The Simurgh (pronounced: "Si-morg") is an Endbringer.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Simurgh appears as a fifteen-foot tall woman, waif-thin and unclothed. Her hair is almost as long as she is tall and is, like the rest of her form, platinum-white. She has a variety of asymmetrically and apparently randomly placed feathered wings, which appear excessively large compared to her body.[4] Parts of her are described as being "hollow", or made from carefully placed wings, which trace the outline of the absent body part. She lacks nipples.[5] Her eyes are silver, dull, cold, and empty.[6]

She often wraps her three largest wings around herself.

Abilities and Powers[edit | edit source]

The Simurgh continuously emits a psychic 'scream' - a type of psychic echolocation that allows her to scan her surroundings while exerting psychic pressure to alter behavior, implant messages, or create compulsions.[7] Her "hibernation" state in orbit allows her to make low-intensity scans of the planet with this sense.[8][7] To victims, it is usually perceived as a scream in the back of their minds, constantly changing in pitch and tone.[9] However, she was capable of keeping it inaudible.[10][7]

The Simurgh exhibits precognition, perfect awareness of the immediate future, and the more she sings/scans the further it reaches.[11][7] She sees the past in a similar manner, and can focus on a single target for faster information, but is blind to the present moment. The presence of other precognitives obscured possibilities from her sight, as did Eidolon and Scion, and certain other powers. She could see things that were otherwise obscured by looking at people's perceptions of them, or otherwise observing their consequences, as well as by predicting their most likely course.[8]

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She uses these scans to make long-term predictions of behavior and activity (in the order of months and years) to turn human beings into rube-goldberg devices, with whole streams or strings of horrific events occurring in areas she's been active.[7] She can influence machines as well as people.[8][12] Her scan allows her to borrow and copy techniques and mental powers - including Tinker and Thinker powers[13] - and then telekinetically pull together a macro-scale version of their devices from the surrounding materials.[7] With enough knowledge of a subject, she can evoke memories subconsciously through her posture and actions. By placing a target in a stressful environment, this can be used to cause hallucinations.[8]

The Simurgh is also a powerful telekinetic capable of tossing buildings and flight.[7][14][9] She could strike a hundred targets simultaneously with thrown debris.[15] She could create "decoys" out of debris capable of fooling Scion.[9][16][17]Her telekinesis was seemingly Manton-limited,[10] but could still throw capes around by manipulating debris, cape-created material and costumes.[10][9] Like all Endbringers, she is immensely durable and strong.[7]

History[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

The Simurgh was the third Endbringer to appear, appearing just after the turn of the millennium. She first appeared in Lausanne, Switzerland in December 2002[18], and initially appeared benevolent and cooperative while psychically manipulating the people around her. Most residents of the Swiss capital, due to exposure to her mental manipulation, became violent and aggressive, attempting to kill as many people as they could and disrupt the world's resistance to the Endbringers as much as possible. This caused havoc throughout the country and the continent with wide ranging consequences. Lausanne's population was barricaded in and bombed. James Tagg was one of the people involved in that campaign.[19]

She attacked London on August 12th, 2003. It is unknown what the outcome of this event was.

The Simurgh was responsible for the corruption of Sphere, leading him to become the serial killer and Slaughterhouse Nine member known as Mannequin.[20]

She also attacked Madison, Wisconsin, in December 2009. Heroes won,[21] but as in previous attacks the aftermath necessitated the quarantine of the city. The Travelers were created as a by-product of this attack, which set the stage for multiple other events.

The Simurgh also attacked Canberra on February 24th, 2011; the event was a Scion no-show, but a Legend/Eidolon victory.[22] The aftermath of this attack necessitated the construction of a dome around the city.[23] This was a factor in Canary having a highly biased trial that sent her to the birdcage.[24]

Post-Slaughterhouse Nine[edit | edit source]

The Travelers and the emergence of The Echidna performed their intended function, it is unknown if the resultant portal was planned. The revelation of Cauldron to the larger parahuman community and the subsequent schisms in The Protectorate was likely planned.

Prevented Dragon finding out crucial information from Panacea.[25]

Post-Echidna[edit | edit source]

The Simurgh's use of the Travelers culminates in the near-assassination of Chevalier and Tattletale and the death of Accord by the expelled Traveler member Perdition at New Delhi. It is unknown whether the death of Behemoth was predicted, given Scion's and Eidolon's interference.

