Quote1.png Time turns and begins again with me! When you remember this, think not of the man called Sise-Neg - but the God called Genesis! Quote2.png
Sise-Neg[src]

History

Sise-Neg was a sorcerer born in the 31st century, a time when 3/4 of mankind possessed the ability to wield magic and none could control much mystic power due to it being a proven fact that magical energy is finite in amount. Sise-Neg desired to control more mystic power than possible and eventually developed a time travel technique that would allow him to alter the past without endangering his existence in the present. By time-travelling back throughout history and continuously absorbing magical energy from his point in time down to the dawn of creation, he could become "God" and create a new reality in his own image.[citation needed]

During his journey through time, Sise-Neg briefly stopped in 18th century Paris and took the guise of the sorcerer Cagliostro so he could record the "merest basics" of his time-travelling techniques in the Book of Cagliostro for people to remember him by. He encountered Doctor Strange, who followed his nemesis Baron Mordo after he discovered Sise-Neg's writings in the Book of Cagliostro and travelled to the past in an attempt to use Sise-Neg's technique to become the new Sorcerer Supreme after the death of the Ancient One. Strange and Mordo battled each other in a timeless void, but felt their power draining due to Sise-Neg draining magic, including theirs, from a separate reality. Mordo left the void by creating a portal, with Strange barely able to concentrate enough to make it to the other side.[citation needed]

Doctor Strange arrived in 18th century Paris and found a crowd of people pulling a man in a cart and chanting the name Cagliostro. He waited until nightfall and entered Cagliostro's (Sise-Neg's) dwelling, where he felt a surge of weakness rush over him as he approached the sleeping sorcerer. Sise-Neg awakened and beckoned Doctor Strange toward him after sensing his magical power, using telekinesis to open the doors to his dwelling. Doctor Strange told the disguised Sise-Neg of Mordo's intention to alter the future for his own evil ambitions, having followed him into the past. Sise-Neg readily realizes that Mordo must have read his book, but only considers it a slight error and told Strange that he will not get involved in the affairs of others against his will before. He then ran into a portal and disappeared, leaving Strange in his dwelling.[citation needed]

Doctor Strange used his magic to disguise himself as Cagliostro and waited until Mordo arrived. Though initially fooled by Strange's disguise, Mordo sensed something wrong and revealed Strange's true form with a spell. The two battled at less than their full strength because of Sise-Neg's magic absorption, but Strange managed to trick Mordo by creating a magic creature, distracting Mordo long enough to trap him in the Eye of Agamotto. Much to Strange's shock, Mordo vanished. Strange disguised himself as Cagliostro once again to wait until Cagliostro (Sise-Neg) reappeared. While waiting, Doctor Strange saw himself appear before him and warn of Mordo's intentions, just as he had done earlier. The disguised Strange suddenly faded away, leaving the Doctor Strange that just entered the dwelling to realize that he just witnessed time repeating itself. Sise-Neg still in disguise, reentered his dwelling once again and told Doctor Strange that he had abused his hospitality and should have left earlier. Still disguised as Cagliostro, Sise-Neg attacked Doctor Strange after being accused of abusing reality by tinkering with time. Baron Mordo appeared suddenly and put down Doctor Strange with his magic while he was distracted with Sise-Neg. He suggested an alliance between himself and the 31st century sorcerer, but Sise-Neg told him that he did not take allies and disabled him with electric bolts shot from his fingertips.[citation needed]

Sise-Neg explained that the time paradoxes witnessed by Doctor Strange were caused by him flowing back through time and removed his Cagliostro disguise to reveal his true self. After explaining the reason for his stop in France, he jumped through time once again to steal all the mystical energy from another reality. Mordo followed Sise-Neg in his jump through time, attempting to influence him to create a new reality where he is Sorcerer Supreme. Doctor Strange is forced to follow them to try and stop Sise-Neg, who he called the greatest threat their reality had ever known.

