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REAL NAME: Cromwell (First name unrevealed) KNOWN ALIASES: Baroness, Kenneth Crichton IDENTITY: Secret OCCUPATION: Cult leader, Axis Mundi agent CITIZENSHIP: U.K. (presumably legally deceased) PLACE OF BIRTH: Essex, England KNOWN RELATIVES: Dr. Jacob Cromwell (father, deceased), unnamed
sister (deceased), John Crichton (son) GROUP AFFILIATION: Axis Mundi, leader of Der Blutsauger (the
Children of Blood) EDUCATION: Unrevealed FIRST APPEARANCE: Union Jack #1 (1998)
HISTORY: The girl who became Baroness Blood was one of the
two daughters of village doctor Jacob Cromwell. A secret thrall of Dracula,
Jacob was ordered to revive John Falsworth, who had worked for the Germans during
both World Wars as the vampiric Baron Blood until he was staked and placed in
the Tower of London. Jacob removed the stake, resuscitating Falsworth, who slew
Jacob and one of his daughters and transformed the other into a vampire. After
Falsworth was again killed by Captain America and Union Jack (Joey Chapman),
Ms. Cromwell founded a cult dedicated to Blood’s memory as the Baroness.
At some point she met Axi Nacht (Gotteskreiger), who offered her membership
in Axis Mundi if she would make a suitable sacrifice to prove her loyalty.
Learning the Holy Grail could render a vampire immune to sunlight, the Baroness
had her cult search for it. Wanting revenge on the Falsworth family for opposing
Baron Blood, she targeted Blood’s great-nephew, Kenneth Crichton, who
was dying from a rare form of anemia. She seduced Kenneth, turned him into a
vampire, and dubbed him the new Baron Blood before sending him to steal the
Grail, which she brought to Glastonbury Abby to perform the necessary ceremony.
Union Jack arrived too late to stop her drinking from the chalice; the Baroness
then broke it, leaving her coterie, Kenneth included, to be destroyed by the
Having earned her membership in Axis Mundi with this sacrifice, the Baroness
slipped away to give birth to Kenneth’s son, whom she named John, after
her vampiric sire. The undead infant inherited his father’s blood condition,
but could only feed off his own bloodline; apart from his mother, the only other
potential food source was Kenneth’s mother, Jacqueline Falsworth (Spitfire
of the Invaders). Alongside Axis Mundi, Baroness Blood (as she now called herself)
attacked the Invaders; targeting Spitfire, Cromwell hypnotized her and was about
to feed when the Axis Mundi teleportation system was triggered, taking the villains
elsewhere. Returning to Britain, Baroness Blood sent some of her new vampire
followers to attack Roger Aubrey (the Destroyer), and as predicted, Aubrey called
the Invaded; Spitfire was among those who came to investigate. The Baroness
used hypnotism to take Spitfire captive, and then informed her she would be
used as food for John; however, Spitfire broke free, even as the other Invaders
entered the caves, slaughtering the other vampires. Her plans thwarted, Cromwell
teleported away with John.
HEIGHT: 5 ft. 7 in. WEIGHT: 125 lbs. EYES: Blue HAIR: Blonde
SUPERHUMAN POWER: Baroness Blood possesses traditional vampiric
powers, including enhanced strength, hypnotism, the ability to replenish her
strength by drinking blood and the ability to transform others into vampires.
Because she has drunk from the Holy Grail, she can exist in sunlight indefinitely,
and can share this power with other vampires who drink from her, making them
immune to the sun and free of their need for blood for three days. She can also
generate and control lightning.
Vs Union Jack, vamped Kenneth (Union Jack #1-3, 1998-1999)
With Axis Mundi, attacked Invaders (Invaders #2-3, 2004)
Sought Spitfire’s blood (Invaders #4-5, 2005)