Aarkus, the Destroyer of Evil, is an extraplanar humanoid hailing from a place known only as the Dimension of Smoke. His supernatural origins have granted Aarkus a laundry list of inexplicable supernatural powers with which to fight the forces of darkness!
Agelessness (s): whether he acquired this power thanks to a long journey of self-discovery or use of the Pillow of Life and Death, this power has seemingly ended the aging process within Aarkus, rending him effectively ageless!
Body Armor (s): it is a proven fact that Aarkus' new body is highly durable. Impervious to small arms fire and most conventional forms of impact, he can be considered to possess intensity 8 (+2) protection from attack, making him exceedingly difficult to harm.
Cold Generation (a): wielding this power at intensity 15, Aarkus can use it to absorb the heat from a body, binding them in ice of similar material strength. It is bound by the Touch Only limitation, but it is nonetheless enough to cause most everybody to stop in their tracks!
Dimensional Transit (i): if smoke is present in two locations, Aarkus can use it to open up an interdimensional portal between them. He may do this with intenstiy 8 ability, which allows him to enforce the law throughout the multiverse!
Flight (a): another of Aarkus' powers is the ability to move freely, in three dimensions, within a space filled with gaseous matter, at intensity 4 (about 120 miles per hour). This power is useless in a vacuum, however, as is his dimensional transit ability.
Illusion Projection (w): though limited in scope, Aarkus has the ability to alter the perceptions of others. Namely, this ability allows him to 'blend in' to a world, masking himself as one of its natives if he so chooses, at intensity 10.
Invulnerability to Poison Attacks (s): Aarkus has demonstrated on at least one occasion an extremely high resistance to toxins, by wading right into a cloud of poison gas deadly enough to kill most everybody on the western seaboard. He is completely immune to poison
Mesmerism (w): another potent mental power Aarkus possesses is his ability to temporarily seize control of the minds of lesser beings. He can perform this trick at intensity 10, and can direct a person's actions for an aura duration per application of this power.
Teleportation (i): similar to his ability to cross the planes, Aarkus may teleport to any location where smoke or fire is present. He can do this with astounding range, being capable of reaching even Jupiter in a single leap! Consider this intensity 27 teleportation (1 billion miles).
Vapor Animation (i): Aarkus has the ability to handle vaporous matter as though it were solid; this may be an ability common to all peoples of the Dimension of Smoke. He may use this ability with intensity 15 skill, giving him considerable control of the environment around himself.
Hindrances / Augmentations:
Aerial Combat (a): a natural denizen of the skies, Aarkus has the ability to engage in aerial assaults with ease, doing so at a reduced difficulty. Furthermore, he can substitute his Agility for Intellect for the purposes of determining initiative when desired.
Law Enforcement (w): having become an enforcer of the Law in the Dimension of Smoke, Aarkus can easily be considered a master of such - he tends to fight crime in not only one dimension, but two! While not legally recognized on earth, his sheer power here is undeniable!
Lore (i): being of an extraplanar nature, Aarkus has this skill as a matter of course. This allows him exceptional knowledge of all things arcane, including certain bits of knowledge about mages, magical societies, ancient artifacts of power, and all sorts of forgotten lore.
Aarkus can claim his mysterious people as a contact, should he be in a position to ask them for help. Furthermore, he can definitely rely on the Invaders for aid, as he has worked with them on multiple occasions since that little misunderstanding in the 1940s.
Outcast: hailing from a universe well outside our own, Aarkus is an outsider, and is something of a freak to ordinary human folks. However, he can disguise himself as a normal human, so this effect isn't so bad unless he's using his powers.
Aarkus wears a green suit made from stretch fabric, with blue boots, blue gloves and a large, golden belt. The Destroyer of Evil also wears a cape that is yellow on the outside, and red on the inside, that has an exceptionally large red collar.
Aarkus loves his adopted home - so much so, in fact, that he will expose himself to the risks of interdimensional travel to fight the evils that may threaten it... either now or in the future. He's not a soul-less killer, but doesn't mind meting out Justice to those who deserve it.
