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Baron Mordo

Real Name: Karl Amadeus Mordo

Classification: Magic Manipulator

Nationality: Varf Mandra, Transylvania

Place of Birth: Varf Mandra, Transylvania

Occupation: Nobleman, Sorceror

Known Relatives: Viscount Crowler (grandfather, deceased), Sara Crowler (mother, deceased), baron Nikolai Mordo (father, deceased), Astrid (daughter)

Affiliations: Former student of the Ancient One, former disciple of Dormammu

Extent of Education: Extensive study of sorcery, first under Viscount Heinrich Crowler than under the Ancient One's tutelage and finally independently.

Base of Operations: Castle Mordo, Varf Mandra, Transylvania

Distinguishing Features: None

Weight:250 pounds

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.

Mordo is a sorcerer with an extreme lust for power. He mostly sees the mystic arts as a way too gain this power. He also has a very great potential to reach mystical power in very high levels, and because of his great enlongated lifespan has reached them obviously. Mordo also dabbled in necromancy-- magic of the dead.

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 Mordo's mind, providing he knew where to contact the specific mind he is seeking. He could simultaneously communicate with about 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.

Mordo 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.Having studied under the Ancient One learned him a lot of spells from The Book of The Vishanti, but Mordo would just as well use black magic if it would serve his purpois.

Aside of the above mentioned manipulations he has been known to use such spells capable of opening dimensional gateways, levitating, creating life-like illusions and mesmerizing others.

Abilities: It is known that Mordo has some knowledge of an unspecified martial art similar to karate.

Paraphernalia: None that are his to own. He once used the spell book of Cagliostro but since lost it. The only occult writings he now possesses are those that were his father's and those that were owned by Viscount Crowler added with paraphernalia of magic that Mordo collected throughout the years.

History: Karl Amadeus Mordo always had some affinity for magic, his father was a powerful black magician and so was his grandfather. When his grandfather the Viscount Crowler and his mother killed the father of Karl they took him to castle Crowler her he received tutoring in the mystic arts by the Viscount himself.

When he learned all there was to learn from the Viscount he went on a quest in search for the Ancient One, he who was known to be very powerful. And it was power Mordo was searching for. Power to revenge his father.

Determined to find this master of the mystic arts, Mordo made his way through the frozen wastes of the Himalayan Mountains. When he finally reached the palace, he only was accepted as the Ancient One's disciple because the latter felt in Mordo the ability for evil and decided that this was the best way to keep Mordo in check.

While Mordo was plotting against the Ancient One, during a session in which Mordo had contact with Dormammu, he was discovered by Stephen Strange who, at that time, was the guest of the Ancient One's. Trying to warn the master of his pupil's treachery, Strange was discovered by Mordo and mystically restrained. But because of the fact that the Ancient One knew of the nature of Mordo, this act merely resulted in Strange becoming the Ancient One's new disciple.

Leaving the Himalayan palace, Mordo ended getting his revenge when he sacrificed Viscount Heinrich Crowler and his mother baroness Sara Crowler-Mordo. With this act Mordo burned all his former feelings except those he had for his father and his hatred against the Ancient One and his new found pupil. Thus he spend his days plotting against the Sorcerer Supreme and all that were around him.

Then came the day that all the dark magic he used over the years to keep himself young finally betrayed Mordo by giving him terminal cancer. This changed him dramatically. Feeling his end come near, he sought forgiveness for his deeds from Strange. But Mordo's daughter Astrid, who followed her dad's old footsteps, transferred the cancer into Strange's body. Only after Mordo redeemed himself by defeating and banishing his own daughter followed by taking the cancer back, did Strange found it possible to forgive him. That's when the cancer sapped the last breath out of Mordo. He died knowing that his old enemy could forgive him.

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Baron Mordo created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
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