Attilan is the ancestral home of the Inhumans, a highly
advanced offshoot of the human race. About seven thousand
years ago, the Inhumans
grew tired of centturies of persecution by their more
primitive parent race, and decided to create a place of
refuge for themselves. Under the leadership of King Myran,
the Inhumans chose as a site for their city a small island
in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, located about two hundred
miles southweet of Iceland. The city, which took several
decades to complete, was named Attilan, a name derived
from Atlantis, the former pinnacle of civilization on
Earth that had vanished beneath the sea about three millennia
before. Attilan has been the sole center of the Inhuman
population ever since.
For millennia, the Inhumans dwelled in Attilan, isolated
from contact with mainstream humanity except for an occasional
encounter with a lost Greek or Viking sailing vessel.
Finally, in the mid-Twentieth Century, with the advent
of steamships and airplanes, the Inhumans began to fear
discovery by the human race. When one of his subjects
was captured by human beings, young king Black Bolt determined
that the Inhumans must move their civilization to some
place more secure. Employing anti-gravity generators,
the Inhumans moved their entire city and its foundation
in one piece. The Eterhale, another variant offshoot of
humanity, excavated the new site of Attilan, a hidden
valley in the Himalayan Mountain range in China. The Himalayan
site of Attilan became known as "the Great Refuge."
The Himalayas did not prove to be remote enough to enable
the Inhumans to retain their secrecy, however, and soon
the Inhumans' existence became known to several of the
governments of the outside world, although not to the
general public. While in the Himalayas, Black Bolt accidentally
destroyed all of Attilan's ancient architecture and the
city has been extensively redesigned and rebuilt.
In recent years, Attilan was relocated once again, this
time to escape the effects of Earthly pollution and disease.
Attilan is currently located in the "Blue Area of
the Moon," nestled in the ruins of an ancient city
built by the alien Kree whose technology gives the "Blue
Area" its own artificially created atmosphere.
FIRST APPEARANCE: Fantastic Four #47