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"A warrior shaman received a vision from the panther goddess Bast, who led him to the Heart-Shaped Herb, a plant that granted him superhuman strength, speed and instincts. The warrior became king and the first Black Panther, the protector of Wakanda."
N'Jobu[src]

Bashenga was a warrior shaman who became the first King of Wakanda and the first Black Panther after uniting four of the five warring tribes of Wakanda together.

Biography

Bashenga as a Warrior Shaman

According to Wakandan lore, Bashenga was once a warrior shaman at a time when the five tribes of Wakanda were warring over control of an alien metal unique to their region.

Bashenga had a vision of the goddess Bast, who led him to a powerful herb that had grown from soil imbued with the metal's unique properties. Bast instructed Bashenga to consume the herb, and in the process gain the power to unite all but one of the warring tribes into a powerful nation.

Bashenga became the first king of Wakanda, his descendants forming the Golden Tribe. After his death, Mount Bashenga was named after him.[1]

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Bashenga's powers manifesting his body

  • Heart-Shaped Herb Enhancement: After consuming the Heart-Shaped Herb, Bashenga's physical attributes were greatly enhanced to levels comparable to a super soldier. These powers are long-lasting, at least until the user drinks a serum to negate the powers of the herb.
    • Enhanced Strength: Bashenga's strength was tremendously enhanced beyond the peak of human potential, moving into the early levels of superhuman condition.
    • Enhanced Durability: Bashenga was much more durable than a normal human being.
    • Enhanced Speed: Bashenga could move at speeds beyond the peak of human potential, moving into the early levels of superhuman condition.
    • Enhanced Agility: Bashenga's agility was outstanding, far greater than Olympic athletes. He could coordinate his body with excellent balance, equilibrium, flexibility, and dexterity.
    • Enhanced Stamina: Bashenga's musculature produced fewer fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of an ordinary human. Bashenga's body eliminated the excessive build-up of fatigue-producing chemicals in his muscles, granting him exceptional endurance and lung capacity, greater than of normal humans.
    • Enhanced Reflexes: Bashenga's reflexes were beyond human potential and superior to those of the finest athlete.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: Bashenga's fast healing capabilities allows for him to have a conditioned metabolism that enables an extraordinarily efficient recovery.

Abilities

  • Master Martial Artist: As the King of Wakanda and one of Wakanda's best warriors, Bashenga is highly skilled in martial arts.
  • Master Tactician: As the King of Wakanda, Bashenga held political power around his nation, and a vast influence over his people. Under his reign, all but one of Wakanda's tribes were united into a confederation that has endured for thousands of years.

Equipment

Weapons

Relationships

Family

Allies

Trivia

  • In the comics, Bashenga was the first to hold the title of Black Panther and formed the Panther Cult so that anyone holding the title would guard Wakanda against intruders.

References

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