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The Asgardian who would become known as Professor Elliot Randolph was once a Berserker who, rather than returning to Asgard, remained on Midgard in the 12th Century. Unlike his fellow Berserkers, he hated fighting and had come to love life on Earth. He broke his staff, a weapon that increased the adrenaline in whoever came into contact with it, into three pieces and hid them across Europe. He managed to live a relatively anonymous life until 1546, when be became involved with a Frenchwoman who loved stories. Taken with her, he told her the story of the Asgardian warrior who stayed on earth (without revealing that the story was of his own life). Unfortunately, her brother, a priest, heard the story and wrote it down, ultimately spreading the legend across Europe, though Randolph's true identity remained secure.

In the early 21st Century, the Asgardian, now under the Elliot Randolph identity, was working as a university professor in Seville, Spain, one of the location of the staff pieces (presumably to keep an eye on it). Having gained a reputation as one of the world's leading experts on Norse mythology, he was consulted by Phil Coulson, an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. when Mjolnir was discovered in New Mexico in the United States of America.

Coulson would consult Randolph again some years later, after members of a Norse Paganist hate group located an Asgardian artifact in Norway. Unbeknownst to Coulson, the item in their possession was a piece of Randolph's weapon, and the professor sent the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on a wild goose chase to Canada while he recovered another piece in a church in Seville. While recovering the piece, Professor Randolph ran into Coulson's team, who were at the same church because they suspected another piece could be hidden there, and Agent Ward came into contact with the staff. Although Professor Randolph made it out of the church with the piece, he was soon attacked by Jakob Nystrom, the leader of the hate group, and lost the piece.

Randolph was then taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, where Coulson was able to deduce his Asgardian ancestry when he exhibited the same behaviour as Thor when in captivity. He initially refused to help the agents find the final piece but relented when Coulson revealed he knew Thor and treated with deporting Randolph to him, who would return him to Asgard. He led the agents to the final piece of the staff in Ireland, but Nystrom was able to track the piece down as well. Nystrom threw the final piece of the staff into Randolph's heart. It was only Coulson's quick thinking that prevented the professor from dying.

Randolph's Asgardian physiology allowed him to recover extremely quickly, and Nystrom and his followers were defeated and taken into custody by S.H.I.EL.D., along with the staff pieces. Randolph subsequently decided that, with the attention that recent events in Europe had drawn to Asgardian mythology, it may be time to relocate elsewhere. Coulson suggested Portland in the American northwest. [1]

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  • Superhuman Strength:
  • Healing Factor: Elliot Randolph has the ability to heal at (an accelerated rate) from most wounds. The worse the wound, the longer it takes to heal.




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