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|owners = [[Lucy Bauer]] †<br>[[Joseph Bauer]] †<br>[[S.H.I.E.L.D.]] <small>(formerly)</small><br>[[Watchdogs]] <small>(formerly)</small> <br>[[Holden Radcliffe]] †<br>[[Aida]] †<br>[[Ghost Rider]] <small>(formerly)</small><br>[[Morgan le Fay]]
|users = [[Lucy Bauer]] †<br>[[Joseph Bauer]] †<br>[[Eli Morrow]]
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|users = [[Lucy Bauer]] †<br>[[Joseph Bauer]] †<br>[[Eli Morrow]] †<br>[[Holden Radcliffe]] †<br>[[Aida]] †<br>[[Leo Fitz]] † <small>(in the [[Framework]])</small><br>[[Anton Ivanov]] †<br>[[Morgan le Fay]]<br>[[Robert Minoru]] †<br>[[Nico Minoru]] <small>(via video)</small><br>[[Tina Minoru]] <small>(via video)</small>
|tv series = ''[[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]''
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|tv series = ''[[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]''<br>''[[Runaways (TV series)|Runaways]]''
 
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{{Quote|This is all because of your obsession with that damn book!"<br>"That book can help us now. Fix us.|[[Hugo]] and [[Lucy Bauer]]|Meet the New Boss}}
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{{Quote|Look, if the internet is a garden hose, this book is {{WPS|Niagara Falls}}, blasting the universe's deepest thoughts through your eyeballs."<br>"It's a piece of technology, a tool."<br>"So's a grenade, until it's in the hands of a child.|[[Holden Radcliffe]] and [[Melinda May]]|Deals With Our Devils}}
The '''Darkhold''', also called the '''Book of Sins''' or the '''Book of Spells''', is a book with mystical abilities.
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The '''Darkhold''', also known as the '''Book of Sins''' or the '''Book of Spells''', is an ancient book of spells and unspeakable power. The book is made of dark matter from the [[Hell]] dimension.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
The Darkhold was said to contain infinite knowledge. Over the course of history, many individuals searched for it, including [[Red Skull]], [[Daniel Whitehall]], and [[Nick Fury]].<ref name="AoS404">''[[Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.04: Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire]]''</ref> In the 21st century, [[Lucy Bauer|Lucy]] and [[Joseph Bauer]] found it in the basement of the home's former owner and opened it. When Lucy touched it, she discovered she could read the text in English. When Joseph touched it, he could read it in German.<ref name="AoS405">''[[Lockup|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.05: Lockup]]''</ref> As she studied the Darkhold, Lucy became obsessed with it.<ref name="AoS402">''[[Meet the New Boss|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.02: Meet the New Boss]]''</ref>
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===Search for the Darkhold===
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{{Quote|Well, you know where to find it?"<br>"No one ever has. Not [[Daniel Whitehall]], not the [[Red Skull]], not even [[Nick Fury]] himself.|[[Robbie Reyes]] and [[Phil Coulson]]|Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire}}
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[[File:Darkhold File.png|thumb|left|250px|The [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]] file about the Darkhold]]
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The Darkhold was created in the [[Hell]] dimension and was made of dark matter. It was said to contain infinite knowledge. Over the course of history, many individuals searched for the ancient Darkhold, including [[Red Skull]], [[Daniel Whitehall]], and [[Nick Fury]].<ref name="AoS404">''[[Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.04: Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire]]''</ref>
   
[[Momentum Labs]], the scientific research corporation that the Bauers worked for, sought to use the secrets within the Darkhold to building a Quantum Particle Generator. The device was originally designed to use the mystical properties of the book to create matter out of nothing, but the experiment went horribly wrong as the machine exploded and transformed Bauer and three of her co-workers [[Hugo]], [[Frederick]], and [[Vincent]] into spiritual entities. This caused engineer [[Eli Morrow]] to beat Joseph Bauer into a coma enough for him to end up incarcerated at [[South Ridge Penitentiary]]. Years later, Lucy visited Joseph and snapped him out of his coma to get the current location of the Darkhold.<ref name="AoS404">''[[Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.04: Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire]]''</ref>
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In the 21st century, [[Lucy Bauer|Lucy]] and [[Joseph Bauer]] found the Darkhold in the basement of the home's former owner and opened it. When Lucy touched it, she discovered she could read the text in English, whereas when Joseph touched it, he could read it in German.<ref name="AoS405">''[[Lockup|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.05: Lockup]]''</ref> As she studied the Darkhold, Lucy became obsessed with it.<ref name="AoS402">''[[Meet the New Boss|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.02: Meet the New Boss]]''</ref>
   
