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Cagliostro (O-Bengh) (Earth-616)

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Born in Palermo, Sicily, on June 8, 1743 possibly as "Giuseppe Balsamo", young Giuseppe was first schooled at the religious academy of Saint-Roch, then went to study at the Convent of Caltagirone. After misleading a goldsmith named Marano into believing that hidden treasures could be located by ceremonial magic, he escaped to Messina, where he made contact with an alleged alchemical adept named Althotas. They traveled together to Alexandria and Rhodes and later conducted alchemical experiments with Grand Master Pinto on Malta. Pinto's sponsorship allowed Count Cagliostro, as he now styled himself, to live in great wealth and style.

From Althotas, Cagliostro learned of the existence of the Elixir of long life. Althotas claimed to be 100-years old in 1774. But Cagliostro wanted to do even better. Searching for more and more mystical power and the secret of immortality. Cagliostro learned the location of the 'Book of Sins', the Darkhold. The Lord of Vampires, Dracula, was then the latest owner. Cagliostro managed to steal the book from the gypsy who the had been sent to the Vatican by Dracula, and earned the vampire's enmity. From the Darkhold, Cagliostro learned the secrets that would enable him to make an elixir of immortality, but needed exotic components unavailable to him. Over the years, the war between Cagliostro and Dracula would reaching its peak.

Cagliostro married Lorenza Feliciani in Italy and became a figure in many European courts, charming princes, kings, and queens and assuring them that his alchemical secrets could help them swell the royal coffers.

The villain Doctor Doom, who was time-traveling from the present era, was searching for a teacher in the arcane arts. Cagliostro (then a youthful sorcerer) created an illusion to make himself look older and more impressive. Having gained the respect of Doom, he taught him his magical secrets, which Cagliostro himself had learned from the Darkhold. Doom needed this knowledge for his latest attempt to free his mother from the nether-realms. In return, Doom gave Cagliostro a box of jewels that would enable the mage to buy the help and ingredients that he needed for his immortality elixir. Cagliostro was much impressed by Doom's time-travelling abilities and would definitely not forget them.

Cagliostro moved to France where he became deeply interested in Freemasonry, and acquired a reputation as a medium and faith healer. Later, as per the Freemasons' agenda, Cagliostro played a part in the downfall of the French Monarchy to bring about the French Revolution. He then became involved in the famous Diamond Necklace affair, and was charged by Madame de Lamotte of stealing the valuable jewelry. This was later dismissed in court.

The Darkhold had pages that helped Cagliostro in finally concocting an elixir using vampires' blood. This elixir kept him young-- as long as he had a supply of vampires' blood, he would be immortal. He began to use magical illusions to hide his renewed youth from the Vatican.

The year 1784, Cagliostro met the hero Captain Marvel who had just passed through the mystical black mirror of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo queen of New Orleans. She was in search of a specimen of vampire's blood. Cagliostro introduced her to Count Dracula.

By now Cagliostro had developed some other nebulous plans, which included leaving France for the time being. Unknown to him, his place would be filled by the time-traveling sorcerer Sise-Neg. Sise-Neg eventually left for the beginning of time in search of power, and Cagliostro returned to Paris. It was there that he would find and decipher Sise-Neg's notes, combining them with ideas he took from The Darkhold and Doom as the so-called 'Book of Cagliostro'. (Through Cagliostro's connection with gypsies, the book would pass through many hands until recent years, when it was owned by Leila, and then Baron Mordo.)

The Vatican ordered the arrest of Alessandro Di Cagliostro in 1789 on the grounds that Freemasonry was a heresy, and he was imprisoned in the Castle of San Leo near Montefeltro. He was reputed to have died in 1795 in a cell in Italy's papal states, but in reality Cagliostro had at some point left to continue his unending quest for occult power.

Eventually, he traveled to Haiti, and then to New Orleans where he met the Voodoo queen Laveau. Cagliostro had come to steal her Voodoo secrets, but instead he became her lover. As the price for her love, Cagliostro imparted to her the secret of his own immortality.

Cagliostro continued his decadent life-style, often switching names and appearances like a chameleon. He used his time to build up fortune and fame as well as trying to keep away from the enemies he had already made.

With his supply of vampire blood low, Cagliostro realized there wasn't as much vampire's available after the reciting of the Montesi formula seemed to banish all vampires from Earth's dimension. Cagliostro returned to New York, in search of Victor Strange, the brother of the magician Dr. Strange and the first vampire to walk the earth after the Montesi formula. Cagliostro had come to the peak of his powers.

Power Grid [3]
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
* Teleporter


Cagliostro was born with a great talent for sorcery, and he has fulfilled that potential through long years of study and training. He found a way to extent his life in the pages of the Darkhold. In 18th century Earth he was one of the most powerful and skilled magicians around.

Cagliostro has the ability to tap this universe's infinite store of ambient magical energy and manipulate this to a variety of effects. The skill derived from three major sources: personal powers of the mind/soul/body, powers gained by tapping the universe's ambient magical energy and employing it for specific effects, and, finally, powers gained through the tapping of extra-dimensional energy by invoking entities or objects of power existing in tangential mystical dimensions. (The latter means of power is usually gained by reciting incantations.) Some of these effects include:

  • Forming magical energy bolts with a high degree of potency and control and erecting energy shields or screens with a high degree of imperviousness to both physical and magical damage.
  • Astral projection, the mental ability to separate the astral self-the sheath of the soul, or life essence-from his physical self, and in this form traverse through space unbounded by physical laws but fully retaining human consciousness. The astral form is invisible, intangible, and incapable of being harmed except by the most rigorous of mystical means. The astral form only possesses those magical powers residing in the sorcerer's mind: thought casting, psychokinesis, etc. He has such mastery that he can remain in astral form for up to 24 hours and even more before there is corporeal deterioration of his physical form. The physical form is quite vulnerable to attack when the astral form is absent. If harm were to befall the physical form while in astral form, the astral form would be stranded in the wraith-like state. While the astral form is absent, the physical form remains in an inert death-like trance.
  • Thought-casting over short or vast distances in a manner virtually identical with telepathy. The entire Earth was within the reach of the Ancient One's mind, providing he knew where to contact the specific mind he is seeking. He could simultaneously communicate with more than a dozen minds at a time.
  • Utilizing local magical energy to teleport across the face of the Earth or into a mystical dimension (certain higher dimensions beyond height, width, depth, etc. where the physical laws can be based on magic rather than science). Oddly enough, teleportation within a dimension is more taxing than teleportation between dimensions. Such expenditure of energy leaves all sorcerers mystically debilitated for a varying length of time, making teleportation a dangerous and seldom used ability. Physical teleportation across time rather than space is the most power-draining feat of them all.

Aside of the above mentioned manipulations he had been known to use spells capable of opening dimensional gateways, levitating, creating life-like illusions, and mesmerizing others. It is known that at times Cagliostro had access to the evil spellbook known as the Darkhold from which he derived the formula for immortality through the blood of vampires. The volume known as 'the book of Cagliostro' is in fact not by his hand, but derived from notes written by the sorcerer Sise-Neg during the time that he was impersonating Cagliostro in 18th century Paris.

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