The Punisher Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell Comic #1, Backstory of The Punisher v.s. The Uneducated British Empire Character Design by: Tim Williamson Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom Preface: Oliver Before Resurrection Before Oliver Cromwell’s Resurrection and complete transformation into the punisher, here is everything that leads up to his change. Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KtUNWJBYhRzqP0kEx1d9oJKb s1jOydkNKKzI7HpJe1g/edit?usp=sharing Oliver Cromwell| “The Punisher” After Cromwell was resurrected by “a mysterious man” the soul stone that would then be found by Red Skull in Marvel’s Captain America, apart of him was never the same… he saw his body mutilated by his fellow countrymen and was forced into cast iron prosthetics. Taking influence from his previous life, punishing King Charles I for disbanding Parliament, punishing Ireland for an uprising and punishing Scotland for an invasion, he took the alialis “The Punisher” punishing catholics and people who stray from Puritan views to “better the commonwealth….” killing when necessary, and it is usually necessary. - He wears the executioner’s robes that his executioner wore to mutilate his already dead body, all black with a masked face. Nobody knows Oliver is still alive but that mysterious man always seen smoking. “The Punisher” *Also every Christmas he tends to kill every drunkard he sees… kind of the day he can get all of his rage out* Appearance| “The Punisher” When The Punisher was brought back to life, the mysterious smoking man set him on a mission to remember what happened. To do so, he was sent to his grave where his body was finally put to rest. There, the sword that pranced his severed head around still lay and once he touched it everything came rushing back to him. The executioner who ran the cemetery approached the naked man squatting over the disgraced grave and once The Punisher saw his face, killed him immediately for what he had done to his body losing almost all sense of right and wrong in the process. From that point on, he wore the executioners clothes, the same dark black clothes he wore for Cromwell’s execution brandishing the same German Executioner’s Sword that severed his head. Superpower| “The Punisher” After being revived from the soul stone, The Punisher received the power of superhealing being able to eventually regenerate his whole body to a much stronger form. This stone may also be a cause of this superpower due to how Cromwell himself died. Cromwell died of a sickness called Malaria that his super healing could have cured him of which the stone could have chosen because of its irony to further fuel The Punisher’s rage. With his super healing, his regenerated form gave him the strength of 10 men (not a second superpower, still apart of super healing) allowing him to punish any “enemy of the commonwealth” by any means necessary. Sidekick?| “Gollum” It is believed that the night when Cromwell was revived, the same “mysterious man” revived King Henry VIII as well but Henry was in a deformed, grotesque state looking Gollum from lord of the ring and not receiving any powers. When Gollum came to his senses, the mysterious man sent him on his way to find Cromwell and help him on his mission to better the commonwealth being the creator of The Church of England. Gollum now servers as the Jiminy Cricket for The Punisher however after years of being dead with continued rot of his brain, his judgement is skewed. Nobody has seen Gollum because he never leaves the HQ but is in constant contact with The Punisher and the mysterious man usually seen smoking a pipe. Utility| “The Punisher” The Punisher still has his trusty all black horse named “Death” that Cromwell himself rode into battle against both Ireland in their little uprising and Scotland that allowed the Commonwealth to rule over the country however that is not what is unique about is loadout. Instead of a musket, “The Punisher” uses the executioner’s blade that was used to chop off his head as Oliver and was used to prance his severed head from place to place. The sword is used as a source of anger fueling his rage towards the “enemies of the commonwealth” in his pursuit to make England the best it can be. Headquarters| “The Punisher” St. Ives St. Ives was the farmstead of Oliver Cromwell in which he moved to too essentially escape gentry life and live a simpler one selling eggs and raising chickens/sheep. This was his home before he go wrapped up in to much politics and his escape. It is no wonder why someone who got his body mutilated because of these politics would want to return to where life was simpler. Underneath the farmstead is a set of catacombs in which The Punisher trains and Gollum acts as his conscience, something The Punisher lost when he was brought back to life. “Enemies of the Commonwealth” Puritan Religion England’s actual topography gives merit to this since of the extensive amount of cave networks still undocumented