Real Name: Colin McKay
Identity/Class: Human mutant magical weapon (Swords of Sorcerous Might) user;
British citizen (Scottish)/naturalized Ee'rath (Earth-148) citizen
formerly personal trainer
Group Membership: Presumably Extraordinary
Intelligence Service (M.I.13) (see comments);
formerly Excalibur (Captain Britain/Brian Braddock, Cerise, Feron, Lockheed, Meggan Puceanu Braddock, Micromax/Scott Wright, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Phoenix/Rachel Summers, Shadowcat/Kitty Pryde, Widget/Kate Rasputin); Mindfullness for Mutant Appearances support group/RejeX (Beak/Barnell Bohusk, Bling!/Roxy Washington, Briquette, Domino/Neena Thurman, Doop, Eye-Boy/Trevor Hawkins, Maggott/Japheth, Marrow/Sarah, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Stacy X/Miranda Leevald, Thumbelina/Kristina Suggs, Toad/Mortimer Toynbee), Studio X (Amara Aquilla, Callisto, Celeste Cuckoo, Irma Cuckoo, Phillip "Scope" Marshall, Meggan Puceanu, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner)
Affiliations: Queen Ai'sha, Crazy Gang (Jester, Knave, Red Queen, Tweedledope), Dragon, Gryphon, Kamendae, Khaos, Kromm, Longstrider, Merlyn, Mock Turtle, Resistance Coordination Executive (Arthur/Nigel Orpington-Smythe, Dark Angel/Shevaun Haldane, Grace/Francesca Grace, Killpower/Julius Mullarkey, Tangerine; all Earth-811), Roma, Princess Sa'tneen, Dai Thomas, Technet (Bodybag, Chinadoll, Ferro2, Joyboy, Numbers, Scatterbrain, Thug, Waxwork), Quarto, Zz'ria
Enemies: Ahab (Rory Campbell; Earth-811), Doctor
Doom (Victor von Doom), Ghath,
Horsemen of Salvation (Bounty/Fred Dukes, Life/Ororo Munroe, Peace/Erik
Lensherr, Wellness/Arkady Rossovich), Luke, Necrom, Peter
(Nigel Orpington-Smythe), Sentinels (Earth-811), Sidestep
(Mike Russo), Vixen,
Vixen's agents (Harry, Santos, others), X-Man (Nate Grey) of Earth-295, zombified Excalibur-148
("Black Knight," "Spider-Man," "Thor," Yeoman UK/Brion Burdack);
formerly Mastermind Studios (Apate, Noriko Ashida, Phoebe Cuckoo, Julian Keller, Mastermind/Regan Wyngarde, others), Khaos, Resources Control eXecutive (Lodestone, Oak, Ocelot)
Known Relatives: Sa’tneen (chosen lifemate, deceased), Ai’sha (lifemate’s mother, deceased), unidentified parents, unidentified cousins
Base of Operations: Krakoa;
formerly Edinburgh, Scotland;
formerly Braddock Manor, England;
formerly Excalibur's lighthouse, England;
formerly Queen Ai'sha's court in exile, Ee'rath
Appearance: (as Colin) Excalibur I#2 (November 1988);
(as Kylun) Excalibur I#42 (October 1991)
Powers/Abilities: Kylun can precisely reproduce
any sound he hears so exactly that it can even fool voice recognition
software - he has been described as an "echomorph." It is unrevealed if
he could reproduce the full effects of sonic attacks such as the mutant
Banshee's sonic screams, but he is capable of picking loud sounds to use
in battle that can distract, frighten or disorientate his opponents.
It's also not clear the duration he can reproduce sounds for - in other
words, whether he is limited to short noises and phrases or whether he
could, for example, potentially reproduce an entire concert. It's also
unrevealed how much memory plays into this; he reproduced sounds that he
could have only heard briefly in the middle of a pitched battle,
suggesting that he might not have to be consciously aware of the sound
at the time he first hears it, but merely needs it to be within earshot.
He reproduces sounds of creatures from Ee'rath well after he returns to
Earth-616, so it seems he either has excellent audio recollection, or
can somehow store an unspecified number of sounds for a considerable
Kylun is an exceptionally skilled
swordsman, carrying mystic blades forged by the sorcerer Zz’ria that
can dissipate demonic forces, disrupt magic, and slice through the
hardest steel with ease, but which will pass through the pure and
virtuous without causing any harm. They can cut through almost any
substance, but other powerfully enchanted weapons, such as the Ebony
Blade or Mjolnir, can withstand them. Kylun carries his blades across
his back, presumably held in place by magic as he wears no visible
harness or sheathes.
Though he prefers fighting with
weapons, he is a skilled unarmed combatant too, and is not against using
firearms when the occasion calls for it, such as when he helped battle
Kylunis bilingual, speaking both English and the native language of Ee'rath (or, if there are many languages on Ee'rath, the one spoken in Ai'sha's court).
Weight: 170 lbs.
Eyes: Red slit pupils with orange irises (see comments)
Hair: Orange; formerly red/ginger
(Excalibur I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Visibly a mutant from early childhood thanks to his cat-like eyes,...
(Excalibur I#46 (fb)
- BTS) - Colin McKay's power to reproduce sounds perfectly had
emerged by the time he was seven.
(Excalibur I#63 (fb) - BTS) - Having a mutant son forced
his parents to be broad-minded.
(Excalibur I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Colin was kidnapped from his home...
(Excalibur I#46 (fb) - BTS) - in Edinburgh when he was seven by agents of the crime queen Vixen, who had heard of his powers.
I#2 (fb) - BTS) - The kidnappers told him his parents were dead, and
that they had been offered lots of money to take him. Colin tried
offering them all his own pocket money, a meager fifty pence, if
they'd let him go, but they simply laughed at him.
(Excalibur I#63 (fb) - BTS) - Vixen also told him that his
parents were dead, a cruel lie intended to rob the child of hope.
(Excalibur I#46 (fb) - BTS) - However, they were overconfident, and he managed to escape...
(Excalibur I#2 (fb) - BTS) - from one of the agents, Santos, whom Vixen subsequently punished in an unspecified but extremely cruel manner.
(Excalibur I#46 (fb)) - Having been transported to the far side of Scotland, well away from his home in Edinburgh, Colin hid in a derelict factory,...
(Excalibur I#2) - Gateway
Technologies, on the shores of Loch
Daemon, near a set of standing stones, an area long reputed to be
I#46 (fb)) - He was scared and lonely until
Widget magically appeared. The tiny metallic entity made Colin laugh and
played games with him, making him feel safe despite being cold and
(Excalibur I#2) - although Widget had a tendency to eat the scrap Colin tried to improvise as game equipment. However, late in the night, Vixen's men tracked Colin to the factory. They spotted Colin but not Widget as they entered,...
(Excalibur I#2/Excalibur I#46 (fb)) - but the boy managed to evade them momentarily, though he feared it was inevitable that they would eventually recapture him. Widget came to his rescue, forming a doorway through which he could vanish.
(Excalibur I#2) - Vixen's men heard Colin cry out in excitement at the gateway's appearance, but by the time they found the arch formed by Widget as a frame for its interdimensional portal, Colin and the portal had both disappeared.
(Excalibur I#46 (fb)) -
Stepping through the portal, Colin found himself on the ice plains of
Ee'rath (Earth-148). The locals regarded his arrival as a good omen and
took him to the exiled royal household of Queen Ai'sha, who placed the
child in the care of her counselor, the mystic Zz'ria. The mage trained
Colin to be a warrior, his name modified/mispronounced by the locals to
become Kylun. Zz'ria presented his student with
twin blades he had forged, enchanted so neither man nor magic could
withstand their razor edge, able to easily slice through most materials,
but with a second precautionary spell to make them unable to harm anyone
of true virtue and pure spirit.
(Excalibur I#46 (fb) - BTS) - Kylun heard the legend of
the blue demon that had emerged from the Tower That Crosses Time just as
Queen Ai'sha was being deposed, a bad omen heralding the enslavement of
(Excalibur I#46 (fb)) - When he reached adulthood he chose the image of Widget as his totem, and pledged his heart to the Queen's daughter, Sa'tneen.
I#46 (fb) - BTS) - In
total, Kylun lived on Ee'rath for twenty years, unaware that due to time
not be consistent across the dimensional planes of the multiverse only a
few months had passed on Earth-616.
(Excalibur I#42 (fb) - BTS) - His fame spread across
Ee'rath, though many thought he was only a legend.
(Excalibur I#48 (fb) - BTS) - Kylun had experience
fighting inanimate matter given a semblance of life by magic, as it was
one of the devilish feats Necrom deployed against his foes.