Upon heading back to where the Darkhold was found by her and Joseph, Lucy found herself unable to read it in her current state. In order to get the Darkhold read, she and her remaining ghosts Hugo and Vincent had to infiltrate South Ridge Penitentiary in order to spring Eli Morrow from his prison. Lucy was successful in her mission at the cost of Hugo and Vincent who were taken out by [[Ghost Rider]]. At the Pasadena Momentum Laboratory after killing the security guards there, Lucy has Eli touch the Darkhold and the text appeared before them in Spanish.<ref name="AoS405"/>
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===Momentum Labs===
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[[File:Bauer-discouvery-darkhold-lockup.png|thumb|250px|[[Joseph Bauer|Joseph]] and [[Lucy Bauer]] read the Darkhold]]
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{{Quote|It was a mistake. We never should have taken it. We should've left it buried!|[[Joseph Bauer]]|Lockup}}
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The Darkhold helped [[Joseph Bauer]] in building the [[Quantum Particle Generator]] in [[Momentum Labs]] in order to help him allegedly create matter out of thin air when in truth the machine was siphoning energy from [[Hell|another dimension]]. The engineer of the project, [[Eli Morrow]], desired the book for himself. He tried to reason with Joseph to give him the book, but he refused to give it to him. One day, Morrow put all the Momentum Labs workers inside the machine in order to kill him and take the book for himself.
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[[File:JBauerReadingDarkhold.jpg|thumb|left|250px|[[Joseph Bauer]] reading from the Darkhold]]
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Morrow personally attacked Joseph, but the latter refused to tell him where he had hidden the Darkhold,<ref name="AoS406">''[[The Good Samaritan|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.06: The Good Samaritan]]''</ref> so he put him into a coma. Unbeknownst to Morrow, Bauer and three of her co-workers [[Hugo]], [[Frederick]], and [[Vincent]] transformed into spiritual entities, contained within the special boxes that were created with the Darkhold's knowledge. Years later, Lucy visited Joseph and snapped him out of his coma to get the current location of the Darkhold.<ref name="AoS404">''[[Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.04: Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire]]''</ref>
   
