SHRINE

Real Name: Jago Marrak

Identity/Class: Human (British) mutant

Occupation: Intelligence agent

Group Membership: Black Air

Affiliations: Black Air

Enemies: Pete Wisdom

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Slaphead," "You Scab" (insults from Pete Wisdom)

Base of Operations: Dreams Nails

First Appearance: Excalibur I#90 (October, 1995)

Powers/Abilities: Shrine was a psychic capable of telepathically viewing the memories of others and forcing his victims to relive the viewed memories.

Height: 5'11" (by approximation)
Weight: 162 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: None

History: (Excalibur I#90 (fb) - BTS) - The telepathic Shrine became employed by the Black Air intelligence organization though he never participated on field missions. After former Black Air agent Pete Wisdom was captured while breaking into the Black Air base called Dream Nails, the psychic Shrine was tasked with field-testing the Blood Eagle Virus, which reacted to psychic stress by destroying flesh, on Wisdom by flooding the entire interrogation room with it, including infecting himself.


(Excalibur I#90) - As Wisdom regained consciousness, Shrine reminded Wisdom of his crimes, feeling as if the crimes should put out in the open before Wisdom was executed. Remaining vague as to whether Wisdom was still inside Dream Nails, Shrine introduced himself and suggested Wisdom try some of the Merlot wine Shrine had. When Wisdom immediately hurled one of his "hot knives" at Shrine and missed his target, Shrine calmly informed Wisdom that the room they were in had been flooded with a virus that reacted to psychic stress by destroying flesh, prompting Shrine's own calm nature. Shrine then revealed that he was a psychic in the employ of Black Air who had been tasked with testing the Blood Eagle Virus on Wisdom and that he planned to psychically pick through Wisdom's worst memories and force Wisdom to relive the memories to see how the Blood Eagle Virus would react. Shrine began his test by forcing Wisdom to relive the memory of a Black Air mission in which Wisdom witnessed a cult poisoning and attempted to steal the Heart of the Immortal artifact and when Wisdom painfully yelled "no!," Shrine suggested they relive the day Wisdom's mother had died instead. As Wisdom reacted painfully to the Blood Eagle Virus' flesh-eating in regards to Wisdom's psychic memories of his mother's death, Shrine admitted it wouldn't be long before the internal bleeding would start. Wisdom still remained defiant, however, and Shrine suggested they relive yet another painful memory from Wisdom's time with Black Air. Unfortunately for Shrine, however, he chose Wisdom's memories from an Antarctic Black Air mission in which Wisdom was forced to kill everyone involved, an act which unnerved even the sadistic Shrine. Admitting he had saved such a violent memory for Shrine to view, knowing it would bother him, Wisdom then began going over some of the more violent aspects of that particular memory, further disturbing Shrine, who began to feel the effects of the Blood Eagle Virus as well. Knowing that the "pencil-pushing" Shrine had never had to deal with an honest emotion in his life, Wisdom admitted that he had deliberately pushed that particular memory to the forefront of his mind as Shrine collapsed to the ground, affected by the Blood Eagle Virus. Wisdom, recovering from the Virus' effects himself, then poured Shrine's wine on Shrine's head as his powers began to resurface. Wisdom then generated several "hot knives" and fired them off, remarking that Shrine likely suspected Wisdom to be dead before the power-inhibitor injection had wore off. Wisdom then escaped the room, soon running into the similarly-captured Shadowcat, and when Shadowcat remarked on how bad Wisdom's face looked, Wisdom commented that she should see the other guy.

Comments: Created by Warren Ellis, Ken Lashley, David Williams, Carlos Pacheco, Larry Stroman, Tom Wegrzyn, Mike Miller and Cam Smith.

Shrine's real name was revealed in the updated Pete Wisdom Marvel Handbook entry in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC Vol. 13 (2010).

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Shrine has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Excalibur I#90, p13, pan2 (Shrine standing with wine glass, main image)
Excalibur I#90, p2, pan2 (Shrine, headshot)
Excalibur I#90, p11, pan3 (Shrine using his powers)


Appearances:
Excalibur I#90 (October, 1995) - Warren Ellis (writer), Ken Lashley, David Williams, Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Larry Stroman (pencils, inks), Tom Wegrzyn, Mike Miller, Cam Smith (inks), Suzanne Gaffney (editor)


First Posted: 03/31/2019
Last updated: 03/31/2019

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