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Martin Gilfryd was a curator of the British Museum's Egyptian wing during the mid-nineteenth century. His position allowed him connections and personal association with the Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra. But Gilfryd possessed an ambitious mania that alienated the Brotherhood's members.

He met Panya the living mummy after she was unwrapped and frequently asked her about her miraculous resurrection, and for the Brotherhood's secrets as well. The Brotherhood found out, and consequently banned Gilfryd from their society forever. Not much later Gilfryd entered a rough period and became a disciple of occult member Gustav Strobl, who taught him the dark arts. With this, Gilfryd killed his teacher, he was then caught by the London authorities and sentenced to Bedlam Royal Hospital in May 18, 1867. In 1879, Gilfryd was contacted by witchfinder Edward Grey, who needed his help in stopping a resurrected Hyperborean creature. After the creature was killed, Gilfryd attempted to flee, but was shockingly confronted by the ghost of Gustav Strobl, who told him that everything that Gilfryd learned from him was false.

After a long sentence in a mental institution, Gilfryd was discharged on July 17, 1890, after responding to treatment. In a new fast paced world, he was dissatisfied with Western society and went on a journey to Asia in search of new wisdom, he then disappeared from all public record. At Beijing Gilfryd discovered Agartha, and traveled there and learned the secret history of Hyperborea and the Ogdru Jahad. However, his stay didn't last long as he argued against the monks' inactive action to leave the world as it was. He left Agartha and was lost in a blizzard. He was then found by a sect of monks who opposed Agartha's views, and saw Gilfryd as their prophetic leader who would return Hyperborea to its former glory. He stayed and learned from the monks. There he spoked to their wisest monk, who let him see the future the Ogdru Jahad was responsible for, and that his action swould save the world. Gilfryd then adopted the identity of Memnan Saa.

As Memnan Saa, he helped a Mongol warlord in a successful battle against a Russian battalion in 1913. Prior to adopting his alias, he saw in his vision that he was not the man destined to wield the power of Vril that would create the new era. In New York City on June 14 1937, Memnan Saa made his first confirmed appearance in the city's armory where he was caught on film before exploded. By November he commanded an army of Chutt warriors to kidnap Dr. Kyriakos Gallsragas and his daughter Helen for the Vril Energy Suit (V.E.S.) that possessed the power source, Anum's Fork, which woulmbe used to create an army of dragons and revive the Hyperborean empire. However, Gallsragas' assistant Jim Sacks escaped with the V.E.S. and discovered that Nazi agents were also after the suit. After capturing Sacks and the V.E.S., Memnan Saa came into conflict with Lobster Johnson, and Saa warned him not to interfere in his affairs. Possessing the suit, Memnan Saa killed Gallsragas and had his followers construct a prototype replica of Anum's Fork and used it on a follower, transforming him into a dragon-like creature that killed Jim Sacks. However, Sacks returned to life as a super-powered being at the hand of the Vril power and foiled Memnan Saa's plans and killed his followers. Memnan Saa was the sole survivor of Sack's attack and was then chased and shot by Lobster Johnson. Given his mystical nature, Memnan Saa escaped and became an enemy of Lobster Johnson.

Johnson and his allies sought out Memnan Saa and his weakness. But all of their leads on Memnan Saa resulted in tragedy, leaving Lobster and Harold McTell the only survivors. Johnson gave up his search in fear that McTell would come to harm. McTell, however, sought revenge for his friends' deaths. As a result he lost his right leg.

By the early 21st century, Memnan Saa sought out Liz Sherman to wield the Vril power and informed her in a dream that the BPRD's war on the frog monsters was far worse than they could imagine. This warning revealed to be about Katha Hem, one of the Ogdru Hem. Memnan Saa was confronted by Liz via Johann Kraus, she demanded he help her and her team destroy Katha Hem. Memnan Saa revealed an artifact found by Roger the Homunculus which would destroy the Ogdru Hem. Sherman saw Memnan saa in a dream.He instructed her to use the artifact to unleash the power of Vril to kill Katha Hem.