Portrayed by Elle Fanning
|Birthdate:||September 5th, 2001|
I don't know what people think, because everyone here is insane or at least not very bright.
Having grown up in a hell dimension, Illyana Rasputin is trying to work out a whole new world in the form of Xavier's.
Character Journal: xp_magik
Real Name: Illyana Nicolaevna Alexandria Rasputina
Aliases: Illyana Rasputin (Anglicized version of her name), Darkchylde
First Appearance: May 5, 2015
Date of Birth: September 5th, 2001
Place of Birth: Ust-Ordynski Collective Farm near Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia.
Relatives: Parents: Nikolai and Alexandra Rasputin; unnamed older siblings.
Education: Spotty, with a strong emphasis on the dark arts. Let's say she'll be starting at pretty much square one in almost everything but algebra. (The dark arts have a surprisingly strong abstract math component.)
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Sassy commentator. Unpaid. Unwanted. But sassy. Also, student.
Team Affiliation: Generation X
Illyana Nicolaevna Alexandria Rasputina - American version: Illyana Rasputin - was born on a struggling collective farm in Siberia in 2001, the last and very unexpected child of Nikolai and Alexandra. Her much older siblings were already out of school, and she was very much petted and cosseted - as much as any farmgirl on a working farm could be, in any case. The occasional gift from a family member working in a city or abroad sometimes made the difference during some of those hard years, but Illyana grew up relatively happy and healthy, participating in her school, the Orthodox church her parents attended, and the goings-on of the collective quite happily. She even learned some English, thanks to a Peace Corps volunteer who spent a few years helping their school set up an English language learning program.
One afternoon in 2008, when she was seven, Illyana didn't come home from school. Her parents didn't think much of it until night fell; when Illyana, who was afraid of the dark, didn't come in after that, they put out the search parties to scour the farm and the lakeshore for her.
She was never found.
A little girl disappearing in Siberia, no matter how tragic, doesn't exactly incite worldwide panic, especially since it seemed likely that she had indulged her curiosity too far and fallen victim to one of the many accidents waiting to happen on an antiquated farm next to a large body of water. Her family mourned and moved on.
Unfortunately for Illyana, she wasn't dead. At least, not really. She had been chosen as a living sacrifice by the demon-wizard Belasco. To put it succinctly, Belasco needed an uncorrupted human soul to sacrifice in order to summon the Elder Gods to Earth. This being a tricky and not very desirable outcome (at least, not desirable for Earth), he had tried and failed with several other young women before selecting Illyana for the next attempt.
The sacrifice happens in five phases; Illyana must die each time, and, if the ritual is successful, she is revived without a portion of her soul. That portion is sealed into a bloodstone in a simple pentagram locket. The key to the ritual's success is keeping the remaining part of her soul uncorrupted by the new void; if the corruption spreads, the soul is worthless to the Elder Gods and not all that useful to the person it belongs to, either. But the corruption isn't sequestered away from the victim either; instead, it fights for influence against the uncorrupted soul.
The next seven years were pretty unpleasant, but they would have been worse if Belasco hadn't been fishing for sacrifice victims across many more dimensions than just Illyana's. Several survivors - such as they were - had not only survived Belasco's attempts on their lives, but had managed to eke out an existence on the fringes of Limbo, creating safe havens from Belasco and his demons. Throughout her time in Limbo, Illyana's life was a constant struggle to escape from Belasco to one of these safe havens, where she learned useful things like white magic, the English language, and basic combat skills. Illyana is also a mutant with the power of teleportation, which helped her to stay a step ahead of the demon horde.
When Illyana was fourteen, she had survived the ritual twice more, losing two more parts of her soul as well as her mentors. In desperation, she did something pretty stupid and used another sliver of her remaining soul to create a Soulsword. This is sort of a manifestation of magical power, and it's dangerous because it creates a physical way for your soul to be harmed, but because of this it's also very effective against magical entities. Using this Soulsword, she challenged Belasco for her freedom.
While she did defeat Belasco, she was too afraid of losing herself to her corrupted side to kill him; she left him in Limbo, finally able to use her mutant powers combined with her magic to get home. It was all she had wanted for seven years.
