Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extra-dimensional Demon (see comments)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: D'Ken (Summoner)
Enemies: Lilandra, Nightcrawler
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Possibly its own extra-dimensional realm
First Appearance: X-Men I#107 (October, 1977 )
Powers/Abilities: The Soul-Drinker can, as the name implies, drink the soul of an individual. It is only able to drink the soul of one individual per summon. The Soul-Drinker that appeared in our realm was probably only a small aspect of the true Soul-Drinker, who in its entirety, quite likely possessed very great power. (See comments)
History: The history of the Soul-Drinker is unknown
(X-Men I#107) - D'Ken, the emperor of the Shi'ar, held his sister Princess Lilandra captive while the X-Men battled the Imperial Guard for her freedom. D'Ken planned to execute his sister, and to carry out the deed he summoned the Soul-Drinker. The Soul-Drinker materialized in front of Lilandra and prepared to devour her soul. Cyclops and Phoenix found themselves unable to assist Lilandra, and instead, Nightcrawler teleported to her and broke the chain that held her. D'Ken sent one of his minions to make sure that it was Lilandra who got her soul drank. As the minion closed in from one side and the Soul-Drinker closed in from the other, Nightcrawler teleported himself and Lilandra away just as the Soul-Drinker lashed out. The Soul-Drinker instead struck and stole the soul of the minion of D'Ken who had been behind Nightcrawler. The Soul-Drinker then disappeared.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum
The image of the Soul-Drinker that was seen was probably an extra-dimensional demon of very great power. When summoned to our realm it probably only appeared as a small shade of its true power and entirety. However, the Soul-Drinker might be an extra-terrestrial and not a demon at all. It might be that the Soul-Drinker seen is an alien and not even unique. It is most likely the former, as D'Ken did call it a demon, and it fits that description much more.
It is never stated that it could only be able to drink one soul per summon, but it was made fairly obvious. When Nightcrawler rescued Lilandra, D'Ken exclaimed, "Curse that two-toed alien! I summoned the Soul-Drinker to take only one specific soul--Lilandra's!" D'Ken also seemed worried that the Soul-Drinker would take Nightcrawler's soul instead. After it destroyed one of D'Ken's followers, it disappeared, so most likely, it only drinks one soul and then needs to be summoned again.
Given that Marvel's Shiar Imperial Guard is a rip-off/homage of DC's Legion of Superheroes, I was thinking that the demonic Soul-Drinker should be based upon a corresponding LSH character, as well. The best candidate: Command Kid, or more precisely, his demon. This Legion of Super Heroes character was physically possessed and mentally dominated by a demon when he applied for Legion membership. Ultimately, the Legion exorcised and drove away the demon. Similar events could have taken place for the Imperial Guard involving the Soul-Drinker, with the exception that D'Ken came to control the creature. --Kyle
This was the first time that Nightcrawler had ever teleported anyone else along with him. This issue was also the first appearance of the Imperial Guard.
Profile by Stunner
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with:
- Infinity Gem of Adam Warlock that absorbs souls-- Marvel Premiere#1
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X-Men I#107, p8, pan3 (main image)
Last updated: 01/03/04
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