Sise-Neg stops his time travel in late 5th century England, slightly amused that both Strange and Mordo have continued to follow him. Mordo once again tried to persuade Sise-Neg to let him be his servant despite Strange's assurance that he would not allow him to do so, confident that Strange cannot do anything to him because Sise-Neg's very presence kept them well below their normal levels of power. Sise-Neg ignored Mordo's offer and told them that he stopped his time-travel in King Arthur's time because he felt a mammoth concentration of mystical energy while absorbing through time and that he must find out why. He revealed that the reason for needing to know the source of power was that he intended to become God, and that once he did so "the universe and beyond" shall be his to do with as he willed and that everything will be reborn as he so desired. But, in order to become God he needed to have obtained all possible knowledge because nothing must be left unknown.[citation needed]

Sise-Neg suddenly created a dragon to fight a passing knight in front of him simply for his amusement, not caring if the knight were to live or die. Doctor Strange killed the dragon by using his weakened Eye of Agamotto to bury the dragon in mountain debris, causing the knight, who introduced himself as Lancelot du Lac, to mistake Strange for the wizard Merlin, the primary source of magical energy in that time period.[citation needed]

After absorbing all the magical energy from Merlin, Sise-Neg made another jump in time and stopped near the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, now appearing before Strange and Mordo as a giant floating head due to being at the beginning of his transcendence to godhood. He told the two magicians that the mystic energy in Sodom and Gomorrah was even greater than what Merlin possessed, but that it will be easy to take it away from the people living there due to them living in sin and degradation. Mordo suggests that Sise-Neg should simply kill them to free all their magical energy for his use, but Strange protested, saying that living in sin is no justification for their murder. Sise-Neg decided to see whose advice he will follow by taking them all to the city streets, where Sise-Neg once again took his human appearance. He approached the crowd and told them to take the three to their leaders "or else face instant death", causing Strange to fret that Sise-Neg had ruined the outcome from the beginning and had become drunk with power. The sinful crowd summoned the Priests of Death, who tried to kill the sorcerers with magic from their staffs (Doctor Strange's Shield of the Seraphim barely able to withstand their attack due to Sise-Neg's presence). This angered Sise-Neg, who turned back into a floating head and destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and most of its citizens in a rain of fire.[citation needed]

Sise-Neg made another jump through time and upon reaching ancient time before the arrival of the First Host of the Celestials stopped once again. Doctor Strange noticed that the ancient primates of the area were fleeing in a hurry and mentioned it to Sise-Neg, which angered him because he had decided that he has done away with humans. Suddenly, the chaos lord responsible for the death of the Ancient One, Shuma-Gorath, appeared, busily eating members of the fleeing group of primates. Sise-Neg sensed that Shuma-Gorath was the very last possessor of mystical energy that he required, but Doctor Strange told him that Shuma-Gorath was more than just that and tried to save mankind's ancestors on his own. Shuma-Gorath did not even feel Strange's Bolts of Bedevilment spell and Strange became invisible, himself coming close to non-existence due to all the energy that Sise-Neg has absorbed. He plead for Sise-Neg to not abandon those responsible for his existence to something inhuman, causing Sise-Neg to decide to help them. Sensing that Shuma-Gorath absorbed energy in the same manner as himself, Sise-Neg decided to draw Shuma-Gorath's energy away from it to put it to sleep rather than combat it directly, for fear of losing some of his carefully accumulated magical energy. After putting it to sleep, he banished Shuma-Gorath to another dimension before creating a small garden of paradise for the two surviving primates.

Sise-Neg made a final jump in time to the beginning of the universe, with Strange and Mordo witnessing the cosmos unfold before them into an empty void. Sise-Neg appeared out of the void and told Strange and Mordo that his plan to re-create the universe in his image was pitiable, for in attaining his godhood he learned the truth that mankind is the universe's closest approximation of perfection and that he cannot improve upon it. He decided to recreate the universe exactly as it was with a big-bang that sent Strange and Mordo hurling forward in time to their present reality. Seeing "God" caused Baron Mordo to go mad and Doctor Strange wondered if he had witnessed the second creation or simply the first creation repeating itself.[1]

Powers and Abilities

Powers

In his human form, Sise-Neg possessed "virtually unlimited ability to manipulate the forces of magic for a variety of effects, including interdimensional teleportation, size transformations, time travel, matter transmutations, concussive force-bolts, energy/matter constructs, etc." He possessed the ability to time-travel using a self-discovered technique that allowed him to change the past without endangering his present existence. Sise-Neg was able to forcibly extract magical energy from all sources, weakening others both in the vicinity and in completely separate realities by doing so. By the end of his journey to godhood, Sise-Neg possessed all magical energy from the 31st century down to the dawn of creation, in addition to containing all of time and space within him.

Trivia

Sise-Neg is "genesis" spelled backwards.

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