Aelfric the Mad Monk
Real Name: Aelfric
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Aelfric possessed the Darkhold, which gave him access to great mystical power granted by Chthon. He could the Grey Death, a fog of magical energy capable of disintegrating an armored knight and his steed. He could create magical bonds and summon beings from other realms to serve him.
His spirit/soul is apparently immortal. Under unknown circumstances, his spirit could be summoned by one reading the Darkhold, and he could possess and control the reader. This was seen to happen when one translated the text of the Darkhold (perhaps it was a result of reading the entire text?).
Aelfric's physical body was frail and weak, and he described his legs as crippled--he could walk on them, but could not move very quickly. Nonetheless, he could survive seemingly mortal wounds, such as a sword-swipe across the neck. Flames proved sufficient to destroy his body.
Aelfric was originally a monk serving in the Abbey of St. Michael in 12th Century Spain. He somehow came under the sway of the Elder God/Demon Chthon, who directed him to re-gather the dispersed fragments of the Darkhold (The scrolls had been dispersed by St. Brendan six centuries before).
The scrolls were passed through many hands over time, and in the 20th Century, they were obtained by Baron Gregor Russoff. Russoff bound the parchments into book form, and his reading of the book awakened the hereditary curse of lycanthropy (werewolf-ism) in him. However, Aelfric proved unable to take control of Russoff.
Jack Russell brought the Darkhold, his legacy from his father, to the priest Father Ramon Joquez to translate (from Latin). Joquez did so, but his summoned Aelfric's spirit back to the mortal plane. Joquez was on the phone with Russell, notifying him of his completion when Aelfric appeared before him. As Aelfric possessed Joquez, his screams of terror caused Russell to travel to his rectory to help him. Russell, of course, transformed into the Werewolf during the trip and arrived to confront the Mad Monk.
Aelfric magically bound the Werewolf to the wall, and then encountered Lissa Russell, who had followed her brother. Lissa fainted upon seeing th Mad Monk, who brought her into the rectory for Chthon only knows what. Recognizing the danger his sister was in, the Werewolf tore free from his bonds. Aelfric then summoned Dragonus to protect himself from the Werewolf. However, in the course of the battle, Dragonus was tripped up by the Werewolf in mid-lunge, and he was sent careening into Aelfric/Joquez, goring him. Aelfric's form was cast out of Joquez' body as he lay dying.
First Appearance: Werewolf by Night (1972) #3
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Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
#9 Werewolf by Night (1972)
- 'That Was Then... This is Now'#12
- 'Some Enchantress Evening'
- 'The Mystery of the Mad Monk'#21
- 'One Wolf's Cure... Another's Poison'
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