Back to Earth
Only - home wasn't home anymore. She realized the second she set foot on the farm that she couldn't go back to her parents' home the way she was; she hadn't realized until then that she could be a danger to them, and to everyone around her, until she literally fixed her soul. So that was what she set out to do - wandering the world, trying to survive and dig up information of how to fix her rather unique problem. Using her mutant powers or any magic in this world is exhausting and dangerous, so she didn't have a great 'out' from any situation. Eventually she came to the attention of Social Services, and via a contact with the Mutant Underground, she was brought to Xavier's.
Her introduction to the mansion was interesting, to say the least. Technology immediately became her enemy, when Xavin Majesdane joked about her computer, leading her to throw it out the window. The world she came back to was confusing, to say the least. Meeting Wanda Maximoff was a bit of a mind screw, considering the version she had killed in Limbo, but that could have been worse. Over time, she became friendly with her fellow students, even if they were all a bit bemused by her, and slowly she adjusted to the world, even if she did have several thousand questions or so. During a field trip at the end of 2015, she found herself assisting Amadeus Cho and Topaz with roadside emergency surgery. She then had to carry Amadeus back to the bus when he fainted. He was heavy.
In August 2017, she was, for some reason, recruited to help with some Asgard problems that had spilled over to Earth. She didn't understand her role in any of it, and going to actual Hell was weird, but she had done stranger things. She was sad the awesome Valkyrie lady didn't come back with them though.
Illyana is a deceptively pretty blonde, a natural beauty in the tradition of underfed Eastern European models who make it big in Paris at Fashion Week. She was a really cute kid and she is an attractive young woman - it's in the job description for would-be human sacrifice - but it's not something she cares about except insofar as it might get her what she wants in some circumstances. She knows she looks fragile, and she's not afraid to exploit that either. In terms of how she dresses (when she has a choice beyond whatever she can get), it's generally just for functionality with an emphasis on not standing out.
Weight: 115lbs or so
Other Features: he's pretty skinny after a few bad winters in Limbo, but nothing you wouldn't expect from an average street kid. When she goes demonic, things change in subtle ways until they are very unsubtle indeed - her pupils disappear until her eyes eventually turn black, her fingers elongate until they're indistinguishable from claws, her skin goes pale and bloodless, and eventually she'll have the classic Darkchylde horns (but that's maximum Darkchylde).
Illyana's mutant power is teleportation. She uses 'stepping disks' to instantly teleport from place to place, although doing so over long distances is exhausting (for example, going from continent to continent might incapacitate her for a day or two, while going between states might require a few hours' rest). When she creates a stepping disk, she slides through that disk to 'land' in her chosen destination.
So far, she can only transport herself and whatever she is wearing or can carry in her hands, but with practice may be able to teleport with other people (for shorter distances, at first). She's never experimented with these powers and sort of considers them peripheral to her general existence - useful, occasionally, but not something she particularly identifies with. She will probably be very confused by the idea of being oppressed for being a mutant, since there are several other reasons she can think of that outrank 'mutant' on her list of 'bad things about me'.
She is also well-versed in magic, although she has very limited access to magical power on Earth since her abilities were primarily honed in Limbo. She used magic to alter her stepping disks to get from Limbo to Earth, and could probably reverse the process, but doing so would be incredibly dangerous and there is no guarantee that she could get back afterwards. Any other uses of magic are probably beyond her unless she has access to an external power source of some kind, but she can recognize magic and its effects, and has a good background knowledge of the different types of magic, particularly the demonic kinds. (Basically, she won't be using substantial magic unless it's for an approved plot-related reason, because I'm lazy and it makes me tired.)
Manifesting the Soulsword takes an enormous toll on Illyana at the moment, since the fight with Belasco depleted her reserves almost completely. It also makes her vulnerable (since it's a part of her soul, and there's not a ton of that left anymore), so it's a last-resort kind of thing rather than something she'd rely on to open her mail.
One important human sacrifice-related thing about Illyana is that she is basically unreadable to psis. Whether this is as a result of her screwed up soul, her mutation, or some combination of factors from Limbo, who knows (not the author of this paragraph, who couldn't decide), but people with psionic mutations would likely 'see' her mind as basically impenetrable shields. She doesn't do it on purpose, but she does consider it a perk.
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