Duran is a powerful sorcerer and a member of the Oto tribe in central Mexico. An ecological terrorist, Duran was enraged by industrial developers and the rampant pollution caused by the people of Mexico, in which he planned on unleashing a horde of mystical monsters. Operating out of the Zócalo, the Plaza of the Constitution in the heart of Mexico City, Duran kidnapped a young girl and focused the powers of Ometeotl, the "dual divinity," through her. The magic spell sparked a literal firestorm of destruction that was only stopped by the heroes Superman, Arcata, Iman, and El Muerto.