Karkas was born to the race of Deviants, an evolutionary offshoot of humanity which is cursed with an unstable genetic code causing random characteristics to crop up with every generation. In a never-ending attempt to stabilize their genetic destiny, Karkas's mother underwent involuntary experiments in the Breeding Pits. The experiment was a failure and her new-born son was more monstrously mutated than the norm. Labelled a "mutate," Karkas was sent to the Arena to be raised as a gladiator until he reached the legal age of extermination. Although his heavily-hided body could resist extremes of punishment, he never had any special inclination to become a fighter. Thus he did the minimum required of him as a gladiator to permit is continued existence. Meeting his fellow Mutate, the human-looking Ransak, in the Arena, Karkas was freed from Deviant slavery when Eson the Celestial destroyed the City of Toads. Karkas and Ransak were taken into custody by the Eternal named Thena, and were permitted to dwell among the Eternals of Olympia for a time, taking advantage of enlightened cultural opportunities for the first time.
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