Candra was an immortal, so her exact origin was unknown. Candra never joined with the other Externals, and preferred to play the power broker alone. To that end, years ago she placed the sum total of her power into a gem, which a young Storm later stole.
She had a deal with the Thieves' and Assassins' Guild of New Orleans, in which she provided them with offerings in exchange for monetary tributes. The Thieves' Guild received the elixir vitale, giving them greatly-extended lifespans. The Assassins' Guild received power, as Candra unlocked superhuman abilities within the individual assassins. This deal was threatened by Gambit, Le Diable Blanc, whom she encountered when he journeyed back to the 19th century to stop the Thieves' Guild from giving her the secrets of Apocalypse. 
Candra encountered a younger Remy LeBeau in the modern era, before he traveled back in time. The two of them shared a relationship for a time, with Remy unaware that Candra was the Guild's benefactress.
Candra was also behind Belladonna's abduction of Cody, the boy sent into a coma by Rogue's first kiss, in an attempt to torture Gambit by trapping Rogue and having her killed. Fortunately, Rogue survived the attempt.
Some time later, Candra's 'heart gem' was stolen by one of Karima's illusions. Due to one of the illusions claiming to be involved with the Shadow King and Storm's former master in Egypt, the X-Men investigated. When Storm's teacher Achmed El Gibár died, Candra convinced the young thief Jamil, who seemed to be a powerful mutant, to join her, promising him even greater power. However, when Candra used Jamil to lure Storm to her and reacquire her Heart (the power gem), it was discovered that Jamil was only a psychic projection of Karima, another young thief, who was the true mutant. Cyclops destroyed Candra's Heart, and it appeared that Candra died as a result.
According to herself, the X-Men only destroyed Candra's body but not her psyche. Candra managed to "take strength from death... enough to augment [her] remaining power and slowly pull back the pieces of [her] body back together", a process which was hastened by tributes from the Assassins Guild. Still a zombie-like figure, Candra, calling herself the "Red Death", tried to get the essences of Scarlet Spider and Wolverine to finally return entirely, but was stopped by the duo, with the help of some rogue members of the Guild. After a ferocious battle against Wolverine, she was killed by Scarlet Spider, who stung her in the head. Belladonna announced that she would still find a way to return.
Candra was a very powerful telekinetic. As an External, she was immortal.
Immortal: Her aging process is greatly retarded and she can apparently regenerate injured or missing cells from even near-fatal injuries.
- Rapid Healing: She has the ability to endure injuries (within unknown limits) without lasting harm or even feeling pain such as knife wounds.
Telekinesis: She has the ability to move objects with the mind. Telekinetic powers allow her to levitate and direct nearby objects, project psionic force bolts, propel herself through the air, cloak herself and others from detection.
- X-Factor Activation: Candra can use this ability at a molecular level and often uses it to activate latent mutant genes in individuals, granting them active mutant powers. She has also implied that, once given, she can also take these abilities away, presumably by returning the appropriate genes to their latent states.
Seemed to have knowledge of alchemy and medicine.
- 23 Appearances of Candra (Earth-616)
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