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Tamerkhan
Tamerkhan
General Information
Real name: Unknown
First Appearance: Aquaman #25 (January, 1966)
Created by: Nick Cardy
Affiliations: Genghis Khan
Attucka
Liat
Abilities: Hypnosis
Portrayed by: None

Tamerkhan was a Mongol sorcerer-scientist who made himself effectively immortal. His plan of taking over Atlantis involved aging Aquababy to a man and marrying said man to his daughter.

HistoryEdit

Tamerkhan once loyally served Genghis Khan. Once Khan died, The Mongol Empire fell. Tamerkhan and associate Attucka fled to the oceans. He used his science to make them both effectively immortal and able to live and breathe underwater.

The duo turned to piracy and around the 1560s, Tamerkhan gained himself a wife. She was an unnamed princess captured in a raid. She died eventually but left behind a daughter, Liat. A daughter also rendered immortal by Tamerkhan. By the time they encountered Aquaman, the trio were living in a submarine. They located Atlantis and were conspiring on ways of conquering it when Aquababy entered their ship uninvited. Substances from Tamerkhan's lab were used to age the baby to a teenage Aquaboy. Liat was quick to pick him as her mate. Tamerkhan had to comply and was properly introduced to his prospective son-in-law.

Learning the boy was a Prince of Atlantis, they figured out a way to enter the Royal Family of the city. Arthur and Mera were surprised that their son was all grown-up and engaged to be married. But they reluctantly complied. Until finding out Tamerkhan kept Junior under control with hypnotism. (He had no objection to dating Liat. But resisted the idea of pledging to "love her alone"). The other three Royals reacted violently, but Aqualad was no match in unarmed combat for Aquaboy, taken down with a single move. Tamerkhan's ring was able to dissolve the hard-water creations made by Mera and Aquaman surrendered without a fight.

The Mongols were able to take over Atlantis with no further resistance. But where force failed, cunning succeeded. Mera started seducing Tamerkhan and even suggested methods of disposing of Aquaman. A flattered Tamerkhan let his guard down and was unable to stop her from stealing his amulet. She quickly threw it to Arthur, who destroyed it. Tamerkhan was unable to hypnotize anyone. He still rushed the wedding of Junior and Liat. But Junior was de-aged as the chemicals wore off. He stole and swallowed the ring of his prospective father-in-law.

While Attucka was killed in battle with Aquaman, Tamerkhan and Liat crumpled away to dust, grown to their true chronological age. The ring was apparently the artefact keeping them alive.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

  • Underwater Breathing
  • Hypnosis
  • Longevity
  • Sorcery

See AlsoEdit

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