Real Name: Moorg
Identity/Class: Human mutate, magic user (13th Century to late 1960s Era)
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Sir Giliard, Dave, Jane (last names unrevealed)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Warlock Tree (post-transformation)
Base of Operations: England
First Appearance: Chamber of Darkness#3/1 (February, 1970)
Powers/Abilities: Moorg was a scheming and powerful magic wielder, and had considerable knowledge of the arcane arts. After he was merged with an oak tree, he was still able to compel those whose name had been carved into the tree, and could also manipulate the wood into a giant hand. Presumably his essence was also able to keep the oak at least partially alive across the centuries.
(Chamber of Darkness#3/1 (fb)) - Sometime in the 13th Century and attempting to realize his schemes, the wizard Moorg was cornered by Sir Giliard and another knight. Moorg killed the other knight with an mystical blast, but Sir Giliard was then able to plunge his sword into the warlock, impaling him on a tree. With his dying breath, Moorg cursed Sir Giliard and his progeny, as well as any others linked to the tree.
(Chamber of Darkness#3/1 (fb) - BTS) - Sir Giliard's sword remained in the tree, acting as a talisman that bound Moorg's vengeful spirit to the tree.
(Chamber of Darkness#3/1) - Jane and her fiance were at what had become known as the Warlock Tree, and Dave carved Jane's name into the trunk to act as a memento of their engagement. They left but that night during a storm, Jane was called to the tree, compelled by Moorg's spirit, commanding her there as her name was now linked to the tree and telling her to pull the sword from the tree. In pursuit of his love, Dave arrived but was trapped in a giant hand of the tree, crafted by Moorg's spirit. The warlock continued to demand that she pull the sword out to free his spirit, but despite his magical hold over her, she paused, stopped by her love for Dave. A lightning bolt suddenly struck the tree with the sword acting as a lightning rod. The Warlock Tree was destroyed as was Moorg's influence. As the two lovers left, they failed to see a new bud forming from the burnt-out stump.
Comments: Created by Gerard Conway (writer), Barry Windsor Smith (pencils) and Syd Shores (inks).
This story was later reprinted in Giant-Size Chillers II#3/3 (August, 1975), which is where the images are from.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Moorg has no known connections to:
Sir Giliard was knight who sought to thwart Moorg's schemes. With a fellow knight, he tried stop Moorg, eventually striking the warlock through the chest with his sword. The knight watched as Moorg died, impaled against the tree, and heard the wizard curse him and his progeny. Soon after, the knight and his entire family drowned in a flood. His sword stayed in the tree, trapping Moorg's life essence there, until it was struck by lightning.
--Chamber of Darkness#3/1
Giant-Size Chillers II#3/3, p2, pan2 (main image)
Other Appearances: None
Last updated: 05/02/10
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