Tyros of Lanlak
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True Invulnerability: Un resistance to physical and energy attacks, Class 1000 against heat and cold.
Self-sustenance: Terrax has no need to for air, food or water. He is sustained by his cosmic energies.
Floating Disc: Class 1000 speed by riding atop of rocks under his control.
Gateway: At maximum speed he can enter hyperspace travelling great distances with Class 3000 ability.
Life Detection: Detect life-energies up to 5 light years away with Class 1000 ability.
Earth Animation: Unearthly, 100 miles in diameter. Stunts include:
Rock missiles with 100 range and effect.
Levitate any land mass with Unearthly ability and 100 cubic miles.
The Cosmic Axe: Class 1000 material axe-like weapon. It channels his powers and provides the following additional powers:
Force Field: Monstrous rank and range
Disintegration: Unearthly, limited to the line of the ax’s passage and the area above that line (away from the pull of gravity)
Tyros was originally the dictator of the small city-state Lanlak on the world of Brij (sometimes translated as Terran), a moon of the gas giant Marman in a solar system eighty thousand light years from Earth. Tyros ruled through the use of force, his limited power over earth and rock. This power, which apparently was a mutation unique to Tyros, enabled him to animate constucts of stone which would patrol his kingdom maintaining his firm control. Tyros loved power and conquest, and led a life of debauchery and violence. Somehow, he came to the attention of Galactus, the world devourer. Galactus had been seeking a new herald to guide him to fertile planets which he needed for sustenance. The space being surmised that the common fualt in most of his former heralds was that their moral values prevented them from fulfilling their duties. For a new herald, Galactus sought an individual who would have no compunction in finding worlds for Galactus to render lifeless.
When the Fantastic Four came to Galactus to ask him for aid in the battle against the Sphinx, Galactus agreed, but only with the condition that the Fantastic Four would journey to Brij and subdue Tyros for him. The Fantastic Four reluctantly did this, and in doing so, they freed the city of Lanlak from Tyros’s rule. Brought before Galactus Tyros was exposed to Galactus’s cosmic power, and was transformed into Terrax the Tamer. His minor control over stone was augmented to an uncalculable degree. Now, he could affect all matter of rock and stone on nearly a planetary scale. His body was changed so that it would withstand the vacuum of space. Finally, Galactus gave Terrax a weapon called the “cosmic axe,” capable of generating waves of cosmic force.
As Galactus’s new herald, Terrax found more worlds for his master than any of the previous heralds. Terrax likened the discovery of new planets to the feeling of conquest. On several occasions, Terrax annhilated large segments of the population himself using his cosmic powers. As Galactus had hoped, Terrax’s lack of morality made him a successful herald. But whereas Galactus’s other heralds had a sence of loyalty to their master, Terrax had none. Indeed, he served Galactus out of fear for his master’s power, but even conquered that fear on several occasions to defy Galactus’s wishes. Shortly after being transformed into Galactus’s herald, Terrax fled from his master and overthrew the ruling body of a small unnamed planet. He enslaved the the entire population and set him self up as the planet’s deity. Huge segments of that worlds people died erecting temples and cities to glorify Terrax. Terrax planned to use the survivors of his reign as the first wave of a universe-conquering army. Butbefore Terrax could proceed any farther, Galactus summoned his herald. Fearful of his master’s wrath, Terrax hid in a black hole. Utilizing the powers of the Earth mutant Dazzler, Galactus freed terrax and made him obedient to his will again.
But Terrax’s rebellious nature could not be totally stiffled, and after a while, Terrax again fled his master. This time he went to Earth. Utilizing his power, Terrax levitated the entire island of Manhattan into Earht orbit and used the lives of its millions of inhabitants to bargain with the Fantastic Four. To spare Manhattan, Terrax demanded that they destroy Galactus by attacking his ship. Galactus had by now realized that his herald had become a liability to him. Returning Manhattan to Earth, Galactus stripped Terrax of his cosmic power and the transformed alien was sent hurtling from the top of the world trade center down to the street below. Although seriously injured, Terrax’s alien physique enabled him to survive the fall. Unknown to both the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, who were present at the site. Terrax’s broken form was taken to a nearby hospital by an unidentified passer by. He remained there for several months in a semi-comatose state.
Victor von Doom, looking for a pawn to use in a plot against the Fantastic Four, discovered the fact of Terrax’s survival. Terrax was kidnapped from the hospital and brought back to Latveria by a squad of robots dispatched by Doom. There, after six weeks of Doom’s advanced treatments, Terrax recovered. But, having been stripped of cosmic power, Terrax had no memories of having been the herald of Galactus, and thus called himself Tyros once more. Doom had recently perfected a device that was capable of endowing an individual with limited cosmic power. Tyros readily agreed to be exposed to the device’s energies, as he wished revenge against the Fantastic Four. Garbed in a special suit that would channel and regulate the cosmic energies in his body, Tyros set off for New York. Unknown to him, the power Doom gave him would consume Tyros’s body within a matter of hours. Thus, Doom would not be faced with an adversary whose power was vaster than his own, once Tyros had served his purpose.
Tyros defeated the Fantastic Four and , detesting the fact he was in the service of any master, he turned on Doom and immobilized the Latverian monarch in his armor. At Tyros’s moment of seeming triumph, the Silver Surfer, first of Galactus’s heralds,arrived to save the lives of his friends, the Fantastic Four. Tyros believed that his power level was equal to that of the Surfer’s but Tyros was no match for someone who had recieved cosmic power from Galactus himself. Because of this, Tyros was forced to use his powers to the limit in order to combat the Surfer. This only served to hasten the deterioration of the cosmic power Doom had embued him with. As the two former heralds of Galactus engaged in battle, Tyros appeared to be totally consumed by the “power cosmic.” Though many thought him dead, Terrax had merely been stripped of the Power Doom had given him. Terrax remained in hidding for many years afterwards to avoid punishment for his crimes.