|Real Name||Dr. Micheal Twoyoungmen|
|Group Affiliations||Alpha Flight|
|Relatives||Kathryn Twoyoungmen (wife, deceased), Elizabeth Twoyoungmen (Talisman, daughter), grandfather (deceased), Temporal Copy (Active)|
|First Appearance||Uncanny X-Men #120|
Kathryn was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he dedicated himself to healing her, promising his daughter, Elizabeth that he would not let her mother die. When he failed to rid his wife of the cancer, and she died, Elizabeth hated him for not saving her. Elizabeth ended up moving in with Heather Macneil (Later to be Hudson) and her large family. Michael spent years in seclusion, until he finally opened a gift his grandfather had left for him after he died, which was the same day that his wife died. The gift contained a skull and a medicine pouch. His grandfather's spirit was tied to the earthly plane by his skull which was his gift to Michael. Michael's grandfather's spirit then trained him to become a powerful mystic and to use the pouch which was also one of his parting gifts.
One of Michael's first tasks as Shaman was to birth Narya, who was the child of the Northern Goddess Nelvanna and a human man. After birthing Narya, Shaman was given the task for raising and training her to become earth's guardian against the coming of The Great Beasts. When Heather MacNeil Hudson and her husband, James, met Michael and Narya, Heather was able to discover their secrets and she and her husband convinced the two to join Department H, and in turn Alpha Flight.
When Alpha Flight's funding was cut, Michael agreed to remain a member of Alpha Flight. After the original Guardian's death, he helped Heather lead the team. Michael finally met up with his daughter again when she sought out his help in solving a mystical puzzle. During this time Elizabeth begun to developed a newfound respect for her father, and while the two had their problems, they were for a time getting along. As Shaman, Michael discovered that his daughter was destined to take the mantle of Talisman, giving her the potential to be one of Earth's greatest mystics.
Shaman's medicine pouch was turned inside out by Delphine Courtney it began to pull in everything around it. Michael had a choice of saving either Snowbird, or Talisman from being sucked into the dimensional nexus inside the pouch. He made the choice of saving Snowbird first, as Talisman's great mystical powers would protect her inside the nexus, where Snowbird would not be so lucky. After saving Snowbird, Shaman did not have enough time to prevent his daughter from being sucked into the nexus. An entity known as The Beyonder returned Elizabeth to earth from within the pouch, however she was extremely angry with her father for not saving her, much as he had not saved her mother. Elizabeth also felt her father had tricked her into taking on the power of Talisman, not realizing she would not be able to remove her circlet, and basically was giving up her humanity.
After Michael was unable to save his daughter and the heartbreak of loosing her love again, he lost total confidence in himself. Without his confidence, Shaman lost his powers. After a period of isolation, the spirit of Michael's grandfather returned to him. Michael was lead into a pilgrimage in the barren lands to discover if he truly had any power within, rather than relying on his medicine pouch. What he did not realize a the time, was the ability to use the pouch was a power within. After completing a series of tests, Michael gained the respect of the spirits of the land. Though he could not command them as Talisman did, he could beg their assistance. He also gained an eaglet familiar.
Pestilence managed to remove Talisman's circlet from her brow, Shaman was forced to put it on to save Alpha Flight. With the circlet came the powers of Talisman, and the ability to command the spirits to do his bidding. Since Michael was not the one destined to be Talisman, it stripped all traces of his personality and humanity away. He refused to return the powers to Elizabeth when she asked for him to do so. She had abused the powers, and until she proved herself worthy she would not have the tiara back. After Snowbird died in a battle with Pestilence, Michael felt no reason to remain with Alpha Flight, and dwelt for some time in the spirit realm. In the face of a conflict with The Dreamqueen, Elizabeth convinced Michael that she was ready to reclaim her role as Talisman. This being done, Michael returned to being Shaman, and regained his humanity. As Shaman, he began to use his medicine pouch once more, being more confident in himself than he had been for some time.
Michael later lead many of the original Alphans against the corrupt Department H who had attempted to kill James Hudson and intentionally infected Diamond Lil with a dangerous toxin. The original Alphans did battle with new team, eventually, the two teams worked together and, seeing a new administration was seemingly in place at Department H, Shaman, with the originals became active Alphans again.
