Identity/Class: Human, magic
Group Membership: the Druids
Affiliations: Fellow members of
the Druidic religion; Gargoyle (Isaac
Christians); Germaine; Hu and Ceridwen; Elaine Willoughby
(son of Pan); the gargoyles
Known Relatives: none
Aliases: The Last Druid
Base of Operations: Mobile;
Previous the Druid headquarters in Gaul or Britain
First Appearance: Gargoyle#1
powers directly related to his Druidic
religious beliefs. He used magic, granted him by the gods Hu and
Ceridwen, to cast certain druidic spells. These spells included
the ability to heal other humans using special amulets, serpents’ eggs,
or mistletoe, to grow or form sacred oak trees for protection, to grant
or take mobility from stone gargoyles, and to reverse the effects of
the artifact, the Pipes of Pan. Derwyddon was granted extremely
long life, granted by either his gods or by the sea sprites who rescued
him from death. The full effects of his powers are surely unknown.
History: (Gargoyle#3 (fb)) –
Derwyddon belonged to the religion and society of
Druids, based in Britain and Gaul centuries ago, at a time when
faeries, gnomes, and undines roamed the earth. They worshipped
Hu, the sun god, and Ceridwen, Hu’s wife. Derwyddon underwent the
rites of passage to earn the white robes of the priesthood, one of
which involved being buried alive. The night before his final
test, he forsook his promise of abstinence and committed sin with a
woman he loved. The final test required him taking a boat out on
the ocean alone so his soul could be judged. He felt guilty and
shameful. A storm sky, which he believed was sent by his gods,
swept him overboard. He would have drowned, but sea sprites saved
him and kept him alive. He remained under the ocean, in a state
of preservation, for centuries.
(Gargoyle I#3 (fb)) – Derwyddon finally awoke in a world where the
Druidic religion had no place. He grew bitter and angry,
especially toward Christianity. He began wandering the world
(Gargoyle#2 (fb)) – Derwyddon came across a Christian church that had
been built on a place of mystic power, and noted the stone gargoyles
that had been built atop the church as reminders of the druidic
age. Derwyddon sensed that the stone creatures were sentient, and
in pain because they lacked mobility. The bitter druid used his
magic to grant them mobility. As the stone of the gargoyles
turned to flesh, Derwyddon encouraged them to have their vengeance on
the world. After the gargoyles ravaged and tortured many humans,
Derwyddon came to his senses and turned their flesh back to stone, but
many of the gargoyles were able to escape.
(Gargoyle#3 (fb)) – Derwyddon spent centuries tracking down the
gargoyles he’d released, presumably to stop them once and for all.
(Gargoyle I#2) –
Derwyddon approached church in Christiansboro,
Virginia, where he sensed the evil of the Gargoyles, who’d only
recently fled from there.
(Gargoyle#3) – Derwyddon sensed the evil the Gargoyles were
practicing in the world at that moment, and realized that it was all
his fault. Derwyddon entered the church and saw Germaine (a
deceased French prostitute whose spirit was animating a clay form of
Elaine Willoughby, the childhood love of Isaac Christians) tormenting
the mortal Isaac Christians. (Christians had inhabited one of the
gargoyle’s bodies and acted as a hero for months, and had just been
tricked by one of the gargoyles into switching his form back).
Derwyddon ordered Germaine to stop her behavior, and healed Christians’
wounds with an amulet and mistletoe. When Germaine tried to flee,
he stopped her by causing plants to grow and bar her way.
Derwyddon explained his origins to the mortals. Derwyddon told
Christians that the two of them were responsible for stopping the evil
of the Gargoyle. Derwyddon led Christians and a reluctant
Germaine to Blackston, Virginia, where he sensed the Gargoyles had
(Gargoyle#4) – As they entered the town, Gargoyle approached
Derwyddon and told him to take notice. By playing the Pipes of
Pan, Gargoyle had turned the town and its occupants into a world like
the Druidic one Derwyddon grew up in, but Derwyddon quickly noticed
that it emphasized the evil and rejected it. Gargoyle ordered the
gargoyles to kill Derwyddon, and they descended on him to beat him to
death. Derwyddon quickly unleashed a spell that turned his
attackers back to stone, and then used up most of his powers fighting
off the transformed humans that attacked him. Derwyddon took
refuge in a church with Christians and Germaine, and used his last
remaining energy to surround the building with sacred oaks, which would
protect them temporarily. Derwyddon collapsed after stating that
his gods were dead. While unconscious, Derwyddon felt a light
enter him, and realized that Hu and Ceridwen were not dead. He
went out for the final fight, determined to be atoned once and for
all. He cast a spell that reversed the effects of the Pipes of
Pan, freeing the humans. Gargoyle turned bio-mystic forces on
Derwyddon, trying to kill him, until Christians intervened.
Feedback caused Christians and Gargoyle to switch forms again, then
Christians slew the mortal form, leaving Gargoyle without a body.
Gargoyle’s soul entered a stone gargoyle on top of the church, and
Derwyddon decided to leave him there. Derwyddon, feeling as
though he’d come full circle at last, simply walked away after
revealing to Christians that the soul of his love, Elaine, was now in
possession of the clay form.
(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark listed Derwyddon's status as undetermined.
(New Avengers#53) - The Eye of Agamotto appeared to Derwyddon as it considered him a possible replacement for Dr. Strange as Sorcerer Supreme.
Comments: Created by J. M.
DeMatteis and Mark Badger.
Profile by Chadman
Derwyddon has no known connections to
- Druid, Dredmond Cromwell,
Captain America foe @ Strange
- Doctor Druid,
Anthony Ludgate Druid, Avenger and Monster
Amazing Adventures I#1
followers, Baby Icon, Hemingway, Redeyes, and
Scurve @ Druid#1
- Druid Tome,
magic artifact of Samhain @ Captain
- any other character not
mentioned in this profile.
Gargoyle#4, p16, pan2
Gargoyle#3, p16, p1
Gargoyle#1-4 (June-September, 1985) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Mark Badger (artist), Carl Potts (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
New Avengers#53 (July, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Billy Tan (pencils), Matt Banning (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Last updated: 09/13/2005
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