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Quote1.png Centuries ago, when I was a man like other men, the instinct to survive was strong in me. I killed many men in the belief that my life was of greater value than theirs. Then my belvolved granted me the gift of immortality -- Gift and a curse. In my time I have discovered one is the other. I have lived too long...Watching my children grow old and die...While I remain untouched by time! Feeling nothing. Neither pleasure or pain -- Save the pain of loss...And of guilt! Quote2.png
Adam Destine[src]

Adam Destine is the immortal patriarch of Clan Destine.

History

Origins

In 1168 A.D., a man named Adam was born in the small Saxon village of Ravenscroft in England. In his sixteenth year, Adam was severely injured after falling on a scythe. As Adam appeared near death, he miraculously recovered after dreaming about a mysterious "angel", who he fell in love with. From that day forward, he was known as Adam of Destine.[1]

Adam of Destine during the Crusades

In 1189, Adam joined in the Crusades under Richard the Lionheart. During every battle, Adam seemed to escape injury. When Adam was captured by nomads led by Al Kadhdhaab, Kadhdhaab forced him to face the sorcerer Sujanaa min Raghbah, who used a magical gem to rule over Persia. Adam travel to Yden in the Zagros Mountains, where he confronted and killed the Raghbah, but was then betrayed by Kadhdhaab who mortally wounded him. In retaliation, a dying Adam destroyed the gem, freeing the genie he had met years ago. After healing his wounds, she granted him immortality and invulnerability.[2][1][3]

After being freed, Adam and Elalyth began to live a husband and wife. Their first child, Jasmine, was born in 1192, with their second child, Thaddeus, being born in 1193.[4][5]

Adventures

Sometime between 1210 and 1370, with his curiosity peaked by tales of Marco Polo and Genghis Khan, Adam ventured into Asia (and specifically China) several times.[5]

In the winter of 1374, Thaddeus and Adam were escorting Albert to a monastery where he could recover from the sorrow of his inability to stave off the black plague. On the Tibetan Plateau, their party encountered the rogue Inhuman, Tral, controlling an attacking horde. Tral killed Thaddeus by blasting him off a cliff. Albert was so enraged by the murder of his beloved brother that he impulsively used his powers to kill Tral. After the death of Tral, Adam and Albert met members of the Inhuman royal family.[3]

In 1615, Adam was travelling to meet Gracie and Albert, who were in Japan protecting the Shogun Tokugawa during a coup. During his journey, in the Sayan Mountains, Adam encountered an alien race preparing to invade Earth and single handedly repelled the alien invasion.[6]

Adam, Maurice, Gracie, Flo and Cuckoo (in the body of an Indian man) in 1849

In 1849, Adam along with his children Flo, Maurice, Gracie, and Cuckoo (in the body of an Indian man) infiltrate The Guild and slew four Guild brothers.[3]

In 1949, Adam came upon Chen Yu using a Hellspawn to Wolverine. Adam was able to save Wolverine and the pair developed a trusted alliance.[7][8][9]

When Adam's son Vincent began attacking the his siblings, Adam believed he had become corrupted by the Elder Gods and had no choice but to kill him. Racked with guilt, Adam went out into space in an attempt to end his life while his children scattered across the globe.[10][9]

Modern Day

After the family's existence became known and several members were killed, the Clan Destine set out to find him and defend themselves. Adam returned to Earth with the help of the Silver Surfer. Adam returned just in time to help with the menace of Lenz.[11]

Meeting the twins, Rory and Pandora, for the first time since their infancy, Adam was able to explain their family heritage and history to them.[1]

Adam Destine reunited with Elalyth

With Alpha interfering with the Clan's powers, Albert teleported his father to him at the Seventh Moon Monastery in Nepal. With encouragement, Albert then teleported Adam to Yden where he could reunite with his lover, Elalyth.[12]

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Although Adam was born mortal, he was later magically enhanced by Elalyth, including:

  • Unfettered Body: Adam Destine was granted immortality and invulnerability. He is immune to any injury, and cannot be harmed by any weapon or attack, including psychic attack. Adam seldom even feels pain.[10]
    • Immortality: Adam does not age, and remains forever young and handsome.[10]
    • Self-Sustenance: Adam does not require nourishment, water, or oxygen. He can survive unaided in the vacuum of outer space, and does not need to sleep.[10]
  • Precognition: The only exception for his inability to feel pain is when he senses when one of his children has died, or when his precognitive abilities lead him to believe that one of his children's death is imminent.[10][13]
  • Technological Invisibility: While Adam is visible in the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum perceivable to humans, he is invisible to scans using higher wavelengths.[14]

Abilities

Adam was highly skilled in the use of a sword and hand-to-hand combat.

Physical Strength

Adam apparently possessed normal human strength.

Weaknesses

  • Emotion Detachment: Having watched many of his children grow old and die, Adam came to see his long existence as a curse, and found that because of his invulnerability, his senses were numbed, and he felt neither pleasure nor pain. Adam no longer exhibited the basic responses of survival instinct, such as scanning his surroundings or flinching in anticipation of danger, never twitching nor fidgeting because he never tires. This gave him only a vague awareness of what he touched. Adam is emotionally detached, with a constant aloofness, as if he was bored with human existence.

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