(Excalibur I#46 (fb)) - Kylun's happiness was not to last. The sorcerer usurper Necrom who had deposed the Queen was fearful of the growing strength of the exiled monarch's army so he launched a surprise attack on her settlement, massacring the Queen, Zz'ria, and thousands of royal supporters, and capturing hundreds of others, including Sat'neen. Badly wounded, Kylun was left for dead...
(Excalibur I#46 (fb)
- BTS) - but he survived.
(Excalibur I#42) - Kylun found one of Necrom's druids threatening a small settlement. Having already burned their homes, the druid informed the residents that they must follow Necrom or die where they stood, but Kylun interrupted the villain, informing him that it was not polite to threaten people. Recognizing Kylun, the druid proclaimed he would scorch the flesh from the warrior's bones, but Kylun dodged his firebolt and slew his foe with a thrown dagger while echoing Dirty Harry's catchphrase "Go ahead punk, make my day." As the druid's corpse melted away, Kylun mimicked Porky Pig, "Th-th-that's all folks" and introduced himself to the stunned but grateful locals. Informing them that he was only man but it would take an army to breach Necrom's tower and defeat the tyrant, he asked them to join him, as they had nothing left there. The people gladly agreed, asking him to teach them to fight and lead them to freedom. Kylun agreed that victory would be theirs, and Excalibur would pay for the devastation they had unleashed on this world (see comments).
(Excalibur I#46 (fb) - BTS) - Kylun rallied a new army to oppose Necrom.
(Excalibur I#43 (fb) - BTS) - The army grew daily.
(Excalibur I#43) - Kylun led his army in rescuing Sa'tneen from a procession of druids and their armored retinue transporting her to be sacrificed on Necrom's altar, slaying the lead druid before the villain could murder Sa'tneen to prevent her being freed. Joyfully reunited, the couple shared a passionate kiss, cheered on by their jubilant forces. When he told her how swiftly their numbers were growing, she urgently informed him that time was of the essence as Necrom was planning a sorcerous coup that threatened all creation. Kylun reassured his love that they would defeat Necrom, as the good guys always win, prompting her to response that she prayed he was right, or else the whole multiverse would perish.
(Excalibur I#44) - Kylun and Sa'tneen led their army in rebellion against Necrom's forces, fighting many brutal battles, always to be found where the conflict was thickest.
(Excalibur I#45 (fb) - BTS) - The rebel army grew while
Necrom's once mighty forces were whittled down.
(Excalibur I#45) - Kylun and Sa'tneen's forces fought a final battle against what little remained of the enemy forces, seeking to breach Necrom's last stronghold, his dark citadel. Finally the defenders crumbled under the onslaught, and the rebels poured into the building. Sa'tneen urged Kylun to hurry, sensing Necrom had retreated to the Chamber of Infinity, hoping to flee across the multiverse now that his current diabolical scheme had been thwarted. Kylun realized that their progress suddenly felt too easy and that they were getting too far ahead of the rest of their forces, just before they entered an inner chamber and a door slammed down behind them, separating them from the other rebels. Turning back to the room, they were greeted by Necrom, flanked by a demon, and the mage informed them he had wanted to meet the leaders of the rebellion that had cost him so dearly before he departed Ee'rath. He informed them their cause was lost, and when Sa'tneen rebutted this by stating that Ee'rath was now free of his tyranny, Necrom boasted that he had drained their insignificant world dry, leaving it a dying husk, and that he was playing for the ultimate prize, the power of the multiverse. Brandishing his blades, Kylun told him to dream on, but Necrom made it clear he had no intention of fighting the warrior personally. Noting that Kylun had rallied his army with the promise to kill Necrom and those Kylun had called traitors, the guardians of Ee'rath known as Excalibur, Necrom informed his foe that he was too late for the latter; Excalibur never betrayed Ee'rath, and had been slain opposing Necrom. With a wave of Necrom's hand, the animated corpses of Excalibur erupted from beneath the ground to confront the shocked rebel leaders.
(Excalibur I#46) - While Sa'tneen battled the "Black
Knight" and "Spider-Man," Kylun took on Yeoman U.K. and "Thor." Noticing
even as she parried the "Knight's" sword and smashed his helmet from his
mummified face that Necrom was straining with concentration, Sa'tneen
realized Excalibur were not controlled zombies but mindless shells
Necrom was animating with his mind, she dropped her guard to the two
corpses and fired a blast of magic. Forced to swiftly raise a defensive
shield, his concentration slipped, and all four cadavers crumbled
instantly, so swiftly turning to ash that Kylun lost his footing.
Turning as he rose, he found Sa'tneen between him and Necrom, the gap
between the two sorcerers bridged by the lethal energies each was
discharging towards the other. Even as Kylun lunged forward, Sa'tneen
was overwhelmed and engulfed by Necrom's attack. Catching her with his
right arm as she collapsed, Kylun threw his left-hand sword at Necrom,
striking the despot square in the upper chest. With his foe down, he
focused on Sa'tneen, cradling her as he prayed for her to live. He felt
her spirit touch his, and their essences merged briefly in a final
communion to bid one another farewell, then he felt her life force fade,
leaving an gaping vacuum inside him. Grief momentarily washed over him,
but the sound of metal striking stone alerted him to his thrown sword
hitting the ground, and he turned to see Necrom being helped to his feet
by his demon. Filling with rage to see Sa'tneen's murderer still lived,
Kylun raced after them, snatching up his second blade as he pursued them
into the chamber that contained the Tower That Crosses Time. Ignoring
the legends that it was doorway to worlds of insanity, he closed on the
fleeing Necrom as the mage and his demon passed through a doorway. It
closed behind them, but Kylun crashed through it only a couple of
Kylun burst through the splintered door into a bathroom containing a blue-skinned, seemingly demonic being (Nightcrawler-616) innocuously brushing its teeth. As it exclaimed with shock in a strange, gutteral and warlike language he did not recognize, Kylun recalled the legends of the blue demon that had heralded Ee'rath's downfall and lunged without hesitation, but despite its surprise, the close quarters, and having a leg restrained by a cast, his new opponent proved surprisingly agile, successfully dodging several otherwise lethal blows. However, eventually his skill prevailed while its luck ran out, and with its back to a tiled wall, Kylun's left blade sliced clean through its neck. To both parties' shock, while the wall behind the creature and even its walking stick were cut clean through, its neck was unharmed, and Kylun realized that Zz'ria's enchantment had saved it, meaning his opponent must good. Putting away his swords, Kylun tried to speak to his erstwhile target in the languages of Ee'rath, but the confused blue man responded in a tongue Kylun had not heard in decades: English! Shocked, Kylun asked his new acquaintance's name and where he was, learning he had attacked Nightcrawler and was in Excalibur's lighthouse in England. Struggling to process this news, another blast from the past hit Kylun as Widget entered the room via the shattered doorway, confirming to Kylun that he was finally home, and both he and Widget reacted with joy to be reunited.
(Excalibur I#46 - BTS) - With the
situation calmed and Kylun's reasons for his initial hostility
explained, Nightcrawler promised to help Kylun track Necrom
(Excalibur I#46) - Kylun told Nightcrawler his story, from his kidnapping by Vixen's men to Widget sending him to Ee'rath to growing up there and finally to the battle with Necrom that had led him back to his home reality. Nightcrawler then showed him a petrified, shrunken figure, which Kylun initially thought to be a tiny statue of Necrom's demon. Nightcrawler explained that it was the actual beast, shrunken by another of the lighthouse's inhabitants, China Doll, ten days earlier, and revealed that another resident, Bodybag, had witnessed Necrom and the demon's arrival over a month ago, though at the time the lighthouse's residents had assumed their arrival was merely one more manifestation of unusual phenomena that plagued their home. Because time flowed differently in the two realities, Necrom had gained a lengthy head start over Kylun, and could in theory be anywhere. Nightcrawler promised to help Kylun find him, especially as yet another of the lighthouse's residents, Joyboy, had gone missing shortly after Nightcrawler and his associates, the Technet, had encountered then defeated the demon while it was attempting to steal artifacts from a museum.
(Excalibur I#46 - BTS) - Nightcrawler introduced Kylun to the Technet, staying in the lighthouse as guests of the main residents, the superhero team Excalibur.
(Excalibur I#46) - An alarm ringing drew everyone down the cellar, but to the Technet's relief, it appeared to have been triggered by Widget, who had grown itself a gangly body with legs of mismatched lengths, so that it was now stumbling around in circles. Mistaking their commentary at this discovery for mockery of his friend, Kylun bristled, but Nightcrawler clarified they were only relieved the emergency had been a false alarm...just before an explosion sent everyone flying. As the stunned group glanced up, an insectile-headed figure loomed over them shouting something in an alien tongue, with one hand raised and glowing menacingly.
(Excalibur I#47) - The Technet leapt into battle against
the newcomer, but Kylun held back, pointing out to Nightcrawler that it
was fighting defensively, deflecting the Technet's attacks without
retaliating, and Nightcrawler concurred, adding that they would have
tried communicating first had the Technet not been so precipitous.
