"I have sacrificed much to achieve peace. So, too, must a new generation sacrifice to maintain that peace. Responsibility, duty, honor. These are not merely virtues to which we must aspire. They are essential to every soldier and to every King."
Odin Allfather, once known as Odin Borson, is the king of Asgard and protector of the Nine Realms.
Odin is the son of Bor (once Allfather, and one of the first Asgardians) and Bestla (a Frost Giantess), and brother of Vili and Vae.
During the many wars of Asgardian history, Odin and his brothers fought with other brave warriors against the enemies of peace for the Nine Realms. They would manage to defeat the Fire Demon Surtur, alongside other foes such as Dwarves, Trolls and Giants; however, all of his brothers died out during these conflicts. A pinnacle moment in Odin's life came when then-Allfather Bor also died in battle; naming Odin his successor, Odin became the new Allfather and king of Asgard.
As Allfather, Odin had battled great beasts, invaded foreign realms, destroyed demons and monsters, devastated whole worlds, and laid waste to mighty kingdoms. Throughout these battles, Odin's power would eventually deplete, requiring him to undergo the "Odinsleep" in order to recover. Odin eventually married fellow Asgardian Frigga, to help relieve the burden of wearing the crown alone. Together, they planned to bear a child, a great warrior and noble king.
For thousands of years Odin successfully led his kingdom. After a great deal of time, Odin would finally father a son, and named him Thor. With his birth, Odin felt that one day he would be able to pass his crown to a worthy successor.
War with the Frost Giants Edit
"From a realm of cold and darkness came the Frost Giants, threatening to plunge the mortal world into a new ice age. But humanity would not face this threat alone. Our armies drove the Frost Giants back into the heart of their own world."
In 965, King Laufey, leader of the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, invaded the realm of Midgard (Earth) to enslave humanity and make it the new home of the Frost Giants, to escape the desolation of their original icy home. In retaliation, Odin lead his army of Asgardian warriors against Laufey in a great war.
During the furious Battle of Tønsberg, Odin lost one of his eyes, but eventually the Asgardians came out victorious over the Frost Giants after Odin defeated Laufey in single combat on top of a temple within Jotunheim. In exchange for his life, Laufey agreed to a peace treaty between Asgard and Jotunheim which would last for a few thousand years. After the battle, Odin's forces took the Casket of Ancient Winters from one of Laufey's temples to ensure that the Frost Giants could never attack any other worlds ever again.
While exploring the depths of the temple, Odin also discovered a prematurely born infant Frost Giant, Loki, who was the son of Laufey. Loki was left to die by his cruel father because of his tiny size for a Frost Giant. Odin and his wife, Frigga, already had a son, Thor, but they adopted Loki as Thor's brother and kept the truth of Loki's birth from both of them, with Odin believing that a Frost Giant living as a prince of Asgard could help bring about a permanent peace.
Odin raised both Thor and Loki as brothers, attempting to never allow Loki to feel any different from his brother or allow him to know his true Frost Giant nature. He taught them about the responsibilities of being king of Asgard, the history of the Asgard's great wars and other lessons about maintaining the peace if either one were ever to take the throne.
Odin answered their questions happily and showed them both great love and care. Loki showed Odin many times that he would be a capable king; however, Odin had long since decided that Thor would be his heir, though he still told Loki he had what it took to become king. As they grew older, Odin gave Thor the mighty hammer Mjølnir to use as his weapon of war while Frigga taught magic to Loki, giving them each their own power to protect of Nine Realms.
Odin appears as an old human man, despite being at his greatest level of power and not showing negative setbacks from frailty. Odin has light skin, long white hair coming down to his shoulders, a beard, and a pale left eye; his right eye, being lost centuries ago during battle with King Laufey, has its empty socket covered by a protective metal plate serving as a "patch."
His powerful Asgardian body is protected by some form of extremely powerful and strong armor for ceremonies and battle. Covering his legs, torso, and arms, Odin's armor serves to demonstrate his might and bring out Odin's undeniable sense of leadership, authority and power, just as equally as it serves to protect him in battle and supplement his abilities. The armor is made of Asgardian metals colored in Silver, Gold, and Darker colors. Odin's armor also features a great red cape.
When not undergoing official functions, Odin will opt for simpler outfits that still demonstrate his position and power. These tend to be flowing robes and tunics in grand colors such as white and gold.
Odin wears headgear during certain functions. At ceremonies, such as the planned coronation of the new Asgardian King, Odin dons a large, eccentric helmet which frames his face, detailed with large wings finished with well-carved feathers and long, curving horns in a bright, lively metal appearing grand as gold. During battle, such as throughout the war with Jotunheim, Odin wore a simplified version of this helmet, plated in a less aesthetic silver-grey metal, the horns being smaller and straighter and the wings one solid piece curving slightly to the front for simplicity and ease of movement, also affording better protection.
Odin is a patient, just, and wise king. He strives to maintain the peace between the Nine Realms and is thoughtful of the lives of the innocent. Despite his enemies warring against him, he is compassionate enough to not seek the obliteration of the innocents of the opposing force. He even adopted Loki, the abandoned son of his old foe, and raised and loved him as his own son. Nevertheless, Odin is firm in his rule and does not hesitate to mete justice on those who threaten the peace; even if it is his own sons.
Powers and Abilities Edit
As King of the Norse Gods, Odin is one of the most powerful deity beings in the universe, recognized as supreme ruler of the Nine Realms.
Physical traits Edit
Odin possesses vast strength, stamina and durability far greater than a normal Asgardian, along with resistance to all Earthly diseases and toxins, incredible resistance to magic, and courtesy of the Golden Apples of Idunn, a greatly extended lifespan. Odin has all the abilities of his son Thor, but to a much greater degree.
The Odinforce Edit
Odin is capable of manipulating the Odinforce—a powerful source of energy—for a number of purposes.
- Energy projection
- Creation of illusions and force fields
- Molecular manipulation
- Communicating telepathically with other Asgardians even if they be on Earth and he in Asgard
- Hypnotizing humans
- Channelling lightning to Earth from Asgard
- Controlling the lifeforces of all Asgardians
- Transporting the entire human race to an alternate dimension
- Stopping time
- Pulling the remains of distant planets down from outer space to crush his foes
- Compressing the population of an entire planet into a single being, the Mangog and then recreating the race
- Taking a soul away from the arch-demon Mephisto.
- Destroying entire galaxies
Other applications Edit
In battles against opponents of similar power, Odin carries the magical spear Gungnir ("The Spear of Heaven"), an artifact made of the metal Uru, that can be used to channel the Odinforce. Even without the Odinforce it can still match Thor's hammer in battle. Once a year, during the Asgardian winter, Odin must undertake the Odinsleep for 24 hours to regenerate (and is closely guarded as he is vulnerable during this period), although he can be wakened by potent spells.
Odin is a master tactician and schemer, having taken Loki in hopes of ensuring peace between Asgard and Jotunheim to be enacted several thousand years after the plan's conception. He is so cunning and wise, he is potentially able to prevent Ragnarok, and has secretly been preparing for centuries for the coming of the Celestial Fourth Host.
Like anyone who can attain access to it, Odin can traverse the Nine Realms using the Bifrost Bridge. Odin is also capable of hovering, flying and teleporting.
Despite possessing vast powers of movement, Odin typically appears on the battlefield riding upon Sleipnir, a powerful eight-legged horse.
Odin also has access to the enchanted ship Skipbladnir, which can navigate the "sea of space" and be shrunk to the size of a toy.