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Vast magical powers grants him the power to generate mystical energy as force bolts and protective shields, increase his size and strength, regenerate his injuries and tap into the innate evil of humans and turn them into demons with a touch. Flight due to natural leather wings. Techno-organic virus mutatation allows him to rebuild his body from a single cell when destroyed or injured, can infect others with techno-organic virus. Virus also granted him a computer like mind allowing him to cast spells and process them almost simultaneously.
N'Astirh was a demon with great magical skills and a master manipulator. Despite his power and loyalty to his lord Belasco he rebelled when Belasco chose a human, Illyana Rasputin as his apprentice. N'Astirh formed an alliance with S'ym, the strongest of Belasco's demons. When Illyana rose against Belasco, N'Astirh stole Belasco's spellbook and fled from Limbo into Earth's past. When Illyana left Limbo, S'ym summoned N'Astirh again and they plotted against her. Due to the Magus invasion of Limbo, S'ym was turned into a techno-organic being. As a techno-organic being, S'ym became more powerful and took over Limbo.
N'Astirh made pacts with various villains in the Marvel Universe, such as Cameron Hodge, Hobgoblin (Macendale), and Madelyne Pryor. The latter used this alliance to get revenge against her creator Mister Sinister and her ex-husband Cyclops. N'astirh had previously led Madelyne to Sinister's genetic lab, to rescue her baby, and to confront Mr. Sinister. Madelyne then learned that she was merely a clone of Jean Grey, whom her husband had actually loved, and left her upon learning that she was still alive. With the help of N'astirh and his fellow demon S'ym, Madelyne's psionic powers (far stronger than her progenitor's) were triggered, transforming her into the Goblin Queen. When he realized that Madelyne could not be used as his pawn openly he devised another way of coercing her to the dark side. When she was bound and defeated by Sinister he left her to fend for herself while he infected himself with the transmode virus. The virus changes his coloring from green to red. He also claims he has 'become' magic, since he can now process and cast spells almost simultaneously.
When N'astirh knew she had fallen into madness he returns and presents Madylyne her son as chief sacrifice.
Madelyne Pryor, N'astirh and S'ym then plotted a demonic invasion, starting with Manhattan, known as the Inferno Crisis. During the invasion N'astirh also coerced Illyana Rasputin and Meggan towards their darker sides--Magik having a tie to the demonic realm Limbo (transforming her into Darkchylde) and Meggan being an empathic shapeshifter who was swayed by the dark emotions around her (transforming her into the Goblin Princess). N'astirh was also known for his twisted sense of humor. When Jason Phillip Macendale, then the Hobgoblin, offered to make a Faustian bargain to trade his soul for the power of a demon, N'astirh laughed and scoffed at the offer, thinking Macendale's soul to be too pitiful to be of any worth. In return for amusing him, however, N'astirh granted Macendale's request by fusing the hapless human with a demon, which would eventually break away to become the Demogoblin.
However N'astirh's invasion attempt was thwarted by the X-Factor, New Mutants, the X-Terminators and the X-Men. He was frozen and shattered and ultimately destroyed by an overload of lightning driven into him by Storm.
Recently N'astirh has reappeared at the side of Illyana Rasputin, during the recent 'Quest for Magik' storyline. Whether or not this is the original N'Astirh or like Illyana a possible alternate reality version is unclear. This version appears to be more savage and primitive in nature and has not yet displayed any of the powers of the original. He also does not appear to be a techno-organic being
First Appearance: X-Terminators (1988) #1
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#4 Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
#31 Excalibur (1988)
- 'A Gauntlet Hurled!'
Fantastic Four (1961)
#324 Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
- 'I Die Like the Stars! (or--Fan Johnny Storm!)'
#1 I Am An Avenger (2010)
- 'Heroic Age Villains'
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities (2007)
New Mutants Saga (2009)
nn New X-Men (2004)
- 'The New Mutants Saga'
#38 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
- 'Quest for Magik: Part 1'#39
- 'Quest for Magik: Part 2'#41
- 'Quest for Magik: Part 4'
Power Pack (1984)
#42 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Revenge of the Boogyman Part 1'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The New Mutants (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1989)
#5 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Marauders to Power Princess'
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
#147 Uncanny X-Men (1963)
- 'When the Bugle Blows'
#236 Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'Busting Loose!'#238
- 'Gonna Be a Revolution'#239
- 'Strike the Match'#241
- 'Fan The Flames'#242
Annual 07 What If...? (1989)
- 'The Vibranium Vendetta, Part 3: The Machine and the Man'
#6 Wolverine Encyclopedia (1996)
- 'What If... The X-Men Had Lost Inferno?'
#1 X-Men: Hellbound (2010)
- 'X-Infernus, Chapter One: Soul Survivors'
- 'Invasion of the Baby-Snatchers'#2
- 'Speed Demon'#3
- 'Guess, who's coming to dinner'#4
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