"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. As ruler and protector of the Asgardian people, Odin has been involved in a number of crises that have threatened Asgard and, on occasion, Earth. In Norse mythology, he is worshipped as the God of Wisdom.
Tales of OriginEdit
Odin's true genesis was shrouded in mystery, often only delivered in short stories by Odin himself. Odin was presumed to be the son of Bor (son of Buri, the first Aesir) and Bestla, a giantess. Bor and Bestla had two other sons, Vili and Ve.
Rise to PowerEdit
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.
King of AsgardEdit
"Here we remain as the beacon of hope. Shining out across the stars. And though we have fallen into man’s myths and legends, it was Asgard and its warriors that brought peace to the universe."
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 was regarded as mighty and fearsome, much like his father King Bor. Though his intention was always noble, waging war across the Realms to bring stability and peace was not the solution. Seeking an answer as to how Asgard's great efforts and sacrifice of blood still brought no end to the ceaseless war, Odin traversed Yggdrasil in search of great wisdom. Realizing that continuing war would bring ruin to the Nine Realms and possibly incite Ragnarok, Odin forsook the old ways of bringing conflict, and instead reached out to the Nine Realms in hopes of initiating a ceasefire where he could discuss terms of peace through diplomacy. Though it took various other conflicts and skirmishes to achieve this peace, Odin's efforts eventually ended in victory as the Nine Realms finally unified under one order.
Having learned from his mistake and the mistake of his father, Odin relied solely on diplomacy, and violence only when absolutely necessary, to protect the Nine Realms. Odin's efforts were crowned with success, bringing a period of stability that he would later refer to as the "Great Beginning".
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 defense of humanity, Odin lead his army of Asgardian warriors against Laufey in combat. Though the conflict was long and bloody, the battle was won for the Asgardians, who managed to force the Frost Giants back to their home in retreat and secured Earth's safety.
Tales of the AllfatherEdit
Even as King of Asgard, however, Odin had many unrecorded adventures. Among these were his battle against Rimthursar, the battle with Kryllik and his Trolls, his encounter with Fear and Desire, meeting Millennius, his defeat of the Mangog, the imprisonment of a snow giant, and defending Midgard from the threat of a Celestial known as The Fallen.
The Father of HumanityEdit
From one telling, at some point Odin went to Midgard and created the humans. His father, King Bor, was ill-pleased and afflicted them with suffering.
Journey into MuspelheimEdit
According to myth and legend, Vili, Ve, and Odin journeyed into the realm of Surtur when they were younger. Vili and Ve sacrificed themselves to allow Odin to escape from Surtur's realm. Upon their deaths, Odin's own godly attributes were increased as a result of his brothers' powers joining with his.
Fighting the TempestEdit
Odin once battled an unbelievably powerful cosmic storm called the God Tempest when it threatened Asgard. Odin defeated the God Tempest and sealed it away into a chunk of Uru that would one day be forged into the mighty hammer Mjolnir.
War of the SerpentEdit
When Bor died his son Cul proclaimed himself All-Father and ruler of Asgard but Odin, Vili, and Ve opposed him. Facing Cul's madness, perceived in his statements and actions against the mortals, wanting them to be afraid, Odin went to Yggdrasil and stabbed his eye as a sacrifice in exchange for wisdom, and was revealed that Cul was corrupted. The path to follow was then revealed to him by the World Tree by a prophecy.
Along with his two brothers, Odin assaulted Cul's fortress. For forty days and forty nights, Cul and his Worthy remained hidden in the palace while his brothers slaughtered their Draumar forces and eventually broke in. Facing Odin, Cul denied their brotherhood, claiming to be the Serpent that Will Feast on the World. Odin recited the prophecy of the World Tree and then defeated his brother, projecting him away.
As one potential source for the loss of his right eye, there is a tale on Odin during Asgard's war with the Nine Realms; seeking knowledge on how to end the conflict, Odin temporarily retreated from combat and entered Yggdrasil. Sacrificing one of his eyes, Odin was granted great vision and foresight, revealing to him that the war was continuing in part due to Asgard's fueling of the effort. This not only brought a reputation of tyrrany to himself and all of Asgard, but could very potentially instigate Ragnarok on Asgard.
