Friday, December 20, 2019

Who's Who: Pernisius

by Siskoid

Real Name: Lord Pernisius
Super-Power(s): Harnessing the energies of Eternium
Planet of Origin: Rimbor (birth world unknown)
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Legion Log
In the Reboot, Lord Pernisius started from nothing to become one of the most feared crime lords on Ultra Boy's homeworld of Rimbor. Unsatisfied with the power and money he had accrued, he sought universal domination and to this end, started collecting fragments of the magical element Eternium, pieces of the Rock of Eternity that is part of the Shazam mythos.

The more Eternium Pernisius consumed, the more powerful he became, but each "hit" only lasted so long and left him hungry for more. Eventually, his path had to cross the Legion's, as their new member, Thunder, was also on a quest to recover the fragments of the Rock of Eternity, so she could reconstruct it and go home to her own century.

Interacting with Thunder, Pernisius learned the magic word that would draw all the Eternium scattered in the galaxy to him - "Shazam!" -  but Thunder was able to funnel some of the element's power to her fellow Legionnaires who defeated the greedy crime lord. Ultimately, the Rock of Eternity reformed right on top of him and killed him.

During his conflict with the Legion, Lord Pernisius discovered his main adviser, Dr. Deacon, was an artificial being created by the villain Savant. What his stake was in manipulating Pernisius from prison to gain an indirect revenge on the Legion.

After Infinite Crisis, Pernisius no longer seems to exist.

Important Pernisius stories:

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #113
Lord Pernisius discovers the power of Eternium

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #116
Thunder confronts Pernisius as their mission objectives clash

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #117-118
Pernisius uses the magic word to bring the Rock of Eternity to him, with deadly results

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