Classification: Terrestrial mystic-energy fountain
User/Possessors: Berserkers (Anodyne (Madelyne Jennifer Pryor), Beastmaster (Boyd Wilson), Brawler (Jacques Moreau), Cornucopia (Carla Ballenger), Earth-Mover (Jeanne Chretien), Lord of the Plants (Phil Descad), Lorelord (Sam Ross), Master Builder (Paul Domenic), Pathfinder (Nick Rodriguez)), Loki, Vindicator (Heather Hudson); indirectly Aurora (Jeanne-Marie Beaubier), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Puck (Eugene Judd), Rogue (Anna Marie), Sasquatch (Walter Langkowski), Wolverine (Logan/James Howlett) (they were transformed by Anodyne’s powers, which were derived from the Fountain)
First Appearance: X-Men/Alpha Flight I#1 (December, 1985)
Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Fire Fountain was a large fountain composed of mystic energy, which it absorbed. As it absorbed more mystic energy, it grew in size and affected a larger area. The Fountain could transform those who stepped through it, granting them superhuman abilities, often related to their personality in some way but the transformation cost the user their inherent creativity.
(X-Men/Alpha Flight I#1 (fb) – BTS) – In an effort to prove his worth to Those Who Sit Above in Shadow, Loki was tasked with doing a good deed for the people of Midgard. As part of his deed, Loki decided to create the mystic Fire Fountain to grant those of Midgard superhuman powers capable of solving their worldly problems.
(X-Men/Alpha Flight I#1) – To test the Fountain out, Loki arranged for Madelyne Pryor's charter plane to crash and empowered everyone onboard the plane using the Fire Fountain.
(X-Men/Alpha Flight I#1 – BTS) – Gaining the ability to generate building materials, Paul Domenic became the Master Builder. Using his powers, he created a giant citadel around the Fire Fountain, which the Berserkers referred to as the "Magic Fountain."
(X-Men/Alpha Flight I#1) – When the X-Men and Alpha Flight arrived to investigate the plane crash that included their ally Cyclops, Master Builder and the other transformed plane survivors (now known as the Berserkers) greeted them and revealed their transformations. When Professor X became curious as to how the plane crash survivors had been transformed, Lorelord led the heroes to the Fire Fountain itself, where Heather Hudson was drawn into the Fountain and emerged taller and with perfect vision.
(X-Men/Alpha Flight I#2) – While searching for the missing Rachel Summers, Shadowcat ventured into the caves surrounding the Fire Fountain and Alpha Flight's Talisman went looking for her. Discovering an old abandoned Norse city within the caves, Talisman found an Asgardian rune dedicated to Loki. When the caves began to cave in, Rachel Summers blasted through one of the walls and the trio found themselves at the Fire Fountain. Talisman accidentally brushed into the Fountain, causing mystic feedback that launched both her and Rachel Summers into the nearby walls, learning the Fire Fountain's mystical nature. After Wolverine discovered that the Fire Fountain was draining the mystic energy from Alpha Flight's Snowbird and Shaman, a battle broke out between the Berserkers and some of the X-Men and Alpha Flight members. The battle was broke up when Loki arrived, revealing his hand in the Fire Fountain's creation and the Berserkers' origins. Angry that Loki intended to force humanity to accept his "gifts" via the Fire Fountain, Cyclops attacked him and Loki unleashed Asgardian Snow Giants to battle the three teams. Eventually, Those Who Sit Above in Shadow appeared and deemed Loki unworthy, prompting Loki to remove the Berserkers' "gifts." As Loki teleported away, the Fire Fountain disappeared.
In Alpha Flight I#50 it was revealed that Loki didn't actually create the Firefountain. While Alpha Flight was looking for the Firefountain to cure a dying Northstar they came across what they believed to be the shaft within which the Firefountain once existed. At the bottom of that shaft they found a giant round golden gate and speculated that Loki had only found the Faerie gate within the ruins of the Viking village and, by opening it, had allowed the magic of the Firefountain to flow forth. Unfortunately, Loki had secretly guided them to the wrong gate and had used his magic to alter the "evil" runes on the gate into beautiful and benevolent forms. Later, while wandering around in the world behind the gate, the team came across a second Firefountain but this one was "black as pitch" instead of the "pure white light" of the original Firefountain. This Firefountain could also "cure" people but at a terrible price.
Later, Loki (while talking/gloating aloud to himself) stated that he had not created the benevolent magic of the first Firefountain but that it had come from the realm of Faerie known as Alfheim where the Light-Elves dwell, and that that gate had been forever shut. In contrast, the gate through which Alpha Flight had passed was another Faerie Gate, one which led to the realm of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim, and the black "Firefountain of the Svartalfer" existed entirely within that realm.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek.
Profile by Proto-Man.
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X-Men/Alpha Flight I#1, p44, pan2 (Fire Fountain, main image)
X-Men/Alpha Flight I#1 (December, 1985) - Chris Claremont (writer), Paul Smith, Bob Wiacek (art), Ann Nocenti, Denny O’Neil (editors)
X-Men/Alpha Flight I#2 (January, 1986) - Chris Claremont (writer), Paul Smith (pencils), Bob Wiacek & friends (inks), Ann Nocenti, Denny O’Neil (editors)
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Last Updated: 07/07/13
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