Priest-13, as He was originally drawn.
Was, as I'd typed before.
Long overdue for an upgrade, drawing-wise.
The above drawing, depicts Priest-13 as He WAS.
Before the Fall of His Homeland.
And it clearly shows He was some sort of warrior?
Some sort of MYSTIC, warrior...?
He looks, approachable.
He does not look like someone who would ultimately end up becoming a 0-Generation Slave.
Shipped off to the "New World".
Having to face the Fact that His Concerns had always been valid.
But because He was more concerned about not pushing His Own Government and People into a panic about events going on beyond Their Borders and beyond Their Shores.
Because His Homeland, had opted to believe that regardless of what happened.
They'd be able to handle the situation, even as Their Technology was antiquated.
And Their Information was...?
Even more so.
Came from a distinguished military-family.
A family that held distinguishment... even while the very nature of what had made Them distinguished.
Had long since vanished....
Because You see, Priest-13's family...?
Used to be a powerful naval-family.
Skilled in both military naval and marine warfare.
As well as, at one time.
A powerful merchant-family, however...?
Sometimes prosperity and plentiful resources.
Sometimes too much plentiful-prosperity...?
Can make one's wits dull about the going's on beyond Their Borders, concerning those who are...?
Not so plentiful and prosperous....
Attempted to warn at least the local government of the port-city where His Family lived that Their Navy was ill-equipped. And unprepared to deal with the massive war-machines that were now being churned out of Europa.
Alongside His Father.
They attempted to warn city-governor and the military-general that any attack by sea would result in unquestionable crushing defeat and with words of everything from enslavement to torture and kidnapping and worse!
Coming in all too frequently from regional commerce ships, Priest-13 and His Family were positive that whatever could be done, should be done. Even if it meant simply creating fire-ships in which to ram any unknown or unauthorized ships trying to make land into Their Harbor.
All of these requests were dismissed.
And if anything, it was thrown in His Face that His Family's time had long since passed and Priest-13 Himself was nothing more than a common-general at this point. Since Their Kingdom did not engage in large-scale wars anymore, yet another point that Priest-13 and His Family-members tried to warn about.
Success and a lack of actual enemies had made Them all complacent!
But the news coming in was constantly concerning and horrifically disturbing!
None of this convinced anyone of anything.
And the city-council decided to step in and censure Priest-13 and His Family and They were ordered to stop disturbing governmental-functions and disrupting the peace of the city with Their Tales of wild rumors and innuendos brought into the city by outsiders looking to stir up trouble and turn a coin or two of gold!
It would be this backdrop of Priest-13's life.
That would shape Him for all future events to come....
Of Priest-13, to Me, for Me.
Was actually easy to come up with.
I've always found it interesting how White-Creators consistently make immortality a horribly bad thing or that Life within and of itself would become boring and dull and pointless.
I have always known that this perspective is rooted in the Fact that Life is different between White-Creators and Black-Creators. And I've typed about this before and provided proof of it as well.
The Star Wars Prequels are a prime example.
But even Marvel's Black Panther comic book character, is another example.
Because that character, is not.
The Creation of anyone Black.
Thus it was ridiculously easy for Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to blunder Their Way into swearing They were helping somebody.
By creating the character and claiming He was/is, just as smart as Tony Stark.
Just as wealthy.
And while He lives and comes from Africa, He comes from Wakanda.
And in this country Black People are highly advanced while hiding it all underneath the guise of primitive stereotypes put forward by Whites.
Really Stan and Jack, really...?
More likely than not, Jack Kirby probably was the one who realized and brought it up "Hey...?"
"Why what is it Jack!?" Stan says.
"Question for You, Stan...?" Kirby replies while more likely than not working on something.
"What is it, spit it out Jack! I've still got these other deadlines to finish!" Stan Lee replies.
"What exactly was Wakanda doing when Blacks got enslaved...?" Jack states plainly.
"Uhhhhh...?" Stan replies flabbergasted.
"Uhhh, isn't an answer, Stan." Jack replies bluntly.
"Shit!?" Stan exclaims.
"Shit is what We're going to be in if anybody figures out that Wakanda didn't do shit when everyone around Them was getting enslaved. I told You this wasn't a fuckin good idea, but. Who the fuck listens to Me, right." Jack responds "Welp!? I got deadlines too, so." as He continues working, but then cautions Stan Lee by saying "I'd suggest. You keep T'Challa on a limited basis of publication. The more He appears, eventually someone will bring it up. And telling Black People that Wakanda was Isolationist isn't gonna fuckin cut it! Because it's bullshit-lazy. But...? You do what You want Stan. Don't fuckin say I didn't warn ya though...."
Everybody has Their Own Stories to tell.
Some more than Others.
But I found it interesting that when I first came up with the Priest-13 character-concept, Black People I knew loved it.
White People I knew, not so much.
And that is for obvious reasons.
Is literally among the first boatloads of surviving Middle-Passage, Transatlantic Slave-Trade survivors. And His Backstory is having attempted to warn His Regional Leadership and citizenry of His Hometown.
Only to be told that He and His Family were being paranoid.
He got a permanent taste of what governmental ineptitude looks like and how it can be fatal.
He has a permanent mirror in His Face of Himself!
And how He kept on trying to reason with others while making zero preparations of His Own.
Thus His Family gets exterminated and enslaved alongside of everyone who simply refused to even think that such horrors could happen to Them and Their Country.
Were They were living off long since gone glories, as a nation.
While paying zero attention to current, real-time events going on around Them, or...?
The Nightmare-Horror Stories.
Of what it was like for My Forebearers to endure and survive.
When I take what it would be like.
For someone of Priest-13's former stature.
To go from what He once was.
To having to fight a hopeless battle with the understanding in the Midst of That Hopeless Battle.
That had anyone bothered to fuckin listen They might have stood at least a fighting chance of escape!
And then having to endure the humiliation of being stripped of Everything You Once Had.
Being forced to take on all kinds of bizarre and unknown forms of religion and being forced to accept some name other than Your Own?
Then having to ask Yourself "Did I really do everything that I could to prevent this from happening!?" and then having to live with whatever answer You find within Yourself...!
All the while, Your Family.
Your Way of Life.
Even You, You Yourself.
Are stripped of everything.
And then unceremoniously jammed onto... a slave ship.
To be transported as a commodity.
I'm sure that...?
It would transform You....
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