Luckily the escalating situation was defused by the sudden appearance of
dozens of tiny dragons, this unexpected occurrence distracting all the
combatants long enough for Nightcrawler to intervene and calm the
situation. The dragons proved to be the newly hatched offspring of one
of the Technet, Numbers, and his draconic lover, while the "insectoid"
being turned out to be a mostly humanoid woman wearing bug-like armor.
Identifying herself as Cerise, she apologized for the misunderstanding,
explaining that the explosive nature of her arrival had been outwith her
control, and Nightcrawler in turn introduced the Technet and Kylun to
Cerise explained to her new acquaintances
that she had been transiting hyperspace when interdimensional anomalies
had pulled her off course, causing her to materialize in the lighthouse.
Moments later, Kylun noticed a light blinking on her armor's gauntlet,
and queried what it signified. Glancing at it, Cerise noted that her
transit suit had detected a space-time anomaly outside the lighthouse,
so Kylun and the group raced outside to discover yet more strange
looking individuals had appeared there. Kylun, Cerise and Nightcrawler
watched in confusion as the Technet's Numbers conversed in an alien
tongue with the newest arrivals' leader, a lupine-looking
cyborg, a discussion that ended with a handshake between them.
Thug of the Technet explained that the visitors were interdimensional (he
said intergalactic, but he meant interdimensional) mercenaries
who had offered the Technet a contract, and the Technet hastily prepared
to depart with their new employers. Reminding Thug of the missing
Joyboy, Nightcrawler asked why they were rushing to depart, and Thug
informed the shocked Nightcrawler, Kylun and Cerise that the new
arrivals had predicted this Earth would cease to exist in the next
seventy-eight hours. Before the trio could process this revelation, the
Technet and the newcomers teleported away. The resultant light show had
just abated when two of Nightcrawler's Excalibur teammates, Meggan and
Phoenix, flew down next to them. Nightcrawler introduced them to Cerise
and Kylun, and since Cerise had voluntarily spouted off a declaration of
her superhuman abilities, Phoenix asked Kylun what his were, but before
he could respond a portal appeared behind him and disgorged yet another
of Excalibur, Captain Britain (Brian Braddock), just returned from
Otherworld. Once again introductions were made, with Cerise again
volunteering a break down of her powers, prompting Captain Britain this
time to inquire the same info from Kylun. However, the warrior had grown
frustrated at the constant distractions and instead insisted that they
needed to start hunting for Necrom. Since his teammates had never heard
the name before and so reacted with confusion, Nightcrawler began
explaining recent events to them.
(Excalibur I#48 (fb) - BTS) - Excalibur received a call
from their final member, Shadowcat, that a mysterious force had been
detected at an underground dig she was visiting with scientist Alistaire
Stewart in County Sligo, Ireland, and the group, including Kylun and
Cerise, boarded Excalibur's jet to race to their assistance.
(Excalibur I#48) - As Nightcrawler piloted the jet over
the dig site, the rest of Excalibur bailed out, with Captain Britain
carrying a nervous Kylun to the ground. Shadowcat explained that ground
penetrating radar had discovered a sealed cuboidal chamber deep under
the ground, within which something humanoid appeared to be moving
despite the chamber having been undisturbed since prehistory. While
Shadowcat phased with Phoenix down into the chamber to investigate,
Meggan, Captain Britain and Cerise worked in concert to excavate a route
down to it, leaving everyone else, Kylun included, with nothing to do
but watch and wait. As a storm began raging around them, Kylun stated
that he felt there was so much evil concentrated around them, and
declared he sensed Necrom's hand in events. The diggers finally broke
through into the chamber, and the witnesses above ground were caught by
surprise as an energy being, the Anti-Phoenix, burst forth. It raced
through the sky to a nearby hill where it confronted a newly arrived
individual, the mystic Feron, who had been raised by local monks to
battle it. While Feron did his best to battle it, Excalibur raced to join
the fight, with those capable of flight arriving within moments, so the
Anti-Phoenix raised a force of rock creatures from the earth with a
swipe of its hand. Though easily able to smash the creatures, Meggan and
Captain Britain discovered that they swiftly began reforming, and worse,
the pieces could engulf and trap the heroes as they did so. Feron and
Cerise began to be encased, Meggan was caught in a rocky grip, and
Captain Britain struck down by a stone fist, just before the running
Kylun finally arrived. Where physical attacks had failed, the mystic
swords of Zz'ria proved much more effective, easily slicing through the
rock creatures, freeing the captives unharmed while dissipating the
motivating force, so that the creatures reverted to harmless rock and
mud. With the Anti-Phoenix having escaped during the battle, Feron
requested to join Excalibur as they returned to their lighthouse to use
its tracking devices to locate the creature.
En route in their jet, Cerise and Meggan
expressed their admiration for Kylun's prowess in the fight against the
rock creatures, and Cerise enquired as to whether he had other abilities
than just his swordsmanship, prompting Meggan to ask what his mutant
power was. Embarrassed, Kylun admitted that his power was insignificant
compared to theirs, and as such was not something he liked to speak
about. However, when they began speculating that perhaps he was
superfast, superagile, superstrong or had enhanced healing, he finally
reluctantly admitted that he could exactly reproduce any sound, and at
their prompting replayed a string of sounds from their recent battle
with growing gusto, leaving them momentarily speechless. Suddenly
embarrassed, Kylun stopped, and visibly deflated when Captain Britain
responded that it was no wonder Kylun needed to carry swords. However,
his spirits instantly recovered as Captain Britain admitted he had been
joking, adding that Kylun's fighting skills were all the more impressive
for not being enhanced by powers.
Reaching the lighthouse, the team was shocked
to see a string of headless robotic bodies outside, and followed them
into the building to discover these were remnants from a progression of
evolving bodies Widget had been growing for itself, until they finally
found Widget's final, partially ethereal humanoid form, hovering
seemingly inert amidst a sea of abandoned older robot bodies. Kylun
expressed concern for his old friend, but Nightcrawler suggested he not
get too close, as they did not yet know what they were dealing with. The
next second, Phoenix sensed that far away the Anti-Phoenix had bonded
with Necrom, and told her shocked teammates that the empowered mage was
now coming for her.
(Excalibur I#49) - At Phoenix's revelation that Necrom
had let her see he was coming for them, Feron berated her for not
stopping Necrom from joining with the Anti-Phoenix and claiming he alone
possessed the knowledge to stop the entity, but this angered Kylun into
pointing out that Necrom had only barely escaped his swords during their
last encounter. Their argument was interrupted by as the interface
between realities briefly blurred again, and momentarily Calibur
of Reality-924 appeared above them all, battling the gigantic Keng. As
quickly as they appeared they vanished again, never even spotting
Excalibur and their allies below. Kylun was perturbed how blithely
Excalibur accepted this, but Captain Britain assured him such
occurrences were common in the lighthouse. Alistaire wondered if the
time distortions were somehow connected to Widget, but Nightcrawler
pointed out the Necrom situation was more pressing, and suggested they
divide into groups to prepare their battle strategy.
Feeling he owed
Widget his life, Kylun elected to watch guard over his old friend and
give him what little time he had before Necrom struck. Alistaire stayed
to examine the abandoned robot bodies, and was so engrossed in this that
he failed to notice further interdimensional manifestations, as Adam
Warlock of Reality-97449 battling some sort of vampiric creature (possibly Skrull) swooped by the heads of a
surprised Kylun and Shadowcat's alien pet dragon Lockheed. Watching in
shock as the two combatants vanished in a flash of light, Kylun turned
towards Alistaire asking if he too had witnessed the same bizarre
vision, only to see a host of different cross-reality versions of
Alistaire standing next to each other. Kylun screwed his eyes shut for a
moment, and when he re-opened them only the Earth-616 Alistaire
remained. With Alistaire oblivious to what had just happened, Kylun
momentarily wondered aloud if he might being going mad and have imagined
the visitations, but Nightcrawler, just now returning in the company of
the rest of Excalibur, confirmed that he had seen them too. Noting that
the frequency of cross-time interfaces seemed to be occurring,
Nightcrawler ordered them to evacuate the lighthouse. When Alistaire
asked what they should do about the inert Widget, Shadowcat replied to
leave him, since he might the cause of the problem, prompting Kylun to
come to his friend's defense and insist this had to be Necrom's work.
Moments later Kylun and the others watched bemusedly as Captain Britain suddenly physically expanded, becoming almost freakishly muscular, then more trans-reality visitors began appearing and disappearing again with increasing rapidity; checking her armor's sensors, Cerise concluded that something, perhaps Widget, was creating a stable zone around the group by counteracting the growing temporal distortion. As Nightcrawler wondered aloud what could be causing the disruption to begin with, a voice behind him claimed credit. Turning, Kylun exclaimed as he recognized Necrom, not yet physically at the lighthouse but manifesting a burning projection of his face in the air ahead of his actual arrival. Gloating, the sorcerer informed them that the alternate Earths were being compressed into a singularity, and that he would only spare their world from annihilation if Phoenix yielded the Phoenix Force to him.
