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Adversary
The Adversary is an ancient mystical entity, possibly demonic in nature, who seeks to destroy the present universe and to create a new one in its stead. The Cheyenne Indians also refer to the Adversary as the great Trickster, for the Adversary uses deception and trickery in attempting to achieve his goals. His native dimension is one of chaos, which the Adversary loves and seeks to spread to Earth's dimension, overturning order for the mere sake of doing so. The Adversary regards himself as a gamester, toying with the fate of the cosmos for sheer enjoyment.

The Adversary has compared himself to a weaver who is dissatisfied with the overall pattern of what he has made and. unconcerned with the fate of individual threads, seeks to reweave it again and again until he is pleased with it. Hence, the Adversary seeks to destroy and to remake the universe and does not care how many billions upon billions of sentient beings must die in the process. The Cheyenne believe that all things are composed of energy; the Adversary intends to destroy the universe by burning all of that energy completely at once. The full extent of the Adversary's power is unknown; hence, it is not clear whether he could truly create a universe himself. It is also unclear whether or not the Adversary is older than the present universe, and hence whether or not he had a role in the destruction of the previous universe and the creation of the current one. In is true form the Adversary is not composed of physical matter; hence, he can be fought successfully through magic but not though most forms of physical force. The exception is that the Adversary is known to be vulnerable to harm by cold iron, and hence to both steel and Adamantium.

The Cheyenne Indians have long known of the existence of' the Adversary, and their shaman, the mutant known as Forge, was trained from birth to combat him. Forge's teacher was the older Cheyenne shaman Naze, who himself clashed with the Adversary. However, Forge rejected the tile of a shaman and instead enlisted in the United States armed forces and want to fight in the Vietnam War. During the war Forge's own command was wiped out by enemy soldiers. Anguished and enraged by the deaths of his men, Forge used the spirits of nine of his newly killed men to cast a spell that opened a mystical portal into another dimension, through which came demons that slew the enemy soldiers.

Years later, Forge had become an inventor working for the United States government. Alien Dire Wraiths invaded his headquarters at Eagle Plaza in Dallas, Texas since he was working on weaponry to be used against them. Naze and various members and allies of the X-Men, including Storm, joined with Forge in battling the Wraiths. In the course of this Wraith attack Naze was killed and his form was duplicated by one of the Wraiths. That Wraith, in turn, fell under the mystical possession of the Adversary.

Many months later, the X-Man Storm, whose superhuman powers had been suppressed by one of Forge's inventions, went to Eagle Plaza to ask Forge to restore her powers. Forge was not there, but she instead encountered the Adversary, whom she believed to be Naze. The false Naze convinced Storm that Forge had fallen under the influence of the Adversary and was attempting to destroy the Earth "Naze" and Storm went to the mountain in the Western United States that was the "heart or his magic." The false Naze had Storm go up the mountain to stop Forge, claiming that he could not go himself since Forge had set up mystical alarms and defenses against him (Indeed, Forge had no doubt sent up such alarms and defenses, not against Naze but against the Adversary himself.) Storm fought off the demons that attacked her, and then stabbed Forge, only lo learn that he was actually attempting to close the dimentional gateway through which the demons were coming. In attempting to escape the demons, Forge and Storm both fell through the gateway and were transported to the Earth of a parallel dimension, on which apparently no other human beings existed. Thus the Adversary had rid himself of the two people he regarded as the only real threat to his plans to destroy and remake the universe. He offered them the chance to become the "world spirits" of the new Earth he planned to create and to be the parents of its new human race.

The Adversary had by now captured Rome, the goddess who acts as the guardian and caretaker of the known dimensions, and held her prisoner within her own Starlight Citadel. Forge restored Storm's ability to use her superhuman powers, and they escaped the world to which riley had both been exiled, only to become prisoners of the Adversary in the Starlight Citadel,

On Forge's native Earth, the Adversary had jumbled elements of many different time periods at Eagle Plaza. The X-Men fought against the resulting chaos while their actions were televised across the world by reporter Neal Conan, The X-Men, their friend Madelyne Pryor, and Conan were all transported to another dimension, whale' they invaded the Starlight Citadel. Forge and Storm regained their freedom as the X-Men fought and distracted, the Adversary, who now abandoned Naze's form end revealed his true appearance. The X-Men and Pryor willingly agreed to sacrifice their lives so that Forge could cast the spell needed to close the Great Gate and defeat the Adversary in casting the spell Forge transformed the X-Men and Pryor into beings of pure energy, which Forge gathered together and hurled at the Adversary, forcing him through a mystical portal which sealed shut behind him. According to Forge the deaths of the X-Men and Pryor had assured that the Adversary would be sealed away for all time. Forge and Neal Conan then returned lo Eagle Plaza on Earth. Conan's telecast of the X-Men's battle against the Adversary and their deaths were seen by viewers all over the word.

However, Roma then used her great powers to return the X-Men and Pryor to life Rome explained that the Adversary must not be thus confined forever, since through the chaos he brings can come positive change and growth However, she said, the Adversary had indeed been "bound for an age" by Forge's spell. Whether or not the Adversary does indeed stay confined remains to be seen

FIRST APPEARANCE: (in the form of Naze) X-MEN #188 (in his true form) X-MEN #227 ties of transformation as his body, providing he is in contact with them.

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