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- The Arion you faced in battle was a confused fool -- who still had embers of compassion burning in his heart. But that man is long dead. I stand before you reawakened! Reborn! I see myself...I see the world....with new eyes!
- — Arion src
Ahri'ahn, later known as Arion, is a powerful sorcerer-king of ancient Atlantis, scientist, and one of the Lords of Order. A legendary hero of both Atlantean and Amazon lore, he is often hailed as the first and greatest hero in the history of Atlantis.
The son of of Calculha and Majistra, forces of good and strife, Arion was born as a Lord of Order manifesting in physical form and the twin brother of Garn Daanuth, a Lord of Chaos and his nemesis.
Sealing Away the Dark Giants
During his days as a heroic sorcerer-king, evil eldritch entities known as the Dark Giants preyed upon humanity for sport. In response, Arion constructed both the White Gate and used Nth metal to banish and seal them away from the Earth. He obfuscated details of his dealing with the Dark Giants, claiming that he spun ancient magic in the center of the Earth's core to save Atlantis.
Encounter with the Ocean Lords
Later in his life, he was admired from afar by Posiedon, who took a liking to Arion's commitment to exploration, unity, and how it prospered Atlantis. Taking him as his protégé, Poseidon revealed to him the true nature of the world that allowed Earth to flourish with life: the Life Force. Longing to share that power with the known universe to tithe and bind them all as one, the wizard king imbued a piece of conch shell with the power of the Life Force, responsible for planetary genesis and called forth the Triumvirate of Sea Gods to receive this power. Unknown to him, his mentor had grew jealous of him and feared giving away his power to others, causing him to betray Arion by lying to him, claiming the three sea gods were conquerors who sought to plunder their world. Dismayed, he used his magic and technology to invert a small piece of that power used to summon them and instead created the Tear of Extinction; after having imbued it into the Clarion. Using its power, he killed the Ocean Lords and caste them into the Graveyard of Gods though at the cost of poisoning himself with the necrotic Death Force power, corrupting him.
Events regarding his fall from grace was covered up by ancient Atlantean authorities, claiming he had perished from the conflict and Arion vanished from Atlantis for millennia. A legend was spurred detailing the event (with the exclusion of the mentioning of the tear of extinction's existence) and it's real, historical account was kept secret by the Atlantean royal bloodline. The legend derived from the event encouraged further Atlantean tendencies towards isolationist policies.
The Scarab and Doctor Fate
During the times of Ancient Egypt, he came into contact with the Blue Beetle Scarab, enduring further psyche corruption and gained visions of a proclaimed calamity to befall Atlantis and was plunged into greater depths of madness from premonition he'd received. During battle with Doctor Fate over ownership of the Scarab, Arion intervened in an attempt to claim it for himself. The ensuring conflict allowed it to leave the battle and Arion was sealed away in a tomb under what would later be El Paso, Texas.
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Having found the current Blue Beetle holder, Jaime Reyes, he sends his servant Mordcai Cull to retrieve. Using his limited influence and Mordecai, he is successful in luring Doctor Fate, Jaime, and the Blue Beetle Scarab near the sealing grounds of his imprisonment as well as separate Jaime's soul from his body to give the scarab full control.
As Doctor Fate fights the Scarab, it releases Jaime from it's body. As an act of mercy and gratitude for ushering his return, Arion uses his influence to merge his body with his soul and feeds off the energy from Fate and the Scarab, enabling him to break through his imprisonment. With his newfound power, he defeats Doctor Fate and begins transforming the Earth into his dark image. He then begins to casts a global enchantment and calls upon Jaime's assistance by using the spark of energy he retained from his unique bond with the Scarab, controlling his body into doing so. However, Jaime manages to break through Arion's telepathic control and re-take the scarab, severely weakening Arion. Attempting to combat Doctor Fate once more, he is instead knocked out by a cannon blast from Jaime and is taken by Doctor Fate to be placed in a absolution crystal for ten thousand years, where he can either transcend his sins or be consumed by them.
Powers and Abilities
- Demigod Physiology: Arion possess a demigod physiology, being a Lord of Order manifested in a physical form and the child of Calculha and Majistra, both whom are forces of good and strife.
- Immortality: Arion possess immorality due to his heritage, having been alive since the dawn of humanity million of years ago.
- Darkworld Empowerment: Arion possess a unique, powerful connection to the extradimensional world known as Darkworld, granting him the near-exclusive ability to control the magic emerging from it without consequence.
- Magic Senses: Arion possesses senses that can alert him to forces that work against him.
