Some content in this article is derived from information featured in The X-Adults: Endgame: The Inferno Relit, and, as such, spoilers will be present.
The Shadow Wars was a major conflict fought in North America ending in 2180. It was started by the Dark mutant the Dark Flame and his followers, the Knights of Meyer, with the intentions of toppling the government, replacing them with their own empire that would control the entire population of Earth and enslave the Fobbles.
Background and rise to power Edit
- "You cannot imagine how his ideas caught me, Lindsay, inflamed me. We had so much in common. Centauri and I, the glorious leaders of the revolution and saviors of the planet."
- ―Master Intelligence to Lindsay Kellerman[src]
In New York City during the winter of 2042, Master Intelligence, who was grieving the loss of Red X, met Thomas Meyer, the great nephew of his neighbor Myra Gordon. The two boys took to each other at once, as they were both incredibly talented young men. When the young Thomas began telling Master Intelligence about his ideas, he found that Intelligence was in agreement - whether this was due to true belief on Intelligence’s part or out of something else is unclear. Thomas became Centauri when he joined the S.M.S.B. However, he was forced to leave the MBH after he had a duel with Master Intelligence and his students, Baby Strength and Force Baby, in which Force Baby died. Some time after leaving the S.M.S.B. the Dark Flame stole the Sword of Abomination from George Thames II, a famous blacksmith.
Over the coming years, his power grew throughout North America, but he did not dare attempt anything in Asia, as he was afraid of his old friend Master Intelligence, who had become a famous and powerful mutant. Due to his obsession with the Sword of Abomination, the Dark Flame soon used the symbol as the mark of his own organization - the Knights of Meyer, the army of soldiers following him and his quest for an international empire.
After the Dark Flame’s rise to power across North America, the global community desperately sought aid. The state Senator for New York City, Benjamin Fawley, was ousted from his office in 2104, for not taking adequate measures to stop the Dark Flame’s influence. He was replaced by the more proactive Spencer Vowell who proved himself a sound governor in the context of international turmoil, but even so, the Dark Flame’s power was too large to handle by that point.
During his search for an obskiat in London, the Dark Flame adopted the identity of Olivia Alexandra Mary, a public official of the British Government. While she was able to identify Maggie Credence as the obskiat, he was unable to harness the destructive power of his obskiat and was captured through the combined efforts of the British officers, Anakin and Jay Organa, and Hayden Weber. Minister Isabel Hickory imprisoned the Dark Flame, but he later escaped.
Behind the scenes Edit
Because The X-Adults: Endgame: The Inferno Relit has not been released yet, little is known about the war. In good time, that will change. It was during a 2015 interview that D. Isaac Thomas confirmed the Shadow Wars’ name. He also confirmed the deaths of Master Intelligence and Red X the same year. He stated that it amused him to make allusions of what could truly happen in the future if history was forgotten, only without the superpowers.