It was during a time of war and slavery where a prophecy would tell of a warrior rise and take the kingdom of Atlantis by force, something that steered a warrior known as Rorak into ensuring that the warrior would be him. It was devotion that guided Rorak and his army to destroy several unsuspecting tribes, such as the tribe Skarka where Attuma would see his own mother killed before him. With many killed, most women and children of Skarka were taken as slaves, as with Attuma being raised as one of the slaves who was forced working within the mines where countless others suffered greatly and eventually died off. But the mines didn’t weakened Attuma seeing how his rage and desire for revenge only made him stronger, eventually becoming strong enough to raise an army of slaves against Rorak and his army after Atlantis started to disregard the use of slavery. Even though Attuma never gained any revenge against Rorak, he found himself with a massive army after freeing and gathering other slaves with a desire to claim Roraks goal of being the one who will overtake Atlantis.
Attuma was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1964 and first appeared in Fantastic Four # 33.
Attuma believes that he is destined to conquer Atlantis. Which he has done on twice. His constant quest for Attlantis has brought him both allies and enemies. He has been known to team-up with Tigershark, Llyra, and even Kang. Attuma has fought the Fantastic Four, Avengers, and Alpha Flight.
Major Story Arcs
It was during one of his campaigns where Attuma became a father to a firstborn, a daughter known as Andromeda. Because of how Andromeda wasn’t a male child, Attuma grew ashamed and disregarded to accept Andromeda as his child. Despite the fact that Andromeda grew up to be a skilled and a dangerous warrior, Attuma eventually detached himself with whereabouts of his daughter. By the time Attuma finally amassed a massive army, he and his army stormed the gates of Atlantis. Even though the ruler of Atlantis Namor and his army managed to defend Atlantis from Attuma’s attacks, Attuma managed to infiltrate Atlantis because of Lady Dorma, who did this out of jealousy when Namor denied her love. This led Namor’s army into submission against Attuma’s forces when supplies grew weak to where even his own army and the citizens of Atlantis accepted Attuma’s own supplies and loyalty. Finally accomplishing the prophecy of overtaking Atlantis by force, Attuma still found himself going against a struggling Namor. But it would be Dorma’s disregard for her actions where she sought help from the Fantastic Four to help Namor reclaim his title and have Atlantis be restored back to normal. With the Fantastic Four’s meddling, Attuma found himself going against Namor one on one where Namor by the aid of Invisible Woman defeated him. Beaten and having his army diminished, Namor punished Attuma and most of his army by exiling him from Atlantis.
Against the Avengers
Attuma faced even a greater defeat when facing his army who looked upon him with disregard, also the beliefs of Attuma being the one who would one day rule Atlantis being false were starting to rise, also causing his massive army to diminish. This led Attuma into leading a way to rule the surface as a way to regain his respect from his own army and later setting his sights on ruling Atlantis once more. But Attuma was facing a setback when lacking any knowledge of the surface world or any of the human population, which led Attuma into setting up a base near the surface with the goals of capturing a human so that he and his army would study and analyze the surface world and it’s inhabitants. However this attempt found itself backfiring when Attuma captured an airliner that held Janet Van Dyne, also known as the Wasp and partner of her lover Hank Pym. Selecting Janet to be the human for Attuma’s studies, Attuma and his small army found themselves facing an enraged Giant Man who managed to rescue Janet from Attuma’s clutches. With Attuma believing that all humans held the same growing abilities as with Pym and Janet, he successfully escaped both heroes to rethink his goals for ruling the surface world. Yet the fact humans are incapable of breathing water, Attuma and his small army managed to gather enough materials to design a machine that would alter the oxygen levels to where humans would be incapable of breathing and possibly giving Attuma a greater chance of ruling the surface. But an encounter with Iron Man who was currently testing a submarine found Attuma’s plans foiled when the armored avenger destroyed Attuma’s machine.
With his plans of attacking the surface world being foiled more than once, Attuma was beginning to lose the loyalty with what remained from his army. But managing to construct another machine that’s designed to create tidal waves that could attack and destroy the surface world above. It would be before using this machine where Attuma noticed a swimmer near his hidden base. Believing that the swimmer was a spy, his men quickly captured the swimmer who happened to be the Avenger known as the Wasp, who has managed to been a captive of Attuma a second time. As Attuma gloated over his goals of having the world being attacked by his tidal wave machine, he was unaware that Wasp was sending a message to the Avengers of her location and Attuma’s plans. Yet even a majority of the Avengers proved to be unsuccessful against Attuma and his forces because of how he used the underwater environment as an advantage. But even his men despised Attuma’s victory over the Avengers when he fought the whole team at an unfair advantage, resulting with Attuma releasing the Avengers with the members having their own respirators. Even though Attuma managed to handle his own against the Avengers and the sudden arrival of Hawkeye and Quicksilver, his plans were foiled when his tidal wave machine and a majority of his equipment was destroyed. Leaving Attuma and his men fleeing from the scene to rethink their goals.
