SKIRE

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Technology user (see comments)

Occupation: Assassin

Group Membership: None (see comments)

Affiliations: Mys-Tech, Mys-Tech Board (Algernon Crowe, Bronwen Gryffn, Eadmund Porlock, Brendan Rathcoole, Gudrun Tyburn, Ormond Wychwood)

Enemies Knights of Pendragon (Albion/Peter Hunter, Adam Crown, Sir Gawain (robot), Francesca Lexley Grace, Breeze James, Union Jack/Joe Chapman)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: King of Pain

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Knights of Pendragon II#12 (June 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Skire wears a suit of armor with a variety of in-built weapons, many of them some variation on spikes, including spiked knuckle-dusters, gauntlets with three launchers apiece on the backs capable of firing spikes at machine-gun speed, and spikes that can extrude from the eye sockets of his skull decal on his chest plate, skewering anyone unfortunate to be trapped in a bear hug. 

    Additional abilities that likely come from the armor, but which might be innate, are an unspecified degree of superhuman strength, generating lethal levels of electricity on contact, and a high degree on damage resistance.



Height: Unrevealed (but taller than Union Jack's 6'6")
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Red, no visible sclera (may be only the costume/armor)
Hair: Black (may be only part of the costume/armor)

 

History:
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Knights of Pendragon II#12 (fb) - BTS) - Skire claimed to have grown up in dungeons and studied hard how to inflict pain, learning all the arts of torture; he became a sadomasochist, taking pleasure in both inflicting and experiencing pain. 

    At some point, in undisclosed circumstances and unrevealed order he: acquired an armor equipped with a variety of in-built weapons; became a professional killer who embraced the sobriquet the King of Pain; and became an agent of Mys-Tech, though whether as a mercenary carrying out occasional jobs or a full-time operative similarly remains unrevealed.

   When Mys-Tech's board launched a plan to conquer the world using the global voodoo of their UnEarth device, they anticipated that the Knights of Pendragon might seek to interfere, as they had repeatedly done in recent times. In preparation, board member Ormond Wychwood briefed Skire on their capabilities, and tasked him with destroying them once the Knights ventured back to Earth from their base in Otherworld.

    As expected, the Knights arrived in London near Mys-Tech's base soon after the UnEarth had unleashed demons across the globe. Skire let a few of the demons summoned by the UnEarth battle the Knights first to soften his prey up, waiting until the Knights had slain the creatures before intervening personally.

(Knights of Pendragon II#12) - Skire dropped into the midst of his targets and fired a barrage of spikes from his gauntlet, causing them to scatter to avoid being struck. The Knight's speedster, Breeze, raced in to strike Skire across the face, but merely succeeded in hurting her own hand against his metallic mask. Distracted by the pain, Breeze came to a standstill, and Skire, boasting that pain was his business, snatched her up by her right arm and leg and started to pull her apart, likening his intent to torturing someone on the rack. Moving in swiftly to save his teammate, the much stronger Pendragon Union Jack decked Skire with a punch, causing him to release his captive. 

    Ignoring Albion's warnings not to take on Skire single-handed, Union Jack pressed home his assault, but Skire rallied and struck a double-fisted blow under Union Jack's chin hard enough to kill the hero. The robotic Pendragon Gawain tackled Skire from behind, but Skire trapped Gawain in a bear hug and extruded twin spikes from his armor's chest, his "Iron Maiden," causing the robot to short circuit and burn out. Realizing they were swiftly losing the battle, Albion had the remaining Pendragons launch a combined attack on Skire, but being struck simultaneously by Breeze's blows, Albion's energy blasts and Grace's wrist blades didn't even distract Skire, who concentrated instead on firing spike's at Pendragon team leader Adam Crown. 

    Jumping on Skire's back as she continued to slice at him, Grace hoped to locate a weak point, but Skire electrified his armor, killing her instantly. Declaring the score to be three down and three to go, Skire leapt for the flying Albion and slammed him bodily to the ground, simultaneously piercing the hero's chest with spiked knuckle-dusters, mortally wounding him. Though far away and itself dying because of the UnEarth's ravages, the Pendragons' patron, the godlike Green Knight, sensed what had befallen its champions and, as Skire moved to finish off Albion, the Green Knight poured its remaining power into Adam Crown. Seeing Crown begin to coruscate with green lightning, Skire paused in confusion, before being blasted away screaming as Crown unleashed a powerful energy blast at the assassin. Skire crashed into a nearby building, which then collapsed on him, taking him out the fight. Knowing that while the immediate threat was dealt with, a greater fight remained that would require all the Pendragons, the Green Knight then restored Skire's fallen victims to life and health.

  





Comments: Created by Dan Abnett, John Tomlinson, John Royle and Jeff Anderson.

   The meaning (if any) behind his chosen codename, Skire, is unrevealed. It has a few possible meanings per the dictionary, though all may have originated from the same Norse roots: in Middle English it means bright or pure; in Northern Sami (the natives of the northern part of Scandinavia) it is a magpie, and that may in turn be derived from the old Norse word skera, meaning to cut, shear, penetrate or pierce. While this last meaning might seem to best fit the brutal Skire, it's also possible he saw himself as purifying things via pain or be hinting a connection to one of the Knights other foes, the assassin Magpie.

   Skire definitely uses tech as part of the source of his powers, given his armor both extrudes and fires spikes. However, we can't tell whether he's wearing armor, is a cyborg, is or is not human or an alien or a demon under all that, or whether all his displayed abilities come from the tech; it's entirely feasible that he's an alien, mutant, mutate, Inhuman, etc., which might provide the source of his strength or electricity generation, and only uses the tech to enhance these innate abilities. Or he could just be a sadistic nutter in an overly ornate suit of powered armor. Basically, we don't know, and anything beyond acknowledging that tech is part of it is speculation. It's also possible that Skire doesn't normally wear this armor, and was only doing so because he felt it was required for taking on the superhuman Knights of Pendragon.

    This profile was completed 04/17/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary's celebratory event.

Profile by Loki.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Skire has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)

Knights of Pendragon II#12, p12, pan3 (main image)
Knights of Pendragon II#12, p16, pan1 (shrugging off simultaneous attacks from several Knights)
Knights of Pendragon II#12, p19, pan2 (defeated)
Knights of Pendragon II#12, p13, pan1 (firing spikes)
Knights of Pendragon II#12, p15, pan4 (extruding chest spikes)
Knights of Pendragon II#12, p17, pan2 (electrifying armor)


Appearances:
Knights of Pendragon II#12 (June 1993) - Dan Abnett, John Tomlinson (writers), John Royle (pencils), Jeff Anderson (inks), Stuart Bartlett (editor)


First Posted: 09/25/2021
Last updated:
09/24/2021

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