seeking to conquer all nine worlds of Asgard, Malekith, of the Dark Elves used his formidable powers to manipulate the trolls of Nornheim, into believing that Queen Alflyse, had sought war on the humans of Earth and enslaved the trolls to serve as her war party. Malekith and Crone appeared before Hercules and Zeus (who had recently been resurrected in the form of a young boy), as the noble Balder the Brave (now ruler of Asgard), persuading them as well into believing that Alflyse was threatening Earth. Hercules agreed to be transformed into Thor, so that he could get close to the Elf queen. A pack of angry trolls, infuriated with Alflyse’s actions traveled to her castle to confront her for not treating them as equals against a common foe. During their journey they happened upon Thor (actually Hercules) and Zeus. Just moments before they reached Alflyse’s castle, Hercules defeated the trolls and presented himself as savior to Alflyse’s soldiers. Showing gratitude to her would-be-saviors, she escorted Hercules and the young Zeus back to castle, while informing them that she had renounced the aggressive policy of the fallen Malekith, for they brought her people nothing but grief. Alflyse arranged a series of challenges designed to establish that her savior was truly the god of thunder, Hercules managed to meet the challenges, ending with his coupling with Alflyse.