Asgard (Marvel)

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Odin, Thor, and Loki of Asgard
Asgard is the home of an advanced alien civilization in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Asgardians were worshipped by the Scandinavian peoples of the 10th century due to their intervention when aliens from Jotunheim tried to invade Earth (although there are suggestions that Asgardians have been visiting Earth for much longer). Asgard may not be in the same universe as Earth, as the laws of physics there appear to be significantly different from ours.

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Attributes

Asgardians are visually indistinguishable from humans, but they are far stronger and tougher. While some Asgardians exhibit physical attributes that far exceed the norm for their race, even mundane Asgardians can lift thousands of pounds and survive the impact of modern firearms. They have life expectancies of thousands of years.

Asgardian strength, hardiness, and longevity may be enhanced by technology, as their superhuman attributes can be stripped from them by someone with sufficient power over Asgardian "magic".

Organization

Asgard is a monarchy currently ruled by Odin.

Asgard is a "warrior" culture, and most of the population appears to have some combat training. There does appear to be an army that is distinct from the general population, however, and Asgardians undoubtedly vary in fighting ability.

Technology

Asgardian technology is vastly superior to modern Earth technology, to the point that it can easily be called "magic". Asgardians have created artifacts that can manipulate the weather over large areas, fire powerful beams of energy, and teleport man-sized objects over interstellar (possibly intergalactic) distances. Many Asgardian artifacts appear to be capable of responding to the thoughts of authorized users.

Threat Assessment

Asgardians prefer to engage their enemies in close combat, but this preference may be explained by their high durability, which makes ranged weapons less effective against them. They don't appear to have starships, but the "Bifrost" device (when operational) gives them the ability to deploy troops in large numbers over vast distances in a matter of seconds, and it can be abused as a weapon of mass destruction at similar ranges. How they would actually fair in open war against a space-faring race is difficult to determine.

Notable Asgardians

  • Odin: The ruler of the Asgardians, Odin has vast personal power (of the Asgardian "magic" variety). He can easily alter the behavior of Asgardian artifacts, and he can generate exceptionally powerful blasts of energy. He wields a spear known as Gungnir that can channel Asgardian "magic" into intense beams. For unspecified reasons, Odin has to sleep for an extended period of time at unspecified intervals, an event referred to as the "Odinsleep".
  • Thor: The heir to throne of Asgard, Thor is vastly stronger and more durable than other Asgardians. He wields a hammer called Mjolnir that responds to his (and Odin's) mental commands. It allows him to fly, alter the weather in his vicinity, and direct lightning bolts. While still young by Asgardian standards, he is over 1,000 years old.
  • Loki: The "God of Trickery", Loki is adept at Asgardian "magic", particularly the creation of visible and audible illusions. Although raised Asgardian, he was born a Frost Giant.
  • Heimdall: Heimdall guards the "Bifrost", the Asgardian device that permits rapid teleportation over vast distances. He is also clairvoyant, enabling him to perceive events occurring at interstellar (possibly intergalactic) distances.
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