Silverdeer is a fictional character created by Gerry Conway and Rafael Kayanan for the series The Fury of Firestorm. Published by DC Comics she appeared in the
Silver Deer was born Chanka, a Cherokee Indian. When she was small her brother was bitten by a rattlesnake. Her father rushed him to the hospital for help, pushing a nurse aside and both were shot and killed by a bigoted guard. The guard was not punished.
Her grandfather would have passed on the secrets of the Cherokee Indian medicine (sorcery) to the next oldest male. Chanka would receive the teachings with the passing of her father and brother. Growing up to become a young and powerful medicaine woman, the first of her kind, Chanka would turn her back on her elders. Instead Chanka would let age old hatred of the white man to seek revenge on them all.
Years later Chanka would take the name of Silverdeer and devise a plan to act as a force of vengeance on the white man for years of abuse on her people. She forced John Ravenhair, who had once been known as Black Bison, to return to his former alias. This time as a steward partner in her plans of retribution.
Silver Deer had planed to use her magical abilities to turn the luck in her favor during a gambling event she had the Soviet embassy set up in Washington, D.C. The political elite of the capital was to attend the event in large numbers, and Silver Deer would use her mystical power over games of chance to take control of their minds. Using her hypnosis she would force government senators to have them return their lands to the Native nations. Her ultimate act of terrorism was to force those under her thrall to kill themselves. This led into a confrontation with first Firestorm and soon after Firehawk. Fighting Firehawk in a collapsing building she seemed to perish as the building fully came down. Firehawk was the only one to escape and Silverdeer has not been seen since.
Weight: 103 lbs
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States, with a criminal record
Place of Birth: Unknown
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Unnamed Grandfather (deceased), Unnamed Father (deceased), Unnamed Mother (deceased), Bobby (twin brother, deceased)
Powers and Abilities
Silverdeer has studied and gained certain magical abilities from tutelage of her Cherokee Grandfather in native mystic rites. Silver Deer is a shape-shifter and is able to magically turn into anyone, even down to articles of clothing. Silverdeer has also mastered the ability to turn into any animal which she can conceive of in the natural world. When in animal form she possesses the innate abilities of the animal but retains her human consciousness.
Silverdeer has exhibited other magical traits as she can control the games of chance to her favor. She also has also demonstrated a degree of telekinesis abilities and hypnosis to control others actions. She is also a superb hand to hand combatant.