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,
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)
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
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.
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)
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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