- I will unlock the fires of creation and invest my long-lost people as gods! We will reclaim Eternia!
- -- Hssss
Appearing in "What Lies Within, Part 5"
- King Randor (Appears only as a corpse)
Synopsis for "What Lies Within, Part 5"
King Randor has been corrupted within the Ring of Death, far beneath Mount Zoar in Subternia. Nervously, He-Man realizes that this is not his father at all, but Hssss. Moss Man recognizes the name as that of the long gone king of the ancient Snake Men. Angered by the deception, He-Man attacks, but he is hardly a match for the power of Hssss.
The serpent creature explains that he is more powerful because he worshipped the goddess Serpos at the heart of Eternia. He had wanted to share in Serpos' power, and become greater, so he had journeted to the core of Eternia to take that power and gaze upon the true face of the goddess. He had underestimated the price, however. No mere mortal could wield such power. His people were destroyed as a result, and only he survived, spending these long ages scheming to free Eternia from the upstart race of men.
Thanks to the effects of the Realm of Death, the Snake Men rise to battle with He-Man and his companions. Angrily, He-Man faces Hssss and demands to know where his father is. Hssss taunts him, suggesting that he might have been occupying Randor's body as far back as Adam's birth. Randor is long dead, and Hssss holds the key to the power of Eternia. That key, is Adam himself. Using Adam, he intends to unlock the infinite power of the Star Seed and use it to reclaim the planet for his people. It is Adam's presence alone that has revived the Snake Men who now battle his companions. He had manipulated Adam into thinking they could petition Zoar for the Sorceress' life. With that revelation, Hssss knocks Adam unconscious and allows him to be carried away by his Snake Men toward the final gate separating them from Zoar's power.
As they watch the Snake Men march away, Moss Man holds Teela back from following, explaining that Hssss is too powerful for them to face without Adam. She must accept that the king has been dead for a long time.
As Hssss approaches the gate with Adam's body, the doorway opens, and he leads his Snake Men through it, preaching that in this place, there is no Zoar or Serpos - there is only the Star Seed, and only He-Man's body can withstand holding the power of Eternity.
Seeing Hssss plan coming to fruition, Teela tires of holding back and decides that if fighting Snake Man for eternity is the only way to possibly succeed, she will do it.
- This book was first published on March 26, 2014.
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