Religion: Silent Ones
Name: Silent Ones
Other Names: Seven Silent Ones
First Appearance: The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #10 (Mar. 1975): "They Who Dwell Within"
First Appearance (Additional Details): (mentioned/behind the scenes) The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 (Apr. 1974): "Origin of the Tiger's Sons"; (seen) The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #10 (Mar. 1975): "They Who Dwell Within"
Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes
Number of Appearances: 11
Ally: Sui Ti Kama
Ally: Harrison Budge
Ally: Lo Chin
Note: extradimensional entities
The Silent Ones were a group of extradimensional entities who were apparently human long ago, but branched off from regular humanity in the distant past.
The Silent Ones followed darker impulses. They were essentially followers of evil, or people who revelled in that which is base and immoral and craven.
In modern times, the Silent Ones tried to take over the bodies of the heroic group of martial artists known as the Sons of the Tiger. The Silent Ones wanted to use these bodies to replace their own, which had become exhausted.
The Silent Ones had one of their agents, the ninja assassin leader Sui Ti Kama, kill Master Zee, the mentor of the Sons of the Tiger.
After much conflict, the leader of the Silent Ones was eventually banished through a dimensional portal by the Sons of the Tiger.
The Silent Ones are probably best classified as being a "hidden race," as it seems they originated on Earth but branched off into a biological distinct race. They can be said to constitute a distinctive socio-religious group known as the "Silent Ones." It is not entirely clear if they worshipped demons or could be classified in some way as demons themselves, but that seems to be a possibility.
The Silent Ones were the principle antagonist of the Sons of the Tiger through the beginning of that group's run as a backup feaure in Marvel's martial arts-themed comic magazine The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu.
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