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As the Silver Dragon, Heather was a master martial artist, and possibly possessed enhanced human superhuman physical abilities. Otherwise, she possessed the normal physical abilities of an adult woman of moderate exercise.
Heather Duncan was born to one of America's most powerful merchant families AND lived a life of contentment. At age 24 she fell in love with Wendell Rand, and they were married soon after. One year later, she bore him a son, Daniel.
Unbeknownst to Heather, Wendell was actually Wendell Rand-Kai, a former resident of the extra-dimensional land of K'un-Lun. Wendell convinced Heather to bring Daniel and join him and his business partner, Harold Meachum on an expedition to find the portal to K'un-Lun. Daniel took a misstep on the icy slopes and fell of a ledge. Heather grabbed his hand, but was pulled off as well. Wendell also was pulled over the edge trying to save them. Heather and Daniel tumbled to safety in the snow, and watched as Meachum crushed Wendell's hand, forcing to fall to his death on the solid rock below. Meachum claimed to have done it out of love for Heather, but she threw a rock at him. Meachum left Heather and Daniel to freeze in the frozen waste.
Since their original destination was much closer than turning back, Heather and Daniel continued their journey, keeping an eye on the wolves that followed them. Eventually they came to the bridge to Kun Lun, but the wolves chose that moment to charge them. Heather attempted to rush Daniel across the bridge, but knew they would never make it before the wolves reached them. She urged Daniel to keep running as she turned back and threw herself into the wolfpack, which stopped the chase to devour her. Daniel made across the bridge, entered the city of K'un-Lun and was trained to become Iron Fist.
According to Master Khan, Yü-Ti had allowed Heather's death (having known she was coming and having not sent the archers to protect her from the wolves he knew were there).
Heather awakened in the city of Feng-Tu, the land of the dead for the people of K'un-Lun. Lord Tuan and Lady Meng attempted to explain to her why she was there, but she was stunned by the experience, and the knowledge that her husband was from another dimension, and she fled the palace. In the woodlands to which she fled, she encountered Dhasha Khan who vowed to end her grief and pain. He did so by stealing her soul into his Soulgem. Khan then transformed Heather into the form of the Silver Dragon, to his serve as his warrior-slave. The name was taken from the holiest of the symbols of K'un-Lun.
Dhasha Khan, seeking the soul of the Firebird in order to rule Earth, transported Jade (the human form of the Firebird) and her defender, Iron Fist to Feng-Tu. Khan blinded Iron Fist, who nonetheless defeated his warrior squadron. Khan then sent the Silver Dragon against him, and Heather was unable to stop herself from beating Iron Fist senseless, allowing Khan to steal the Firebird's soul.
When Iron Fist and Jade sought to confront Dhasha Khan and take back the Firebird's soul, they had to cross the Bridge of Pain, which was guarded by the Silver Dragon. Heather was again compelled to battle her son, who this time finally managed to overpower her. When he removed her mask, he learned he had been fighting his own mother all along. Heather managed to resist Khan's commands to continue the battle, so Khan incinerated her body. Khan then traveled to Earth and attempted to use the power of the Firebird to remake it to his liking. Iron Fist defeated Khan, recovered the Soulgem, and allowed his mother's spirit to return to Feng-Tu, for a peaceful afterlife.
Heather breached the dimensional fortitude of Feng-Tu to warn Daniel about Junzo Muto's plan to bring K'un-Lun to Earth in Tokyo. Iron Fist traveled to Tokyo and was defeated and imprisoned by Muto. She convinced him not to take out his aggressions on his fellow prisoner Yü-Ti, who was still part of his family, regardless of his past actions. After Iron Fist and the other heroes defeated Muto and sent K'un-Lun back to its own realm, Daniel was on death's door and appeared in Feng-Tu. However, Heather and Wendell, reunited in Feng-Tu, told him it was not yet his time and sent him back to Earth. As he left, they told him how proud of him they were.
First Appearance: Marvel Premiere (1972) #15
Silver Dragon (Marvel)
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Iron Fist (1975)
#8 Iron Fist (1998)
- 'Like Tigers in the Night!'
Iron Fist (2018)
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon (2014)
#1 Iron Fist: Wolverine (2000)
- 'Rage: Part One'#2
- 'Rage: Part Two'#3
- 'Rage: Part Three'#4
- 'Rage: Part Four'#6
- 'Rage: Part Six'#7
- 'Redemption: Part One'#8
- 'Redemption: Part Two'#9
- 'Redemption: Part Three'#10
- 'Redemption: Part Four'
#1 Marvel Premiere (1972)
- 'Dark Horizon'#3
- 'Against the Wall'#4
#15 Power Man (1974)
- 'The Fury Of Iron Fist!'#17
- 'Citadel On The Edge Of Vengeance!'#18
- 'Lair of Shattered Vengeance!'
Power Man and Iron Fist (1981)
#75 The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (1974)
- 'This Insubstantial Pageant Faded'#100
- 'Soul Games'#119
- 'Daughter Of The Dragon King'
#10#19#23 The Immortal Iron Fist (2007)
- 'Bridge of Sorrow, Bridge of Pain'
#1 The Immortal Iron Fist: The Origin of Danny Rand (2008)
- 'The Last Iron Fist Story: Part 1'#20
- 'The Mortal Iron Fist: Chapter 4'#27
- 'The Fall of the House of Rand'
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