Bridge to Opportunity
The son of a stonemason, Skurge wanted nothing more than to prove himself as a warrior, a desire he carried into battle as an adult after joining the Asgardian army. He saw action alongside Thor, son of Odin, during a series of skirmishes between the army and Marauders in Vanaheim. Though Skurge would treasure the memory of working with the God of Thunder, he seemingly failed to distinguish himself to his leader and fellow soldiers.
At a later time, when Thor’s brother Loki, disguised as Odin, sat on the throne of Asgard, Skurge replaced Heimdall, keeper of the Bifrost Bridge, who had been banished from the realm.
A Warrior’s Life
Few records exist on Skurge’s proficiency early on as a soldier, but it’s known that he preferred using weapons to fighting bareknuckled. Possessed of a somewhat timid, cowardly disposition, hefting a weapon in his hands apparently endowed him with a feeling of manliness and worth.
During some undocumented event, presumably in his travels as part of the Asgardian army, Skurge acquired projectile weapons of Midgardian design and construction—two M16 assault rifles he named Des and Troy. He appeared to be quite fond of these weapons and used them to significant success toward the very end of his life in a battle with Hela’s Berserkers.
Skurge also toted a huge axe created for him by Hela to signify his role as her Executioner, although no instances of him actually executing anyone with it exist.
Enemies are Allies
Due to Skurge’s penchant for changing sides as circumstances dictate at any given moment, it is difficult to draw clear lines between his enemies and allies.
At one time, presumably, most Asgardians, and specifically his fellow warriors and Thor, were his allies. Though, Thor later admitted he didn’t remember the man, perhaps contributing to his feelings of inadequacy. When Hela appeared in Asgard, Skurge went over to her side in her campaign against his people to save his own skin. While he might have seen some of the immediate benefits of such an alliance, the Goddess of Death’s wicked ways and disregard for Asgardian life bolstered Skurge’s deeply buried heroism. He switched sides once again and fought his former mistress and her undead hordes.
Skurge also viewed himself something of a ladies’ man and seemed to have some small temporary success in that area.