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Quote1 The world has not changed as much as you believe, Sivana. Pharaohs still live off slaves. Quote2
-- Black Adam src

Ancient Egypt

Teth-Adam was a slave in Kahndaq, where almost the entirety of his family was killed by the dictators — all except his nephew Aman, whom Adam eventually managed to contact and help escape from imprisonment, being mortally wounded by guards in order to buy him time.

Aman, however, refused to abandon his dying uncle, and rescued him. Together, while escaping the underground prisons, they found themselves magically transported into the Rock of Eternity, where they were greeted by Shazam. The wizard, deeming Aman pure, offered him the role of his champion, giving him the task of freeing Kahndaq — which Aman accepted on the condition that Shazam healed Adam. Explaining that the gift bestowed upon him could be shared with his family, Shazam gave Aman his powers, healing and empowering Adam in the process.

Being returned to Kahndaq, Aman and Adam contemplated how to use their powers in order to free their people. While Adam was willing to destroy the dictators and exact revenge for their dead family, Aman wanted to save them and give them peace, stopping all bloodshed. Fearing that Aman's method would not work, Adam killed him and seized his powers for himself, seeing it as a necessary sacrifice for the greater good.

Black Adam is known in legend for having defeated the dictators and the Seven Sins, successfully freeing Kahndaq. Though myth says he merely disappeared, Black Adam actually turned against the Council of Eternity and murdered all its members but Shazam — the wizard, however, managed to overpower and seal Black Adam away.

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He saves Jack Ryder from King Kobra and his men. He states that he will provide shelter to any meta-human who seeks it in Kahndaq.

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Powers

  • Powers of the Egyptian Gods: After his resurrection Adam was no longer powered by the wizard, instead he gained his power from six Egyptian deities- Shu, Horus, Amun, Zehuti, Aten and Mehen. Like before Adam took on these gifts by uttering the magic word "Shazam".[1]
    • Stamina of Shu: With the blessings of Shu, Adam can endure great physical exertion without tiring while in his empowered form.
      • Self-Sustenance: Because of Shu's blessings Adam is able to survive without food, water or any other sort of sustenance while in his empowered form.
    • Speed of Horus: With the blessings of Horus Teth is capable of running or flying at incredibly high speeds.
      • Flight: With Horus' blessing Adam is able to hover or out right fly at high speeds.
      • Superhuman Reflexes: Due to Horus' blessings Adam's reflexes are greatly improved in his empowered form.
    • Strength of Amun: With the blessings of Amun Adam's strength is greatly increased. He is able to crack concrete, bend steel, and fight toe-to-toe with Ultraman of the Crime Syndicate.
      • Super-Leaping: With Amun's blessing Adam is able to use his strong leg muscles to leap far distances in a single bound.
    • Wisdom of Zehuti:Due to Zehuti's blessings, Black Adam has instant access to a vast level of scholarly knowledge.
      • Clairvoyance: The wisdom of Zehuti gives Black Adam clairvoyance and provides him with counsel and advice in times of need.
      • Divine Grace: Adam has the wisdom of Zehuti which allows finesse in actions and dealings with others.
      • Eidetic Memory: Through Zehuti's Wisdom Teth is capable of memorizing anything he sees.
      • Tactics of War: Through Zehuti's blessings Adam is an accomplished tactician.
      • Mathematics: Through Zehuti's blessings Adam is an accomplished mathematician.
    • Light of Aten: Aten's power, besides fueling the magic thunderbolt that transforms Black Adam, also enhances his other physical abilities and allows for inter-dimensional travel.
    • Courage of Mehen: This aspect is physical and partly psychological, and gives Adam superhuman amounts of inner strength to draw off from, while also making him indestructible to harm.
      • Indomitable Will: Because of Mehen's blessing Adam is a very strong willed in his actions.
      • Immortality: As long as he remains in his empowered form he doesn't age.

Abilities

  • Egyptology: Since he lived through the time period, Adam has a rich understanding of ancient Egyptian culture.
  • Intimidation: Adam was considered intimidating enough to be conducted in the Sinestro Corps.
  • Leadership: Adam rules the African nation of Kahndaq.[1]
  • Multilingualism: Adam speaks English, ancient Egyptian, Kahndaqi and Arabic.
  • Occultism: Because of the nature of his powers Adam has a decent understanding of magic.


Weapons

  • In this incarnation of Black Adam, Adam is not given the typical powers as he is normally given. His powers do not come from multiple gods but rather all from Shazam himself. He is also not a prince upon his first meeting with Shazam, but a fugitive slave.
  • However once he is resurrected he is again empowered by his Egyptian gods.

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