Steel Serpent
Steel Serpent
Personal Info:
Real Name: Davos
Also Known As: Steel Phoenix, Iron Fist
Place Of Birth: K'un-Lun
First Appearance: Iron Fist Vol.1 #1 (1975) Bronze Age Villain
Known Associates: Ward Meachum, Crane Mother
Group Affiliation: Crane Mother, The One, Dragon-Kings of K'un-Lun, YŁ-Ti (The August Personage in Jade / Son of Tuan), Immortal Weapons, Rand Corporation, Hydra
Base Of Operations: K'un-Zi, K'un-Lun
Grudges: Iron Fist
Creators: Chris Claremont and John Byrne
Steel Serpent is an expert in many forms of the martial arts, he is also an expert with many hand-to-hand weapons.
Chi Augmentation: Steel Serpent can harness his spiritual energy in a similar fashion Iron Fist does, but he also draws power from the woman known as Crane Mother. By doing this he can enhance all of his physical attributes to superhuman levels.
Chi Manipulation: Steel Serpent can manipulate his spiritual energy for a number of effects including: deadening pain, energy absorption, detection and manipulation, dimensional travel, enhanced senses, enhanced speed and durability and healing.
Phoenix Blow: Steel Serpent can deliver an attack that is executed much like the iron fist to which the user's chi is focused into the attacking hand, but with the index or middle knuckle sticking out from the rest. Unlike the iron fist technique, the Phoenix Blow is directed at one of an opponents pressure points dealing more damage and making it more powerful than the Iron Fist.
Iron Fist Punch: For a time Steel serpent stole the Iron Fist from Danny Rand. He could use his chi and focusing it into his hand, he can draw upon the superhuman energy derived from the heart of the mystic serpent Shou-Lao and make his fist inhumanly powerful and super humanly resistant to injury and pain on a superhuman scale.
Davos was the first son of Lei-Kung the Thunderer, a fearsome martial artist and trainer of the Iron Fist legacy from the city of K'un-Lun. In order to live up to his father's legacy he trained hard and knew that one day he would become one of the most powerful martial artists to leave K'un-Lun with the power of Iron Fist.
However, there was one obstacle he had to overcome. He had to defeat the other person in line for the Iron Fist name: Wendell Rand-K'ai, son of Yu-Ti, August Personage in Jade and ruler of K'un-Lun. Davos proved unsuccessful in this attempt and was soundly beaten by Wendell. He refused to give up despite this beating but eventually Yu-Ti announced Wendell the winner which infuriated Davos who accused Yu-Ti of being biased towards his own son. Lei Kung told his son to stay silent and sent him away. Davos' pride and anger got the better of him and he went to challenge the dragon Shou-Lao in his cavern and gain the power of Iron Fist despite his loss. Shou-Lao scarred Davos over his left eye but Davos knew the secret to defeating the Dragon: to block the power of its heart with his body. However, the pain was too much and Davos soon succumbed to the Dragon's power. Lei Kung found his son defeated in the snow and took him back to the city. Yu-Ti then exiled Davos to Earth, stating that he could never return to K'un-Lun. Despite this, Wendell did not challenge Shou-Lao and also went to Earth. Tuan eventually died and Wendell's brother took his place and had a son named Daniel who would take the power of Iron Fist. It was here that Davos began plotting to kill Daniel and take the power of Iron Fist for himself.
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Steel Serpent at Marvel Universe: The Appendix