War of JotunheimEdit
According to one telling, during the furious Battle of Tønsberg, many fell on both sides but eventually the Asgardians came out victorious over the Frost Giants; the Jotuns retreated to their home realm, with Odin leading his army in pursuit to ensure the Frost Giants knew the consequence of invading another realm for an attempted takeover; during the vicious battle that followed, Odin lost his eye in personal combat against Laufey, though managed to defeat the King of the Frost Giants. 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 is a male Asgardian who stands 6'9", weighs 650 lbs, and is depicted as an aging elderly man. However, despite his aging, frail form, he seems to be completely unaffected due to his Asgardian physiology, a trait shared with his entire race which enables them to live extremely long lives. He is recognizable by his shoulder-length hair and a full beard, colored silver/grey-white. Odin's most notable trait is the patch over his lost right eye, with his left eye, grey-blue in color, having a scar running over it.
"A wise king never seeks out war, but, he must always be ready for it."
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. In his youth, Odin was a ruthless war king who sought to conquer the Nine Realms like his father, Bor. After receiving great wisdom, Odin underwent a change upon realizing that only through peace can the Nine Realms truly be united and desisted with further conquest. He then made a transition both societal and personal, shifting from a ruler of a war seeking realm into the wise and benevolent king everyone has come to recognize.
- Leadership: Odin is the all-powerful and all-knowing ruler of Asgard and the guardian of the Nine Realms. As such, he is wise and honorable. He is dedicated to using his power for keeping the peace between the Nine Realms. He believes in being responsible (in terms of being careful and responsible for your actions), duty (in terms of the protection of and keeping the peace between the Nine Realms) and honor (always being a man of his word).
- Master Tactician: His thousands of years of experience resulted in him becoming a master tactician. He has led the Armies of Asgard into battle for countless years in wars over all the Nine Realms.
- God of Wisdom: Odin possesses ast knowledge of ancient and arcane wisdom, considered to be his most powerful weapon.
Powers and Abilities Edit
As King of the Asgardians, Odin is one of the most powerful deity-type 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
Once every year, Odin is forced to under take the Odinsleep; a state of deep sleep where he recharges the Odinforce but left him as vulnerable as a mortal. The duration of the Odinsleep varies from time to time; sometimes it can a single night while other occasions are for more than a week.
- Expert Combatant: Odin is a skilled hand to hand combatant.
- Asgardian Mystical Combatant: Odin was also extremely adept at wielding his vast energy powers during combat situations. Odin was extremely skilled at using Asgardian magic, surpassing even that of Karnilla or the Enchanters.
- Allspeak: Thanks to the Allspeak Odin can communicate in all of the languages of the Nine Realms, Earth's dialects, and various alien languages.
Previously, Odin is remembered for wearing "The Destroyer" automoton as a suit of armor, which greatly protected and empowered him in battle. Eventually, he ceased wearing it, but enabled the suit to function on its own, serving under the command of the King of Asgard.
In combat, Odin wears a full suit of armor whose primary component is Uru, with other metals in gold, silver, and black colors as secondary additions. The armor features a long red cape, excentuating his status as King, and is finished by an elaboratly crafted helmet with hornlike protrusions, acting as a symbol of his status as much as it does a protective covering.
In ceremonies, Odin wears a similarly designed suit of armor crafted of the same metals, except for Uru, and is more golden in color. The cape on this suit is more excentric, and brighter in color, with a helmet similar in design to his combat helmet but fully golden. Odin also wears a golden patch when donning this ceremonial attire.
Whenever he is not in combat or performing official duties as King, Odin has access to an expansive wardrobe of fine materials and colors, varying depending on his tastes and preferences of the day.
In battle, Odin has wielded various tools of destruction against his enemies.
- Gungnir: The "Spear of Heaven/Swaying One," Gungnir acted as a symbol of the King of Asgard as much as a weapon, and as such was passed down to Odin after the death of Bor. It is made of Uru, and has enchantments to act as a conduit of its user's powers, return to the user when thrown, open the Bifrost Bridge in place of Heimdal's sword, and perform various other magical feats.
- Thrudstok: A power scepter in the form of a small mace, Thrudstok is made of Uru. It is simply a symbol of power and weapon in combat, bearing no magical enchantments.
- 'Draupnir': The "Odinring," Draupnir is a ring and is a symbol of Odin's supremacy. While presumed to have mystical enchantments, the specific properties and functionality of the ring is a closely guarded secret to Odin and remains unknown.
- Skidbladnir: A Viking-style long-boat whose enchanted sails and oars enabled it to navigate the "sea of space". Its mystical properties enabled Asgardians to ride it safely without any natural protection from the vacuum of space. Skidbladnir could be mystically shrunk to the size of a toy.
Odin's mighty horse, Sleipnir is a magical, eight-legged steed that is believed to be the greatest of all horses.
Munin and HuginEdit
Munin and Hugin, "Memory and Thought," are a pair of mystical ravens that Odin uses to gather information on the Nine Realms.
Freki and GeriEdit
Odin's pet wolves.