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Pandora is a mysterious figure from antiquity. She is responsible for opening Pandora's Box, and was cursed for all of eternity as a consequence.

Origins

The woman who came to be known as Pandora lived in ancient Macedonia, circa 8000 BCE. Her son was very sick, and she was tasked with foraging for berries to make herbal medicine to cure him. Her mother warned her not to stray the path, as she had been known to explore. However, she found a strange skull which released the Seven Deadly Sins upon the world. She fell unconscious and did not awaken until nightfall. When she returned, the spirits had ravaged her village, distorting and perverting the people there in order to force them to murder each other. The spirit of Wrath, in particular, possessed her son.

She was teleported to the Circle of Eternity along with Judas Iscariot and a man of questionable origin. They were called the greatest transgressors mankind has ever known, and were to be punished for their crimes. Pandora was punished last, forced to walk the world for eternity to experience the pain she wrought by releasing the spirits of evil upon man, as well as receiving scars on her face that would burn without relief.

When she returned to Earth, everyone in her village was dead and their spirits long gone. She buried them and sat among their graves until trees grew over them, then commenced to walk the world. Over the ages, she saw the effect the spirits had on people. She attempted to save people from the destruction they wrought, but soon realized that for every life she saved, the spirits would still kill many more. She changed to providing counsel for the people of the world, though she was often ignored. All the while, the spirits would appear to her periodically, mocking her by calling her their "mother" and attempting to turn her into supporting them.

Deciding to fight the spirits directly, she began to learn different forms of magic and martial arts. She had several encounters with Vandal Savage, another immortal, who offered his friendship. She refused, disgusted by his love of violence and warfare.

After many centuries, the Wizard of Shazam came to her to apologize. The Council was wrong in punishing her; she was only a curious young woman. She rejected the apology and only wanted to know how to destroy sin. According to the wizard, only someone who was "strongest" or "darkest" of heart could open it.

Flashpoint

When Barry Allen traveled through the timestream in order to try and correct it, he ended up at a point where he saw three distinct timelines—the DC, Wildstorm, and Vertigo universes. It was here where Barry met Pandora. She revealed that long ago the universe had splintered into three in order to weaken it for an impending arrival of an evil invasion. To combat the threat, she needed the different timelines to be merged into one. She accomplished this feat with the help of Barry, and he later woke up at his desk believing everything was fixed. This, however, was only the beginning of things to come.

Trinity War

Pandora investigated the murder of a man. As she left, Phantom Stranger chastised her for the restructuring of the universe. After a brief fight with her as the victor, she remarked that neither the Stranger nor the Spectre could intimidate her, as her powers were far above theirs. She left him and moved on to the next part of her plan—recruiting the Justice League, who could help her complete her goal—regardless of whether they want to or not.[1]

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Death

Pandora was chased down by an unknown powerful entity, who was the true architect responsible for the restructuring of the universe through having manipulated her into opening the box. She spitefully called the entity a heartless monster for corrupting the universe without hope, and swearing that the heroes of the universe embody that hope and would prove that he was wrong before being instantly obliterated.[2]

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Powers

  • Magic[3][4][5]
    • Immortality
    • Self-Sustenance[6]
    • Superhuman Durability[6]
    • Superhuman Stamina[6]
    • Accelerated Healing[6]
    • Teleportation[7]
    • Force Field[8]
    • Enhanced Vision: Pandora's curse to witness the tragedies that befall Earth prevents her vision from being obscured for long. Blindfolds mystically disappear in moments.[9]
    • Enhanced Hearing: Pandora's curse additionally prevents her from being deafened.[9]
    • Eldritch Blast: Though Pandora primarily relies on enchanted weapons during combat, she is capable of projecting a medium-range burst of offensive magical energy.[10]
    • Reincarnation: By ritualistically burning his body while reciting mystic chants, Pandora has been able to help her weapon-smith and lover reincarnate again and again for thousands of years, with his permission.[11]
    • The Voice: At some point in her long life, Pandora mediated and trained for sixteen years to learn a sacred language that lets her briefly compel other beings. She used the ability to command a sublimating vampire to return to corporeal form, though her control was short-lived.[12]
    • Telekinesis: Pandora may surround objects in mystic energy to move them through the air, such as when she levitated and rescued nearly a dozen people at once without obvious strain.[12]
    • Flight: For a time, Pandora could fly only when donning her Light Armor, though she later became capable of self-propelled flight without tapping into that additional power source.[13][14]
    • Transformation: By invoking an ancient enchantment, Pandora once physically transformed into an aquatic monster to defeat a foe.[14]
  • Conduit of the Light: During a confrontation with Blight, Pandora becomes a vessel for the "light of hope," representing the goodness within humanity. When harnessing these additional supernatural abilities, Pandora's costume often changes to an armor of either gold and white or of silver that increases her durability, and her body emits light capable of driving away embodiments of evil like the Seven Deadly Sins or searing nearby enemies. She can also manifest the light directly into an opponent's eyes to blind them for the spell's duration.[13][15][16]
    • Empathy: When harnessing her additional powers as a host of humanity's "light," Pandora can access the light inside other beings, allowing her to empathically learn someone's history and how their life's events have made them feel over time. Pandora may use the information gleamed from this ability to appeal to a foe's innate goodness.[17]
    • Energy Construct Creation: Pandora has harnessed the light energy she manipulates into constructs, such as when she coiled solidified light around Vandal Savage to restrain him.[4]
    • Healing: Pandora can tap into the "healing light in humanity's heart" to accelerate the recovery process of others, mending wounds.[16]

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  • Pandora is also known as Original Sin and Mother of Monsters.

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