Timeskip[edit | edit source]

Attacked Paris on December 19th 2012 and opened a portal to Earth Shin.[26]

Gold Morning[edit | edit source]

Was recruited by the Undersiders and the Guild into the effort against Zion. Her first mission was to fight off The Yàngbǎn.[27]

Later, after her sibling Leviathan was used to punish The Elite, she upgraded him.

It is unknown if the Simurgh was involved in the creation of Khepri. She was able to fake her destruction at Zion's hands and helped to break his mind.[28]

Post-Gold Morning[edit | edit source]

Apparently, tried to clone Eidolon only for it to be destroyed.[29]

Ward[edit | edit source]

She is recorded as being inactive for the two years since.[30]

Post-Goddess' Takeover[edit | edit source]

Reports had it as her being active again,[31] her intentions were unknown.[32]

Post-Assault on the Time Bubbles[edit | edit source]

After Dauntless undergoes a broken trigger and merges with his shard, the Simurgh approaches the Kronos Titan and begins 'whispering to it'.[33].

Post-Attack on Teacher[edit | edit source]

Ziz abandoned her perch for a moment after the encounter with Chevalier.[34] But returned back after the threat had passed.[35]

The Ice Breaks[edit | edit source]

Simurgh switched her nest from Kronos to Fortuna.[36] According to the Wardens' think-tank Simurgh scrambles Fortuna's communication.[37] Simurgh had managed to outplan the titan. Their duel was interrupted by the interference in The Shardspace.[38]

After ensuring her domination over Fortuna Titan, Simurgh set up Cryptid emotionally, sabotaged Dragon's efforts, and fed pieces of herself to the Machine Army. Whereas before she acted to create a future where Humanity wipes itself out in three hundred years, now she acts all in the service of preserving and extending the Cycle, and humanity by extension, until the arrival of another Entity in three to four billion years.[39] She skipped attending the Wardens' meeting.[40]

When the Wardens attempted an assault on her, she humored them for a while, then deployed the Machine Army to tie their forces, and went straight to their HQ.[41] She later ambushed the leading group, that was securing the complex, killing several heroes in the process.[42] Meanwhile, Simurgh-compromised individuals put pressure on the Wardens thinkers.[43]

The Simurgh for a short period took over the Mathers Giant, that was used to sedate all her other victims. It allowed her to wreak a massive chaos and kill a dozen or so capes.[44] Antares was able to turn the tide by disabling the Giant and temporarily blinding the Simurgh to the people present with Dinah Alcott's help. The Simurgh was cut in half with Precipice's blades, but escaped.[45]

The Endbringer attempted to proceed with its plan to subsume the Titan Fortuna, but was thwarted by Dauntless Titan and imprisoned inside Sleeper's power-storm.[46]

Chapter Appearances[edit | edit source]

Worm Chapter Appearances
1. Agitation 3.1 Absent
2. Agitation 3.2 Absent
3. Agitation 3.3 Absent
4. Agitation 3.4 Absent
5. Agitation 3.5 Absent
6. Agitation 3.6 Absent
7. Agitation 3.7 Absent
8. Agitation 3.8 Absent
9. Agitation 3.9 Absent
10. Agitation 3.10 Absent
11. Agitation 3.11 Mentioned
12. Agitation 3.12 Absent
x. Interlude 3 Absent
1. Extermination 8.1 Absent
2. Extermination 8.2 Mentioned
y. Interlude 8.y Absent
3. Extermination 8.3 Absent
4. Extermination 8.4 Mentioned
5. Extermination 8.5 Absent
6. Extermination 8.6 Mentioned
7. Extermination 8.7 Absent
8. Extermination 8.8 Absent
z. Interlude 8.z Absent
1. Parasite 10.1 Absent
2. Parasite 10.2 Absent
3. Parasite 10.3 Absent
4. Parasite 10.4 Absent
5. Parasite 10.5 Absent
6. Parasite 10.6 Absent
x. Interlude 10 Absent
x. Interlude 10.5 Debut
1. Infestation 11.1 Absent
2. Infestation 11.2 Absent
3. Infestation 11.3 Absent
4. Infestation 11.4 Absent
5. Infestation 11.5 Absent
6. Infestation 11.6 Absent
7. Infestation 11.7 Absent
8. Infestation 11.8 Absent
a. Interlude 11a Absent
b. Interlude 11b Absent
c. Interlude 11c Absent
d. Interlude 11d Mentioned
e. Interlude 11e Absent
f. Interlude 11f Absent
g. Interlude 11g Absent
h. Interlude 11h Absent
1. Plague 12.1 Absent
2. Plague 12.2 Absent
3. Plague 12.3 Absent
4. Plague 12.4 Absent
5. Plague 12.5 Absent
6. Plague 12.6 Absent
7. Plague 12.7 Mentioned
8. Plague 12.8 Absent
x. Interlude 12 Absent
y. Interlude 12.5 Absent
1. Colony 15.1 Absent
x. Interlude 15.x Absent
2. Colony 15.2 Absent
3. Colony 15.3 Absent
y. Interlude 15.y Absent
4. Colony 15.4 Absent
5. Colony 15.5 Absent
6. Colony 15.6 Absent
7. Colony 15.7 Absent
z. Interlude 15.z Mentioned
8. Colony 15.8 Absent
9. Colony 15.9 Absent
10. Colony 15.10 Absent
i. Interlude 15 Absent

