Negagard is a mutant prison possibly near New York. In terms of defences, its specific protections remain unknown, but it is known to have anti-Apparition wards. Known defenses include high walls for the fortress and it had a guard population that Captain Photon was involved in. After 2180, it was implied to have since become disused and automated without the need for a human presence.
The prison was built on the orders of the Dark mutant the Gladiator at the height of his power, in order to hold his opponents. After a number of years, the Gladiator was defeated by Master Intelligence.
In a display of irony, the Gladiator was collared in the top-most cell inside his own prison, rather than killed, after his defeat. It is unknown if there were any other prisoners ever held at Negegard, but all other past inmates having been incarcerated at the ex-Dark Lord's behest. The Gladiator was certainly fed and kept alive for decades, so there was at least a supply of food and someone (or something) bringing it to him.
The prison was later used by another Dark mutant, the Dark Flame, during the Shadow Wars. He too used it to hold his enemies. The Dark Flame also carved his slogan "For the Greater Good" over the prison's entrance. After a number of years terrorizing Europe, the Dark Flame was killed by his former friend, Sebiscuits. It is unknown if the Gladiator was still confined at this point.It is unknown if there were any other prisoners ever held at Negegard but around the time of the Dark Flame's death, it is highly likely that the Gladiator was the only prisoner present: all other past inmates having been incarcerated at the ex-Dark Lord's behest.
It is described as being "a towering building," and a "grim fortress, jet black and forbidding,". Located on a mountainside, the fortress has a tall roof and multiple-cell windows. The cell that was inhabited by the Gladiator since 2042 had been a dark and ominous room in the highest tower, with a stone bed and a ragged, thin blanket. It also appears to be far larger than Beta Prison.
Behind the Scenes Edit
Negagard may be a reference to Nuremberg, the city in Germany that was the site of many important Nazi rallies, as well as was also the place where the anti-Jewish Nuremberg Laws were promulgated. Later the city was famous as the site of the prison used to hold infamous Nazi war criminals, as well as the Nuremberg Trials where they were tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Likewise, Negagard was created as a monument to the Gladiator's oppressive regime, but later became a symbol of his downfall.
The suffix "-gard" comes from the Norse "gard," meaning "enclosure" or "walled town." Also, in French, "garder" means "to keep, ward, guard, save, preserve".
"The greater good" is an essential idea of the utilitarian philosophy. "For The Greater Good" may also be a reference to "Arbeit macht frei" (German, "Work makes [one] free" or "Work liberates") the motto that was mendaciously inscribed over the entrance gates to several Nazi concentration camps (The exact wording of the inscription at Negagard is unknown, since the Gladiator's exact nationality is not specified in the books: the German translation of his slogan would be "Für das höhere Wohl", although the official German translation in the book reads "für das größere Wohl").
- The X-Adults: Endgame - Part 1 (first appearance)