birth name elias maxwell lerner comicverse alias erik magnus lehnsherr
magneto
age + dob 49 + april 30, 1970 hometown boston, ma residence san francisco, ca occupation founder and ceo of magnetron biotech, adjunct professor of genetics at stanford university status divorced
biography
The love story between William Lerner and Caroline Esterman wasn't really a love story at all. It was an all too familiar tale of two people, born into old money and power, using each other to spread their influence and joining their empires. William Lerner came from a long line of Harvard educated surgeons. He was an ornery man with a quick temper and a penchant for expensive whiskey who had been blessed with the most delicate pair of hands that Boston had ever seen -- gifted with the finesse to remove the type of neurological tumors that lesser surgeons would deem "inoperable". Lerner was nationally known and spent a great deal of his time leaving his young wife alone in a house with empty rooms, shuttling himself across the country from hospital to hospital to attempt impossible surgeries on lost causes.

Though William felt no real affection or love for his wife (he felt sometimes that he was incapable of producing those emotions), they knew that their marriage came with certain expectations. When all of their high society friends started getting pregnant, they decided it was time for them to follow suit -- to produce an heir, someone to carry on the familial legacy that William had worked so hard to maintain. After less than a year of trying, and more than three months of morning sickness, Caroline called her husband at a Hilton in Texas to let him know that he was going to be a father.

Staying loyal to his wife was difficult with all of the time that they spent apart. William was a man with needs, after all, and he found a way to fulfill them in nearly every city that he visited. April of 1970 found him in Seattle, Washington, where he was attempting to remove a particularly nasty grade V intratentorial tumor. It was a surgical technician who barged into the OR, arms poised above her waist to preserve the sterile field, to tell him that he had just become a father. Elias Maxwell Lerner, a son. 9lbs 8oz, 18 and 3/4 inches. There was no celebratory champagne or lit cigars, he simply nodded to the news and continued with his work.

Throughout his childhood, Eli would learn that his father was notoriously hard to please. Any A's that he brought home could have been A+'s, and if he got an A+, his father wanted to know why he hadn't gotten extra credit. His mother was everything that his father was not. Caroline was warm and inviting, caring and loving, and she came to be the center of Eli's world. It was Caroline who taught him about Judaism, the religion that her parents had actively practiced, and it was Caroline who stood beside him at his Bar Mitzvah while his father was in Europe for a medical conference. Eli spent so much time with his mother that naturally, it was he who first to notice the twitches. The spasms. The "fasciculations", his father would remind him.

It was borderline ironic that the neurosurgeon's wife would get a genetic, terminal neurological disorder. Caroline deteriorated, and she deteriorated quickly. It was only three years from the official diagnosis to the paralysis of her diaphragm, and when Eli was 10, she signed an order to forgo resuscitation. Her death hit him hard. The only source of light and warmth in his house had been snuffed out. William continued to work as if nothing had ever happened, leaving Eli in the care of a stern, overbearing, German nanny. Through her, Eli became fluent in German, and also learned the consequences of not following her stringent set of rules.

Eli excelled in school and brought home accolade after accolade, none of which garnered any sign of approval from his father. He graduated from high school at age sixteen with college credits under his belt and a shining acceptance letter to Harvard. Eli had chosen to go into genetics to learn more about the disease that had claimed his mother's life. William celebrated by further fermenting his liver in a pint of whiskey. It was in the first few years of college that Eli met her, the future ex-Mrs. Lerner. Up until they started dating, his romantic exploits had consisted of little more than casual hook ups and flings, but there was something about the way that she approached him that allowed her to stand apart from the others. She was brilliant, she was beautiful, and she didn't take any of his shit. It was a breath of fresh air, right up until his genetic predisposition toward infidelity caught up with him.

He graduated from Harvard at the top of his class and settled into a career as a geneticist, marrying his college sweetheart and playing the role of the dutiful husband. The notoriety that his father had garnered over his illustrious career reflected on Eli, who quickly became one of the top geneticists in the country. He, like his father, traveled often for work. He, like his father, was a man with needs. He, like his father, found ways to satisfy those needs. When he was 26, he got the call that his dalliances had caught up with him. One of his late night conquests was "late". Eli, married with a career on the rise, couldn't handle the PR nightmare than came with an illegitimate child -- so he had her sign an NDA and paid her a substantial settlement.

