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Created by the Celestials, Gilgamesh is an immortal Eternal who becomes known as the Forgotten One. He is an adventurer, warrior, and monster-slayer who interferes with humanity and gets mistaken for other mythical gods and legends.


Hidden History

The Eternal most often known as “the Forgotten One” held many names over the centuries, but his true name remains a mystery. He became known as Gilgamesh, the king of Uruk in the Middle East around 3,000 BC. From then, he quests for eternal life unaware that he was actually a member of the race of Eternals, able to live forever. He was thought to be the heroes Samson and Heracles, AKA Hercules, and befriends men such as Achilles, Aeneas, and King David.


Powers of an Eternal

Gilgamesh has typical Eternal powers such as levitation/flight (around 600 mph) extreme longevity, virtual indestructibility, emission of heat, light, and force blasts from his eyes and hands. He possesses minor skills in matter transmutation, and can cast illusions, possesses near-limitless stamina, and superhuman strength (class 100). He hand-crafts his own battle armor, and fellow Eternal Sprite creates space armor for him, enabling him to function in a vacuum.


Deviant and Eternal Enemies

Gilgamesh often fights the Deviants, the Eternal’s natural enemy. He also interferes with humanity more often than the Eternals like, and therefore gets banished by his own people. He obeys the commands of the Eternal’s leader Zuras, but comes to call when needed. Gilgamesh later becomes a pawn in fellow Eternal Ajak’s schemes to destroy their people.


Familial and God-Like Allies

He often aids his fellow Eternals against their forever foes, the Deviants. He joins the Avengers against demons led by N’Astirh, but his time with them was short. He goes up against the Lava Men, nearly perishing, and is later killed on the order of the time-traveling Immortus. He finds an ally in half-god Hercules, and even becomes his roommate.


A Warrior’s Path

Eventually learning his true nature, the Forgotten One was confined to a corner of the Eternal city Olympia by decree of the Eternals’ ruler Zuras, who said the Forgotten One had interfered with humanity too often. The Forgotten One obeyed this command until he was informed by Sprite that all the other Eternals were absent while their enemies, the Deviants, attempted to launch an assault upon the Celestials, the creators of both Deviants and Eternals. The Forgotten One set into space, stopped the Deviants, and was then taken aboard the Celestials' Mothership by the One Above All, leader of the Celestials.

The Forgotten One was christened “Hero” by the One Above All, and was returned to Earth to warn the Eternals not to interfere with the Celestials. He was welcomed back to Olympia by Zuras, and soon walked again in man’s world. The Forgotten One was one of the Eternals who elected to remain on Earth when most of the population departed to explore space. He aided his fellow Eternals against the Deviants’ attempt to revive the Dreaming Celestial, a rogue Celestial. When demons commanded by N’Astirh assaulted New York, the Forgotten One journeyed there to slay them, and wound up joining the Avengers at the end of the crisis, resuming his alias as Gilgamesh.

Gilgamesh did not last long as an Avenger, eventually succumbing to battle fury while combating the Lava Men, an error that nearly led to his death at their hands. Learning that his departure from Olympia had weakened him, he spent most of his time within Olympia from that point on. 

Gilgamesh was later targeted for death by Immortus, and killed by his minion Neut. He was eventually restored to life along with many other slain Eternals who were rendered amnesiac by the machinations of Sprite. Fellow Eternal Ajak found Gilgamesh in Brazil as a circus strongman called O Guerreiro, the Warrior, and reminded him of his past. He also brainwashed him into believing the Eternals were his enemies. Then Druig hoped to recruit him as an ally, but Gilgamesh felt only betrayal by the Eternals and threatened vengeance. Arriving in Olympia, he attacked Makkari but Thena stopped him. He fully regained his memories right before Thena killed him.

Later, he was restored and received awareness from the Dreaming Celestial that he was part of a bigger plan. He started to go by the Forgotten One again and traveled to Lemuria. There, he met Thor Odinson, AKA Thor, who came to free Phastos. Phastos had been kidnapped by the Deviants  who desired Phastos’ help in helping their dying race. The Forgotten One left Thor to battle.

Going by Gilgamesh again, he goes through a rough patch and crashes on Hercules’ couch while he gets his life together. While Herc went off on a quest, Gil got a call from the Stone Age Priestess Ire who needed Herc’s assistance as a storm was rising and decided to be a hero again, leaving Hercules a note. Gil offered to help and when he did, Ire attacked him to use him as a blood sacrifice. Hercules arrived after his blood was drained and saved him only to end up in a battle with Ire. The new gods appeared and destroyed the building they were in, but of course everyone survived. Hercules, the Forgotten One, and Ire teleported away and shared dinner together, despite their previous battle. Alongside others, the Forgotten One encouraged Hercules to defeat the New Gods by founding a new team of heroes. He gathered his friends and they battled the Uprising Storm.




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The Eternals
The Eternals are a race of god-like beings locked in a millennium-old conflict with the less evolved Deviants and their originators, the Celestials. Each Eternal has watched civilizations burgeon and die from their domain of Olympia – they are immortals blessed with strange, sometimes monstrous, powers.