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It's pitch black. Black into glowing red balloons getting brighter and brighter. Red into more vibrant hues of orange and then flickers of yellow until the darkness is banished in favor of a waking world. A teenage boy yawns, squinty-eyed fumbling across his jacket pockets until the red bottle cap lenses he sought reveal themselves. He sighs in relief as though he wouldn't be surprised if they'd been left behind, and judging from their thickness he might as well walk around with his eyes closed without them.
He peels his nearly bald head from his glass pillow, a backseat car window, rubs the spot previously suction cupped like a Garfield window cling and fluffs the small tuft of white hair atop his head. "Are we there yet?" he mumbles to the parental figures in the front of the small hover car. "You tell me, Wise Guy."
He is me. My peers call me Wise Guy because mine is the power to see into the future. My visions can be cryptic, and still being in the adolescent stages of my mutation, they're specs, mere milliseconds giving little to no effect by my knowing or altering what I see. 'Wise Guy' is less a badge of honor and more a satirical jab at my psychic inadequacy. It doesn't help that my step-dad, the famous and proud of it Roberto 'Sunspot' Dacosta is the biggest perpetuator of my reputation. He's haughty, conceited and has no qualms about his womanizing ways, but my mom is unwavering in her love and support of him despite my protests.
I don't get it. My dad was loyal, kind and goofy. At least that's what I remember of him.
"I'm a mutant."
In the past those words held so much weight on the lips summoning the strength to utter them and once they fell on human ears, the relocation process began. My parents and hundreds of thousands of their mutant brothers and sisters were singled out, hunted, captured and shipped off to Genosha just over 30 years ago. Guarded by Sentinels and crippled by power dampeners, mutantkind was at a loss living in a pit of poverty and despair.
work in progress...
There's a LOT going on here, just trying to keep it all together so here's a synopsis of what's happening:
In this alternate universe, Bishop traveled back in time to eliminate the threat of any genetic predecessors of Scott Summers and Jean Grey in the belief that without them, the Phoenix would never find it's way to Earth, in turn creating a more harmonious future between humans and mutants. He pinpointed the moment Jean's powers were to emerge, taking the place of the driver that would've hit her friend and swerved the opposite direction, killing Jean instantly. Believing his mission was saving the planet, he had no qualms about burning the body to ensure her genetic material wasn't reproduced (though Dr. Essex had already obtained a sample)
He then befriended Major Christopher Summers, making his way onto the flight that, when the Shi'Ar attacked, would have resulted in the abduction of Christopher and Katherine and escape of Scott and Alex. Instead, the time displaced Bishop knocked Christopher out and parachuted out with him, leaving the rest of the Summers family prey to the Shi'Ar.
Things went awry when Charles Xavier tracked him down with his newly formed X-Men (Angel, Beast, Iceman, Amelia Voght & Banshee), as if altering the past and murdering a telepathic child wouldn't alert Earth's most powerful psychic. Unbeknownst to Bishop, Dr. Essex had been observing him and intervened with his own Fraternity (Mystique, Sabretooth, Gambit, Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver), killing Xavier and all but 2 of his students (Angel and Iceman who's memories are erased). The chronal wave that resulted completely erased Bishop's future, but somehow left him anchored in his present existence.
Without Xavier and the X-Men, mutants were eventually rounded up and deported to Genosha surrounded by Sentinels and power dampeners to keep them at bay. Dr. Essex and his Fraternity established a sense of government among the mutant exiles. Mystique and Sabretooth's eldest son, Graydon Creed, AKA Coyote ascended to political power with the notion of negotiating with the World Powers for a handful of island territories in exchange for mutant intervention where man-made solutions were failing.
Iceman was dispatched to expand the polar icecaps to reduce global warming and in exchange, Muir Island was awarded. Coyote assigned Iceman's wife, Wolfsbane and their son, Frostbite (lycanthropic white wolf), along with Warpath, Dani Moonstar and their daughter, Wildflower (heightened senses and strength); Gambit, Scarlet Witch and their daughter, Gypsy (alters kinetic probability); Quicksilver, Darkstar and their twins, Nightshift and Auxiliary (darkforce manipulation / speed siphoning); Kylun, Psylocke and their twins, Sibyl and Sonya (vocal persuasion / psionic scream); and his own parents, Sabretooth and Mystique and youngest brother, Thrash (feral nature and aquakinesis)...
A team was dispatched to eliminate the source of a new drug dispensed by crimelords in Madripoor that had swept across the globe with a single injection promising to reveal the face of God. Sunfire, Multiple Man, Box, Dragoness and Kamikaze infiltrated the underground and were granted Madripoor as a territory. Coyote bestowed kingship to Sunfire with his wife, Polaris and their son, Horizon (energy transmutation), and assigned Multiple Man, Boom Boom, their daughter, Dice (explosive dupes); Box, Madelyn Essex, their daughter, Pandora (cyber and technopathy) and son, River (telepathy, telekinesis); Kamikaze, Dragoness, their son, Verve (bioelectric speed); Jesse Bedlam, Copycat, their son, Chalk (death touch); Justice, Kitty Pryde, their son, Skyscraper (size manipulation, strength)
In what would become the final mission, Magneto was drafted to extend an electromagnetic field to reinforce the ozone and in return, Antarctica was to be granted as the 4th colony. Coyote dispatched a full team for support: Nightcrawler, Callisto, Colossus, Firestar, Cypher and Magik and all of them were shocked when the tropical Savage Land appeared along with a less than thrilled welcoming committee. Mutant renegade Storm had made the Savage Land her home and married the natives chief, Ka-Zar. Not only that, but a rebel Shi'Ar ship had taken refuge in the jungle lead by Princess Lilandra and her consort, Scott Summers, his brother, Alex and the interstellar popstar, Lila Cheney.