The Viral Swarm is a alternate reality bacteria, it has the intellect of a beehive. It's Purpose is to feed,
take over and control all living beings. The Viral Swarm existed in a borderline dimension with earth,
in its world it had consumed everything, stripping that world of life.
Arrival to Earth 616
Thanks to two scientist's who were on a expedition in the northern parts of Greenland, they discovered a great
Leviathan husk. The scientist's curiosity got the better of them and they started examining the odd husk. On doing so
they accidentally freed Lilith The Mother of Demons
, From her Prison.
As they did so Lilith killed them and then began her quest to summon her children. This feat required great magic
as she used her powers to summon her children the Lilin
, Lilith managed to weaken the interdimensional barriers
that separated dimensions. Lilith in Weakening the Dimensional Fabric allowed the Viral Swarm to gain entry into
This dimension tear occurred in Phoenix Arizona a space located as a rundown basement inhabited by various homeless
people for shelter. The Viral Swarm then chose four random vessels to inhabit, later the bitterness of a
certain female would secure the fifth and final host. These Host's would become the Viral Swarm's physical
representation, they would become Decimator
As a side affect of joining with human host's, there vessel's personality seem to temorarily halt ther hunger. This
allowed the Viral Swarm to Come up with idea of the Second Chance Insitute to cover their plans and purposes
on earth 616. The other homeless people that were with the host's were given youth and health by the Swarm and
they used them as bait to lure other people to the institute.
The real purpose was for the Swarm to feed of the people and remain undetected. Unfortunately for them Dr. Strange
Sensed Something was a miss in Phoenix Arizona and sent the Secret Defenders
which included Wolverine
Following a lead Spiderwoman and Wolverine soon stumbled upon the victims of the Second Chance Institute, as young
people were rapidly aging and some even dying due to the process. They were caught spying by Decimator and Tokamak
and they attacked them the battle was short lived as SpiderWoman and Wolverine Prevailed. Unknown to them Dreadlox
sneaked up on them and blindsided them with there worst nightmares.
The two unconscious villains Decimator and Tokamak revivied, while Dreadlox Managed to hold the hero's at bay with her
powers, but as the police approached the Viral Swarm members managed to escape. In an attempt to re enter the Second
Chance Institute undetected, Darkhawk in his civilian wear managed to infiltrate the institute as a human member. The
Viral Swarm recognized him somehow and managed to capture him. Nomad, Spiderwoman and Wolverine broke in and manged to
knock out deadlox, but was forced to stop when Macabre threatened to kill the humans.
Tokamak managed to subdue the hero's in a force field, while Macabre gloated and boasted of the Swarms origin and plans,
Darkhawk ingeniously manages to free himself and attacks the Swarm. In the meantime Dr. Strange makes his appearance to
aid his friends, even though his powers were limited due to losing his mystic backer.
They managed to free the remaining trapped hero's and fight the Viral Swarm head on. Macabre then transformed the Swarm
back into its bacteria form, in order to destroy and absorb the hero's, but they managed to join there lifeforce with
Dr. Strange in time for him to use his power to send them back to there realm and close the dimentional rift.
The Viral Swarm was created by Roy Thomas
and Andre Coates
in 1993 and first appeared in The Secret Defenders
Powers & Abilities
The Viral Swarm in It's original bacteria form is able to engulf and absorb all form of matter and energy, this
includes magic. It is Possible that in earth 616 they required host's in order to survive the dimensions atmosphere,
or it could be that the swarm intellect just decided this would be best. The swarm was able to merge its self with the
human host and most likely anything living.
Once the Swarm has a host and was able to feed and control the vessel's body,
it could manifest one superhuman ability per host. this in addition to there life draining ability was quite a deadly
mix, they could also use there power to restore health and youth in some of there victims amongst the Second Chance