salome-sorceress_supreme-docss61p2-flightSALOMÉ

Real Name: Possibly Semiramis or Sammu-Ramat (see comments)

Identity/Class: Human (or sub-species of humanity, see comments) magic-user;
    Assyrian citizen;
    presumably pre-Cataclysmic era (see comments)
    1300-1100 BC (
see comments) and modern era; likely active between pre-Cataclysmic era and 1300 BC

Occupation: Sorceress, terrorist, lecturer;
    former Sorceress Supreme/Sorcerer Supreme, queen of Assyria

Group Membership: Lineage of Sorcerer Supremes;
    formerly the Blood 
and the Fallen

Affiliations: Armies of Assyria, Diabolique, Mr. Nobody, Shrieking Rain Jihad, Sisters of the Violent Flame, Xaos;
    she invoked Gaia (Gaea)
    soldiers in her holy war (based out of Nimrud);
    formerly the
Fallen (Atrocity, Embyrre, Foundry, Metarchus, Patriarch, Ranter, Rubach), Namor the Sub-Mariner, Vincent Stevens, Spirits of Vengeance, Strange, the Vishanti (Agamotto, Hoggoth, Oshtur), Wong, Zarathos; unidentified worshippers in Manhattan, New York and Mosul, Iraq
    while she sought relationships with King Ara of Armenia, he rejected her

Enemies: King Ara and the Armenians, Blood (CaretakerRaydar, Regent, Seer, Truthsayer, others)), Bloodstorm (Dracula clone), Doctor Stephen Strange, Man-Thing (Ted Sallis), Midnight Sons (Blade/Eric Brooks, John Blaze, Frank Drake, Dr. Stephen Strange, Ghost Rider/Dan Ketch/Noble Kale, Hannibal King, Michael Morbius, Vengeance/Michael Badilino), Modred the Mystic, Victoria Montesi, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Taj Nital (vampire), Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton), Sister Nil, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spirits of Vengeance, Vincent Stevens, Strange, Varnae, the Vishanti (Agamotto, Hoggoth, Oshtur), Werewolf (Jack Russell), Wildpride (Kyllian); unidentified people used to create her Skins of Necromancy;

Known Relatives: It is unrevealed whether the Blood are all relatives vs. just associates, if relatives then: Atrocity, Caretaker, Embyrre, Foundry, Metarchus, Patriarch, Ranter, Raydar, Regent, Rubach, Seer, Truthsayer, others (possible kin);
    possibly Salomé, Taramis, and their ancestors and descendents (possible descendants);
    see comments for relatives of the historical Sammu-Ramat/Semiramis

Aliases: Blessed Mother, Goddess, Great Mother, Sorcerer Supreme, Sorceress Supreme;
    (perhaps descriptions, rather than aliases): Dancing shaper of profound elemental force; Dread mistress of destructive rebirth
    "wet slime lady" (taunt from Sister Nil);
    possibly Sammu-Ramat, Sammuramat, Shammuramat (see comments); Semiramis is her later, Greek name

Base of Operations: Presumably the non-dimension of nihility;
    formerly a Times Square (junction of Broadway and 47th Avenue) theater (with a knotted fist emblem known as "The Fig"), aka her New York nest;
    her "lush net," within a natural mound, within Nimrud (20 miles south of modern Mosul, Iraq), in what was formerly Assyria;
    former the Fallen dimension

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents I#146 (Late January, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Salomé is a powerful sorceress, serving twice as Earth's Sorcerer Supreme (although only once officially); only a small number of her abilities have been demonstrated.salome-sorceress_supreme-docss74-full-wings

    She has mystically extended her lifespan: She is over three millennia old, and possibly over 23 millennia old

    Salomé usually employs three forms of magic: elemental forces from Earth’s biosphere (ecocentric); mystic energy derived from negative emotions; and necromancy, deriving power from sacrificing others. She occasionally draws on exocentric magic, accessed via invoking mystic principalities, such as the Vishanti.

    She channels her elemental power -- composed of all four elements (earth, air, fire, and water), their natural chaos focused by powerful negative emotions -- through mystic dance, and it is usually manifested via green flame.

    Emotion focuses her power, and she particularly gains power from fear and hate. Deprived of such emotions, she is rapidly weakened.

    From the power she gained from such emotions, she could manipulate and control others, transferring fear and hate to make another into a berserker warrior.

    She can also project those emotions onto others, leading others to panic and/or act on hateful/violent impulses and painful empaths.

    She can project blinding and incapacitating blasts, mystically track magical energies, project herself into dreams/nightmares (at least/even if when imprisoned in the Fallen's banishment dimension),

    She can generate an elemental whirlwind to assault her foes

    She can teleport herself and others across the planet, at least between her bases.

    Carved from beings she had personally slaughtered, her Skins of Necromancy allowed her to view distance objects and beings about which she wished to learn. 

    She could fly via her large leathery wings and presumably possessed various other capabilities due to her Blood/Fallen status. She could either completely retract these wings or make them invisible at will.

    She possessed fanged canine teeth.

    Her followers felt that if they died in Salomé's name they would live forever.

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    Using leper's bones and rune stones, Salomé divined the destiny of others whose destinies were intertwined with hers.

    She considered certain material, such as boxwood, cedar, poplar, incense, and silk, to be sensual treasures.

Height: 6'
Weight: 136 lbs. (that's the official weight listed; it seems very low for a lean, but muscular woman of 6' tall and with huge wings, and I'd think she might be closer to 180- 200 lbs.; however, perhaps she has porous bones like a bird...)
Eyes: Yellow
Hair: White
Skin: Gray (sometimes almost blue in appearance)

History:
(Ghost Rider III#42-43 (fb) - BTS) - In a time before Atlantis (see comments), a group of beings came together to from the Blood. The origins of this group remain unrevealed. They were allies with the original Spirits of Vengeance, and fought to keep the Medallion of Power from the hands of the demon Zarathos and his ilk.

        The Blood sought to guard the Medallion, but found that the power contained within was too much for any one being to wield. Zarathos attempted to claim the Medallion, but the Blood and the Spirits of Vengeance opposed him. The Spirits merged with Zarathos within the Medallion. The Blood saw only one solution. The Medallion, which could never be destroyed, was instead, shattered. The pieces of the Medallion, and the powers within were placed within the descendents of two human families. The Blood known as Caretaker was chosen to watch over those families.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 10: Salomé entry) - The Blood defeated Zarathos some 25,000 years ago (23,000 BC).

(Spirits of Vengeance#16 (fb)) - Over the succeeding millennia, the Blood began to break apart. A group of them turned their backs on their previous mission and chose instead to worship the demon Zarathos. These beings became known as the Fallen.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 10: Salomé entry) - Salomé was possibly the ancestor or namesake of the millennia-old line of sorceresses of the same name, some of whom existed in Khauran circa 10,000 BC.

