Hailing from the Eternals—a race of god-like beings—Ajak the near-immortal serves his creators, the Celestials, as their communicator and takes on many Earthly roles over his long life.
Ancient and Near-Immortal
Ajak is a member of the Polar Eternals, a band of the near-immortal Eternals whose outpost lay within the Ural Mountains of Russia. Ajak’s earliest known interactions with humanity occur in Babylon around 2,500 BC when he and the Eternals clash with the Deviants and their leader, Warlord Kro.
Around 1200 BC, Ajak and his brother Arex are spotted in Greece where they became known respectively as Ajax the Greater and Ajax the Lesser.
Around 1000 AD, Ajak interacts with the natives of South America where he assumes the identity of the Incan god Tecumotzin and the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl as he uses the Eternals’ advanced knowledge to assist them.
When the Celestials, who created the Eternals and Deviants, visit Peru around that time as part of their Third Host, Ajak performs the role of communicator with them, imparting messages from the Host to the Eternals, even delivering a warning from the Celestials to the gods of Earth. After the Third Host departs, Ajak places himself into suspended animation alongside a team of Eternals who are his assistants within the City of the Space Gods, a building constructed in Peru for the Celestials’ use.
Ajak possesses the conventional powers of the Eternals, including superhuman strength enabling him to lift 25 tons and complete control over the atoms of his body allowing him to regenerate after virtually any injury. Ajak also possesses the ability to project cosmic energy from his eyes or hands in the form of heat, light, or concussive force, teleportation, flight at the speed of sound. Furthermore, Ajak has the ability to rearrange the molecular structure of objects. Ajak is also a brilliant archaeologist and skilled wrestler.
Ajak’s most common enemies, like all Eternals, are their less-evolved brethren, the Deviants—the evolutionary offshoot of humanity created by the Celestials much like the Eternals but malformed and without powers. He and the others are locked in an age-old conflict with the Deviants.
Though, Ajak’s closer relatives aren’t always his allies. Ajak harbors a particular hatred for fellow Eternal Makkari. When the Dreaming Celestial ceases communication with Ajak and instead chooses Makkari to speak through, Ajak believes Makkari laps up too much of the Celestial’s words. He comes to believe that Makkari stands in the way of convincing the other Eternals that the Celestials were correct in their decision to imprison the Dreaming Celestial on earth, and that it had been corrupted. Ajak brainwashes fellow Eternal Gilgamesh into slaying Makkari, though Eternals do not stay dead for long and they have a long memory.
Allies Against Aggressors
Ajak allies with most of his fellow Eternals and is the liaison to the Celestials, their creators. When seeking to remove Makkari from the picture, Ajak brainwashes fellow Eternal Gilgamesh to do his dirty work for him.
Ajak joins the God Squad assembled by the Olympian goddess Athena. The team includes Heracles, AKA Hercules, as team leader, but considering his failures against the Skrulls and their invasion of Earth, Ajak takes over as lead strategist and calls Hercules out for being over-confident. Despite his efforts during his time with the God Squad, he perishes in a battle.