Ancient One

Real Name: Unrevealed

Classification: Magic Manipulator

Nationality: Kamar-Taj, Tibet, China

Place of Birth: Kamar-Taj, Tibet, China

Occupation: Farmer, formerly apprentice doctor and village protector, Sorceror Supreme

Known Relatives: Leung (wife, deceased)

Affiliations: Teacher of Dr. Strange, Baron Mordo, An unnamed order of sorcerers whose elder members are known as the Ancient Ones; bTsan Saa and the Spirit Leopard

Extent of Education: Studied sorcery, first alongside Kaluu, then with an unnamed order of sorcerers, finally independently, eventually exceeding the skills of his teachers.

Base of Operations: A palace in the Himalayan mountains, Tibet, China

Distinguishing Features: None

Weight:160 pounds
Strength:Below normal
Speed:Below normal
Stamina:Below normal
Durability:Below normal
Agility:Below normal
Reflexes:Below normal

Powers: The ability to tap this universe's infinite store of ambient magical energy and manipulate these to a variety of effects. A skill derived from three major sources: personal powers of the mind/soul/body, powers gained by tapping the universe's ambient magical energy and employing it for specific effects and finally, powers gained through the tapping of extra-dimensional energy by invoking entities or objects of power existing in mystical dimensions tangential to his own. The latter means of power is usually gained by the recitation of incantations.

As Sorcerer Supreme of Earth the Ancient One possessed a greater knowledge and mastery of the mystic arts than anyone else on Earth. He was born with a great talent for sorcery, and he has fulfilled that potential through extremely long years of study and training (he lived for more than 500 years).

Some of these effects include forming magical energy bolts with a high degree of potency and control. Erect energy shields or screens with a high degree of imperviousness to both physical and magical damage.

The art of astral projection, the mental ability to separate the astral self-the sheath of the soul, or life essence-from his physical self, and in this form traverse through space unbounded by physical laws but fully retaining human consciousness. The astral form is invisible, intangible, and incapable of being harmed except by the most rigorous of mystical means. The astral form only possesses those magical powers residing in the sorcerer's mind: thought casting, psychokinesis, etc. He has such mastery that he can remain in astral form for up to 24 hours and even more before there is corporeal deterioration of his physical form. The physical form is quite vulnerable to attack when the astral form is absent. If harm were to befall the physical form while in astral form, the astral form would be stranded in the wraith-like state. While the astral form is absent, the physical form remains in an inert death-like trance.

Thoughtcasting over short or vast distances in a manner virtually identical with telepathy. The entire Earth was within the reach of the Ancient One's mind, providing he knew where to contact the specific mind he is seeking. He could simultaneously communicate with more than a dozen minds at a time.

Utilizing local magical energy to teleport across the face of the Earth or into a mystical dimension (certain higher dimensions beyond height, width, depth, etc. where the physical laws can be based on magic rather than science). Oddly enough, teleportation within a dimension is more taxing than teleportation between dimensions. Such expenditure of energy leaves all sorcerers mystically debilitated for a varying length of time, making teleportation a dangerous and seldom used ability. Physical teleportation across time rather than space is the most power-draining feat of them all.

The Ancient One had a vast knowledge of sorcerous spells and incantations invoking the names and aspects of various extra-dimensional objects and beings of power. Through these incantations the mage is able to call upon these extra-dimensional power sources for very specific effects without taxing the personal abilities.

Aside of the above mentioned manipulations he has been known to use such spells capable of opening dimensional gateways, levitating, creating life-like illusions, mesmerizing others, and casting a spell of silence, preventing subjects from speaking of certain matters or subjects.

Don't forget that the above statistics apply to the Ancient One's corporeal form at the time of his death, not to his abilities in his prime, or to his abilities after becoming one with Eternity, which are unknown.

Abilities: In his prime, the Ancient One was a master of the martial arts. For many years prior to his death, his advanced age (he lived to be more than 500 years old) impaired his abilities to the point were he could no longer engage in physical combat. Although the magical powers of the Ancient One are as vast as they were hundreds of years ago, his physical abilities were, in his extreme old age, greatly impaired.

