Real Name: Aeish (perhaps an English translation of her name)
Identity/Class: Alien (presumed alien dimension vs. extraterrestrial from a world in Earth's universe) magic-user
Occupation: Sorceress, (possibly former) ruler
Group Membership: None known
Affiliations: Her giant cats, her seemingly undead servants;
formerly Tigon Liger, Gregory O'Sullivan, and Perez
Enemies: Warhead Kether Troop (Stacy Arnheim, Misha Bushida, Colonel
Tigon Liger, Leona McBride, Gregory O’Sullivan, Perez), X-Force (Boom-Boom/Tabitha
Smith, Cable/Nathan Dayspring Askani'son, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie,
Domino/Neena Thurman, Feral/Maria Callasantos, James Proudstar,
indirectly Blackheart (as Misha's "voice")
Known Relatives: Three honeys (daughters; "right," "middle," and "left")
Aliases: "Witch" (from Stacy Arnheim)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
at least formerly a castle in an unidentified apparently mystic realm
First Appearance: Warheads#4 (September, 1992)
Aeish is a semi-humanoid woman with at least the known obvious organic
variation of gestating and delivering her babies through her neck.
Bulges develop in her neck, and then the fetus(es/i)'s face emerge(s)
through her skin, already speaking and possessing teeth, before forcing
their way out, leaving a sphincter-like wound that subsequently closes
up. Whether she is/was impregnated sexually or asexually (perhaps just
via magic accumulations) is purely speculative...and I prefer not to
speculate any further.
At least on one occasion, she developed female triplets that she exclusively referred to as "honeys."
Aeish and her children enjoy feeding on human flesh.
Aeish had a number of mystical abilities, most of which she utilized via her magic wand/staff. As the realm's mystic nature affected those traveling there, it is not certain how much Aeish performed on her own, how much utilized/manipulated the realm's properties, and how much she performed only via her magic staff.
Aeish's mystic staff/wand utilized a crystal that apparently originated on Earth in pre-Cataclysmic Atlantis. It grants her a number of magical abilities, including opening wormholes to transport herself and others across space and dimensions, causing others (particularly men) to serve her will and/or transform into savage forms to fight for her, sending others (particularly women) into a slumber, probing another's mind,
Aeish has a number of mystic tomes in her library; it seems like, but is unconfirmed, that her magic crystal/wand/staff facilitated her performance of various spells rapidly and without full incantations, etc.
However, it is unrevealed what her abilities and limitations are bereft of this crystal/wand/staff.
She rides a giant cat-like creature that can fly and obey verbal and/or mental commands from her. She rides atop the cat in a large golden saddle/stable platform with raised sides. She also commanded a number of other such cats that she used to attack her enemies and that she could summon, presumably via her wand.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'7")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 230 lbs.)
Eyes: Dark (perhaps black or brown)
(Warheads#6 (fb) - BTS) - Under unrevealed circumstances, apparently alien dimensional sorceress Aeish apparently obtained a crystal (or perhaps the whole wand/staff) that allegedly originated on Earth in pre-Cataclysmic Atlantis.
(Warheads#5 (fb) - BTS) - Aeish formed wormholes to bring others from other worlds to serve as her pawns and/or prey.
(Warheads#4 - BTS) - Seeking to plunder worlds of artifacts for their Mys-Tech employers, Warhead Kether Troop (Stacy Arnheim, Misha Bushida, Colonel Tigon Liger, Leona McBride, Gregory O’Sullivan, Perez) traveled to Aeish's world via a wormhole manufactured by Master Key. Meanwhile, X-Force (Boom-Boom, Cable, Cannonball, Domino, Feral, Proudstar) traveled there as well after Shatterstar fell through an apparently naturally formed wormhole. After a brief conflict between the two groups, the mystic Misha was guided by her voice (secretly the demon Blackheart) to make a mystic gesture while saying "enough," which transported them to "a place of power."
