For generations, the people of Wakanda have followed and worshipped the Black Panther, a superior warrior granted extra abilities by the Panther God upon proving him or herself worthy in a combat tournament open to all Wakandans.
Wakanda stands apart from many nations because of its advanced technological nature, well-integrated with centuries-old traditions. Intent on keeping to itself for generations, the nation often rebuked visitors while also refraining from interfering in larger world conflicts. Wakanda’s greatest natural resource, Vibranium, provides Wakanda both independence and technological superiority. The vibration-absorbing metal is cultivated in the Great Mound.
For much of the modern era, T’Challa has worn the mantle of the Black Panther, acting as both Wakanda'’ champion and its king. However, unlike many of his predecessors, T’Challa often eschewed his peoples’ insular nature and journeyed out into the world—masked and unmasked—to become a hero to the entire globe and beyond.
A Royal Beginning
Before becoming the Panther, T’Challa was simply the son of Wakanda’s king T’Chaka, a previous Black Panther. Unfortunately, his father ran afoul of the Vibranium-obsessed Ulysses Klaw, who ultimately brought about the king’s death. T’Challa would travel the world and study at the best universities, a journey that also united him with Ororo Munroe, the young woman who would become Storm.
Upon returning to his homeland, T’Challa secretly took part in the open challenge to the current Black Panther—his uncle S’Yan—and defeated him. Upon revealing his true identity, the country reacted first with shock and then adulation as he took his rightful place in the community.