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Immortality, siphoned from an imprisoned Luca del Portenza.
Son of Paolo Priora, Stefano assumed leadership of the Carbonari, a 19th century Spanish cult, upon his father's death in 1818, which was caused by the failed attempt to sacrifice the immortal Luca del Portenza.
In 1929, Stefano convinced fellow cult member, Massimo del Portenza, to recruit the 17-year old Luca into the Carbonari. Upon his initiation, Luca, tainted by Paolo's evil, slaughtered Massimo and the entire cult. Stefano barley escaped with his life, although scarred. Somehow, after, or perhaps, because of, this experience, Stefano gained an extended lifespan.
Many years later, in 1899, Stefano recruited Luca's immortal mother, Erica del Portenza, in an effort to end the death that Luca had been unleashing upon the world over the previous 70 years. Stefano and Erica managed to encase Luca in a block of ice on the secluded island of St. Agethe.
Little did Erica know, Stefano kept the frozen Luca alive instead of killing him. By sacrificing people to Luca, Stefano was able to leach the imprisoned immortal's lifespan, keeping Stefano alive for the next century.
In 1999, Lex Luthor had arrived on St. Agethe with his infant daughter, Lena. Stefano sensed that Lena, who's mother was Erica del Portenza, was also an immortal. Stefano manipulated Luthor into recovering the frozen body of Luca and relocate him to Metropolis. Once there, Erica learned of Luca's fate and attempted to kill him once and for all, but instead inadvertently set him free. Stefano used this opportunity to convince Erica that Lena Luthor needed to be sacrificed in order to stop Luca's rampage. Erica, however, deduced Stefano's true intentions - to replace Luca with Lena as Stefano's source of immortality. Erica then forced Stefano into the sacrificial circle instead, killing both he and Luca.
First Appearance: Superman: End of the Century (2000) HC
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