==Trivia==
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===Targeted by S.H.I.E.L.D.===
*In the comics the Darkhold is the ultimate dark grimoire, a collection of all evil spells in existence that was gathered by the Elder God [[w:c:marvel:Chthon|Chthon]]. It serves as the anti-thesis of the [[w:c:marvel:Book of the Vishanti|Book of the Vishanti]].
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[[File:Darkhold5.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Eli Morrow]] reads the Darkhold]]
*The cover of the book features an {{WPS|ambigram}}, that is, the writing on it reads "Darkhold" from both directions.
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Upon heading back to where the Darkhold was found by her and Joseph, Lucy found herself unable to read it in her current state. In order to get the Darkhold read, she and her remaining ghosts Hugo and Vincent had to infiltrate [[South Ridge Penitentiary]] in order to spring Eli Morrow from his prison. Lucy was successful in her mission at the cost of Hugo and Vincent who were taken out by [[Ghost Rider]]. At the [[Pasadena Momentum Laboratory]], after killing the security guards there, Lucy had Eli touch the Darkhold and the text appeared before them in Spanish.<ref name="AoS405"/>
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[[File:Coulson - Darkhold - May - AOS406.jpg|thumb|left|250px|[[Melinda May]] takes and hides the Darkhold]]
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With the knowledge of the book, Morrow managed to rebuild the Quantum Particle Generator in an abandoned [[Roxxon Corporation]] [[Roxxon Power Plant|power plant]]. As [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]] [[Attack on the Roxxon Power Plant|stormed]] into the building, [[Phil Coulson]] found the Darkhold unguarded. He asked [[Melinda May]] to bring it back to the [[Quinjet]] and hide it.<ref name="AoS406"/> Following Coulson and [[Leo Fitz]]'s sudden vanishing, May thought about using the Darkhold to save them. She told that to [[Alphonso Mackenzie]], but he tried to talk her out of it, claiming that Coulson had explained that the book was dangerous.
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[[File:Darkhold Binary.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Aida]] reads the Darkhold]]
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In the [[Playground]], May showed [[Holden Radcliffe]] the Darkhold and asked him to read it in order to save Coulson and Fitz. Radcliffe read the book but immediately closed it, saying that it was too much knowledge for a human mind. May, however, still tried to convince him to use the knowledge; however, it was Radcliffe's android assistant, [[Aida]], who volunteered to read the book. With the knowledge she received, Radcliffe built for her the [[Inter-Dimensional Gate]] and [[Laser-Coupling Gloves]], which helped her bringing Coulson and Fitz back to [[Earth]].<ref name="AoS407">''[[Deals With Our Devils|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.07: Deals With Our Devils]]''</ref>
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===Targeted by Holden Radcliffe===
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[[File:DarkholdFoundByAida.jpg|thumb|left|250px|[[Aida]] finds the Darkhold in the [[Playground]]]]
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{{Quote|I only glimpsed it but it opened my eyes to possibilities beyond my wildest imaginings, it can show us how..."<br>"How to live forever?"<br>"It's a bit more complicated but yes. Man could once and for all break the bonds of his mortal restraints.|[[Holden Radcliffe]] to [[Aida]]|Broken Promises}}
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While reading the book, apparently, [[Holden Radcliffe]] noticed a way to prevent death. The idea had corrupted him and he developed an obsession for the Darkhold, causing him to betray [[S.H.I.E.L.D.]]. As part of his plan to steal the book, he programmed [[Aida]] to appear as if she had become self-aware via reading the Darkhold as well as taking [[Melinda May]] hostage and replacing her with an [[Melinda May (Life-Model Decoy)|Life-Model Decoy]].
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[[File:BP Aida's Death.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Aida]] being stopped from taking the Darkhold]]
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Radcliffe planned that Aida would be seen as though she wanted to steal the book for herself. At the same time, Director [[Jeffrey Mace]] hid the book in his office and cloaked it, as Mace and [[Phil Coulson]] figured out that it was for the best that the Darkhold be destroyed. Radcliffe then initiated his plan, as Aida attacked the base and stole the book. However, Aida was destroyed by [[Alphonso Mackenzie]], and Coulson retrieved the Darkhold in the process.<ref name="AoS409">''[[Broken Promises|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.09: Broken Promises]]''</ref>
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[[File:AIvanov-ReadingDarkhold.jpg|250px|left|thumb|The [[Superior]] reading parts of the Darkhold]]
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Coulson then brought the book to [[Billy Koenig]], who had passed it to his brothers. When [[LT Koenig]] returned it to Billy, he hid it inside the [[Labyrinth]]. The [[Watchdogs]], assisted by Radcliffe, tried to take the book, but were stopped by S.H.I.E.L.D. However, LMD May took the book and brought it to Radcliffe. [[Anton Ivanov]] wanted to use the book to kill both [[Inhumans]] and Coulson.<ref name="AoS412">''[[Hot Potato Soup|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.12: Hot Potato Soup]]''</ref> Ivanov then briefly read the book, which gave him the answer to use Radcliffe in order to fight the Inhumans. Radcliffe later also read the Darkhold.<ref name="AoS413">''[[BOOM|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.13: BOOM]]''</ref>
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===Aida's Plan===
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[[File:Darkhold-SelfControl.jpg|thumb|250px|[[Aida]] gives the Darkhold to [[Anton Ivanov]]]]
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Under [[Holden Radcliffe]]'s request, [[Aida]] used the Darkhold to improve the [[Framework]] so it would be a virtual world. With the knowledge provided by the Darkhold, Aida created a full [[Life-Model Decoy]] body for the severely wounded [[Anton Ivanov]]. While Ivanov's head was inside a jar, his brain controlled the body remotely.<ref name="AoS415>''[[Self Control|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.15: Self Control]]''</ref>
