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Leir
Real Name: Leir
Occupation: God of lightning and the spear
Identity: The general populace of Earth believes Lair to be a fictional character.
Legal Status: Citizen of Avalon
Other Aliases: None known
Place of Birth: Unrevealed, presumably Avalon
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: Danu (father)
Group Affiliation: The Celtic gods of Avalon
Base of Operations: Avalon
First Appearance: Thor #386

History: Leir is one of the leaders of the race of Celtic gods, who were worshipped by the Celts in the British Isles in ancient times, and who reside in an otherdimensional realm known as Avalon. (It has not yet been disclosed what connection Leir's race may have to the godlike beings known as the Fomor, who also inhabit an otherdimensional realm known as Avalon, or to the faerie of Celtic myth, who included such beings as the half-human sorceress Morgan Le Fey and the Light and Dark Elves of the Nine Worlds of Asgardian cosmology). For ages enmity existed between the Celtic gods and the gods of the realm of Asgard.

The Heliopolitan death god Seth dispatched beasts resembling black winged lions to ravage the countryside of Avalon. One of these beasts was also sent to Asgard, where it slew a helpless family. Before dying, the last member of the family asked Thor, prince of Asgard, to avenge their deaths. Thor pursued the beast through an interdimensional portal into Avalon. There a number of the members of the race of Celtic gods accused Thor of responsibility for the killing of a family of farmers (in actuality, the beast was responsible for these deaths). Leir arrived and battled Thor. Thor's ally Hogun the Grim followed Thor through the interdimensional portal to offer his help. Then Leir and Thor saw the winged beast, and Leir realized that it was the true killer, not Thor. Together Leir, Thor, and Hogun battled the creature. Mortally wounded, the beast fled through the interdimensional portal. Leir remained in Avalon while Thor and Hogun returned to Asgard through the portal. Back in Asgard, they found that their friends Fandral and Volstagg had slain the beast.

Leir believed that he owed Thor a debt for helping the Celtic gods against the winged monster. Therefore, Leir later led a force of Celtic gods to Asgard to help the Asgardians battle the invading armies of Seth. With the Celtic gods' help, the Asgardians proved victorious in the war.

Height: 7 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 575 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Reddish brown

Strength Level: Leir possesses superhuman strength in the Class 100 range, enabling him to lift (press) over 100 tons. (In contrast, the average male Celtic god can lift (press) about 30 tons).

Known Superhuman Powers: Leir possesses the conventional superhuman physical attributes of the Celtic gods. Like all the members of his race, Leir is extremely long-lived (although not immortal like the Olympians, who do not age after reaching maturity), superhumanly strong, and immune to all terrestrial diseases. (The flesh and bone of the Celtic gods is about three times denser than similar human tissue, contributing to the Celtic gods' superhuman strength and weight). Leir is also highly resistant to injury by conventional means. As a member of the race of Celtic gods, Leir's metabolism gives him superhuman endurance in all physical activities.

In addition, Leir can generate electrical energy in the form of a lightning-like spear from his hands. He can hurl such spears as weapons. Thrown with his superhuman strength, the spears can shatter virtually any substance.

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