I#50) - Tiring of the threats, Kylun sprung forward, vowing to die
fighting, and he stabbed the psychic projection through the eyes with his
enchanted blades, causing it to scream in agony and vanish. Around
Excalibur the convergence intensified, with more and more beings from
other realities phasing in and out around them. Informing them that he
could sense Necrom outside on the cliff overlooking the lighthouse and
that only he was capable of facing the villain, Feron impulsively flew
off. Kylun shouted to Nightcrawler that he would protect the impetuous
youth and pursued before Nightcrawler could stop him.
Catching up with
Feron outside, Kylun counseled him to be wary of Necrom's power, and
when Feron overconfidently declared himself unafraid, Kylun tried to tell
him of the evils Necrom had perpetrated while on Ee'rath, but before he
could finish Necrom himself added an additional crime to Kylun's list,
interrupting their conversation to interject that he had also slain
Sa'tneen. Feron fired a magical energy bolt at Necrom, who deflected it
with ease and responded with his own, which Feron struggled to block
while Kylun watched, too distant from Necrom to be able to attack his
nemesis. As they remained pinned down, a helicopter flew overhead, and
the size-changing hero Micromax, who had fought Necrom in London,
dropped from it, growing into a giant just before he landed on the
sorcerer's head. However, now bolstered by the Anti-Phoenix's power,
this merely inconvenienced Necrom and knocked him to the base of the
cliff. With his foe now reachable, Kylun surged forward while Cerise,
flying out of the lighthouse, used her solid-light powers to snatch
Micromax away from Necrom's counterattack. Before Kylun could slice
Necrom apart with his blades, however, the mage launched into the air and
swiftly flew over him into the lighthouse via the top floor observation
dome. Kylun immediately gave chase, passing by the original Excalibur
members as they physically merged so they could travel to Otherworld to
end the reality-threatening interdimensional convergence.
Kylun found the lighthouse interior was now a disorienting and shifting landscape of alien mirages. Dodging a unicycle-riding lawman, Kylun suspected Necrom was using the insanity to conceal himself, when he heard a familiar voice. Turning, he saw Sa'tneen walk through the doorway by which he had only the day before entered Earth-616. He exclaimed in shock that she had died, but she informed him she had merely been sorely wounded, and had used her magic to restore herself. Moving forward, she tried to convince him she was real by caressing his face, then embraced him. Realizing this was merely Sa'tneen's corpse, desecrated by Necrom animating it, Kylun accepted her embrace, apologizing and stating that he loved her more than life itself, then stabbing the corpse with one blade to disrupt the possession while whirling round to slice with the second, having correctly anticipated that Necrom was trying to catch him unawares. His strike cut Necrom across the right eye, and as the mage recoiled in pain Kylun taunted him that he couldn't be as powerful as he claimed if he had to resort to such a desperate ploy. Necrom insisted he still had the strength to kill Kylun as he fired a bolt of mystic energy, but Kylun easily parried it, noting that the sorcerer's encounter with Feron and Micromax had left him drained, and concluding that Necrom feared the blades of Zz;ria. As they continued to fight, Necrom cursed his foe, noting that he would soon possess the Phoenix Force, since Phoenix would have to release it to halt the convergence, but Kylun pointed out that the cross-dimensional manifestations had now stopped, meaning that the convergence had already been stopped. Now sensing that Phoenix had departed to Otherworld, Necrom teleported himself after her, ignoring Kylun's demands he stay and fight.
With Necrom now beyond his reach and the corpse of his lover lying at his feet, the grief Kylun had suppressed while pursuing his vengeance now overwhelmed the warrior and he collapsed to his knees, holding Sa'tneen and crying uncontrollably.
(Excalibur I#50 - BTS) - Necrom pursued Phoenix to
Otherworld and beyond, and after an epic battle Phoenix defeated Necrom
by giving him what he had wanted, overloading and destroying him by
letting him take the Phoenix Force into himself. Informed hat their
lighthouse was a cross-dimensional focus created by Merlyn, with linked
counterparts such as Ee'rath's Tower That Crosses Time all through the
multiverse, Excalibur destroyed the Otherworld version at the behest of
Merlyn's daughter Roma, who worried her father would abuse this power.
Since this destruction was echoed by every version of the Tower across
the multiverse, Merlyn's daughter Roma magically sent everyone near any
version of the Tower in any reality, including Kylun and Excalibur's
other allies, an irresistible impulse to get clear. Taking Sa'tneen's
remains with him, Kylun joined the others in boarding Excalibur's jet
and then flew off before the lighthouse collapsed.
(Excalibur I#50) - They flew to Captain Britain's old home, Braddock Manor, where they met the newly returned Excalibur, and Kylun carried Sa'tneen's remains, now wrapped in a shroud, into the team's new home.
(Excalibur I#51) - After resting for the night and much of the next day, Kylun, Cerise, Brian and Meggan shared breakfast in the Manor's kitchen, and Brian made it clear that both of the newcomers were welcome to stay, as the manor had plenty of room. Their chat was interrupted by Alistaire Stewart with news that dinosaurs were reported to be wandering around Brighton, but by the time they checked the television for themselves, the dinosaur problem had been dealt with.
(Excalibur I#55 (fb) - BTS) - Brian allowed Kylun to
put Sa'tneen's body to rest in the Manor's grounds, next to where the
Captain's parents were buried.
(Excalibur I#68 (fb) - BTS) - While staying at the manor, Kylun made a point of visiting Sa'tneen's grave at sunrise and spent an hour sitting by it, meditating on how she had enriched his life as a way of honoring her memory.
(Excalibur I#63 (fb) - BTS) - Kylun
repeatedly dreamed of saving Sa'tneen, blocking Necrom's fatal assault
before it struck his lover and then slaying the villain, only for the
dream to turn nightmare as Sa'tneen crumbled into a desiccated corpse
when he tried to embrace her.
I#54 (fb)) - When the twenty-seven senior citizen inhabitants of a small
English village vanished without trace, Dai Thomas called in Captain
Britain and Meggan's help, and Kylun and Cerise opted to lend a hand
too. Sensing where the residents had gone, Meggan suddenly rushed off,
swiftly followed by her three compatriots, even when she abruptly dived
down a narrow pothole.
(Excalibur I#54 (fb) - BTS) - They found themselves in a version of Alice's Wonderland generated by the no-longer-missing Joyboy of the Technet in conjunction with the Crazy Gang's Red Queen, but shaped by their mood and perception.
(Excalibur I#54) - Kylun went fishing in the company of the Gryphon and Mock Turtle...
(Excalibur I#54 - BTS) - and was pleasantly surprised to
catch seven trout with just a bent pin and a worm.
(Excalibur I#54) - Pleased with his catch, he rejoined his teammates, and, after confirming that the "kidnapped" villagers had actually willing guests of the Crazy Gang, who meant no harm, they agreed to leave the former villains in peace.
(Excalibur: XX Crossing) - Seeking to prove his worth to prospective employer Doctor Victor von Doom, Sidestep the chronological assassin targeted Excalibur, who had caused Doom trouble recently (shortly prior to Kylun's joining). When the team turned up for a rare public appearance in London, Sidestep used his alien technology to capture their life essences and hold them in stasis, then shunted them to different time periods to battle brainwashed and similarly time-displaced members of the original X-Men. Deciding Kylun looked primeval, Sidestep sent him to the "dawn of time," an ice age where he faced Iceman. His literally-juvenile opponent taunted Kylun by throwing snowballs at him, his frozen form effectively invisible against the snow, but Kylun used his well-honed hunting skills combined with cunning, replicating his foe's giggling to trick his enemy into enunciating a confused gasp at the wrong moment and so revealing his position. Grabbing Iceman by the throat, Kylun stated he recognized the X-Man from watching the news as a child, but the brainwashed Iceman, attuned to their current temporal period, lacked the concept of language, so he couldn't answer Kylun's questions about how they had come to arrive there. Before Kylun could press further, the pair were attacked by a hungry theropod dinosaur. Kylun shoved Iceman out of the way of its attack, and was prepared to face it alone, but Iceman came to his assistance, freezing the creature's jaws shut. Kylun then leapt on its muzzle and stabbed it through the brain, killing it. Monitoring from afar, Sidestep noticed the pair had become allies, so he returned them to stasis.