Paraphernalia: The Ancient One had aquired and created many mystical artifacts, including The Eye and Amulet of Agamotto, The Crystal Orb of Agamotto, The Book of The Vishanti and The Cloak of Levitation.... all which are now owned by Dr. Strange .

History: The youth who would eventually be called the Ancient One was born in the year 1450 C.E, over 500 years ago. As a young man he was active as the Spirit Leopard, costumed protector of his Tibetan village, Lang Kah, where he lived with his wife Leung and worked as an apprentice doctor. Near the mystic city of Kamar-Taj, a village in the area now known as Tibet, China. Originally, the youth was a peaceful farmer, like his fellow villagers, but encountered an older villager named Kaluu. Kaluu shared with the youth his knowledge of magic, and they began exploring the secrets of sorcery together, even learning the secrets of immortality.

The youth wanted to use his magic to helpthe village, but Kaluu wanted to build a vast empire, and organized the men of Kamar-Taj into an army by magically controlling their minds. The youth attempted to warn the village, but Kaluu used his magic to incapacitate him, paralyzing him and setting him on public display. Kaluu began his conquests, and the youth called upon mystical forces while in his paralytic state, ultimately banishing him to the dimension of Cyttorak. Kaluu's spell on him protected the youth from the full effect of the mystical backlash-- instead of being immortal, he would merely age at a very slow rate.

The youth decided to seek out an order of ancient magic users known as the Ancient Ones in order to devote his entire life to their goal of combating evil sorcerers. The youth eventually became even more skilled than his colleagues, and grew in power so great that he was the first Earth mortal to meet with Eternity, the sentient embodiment of the universe, who presented him with the amulet of Agamotto. The young man fought in Genghis' tournament and won, becoming acknowledged as the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth's dimension. The Ancient One remained in this capacity for countless years, outliving almost all other members of his order.

During these wanderings he discovered the temple of Cyttorak in Korea and fought Dormammu for the first time to a standstill. In 1966 he would fight Dormammu again at Stonehenge, a battle linked with the Great London Fire of that year. Succeeding in banishing Dormammu and shielding the Earth against his evil influence.

It is also known that sometime in the 1790s the Ancient One went to the town of Jericho, Nevada and fought a demon named Marduk Kurios and an evil sorcerer called the Somnambulist; they had slain 400 residents of Jericho. The Ancient One killed the Somnambulist and banished Kurios.

He finally settled himself in Tibet where he met Dr. Anthony Druid. Posing as the High Lama he tested his abilities to pass on his powers to a successor by granting powers to Druid.

More recently, the Ancient One was sought by Baron Karl Mordo who desired to be his pupil. The Ancient One realized his need for a successor, and agreed to tutor Mordo. Although he recognized Mordo's evil ambitions, he decided that he could at best convert Mordo to the service of good, or at least keep him in check.

Sometime later, Dr. Stephen Strange sought the services of the Ancient One for his own purposes, but soon tried to save the Ancient One from a plot by Mordo. The Ancient One dismissed Mordo but explained that he had used this as a test for Strange, who agreed to stay as the Ancient One's new pupil. Strange remained with the Ancient One for many years, eventually becoming the new Sorcerer Supreme and leaving to set up his own residence in New York.

Some years after Strange had left Tibet, the Ancient One and Dr. Strange teamed up to combat the evil demon, Zom. In order to defeat Zom, the Ancient One made it appear as if Zom had killed him, and seemed to transfer his magical ability into Strange. In actuality, the Ancient One activated the potential for further magical ability in Strange which had remained latent.

Later still, the Ancient One was taken prisoner by the so-called Living Buddha and minor demons called the Shadowmen, all of which were serving the extradimensional demon Shuma-Gorath. The Ancient One was made to serve as a gateway for bringing the demon to Earth. So he prompted his disciple, Dr. Strange, to destroy that portion of his mind which constituted his ego or sense of self, thus ending his corporeal existence, allowing his spirit to become one with the Universe, i.e. one with Eternity. And so he died in the Crypts of Kaa-U. At the same time trapping Shuma-Gorath in the dead brain. The ancient mage willed his consciousness to become one with the physical universe.

Now a being that is almost cosmic in nature the ancient One is spending his time as a servant or messager to Eternity himself leaving behind his once-disciple as Sorcerer Supreme of Earth.

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Ancient One created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

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