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Early Years

In 1966 during the Vietnam War, an American recon patrol in Cambodia stumbled upon the ancient, hidden temple of a cult known as the Dragon's Breadth, which had remained hidden for centuries. It had been built upon a well-spring of raw, primal energy called the "Well of All Things". The inhabitants decided to breed a superior race that would one day unite with the ways of the west. They believed that this union would produce children capable of harnessing the power of the Well. The members of the recon patrol were to be the fathers of these children, one of these men was Andrew Chord; the man who would become Midnight Fire's father.[1]

Midnight's Fire

Midnight's Fire and his sister Silhouette were the only children of Andrew Chord, former guardian of Dwayne Taylor and his wife Miyami (daughter of Tai). Silhouette and Midnight's Fire were operating as independent vigilantes in the streets of New York City when they met Dwayne, before he became the vigilante Night Thrasher. The three began an organized effort to take down various New York City street gangs.[2][3]

Their partnership ended when Silhouette was shot and paralyzed from the legs down in a sting gone bad. Midnight's Fire blamed Dwayne and became a cop killer and a druglord in order to lure Dwayne into a physical confrontation he could not possibly win. Later, the partially paralyzed Silhouette reunited with Dwayne, distancing herself from her brother's evil actions. [2]

Folding Circle

Diego Cassias, one of the other members of the recon patrol now calling himself the Left Hand, stole the power of the Well from his own child, then gathered the other children of the pact including Midnight's Fire into a group called the Folding Circle.[4] The Circle attempted to take control of the Well away from Tai. Members of the Circle, together with the New Warriors, managed to defeat Tai, but the Well was sealed. Cassias and Tai were apparently killed, and the surviving members of the Circle escaped in a stolen Avenger's Quinjet.[5]

The remaining members of the Folding Circle later crashed in Madripoor and attempted to usurp the role of a local druglord, which was then held by Aardwolf, a mutant crimelord. They succeeded, but were later taken down by Night Thrasher and Silhouette.[6]

Civil War

Shortly after the superhuman Civil War, Midnight's Fire aligned himself with a mysterious benefactor. He was called in to have a face to face meeting with the new Night Thrasher, (whom he still believed was the now deceased Dwayne Taylor, but was is in fact Donyell Taylor) for the purposes of arranging an 'alliance'. Midnight's Fire agreed to steal magic items such as Diablo's Book of Shades and the Ka Stone. Aaron warned Donyell against using mysticism, but Donyell ignored his warnings to build a time machine.[7]

Powers

Midnight's Fire has very subtle abilities, due to the energies of the Well of All Things his physical attributes are at the peak of human possibility, he has enhanced speed, strength, agility, and sensory perception on par with Black Panther.

  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhuman Speed
  • Superhuman Agility
  • Superhuman Senses

Abilities

Aaron Chord is also an unparalleled martial artist. The combination of these traits made him a deadly threat in combat to normal humans like Night Thrasher. The threat of a physical confrontation with Midnight's Fire was one of the main reasons that Dwayne Taylor created his body armor.



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