Personal Info:
Real Name: Tai
Also Known As: No known Alias
Place Of Birth: Cambodia
First Appearance: Mighty Thor Vol.1 #411 (1989) Modern Age Villain
Known Associates: Andrew Chord
Group Affiliation: Dragon's Breath Cult
Base Of Operations: Cambodia
Grudges: New Warriors
Creators: Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz
Magic: Tai has mastered control over several forms of the Mystical Arts, that allow her to do an assortment of things. Through magic, she is able to teleport, move at great speeds, control her body’s density, turn to mist, heal herself and others, as well as blasts of powerful magic that can render someone unconscious up to killing them. She is also, through magic, able to shape shift her body (most notably her hands), where she often extends her finger nails into vicious talons that are capable of easily rendering flesh apart.
Tai was born into the Dragon's Breadth cult, a group that derived mystical power from a well known as the Well of All Things, a nexus into multiple dimensions. Over centuries they absorbed energy from it and used interbreeding to further empower each successive generation, with the ultimate goal of a generation powerful enough to conquer the world. Tai's generations was able to directly tap the energies of the well and were lead to believe that they were the chosen generation to rule the world. Ruthless and ambitious, Tai did not want to share the power and murdered everyone in the cult save for six maidens and a group of temple guards.
A group of American soldiers in Cambodia came across the temple and were captured by Tai, who told them the story of her people and insisted that they had to marry and produce children with the six maidens. All agreed to do so, save for the already married Daryl Taylor. Tai's daughter, Miyami, was paired off with Andrew Chord and soon gave birth to two children, Silhouette and Midnight's Fire. Miyami, aware of Tai's intentions, did not want her children to be pawns of her mother and faked the deaths of herself and her children, leaving her children to be raised in Manhattan's Chinatown. Chord, believing his family to be dead, travelled the world as a mercenary, eventually meeting up again with his mother-in-law. Tai returned with him to America and encouraged him to resume his relationship with former friend Daryl Taylor. This proved successful, as Chord was made godfather to Daryl's son, Dwayne. Tai then pushed Chord to murder Daryl and his wife, Melody. Chord complied and then became guardian of a young Dwayne Taylor.
Tai, alongside Chord, raised Dwayne and trained him to be a crime fighter. They also controlled Daryl's charitable organization the Taylor Foundation to finance questionable ventures across the world. Dwayne eventually began operating as a vigilante, eventually becoming Night Thrasher and forming the New Warriors. Tai remained close to this, acting as a parent and mentor to Dwayne as well as his housekeeper. It was Tai's intention to sacrifice the New Warriors to the well instead of the children who were born from the brides she had mated with the soldiers.
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