Section 2 - Apotheosis
Hindu God of Death, Former Ruler of Assam
- Name: Real name unknown, AKA Lord Yama, God of Death
- Nationality: Assam
- Political Affiliation: None
- Education: Unknown
- DOB: Unknown
- DOD: Unknown (disappeared Nov. 5, 2006)
- Known Parahuman Abilities: Yama could kill with a glance, and make the most willful individual obey his commands. In addition, he was parahumanly strong, swift and resistant to damage. Since his “birth” in 1943, Yama had not aged, and had healed grievous damage both to himself and his loyal followers. He was apparently immortal until his disappearance in the nuclear destruction of his own country.
History: Before his appearance at Kanglantongbi, nothing is known of Yama’s existence. Within months of his manifestation, he drew a huge following to his keep at Kanglantongbi, which became a point of pilgrimage for his loyal worshippers to come pay homage.
Early attempts by by Indian and British Colonial authorities to destroy the rapidly forming cult of Yama failed miserably. In late 1943, the Ninth Indian Division was repulsed by a huge mass of Yama’s followers, who faced modern weapons with little more than sticks and rocks. Yama kept a jovial attitude during the clashes: “Many will travel my path to the land of the dead today, but only my followers will find their way back.” Blessed by Yama in mass prayer meetings, his followers felt no pain, and gleefully entered battle with no regard for their personal safety.
In early 1944, a deal was struck between the British Viceroy in India, Field Marshall Lord Wavell, and Lord Yama himself. Yama’s followers would fight against the Japanese, and the independence of his “Realm” would be recognized at the end of the conflict.
Yama immediately dispatched 65,000 followers to the Arakan pass, to reinforce Indian and British positions there, while the rest of his subjects remained in Kanglantongbi.
In March 1944, during the brief invasion of India, the Japanese Fifteenth Infantry Division made the mistake of trying to pass through Kanglantongbi to assault Indian positions to the south. None of the Japanese soldiers survived the battle. Yama’s followers continued into combat smeared with blood, wearing necklaces made of Japanese ears, fingers and teeth, fighting until the end of hostilities in 1945. They fought primarily with machetes, swords or knives, though some employed modern weaponry, decimating all Japanese who crossed their path.
Yama’s followers killed more than 25,000 Japanese during the war, fulfilling their end of the bargain handily. The United States and Britain recognized his country of Assam in 1946, and Yama’s Realm continued to grow, enjoying peace and prosperity, interspersed occasionally with periods of brutal violence. Giving daily blessings to huge crowds of followers at Kanglantongbi, Yama bestowed on them “the Peace of Death.” This Hypercommand made the subject immune to any pain or discomfort, allowing them to go to their death without fear.
Yama and Assam remained aloof from the world of international politics, at least overtly. All Yama used to say of religious persecution, strife, or politics was: “All men are the same in my Kingdom.” Yama dismissed forays by the Soviet Union in the 1960’s for military aid against the Indian government, who initially did not recognize the sovereignty of Assam. The Soviet ambassador was expelled from Assam after he admitted he did not believe in God. “But I am a God,” Yama replied to his statement.
Mediated by President Kennedy, the 1962 Treaty of Kanglantongbi quieted the hostile border between Assam and India. For the first time, the two countries exchanged ambassadors and goods. Assam joined NATO in 1969; and though no nuclear weapons were installed in the country, American air bases were built in Karom and Kohima.
Assam was unique in the world, in that it was open to any who wished to enter its borders. Yama had worked out clever deals with multinational manufacturers’ since the subjects of Assam work only for the glory of their Lord, the income of the nation was immense. Critics called Assam the “World’s largest cult,” while those who lived there called it paradise. They were well fed, cared for, and felt no pain. “Assam is the land of pleasure…” Prime Minister Jagadis Naral announced at the United nations in 1965, “… and all who seek it, may come.”
Since 1965, over 1,000,000 people immigrated to Assam. Many of those immigrants were terminally ill. All who heard the benediction of Yama said: “pain is an illusion, only death makes men whole.”
(most of the above © Dennis Detwiller, Godlike p. 205)
In the latter decades of the twentieth century, the reach and power of Assam’s charismatic ruler stretched out to cover the world. Covert Talent agencies began to worry about perfectly fanatical sleeper agents, loyal to their god, hiding in every country. These fears proved justified as Section 2, MI7 and others discovered evidence of a plot to bring the “peace of death” to all humanity. Lord Yama, considering death to be a favor and a blessing, had been covertly subverting nuclear scientists and military men for decades and was nearing the point where he could rain nuclear fire on the globe.
Section 2 orchestrated an extremely risky gambit, dropping two other “mad” Talents into Assam hoping to counter Yama’s power. This precipitated the early execution of Yama’s plan in what became known as Yama’s Apocalypse wherein millions of people died, but the overall population of the earth and its nation states survived.