Another War Against Atlantis
Even after his foiled attempts against the surface world and it’s heroes, Attuma was still determind to achieve his original goal of taking over Atlantis. Managing to rebuild an army, Attuma made his attack on Atlantis once again that led itself into another fight between Namor and Attuma himself. Even an ever dedicated Attuma still failed to overtake Atlantis nor defeat Namor, thus forcing Attuma and his defeated army being forced into retreating. But luck would strike Attuma when him and his men suddenly encountered an alien robot servant that laid dormant after accidentally being dropped from an alien spaceship. Even though Attuma at first attacked the motionless robot, he discovered that it was indestructible and that it could be functioned into following commands, something that Attuma managed to do when setting the robot onto Atlantis. Even though Attuma was successful on having the robot proving to be a threat that was too great for Namor to face, the robots rampage found itself halted when Namor located the alien owners to help him shut off the robot.
But this setback found itself changed when Attuma encountered Byrrah after the robotic threat, an Atlantean prince who strongly believed that he was destined to claim the Atlantean throne. Offering both Krang and Attuma their share of power within Atlantis, much like Krang, Attuma held his own secret agenda of destroying Atlantis if Byrrah should fail his promise. Yet Byrrah did manage to overtake Namor’s throne after defeating him in combat and secretly using a hypnotizing machine to have the people within Atlantis under his control. With Attuma and Krang at his side, Attuma’s brief share of power ended when Lady Dorma destroyed Byrrahs machine after discovering it. With the Atlanteans restored, Attuma set his goals on destroying Atlantis when Byrrah lost his power over the Atlanteans. But this only resulted another defeat in the hands Namor who managed to rightfully reclaim his throne.
Another failed attempt to claim Atlantis for himself because of Namor, Attuma being able fulfill his prophecy was finding itself being nothing more than a mere misguided fable. But even a desperate Attuma still held hope of gaining the chance to strike when having scouts observe Atlantis and their ruler Namor, a chance that would finally come when Namor found himself dethroned and exiled by the very kingdom he protected. Taking the opportunity to strike against Atlantis, Attuma’s leadership found itself being challenged by one of his own, Gorgul, whom Attuma quickly silenced with a single punch. After him and his army easily overtaken Atlantis, Attuma found himself facing a captured Namor. Furious because of how Namor wasn’t killed on site, Namor faked his weakness so that he would be able to challenge Attuma in a single fight, something that Attuma couldn’t deny in front of his own army. Yet even Namor found the fight favoring Attuma because of his unique power armor that shocked Namor after each strike against Attuma. But Attuma found himself facing another defeat in the hands of Namor after Gorgul and Dorma found and destroyed the source of Attuma’s power armor.
Attuma is beheaded by the Sentry after attacking New York with his warrior Hordes. He is later revived by Doctor Doom in a vow to kill Namor.
Attuma has become one of the Worthy and is transformed into Nerkkod, Breaker of Oceans after he comes into possession of one of the mystic hammers. Nerkkod wreaks havoc all over the oceans and his next target is New Atlantis. Namor comes into conflict with Nerkkod but he is simply overwhelmed and forced to retreat as New Atlantis falls under the mighty blow of Nerkkod's mystic hammer. Nerkkod has Tiger Shark, Tyrak and Aradnea as his generals and he has them watch the prisoners of New Atlantis and turns his attention into destroying Canada. Nerkkod would terrorize Vancouver off the Pacific Coast with his army and come into conflict with Alpha Flight. Nerkkod begins to gain the upper hand when he sweeps most members of Alpha Flight inside a powerful whirlpool. Shaman goes into his psychopomp form and discovers that Attuma's enhanced powers and abilities were given to him by the Serpent. Guardian grabs Nerkkod from behind and takes him to Cape Race, Newfoundland off the Atlantic Coast. Guardian overexerts himself with a powerful blasts and draws blood on Nerkkod but the payload was too much on his battlesuit and he collapses. Nerkkod's forces would retreat from Vancouver when they were without their leader.
Powers & Abilities
Like all Atlanteans, Attuma is able to swim at great speeds and breathe underwater. He has greater strength than most Atlanteans. He can lift about 40 tons while on land and more underwater. In battle, Attuma usually wields a forked sword.
As Nerkkod, Attuma is able to control the very waters of the oceans with his hammer and is almost impervious to any type of attack. His hammer can also fire mystical lightning that can travel underwater.