LORD TEMPLAR

Real Name: Unknown; last name may be Tremont

Identity/Class: Human, possible mutant or mutate; originally a citizen of India

Occupation: agent of Jonathon Tremont
In his own words, "My crusade is to bring peace and the blessings of universal law to all of Earth"...but he usually ends up fighting someone.

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: agent of Jonathan Tremont; Pagan (briefly posed as his enemy);
He also can summon up the
Avatars of Templar--counterparts to himself who do his bidding

Enemies: Avengers, New Warriors,
Triple Threat (a shard of extradimensional evil from the Trion)

Known Relatives: Jonathon Tremont and Pagan (brothers)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Avengers III#13 (February, 1999)

Powers: Lord Templar so far has shown that he can fire energy blasts and he also has very high resistance (he shrugged off microwave blasts from Firestar and telekinetic blasts by Justice at the same time!). He has also been shown to be able to repel people and summon up the Avatars of Templar, who appear to be counterparts of himself. Each of the avatars have a separate power including (1) superhuman strength, (2) the ability to fire energy blasts, (3) the ability to ricochet off walls, (4) the ability to drain power from others, (5) the ability to phase through solid objects, and (6) the ability to transform his hands into blades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History: (Avengers III#50 (fb) ) -He was once one of three brothers, who were born and grew up in the Naga Hills in India. While he demonstrated exceptional intelligence as a youth, this did not save him from a sickness that swept through their village and killed both he and one of his brothers. Somehow, however, the third brother (Jonathon Tremont) managed to absorb both of his dying life forces into himself.
Years later, Tremont obtained one of three energy triangles which were created by the Universe as antibodies against the Trion shard of evil. Tremont used the power he gained from the triangle to resurrect his two brothers, who became Lord Templar and Pagan. The three brothers worked to gain the energy of the other two energy triangles, primarily throught the creation of the Triune Understanding (see Tremont, below).

(Avengers III#13) - When the New Warriors show up to bust up an A. I. M. warehouse full of weaponry, Lord Templar blasts out the side wall, introduces himself, and begins to battle the New Warriors to his prevail. Firestar summons the Avengers to the scene and Templar gets blasted by a hex sphere from the Scarlet Witch. He then unleashes the Avatars of Templar to battle the Avengers and the New Warriors combined. Thor goes toe to toe with Templar himself only to have Templar repel Thor away as Templar teleports from the scene. At the end of the issue, we see a mysterious shadowy figure saying "You failed, Templar.", as Templar declares, "We've barely started!"

(Avengers III#15) - Pagan is tearing New York City apart as the Avengers are desperately fighting him. Pagan gets blasted by Lord Templar as he floats down from the sky. Templar unleashes the Avatars of Templar again to battle Pagan and he then hurls Pagan into outer space. Later on after the battle, we see Jonathan Tremont, the head of the Triune Understanding meditating as Lord Templar phases through his wall and seems to merge his ghostly form with Tremont. (see comment)

(Avengers III#26) - Well, you don't actually see him, more like his shadow, but I'm positive it's him. After a small group of heroes are duped by the Taskmaster into battling him at a Triune Understanding building, Captain Marvel warns the group of danger behind them. We see a bright white light with a shadow of Templar right before the team wakes up to see the building destroyed and them sitting in the crater where it was. Most likely, Templar teleported them or knocked them out somehow is my guess.

(Avengers III#36-37) - Lord Templar assists Pagan is busting into the house of Mrs. Chandler, the wife of 3D Man. Templar reveals how Pagan is now working for him and how he wants to "re-educate" the Avengers by turning them into his own personal foot soldiers. Templar eventually once again releases the Avatars of Templar. While half the time is battling Bloodwraith, the other half (including Photon and Jack of Hearts) takes out Pagan and Triathlon takes on the Avatars and Templar himself. Both villains vanish after being defeated.

(Avengers III#50) - Aboard the Trion energy shard, Tremont released Lord Templar and Pagan to help battle the shard's defenders. Ultimately, however, Tremont drained both of their life forces back into himself in an effort to destroy the shard, and steal the power of all three triangles for himself. Tremont's energy was subsequently siphoned by Triathalon...and the fate of Lord Templar is unknown.

Comments: Created by Kurt Busiek and George Perez.

Courtesy of Marcus Seamus O'Murcadha, some info about the Knights Templar in the real world:- Here are a couple of places which may be of some use to
you -
WWW.Templarhistory.com
Also, although some of the theories it advances are er, just a bit kooky the book, "The Sign and The Seal", by Graham Hancock although it is not primarily about the Knights Templar has a good, informative section on them.
If you know anyone with a copy of Alan Moore's, "From Hell", have a leaf
through the end notes for some information as well.

Jonathan Tremont has a full entry in OHotMU 2006#11.

Profile by Proto-Man and Snood.

