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In Marvel Comics
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(named after the Greek god Priapus
In Greek mythology, Priapus or Priapos , was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his absurdly oversized, permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism...
) was a super-villain leader of a cult based on sensual pleasures. He was searching for the Carnal Serpent, allegedly an artifact of extreme erotic power responsible for things such as Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve were, according to the Genesis creation narratives, the first human couple to inhabit Earth, created by YHWH, the God of the ancient Hebrews...
's betrayal of God
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's trust, to the obscenity that forced God to destroy Sodom and Gomorra, as well as the ecstasy that put an end to the Dark Ages in Europe. He hired Terror, Luke Cage
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, and Silver Sable
Silver Sable is a fictional character from Marvel Comics, a female mercenary, hunter of war criminals, the leader of the Wild Pack, and CEO of Silver Sable International...
to aid him, having them seek out the three pieces of an artifact called Vatsayana's Tryst. He eventually found the serpent and slew it, becoming powerful. He enslaved the three mercenaries to his will, intent on starting a religion based on pleasures of the flesh, but Terror managed to free himself, Cage, and Sable. He fought the heroes, who then ripped the Tryst from where it was embedded in his chest, causing the Carnal Serpent to come alive again and devour him. The Serpent bore the heroes no ill will, and told them so before vanishing with the Tryst. (Terror Inc. #10)