HistoryPyreus Kril was serving as first officer aboard the Xandarian explorer ship Way-Opener when his commander, Gabriel Lan, was unexpectedly abducted by a teleporation beam. Vowing to rescue his commander and friend, Kril assumed command of the Way-Opener and began to pursue the huge ship that transmitted the beam. Kril would later learn that the ship belonged to Galactus, the world-devourer, who had been seeking a new herald (since his first herald, the Silver Surfer, betrayed him) and found a worthy candidate in Gabriel Lan. Using his cosmic power, Galactus transformed Lan into the Air-Walker. For years, Lan served Galactus faithfully, while his ex-crewman Kril followed Galactus's wake of destruction. When Galactus was attacked by a powerful race called the Ovoids, the Air-Walker was slain defending his master. Galactus transferred his herald's dwindling life-force into that of a replica, but the replica was not enough like his loyal herald to please Galactus. Thus he dispatched the Air-Walker automaton to Earth to summon the Silver Surfer back to active duty. The Surfer refused, destroying the automaton in the process. Persuaded to leave Earth without the Surfer, Galactus returned to the stars heraldless, not even bothering to claim the remains of the Air-Walker replica.
It was then that Pyreus Kril caught up with him. Boldly teleporting himself aboard Galactus's ship, Kril demanded the release of his former commander. Galactus was impressed by the Xandarian spaceman's determination, and offered to tell Kril of his commander's fate if he agreed to become his new herald. Kril agreed and was transformed by the power of Galactus into Firelord. Though Galactus kept his side of the bargain, he soon suppressed the knowledge he had given Kril so that he might send him on a mission to Earth. Firelord was released from active service when the Earth god Thor offered Galactus the Asgardian construct called the Destroyer ni exchange for Firelord's freedom. Unlike the Surfer, who was sentenced to remain on Earth for his treason, Firelord was free to leave. Yet Firelord chose to remain because of his subliminal memory that the Earth was the final resting place of the remains of his friend. Months later, when the Air-Walker automaton reactivated itself, he remembered the reason for his compulsion to remain. Taking custody of the automaton (wrecked once more in battle with Thor), Firelord bore him into space, where he buried the remains on an asteroid in their home star system. Free of his only tie to Earth, Firelord has since wandered the stars, searching for his destiny.
Powers and Abilities
PowersImbued with the Power Cosmic, Firelord can gather, channel and manipulate large quantites of cosmic energy. He uses this power in the form of stellar fire surrounding his body, making him the equivalent of a miniature sun. Firelord can project any form of energy possessed by a star, including heat, light, gravity, radio waves and charged particles. Firelord's cosmic fire can burn through almost any earthly substance, and he can control his cosmic fire's path to the point of projecting a sustained ring of fire at a fixed distance around a person or object.
AbilitiesFirelord can fly at near light speeds through interstellar space, and traverse hyperspace unaided.
His Power Cosmic also grants him near complete invulnerability and superhuman strength sufficient to lift 50 tons.
Firestaff - Firelord wields a five-foot long staff, the ends of which are constantly ablaze with his cosmic flame. Firelord generally projects his cosmic fire through his staff, although he can project cosmic flame through any part of his body as well.
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