Baron Blood
Baron Blood
Personal Info:
Real Name: Kenneth Crichton
Also Known As: No known Alias
Place Of Birth: St. Bernard's Hospital, Gibraltar
First Appearance: Captain America Vol.1 #253 (1981) Bronze Age Villain
Known Associates: Dracula, Baroness Blood
Group Affiliation: Dracula's army; formerly Blutsauger
Base Of Operations: Falswort Manor, England
Grudges: Blade, Union Jack and Captain Britain
Creators: Roger Stern, John Byrne and Josef Rubinstein
As a vampire, Baron Blood is a member of the living dead, virtually immortal and only able to be destroyed by direct sunlight, piercing of his heart, beheading, burning and scattering of his ashes, or using the magic Montesi Formula spell. Religious objects can also harm him and items made of silver. He is also bound from entering any dwelling unless invited, and he feels the need to break any mirror he encounters. Most significantly, Baron Blood is dependant on consuming human blood every night.
Enhanced Abilities: Baron Blood is a vampire and has enhanced strength, endurance and agility.
Vampire Bite: Baron Blood’s bite inflicts damage and makes his victim subject to Baron Blood’s telepathic commands.
Transformation: Baron Blood can transform into a mist-like cloud, a bat, a man-sized bat, or a wolf.
Summoning and Controlling: Baron Blood can summon and control lesser animals such as bats and wolves, but also thunderstorms, lesser vampires, and in some cases, humans.
Hypnotism and Mind Control: Like all vampires, Baron Blood has the ability to hypnotise most beings just by making eye contact with them for a few seconds. While under his influence, he can force people to do his bidding, though beings of great will power can resist him.
Acute Senses: Baron Blood's senses of sight, smell, and hearing are enhanced to superhuman levels.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Like all vampires, Baron Blood can rapidly regenerate damaged or destroyed bodily tissues faster and more efficiently than an ordinary human.
Weather Manipulation: Baron Blood, like all vampires, possess the ability to greatly manipulate the weather over a limited area, such as creating immensely powerful thunderstorms.
Kenneth came home from art school alongside his friend Joey Chapman to be with his family at Falsworth Manor, and discovered that Captain America was visiting to investigate reports of the return of Baron Blood, Kenneth's great-uncle. When Baron Blood invaded Falsworth Manor one evening, Kenneth witnessed him attack Captain America.
Kenneth tried to help Captain America against Baron Blood, who finally fled when the sun rose. Kenneth and Joey aided in the search for Baron Blood the next day, and Kenneth finally learned that Baron Blood was impersonating Dr. Jacob Cromwell when his girlfriend Jenny turned up with bite marks on her neck.
Against his mother's wishes, Ken declined donning the Union Jack costume to face Baron Blood, and instead offered up Joey as the new Union Jack, believing he represented common people better than the Falsworth family.
Joey donned the Union Jack costume to help draw Baron Blood out, and Baron Blood was slain by Captain America. Kenneth stood by with Joey, his mother, Captain America and Montgomery Falsworth as Baron Blood's body was burned into ashes. His grandfather died quietly as Baron Blood was destroyed.
Kenneth attempted to set his newly-youthened mother up with Nigel Peters, a pub owner, as he had her sit for a portrait he had begun of her when she still looked her natural age. When Jacqueline went to confront Peters on the issue, Kenneth was kidnapped by agents of the Hellfire Club, serving the Black Queen (Selene). Selene attached Kenneth to a bomb in Easthill Commons and threatened to set it off unless Spitfire turned herself over for vivisection. Spitfire refused and ran to untie Kenneth, just as Selene detonated the bomb. However, Kenneth wasn't injured. Afterwards, Kenneth showed his completed portrait of his mother to Peters, and Jacqueline joined them for a drink.
Proving to have anaemia, Kenneth became a patient at St. Mary's Hospice, and befriended another victim of anaemia, Christopher Sinclair. Sinclair eventually died from anaemia.
At Christopher's funeral with Joey, Kenneth was approached by the Baroness, a vampire created by his great-uncle. Later, he went out drinking with Joey, and complained about the way his mother had been behaving since her rejuvenation, and how he resented Joey for becoming Union Jack. They got into a fight in an alley, but Joey ended it quickly and brought Kenneth home to Falsworth Manor. Later that night, Christopher, now a vampire, tried to draw Kenneth away to his mistress, the Baroness, but Sinclair was driven off by Union Jack.
Kenneth was treated for his anaemia at Falsworth Manor, and complained at how blessed his mother was for gaining superhuman powers. Later, he went out with Joey as he met with Romany Wisdom for aid in deciphering a vampire plot to obtain the Holy Grail, and was again approached by the Baroness, who invited him to join her cult. Frustrated by his disease, Kenneth went to her one evening, and begged her to heal him. She agreed. Kenneth became the new Baron Blood.
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