Appearing in "The Shadow Lengthens"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Askani'son #1.

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Synopsis for "The Shadow Lengthens"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Askani'son #1.

Years have passed since Nathan had battled and defeated Apocalypse. He is joined by Tetherblood in listening to a retelling of the past and how the X-Men were formed and then the final battle of Apocalypse. The storyteller, Fossil, says that Mother Askani defeated Apocalypse. At this miscommunication, Nathan stands up and calls Fossil out. After making this scene, 'Strator Umbridge finds Nathan and takes him and Tetherblood prisoner on her ship.

In New Orleans, Stryfe uses his powers on innocent bystanders while Ch'Vayre looks on. Stryfe is upset that his "kingdom" has not been rebuilt as he had planned since he is the sole heir to Apocalypse. Ch'Vayre can only look on in dismay and cannot understand what he has done in protecting Stryfe like this.

Meanwhile, Nathan and Tetherblood are taken to New Canaan. There 'Strator Umbridge is told to come to speak to Tribune Haight immediately. In the ships brig, Nathan meets Blaquesmith. He tells Nathan that he is there to help. He finds a small globe inside Nathan's body and this turns out to be the "Professor". He greets Nathan and then Blaquesmith goes unconscious. The guards enter and pick them up. 'Strator Umbridge meets with Haight, who tells her that she is to go and find the remaining two Askani's in Eurasia. He also talks of the Askani "messiah", who is Nathan. She thinks that sounds like the man she just put in the brig. She leaves to go investigate. Blaquesmith finally recovers and just in time to tell Nathan that he is in danger and that they need to escape. He distracts the guards and they shoot him, apparently killing him, though his body disappears. Tetherblood and Nathan jump to an escape pod and the "Professor" takes over and blasts off. 'Strator Umbridge watches as they escape. They plan to find the "last Askani".

Elsewhere, Stryfe and Ch'Vayre enter a part of the temple that houses a machine that creates ADAM units. Here he creates a unit designate, Zero. He announces that his prime directive is to resurrect the "High Lord". Stryfe smiles and says, "Now we can begin anew."

Appearing in "A Tiny Spark"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Askani'son #2.

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  • Gender Splay

Synopsis for "A Tiny Spark"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Askani'son #2.

Nathan and Tetherblood stop off at a "milk" bar and rest for a bit and drink some of the milk. While here they get into an argument and a New Canaanite 'Strator sees them and recognizes them as the ones who escaped from 'Strator Umbridge. They confront them and question them about who they are.

In Egypt, Stryfe and Ch'Vayre continue their plans on making Stryfe the new ruler in Apocalypse's place. 'Strator Umbridge oversees Stryfe's transactions and decides that she is going to head to Ebonshire, where the last Askani sisters are residing.

In Ebonshire, Madame Sanctity holds stylized rituals for the followers of Askani. Aliya questions her motives since she appears to be making some profit from the followers. Madame Sanctity scoffs at her notions.

At the milk bar, 'Strator Porus goes to detain Nathan and Tetherblood and he fights back. He stops all the soldiers and suddenly Blaquesmith appears. He tells Nathan that he was to follow his orders and this was not part of them. Blaquesmith decides to teach Nathan a lesson and knocks him off his feet. He tells Nathan to stick to the plan and then disappears to the astral plane. While there he discusses with the "Professor" that he is a little "rough around the edges" and that it is time to smooth those edges out.

Stryfe meanwhile, works out of his new hideout in the Sphinx and tries to build an army out of blood and flesh with his powers. Ch'Vayre only looks on at him wondering how much longer before Stryfe goes mad. Stryfe senses his thoughts and begins to chastise Ch'Vayre. Zero stops him and announces that there is a person who could further his powers to allow him to not need human helpers. He says she is named Madame Sanctity and she is an Askani. Outside, Umbridge consults with Tribune Haight and he tells her he is not happy that she has not brought down the last two remaining Askani yet.

Nathan and Tetherblood walk thru the sewers beneath the milk bar and Nathan decides that he must go on alone to find the Askani and he leaves Tetherblood behind. Tetherblood wishes him luck and a "G'journey".

Appearing in "An Ember Glows..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Askani'son #3.

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  • Aliya's air skid

Synopsis for "An Ember Glows..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Askani'son #3.



Appearing in "A Bright and Shining Light"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Askani'son #4.

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Synopsis for "A Bright and Shining Light"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Askani'son #4.

Madame Sanctity announces Nathan Dayspring to her followers as the Askani'son. They all hail him. Nathan slowly removes himself from the celebrations with Aliya. He learns that she is not too fond of the teachings of her mentor anymore and that Madame Sanctity appears to be going mad. 'Strator Umbridge bids Nathan and Aliya their leave and then secretly talks to Tribune Haight who is leading an attack squad towards Ebonshire.

His new servant, Plough, appears to save him from a mutiny on the ship and kills two of the soldiers. Haight says that he needs to keep Plough by his side. Outside the ship, Stryfe, Zero and Ch'Vayre all follow the main attack ship towards Ebonshire. Stryfe finally loses it and attacks Ch'Vayre and destroys his mind, just because he could.

In Ebonshire, Aliya talks to Nathan and suddenly she is frozen. Nathan is met by Blaquesmith and he tells him that Madame Sanctity is not the teacher he was to have found. Nathan learns that this teacher is Aliya. Suddenly the Canaanites attack and Nathan throws himself on Aliya to save her. Madame Sanctity begins to destroy some of the ships. Nathan gets up and sees that his techno-organic virus is out of control and Aliya sees this for the first time. He begins to get it under control when 'Strator Umbridge attacks and shoots Aliya. She is about to attack Nathan when Plough shoots her instead. Madame Sanctity is teleported to Stryfe's ship and to the others watching it appears she is killed. Stryfe offers to work with Madame Sanctity and she agrees to this. Plough brings Nathan and Aliya to Haight and then kills his soldier Columbus. Plough removes his mask and reveals he is Tetherblood. He rescues Aliya and Nathan and Nathan tells Haight that he will be watching him and building a rebellion against Haight all along the way. They are then the first to be part of the "Clan Chosen" vow to stop Haight's work.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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