|Illyana Rasputina (Scenesys ID: 319)|
|Name:||Illyana Nikolaevna Rasputina|
|Occupation:||Sorceress, Queen of Limbo|
|Citizenship:||Russia, US, Limbo|
|Education:||Sorcerous/MA in progress|
|Groups:||Academy X, Xavier's School, X-Men|
|Apparent Age:||19||Actual Age:||19|
|Date of Birth||18 August 2000||Played By||Florence Pugh|
|Hair Color:||Platinum Blonde||Eye Color:||Blue|
|Theme Song:||"The Devil Within" - Digital Daggers
"Control" - Halsey
Illyana Rasputina is a Russian mutant, demonstrating immense proclivity towards the mystic arts. She was kidnapped as a child and taken to the hellish dimension of Limbo where she grew up learning the dark arts while her soul was tainted with black magic. In time she overthrew Limbo's demonic ruler to become Queen of Limbo. On Earth, she became the New Mutant codenamed Magik, and began the quest to restore her soul.
* 2010: Born to parents Alexandra and Nikolai in Siberia, Russian Federation.
* 2014: Saved from death by farming accident by her older brother.
* 2016: Abducted to the US by a villain blackmailing her brother and his allies.
* 2017: Abducted to Limbo by the demon Belasco.
* (Age 7-17) In the dimension's accelerated timestream, she learns black magic under Belasco's tutelage. Alternate universe versions of heroes teach her mutant ability controlling teleportation disks and white magic.
* (Age 17) Banishes Belasco and takes rulership of Limbo.
* 2017: Returns from Limbo. Enters Xavier's School and learns to be a real girl.
* 2018: Joins New Mutants. Dies from a mutant-targeted virus connected to terrorists.
* 2019: Reincarnates. Resumes studies and seeking further magical tutelage.
Illyana's streak of independence is coupled with a Russian fatalism that can endure bitter winters, starvation, and every horrific thing nature and government throw at her. She /will/ get through, and she will figure out a way to do it on her own. She rejected the collar imposed by Belasco, everything else is a comparative walk in the park. Illyana is a true survivor, capable of doing whatever it takes to carry on to tomorrow. Throw her in the worst environment imaginable, she'll manage to come through somehow. Her flexibility in thinking and actions has saved her life many times, many ways. Belasco broke her to make her like quicksilver, responding with whatever she had at hand. She's a mental MacGuyver, able to cobble together solutions from nothing.
The art of magic is founded on changing the world according to the vision or image held in the mind's eye. Or, simpler: make it be. This requires curiosity and unbridled creativity. It's a fundamental aspect of her who she is. Being adaptable and flexible to scenarios as they come releases her to act, rather than be paralyzed by indecision. Her creative side pushes her relentlessly. Her education and experiences honed her immense imaginative gifts in unusual directions, refined further by some of the finest mystic tutelage available. Present her with a situation and she observes patterns from unexpected angles. She constantly seeks to step outside her own boundaries and explore the unknown. When her power is literally built on dynamism, this is the most fundamental expression of her personality: change, growth, and transformation.
She knows who she is, what she wants, and how to get it. Anyone standing between her and that is going to have a hell of a hard time. You can also call this 'tough as nails and stubborn as a mule.' Illyana retained her identity through harrowing, dark times. She preserved a spark of herself against towering odds. Pulling herself back from near death, defying her 'master,' and overthrowing him in a coup with fanatical demons at her back practically worshipping her evil side requires a very certain sense of self. She claimed the throne of Limbo under horrible circumstances, so standing on her own feet and calling the shots is second nature. That's not to stay she cannot work with others or she is blind to her own faults. She can. With few illusions about what and who she is, she treasures the ability to choose for herself. Even when those decisions are bitterly difficult, she stands by them. Not the type to follow blindly, she applies a healthy dose of self-reflection and analysis to a situation before acting - most of the time.
The dark side of Illyana's personality isn't just a byproduct of her Russian background. Torture leaves scars on people and much of her time in Limbo involved psychological torment. To survive, she had refine the broken pieces of her childish psyche into an adamantine will, but that meant sacrificing innocence and her softer side along the way. Illyana pursues goals with an unwavering commitment, beneficial when you want someone who will go the extra mile or ten. She might stop at nothing to achieve that goal, reckoning the ends justify whatever means are necessary. That may include pain or murder - and in her eyes, demons or their parallels might just be deserving of that treatment. She absolutely must keep herself in check through raw willpower rather than falling into a vengeful cycle. The upside is she yearns for her soul intact, and most over, peace. Harmony. The kinds of things attained so easily by the brighetst in their world, like Doctor Strange. She is driven to find the levers to escape Belasco's long shadow, overcoming the damage done to her that she can't heal for all her power. Illyana doesn't know how to cope long-term with humanity slipping away, the callous ravages of time and fighting, even on the side of good. It has a cost. The antidote is found among those she trusts most, those who ground her and give her reason to carry on.
Illyana holds to her values with incredible ferocity. She knows the cost of losing herself all too well. Three pieces of her soul have been tainted, leaving only two pure. This darkness urges her to do bad things. It makes her care less about others and more about herself. Her corruption makes her want to cross that line, falling into the shadows. Better to rule from below than be subjected to another's yoke from above, she figures, and that seductive call isn't always obvious or clear. Illyana has plenty of experience resisting the darkness of her nature, especially obvious threats. Only those she cares about and her own willpower have kept her on the straight and narrow, although once in a while she will stray from that path and need to be brought back.
Magic is purely a matter of belief and enforcing one's will on the reality to shape it. Illyana has an enormous wellspring of discipline and resolve to call upon, shutting out distractions to perform intricate spells in the midst of combat. Her mental endurance far and away exceeds what her age would credit her with. Her deeply-rooted purpose gave her the strength to survive in Limbo and ultimately throw down Belasco. It's the backstop preventing her cataclysmic fall into an infernal gateway for the Elder Gods. She resists the temptations of her dark side, and everything arrayed against her, every minute she draws breath.