(Midnight Sons Unlimited#4 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé was one of the Blood who degenerated into the Fallen, in league with the demon Zarathos (see comments).

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 10: Salomé entry) - Salomé was among the Fallen's most powerful members.

(Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance#17 (fb) - BTS / Ghost Rider III#45 (fb) - BTS / Darkhold#16 (fb) - BTS / Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, the Fallen were banished to some other dimension (see comments).

(Real world history (see comments)) - Semiramis was the wife of Assyrian King Shamsi-Adad V. After his passing, she assumed leadership of Assyria.

(Marvel Tarot#1 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 7: Appendix: Magic (from the journals of Ian McNee) - Assyrian Sorceress Queen Semiramis succeeded Zoroaster as Sorcerer Supreme, holding the title from 1300 - 1100 BC (see comments).

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 10: Salomé entry) - Salomé presumably protected the Earth dimension from various threat.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 7: Appendix: Magic (from the journals of Ian McNee) (fb) - BTS) - According to the legend, Semiramis had heard about the fame of the handsome Armenian king Ara. She decided to use the Orb of Agamotto to see him for herself and she fell instantly in love. She sent messengers asking Ara to marry her, but he refused. When Salomé heard this, she gathered the armies of Assyria and marched against Armenia.

    During the battle, which may have taken place in the Ararat valley, Ara was slain. Semiramis tried unsuccessfully to use her magic to revive him. Driven mad by her grief, she ordered her people to worship Ara as their God and Semiramis as their Goddess.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 10: Salomé entry) - Salomé was worshipped in the Assyrian city Nimrud.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#66 (fb) - BTS) <Millennia ago> - Salomé had a large base -- including tents and a nest-like cave in the hills --  in Nimrud, Assyria.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé's crown was formed from "rude Sarpedon's jawbone."

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé wore knotted flesh-strips of the Patriarchists at her wrists and ankles.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 7: Appendix: Magic (from the journals of Ian McNee) (fb) - BTS / Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 (fb) - BTS) - The Vishanti were displeased and banished Semiramis from Earth to what would become known as the Fallen dimension (see comments), and Agamotto began to withdraw again.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 7: Appendix: Magic (from the journals of Ian McNee) (fb) - BTS) - The legendary King Solomon replaced Salomé's madness with wisdom and stability, starting in 1100 BC. salome-sorceress_supreme-mcp146-dream

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 10: Salomé entry) - In recent years, Salomé was responsible for allowing the Fallen's return to Earth.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 10: Salomé entry) - Salomé herself was only able to access Earth via Nightmare's realm.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#146/3 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé allegedly encountered Dr. Strange in his dreams 366 times, each time causing him to forget their encounters.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#146/3) - Within the nightmare realm, Salomé confronted Strange, taunting him with his forgotten memories of their previous encounters (allegedly 366 of which) and demanding he stand in her mistress' presence. Though he failed to remember her, Strange nonetheless sought to thwart her assaults on Nightmare, and he ultimately cast a spell so that he would remember this encounter when next he saw her dance.

(Midnight Sons Unlimited#4 (fb) - BTS) - While the rest of the Fallen served as power batteries for Zarathos, Salomé turned her back on the Fallen.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 10: Salomé entry) - Absorbing energy intended for Zarathos, Salomé bonded with Earth’s biosphere.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61) - Escaping the Fallen's dimension, Salomé arrived on Earth over the Cypress Hill Cemetery, a nexus point for occult forces; tasting Earth's air and suddenly reconnected with Earth's elemental force, she was both exhilarated and intimidated momentarily, but she sensed the residual emotions within her crown and flesh-strips and felt at home.

    Affected by Salomé's emotions, people throughout the city felt fear and hatred, some hiding, while others attacked people and/or performed ritual sacrifices (specifically a trio of women, the Sisters of the Violent Flame).

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 - BTS) - Sensing that Salomé was seizing energy that should be his (as the Fallen were to nourish him with the potency of terror, pain, and malice), Zarathos demanded an explanation from Patriarch, who noted she was "ever the selfish one" and advised that they ignore her for now.

(Midnight Sons Unlimited#4 (fb) - BTS) - Morbius speculated that Salomé had taken mystical steps to protect herself so that Zarathos could not tap into her power.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 - BTS) - Inside children's nightmares, Salomé showed them "how bad they wanted to be." She sought to seduce responsible minds to give in, just once to despair. Spider-Man aided those affected by Salomé's emotions.

(Morbius I#17 - BTS / Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 - BTS) - She enjoyed the pain of Frank Drake battling Embyrre and Morbius drinking from...some pale-skinned blond woman...Martine?

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 - BTS) - Pained by Salomé's influence and the emotions she generated, the Man-Thing roared in agony.

    Salomé's influence made the Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton) feel as if he was burning.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 - BTS / Marvel Comics Presents I#146) - Dr. Strange was  assaulted by glowing flames.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 - BTS) - As Dr. Strange returned to his destroyed Sanctum, Caretaker advised him that his "nightmare's memory" was the key to his salvation.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61) - Salomé confronted Dr. Strange, enjoying his despair but wishing to consume him complete. When she noted that it was great to again ensnare him in her dance, this triggered his forgotten memories of their previous encounters. As Strange's allies (not quite yet the Midnight Sons) -- Johnny Blaze, Frank Drake, Ghost Rider/Noble Kale/Dan Ketch, Hannibal King, Morbius, and Vengeance -- arrived, Salomé considered fashioning a majestic robe from their flesh.

    Recognizing her and lacking the power to face her at this time, Strange conceded defeat when Salomé challenged him for the title of Sorcerer/Sorceress Supreme. As he seeming disintegrated, Strange told her she would not be an empress and would instead find that the role/title meant serving others.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4 (fb)) - Dr. Strange disintegrated but then reconstructed himself, although he was permanently bonded/contaminated with Salomé's elemental energies; he then traveled to a Null-Space dimension to rebuild his power; there he created his Forge Canal base.

    In the moment of his defeat, Dr. Strange accessed the unpredictable stasis spiral, and everything except Dr. Strange himself froze in time. Outside of time and space, Dr. Strange left behind his Cloak of Levitation and molded chaotic energies/aetheric discharges into lifelike manifestations of aspects of his own power and persona, the calculating Dr. Vincent Stevens and the ruthless and powerful sorcerer Strange; neither being knew its origin, but both were also suffused with Salomé's elemental energies

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61) - Salomé was furious as Strange's arcane possessions vanished, and when she saw his Cloak of Levitation remaining, she rushed to claim it, only for Victoria Montesi to reach it first; the cloak and Victoria both vanished.

    As Salomé raged, Dr. Strange's allies confronted her, but found themselves helpless against her energies.