Clarifications: No KNOWN connections exist between Lord Templar and:


Jonathon Tremont

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 267 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Gray with white streaks

(Avengers III#50 (fb) ) - Born in the Naga Hills, India, Tremont was the youngest of three brothers. He was well known for his ability to charm others. However, a sickness swept through his village, and his two brothers fell before it. He spent much of his following years wondering why he alone had been spared.
Years passed and eventually he developed some psychic abilities that allowed him to contact Chuck Chandler (the retired hero known as the 3D Man). When Chuck arrived, he & Tremont went on an expedition to find "the reason Chuck felt he had to leave home" (which was secretly a psychic suggestion by Tremont). The duo searched until Chuck found one of the cosmic triangles which had originally gave him his power (these triangles were actually fragments created by the Universe as a defense against a powerful shard of evil from the extra-dimensional Trion). Tremont knocked Chuck out and took the triangle to gain power. He captured Chuck and, using this new power, he resurrected his two brothers (Pagan & Lord Templar).

As the years went by, Tremont decided to gain more power in the public by founding the Triune Understanding. A short time after the Understanding's founding, Delroy Garrett Jr. (AKA Triathlon) came to them seeking redemption for his shame in the Olympics. Tremont used the two triangles he had gained to merge 3D Man's spirit with Triathlon, unbeknowst to Delroy. Jonathan Tremont prophecized the coming of a "Triple-Threat" which he claims to be a threat to Earth that only the Triune Understanding could combat. This Triple Threat was the shard of Trion evil.

While he preached peace and harmony, and a balance of the mind, body, and spirit, he clearly manipulated the his followers, his apparent allies, and especially the Avengers--all in order to gain the power to stop the "Triple Threat". He remained a close ally of Triathalon, despite his joining of the Avengers (in fact, Tremont directed him to join them). Initially, Tremont stimulated public suspicion and distrust of the Avengers. Tremont later used Triathalon's involvement in the Avengers to bolster interest in the Triune, while at the same time he has used Triathalon's Triune connections to improve public opinion of the Avengers.

(Avengers Annual 2001) - Tremont was instrumental in Hank Pym's resolution of his recent identity crisis, merging the disparate aspects of his personality and the two separate forms they had taken. Tremont was clearly aware that Firestar and Justice had infiltrated the Triune, but claimed to have allowed them to do so because he had nothing to hide.

(Avengers III#48) - As the Triple Threat arrived, he convinced Firestar, Justice, Triathalon, and the Vision to join him aboard his Prayer Ship, which took them into space to confront the Triple Threat. The Ship drew on the mental power of the Triune followers, causing them to collapse in agony as the ship lifted off. Tremont appeared unconcerned, claiming that the Triune's medical staff would take care of them.
(AvIII#50)
-Actually, Tremont was planning on gaining the third cosmic triangle hidden deep within the pyramid (the Trion shard). When he arrived, he was confronted by the Avengers. The team teamed up with Tremont as they battled the guardians of the triangle, since the Avengers were unaware that the triangles even existed. After absorbing the lifeforces of his guards, Tremont grew to enormous size and began battling the alien guardians of the triangle. Eventually, he even absorbed the lifeforces of his two resurrected brothers, Pagan & Lord Templar.
The Avengers were having no luck battling the giant Tremont, until Triathlon found the third triangle and used its power to unlock the power of Hal & Chuck Chandler and battled Tremont, absorbing all of his cosmic triangle-given abilities. Triathlon became extremely powerful and defeated the Triple Threat. Tremont was despondent at having lost his opportunity to gain the power and rule the world. Bereft of power, he was presumably sent to prison (following the Avengers return to Earth and assaults on Kang, of course...)

Tremont has been shown to absorb power from the belief of his followers. This sudden absorption of power has made him drunk with power, and he has made it clear he thinks of his followers as sheep. In the process of helping Hank Pym, he demonstrated psychic powers, allowing the two personalities to meet consciously on the astral plane.
He possesses various telepathic and energy manipulation powers, which at their peak are sufficient to combat an entire contingent of Avengers. He also serves as the host of Lord Templar and Pagan, whom he can release at will.
--AvIII#15 (50(fb), 15, #0, 26, 27, 32 36, 37, Annual 2001, Av46, 48, 50

 

 


images: (without ads)
Avengers III#13, p12, right side (main image)

p17, lower half of the side (Avatars of Templar)
#14, p17, pan5 (Lord Templar head shot)
#15, p5, pan1 (Jonathan Tremont)
(Tremont hands raised)


Other appearances:
Avengers III#15 (April, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey, Scott Koblish & Jerry Ordway (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#0 (1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#26 (March, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#27 (April, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#32 (September, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez & Paul Ryan (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#36-37 (January-February, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Steve Epting (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers Annual 2001 (September, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Ivan Reis (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#46 (November, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Manuel Garcia (pencils), Bob Layton (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#48 (January, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Rick Remender (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#50 (March, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Rick Remender (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 08/02/02

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