Real name: Dane Whitman Other known aliases: The Pendragon Occupation: Hero and adventurer, former scientist and crusader. Current group affiliation: Avengers reserve. Past group affiliations: Avengers, Heroes For Hire, Queen's Vengeance, Army of the Goddess, ally of Prince John of England, partner to Sersi. Major enemies: Mordred, Morgan Le Fay, Dread Knight, Bloodwraith, formerly the Masters of Evil and Proctor. First appearance: Avengers #47 Origin: Avengers #47-48 Description: Dane is an athletic man standing 6' tall and weighing 190 lbs. He has brown hair and eyes.
14 STR 4
18 DEX 24
18 CON 16
14 BODY 8
18 INT 8
14 EGO 8
18 PRE 8
14 COM 2
6 PD 3
6 ED 2
4 SPD 12
8 REC 2
36 END 0
30 STUN 0
Characteristics Cost: 97
Powers, Skills and Equipment
8 EC (10),"Mystic knight powers.",Only In Hero ID(-1/4)
9a) 7/7 Armor,"Elvin armor."
14b) 5" Flight,"Strider",x64 Non-Combat,Incantation(-1/4),
Requires room to summon a winged horse.(-1/4) 1
4 Instant Change,"Says Avalon to change.",Incantation(-1/4)
11 Life Support,doesn't breathe,safe in vacuum/pressure,safe in
36 8 OCV Missile Deflection,"Shield of Night",deflect all
attacks,reflect at any target,Can only reflect energy,
physical attacks are deflected.(-1/4),Only In Hero ID(-1/4)
30 MP (37),"Sword of Light",Only In Hero ID(-1/4)
3u 2D6 HKA,vs physical defense,1/2 END(+1/4) 1
1u 2" Change Environment,Desc: Makes light.,0 END(+1/2) 0
3u 10D6 Dispel,"Dispels force walls.",1/2 END(+1/4) 1
1 Animal Handler 8-
1 Breakfall 8-
3 Deduction 13-
3 Electronics 11-
4 Fast Strike
3 Federal Police Powers
1 High Society 8-
4 Martial Disarm
5 Off Strike
3 SC: Genetics 13-,(INT based)
3 SC: Physics 13-,(INT based)
2 Radio XMIT/REC,"Avengers ID card.",OAF(-1)
Powers Cost: 153
Base Points: 100
10 Distinctive,"Man in knight's armor in hero ID.",easily
20 Hunted,"by various enemies.",as powerful,non-combat
20 Normal Stats
15 Psych Lim,"In love with Crystal, Sersi or others.",common,
15 Psych Lim,"Code vs. killing.",common,strong
15 Psych Lim,"Duty to stop Bloodwraith and the Ebony Blade.",
20 Psych Lim,"Knights code of honor.",common,total
5 Rep,"Knight Avenger.",occur 8-
15 Secret ID,"Dane Whitman"
5 Watched,"by the U.S. government.",as powerful,non-combat
Disadvantages Total: 150
Experience Spent: 0
Total Points: 250
Explanation of the conversion: I didn't make his sword, shield or armor as foci because he can summon them to him at will, probably even if they were removed. The Flight manifests as a magical horse that he rides, and he needs room to summon it.
History: Dane Whitman was born in Gloucester, Massachussetts. He learned that his uncle, Nathan Garrett, was the former Black Knight. He took the identity of the Black Knight V to atone for his uncle's misdeeds and clashed with the Avengers when they mistook him for Nathan (Avengers #47-48).
Dane aided the Avengers against the Masters of Evil (Avengers #54).
Dane inherrited Garrett Castle in England, there he met the spirit of Sir Percy of Scandia, his ancestor and the first Black Knight. He acquired the Ebony Blade, a magical sword forged by Merlin (Marvel Super Heroes #17).
Dane encountered Doctor Strange and aided him against Tiboro (Doctor Strange #178).
Dand aided the Avengers against Kang the Concuerer and joined the Avengers as a member (Avengers #71).
He was turned to stone by the Enchantress (Defenders #4).
While he was turned to stone his spirit was flung back to the 12th century where he inhabited the body of his ancestor Eobar Garrington, where he decided to stay (Defenders #11).
The Avengers traveled back in time to the 12th century and met up with Dane in Garrington's body. Together they fought the Fomor. He was restored to his original time and body (Avengers #225).