    The aetheric Strange, embodying Dr. Strange's fury and destructive powers, then appeared and assaulted Salomé,

    With Salomé weakened and defeated, Strange and the others departed to confront Zarathos.

(Nightstalkers I#17 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé pondered whether she preferred the term "Sorceress Supreme" or "Sorcerer Supreme," considering that regardless, she would not diminish its stature, boundaries, or power.

(Nightstalkers I#17) - Noting that the Montesi Formula, which had banished/destroyed Earth's vampires, had been broken, Salomé considered the return of the ancient vampire-lord Varnae, and the general increase in vampiric activity across the world. She further considered that while the vampire-lord was no threat to her himself, an army of vampires under his control might be. She resolved that she would visit Varnae and arrange a mutual accommodation where he would help her reap the negative energy she required; or, failing that, she would destroy him utterly.

    Visiting a Hydra facility, Salomé noted how their creation, the Dracula-clone Bloodstorm, had destroyed its makers. While unable to track the vampire lord, she could sense and follow eldritch emanations from Bloodstorm, although she wondered if it was a trap. Observing at the same time in his astral form, Dr. Strange cloaked his presence.

(Nightstalkers II#18) - Salomé watched as Bloodstorm was summoned back to Varnae, and she traced his trail.

    As Varnae and his agents Bloodstorm and Taj Nital confronted Blade, Salomé appeared, offering Varnae to continue spreading fear and giving her power and delight, and she would allow him to crown himself king of the vampires and allow him a small retinue.

    Instead, Varnae instructed his agents to "destroy this presumptuous wench." When Bloodstorm approached her, Salomé blasted him down and demanded Varnae's acquiescence; sensing his refusal via his rage, Salomé then guided Blade's Nightstalker allies, Hannibal King and Frank Drake to oppose Varnae, Bloodstorm, and Nital.

    Amused at the manipulation, Salomé departed, noting that regardless of the outcome, she would lose at least one enemy that night.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#88 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé placed an echo of the deceased Imei Chang's soul inside Imei's skeleton alongside the winged demon Xaos to make the demon itself believe it was Imei.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#65 (fb) - BTS) - In order to gain his aide against Dr. Strange, Salomé used a spell to make Wong -- Imei's fiance and Dr. Strange's longtime assistant -- believe she had resurrected Imei. Due to Xaos' demonic nature the eyes of the allegedly resurrected "Imei" were so sensitive to sunlight she could not even go out and had to remain inside the attic dressing room of the 47th Street Theater Salomé was using as her base. Salomé promised Wong "Imei" would improve over time and might eventually even be able to go out by daylight, which she couldn't do after her resurrection because her eyes were too sensitive to daylight.

    Due to the enchantment, Wong saw "Imei" in her normal human form, rather than the winged skeleton that was Xaos.

(Midnight Sons Unlimited#5 (fb) - BTS / Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64 (fb) - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 10: Salomé entry) - Seeking to rebuild her worship and remake Earth to suit her, Salomé posed as a mortal scholar of the old ways to initiate the curious into her cult. Salomé occupied a empty Broadway theater on 47th street, occassionally offering free lectures there "when necessary."

(Midnight Sons Unlimited#5) - In the rafters of her Broadway theater, as Salomé used her skin of necromancy to seek out Dr. Strange's hidden refuge, she sensed Dr. Strange's associates, Michael Morbius and the Jack Russell werewolf (both of whom were mind-controlled by Modred the Mystic) slaughtering her entranced followers just outside the theater; their frenzies of pain were ecstacy and power to her. Nonetheless, considering that the attention the fight brought could hinder her plans, she restored awareness to a group of police officers who had mystically distracted (by Modred?); when the officers called in for back-up, their call was received by Lt. Michael Badilino, who soon joined the conflict as Vengeance.

(Midnight Sons Unlimited#5 - BTS) - As Vengeance arrived, Modred released his control over Morbius and Russell and then transported them, followed by Vengeance, to his base with the bar Malice. Apologizing for the manipulation, Modred, alongside his ally Wildpride, convinced them to join him against Salomé, promising to slay her (something he advised them that Dr. Strange would refuse to do).

(Midnight Sons Unlimited#5) - As Salomé observed this remotely, she wondered what Modred was really after before being interrupted by a summons by the aetheric Strange (actually an illusion of Strange created and controlled by Modred) to confront her at the Midnight Sons' mausoleum base in the Cypress Hills Cemetery.

    Salomé then appeared, revealing her knowledge of the deception before dancing to create an elemental whirlwind to assault her foes. Mystically creating a "madness rent" that warped them all to his "null-space" realm, Modred then dampened his own and his allies' violent emotions to deprive Salomé of their power; leaving her only with her stored energies and preventing her deeparture. Vengeance and Wildpride assaulted Salomé with hellfire and a mystic energy lion, respectively, after which Vengeance hurled the Werewolf into her. Werewolf weathered her weakened blast, but as the Werewolf grabbed her throat, slashing and choking her, Salomé focused her power and blasted him away.

    Modred then grew his own wings before confronting and assaulting Salomé; Vengeance further blasted Salomé from behind, agonizing her. When she begged Modred to feed her emotion, promising to do anything for him in return, Modred offered Salomé the full emotional force of the Midnight Sons after she had helped him find and execute Strange. Modred's revelation of his true goals caused Morbius, Vengeance, and the Werewolf to turn against him, while Salomé, who had apparently been feigning weakness, blasted Modred in the eyes and ordered him to swear allegiance to her and perhaps she would let him live.

    With Modred unconscious, his madness rent began to break apart, and Salomé departed through the cracks, mocking them as not being a threat to her.

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Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64) - In Times Square, Salomé met with her followers, bringing them into her 47th street theater, at which point she took her true form and swooped down at the, telling them to feed her their fear and to offer up their "worthless skins" for her divine mission.

salome-sorceress_supreme-docss64-swooping down(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé apparently slaughtered her followers, flaying off their skin to create her "skin of necromancy."

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64) - From her intimate nest, 50' above the site of the slaughter, Salomé used her skin of necromancy to locate Dr. Strange. She considered that he was not dead, although, at times, he seemed to no longer exist or perhaps to exist in a place where her elemental dance could not touch. Further considering herself a goddess, a creatrix, she concluded that Dr. Strange was the only one who might successfully challenge her plan for the world.

    As the skin showed the form of Strange, not realizing this was not actually Dr. Strange, Salomé sensed that he was somehow something more than he once was, and that something would be his ruin.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64 - BTS) - Salomé observed as Strange traveled to the ocean's depths in search of the Coral Crab, noting that in this appearance, Dr. Strange's emotional energy was lacking and that he was completely focused and ruthlessly unswayable.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64) - After Strange was bitten in half by the Brilliant One (aka the Conqueror Worm; unleashed by the removal of the Coral Crab) and then flowed back together, Salomé realized this was not Dr. Strange. She resolved that if Dr. Strange was dead, she wanted his remains, while she felt she could couple her power with the aetheric Strange, which would make them invincible.

