Valiant Universe (VH1) - Pre-Unity
With an ultra-dense cellular structure that gives him great strength and the ability to heal from the most grievous of wounds, Gilad Anni-Padda is even immune to the ravages of time. The greatest fighter from an age when the sword was the law, he was ancient before the rise of the Pharaohs, and shall survive the fall of nations yet to come. He is the Fist and Steel of those who guard the earth, the Geomancers, and his battle is never-ending.
The Eternal Warrior was created by Jim Shooter, Bob Layton and Barry Windsor-Smith. He first appeared in the story "The Man Who Killed The World / Alpha & Omega Part 10" in Solar, Man of Atom #10 (1992).
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Gilad Anni-Padda is one of the eternal brothers in the Valiant Universe: Ivar (the Timewalker), Gilad (the Eternal Warrior), & Aram (Armstrong). They all are immortal and were born before recorded history. Known as the "Fist and Steel" of Earth, Gilad has spent centuries protecting the planet with the guidance of the Geomancers.
For the Valiant relaunch, Eternal Warrior was re-introduced by writer Fred Van Lente and artist Clayton Henry.
Major Story Arcs
Gilad appears to Aric, the wielder of the X-O Manowar armor, and tells him that his plan to establish a Visigoth kingdom in Romania is wrong. It is revealed that he was a trainer of Aric sixteen centuries ago, and a counselor of sorts to his uncle. Gilad and Aric do battle, and at first, Gilad has the upper hand due to his experience and strength. Aric eventually dons the armor and soon gains the upper hand as the two trade blows with swords. Aric manages to get behind him and breaks his arm. Aric sees the crown of his uncle is broke and Gilad simply heals and tells Aric whatever happens is on his head before leaving.
Powers and Abilities
Gilad has super strength and durability, as well as the ability to heal almost any wound. He was able to send Aric flying several feet with a simple palm thrust to the back, and he was able to lock swords with Aric in the Manowar armor. With several lifetimes worth of experience, he is an exceptional fighter and warrior.