EBON VEIN

Classification: Extradimensional (Netherplace) magic item

Creator: Unrevealed, if any

User/Possessors: Kuragari, Tar

First Appearance: (mentioned): Uncanny X-Men I#329 (February, 1996); (seen): Uncanny X-Men I#330 (March, 1996)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Ebon Vein resembled a gigantic heart through which flowed the healing Crimson Dawn elixir. When one looked into the Ebon Vein, they would be able to view events occurring on Earth.

History: (X-Men Unlimited I#12 (fb) - BTS) - Tar, then an initiate in studies on the Ebon Vein, led his apprentice, Gomurr the Impetuous, in halting a destructive aspect of the mystic entity Cyttorak, containing it within a crimson gem. After Cyttorak cursed the gem so that any who touched it would be his destructive avatar, Tar and Gomurr sealed the gem under a mountain of rocks, neither trusting the other to not be lured by Cyttorak's power.

(Uncanny X-Men I#329 - BTS) - Decades later, after their teammate Psylocke was mortally wounded by Sabretooth, X-Men Wolverine and Archangel met with mystic Gomurr the Ancient, to whom Wolverine explained that they were seeking a pint of the Crimson Dawn elixir from the Ebon Vein. Gomurr insisted that to seek out the Crimson Dawn elixir was to seek out death and at first refused to help until Wolverine threatened him with his claws. Gomurr then reluctantly agreed to help as Dr. Strange arrived to assist as well, having earlier sensed Wolverine and Archangel's impending mystical clash.

(Uncanny X-Men I#330/X-Men Unlimited I#12 (fb) - BTS) - Wolverine, Archangel and Dr. Strange were led into the Netherplace dimension by Gomurr the Ancient. Once there, the foursome sought out of the Ebon Vein in order to acquire the Crimson Dawn and they were eventually met by Tar, protector of the Crimson Dawn. Having grown tired of only receiving visitors when they needed something, Tar killed Gomurr then unleashed his minions against Wolverine, who had warned Tar to get out of their way. As Wolverine distracted Tar and battled his minions, Dr. Strange and Archangel got close to the Ebon Vein itself. Knowing how to save Psylocke, Dr. Strange had Archangel look into the Ebon Vein to see that Psylocke was dying. He then told Archangel to pray that he had enough love in his heart for Psylocke to save her. Mystically reaching into Archangel's chest, Dr. Strange drew forth a portion of Psylocke's soul that she had entrusted to Archangel through their love for one another. Realizing what was happening, Tar insisted Strange had accomplished nothing without Psylocke being physically present to drink of the Crimson Dawn, but Dr. Strange reached into the Ebon Vein itself and released the portion of Psylocke's soul into the Vein. The release of Psylocke's soul into the Ebon Vein caused the dying Psylocke to instantly stabilize on Earth and Dr. Strange, Wolverine, Archangel and a Tar-restored Gomurr were deposited back on Earth via the paper dragon's portal.

(Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn#4 (fb)) - Unbeknownst to Archangel, when the Crimson Dawn's mystical essence was used to save Psylocke's life, it created an imbalance in Tar's Ebon Vein power base. Realizing how fragile Tar's hold on the Ebon Vein's power was, the mystic Kuragari took advantage and plotted to slay Tar.

(Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn#1) - After killing Tar, the mystic Kuragari took Tar's throne at the center of the Ebon Vein's veins and began plotting to take down Psylocke.

(Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn#3) - After Kuragari kidnapped Psylocke to be his queen/servant, Gomurr the Ancient mystically teleported Archangel into the Netherplace realm, where he arrived near one of the Ebon Vein's veins, which flowed the Crimson Dawn elixir like a river.

(Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn#4) - When Gomurr the Ancient was given proctorship of the Crimson Dawn, he realized that Archangel must repay the debt that was created when he used the Crimson Dawn to save Psylocke. Gomurr immediately teleported into Netherplace and took Archangel to the chamber housing the heart of the Ebon Vein. Explaining that Archangel must now give back to the Crimson Dawn to repay his debt, Gomurr pulled forth a portion of Archangel's soul to match that of Psylocke's that was earlier immersed in the Crimson Dawn. Despite being annoyed that Gomurr had never told him of such a debt, Archangel nonetheless released the portion of his soul into the Crimson Dawn, an act which began to restore Psylocke's mental faculties following Kuragari's corruption. Archangel then confronted Kuragari personally and when Kuragari ordered Psylocke to kill Archangel, she managed to fully shrug off his influence and stabbed Kuragari. Gomarr then appeared as well and assumed command of Kuragari's Undercloak agents as rightful proctor to the Crimson Dawn. Following Kuragari's banishment, Gomurr then returned Archangel and Psylocke to Earth.

Comments: Created by Scott Lobdell, Jeph Loeb, Joe Madureira and Tim Townsend.

Due to some weird wording in various issues, there's some confusion as to what the Ebon Vein is, exactly. Wolverine mentions having to "trek" the Ebon Vein, as if it some sort of dimension, almost like the Winding Way. Later in the same issue though, it is mentioned that the Ebon Vein is supposed to be in the heart of "the city," suggesting that the Ebon Vein is more a thing and not a place. Also, at at least one point in Uncanny X-Men I#330, the dimension housing the Ebon Vein, Tar and the Crimson Dawn is referred to as Netherplace, further suggesting that the Ebon Vein is a thing and not a place. A year after the Vein's appearance in Uncanny X-Men I#330, the recap pages in Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn#1 refers to the Ebon Vein as an elixir and states that Archangel administered it to Psylocke (which must be a mistake, as the Crimson Dawn is later mentioned in the same issue as being used by Archangel to heal Psylocke, further backing up that the Crimson Dawn is the elixir, not the Ebon Vein). Of course, a line from Wolverine in that same Crimson Dawn#1 issue again refers to the Ebon Vein as the elixir, creating more confusion. Also, various mentions of the Crimson Dawn were equally confusing. It seems as if many writers (sometimes even the same writer) used the terms Ebon Vein and Crimson Dawn interchangably, creating all sorts of confusion as to what is what. The way I see it, the Ebon Vein is the giant heart whose veins run through the dimension called Netherplace in Uncanny X-Men I#330. Since the Ebon Vein's veins run throughout Netherplace, it has been stated by Wolverine that one can "trek the Ebon Vein" by following its veins. The Crimson Dawn is the red elixir that is inside the Ebon Vein and its protectors are occasionally referred to as followers of the way of the Crimson Dawn or it is mentioned that they "serve" the Crimson Dawn since they guard it.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
 The Ebon Vein should be distinguished from


images: (without ads)
Uncanny X-Men I#330, p16, pan3 (The Ebon Vein, main image)
Uncanny X-Men I#330, p17, pan4 (Dr. Strange reaching into the Ebon Vein)
Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn#1, p14, pan1 (Ebon Vein's veins, with the Crimson Dawn flowing like a river)
Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn#4, p12, pan1 (Ebon Vein in its chamber)


Appearances:
Uncanny X-Men I#329 (February, 1996) - Scott Lobdell, Jeph Loeb (writers), Joe Madureira (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#330 (March, 1996) - Scott Lobdell, Jeph Loeb (writers), Joe Madureira (pencils), Tim Townsend (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men Unlimited I#12 (September, 1996) - John Francis Moore (writer), Steve Epting (pencils), Ariel Olivetti (pencils, inks), Kevin Conrad (inks), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn#1 (August, 1997) - Ben Raab (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Art Thibert, Allen Martinez, Sean Parsons, Hack Shack Studios (inks), Matt Idelson (editor)
Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn#3 (October, 1997) - Ben Raab (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Art Thibert, Allen Martinez, Sean Parsons, Hack Shack Studios (inks), Matt Idelson (editor)
Psylocke & Archangel: Crimson Dawn#4 (November, 1997) - Ben Raab (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Art Thibert, Allen Martinez, Sean Parsons, Hack Shack Studios (inks), Matt Idelson (editor)


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Last Updated: 01/09/17

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