The Eternals are an evolutionary offshoot of humanity
living on Earth who possess greater powers and longer
lifespans than the mainstream human race. The Eternals
first came into being about a million years ago when the
extraterrestrial Celestials arrived on Earth to perform
genetic experiments on the nascent human race. To test
the adaptability of the human gene, the Celestials accelerated
the evolution of a handful of subjects and gave them the
genetic potential to mentally manipulate limited quantities
of cosmic energy, as well as other superhuman traits.
Thus the Celestials created the race of Eternals. The
Celestials also performed experiments on Earth that led
to the creation of the Deviants, and to the implantation
of latent genetic material in other specimens of humanity's
ancestors that would one day permit benevolent mutations
in human beings.
At first the Eternals' genetic potential for extraordinarily
long lifespans and virtual invulnerability lay dormant.
A devastating civil war eventually broke out among the
first known generation of Eternals. The two opposing factions,
one led by Kronos (whose name is also spelled "Chronos")
and one by his brother Uranos, clashed in a conflict of
ideologies over their people's destiny. Chronos's side
prevailed, and the warlike Uranos and his surviving band
of followers were exiled into outer space. The exiles
found a supply depot left by the alien Kree on the planet
now known as Uranus, and used it to construct a spaceship
in which they attempted to return to Earth and renew their
war with their brethren. Four Eternals stayed on Uranus
and gave rise to a small colony of Uranian Eternals, which,
however, was wiped out in the twentieth century. The rest
of Uranos's followers were attacked by a Knee armada before
reaching Earth. The survivors among Uranos's band built
a civilization on Saturn's moon Titan. One of Uranos's
followers, Aflok, was taken by the Kree for vivisection.
Learning that the being had derived from Earth, the Kree
determined to perform genetic experiments on Earth's pre-humans
themselves. Their experiments would result in the Inhumans.
Kronos was working in his laboratory in the Earth Eternals'
city of Titanos on an experiment with cosmic energy when
he accidentally caused an explosion that demolished Titanos
and subjected the Eternals to a cosmic particle bombardment.
This irradiation activated the latent genes in the Eternals
that gave them their long lifespans and virtual invulnerability,
and enabled them to pass these active genes down to the
children produced by any mated couple of Earth Eternals.
(There is as yet no known example of an Eternal and a
human mate together producing a child with Eternal superhuman
traits.) Kronos's atoms were scattered, but his astral
form still survives on this plane of reality.
After Kronos's physical death, his eldest sons, Zuras
and Alars, initiated the first creation of the Uni-Mind,
a collective melding of the minds and bodies of the Eternals.
While in the form of the Uni-Mind, the Eternals determined
that Zuras should be Kronos's successor as their leader.
To avoid disunity among the Eternals, Alars, who differed
with Zuras as to what the Eternals' goals should be, left
for outer space. Eventually, Alars arrived on Titan, where
he mated with Sui-San, the last survivor of a civil war
among the Eternals there. Together Alars and Sui-San repopulated
Titan. However, since Sui-San was not affected by Krones's
cosmic energy, their children were stronger and longer-lived
than the Eternals previously living on Titan, but not
as powerful or long-lived as the Eternals of Earth. Alars
renamed himself Mentor, and the race of Titanian Eternals,
although recently greatly reduced in number, still exists
Zuras directed the construction of the principal city
of the Eternals, Olympia, in a mountainous region in Greece.
Two other major Eternal cities were founded: Polaria in
Siberia and Oceana in the Pacific. Many Eternals have
lived among ordinary human beings over the centuries.
Olympia lay near the principal nexus between Earth's
dimension and that of the Olympian gods on Mount Olympus.
Zuras and Zeus, leader of the Olympian gods, made a mutual
non-interference pact between their two races. The people
of ancient Greece and Roma often confused the Olympian
Eternals with the Olympian gods. Over the centuries the
Eternals have continually fought the Deviants' attempts
to gain power.