    She then summoned her servant, Wong, requesting information on Stephen Strange that only he could provide, and Wong promised to give her anything she wanted.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#65 (fb) - BTS) - Observing via her skinS of Necromancy, Salomé fed well on the havoc caused by Strange, Namor, and the Brilliant One.

salome-sorceress_supreme-docss65-spell(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#65) - After Strange announced his intent to find his "other," Salomé wondered what this meant. Seeking to better understand Strange, Salomé danced the negative energies of the fear and pain of the Atlanteans into Namor, making him a savage berserker focused solely on Strange.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#65 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé observed as Namor relocated and attacked Strange anew.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#65 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé detected another manifestation of Strange's power, Strange's "other," Vincent Stevens, another aetheric doppelganger of Dr. Strange.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#65) - Salomé mentally contacted Wong, telling him she had need of him and his lover, and while she was dealing with one manifestation of Strange, she needed them to bring her the other. When "Imei" noted she was well enough now to travel, Wong was elated that her recovery was proceeding even more quickly than the "blessed mother" had promised.

    After Vengeance (Michael Badilino) arrived and attacked both Namor and Strange, Salomé was frustrated, as the total anarchy proved beyond her ability to manipulate. She then channeled elemental energy directly through Namor into Strange, agonizing him and causing him to drop the Coral Crab. When Namor suspended his assault to reclaim the Coral Crab, Salomé was infuriated at his having wasted her gift and lost the battle for her.

    Recovering, Strange realized that the elemental assault had come from Salomé.


(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 10: Salomé entry) - Salomé reclaimed her Nimrud base (in what was Assyria and is now Iraq).

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 10: Salomé entry) - Salomé organized the Shrieking Rain Jihad, who stirred negative emotions through terrorism.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#66 - BTS) - Alongside Xaos, Wong captured Vincent Stevens and brought him to Salomé's theater nest (unwittingly observed by Strange).


(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#66) - Within her theater nest, Salomé -- still unable to locate Dr. Strange -- used her skins of necromancy to monitor Midnight Sons Blade, Morbius, and Vengeance as they discussed recent encounters with Strange. salome-sorceress_supreme-docss66-vines

    Believing they would bicker pointlessly for hours, Salomé teleported to her Nimrud base, which appeared as it had before her banishment millennia ago. There a female follower noted they had been waiting for her to return to bless the execution of the day's traitors. Instructing her follower to proceed with the execution, Salomé bypassed her sensual treasures -- boxwood, cedar, poplar, incense, and silk -- and rushed to her skins to look in on the Midnight Sons only to find them gone (having been summoned by Dr. Strange to his Forge Canal). She was frustrated, and even the sounds of machine gun fire in the desert below (the executions) failed to cheer her up.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#66 - BTS) - Dr. Strange advised his allies to oppose Salomé's evil but to stay away from Strange and Vincent Stevens.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#66) - Wong and Xaos delivered Vincent Stevens to Salomé's Nimrud base. Appreciating that Stevens also was not Dr. Strange, Salomé asked him to identifiy himself. When Stevens tried to mentally/emotionally influence her, Salomé immobilized him in spiked vines and promised she would find out what he was and how to use him against Dr. Strange.salome-sorceress_supreme-docssan4-full-shadowed

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Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4 - BTS) - Armed with automatic firearms, the strength-enhanced, fanatical Shrieking Rain Jihad assaulted "the power breakfast club" (either the name of a restaurant or just a reference to the nature of the facility) within a New York skyscraper (see comments), launching not only their victims but themselves out the windows to crash on the ground below.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé observed their actions on her skins of necromancy.

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Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4) - Along with Wong and Xaos (and standing on the back of a kneeling servant), and the captive Vincent Stevens, Salomé exalted in the fear and anger she gained from the actions of her "children of chaos." She then had Xaos fly off with Wong, and she teleported them to her New York nest.

    Mocking her captives' demands to contact the embassy and calling him "her trifling" and "her mannequin," Salomé then demanded to know Dr. Strange's hiding place. She then danced, and her elementary fury hammered Stevens as he denied even knowing Dr. Strange, even after she noted his possessing Dr. Strange's "unique magickal paradigm" and his being called "the other" by the aetheric Strange. Salomé then stripped Stevens down aetherically, briefly skeletonizing him before allowing him to reform, confirming him to be an ingenious construct, with two mystic sources (apparently both Dr. Strange and herself), although she wasn't sure just how he connected her to Dr. Strange. When Stevens tried to use his powers of influence on her, Salomé felt an ache in her heart, granting her an understanding.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4 - BTS) - Using the Orb of Agamotto, Dr. Strange tried and failed to penetrate...(presumably Salomé's spell that would destroy him if he returned to Earth).salome-sorceress_supreme-docssan4-rear

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé's assaults on Stevens drew the aetheric Strange to her Nimrud base.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4) - Sensing Strange's approach, Salomé rose from her subterranean nest, and she was attacked by Strange. She shocked him by noting their connection and taunting him to try to destroy her, which would reveal their relationship.

    After Salomé's followers pained Strange by opening fire on him with assault weapons, Salomé commanded them to stop and then told Strange and Stevens that only she could halt their progressive breakdowns. She further promised them she could help them sever themselves from Dr. Strange; further, if they brought her Dr. Strange's skull, she would make them whole.

    However, Dr. Strange -- still trapped in Null-Space and within his Forge Canal -- then accessed Stevens' form and assaulted Salomé, and he further manipulated Strange into attacking Salomé's followers.
Salomé's militant followers perished, while the peaceful onces fled into the desert. Nonetheless, the violence of Salomé's soldiers' deaths and the fear of the survivors further empowered Salomé.

    Salomé offered Strange to merge with her to strengthen them both, but as he refused, Dr. Strange channeled his power through Strange against Salomé, threatening to burn out his dopppelganger. After Salomé turned her powers on Strange and Stevens, Strange channeled the elemental energies within him back into her, causing a powerful explosion. However, this also established a connection that allowed Salomé to strike back at Dr. Strange. Ultimately, Dr. Strange used the energies to sever his ties to his "Strangers" and retreat to the safety of his Forge Canal.


(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#67 - BTS) - As Clea arrived in Greenwich Village, a follower of Salomé was speaking to the people passing through, offering a pamphlet and telling people that Salomé would be speaking, and they could hear the truth about "The Old Ways and Personal Power" and become one with the goddess.

