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Real Name: Pei

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (K'un-Lun)

Occupation: Monk, warrior, student, adventurer

Group Membership: Monks of K'un-Lun

Affiliations: Aisyi, Izzy Anderson, Anton (Yancy Street Gang), Avengers (Black Panther/T'Challa, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Iron Man/Tony Stark and likely Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes, She-Hulk/Jen Walters, Thor Odinson), Black Tarantula (Carlos LaMuerto), Bride of Nine Spiders, C-Train (Christi-Lynne, Cookie), Danielle Cage, Luke Cage, Casey, Dog Brother #1 (Sihing), Elektra Natchios, Fat Cobra, the Fooh, Gork (Shou-Lao incarnation), Hidden Dragon, Iron Fist (Daniel Rand-K'ai), Jessica Jones, Mrs. Lawson, Detective Li, Mole Man (Harvey Elder), Moloids, Moon Knight (Marc Spector), New York Police Department, Okoye, Parker, Jayce Paz, Prince of Orphans (Jon Aman), Punisher (Frank Castle), Quan Yin, Ray, Ruby (Yancy Street Gang), Sailor, Senor Magico, Shou-Lao incarnations, Sparrow (the Yu-Ti of K'un-Lun), Todd, Tommy, White Tiger (Ava Ayala), Wrecking Crew (Bulldozer/Henry Camp, Piledriver/Jack Pulver, Thunderball/Eliott Franklin, Wrecker/Dirk Garthwaite);
    indirectly the League of International Magic Practitioners (Bob Jennings, Mister Je-Ju, Nana Marefa, Night Witch, Sorcha, plus Senor Magico);
    formerly Brenda Swanson

Enemies: Beetle (Janice Lincoln), Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Candace, Crane Mother's daughters, Davos (aka Steel Serpent), “frog-headed demons,” Ghost Dragon, Hierophant, Lady Bullseye, Madame Yeoh, Mara, Midnight Sun (M'Nai), Mother Dragon, the One robot, spider-creature, Terror Priests, "Tracksuit Mafia," undead cyborg ninjas, Urchin (fungal organism/host - ) and its mind-controlled victims, Brenda Swanson (aka Yama Dragonsbane), Zhu Rong

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Iron Fist, "Little Kung Fu girl" (nickname from Brenda Swanson), "Noodles," "Pie";
    "Iron Fist, Jr." (nickname from Black Cat);
    "Little Girl Bro" (nickname from "Tracksuit Mafia")

Base of Operations: Daniel Rand's apartment;
    unidentified school in New York City;
    formerly K'un-Lun
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First AppearanceIron Fist: The Living Weapon#1 (June, 2014)

Powers/Abilities: Pei possesses the Iron Fist power, the "chi" energy of the dragon Shou-Lao, allowing her to render her fists as hard as iron and to strike with devastating force.

    Pei's monk training, discipline, and perhaps something in her innate nature allowed her to access secret spells in The Book of Iron Fist that were hidden even from the experienced Iron Fist (Daniel Rand-K'ai). Amongst the spells she accessed and used was a spell to reincarnate Shou-Lao, which she unwittingly used to resurrect all previous incarnations of Shou-Lao.

    Pei is an experienced and highly skilled martial artist, trained by unspecified monks of K'un-Lun and subsequently by Iron Fist (Daniel Rand).

    As a native of K'un-Lun, she presumably possessed enhanced vitality, with an extended, although undefined, lifespan, aging extremely slowly. It is likely that the delays in aging take place after reaching full maturity.

Height: Unrevealed (perhaps 4'5" based on an image of her standing directly in front of Brenda Swanson, and extrapolating from her height compared to Daniel Rand's)
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 80 lbs., based on average weight of a girl of that height ranging between 70-88 pounds, and assuming that she was relatively lean but muscular)
Eyes: Brown (reddish-brown when she was sad/angered)
Hair: Black

History:
(Immortal Iron Fists I#1 (fb) – BTS) – When Pei was four years old, she plucked the crown off a serpent while training.

(Immortal Iron Fists I#1 (fb) – BTS) – When Pei was eight years old, she walked the lake of fire.

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(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#2 (fb) - BTS) <The day before the main story> - The egg of the next Shou-Lao called to Pei; liking being near it, she sneaked down into the chamber holding the egg.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#2 (fb)) - The Thunderer (Sparrow) scolded Pei for coming there as she knew those chambers were forbidden.

