The time-traveling despot Kang the Conqueror is aptly named, using all his resources and technology from the future to rule as many universes as possible while there’s still time.
Nathaniel Richards was born in the alternate timeline Earth-6311, aka Other-Earth. In this reality, the Dark Ages never occurred and technology developed without interruption. Their timeline having diverged circa 300 AD, the people of Other-Earth made their first moon landing in 900 AD, which became the first year of their new calendar. After a peaceful era, during which a lunar colony was established, a Great War between the colony and Earth destroyed the moon and plunged Other-Earth back into a primitive state. Nathaniel Richards of Earth-616, attempting time travel, reached Other-Earth and settled there; he used his knowledge to help rebuild that world and married Cassandra, daughter of the Matriarch of the Eyriennes. He became known as both the Warlord (erroneously) and the Benefactor.
Approximately 1900 years later, in the calendar year 3000, Nathaniel Richards’ descendant and namesake was born into an age of peace and enlightenment thanks to his ancestor’s efforts. At age 16, the young robotics student Nathaniel develops a working Growing Man stimuloid model. However, his throat is slit by a bully, Morgan, causing him to spend the next year hospitalized. While recovering, he studies cross-dimensional recordings of the heroic age of Earth-616, brought to his reality by the Benefactor. At age 25, Nathaniel discovers the Benefactor’s citadel, his former fortress, and a long-sealed chamber, which contains part of a time machine, and plans for its operation.
Long-Lived Time-Travel Expert
Like others from his native era, Kang ages at a slightly slower rate than modern humanity and is more resistant to the effects of radiation; though, he can be harmed by concentrated doses. He is an expert in time travel and the manipulation of time, and has mastered his future’s advanced technology. He is an expert strategist, a veteran of armed and unarmed combat, and has an indomitable will to succeed through struggle.
Kang’s full-body armor (composed of an unidentified future metal) enables him to lift 5 tons, and can project a gravito-electromagnetic force field around him that is extendable up to 20 feet and can even shield him from a direct nuclear strike. The suit has its own self-contained atmosphere, food supply and waste disposal system. Its weapons include anti-graviton particle projectors in his gauntlets, rendering weightless objects up to 2.2 tons; concussive force blasters equivalent to up to several thousand pounds of TNT; circuitry accessing his ship’s time machine (or other such resources), allowing him an “automatic recall” of a few seconds, as well as enabling him to peer into various timelines; and various other weapons that are regularly updated. Kang formerly used technology that transferred his mind into an alternate body upon the point of death.
Kang typically carries various weapons, such as an anti-matter defense screen generator, a “vibration-ray” projector, an electromagnetic field- amplifier, neutrino-ray warhead missile launcher, electrical paralysis generator, nerve gas sprayer, and a “molecular expander,” which seemingly enlarges molecules to giant-sized projectiles.
Kang commands a vast armada of warriors from across the galaxy of his future era, armed with advanced weaponry. He uses numerous robots, most notably his Growing-Man stimuloids, packed with the “Growth Pollen” of the world Kosmos, which causes them to grow in size and strength by absorbing kinetic energy.
Kang’s primary base in 40th century Earth-6311 is the Center. He also maintains a secret dwelling in the realm known only as Purgatory and strongholds in various alternate realties. His former base Chronopolis, powered by the Heart of Forever, served as a crossroads into virtually every era in human history. Chronopolis laid just out of phase with the time stream and was therefore undetectable. Its palace and inhabitants were unaffected by temporal divergence or the passage of time.
Kang formerly employed a 20' long space-worthy vehicle housing his time machine, which utilized an undetermined energy to generate a chronal-displacement inertial field that could reach all eras of all timelines by accessing the transtemporal realm of Limbo. Kang has used a number of other vessels, such as his Sphinx ship and Damocles Base, an immense sword-shaped orbiting headquarters, which allowed Kang to temporarily conquer all of Earth.
Enemies Across Time
Kang is his own worst enemy, constantly trying to prevent the future or undo the past. By doing so, he inadvertently creates variants of himself who sometimes hinder his world-conquering goals. Such variants include Immortus, Rama Tut, and Iron Lad.
Kang forms the Council of Kangs to rid the universe of his redundant variant selves. He eventually faces the Council of Cross-Time Kangs, a group of aliens, creatures, and humans who take on his appearance and defeat robots used by Kang intended to help him rule several realities at once.
In his travels through time, he becomes a time-misplaced menace to the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and other heroic teams. He will occasionally team-up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes when the time calls for it.
Just In Time Allies
Upon first meeting Princess Ravonna Renslayer, she rejects him, but ultimately comes around, only to die while saving him. Kang becomes obsessed with saving her, going to great lengths traveling through time, sometimes failing, but other times succeeding. Though, he makes an enemy of her when she becomes Terminatrix. When he makes a sacrifice for her, she again stands by his side.
Kang gathered and led an army of time-displaced superhumans and dubbed them the Anachronauts. The team included Apocryphus (Earth-1952), the son of Sersi the Eternal from an alternate future; Deathhunt 9000 (Earth-928), a cybernetic warrior from an alternate 21st century; Raa (Earth-616), a caveman who possessed a piece of the Bloodgem; Sir Raston, AKA Black Knight (Earth-616); Ssith (Earth-616), one of Set’s Serpent Men who served the Elder God 12,000 years ago; the ancient Trojan warrior and nigh-invulnerable Tyndar (Earth-616); and Wildrun, AKA Red Wolf (Earth-616), the 18th century mortal champion of the Cheyenne Nation’s wolf spirit, Owayodata.
Kang kidnaps the Apocalypse Twins upon their birth, but the twins grow up to meddle with time and destroy Kang’s future. In response, Kang travels to several dying realities before their collapse and rescues Ahab (Earth-13044), Venom (Earth-9997), Iron Man 2020 (Earth-8410), Doom 2099 (Earth-928), Magistrate Elizabeth Braddock (Earth-12928), Deathlok Abomination (Earth-11045), and Stryfe (Earth-4295). They are known as the Chronos Corps.