    "Professor Nobody" later told Clea of Strange's apparent destruction, noting how he had heard the word of the Sorceress Supreme.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#162/3 (fb) - BTS) - The demon-child Diabolique sought out Salomé, seeking to become her apprentice. Salomé sensed her power upon Diabolique's arrival in New York City.

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Marvel Comics Presents I#162/3) - Drawn to Salomé's theater-base, Diabolique encountered Salomé and asked to be her apprentice. Intrigued, Salomé asked why she should take her on: If her powers were weak, then she was unworthy; but if they were great (which she worried that they were), she was a potential threat to be destroyed.

    After Diabolique revealed her Playmate, an mass of enslaved/transformed mortals that served as Diabolique's power battery, Salomé enjoyed their agony and considered that Diabolique may be of use if she passed her test.
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    When Vengeance arrived and attacked, Salomé deflected his hellfire and then told Diabolique her test to become her apprentice was destroying Vengeance.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#163/3) - As Vengeance battled the Playmate (unwilling to harm the innocent beings that made it up), Salomé mocked that he had no chance of success. Nonetheless, she was impressed as Diabolique dominated Vengeance, considering that she must keep this powerful girl close, to use as she saw fit or to destroy if she became a threat.

    However, after a fragment of Playmate begged for its suffering to end, Vengeance destroyed Playmate, leaving Diabolique powerless. However, when the childlike Diabolique burst into tears over the loss of her "friend," Vengeance found himself unable to make himself harm her.

    When the weakened Vengeance chose not to challenge Salomé, she teleported him away, noting she was pleased not to have to destroy one who brought about so much pain and suffering for her to feed on.salome-sorceress_supreme-docss71-roost

    Salomé then teleported Diaboloque away, telling her to build a new Playmate power battery, at which point they could reconsider her apprenticeship.

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Blade: Vampire Hunter I#4) - Using leper's bones and rune stones, Salomé divined the destiny of others whose destinies were intertwined with hers, notably Blade.

(Blade: Vampire Hunter I#5) - As Blade fought off Varnae (who had just possessed the form of Night Terror (Carl Blake), Salomé watched remotely. Noting that while he was unaware of the true nature of Dracula's resurrection, she was pleased nonetheless to be able to feed on suffering, and soon there would be suffering aplenty.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#71 - BTS) - Within his Forge Canal, the Rive Sequence, one of the aetheric snares Dr. Strange had set for Salomé, went off prematurely and targeted Dr. Strange.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#71 (fb) - BTS) - The Vishanti did not answer Salomé's repeated calls, and Salomé's bitter self-pity drained all the life from her secluded Nimrud base, and her forsaken armies disbanded.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#72 - BTS) - The Vishanti's first thought was to destroy Salomé.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#71) - Healing within her cavern in Nimrud, Salomé considered that the Vishanti had forsaken her, and she remained frustrated that she could not locate Strange's hiding place.

    When Wong appeared with Xaos, asking if they could return to New York, Salomé began to angrily lash out at him before she was pulled to another dimension to commune with the Vishanti. They advised her that she was obstructing her own desires by using screeching charges when she should be making humble prayers. They further asked her how she dared to invoke their names.

    Salomé begged their mercy, as her passions sometimes made her impertinent, and she asked their aid to achieve their mutual goal of the utter destruction of the renegade Dr. Strange.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#74 (fb) - BTS) - The Vishanti granted Salomé power to banish Dr. Strange to a prison dimension, although she wished the power to destroy him permanently. If she failed, they would collect her for their own cause.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#72 - BTS) - Due to Salomé's magic tainting his body, Dr. Strange harshly ordered his companion, Sister Nil, away as he used the same Salomé-driven violent emotions against the Rive Sequence. However, it was only when he resisted his violent emotions that he was able to neutralize the trap.

    Dr. Strange subsequently used the Orb of Agamotto, knowing that Salomé would detect this and be able to track him. Agamotto instead confronted Strange, informing him that Salomé had the Vishanti's benediction (although he was actually warning/preparing Dr. Strange for the ensuing confrontation) . This and other revelations by Agamotto caused Strange to again be overwhelmed by his Salomé-influenced negative emotions and to panic that his plans were falling apart.

    Determining that he needed to retrieve the power from Strange and Stevens and slay Salomé as soon as possible, Strange focused his Gaian aura (drawing power from Earth/Gaea) to create a protective helmet (and later aetheric armor) to allow him to survive in Earth's plane despite Salomé's curse and to enhance the power of his aetheric sword. He then traveled to Earth to confront Strange and Stevens while leaving the portal to his sanctum open in hopes of trapping Salomé.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#73) - Endowed with the Vishanti's influence, Salomé reached the sanctum's great hall without "the usual mind-ripping side effects."

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#73 - BTS) - Dr. Strange sensed Salomé's arrival in his sanctum and resolved to reabsorb Strange and Stevens as soon as possible.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#73) - Sensing movement, she found and donned the Cloak of Levitation, which wrapped around and began to crush her, while teeth and talons extruded from the cloth, tearing into her. Salomé furiously noted Strange could only wound her via deceit, after which a pre-arranged illusion of Dr. Strange mocked her both for falling for his trap and for coveting a levitating cloak when she can fly.

    Breaking free, Salomé searched the sanctum, which lacked clear measure of simple touchstones such as "up" or down, and she worried that Strange was absent; she was unaware that Dr. Strange's prisoner/ward Sister Nil was watching her. As Salomé resolved to destroy his entire base, Nil considered that while she could slay Salomé, Dr. Strange needed her alive to purge himself of her contamination. Nil allowed Salomé to see her, leading Salomé to chase her in hopes of forcing Dr. Strange's location from her, but Nil led Salomé through the Cardinal Sieve, where all measures of dimensionality are compressed by one, and Salomé suffered temporary insanity. Salomé next found herself in Fiumine, a conduit of elemental magick bounded by streams of rushing water; she suspected Nil was hiding in an aged trove of earth magick, but it turned out to be an enigma box, which folded into itself and disappeared, after which a statue of the demon Baphomet appeared and taunted Salomé with riddles.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#74) - Annoyed with the taunts of "Baphomet," Salomé danced a shattering way of elemental furey (fired a blast) that shattered the animated statue. Nonetheless, she felt a rising dread as Dr. Strange's fortress was so vast and perplexing, she worried she might exhaust the power she had borrowed from the Vishanti before locating her quarry. After another programmed manifestation/image of Dr. Strange mocked her tantrum, the fragments of the Baphomet statue attacked Salomé. As she destroyed the fragments, she exited into another room, dark and slimy, representing his work on "experimental magick defenses of a more organic nature...modeled after the doctor's digestive tract," which moved her along with peristaltic waves. Sister Nil then taunted Salomé, leading her to pursue and reckless crash into on acidic, tendril-covered wall.