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The Darkhold showed Aida how to accomplish her ultimate goal: to become a human being. Using the [[Quantum Batteries]], Aida could create for herself a human body, so she would no longer be chained to Radcliffe's protocols. [[Leo Fitz]] designed for her the machine inside the Framework (known as "[[Project Looking Glass]]") and Ivanov's men built it on his [[Ivanov Oil Platform|oil platform]].<ref name="AoS419>''[[All the Madame's Men|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.19: All the Madame's Men]]''</ref> Aida successfully created a living body with [[Inhumans|Inhuman]] abilities.<ref>''[[Farewell, Cruel World!|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.20: Farewell, Cruel World!]]''</ref>
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[[File:Aida - Darkhold - AOS421.jpg|thumb|left|250px|[[Aida]] making her new plan to use the Darkhold]]
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Ivanov told Aida that with the help of the Darkhold, they could ensure that the real world would become its replica in the [[Framework]].<ref>''[[The Return|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.21: The Return]]''</ref> Due to Aida's creation, a rift in [[Hell]] was created. The [[Spirit of Vengeance]] inside [[Robbie Reyes]] wanted to retrieve the Darkhold to Hell and kill Aida. Reyes passed to the other side and returned to [[Earth]] and came after the book. Aida managed to escape with the Darkhold before the Ghost Rider could get his hands on it. Later on, Ivanov, controlling LMDs of himself and [[Sergei Mishkin]], brought the Darkhold to the International Inquiry Committee and told the attendees to read the book, intending for it to corrupt their minds to make them follow his anti-Inhuman crusade.
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[[File:Ghost Rider Returns Hell.png|thumb|250px|[[Ghost Rider]] takes the Darkhold into a portal]]
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However, Ghost Rider managed to steal the Darkhold before that could happen. Afterwards, though Reyes asked to take the Darkhold, [[Phil Coulson]] asked that he wait, since he intended to use the book in order to lure Aida into a trap. Thus, Coulson held the book close to him when he returned to the [[Playground]]. When Aida came for him, having been fooled by Fitz into thinking he was planning to use the Darkhold against her, he revealed himself to be possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance and used its power to destroy her. Afterwards, Coulson handed the book to Reyes, who then opened a portal to Hell and took the Darkhold with him, thereby ensuring that it could no longer corrupt any more innocent lives.<ref>''[[World's End|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.22: World's End]]''</ref>
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===Used by Morgan le Fay===
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[[File:Morgan le Fay - Darkhold - R306.png|thumb|left|250px|[[Morgan le Fay]] opening the Darkhold]]
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{{Quote|So, uh, what was that book [[Morgan le Fay|Morgan]] was reading last night?"<br>"It's her book of spells. Don't you have one?|[[Nico Minoru]] and [[Bronwyn]]|Left-Hand Path}}
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The Darkhold was eventually acquired by [[Morgan le Fay]], who planned to use the knowledge contained in the ancient book to conquer the [[Earth]]. It became le Fay's most prized possession. Having escaped from the [[Dark Dimension]], le Fay stored the book at the [[Essex Tower Hotel]].
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[[File:Runaways S3 -000145.png|thumb|250px|The Darkhold is used in a witch ritual]]
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le Fay took the Darkhold to the ritual room, where a ceremony was held to induct [[Nico Minoru]] into her [[Coven]] of witches. The Darkhold was opened by le Fay during the ritual, with Minoru getting curious about the book. The next morning, Minoru asked [[Bronwyn]] for information about the book.<ref name="R306">''[[Merry Meet Again|Runaways: 3.06: Merry Meet Again]]''</ref>
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===Doorway to Darkness===
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[[File:Robert Minoru - WizGlass - Darkhold.png|thumb|250px|left|[[Robert Minoru]] finds and reads the Darkhold]]
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{{Quote|Permit my entry into night, and allow the darkness find its light.|[[Nico Minoru]]|Left-Hand Path}}
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In order to rescue [[Alex Wilder]], [[Nico Minoru]] had planned to steal the Darkhold from [[Morgan le Fay]] to cast the spell required to return to the [[Dark Dimension]]. She and her mother [[Tina Minoru|Tina]] infiltrated the [[Essex Tower Hotel]] to retrieve the book. When Tina freed [[Robert Minoru|Robert]] from le Fay's [[Crow Necklace]] spell, he offered to help his wife and daughter in the search for the grimoire. Robert successfully located the Darkhold in a secret room.
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[[File:Morgan le Fay - Darkhold - R307.png|thumb|250px|[[Morgan le Fay]] taking the Darkhold back]]
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While Robert was using his [[WizGlass]]es to record the necessary pages to help Nico to access the Darkhold's spells, including a page with the phrase "''doorway to darkness''", le Fay sensed that he had found the book. Once Robert finished recording the necessary pages, he try ran from the secret room with the Darkhold. However, le Fay immediately teleported to Robert and took the book from him. Angry at the Minoru family's attempt to steal the Darkhold, le Fay mentioned her connection to the Darkhold and how sacred the book was before killing Robert with her powers.<ref name="R307">''[[Left-Hand Path|Runaways: 3.07: Left-Hand Path]]''</ref>
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[[File:Cloak - Dagger - Nico Minoru - Darkhold.png|thumb|250px|left|[[Cloak]], [[Dagger]], and [[Nico Minoru|Nico]] reading the Darkhold]]
