Place of Birth
(As Bastion, cameo) X-Men #52 (1996); (as Bastion, fully) Uncanny X-Men #333 (1996); (as Template) Warlock #7 (2000)
Marvel Comics 1998 Annual Starring Machine Man & Bastion (1998)
Bastion survived and was recaptured by S.H.I.E.L.D. An attack by Apocalypse's Horseman Death (actually a brainwashed Wolverine), who was seeking to kill the Mannites, left only Bastion's head still intact; Bastion survived. Later, Bastion's head was recovered by the robotic Gatekeeper servants of the techno-organic being Mainspring. Bastion co-opted one of the Gatekeeper's bodies, and used it to attack the techno-organic hero Warlock and his allies. Defeated, Bastion's head was recovered by Mainspring, who stripped away the layers of his programming to reveal the original Master Mold's source code and, using the alien transmode virus he was infected with, rewrote Bastion's programming, transforming him into Template. The virus soon took complete control of Template and forced him to construct a Babel Spire on Earth to signal the alien Technarchy. To oppose them, Mainspring destroyed himself along with Template, while Warlock managed to destroy the Babel Spire.Bastion's head was later retrieved by U.S. government agents in order to access the information he had stolen from Xavier's files. The information was retrieved by the X-Men, but not before Bastion attempted to sow mistrust among them by confronting them with misleading holographic scenarios. Recently, the Purifiers reformed Bastion.