    After Pei explained her reasons, the Thunderer acknowledged that it called to all of them, and that -- like Pei -- it would one day emerge as an important part of K'un-Lun, but for now it was small and fragile.

    Sparrow's step-brother, Davos (the Steel Serpent), then appeared alongside a number of Terror Priests, voicing his plans to succeed his father, Lei-Kung, as ruler of K'un-Lun.

    Realizing the danger, Sparrow shoved Pei away and told her to run.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#2 (fb) - BTS / Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#5 (fb) - BTS) - Pei took the egg of Shou-Lao with her in her backpack as she fled.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1 (fb) - BTS) - Pei was sent to relay an urgent message for Iron Fist to come back to K'un-Lun. En route, she was shot in the back with at least four arrows, although her backpack partially protected her.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1 (fb) - BTS) - A group of the One (a monstrous robot with Wendell Rand's face and memories, formerly used to test the Iron Fists)'s undead cyborg ninjas (rotting flesh held together by robotics and machinery) serving the One assaulted Rand Tower and Daniel Rand (Iron Fist)'s apartment. pei-kunlun-iftlw1-backpack-arrows

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1) - When Danny returned, he encountered a cyborg that asked where was "the girl." Iron Fist eventually subdued/decapitated the cyborg.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1) - Daniel's guest, Brenda Swanson, was surprised by and called out for Danny to look out as another cloaked figure approached behind him.

    Danny barely stopped himself in time from striking the young girl, Pei (Brenda realized that this was "the girl" the cyborg had sought). Pei barely had time to relay the message that "Mister Fist"  needed to "get back" before she collapsed, with four arrows having seemingly penetrated her backpack, at least (see comments).pei-kunlun-iftlw3-backpack

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Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#2) - Examining Pei and finding her to be breathing and with a strong pulse, Danny had Brenda call 9-1-1.

    When Pei began repeating the word egg,
Brenda thought "little Kung Fu girl" was hungry.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#3 (fb) - BTS) - Pei was taken to the Marion M. Graham Hospital, accompanied by Brenda Swanson.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#3) - When the hospital was beset by Terror Priests (led by Davos) and the daughters of the Crane Mother of K'un-Zi, both of whom had come seeking Pei and whom fought each other over her, Pei grabbed her backpack and fled, largely unseen amidst the ensuing chaos.

     Brenda spotted and followed Pei as she headed down a flight of stairs, trying to convince Pei to stay there where the police could protect her, but Pei argued that the police were no help.

    The wall suddenly shattered behind them and a she-spider-demon-thing emerged, seeking Pei.

    Hearing the creature's taunts and threats, Brenda asked Pei if she was right that this lady did not seem friendly, and Pei corrected Brenda that that was no lady.
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(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#5) - As the spider-thing demanded the egg of Shou-Lao, Pei stood in a fighting stance, announcing herself as a warrior of K'un-Lun and a child of Shou-Lao and informing it that her people's fate had been placed into her empty hands, which she now closed into a fist.
    She warned the "spider-witch" to begone or she would crush it.

    As the spider-creature roared and dove at Pei, Brenda tackled Pei out of the way and then dove atop the spider-creature, ultimately (apparently) ripping off a pair of her arms and incapacitating her.

    Impressed, Pei asked Brenda if she knew Kung Fu, but Brenda told her that she knew a little bit of everything else.

    Davos then arrived and noted how he had been looking all over for Pei, and Brenda urged Pei to run so she could save her people as intended.

    Fleeing from Davos' Terror Priests, Pei ducked down a manhole-like hole in the ground, dropped into a deep basement, and covered the lid to avoid detection.

    When Pei hit the floor below, the egg was knocked out of her backpack, and it hit the brick wall and cracked open.

    As the young Shou-Lao incarnation emerged, breathing fire, Pei considered, "I'm so dead..."

pei-kunlun-iftlw6-ridegork(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#6) - Fleeing from the dragon, Pei rushed past the undead cyborg ninjas whom the dragon struck with a flame blast.

    As the dragon caught up to her, Pei begged for mercy, but the tiny dragon knocked her down and licked her face. As it took off flying with her on its back while repeatedly saying "Gork!", Pei decided that that was its name.

    As Pei prepared to depart the area atop Gork, however, Davos suddenly grabbed Gork by the neck, sending Pei tumbling to the ground, after which Davos hurled Gork against the wall, knocking it out.

