Name: Kro (possibly not his original name)
Occupation: Former warlord and general of Deviant armies,
later monarch of the Deviants
Identity: Kro's existence is known to the general public
of Earth, which, however, tends not to believe he is a Deviant
or that Deviants exist.
Legal Status: Citizen of Deviant Lemuria
Other Aliases: Warlord Kro, Brother Kro (his title as
Place of Birth: Deviant Lemuria
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: Ruling elite of the Deviants
Base of Operations: Deviant Lemuria
First Appearance: ETERNALS Vol. 1 #1
History: Kro was born to the race of Deviants,
an evolutionary offshoot of humanity, which is cursed
with an unstable genetic code causing random physical
characteristics to crop up in each newborn child in the
race. Kro was born with a number of traits which appear
to be unique among the Deviant race and which are beneficial
in nature. Chief among these mutations are those granting
Kro his longevity and near-indestructibility, both similar
to those of another evolutionary offshoot of humanity,
the Eternals. Kro
was alive around 20,000 years ago at the time that the
Second Host of the extraterrestrial Celestials
destroyed the Deviant Empire in the Great Cataclysm. Kro
has carefully guarded the secret of his longevity by assuming
a series of different identities among the Deviants over
the course of his extraordinarily long life, using his
powers to alter his facial features to complete his disguises.
Kro fears that if he allowed the other Deviants to know
that he was virtually immortal, they would subject him
to genetic experimentation in order to try to learn how
to duplicate the mutations that gave him his near-immortality
in themselves. Kro has studied the arts of warfare throughout
his life and has often led Deviant armies in his various
guises. Currently Kro uses the same name and facial features
that he did thousands of years ago. He claims to be a
descendant of this "original" Kro.
At this earlier time that he was known as Kro,
Kro fell in love with Thena, daughter of Zuras, ruler
of the Eternals of Earth. Thena returned Kro's love, but
their relationship, perhaps the only such liaison between
the two divergent races of humanity, which have long been
enemies, ended badly. Kro and Thena parted, although they
retained strong feelings for each other. Thena assumed
that Kro eventually died, and was surprised when she encountered
him again in recent years. Kro attempted to renew their
relationship, but failed.
After the demise of Zuras, Brother Tode, the monarch
of the Deviants, led an assault on Olympia, the principal
city of the Eternals, where the Deviants captured and
imprisoned all the Eternals. Almost the entire Deviant
ruling elite, including Warlord Kro, accompanied Tode
and Deviant troops on this venture. Thanks to the intervention
of James Rhodes as Iron Man, the Eternals regained their
freedom and captured the Deviants that were on Olympia.
The Eternals decided to transform all of the captured
Deviants into a large block of atoms and send the block
into outer space. Before the Eternals carried out this
plan, Thena secretly released Kro from his cell, and Kro
escaped. Shortly thereafter, most of Earth's Eternals
left for outer space. Thena became the ruler of the Eternals
left on Earth.
Kro made his way back to the Deviants' city in
undersea Lemuria, intent on making himself their monarch
now that virtually the entire Deviant ruling class was
no more. To his astonishment Kro discovered that the Deviant
priesthood, headed by the priestlord Ghaur, was maneuvering
to become the true ruling power in Deviant Lemuria. Since
one of the priesthood's roles was to designate the new
monarch, Kro confronted Ghaur and made his wish to become
king clear. Ghaur allowed Kro to become monarch, but continued
to pursue his plans. He had Kro lead an expedition to
the Pyramid of the Winds, an Eternal structure in the
Arctic, to retrieve a mysterious vial. Ghaur apparently
hoped that Kro would be killed by the Eternals in the
course of this venture. Once Kro found the vial, a Deviant
priest and his guards demanded he give it to them, but
Kro, determined to maintain his authority as ruler, refused.
A party of Eternals led by Ikaris arrived, and Ikaris
fought Kro for the vial. Thena, still in love with Kro,
prevented Ikaris from killing him, and, on Kro's request,
teleported Kro away. The Deviant priest's guards had managed
to get hold of the vial for their masters. Kro and Thena
traveled together as renegades, each hunted by his or
her own race. They were finally found by Ikaris, who let
them go after he replaced Thena as Prime Eternal. However,
Ghaur still seeks to capture Kro.
At this time the current whereabouts of Kro is
Height: 6 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 320 lbs
Hair: Bald (with black facial hair)
Unusual Features: Although basically human in appearance
for a Deviant, Kro has pointed ears.
Strength Level: Kro can lift (press) around
800 lbs. (Most Deviants are not physically stronger than
ordinary human beings, although there are indeed many
superhumanly strong Deviants.)
Known Superhuman Powers: Despite his Deviant
heritage, Kro possesses a number of superhuman traits
characteristic of an Eternal. Kro maintains a virtually
unbreakable mental control over the processes and structure
of his body even when he is asleep or unconscious. As
a result, Kro has a lifespan that has already lasted over
20,000 years and is immune to disease and aging. His mental
control over his body enables him to maintain a youthful,
vigorous physical condition. Kro is not as nearly indestructible
as the Eternals. (For example, Ikaris nearly killed Kro
once by strangulation.) But while sufficient force can
kill Kro, he can use his mental control over his body
to heal himself after being injured.
Kro also possesses the power of physical malleability,
which is atypical for a Deviant. At will he can cause
most of the tissue of his body to become pliant, enabling
him to shape it mentally like putty into different configurations.
Once the tissue is set in an altered form, Kro has only
to stop concentrating and his body will retain that shape
until such time as he concentrates upon changing it again.
This ability enables him to disguise himself and take
the appearance of others (with cosmetic help for skin
color, body hair, and so forth). One of Kro's favorite
ploys is to pass himself off among ordinary humanity as
a demon by fashioning horns on his head.
However, Kro's shape-changing powers are limited.
He cannot alter the shape of his skeleton in more than
minor ways. Moreover, he cannot eliminate any of his mass
while transforming; he can only redistribute his 320 pounds
of weight. Hence, he usually only uses his shape-changing
power to alter his facial features. He can mentally mold
the shape of his skull somewhat.
Kro has about three times the physical endurance
of an ordinary human athlete. His heart is not located
in the same place as an ordinary human being's; its true
location is unrevealed.
Abilities: Kro is a master military strategist,
a superb military commander, a good hand-to-hand combatant,
and an expert in the use of Deviant weaponry.
Weapons and Paraphernalia: Kro has employed
a number of weapons developed by Deviant technology. Among
his favorites are flame-guns, vibro-whips, and shroud-guns.
Once while battling Ikaris Kro wore gloves from whose
fingertips he could project vastly powerful force blasts
which could not injure his virtually invulnerable Eternal
foe but which caused Ikaris intense pain.
Kro frequently wears special glasses designed
to extend his vision into the infrared and ultraviolet
ranges. Hence, if Kro is wearing these glasses in a room
where there is no visible light, he can still detect objects
by perceiving the heat (infrared radiation) they give