Machiste


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From Who's Who #14. Art by Mike Grell & Bob Smith.

Personal Data

Alter Ego: None
Occupation: Monarch, warrior, former slave & gladiator
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Skartaris, both in the present, and formerly in the Age of the Wizard Kings
First Appearance: Warlord #2
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Weight: 217 lbs (98 kg)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black (Machiste now shaves his head)

History

Machiste was born in the mysterious realm of Skartaris. He first met Travis Morgan, a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel who had journeyed there, when they were both forced to serve as galley slaves aboard the ship Gryfalcon. Morgan and Machiste became friends and both were sold as gladiators. Their labours in the galleys already greatly strengthened their bodies, and the former gladiator Shebal trained them to become fighting machines.

Morgan led two hundred gladiators, including Machiste, to freedom in a revolt. These men became the core of an army that Morgan successfully led against the tyrannical King Deimos of Thera, who intended to conquer all the rest of Skartaris. As leader of this army, Morgan became known as the Warlord.

After Deimos' defeat, Machiste went to the city of Kiro. He found an axe containing a demonic entity that took possession of his mind. The axe attached itself to Machiste's right hand so he could no longer let go of it. Under the demonic influence of the axe, Machiste became the tyrannical king of Kiro. Finally, Morgan severed Machiste's right hand, thus freeing him from the axe's spell. Machiste replaced his right hand with a mace covered with sharp spikes.

Machiste left Kiro to accompany Morgan and the Warlord's new ally Mariah (see Mariah). One day Mariah was drawn through a time warp into the Skartaris of the Age of the Wizard Kings, which is long before the coming of humanity. Machiste, who had fallen in love with Mariah, followed her through the time portal. There they became friends with the wizard Mongo Ironhand (see Wizard World). Machiste and Mariah lived together as lovers for a time in this past era.

Recently Machiste and Mariah returned to the present and aided Morgan in his war against the forces of New Atlantis (see Atlantis). With New Atlantis now defeated, Machiste intends to return to Kiro and his duties as its king.

Powers & Weapons

Machiste has no superhuman powers, but is a superb warrior, brilliantly skilled in hand-to-hand combat, swordsmanship, horsemanship, and the use of the dagger. He can use the spiked mace he wears at the end of his right arm as a formidable weapon. eom

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