    Davos thanked Pei for protecting the egg and offered her a place in the new kingdom if she kneeled.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#6 - BTS) - Pei either kneeled or was subdued by Davos (presumably the latter).

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#6) - Brenda, along with Detective. Li and his police, arrived, and Li ordered Davos to step away from the girl, but when Davos seemed to level a weapon, the police opened fire on Davos.

    Wounded, Davos extended cybernetic weaponry that drained the lives of the other police, leaving only Li and Brenda alive.

    With Pei and Gork wrapped up in cybernetic tendrils, Davos departed.

pei-kunlun-iftlw9-stasis(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#7 - BTS) - The representatives of the Eight Cities met with the One, and the ruler of the realm of the Bride of Nine Spiders noted that their intelligence reports noted that the One had acquired the egg of Shou-Lao as well as the young monk girl that had taken it.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#9 (fb)) - Pei was imprisoned in a stasis tank at the bottom of Rand Tower alongside Brenda Swanson and the natives of K'un-Lun, their chi used to power the One.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#9) - After Iron Fist was smashed into the basement by the One, the Fooh (creator of the One, slain under order of a previous Yu-Ti (ruler of K'un-Lun) urged Daniel to take some of the chi for himself, which he painfully did.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#10 - BTS) - Iron Fist used the chi of Pei and the other captives against the One until the robot stole the chi Daniel had harnessed.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#10) - Pei and other K'un-Lun monks were released from their containment, and their eyes flared with energy. pei-kunlun-iftlw10-flare

   
Brenda and Detective Li were also released, and Brenda cried out for the otherwise unresponsive Pei.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#10 - BTS) - The One then used the chi to power the Randall Gate, opening a portal between the living and the dead. However, while the One wished to be "reunited" with Heather Rand, it instead unleashed and was confronted by the fiery god Zhu-Rong.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#11) - After Zhu-Rong smashed down the One, Brenda asked "Kung-Fu Girl" if she was OK, but she only responded to silence the "gorking" Gork.

    When Davos
ordered activation of the Randall gate so he and his people could flee back to K'un-Lun, Pei and Gork stood with the other natives of K'un-Lun (plus Brenda and Li), telling him that they were not his people and that they were done running.

    Davos ordered the Terror Monks to join him in attacking the "betrayers of K'un-Lun," who charged to engage the conflict.


(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#11 (fb) - BTS) - Via the One's connection to Rand Tower and to the chi of the K'un-Lun residents within it, Daniel animated the entire Rand Tower into an immense humanoid form and attacked Zhu-Rong.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#11) - Pei and the others initially panicked as they felt the building moving, after which Pei and the others continued to battle the Terror Priests while Sparrow exhorted the others to stay fast as their chi fueled the building, and Iron Fist needed them.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#11) - Desperate to convince the others to flee with him, Davos grabbed Gork by the neck. Despite Pei's plea, Davos slew the young Gork (causing Pei to scream out "Gork, No!"), and Daniel lost the power to control the building. pei-kunlun-iftlw11-tears

   
Zhu-Rong then destroyed the Rand Tower building-robot.

    As Davos instructed K'un-Lun's people to escape through the Randall Gate, Pei tearfully embraced Gork's body.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#11 - BTS) - Daniel then used his Iron Fist to make Zhu-Rong explode like a star going super-nova. The energies released transformed Pei into a new Iron Fist, and she smashed Davos into or through the wall.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#11) - Brenda and the others watched in shock as Pei's hands glowed with energy.pei-kunlun-iftlw12-levitate

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12) - In the ensuing chaos, Brenda hugged Pei and asked if she was OK, but Pei instead asked about Daniel Rand-K'ai, who then emerged from Zhu-Rong's corpse, naked. Despite this, Pei exuberantly rushed toward him, after which the Fooh emerged, restored to life.

    Brenda gave Daniel a jacket to cover himself, but he dropped it after learning Sparrow was the new Yu-Ti, and Pei handed the jacket back to him.

    Sparrow then led the other K'un-Lun natives back to their realm, but noted that until they rebuilt, it would be too dangerous for Pei, so she would stay with Daniel: He was her Thunderer and was to keep her safe, train her on Earth, and return her to K'un-Lun on the next natural cycle.