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"She seemed human, but fifteen or so feet tall, waif-thin, and unclothed.  Her hair whipped around her, nearly as long as she was tall and platinum-white.  The most shocking part of it all was the wings; she had so many, asymmetrical and illogical in their arrangement, each with pristine white feathers.  The three largest wings folded around her protectively, far too large in proportion to her body, even with her height.  Other wings of varying size fanned out from the joints of others, from the wing tips, and from her spine.  Some seemed to be positioned to give the illusion of modesty, angled around her chest and pelvis." - Migration 17.1
"She turned to one side, and Krouse could make out her face.  Her features were delicate with high cheekbones.  Her eyes were gray from corner to corner.  And cold.  There was nothing he could point to, no particular feature or quality that could help him explain why or how, but seeing her face made it harder to ascribe any kind of human quality to her. If he’d been thinking she had a sense of modesty before, he didn’t now." - Migration 17.1

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This article includes information from a chapter that Wildbow said he would likely change later.[citation needed]
  • Has a habit of attacking a country's capital.
  • A branch of The Fallen was themed around the Simurgh, high profile members dressed in white.[47]
  • Most of Simurgh's fanarts tend to seriously under-scale the size of her wings.
  • "Simurgh" is a benevolent, mythical flying creature. It is sometimes equated with other mythological birds such as Arabic Anqā, Persian Homā or Turkic Kerkés, Semrug, Semurg, Samran, and Samruk.
  • "Ziz" is the third creature in what can be called an Abrahamic trinity of beasts. As Leviathan is first among the creatures of the water, and Behemoth is first among the creatures of the land, Ziz is first among the creatures of the air. This serves as a larger clue to the Endbringers' constructed nature that they deliberately tap into these belief structures.
  • In Isaiah 6:2, above the throne of God  "...were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying." In the Bible "feet" often stood as a euphemism for genitalia (Deut 28: 57) (Ezekiel 16:25). Simurgh's multiple wings and attempt at modesty might, therefore, be a reference to Biblical seraphim.

Fanart Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit source]

