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    Sepulchre

    Character » Sepulchre appears in 38 issues.

    Currently going by Sepulchre, Jillian Woods was first known as Shadowoman.

    Short summary describing this character.

    Sepulchre last edited by Cellophane_Girl on 05/07/24 12:53PM View full history

    Origin

    Sepulchre
    Sepulchre

    While attending the University of San Francisco, Jillian met Doctor Druid who was lecturing at the school. After speaking they discovered that they had a psychic connection that had been in existence since the time of King Arthur's court. During that time Jillian had been a male alchemist who was in love with Doctor Druid who was a female at that time.

    Upon learning this the pair began dating and began investigating mystical artifacts. It was during one such time that she released a demon that killed her. Using the Bride of Slorioth, Doctor Druid bound a piece of Jillian's soul to her shadow and when she awoke he told her that her new powers came from the encounter with the demon. Taking on the name Shadowoman she joined Doctor Druid's Shock Troop along with the Living Mummy and James Scully.

    Creation

    Jillian Woods was created by Mark Gruenwald and Grant Miehm, and her character first appeared in Quasar #45, April 1993.

    Mayor Story Arcs

    Secret Defenders

    Possessed no longer
    Possessed no longer

    Shadowoman joined the Secret Defenders when Doctor Druid was put in charge of them. On her first mission, along with Deadpool and Luke Cage, the group sought to stop Malachi from obtaining the Moebius Stone. While on the mission Shadowoman was hit and should have died but didn't. After she was struck again she confronted Doctor Druid and wanted to know what he had done to her. He promised to tell her and put her back into the Bride of Slorioth. While inside she saw dark side of his soul and learned that he was responsible for her powers, not the demon that he had claimed. Emerging from the statue she was extremely angry and attacked him.

    Promising that he was about to send her, along with Cadaver, on a mission that would free them from their curses. It was on this mission that Jillian first took on the identity of Sepulchre. Dagger, Deathlok and Drax The Destroyer were to be their partners on this mission and joined them at the Gates to Perdition where they were to take on the demon Slorioth. After Doctor Druid left the Defenders ( Hulk, Namor and Silver Surfer) showed up to battle the Secret Defenders. Sepulchre battled the Silver Surfer but they were interrupted when the demon Slorioth attacked both groups. During the battle Joshua Pryce pulled Jillian and Cadaver aside to battle Doctor Druid who had been taken over by his dark side. Claiming that everything he had done had been for her, he attacked them and used the hold he had on her soul to make her dissolve away. Eventually Slorioth and Doctor Druid were defeated by the Living Tribunal and Vishanti. After the battle Jillian wanted to be left to die but Joshua Pryce brought her back to life saying, "Better to live, forever a Shadowoman... Than to die a Sepulchre!". After the battle Sepulchre and Cadaver decided to leave the super hero life behind them, telling Pryce "if the world ever needs saving... And all the good super-heroes are busy," they would be back.

    Occultist for Hire

    Retiring from her life of a costumed hero life which Jillian felt never truly suited her she pursued a life as a regular citizen, well almost. She would later contact private investigator Lindsey McCabe who has been the close friend and associate of Jessica Drew the former hero named Spider-Woman. She informed Lindsey that in using occult means she discovered where Jessica had disappeared to many years ago. Jessica had been trapped in the dimension of the Void Eater and Jillian had found and than various artifacts and scrying spells to lead them to her. Jillian than would cast a spell which animated the costume of Jessica Drew to take with them. Together with the assistance of both Lindsey and the second woman to use the title of Spider-Woman Julia Carpenter, they would rescue Jessica from her captivity.

    Thunderbolts - The Initiative

    Super-Human Registration Act
    Super-Human Registration Act

    Jillian most recently redonned her Sepulchre costume in a unintended battle Venom and the Thunderbolts. While sent out by Osborn to capture a street level unregistered hero named the Steel Spider who had been having a heated discussion with the local hero named American Eagle atop a building. A fight ensued when the Thunderbolts arrived at the scene. Venom pounced on the heroes first but as the fight continued Venom fell off a building and began to attack civilians when he hit the street. Witnessing the madness unveil before her Jillian was forced to attack him while on her way to a job interview with Roxxan Blackridge, the security branch of Roxxan. Unfortunately this means she directly violated the Super-Human Registration Act, as well as making Venom angry. Alongside the Steel Spider and the American Eagle, she made a heroic stand against the Thunderbolts. Overwhelmingly overmatched the Steel Spider's arm was torn off by Venom and eaten. Sepulchre made a last stand while convincing American Eagle to depart the scene before they were captured by the Thunderbolts. She fought her way out and slipped into the shadows also escaping the Thunderbolts.

    Thoroughly traumatized by the brutal attack on Steel Spider by the government sponsored Thunderbolts she ran. Jillian realized she would never be able to lay low again in the states and she rushed to her last chance. Sepulchre smashed into the office window where her Roxxon interview was being held, finally arriving at her job interview in full costume, she accepted the job and told them to get her out of the United States.

    Selpulchre spent the following years abroad working as a security officer for the Roxxan Blackridge. She would return to the U.S once the Osborn regime had fell and the Super-Human Registration Act was dissolved.

    Powers and Abilities

    Into the shadows you go
    Into the shadows you go

    Sepulchre is a wielder of the extradimensional energy called the Darkforce which she could manipulate giving her various abilities derived from its energies. In Sepulshre's case her use of the Darkforce allows her to fly in either shadow form or in her human form, the speed and distance has not been calculated of date. She can cast a large field of absolute darkness a so called shadow field. Those inside the shadow field cannot see and electronic surveillance cameras also cannot view in the darkness. She can also use the Darkforce to turn intangible by becoming a shadow-form and "phase" through or merge with the shadows. She has also been able while in her shadow-form to extend her arms, create large claws, coils, and whips from her hands.

    Before her transformation to Shadowoman/Sepulchre she was also a talented occult expert. She has done extensive research in the occult arts and has used enchantments, scrying, she's found and used mystical artifacts, She also possess low level psychic abilities the extent have not been noted.

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