Shadow Colonel
Shadow Colonel
Personal Info:
Real Name: Xarus
Also Known As: Xarus
Place Of Birth: Unknown
First Appearance: Death of Dracula Vol.1 #1 (2010) Modern Age Villain
Known Associates: Dracula, Rat Bomber, Snowsnake, Baroness Blood, Sarge, Carpathian, Boy-Thing
Group Affiliation: Legion of the Unliving, former leader of the Vampire Nation
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Grudges: Avengers and the Winter Guard
Creators: Victor Gischler and Giuseppe Camuncoli
As a vampire, Xarus 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, Xarus is dependant on consuming human blood every night.
Enhanced Abilities: Xarus is a vampire and has enhanced strength, endurance and agility.
Vampire Bite: Xarus’s bite inflicts damage and makes his victim subject to Dracula’s telepathic commands.
Transformation: Xarus can transform into a mist-like cloud, a bat, a man-sized bat, or a wolf.
Summoning and Controlling: Xarus can summon and control lesser animals such as bats and wolves, but also thunderstorms, lesser vampires, and in some cases, humans.
Pendant: Xarus possesses an pendant containing a device which bends certain frequencies of light around him, letting him stand in broad daylight without being burned.
Acute Senses: Xarus's senses of sight, smell, and hearing are enhanced to superhuman levels.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Like all vampires, Xarus can rapidly regenerate damaged or destroyed bodily tissues faster and more efficiently than an ordinary human.
Weather Manipulation: Xarus, like all vampires, possess the ability to greatly manipulate the weather over a limited area, such as creating immensely powerful thunderstorms.
Hypnotism and Mind Control: Like all vampires, Xarus 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.
Xarus is the third son of Dracula. Angry with humanity encroaching into vampire territory, and unhappy with his father's leadership, Xarus created a secret alliance with the leaders of various vampire sects (Claw Sect (warriors), Charniputra Sect, Mystikos Sect (business), Nosferatu Sect, Atlantean Sect (A race of Atlantean vampires), Moksha Sect (seers) and Siren Sect (seductresses)) to overthrow his father. He accomplished this at a centennial meeting of all the vampires. He and his allies drove stakes into Dracula and cut off his head, to become Lord of all Vampires.
Xarus then set his eyes on world domination. To ensure his take-over-the-world scheme, Xarus planned on converting all mutants in San Francisco into vampires. He led an attack on Utopia and before Xarus' eyes, his entire task force was decimated. Though he lacked time to properly arrange another strike, Xarus was determined to triumph over the X-Men. Dracula who had returned, having been resurrected by the X-Men appeared on Utopia. Xarus attempted to rally his allies to stand against his father once again, but found no support, forcing him to fight alone. Dracula then returned the favour by ripping off Xarus' head, killing him.
Having later returned to life, Xarus aided Dracula in his plan to start the vampire kingdom anew. Xarus adopted the identity of Shadow Colonel, a supposedly dissident vampire who intended to challenge Dracula for the throne, weeding out the weaker members of the vampiric race accompanied by his allies, the Legion of the Unliving.
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