Real Name: Seth Walker
Identity/Class: Human magic-user
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Magik (Amanda Sefton), Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Christine Palmer
Enemies: Louis Childs and his coven, Barney Franks, Sandra Manning, Pazuzu and 13 other demons;
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Currently unknown;
last seen at the Xavier Institute, Salem Center, New York;
formerly Metropolitan General Hospital, New York City
First Appearance: Nightcrawler III#1 (November, 2004)
Powers/Abilities: Seth has a natural affinity for magic, innately knowing how to perform certain magical rites. His limited magical skills in include using knots to bind or lock objects or beings: for example he used one knot to trap a demon within his own form, and he used another knot to prevent himself from speaking. He was also able to construct clay figurines able to be used as prisons to contain demons.Hair: Blond
History: Seth was orphaned at some point and sent to the children's psychiatric ward at Metropolitan General Hospital.
(Nightcrawler III#4 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Louis Childs learned
about Lucifer's fourteen lieutenants, and the
ceremony requiring fourteen victims and fourteen sponsors (who would control the
demons once they'd been loosed upon the world. Childs recruited 13 of his
wealthy friends and neighbors, convincing
them each to sacrifice the life of a child (to serve as a flesh tunnel for the
demons to travel from their realm to Earth) in order to each have a demon at
their service for 14 years. Childs took over the children's psychiatric ward at
Metropolitan General Hospital, after which the participants (all of whom were
wealthy New Yorkers, doctors, attorneys, diplomats, heads of foundations, etc.)
each sponsored an orphan at Metro's psych ward admitted subsequent to Childs'
Seth Walker was among the children sponsored.
(Nightcrawler III#3 (fb) - BTS) - Dr. Childs cared for the orphaned children, talking to them, buying them things, and earning their trust.
(Nightcrawler III#1 (fb) - BTS / Nightcrawler III#2 (fb) - BTS / Nightcrawler III#4 (fb) - BTS) - Childs paid Barney Franks, the security guard of the 15th floor psych ward, to leave his post for four minutes.
(Nightcrawler III#2 (fb) - BTS / Nightcrawler III#4 (fb) - BTS) - The spell was performed and the demons entered the children. Ten year old Seth Walker felt hot and felt something growing in his stomach, so he intuitively tied a knot in a piece of rope, forming a magical locking spell that bound Pazuzu within him. However, the other 13 infernal demons burst through the other 13 children and passed through the ceiling
(Nightcrawler III#1 (fb) - BTS) - When Franks returned to check on the war, thirteen of the children had been torn to pieces, while the fourteenth child, Seth Walker, sat there unharmed, clutching a knotted rope. The security tape of the room showed the children playing, then four minutes of static, then the scene to which Franks returned. The tapes of the hallway showed four minutes of empty hallway, with no one either entering or leaving he hallway. The windows to the room were locked and unbroken.
(Nightcrawler III#1 (fb) - BTS) - The thirteen escaping demons left hoofprints burned into the roof at Metro, continuing from one building to the next, continuing on to the Dakota building.
(Nightcrawler III#4 (fb) - BTS) - Thirteen of the demons were captured by Childs' coven and placed within a mystical circle, but Seth's knot kept Pazuzu trapped within him. Without the 14th demon free, the coven was extremely limited in the magic they could perform, such as the odd menial task.
(Nightcrawler III#1 (fb) - BTS / Nightcrawler III#2 - BTS) - Seth Walker made three clay figurines, and used another knot/locking spell to prevent himself from talking because Dr. Childs kept asking him questions.
(Nightcrawler III#1) - At the request of nurse Christine Palmer, Storm sent Nightcrawler to investigate the slaughter at Metro, but his appearance terrified Seth, so he left him.
(Nightcrawler III#2) - Upon advice from Magik (Amanda Sefton/Jimaine Szardos), Nightcrawler met with Seth (using an image inducer to appear human), untying one of the knots and allowing him to speak again.
(Nightcrawler III#2 (fb) - BTS) - The bodies of the of the thirteen dead children were somehow incinerated while they lay locked within their airtight cabinets, and they didn't even set off a smoke alarm.
(Nightcrawler III#3 (fb) - BTS) - Louis Childs found Sandra Manning at a shelter. He then put the 13 demons inside of Sandra to control her and make her pretend to be "Meredith Walker," who was supposed to be Seth's aunt.
(Nightcrawler III#2) - Seth told Nightcrawler about the knot that had saved him and the one that had kept him from talking, but then Childs appeared with "Meredith Walker," Seth's alleged aunt, who said she would take care of Seth (though Nightcrawler briefly gained a glimpse of a demonic figure in her stead).
