Alpha Primitives are a race of subhuman worker drones once
employed by the Inhumans to perform manual labor and menial
tasks. They came into existence about four thousand years
ago when the geneticist Avadar convinced the ruling Council
of Genetics that a race of sub-human servants would free
the Inhumans from the need to toil for subsistence, so all
could devote themselves to the pursuits of knowledge. Avadar
bio-engineered the prototype of the Alphas, and within a
decade five hundred Alpha Primitives were bred to perform
all of the support services for the entire city of Attilan:
sanitation, food production, manufacturing and so forth.
The Alpha Primitives are basically docile creatures with
simple thoughts and emotions. They are all the same neuter
sex, preventing them from procreating naturally Cloning
is the sole means by which they may propagate. Each Alpha
is exactly like every other. They are all five foot seven
inches tall, have green eyes and hairless bodies. They are
slightly superior in strength to the average human being,
being able to lift (press) approximately 1000 pounds under
optimal conditions. They work eighteen hours a day, and
sleep the other six. They have no culture or need for recreation.
They have been taught to speak and understand the basic
vocabulary of a six-year-old human being. They have a life
expectancy of forty-two years.
The Alpha Primitives have occasionally been the subjects
of unlawful genetic experimentation. In recent years, Maximus,
the brilliant but demented brother to the Inhumans' king
has performed experiments on them. In his first experiment,
Maximus subjected three Alpha Primitives to a highly potent
quantity of the mutagenic Terrigen Mist, causing them to
become glowing globules of energy, collectively called the
Trikon. The Trikon aided Maximus in his first attempt to
seize the crown from his brother Black Bolt, and forced
the Royal Family of the Inhumans into exile for a number
of years. The Trikon was eventually vanquished from Attilan.
Maximus's second experiment on the Alpha Primitives was
less direct. Constructing a giant synthetic humanoid body
as a receptable, Maximus built a device that could siphon
the psi energy generated by the collective guilt that most
modem Inhumans felt toward their slaves and transform it
into physical energy. This energy empowered the giant humanoid,
who became known as Omega, the ultimate Alpha. Omega was
rendered inert when the Inhumans ceased their open warfare
against their rebellious worker class.
Following the Omega incident, the Inhumans emancipated
the Alpha Primitives from their labors and set them free
to live as they please in the sub-city beneath Attilan.
Having no culture and no knowledge of recreation, many of
them have gone about their tasks as usual, despite their
freedom. Since it is now illegal to clone replacement Alpha
Primitives, their ranks are dwindling. Inhuman missionaries
have been sent beneath the city to tutor the Alphas and
administer to their welfare.
First Appearance: FANTASTIC FOUR #47