Darkforce is the name given to a negative energy drawn from a dimension near our own. Some mutants can tap into this energy naturally, while normal humans may learn to call it up magically. Like other negative energies, Darkforce is easy to learn but hard to control. Darkforce can have a bewildering variety of effects, and its users can control differing aspects of it, so some time passed before it became apparent that all these phenomena had a single source.
The "Darkforce dimension" has no formal name, no known inhabitants, and no known points of reference. Its most obvious (and perhaps only) characteristic is darkness: not simply an empty place that has no light but a medium that absorbs light. This "dark matter" may only be what humans can perceive of an alien universe. Normal light sources are practically useless, and magical sources have limited range and power. The same absorption applies to heat and even life essence. Those who enter the Darkforce dimension without protection feel coldness and, in time, lethargy. Prolonged exposure to Darkforce in our dimension can have the same effects. In extreme cases, a good person may turn to evil under its influence. For these reasons the dimension (or one of its inhabitants) is sometimes called "the Predator."
Those who can access Darkforce typically summon the dark matter of the Darkforce dimension. It appears in this dimension as darkness, but with varying consistencies. A weak field of Darkforce looks like a dark mist or shadow and can become camouflage, intimidation, or a smokescreen. A medium field behaves like a thick liquid and can impede or encase an opponent. A strong field, for most purposes, acts like a solid that can form shapes or carry things.
Others use Darkforce indirectly to teleport. They open a portal around themselves into the Darkforce dimension and open another portal out that appears in a different location. The process is instantaneous, so they do not physically move through the Darkforce dimension. Nightcrawler once believed that he teleported through the Darkforce dimension, and he does use the same process, but he teleports via a different dimension. His daughter Nocturne draws her powers from the same dimension as Nightcrawler.
Another known use of Darkforce is intangibility. By shifting partially into the Darkforce dimension, the user cannot be affected by solid objects, such as weapons or restraints.
A recent disturbance in the Darkforce dimension has changed its properties relative to our dimension. Generally, this change has increased the powers of Darkforce's users.
Most interdimensional travelers go directly to the Darkforce dimension, but a third dimension allows travelers to reach the Darkforce dimension in two stages. In contrast to the Darkforce dimension, this one is bright, but it contains dark globules that behave like a liquid.
Known Users of Darkforce
- Asylum (a/k/a Darkling)
- Black Death
- Black Mamba
- Left Hand
- Mister Negative
- Silhouette (Silhouette Chord)
- Smuggler (Conrad Josten)
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- Appearances of Darkforce
- Location Gallery: Darkforce
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- Fan Art Gallery: Darkforce
- Marvel Staff members who were born in Darkforce
Links and References
- Darkforce at Wikipedia