- Magic: One of the Lords of Order, Arion possess vast magical powers and is often regarded as the greatest mage in the history of Atlantis.
- Order Magic: As one of the Lords of Order, Arion is proficient of this form of magic. Unlike other Lords of Order, he retains a physical form and magic doesn't erode his physical form. 
- Demonic Magic: Arion possess magic that allows him to take demonic characteristics. These powers are also a darker and malevolent nature.
- Energy Projection
- Power Replication: After coming into contact with the Blue Beetle Scarab and becoming obsessed with the object, Arion manage to use his magic to imitate the capabilities and effects of the scarab.
- Power Distribution: Arion's essence can be granted to others to give them powers, having turned Mordecai Cull into an Atlantean demon with magical powers and appearances that resemble Blue Beetle's own.
- Summoning: Arion can summon Atlantean demons that resemble insects.
- Transformation: Arion can transform himself into a dark, insect-like creature as well as others into insect-like Atlantean demons.
- Cosmic Enchantments: Using his magic, Arion can utilize enchantments requiring cosmic energies and manipulate it for his uses.
- Magic Absorption: Arion proved capable of enough to absorb the sorcerous energies replenish his own from beings powerful as Doctor Fate and objects such as the Blue Beetle Scarab's occult and cosmic energies.
- Electrokinesis: Arion can conjure bolts of electricity out of his hands.
- Molecular Reconstruction: Arion proved capable enough to separate Jaime Reyes's body from the Blue Beetle Scarab during it's battle with Doctor Fate even while imprisoned in his tomb.
- Force Field: Arion is capable of creating force fields to protect himself from harm.
- Ectokinesis: Arion can control the essence of other human beings.
- Psychokinesis: Arion possess a strong mind powerful enough to force a bond between himself and Khaji Da.
- Mind Control: Arion can use magic to force others to be compelled to follow his whims such as Jaime Reyes and the Blue Beetle Scarab.
- Atmokinesis: Arion is capable of unleashing powerful, magical storms using his mind.
- Dimensional Travel
- Genius Level Intellect: Arion was described as a great scientist by Poseidon, whom the god even admitted to having underestimated his ingenuity. His reign in Atlantis became historically responsible for Atlantis's advanced technology and applications of magic.
- Occultism: Arion was very knowledgeable in sorcery, often combining it with technology to achieve various advancements such as studying Poseidon's life giving power and combining it with his magic and technology to create a deadly inversion.
- Historiography: An explorer, Poseidon stated that he traveled to every corner of the Earth during his tenure in Atlantis as an explorer, scientist, and later king prior to his descent into insanity.
- Mental Instability: Contact from both the Death Force and Blue Beetle Scarab have corrupted the sorcerer, making him insane and evil.
- Mantle of the Savior
- Arion's Gemstone
- Clarion (Formerly)
- Tear of Extinction (Formerly)
- Blue Beetle Scarab (Formerly)
- Arion's Keeperchest (Formerly): Special containers meant for locking even the most volatile of magic, though proved powerful enough to contain a nuke augmented by magical energies.
- Arion was created by Paul Kupperberg and Jan Duursema, first appearing in Warlord #55. However, in the Prime Earth continuity, Arion first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Secret Six (Volume 4) #8 by Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham.
- Previously, it was shown Calculha and Majistra would give birth to both Arion and Garn Daanuth at 45,000BC, much like the New Earth continuity. However, later stories have placed Arion's tenure as a sorcerer-king millions of years go, during the "Dawn of Human Civilization".
- One source states Arion to be affiliated with the Secret Six despite never appearing as a member of the team.
- Arion is classified as a Archmage.
- Arion has been stated to be a demon in one source while others reference him as a god and Atlantean.
- Like Atlan, Arion is claimed by Aquaman to have been known as the "first" and "greatest" king in Atlantean history.
- 15 Appearances of Arion (Prime Earth)
- 4 Images featuring Arion (Prime Earth)
- 1 Quotations by or about Arion (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Arion (Prime Earth)
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- The DC Comics Encyclopedia New Edition
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- Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1
- Blue Beetle (Volume 9) #7
- Blue Beetle (Volume 9) #5
- Blue Beetle (Volume 9) #6
- Blue Beetle (Volume 9) #8
- Blue Beetle (Volume 9) #10
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- Blue Beetle (Volume 9) #9
- Justice League Dark (Volume 2) #11
- DC Comics Ultimate Character Guide: New Edition #1
- Trinity (Volume 2) #19
- The DC Book: A Vast and Vibrant Multiverse Simply Explained
- Blue Beetle (Volume 9) #10
- Secret Six (Volume 4) #8
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