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KNOWN MEMBERS: Aentaros, Lothan, Semijan, Tiamet,
Vaudois ALIASES: Dybbuks, Restless Dead, Sleepless
Ones, others BASE OF OPERATIONS: Sinai desert; formerly
Serayn homeworld, numerous others FIRST APPEARANCE: Cable #79 (2000)
HISTORY: Millions of years ago, the race
of alien super-scientists known as the Serayn sought to learn
everything they could about other races. Physically incapable
of leaving their own world due to their extremely fragile
bodies. the Serayn built an indestructible spaceship controlled
by an artificially intelligent supercomputer. For a crew,
the Serayn created the Undying. artificial creatures of pure
intellect and energy, and gave them the power to meld their
energy fields with the minds of any other living creatures.
Once an Undying controlled a host body, it could only be released
by the host's death, feeding off the energy thus released.
The Undying ultimately proved to be the Serayn's downfall,
as they were created with no sense of morality. They turned
on their creators to feed their unquenchable thirst for death,
and then set off into space. For millions of years, the Undying
roamed the universe, devouring the death energies of numerous
alien life forms; however, the Undying ultimately grew tired
of this, and so began a contest to be judged by Azazel, their
ship's computer, wherein whichever Undying killed the most
life forms, won. Each match would last ten thousand years,
or until all life on the designated world was exhausted. To
keep the game fair, the Undying granted Azazel the power to
transfer their energy matrixes from one host body to another
at the moment of death, thus ensuring that no one Undying
could gain an unfair advantage over the others.
The Undying 's ship eventually landed on Earth, starting
a new contest. Over the centuries, the Undying mentally controlled
numerous individuals and embarked on killing sprees. The more
they slaughtered, the stronger they became. In modern times,
the Undying Semijan possessed Australian mutant Randall Shire,
a projecting empath, able to transmit his emotions into nearby
people upon speaking. Semijan's presence boosted Shire's mutant
power to astonishing levels so that Shire's voice bound people
to him whenever he spoke Shires mutant allies Key and Wall
became his first victims, followed by thousands more Australians.
With Shire's power under its control, Semijan became ambitious
and compelled Shire to travel to the U.S. and enslave high-ranking
government officials, such as S.H.I.E.L.D. Commander G.W.
Bridge, in order to seize control of America's nuclear arsenal.
With the competition now unbalanced, Azazel sought to stabilize
the game by using another Undying as Semijan's executioner.
Thus, Semijan's fellow Undying Aentaros possessed a human
father and drove him to attempt to assassinate Shire. The
mutant soldier Cable
foiled the attempt; however. Aentaros tried again by possessing
the mutant mercenary Blockade, whose mind Cable had wiped
earlier. Defeated, Aentaros forced Blockade to snap his own
neck, thus freeing Aentaros to possess Cable's friend Irene
Merryweather. Cable drove Aentaros out of Irene's body by
telekinetically causing her to suffer a brief cardiac arrest.
The Undying fled, leaving Irene to be revived by paramedics
whom Cable had telepathically summoned earlier. Cable then
learned that if Shire were to survive, a future in which humanity
conquered the galaxy and became the Ranshi Empire would flourish.
If Shire died, a future in which Earth became a peaceful paradise
known as Harmony would occur.
Aentaros next possessed Cables mercenary ally Domino
and compelled her to attempt to assassinate Shire, but Cable
again foiled the attempt, preventing Aentaros from killing
Domino as well. Semijan's anger at Aentaros was subsequently
broadcast by Shire's powers, thus breaking his hold over those
he had influenced. By preventing Shire's death and then discrediting
him, Cable prevented both the Ranshi and Harmony futures from
occurring in Earth-616's timeline. Subsequently, Cable enlisted
the aid of Key, Wall and his X-Men
teammates Beast and
Jean Grey in confronting
the Undying in their spaceship, which had been discovered
entombed in the Sinai desert. There, while the heroes clashed
with the Undying, Key reprogrammed Azazel to allow the Undying
to possess only the bodies of cockroaches for the rest of
eternity, thus ending their millennia-long threat.
The above information was copied from “All-New Official
Handbook of the Marvel Universe #12”