(Warheads#4) - There they confronted by Aeish and some servants riding atop a giant cat. While Aeish spoke in an alien language, Perez roughly translated her words as, "Oh goody: Dessert's arrived." Liger then order his troop to obliterate her, but Aeish unleashed a mystic blast from her staff/wand, which transformed their weaponry into alien creatures.
(Warheads#5 (fb) - BTS) - Aeish took mental control of the male Warheads -- Liger, Gregory, and Perez -- and had the female Warheads -- Stacy, Misha, and Leona -- bound in chains.
Meanwhile, the bumps on her neck progressed into the faces of her three children that were developing there.
(Warheads#5) - Her language now translated, Aeish taunted the chained women that it was so nice to have some humans for dinner and that it had been a while since any had entered one of her wormhole traps; and that if they had been much later, Aeish would have missed them altogether. When the right-most child-head asked why they were leaving, Aeish explained to her "honey" that they had to leave as soon as the children were born, as the magic of "this place" was unstable and the place of dying and unpredictable; she further noted that they could look at what it did to the men she controlled. When the right-most child-head asked if it could be born first, the middle child-head told it, "You get born first...bet you ugly as...snot." Aeish concluded, noting that they needed to find a new home, where a woman could tap the magic forces of the planet, and she was thinking of Earth.
Confronting Stacy, Aeish noted that some of the women, including this one, had a gift, and she looked into Stacy's mind, glimpsing the surfacing of Stacy's powers when she was 13 year-old, when she apparently subconsciously slew her father as he assaulted her mother. As Stacy considered that she had never wanted to hate like that again but that she hated this invasion and wanted it to stop, Aeish suffered a painful backlash. She noted Stacy's power, but Stacy warned her that she was dead. Aeish then departed with the men, advising the ladies that they would be back.
(Warheads#5 - BTS) - After Misha noted that Stacy had hurt the witch somehow, Leona used a pin from her hat to open the locks on their chains, freeing them. Figuring the men could get themselves out of trouble, they gathered as much "magic stuff" as they could and then be ready to leave.
Meanwhile, at the site to which they had arrived via the wormhole, X-Force fought the realm's giant cats, and while Cable began to suffer savage and violent urges, Feral suddenly projected fiery energy from her eyes, tearing through and killing one of the cats.
(Warheads#5) - Aeish then arrived, again riding atop her giant cat, along with the male Warheads. Using her wand, she magically cast a sleep spell on X-Force's female members -- Boom-Boom, Domino, and Feral -- as she "couldn't have them on the loose knowing how this place changed them"; and she sent the enslaved male Warheads to kill the X-Force men. With another blast from her wand and some alien language incantation, Aeish transformed the Warheads into more monstrous and savage forms, and the two teams fiercely fought.
When Feral awakened, Aeish sensed that her feline nature had allowed her to access the realm's energies, after which she used her want to take those energies from Feral and then told Feral to watch as the X-Force men began to transform as well. The right-sided child then announced that they were about to be born, and Aeish screamed as that child began to emerge. Although she begged her children "not now," as she couldn't control the men as the pain of childbirth broke her concentration, the right-child continued its bloody exodus and leapt to the ground. She then announced that they must return to their "home from home" before her new slaves fully came to their senses, but she swiftly realized that they (perhaps sensing the Warheads women's freedom and going through her mystic tomes) were stronger than she had realized, and she ordered her servants to her aid.
(Warheads#5 - BTS) - In Aeish's throne room, Misha --advised by her voice (Blackheart) -- sensed as Aeish was giving birth and that now was the time to act; she speculated that Stacy's mystic/mental backlash had expedited the childbirth. When Aeish's goblin servants confronted them, Stacy subconsciously released her power, nearly incinerating the creatures.