(Nightcrawler III#3 (fb) - BTS) - "Meredith" took Seth to lunch, and they talked about him leaving Metro.
(Nightcrawler III#3 (fb) - BTS) - Seth continued to make clay figurines; with twelve made, he only needed two more.
(Nightcrawler III#3 (fb) - BTS) - Nightcrawler watched Seth silently from the shadows. Seth detected his presence and--recognizing that Nightcrawler was a good person on the inside--was no longer afraid of him.
(Nightcrawler III#3) - Seth told Nightcrawler that he could come down from the shadows. Seth told him that the figurines were jars for each of his dead friends and one for himself when he died, but then revealed that the jars were intended to hold the devil.
(Nightcrawler III#3 (fb) - BTS) - The demons proved too powerful to be fully contained/controlled within "Meredith Walker," and they almost broke free. They attacked Childs, who trapped them within a mystic circle.
(Nightcrawler III#3 - BTS) - As Nightcrawler and Seth talked,
nurse Palmer rushed in, telling them how "Seth's aunt" was attacking Childs on
the streets outside and that no one could get to them. Nightcrawler could not penetrate the circle Childs
had formed, but he instead teleported within it. He then grabbed "Ms. Walker"
and teleported her into a church. The holy power of the church expelled the
demons from "Walker" and back into the circle.
With the aid of Magik's memory spell, Sandra Manning shared what had happened, and Magik deduced that the 14 demons were the lieutenants of Lucifer.
Meanwhile Childs took Seth from the hospital, promising that whatever he was keeping inside of him would be cut free once and for all.
(Nightcrawler III#3) - Dr. Childs came to Seth's room, telling
him that his aunt wouldn't be taking him away, but rather Seth would be leaving
with him to go to a private place nearby, where they could continue Seth's
treatment away from all distraction and interference...where "whatever you're
keeping inside of you...will--one once for all--be cut free.
Childs held a large, ritualistic knife behind his back.
(Nightcrawler III#4) - As Childs drove him down the road, Seth
asked him, "You wouldn't hurt me, would you? You're a good person, aren't you?"
After a pause, Childs told him, "No, Seth. I'm not. And...you are going to be hurt."
Seth found his car door locked, and Childs told him the car was escape-proof, while the driver (a demon) wasn't particularly sympathetic to his plight. Childs then explained to him about his pact, and that Seth had to die in order to release Pazuzu.
(Nightcrawler III#4 - BTS) - With Magik's aid, Nightcrawler and Shadowcat entered the Dakota building, replacing and impersonating two of the coven members.
(Nightcrawler III#4) - Childs brought Seth to his coven in the Dakota building, where the other thirteen demons were trapped within their circle.
(Nightcrawler III#4 - BTS) - Childs placed a spell around the dimension through which Nightcrawler teleported, temporarily preventing him from accessing it. Childs also sealed the Dakota building with a protective circle that would shred his body to ribbons if he tried to enter by any other means.
(Nightcrawler III#4 - BTS) - When Coven member Miles moved to
protect Seth, Childs mystically disrupted his image inducer and revealed
Nightcrawler's presence. Childs then cut the last knot from Seth's rope, and
Pazuzu began to grow within Seth's body. Kitty then revealed her presence and
turned Seth intangible, allowing Pazuzu to escape to the Earthly plane without
tearing through him.
The rest of the Coven fled from Pazuzu (who was not trapped within a mystic circle) but were captured by the awaiting X-Men (Beast, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Storm, Wolverine). Pazuzu instructed Childs to free his brethren, but Childs refused, telling him that the freeing of the 14th demon placed them all in the coven's service. However, the demons revealed that the pact had not been fulfilled since the 14th child had not been sacrificed, and Pazuzu tore Childs to pieces. The containment circle around the demons began to dissolve, but Magik then arrived with nurse Palmer, who carried Seth's fourteen clay statues/jars, within which she bound the fourteen demons. Magik then took the clay statues to Limbo/Otherplace for safekeeping.
Seth was brought to the Xavier Institute to learn how to control his powers with Emma.
Comments: Created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Darick Robertson, and Wayne Faucher.
I'd like to see Seth as part of the seldom-recalled Legion of Night.
Profile by Snood.
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Nightcrawler III#1, p3
#2, p16, panel 4 (with knot)
#3, p9, panel 1 (with clay jars)
Nightcrawler III#1-2 (November-December, 2004) - by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Darick Robertson (penciler), Wayne Faucher (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
Nightcrawler III#3-4 (January-February, 2005) - by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Darick Robertson (penciler), Wayne Faucher (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
Last updated: 07/22/06
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