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Aethyr and Nam-Ek
Aethyr & Nam-Ek
Powers and
Abilities
All Kryptonian powers under a yellow sun (Demonstrated: Super strength, super speed, invulnerability, heat vision, x-ray vision)
Played By Alana de la Garza[1]
Uncredited[2]
Leonard Roberts[3]
Status Unknown (Aethyr)
Deceased (Nam-Ek)
The Disciples of Zod were two Kryptonians loyal to General Zod.

They arrived on Earth in the Black Ship during the 2005 meteor shower, intent on finding Kal-El and forcing him to free Zod from the Phantom Zone.

Physical Appearance

Aethyr's Tattoo

Aethyr's Tattoo

Both Aethyr and Nam-Ek had identical, unnaturally bright, green eyes, displayed little emotion and were ruthless and brutal in pursuit of their goals. They considered humans savages and had little qualm about hurting or killing any that got in their way.
Disciples of Zod

Zod's disciples on Earth.

When they first emerged from the ship both wore Kryptonian armor and Aethyr had a bracelet on her right wrist. The bracelet contained inscriptions of the Mark of Zod and Aethyr also wore the mark on her lower back as a tattoo.

Powers and Abilities

Under a yellow sun, both Kryptonians gain all Kryptonian powers and abilities and demonstrated immense control over them.

  • Super strength - Both disciples were way stronger and more powerful than any earthly being on Earth, but in the Phantom Zone, they are utterly stripped of their abilities. Aethyr was able slap Jonathan effortlessly and Namek was able to slide the metal door in Luthor mansion as if it were nothing.
  • Super speed - Both disciples were able to move and run at speeds that surpass the sound barrier.
  • Invulnerability - Their skin is tremendously resilient and able to withstand bullets.
  • Heat vision - The disciples were able to emit extensive heat from their eyes.
  • Telekinesis - They, like Kal-El and General Zod, can influence the trajectory and movement of Kryptonian objects.

Vulnerabilities

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Aethyr and Nam-Ek weakened by Kryptonite.

Like all Kryptonians, Zod's disciples are inherently weakened by kryptonite. They both got sucked into the portal wormhole to the Phantom Zone's dimension.

Early life

Zod's disciples were his two closest allies and were given major roles in the civil war on Krypton. While Zod determined where should be attacked, his disciples were given roles in which they too determined where should be attacked and they often conversed with Zor-El giving them an upper hand and knowledge of where should be best to attack.

When notified that Zod had been captured, they contacted Brainiac and determined that since Zod had been captured and that Zor-El was planning to destroy Krypton, they should flee and find the planet where Jor-El would send his only son Kal-El so they could use him to free Zod and create a Kryptonian paradise. They then left Krypton in the Black Ship along with Brainiac and when the Crystal of Air was stained with blood, the Black Ship was notified and immediately traveled to Earth.

Season Five

Nam-Ek

Nam-Ek on Earth

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Aethyr on Earth

The Black ship landed in Smallville along with a meteor shower and the two emerged from the ship. They traversed Smallville in search of Kal-El, leaving a trail of destruction and brutality in their wake. The two believed themselves the last survivors of Krypton and wished Kal-El to join them in making earth into a new Kryptonian paradise.
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Aethyr and Nam-Ek trapped in the Phantom Zone

Clark rejected their violent ways and in the ensuing confrontation, both Aethyr and Nam-Ek were forced into a portal to the Phantom Zone by Clark.

Season Six

Months later, when Kal-El was exiled to the Zone, the two disciples confronted him, seeking revenge for their imprisonment. The two wished to execute him immediately, but Raya's quick witted deception convinced the two that he could free them from the Zone. At the last moment she betrayed them, slicing open Nam-Ek's throat and killing him.

Aethyr was last seen stabbing Raya the instant before Kal-El triggered the escape portal from the Zone. Whether she remained in the Zone, despite Raya escaping, or landed somewhere on Earth wasn't revealed.

Season Seven

Over a year later, Jor-El said that Bizarro was indeed the final Phantom Zoner to be dealt with, indirectly confirming that Aethyr was left in the Zone.

Appearances

In the Comics

Nam-Ek
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Nam-Ek as he appears in the comics.