Each of his other pairings similarly ended without the fatalities Sidestep had hoped for, so he brought both teams to Doom's throne room. No longer brainwashed and seeing the similarly kidnapped Professor X lying seemingly dead on the floor at Excalibur's feet, the X-Men presumed them enemies and attacked. Kylun avoided the Beast's lunge and dodged Cyclops' optic blast, but Marvel Girl telekinetically snatched his swords from him. Moments later Nightcrawler ripped away from Sidestep the alien vest that gave him his powers, shunting everyone back home.
(Excalibur I#55) - Preparing to leave Braddock Manor to find his family, Kylun first visited Sa'tneen's memorial on the grounds, with Cerise deciding to tag along. Finishing a silent goodbye to his lost love, Kylun commented how beautiful the location was, and that it was kind for Brian to let him bury Sa'tneen next to Brian's parents. Unused to the concept of emotionally bonding with others, the alien Cerise asked Kylun if he missed Sa'tneen, and Kylun confirmed he did more than he could express in words. Cerise then expressed curiosity as to how Kylun could leave his new friends then if bonding was so important. He explained that he had family whom he had to inform he was still alive, though he admitted being worried how he would be received, given that he had vanished only a year ago as a freckled faced child, and was now returning a vastly changed adult. Cerise suggested he should at least stay long enough to attend a party the team were hosting for friends that night at the Manor, and bid his teammates a proper farewell, but Kylun sadly glanced at Sa'tneen's marker and stated that he wasn't in the mood for frivolities. Asking Cerise to tell Kurt he would be in touch, Kylun said farewell and walked away.
(Excalibur I#63 (fb) - BTS) - Kylun hid his blades from
prying view by carrying them in a fishing rod case slung over his
shoulder. During his journey Kylun began to ponder how to begin his old
life anew. After several days traveling (see comments), Kylun
reached his parents' rural home at dusk, but decided against approaching
in the darkness lest he cause alarm. Instead he settled down for the
night a short distance away.
(Excalibur I#63) - The next morning he awoke from his
recurring nightmare of Sa'tneen dying in his arms, and when he looked at
his parents' home in the dawn light he was beset by new doubts,
wondering if they would accept him as he was now or run fleeing in
terror from him. Dreading their reaction more than any foe he had
fought, he walked to the front door, but hesitated as he was about to
push the bell, wondering if his parents might believe him dead, and if
it might be better if they thought that. Deciding he could not live a
lie, Kylun screwed up his courage and made to press the doorbell button,
when he was suddenly yanked backwards violently, flying dozens of feet
through the air to land at the feet of three superhumans, the Warpies
Oak, Ocelot and Lodestone, the last of whom responsible for Kylun's
sudden flight via magnetism. Having been sent to capture Kylun on behalf
of British covert agency RCX (Resources Control Executive), the trio
moved closer to Kylun's prone form, but having only been faking
unconsciousness Kylun suddenly attacked them, kicking Ocelot under the
chin and striking down Lodestone with the fishing rod case. As Kylun
dodged Oak's retaliatory punch, the Warpie declared Kylun's "unprovoked"
violence to be without merit, prompting Kylun to query why they had
attacked him if that was the case. Leaping onto Kylun's back and
shredding his jacket with sharp claws, Ocelot declared it was because
Kylun was an outlaw. Angered, Kylun blocked the next strike with the
fishing rod case, then pulled forth the blades of Zz'ria from its
tattered remains, swiftly slicing through Ocelot's left arm. However,
the cut caused no harm, a fact that caused Ocelot to freeze in stunned
disbelief that his arm was still there, while Kylun paused his assault,
confused for a brief moment by the revelation that his foe was of pure
heart. That brief moment of doubt was enough time for Oak to land a
solid blow to the back of Kylun's head, knocking him out.
(Excalibur I#63 - BTS) -The trio transported their captive to RCX's Cloud Nine base, hidden beneath an abandoned church in Liverpool.
(Excalibur I#64) - Deep within the bowels of Cloud Nine, Kylun was stored in a suspended animation alongside his similarly captured friends Meggan, Micromax, Alistaire Stewart and Shadowcat.
I#65) - Nightcrawler and Cerise found their captured friends, imprisoned
alongside RCX agents who had opposed RCX head Peter (Nigel
Orpington-Smythe)'s plans, and released them. The former prisoners only
had a few minutes to get over their disorientation before they were
discovered by RCX Agent Luke and many of RCX's Warpies, who instructed
them to surrender, as some among the Warpies were blocking the
prisoners' powers. Aware that many of the Warpies were misguided
innocents thanks to his encounter with Ocelot, Kylun reasoned that they
wouldn't have bothered to block his seemingly useless power, and that he
might be able to use that power to dishearten some of the more timid
Warpies. Leaping forward, he issued the terrifying roar of an Ee'rathian
Gn'zgogia and caught the Warpie Quill with a blow to the head. Ocelot
lunged for him, disparaging Kylun's attempt to frighten them, but other
Warpies, including the younger ones responsible for blocking powers,
fled in fear. Their powers restored, Excalibur and their allies joined
the battle, which ended in their favor when Captain Britain captured
Peter, after which the Warpies, already having doubts about what they had been
doing under his command, stopped fighting. With his overthrow, the RCX
agents that Peter had locked up took over the organization to look after
the Warpies properly, and the conflict between Excalibur and RCX ended.
(Excalibur I#66 (fb) - BTS) - Since his Ee'rath warrior's clothes had been badly damaged during the recent battles, RCX's fabric-manipulating Warpie Silkworm transformed Kylun's ragged outfit into a new costume for him.
(Excalibur I#66) - Excalibur returned to Braddock Manor after leaving Cloud Nine, with Kylun heading to visit Sa'tneen's grave almost immediately on his return.
(Excalibur I#125 (fb) - BTS) - Kylun was subsequently reunited with his parents (see comments).
(Excalibur Annual#1) - When Cerise began to suffer from
recurring nightmares she believed were originating from an outside
source, Excalibur (including Kylun) accompanied her as she followed her
sense of where they were emanating from to a castle where they found an
mage who introduced himself as Ghath, and
apologetically claimed Cerise's nightmares were an unintended side
effect of his attempts to return to his own dimension. Before he could
explain further, an dark-skinned elfen man, Khaos, smashed through the
castle roof to attack Ghath; assuming Excalibur were Ghath's minions, he
stunned Kylun and several other Excalibur members with a lightning-like
discharge from a magical idol he was carrying, but was swiftly subdued
by the rest of the team. Ghath claimed that he was Irth's rightful but
deposed ruler and that Khaos was an assassin sent to kill him. He requested
Excalibur leave their captive in his custody, but they declined and took
Khaos back the manor. While the others slept, Cerise stood guard over
Khaos, and when he woke he told her a different story, identifying Ghath
as an exiled warlord, and explaining he had come to slay Ghath because
Ghath had found a way to attack Irth from Earth-616. Unsure of what to
believe, Cerise went to investigate Ghath for herself, and Khaos soon
escaped and followed.
Discovering Khaos and Cerise missing shortly thereafter, Excalibur raced to the castle and discovered Khaos and Cerise fighting Ghath. Despite their intervention, Ghath was able to open a portal back to Irth and escaped through it, so Khaos, Kylun and the rest of Excalibur followed him through. Greeted on arrival by Khaos' allies (Longstrider, Kromm, Kamendae and Quarto), they discovered that though they had only been moments behind Ghath, because time flowed at a different rate on Irth he had arrived months ahead of them, and had had time to rebuild his forces. However, with Excalibur's assistance, Khaos and his friends were able to make short work of Ghath's minions, while Khaos himself slew Ghath. After the battle ended, Kamendae and Quarto magically returned Excalibur to Earth-616.
(Excalibur I#66) - Phoenix called the team together in
the manor to explain her intention to return to her own future timeline
and try to end the oppressive regime of the Sentinels there, but when
she began projecting her mind forward to prepare for her trip, she made
contact with Widget, awakening the mind of Phoenix's old friend Kate
Rasputin that had always lain partially dormant within. Already in
Earth-811, Widget unintentionally warped all of Excalibur forward to
that era, and they materialized in the middle of a battle between the
Resistance Co-ordination Executive and Sentinels and their commander,
Ahab. Excalibur's arrival turned the tide of the battle against the
Sentinels, and when Phoenix destroyed Ahab's cybernetic hands, the
Sentinels initiated a tactical retreat, teleporting away after first
snatching both Phoenix and Widget.
Realizing they were now stranded in this dysptopian world, Excalibur vowed to defeat the Sentinels or die trying.
(Excalibur I#67) - Excalibur returned with their new
allies to RCX's local base, but found the rest of the resistance
massacred by a Sentinel attack that had left no survivors. Using the
shell of a destroyed Sentinel as a Trojan horse, the two groups flew
inside it across the Atlantic heading to Manhattan and the Sentinels'
main base. As they had anticipated, they were intercepted mid-ocean by
other Sentinels who attempted to converse with the defunct robot, but by
carefully repeating selected words from the identification challenge they had
issued back at them, Kylun fooled them into thinking their Sentinel was
active but malfunctioning, and so the Sentinel patrol escorted it back
to base to be repaired.
