Nabu taught Kent to use the following powers without the helmet.
Enhancing Strength: Kent may use his telekinetic power to supplement his physical strength to Amazing rank. This does not increase his health.
Flight: Using his telekinsis Kent may attain Remarkable airspeeds
The Helmet of Nabu: Doctor Fate’s magical powers are broad. These powers are derived from the possession of Kent Nelson by Fate, a lord of Order called Nabu. Fate resides in the Helm of Nabu. When Kent dons the helmet, he only vaguely remembers the experiences of Fate. Nabu who possesses Unearthly Psyche.
Made from Unearthly strength mystical material. While wearing the Helmet of Nabu, Kent may utilise mystical energies to the following effects:
ALL Personal spells of Unearthly rank.
ALL Universal spells of Amazing rank.
ALL Dimensional spells of Amazing rank.
Cosmic Awareness: Dr. Fate has Remarkable connection with the Universe.
Magic Detection: Unearthly
True Flight: Shift-X
True Invulnerability: Amazing
Immortality: When possessed by Nabu Kent Nelson’s body cannot die.
Amulet of Anubus
Reality Perception: Dr Fate can see the network patterns of matter and energy that form the universe with Unearthly ability. This enables the following abilities at Unearthly rank:
Penetrate illusions by focusing on the true energy patterns
Perceive the physical and mental condition of a being
Perceive the occurrences in other realities
Penetrate concealment and disguises, and see the true nature of matter
Perceive occurrences beyond the barrier of dimensions
See through matter.
Aura Perception: Dr Fate can virtually see and gain knowledge of almost everything about a person or an object a person has been in proximity with. Seeing an aura can indicate the following:
The Karma of a character or object
The Popularity of a character or object
The Resource rank number of a character or object
The Health of a character or object
The rank number of a pronounced ability or object
The rank number of a pronounced power or object
The Physical Form of a character or object
Ability Boost: Dr Fate may double any one ability or power cast in the same round by making a Psyche FEAT roll. The color result indicates the duration.
Red Yellow Green White
10 Rounds 8 Rounds 5 Rounds 3 Rounds
Dr Fate must then make another Psyche FEAT roll or rest for one minute.
Without a mortal host, Nabu cannot remain on the Earthly plane.
Without the helmet, Kent is an ordinary mortal possessing the following abilities
Kent Nelson: Archeology, Medicine
Dr. Fate: ALL mystical talents, Cosmic History
Mystical Community, Infinity Inc, Justice League International, Justice Society of America, Lords of Order, Justice Battalion, All-Star Squadron
Archaeologist Sven Nelson and his son, Kent, then a boy, were exploring an ancient temple in the Valley of Ur in Mesopotamia. Kent found the entombed body of the giant ancient wizard Nabu the Wise, who was in suspended animation. Nabu was actually a being composed of pure energy who had originated a half million years ago on the planet Cilea and had taken human form. He was revived by a gas that killed Sven Nelson. Over the following years Nabu trained Kent in sorcery. Finally, when Kent reached adulthood, Nabu presented him with a helmet, a cape, and an amulet and, naming him Doctor Fate, sent him back to the outside world to battle evil. On his way to America, Doctor Fate first met Inza Cramer, who eventually became his wife. There, Doctor Fate became a founding member of the Justice Sociery of America.
Nelson came to realize that when he donned his helmet, his personality was being increasingly supplanted by that of Nabu, who was a mystical “Lord of Order.” Hence, Nelson put the helmet aside, thereby greatly reducing his powers, and instead wore a different helmet that did not conceal his entire face as the original had. Doctor Fate thereafter joined the All-Star Squadron, and months later, his original helmet was stolen by the sorcerer Kulak and hurled with him through “an infinity of dimensions.”
Years passed, and Nelson married Inza. His own magic powers and temporal energy absorbed from the villainous Ian Karkull kept Nelson physically in his twenties. The magic kept Inza physically in her twenties as well.
Under circumstances yet to be revealed, however, Doctor Fate regained his original helmet and began wearing it whenever he went on a mission. Since then whenever Nelson put the helmet on, his psyche was entirely replaced by that of the Lord of Order, Nabu, although Nabu retained Nelson’s memories. Doctor Fate continued to be an active member of the Justice Society of America for sometime.
He supposedly died and for a while and the mantle of Fate was passed on to Eric and Linda Strauss. Kent and his wife came back, though, and re-took the mantle. His wife ended up becoming Fate until just before Zero Hour, when they were both Fate.
Although both Kent and Inza Nelson later left the mortal realm of man, Kent played an important role in the birth of the new Dr. Fate. Kent Nelson discovered that Hector Hall’s consciousness was trapped within the Dreaming. Kent rescued Hector Hall and with help from the Scarab, they found a suitable child for Hall to be reborn in. Both Kent and the Scarab knew that the world needed Dr. Fate again because Mordru the Dark Lord was systematically slaughtering all agents of Order and Chaos in an attempt to gain their powers. If left unchecked, he could very well be a danger to the Earth. With help from the newly formed JSA and more specifically the new Star Spangled Kid, Hector Hall was reborn as the new Dr. Fate. Dr. Fate defeated Mordru and was ready to once again protect the Earth from mystical threats. Kent Nelson has now become a mentor for Hector and can always be found in the Amulet of Anubis, where he and Inza now reside.