Egyptian Aethermancer and Underworld Terrorist
In the mid-1950s, a starving orphan boy named Walid al-Mawt stumbled through a sandstorm to find an ancient Egyptian tomb, hidden off in the deserts; opening it unleashed power held secret for centuries. Accepting the power of the ancients into his body, he acquired power over life and death, and became Guardian of the Gates of Anubis, servitor of the underworld. In doing so, the being known as Walid died, and the Red Scarab was born. Stronger, faster, and tougher than mortal man, the Red Scarab used his underworld powers and aetherial mysticism to enforce a harsh code of justice and honor.
Along the way, the Scarab lost focus of his guardianship duties, and became an angel of death and vengeance: an assassin for hire, with dreams of populating his god’s death realm with those he deemed unworthy. Elements of modern-day patriotism trickled in, coming to the forefront after the Six-Day War. Following a wave of particularly grisly murders targeting Israeli soldiers, he was extradited by the Egyptian government to await trial in the International Criminal Court. His current whereabouts are unknown.
The Red Scarab’s connection to the ancient Egyptian underworld has toughed his skin, allowing the Scarab to shrug off small-arms fire. He can also enter the plane of death (e.g., turn incorporeal) at will. He has also been known to turn invisible, leap miles at a time, and summon sandstorms, on a case-by-case basis.
During his late-year vigilante phase, he outfitted himself with an arsenal of devices: an ancient ceremonial baton, a set of slashing talons on his left hand, a heavy pistol (or two), and sets of grappling hooks.