in England which even travels beneath the city of London. Weakness| “The Punisher” Conscience Gollum, though his “conscience” is no Jiminy Cricket. His death and lack of an heir deeply disturbed him and makes The Punisher do disturbed things in the name of the Commonwealth. Yes, The Punisher is in control of Golem being much stronger and fighting for the Commonwealth and not a monarchy, but since Cromwell lost his conscience (when killed executioner) after he was revived makes him so easy to be manipulated into doing such awful acts in the name of good. This brought him into run ins with the law and close calls that could have exposed him being just creating unnecessary risk. His sidekick is one of his biggest enemies that he cannot realize just yet... Mortal Enemy| “Parliament” Parliament Sure, he may have been apart of Parliament once, but that was the same Parliament that reinstated the monarchy as well as executed his body after he was already dead. He had fought for his country, did everything Parliament wanted and that is the respect he gets especially after rebuilding the country after a Civil War. He wants everyone in Parliament gone, he wants to create a new Parliament and bring back the Commonwealth as Parliament passes law after law trying to prevent this new serial killer dubbed “Punisher” from being able to strike again. Gollum As mentioned before, though not necessarily an enemy of The Punisher, he is still apart of the reason that there is greater risk involved with each trip out at night as well as why Parliament is cracking down so hard on The Punisher. Keep in mind they are seeing their own horrifically murdered in some cases. [though benefiting England, still awful] Mortal Enemy| “Parliament” Parliament Sure, he may have been apart of Parliament once, but that was the same Parliament that reinstated the monarchy as well as executed his body after he was already dead. He had fought for his country, did everything Parliament wanted and that is the respect he gets especially after rebuilding the country after a Civil War. He wants everyone in Parliament gone, he wants to create a new Parliament and bring back the Commonwealth as Parliament passes law after law trying to prevent this new serial killer dubbed “Punisher” from being able to strike again. Gollum As mentioned before, though not necessarily an enemy of The Punisher, he is still apart of the reason that there is greater risk involved with each trip out at night as well as why Parliament is cracking down so hard on The Punisher. Keep in mind they are seeing their own horrifically murdered in some cases. [though benefiting England, still awful] Code to Live By| “I am a gentleman but not gentry.” This comes from a quote of his when he was Oliver Cromwell stating that, “I was a gentleman by birth neither in considerable height nor yet in obscurity.” When he came back to life, he went full Puritan with his views seeing himself as a “gentleman” but living the simple lifestyle trying to save the country in which he loves. His headquarters is simple, he does not take more then he needs and still cares for his farm at St Ives. He does not see himself as apart of that upper-class, the people who mutilated his body and by using this code of arms, justifies all the acts he commits. He is of equal status of them even though they do not know who he is, but he is better than them… or that is his justification at least. It is a simple life tending your livestock by day killing every enemy you spot by night in the name of “the Commonwealth.” Catch Phrase| “God, Country & Me” This is a spoof off of the idea of the phrase “God, King & Country” that was developed soon after Oliver Cromwell’s death which he heard and began mocking it. To him, there shouldn’t be a monarchy but a continuation of the Commonwealth… and he was the Commonwealth. In his order, God came first, then the betterment of the country, England then himself being “The Commonwealth” as the only ruler of England under that form of government. Before anything he did, The Punisher would tell himself this loud enough for anyone around him to hear to further better his country in the name of God and The Commonwealth, the only two things that mattered to this broken man now. *Note* The smoking man brought the quote “God, King & Country” to his attention years before it became used publically. Citations Ashley, Maurice, and John S. Morrill. “Oliver Cromwell.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 14 Sept. 2018, www.britannica.com/biography/Oliver-Cromwell. Biographics, director. Oliver Cromwell: The Man Who Killed a King. YouTube, YouTube, 21 Oct. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8qRbxKARKY. Kagan, Donald, et al. The Western Heritage. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010. Worden, Blair. “OLIVER CROMWELL AND THE PROTECTORATE.” Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, vol. 20, 2010, pp. 57–83. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/41432386.