Shaman has recently taken on an apprentice in Chuck Moss, a powerful young mystic known as Earthmover. When he along with the rest of Alpha Flight investigated a potential plodex attack, they were all captured except for Sasquatch. Sasquatch lead an Alpha Flight strike force he had assembled and freed Shaman and his companions. He and the others involved decided to transport the plodex eggs back to their home world to give them a chance to build a fresh civilization.
When Sasquatch's new Alpha Flight team made the mistake of altering history, a copy of Shaman from an alternate time line was drawn into the present(while he was still in space). Most recently Shaman was involved in the battle against The Collective. He and most of his teammates were slain in the ensuing battle.
He and the rest of Alpha Flight were revived during the Chaos War, but unlike most of the revenants they survived the whole affair.
Shaman is currently serving alongside his once and future teammates.
pouch which serves as an inter dimensional crossroads. He has used a familiar in the form of an eaglet, which would disguise itself as a hat and a staff to contact spirits. Micheal Twoyoungmen is the fourteenth Sarcee Mystic in the long line of Shaman's. His grandfather was the thirteenth.
In an interview found in Marvel Age #2 [May, 1983], John Byrne: "If you want to sum it up . . . he's Dr. Strange--but he does it with potions and herbs and little dolls and stuff, instead of just doing it with the power of his mind, the way Strange does. This possibly gives Shaman a slight advantage, I don't know. If he had the tools at hand, he can make just about anything. I don't know if Strange has that kind of power over the physical world." Below are various objects and spells Shaman has pulled out of his pouch.
Absorption: Shaman has been shown to suck things into his pouch like a vacuum.
Alteration-Appearance: Shaman can alter his appearance by using powders that alters viewer's perception,making it seem like they are dressed differently or are a different person.
Anti-Flying Spell: A mystic powder pulled from his pouch. For nearly a mile around all flying things find themselves suddenly immobilized, unharmed, but unable to move. He trapped Snowbird and Northstar in the air with this.
Astral Form: Shaman can send a astral form out from his body to travel the world or go to the astral plane. While in astral form he can continue controlling his human body. He is able to bring his pouch with him in astral form.
Bubble Protection: Pulled from the pouch this object can be used to catch a falling comrade giving them a safe cushion to land on.
Caribou Robe: This object was given to him by Talisman, the Binder of Spirits for completing his spiritual quest. This object is a sacred relic, worn by generations of Shaman's. Long ago it was stolen from his Sarcee ancestors by Viking invaders. Shaman avenged his ancestors by battling an undead army of Vikings summoned by Talisman.
Clouding Dust: Pulled from the pouch this is used to dull the opponent?s mind.
Daylight Enchantment: A stone pulled from pouch that emits a calming light that can even soothe the Hulk. John Proudstar performed this spell
Deflection Wand: Pulled from the pouch this is used to deflect energy. It been used to block optic blasts from an alternate reality Cyclops. The wand has been shown to send out energy attacks.
Dimensional Portal: Used as a form of teleportation, which Shaman and others can walk through a portal to get to their desired location
Dust from the Realm of Dreams: A powder-like substance taken from the pouch that can put people to sleep.
Eagle Crest: This object was given to him by Talisman, the Binder of Spirits for completing his spiritual quest. "Shaman?s hat transforms into the shape of an eagle, which acts as a familiar. The spirit eagle can reach great speeds, and enter the Astral Plane. Non-hostile spirits will not attack Shaman as long as the eagle is present. The eagle?s stats are as those of a normal bird, but it cannot be slain. It has released a burst of energy that used to summon Dr. Strange. Known as "Eaglet", the eagle spirit can speak, and is an intermediary between this realm and that of the spirits. This object is a sacred relic, worn by generations of Shaman's, this item was stolen from his Sarcee ancestors by Viking invaders. Shaman avenged his ancestors by battling an undead army of Vikings summoned by Talisman.
Eldritch Beams/Bolts: Shaman has the ability to send forth remarkable mystical beams and bolts capable of great damage.
Energy Staff: This item pulled from the pouch is a long pole with two feathers on the end. It generates powerful energy blasts. He used it to battle against Mauvais. He channeled Snowbird's energy into the staff to open the barrier to the Northern Gods.
Flame Barrier: A powder from his pouch that circles the target and ignites into a fire barrier surrounding the person.