    While Pei noted this to be an honor, Daniel appreciated with distress that the next cycle was like 10 years from then.
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(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12) - Three months later, Pei noted with excitement how she had never heard of such a book as The Book of the Iron Fist, which Daniel tried to explain to her. Despite Daniel's requests that she call him by his name, she continued to call him Thunderer.

    Noting that the blank pages at the end -- as Orson Randall had told him -- would only appear once an Iron Fist had reached a certain level of enlightenment, as it was the kind of secret knowledge that could threaten all of existence, or something like that, Daniel advised her not to let it distract her from the fact that she was levitating. When she realized that she had been levitating subconsciously, however, she fell to the ground. After Daniel left for a a date with Brenda, however, Pei apparently accessed the blank pages.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Pei found a special chapter on reincarnating Shou-Lao, and she apparently performed the ritual, unwittingly resurrecting all 66 incarnations of Shou-Lao, including Gork.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12 (fb) - BTS) - Luke Cage stopped by check on Danny and found the apartment trashed and aflame from the dragons.

(Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#12) - When Daniel returned home, Pei explained what had happened, and Daniel paused before committing to his new heroic role.

(Immortal Iron Fists I#5 (fb) - BTS) - Daniel told Pei that Brenda had gone traveling, omiting the fact that she had tried to kill him.   

pei-iifs-dragon_mask(Immortal Iron Fists I#1 (fb) – BTS) – Rand challenged Pei to learn how to fight without her fists, and he enrolled her in school, figuring that would give her a healthy challenge at adapting. Boys at school began bullying, teasing, and punching Pei, calling her ‘Noodles’ to taunt her.

(Immortal Iron Fists I#1) – After being bullied at school, Pei trained with Rand across the city, and he was disappointed when she used her iron fist to defend herself. At home with Gork, she offered to cook, but Rand reminded her that she was a student not a slave. That night, social workers threatened to take Pei from Rand if he didn’t tidy up the apartment and get paperwork.

    The next day, three popular girls, who called themselves the C-Train (named Christi-Lynne, Candace, and Cookie) introduced themselves to Pei, then teased her about feminine hygiene products before Todd and Jayce bullied her more, though Candace did stand up for Pei.

    Rand hired Madame Yeoh to look after Pei, who initially saw this as a sign she was disappointing her master, but Yeoh made her a dragon mask and encouraged her to find creative ways to stand up for herself. The next day, Pei wore the dragon mask and fought off the bullies who were targeting Jayce.

(Immortal Iron Fists I#2) – After training with Rand and playing with Gork, Pei got a ride from Madame Yeoh to school, where the C-Train continued to bully her. Ray and Izzy introduced themselves to Pei, and they helped her understand the social circles at school. pei-iifs-makeup

    Later at the park, Pei heard that Jayce Paz was missing, so she masked up and attacked the sports team to see if any of the bullies knew where he was.

    Madame Yeoh counseled Pei on learning from her feelings, then she sent Pei out to find adventures.

    Pei saw posters for other missing children, including Kim, Luis Garcia, Mahira Qamar, Pablo, Lupita Nelson, and Kaare Kyle Andrews, and the C-Train confronted Pei while she was with Izzy and Ray.

    Pei saw frog-headed demons on motorcycles battling Iron Fist, and she jumped in to protect the students and help fight. When one of the demons tried to swallow Pei, she retrieved a scroll from inside its mouth, returning its form to a regular frog. Rand was angry with Pei at first, but Madame Yeoh covered for her. The C-Train suddenly wanted to be friends with Pei.

(Immortal Iron Fists I#3) – C-Train had Pei, who they called Pie, join them in cheer-leading at the basketball game for players like Tommy, but Pei shocked her friends by dunking a basketball instead.

    Later, the C-Train did Pei’s make-up, and realized she had a crush on Tommy.

    When Rand got angry at Pei, she told him he was no longer her Thunderer. With Madame Yeoh, Pei took her friends shopping, using Rand’s credit card. Izzy and Ray rushed in say they knew where Jayce was, and Pei went with them, even when the C-Train said they weren’t friends anymore then. Pei apologized to Izzy and Ray and visited Jayce in the hospital. Tommy waited for her outside.

(Immortal Iron Fists I#4 (fb) – BTS) – Tommy asked Pei to the dance.

(Immortal Iron Fists I#4) – Madame Yeoh took Pei to school, where C-Train picked on her again, and she saw Ray. Pei got ready for the dance, then made peace with Rand. After dancing with Tommy, Pei was announced as the queen of the dance by Mrs. Lawson, and she gave a speech indicating she had lost sight of her values.