    Correctly suspecting the harsh nature of this defense indicated a proximity to his hidden base, Salomé tore through the wall and found herself within Dr. Strange's Forge Canal. She recognized its crystal cathedral as a collector of Earth's geomagickal power, and she considered that she now held her enemy's power source.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#74 - BTS) - Dr. Strange sensed that Salomé was trapped in his sanctum but also with his power source; he finally destroyed the Vincent Stevens incarnation.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#75 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé conceived of the bending of the Vishanti's spell, intended to banish Dr. Strange to a side dimension, to create an interdimensional circuit that

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#75) - Finding the sole imperfection in Dr. Strange's crystal battery, Salomé called on Oshtur and Hoggoth to aid her.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#75 - BTS) - On Earth and protected by his aetheric armor, Dr. Strange was pained by this, and he sensed his imminent death. Though he had initially intended to absorb Strange's energies in order to defeat Salomé, Dr. Strange chose not to end Strange's existence and instead sent Strange into the Dark Dimension to aid Clea.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#75) - As Dr. Strange returned to his Forge Canal, Salomé allegedly smelled his "fetid human carcass and her own magic, rotting him from within" and demanded he face her.

    Knowing he we weaker than when Salomé had previously defeated him (and that she was now backed by the Vishanti's power), Dr. Strange ambushed Salomé, stabbing her in the back with mystic sword.

    Turning to face Dr. Strange, Salomé mocked his use of mystic armor to conceal his decay and threatened to strip the flesh from his bones. When Sister Nil warned Strange that Salomé had done something to his Forge and Dr. Strange instructed her to flee, Salomé mocked his concerns and blasted Strange. She then called upon the Vishanti, "Harken now, immortal Vishanti. Your avatar is at the core! Nihility beckons your former servant, and Salomé would open the door!"

    Dr. Strange warned Salomé that briding his magic connection with Earth's Gaian aura to the non-dimension of Nihility would displace all of Earth's life into the void of non-being.

    Proudly noting that she had bent the Vishanti's spell to this end, Salomé advised Dr. Strange that the spell would only stop after he had been swallowed by its dimensionless maw, which was the only way he could save Earth.

    Sister Nil tackled Salomé, who cast her towards the maw, but Strange rescued Nil before turning his sword on Salomé, banishing each of her limbs to a different, non-contiguous realm, and causing her powers to hemorrhage from her stumps. As Dr. Strange taunted her, Salomé replenished her power by draining the her energies from him. However, this cleansed Dr. Strange of her contamination (which is what had prevented him from returning to Earth) and allowed him to be nourished with Earth's undiluted Gaian aura.salome-sorceress_supreme-docss75-blastedintoportal

    Thinking him helpless while her wings could keep her out of the maw, Salomé too late realized that she had exhausted the Vishanti's magic and that she was trapped in Nihility's inlet. Though she warned that he needed her to save the planet, Dr. Strange blasted Salomé, knocking her into the maw, in which she apparently perished in flames.

Comments: Created by David Quinn and Geoff Isherwood.

    Pronounced "Sah-lo-may."

    "In a time before Atlantis" is somewhat nebulous, but...

How old is Salomé?

When were the Fallen banished?
   I had thought the Blood were some sub-species of humanity, but my research doesn't confirm they were anything other than humans of certain occult powers; they call each other brethren, but we don't know that that is a literal term. Howard Mackie REALLY likes to keep things mysterious!

    In Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4, the Shrieking Rain Jihad assaulted the residents of a restaurant in the World Trade Center. This is clearly a topical reference, as only 13-15 years have passed in the Marvel Universe since the Fantastic Four's spaceflight until now, while approximately 50 years have passed in real time. Clearly the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings in 2001 takes place before the start of the modern era of the Marvel Universe.
    In the 25+ years that have passed in the real world since this story, 5-6 years have passed in the Marvel Universe.

    I was going to place Midnight Sons Unlimited#5 after Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#65 because Salomé created her Skin of Necromancy in #64, which continued directly into #65. However, in some stories, she refers to her SkinS of Necromancy, indicating there are more than one.

    In Marvel Comics Presents I#146/3, Salomé references Phoebetor in association with dreams. Phobetor (without that first “e”) is one of the sons of Somnus (aka Hypnos) who are also known as the Oneiroi (the Dreams), along with Morpheus and Phantasos.

    In Nightstalkers#17, Salomé was described as the first woman "in countless millennia -- perhaps ever -- to hold the vaunted position <of Sorcerer/ess Supreme"
    That was true of what was known at the time, but a few female Sorcerer Supremes have since been revealed, including one active around 40 years ago at the time of the the stories publication; with the sliding time scale, that's more like 60 years, but still not countless millennia; maybe Salomé just didn't know about the others. Regardless, it has since been revealed:

  Sarpedon...I'm not sure if Salomé's enemy was one of these guys, or someone else

Patriarchists...I'm not sure who is intended to be the enemy of Salomé

The historical Semiramis

    According to my on-line research (whatever that's worth), multiple sources note that Semiramis (whose real/original/Akkadian/Aramaic name was Shammurammat or Shammu-Rammat) was the wife of Assyrian King Shamshi-Adad V, who ruled from 824-811 BC. When the kind died, his son, Adad-Nirari III, was apparently very young. Some sources note that Semiramis ruled as regent for 5 years before Adad-Nirari was old enough to take over as ruler, while others note that she had considerable influence on her young son/king.

Here's some detailed information on the historical Semiramis, courtesy of the Ancient History Encyclopedia (www.ancient.eu/semiramis/), with minor edits:

Sammu-Ramat, more famously known as Semiramis, was the queen regent of the Assyrian Empire (reigned 811-806 BC) who held the throne for her young son Adad Nirari III until he reached maturity. She is also known as Shammuramat or Sammuramat. She was the wife of Shamshi-Adad V (reigned 823-811 BC) and, when he died, she assumed rule until Adad Nirari III came of age, at which time she passed the throne to him.

According to scholar Gwendolyn Leick, “This woman achieved remarkable fame and power in her lifetime and beyond. According to contemporary records, she had considerable influence at the Assyrian court." This would explain how she was able to maintain the throne after her husband’s death. Women were not admitted to positions of authority in the Assyrian Empire, and to have a woman ruler would have been unthinkable unless that particular woman had enough power to take and hold it.

This, however, is precisely the problem with Sammu-Ramat’s reign: there is very little information about what she did and how she went about doing it and some scholars refer to her simply as “an obscure Assyrian lady of the eighth century B.C. of whom we know nothing for certain except that she is named on an inscription as lady of the palace.” It would seem, however, that she was much more than that and, however little may be left to record her reign, there is enough to suggest that she was the equal of her predecessors and secured the kingdom after the death of her husband.

