|Re-post from lj comm for easy access to info - Sarah world bg
||[28 Jun 2010|12:34am]
Sarah's homeworld is similar to the Nightmares of Futures Past setting presented in X-Men, the world Rachel Summers came from. This particular nightmare came about when reality diverged at the time of Secret Wars, and the heroes and villains taken to BattleWorld never returned.
With none of the most veteran X-Men, no Professor X, no Avengers, etc., several events had drastic differences in outcome.
Inferno still occurred, but this time without Madelyne Pryor, and without the X-Men or Avengers to temper the event. It went on longer, with a higher fatality rate and level of destruction, until Cypher/Doug Ramsay was able to decode the technorg virus. With this knowledge, he and the X-Men were able to defeat N'ast'irh and S'ym, both infected, as well as all other technorg enhanced demons, but at a great cost - the decoding and breakdown of the virus also killed Doug's best friend Warlock, a sacrifice both were aware of.
Following Inferno, Apocalypse chose that as a time of weakness and struck, attempting to gather a mutant army, with no Charles Xavier or Magneto to oppose him. He was defeated and driven to the Middle East, where he and his horsemen remain, with Warren Worthington, metal wings and all, still serving as Death, the Juggernaut fills the role of War, Selene, former Hellfire Club Black Queen acts as Pestilence. The last Famine was killed by Polaris, and the replacement remains unknown.
Following the threats, the Mutant Registration Act and the Sentinel program both passed by a huge margin, and the mutant menace was a major paranoia throught the US. Most of the remaining heroes of great renown were hunted down and imprisoned or killed.
Some of the more notable remaining figures :
The Fantastic Four still exists. Four Freedoms Plaza is still whole and undamaged, base for the new FF, and rendered impregnable to the sentinels through a selectively permeable force field generated perpetually by Susan Richards... Sue herself is in some type of coma which no one has been able to contact her through. She survives on life support and constant care, but seems, in this state, to be able to generate the field perpetually, allowing 4 Freedoms to act as a safe haven for dozens of mutants and sympathizers. Anyone seen entering is automatically assumed to be a fugitive, and the building is generally believed to be at its limits for number of people it can sustain.
As for the FF themselves, caretakers for the residents, and some of the few remaining active heroes; The FF is led by Franklin Richards, a massively powerful psychic. He is married to Julie Power, who has absorbed the powers of the rest of her siblings - when each one died, their powers flowed to her. She is the last of the Power children. Luna, daughter of Quicksilver and Crystal was trained as a spellcaster by her aunt, the Scarlet Witch, and serves as the third member, while her Inhuman bodyguard, Karnak, rounds out the team.
The X-Men, led by Cannonball and Exodus, are more focused on mutant survival than co-existence. They currently act as freedom fighters and defenders of an underground railroad for mutants.
Their primary members are Cannonball, Husk, Ghost Dance (James Proudstar), Mirage (married to Ghost Dance), Aurora (her ability to pass mutant detectors more than makes up for her unstable personality), Tarot, Cypher, Polaris, and Exodus.
Forge is currently training the teenage children and youunger adherents to Xavier's dream. Husk alone has had 3 children by 3 different fathers (fathers all deceased), with the Guthrie clan continuing to produce mutants. This provides some friction within the X-Men, as none of Dani's children have survived early childhood (she's had 3 children with James, all killed by sentinels). Aurora had a child with Walter Langowski before his death, but wants nothing to do with it. the bearlike Kodiak was adopted by Forge and trains with the team, along with Forge's own daughter, Reflex. There may be other teenagers involved.
The other end of the underground railroad is England - a long and dangerous trip for mutants, but once there, the British Isles are fairly safe, as is much of Europe from there. England itself is protected by Excalibur, led by Brian Braddock/Captain Britain, Shadowcat, Magik, Psylocke and Union Jack IV.
Sarah and the rest of the New Avengers have made a significant difference in the fight against the sentinels, but the situation remains dire, at best.
For those interested, her temmates, as presented in What If #114
Bravado : son of Thor and the Enchantess. Strong, durable, and natural talent for sorcery.
Mustang : son of the Hawkeye and She Hulk - green, strong and tough, though not at the level of his mother, and uses a bow with a 20 ton pull.
Firefly : shrinking, fire generating son of the Human torch and the Wasp
Torrent : Weather controlling daughter of Storm and Wolverine