The Dreaming Celestial, who is also known as the Great Renegade, is a member of
the enigmatic, virtually all-powerful extraterrestrial race known as the Celestials,
who have conducted genetic experimentation with the dominant races of many planets,
including Earth. The Dreaming Celestial has an actual name (such as other known
Celestials, like Arishem the Judge, have), but it has been "obliterated"
from any known records. The Dreaming Celestial was a member of the Second Host
of Celestials, which visited Earth at the time of the Great Cataclysm, which they
brought about. According to one account, the Dreaming Celestial is the "greatest"
of the Celestials. Possibly the Dreaming Celestial is the most powerful individual
member of the Second Host, although it seems highly unlikely that his power exceeds
that of such Celestials as Exitar, who dwarfs even Arishem in size and might.
The priesthood of Earth's Deviants, a genetic offshoot of humanity, allege
that it was the Dreaming Celestial alone who was responsible for the creation
of their race, and it was for this reason that the rest of the Second Host punished
the Great Renegade.
In fact, Earth's Deviants were created by the Celestial Ziran the Tester, and
the Celestials have created other races of Deviants (such as the Skrulls)
on other worlds. Hence, the nature of the Dreaming Celestial's crime remains
It is definitely known, however, that at the time of the Second Host's visitation
to Earth, the rest of the Second Host discovered that the Great Renegade had
committed a grievous crime against life itself. The Renegade is said to have
rebelled against the rest of the Celestials. The rest of the Second Host warred
against the Renegade, and finally defeated him in a great battle in outer space.
The Renegade, or perhaps only his armor, was once golden in color; after this
fall its color became black.
The rest of the Second Host is said to have been unable to destroy the Renegade.
Hence, they removed from him energy of an unknown nature, which appears to have
been a key part of his life essence, and sealed it within a vial that could
only be opened with a unique form of key. The vial was placed within the hidden
Pyramid of the winds in Earth's Arctic regions, and the departing Second Host
took the key with them when they left Earth. The Renegade himself was imprisoned
beneath the Diablo Mountains of California, placed into an endless dreaming
After the Fourth Host of the Celestials arrived on Earth in recent years, Lord
Ghaur, head of the Deviant
priesthood, arranged for Deviant underlings of his to invade the Celestials'
mothership and make a duplicate of the key. Ghaur then recovered the vial from
the Pyramid of the Winds. He unlocked the vial with the key and absorbed the
energy within it, thereby giving himself the size and power of a Celestial.
In this form Ghaur intended to lead a Deviant attack on the rest of the Celestials.
However, soon, to Ghaur's horror, he fell under the mental control of the Dreaming
Celestial, who forced Ghaur to fly to the Diablo Mountains and begin digging
to release him from his tomb. Members of the Eternals, another offshoot of humanity
created by the Celestials, joined forces with members of the team of adventurers
called the Avengers, to form a collective
being with tremendous psionic powers known as the Uni-Mind. The Uni-Mind separated
Ghaur's consciousness from his body. Ghaur's consciousness drifted helplessly
into outer space. As for his body, the Eternals and Avengers caused it to release
the Celestial energies within it, which were again sealed within the vial. The
body itself shrank into seeming nothingness before it could succeed in freeing
the Dreaming Celestial. Other Celestials had become aware of the Renegade's
attempts to free himself, and apparently would have intervened had he succeeded.
Ghaur recently allied himself with the Elder God, Set and returned to Earth
in a new physical form. As for the Dreaming Celestial, he remains imprisoned,
but seeking a means for his release.
It is known that a time bubble surrounds: Earth between seventeen and thirty-seven
years in the future, making time travel to those years almost entirely impossible.
It is believed by the Council of Kangs, the conquerors of many different realities,
that during that period there exists a weapon that was created by the Dreaming
Celestial and that is powerful enough to wreak havoc throughout all existing
universes. As yet, no more has been revealed about this weapon.
First Appearance: ETERNALS (first series) #18.