The model gave the child, his son, up for adoption soon after his birth, and Eli didn't hear from her again. It was around this time that he had shifted his focus to a business start up. With his name at the helm, he was able to engineer a functioning business from the ground up, operating as the founder and CEO of magnetron biotech. Soon after the grand unveiling, his wife caught him sleeping with his CFO. That was the last straw in the slow demise of their union.

His separation and subsequent divorce sent him on a spiral of self destruction, making life a virtual hell for his PR manager. Eli began to fill his time with bronzed models in St Tropez, finding too much comfort at the bottom of the bottle and impulse buying the Boston Bruins as a $20m midlife crisis. In an effort to save his public image, she suggested that he reconnect with his son, so in January of 2019, he hired a PI to track him down and moved to San Francisco in hopes of reconnecting. Eli spends his time as an adjunct professor in genetics at Stanford while moonlighting at UCSF as a genetic counselor.

erik magnus lehnsherr
Magneto was born Max Eisenhardt sometime in the late 1920s to a middle-class German-Jewish family. Max's father, Jakob Eisenhardt, was a decorated World War I veteran. Surviving discrimination and hardship during the Nazi rise to power, the passing of the Nuremberg Laws in 1935, and the Kristallnacht, Max and his family fled to Poland where they were captured during the German invasion of Poland and sent to the Warsaw Ghetto. Max and his family escaped the ghetto, only to be betrayed and captured again. His mother, father, and sister were executed and buried in a mass grave, but Max survived, possibly due to the manifestation of his mutant powers. Escaping from the mass grave, he was ultimately captured yet again and sent to Auschwitz, where he eventually became a Sonderkommando. While at Auschwitz, Eisenhardt reunited with a Romani girl named Magda, with whom he had fallen in love when he was younger, and with whom he escaped the prison camp during the October 7th 1944 revolt.

Following the war, he and Magda moved to the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, and Max adopted the name "Magnus". Magda and Magnus had a daughter named Anya, and lived uneventfully until an angry mob, spurred on by the first manifestation of Magnus' powers, burned down their home with Anya still inside. Magnus was enraged at the mob for preventing him from rescuing Anya, and his powers were unleashed, killing the mob and destroying a part of the city. Magda, terrified at Magnus' power, left him and later gave birth to the mutant twins Pietro and Wanda before she died. Wanted by the authorities for the deaths and destruction in Vinnytsia, and while searching for Magda, Magnus paid a Romanian forger, George Odekirk, to create the cover identity of "Erik Lehnsherr, the Sinte gypsy". "Erik" relocated to Israel, where he met and befriended Charles Xavier while working at a psychiatric hospital near Haifa. There, the two debated the consequences humanity faced with the rise of mutants, though neither revealed to the other that they were mutants. However, they were forced to reveal their inherent abilities to one another while facing Baron Strucker and Hydra. Following the battle, Erik, realizing that his and Xavier's views were incompatible, left with a cache of hidden Nazi gold, which provided him with the finances to pursue his goals[...]

personality Elias is a product of the environment that he grew up in. From a very young age he learned the importance of independence. He has always been willing to do whatever it takes in order to get the job done. He is confident, bordering on cocky, and has always been very secure with who he is. Because of this, it's hard for him to see fault in his actions - he always feels that they are justified and has problems seeing anyone else's side. He doesn't have much respect for authority figures, and tends to be confrontational when placed in a subordinate position. He has self-destructive traits that arise when things are going his way; he has a tendency to ruin new relationships before they have a chance to implode on their own. Heavily guarded, he can sometimes come off as shut-down or cold - but they are self-preservation traits that he has developed after years of disappointments. He has a short-temper and is quick to get in a fight, especially when liquor is on board.

He is a social creature who has many acquaintances but few real friends. He's rarely holed up in his home, opting instead for some form of night life - whether it be a bar or a concert. He doesn't have much interest for long-term relationships, as he finds them rather monotonous and has the tendency to get bored easily. Instead, he opts for one-night stands and friends with benefits for the physical connection without the emotional ties. Aside from his emotional short-comings, he is fiercely loyal to the select few that he considers friends and will always fight for anyone he feels is being persecuted against. Growing up a little on the scrawny side, he has a soft-spot for the underdogs and stands up for them whenever possible.