  1. "Let's face the facts, Simurgh. Ziz. Israfel. Ulama. Whatever you want to go by. - Excerpt from Cockroaches 28.4
  2. The Simurgh isn’t a thinker ten. There’s cases of scores exceeding ten. - Comment by Wildbow on Cell 22.1
  3. The Simurgh is another case of a tinker as a secondary power. Picked up details from tinkers and executed it via. a thinker/trump sort of approach. - Wildbow on Reddit
  4. Simurgh – A creature that appears as a freakishly tall woman with a countless number of wings fanning out from her body, some fanning out from other wings. A precognitive, telekinetic, clairvoyant with a psychic scream. - Cast (spoiler free)
  5. A single crack at the lattice at one shoulder widened, inching down toward one nipple-less breast. Just from the stresses. - Excerpt from Last 20.7
  6. The Simurgh twisted in the air, staring at us with eyes that had nothing to them. One silver eye, and one perfect silver orb in a badly tarnished silver skull framed by wisps of hair. - Excerpt from Last 20.7
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 The Simurgh is the third. She's only 15 feet tall but has a massive wingspan. The key to understanding her is her psychic 'scream' - this is basically a kind of psychic echolocation allowing her to scan her surroundings while exerting a psychic pressure to alter behavior, implant messages or create compulsions. She has precognition, perfect awareness of the immediate future, and the more she sings/scans the further it reaches. The byline for dealing with the Simurgh is that you'll probably win the fight but you'll lose the war. She uses these scans to make long-term predictions of behavior and activity (in the order of months and years) to turn human beings into rube-goldberg devices, with whole streams or strings of horrific events occuring in areas she's been active. This includes laying the groundwork for major heroes to be attacked at the opening of a future crisis, or the creation of supervillains of international notoriety. She's a telekinetic capable of tossing buildings, she flies, and her scanning ability lets her borrow and copy techniques and mental powers from others - including the power of tinkers (essentially scanning Iron Man and gaining the ability to make what he can make, then telekinetically pulling together a macro-scale version of his devices from surrounding materials). - Wildbow on Reddit
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Excerpt from Interlude 28
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Migration 17.2
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Cockroaches 28.4 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "28.4" defined multiple times with different content
  11. The Simurgh is shorter than her brothers, and sports a large number of asymmetrical wings. She possesses telekinesis, clairvoyance, precognition and a perpetual psychic scream. Seen as the most cunning and intelligent of the three, the Simurgh uses her precognition to employ long term schemes, each with Rube-Goldberg sequences of events, culminating in grave disasters and tragedies. - Cast (in depth)
  12. Excerpt from Cell 22.6
  13. Venom 29.1
  14. Excerpt from Migration 17.1
  15. Migration 17.3
  16. Speck 30.5
  17. Venom 29.2
  18. Interlude 24.x
  19. Cell 22.2
  20. Plague 12.7
  21. In the aftermath, he gets a lion's share of the credit in the Endbringer defeat like Eidolon did with the Simurgh in Madison. - Comment by wildbow on Reddit
  22. Scarab 25.6
  23. Interlude 26.x
  24. Wildbow:
    Think of it in terms of political context, the simurgh attack on Australia being recent & rather a loss for the good guys, her being a Simurgh-alike, news & public perception turning on her, and other factors playing in.
    For Canary's court case ending up an uphill battle.
    People are ~scared~ of mind/emotion control. - Wildbow on Discord, Archived on Spacebattles
  25. Interlude 16.z
  26. Paris, December 19th, 2012 // Simurgh
    Notes: Victory by Scion.
    Target/Consequence: see file The Woman in Blue. See file United Capes. - Excerpt from Scarab 25.6
  27. Cockroaches 28.4
  28. Speck 30.6
  29. Teneral e.5
  30. “The remaining Endbringers are quiet,” Capricorn said. - Excerpt from Beacon 8.12
  31. “This was easy,” she said. “A touch sad, but easy. You were dealing with the Simurgh.”

    “She was restless but we can’t figure out what she was actually doing. It was scary but it was easy, as you put it. You can’t keep going like this. Why don’t you go back to the city and relax? Sit around in your comfortable clothes and watch movies. Go hang out with friends- I know you have a standing invitation from an old friend of mine.” - Excerpt from Interlude 9 II
  32. There were other things. News. Status of Class-S threats…
    Sleeper; active
    Machine Army; 4.83% growth since last check, active
    Endbringers; one dormant, one active, others dead or unknown locations.
    Active Endbringer. She zeroed in on that. A few mouse clicks brought her to a site that tracked the Simurgh.

    The activity was only a renewed cluster of sightings. Not an attack. The Simurgh was somewhere near Bet’s Indonesia. Not flying as she’d once done, either. Floating around. Facilities and factories in the area had been repurposed into accommodations. People in the area were hunkered down, enduring life on new Bet instead of moving on to new places, leaning on some risky non-tinker tech advances. Going the sci-fi route in tackling what Bet was going through. Those same people were responsible for the flurry of reports about the Simurgh, which had led to her being flagged ‘active’. - Excerpt from Interlude 10.x II
  33. Heavens 12.none
  34. Sundown 17.6
  35. Sundown 17.7
  36. Radiation 18.2
  37. "Tattletale said the thinkers are analyzing Titan Fortuna and the Simurgh. With those two you can never be sure, but it looks like they aren’t aligned. The Simurgh is interfering with the information Fortuna is trying to transmit to her network.” - Excerpt from Radiation 18.9
  38. Radiation 18.z
  39. Infrared 19.z
  40. Were she to fly closer and gather information by emitting her signal, she might be able to piece together the events, but it did not matter. - Excerpt from Infrared 19.z
  41. Last 20.1
  42. Last 20.3
  43. “Be careful going there,” Chastity told Sveta. “Half these guys we caught were heading there like they were given orders. We’ve been holding them off but…” - Excerpt from Last 20.4
  44. Last 20.5
  45. Last 20.7
  46. The Simurgh lay prone within the storm that was the Sleeper. Unmoving. That hadn’t been him. That had been Dauntless, acting with the benefit of Titan Fortuna’s sight, guiding the direction of the blast. - Excerpt from Last 20.a
  47. Pitch 6.2

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