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Interloper possesses the conventional attributes of the Eternals of Earth as well as certain special abilities developed through rigorous discipline. Like that of all Eternals, his life force is augmented by cosmic energy and he has total mental control over his physical form and bodily processes even when he is asleep or unconscious. As a result, he is virtually immortal, immune to disease and aging, and invulnerable to conventional forms of injury. Should Interloper be injured somehow, he could regenerate any injured or missing tissue. An Eternal can only die through an injury that disperses a significant portion of his body molecules, or if he is injured after his mental control over his body is somehow broken. Cosmic energy bolsters Interloper's metabolism so that he does not tire from any physical exertion. He can resist temperature extremes through mental concentration.
Like all Eternals, Interloper can levitate himself by mentally manipulating gravitons (subatomic particles carrying the force of gravitational attraction between atoms) around himself. Whereas Eternals ordinarily use their self-levitating ability to fly, Interloper has used it to walk on water. Interloper can also levitate other persons or objects, even while simultaneously levitating himself. The rate of speed at which Interloper can fly through levitation is unknown.
Interloper can project cosmic energy in the form of beams from his eyes or beams or flashes from his hands. This cosmic energy, stored in specialized enclaves of cells in his body, can be used as force, heat, light, and possibly other forms of electromagnetic energy. The full amount of energy that Interloper can release this way is unknown: it probably lies somewhere between the amounts that an ordinary Eternal can project (200 pounds per square inch of concussive force, 2000° Fahrenheit of heat, both effective over a range of about 175 feet) and the higher levels that the Eternal Ikaris can project (500 psi, 3000° F, both over about 200 feet). The expenditure of cosmic energy in this way continually for several hours will temporarily deplete Interloper's physical strength, but not his resistance to injury, although it will temporarily increase his sensitivity to pain. He will rapidly return to normal after such lengthy energy expenditure is over.
It is not known whether Interloper can psionically create illusions or manipulate atoms and molecules. He can psionically teleport himself, but prefers not to do so, finding the process physically unpleasant.
Interloper can psychically induce fear in the minds of other people whom he is near. His victims need not see him in order to feel the fear he projects; in fact, he can thus so terrify them that they become too frightened to turn around and face him. He chooses to project his fear-inducing power through his so-called "cloak of fear," which he wears about himself.
Very little has been revealed about the past of the mysterious being who calls himself Interloper. He is one of the Eternals of Earth, although for unknown reasons, he has chosen to have little to do with them or with the rest of humanity. However, he is known to be friends with the Eternal known as the Forgotten One.
Interloper has many times fought the evil cosmic being known as the Dragon of the Moon. His first battles with the Dragon were off the planet Earth, alongside his fellow Eternals. Apparently these battles were on Saturn's moon Titan, and Interloper fought alongside the Eternals of Titan. Later Interloper alone fought the Dragon on Earth. Interloper's final battle with the Dragon before recent times took place in the Sixth Century A.D. on Earth. The Dragon had allied itself with Mordred, leader of the forces at war with King Arthur of Camelot. During the final battle between Arthur's forces and Mordred's, Interloper and his allies (whose names have not been revealed, although Arthur himself somehow played a part) succeeded in somehow imprisoning the Dragon somewhere in space. It seems that Interloper incorrectly believed they had destroyed the Dragon, Arthur and Mordred mortally wounded each other during this battle, and both died.
Interloper apparently lived the life of a hermit over the following centuries, having little to do with others. Using his psychic powers, the man named Manslaughter discovered Interloper in the wilderness where the latter lived. Impressed that Manslaughter could find him, Interloper trained him in developing his psychic powers. However, aware of Manslaughter's mental instability, Interloper was careful not to teach him too much.
More recently, the Dragon placed the woman called Moondragon totally under its psychic influence. Sensing the Dragon's presence, Interloper left the Siberian wilderness and tracked the Dragon to the headquarters of the Defenders, a team of superhuman adventurers, in Colorado. There Interloper joined Manslaughter and the Defenders in doing battle with the Dragon and Moondragon. Moondragon cast the soul of Isaac Christians out from the body of the Gargoyle, one of the Defenders, and the Dragon took control of the Gargoyle's demonic body. Finally, Interloper decided to project his own Eternal life force against the Dragon in an attempt to destroy the creature. Brunnhilda the Valkyrie decided to sacrifice her life force as well. Needing mortal vessels in order that their power might defeat Moondragon as well, Interloper and the Valkyrie asked Manslaughter and the Defender Andromeda to add their life forces as well. The two agreed, and joining hands, the four alliesformed the "Dragon's Circle" and hurled tremendous power at the Dragon, Moondragon, and the Gargoyle. The rest of the Defenders went to rescue endangered innocents, and when they returned, Interloper, the Valkyrie, Andromeda, Manslaughter, Moondragon, and the Gargoyle had all seemingly been transformed into statues of ashes and dust, and the Dragon of the Moon was apparently gone. With some members of the "Dragon's Circle" returning it is unknown wethers they all will return from where ever they are.
First Appearance: The New Defenders (1985) #147
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#4 Defenders: Strange Heroes (2012)
- 'Damon Dran to Goodman, Lieber, Kurtzberg, & Holliway'
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
#3 Journey Into Mystery (1952)
- 'Dragon Circle'#4
- 'Dragon's Dream'
Licht & Schatten (1988)
#5 Strange Tales (1987)
- 'Der Rattenkönig von New York'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The New Defenders (1985)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#147 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- '...and Games!'#149
- 'Lonely as a Cloud'#151
- 'Second Degree Manslaughter'#152
- 'The End of All Songs'
- 'Human Torch to Ka-Zar'
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