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During the events of the storyline referred to as the Rise of the Midnight Sons, the demon-queen Lilith and her children, the Lilin, were released from a long period of imprisonment. In the chaos that ensued, a number of groups and individuals gathered together to combat these demons. At the same time, the Dwarf and the Other began actively manipulating people to use pages from the Darkhold, in order to gain power for their lord, Chthon. Victoria Montesi, a woman from a line of priests who safeguarded and prevented misuse of the Darkhold, began to have visions every time a page was used. After an attempt on Victoria's life by the Darkholders, Interpol, at the request of the Vatican, assigned agent Sam Buchanan to protect her. Meanwhile, John Blaze, one of those who would become the Midnight Sons, contacted Louise Hastings, an expert on the occult after a vision by another member warned that Hastings could become a target of Lilith. Hastings, with Blaze and the Ghost Rider, and Montesi and Buchanan each followed leads to the house of Donald Walsh, who had invoked the Chameleon Worm spell from the Darkhold. After successfully eradicating the Chameleon Worms, Buchanan, Hastings, and Montesi decided to stay together to investigate the use of the pages from the Darkhold. After several encounters, the group was joined by William Hastings, aka Jinx, the grandson of Louise, who possessed innate mystical powers.
Buchanan did not believe in the supernatural initially, and despite several direct encounters continued to remain skeptical. In fact, he suspected Montesi as actually being behind the events, because of her clairvoyant abilities which gave her knowledge of the events before anyone else. Based on orders from his superior, DeGuzman, who was secretly the leader of a sect of the Darkholders, Buchanan and the other Darkholders planned to use a letter-bomb threat to convince others to send in the pages to keep them out of the hands of the public. In fact, the DeGuzman planned this plot in order to reassemble the book for use by his sect. With deliberate mis-information from his DeGuzman, Buchanan actually brought Montesi to the Darkholders' base. After learning the truth, Buchanan helped free Montesi, while DeGuzman and the sect of the Darkholders were slaughtered by the demon-child, Diabolique.
The Darkholders were soon joined by the centuries old sorcerer, Modred the Mystic, who had his own soul tainted by the Darkhold. Shortly after that, several members of the Darkholders were slain by Switchblade II, who was actually the Midnight Son, Blade, who used the Demogorge page of the Darkhold in an effort to destroy all magical beings. Hastings ultimately used another page of the Darkhold to stop Switchblade and revive his victims. Hastings was morally crushed by what she had been forced to do, and took some time off. Montesi also used a page of the Darkhold in order to cure her friend and lover, Nash Salvato. This resulted in the being Monstrosity being formed and attempting to kill all others Montesi encountered. Montesi managed to throw off the effects of the Darkhold and destroy the Monstrosity.
The fact that the Montesi family was supposed to be "incorruptible," and yet Victoria had used a page of the Darkhold, led Hastings to investigate Victoria's past. Hastings learned Victoria's true nature, as actually being a creation of the Darkhold, which further demoralized her. Before she could tell the truth to Victoria, Louise was slain by another Midnight Son, Morbius, who was possessed by the Lilin Bloodthirst. This occurred during the events of the Siege of Darkness, which involved the union of the demons Lilith and Zarathos. As this battle escalated, Modred sent Jinx off to the Vatican for protection, under the care of Vittorio Montesi, the father of Victoria. Modred, who also learned the truth about Victoria, also left the group during these events. Sam and Vicki, possessing minimal ability to directly combat the powerful demons, sat out the final battle against Zarathos. Shortly after this, Victoria at last learned her own true nature, as she found she was carrying the demon Chthon within her, which would then be born into reality on Earth. These events pulled her away from Buchanan, and the Redeemers dissolved permanently.
Jinx (Marvel) (01 - William Hastings)
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
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