Her partially demonic soul may fully manifest, particularly when Illyana loses control of herself. Thus, she resists this transformation unless utterly necessary. She acquires demonic traits, such as horns, razor-sharp fangs and claws, a prehensile tail, and digitigrade legs ending in vicious cloven hooves. The Darkchilde form is immune to natural and supernatural heat, fire, and firearms; it has durability, strength, and agility far exceeding human limits. She can lift several tons easily, with a greater strength while in Limbo. The Darkchilde form is clearly infernal and tends to terrorize civilians. While channeling her darker side, Illyana is more prone to violence and passionate, impulsive behaviours that put her at risk of further corrupting her soul.
Much like her brother, Illyana can manifest protective armour that resembles the gleaming organic steel he transforms into. Unlike him, her Eldritch Armour takes wildly different forms and styles according to her whim. It manifests with the Soulsword, typically forming a pauldron over her sword arm or a forked headband able to offer total protection in an instant. With a thought, the armour can cover her body or form specific pieces according to her need.
It protects her against mundane and supernatural weapons, turning aside deadly blades and explosive impacts. Little penetrates its surface. Most energy blasts dissipate harmlessly after striking her. Armour, however, is still armour. It does not offer as much protection from falling or crushing damage; enough force will break bones or knock her out. Neither is the armour seamless, so precision strikes bypassing protected areas can hurt her.
Illyana gained special abilities when she forged the Soulsword and further supernatural gifts after becoming Queen of Limbo. She can lift up to 500 kg. unassisted and gains considerable durability, reflexes, and stamina. However, she is not immune to being injured normally unless she is armoured or protected by her spells. Due to living in a hell dimension, she developed an extreme pain tolerance and resilience to shock. Her body heals at a normal mortal rate, but in Limbo, she has a greatly accelerated healing rate. Crippling injuries repair in hours, and moderate damage heals in minutes. If she manipulates reality, she could conceivably repair genetic damage, regrow limbs or save someone's life.
Demons and immortal sorcerers tortured Illyana throughout her childhood. She faced hideous injuries and her fragments of her soul being ripped from her body in Limbo. As a New Mutant, she faced psychological and physical torments, including her own agonizing death that she eventually came back from. She ignores its lesser permutations and shoves back on the major incarnations. She can function and push through levels of pain that put others in the fetal position, ignoring the debilitating effects. Pain gets her attention only when she is on the brink of unconsciousness or death.
Exposure to dark magic and Limbo's own peculiar properties left Illyana's mind deeply resistant to any kind of manipulation. Charles Xavier could barely read her thoughts with her cooperation as a child. The situation has only intensified with an intensely private nature. Her shielding resists psychics on par with David Haller, Jean Grey, and Emma Frost. In short, if she refuses to drop her guard, they won't get in or sense or psionically. This might be deeply disturbing to telepaths.
Illyana detects the flowing pulse of magic around her subconsciously. This is now a reflexive function of her perception, like seeing specific colours. Magical beings and objects have a unique signature, an aura that stands out to her based on their magnitude of power. Active spells burn an impression on her, and by studying the auras of a spell, place or being, she can conceivably learn a great deal about its mystic composition. Sensing magic takes more effort to shut out, making it possible a large working or sudden magical burst can temporarily stun her on Earth.
Illyana is among the greatest human sorcerers, the Sorcerer Supreme of Limbo and unequaled within the dimension. If Earth's title became vacant, she is a prime candidate in her own right to serve the role, and the Vishanti know it. Her aged mentor served Oshtur and the goddess stands opposed to the dark Elder Gods trying to break into the world through Illyana herself.
Illyana's mastery over the Mystic Arts is exceptional. She uses classical forms and techniques to control, shape, and manipulate the elements and raw magical force; fashion shields and wards; evoke and banish spirits; weave illusions; transform the properties of items; create and shape objects; heal or damage; bestow blessings or curses; manipulate thoughts and dreams; temporarily alter the shape or appearance of living things. She detects magic and mystical presences with her innate Sight, but she can greatly amplify her range by concentrating on the flows of power around her. She uses ritual magic to achieve greater or lasting spells, and works in conjunction with other practitioners of the mystic arts to achieve blended or enhanced effects. Her profound expertise spans a wide sweep of traditions and techniques.
However, Illyana is specialized in the darkest and most forbidden forms of magic. She extensively studied channeling and dimensional magic, particularly identifying, binding, and controlling extraplanar entities. This comes naturally and easily, which is why she avoids it. Her lengthy training in 'white magic,' those with most benevolent effects, is equally broad but difficult due to her corrupted soul. These spells take extra effort, either by time, components or lengthy modifications to turn out correctly. She works with other master spellcasters in classical traditions to improve this limitation, since she prefers to use spells rooted in white traditions.
Illyana fashioned a weapon from a portion of her uncorrupted soul, the Soulsword, one of the most powerful and devastating magical artifacts known. It serves as an embodiment of her sorcerous power and a focus for spells, her authority over Limbo and a reminder of the purity she seeks. Its shape is vastly mutable, though typically a sabre or greatsword, though it even takes on staff form if needed. She can draw it from nothing or summon it by stepping disk, and it answers her call at need.
The Soulsword has a horrific effect against magic, shattering ritual spells or incantations it touches, unraveling illusions, and laying low through magical beings. Few supernatural entities can withstand the Soulsword, including even Cyttorak when she wielded it in Limbo. It works less spectacularly against mundane objects, but manifested as a radiant, burning sword fueled by mystic power, it can slice deep into reinforced metal, dismember Sentinels, and deflect projectiles or bullets.
The Soulsword cannot usually cut regular, non-magical beings. The blade simply passes through them, a singularly agony-inducing experience. Illyana must actively intend to harm a mundane being with the Soulsword to injure them this way, and it risks her soul. (See +weaknesses)
Limbo connects to all places nad all times, thus existing everywhere and always. Temporal and spatial rules apply differently there. Unpredictable portals connected to Limbo can appear anywhere, linked to different locations and times. Illyana's mutation controls these portals, manifesting a "stepping disk" with a specific destination linked to any place or time, regardless of distance, as she desires.
