Real Name: Iuriale
Identity/Class: Extradimensional demon (Class III)
Occupation: Demon, ruler of her unidentified realm
Group Membership: Ruler of her unidentified realm
Affiliations: Dr. Darryl Berenson, her counselor (s)
Enemies: Patricia Berenson, Dr. Strange
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unidentified extradimensional realm
First Appearance: Dr. Strange II#76 (April, 1986)
Powers/Abilities: Iuriale is a demoness, immeasurably
old and surviving by consuming the life forces of mortals. Her original nature
is unknown, but at some point she was bound to physical form, and this is when
she developed the need to consume life force to survive.
She is mystic power of some repute, with many texts speaking of her evil. Even weakened, she can send her magic, usually via her "phantom golden serpents" across the dimensional gulf to Earth, and use them to influence others. Certain beings, usually those who feel empty and have lost their zest for life are especially susceptible to her influence. She makes them feel alive again, and they are overcome with desire for her, though she slays her victim and consumes his life force at the first opportunity. She has serpentine appendages on her head that end in lamprey-like mouths, and she also has small mouths in her palms. It is through these mouths that she drains her victims' life force. She can also fire bolts of bedevilment and use her phantom snakes to bind others.
She is most powerful within her own realm, though certain spells that open portals to her realm render the land on which the spell was spoken part of her realm, allowing her to retain full power there.
(Dr. Strange II#76 (fb) - BTS) - Iuriale is native to a realm where milky oceans boil into the sky, golden forests burn coldly as they dream, love dissolves into darkness everywhere, and there is no morning. Death remained a horror.
(Dr. Strange II#76 (fb) - BTS) - A mortal sorcery granted Iuriale physical form. From that moment on she needed to be replenished by that same mortality.
(Dr. Strange II#76 (fb) - BTS) - For aeons, Iuriale called mortals to their destruction to suck their life forces and leave them withered husks.
(Dr. Strange II#76 (fb) - BTS) - Strange learned of Iuriale. His texts spoke of her evil.
(Dr. Strange II#76 (fb) - BTS) - As Iuriale began to die, she sought passage to Earth to gain salvation, but found the path barred.
(Dr. Strange II#76) - Her counselor told her that her time was nearly done. Dying, Iuriale sensed Dr. Darryl Berenson, a bitter and selfish man whose spirit and love had long since seemingly died whom she knew would open the gate to her realm. At the cost of a great part of her remaining power, she sent to Earth phantom golden snakes that Berenson alone saw. They led him to a book store where he purchased a text so old that the language had not been identified. Returning home, he ignored his wife, Patricia, moreso than usual in order to spend time with his new love.
(Dr. Strange II#76 (fb) - BTS) - Darryl spoke to Patricia about how his old colleague Stephen Strange had become an occultist.
(Dr. Strange II#76 (fb) - BTS) - Iuriale instructed Darryl to draw a pentagram in his study, and to place his and Patricia's wedding picture at its center. From its frame spread branches and leaves. The spell she had him use was one of extreme danger, such that even Dr. Strange had never dared cast it.
(Dr. Strange II#76 (fb) - BTS) - Soon after, Darryl vanished, and Patricia checked his room. She contacted Strange to help find him, and Strange explored the study, using the magic of Denak to learn the underlying plot from a piece of paper left from the tome.
(Dr. Strange II#76) - As the final portion of the spell Darryl
was performing required the caster be as close to the womb of the Earth as
possible, Strange searched the deepest tunnel in New York and there he found
Darryl speaking the spell. The energies it unleashed slowed Strange's approach,
and Darryl successfully opened the portal to Iuriale, ignoring Strange's efforts
to convince him to stop. Telling him she had come at his bidding, Iuriale asked
Darryl whether he welcomed her into his heart and his world. Overcome by her
beauty and his own need for her, he invited her in. Strange used the shields of
Seraphim to shield Darryl from Iuriale, but as a mortal had asked her into the
Earthly plane, the barriers were now done.
Strange fought Iuriale; while he would best her on his home ground, Darryl's spell had made that part of Earth part of her realm. Knowing Iuriale's modus operandi, Strange fought to block her full entry to Earth, but Darryl--overcome with love for Iuriale, stabbed Strange from behind with a broken bottle. With Strange distracted, Iuriale blasted him with a bolt of devilment and then bound him with her phantom golden snakes. Strange's efforts to warn Darryl of the danger he faced fell on deaf ears, and Iuriale pointed out how Darryl was already nearly dead inside, and that she gave him that which he needed. Darryl took her hand, heedless of the mouth it contained, and it bit into him, drawing his blood. Iuriale and Darryl then embraced, and as they kissed she began to drain his life away. Strange, however, despite his wounds and the blood loss, managed to rally his full power, breaking free of Iuriale's phantom golden snakes and then blasting her away from Darryl. Calling upon the Dark, the Faltin, and Raggador, Stange banished Iuriale back to her realm.
The desperate Darryl rushed to try to help Iuriale, but the portal closed before he could reach her. Strange attempted to console Darryl, who felt like he had lost everything, then had some police take him to the hospital. En route, Darryl grabbed one of the policemen's guns and shot himself in the stomach. Darryl died in pain, and the last thing he said was "Iuriale."
Comments: Created by Peter Gillis, Mark Badger, Chris Warner, and Randy Emberlin.
Iuriale's name is derived from
one of the three Gorgons of Greek mythology: Euryale.
Profile by Snood.
No KNOWN connections to:
the rest of the Iuriales out there...yep, I bet there are dozens...
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Dr. Strange II#76 cover (face)
p13 (full body & dimensional portal)
Last updated: 04/09/06
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