Jared Stevens was hired to retrieve the cloak, amulet and helmet of Doctor Fate from Egypt, and was subsequently summoned by the aged Kent and Inza Nelson, who had both previously been Doctor Fate, to their home in Salem so that they could reclaim their power. The artifacts rejected the Nelsons however, and they were then killed by agents of a demon called Kingdom who wanted the artifacts for himself. Jared tried to use the amulet against the demons but it exploded, and somehow bestowed various mystical abilities on Jared (as well as an Ankh tattoo over his eye) while also damaging his right arm. Jared tore up the cloak and used it to bandage the arm; the arm was immediately restored to normal, though Jared later discovered that if he removed the bandage, it was effectively dead. He went on to melt the helmet down and fashion the mystic metal into a dagger and Ankh shaped throwing stars. Having fought off Kingdom's demons, Jared was contacted by Nabu the Wise, the Lord of Order who had empowered the Nelsons and who now wanted to make Jared the new Doctor Fate. Jared refused, but was reluctantly drawn into his unwanted new role as one of earth's mystical defenders, operating under the name 'Fate'. He made allies of several of Earth's other heroes, including Kent Nelson's former Justice Society of America teammate Sentinel.
Jared was eventually murdered by the wizard Mordru, warning the Justice Society of the 'Dark Lord' and his plans with his dying breath at the funeral of Mordru's other victim, Wesley Dodds, the Sandman. The artifacts of Fate reconstituted themselves into their original forms at Kent Nelson's Tower and were later claimed by the next Doctor Fate, Hector Hall while Jared's spirit was for a time seen to exist inside Fate's amulet. Star-Spangled Kid has mentioned that he was given a hero's funeral, and was buried in Valhalla Cemetery.
Powers and Abilities
- Magic: Manipulates the magics of Order and Chaos.
- Enhanced Strength
- Enhanced Durability
- 57 Appearances of Jared Stevens (New Earth)
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