Her stepping disks appear as she thinks of them, allowing for combat permutations like vanishing bullets, redirecting attacks or teleporting targets to safety. She uses the portals to create freefall windows or imprison her enemies in Limbo to deal with later, a favourite tactic.
Among the most powerful teleporters encountered, Illyana can transport herself or her targets to any destination with pinpoint accuracy. She can move many people over up to interstellar distances, and need not accompany targets when transporting them to a destination or conjuring them to herself.
The vast majority of her life, Illyana has fought. Starting as a child in Limbo, she learned to use whatever weapons were at hand just to survive. Ruthless lessons orchestrated by demonic legions, empowered allies and slaves under Belasco progressed from needling injuries to all-out assassination attempts. With creative use of her enhanced strength, stepping disks, and magic, she can deal with physically superior opponents and numbers with frightening damage output.
A decade of constant violence has made her a veteran combatant. She utilizes a broad mix of techniques and styles, adapting to her environment. Formal training with the X-Men and New Mutants refined her fighting prowess, especially using dirty tactics or choreographed attacks paired with her teammates. Striking hard and relentless, she rarely withheld her blows.
Where Illyana shines is with martial arms. A deadly, skillful duelist with blades and edged weapons, she is unparalleled wielding in her swordfighting techniques honed on countless demons. By strength of arms, she overthrew Belasco (a Hell-Lord with innumerable years of experience). With the Soulsword in her hands, she is a lethal threat.
In no sense is Illyana an expert at computers, but the digital world is merely another nexus of knowledge, power, and freedom at her fingertips. Relentless in her studies, she's a competent user of street-level technology available to her and has made forays into programming, system security, and data manipulation. It would horrify most to know it serves as a primary investigation tool. She excels in finding information through focused research online and dipping into online communities where savvy mystic practitioners work. No, she is not anywhere near the calibre of a Russian hacker.
Illyana speaks Russian and English with complete fluency. Her long apprenticeship exposed her to most languages used in the mystic arts, notably ancient Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Tibetan, and countless obscure tongues of other dimensions. She needs them to read the tomes and interact with summoned beings, after all. As the Queen of Limbo, she is fluent in infernal tongues used by demons.
Illyana's decisive nature makes her an excellent leader of demonic hordes or various mutant teams. Keeping her head under pressure, she successfully directs others, takes initiative, and executes strategies with a clear purpose. Inspiring fear and awe in her sworn subjects in Limbo is a direct method of applying control, though she still has quite a bit to learn about inspiring others through a force of vision -- and she's still working on that, with help from her teammates. She nonetheless has direct, first-hand experience guiding students and teammates alike into the fight and out of it again. Her grasp of strategy is tremendous, but her experience with logistics and military strategy originates from Limbo. The X-Men bring a terrestrial outlook that she continually uses to refine her knowledge.
The dichotomy of her nature between pure soul and demonic corruption puts her constantly on edge. To control her impulses, Illyana studies meditation heavily. She doesn't favour a particular style, employing Buddhist or Dhyana as much as focused or mindfulness-based practices. Using both methods enables her to attain a degree of detachment and clearing her mind of unwanted emotional influences, giving necessary stability to function in high-stress environments. The clarity brought by disassociation helps her to focus her powers and crystallize her will.
Illyana spent her tenure in Limbo instructed on the occult by Belasco, an unrivaled black magician and millennia-old Hell Lord. She absorbed his lessons and surpassed even his skill, drinking up everything she could on demonology, cosmology, and the Mystic Arts. In matters of the black or forbidden arts, she is an unrivaled source, sought by others -- and rarely sharing. The alternate dimension version of a master sorceress taught her white magic, refining her knowledge despite the limitations brought by Illyana's corrupted soul. Thus, her knowledge extends into practical and theoretical areas known by few. She is exceptionally learned about the mystical arts, creating and banishing spells; demons and otherworldly entities; spirits and realms; relics and mystical artifacts. In the thin margins of her ignorance, the only thing standing in her way of finding an answer is time.
Illyana can pilot aircraft, thanks to traditional study and completely cheating by using her magic.
Limbo's psychotropic environment alone would test the wits of the hardiest preson, let alone a child. Add a landscape out to kill, and teeming infernal hordes out to physically and psychologically torture her. Illyana learned how to scrape through unimaginable predicaments with nothing more than the shirt on her back and sheer audacity. Trials in wildly different environmental extremes have taught her to endure being dumped just about anywhere, at least until her allies show up or she can get home. Her allies in Limbo taught her how to survive, acquiring shelter and food, and the training among the X-Men has only improved this. It's not just for show: her stepping disks open a risk of unknown landscapes or times facing her.
She possesses a secondary Bloodstone Amulet identical to the one housing her soul, crafted while in Limbo. If and when Illyana recovers the bloodstone fragments of her soul, she has a prepared vessel to place them in. It should allow her to reabsorb the fragments on contact and heal the wounds done by Belasco. Maybe.
Illyana controls the demonic legions in their innumerable quantity in Limbo. They owe her their terrifying, almost slavish devotion. Her mutation gives her an infallible link to the dimension, and she can discern the exact whereabouts of any demon and summon it through her stepping disks. There is no maximum on many demons she can summon, and they tend to be extremely loyal to her. She need not be in Limbo to detect any of her subjects.
Most demons fall into three tiers. The first, the vast majority of the populace, are shock troops with average intellect, strength and stamina exceeding an Olympian athlete, and fire immunity. Second tier demons boast supernatural physical attributes, 5 to 10-ton strength, and considerable combat ability of seasoned fighters. Third tier demons boast minimum 10-ton strength, keen intellect, and a suite of supernatural abilities, combat prowess, magic, and unnatural strength or durability fit to put them toe-to-toe with Earth's mightiest heroes. Finally, those demons like S'ym answering directly to her and bound by oaths, sworn contracts, and limits may display a significant grasp on human society along with supernatural abilities and talents. These 'officers' she rarely brings to Earth, trusting them to oversee matters in Limbo in her absence.
