Storm separated Max from the Medallion. (To learn about the characters above, just click on their highlighted names.)

Eventually, Mephisto merged Zarathos with carnival stunt rider Johnny Blaze (one of the Caretakers charges) transforming the Blaze/Zarathos entity into the vigilante known as the "Ghost Rider." Blaze and Zarathos remained bonded for years, their level of control over their shared form varying at times. Twice, Johnny Blaze and Zarathos were briefly separated. Once by the mage Azaziah hoping to usurp Zarathos' power, and another time by Mephisto as part of a wager with Asmodeus. However, they were rejoined both times. (To learn about the characters and/or others known as the Ghost Rider, click on the highlighted names above.)

At one point, Nightmare restored Zarathos' lost memories. Soon after this, Ghost Rider encountered Centurious again. When Centurious was sucked into his own Crystal of Souls, Zarathos willing followed seeking vengeances, breaking his bond with Blaze. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn more about Nightmare and/or the Crystal of Souls.)

Later on, the Beyonder became angery at humanity and the entire plane of existence. He travels to to inform Mephisto of his plan to erase all existence contained in this universe. Mephisto pleads with the Beyonder to not commit such an act, going so far as to make a bet with him. The Beyonder agreed under the following terms: he chooses both a champion to represent him and to represent Mephisto; if Mephisto wins, the universe will be given a 24-hour delay from being destroyed, but if the Beyonder wins, not only will he erase the universe from existence, he will give his champion ample time to exact revenge on Mephisto himself. So, the Beyonder chose Spider-Man as Mephisto's champion and decided that Zarathos would be his own champion. Zarathos' goal was not only to corrupt Spider-Man's spirit and morals, but to prevent Spider-Man from stopping an assassination attempt on the Kingpin. Spider-Man was able to overcome Zarathos' nightmarish attempts to corrupt him and he was able to save the Kingpin. Therefore, after re-imprisoning Zarathos inside the Soul Crystal, the Beyonder allowed the universe one more day to exist. (To learn about the highlighted characters above, just click on their names.)

Some time later, Centurious was freed form the Soul Crystal, unknowingly carrying Zarathos' essence within him; this allowed Zarathos to escape. After defeating Centurious, a confused Zarathos joined the demon Lilith and went after the Midnight Sons. However, they were easily defeated and thrown into the another dimension. (To learn about Lilith and/or the Midnight Sons, click on their highlighted names above. Note: Beware of the revealing outfit on Lilith's bio page.)

Once Zarathos and Lilith were able to escape that dimension, they planned to take over Earth by stealing the Medallion of Power. This time they received recruited Lilith's Lilin army (creating the Siege of Darkness). They once again went up against the Midnight Sons; however, once again the Midnight Sons defeated them and banished the Lilin. But, the Fallen arrived in time to save Zarathos. (To learn about the highlighted race and/or group above, click on their names above.)

Now as leader of the Fallen again, Zarathos commanded his followers to convert or kill the remaining Blood. Eventually, he comes up against the Midnight Sons and drains the essence of Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch), but it burned him from within. Taking advantage of Zarathos' weakening, Blade used a powerful weapon called the Justiciar and stabbed Zarathos with it, turning him to stone. Due to this, Zarathos' soul becoming lost between dimensions. The Midnight Sons left him in Cypress Hills Cemetery, unaware Lilith was carrying Zarathos' child. (To learn about the above highlighted characters and/or place, just click on their names.)

Recently, Mephisto's son Blackheart kidnapped Johnny Blaze. Using Blaze, Blackheart was able to draw Zarathos back, briefly remerging them as Ghost Rider. Although that bond was seemingly broken, Blaze has since become Zarathos' host again; how this happened remains unrevealed. (To learn about Blackheart, just click on his name above.)

To learn a little bit more about Zarathos, click on the following link, http://marvel.com/universe/Zarathos.

In the film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, the Ghost Rider is revealed to be an incarnation of Zarathos himself. In this version, Zarathos was an Angel of Justice sent to protect man. He was tricked into Hell by the Devil where he was corrupted and driven completely insane. His mission of protecting the innocent turned into punishing the guilty; thus, he became the Devil's Spirit of Vengeance. Due to this, the Ghost Rider is covered in yellow flames as he is a corrupted spirit. By the end of the movie, Zarathos finally remembers what his original mission was and the angel inside him finally reawakens. At the end of the movie, the Ghost Rider is shown to be covered now in blue flames.

1 comment:

  1. He sounds super powerful, but I couldn't really tell if he was good or bad. At times he sounded not too bad, and others he sounded TERRIBLE. Is he a villain?

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