LORD MOSES

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human technology user;
    possibly genetically augmented

Occupation: former scientist

Group Membership: Leader of the Havenites

Affiliations: His Battle Elite, Chosen Few, Zarathustra

Enemies: Fantastic Force (Black Panther, Devlor, Human Torch, Huntara, Psi-Lord, Vibraxis)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Haven, deep within the Arctic Circle;
    formerly an unidentified frigid (Arctic?) American military base

First Appearance: (Identified, in shadows) Fantastic Force#2 (December, 1994);
    (fully seen) Fantastic Force#10 (August, 1995)

 

 

Powers/Abilities: Lord Moses is presumably of genius intellect, and he has mastered the trans-temporal technology he discovered. At over eighty years old he remains in high vitality. He presumably has genetically augmented his form to make it large and strong, perhaps superhumanly so, in addition to being resistant to age and conventional disease. He carries a staff-like weapon from which he can fire powerful bursts of energy, sufficient to take out  Human Torch, Black Panther, Devlor, Huntara, and Vibraxis in a single blast (though the Black Panther was able to resist a subsequent blast, perhaps indicating that it can only store a limited amount of power.

    He has access to the advanced trans-temporal technology of the ship around which he built Haven. He can use this to teleport himself and others to and/or from Haven, as well as to predict the future to some degree. When the Fantastic Force invaded his base, he stated that he had "known of your coming since the eve of your birth."

    He is served by a number of warriors, though he apparently considers most warriors unworthy of the new world he wished to rebuild. Only the "chosen few" of Haven were to survive.

 

Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 290 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown with white streaks

 

History:
(Fantastic Force#11 (fb) - BTS) - In the early 1940s -- when scientists like Oppenheimer, Erskine, and Horton re-fashioned the face of the world, the future Lord Moses was a colleague with Isaac Sandor. They shared a common dream: the use of technology to shepherd mankind towards its ultimate destiny.

(Fantastic Force#11 (fb) - BTS) - The future Lord Moses worked on the Manhattan Project.

(Fantastic Force#11 (fb) - BTS) - Sandor had a deep and abiding faith in humanity's inherent worth, while the aftermath of World War II filled the future Lord Moses with gnawing doubt. His work in developing the nuclear bomb left him feeling the crushing burden of guilt for the horrors he had unleashed.

(Fantastic Force#11 (fb) - BTS) - Soon after, the future Lord Moses embarked on a spiritual sabbatical, a quest to find life's underlying meaning. During this, he observed a UFO, which he tracked deep into the Arctic Circle, coming across the ruins of an alien vessel. Driven by his insatiable hunger for knowledge, he entered the craft; upon contacting the ship's bizarre psiontechnology, he knew the ship was of trans-temporal origin. He viewed a battle, during which many had safely ejected, though several unfortunates had not, perishing as the ship crashed. Ravaged by the battle and the crash, the ship's databanks were incomplete; but what survived was more than enough to venture forth a daring plan. He cloaked the ship and commenced his life's work anew.

(Fantastic Force#11 (fb) - BTS) - Adopting the name Lord Moses, the scientist decided that Earth's civilization was inherently corrupt, that it must be purged that a more benign society might arise from its ashes. He named his Arctic ship base Haven, and began gathering and honing the cream of humanity, training them to assist his plans. The Havenites were given mental training to foil telepathic intrusion, and they were further granted genetically-recoded immunologies.

(Fantastic Force#2 (fb) - BTS) - Lord Moses briefed his agent Zarathustra on the parameters for a mission he would have her perform, but first she had to pass a certain challenge.

(Fantastic Force#2) - Zarathustra bested six of Lord Moses' Battle Elite without the need for lethal force, succeeding in the challenge to prove her readiness to venture forth into the outer worlds. Lord Moses cautioned her against false bravado, telling her simply to go forward in all of her beliefs and confirm his own beliefs in her. Zarathustra traveled to the Empire State University laboratory of Professor Isaac Sandor, and stole the Omnivirus, battling Fantastic Force with the aid of Battle Elite reinforcements summoned from Haven.
    Back in Haven, Zarathustra presented the Omnivirus technology to Lord Moses, noting that she had had to abandon full complement of his Battle Elite to ensure her success, but Lord Moses approved of her decision and vowed that those fallen would be returned to them.

(Fantastic Force#3 (fb) - BTS) - Psi-Lord made arrangements with the police to interrogate the Battle Elite left behind by Zarathustra.

