Known Relatives: T’Chaka (father, deceased), N’Yami (mother, deceased), Ramonda (step-mother), Hunter (adopted brother), Asiri the Wise (grandfather), Shuri (sister)
There are more but they are less relevant and probably won’t be in the Black Panther movie.
Early Life: His mother died during childbirth, then his father T’Chaka was remarried to Ramonda, who actually disappeared for a while when T’Challa was 8 because she was kidnapped, which the Udaku family did not realize until decades later.
How He Got His Powers: Black Panther is a ceremonial title given to the heirs of the throne but it must still be earned. T’Challa earned the title after his father’s death by defeating the leaders of various other Wakandan tribes for it. After he wins he is entitled to eat the special heart shaped herb which gives him his powers. In later versions of the story he had to track down and fight a black panther which he did so foolishly and before he was ready in order to prove he would be a better ruler than his brother which ultimately resulted in him losing his voice after having his throat ripped out by the panther.
Other Privileges and Such: As king of Wakanda, he has access to a vast collection of magical artifacts, advanced Wakandan technological and military hardware, as well as the support of his nation’s wide array of scientists, warriors, and mystics. The Wakandan military has been described as one of the most powerful on Earth. His attire is the sacred vibranium costume of the Wakandan Panther Cult. He is a skilled hunter, tracker, strategist, politician, inventor, and scientist. He has a PhD in physics from Oxford University. Considered one of the eight smartest people on the planet, he is a genius in physics and advanced technology, and is a brilliant inventor. He also has been granted the strength and knowledge of every past Black Panther. T'Challa is a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat and is a master in various African martial arts as well as contemporary martial arts and fighting styles that belong to no known disciplines.
M’Baku - Also known as Man-Ape after he gains special powers and abilities from consuming the flesh of the legendary white ape. Ruler of the Jabari Tribe a recognized micronation within Wakanda’s borders. M'Baku was Wakanda’s greatest warrior second only to the Black Panther. He plotted to usurp the throne with the help of the outlawed White Gorilla cult who were ancient rivals of the Black Panther cult, which basically made them heretics since Panther worship is the state religion.
Erik Killmonger - He was born under the name N'Jadaka. When Ulysses Klaw and his mercenaries attacked Wakanda, they press-ganged N'Jadaka’s father into helping them; when Klaw was defeated, his father died and his family was exiled. N'Jadaka ended up in Harlem, New York, nursing a hatred against the supervillain and T'Challa, the king who’d exiled him. He changed his name to Erik Killmonger and studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, desperate to avenge his father’s death.
Fun Facts about Black Panther:
First black comic book hero in mainstream comics
He’s the wealthiest person in the Marvel universe
He actually predates the Black Panther Party
He debuted in an issue of Fantastic Four
He’s appeared in animated films since 1994
Has been a part of almost every major super team in Marvel
He was married to Ororo Munroe aka Storm (my OTP)
The Quinjet is actually designed and created by the Wakandan Design Group which is overseen by T’Challa
Briefly took over for Daredevil
He is also the king of the dead
Shuri eventually takes over the Black Panther crown and title
Personality Traits: determined, stubborn, loyal, bossy, protective, calm, disciplined, reserved, comes across as arrogant when he’s confident in his abilities, frequently described as “having the world’s greatest poker face”, dedicated
In layman’s terms, a dumb supper is a meal that is held in silence with food reserved for invited spirits. This ceremony is mean to be a time of remembrance and connection to those you have lost. That’s the simplest version of it.
The term “dumb” simply refers to the silence that is observed during the meal, as no one shall speak, no phones shall ring and no external noises such as radios, televisions should be able to be heard. Essentially, a dumb supper should be done in total, utter silence.
How do you do a dumb supper?
There is no staunch set of rules for this, aside from the silence. A basic template to follow if you’re unsure or doing this for the first time, may be as follows:
Cleanse your space; empty of it any energy, even if it’s residual. You can do this by burning incense, spritzing or chanting - however you feel is best. If you want to, or are wont to do, cast your circle now.
When you set the table for the meal, set a place for every physical being in attendance, making sure you make it so that the head of the table is set for the spirits who will be joining the supper. You may want to set a place for every spirit you want to invite, but this isn’t always feasible. If you like, you can use tealight candles set around the plate to represent them.
There is no set colour scheme for this ceremony, but black is typical of the season and activity. You may want a black tablecloth or candles on the table itself.
If possible, use candles as a light source.
Upon entering the room in which the supper is being served, no one may speak.
Only once everyone’s food has been served - spirits included - may anyone begin to eat.
During the meal, you may want to speak to your spirit guests in your mind; tell them you think of them, remember memories, share laughter. You may want to simply think about them, if that is easier.
Once the meal is over, you may want to say goodbye (silently of course).
Only when everyone is finished eating may you all leave and exit the room in silence. Once you are out of the ceremony space, the silence can be broken.
Food, drink and menu choices:
The food you serve at your dumb supper is entirely up to you. You may want to incorporate some of the traditional Samhain foods, e.g., apples, game, cider, late Autumn vegetables, etc,. but remember that you may want to serve food that pleases the spirits you invite too.
What do you do at the end of the supper?
This depends on you and your traditions. If you’ve cast a circle, you will want to remove it and cleanse the area. When it comes to the food, there are a few things you can do to dispose of the food.
Some people choose to burn the meal afterwards - it is said that the smell of the burnt food can bring happiness to the spirits.
Some people will divide the meal out between the guests afterwards to make sure nothing goes to waste.