Real Name: Aarkus (last or other names unknown or unrevealed)
Legal Status: citizen of the Dimension of Smoke, former citizen of Shangri-La
Marital Status: unknown, possibly inapplicable
Alias(es), if any: Destroyer of Evil
Group Affiliation: none
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 200 lbs
Other Distinguishing Characteristics: Aarkus is possessed of emerald-hued flesh, and his bald head is slightly larger than a regular human's.
The hero Aarkus, better known as the Vision, comes from a world outside our universe, a Dimension of Smoke. The citizens of this realm make it a point to shepherd nascent Cosmic Cubes as they develop into sentient beings, to better protect the multiverse from their might.
Aarkus, in particular, performs this mission with aplomb. However, he has made it a point to further aid innocent sentients when they are in need, which has led to him also becoming known as the Destroyer of Evil. But then, he's been fighting it on our world for hundreds of years.
His first journey to earth saw Aarkus founding the lost city of Shangri-la. While there, he acquired his extreme longevity, either doing so through intense meditation of the self or the use of an inexplicable artifact known as the Pillow of Life and Death.
His next known trip to earth was in 1939, drawn here by the growing evil of the Nazi regime, and Aarkus fought those villains in Poland. There, he rescued Baron and Baroness Pavlek from the invading fascists when their brother betrayed them to the Nazis, killing Felix in the process.
Aarkus was called to our plane once more by Markham Erickson, who thought earth needed a powerful law-giver like him to set things right. As he was looking for somewhere to dispose of one of his own, criminal people, Aarkus did just that - after dumping his victim on Jupiter.
Taking on all manner of villains, Aarkus put down mobsters, monsters, demons, aliens, and even some genetically engineered plant men. He made quite a name for himself, fighting evil men, women and monsters across the globe. But sadly, Aarkus' war on crime didn't last very long.
Eventually, the diabolical Doctor Death gained control of the device Markham used to contact Aarkus in the first place. Wielding this control, the dread Doctor forced Aarkus to aid him in his plot to completely devastate the western United States - lest he be unable to return home!
Forced to oppose the Invaders when they confronted Doctor Death and his Battle-Axis, Aarkus was ultimately freed from the villain's control, and immediately went about neutralizing a large portion of the gas he was going to use against the Americans the Doctor had grown to hate.
After this, Aarkus is known to have assisted other heroes of the age, going so far as to participate in a mass assault on a Nazi base and then Berlin itself, before returning to his solo pursuits. He presumably continued his one-entity war on Evil for the duration of the War.
Once World War II had finally ended, Aarkus slipped away from the limelight, his name and very image ultimately falling to another hero of alien aspect. But Aarkus was not done with the earth, oh no, for he had discovered a Cosmic Cube that required his tender care.
Retiring to its resting place beneath the streets of New York City, Aarkus spent many years shepherding this Cube, service which was interrupted after the seeming death of Captain America. When this happened, the fear the citizens of the City above felt overwhelmed the Cube.
And it, in turn, overwhelmed Aarkus. Temporarily taking on the aspect of D'spayre, a demon who feeds off of fear, Aarkus wound up coming into conflict with the Invaders again - time-lost as they were in his modern era. Of course, they ultimately helped free him a second time.
He in turn aided these heroes in returning to their own, proper era, and went on to further assist various members of this group in the current day. This aid culminated in his assisting the Invaders when they were forced to do battle with the elder eldritch evil of Shuma-Gorath!
After this, Aarkus began to spend time on the moon, keeping his distance from humanity. He would return to earth on occasion to borrow books from a library, but other than that he kept to himself for the most part - at least, until he was targeted by the insane Legion!
The son of Professor Xavier, Legion possessed multiple psionic abilities... and multiple personalities, too. Using these abilities, he sensed Aarkus and a growing discord in his mind, and feared that anti-mutant hysteria might lead him to side with humanity against mutantkind.
Reaching out with his psionic power, Legion managed to render Aarkus comatose, presumably for all time. Legion then deposited Aarkus in the care of the X-men, who he felt had the best chance of looking after him - particularly should he shake off the effects of that 'protective' coma.
Should Aarkus do so, he'd find himself in the presence of Doctor Nemesis, the former Doctor Death, who is now a member of the X-club. While the Doctor has seemingly repented for his momentary lapse of sense and works to aid the world now, Aarkus may simply not care...!
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