Note: Third tier demons will be approved by staff or for specific TPs, with staff and player approval. This ability is not meant to smother player heroism or be the Limbo Army Knife answer to every problem.
Family means a great deal to a girl displaced in time and space. Illyana's older brother, Piotr, is her rock. He offers support and advice, unconditional love, and help. Rarely is she willing to bother him when he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Still, he can always count on her. Always.
Illyana rules the nightmarish dimension called Limbo, a place most frequently identified as Hell. Countless demons in an endless variety of forms dwell in everchanging, horrific landscapes and awe-inspiring, terrifying cities. Limbo links all places and all times, a power echoed directly in her mutation. She is irrevocably bound to a dimension.
Time acts strangely in Limbo and its passing is markedly different on Earth. Days and years spent in Limbo might be merely minutes on Earth. She has an innate sense for that fluidity and any temporal vagaries.
As the absolute ruler of Limbo, Illyana is called the Queen of Limbo, the Demon Queen, or a host of other epithets. She exercises total control over every aspect of the realm, including its inhabitants. The landscape transforms to her whims. Objects are created or destroyed to a thought. She can face down enormously powerful or dangerous foes on an equal or greater footing, as they learned to their immediate peril. It's a harsh, unnatural place -- and in some ways, home.
The New Mutants are the second formal team organized by Charles Xavier, and Illyana joined them almost immediately after returning from Limbo. Their members constitute her extended family, and most certainly her friends. Though their viewpoints differ and sometimes their concerns are inexplicable to her, she will always be there for her teammates. Gods help anyone who crosses a New Mutant, because she undoubtedly stands on the other side to even the score.
Illyana is the Sorcerer Supreme in Limbo, and a candidate for the role in the main Earth dimension. She possesses a vast array of mystical artifacts and items in her care, including an exceptional library on daemonology acquired from Belasco and his black library on all matters magical and mystical. He did not restrain himself only to the forbidden arts, but she inherited a startling number of grimoires and tomes thought lost to history. The library includes various rare and potent ingredients, relics best kept out of general circulation, dimensional maps and rolls of otherworldly entities. These remain largely under intense spell-wards and traps, along with more physical barriers, to prevent anyone from reaching them. The mystic arts tomes and collections of her white sorceress mentor are in her care, along with those objects attained as she pursues furthering her studies.
Illyana doesn't use many of the darkest artifacts in her trove, knowing the cost to her soul. She acts their guardian and custodian in conjunction with her earthly counterpart.
Note: Illyana doesn't just have a magic item for every problem. I'm not interested in overshadowing other PCs or fixing every challenge immediately. Staff and player approval are needed to find or use whatever is in her collection.
For a girl with her own personal pocket dimension complete with castle, Illyana cherishes having her own place in the city. That means an unimpressively small apartment with a rooftop garden in Greenwich Village, afforded in part by some of her sorcerous talents and debts turned over to certain notable people who take less than hard currency. Her apartment is warded to Limbo and back out of persistent paranoia, but she treasures the space, her tech gear, her plants, and the small library of books she's never going to find the time to read. She can offer temporary accommodations to her friends or hide from the world without disconnecting entirely there, so that counts for something.
Illyana grew up among the X-Men as a child, thanks to her brother Piotr (codenamed Colossus). After her startling return from Limbo, she joined Xavier's School and associated with the team so often that she eventually joined their roster. She is a concurrent member of the New Mutants. The X-Men can count on her loyalty and help, and theirs in return.
An ancient Hell Lord sorcerer with tremendous magical power, Belasco ruled Limbo until Illyana rebelled against him. He kidnapped her as a child to use her very soul to summon the Elder Gods into the Earth dimension. A lengthy mystical apprenticeship in the dark arts slowly corrupted her. He orchestrated her fall by taking three fragments of her soul as bloodstones, intending she would serve the Elder Gods while he reaped power and freedom on Earth. Illyana eventually defeated him in a bloody battle and seized rulership of Limbo, leading to Belasco's banishment. His disappointed divine masters expect him to summon them by regaining the three bloodstones and acquiring the last two fragments from her. Ancient, evil gods are unwise to ignore. For her part, Illyana intends to restore her soul and see him destroyed, not necessarily in that order.
The reason that Illyana was taken by Belasco was in order to break her soul apart into five pieces, creating Bloodstones that would be placed into an amulet. This would allow him to come to the Earth unhindered. During her time in Limbo, he managed to get three of the Bloodstones drawn from her before he was defeated and cast out of Limbo. This means that three pieces of Illyana's soul are now tainted with dark magic. Only two pieces are still pure. Should she lose all of her soul, she would become entirely demonic. At this time, she has not found a way to restore the Bloodstones to their original state and remove the taint from her soul, despite her vast occult knowledge. She will continue to try.
Illyana's family is a shattered thing. She cares for her parents, but they have not come to terms with her kidnapping and subsequent aging. Her much older brother, Mikhail, has established his own life and loves his sister more like an uncle. It's Piotr she loves deeply and worries about. She would do anything for him, and she could be manipulated into bad choices by someone threatening him.
Illyana's mutation controls "stepping disks" linked directly to the dimension of Limbo. A target teleported from one location to another makes an in-between jaunt through Limbo. The experience of swan-diving through dimensions badly disorients most people, due to the jarring instant of dipping into Hell and spinning out again. Though the transition happens instantaneously, a passenger still might see an infernal horde or horrific wyrm-beast swimming by. Anything blocking Illyana from reaching Limbo similarly prevents her from teleporting.
Time in Limbo moves differently from Earth. When Illyana was taken, she was seven years old. She spent over a decade in Limbo, during which time she aged naturally. When she managed to escape to Earth, she returned within minutes of her disappearance (albeit an entire continent away). Everyone remembered a seven-year-old girl, but they were faced with a young adult, an angry one at that. It took some convincing but in time it was accepted as to what had happened. Needless to say, this has made for some complications and a need for false documentation since her birth certificate differs from how she looks.