Dane began a relationship with fellow Avenger, Sersi. Unbeknownst to both of them, however, was the fact that their enemy Proctor was actually an alternate reality version of the Black Knight V himself.
Sersi's aggressive nature caused tensions between herself and her
teammates. These tensions weren't helped by the fact that the newest
Avenger, Crystal, had come between Sersi and the
Black Knight V. Sersi began a relationship with fellow Avenger, the Black
Knight. Unbeknownst to both of them, however, was the fact that Proctor
was actually an alternate reality version of the Black Knight himself.
Sersi's now aggressive nature caused tensions between herself and her
teammates. These tensions weren't helped by the fact that the newest
Avenger, Crystal, had come between Sersi and the
Black Knight. These tensions came to a tumultuous climax when the Avengers
travelled to the planet Polemachus, at the behest of it's leaders Arkon and
Thundra. When the priest Anskar cowardly murdered the young Polemachan girl,
Astra, Sersi slew him in fiery retribution.
Returning to Earth, Sersi fled to Warrior Falls, Wakanda, in a futile
attempt to try and escape the guilt she felt at her responsibility for
Anskar's death, and the fear she felt due to her rash actions. The Black
Knight V found her, however, and convinced her to return to Avengers
headquarters. Sersi confessed to the Black Knight that she feared she was
going insane. Little did either of them realize that Sersi's apparent
instability was due to the subtle manipulations of Proctor.
Upon her return to Avengers Headquarters, Proctor used his powers to cause
her to attack her fellow Avengers. She was only stopped by the
intervention of the Vision II, who was actually a
member of Proctor's own team of Gatherers who had infiltrated the Avengers
in the guise of their teammate.
By this time, Sersi's fellow Eternals had become aware of her unstable
nature, and had sent three of their kind, Ikaris, Ajax and Sprite, to New
York in order to return her to Olympia.
The Eternals feared Sersi was suffering from what they call the Mahd W'yry,
a mental breakdown of the mind due to the Eternals extended lives. Sersi
rejected their archaic fears, and refused to accompany them back to her
homeland, the Avengers were also loath to let them take her against her
will, especially when they learnt that if she was found to be suffering
from the Mahd W'yry the Eternals planned to 'cleanse' her of it by
molecular discorporation, in other words, death!
A fight between the Eternals and the Avengers erupted, and was only
contained when Sprite, who had learned of Sersi's feelings for the Black
Knight V, insisted that he be made her Gann Josin, a word the Eternals use
to describe an intimate joining of two minds as soulmates, in their own
Before this could be further discussed however, Ikaris used his powers to
cause it to happen, and the Eternals departed.
The Black Knight was less than enthusiastic at being used in this manner
however, for he had come to the conclusion that it was Crystal he loved,
The Avengers, by their very nature, had little time to reflect on these
matters before they were once again involved in other affairs, first with
the assault on Proctor's Andean citadel, then against the Kree suicide
squad, then in the Genoshian conflict, where Sersi fought Exodus, and even
venturing to Lemuria, in a battle against Ghaur.
Proctor intended to have Sersi
destroy the Avengers, her only real hope of salvation. When the police
attempted to arrest her, Sersi destroyed Avengers mansion, and fled to
Brooklyn Bridge in her maddened state, using the Gann Josin mind meld to
call the Black Knight V to her side, the two of them prepared to fight their
fellow Avengers with all their power. When Sersi threatened Crystal
however, the Black Knight V faltered, and broke the Gann Josin bond, freeing
himself from Sersi's control. Shocked by his betrayal, Sersi destroyed the
Brooklyn Bridge, and seemingly the Avengers with it.
Confused, bewildered, and shocked at the person she had become, she was
finally approached by Proctor, who revealed to her at last the full extent
of his mad plan. Capturing her, Proctor returned to his New York base of
operations, and revealed that it was he who was behind her madness and
seizures, and it was he who was responsible for the murders of the young
men. With her full memory of events returned to her once more, Sersi broke
free from his control long enough to stumble upon Proctor's trophy room,
where Ute, the defeated Watcher Proctor used to traverse the multiverse,
lay in stasis, as well as the various Sersi's of other worlds Proctor had
already defeated. In her confused state, the Gatherer Rik was able to
contain her once again.
