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Character Template Character Template
Real Name
Current Alias

Aliases
Kent Nelson, Eric and Linda Strauss

Identity

Affiliation

Universe

Base Of Operations
Amulet of Anubis & Helmet of Nabu; formerly Egypt & Mesopotamia

Characteristics
Gender

Eyes

Hair

Unusual Features
True form is a Energy Being

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Lord of Order, Wizard, former Egyptian Court Magician, Lord of Chaos

Education
N/A

Origin
Origin
Nabu was actually a being composed of pure energy who had originated a half million years ago on the planet Cilea and had taken human form.

Place of Birth
Cilea

Place of Death
Earth


First appearance
Last appearance

Unknown

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History

Dr. Fate's origins begin over 10 billion years ago. Here, not long after the formation of the universe were born two elemental forces — the Lords of Order and Lords of Chaos, came into being at the beginning of the universe's struggle for supremacy. One group becomes known as Lords of Order, while the others are Lords of Chaos.

On the world called Cilia, the Lords of Order manifested themselves as the first sentient race in the universe, a race of energy beings. After millennia, circa 3500 BCE, one of the Lords of Order, descends to Earth from Cilia and became Nabu the Wise, an adviser to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.

Nabu became the keeper of several powerful talismans. In the 26th century BCE, he created the Scarab of Kha-ef-re with the help of a time traveler from the 20th century. This was an attempt to overthrow Vandal Savage, who was at that time the pharoah called Khafre. (Regardless, the Scarab was lost for 4,500 years before being rediscovered in the 20th century by archaeologist Dan Garrett, who became the first Blue Beetle).

Nabu's most powerful talisman, the Amulet of Anubis was created a few centuries later (c. 2025 BCE), but the circumstances are not certain. According to the devious creatures called Flaw & Child, Nabu commissioned the Amulet of Anubis from The Cutter, of the magical Gemworld. Another tale asserts that in the Egyptian city of Bubastis, the mad priest Khalis slayed his followers in the name of the god Anubis, who then granted Khalis the Amulet of Anubis as a reward for his service. Whatever its origin, this Amulet then became home to the Lords of Order.

During the reign of pharaoh Ramses (c. 1260 BCE), Nabu became a royal adviser and court magician. He was humbled in battle with the Spectre, who killed Ramses for his crimes against the Hebrews.

He was also on hand when a Thanagarian starship crashed. From it Nabu recovered a portion of the anti-gravity metal that powered the ship, called "Nth metal" by the dying Thanagarian pilot. Nabu and his ally, Teth-Adam used a portion of the Nth metal to forge a war gauntlet called the Claw of Horus, which they predicted would be instrumental in a battle thousands of years in the future.

Archaeologist Sven Nelson and his son, Kent, then a boy, were exploring an ancient temple in the Valley of Ur in Mesopotamia. Kent found the entombed body of the giant ancient wizard Nabu the Wise, who was in suspended animation. orm. In 1940, Nabu (kept in suspended animation) was wakened by the young Kent Nelson, the son of archaeologist Sven Nelson.

Nabu was actually a being composed of pure energy who had originated a half million years ago on the planet Cilea and had taken human form. Nabu transformed Kent into a full-grown man and taught him the magic of Order, then gave Kent the golden Helmet of Nabu and Amulet of Anubis. When Kent wore the Helmet, Nabu was part of him, and together they became the mystery-man called Dr. Fate in the 1940s.

Early in his career, Dr. Fate met the Spectre and both of them were founding members of Justice Society of America, in 1941.

Shortly after becoming Dr. Fate, Kent also met and began a relationship with a young woman named Inza Cramer. Unbeknownst to both Kent and Inza, their strong affinity had a higher purpose: they were originally intended to merge to form Dr. Fate, but Nabu withheld this information from them so that he could maintain his control over Kent.

Ironically, one of Dr. Fate's primary foes, Ian Karkull, was responsible for the extended longevity of many JSA members. On June 28, 1941, Dr. Fate destroyed Karkull, releasing a burst of "temporal energy" that showered everyone present (Atom (Al Pratt), Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson), Flash (Jay Garrick), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Hawkman, Hourman (Rex Tyler), Johnny Thunder, Sandman (Wesley Dodds), Spectre (Jim Corrigan) , Starman (Ted Knight) and non-members Hawkgirl and Joan Williams)

Kent again joined Nabu during a clash with Kulak, after which the Helmet was lost. It would not be until the early 1960s that Kent would recover the Helmet and become the "complete" Dr. Fate again.

Eventually, Kent grew old and retired to another dimension. Nabu found new disciples, first in Eric and Linda Strauss, who together became the new Fate. During this time, Nabu was banished to Earth for having prevented the age of Chaos, and took residence in Kent's old body, enjoying life as a human. Later, Nabu created still another Dr. Fate by returning Kent to youth and merging him with his wife Inza.

After this, Nabu was reincarnated as the child of Eugene and Wendy DiBella, themselves reincarnations of Eric and Linda Strauss.

Still later, Kent and Inza died and Jared Stevens was chosen as the new Fate. Nabu returned and wanted to use Jared the same way he had used Kent, but Jared refused. Nabu grew mad and sabotaged the then-current "treaty" between Order and Chaos. As punishment, Nabu was turned into a Lord of Chaos.

Recently, Hector Hall became the the last in line of the Fate legacy. Nabu returned again, seemingly with his senses back. Currently, Nabu is a free spirit in the world of the Amulet, whispering to Hector through the Helmet. His presence has become increasingly oppressive, however, and Hector is suppressing him as much as possible.

Nabu was apparently killed by the Spectre Force. His death ended the 9th age of magic and ushered in the 10th age of magic.

Powers and Abilities

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Powers

Omnipresence

Omniscient

Immortality

Sorcery: At his most potent, Nabu is an accomplished sorcerer, able to defeat most other wizards in the Universe. As a lord of Order he has attunement to the universe. He has a Nigh-Omnipotent Mastery of Magic of the highest order.

  • Personal Spells
  • Universal Spells
  • Dimensional Spells
  • Super Durability: Ability to endure very very long periods of times, even in critical pain
  • Mystical Bolts: matter destroying energies that are of mystical sorts. Unable to be absorbed by any.
  • Illusion Casting
  • Invisibility
  • Phasing
  • Flight
  • Levitation
  • Divine Powers: Able to match the powers of all divine creatures if not overpower them. He is easily and in-arguably one of the strongest divine masters in the DC Universe.
  • Astral Projection
  • Reality Manipulation: Alter reality on a Multi-Dimensional Scale or even Universal scale.
  • Dimensional Manipulation: able to Manipulate any dimension to a full-powered scale. All fundamental forces are under his control.
  • Energy Manipulation
  • Enhanced Intellect
  • Time Travel
  • Energy Blasts
  • Telekinesis
  • Telepathy
  • Possession
  • Super Strength
  • Invulnerability
  • Interstellar Teleportation
  • Solid Energy Constructs
  • Transmutation
  • Immortality
  • Cosmic Awareness: Nabu has Remarkable connection with the Universe.
  • Magic Detection

Notes

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.

See Also

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Footnotes


This article uses material from the "Nabu (New Earth)" article on the DC Comics wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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