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His brain patterns were based on Steven Lang emotional part, but he was also able to learn new things for himself. Through the similarities to Master Mold's programming he was able to merge his mind with Master Mold. Conscience artificial body could resist most attacks and was nearly indestructible. His weapon of choice was a staff that could emit electrical shocks and laser blasts.
Master Mold created Conscience to ease his loneliness and to have somebody to help him with his plans.
Master Mold based Conscience's mind on Stephen Lang's brain patterns. But instead of making a copy of himself Master Mold used Lang's emotional side for Conscience and therefore gave him all the memories of love and hate.
Some time after his creation he started with Master Mold their plan to rid mankind of mutants. They hypnotized and kidnapped Moira MacTaggart from Muir Island and forced her to create the Retribution Virus.
Conscience entered silently Master Mold's monitor room and told him that MacTaggart's farewell was only a temporary setback. He assumed that Cyclops and Moira were trying to stop them, but Conscience had a plan. He took armed Servitors to Muir Island and attacked Cyclops, Callisto, and Moira. He watched his enemies being overpowered by the Servitors and entered Moira's lab after everything was done. Conscience grabbed the unconscious Cyclops and promised that he would pay for everything he did to Master Mold and his former self Steven Lang.
Conscience brought the defeated foes to Master Mold's ship. Master Mold wanted to know why Conscience didn't kill the mutants and Conscience assured him that they would die soon because they were both infected by the Retribution Virus and should see the destruction of all mutants. Cyclops attacked Conscience, but his powers didn't hurt Conscience at all who told his captives his origin until Cyclops collapsed. Then he told them about the Retribution Virus Moira MacTaggart created while under hypnosis and that Death Spores containing the virus would be released all over the world in a few hours. Callisto attacked him, but he just shocked her with his staff and told further stories about being mankinds' defense and loving any kind of art humanity created. The ship's computer informed Conscience that two humans were infected by the virus because it had mutated. Conscience went to Master Mold to abandon their plan, but Master Mold didn't care and still wanted to release the virus. Conscience left when he realized that Master Mold wouldn't change his mind.
Conscience still tried to convince Master Mold to stop their plan, but Master Mold shut off his audio receptors and didn't listen to Conscience. In the process Conscience went to the only people who could help him stop Master Mold's plan. He freed Cyclops, Callisto and Moira MacTaggart from their cell and asked them for help because the Retribution Virus would kill 92.4 percent of humanity. Moira asked Conscience to bring her to the ship's genetic lab so she could create an antivirus and he let her do it. Meanwhile he went with Cyclops and Callisto to the Spore Chamber, but they were discovered by Servitors. Conscience destroyed the Servitors, but Master Mold was on his way to the Spore Chamber as well after the ship's computer had alarmed him about an unauthorized power surge in the genetic lab. Master Mold shot Conscience with a powerful blast.
He wasn't destroyed and when Cyclops was dropped by Master Mold, Conscience tried to wake him up again. Cyclops wanted to know why Conscience was so different from Master Mold although they were both based on Stephen Lang and Conscience explained it. This gave Cyclops the idea to let Conscience infiltrate Master Mold's programming with his own like a virus. The Servitors approached and Conscience thought that they were in trouble, but Cyclops disposed them in a quick manner. Then Conscience started to link his mind to Master Mold's and the giant Sentinel went crazy.
Master Mold resisted Conscience's persuasions and started a countdown to release the Death Spores in ten minutes. Conscience thought that it was over, but his new partners didn't give up and Master Mold was destroyed. Conscience let his partners go and promised them to make sure that the Retribution Virus wouldn't hurt anybody. After explaining to them that he had learned to better himself he flew with Master Mold's ship into the orbit and then activated the self-destruction.
First Appearance: None listed.
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Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
- 'The Price of Retribution/Battered Artifacts/Home Is Where The Heart Is/Overture'#20
- 'Conscience of the King/Hatred Under Tears/The Flawed Flesh/At the Bottom of My Garden!'#21
- 'Best Laid Plans/Justifiable Action/Let's Take It From Where I Swing in and Rescue You.../The First Cut'#22
- 'Alliance of Convenience/Personal Risk/Suffer a Wolf to Live/New Worlds to Conquer!'#23
- 'Mind Your Conscience/The Official Version/The Forest For The Trees/Lady Jane'#24
- 'Retribution and Resurrection/Voices Heard, Voices Ignored/I Haven't Got Time For The Pain/Change of Heart'
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