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Creation

Xavier Pendragon was created for the Sega video game Eternal Champions in 1993 by Christopher Warner and appeared in Eternal Champions: Challenge from the Dark Side.

History

The Eternal Champion

The Eternal Champion, a godlike being, predicts that mankind will soon fade from existence due to the untimely and unjust deaths of key individuals throughout history who were destined for greatness. Seeking to restore balance to the world, the Eternal Champion gathers these souls from time, moments before their deaths to participate in a fighting tournament. The victor will be able to change their fate and bring balance to the universe, whilst the losers will be forced to live out their deaths just as history intended.

Xavier Pendragon

"Power doesn't corrupt absolutely, it instead gives corrupted people absolute power."

Xavier Pendragon
Xavier Pendragon

Xavier was a humble scholar. After a year study and experimenting with alchemy in Salem in 1692 A.D., Xavier had discovered a mysterious, green compound of raw power. He found a way to create an unlimited source of cheap, clean-burning energy that would put Salem on the map forever in addition, Xavier found his alchemy had changed him, giving him strange new powers. At the time, holy men of the church often accused scholars of witchcraft. One night priests with guards knocked on Xavier's door. Moments later he was dragged down to the town square and burnt at the stake on the false accusation of being a warlock and devil worshiper.

Goal

Xavier's return back to his life would allow him to finish his studies of the unlimited power source that he found. He would like to find a way to use it without creating any great danger of giving another tool to evil. He would also like to put a stop to the ignorance that led to many witch hunts across the expanse of history.

Challenge From the Dark Side - Cinekill

"To your death!"
--The Dark Champion
Xavier in the Cimmerian complex
Xavier in the Cimmerian complex

If activated in the second game, Xavier or any other opponent that still has a little life left, the Dark Champion will come out of a tear in the space time continuum and then both him and the opponent are teleported away to the Cimmerian complex. Each character is given a different death that supposedly mimics the victim's greatest fear. With Xavier, a globe of the Earth will appear, the Dark Champion throws it at him that makes his staff glow and explode in a flash of light, disintegrating Xavier. Having died during the Salem witch trials, Xavier is destroyed by the world which feared and reviled him.

Ending

Moments before Xavier disappears after winning the tournament
Moments before Xavier disappears after winning the tournament

When Xavier returned, the situation still didn't look good. He was being placed on the stake and didn't see how he would stop fate from dealing with him the death he had suffered before. Then like a thunderbolt it struck him. Xavier got the attention of his accusers and asked them if his equipment could be burned with him. His accusers felt all of Xavier's items were filled with evil so they had no objection.

When they placed the container that held the unlimited energy source near Xavier he was able to tap its power through the small shard of similar material he wore around his neck. Once all the power was absorbed into Xavier's personal crystal shard, the main power source exploded out in a massive force of energy.

The religious zealots that had been performing the witch burning took the event as a sign that the final warlock had been killed and stopped the burning and witch hunts. Xavier and an owl that appeared to be sucked in by the explosion were saved, but they were blown several hundred years into the future. The owl appeared to be a witch's familiar and quickly became a big help to Xavier in his new adventures.

At first, this was tough for Xavier to be a man out of time but after so many years of the contest he was used to it. He then discovered through the power he had absorbed time had become a vehicle and he used it to travel among man's greatest events.

Himself and the owl became dedicated to helping the Eternal battle the forces of the Dark Champion through this power and their combined talents.

Fighting Style

"Simpleton!"

Xavier's Fighting Stance
Xavier's Fighting Stance

Hapkido is a Korean martial art founded by Choi Yong-sool. Its style is a selective combination of several martial arts systems: power from Karate, leverage from Judo and Ki (spirit) from Aikido. Hapkido is distinguished by three essential techniques: passivity when opposing force, circular movements for countering and attacking, and absolute penetration of the opponents defenses. For instance, if the force is strong, it must be met with a soft reception; if the force is weak, it must be met with a strong reception. This union of techniques establishes a fluid and perpetual rhythm as well as constant mobility. Almost all hits and defensive actions are performed with the cane, which is used in place of arms and legs.

Special Moves

Physical and magical attacks

  • Dragon Trap
  • Snap Back
  • Identity Change
  • Midas Touch
  • Attract and Smack
  • Swap Spell
  • Confusion Spell

Other Media

Video Games

  • Eternal Champions
  • Eternal Champions: Challenge From the Dark Side

Comic Book

Eternal Champions Special

Xavier Pendragon appears in 4 chapters

  1. The Eternal Champions
  2. Death Isn't Forever
  3. Brains & Brawls
  4. Larson's Revenge (one panel)
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