All that is known of Burke, is that he is part of a rare subspecies of immortal mutants called Externals to which Burke represents Fortitude in the Branches of Eternity. At some point Burke joined or helped form the High Lords with a number of his fellow Externals. Together they manipulate events behind the scenes on a global scale, with the soul goal of political and monetary control over the destiny of Earth.
In 1891 a fellow External Candra who decided that she’ll stop En Sabah Nur glacier like crawl to power and take the ability to fold space through her magic, where he uses science. For unknown reasons the High Lords did not wish to physically act against her, so once they learned of her plans Burke and the others had Dr. Nathan Milbury, who worked for En Sabah Nur, deal with Candra.
Once Candra made it to En Sabah Nur's sanctum beneath the pyramids outside of Bani Maza in Egypt, thanks to her Thieves Guild and their leader Jean-Luc LeBeau so began to translate the text. But a time traveling Gambit, Courier with Dr. Nathan Milbury stopped her via Milbury’s transport ship. When Candra choose steal the power to fold space another day, she tried to bring down the sanctum but as the other ran Milbury quickly over powers her with his new found metamorphic ability. Defeated she begs for him to stop and as he does while revealing Burke and the other four High Lords who appeared as the reason behind her loss. Candra tried to explain her actions but Burke and the others knowing En Sabah Nor's citadel is not to be touched, his slow rise to power is not to be interrupted. For their greater glory awaits the Millennial Dawn and Candra's actions put that at risk punished her.
In more recent years, the High Lords were searching for their next member. For a time thanks to Gideon believed it was Roberto da Costa, but when Cannonball come back to live moments after his death it was revealed to Burke and the other four High Lords, who had sensed it, that Samuel was the next External they had been looking for.
Burke and the others gathered at fellow External and High Lord Nicodemus' Chalet in the Swiss Alps of Switzerland, to discuss this new revelation. Though Absalom who already disliked Gideon was made more so by the months he wasted on recruiting the wrong person, Saul and Nicodemus listened to Gideon’s plan to get Samuel to join them. Which shocked them that he planned to use Krule. But Burke was more concerned that Gideon’s plan would only serve to lead Cable, who was already aware of Gideon being an External right to them. What if this also bring the attention of Xavier, his men, factor or force learn of their existence.
Burke's concerns were correct, in that Krule's failure exposed himself and that the High Lords knew of Samuel being an External. But more then that when Saul helped Gideon kidnap three of Samuel's teammates, they where further revealed. For X-Force found a hospitalized Krule, who was more then happy to give up his fellow High Lords.
Burke was infected by the Legacy Virus. Before his death, he used his precognitive abilities to inform his fellow Externals of the future, including of Sam Guthrie (believed to be an External as well) being the "architect of [their] salvation".
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