The Avengers meanwhile, didn't perish in the destruction of the Brooklyn
Bridge, but were rescued by the Eternals Thena and Sprite. Based on the
description Jarvis gave to them of the man in Sersi's dream, the Avengers
had reached the conclusion that he was responsible for her actions, when
they were approached by the astral form of Ute, who warned them that
Proctor must be defeated, or all that is would cease to be. The Black
Knight V meanwhile, had reached the conclusion that he and Proctor were one
and the same, albeit from differing realities.
Proctor meanwhile, had begun his final gambit, and was using the life
energies of Sersi and Ute to collapse the various realities on one
The Avengers and their allies, Thena and Sprite, rushed to the scene, only
to be confronted by the Gatherers. While his fellow Avengers fought the
various Gatherers, the Black Knight V approached Proctor himself, only to be
defeated by the Ebony Blade from Proctor's own world! Sersi and the
Watcher looked on helplessly from the vortex that contained them as
Proctor began to 'gather' the Black Knight's essence into himself.
Proctor would have succeeded in gathering the Black Knight V, were it not
for the timely intervention of Quicksilver, Crystal's estranged husband.
Quicksilver was still suffering from injuries sustained in Genoshia
though, and Proctor would have defeated him were it not for the combined
powers of Crystal and Thunderstrike, who caused a terrific bolt of
lightning to strike Proctor. This in turned freed Sersi and the dying
Approaching Proctor, Sersi used his own sword to end his madness, once and
for all. With his dying breaths meanwhile, Ute used his powers to undo the
damage that had been done to Avengers mansion, the Brooklyn Bridge, and
various other locations, as well as opening a dimensional rift to another
reality. Sersi, fearing that the manipulations of Proctor were
irreversible, decided to enter this door between worlds, so that she may
be able to live free of his madness, of his curse.
The Black Knight V, with his own mind clear for the first time in months,
decided to join Sersi in her exile, in part because he felt in some way
responsible for the suffering Sersi had endured, as well as because he
knew that he wouldn't be able to remain in the Avengers if it would mean
him coming between Quicksilver's attempts to reconcile with Crystal.
Thus the two Avengers entered the dimensional rift, never to see their
colleagues again... or so they thought.
The two of them were actually headed for the Ultraverse, a world similar to
their own, but also with vast differences. Becoming separated in the
dimensional rift, Sersi ended up in Equatorial Africa, while the Black
Knight V found himself in Miami.
After returning to Earth Dane joined up with the Heroes For Hire and was approached by the Lady of the Lake in a dream about becoming the latest manifestation of the Pendragon. He accepted and was granted a new armor, the magical Sword of Light and Shield of Night. She also granted him the service of the magical winged horse Strider.
Along side the Thunderbolts Dane and the Heroes For Hire confronted the Super-Adaptoid (Heroes For Hire #7).
Black Knight V was among the members of the Avengers who were captured by Morgan Le Fay and mind controlled into becoming her personal guard, the Queen's Vengeance (Avengers III #2-3).
Note: The first Black Knight was Sir Percy of Scandia, an ancestor of Dane's. The second was a man named Sir Raston. The third was Eobar Garrington, another ancestor of Dane's who he possessed in the 12th century for a while. The fourth Black Knight was Dane's uncle Nathan Garrett, a member of the Masters of Evil.
Trivia: It has been revealed that Proctor, leader of the Gatherers, is actually a counterpart of Dane from another dimension. The Ebony Blade Dane once carried is now carried by the villain Bloodwraith.
Powers: Dane can summon his magic Elvin Armor, Sword of Light and Shield of Night to him by uttering the word Avalon. The armor protects him for harm and is almost weightless. The shield can absorb energy, and it can be redirected through the sword. The sword can be used as a standard sword or to create light. The sword can also dispel magical barriers. By uttering the name of his horse, Strider, he can summon it. The horse can take Dane anywhere, and is seemingly immune to attacks and the environment. While on Strider, Dane can also survive hostile environments, such as being under water or in outer space. He was given these gifts by the Lady of the Lake.
Formerly Dane wore conventional armor and has carried the Ebony Blade, as well as a using a high-tech energy sword of his own design. He has ridden a genetically engineered flying horse named Valinor as well as a technological flying device he called his Atomic Steed. For some time he was bonded with the Eternal Sersi. While linked to her he had an empathic connection with her and could occasionally manifest a sword made of pure thought energy. For a time, part of the curse on the Ebony Blade caused anyone who touched Dane to bleed.
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Character created by Marvel Comics.
Champions rules conversion by Mathew R. Ignash - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated - May, 2010