(Fantastic Force#3 - BTS) - When Psi-Lord attempted to scan the Battle Elite's minds, he found them all to be protected by some mental mantra, and he received only images of Mount Arrarat in Turkey, the supposed final resting place of Noah's ark.

(Fantastic Force#10 (fb) - BTS) - From the Omnivirus, the technicians of Haven created the Omni-Toxin, fatal to outworlders, but ineffectual against the genetically-recoded immunologies of the residents of Haven.

(Fantastic Force#10 - BTS) - Zarathustra led a squad of Battle Elite in using the Omni-Toxin to take out the guards at an unidentified frigid American military base and to claim the citadel in the name of Lord Moses.

(Fantastic Force#10 - BTS) - Lord Moses led his Battle Elite and other agents to this new base.

(Fantastic Force#10) - Ego-Spawn--a fragmented aspect of Franklin Richards--psychically located the largest concentration of the Mount Arrarat mental image at Latitude 167'14", Longitude 68'56", and Huntara transported Fantastic Force (now including the Human Torch, Black Panther, and minus Psi-Lord and his various psychic fragments) there. Huntara and the Black Panther--with the element of surprise on their side--dropped Zarathustra, but then Lord Moses himself joined the battle and took out the entire Fantastic Force with a single blast.

(Fantastic Force#11 (fb) - BTS) - Lord Moses had the Fantastic Force imprisoned.

(Fantastic Force#11) - Lord Moses noted with regret the absence of Psi-Lord, the only one of the Fantastic Force that warranted his attention. The Human Torch denounced him as a "two-bit, world-beating Bible-thumper who talks in third-person singular." Lord Moses explained his origins and motivations to Fantastic Force, and he divulged his plans to fire Havenite stealth-pods containing the Omni-Toxin across Earth, so that all save the Havenites would be exterminated; and the Havenites could rebuild a newer and better world. After receiving a progress report on the readiness of the stealth-pods, Lord Moses praised Zarathustra for her work, though he dismissed her concerns about not being able to bring Psi-Lord over to their cause. Noting that while Psi-Lord's virtues would have been embraced his chosen few, that in any conflict there will be casualties.
    Not long after, however, Huntara broke free from her restraints and freed the rest of the Fantastic Force. While Huntara engaged Zarathustra, Lord Moses attempted to strike down the rest of the heroes, but the Black Panther resisted his attacks. Lord Moses fired the main missile (apparently containing the stealth-pods), but the Human Torch destroyed it. As Lord Moses prepared his exodus, Zarathustra told him to take his leave while she covered his retreat; she soon fell before Huntara, and the rest of the Battle Elite were defeated by the Fantastic Force.

(Fantastic Force#11 - BTS) - Zarathustra and the Battle Elite were imprisoned.

(Fantastic Force#16 (fb) - BTS) -  Lord Moses removed the coordinates of Haven from Zarathustra's mind, presumably so others could not learn its location from her.

Comments: Created by Tom Brevoort and Mike Kanterovich (writers), Dante Bastianoni (pencils), Cabrera/Florea (inks), and Mike Rockwitz (inks).

Lord Moses received an entry in the All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update#2.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Lord Moses almost certainly took his name after:


images: (without ads)
Fantastic Force#10, p16 (full body, blasting the Fantastic Force)
    #11, p6, panel 1 (upper body)
        p7, panel 3 (face)


Appearances:
Fantastic Force#2 (December, 1994) - by Tom Brevoort and Mike Kanterovich (writers), Dante Bastianoni (pencils), Ralph Cabrera/Florea (inks), and Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Fantastic Force#3 (January, 1995) - by Tom Brevoort and Mike Kanterovich (writers), Dante Bastianoni (pencils), Ralph Cabrera/Hudson (inks), and Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Fantastic Force#4 (February, 1995) - by Tom Brevoort and Mike Kanterovich (writers), Pino Renaldi (pencils), Ralph Cabrera/Florea (inks), and Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Fantastic Force#10 (August, 1995) - by Tom Brevoort and Mike Kanterovich (writers), Dante Bastianoni (pencils), Ralph Cabrera (inks), and Nel Yomtov (editor)
Fantastic Force#11 (September, 1995) - by Tom Brevoort and Mike Kanterovich (writers), Dante Bastianoni & Pino Renaldi (pencils), Ralph Cabrera (inks), and Nel Yomtov (editor)
Fantastic Force#16 (February, 1996) - by Tom Brevoort and Mike Kanterovich (writers), Dante Bastianoni & Pino Renaldi (pencils), Steve Montano (inks), and Nel Yomtov (editor)


Last updated: 08/07/06

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