Magic Isn't All:
Illyana learned by hard experience magic cannot be the answer for every problem. Rely too much on any one tool, it becomes a crutch and a vulnerability someone will eventually exploit. She does not use magic -- or her mutation or other gifts, for that matter -- in every circumstance she possibly could. She withholds that power when she thinks others can to step up or she is too dependent upon it. Looking for other alternatives keeps her sharp and responsive. It's a matter of pride, prowess, and survival for her. It also may drive people mad when she refuses to cast the spell that makes enemies fall down, but she will insist her choice strengthens everyone.
Note: This mindset is specifically created with checking some of Illyana's powers and knowledge, with an eye for better collaborative storytelling. Just because she can doesn't mean she should or will.
The Soulsword, formed of pure soul essence, resembles a sword in most aspects. It nonetheless has a significant drawback: its edges cannot cut a non-magical being like a metal sword in most situations. Its blade passes right through a mundane human, inflicting pain or unconsciousness, but not so much as a scratch. Illyana must decide to actually maim or kill a non-magical being, and that risks bringing out the Darkchilde if she taps into the darker side of her soul.
The balance of Illyana's soul is no philosophical conundrum but a quantifiable equation represented by three manifested gems called bloodstones. These corrupted fragments of her soul, ripped from her by heinous acts, outweigh the two pure portions that remain. Her inner darkness makes her susceptible to wicked acts and misdeeds, at risk of further losing her soul. Anyone with soul-sight can distinguish her fragmented soul, and those with the means can sense a demonic taint around her. Celestial and infernal beings may detect the war within her. Three-fifths of her being tilts towards darkness, countered only by sheer willpower and the remaining virtue guiding her to do good. It speaks to just how pure she really could be, by holding out against the abyssal temptation calling to her constantly. Corruption yearns to spread and the consequences for falling are beyond dire.
Darkness riddles Illyana's fragmented soul. The corruption introduced by Belasco magnifies her dark passions far more than a normal, well-adjusted girl would have. No sins are so dangerous to her as wrath or pride, usually appearing in tandem, since her tainted soul and mastery in blackest of forbidden magic resonate with her rage. The very world warps in proximity to her, staining the air with choking anticipation, darkening shadows that twist and cavort, her body shifting in subtle or overtly terrifying ways. Even fearless hearts can lose courage facing her, a reminder of elder darkness.
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|American Mutant Gothic||April 1st, 2021||After Negasonic doesn't come home at night, James, Illyana, Kitty and Julio go searching for her, with Nori also showing up at the mall where they find her. The birthday of Ellie's dead father makes for emotional moments.|
|Fracture Lines||April 1st, 2021||It's all fun and games in the Twelfth Dimension.|
|Feast of Souls: Pale Fire||March 29th, 2021||Plans to ward are complete, and the final elementalists put in place.|
|Feast of Souls: Cost Risk Analysis||March 25th, 2021||Plans are laid about protecting Xavier's.|
|Feast of Souls: Red Ink||March 22nd, 2021||Oh no, bad dreams? Whatever could it be? Candygram! Demon-shark!|
|Feast of Souls: A Handful of Dust||March 22nd, 2021||Illyana plans terrible things in a tree. Julio, Shan, and Bobby leaf safety behind.|
|Beware the Ides of March||March 13th, 2021||What *is* Strange's favourite music? Find out next time on...|
|Trouble in Ibiza||March 8th, 2021||The plot is laid?|
|Feast of Souls Prologue: The Hunt||March 7th, 2021||A problem requires a solution of unconventional, dare we say Strange standards.|
|=The Statement of Dr. Henry Pym||March 1st, 2021||Wym errr Win for the Pyms! Pot roast made available.|
|By A Thread Unravelled||March 1st, 2021||Let there be cake, and there was.|
|In Soviet Russia, borscht wants you!||February 24th, 2021||Borscht makes everything better.|
|Shannoning III||February 21st, 2021||Good Shannon is born|
|What a Life!||February 19th, 2021||Oh dear. Murder?|
|Do you want to build ANOTHER Snowman||February 18th, 2021||Snow Golems & Monopoly|
|Training for Trouble!||February 16th, 2021||Megan confronts Illy about a little problem in limbo. Paige and Roberto dance around the Situation.|
|It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Dr. Frankenstein's Lab...||February 14th, 2021||People are jerks! Murdering mutants to steal their powers? Enter angry X-Men.|
|Happy Birthday Sam Guthrie||February 11th, 2021||Everyone comes out to celebrate Sam turning 21!|
|The Aftermath of Headshots||February 10th, 2021||Paige comes to terms with a calamari incident.|
|Where do they get those doctors||February 6th, 2021||Illyana cam by and donated supplies to the clinic where Bruce and Robert Marksman are working. A quiet get to know you sort of thing without getting too in depth.|
|Only Best Buds Execute Mutants In Unison||February 5th, 2021||Cable shoots at mutant power thieves, others think he's shooting mutants. Danger Close.|
|Full Metal Racket||February 3rd, 2021||Never forget big brother can and /will/ kick your butt.|
|I'm Only Happy When It Rains (Olives)||February 2nd, 2021||Something never finished.|
|=Thought for Food||January 30th, 2021||At the Candle, Booke and Belle, Illyana learns about the power of friendship and tea!