    Pei punched Tommy, breaking up with him, after which the missing kids, including Parker, Sailor, and Casey, returned, red-eyed and seeming to be under the leadership of Madame Yeoh.

(Immortal Iron Fists I#5) – Yeoh revealed herself as the daughter of the demon Mara, and stated that she planned to kill Pei.

    Iron Fist arrived, with his ally Aisyi, another daughter of Mara, and Candace revealed herself as a third demon daughter of Mara. Pei saw Jayce and the other mind-controlled kids take on demon forms even as Mara attacked. Mara badly wounded Iron Fist and then tried convincing Pei to turn the Wheel of Dharma, which would either give her power, or save Rand. pei-iifs-dragon_mask-fire

    Pei chose to save Rand, offering him her own chi. Mara transported Pei to another dimension, where she was with Jayce and facing a crab-demon, while those on Earth forgot about her. 

    Pei was shocked to see Brenda Swanson there.

(Immortal Iron Fists I#6) – Protecting Jayce, Pei kept fighting demons in the arena.

    Jayce and Pei, while in chains, held hands and admitted they liked each other. Mother-Dragon, allegedly the first of all Shou-Lao attacked, and Jayce was badly burned trying to provide a distraction so Pei could escape.

    Brenda arrived and told the distraught Pei to get behind her so she could protect her. However, Pei grabbed one of Brenda's swords and -- after Brenda argued she couldn't fight without her Inron Fist -- broke it in half and countered that Daniel had taught her that while weapons could be broken, she could not. She prepared a Kung Fu attack against the dragon, but was ultimately swatted down by her tail.

    Guided via her remote connection to Daniel, who advised her to trust in her training, believe in herself, and to fight for her loved ones; he further noted that the heart was not soft, but rather the strongest muscle in the body and it would give her more power than any form of chi. Fighting thusly, Pei defeated Mother-Dragon, extending an energy fist through her chest.

(Immortal Iron Fists I#6 (fb) - BTS) – After tearing out Mother-Dragon's heart, Pei considered that she already had her mark and just needed to earn it, so she restored the dragon's heart.

(Immortal Iron Fists I#6) – Pei returned to Brenda, who noted that Jayce had perished. However, as Pei kissed Jayce, she apparently released her chi into him, healing him; the energies blinded Brenda, but allowed Daniel to sense Pei (and Jayce) and return her to Earth.

    Jayce appeared back on Earth, where Rand, Gork, Izzy, and Ray (plus Detective Li) were waiting.

    Brenda returned with Mother-Dragon to her realm (K'un-Lun or the Pits?).

    Pleased that she had earned the dragon tattoo on her back, Pei went back to fighting crime with Iron Fist.pei-iifs6-full-tattoo

    She considered that she would return to K'un-Lun when the portal next opened in about ten years.

(Contagion#3) - As Manhattan was threatened by the Urchin, a human carrying a fungus apparently magically weaponized by the H'ylthri, Pei -- after having played some with young Danielle Cage -- joined Jessica Jones and Sparrow to seek out Luke Cage, who had become a victim of the fungus.

pei-kunlun-v-tracksuit    After beating up a trio of the "Tracksuit Mafia" (red sweatsuit-wearing Russian criminals) trying to steal from the dead, the three women located the inert (unconscious...comatose...) Luke Cage, after which they were joined by Black Tarantula, Elektra, Moon Knight, Punisher, and White Tiger. Moon Knight informed them that though the Thing had slain the Urchin who brought the fungus to Earth, the fungus was using a new host, Ruby, a young girl it had infected early on.

(Contagion#3 - BTS) - Meanwhile, Iron Fist enlisted the aid of Senor Magico and the League of International Magic Practitioners (Bob Jennings, Mister Je-Ju, Nana Marefa, Night Witch, Sorcha) who helped contain the fungus and prevent infection of the heroes exposed to it.

(Contagion#4) - Pei joined the others in traveling to Penn Station to confront the Urchin, who then infected Black Tarantula, Elektra, and White Tiger after Senor Magico was knocked unconscious. Jessica pulled Pei to safety, saving her from being infected as well. They were joined by Piledriver, whose teammates in the Wrecking Crew had succumbed to the Urchin as well.

    Three days later, as time began to run out for those infected, Jessica and Pei searched for the Urchin in the subways under Lower Manhattan.

