|First appearance||X-Factor #32 (October 1988)|
|Created by||Louise Simonson (writer)
Jon Bogdanove (artist)
|Partnerships||N'asteris (subordinate demons)
Demons of Limbo
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Fictional character biography
N'astirh was a demon with great magical skills and a master manipulator. Despite his power and loyalty to his lord Belasco, Belasco passes him over as a potential apprentice, seeing demons as fit only to be servants. When Illyana Rasputin rises up to replace Belasco as lord of Otherplace, N'astirh steals Belasco's spellbook and flees from Limbo into Earth's past. After years of study, he masters all the spells in the book.
N'astirh makes an alliance with Cameron Hodge. N'astirh's demons then kidnap Artie Maddicks and Leech. Using Belasco's stolen book of spells, N'astirh sends demons to abduct mutant infants, and is brought computer expert Wiz Kid as a captive. N'astirh is informed by Cameron Hodge about Mister Sinister's orphanage for mutant children. N'astirh coerces Wiz Kid to create a computer to process magic. When the Hobgoblin offers to make a Faustian bargain to trade his soul for the power of a demon, N'astirh scoffs at the offer, and on a whim, he grants Hobgoblin the requested power free of charge by fusing him with a demon, which would eventually break away to become the Demogoblin. Archangel vows vengeance on N'astirh for the encouragement he provided to Cameron Hodge. N'astirh also makes a pact with Madelyne Pryor, who uses this alliance to get revenge against the Marauders and the safe return of her son Nathan.
Madelyne Pryor, N'astirh and S'ym plot a demonic invasion, starting with Manhattan. N'astirh and S'ym manipulate Illyana Rasputin into opening an inter-dimensional portal at the Empire State Building, through which N'astirh's demons invade Manhattan. Kang the Conqueror sends his minion, the Growing Man to attack N'astirh's demon horde. During the invasion, N'astirh coerces Illyana, Meggan, and Madelyne towards their darker sides, Magik having a tie to Limbo, Meggan being an empathic shapeshifter who is swayed by the dark emotions around her (transforming her into the Goblin Princess), and Madelyne having her psionic powers triggered, transforming her into the Goblin Queen. Illyana eventually closes the portal, sealing the demons in Limbo.
While N'astirh battles S'ym for rule of Limbo and Earth, he is infected and transformed by the transmode virus. He claims he has 'become' magic, since he can now process and cast spells almost simultaneously.
N'astirh captures Nathan Christopher Summers. When N'astirh learns Madelyne has fallen into madness, he returns and presents Madylyne her son as chief sacrifice. He is ultimately destroyed by an overload of lightning driven into him by Storm.
Much later, N'astirh reappears at the side of Illyana Rasputin, though the circumstances surrounding his return remain unclear. He does not seem to possess the enhancements and abilities given to him as a result of his exposure to the techno-organic virus. He also appears to be far more animalistic and savage than before and has not displayed any of the cunning and manipulative personality traits he once had.[volume & issue needed]
He returns during the Second Coming event, where is revealed that N'astirth is the mastermind who abducted Magik.
Powers and abilities
Vast magical powers grants him the ability to manipulate the forces of magic for a number of various effects, generate mystical energy as force bolts and protective shields, increase his size and strength, regenerate his injuries and tap into the innate evil of humans and turn them into demons with a touch. He also has the ability of flight due to his natural leather wings.
Transformation by the techno-organic transmode virus allows him the ability to alter his own shape and can rebuild his body from a single cell when destroyed or injured, and he can infect others with the transmode virus, converting them into "techno-organic" beings and absorbing their life energy. The virus also granted him a computer like mind allowing him to cast spells and process them almost simultaneously.
N'astirh has a gifted intellect, and possesses extensive knowledge of black magic gained through study of Belasco's principal book of sorcery.
In other media
- Android replicas of N'astirh appear in Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge as mini-bosses.
- N'astirh appears in Marvel Heroes, voiced by Steven Blum.
- New Mutants #71
- X-Factor #32
- X-Terminators #1
- X-Terminators #2
- X-Factor #34
- X-Terminators #3
- Spectacular Spider-Man #147
- Web of Spider-Man #86
- X-Factor #36
- Uncanny X-Men #239-241
- Sanderson, Peter (2007). The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City. New York City: Pocket Books. pp. 49–51. ISBN 1-416-53141-6.
- Avengers #300 (Feb 1989)
- Uncanny X-Men #240
- New Mutants #71-73
- X-Terminators #4; New Mutants #72
- X-Factor #37
- Uncanny X-Men #242
- X-Men: Second Coming - Revelations: Hellbound #1