... or encounters an odd, gray-haired girl who seems to know far, far more about dangerous books than she lets on. And tea!
|Dance Dance Socialize||January 25th, 2021||No description|
|Friday Night's All Right For Spelling, Sans Demonic Tomes and Nazis||January 23rd, 2021||Weird liquor for the cost of a childhood memory? Sure! As long as I'm not paying.|
|Xavier School Ski Weekend: The Hunger of the Night||January 17th, 2021||A group of Xaviers students and residents stumble upon a murder in the ski town, and track the perpetrator into the woods. The creature - a serial killer inhabited by the Wendigo-like Giwakwa - attacks them but is defeated, the evil spirit banished by Illyana's soulsword while the physical shell is blown to bits and smacked around by Talia and Rogue. Afterward, fearing the presence behind the possession nearby cave, Rogue moves to seal the entrance, and Jean (who arrives late to answer a text for help) aids her in sealing the rocks. Surely, its evil will never trouble the town again... or them!|
|TJ Phone Home||January 14th, 2021||Pizza Party with X-men and Titans to hand off a Ragamuffin Waif Stray to them|
|S'now Problem||January 8th, 2021||Snowball fight for the win!|
|Meanwhile, back in New York City...||December 21st, 2020||Dominos Pizza Demon vanquished. Slime removed. Soulsword well fed by terrible pizza.|
|Chance Encounters in New York still happen believe it or not.||December 3rd, 2020||Spy Museums get all times. Illyana and Mark Milton end up chatting about it.|
|The Biggest X-Fish Story||November 22nd, 2020||Things always get interesting when a training session happens.|
|Damnation, Doom, and Decaffeinated Delirium||November 6th, 2020||No description|
|Halloween Cookies||October 14th, 2020||Halloween cookies are baked and Chinese delivery is ordered. Hambone wisely did not take up Illyana's offer to join in her ritual sacrifice.|
|Prelude to a Circus||October 14th, 2020||It's off to the circus we go!|
|One Foot in The Human World||September 28th, 2020||C'mon, get happy!|
|Harpying On About Trouble||September 27th, 2020||Harpies are how Warpath burns off steam.|
|Kumbaya, My Friends||August 31st, 2020||Trees!|
|Reality Check: A Midnight (S)Troll In Central Park||August 27th, 2020||Central Park comes alive (literally)!|
|It Came from the Deep: Kittery, Maine||August 17th, 2020||Bobby, Illyana, Julio, Gabby, James, and Lorna all fight tooth and nail to stop a Lurker feeding frenzy from tearing apart a small town in Maine.|
|Hunting Down the Three||August 14th, 2020||No description|
|When the Demon Queens Come A-Knockin'||August 12th, 2020||Demon trouble in Little Sanctum.|
|Genosha Burns: Resizing the People of Genosha||August 9th, 2020||The heroes restore the people from Genosha's bottles... but at what cost?|
|Picking Up Other Pieces||August 7th, 2020||SCIENCE! FRIENDS!|
|Picking up the pieces||August 6th, 2020||Working to save Genosha (continued in scene 2814).|
|Mystic Pizza||July 31st, 2020||Just a quiet night eating pizza and playing pool|
|Genosha Burns: Mutant Town||July 24th, 2020||Working together, hero groups work to restore Mutant Town - and weather a sudden attack!|
|What to Wear - Club Edition||July 22nd, 2020||A trip to the Broken Mirror for club clothes for the upcoming night out to the Dungeon at the Hellfire Club for Bobby, Julio, Piotr, Illyana, Jean, and Emma.|
|Ides of July: Rasputin||July 20th, 2020||Piotr is in LURVE?! Birb is the word!|
|Gotham: Demons In A Bottle pt 2||July 18th, 2020||The Bat Family halts an assassination-by-vigilante and captures the Black Spider.|
|A Growing Partnership||July 18th, 2020||A conversation between representatives of the Titans and the X-men brings Genosha and Bushwick one step closer to being restored.|
|Citysoul: A Wound in the Soul||July 13th, 2020||The Heroes of the City gather to witness the birth of a new, dark god ... and get more than they bargained for!|
|Casino Night Trial||July 13th, 2020||Good times are had, fake gambling occurs.|
|Citysoul: The Isolation||July 13th, 2020||The Heroes of the City face their own demons within the Heart of the Threefold God!|
|Citysoul: Vayechi||July 13th, 2020||Infinity Watch is born!|
|Citysoul: The Forgotten||July 12th, 2020||The third Genius Loci, Staten Island, is located!|
|Citysoul: No Sleep Till Brooklyn||July 12th, 2020||The Heroes of the City venture into shadow-plagued Brooklyn to save its very soul!|
|Citysoul: Left Field||July 12th, 2020||Take me out to the ball game ...|
|Citysoul: Soul Music||July 12th, 2020||The Spirit of the Bronx is recovered ... the Song of Hope is sung!|
|Genosha Burns: Revenge of the Brainiac Phobiacs||July 11th, 2020||The Titans, X-Men, and more of Earth's heroes make Brainiac regret he ever chose to mess with Earth. But surely there are more threats out there aside from Brainiac...|
|Hail Tabby, The Olive Queen||July 9th, 2020||Birthday Dinner for Tabby! Yay!|
|A Little Imp Told Me...||July 8th, 2020||After scarring events, two survivors share war stories and tales of hope. Ha, as if.|
|Citysoul: Soul Survival||July 4th, 2020||A group of mystics gather to manifest the Genius Loci of Manhattan. Hands are held. Magic is done.|
|Kingmaker: What Does It Mean||July 2nd, 2020||Plans are made! Stealth, guile, trickery... easy enough, right?|
|Kingmaker: What Is The Cost||July 2nd, 2020||Julian finds out some truths about his family.|
|Kingmaker: Where Would You Go||July 2nd, 2020||Julian, Illyana, and their team goes to Limbo to make a deal....|
|Kingmaker: When Does It End||July 2nd, 2020||Julian's soul has been recovered! We're saved!