Nam-Ek was a genius healer specialized in biology, truly committed in making life for his fellow Kryptonians better. During his studies, Nam-Ek found out that most of Kryptonian medicine was based on the radiations emitted by the Rondor, a sacred beast of the planet whose horn could cure any known disease. Nam-Ek thought that a deeper study of the Rondor’s horn could have opened new frontiers for medicine and research, but he had a single obstacle, Kryptonian law. According to the law, in fact, the Rondor was a sacred beast and its killing and the removal of its horn were considered as an unforgivable sin and a grave crime, punished in ancient times with death. Nam-Ek considered that the potential benefits surpassed by far the risks and decided to try all the same: he secretly captured a Rondor and surgically removed its horn: the beast didn't survived the operation. The healer studied the horn for days, until he was able to create a serum out of it. Sure that the serum would have granted immunity to any disease, Nam-Ek drank the serum, that had some unforeseen side effects, his skin turned purple and leathery, his nails became claws and a big horn, just like a Rondor’s one, grew in the middle of his forehead. Transformed into a Rondor-Kryptonian hybrid, Nam-Ek was unable to conceal his crime and was arrested and sent to the Phantom Zone.

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Nam-Ek before his transformation.

Nam-Ek was to be considered lucky being imprisoned in the Phantom Zone, since Krypton exploded shortly after: also in the dimensional prison, however, the other Zoners saw him as a wicked creature, because both his hideous appearance and his past . Feared and distanced, Nam-Ek spent years in complete solitude, an isolation that affected badly his mental health. With the days, the sharp intellect and the scientific genius were replaced by paranoia and an incredible need for company.

At last, Nam-Ek was freed by Amalak, a space pirate who hated everything that was Kryptonian and was searching for an ally in his long time battle against Superman. Having become naive and gullible, Nam-Ek was more than happy to become Amalak’s partner and joined his crusade against Superman. Thanks to the serum, Nam-Ek had gained also the Rondor’s powers, not just his appearance, as well as was able to cure anything with his horn and for this reason, Amalak renamed him Antibiotic Man, something that the Kryptonian took as a compliment and was proud of. The two, together, attacked Superman with a series of physical and psychic attacks, with the Antibiotic Man healing both himself and Amalak everytime Superman managed to land a blow on them. Ultimately, Superman managed to defeat both of them and while Amalak died by accidentally stabbing himself, Nam-Ek was closed in the Phantom Zone once again. [4]

He was freed again years after, when the space-time continuum was torn apart and on Earth he managed to subdue many heroes, vanquishing with no effort even the powerful Wonder Woman. He was imprisoned once again when Aethyr, the physical embodiment of the Phantom Zone, was convinced by Mr. Mxyzptlk that torturing Kryptonians was fun and brought him to collect its former prisoners.

Aethyr
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Aethyr as it appears in the comics.

A result of two galaxies that collided and were destroyed, Aethyr is the collective melding of all the souls that were lost. A powerful, cosmic demon like being whose thoughts create the Phantom Zone. It is a godlike being who exists solely in the Phantom Zone. In fact, it is one of the only beings truly native to the zone and all things that exist within the deepest reaches of the expanse are subject to its whim. It is millions of years old and is in control of all the galaxies, including the Phantom Zone. It is also in control of The Projector, the gateway to the Phantom Zone.

Aethyr was also referred to as "The Oversoul".

It was erased from existence, following the collapse of the Multiverse in the Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series.

Notes

  • Nam-Ek and Aethyr's names both appear in Kevin J. Anderson's novel, The Last Days of Krypton. However like the show, their physical descriptions fit that of Non and Ursa, from Superman: The Movie and Superman II.
  • Nam-Ek and Aethyr's backstory is never told. It is likely the Disciples were a sect of Zod's followers established after the destruction of Kandor. If they were soldiers in Major Zod's army, they would have had clones in the Orb, but not all the names of the people in the Orb are disclosed so there is a chance they were inside but not seen.
  • Nam-Ek appears in 2013's film Man of Steel, as a hulking Kryptonian and follower of Zod. He fights Superman along with Faora in Smallville. He also appears in the comic book tie-in of the film, which reveals his origin as a young pilot of Krypton who along with Kara Zor-El and other Kryptonians have as a final test a trip to the jungle.

References

  1. Aethyr in Arrival
  2. Aethyr in Zod
  3. Nam-Ek
  4. https://moviecomicswhoswho.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/nam-ek-antibiotic-man/

See also

Zod in Smallville
Family Faora (clone) • ValaDavis Bloome
'Ships Jor-ElClark KentTess MercerLois LaneFaora
Work Kandorian armyR.A.O. Corporation
Other House of Zod (crest) • Kneel before ZodDisciples of ZodNear-death experiencesEpisodes
Kryptonians in Smallville
Main Clark KentKaraZodBrainiacDavis Bloome
House of El Jor-El (AI, clone) • Lara-ElZor-ElConner Kent
Kandorian army Kandorian army: BasqatValaFaoraAliaCoats
Houses House of El (crest) • House of Zod (crest)
Other Disciples of Zod (Nam-Ek, Aethyr) • Dax-UrRayaFaoraKrypton

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