Christopher Sommerset

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Christopher "Chris" Sommerset
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First appearance: "My Darling Pirate"
Created by: David Bishop &
César Spadari


Christopher "Chris" Sommerset was the son of the 17th Phantom and Lady Kate Sommerset.

He married his mother's former first mate Anna.

Fictional Character Biography

His mother Kate was known as The Pirate Queen and had a brief romance with the 17th Phantom. As a result, Kate sailed her ship The Crimson Corsair to the Caribbean where she gave birth to Chris in the spring of 1870. His mother decided to abandon piracy, and her crew remained loyal to her when they switched to transportation of goods and passengers instead. Nine years after Kate's mother's death, she received notification that noone had claimed the inheritance. She decided to return to Bengali, but while traveling with Chris by land from Spyglass to Morristown they were attacked by bandits. They were saved by the 17th Phantom, who by then had a wife and a son. In Morristown, they learned that in order to make Chris heir, he would have to be sent to boarding school in England until he was 21. Despite objections from Chris, Kate decided it was best to send him to England. During the next 11 years, Kate remained captain of the Corsair while Chris was in England. He continued to hold a grudge and refused to see her on the two occasions she travelled to England to see him. In 1889, the Governor of Bengali declared amnesty for all pirates, and Kate and her crew decided to return home despite still being wanted by the Singh pirates. The Corsair barely made it to Bengali after an encounter with the Singh, during which Kate saw a familiar looking Singh pirate who she later learned was her own son, Chris. She decided to ask the 17th Phantom for help, and also told him that Chris was his son. Son of the Pirate Queen

Chris was serving under the pirate captain Cyclops, who lost an eye in battle with the 17th Phantom. Kate recruited her crew to assist in the rescue of Chris. Kate and the Phantom snuck on board the pirate ship, where Kate found Chris and tried to convince him to leave the pirates. She also revealed that his father was not dead as she had said earlier, but in fact was the Phantom. The Phantom and -Kate were discovered by Cyclops, who also learned that one of his crewmen was Kate's son. During battle, the Phantom was killed when he took a bullet fired by Cyclops that was aimed for Kate or Chris. Thanks to Kate's crew, they were able to escape the pirates with the body of the 17th Phantom. Death of a Phantom

Kate and Chris brought the body of the 17th Phantom to the Skull Cave, where they met his son and his twin sister Julie. His son swore the Oath of the Skull and became the 18th Phantom. The 17th Phantom had left behind a letter to his son, explaining his relationship with Kate that resulted in the birth of Chris. Meanwhile, the Singh pirates had developed a new warship; The Dreadnought, which was almost ready to set sail. With this ship, the Singh would dominate the waters around Bengali. Chris changed his appearance and took service as a Singh pirate again, while Kate offered herself to Cyclops and explained that the Phantom was still alive, but that he had betrayed her and they were no longer partners. Chris was however discovered, and whipped so badly he lost the use of his legs. Then, the 18th Phantom attacked the ship and in the chaos, Kate killed Cyclops. While still acting in front of the other pirates as if she was on their side, she offered to fight the 18th Phantom. But the pirate ship's first mate Blackheart was offended by the idea of a woman representing the Singh, and attacked her so she was badly cut in the face and fell overboard. By then, The Dreadnought was so damaged that it sank. Kate was washed up ashore and found by the nuns of Convent Island and nursed to health. Chris was taken to England for treatment of his injuries. Of the Same Blood

Chris travelled with his mother's former first mate Anna in november 1889. During the trip they became involved in an assassination plot on Queen Victoria by thuggees. The 18th Phantom was also on the trail of the thuggees and joined his half-brother in London. Thanks to acupuncture treatment, Chris eventually regained the use of his legs. Chris and Anna fell in love and got married. Son of the Pirate Queen, Pt 1 Pt 2 Pt 3

Chris took place in the English parliament as Lord Sommerset, and in 1894 his wife Anna was pregnant again, possibly with twins. The New Abbess

Appearances

Team Fantomen stories

This list of appearances is considered to be complete, with reservations for the possibility of mistakes.

Title Writer Artist Set in Comments
"My Darling Pirate" Bishop Spadari 1869-70
"Son of the Pirate Queen" Bishop Spadari 1889
"Death of a Phantom" Bishop Spadari 1889
"Of the Same Blood" Bishop Spadari 1889
"Son of the Pirate Queen, Part 1: The Skull Necklace" Bishop Spadari 1889
"Son of the Pirate Queen, Part 2: The Royal Target" Bishop Boix 1889
"Son of the Pirate Queen, Part 3: The Goddess of Death" Bishop Spadari 1889
"The London Underground Murders, Part 1: Cutbush" Bishop Spadari 1891
"The London Underground Murders, Part 2: Maniac at Large" Bishop Spadari 1891
"The Moriarty Experiment" Bishop Spadari 18??
"Cloak of Darkness" Reimerthi Bade 18??
"The New Abbess" Bishop Spadari 1894


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