When they arrived and found the base in turmoil as Phoenix and Widget had just broken loose and were attacking the Hierarchy (the prime Sentinel directing all the others), Excalibur and RCX piloted their Sentinel into the middle of the battle, and they then provided Phoenix cover as she attacked the Heirarchy's core programming. Having begun this battle using a borrowed heavy energy rifle, as the Sentinels began to close, Kylun switched to his trusted blades, slicing off Sentinel limbs effortlessly. For a few minutes the battle raged, and though the heroes had the upper hand it seemed inevitable that the Sentinels would ultimately prevail through sheer weight of numbers, until suddenly the Sentinels ceased moving. Phoenix announced that she had successfully reprogrammed them all via their link to the Heirarchy, winning the war in a single move.
(Excalibur I#68 (fb) - BTS) - The trip back to Earth-616 saw Captain Britain lost in the timestream. Believing his friend possibly dead, Kylun honored his memory by placing a marker with Captain Britain's name on it next to Sa'tneen's grave, and began visiting there every sunset to meditate on how the lost hero's friendship had enriched his life.
(Excalibur I#68) - The rest of the team tried to cope in
their own ways; most of the original members struggled to come to terms
with their grief, but Micromax tried to focus on becoming a better
member of the team, suggesting an impromptu battle session. Only Kylun
took him up on the idea, and the pair began sparring in the woods behind
the manor until Kylun realized they were being observed by non-human
(Excalibur I#68 - BTS) - Micromax and Kylun gave battle...
(Excalibur I#68) - but were outnumbered, and were
soon sent flying through the air. He landed unconscious at the feet of the
rest of Excalibur, who had detected the incursion and raced to confront
the intruders, the Starjammers, who revealed they were there to retrieve a
fugitive from the Shi'ar Empire. Thinking they meant Phoenix, Excalibur
attacked just as Kylun regained consciousness. Rejoining the fray, he took
on the Starjammer's leader, Corsair, a fellow swordsman, in a duel of
blades, but the battle ended before their duel could be decided when
Cerise was revealed to be the Starjammers' actual prey, and she surrendered
to avoid any of her friends being hurt.
The Starjammers teleported away with their captive, but Phoenix transported Excalibur after them, transporting them via a Shi'ar stargate across intergalactic space to a Shi'ar penal colony.
(Excalibur I#69 (fb) - BTS) - Kylun and Phoenix stole
some robes so they could blend in with the prisoners.
(Excalibur I#69) - While the others went to try to recruit the Starjammers' aid in rescuing Cerise, Phoenix and Kylun attempted to keep track of where she was being sent, but their disguises soon failed, and they were forced to fight the guards, as well as other prisoners terrified to find the Phoenix in their midst. The battle abruptly ended when one of the prisoners telepathically sensed that Phoenix was not the same being of that name that they feared, and moments later Nightcrawler returned with the Starjammers, whose doubts about Cerise's alleged guilt had been growing even before Nightcrawler appealed to them. They coerced a Ferengi-Klingon hybrid guard (see comments) into showing them the evidence against Cerise and then teleporting them down to the prison level Cerise had been sent to.
(Excalibur I#70) - The rescuers found Cerise, but were
almost immediately surrounded by guards. However, before a fight could
break out, the guards were blasted away and the would-be rescuers
telekinetically restrained by Cryan, an agent of the Shi'ar ruler
Lilandra, and through Cryan Lilandra revealed that Cerise's crime had been
to destroy the Shi'ar vessel she had been serving on to prevent its
insane commanding officer from committing repeated acts of planetary
genocide. Lilandra offered to commute Cerise's sentence in return for
her serving Lilandra for the remainder of her life, and though Kylun and
the others made it clear they were still willing to fight on her behalf
to win her freedom, Cerise accepted this penance out of a sense of duty.
Excalibur said their reluctant goodbyes and returned to Earth.
(Excalibur I#125 (fb) - BTS) - Kylun visited his parents but learned there was nobody at the family home, and believed they had gone missing (see comments).
(Excalibur I#71 - BTS) - Kylun left Excalibur to search for his missing parents (see comments).
(Excalibur I#125 (fb) - BTS) - Kylun anticipated a grand quest to find his parents, but it turned out they had just gone to visit the family's cousins in Australia, and the note they had left to inform him of this had been thrown out by the charwoman (see comments).
(Excalibur I#125) - Kylun attended the wedding of former teammates Brian Braddock (Captain Britain) and Meggan Puceanu on Otherworld, but after taking his seat in the chapel between Cerise and Micromax he fell asleep while waiting for the ceremony to begin, and started snoring. As Nightcrawler walked bridesmaid Betsy Braddock down the aisle, Cerise nudged Kylun and asked him if he agreed with her that Nightcrawler looked dashing and debonaire. Waking with a start, Kylun instinctively loudly reproduced her comment, drawing irritated stares from Micromax and several members of the Corps sitting nearby. Sheepishly, Kylun apologized to Cerise, making the (false) excuse that he never had gotten the hang of his mutant power, prompting her to roll her eyes in annoyance.
After the ceremony the guests and wedding party moved on to the reception, where Kylun was again seated next to Cerise, and joined in the toasts to the happy couple.
(Excalibur I#125 - BTS) - Later, as the party started and people began to mingle, Kylun noticed Brian heading out to the gardens in the company of a woman who resembled Sa'tneen (which she would, as she was Saturnine, Sa'tneen's alternate reality counterpart).
(Excalibur I#125) - Kylun made his way over to the cake.
Commenting admiringly on its size, he found himself joined by his former
teammate Micromax, who asked him how life was treating him. Kylun
admitted that the day had stirred long dormant thoughts of his lost love
Sa'tneen, then discussed how he was finding mundane life back living
with his parents tedious, with the last time he heard the glorious call
of battle being on the television. Pronouncing it unbecoming for a
warrior to lament his woes, Kylun inquired how Micromax was doing, and
was informed that his friend had recently been made redundant by the
Brand Corporation. Meggan then approached them, asking if they had seen
where Brian had gone, and they informed her of his departure into the
gardens a few minutes earlier.
X-Men I#462) - When the mutant Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) used her
powers to alter Reality-616, overlapping it with the "House of M"
reality (Earth-58163), this caused a trans-temporal tsunami that
crashed several realities together, throwing beings from across the
multiverse briefly into Otherworld. Perhaps due to some residual
transdimensional radiation left over from when Excalibur's lighthouse
had seen realities blurring together, many of those caught up in this
interdimensional tidal wave and deposited in Otherworld were
individuals who had previously been pulled across realities to the
lighthouse, including Kylun (see comments).
(198 Files) - Following the depowering of most of mutantkind on M-Day, Kylun was one of the (inaccurately numbered) group dubbed "the 198" who retained their powers. Assessing the status and threat level of the remaining mutants, the United States decided Kylun was only a "general" threat, the second-lowest category.
(Captain Britain and MI13#1 - BTS / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe) - When Britain was caught up in the worldwide Skrull invasion, every British hero, presumably including Kylun, was drafted into MI:13 to battle the aliens.
(Heroic Age: X-Men) - Kylun's activities remained low key, "under the radar," for a long time after finding his parents, staying based in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. While researching the current state of mutantkind as part of his duties as newly appointed head of the United States' superhuman forces, Steve Rogers noted down what he knew of Kylun, mostly obtained by chats with Captain Britain. Rogers noted that with Britain having been under demonic siege since the Skrull invasion, Pete Wisdom would probably have recruited Kylun to M.I.13 to assist, since his swords made him particularly effective against supernatural threats.
(Domino Annual#1/6 (fb) - BTS) - Kylun discovered online sexually-explicit fan art of himself and Beast rendered by people with bestiality fetishes, and later encountered some of these fans, who to his annoyance were keen to tell him all about these depictions.
(Domino Annual#1/6) - Kylun attended the first meeting of MMA, the Mindfullness for Mutant Appearances support group set up by Domino and Nightcrawler for mutants who couldn't pass for normal humans. In order to help them work on reducing their critically negative body images, Nightcrawler asked the attendees to share their experiences of being "othered," made to feel different. Kylun was in the middle of explaining about his disturbing encounters with his "furry" fans when fellow attendee Toad interrupted. Though he was trying to be supportive by indicating he related because he had suffered similar experiences, his comment threw Kylun, who admitted he found it difficult to continue when being interrupted by someone who had tried to kill his friends. Accepting that Nightcrawler and Domino had good intentions, Kylun nevertheless questioned the wisdom in having villains present, but Nightcrawler reassured him the meeting was a safe space, because all present had signed an agreement and he would personally use his proficient combat skills to deal with anyone who broke that pact.
