Hiroim the Oldstrong
Real Name: Hiroim
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Like all the shadow people, Hiroim at his base possesses physical traits slightly superior to the human maximum, and ages more slowly after reaching adulthood at the age of 13. Beyond this he has received quasi-mystic training as a shadow priest, and is an experienced warrior, strategist, and philosopher. After the deaths of Caiera and his people he inherited the stone-based "oldstrong power", drawing power from the planet itself, enabling him to turn his body into immensely hard and strong 'mystic rock'. Further demonstrated talents include sensing and unravelling powerful mystic wards cast by Doctor Strange, and limited control over the earth, when helping to keep a massive chasm from destroying Manhattan Island.
Originally, Hiroim was a Shadow Priest, dedicated to the story of the Sakaarson- he who would unite the people of Sakaar- and trained to join the other Shadows. However, for his blasphemy of daring to dream that he could be the Sakaarson, he was expelled from the order. He was then chosen to be the personal guard of the Emperor of Sakaar, and to uphold an alliance between the Shadows and the Empire. He broke this vow however, when the Emperor ordered Hiroim to kill his adolescent son, due to the belief that he would bring ruin and devestation to Sakaak. (A prediction that ended up coming to pass)  For breaking that oath, he ended up in the Empire's gladiator training school, the Maw, where he fought alongisde such other warriors as Miek, No-Name the Brood Queen, Korg and the Hulk. After two victories in the arena- during which their teammate Lavin Skee was badly injured-, having heard the stories of his allies, Hiroim formed a Warbound pact with them, vowing that they would always stand together. Having been freed from their obedience disks by the Silver Surfer, the Warbound went on to vanquish the Red King, Hiroim concluding that the Hulk was the true Sakaarson (Although he briefly thought that the Surfer might be the Sakaarson).
With the destruction of Sakaar following the detonation of the shuttle that brought the Hulk to Earth, Hiroim having absorbed the powers of all the Sakaar Shadow Priests as he was the only one left accompanied the Hulk to Earth to wage war against the Illuminati. During the subsequent conflict with Earth's heroes, Hiroim defeated Spider-Man and Luke Cage during the Warbound's initial attack, but was apparently defeated by Doctor Strange when the sorcerer called on the power of his old enemy Zom.
Following the revelation of Miek's treachery that it had been him who triggered the destruction of Sakaar, the remaining Warbound surrendered to S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, but managed to escape during tremors caused by Manhattan Island breaking up due to the damage the Hulk had caused. Channeling the rock-based powers of his fellow Warbound Korg, as well as Earth hero the Thing, Hiroim was able to 'heal' the damage before he and the others departed, escaping into the sewers.
Hiroim is missing his left arm due to Doctor Strange's attack. Embued with the power of the Zom entity, the sorcerer supreme shattered Hiroim's left arm.
During the World War Hulk Aftersmash: Warbound series, Heroim is captured by the Leader, who uses his tectonic powers to create a gamma-dome encapsulated environment called "Gamma World".
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (2000) #93
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Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
#4 Heroes For Hire (2006)
- 'Green Zone'#5
- 'Secret Weapons'
Hulk Saga (2008)
Incredible Hulks (2010)
Incredible Hulks (2012)
Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook (2006)
One-Shot The Incredible Hulk (2000)
- 'Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook'
#93 The Mighty Avengers (2007)
- 'Planet Hulk Exile Part II'#94
- 'Planet Hulk Exile Part III'#95
- 'Planet Hulk Exile Part IV'#96
- 'Planet Hulk Anarchy Part I'#97
- 'Planet Hulk Anarchy Part II'#98
- 'Planet Hulk Anarchy Part III'#99
- 'Planet Hulk Anarchy Part IV'#100
- 'Planet Hulk: Allegiance Part 1'#101
- 'Planet Hulk: Allegiance, Part 2'#102
- 'Planet Hulk: Allegiance Part 3'#103
- 'Planet Hulk: Allegiance, Part 4'#104
- 'Planet Hulk: Armageddon, Part 1'#105
- 'Planet Hulk: Armageddon Part II'#107
- 'Warbound, Part 2'#109
- 'Warbound, Part 4'#112
- 'Birds of Stymphalis'
World War Hulk (2007)
#1 World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker (2007)
- 'Chapter 1'#2
- 'Chapter 2'#3
- 'Chapter 3'#4
- 'Chapter 4'#5
- 'Chapter 5'
World War Hulk: Aftersmash (2008)
World War Hulk: X-Men (2007)
WWH Aftersmash: Warbound (2008)
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