XORAK the OUTCAST
Real Name: Presumably Xorak
Identity/Class: Demon/Magical creation
Occupation: Former guardian of the Temple of Cyttorak
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Cyttorak (master)
Enemies: Ancient One, Cyclops (Scott Summers), Marvel Girl
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Outcast
Base of Operations: Formerly the Crimson Cosmos,
accessed via the Crimson Ruby of Cyttorak (see comments);
formerly the Temple of Cyttorak, Choson (now Korea)
First Appearance: X-Men I#33 (June, 1967)
Powers/Abilities: Xorak has a number of magical powers, including projections of magical bolts, ensnarement of foes within mystic bindings, teleportation, size changing, etc. Much of his power is drawn from Cyttorak, such as his Scarlet Circles of Doom, which unravel to bind and ensnare others, or the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak, which can encircle or bind others. He is also susceptible to magical assaults drawn from Cyttorak by others. Rendered ageless within the Crimson Cosmos, his immortality was apparently ended by proximity to a temporal device, such as a watch, which caused him to age rapidly (perhaps by his true age finally catching up with him).
(X-Men I#33 (fb) - BTS) - When Cyttorak was banished from the Earthly plane, he created Xorak to be guardian of his temple, in the land that would become Korea.
(X-Men I#33 (fb) - BTS) - As travelers entered the temple, Xorak destroyed them, preventing any being from accessing the power of the Ruby and becoming a Juggernaut.
(X-Men I#33 (fb)) - The young Mystic (who would become the Ancient One) traveled to the Temple of Cyttorak to study the Crimson Ruby of Cyttorak. Shortly after his arrival, Xorak appeared, attacking the Mystic with a spell of encirclement. The Mystic fought back, and Xorak--made careless by eons of easy victories--was stunned to find himself mystically entwined. The Mystic used the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak to draw Xorak back into the Crimson Cosmos within the Ruby. The Mystic vowed that if Xorak ever returned, he would defeat him anew.
(X-Men I#33 (fb) - BTS) - Trapped within the Crimson Cosmos, Xorak eventually mastered the energies of his new realm, becoming its supreme (and sole) power.
I#33) - Learning of Xorak by probing the mind of Professor X (who had just
interfaced with the Juggernaut), the X-Men sought to contact the Ancient One,
but instead reached Dr. Strange, who gave them the spell needed to access the
Crimson Ruby. Strange warned them that if they spent more than an hour within
the Crimson Cosmos that they would be trapped there forever. He then teleported
Cyclops and Marvel Girl to the Temple of Cyttorak and used Dr. Strange's spell
to enter the Crimson Cosmos. Almost immediately upon arrival they were
confronted by Xorak, who claimed that as the Outcast within the Crimson Cosmos
he was supreme.
Cyclops and Marvel Girl tried to explain that they only wanted the prototype of the Crimson Ruby that existed within the Crimson Cosmos, but Xorak--bitter over being exiled from Earth--vowed to destroy them utterly. He summoned the Scarlet Circles of Doom, which uncoiled and wrapped around the two mutants until Marvel Girl telekinetically forced them back at Xorak. Vanishing in smoke as the Scarlet Circles struck him, Xorak waited until the two approached the prototype ruby, at which point he ensnared them with crimson tentacles anew. The tentacles drew Cyclops and Marvel Girl towards the now immense form of Xorak. As they fought back against him, Xorak taunted them about not suspecting the truth about the Crimson Cosmos, at which point he vanished again, reappearing almost instantly, and confronting them as if it were their first meeting.
Marvel Girl realized that Xorak was affected by the timeless silence of the Crimson Cosmos, though for them time had kept marching on, and they were only a minute from having been in the Crimson Cosmos for an hour. However, they then noticed that the ticking of Marvel Girl's watch was terrifying Xorak, who commanded them to get the watch away from him. Marvel Girl offered to take the watch away if he would give her the prototype ruby, but he refused, and so she telekinetically pressed her watch up against his head. In agony, Xorak begged her to remove the watch, promising to give them the prototype, but Marvel Girl found that she could no longer remove the watch. Bound to the watch's time, Xorak aged hundreds of years before Cyclops and Marvel Girl's eyes, and he soon crumbled into dust.
Cyclops and Marvel Girl quickly located the prototype ruby and escaped before their hour had ended. They then confronted the Juggernaut, who mistook the prototype for its Earthly counterpart and grabbed it. The prototype drained his powers and banished him to the Crimson Cosmos.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas (writer), Werner Roth (penciler), and John Tartaglione (inker).
Kurt Busiek clarified that it should technically be the Crimson Crystal of Cyttorak (proper alliteration, you know) in the 8th Day storyline, but it's always been the Crimson Ruby in every other story, so I'm going with that.
Profile by Snood.
No known connection to:
X-Men I#33, p10, panel 2 (full body)
p13, panel 4 (Scarlet Circles of Doom)
p16, panel 4 (face)
Last updated: 10/14/05
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