Name: Ikaris (original name unrevealed)
Occupation: Warrior, former
archaeologist's guide, professional wrestler
Status: Citizen of Olympia
Other Aliases: "Iceberg" Ike
Place of Birth: Polaria, Siberia
Known Relatives: Ikaris (son, deceased), Virako (father, deceased),
Group Affiliation: Eternals of Earth
First Appearance: ETERNALS Vol. 1 #1
Ikaris is a third generation member of the Eternals, an evolutionary offshoot
of humanity who possesses extraordinarily long life spans and superhuman powers.
He was born over twenty thousand years ago to two members of the Polar Eternals,
the group of Eternals living in the Eternal city of Polaria in what is now Siberia.
At the time of the Great Cataclysm that sank Atlantis and devastated Earth about
twenty thousand years ago, Ikaris guided a large ship carrying human survivors
and animals to safety.
Originally Ikaris was not known by the name he bears
today. His uncle Valkin and the Eternal Phastos constructed
the Pyramid of the Winds and the storehouses below it
in the Arctic icecap. There were housed objects of tremendous
power, including a weapon that the alien, virtually omnipotent
Celestials once used to destroy one of the Celestials'
own race. The symbol of the Pyramid seems to have been
imprinted on Ikaris's brow somehow. Although the symbol
is usually not visible, it once appeared when Ikaris was
subjected to tremendous neural pain. On his costume Ikaris
wore certain symbols, which had a unique molecular pattern.
Recreating this pattern is the means by which the vault
holding the Pyramid's most dangerous secrets can be opened.
Not only was Ikaris trusted with wearing this pattern,
but the symbols were designed so that they would glow
and change into pyramid shapes if intruders successfully
breached the Pyramid.
Ikaris was a warrior who fought against the monstrous
Deviants in their various attempts to oppress humanity.
In the days of Greek mythology, Ikaris, who did not originally
bear his present name, was assigned to battle Deviants
in the labyrinthine tunnels they had dug beneath the Aegean
Sea. During this time he met and married a mortal human
woman whom he met in Minoan Crete, and they had a son,
whom they named Ikaris. The younger Ikaris delighted in
being carried aloft by the elder Ikaris in flight. With
the aid of Phastos and the Eternal Makkari, the elder
Ikaris constructed an artificial flying device so that
the young Ikaris could fly. But before the elder Ikaris
could teach his young son how to use the device properly,
the elder Ikaris had to leave on a long mission fighting
Deviants in distant areas of the globe. The elder Ikaris
was gone for years, and his wife fell into despair. The
younger Ikaris, convinced that his father must have been
trapped by enemies, put on the flying device to fly in
search of him. But the younger Ikaris soared too high
into the atmosphere, and fainted for lack of oxygen. He
drifted in the upper atmosphere for days until the sun's
ultraviolet rays burned out the device's controls, and
he fell into the sea. The elder Ikaris eventually returned,
and found and buried his son's body. He then adopted his
son's name as a memorial to him.
Ikaris's own father, Virako, died battling mutated earthworm
about one thousand years ago, during a group of Eternals'
preparations for the coming of the Third Host of the Celestials.
Valkin then adopted Ikaris as his own son.
During the thousand years that followed, Ikaris trained
to sharpen his senses, so that he could locate the beacon
left behind by the Celestials in the Incas' Chamber of
the Gods in Peru to guide the Fourth Host of the Celestials
there. When the time approached for the Celestials' return,
Ikaris, posing as a guide named Ike Harris, went to the
Chamber with the human archaeologist Dr. Daniel Damian
and his daughter Margo. (Ikaris posed as a human being
so as not to alert the Deviants.)
Ikaris revealed his true identity to the Damians, and
Ikaris and Margo Damian have since fallen in love with
each other. When the Eternal race decided to leave Earth
after the departure of the Celestials' Fourth Host, the
Eternals' collective consciousness in the form of the
Uni-Mind decreed that certain Eternals who were particularly
involved with Earthly matters, including Ikaris, remain
behind. Ikaris remains on Earth as a guardian of humanity
against any menace posed by the Deviants. Recently he
has led an attempt by various Eternals to thwart the plans
of the Deviant priestlord Ghaur to achieve vast power
for his race.
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 230 lbs.
Strength Level: Ikaris possesses superhuman strength,
enabling him to lift (press) over 40 tons without also
employing his mental power to levitate the object he is
Known Superhuman Powers: Ikaris possesses the
conventional attributes of the Eternal race as well as
certain special abilities developed through rigorous discipline.
Like that of all Eternals, his life force is augmented
by cosmic energy and he has total mental control over
his physical form and bodily processes even when he is
asleep or unconscious. As a result he is virtually immortal,
immune to disease and aging, and invulnerable to conventional
forms of injury. Should Ikaris be injured somehow, he
could regenerate any injured or missing tissue. An Eternal
can only die through an injury that disperses a significant
portion of his body molecules, or if he is injured after
his mental control over his body is somehow broken. Cosmic
energy bolsters Ikaris's metabolism so that he does not
tire from any physical exertion. He can resist temperature
extremes through mental concentration.
Like all Eternals, Ikaris can levitate himself by mentally
manipulating gravitons (subatomic particles carrying the
force of gravitational attraction between atoms) around
himself. He can also levitate other persons and objects,
even while simultaneously levitating himself. Ikaris is
able to fly via self-levitation at approximately 850 miles
per hour (1.1 times the speed of sound), a rate of speed
most other Eternals cannot match.
Ikaris has low level psychic abilities, enabling him
to scan the superficial thoughts of any mind less adept
than his own. He can mentally create illusions so as to
disguise himself. Ikaris can also psionically manipulate
atoms and molecules so as to transform an object's shape.
However, Ikaris is only a second-level adept on a five
level scale (the fifth level being the highest) in this
discipline. He can rearrange molecules in the air so as
to create a virtually impenetrable shield about himself.
Ikaris can project cosmic energy in the form of beams
from his eyes or beams and flashes from his hands. This
cosmic energy, stored in specialized enclaves of cells
in his body, can be used as force, heat, light, and possibly
other forms of electromagnetic energy. Ikaris can project
a maximum concussive force of at least 260 pounds per
square inch. He can project heat of a maximum temperature
of at least 3,000 Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt iron.
It takes about one minute for him to attain this maximum
temperature. Because Ikaris's heat beams can vaporize
solid objects, they are often called his disintegrator
beams, The maximum range for his energy beams is about
200 feet. Ikaris is a fourth level adept on a five-level
scale (the fifth level being the highest) in this discipline.
The expenditure of cosmic energy in this way continually
for several hours will temporarily deplete Ikaris's physical
strength, but not his resistance to injury, although it
will temporarily increase his sensitivity to pain. He
will rapidly return to normal after such lengthy energy
expenditure is over.
Ikaris can teleport himself psionically, but prefers
not to do so, since, like other Eternals, he finds the
self-teleportation process physically unpleasant. He can
also teleport other people along with himself.
Through a thousand years of training, Ikaris has vastly
sharpened his senses to an extent that is unknown.