Nikolai, First Baron of Mordo
Real Name: Nikolai, First Baron of Mordo
Identity/Class: Human magic user; Transylvanian native
Occupation: Baron of Mordo
Group Membership: Austro-Hungarian aristocracy
Affiliations: Heinrich, Viscount Krowler; Miarka (mistress & teacher
in the mystic arts); Sara Krowler Mordo
Enemies: Sara Mordo; Heinrich, Viscount Krowler
Known Relatives: Sara Krowler Mordo (wife); Karl Amadeus, second Baron of Mordo (son from Sara); Heinrich, Viscount Krowler (father-in-law); Lilia Murgo (daughter from Miarka); Lilia Calderu (granddaughter), Astrid Mordo (great-granddaughter)
Aliases: First Baron of Mordo
Base of Operations: Castle of Varf Mandra, Transylvania
First Appearance: Doctor Strange III#6 (August
Powers/Abilities: Nikolai Mordo was taught magic by his mistress Miarka, Witch-Queen of the Gypsies, and became, according to reports, a "skilled practitioner" of the black arts.
(Doctor Strange III#6/2) - Nikolai Mordo was a
Transylvanian nobleman (or boyar) who was probably made
"Baron" when his lands fell under the control of the
Austro-Hungarian Empire before the First World War, since he
referred to himself as the "First Baron of Mordo". The
origins of the name "Mordo" itself remains unrevealed,
but it would be logical to assume that it was the name of a small
Transylvanian province, the center of which was the village of
Varf Mandra where Nikolai's castle was located.
For a variety of unspecified reasons, Nikolai felt bitter about the defeat of the Empire after World War I, its generals and politicians, and the encroachments of modern technology; he sought to restore Transylvania to its past glories through the use of black magic, and was tutored in the mystic arts by his then-mistress, Miarka, Witch-Queen of the Gypsies.
(Doctor Strange III#8/2) - It was revealed that Miarka bore an illegitimate daughter from her liaison with Nikolai; that daughter was Lilia.
(Doctor Strange III#6/2) - For his own reasons, German mystic Heinrich, Viscount Krowler, who needed a grandson to further his ends, arranged for the marriage of his daughter, Sara, to Nikolai. From that union was born a son, christened Karl Amadeus -- the Baron Mordo who later went on to become Doctor Strange's arch-enemy. But When Nikolai's plans to recreate a new Carpathian Kingdown through sorcerous means came close to fruition, Viscount Krowler ordered his daughter to kill her husband, which she did gleefully, catching him unaware and channeling her father's power.
Comments: Created by Jean-Marc Lofficier, Roy Thomas (writers) and Tom Sutton (artist)
"Profile by" Jean-Marc Lofficier (yes, that Jean-Marc Lofficier!--Snood).
Nikolai, First Baron of Mordo should be distinguished from:
Doctor Strange III#6 , p.25, panel 3
Doctor Strange III#6 , p.27, panel 2
Doctor Strange III#6 , p.27, panel 4
Last updated: 04/18/04
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