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Merlin (III)

Real Name: Unrevealed
Occupation: Protactor of the multiverse
Identity: The general populace of Earth is unaware of the existence of Merlin.
Legal Status: None
Other Aliases: Myrd, many others still unrevealed
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Married (at some point)
Known Relatives: Roma (daughter)
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Formerly Otherworld; current base, if any, is unknown
First Appearance: (first American appearance) MARVEL TEAM-UP #65

History: Another claimant to the name of Merlin is a humanoid alien who was based in an extradimensional realm known as Otherworld. It is unclear whether or not this Merlin and the Merlin of Arthur's time are two separate beings, or whether they are in fact the same person. If the two are the same, then either he is not truly an alien or not truly the son of a demon and an Earth woman. King Arthur himself apparently lives in Otherworld, having been transported there after his seeming demise by Morgan le Fey, and others.

In recent years a young Englishman named Brian Braddock lay near death after a motorcycle accident. The alien Merlin and his daughter Roma, who is known as the Goddess of the Northern Skies, appeared to him and bade him to choose one of the mystical objects before him: the amulet of right or the sword of might. Braddock chose the correct object, the amulet of right, and was bombarded with mystical energy that restored his health. Merlin and Roma decreed that he should be Britain's champion and gave him a symbolic costume and a mystically powered star-scepter. Braddock thus became the costumed champion known as Captain Britain.

The alien Merlin sought to safeguard the entire multiverse, and under various names and taking different physical appearances, he turned individuals of many alternate Earth's into similar costumed adventurers. Eventually Captain Britain and the present day Black Knight joined Merlin in Otherworld to save Camelot, now located there, from disaster. Before the climactic successful battle, Merlin sent Captain Britain to an alternate Earth. In the course of Captain Britain's journey, Merlin transformed the Captain's amulet and star-scepter into a lattice of mystical "microcircuitry" within his transformed costume; the lattice now duplicated the powers of the Captain's old weaponry.

The alien Merlin had turned Braddock into Captain Britain to battle a menace to Braddock's own world that would soon arise there. As further preparation, Merlin had sent the Captain to this alternate Earth where he encountered Sir James Jaspers, a madman with seemingly unlimited powers to alter reality. This Jaspers was killed, and so was Captain Britain, whom Merlin and Roma resurrected. Captain Britain returned to his own Earth, whose own James Jaspers gained the same reality-warping powers as his other dimensional counterpart. This Jaspers was a threat to the entire multiverse. In the course of monitoring the battle between Jaspers and a monstrous being created by his deceased counterpart, Merlin somehow died. The monster killed Jaspers, and was itself destroyed by Captain Britain and a similar costumed champion from another Earth. (The effects of Jaspers' actions were somehow undone after his death, and Jaspers himself, presumably without any superhuman powers, somehow is again alive, and acted as prosecutors in the trial of Magneto.

After a solemn funeral in Otherworld, Merlin's body was dispatched into an unknown otherdimensional place. However, it should be noted that although Merlin's physical body is seemingly dead, his astral form is still able to appear and perform feats on the Earthly plane or in Otherworld.

Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Eyes: Unknown
Hair: Unknown

Strength Level: Merlin possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and weight, who engages in little regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Power: The alien Merlin had many superhuman powers, most of which have yet to be revealed. He could rearrange the molecular structure of objects and teleport objects and living beings through dimensions. He could also alter his appearance, although whether he actually physically transformed himself or merely cast illusions to make himself look different is unknown. Presumably this Merlin's powers were psionic in nature, but if he was indeed the same being as the wizard of Camelot, then presumably many of his powers were actually magical.

The full extent and nature of the powers the wizard Merlin or the alien Merlin (leaving aside the question of whether they are the same being) have in their astral forms, is not known.

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