In recent years the Fourth Host of the Celestials arrived
on Earth to judge humanity. Fearing that the Celestials
would destroy Earth if they judged against its people,
Zuras led the Eternals against the Celestials, who retaliated
by killing him. The Celestials judged in Earth's favor
and left Earth.
Zuras's daughter Thena contacted Zuras's spirit before
it left this plane reality, and thus learned that the
Eternals were to leave Earth to explore space now that
the Celestials had departed. Virtually all of Earth's
Eternals left for space in the form of the Uni-Mind. However,
the Eternals' collective consciousness in the Uni-Mind
decreed, that a small number of Eternals who were particularly
involved in Earthly matters remain behind. Among the Eternals
known to still live on Earth are Thena, their new ruler,
Ikaris, Sarsi, Makkari; the Forgotten One, Kingo Sunen,
Sprite, Cybele, Phastos, Khoryphca, and Interloper.
The life force of all the Eternal of Earth is augmented
by cosmic energy. Moreover, each of the Eternals of Earth
maintains a virtually unbreakable mental control over
the processes and structure of his or her body, even when
he or she is asleep or unconscious. As a result, the Eternals
of Earth have lifespans that last thousands of years,
are immune to disease and aging, are virtually indestructible,
and, if somehow injured, can regenerate injured or missing
organic tissue. There are only two known means by which
Earth Eternals can die. One is through an injury that
disperses a significant portion of the Eternal's body
molecules; the other involves overwhelming and breaking
the Eternal's mental hold over his or her own body. Once
this hold is broken, then the Eternal can be injured or
killed through conventional means. An Eternal's control
over his or her body allows him or her to appear at whatever
age he or she wishes. Hence, although many known Eternals
have lived for at least several thousand years, they appear
to be in their twenties. Cosmic energy bolsters the metabolism
of Eternals so they do not tire from physical exertion.
Through mental concentration they can resist temperature
Eternals are born with the potential for various superhuman
abilities. Although an Eternal may be born with less potential
for one ability than another, he or she can overcome that
difference through training, Eternals develop their superhuman
abilities through training and discipline over their long
lives. Each Eternal is guided by personal desires in deciding
how far to develop a specific ability. Sersi, for example,
is acknowledged to have developed her talent for matter
rearrangement far more than any other known Eternal has.
All Eternals have superhuman strength, and an average
Eternal can lift (press) about 15 tons without using his
or her mental powers to negate the force of gravity on
whatever he or she is lifting.
Eternals can levitate themselves by mentally manipulating
gravitons (subatomic particles carrying the force of gravitational
attraction between atoms) around them. An Eternal can
also levitate other persons or objects while simultaneously
levitating himself or herself. Eternals can "fly"
at great speed through levitation, and the average Eternal
can thus travel at 600 miles per hour.
Eternals can mentally create illusions so as to disguise
themselves. They can also psionically manipulate atoms
and molecules so as to transform an object's shape. However,
this ability is highly limited in most Eternals,
Eternals can project cosmic energy in the form of beams
from their eyes or beams or flashes from their hands.
This cosmic energy, stored n specialized enclaves of cells
in their bodies, can be used as force, heat, light, and
possibly other forms of electromagnetic energy. An average
Eternal can project a maximum concussive force of at least
200 pounds per square inch and heat reaching a maximum
temperature of 2000° Fahrenheit, The maximum effective
range for an average Eternal's energy beams seems to be
about 176 feet, The expenditure of cosmic energy in this
way continually for several hours will temporally deplete
an Eternal's physical strength, but not his or her resistance
to injury, although it will temporarily increase his or
her sensitivity to pain. However, the Eternal will rapidly
return to normal after such lengthy energy expenditure
Several Eternals are also known to be able to teleport
The Eternals have an extremely low birthrate among themselves,
having one child every millennium or so. However, those
Eternals who choose to mate with ordinary human beings
often have children much more frequently, although these
Children will not themselves be Eternals. Hence, the population
level of the Eternals has remained very stable over thousands
First Appearance: ETERNALS Vol. 1 #1