Magneto

History

The man who would someday be known as Magneto was born Max Eisenhardt in 1930, to a middle-class German-Jewish family. His father, Jakob Eisenhardt, was a decorated World War I veteran, but that meant nothing in the face of the rising discrimination and hardship that attended the Nazi ascension to power.

Max and his family endured the passing of the Nuremberg Laws in 1935 and the Kristallnacht, eventually fleeing to Poland. They were captured there during the German occupation and sent to the Warsaw Ghetto, where they remained until an attempt to escape ended in tragedy. They were betrayed and recaptured, and lined up to be shot.

His mother, father, and sister were executed and buried in a mass grave. Max was buried, too — but he survived. For some reason he did not yet understand, the bullets bent around him, and he was not harmed.

Digging his way out of the mass grave, he attempted to flee, but was caught again and sent to Auschwitz. In time, he was made a Sonderkommando, and was forced — on pain of his own death — to strip and prepare the bodies of his own murdered people for the crematoriums.

One of the only things which kept him going through this intolerable task was a Romani girl named Magda, with whom he had fallen in love. As best as he could, he looked after her, and when he escaped Auschwitz in the 1944 revolt, he took her with him.

Following the war, he and Magda moved to the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, and Max adopted the name "Erik Lehnsherr" for the first time. In time, they married and had a daughter, Anya, and lived uneventfully until one fateful day Erik's employer refused him his pay, angering him to the point of a minor manifestation of his powers. Spooked, the people gathered into an angry mob which stormed Erik's home and burned it down with Anya still inside. The distraught father was prevented from saving his screaming daughter by the mob, which beat him unmercifully until he snapped.

His powers unlocked fully and unleashed, killing everyone around him except Magda and damaging a significant portion of the city around them. Terrified and undone, Magda fled even as Erik begged her to stay to help bury their daughter.

Ultimately he did so alone, and moved on.

Hunted by the authorities, and eternally searching for his lost wife, Erik eventually found himself in Israel. Working quietly as a volunteer at a psychiatric hospital for Holocaust victims, he met another young man named Charles Xavier. The two formed a fast friendship which would come to define much of the rest of their lives, even if ultimately their many debates illuminated the fact their views were fundamentally incompatible.

Over the years, Erik spent time learning the depth and breadth of his powers, learning everything he could about the nascent race of mutants, and trying to do good — in his way. He spent some years as a Nazi-hunter with the Mossad and the CIA, but in time he became dissatisfied with merely punishing the past, and obsessed with preventing its repetition in the future. His convictions only grew and strengthened as he saw more and more mutants born into the world — and as they began to suffer an echo of the same discrimination and oppression he had seen in his youth.

He had found his new people, and he would make it his life to lead them to a world where what he saw as a boy would never happen again. No matter what.

He began to gather mutants to him, forming a group whose inaugural members would include none other than his own lost twin children by Magda, and by 2006 the Brotherhood of Mutants made its first debut in an attack on a missile base. This strike was thwarted unexpectedly — by an opposing team put together by none other than his old friend, Charles Xavier. Stunned, Magneto nonetheless pressed on, convinced that not even the last person who knew who he truly was should stand in the way of his dream for mutantkind.

For the next ten years the Brotherhood — under Magneto's direction — became one of the greatest terrorist threats the world had known. They sought to repay any hurts done to mutants tenfold, and to preemptively stymie and attack any moves humans might make to oppress or harm their kind. They had successes, and they had losses. On occasions, they would even need to cooperate with the X-Men. But at no point did it ever seem the two sides of the conflict would ever reconcile their views.

Then came the year 2015.

Recent Events

As of the Chitauri Invasion in late 2015, Magneto and Professor X are both missing. Both vanished in the fighting, within the space of hours.

Attempts to find them have all failed. Many fear the worst, though others hold out hope they will someday return.

Personality

A fundamentally broken individual, it is often difficult to say whether anything of a man is left beneath the metal helm. Magneto has lived and died several times since his birth in 1930, each new reinvention finding its end in violence. The boy Max Eisenhardt died in Auschwitz. Only Erik Lehnsherr ever came out of World War II… and Erik Lehnsherr, in turn, went into the grave when his daughter Anya was murdered.

Now, Magneto is more ideal than flesh, a cause embodied, a ruthless ideologue who has dominated the mutant-human debate for over a decade. He is a figure of hope for mutantkind — and a figure of dread for obsolete humanity. His focus is pinned unswervingly on a bright future only he can see… and only he, personally, can bring about.

It is a future he would do anything and sacrifice anything — or anyone — to bring about.

His paranoia and controlling nature ensure that he will never trust that anyone else could see mutantkind to the future it deserves as well as he could. His charisma compels, at the same time his authoritarian intolerance for failure frightens; a manipulative and intelligent man, he is proficient in commanding obedience both with the word and the whip. And he expects his soldiers' obedience to be absolute. Thus it is that most who serve him report fearing and loving him at the same time

Charles Xavier has a dream. Magneto has one too. There is no thought left in his heart for anything but the battle to realize it, and no room left in his soul for anything that would hold him back. Yet just as Xavier cannot be called perfectly good, Magneto cannot be called perfectly evil. Everything he is and everything he does is done out of a fierce love for mutantkind, and a feverish desperation to ensure that his people never suffer again.

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Magneto
The Master of Magnetism
The Master of Magnetism
Full Name: Max Eisenhardt
Code Name: Magneto
Occupation: Mutant Terrorist
Aliases: Erik Magnus Lehnsherr
Reg. Status: Unregistered
Alignment: Villain
Home Turf: NYC
Affiliations: Brotherhood of Mutants
Physical Information
Gender: Male
Species: Metahuman
Species Detail: Mutant
Age: 90
Height: 6'2"
Build: Imposing
Hair Color: White
Eye Color: Blue
OOC Information
Portrayed By: Charles Dance
Theme Song:
Character Type: StaffNPC
Universe: Marvel
Wiki Tag: magneto
Played Since: November 2018
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