(Warheads#5) - Aeish screamed as the middle child began to force its way out of her, and it told her not to complain so much as it wanted to be born there. This further disrupted Aeish's concentration, and X-Force and the male Warheads continued to regain their own minds and forms (and Liger's gun, Clementine, was returned to its original form, as well), after which they resolved to unite against the witch. Aiesh summoned a trio of other giant cats (her "pets") to engage her would-be attackers while her cat flew away with her and her babies, but Clementine analyzed the cats and, having assimilated eldritch forces, fired a blast slaying all three of these cats.
(Warheads#5 - BTS) - Feeling rage re-building within him, Cable elected to take X-Force and return to Earth.
(Warheads#5) - Returning to her throne room, Aeish (now with only the left-sided child in her neck) announced that in a few more minutes she could deal with the female Warheads herself, but for the moment she used her staff to summon the male Warheads, whom she swiftly transformed back into savage form and sent to attack the women. However, using a page she had found in Aeish's library, Misha cast a spell that neutralized the spell, reverting the men back to normal. When Aeish told the Warheads that soon all of her honeys would be born and they could have their first taste of human flesh, Misha told Stacy that she had to use her powers on the daughters now, because once they were all born, they'd join to be invincible.
Not wishing to use her powers thusly, Stacy realized she had no choice, and so she focused on how much she hated this mother and her daughters, and she telekinetically caused the born daughters' heads to explode and the unborn daughter's head to be torn from its body. Aeish lamented the loss of her honeys and she vowed to return and have her vengeance once she had renewed her powers, but as she opened a wormhole with her staff and then began to warp away, Leona dove and tore the staff from her hands, leaving Aeish to impotently yell "Give that back, you...you human!" as the wormhole closed.
(Warheads#5 - BTS) - After Misha noted that the realm's magick had rejuvenated Stacy's latent powers, which would not disappear when they left, the Warheads returned to Earth.
(Warheads#6 (fb) - BTS) - Stacy and Misha used the wand to easily open wormholes.
(Warheads#6 (fb) - BTS) - Mys-Tech Techno-Wizard Brendan Rathcoole determined that Aeish's wand had come from "lost (presumably pre-Cataclysmic) Atlantis, and he had the crystal from the wand forged into a sword, which he believed could kill Mephisto.
(Warheads#6 - BTS) - After he and Rathcoole arrived in Darkmoor (where the Mys-Tech board had made a pact with Mephisto in 987 A.D.), Gregory O'Sullivan argued that Mys-Tech could save a large amount of money by using the wand as a key rather than a weapon, but Rathcoole dismissed this idea.
Rathcoole cast a spell summoning Mephisto and distracted him with a request to end his immortality while Gregory ambushed Mephisto, skewering him through the chest with the Crystal Sword. However, Mephisto had sensed Gregory's presence, as well as the fact that they had used a sword forged from the wrong Crystal Wand (the correct "sister" wand being hidden within Mephisto's realm).
Comments: Created by Nick Vince, Dave Taylor, and Cam Smith.
What a freaking weird character. Alien, human flesh-eating, giant-cat-riding sorceress who births already talking, standing, tooth-having, butt-ugly babies from her neck, and who uses a magic wand that apparently originated on Earth in pre-Cataclysmic Atlantis.
Nadayce seems like a good name for the realm in which the Warheads and X-Force encountered Aeish.
I will have to come back to this profile and either do a bunch of sub-profiles and/or some other profiles to cover the realm, the giant cats, Aeish's castle, the wand/sword, her servants, and maybe the honey girls...
This profile was completed 7/17/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Snood.
Aeish should be distinguished from:
Warheads#4 (September, 1992) - Nick Vince (writer), Dave Taylor (penciler), Cam Smith (inker), John Freeman (editor)
Warheads#5 (October, 1992) - Nick Vince (writer), Stuart Jennett (artist), John Freeman (editor)
Warheads#6 (October, 1992) - Nick Vince (writer), Stuart Jennett (artist), John Freeman (editor)
First posted: 09/05/2021
Last updated: 09/04/2021
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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