    The next day, the sixth and final day, when the infection would become fatal, those active reluctantly agreed to allow Moon Knight to get infected as his experience with his dissociative identity disorder might make him better to deal with the minds absorbed by the Urchin. Pei and the others confronted the Urchin, who now controlled the forms of those it infected.

(Contagion#5) - After Moon Knight was infected, Pei fought defensively against the Urchin's army. Cage, Black Tarantula, and White Tiger overwhelmed and restrained her, and she was infected as well.

    Within the Urchin's mindscape(?) Moon Knight severed the tendrils restraining and growing into Pei, freeing her. She then engaged the tendrils, occupying them while Moon Knight located its brain.

    Meanwhile, in the physical world, Pei's form stopped fighting alongside the Urchin's victims, and Senor Magico appreciated that the mystic trail leading from her to Urchin had been interrupted.

(Contagion#5 (fb) - BTS) - Pei similarly freed the minds of the others trapped within the Urchin, including Black Tarantula, Bulldozer, Luke Cage, Dr. Strange, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Mole Man, a Moloid, Punisher, Thunderball, White Tiger, and the Wrecker.

(Contagion#5) - Moon Knight was nearly overwhelmed by the Urchin, but Pei pulled him free. With the Urchin weakened by its other victims being freed, Moon Knight severed its connection to its host, Ruby.

    The Invisible Woman then contained the fungal organism inside a force field, after which it was transferred into Vibranium-lined glass sphere in the Fantastic Four's base on 4 Yancy Street.

    Also freed from the Urchin's control was Anton (Yancy Street Gang), Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, and likely Captain Marvel, Ghost Rider, She-Hulk, and Thor.pei-kunlun-bc8-face

(Black Cat II#8) - When Black Cat -- as part of a plot to rob the New York Thieves Guild's extradimensional vault -- broke into the Rand building along with the Beetle (Janice Lincoln) to photograph the Randall Gate so her agent Ceres could make a copy, Gork sensed them, and Pei followed Gork to confront the pair.

    While Gork affectionately licked the Black Cat, Pei powered up her Iron Fist and insisted the Black Cat release her dragon.

    Iron Fist then arrived engaged the Black Cat, while Pei confronted Beetle. The armored mercenary made light of Pei, calling her cute and warning her that her armor was bulletproof, but after Pei smashed her back into a wall, she tried to flee.

    Pei repeatedly battered Beetle until the Black Cat -- her technology having transmitted all of the images she needed -- had it release a bright light that briefly blinded Iron Fist and Pei, allowing her and Beetle to escape.

(Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon I#1) - When Rand went to work on a project with Fooh, he left Pei and Gork in the care of Luke Cage. While they were playing hide and seek, Lady Bullseye and the undead of the Eighth Realm's Hierophant attacked, seeking to kidnap Gork. Pei punched Lady Bullseye before Iron Fist returned with Fooh, and Lady Bullseye fled.  

(Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon I#2) - Iron Fist, Fooh, Luke Cage, Pei, and Gork went to the Pagoda of Universal Compassion in the Heart of Heaven, where Quan Yin, the Mother of Mercy, informed Iron Fist that he needed to unite the seven cities on Earth before the Hidden City manifested itself there, seeking to open a gate that would upset the universal balance. Fooh activated the machine to open the portals to Earth, and Fat Cobra, Dog Brother #1, and Bride of Nine Spiders appeared. An unexpected portal to the Hidden City then opened, and they saw the Bao Fu Citadel being defended by Midnight Sun and an army of the undead.

(Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon I#3 (fb) - BTS) - After the undead were defeated, the heroes stacked their corpses against Bao Fu Citadel to block the gate.

(Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon I#3) - Iron Fist left Pei and Gork with Fat Cobra and Dog Brother #1 as he headed off on a mission. At the gates of the Hidden City, Pei and Gork helped contain the Hidden Dragon.

(Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon I#4) - At Bao Fu Citadel, Fat Cobra, Dog Brother #1, Bride of Nine Spiders, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Gork, Fooh, and Pei fled from the Ghost Dragon and the undead, needing to protect Gork and the only other remaining dragon, Spider Dragon, whom they moved to Peng Lai.

    Pei and Fooh joined the heroes in battling the undead in Brazil. When one zombie grabbed Gork, Pei sliced it in half, after which Luke Cage helped protect her from other zombies. Prince of Orphans soon arrived with the Spider Dragon, and then he took the team to the Hidden City, where they saw that Okoye had just killed the Hidden Dragon. 

(Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon I#5) - Pei and the others watched as Iron Fist sparred with Okoye for taking on the chi of the Spider Dragon, then Quan Yin revealed her presence to guide the heroes on the path of compassion. Hierophant and Yama Dragonsbane (Brenda Swanson) then attacked, killing Quan Yin, after which Pei and the others sparred with Hierophant before entering the Hidden City and facing the Ghost Dragon.

(Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon I#6) - The heroes were nearly overwhelmed by the Ghost Dragon before Iron Fist realized they needed to take Gork’s chi to fight him back. Pei was initially reluctant until she saw Luke Cage badly hurt, and after Gork seemed to volunteer to sacrifice himself, she offered Gork to the others, knowing there was a chance he might be resurrected afterward. When Hierophant attacked, Okoye wielded the dragon chi to defeat him. Quan Yin revealed her survival and presented Pei with an egg, promising that Gork would be reborn and would be undying. During the fight, Rand had surrendered his iron fist power to Okoye, and she in turn passed this power on to Gork’s egg.

Comments: Created by Kaare Kyle Andrews.

    When Pei collapsed at the end of Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1, with the arrows seemingly in her back, the arrows were either in her and through Gork's egg (which seems unlikely, since the egg was intact when next seen, and Gork was uninjured) or through neither Pei nor Gork. Presumably Pei collapsed from exhaustion, rather than arrow wounds.

    I did not see Pei in Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#4, 7, or 8.

    Thanks to Markus Raymond for pointing out the Contagion and Black Cat appearances that slipped through by leaking old brain.

    This profile was completed 6/27/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Snood (Iron Fist: The Living Weapon, Contagion, Black Cat) & Chadman (Immortal Iron Fists).

CLARIFICATIONS:
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should be distinguished from:


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Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1, pg. 19, panel 4 (face, travel hood);
          panel 5 (arrows in back);
    #3, pg. 19, panel 1 (running with backpack);
    #5, pg. 2, panel 4 (full, pose, hospital gown);
    #6, pg. 4, panel (riding Gork);
    #9, pg. 19, panel 1 (stasis);
    #10, pg. 17, panel 4 (eyes flare);
    #11, past pg., panel 1 (tears);
          panel 3 (dragon on back, iron fist hand);
    #12, pg. 7 ("three months later"), panel 5 (levitating);
          panel 9 (accessing book)
Immortal Iron Fists I#1, p19, pan1 (in dragon mask)
    #3, p9, pan1 (makeup)
    #6, p16, pan3 (in mask, surrounded by fire)
        p19, pan3 (dragon tattoo)
    trade paperback, extra pages, design 1pei-kunlun-iifstpb-design2
       design 2
Contagion#3, pg. 14, panel 1 (kicking "Tracksuit Mafia" guy);
Black Cat II#8, pg. 11, panel 1 (face, better detail)


Appearances:
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#1-3 (June-August, 2014) - Kaare Kyle Andrews (writer and artist), Jake Thomas (editor)
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#5-6 (October-November, 2014) - Kaare Kyle Andrews (writer and artist), Jake Thomas (editor)
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon#9-12 (April-July, 2015) - Kaare Kyle Andrews (writer and artist), Jake Thomas (editor)
Immortal Iron Fists I#1-6 (September-December, 2017) - Kaare Kyle Andrews (writer), Afu Chan (artist), Jake Thomas (editor)
Contagion#3 (December, 2019) - Ed Brisson (writer), Mack Chater (penciler), Stephen Segovia (inker), Lindsey Cohick (assistant editor), Jake Thomas (editor)
Contagion#4 (December, 2019) - Ed Brisson (writer), Damian Couceiro (artist), Lindsey Cohick (assistant editor), Jake Thomas (editor)
Contagion#5 (December, 2019) - Ed Brisson (writer), Adam Gorham (artist), Lindsey Cohick (assistant editor), Jake Thomas (editor)
Black Cat II#8 (March, 2020) - Jed MacKay (writer), Dike Ruan & Annie Wu (artists), Kathleen Wisneski & Lindsey Cohick (assistant editors), Nick Lowe (editor)
Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon I#1-6 (March-August, 2021) – Larry Hama (writer), David Wachter (artist), Jake Thomas (editor)


First posted: 09/30/2021
Last updated: 09/29/2021

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