Real Name: Modt

Identity/Class: Uncertain (see comments)

Occupation: Guardian of the M'Kraan Crystal

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Jahf, Lilandra Neramini;

EnemiesD'Ken Neramini;
    the Starjammers (Ch'od, Corsair, Hepzibah, Raza), X-Men (Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Phoenix, Storm, Wolverine);
    formerly Dark Beast, Nate Grey, and Holocaust, and Sugar Man of Earth-295;
    the Imperial Guard of

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: The Second Guardian; unidentified father of Jeff (Jahf);
    Modt and Jahf are known as the First Guardians of the M'Kraan

Base of Operations: Outside the M'Kraan Crystal on the World, which is so distant from everything that the lights glowing in its sky are not individual stars but whole galaxies;
    the M'Kraan Crystal is a nexus of realities and thus exists simultaneously in virtually all realities (or at least all Earth dimensions within the mainstream multiverse)

First Appearance: X-Men I#108 (December, 1977)








Powers/Abilities: Modt is immensely strong (He is 1000x as strong as Jahf who has Class 100) and apparently indestructible.

    He is programmed to not allow anyone to approach the Crystal during the once-every-million-years event when the Death-stars are in alignment. During the time in-between these alignments, Jahf still serves to protect the Crystal from harm. If Jahf is defeated, the immense Modt--who is 1000x more powerful than Jahf--appears to stop any intruder; if Modt is defeated, an as-yet unidentified being, allegedly 1000x more powerful that Modt, would appear to stop any intruder; this succession would reportedly continue until any potential invader is defeated. The Crystal has allegedly granted Jahf and Modt leave to act on its behalf.

    Modt is unique to the multiverse. While Modt is highly powered to guard the Crystal, he cannot directly affect it in any way. According to one account, he is a living facet of the crystal itself, empowered by the entire neutron galaxy at its heart--completely invulnerable, indestructible, and invincible.








History: Modt's origins are unknown.

(Uncanny X-Men#203 (fb) - BTS) - Modt and Jahf spent untold aeons keeping the M'Kraan Crystal untouched and inviolate.

(X-Men I#108) - When the M'Kraan Crystal's nine Deathstars came into alignment and the M'Kraan Crystal opened up to the outside world, Jahf appeared to prevent anyone from entering it, but was eventually incapacitated by a sonic blast from Banshee. Modt then appeared, announcing himself to be the second guardian and describing his power and the progressively more powerful warriors who would appear to stop the X-Men and Starjammers. Reality blinked out a second time as Modt appeared. Raza attempted to stop D'Ken's plot to control the Crystal by hurling him against the Crystal, but his body passed through it, and D'Ken, the X-Men, and the Starjammers were all transported within the Crystal, bypassing Modt.

(What If II#23 (fb) - BTS) - As similar events occurred in the alternate reality of Earth-913, Jahf was apparently defeated by the Starjammers or the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, as Modt was seen to be battling the Imperial Guard when the X-Men arrived. These X-Men also bypassed Modt and entered the M'Kraan Crystal when the Beast unwittingly hurled one of D'Ken's aides into the Crystal.




(X-Man#53-54 - BTS) - Modt and Jahf sensed unsettling vibrations in the M'Kraan Crystal caused by a portal that opened to Earth-295, through which some Infinites had passed. Nate Grey, with the help of Cyclops and Phoenix (Jean Grey) closed the portal.

(X-Man#54 - BTS) - Modt and Jahf--with the Crystal's leave--traveled to Earth-616 to investigate and deal with as they saw fit the sole remaining trace of Earth-295 energy: Nate Grey. To test his abilities they disguised themselves as a father and son injured by a falling tree, and the father (Modt) tried to convince Nate to use his powers to heal "Jeff" (Jahf). Nate refused to tamper with reality, but when he was able to see through their illusions, Jahf decided that he was too dangerous to live. Cyclops, Phoenix, and Nate battled the powerful M'Kraan guardians, and Cyclops even succeeded from knocking Modt's feet out from under him. Ultimately Modt agreed that while Nate's power was a danger, he had demonstrated good judgment and self-control, and that he did not have to be destroyed. Modt forcibly restrained Jahf and took him back to the M'Kraan Crystal.








Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Terry Austin.

    In his first appearance, the descriptions of programming and scrambling his circuits made it seem as if Jahf were a robot. Later appearances had him discussing Shi'ar faith as if it were his own, and showing him to have feathers, rather than hair on his head. He could still be an artificial construct programmed to think of himself as a loyal Shi'ar, but the issue seems more murky than before.
    X-Man#55 described them as living facets of the crystal itself.

    Jahf & Modt are names based on Mutt and Jeff:

Profile by Snood.

No known connection to:

X-Men I#108, p7, panel 4 (vs X-Men)
X-Men#55, p11, panel 2 (Jeff's dad)
        p12, panel 3 (full body)

Uncanny X-Men#203 (March, 1984) - by Chris Claremont (writer), John Romita, Jr. (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Classic X-Men#14 (October, 1987) - additional material by Chris Claremont (writer), Chuck Patton& John Bolton (pencils), Dan Green & John Bolton (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
What If II#23 (March, 1991) - by Kurt Busiek (writer), Rodney Ramos (pencils), Doug Hazlewood (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#320 (January, 1995) - by Scott Lobdell (plot), Mark Waid (dialogue), Roger Cruz (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#40 (January, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men#321 (February, 1995) - by Scott Lobdell (plot), Mark Waid (dialogue), Ron Garney (pencils), Townsend, Green, & Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men II#41 (February, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert & Ron Garney (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men: Alpha (February, 1995) - by Scott Lobdell (story), Mark Waid (dialogue), Roger Cruz w/ Steve Epting (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Gambit and the X-Ternals#1 (March, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tony Daniel (penciler), Kevin Conrad (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Gambit and the X-Ternals#2 (April, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tony Daniel (penciler), Kevin Conrad, Al Milgrom, Christian (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Gambit and the X-Ternals#3 (May, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
Gambit and the X-Ternals#4 (June, 1995) - by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men: Omega (June, 1995) - by Scott Lobdell (story), Mark Waid (dialogue), Roger Cruz (pencils), LaRosa, Tim Townsend, Karl Kesel, Candelario, Hanna, Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Adventures of the X-Men#11-12 (February-March, 1997) - by Ralph Macchio (writer), Yancey Labat (pencils), Ralph Cabrera (inks), Mark Bernardo (editor)
X-Man '97 (1997) - by Christopher Golden (writer), Ramon Bernado (artist), Jaye Gardner (editor)
X-Man#55 (September, 1999) - by Terry Kavanaugh (writer), Mike Miller (pencils), Elmer, Koblish, LaRosa (inks), Jason Liebig (editor)
Exiles#60-61 (May, 2005) - by Tony Bedard (writer), Jim Calafiore (penciles), Mark McKenna (inks), Mike Marts (editor)

Last updated: 12/05/05

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