(Uncanny X-Men V#9) - When the X-Men battled X-Man and his Horsemen of Salvation, Jean Grey soon realized the team was outgunned and sent out a telepathic distress call. Kylun was with Glorianna (Meggan Braddock) when they received the call, and both responded, joining a multitude of both X-Men and X-Men associates who were teleported to Quadra Island, British Columbia by Pixie to join the fight.
(Uncanny X-Men V#10) - Kylun joined the battle, his blades slicing through the Carbonadium tentacles of the mind-controlled Horseman Wellness (Arkady Rossovich, a.k.a. Omega Red) until his foes other tentacles entangled him. Wellness and the other Horsemen were soon freed of X-Man's mind control and joined the fight against him, until X-Man unleashed an explosive energy burst, seemingly vaporizing all his opponents, including Kylun.
(Amazing Nightcrawler#1 (fb) - BTS) - Like everyone else caught in X-Man's explosion, Kylun was actually transported to a pocket dimension the reality-warping telepath had created, his memories altered to fit him into a new mutant-dominated world built upon principles X-Man thought would create a utopia, including banning all familial and romantic relationships. In this "Age of X-Man," Kylun was rebranded as a Colin McKay, personal trainer to Studio X's mutant actors, whose clients included his former teammates Nightcrawler and Meggan.
He reviewed Nightcrawler's dailies for his
latest movie, and decided his client needed to up his workouts.
(Amazing Nightcrawler#1) - Colin attended a glitzy charity
gala arranged by Studio X, where he chastised Nightcrawler, passing on
his feedback regarding the dailies he had watched. Meggan intervened,
telling Colin that Nightcrawler was working hard, but Colin was
After the party, Colin worked out with a
punching bag, his wilder side evidently not fully repressed by X-Man's
(Amazing Nightcrawler#2) - The next day Colin was on-set
to help stunt co-ordinator Amara Aquilla (Magma) block out a scene with
Meggan and Nightcrawler, when some of the ceiling suddenly broke and
fell right above Colin's head. Reacting swiftly, Meggan snatched him and
got him clear before he could be struck. Colin wondered if the collapse
could have been caused by a burst pipe, but with powers that gave her an
understanding of how stones worked, Amara confirmed that it was
sabotage. The obvious suspect was the rival Mastermind Studios, and
Colin suggested they report the incident to the X-Men, but Nightcrawler
vetoed this, preferring to handle the matter himself, something Amara
and Colin agreed to only reluctantly.
(Amazing Nightcrawler#3) - A few days later Colin and
Amara accompanied Meggan and Nightcrawler on what was publicly stated to
be a PR trip to Portland, and a mall appearance by the stars, but was
actually, unknown to Colin, a way for the two stars to see their secret
daughter, Tenia Jean. Their appearance on stage was interrupted by
Mastermind Studios personnel arriving, with studio head Regan Wyngarde
claiming the Studio X people had stolen her booking. Amara and
Mastermind staffer Noriko Ashida traded insults, and seeing his
co-worker literally beginning to burn with rage, Colin tried to calm
her, placing a restraining hand on her shoulder and telling Amara the
interlopers weren't worth it. In response Regan proclaimed them cowards,
needing former X-Man Nightcrawler to babysit them. At this, Colin let go
of Amara and informed her he'd changed his mind, and he lunged forward
shouting to "kick her @#$%&."
(Amazing Nightcrawler#4) - Colin went for Noriko, shouting out a mimicked sound that caused her to flinch backwards, leaving her open to his assault. She swiftly rallied, striking at him with her electrified fists, but he dodged the blow, then switched opponents, leaping high into the air to snag the telekinetic Julian Heller from the air, taking his opponent by surprise as he had been focused on fighting Meggan. Nightcrawler meanwhile dunked Noriko in a fountain, shorting her out, then rejoined Nightcrawler and Amara on the stage. Regan was enraged but as the crowd began clapping, Nightcrawler pointed out the witnesses thought the whole thing had been a show for their benefit, and convinced Regan to reluctantly quit while she could do so with dignity. After the show the Studio X staff, including Colin, relaxed in the green room, but Nightcrawler noticed Meggan was absent and went looking for her.
(Amazing Nightcrawler#4 - BTS) - The telepathic Cuckoo
siblings, who worked for both studios, realized that Meggan and
Nightcrawler's telepathic re-education had been breaking down, leading
them to track down their forbidden child, Tenia Jean. When Nightcrawler,
Meggan and Tenia all found one another a few moments after Nightcrawler
had left the green room, the three telepaths took control of the mutant
members of both Studio X and Mastermind Studios, including Colin,...
(Amazing Nightcrawler#4) - and confronted the trio of lawbreakers with their mind-controlled army.
(Amazing Nightcrawler#5) - Nightcrawler teleported Phoebe Cuckoo, Meggan and Tenia to the building's roof, giving him just enough time to convince Phoebe to let Meggan leave with Tenia before the other two Cuckoos brought their horde to the roof in pursuit.
(Age of X-Man Omega - BTS) - X-Man's mind wipes began
failing, and the X-Men convinced him to return all his captives to the
(X-Force VI#12 (fb) - BTS) - Following the founding of the
mutant nation of Krakoa and its invitation for mutants worldwide to
immigrate there, Kylun became a resident of the island nation.
(X-Force VI#12) - After Russian super-soldiers working for
Mikhail Rasputin attacked Krakoa, Beast decided to make a public
spectacle of arresting any mutants with Russian connections, and so when
Colossus was taken into custody and brought to Krakoa via portal Beast
had arranged for a crowd of witnesses, which included Kylun. Angry at
Beast's action, Wolverine angrily ran the crowd off.
Comments: Colin McKay created by Chris Claremont, Alan Davis and Paul Neary; Kylun created by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer.
In Excalibur I#46 Kylun tells Nightcrawler
that he was seven when Vixen's men kidnapped him; in Excalibur I#55, he
tells Cerise he was eight. It's a minor discrepancy, noted mostly so
people who read the latter issue don't think the handbook entry got it
wrong when it says Kylun was seven. In-universe excuse? Kylun spent over
twenty years growing up on Ee'rath, and was a little kid when he was
kidnapped, so he's probably a little vague about his exact age back when
it all kicked off.
Kylun mentions Vixen kidnapped him
because she had heard of his mutant powers, not just that he was a
mutant (obvious from his eyes, even at seven years old). It's unclear
whether his mimicry ability was present from infancy or developed later
in his childhood however. Why kidnap someone whose only real power is to
duplicate sounds exactly? We're not explicitly told, but I'd imagine the
ability to fool voice recognition software could be of use to a
In Excalibur I#2 young Colin mentions that
Vixen's agents had taunted him that it "served mummy and daddy right for
dying" because he was a freak, suggesting either the agents had killed
his parents or that he had been orphaned earlier in life. However, in
Excalibur I#63 Kylun is kidnapped just as he is about to see his parents
for the first time since he went to Ee'rath, letting them know he is
alive and an adult after they last saw him as a child only months
before. So apparently Vixen's agents had merely been tormenting the
child after kidnapping him by falsely informing him that his parents had
been killed. Following his interrupted attempt to meet his parents again
in Excalibur I#63, Kylun leaves Excalibur to hunt for them just after
Excalibur I#70, and in his next appearance in Excalibur I#125 he says
they hadn't been missing but instead had gone on holiday to Australia,
and had left him a note. This was presumably meant to explain why they
were absent in Excalibur I#2 when he was kidnapped, but that explanation
makes no sense. Colin was only seven when he
vanished to Ee'rath, and was gone for close on a year; it beggars belief
to think his parents had gone on holiday leaving their seven year old
alone with only a note to explain to him their absence, and it would be
ridiculous to think they had been on holiday from Excalibur I#2 through
to at least Excalibur I#70; Marvel's sliding timescale compresses
in-universe events into a smaller amount of time than the publication
gap (5 years - 1998 to 1993) but that would still have been at least a
year in-universe! So instead, the absence mentioned in Excalibur I#125
must mean Kylun was reunited with his parents off-panel some time
between Excalibur I#66 and Excalibur I#70,
and then he had discovered just prior to Excalibur I#70 that they had
apparently vanished. Given he'd only just found them again, it's
understandable he might be worried that someone had targeted them,
prompting him to go to look for them.
Kylun leaves to find his parents in
Excalibur I#55 and only reaches their home in Excalibur I#63, which
would amount to at least several days later, if not weeks, in-universe
time. This might seem overlong until you realize he was presumably
covering the distance on foot, and from Braddock Manor to Edinburgh is
around 380 miles. Why choose such a slow means of travel, when Kylun
knew Excalibur's jet, for example, could get him there in about an hour?
For one, he was presumably used to walking great distances on Ee'rath,
which showed no sign of advanced transport systems beyond various types
of animals being ridden. Plus the thought of seeing his parents after so
long was clearly a daunting prospect for him, and he wanted time and
space to think, something the long walk would provide.
