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Baron Mordo

Real Name: Karl Amadeus Mordo
Occupation: Sorcerer
Legal Status: Transylvanian noblemen with no criminal record
Identity: The general public does not know that Baron Mordo is a sorcerer,
Place of Birth. Varf Mandra, Transylvania
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Viscount Crowler (grandfather)
Group Affiliation: Former minion of Dormammu, former disiple of the Ancient One,
Base of Operation: Castle Mordo, Varf Mandra, Transylvania
First Appearance: STRANGE TALES #111

History: Karl Mordo acquired an Interest In the occult from his maternal grandfather~ Viscount Crowler, at an early age, When he became an adult, he sought out the mystic master known as the Ancient One in Tibet. The Ancient One recognized that Mordo had the innate ability to become a sorcerer of great power, but that Mordo was motivated solely by lust for power. The Ancient One decided to accept Mordo as a disciple in order to keep watch over him.

While still living at his mentor's palace, Mordo plotted to destroy the Ancient One. Mordo's scheming was overheard by the Ancient One's guest, Dr. Stephen Strange, a jaded physician. Witnessing Mordo's power and learning of his intent shocked Strange into a recognition of the meaning of evil. Strange sought to warn the Ancient One, but Mordo placed mystical restraints upon Strange that prevented him from telling the Ancient One of his plans. Strange, however seeking a way to get around Mordo's spell, sincerely asked the Ancient One if he too could become his disciple. The Ancient One, who was aware of Mordo's schemes, freed Strange of Mordo's spell and accepted Strange as his disciple.

Eventually Mordo left the Ancient One, and Strange, over the years, gained mastery of the mystic arts. Strange and Mordo were thus rivals, end have clashed repeatedly over the years. Mordo has served the extra-dimensional entity Dormammu in the past, but he also seeks to amass more power for himself. Mordo is obsessed with destroying Doctor Strange, who is now the sorcerer supreme of Earth's dimension.

Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 250 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Grey

Strength Level: Baron Mordo possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in no regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Powers: Baron Mordo is a powerful sorcerer motivated by ambition and megalomania. Though he is among the ten most powerful Earth-born sorcerers alive today, his power pales beside that of Earth's sorcerer supreme, Doctor Strange. Mordo's magic, like that of most magicians, is derived from three major sources: personal powers of the soul/mind/body (mesmerism, astral projection, thought-casting, etc.), powers gained by tapping this universe's ambient magical energy and employing it for specific effects (teleportation, illusion-casting, energy projection), and finally, powers gained through the tapping of extra-dimensional energy by invoking entities or objects of power dwelling in mystical dimensions, tangential to our own. The latter means of power is usually gained by the recitation of spells; either ritualized ones found in various mystic texts or by original spells invoking extra-dimensional assistance.

To begin with his personal powers, Mordo has mastered the art of astral projection, the mental ability to separate his astral self - the sheath of the soul, or life essence - from his physical self and travel through space unbounded by physical laws while retaining human consciousness. The astral form is invisible, intangible, and incapable of being harmed except by the most rigorous mystical means. Mordo is of such mastery that he can remain in his astral form for up to 24 hours before there is any corporeal deterioration of his physical form. The physical form is quite vulnerable to attack while the astral form is absent. If harm were to befall the physical body while he was in his astral form, he would be stranded in his wraith-like state.

Mordo has the ability to mesmerize people to do his bidding, both in person and at a distance. This mental domination is only possible over those minds less trained than his. His magical control over a person persists until such time when the subject completes the finite task he or she was given, or Mordo willfully releases him or her from control, or the spell is broken by a superior mage, or the spell fades from disuse. Mordo can also cast his thoughts over short or vast distances in a manner virtually identical with telepathy. The entire Earth is within reach of Mordo's mind, providing he knows where to contact the specific mind he may be seeking. Mordo can communicate with only one mind at a time.

Mordo is able to tap this universe's store of ambient magical energy and manipulate it for a variety of effects. He is able to form and hurl magical energy bolts with a high degree of potency and control. He is able to erect energy shields or screens with a high degree of imperviousness to both physical and magical damage. He is able to use the local magical energy for the conjuration of small physical objects like fetters or flowers, or for unusual luminescent effects.

Mordo is sometimes able to utilize local magical energy to teleport across the face of the Earth or into a mystic dimension (certain alternate realities where the physical laws are based on magic rather then science). Oddly enough, teleportation within a dimension is more taxing to a sorcerer than teleportation between dimensions. Such expenditure of energy leaves all sorcerers (including. Mordo) mystically debilitated for a varying length of time, making teleportation a dangerous and seldom used ability. Physical teleportation across time rather than space is the most power draining type of journey of all.

Mordo has knowledge of a host of sorceries spells and incantations invoking the names and aspects of various extra-dimensional objects and beings of power. Mordo (like his nemesis, Doctor Strange) is able to draw upon these extra-dimensional power sources for very specific effects without depleting his own capacity to draw upon local magical power and without taxing his own personal abilities. Some of these extra-dimensional phenomena called upon include the Vapors of Valtorr, the Crimson Bands of Cytorrak, and the Images of Ikonn. Some of the extra-dimensional beings of power invoked are Dormammu, Satannish and Tiboro. It is possible to accomplish a certain magical effect by a number of means. An adept sorcerer like Mordo will use the magic that least diminishes his overall ability to draw upon the many forms of magic.

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