Davan Shakari also known as Erik the Red was an agent of the Shi'ar Imperial Intelligence Empire and protected their leader, Emperor D'Ken, with his life. He was the Emperor's hand on Earth. He operated out of a hidden base inside a lifeless volcano in upstate New York. Erik the Red was ordered by Emperor D'Ken to kill Charles Xavier and stop Lilandra from enlisting the aid of the X-Men. Lilandra hoped to prevent her brother D'Ken from destroying the universe in his attempt to claim the power of the M'Kraan Crystal. Davan took on the identity of Erik the Red, and struck first by mind-controlling Lorna Dane and Havok, sending them to assassinate Xavier. A massive battle ensued at Kennedy International Airport between duo and the X-Men. Lorna and Havok were defeated, but Erik managed to escape with both of them under his control.
Erik later freed Black Tom Cassidy and the Juggernaut from prison and gave them the money and knowledge to take over Cassidy Keep, the ancestral home of Banshee, and turn it into a deathtrap for the X-Men. The X-Men fell into that trap, but managed to defeat the two villains. Following that failure, Erik, with Havok and Polaris, traveled to Muir Island, where the de-aged Magneto was being kept. Erik used some kind of ray on the young Magneto, turning him into a grown man once again. The two formed an alliance. Magneto attacked the X-Men while Erik made plans to have Xavier killed. The X-Men barely escaped with their lives.
Erik later aligned with the powerful Firelord and later met the X-Men in New York. Freeing Havok and Polaris from his mind-control, Erik used them to trick Firelord into believing the X-Men where villains trying to rule the world. Firelord confronted Xavier just as Lilandra finally reached him. Phoenix defeated Firelord, but Erik managed to escape with Lilandra through a star-gate. Phoenix re-powered the star-gate with her powers and the X-Men followed him to the world of the M'Kraan Crystal. There, the X-Men were able to stop D'Ken's plan, rescue Lilandra, and repair the M'Kraan crystal, leaving Erik defeated at last.