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Robert, in his final moments, gave his WizGlasses containing a video of the Darkhold to Nico. At the [[Hostel]], Nico used the content of the book to cast a spell with the [[Staff of One]]. However, instead of opening a portal to another dimension, the spell from the Darkhold caused the appearance of two young people: [[Cloak]] & [[Dagger]].<ref name="R307"/> While explaining her mission, Nico showed the recorded footage of the Darkhold to Cloak and Dagger. The spell from the Darkhold was useful after all: using Cloak's powers, the [[Runaways]] and Cloak & Dagger teleported to the Dark Dimension and rescued Wilder.<ref name="R308">''[[Devil's Torture Chamber|Runaways: 3.08: Devil's Torture Chamber]]''</ref>
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===Banishing Morgan le Fay===
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{{Quote|You crossed over to get [[Alex Wilder|Alex]]. How? Your [[Robert Minoru|father]] failed to get the Darkhold."<br>"No, he didn't.|[[Tina Minoru]] and [[Nico Minoru]]|The Broken Circle}}
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The Darkhold also helped to defeat [[Morgan le Fay]]. When [[PRIDE]] united with the [[Runaways]] to stop le Fay's grand plan to merge the [[Dark Dimension]] with [[Earth]], [[Nico Minoru]] revealed to [[Tina Minoru|Tina]] that [[Robert Minoru|Robert]] had recorded pages of the book on his [[WizGlass|WizGlasses]]. Using the content from the book, Tina started working on a banishing spell while Nico and the other kids were fighting le Fay at the [[Hostel]].<ref name="R309">''[[The Broken Circle|Runaways: 3.09: The Broken Circle]]''</ref> Joining the battle, Tina cast a powerful spell from the Darkhold and successively banished le Fay from the Earth.<ref name="R309"/><ref>''[[Cheat The Gallows|Runaways: 3.10: Cheat The Gallows]]''</ref>
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===FitzSimmons' Illusion===
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{{Quote|That's not a good book. That's a bad book, bad story, very poorly written.|[[Leo Fitz]]|Inescapable}}
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During a recreation of shared memories of [[Leo Fitz]] and [[Jemma Simmons]] induced by the [[Chronicoms]], Fitz realized that the book a child Simmons wanted him to read from was an illusion of the Darkhold. Fitz, who remembered that the book was dangerous as it had been involved in the creation of the [[Framework]]'s fascist world, immediately rejected the book, calling it "very poorly written".<ref>''[[Inescapable|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 6.06: Inescapable]]''</ref>
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==Capabilities==
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The Darkhold is a book of spells. It provides the reader the instructions to make their desires come true, written in the language the reader would fully understand.<ref name="AoS405"/> The instructions guide the reader to their ultimate goal by showing them how to build items, some of which harness energy from other dimensions.<ref name="AoS407"/> Therefore, even brilliant scientists, like [[Leo Fitz]], cannot understand how the creations work.
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However, the secondary ability of the book is to corrupt the reader's mind and create a dangerous obsession over the Darkhold. A person who has used the Darkhold for a long time may not want others to even touch it. Even a brief skim through the book can corrupt the reader's mind, like in the case of [[Holden Radcliffe]], who, despite recognizing the danger the book poses and not even attempting to read it properly, allowed himself to betray his friends simply to regain possession of the book. Abiotic beings, such as the [[Life-Model Decoy]] [[Aida]], can also become corrupted if they read the book. The Darkhold can even corrupt people who have yet to read it; an example is [[Eli Morrow]], who attempted to murder his [[Momentum Labs]] coworkers after learning the capabilities of the [[Quantum Particle Generator|machine]] they were building.
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==Known Inventions==
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*'''[[Quantum Particle Generator]]''': It was created by [[Lucy Bauer]] and [[Eli Morrow]]. Morrow then used the machine on himself to gain the power to channel quantum energies from [[Hell]] in order to create matter. He even stated that he was becoming a "God," though this was never seen.
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*'''[[Quantum Batteries]]''': Created by [[Joseph Bauer|Joseph]] and [[Lucy Bauer]], the batteries harness quantum energy from another dimension. A larger Quantum Battery was created by [[Eli Morrow]].
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*'''[[Inter-Dimensional Gate]]''': Created by [[Aida]] and [[Holden Radcliffe]], the machine opens a gate to other dimensions.
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*'''[[Laser-Coupling Gloves]]''': Created by Radcliffe, the gloves summon energy from other dimensions.
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*'''[[Quantum Brain]]''': Created by Aida, it was made out of light and power the [[Life-Model Decoy]]s.
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*'''Improvement of the [[Framework]]''': It was done by Radcliffe and Aida. They developed the Framework from a training virtual simulation to specific detailed virtual world.
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*'''[[Life-Model Decoy]] Body''': It was created by Aida. [[Anton Ivanov]]'s brain controls the body remotely as it functions as Ivanov's body.
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*'''[[Project Looking Glass]]''': A project created by [[Aida|Madame Hydra]] and [[Leo Fitz|The Doctor]] in the Framework which was then built by Ivanov's men on his [[Ivanov Oil Platform|oil platform]] in the real world. Aida then used it to create a living body with [[Inhumans|Inhuman]] abilities for herself.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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{| class="mw-collapsible mw-collapsed wikitable" width="100%"
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! Appearances for the Darkhold
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In chronological order:
 