Semiramis' Ancestry

Shamshi-Adad V was the son of King Shalmaneser III and grandson of Ashurnasirpal II. Their successful reigns and military campaigns would have provided Shamshi-Adad V with the stability and resources to begin his own successful reign had it not been for the rebellion of his older brother. Shalmaneser III’s elder son, Ashur-danin-pal, apparently grew tired of waiting for the throne and launched a revolt against Shalmaneser III in 826 BC. Shamshi-Adad V took his father’s side and crushed the rebellion, but this took him six years to accomplish. By the time Ashur-danin-pal was defeated, much of the resources which Shamshi-Adad V would have had at his disposal were gone, and the Assyrian Empire was weakened and unstable.

Semiramis' Reign

It is at this time that Sammu-Ramat appears in the historical record. It is not known what year she married the king, but when her husband died and she took the throne, she was able to provide the nation with the stability it needed. Historians have speculated that, since the times seemed so uncertain to the people of Assyria, the successful reign of a woman would have engendered a kind of awe greater than that of a king because so unprecedented. She was powerful enough to have her own obelisk inscribed and placed in prominence in the city of Ashur. It read:

Stele of Sammuramat, queen of Shamshi-Adad, King of the Universe, King of Assyria, Mother of Adad Nirari, King of the Universe, King of Assyria, Daughter-in-Law of Shalmaneser, King of the Four Regions of the World.

What exactly Sammu-Ramat did during her reign is unknown, but it seems she initiated a number of building projects and may have personally led military campaigns. According to the historian Stephen Bertman, prior to Shamshi-Adad’s death, Sammu-Ramat “took the extraordinary step of accompanying her husband on at least one military campaign, and she is prominently mentioned in royal inscriptions.” After his death, she seems to have continued to lead such campaigns herself, although this, like much else in her reign, has been questioned. 

Whatever she did, it stabilized the empire after the civil war and provided her son with a sizeable and secure nation when he came to the throne. It is known that she defeated the Medes and annexed their territory, may have conquered the Armenians and, according to Herodotus, may have built the embankments at Babylon on the Euphrates River which were still famous in his time. What else she did, however, merged with myth in the years after her reign. The historian Susan Wise Bauer comments on this, writing:

The Babylonian princess Sammu-Ramat stepped into the place of power. A woman on the Assyrian throne: it had never been done before, and Sammu-Ramat knew it. The stele she built for herself is at some pains to link her to every available Assyrian king. She is called not only queen of Shamshi-Adad and mother of Adad-Nirari, but also “daughter-in-law of Shalmaneser, king of the four regions.” Sammu-Ramat’s hold on power was so striking that it echoed into the distant historical memory of a people just arriving on the scene. The Greeks remembered her, giving her the Greek name Semiramis. The Greek historian Ctesias says that she was the daughter of a fish-goddess, raised by doves, who married the king of Assyria and gave birth to a son called Ninyas. When her husband died, Semiramis treacherously claimed his throne. The ancient story preserves an echo of Adad-Nirari’s name in Ninyas, the son of the legendary queen; and it is not the only story to hint that Sammu-Ramat seized power in a manner not exactly aboveboard. Another Greek historian, Diodorus, tells us Semiramis convinced her husband to give her power just for five days, to see how well she could manage it. When he agreed, she had him executed and seized the crown for good.

These legends concerning Semiramis and her marriage to Ninyas (also known as Ninus) inspired still more tales of the queen's reign. According to the Gesta Treverorum (12th century AD), an account of the Germanic Treveri tribe, Semiramis even exerted influence over ancient Germania. According to the story, Ninyas had a son by an earlier marriage named Trebeta. Semiramis hated her stepson and saw him as a threat. After Ninus' death, she either exiled him or he, fearing for his life, left Assyria with a band of followers and eventually founded the city of Trier, which would become one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire

Other ancient accounts, such as those by Diodorus Siculus, also seem to have combined earlier accounts of Sammu-Ramat’s reign with myths and legends relating to the goddess Astarte and Ishtar/Inanna so that, in time, the historical queen became the mythical, semi-divine, Semiramis. This theory is contested, however, and there are those historians who claim Sammu-Ramat had nothing to do with the later figure of Semiramis and even those who claim that Sammu-Ramat never ruled as regent.

The historian Wolfram von Soden, to cite only one example, writes, “That Sammu-Ramat, the Semiramis of Greek literature, was temporarily regent after 810 BC cannot, however, be proven.” Von Soden is not alone in this opinion but other historians, such as Bauer, are just as adamant in their claims that Sammu-Ramat not only reigned over the Assyrian Empire but was the inspiration for the myths and legends surrounding Semiramis.

Semiramis in Literature

She remains, therefore, one of the more controversial figures from ancient history and has become more so since the 19th century AD when the Christian minister Alexander Hislop published his book The Two Babylons (originally in 1853 AD and a more popular edition in 1858 AD), linking Semiramis with the whore of Babylon from the biblical Book of Revelation, Chapter 17. Even though The Two Babylons is clearly anti-Catholic propaganda and has no claim to biblical or historical accuracy, it is still cited by certain protestant Christian works as an authority on the subject, and the book therefore contributes to the controversy surrounding Semiramis.

The book claims, to cite only two examples of biblical inaccuracy, that Semiramis was Nimrod’s wife, whereas Chapter 10 of Genesis says no such thing, and famously insists that Semiramis is the whore of Babylon when her name is nowhere mentioned in the Bible. The historical inaccuracies in the work are too numerous to mention. Even so, the book continues to exert a powerful influence over certain readers and their understanding of ancient history in general and Semiramis specifically.

Whether Sammu-Ramat was the model for Semiramis continues to be argued by modern historians, who often cite the same ancient inscriptions for their conflicting arguments, and it does not seem to be a debate that will be settled anytime soon. Based simply on the evidence of Sammu-Ramat being able to erect her own stele at the prestigious city of Ashur, however, it would appear she was a very impressive and very powerful Assyrian queen who was known to later generations as Semiramis.

Profile by Snood.
Special thanks to story writer David Sexton for providing clarification on several matters.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Salomé
should be distinguished from:


salome-sorceress_supreme-docss64-skin-imagesalome-sorceress_supreme-docss64-skinskin(s) of necromancy

    Carved from beings she had personally slaughtered, her Skins of Necromancy were mystical artifacts that allowed her to view distance objects and beings about which she wished to learn. 

(Midnight Sons Unlimited#5) - In the rafters of her Broadway theater, as Salomé used her skin of necromancy to seek out Dr. Strange's hidden refuge, she sensed Dr. Strange's associates, Michael Morbius and the Jack Russell werewolf (both of whom were mind-controlled by Modred the Mystic) slaughtering her entranced followers just outside the theater.

