The Shrike is a mysterious mechanical being seemingly composed of razorwire, thorns, and blades. It exists throughout time, manipulating it to serve its own purposes while acting in service of a greater force.
Powers and Stats
Name: The Shrike
Origin: Hyperion Cantos
Age: Inapplicable (The Shrike does not exist in accordance with linear time)
Classification: Lord of Pain, Avatar of the Machine Ultimate Intelligence
Powers and Abilities: Time Manipulation and Travel, can summon clones of itself from across time, can travel through parallel universes, can open portals across space and time, its touch causes people to age backwards, Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Immortality, Telepathy, Shapeshifting, Invulnerability, Time Paradox Immunity (Unaffected by the destruction of past or alternate selves)
Lifting Strength: Unknown
Striking Strength: Unknown
Durability: Unknown. The Shrike's composition apparently renders it immune to conventional damage.
Range: Extended melee range normally. At least Multi-Universal with its time powers (able to travel and transport others to other universes).
Standard Equipment: The Tree of Pain, which is the instrument of torture it impales its still-living victims on. It exists within another time, and the Shrike accesses it using its time travel abilities.
Intelligence: High. Its link to the MUI and its constant time travel provide it with detailed knowledge of many, many timelines, and it possesses all of the combat and tactical knowledge of Fedmahn Kassad.
Weaknesses: Anyone who defeats the Shrike in combat may control it.
- Freecasting: The Shrike can create portals to anywhere within time and space, and can move itself and others through these portals. They are of sufficient size to contain large spaceships.
- Merlin Sickness: A strange medical condition that the Shrike can induce in others. Once affected, the target will age backwards, one day at a time, until they cease to exist. It would take 20 years for someone who was 20 years old to disappear, and so on for any other age. While this happens, they lose their memories one day at a time.
- Temporal Duplicates: The Shrike can summon copies of itself from other points in time. Each of these copies are also able to summon copies, potentially ad infinitum. Even if the Shrike's body is destroyed, it can still return through use of this technique.