Finally, let’s end the series of characters seen in the Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe trailer with another fan-favourite one, none less than the Eternal Warrior, who’ll be portrayed by John Morrison. We don’t know much of his role in the upcoming series, especially considering that we only see him running somewhere with his faithful sword and his usual attire. With him in the brawl, the series surely looks crowded, but we just have to wait for some other promotional pics or videos to see who other is in there, since the poster hints at an all-in from the independent comicbook company. Waiting for that, let’s take a look at the original immortal soldier (like as with all the others, we’ll use the most recent biography, ignoring the meagre first one).
The Eternal Warrior’s story is ancient as human civilization itself. He was born in Ur, the Sumerian city-state, in 3268 BC, as Gilad Anni-Padda. He had two older brothers, Ivar and Aram, and he was an extremely skilled warrior of his clan. The three siblings grew up together, and shared a deep bond: they also shared a number of adventures, always seeking fortune, thrill and glory. Eventually, the Anni-Padda brothers learned of the legends of an enchanted land, simply known as the Faraway, full of treasures and marvels, a place that granted access only on certain times…and the right one was approaching. The three brothers travelled to the Faraway, and they found the marvels they had been looking for. Among all the treasures at disposal, Gilad and the others obviously took also the Boon, an artifact that was allegedly able to grant eternal life to the ones possessing it…with a price. When the Faraway started closing its access to the three men, they rushed away from it, but they found themselves stranded in the desert, and Gilad was also wounded. They embarked in a travel back home, but Gilad had suffered too serious injuries, and the fatigue gave him the finishing blow: Gilad died in the arms of his older brothers, just a few miles from Ur. Overcome by grief, Ivar grabbed the Boon, and made one last effort to bring Gilad back to life, managing to activate the artifact (actually an alien machine): the attempt resulted in an explosion, that sucked the life away from any nearby area, murdering the entire population of Ur. However, it did restore Gilad’s life, as well as granting to him and to his brothers immortality. The siblings got separated, each one of them finding a sense and a purpose in their new eternal life…with Gilad finding a neverending mission for himself, one that would have accompanied him throughout the ages.
Back home, Gilad arrived just in time to see his mother Anni being killed by his father, Padda: without even thinking, the man killed Padda, slicing him in half with his axe. Still mourning his loss, Gilad was approached by Cuth, Anni’s friend, and the old woman gave him a book, written by Anni herself: she called it the Book of Life, and it contained everything Anni had learnt in her life. Reading the book, Gilad discovered that the world itself was alive, and that it spoke to certain people, the Geomancers, to mantain its own balance; the Geomancers, gifted with amazing powers, could influence and guide humanity, favouring a peaceful relationship between living beings and the planet they lived upon…and Anni was a Geomancer. Gilad also learned that other forces, like Padda, hunted down and killed the Geomancers, believing they could harness their powers, or simply wanting to destroy them, preventing them from guiding the world to a brighter future. With this knowledge, Gilad knew what he was meant to do with his neverending life: he would have looked for the Geomancers (who only appeared one per time) and protected them against the forces who wanted to destroy them. With millennia in front of him, Gilad honed his battle prowess to perfection, and he started travelling the world (at first with his brother Aram, then alone when the latter decided he wanted a more peaceful and enjoyable life) to identify the Geomancer of the current time and to protect him or her from any harm: he had become the planet’s Fist and Steel, an immortal bodyguard who wanted to safeguard the balance between humanity and Earth. It took some centuries for the warrior to listen to the voice of Earth as well, and to follow the planet’s instructions to locate the new Geomancer: the first one we know he found was a man from Tibet, Anqi Sheng, during the III Century BC: when he found Sheng, Gilad also met the one who would have become his nemesis, the Immortal Enemy, the champion of the rival side who reincarnated from era to era with the only purpose of killing Geomancers. Gilad’s eternal life had just become an eternal war, to be fought through ages for the sake of the planet: he was the Eternal Warrior.
Gilad Anni-Padda is a serious and brave man, committed to his mission and fully aware of its importance, even if thousands of years of infinite battles had tired him, and he’s much more disenchanted about the effectiveness of what he’s doing. As the Eternal Warrior, he’s immortal, unaffected by time; he possesses an ecceptional strength and an inhuman durability, and he can heal from nearly any wound; he has thousands of years of battle and combat experience, he’s a master of any weapon ever crafted and of every martial art ever conceived, a fighter with no match on Earth who can put to good use his infinite experience. Forged by pain, rage and loss, the Eternal Warrior fights a desperate war to save humanity from itself, a constant battle that he’ll keep fighting, no matter how exhausted he might be.