Portrayed by Quinton Boisclair
|Introduction:||The Shadow King (plot)|
It's my time now. My kingdom is at hand.
A psionic construct, the Shadow King leeched off the powers of Amahl Farouk until it was imprisoned in his mind. The end of the world freed it and gave it a new dimension and new minds to pillage.
Name: The Shadow King
First appearance: February 5, 2008
'Created' when Amahl Farouk was a young emerging psi witnessing the stoning to death of another mutant, the Shadow King is a psychic entity that leeched off Farouk's powers without his knowledge, using them to gain access to the astral plane. It inhabited the astral plane for years, taking sustenance from the powers of other psis Farouk met in his travels, but it was only once Farouk moved to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngstersdid the entity find a fertile feeding ground. Using the psionic energy of some of the most powerful psis on the planet, the Shadow King became too powerful for Farouk to contain and began literally burning out his physical body. In the face of Farouk's inevitable death, the Shadow King chose a new host, one that was powerful and unaging - Cain Marko. Unfortunately, the Shadow King hadn't realised Cain wasn't a mutant, and found itself caught between the two hosts. In its efforts to save itself, it caused massive disruption to the astral plane, and sent the mansion psis who went into Cain's mind after it into various breaks with reality.
The Shadow King was eventually faced down by its creator, Farouk, and imprisoned deep within his mind and psyche, where it remained as a commentator and outlet for Farouk's frustrations.
The parasite survived the end of the world an languished on the astral plane with diminished power. An investigation by a group of mixed psis and magicians, seeking to calm an astral plane still upset by M-Day, empowered it enough to return to the material world, although it overexerted itself several times and was thrice defeated by Jean, Quentin, and Emma. Following that, it was weakened, anemic, a complete mess, and indefinitely imprisoned on the astral plane by Emma and Haller. It may return in the future.
The ability to possess the bodies and minds of other psis through access via the astral plane, and thus use their psionic ablities.
Socked by: Ben