Quote1.png She was dark—sultry ... she was coldly sensual ... her voice was low, throaty—it seemed to purr, and yet there was no doubt that she was capable of a snarl ... her eyes ... actually seemed to glow in the darkness of my bed chamber. And I don't mind admitting that I was frightened ... Quote2.png
-- Lord Robert Greville, speaking about Fah Lo Suee

Appearing in "Daughter of Darkness!"

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Synopsis for "Daughter of Darkness!"

In a restaurant in El-Khârga, Egypt, Lord Robert Greville talks to Sir Denis Nayland Smith. He relates a dream in which a bewitching woman appeared to him and promised that he would unearth the Golden Beetle of the pharaoh Seth-Amon. She left him a ring, which he found the next morning. Smith tells him that his father, Shan, encountered this same woman—Fah Lo Suee, daughter of Fu Manchu—that her wiles nearly destroyed him, and that she cannot be trusted. Greville will have none of it. Smith also says that he is looking for Fu Manchu, who seems to be shadowing his daughter. Unbeknownst to Smith, Fu sits at the next table, disguised by a hood.

Shang-Chi arrives at the restaurant to meet Smith, but a group of Si-Fan assassins has followed him, disguised by robes. Shang-Chi senses the presence of his father and tells Smith so. Fu stands up and drops his hood. The assassins burst through the windows to cover Fu's escape.

The ensuing scuffle fails to convince Greville that he should leave Seth-Amon's tomb alone. After all, Fah Lo Suee has become his muse. He leaves. Shang-Chi remembers his first meeting with her: Fu Manchu introduced his half sister and left them alone. She observed, flatteringly, that he was being trained as a master assassin and then said that a day might come when the both of them might want Fu dead ....

In a nearby library, Smith finds mention of the Golden Beetle. The pharaoh thought that it could hypnotize anyone and thus gave him ultimate power over his subjects. Smith realizes that Fah Lo Suee wants the Golden Beetle, specifically its ruby eyes, to have the same power. He also realizes that Fu has come to Egypt to keep his daughter from getting that power, which could be used against Fu himself.

Armed with this new information, Shang-Chi and Smith go to Greville's lodgings but get no answer at his door. Shang-Chi climbs through a window. He finds a Si-Fan inside, who is also looking for Greville but gets thrown out the window for his trouble. Shang-Chi finds a map to the dig, so he and Smith go there.

first appearance of Fah Lo Suee

Inside Seth-Amon's pyramid, Fah Lo Suee leads Greville to the crypt, which he has breached only that day and has not yet surveyed. She finds the box with the Golden Beetle inside, but someone has pried out the ruby eyes. Shang-Chi and Smith arrive. Smith reluctantly admits that he too fell under Fah Lo Suee's spell years ago, and he does so again ... as six Si-Fan burst forth from sarcophagi! Fah Lo Suee orders Greville and Smith to protect her from them, so Shang-Chi must not only fight them, he must protect Greville, Smith, and (reluctantly) his half sister.

During the battle, the seventh sarcophagus topples and breaks open. It holds the mummified body of Seth-Amon, whose eyes are rubies. It also reveals a bomb! Fah Lo Suee takes the rubies and Greville. Shang-Chi defeats the Si-Fan at last and brings Smith back to his senses. They flee the pyramid just before it explodes. Out on the sands, they find Greville, who is dying of Fah Lo Suee's poisoned lipstick. Fu Manchu's helicopter departs. Smith and Shang-Chi are left to wonder: did Fah Lo Suee make it out of the pyramid?


  • Fah Lo Suee was originally created by crime pulp novelist Sax Rohmer. Her name means sweet perfume.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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