*''[[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]''
 
*''[[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]''
 
**''[[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Season Four|Season Four]]''
 
**''[[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Season Four|Season Four]]''
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***''[[Lockup]]'' <small>(flashbacks)</small>
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***''[[The Good Samaritan]]'' <small>(flashbacks)</small>
 
***''[[Meet the New Boss]]'' <small>(mentioned)</small>
 
***''[[Meet the New Boss]]'' <small>(mentioned)</small>
***''[[Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire]]'' <small>(mentioned, photo)</small>
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***''[[Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire]]'' <small>(picture)</small>
 
***''[[Lockup]]''
 
***''[[Lockup]]''
 
***''[[The Good Samaritan]]''
 
***''[[The Good Samaritan]]''
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***''[[Deals With Our Devils]]''
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***''[[The Laws of Inferno Dynamics]]'' <small>(footage and mentioned)</small>
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****''[[Wake Up]]'' <small>(mentioned in a flashback)</small>
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***''[[Broken Promises]]''
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***''[[The Patriot]]'' <small>(mentioned)</small>
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***''[[Wake Up]]'' <small>(mentioned)</small>
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***''[[Hot Potato Soup]]''
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***''[[BOOM]]''
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***''[[The Man Behind the Shield]]'' <small>(mentioned)</small>
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***''[[Self Control]]''
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***''[[All the Madame's Men]]'' <small>(mentioned)</small>
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***''[[Farewell, Cruel World!]]'' <small>(mentioned)</small>
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***''[[The Return]]''
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***''[[World's End]]''
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*''[[Runaways (TV series)|Runaways]]''
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**''[[Runaways (TV series)/Season Three|Season Three]]''
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***''[[Merry Meet Again]]''
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***''[[Left-Hand Path]]''
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***''[[Devil's Torture Chamber]]''
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***''[[The Broken Circle]]'' <small>(mentioned)</small>
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*''[[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]''
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**''[[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Season Six|Season Six]]''
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***''[[Inescapable]]'' <small>(illusion)</small>
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==Trivia==
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*In the comics, the Darkhold is the ultimate dark grimoire, a collection of all evil spells in existence that was gathered by the Elder God [[w:c:marvel:Chthon|Chthon]]. Pages of the Darkhold were copied into the [[Book of Cagliostro]].
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*The cover of the book features an ambigram, which makes the writing on it reads "Darkhold" from both directions.
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
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{{Gallery|Darkhold/Gallery}}
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
   
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Latest revision as of 16:27, June 9, 2020

"Look, if the internet is a garden hose, this book is Niagara Falls, blasting the universe's deepest thoughts through your eyeballs."
"It's a piece of technology, a tool."
"So's a grenade, until it's in the hands of a child."
Holden Radcliffe and Melinda May[src]

The Darkhold, also known as the Book of Sins or the Book of Spells, is an ancient book of spells and unspeakable power. The book is made of dark matter from the Hell dimension.

HistoryEdit

Search for the DarkholdEdit

"Well, you know where to find it?"
"No one ever has. Not Daniel Whitehall, not the Red Skull, not even Nick Fury himself."
Robbie Reyes and Phil Coulson[src]
Darkhold File

The S.H.I.E.L.D. file about the Darkhold

The Darkhold was created in the Hell dimension and was made of dark matter. It was said to contain infinite knowledge. Over the course of history, many individuals searched for the ancient Darkhold, including Red Skull, Daniel Whitehall, and Nick Fury.[1]

In the 21st century, Lucy and Joseph Bauer found the Darkhold in the basement of the home's former owner and opened it. When Lucy touched it, she discovered she could read the text in English, whereas when Joseph touched it, he could read it in German.[2] As she studied the Darkhold, Lucy became obsessed with it.[3]

Momentum LabsEdit

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Joseph and Lucy Bauer read the Darkhold

"It was a mistake. We never should have taken it. We should've left it buried!"
Joseph Bauer[src]

The Darkhold helped Joseph Bauer in building the Quantum Particle Generator in Momentum Labs in order to help him allegedly create matter out of thin air when in truth the machine was siphoning energy from another dimension. The engineer of the project, Eli Morrow, desired the book for himself. He tried to reason with Joseph to give him the book, but he refused to give it to him. One day, Morrow put all the Momentum Labs workers inside the machine in order to kill him and take the book for himself.

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Joseph Bauer reading from the Darkhold

Morrow personally attacked Joseph, but the latter refused to tell him where he had hidden the Darkhold,[4] so he put him into a coma. Unbeknownst to Morrow, Bauer and three of her co-workers Hugo, Frederick, and Vincent transformed into spiritual entities, contained within the special boxes that were created with the Darkhold's knowledge. Years later, Lucy visited Joseph and snapped him out of his coma to get the current location of the Darkhold.[1]

Targeted by S.H.I.E.L.D.Edit

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Eli Morrow reads the Darkhold

Upon heading back to where the Darkhold was found by her and Joseph, Lucy found herself unable to read it in her current state. In order to get the Darkhold read, she and her remaining ghosts Hugo and Vincent had to infiltrate South Ridge Penitentiary in order to spring Eli Morrow from his prison. Lucy was successful in her mission at the cost of Hugo and Vincent who were taken out by Ghost Rider. At the Pasadena Momentum Laboratory, after killing the security guards there, Lucy had Eli touch the Darkhold and the text appeared before them in Spanish.[2]

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Melinda May takes and hides the Darkhold

With the knowledge of the book, Morrow managed to rebuild the Quantum Particle Generator in an abandoned Roxxon Corporation power plant. As S.H.I.E.L.D. stormed into the building, Phil Coulson found the Darkhold unguarded. He asked Melinda May to bring it back to the Quinjet and hide it.[4] Following Coulson and Leo Fitz's sudden vanishing, May thought about using the Darkhold to save them. She told that to Alphonso Mackenzie, but he tried to talk her out of it, claiming that Coulson had explained that the book was dangerous.

