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Brother Jonah was an Avatar of The Green in the 13th Century.

Actions as Avatar

As the Avatar of The Green, Brother Jonah prevented the persecution of nature worshippers in 13th Century France. He created the invocation of "Sanctuarium Folium Viride" (Sanctuary of the Green Leaf) which allowed those who believed in the Green to be placed under Brother Jonah's protection from the witch trials. At some point during his tenure as Avatar, Jonah met Capucine to whom he also extended this invitation of protection, while she did not take him up on his offer at the time she later approached Alec Holland asking for his protection in the 21st Century.[1]

The Wolf and the Lady

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Following Alec's battle with Seeder and the subsequent destruction of the Parliament of Trees; Brother Jonah, Wolf and Lady Weeds are brought from The Green into human bodies. Brother Jonah continues to give advise Alec to direction and about the history of the Green; when The Sureen arrive [2], Jonah tells Alec that most of the history surrounding the sect has been deleted from the minds of the avatar to make their gifts more special. During this time he also reconnects with Capuine who he has not seen for over eight-hundred years and when she and Alec track down Alec's body, Jonah remains at the house to read.[3]

When Alec (in his original Avatar body) and Capucine return from India with Guarav, Jonah and Capucine begin a romantic relationship based upon their 800 year history. During this time, Lady Weeds' plan is enacted and she stabs Brother Jonah mortally.[4] Though Guarav stabilises him, he can not save him and, after a solemn goodbye from Capucine, Alec takes him to the grove in the swamp where the Parliament of Trees once stood and he is absorbed into The Green asking for Alec to continue his book for him, which he could continue to read through Alec's eyes. He also promised to be Alec's regent in the Green, though not his Parliament.[5]

As Regent of the Avatar

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As a former Avatar of the Green who resides within the Green, Brother Jonah has the powers of such a being.

  • Unique Physiology: As the Avatar of the Green, his body was composed of plant-based stem cells that are capable of forming into any form of plant life imaginable.
  • Elemental Control: As the Avatar of the Green, he had complete control over plant life.
  • Immortality: Theoretically so long as there is some vestige of plant life on the planet Earth, Avatars of the Green will always have a vehicle through which to house their consciousness, thus rendering Avatars effectively immortal.
  • Self-Sustenance: The ability to nourish oneself, typically via an external energy source. In an Avatar's case, likely some form of photosynthesis.
  • Superhuman Strength: Green Avatars' strength levels are directly tied to their connection to the Earth. With additional power supplied by The Green, the Avatar's ultimate strength level is nearly incalculable.

  • Brother Jonah has a great fondness for reading books. He was halfway through "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Márquez when he died, he asks Alec to continue so he can read it through his eyes.[5]
  • Brother Jonah appears to be romantically involved with Capucine.[5]



Swamp Thing Character

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