(Midnight Sons Unlimited#5 - BTS) - Salomé remotely observed as Modred and Wildpride convinced Morbius and Russell to join them against Salomé.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64) - In Times Square, Salomé met with her followers, bringing them into her 47th street theater, at which point she took her true form and swooped down at the, telling them to feed her their fear and to offer up their "worthless skins" for her divine mission.

=(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé apparently slaughtered her followers, flaying off their skin to create her "skin of necromancy."

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64) - Salomé used her skin of necromancy in an effort to locate Dr. Strange.

    As the skin showed the form of Strange, not realizing this was not actually Dr. Strange, Salomé sensed that he was somehow something more than he once was.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64 - BTS) - Salomé observed as Strange traveled to the ocean's depths in search of the Coral Crab.

Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64) - After observing as Strange was bitten in half by the Brilliant One (aka the Conqueror Worm; unleashed by the removal of the Coral Crab) and then flowed back together, Salomé realized this was not Dr. Strange.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#65 (fb) - BTS) - Observing via her skins of Necromancy, Salomé fed well on the havoc caused by Strange, Namor, and the Brilliant One.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#65) - Observing as Strange announced his intent to find his "other," Salomé wondered what this meant.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#65 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé observed as Namor relocated and attacked Strange anew.

(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#65 (fb) - BTS) - Salomé detected another manifestation of Strange's power, Strange's "other," Vincent Stevens, another aetheric doppelganger of Dr. Strange.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#65) - After Vengeance (Michael Badilino) arrived and attacked both Namor and Strange, Salomé was frustrated, as the total anarchy proved beyond her ability to manipulate. She then channeled elemental energy directly through Namor into Strange, agonizing him and causing him to drop the Coral Crab; however, Namor reclaimed the Crab and returned it to the ocean's depths.

(Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme#66) - Within her theater nest, Salomé -- still unable to locate Dr. Strange -- used her skins of necromancy to monitor Midnight Sons Blade, Morbius, and Vengeance as they discussed recent encounters with Strange.

    Believing they would bicker pointlessly for hours, Salomé teleported to her Nimrud base and rushed to her skins to look in on the Midnight Sons only to find them gone (having been summoned by Dr. Strange to his Forge Canal).


(Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4 (fb) - BTS) - Via her skins of necromancy, Salomé observed as the Shrieking Rain Jihad assaulted "the power breakfast club" within a New York skyscraper.

 (Blade: Vampire Hunter I#4) - Using leper's bones and rune stones, Salomé divined the destiny of others whose destinies were intertwined with hers, notably Blade.

(Blade: Vampire Hunter I#5) - As Blade fought off Varnae (who had just possessed the form of Night Terror (Carl Blake), Salomé watched remotely.

-- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64

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Marvel Comics Presents I#146/3, pg. 3, panel 1 (dream self)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61, pg. 2 (full; wings extend off panel)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4, pg. 8, panel 2 (full wings, shadowed)
        pg. 22, panel 1 (back view, showing wing attachments)
       pg. 28, panel 2 (face)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64, pg. 8, panel 4 (swooping down on sacrifices/prey);
    pg. 9, panel 3-4 (skin of necromancy - showing image and inactive);
    #65, pg. 8, panel 4 (spell);
    #66, last page (entangling Stevens in mystic vines);
Blade: Vampire Hunter I#4, pg 1 (rolling the bones);
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#71, pg. 20, panel 5;
    #74, pg. 7, panel 3 (full wings);
    #75, pg. 29, panel 1 (limbs cut off);
       pg. 34, panel 2 (cast into portal)


Appearances:
Ghost Rider/Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance#17 (December, 1993) - Howard Mackie (writer), Henry Martinez (pencils), Bud La Rosa (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Ghost Rider III#45 (January, 1994) - Howard Mackie (writer), Ron Garney (pencils), Chris Ivy (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Darkhold#16 (January, 1994) - Chris Cooper (writer), Rurik Tyler (pencils), Bob Downs & Malcom Jones III (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Midnight Sons Unlimited#4 (January, 1994) - D.G. Chichester (writer), John Hixon & John Bridges (pencilers), Bill Anderson, Rich Rankin, & Scott Koblish (inkers), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#146/3 (Late January, 1994) -
David Quinn (writer), Geoff Isherwood (artist), Michael Kraiger (assistant editor), Richard Ashford (editor)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#61 (January, 1994) - David Quinn (writer), Melvin Rubi (penciler), Fred Harper (inker), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Nightstalkers#17 (March, 1994) - Frank Lovece (writer), Ed Murr (penciler), Frank Turner (inker), Chris Cooper (editor)
Nightstalkers#18 (April, 1994) - Frank Lovece (writer), Doug Wheatley (penciler), Frank Turner (inker), Chris Cooper (editor)
Midnight Sons Unlimited#5 (April, 1994) - David Quinn (writer), John Hixon & Mark Tenney (pencilers), Scott Koblish, Andrew Pepoy, & Rich Rankin (inkers), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#64-66 (April-June, 1994) - David Quinn (writer), Melvin Rubi (penciler), Fred Harper (inker), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme Annual#4 (1994) - David Quinn (writer), Kyle Hotz (artist)
, Evan Skolnick (editor)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#67 (July, 1994) - David Quinn (writer), Tenney (penciler), Andrew Pepoy (inker), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#162/3-163/3 (Early-Late September, 1994) - Chris Cooper (writer), Reggie Jones (penciler/breakdowns), Fred Harper (inker/finishes), Michael Kraeger (assistant editor), Richard Ashford (editor)
Blade: Vampire Hunter I#4-5 (October-November, 1994) - Ian Edginton (writer), Douglas H. Wheatley (penciler), Steve Moncuse (inker), Chris Cooper (editor)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#71 (November, 1994) - David Quinn (writer), Peter Gross (artist), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#72 (December, 1994) - David Quinn (writer), Peter Gross (penciler), Peter Gross & Lee Sullivan (inkers), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#73 (January, 1995) - David Quinn (writer), Tenney (penciler), Andrew Pepoy (inker), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#74 (February, 1995) - David Quinn (writer), Steve Yeowell (artist), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme#75 (March, 1995) - David Quinn (writer), Mark Buckingham (penciler/breakdowns), Peter Gross (inker/finishes), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Marvel Tarot (2007) - David Sexton (writer/designer), Doug Sexton (technical consultant), Jeff Christiansen (continuity consultant), Michael Short & Cory Levine (assistant editors), Mark D. Beazley & Jennifer Grunwald (associate editors), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (hardcover) Vol. 7: Appendix: Magic (from the journals of Ian McNee) (May, 2009) - David Sexton (writer), Jeff Christiansen (head writer), Madison Carter, Mike Fichera & Stuart Vandal (coordination assistants), Jeff Youngquist & Jennifer Grunwald (editors)


First posted: 04/26/2020
Last updated: 04/26/2020

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