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Aida reads the Darkhold

In the Playground, May showed Holden Radcliffe the Darkhold and asked him to read it in order to save Coulson and Fitz. Radcliffe read the book but immediately closed it, saying that it was too much knowledge for a human mind. May, however, still tried to convince him to use the knowledge; however, it was Radcliffe's android assistant, Aida, who volunteered to read the book. With the knowledge she received, Radcliffe built for her the Inter-Dimensional Gate and Laser-Coupling Gloves, which helped her bringing Coulson and Fitz back to Earth.[5]

Targeted by Holden RadcliffeEdit

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Aida finds the Darkhold in the Playground

"I only glimpsed it but it opened my eyes to possibilities beyond my wildest imaginings, it can show us how..."
"How to live forever?"
"It's a bit more complicated but yes. Man could once and for all break the bonds of his mortal restraints."
Holden Radcliffe to Aida[src]

While reading the book, apparently, Holden Radcliffe noticed a way to prevent death. The idea had corrupted him and he developed an obsession for the Darkhold, causing him to betray S.H.I.E.L.D.. As part of his plan to steal the book, he programmed Aida to appear as if she had become self-aware via reading the Darkhold as well as taking Melinda May hostage and replacing her with an Life-Model Decoy.

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Aida being stopped from taking the Darkhold

Radcliffe planned that Aida would be seen as though she wanted to steal the book for herself. At the same time, Director Jeffrey Mace hid the book in his office and cloaked it, as Mace and Phil Coulson figured out that it was for the best that the Darkhold be destroyed. Radcliffe then initiated his plan, as Aida attacked the base and stole the book. However, Aida was destroyed by Alphonso Mackenzie, and Coulson retrieved the Darkhold in the process.[6]

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The Superior reading parts of the Darkhold

Coulson then brought the book to Billy Koenig, who had passed it to his brothers. When LT Koenig returned it to Billy, he hid it inside the Labyrinth. The Watchdogs, assisted by Radcliffe, tried to take the book, but were stopped by S.H.I.E.L.D. However, LMD May took the book and brought it to Radcliffe. Anton Ivanov wanted to use the book to kill both Inhumans and Coulson.[7] Ivanov then briefly read the book, which gave him the answer to use Radcliffe in order to fight the Inhumans. Radcliffe later also read the Darkhold.[8]

Aida's PlanEdit

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Aida gives the Darkhold to Anton Ivanov

Under Holden Radcliffe's request, Aida used the Darkhold to improve the Framework so it would be a virtual world. With the knowledge provided by the Darkhold, Aida created a full Life-Model Decoy body for the severely wounded Anton Ivanov. While Ivanov's head was inside a jar, his brain controlled the body remotely.[9]

The Darkhold showed Aida how to accomplish her ultimate goal: to become a human being. Using the Quantum Batteries, Aida could create for herself a human body, so she would no longer be chained to Radcliffe's protocols. Leo Fitz designed for her the machine inside the Framework (known as "Project Looking Glass") and Ivanov's men built it on his oil platform.[10] Aida successfully created a living body with Inhuman abilities.[11]

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Aida making her new plan to use the Darkhold

Ivanov told Aida that with the help of the Darkhold, they could ensure that the real world would become its replica in the Framework.[12] Due to Aida's creation, a rift in Hell was created. The Spirit of Vengeance inside Robbie Reyes wanted to retrieve the Darkhold to Hell and kill Aida. Reyes passed to the other side and returned to Earth and came after the book. Aida managed to escape with the Darkhold before the Ghost Rider could get his hands on it. Later on, Ivanov, controlling LMDs of himself and Sergei Mishkin, brought the Darkhold to the International Inquiry Committee and told the attendees to read the book, intending for it to corrupt their minds to make them follow his anti-Inhuman crusade.

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Ghost Rider takes the Darkhold into a portal

However, Ghost Rider managed to steal the Darkhold before that could happen. Afterwards, though Reyes asked to take the Darkhold, Phil Coulson asked that he wait, since he intended to use the book in order to lure Aida into a trap. Thus, Coulson held the book close to him when he returned to the Playground. When Aida came for him, having been fooled by Fitz into thinking he was planning to use the Darkhold against her, he revealed himself to be possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance and used its power to destroy her. Afterwards, Coulson handed the book to Reyes, who then opened a portal to Hell and took the Darkhold with him, thereby ensuring that it could no longer corrupt any more innocent lives.[13]

Used by Morgan le FayEdit

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Morgan le Fay opening the Darkhold

"So, uh, what was that book Morgan was reading last night?"
"It's her book of spells. Don't you have one?"
Nico Minoru and Bronwyn[src]

The Darkhold was eventually acquired by Morgan le Fay, who planned to use the knowledge contained in the ancient book to conquer the Earth. It became le Fay's most prized possession. Having escaped from the Dark Dimension, le Fay stored the book at the Essex Tower Hotel.

