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I may be misremembering, but didn't louise hastings use a darkhold page too, to stop blade after he used the page and turned into that supernatural-destroying whosawhatsit? i know she was killed (by morbius, i think?) during that later crossover with the evil mist and whatnot, but i don't remember her dying fighting blade. (oops, that was from me. --dan 01:47, 4 July 2006 (UTC))
The evil Elder God known as Chthon put into writing all his evil works and spells. It remained as the Darkhold after most of the Elder Gods were slain (Chthon and Set managed to escape) by the Demogorge.
Humans first found the Darkhold during time of surface Atlantis. When Kull slew Thulsa Doom, Doom's followers, the Darkholders, utilized the Darkhold to create the first vampire, Varnae, dying due to wounds suffered in battle with Kull. Varnae consumed one of the Darkholders who attempted to command him, and began creating other vampires. Some surviving Darkholders managed to make off with the Darkhold before Atlantis sank. [see Doctor Strange III#11/2]
Varnae, when Atlantis sank, went into hibernation and did not revive until circa 10,000 BCE. He found that some parchments of the Darkhold had been left behind in the Flaming Mountains of Khorasha. Varnae attempted to recover these parchments. In an altercation with Conan, Red Sonja, and the sorcerer Zula, Varnae controlled the bat-like humanoids the Afterlings. Zula used the Darkhold against Varnae. Zula used a spell from the Darkhold/Chthon Scrolls that shocked Varnae. The spell went: "Shemek Iref Wenek Tjhen Inek It-Ek Chthon Djedeni Emm-Maat Wenen Taeei Hemet Ankh-Ek Isheset Antioo Djedte Nes Sep Iree NEn Renek Anhkhu Wi-Im Valka!". Zula noted that "I'm sorry the incantation ended where it did-and only hurt Lord Varnae, rather than destroying him". To Zula the words appeared in Sytgian, but it has long been known that Chthon cast a spell that makes the Darkhold appear intelligible in any language. In any event, Varnae fled. [Conan the Barbarian I#244-245]
Zula also used the Darkhold against the Set-worshipping sorcerer Thugra Khothan. Later Red Sonja and Zula travelled to Zamboula, Zamboula serving as the western part of the Turanian empire. Totrasmek, the priest of the deity Hanuman (note that Hindus also worship a simian deity called Hanuman), came into possession of the Chthon Scroll/Darkhold. Totramesk had been searching for years for the Darkhold. Zula recovered the Darkhold and used the scrolls to transport himself and Sonja away. Zula noted that the scroll disappeared as a result of the spell. [Savage Sword of Conan#194-195]
Later historians in the Vatican would note that at some point scrolls of the Darkhold were taken East during the Hyborian Age. [Doctor Strange III#13/2]
After the Hyborian Age, Egyptians, Bablyonians, and Hebrews came to possess the Darkhold scrolls. Morgan Le Fay bound the scrolls into book form for the first time circa the 600's. Saint Brendan tore them up.
In the 1100's, a heretical monk named Aelfric had reformed the Darkhold. This monk was burnt at the stake, the Darkhold with him. However, the Darkhold reformed itself, and was purchased by a trader, who was then murdered.
By the 1600's, the Vatican came to possess the Darkhold. Dracula sent a thief to acquire it for him, but Cagliostro slew the thief and took it for himself.
At some point the vampire Lord Ruthven may have possessed the Darkhold. Taboo, the sorcerer, claims to have found the Darkhold in an old Balkan castle. He apparently did so no earlier than 1958.
Before late 1930, Gregor Russoff came to possess the Darkhold. He would later copy much of its content into the journal of his ancestor, and used it as a journal for himself. Accounts vary as to how he came to possess it. Some say he purchased, others that he took it from the sorcerer Taboo. Two accounts say that Russoff bought it. In an event, when he read of the origin of lyncanthropy in the Darkhold, Gregor Russoff (whose ancestor Grigori had been a werewolf) also contracted lycanthropy. During this time, Dracula shadowed Russoff.
Possibly circa 1958 (contemporaneously with the birth of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch), Gregor Russoff attempted to raise Chthon hoping he could cure him of lycanthropy. Chthon instead apparently struck Russoff dead, though Russoff evidently somehow revived. THe High Evolutionary and Magnus managed to defeat Chthon at this point. Presumably, the revived Gregor Russoff recovered the Darkhold and somehow managed to hide his activities from the High Evolutionary and Magnus for some time. He was later slain by villagers no earlier than approximately 20 years ago.
Later, Russoff's son Jack also became a werewolf. Recovering the Darkhold from Miles Blackgar, he gave it to a Father Joquez to translate. Aelfric's ghost possessed Jacquez. At the end of this struggle, Russell erroneously thought that the Darkhold was destroyed. Later, Russoff travelled to Transylvanian with the Indian woman Topaz to visit Russoff Manor. There they found Gregor Russoff's diary. Dracula came to possess the diary and left it behind in a blizzard in the Alps (since the diary contained a copy of the Montesi Formula to destroy vampires). However, Morgan Le Fay later recovered the diary.
At some point Doctor Doom found a part of the Darkhold that allowed him to cast a spell to access Belasco's Limbo. Also at some point, Mephisto imprisoned a demon called Darklove into a page of the Darkhold. Also called the Shiatra Book of the Damned, the Darkhold has served as the source for the Necronomicon.
During the Rise of the Midnight Sons -- when Lilith and her offspring, the Lilin were released into the world once more -- the Darkhold went missing from the Vatican. At that time, the Darkhold Dwarf began appearing to people around the world, giving them pages from teh darkhold and enticing them to use its forbidden spells. Victoria Montesi -- reluctant heir to to the Montesi responsibility of safeguarding the Darkhold, as well as the prophesied Montesi "incorruptibity" -- began having visions as the pages were used. When she herself was attacked by the Darkholders, she resolved to hunt down the pages of the book with the help of interpol agent Sam Buchanan and occultist Dr. Louise Hastings. These Darkhold Redeemers (as Lilith once called them) managed to collect a number of the pages before they eventually disbanded.
23:39, 10 July 2006 (UTC)Enda80
Cooper did not create Darkhold
It was created by Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog in Werewolf stories.
22:50, 11 July 2006 (UTC)~Enda80
- Hello. In the Marvel Universe Update 89 series entry, the book's first appearance was listed as Marvel Chillers #3. However, in the Data Corrections on p48 of Update 89 #8, the book is listed as first having been mentioned in Marvel Spotlight Vol 1 #3, and first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #4. JMLofficier has recently edited the article to say the book first appeared in Werewolf by Night #1. Is there any way we can verify which of these is true? BOZ
- I just checked, the Darkhold is mentioned in Marvel Spotlight #3 and shown in #4 (on page 10 if anyone cared). These stories were published before Wherewolf by Night #1. Ziplizard 05:10, 29 April 2007 (UTC)