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Hellstorm
Real Name: Daimon Hellstrom
Occupation: Demonologist, occult investigator, exorcist, former priest
Identity: Secret. Hellstrom is not known by the general public to have demonic parentage.
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Former Aliases: Son of Satan
Known Relatives: Patricia "Patsy" Walker (wife), "Satan" (father), Victoria (mother, deceased), Satana (sister, deceased)
Place of Birth: Greentown, Massachusetts
Group Affiliation: Hellstrom and Hellstrom, Paranormal Investigation; former member of the Defenders
Base of Operations: San Francisco, California
First Appearance: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #12
Final Appearance: (as Son of Satan) DEFENDERS #122
First Appearance (as Hellstorm): WEST COASTAVENGERS (second series) #14

History: Daimon Hellstrom is the son of a demon who called himself "Satan" after the legendary embodiment of evil, and a mortal woman named Victoria Wingate. Desiring an heir in the event something should happen to him, the demon took human form and established the trappings of a mortal life for himself near Fire Lake, Massachusetts. There he met and seduced a young woman, and keeping his true identity a secret, married her. Daimon Hellstrom was born to the couple a year later, to be followed by the birth of a sister, Satana, when Daimon was three.

Despite the pentagram-shaped birthmark on his chest, Hellstrom grew up in ignorance of his father's true identity. His mother discovered the demon's identity as "Satan" when Hellstrom was a young adolescent, when she interrupted a demonic ritual "Satan" had staged in their basement involving the participation of Hellstrom's sister. The revelation traumatized the woman to the point of hysteria, and she was institutionalized. While under clinical psychiatric care, she regained enough of her sanity to sense that she would die soon, and wrote a full diary describing her life with the demon. Hellstrom and his sister meanwhile were placed in separate orphanages, and "Satan" disappeared to his netherworld domain, where he eventually brought Hellstrom's sister. Shortly thereafter, Victoria died.

Hellstrom spent the rest of his adolescence in the orphanage without any contact with his father or sister. Upon leaving the orphanage, Hellstrom entered a monastery to become a priest. In his third year, shortly before, being ordained, Hellstrom turned twenty-one, and received legal notification of his inheritance of his father's house in Greentown, Massachusetts.

Hellstrom visited the house for the first time since childhood and found his mother's diary. Hellstrom was incredulous at the revelations contained therein. At that point, "Satan," aware of his son's new knowledge, directed him telepathically through the house's secret basement interdimensional passageway to the demon's netherworld domain. There Hellstrom first met his father in his satanic guise, who beseeched his son to disregard his mother's diary's warnings and serve him in "hell." "Satan" transported Hellstrom back to the surface world, whereupon Hellstrom decided to dedicate himself instead to fighting his father's evil. Hellstrom immediately returned to the region "below" to attempt to battle "Satan." This first confrontation was something of a victory for Daimon Hellstrom, managing as he did to pit many of "Satan's" slaves against their master, as well as to steal the satanic trident of "Satan" and demon-drawn chariot.

During this battle, Daimon Hellstrom discovered the powers of the Darksoul that he had inherited from his father. He declared himself the Son of Satan, and for the next several years battled many manifestations of demonic evil on Earth as well as other realms. He eventually met his adult sister, Satana, who had become a succubus, and battled her on at least one occasion. During this period, the Son of Satan maintained his civilian identity of occult expert Daimon Hellstrom, and was a visiting specialist at a St. Louis college.

During his career as an adversary of his father, the Son of Satan several times aided the Defenders in their battles with demonic possessions and threats and eventually became a member. During his Defenders membership, Daimon Hellstrom met and fell in love with the mortal crimefighter Hellcat, Patsy Walker. It was during this period, too, that he finally confronted his father and defeated him.

Shortly after the Son of Satan declared himself triumphant over his father and his father's influence, the Miracle Man, a superhumanly powered criminal who had masqueraded as a monk in Father Gosset's monastery during one of Daimon's visits, stole the Darksoul from Hellstrom in battle. The Miracle Man himself was subsequently defeated and the Darksoul sent into the form of a snake. Daimon Hellstrom was finally liberated from his partial possession by demonic evil, and much of his powers gone, retired his costumed identity of the Son of Satan.

Daimon Hellstrom thereupon married Patsy Walker and left the Defenders, moving back to San Francisco. He and his wife soon earned a reputation as supernatural investigators based there. Hellstrom continues to publish regularly in scholarly occult journals, and is considered a leading demonologist. Daimon Hellstrom uses the costumed identity of Hellstorm when battling supernatural menaces in public in order to preserve Daimon Hellstrom's professional reputation.

Height: 6 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red

Strength Level: As far as is known, Daimon Hellstrom now possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.

The Darksoul granted Hellstrom, as the Son of Satan, greater strength than he would otherwise possess, enabling him to lift (press) about 750 pounds.

Known Superhuman Powers: As Hellstorm, Daimon Hellstrom still commands various supernatural powers. He can sense the presence of the supernatural. Apart from this ability, it is unclear as yet whether Hellstorm himself possesses superhuman powers, or whether these other powers stem not from himself but from his netharanium trident.

Hellstorm can project "soulfire" (also called "hellfire"), a fire-like mystical energy, from his trident. This "soulfire" is similar to the mystical flame employed by the demonic Ghost Rider, and can cause excruciating pain within living beings through direct Stimulation of a person's life force (or soul). Soulfire does not physically burn in the sense that true fire does (oxidation), but can be perceived by its target as heat if its wielder so wills it. Hellstorm can project Soulfire in a blast with concussive force. Hellstorm can also cast spells to transport himself and others into mystical dimensions and back to Earth. It is unclear as yet if he possesses other superhuman powers.

Former Superhuman Powers: As the Son of Satan, Hellstrom possessed supernatural powers derived from his "Darksoul," a demonic counterpart to his human soul (or life essence), which physically manifested itself in the pentagram-shaped birthmark on his chest.

The Son of Satan could project soulfire through his fingertips, or direct it through his trident for greater range and potency. He could also use the trident to levitate and fly. By projecting a steady stream of soulfire away from the tips of the trident, he could create a mystical jet of flame which provided him enough thrust to get airborne. He could alter his course by manually steering the direction in which the trident points. He could alter his speed by varying the amount of soulfire he projected through the trident. Because the steady generation of soulfire required great concentration, the Son of Satan could not fly for more than a half hour before fatigue forced him to land. He could travel at a maximum speed of about 30 miles per hour.

The Son of Satan was able to magically change into his demonic costume at will be extending the middle three fingers of each hand in the shape of a trident, concentrating, and letting his soulfire engulf his body. He could, however, use his demonic powers without being in costume.

The Son of Satan once used his powers to travel through time to ancient Atlantis. Since he did not travel through time to ancient Atlantis. Since he did not travel through time more frequently, it must have been exceedingly difficult to accomplish.

Weapons: As Hellstorm and the Son of Satan, Hellstrom has wielded a trident made of netharanium, a "psychosensitive" metal found only in "Satan's" extradimensional realm. The trident is a medium through which magical energies can be amplified and projected. It is as yet unclear what the source of the magical energies that Hellstorm projects through his trident is now that he has lost the Darksoul.

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