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Quote1.png Cease and desist your thievery, base varlets, or face the wrath of...The Crimson Crusader...and his faithful assistant, Imp. Quote2.png
Crimson Crusader[src]

Rory Destine and his twin sister Pandora were the two youngest children of the immortal Adam Destine and the Djinn Elalyth. When the twins a physically near each other, their respective powers of gravitokinesis and photokinesis activate.[1][7]


Rory and his twin sister Pandora were born in Yden, and hadn't left Yden before the death of Vincent.[5][6] After the death of Vincent and Adam's self exile into deep space, the twins were placed under the guardianship of their siblings Walter and Flo, posing as their uncle and grandmother respectively.[1]

When their powers manifested in puberty, Rory and Pandora believed they were mutants. Wanting to become a superhero, Rory convinced Pandora to starting going out on nightly patrols as Crimson Crusader and Imp wearing costumes designed by their "aunt" Kay Cera.[1][8]

For six months, Crimson Crusader and Imp fought crime in and around London and took down the Windsor Gang and Rainbow Quartet.[1] One night during patrol, the twins came upon Alpha and his Omegans fighting Lenz over the Gryphon. Not knowing who to help, the twins took the Gryphon to stop the fight, but Lenz torn off Imp's cape.[9] The Kay Cera Label in the cape led Lenz to Kay Cera in Barcelona. After killing Cera, Lenz learned about the other members of Clan Destine asd dispatched his agents to attack them. Both Maurice and Flo were killed,[1] but Walter and Samantha Hasard survived their attacks.[10]

To discover why they were being attacked, Walter took the twins to Dominic's Island to recruit their reclusive brother Dominic.[10] After recruiting Dominic, the group travelled to the Griffin Research Complex where Rory, Pandora, and Walter were captured by the Omegans. Before Samantha and Kay could free their siblings, Rory was abducted by one of Lenz's minions.[7] To rescue Rory, his family arrived to trade the Gryphon, but they were overwhelmed until Adam arrived to save them.[9]

Following their confrontation with Lenz, Adam began to explain their family heritage to the twins while their older siblings tried to scare them out of being superheroes.[11][12] Exasperated with the situation, Walter finally put his foot down and forbid the twins from being superheroes.[11] Frustrated with Walter's decision and fearing being separated from each other, Crimson Crusader and Imp ranaway to New York using a hollowed out car to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. In New York, the twins quickly met Spider-Man.[2] Spider-Man tried to convince the twins to return home, and even let them "audition" to be his sidekick. While trying to reunited the twins with Kay and Samantha, but ended up saving the women from the Skyline Killer.[13]

Back at home in Ravenscroft, Rory had a weird nightmare about the family acting out of character, William not being their brother, and Vincent coming back to life.[14][4]

Eventually the other adults of Clan Destine convinced Walter to allow the twin to fight crime with each adult taking a turn to chaperone the twins.[15][4][3]

When Kay Cera was abducted by a demon, Newton created a device allowing Clan Destine to follow and save her. However, the device brought the Clan to the Danger Room where they met the X-Men. While the other Clan adults interacted with the X-Men, Crimson Crusader and Imp were taken on a tour of the X-Mansion by Kitty Pryde and Cannonball and were almost recruited to the team. However, the interactions were revealed to be a corrupted Danger Room program and plot by Synraith to enter the Earthly realm.[16]

One night while heading to London to a patrol, Adam vanished in a bolt of lighting while Crimson Crusader and Imp's powers malfunctioned.[17] To get help, the twin carefully traveled to Blasco Castle with the damaged Flight Belt to meet with Kay and Samantha. However, at Belasco Castle, the twins were playfully attacked by Kay's vampyr friends.[18]

To find Hex, who was lost in the Multiverse, Newton recruited Crimson Crusader and Imp. Crimson Crusader intuitive power to manipulate gravity allowed him to traverse the Multiverse using the Q-Car and located Hex on Earth-80522 where he and Excalibur being attacked by Tral-controlled Inhumans. After rescuing Hex and Excalibur, they returned to Ravenscroft were they were attacked by Super-Griffin and his clones of Wallop, Crimson Crusader, and Imp. Fortunately, the entire Clan was rescued by the timely intervention of Adam and Elalyth.[19]

When Vincent returned to the Earthly plane, Clan Destine travelled to New York to stop Kay Cera from killing him again. Arriving at the American Museum of Natural History, Cuckoo used the powers of Crimson Crusader and Imp to disrupt Vincent's return and the energies from his occult dimension.[6]



Due to his magical heritage, Crimson Crusader possesses several powers including:

  • Gravitokinesis: Rory has the ability to manipulate gravity for a variety of effects. He is able to fly, and levitate others by negating the effects of gravity on them. He can alter gravity to make objects extremely heavy, or light enough for him to float or throw them beyond the limits of his physical strength.
    • Force Fields: He can create force fields that can protect him from projectiles including bullets, and to crush small objects. He has been seen to be able to contain the explosion of a grenade within his force fields, and keep it from harming others when it explodes. Since Rory is still an adolescent, it is probable that the extent of his powers and his control over them will increase as he gets older.
  • Advanced Longevity: Like the other members of his family, Rory will age slowly after adolescence.


  • Proximity: Rory must be in close proximity to his twin sister Pandora in order for his powers to work.




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