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The Darkhold is used in a witch ritual

le Fay took the Darkhold to the ritual room, where a ceremony was held to induct Nico Minoru into her Coven of witches. The Darkhold was opened by le Fay during the ritual, with Minoru getting curious about the book. The next morning, Minoru asked Bronwyn for information about the book.[14]

Doorway to DarknessEdit

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Robert Minoru finds and reads the Darkhold

"Permit my entry into night, and allow the darkness find its light."
Nico Minoru[src]

In order to rescue Alex Wilder, Nico Minoru had planned to steal the Darkhold from Morgan le Fay to cast the spell required to return to the Dark Dimension. She and her mother Tina infiltrated the Essex Tower Hotel to retrieve the book. When Tina freed Robert from le Fay's Crow Necklace spell, he offered to help his wife and daughter in the search for the grimoire. Robert successfully located the Darkhold in a secret room.

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Morgan le Fay taking the Darkhold back

While Robert was using his WizGlasses to record the necessary pages to help Nico to access the Darkhold's spells, including a page with the phrase "doorway to darkness", le Fay sensed that he had found the book. Once Robert finished recording the necessary pages, he try ran from the secret room with the Darkhold. However, le Fay immediately teleported to Robert and took the book from him. Angry at the Minoru family's attempt to steal the Darkhold, le Fay mentioned her connection to the Darkhold and how sacred the book was before killing Robert with her powers.[15]

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Cloak, Dagger, and Nico reading the Darkhold

Robert, in his final moments, gave his WizGlasses containing a video of the Darkhold to Nico. At the Hostel, Nico used the content of the book to cast a spell with the Staff of One. However, instead of opening a portal to another dimension, the spell from the Darkhold caused the appearance of two young people: Cloak & Dagger.[15] While explaining her mission, Nico showed the recorded footage of the Darkhold to Cloak and Dagger. The spell from the Darkhold was useful after all: using Cloak's powers, the Runaways and Cloak & Dagger teleported to the Dark Dimension and rescued Wilder.[16]

Banishing Morgan le FayEdit

"You crossed over to get Alex. How? Your father failed to get the Darkhold."
"No, he didn't."
Tina Minoru and Nico Minoru[src]

The Darkhold also helped to defeat Morgan le Fay. When PRIDE united with the Runaways to stop le Fay's grand plan to merge the Dark Dimension with Earth, Nico Minoru revealed to Tina that Robert had recorded pages of the book on his WizGlasses. Using the content from the book, Tina started working on a banishing spell while Nico and the other kids were fighting le Fay at the Hostel.[17] Joining the battle, Tina cast a powerful spell from the Darkhold and successively banished le Fay from the Earth.[17][18]

FitzSimmons' IllusionEdit

"That's not a good book. That's a bad book, bad story, very poorly written."
Leo Fitz[src]

During a recreation of shared memories of Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons induced by the Chronicoms, Fitz realized that the book a child Simmons wanted him to read from was an illusion of the Darkhold. Fitz, who remembered that the book was dangerous as it had been involved in the creation of the Framework's fascist world, immediately rejected the book, calling it "very poorly written".[19]

CapabilitiesEdit

The Darkhold is a book of spells. It provides the reader the instructions to make their desires come true, written in the language the reader would fully understand.[2] The instructions guide the reader to their ultimate goal by showing them how to build items, some of which harness energy from other dimensions.[5] Therefore, even brilliant scientists, like Leo Fitz, cannot understand how the creations work.

However, the secondary ability of the book is to corrupt the reader's mind and create a dangerous obsession over the Darkhold. A person who has used the Darkhold for a long time may not want others to even touch it. Even a brief skim through the book can corrupt the reader's mind, like in the case of Holden Radcliffe, who, despite recognizing the danger the book poses and not even attempting to read it properly, allowed himself to betray his friends simply to regain possession of the book. Abiotic beings, such as the Life-Model Decoy Aida, can also become corrupted if they read the book. The Darkhold can even corrupt people who have yet to read it; an example is Eli Morrow, who attempted to murder his Momentum Labs coworkers after learning the capabilities of the machine they were building.

Known InventionsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Appearances for the Darkhold

In chronological order:

TriviaEdit

  • In the comics, the Darkhold is the ultimate dark grimoire, a collection of all evil spells in existence that was gathered by the Elder God Chthon. Pages of the Darkhold were copied into the Book of Cagliostro.
  • The cover of the book features an ambigram, which makes the writing on it reads "Darkhold" from both directions.

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