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The Arts are three highly powerful magical objects created by Merlin himself, one of which was given to Mr. Demonic NoHead and another which ended up with Suzie. They consisted of the Sword of Abomination, an immensely powerful sword that was considered unbeatable; the lightning cuffs, cuff-shaped artifacts that allowed a Muggle the equivalent of dark side powers, and the teleportation device, which, as its name suggests, could bring the user anywhere at a whim.
According to legend, he who possesses these three artifacts would become the Master of Mutantry. Master Intelligence and another mutant, Centauri took this to mean that the uniter of the Arts would be invincible. No one but Master Intelligence has been known to have been in command of all three at the same time, though he was never in possession of them all at once (he disposed of the lightning cuffs soon before attaining the Sword). Suzie had possessed all three, but not all at once, similar to Master Intelligence, but she was never the true owner of the Sword.
Origin of the ArtsEdit
The Arts were originally created by Merlin, who was one of the greatest wizards who were ever known. He passed it down to another wizard shortly before his death.
In 1949, Mr. Demonic NoHead went to find someone who posed a great threat to him, and pressured Suzie into joining him and the group of NoHeads that were with him, meaning she would have to time warp. They were on their way to the house when they encountered a trench that neutralized powers. Mr. Demonic NoHead immediately used an Extendable Bridge he carried with him for this very situation. The bridge latched to both sides and the hunting party was able to cross. As they began to cross it, however, they found a magician blocking his path. Demonic knew of this magician, and how he was the only threat to the NoHeads.
While pretending to congratulate him for his triumph, the wizard schemed against him. He offered Mr. Demonic NoHead a gift for outsmarting him. Demonic knew what he wanted was power, and as such he asked for a small contraption that would give him more power than anyone. Defeated, the magician handed over his metal tube. He asked Suzie what she wanted, and Suzie said she wished for something that could get her place-to-place on a whim. The magician then remembered what Merlin had told him to give when the mutants surfaced, and gave the group all three of the Arts, warning them to use them with care. Demonic seized the chance to kill the latter with it before finishing his trip. Mr. Demonic NoHead immediately used the metal tube to kill the enemy he had set off to destroy. Killing him was not a problem. This made Suzie very uncomfortable.
Quests for the ArtsEdit
In his youth, Master Intelligence, along with soon-to-become Dark mutant Centauri, entertained dreams of finding and appropriating the Arts for himself. This quest for power also manifested itself in his vision of a future where no villains would ever roam the planet again. A family argument later caused him to revise and reconsider his beliefs after the death of his student, Force Baby.
After Force Baby died, Master Intelligence no longer desired the Sword of Abomination. However, he would recover the teleportation device from George Thames after the latter died, though it was not actually his property as he had not won it over. He also came across the last of the lightning cuffs by unknown means.
During a holiday spent with his great-aunt at New York City, Thomas Meyer met Master Intelligence, and with him he sparked his desire for the Arts. In his later life, Thomas, who had since joined the dark side and become the Dark Flame, gained possession of the Sword of Abomination by stealing it off the blacksmith known as George Thames. After Sebiscuits killed the Dark Flame, the Sword became his, though he did not want it.
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Known Masters of MutantryEdit
Master Intelligence is the only known person to have successfully acquired all three Arts, though he was never directly in physical possession of any of them.
- Merlin's first apprentice
- Mr. Demonic NoHead
- Sword of Abomination
- Lightning cuffs
- Teleportation device
- Orb of Power
- Master of Mutantry
- Master Intelligence
- Thomas Meyer
- Sebiscuits Cardarphen
- The X-Adults: Endgame: The Latest Threat
- The X-Adults: Endgame - Part 2
- Before The SMSB: Why Has The Storm Ceased?
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