Or are we?
|Kingmaker: What Would You Pay||July 2nd, 2020||Julian gets an email from his parents and incidentally learns a very unhappy truth.|
|Kingmaker: Was It Worth It||July 2nd, 2020||Julian has his soul back after a bit of blood magic to restore it. One day, they'll take their vengeance on The Three, but for now? Julian is whole again.|
|Gotham: Demons In A Bottle||June 30th, 2020||Along came a spider and sat down beside 'er...|
|Mojo's Arcade Legend: Twisted Treeline||June 30th, 2020||No description|
|The All-Seeing Eye||June 28th, 2020||Magik and Doctor Strange devise a way by which the City can heal itself - genii locorum!|
|Boats on the Astral Sea||June 27th, 2020||Illyana and Strange survey the astral wounds left by Braniac's abduction of Bushwick.|
|The Scottish Play||June 25th, 2020||Shakespeare in the Park! A very intense performance of Macbeth is given as audience members weigh in on the idea of power corrupting.|
|Proportionate Responses||June 24th, 2020||X-Force is discussed, and an idea of a team is formed...|
|Petite Theft Yachto||June 20th, 2020||Theft!|
|The Hunger: Messenger||June 17th, 2020||A strange messenger pays a visit to the Village.|
|Walk Among Tombstones||June 15th, 2020||The Ladies Book Club goes on an adventure and finds...talking marble angels and weird messages. Just a regular Monday!|
|Senior Trip||June 11th, 2020||In Monaco, Roulette is caught cheating with her powers and a deal is made for her freedom and funds.|
|The Smell of Victory||June 11th, 2020||The collected young mutants face their new arch nemesis, the Swedish speedster, Fart!|
|A Sinister Plot: The Left Hand Holds All The Cards: Team Three||June 6th, 2020||Clones are discovered, Heroic X-Men commit property damage in the name of good, and Mr. Sinister proves he darn well can't share.|
|X-Sphere: Goat Simulator||June 2nd, 2020||Chinese food was sacrificed to save some mutants and aliens.|
|A Sinister Plot: Attacks of Opportunity||June 1st, 2020||Plans are laid.|
|So This Is What Punching Bags Feel Like||June 1st, 2020||A fairly battered and bruised Warpath talks about the day's battles with Magik and Boom-Boom.|
|A Sinister Plot: Julian's Tale||May 31st, 2020||Julian awakens and shares what he remembers.|
|A Sinister Plot: Malicious 2||May 31st, 2020||The X-Men fight the Marauders to search for their missing friends! B Side|
|The Saint and the Demon||May 28th, 2020||Brainstorming about the attacks on Xavier's Mansion may have some leads.|
|A Sinister Plot: Interlude: Special Delivery||May 27th, 2020||Julian appears on the lawn! Scott and Jean arent clones! Rogue thinks we are all crazy!|
|Sometime Around Midnight||May 25th, 2020||When you're lost, look to friends for help.|
|A Sinister Plot: Everybody's Coming to Get Me||May 25th, 2020||The hunters find out who took Julian, which only leads them further down the rabbit hole.|
|A Sinister Plot: Interlude: The Returned||May 25th, 2020||Armed with new information, the X-Men make more plans.|
|Not Forgotten At All||May 24th, 2020||A team of Xavier's folks go out of find what happened to their companions... and find more questions than answers.|
|Danger Room: LEEEEROY...||May 11th, 2020||Success! Dazzler is freed from the Mojoverse after FIRE!|
|Graduation Reception||May 9th, 2020||Graduates were celebrated, food was eaten, fireworks were shot off.|
|A Magikal Tarot Reading||May 8th, 2020||No description|
|A Day in the Life||May 6th, 2020||Alex and Emma stop by the X-Mansion to let people know they're going on a trip and chat with Illyana, Marie-Ange, Warren, and James while they're there. Cookies are had.|
|On the Beach...||May 5th, 2020||Siblings have a heart-to-heart. Belasco is going DOWN!|
|Warren's House Party||May 4th, 2020||Warren invites friends over for a party to help ease minds off of the crazy things going on in the world as of late.|
|A Sinister Plot: Lost But Not Forgotten||May 3rd, 2020||The X-Men discover people are missing in action. Panic sets in, and groups split to start planning investigations and rescues.|
|You Were Warned It'd Get Weird||April 30th, 2020||Doug takes Julio to his place in ME. Illyana visits. Doug makes plans.|
|Boris the Kotenok||April 29th, 2020||No description|
|On the First Day of Jenny's Birthday...||April 26th, 2020||On the first day of Jennymas, Jenny gave to everybody: cake. And got an awful lot of awesome gifts.|
|Happy Birthday: Segue||April 26th, 2020||No one is yeeted out of Xavier's. Thank Dani.|
|Xaviers: Grill Out and Chill Out||April 24th, 2020||A fun time by the pool at Xaviers!|
|Sometime Before Midnight in the Garden of Mostly Good, Really||April 23rd, 2020||A few New Mutants chat in the Garden, and decide to go Dinosaur-seeking. Tomorrow.|
|Hunting for Jeanasaurus Rex||April 23rd, 2020||Jean was found! And brought back to the mansion. Also, Sauron is in deep dino doodoo.|
|Winds of Change: Savage Lands Part Three||April 22nd, 2020||Sauron has been found, and punched a lot to get the information and the data to reverse the dinoplague!|
|Winds of Change: Savage Lands Part Two||April 22nd, 2020||The X-men make it to the Savage Land, and collect the items needed for Hank to cure the dino-problem! Next-- Sauron!|
|Guns, Swords, and Battleship||April 22nd, 2020||Bishop proves the reasonable one. Magik steals hands and guns.|
|Genosha Expedition II: Pirates!||April 18th, 2020||Back in Genosha the X-Men meet some wealthy jerks and then fight Hydra pirates under Viper command|
|Winds of Change: Thought We Were Having Fish, Not Raptor||April 17th, 2020||Fish tacos are interrupted by Laura and Jean having extreme makeovers|
|Genosha Expedition I||April 11th, 2020||The X-Men travel to Genosha to establish a safehouse and meet an unfriendly welcome committee led by their old enemy, Unus the Untouchable|
|Materiel Girl||April 8th, 2020||Bye bye, Blackbird but hello feathers, fangs and free hugs!|
