Occupation: Lawgiver of the Changelings
Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware
of Woodgod's existence
Legal Status: Citizen of the community of the Changelings
Other Aliases: None
Place of Creation: The Pace farm just outside of Liberty,
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: David Pace ("father," deceased),
Ellen Pace ("mother," decease)
Group Affiliation: Changelings
Base of Operation: The community of the Changelings
in a valley in the Colorado Rocky Mountains
First Appearance: MARVEL PREMIERE #31
History: Woodgod is a genetically engineered
sentient lifeform who physically resembles a satyr of classical
Greco-Roman mythology, and who was crated by scientists David
and Ellen Pace. The Paces employed cloning techniques to create
Woodgod, combining human and animal genetic material.
Woodgod first became conscious as an adult;
his first site was of David Pace. Woodgod's brain cell count
tripled within the first five minutes of his achieving consciousness,
and by watching the Paces, he rapidly learned how to speak
English. Within two days Woodgod could walk and had full physical
coordination. Although he had the mental capacity of an adult,
Woodgod still needed to learn about the world around him as
a child does. He regarded the place, who named him Woodgod
after the satyrs, as his parents.
The Paces had also been working with nerve
gas for the federal government. A year before, the government
had accidentally spilled nerve gas near the nearby town of
Liberty, New Mexico, causing sheep to die and children to
become ill. The townspeople therefore has grown suspicious
and resentful of government activity at nearby Tranquility
Base. One of the townspeople saw Woodgod and spread the word
in Liberty that a monster had been created at the Pace farm.
A group of townspeople stormed the farm and one of them shot
Woodgod. Then, despite David Pace's warning, one of the townspeople
smashed a canister of lethal nerve gas with in his barn. The
gas killed the Paces, the attacking townspeople, and all of
the people of Liberty.
Woodgod, however, proved to be immune to the
gas. Recovering from his wound, Woodgod fell into despair
and rage on discovering that his "parents," the
Paces, were dead. Still like a child in personality, Woodgod
was out to kill human beings since human beings were responsible
for his "parents'" deaths.
Woodgod made his way into the now desolate
town of Liberty, whose air was still full of nerve gas. Colonel
Del Tremens of Tranquility Base, for whom David Pace developed
the nerve gas, investigated the mass deaths at Liberty. When
Tremens and his force discovered Woodgod, they attacked the
satyr-like being, who fought back ferociously. Unable to kill
Woodgod, Tremens had the town quarantined.
Subsequently, the Hulk and Spider-Man turned
up in Liberty, and Tremens unsuccessfully attempted to kill
both them and Woodgod. Woodgod escaped and eventually returned
to the Pace farm, and used the books he found there to teach
himself of read. Shortly afterwards Woodgod left to live in
a valley free from human habitation in the Colorado Rocky
Mountains. Woodgod achieved emotional maturity and proved
so successful in educating himself that he even mastered the
techniques of genetic engineering he found described in David
Pace's notebooks. Using these methods, Woodgod created sentient
half-humanoid, half-animal beings whom he called the Changelings.
Woodgod led the community of Changelings and drafted their
laws. At first he still felt bitterness and hatred towards
humanity, but he decided that he and the Changelings must
temper justice with mercy lest they all become no better than
the worst of humanity. Woodgod defeated a challenge to his
leadership from the murderous Changeling Leoninus, and then
gave up his position of leader, so that now each Changeling
in the community will govern himself. It is Woodgod's hope
that the Changelings will live together in peace and harmony,
that someday the Changelings' existence can be revealed to
the outside world and that humanity will accept them without
fear or hatred.
Height: 6 ft. 3 in.
Weight: 265 lbs.
Unusual Physical Features: Woodgod is humanoid above
the waist, and resembles a goat, complete with hooved feet,
below the waist.
Strength Level: Woodgod possesses superhuman
strength, the exact extent of which is unknown. Woodgod has
displayed sufficient strength to hold his own in battle with
the Hulk, but his strength is nowhere near equal to the Hulk's
Class 100 strength.
Known Superhuman Powers: Besides his
superhuman strength, Woodgod is immune to David Pace's nerve
gas, and is perhaps immune to other chemicals that would harm
Abilities: Woodgod has mastered advanced
methods of genetic engineering that enables him to create