Fly Totem: Michael has absorbed another Shaman's fly totem and used them later to fight against him. All Shaman's can use the fly totem, but a true Shaman can make this totem powerful. He used his fly army to swarm the evil Shaman's body. They devoured his astral form leaving nothing but a skeleton.
Freezing Time: Once by holding his hand out and saying "shush", Shaman stopped time in a localized area.
Great Key: An item pulled from the pouch that emits a bright light. Shaman used this at the Eye of the World. By means of this staff Shaman teleported various people the "Realm of the Beasts".
Grub: A Grub pulled from Shaman's pouch that can be used to block demonic possession.
Handful of Baubles: Shaman used these against Ranaq, a Great Beast by throwing them: "and just for a single wrenching moment the universe itself seems to blink out of existence, like a soap bubble suddenly impaled on a thorn."
Healing: Shaman is highly skilled doctor without the pouch, with it he can use various objects and powders to heal himself or others.
Ice Manipulation: With the pouch, Shaman can pull out powders that turn into ice shards, he has also has been shown to create a wall of ice used to smother a forest fire.
Illusion Casting: Shaman has an unknown ability to cast powerful illusions through simply concentrating that can even trick the sensors of Crimson Dynamo. This spell was used by an alternate reality Shaman
Invisibility: Shaman has an unknown ability to cause multiple people to become invisible by simply concentrating that even rendered them invisible from Crimson Dynamo's sensors. This spell was used by an alternate reality Shaman
Jewel of Actualization: An item pulled from the pouch that is used in conjunction with magical spell of temporal alignment past to present, which shows events of the past as if they were happening now
Levitation: Riding wind currents, Shaman can float or hover in the air.
Lizard Message Delivery: Shaman once pulled a lizard from his pouch and dipped it into a ceremonial liquid. He touches his head with the lizard and released it. When the lizard arrives at it's target it speaks a message with his voice.
Magical Glob: An object pulled from the pouch consisting of mud and grass. This can be flung at a person blinding them and negating certain technologies.
Medicine Pouch: Shaman's main weapon, this object has been passed down for generations in a long line of Shamans. His grandfather was the last before him. It acts as a dimensional nexus. Shaman can reach into the pouch to retrieve items from a virtually infinite number of dimensions. If one looks into the pouch their mind is lost, the only person capable of looking and not losing their mind is Talisman.
Magical Bracelets: touching his magical wrist bands together it instantly transforms his attire into his Shaman outfit. It's unknown if they do anything else.
Magical Telekinesis: Shaman has an unknown level of telekinesis even lifting multiple objects and people at once.
Phobia Manipulation: This attack doesn't attack the body, but the mind bringing forth the person's phobias.
Prison Bands: Shaman has an unknown ability to cast magical prison bands around multiple targets that were used to capture the Soviet Super-Soldiers consisting of Red Guardian, Ursa Major, Vanguard, Crimson Dynamo and Darkstar . This spell was used by an alternate reality Shaman
Prophetic Visions: Shaman has an ability to see prophetic visions. Shaman saw the future death of James Hudson years before the Omega Flight confrontation, he felt the premonition wasn't going to come true so he left it unspoken.
Protection Spell: Shaman can create a powerful protection spell that gives a magical shield around a target. He made the shield to be a mile large to encase the Alpha Flight compound after it was transformed into a living hell by a demon Shaman.
Seismic Upheaval: Placing his hand on the ground Shaman can cause minor earth tremors. Also by throwing a powder from it causes the ground to open up and immobilize the target. John Proudstar performed this spell
Shrinking Abilities: After Smart Alec looked into Shaman's Pouch and lost his mind, Shaman shrank his body to about 4 inches and kept it in his pouch.
Spell of Bionatural Equilibrium: A spell pulled from the pouch, which can be used to transform, mutated or manipulated human beings back into their normal states. Talisman used this spell from to revert The Master's Remnant Men to normal.
Spirit Staff: This object was given to him by Talisman, the Binder of Spirits for completing his spiritual quest. With this staff, Shaman can call forth the Spirits of the world, and implore their aid. This object is a sacred relic, worn by generations of Shaman's. It was stolen from his Sarcee ancestors by Viking invaders. In the battle with the Vikings he called upon the Spirit of the Northwind, which blew apart the Viking cairn. He called forth the Spirit of Growing Things, tapping the staff on the ground, vines grow up trapping the target. He animated his people's stone-men. With the staff, Shaman can implore spirits to aid in his quest, as the Sacree believe that everything that exists--even lifeless stone--is invested with a spirit force that can be called upon to give aid.