|And a delivery is made to home.||April 8th, 2020||Pizza tonight CAH another night.|
|Goth Goth Baby||April 7th, 2020||A group of teenage mutants end up storming the castl....err Hellfire Club. NOTHING BAD HAPPENS.|
|The Morning After - Repository of Secrets||April 6th, 2020||Ooh, future talk.|
|Brotherhood vs Xmen: Sentinel Payback||April 6th, 2020||Mystique acts!|
|Sam showing Alexis some of his hang outs.||April 5th, 2020||And that is what they call|
|The Rasputin Family, Da-Da-Da-Dum, Snap Snap!||April 4th, 2020||Piotr learns the truth.|
|How Many Rules Did We Break Today||April 4th, 2020||What starts as a mostly innocent walk in the woods ends up taking a turn for the mischievous, and then ends up going to (a figurative) Hell, courtesy of a certain Queen of Limbo.|
|Setting up home turf.||April 3rd, 2020||Sam gets help from friends and plans made for more help|
|Lakeside Conversations||April 3rd, 2020||A handful of X-People converge on the shore of Breakstone Lake. Introductions are made, and discussions of current events are had.|
|Getting too much blood in the coffee stream. Time to fix that.||April 2nd, 2020||Girls got their caffeine. Phew!|
|House Calls Are Not Cheap||April 2nd, 2020||Strange comes by Xaviers to ask some questions. Leaves a gift.|
|DANGER: Band Camp||March 31st, 2020||Explosions, broken robots, and a kickass performance.|
|DANGER: The Ice Fields||March 31st, 2020||Ice spiders bad, cocoa good, and shovels are valuable mutant adventuring gear!|
|A Friend In Need||March 31st, 2020||A worried Lockheed summons Doug and Illyana to check in on their friend.|
|Don't Ask What We Did Last Night||March 30th, 2020||No one gets between Emma and what she wants. Which is probably a nice bubble bath, a book, and another chapter in Guide To Dealing with Crazy People.|
|Roller Derby Privilege Party||March 30th, 2020||Pizza, grumpy Julian, Doug jokes, bodyslamming!|
|The Proud and the Damned||March 29th, 2020||Barghest is dead. James used a sword. Illyana punched the ground.|
|Gwyllgi and the Black Doug||March 27th, 2020||What happens happens.|
|Hellfire Club Genosha Spring Benefit Charity Gala||March 24th, 2020||Schmoozing, boozing, donations and more. The Hellfire Spring Charity Gala is a huge success, benefitting Genosha.|
|Home is where you hang your cannonball||March 23rd, 2020||Sam shacks up, Doug shakes down, and Illyana has words.|
|Exercises in exorcism||March 21st, 2020||Doctor Strange, Constantine, Illyana, and Zatanna group together to banish the demon Beelzebub back to hell where he belongs.|
|Little Blue Lost||March 13th, 2020||Hope Summers, Robert Markham, Vivian Vision, Illyana Rasputina, and Singularity run into each other just in time to watch Kate Bishop take down a purse snatcher. Phones are exchanged by Kate and Robert with Singularity as the heroes ponder what to do with the small blue girl who appears to be a pocket universe who's not entirely used to things like talking yet.|
|The Night We Met (Again)||March 13th, 2020||A bad day gets a little brighter, after scaring the living bejesus out of a sleeping mutant.|
|Along Went A Spider||March 12th, 2020||Scarlet Spider drops in on a jewel heist, and Illyana decides she's had enough of cops and robbers.|
|Smol Screm!||March 11th, 2020||A cat causes terrible trouble.|
|Reaving Means Raiding||March 11th, 2020||Sam Gunthrie, Rogue, and Illyana going hunting for a Cerebro ping in New York City with Jean playing 'Oracle' back at Xaviers. Reavers attack a charity event in M-Town and the X-Men intercede. Chaos Ensues. Josh demonstrates his mutant power, is knocked out for his trouble, and kidnapped (I mean rescued) back to Xaviers.|
|Glitter and Gold||March 10th, 2020||Scavenger hunts begin! Clue 1: Pushkin.|
|Did We Just Become BFFs||March 9th, 2020||Illyana and Zatanna bond over coffee and other things.|
|Battle of the Boning||March 9th, 2020||Illyana battles a corset and loses. Heidi and Zatanna meet and become friends. Flying ponies are promised!|
|Four mutants walk into an opera house...||March 7th, 2020||Sam Guthrie, Roberto da Costa, Douglas Ramsey and Illyana Raputina venture deep into Enemy Territory for the sake of Sam's love life. No joke.|
|Scrying Sentinels||March 7th, 2020||Zatanna and John were heading to Genosha to scry Sentinels. Illyana and Lois tag along. John disappears. Brings in Strange. And poo-poos on the idea. This is not over yet!|
|Oh he did, did he||March 6th, 2020||Doug, Illyana, and Berto hatch a plan.|
|A walk in the park||March 6th, 2020||Vivian goes out into the city to explore and runs into Illyana and her rather fancy pigeon friend.|
|A Lazy Afternoon||March 5th, 2020||Chats and drinks are had.|
|Pro-HUMANA Gala||March 4th, 2020||The Pro-HUMANA Gala opens their fundrasing season, attended by senators, artists, actors. Terry O'Neil gets a scoop, Sam Guthrie disguised as a waiter, Illyana Rasputina disguised as a socialite, Samuel Morgan and Hal Jordan as common gala-guests and Power Girl as a very, very angry woman. Allegra Caradenza (Alexis Carr) meets up with Sanjeev Bassi, her best friend, and the absolute roller coaster of occurances are fed into a mess of an event! Watch for the fire and the confetti!|
|And I Think Doug Can Even Speak Demon||March 3rd, 2020||Roberto enlists Kitty's aid in setting up a couple of their friends.|
|No Rest for the Mutated||February 22nd, 2020||Was it ever a choice?|
|That Time When... Hell Visited After Death||February 20th, 2020||Well, that's creepy.|
|Genoshan Survivor Doug||February 19th, 2020||Heroes go to Genosha looking for survivors. They find Mr. Sinister trying to revive and modify Doug Ramsey|
|Things that Can't Be Bought||February 18th, 2020||Janet and Lois are having tea, and meet Illyana; Janet decides it's time to meddle in Lois' love life.|
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