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Lucas Cross (Earth-616)

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Lucas Cross is Blade's long lost father, his story began in the 1920's being convicted of a crime he didn't commit and imprisoned in Latveria while at the same time dying of cancer. He thought he would never see his lover Tara Brooks and their unborn son (who would become Blade) ever again, while he was there he started talking with his fellow inmate, he told him his story, and he offered him a way to survive his illness, get out of his sentence, and see his family again. Cross asked him "what's the catch?", and the catch was that he was a vampire, he killed Lucas and transformed him into a fellow vampire like him after which they both escaped. In the present, Lucas Cross captured Blade, revealing he’s his father in at the same time and trying to fulfill a prophecy, he tries using Blade to drink the blood of a young virgin girl. He chains Blade up with her and starves him in an effort to force him to drink her blood or die, at first it looked like Blade was going to succumb to his vampire blood-lust but resisted by literally chewing off his own hand to escape instead of giving in. However Blade unwittingly fulfils part of the prophecy when he drains the blood of Draconis, a vampire priest, Cross uses his position as a member of the benign Order of Tyrana to win Blades trust.


Lucas Cross possesses conventional vampire powers including enhanced strength (lifting 1500 lbs.), speed, stamina, agility and reflexes. He is immune to aging, conventional disease, and most forms of injury. Cross has limited psychic powers to control others with a glance or after drinking their blood.


Cross commands immense political and financial resources and is fully tapped into the levers of power.


He must drink blood regularly to survive and is vulnerable to silver, garlic, sunlight, a wooden stake through the heart and religious symbols. He does not cast reflections and usually cannot enter a house without invitation.

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