Staff of Growth: An item pulled from the pouch when stuck into the ground caused powerful vines to grow around the target. The vines are strong enough to bind Sasquatch
Stone Monsters: A powder pulled from the pouch that can be flung into the air creating three giant stone monsters. They were strong enough to knock over Juggernaut. Earthmover was the one who summoned them with Shaman's Pouch
Stone Spell: An item pulled from Shaman's Pouch looking like a small mud ball. It was used against the Avengers' Vision, solidifying him and creating a stone barrier around him. This wears off in half an hour.
Soul Imprisonment: A powerful and risky spell that could cost Shaman his immortal soul. He used this against Ravager, a powerful god-like figure. In order to achieve this spell the target must be unconscious. The effect shrinks the body into what looks like a silver ball, trapping the life essence.
Structure of Pure Order: A spell created by Shaman that was used to trap and destroy Carcass, a disciple of Khaos in a crystal like prison.
Talisman of Power: The most powerful item Shaman can pull out of his pouch. This Talisman is given to the chosen one. The most recent Talisman is Shaman's own daughter. The one who dons the Talisman are referred to the is a mortal channels through which the Gods can fight the evil ones.
Telepathy: Shaman has an limited amount of telepathy. He has been shown to feel people's emotions, as well as been shown to project what a person sees or feels into another person's mind. He has been shown to telepathically link his mind to his daughterfrom deep space battling the Infinity War, while his daughter was on Earth.
Teleportation Spell: A powder from his pouch that can be flung on people to instantly transport them to a desired location. This type of teleportation spell can only transport no more than 10 or so at a time. He can keep performing this spell for hours transporting thousands of people away from a desired location. He did this in order to get the Newfoundland survivors away from the blast area incase of an atomic bomb explodes. Which it does, but Shaman saves the day. The extent of the range of the teleportation was never stated.
Temporal Copies: Shaman once mad temporal copies of Alpha Flight from an alternate reality. Casting their forms into gold coins the faces of each member of Alpha Flight on it. When Sasquatch found Shaman's Pouch in the present day-reality, he opened it up and the coins fell out, they transformed into the copied team of Alpha Flight.
Time Travel: "Shaman can use the Dimensional energies within his pouch to propel himself, and those with him, back through time. When he travels he physically remains in the same location while time changes. Shaman can open a time rift by throwing his powder into the air allowing him travel to a desired time.
Void: The Void is the existence beyond the mouth of Shaman's Pouch. If allowed to grow in our realm it will grow and grow until all is consumed. If any mortal looks into the madness which lies within the pouch their mind is lost. Only the Talisman is capable of looking into it and not being effected. Shaman has inverted his pouch releasing the Void to absorb an atomic bomb blast. It absorbed most of Newfoundland, countless civilians, Alpha Flight, The Avengers, and the People's Protectorate. He could pull individual pieces back out if he wanted to, he reformed the land after it was released from his pouch. He held the dimensional void containing all the people and the land in various dimensions for several hours.
Weather Manipulation: Shaman has the ability to manipulate the weather, rivaling the X-Men's Storm. He has the ability to control all four basic elements and the Earth's weather. It took all of Storm's strength to stop one of Shaman's blizzards. Storm commented, "I only tried once to shape a storm like this. I failed..and the effort nearly killed me", yet Shaman created it with ease. Shaman can calm vicious storm clouds with the right words and powders. He can create a huge rainstorm, by completely amassing the moisture in the air. With his magical powder he can seize and control the water from a source to control. He did this when Marrina shot a waterspout and he took control of it.
Wendigo Curse Cure: Shaman has the ability to cure Wendigo reverting the host back into a human. This is a powerful spell created by the Northern Gods to punish people for cannibalism. If Wendigo is subdued, Shaman "begins to speak seemingly random, gutteral sounds at first, that gradually resolve themselves into words...words into a sing-song rhythmic chant. The language is older than recorded history, and besides Shaman, only Snowbird knows the words' meaning. All however, respond to the spell as Shaman draws on the power of their combined will, releasing it on the enchanted woodbeast. And before their eyes, monster becomes man."
Wood Totem Warriors: Pulled from his pouch they grow to varied heights with various weapons, designs or abilities.
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