Excalibur I#42 ends with Kylun
ominously stating that Excalibur will pay for the devastation they
unleashed on Ee'rath, but it's not a reference to 616 Excalibur. In
Excalibur I#1 Nightcrawler inadvertently visited Ee'rath just as
Necrom's minions were dethroning Queen Ai'sha, and Excalibur I#46
reveals that Kylun has heard of this as a legend that a blue "demon"
appeared, an omen heralding Ee'rath's enslavement - however, while Kylun
recognizes Nightcrawler to be the legendary demon, he clearly is
surprised to learn who Nightcrawler is, and given both this detail and
that Excalibur was newly formed and little known to the public when
Colin vanished, he couldn't have associated this "demon" legend with
Excalibur. Excalibur I#45 confirms that it was Ee'rath's version of
Excalibur who were wrongly blamed for unleashing Necrom on their world.
It's far from inconceivable that Roma might have been responsible for arranging young Colin to have met Widget and ended up on Ee'rath; around the same time Colin made his trip, Roma was following her father Merlyn's plan to bring Excalibur together to ultimately defeat Necrom. While the original Excalibur members had been chosen because their specific powers combined could stop Necrom, Kylun was pivotal because he alerted Excalibur to Necrom's threat in the first place, and he couldn't have done that if he hadn't been a 616 native who had grown up on Ee'rath. If a native of Ee'rath had been responsible for driving Necrom back to Earth-616 and then followed the sorcerer to Excalibur's lighthouse, they wouldn't have known and trusted Widget, thus ensuring them swiftly allying with Excalibur, nor spoken English, allowing them to convey what they knew about Necrom so readily.
Kylun appears in a cameo at Brian and Meggan's wedding in a nightmare induced by Nightmare in Excalibur I#119. Most of the guests shown in attendance do attend the actual wedding, which is surprising given that many of them varied between being semi-antagonists to outright enemies! Kylun also appears in Spider-Man I#25 alongside the rest of Excalibur, but turns out to be an illusion/robot used by Arcade to fool Captain Britain and Spider-Man.
Kylun also made a cameo appearance in
Reality-14923, a timeline that was diverged from 616 when X-Men student
Tempus used her time travel powers to alter history to ensure
Omega-level mutant Matthew Malloy was never born. This version of Kylun
has an identical history up until his "appearance" in Heroic Age X-Men,
then all subsequent appearances are replaced by:
(Uncanny X-Men III#23) - Kylun visited Madripoor after Mystique attempted to turn it into a mutant utopia.
In the 198 Files, an in-universe document
compiled by the Office of National Emergencies (O*N*E), Kylun's height
and weight are erroneously listed as 5'2" and 101 lbs. These appear to
have been accidentally copied over from Firestar's entry in the same
Kylun had the aforementioned entry in The 198 Files, and a profile in Heroic Age: X-Men. In handbooks, he got entries in All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#6 and Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Hardcover#6. He's also had a Marvel-Phile entry alongside his Excalibur teammate Cerise in Dragon Magazine#183, providing him with statistics for TSR's licensed Marvel Super-Heroes tabletop RPG and erroneously claiming he was born in England and that the factory he met Widget in was also in England. He's also had at least three trading cards, two of which mistakenly list his height as 6'2" and 180 lbs., rather than the official stats of 5'9" and 170 lbs.
While an excellent close-up of Kylun's eyes in his first appearance as an adult clearly shows he has red pupils, some later issues inconsistently depict them as green, blue or yellow (the same as the rest of his eye). Either this is an an art error, or perhaps his eyes change color depending on his mood - he was angry and had just been fighting when they were shown to be red.
It is unconfirmed that it is Kylun of
Earth-616 who appears for a panel in Uncanny X-Men I#462 during the
reality tsunami. The Official Index to Uncanny X-Men says he's an
alternate reality version, but since I was one of
the head writers for that Index I'm allowed to
note that there's nothing in that single panel that would prevent it
being 616 Kylun and so speculate that it could be. As such, unless we
get evidence otherwise, for the purpose of this profile I'm running on
the assumption that it was the "real" one.
It's not really relevant to Kylun as
such, but since he and Hepzibah were the ones doing the threatening,
it's amusing to note that the guard on the Shi'ar penal colony in
Excalibur I#69 that is threatened into helping them reach Cerise is
clearly a combined Ferengi/Klingon from Star Trek - ears of the former,
forehead of the latter.
The title of the story in the issue where Kylun first meets Nightcrawler is "Colin the Barbarian," an obvious pun on Conan the Barbarian. However, that name is never used by or applied to Kylun in story, so it's not an alias. I mention it here in case anyone thinks I overlooked it.
In Excalibur I#40, Lockheed reports back to his people about the members of Excalibur and mentions that Widget "swallowed a child" called Colin on the day after he was made; in case the reader has any doubt, Colin McKay is pictured. However, the question is, how on Earth does Lockheed know this? Widget didn't meet Excalibur until Excalibur I#10, and outside of Colin, who was stranded in another reality, and Widget, who could not communicate, nobody knew what Widget had done.
This profile was completed 12/21/2020, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by Loki.
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X-Men Series 2 Skybox Trading Cards 1993#17 (main image)
Excalibur I#63, p4, pan 5 (adult headshot)
Excalibur I#2, p2, pan 5 (child headshot)
Excalibur I#46, p14, pan 3 (learning to use a sword under Zz'ria's tutelage)
Excalibur I#42, p22, pan 3 (Kylun introducing himself)
Excalibur I#43, p22, pan 4 (reunited with Sa'tneen)
Excalibur I#46, p5, pan 1 (making a good first impression on Nightcrawler)
Excalibur I#50, p18, pan 1 (slashing Necrom)
Excalibur I#54, p13, pan 1 (gone fishin')
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#6, Kylun entry, taken from Excalibur I#67, p22, pan 1 (second costume, designed by Silkworm)
Uncanny X-Men I#462, p8, pan 2 (riding the transdimensional tsunami)
Domino Annual#1/7, p3, pan 2 (attending MMA)
Uncanny X-Men V#9, p20, pan 1 (Kylun with the X-Men)
Excalibur I#2 (November 1988) - Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Paul Neary (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Excalibur I#42-50 (October 1991-May 1992) - Alan Davis (writer, pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Excalibur I#51 (June 1992) - Alan Davis (writer), Dougie Braithwaite (pencils), Jeff Albrecht, Jose Marzan, Mark McKenna, Jimmy Palmiotti (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Excalibur XX Crossing#1 (July 1992) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Steve Lightle, Ron Lim, Dwayne Turner, Joe Madureira, Jae Lee, Malcolm Jones, Rick Leonardi (pencils), Jimmy Palmiotti, Al Gordon, Josef Rubenstein, Shawn McManus, Jae Lee, Malcolm Jones, Al Williamson (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Excalibur I#54-55 (September-October 1992) - Alan Davis (writer, pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Excalibur I#63-67 (March 1993-July 1993) - Alan Davis (writer, pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Excalibur I#68 (August 1993) - Scott Lobdell (plot), Dan Slott (script), Steve Buccellato (pencils), Harry Candelario (inks), Suzanne Gaffney (editor)
Excalibur I#69 (September 1993) - Evan Skolnik (writer), Steve Buccellato (pencils), Don Hudson (inks), Suzanne Gaffney (editor)
Excalibur I#70 (October 1993) - Scott Lobdell (plot), Richard Ashford (script), Ken Lashley (pencils), Don Hudson, Rick Parker, Agop Gemdjian, Danny Taverna (inks), Suzanne Gaffney (editor)
Excalibur Annual I#1 (September 1993) - Evan Skolnick (writer), Chris Marrinan, Audwynn Newman (pencils), Mark McKenna, Danny Bulandi, Keith Williams (inks), Suzanne Gaffney, Terry Kavanagh (editors)
Excalibur I#125 (October 1998) - Ben Raab (writer), Dale Eaglesham (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Frank Pittarese (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#462 (September 2005) - Chris Claremont (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men: The 198 Files (January 2006)
Heroic Age X-Men (December 2010)
Domino Annual#1 (September 2018) - Leah Williams (writer), Natacha Bustos (art), Chris Robinson (editor)
Uncanny X-Men V#9 (January 2019) - Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson (writers), Yildiray Cinar (art), Jordan D. White (editor)
Uncanny X-Men V#10 (January 2019) - Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson (writers), Pere Perez (art), Jordan D. White (editor)
Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler#1-5 (February 2019-June 2019) - Seanan McGuire (writer), Juan Frigeri (art), Chris Robinson (editor)
X-Force VI#12 (September 2020) - Benjamin Percy (writer), Jan Bazaldua (art), Jordan D. White, Mark Basso (editors)
First Posted: 09/04/2021
Last updated: 09/01/2021
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