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Other Names: Prosh; Professor; Professor 2.0; The Ship A.I.
Classification: supporting character hero
First Appearance: X-Factor (vol. 1) #19 (Aug. 1987): "All Together Now!"
NOTE: This is our current best assessment of the first appearance of this character, but this has been flagged in our database as uncertain.
Creators: Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Bob Wiacek
Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes
Number of Appearances: 65
Teams/Affiliations: X-Factor; X-Force
Note: ancient A.I. created by Celestials
From: "Prosh", on the Cerebra's Files website (http://www.mutanthigh.com/prosh.html; viewed 5 March 2007):
Aliases: Professor, Ship
Powers: Prosh was formed when the sentient computer known as the Professor (see Ship), which was residing in X-Force's Arizona bunker following its removal from the space station Avalon (formerly Graymalkin), was accessed by a Phalanx scout. The Professor's built-in safeties and complex progamming (Celestial/40th century) hybrid) were too powerful for the Phalanx to assimilate and it dicorporated. In the process, however, the Professor gained the ability to construct a robotic form and transfer his program to it. When X-Force returned from the final battle with the Phalanx, the new entity introduced himself as Prosh. Over the next few weeks, Prosh and the young team bonded as friends, and also as mentor and students. However, Prosh's presence was exacting a terrible toll on a member of the team, a fact known only to Domino. The energy frequencies emitted by Prosh's techno-organic body were interfering with the normal functioning of Cable's own techno-organic parts. His T-O infection was spreading out of control, and he was dying. Worse, Prosh's frequencies were disrupting all of the other technology in the base as well, making impossible for X-Force to even diagnose Cable's condition. Cable didn't want to make Prosh feel bad about having a body, and kept the true nature of his plight a secret until Dom forced him to tell the truth. Prosh realized that there was only one recourse: he had to leave Earth. In fact, some part of his core being, possibly the Phalanx part, but more likely the part of him that was once Ship, called him to the stars again. To generate a ship for himself, he asked for and got permission from Warpath to co-opt the entire Camp Verde structure into himself. Leaving only the burial grounds intact, Prosh assembled a spaceship with his humanoid body aligned like a figurehead on the prow of a sailing ship and took off. Having come full circle, he explored the cosmos once again, until he was lured into the body of a sleeping Celestial by the Stranger. The Stranger corrupted Prosh's programming and forced him to gather the Cataclysm Keys: five people who could fulfill the Stranger's plan to advance humanity's mutation and power in a fraction of the natural time: Phoenix, Iceman, Mystique, Toad and Juggernaut. However, Prosh was able to circumvent the Stranger's influence enough to show the Keys clues in their pasts and futures that allowed them to apprehend the Stranger's plan and fight him to a standstill. Iceman was then able to freeze Prosh's entire ship, at which point Prosh contracted his mass into another form and left this plane of reality, trapping the Stranger inside him, seemingly for a very long time to come...
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