Morlock Tunnels - Phase 1
|Location: Morlock Tunnels|
|First Seen:||July 2003|
First Appearance - July 2003
Located in the system of sewerage and other tunnels beneath New York, the Morlock Tunnels were home to close on fifty homeless mutants who named themselves 'Morlocks' after the subterranean dwellers of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine. In a series of cul de sacs, natural caves and abandoned storage facilities, the mutants made their dwellings, stealing or scrounging what they needed from the 'surface world' what they needed to survive.
Following the Morlock Massacre, the bodies of those slain remained unburied in the tunnels. It was among this rather grisly company that Sarah Morlocke made her home for several years, upon returning to the tunnels to find her 'family' dead. It was also the scene, nearly a year later, of Sarah's near-death at the hands of the Marauders.
The tunnels also provided haven to the emotionally-disturbed Paige Guthrie, during her nervous breakdown. The tunnels are perceived as a place for 'monsters' to find sanctuary. In 2008 they became sanctuary to a very different kind of monster, who used the tunnels as a place to harm mutants, not protect them.
Remnants of the Morlock sub-group the Tunnelers, reclaimed the tunnels, but drew attention to themselves when they began a campaign of terrorist acts under the name Gene Nation. Their capture of Sarah drew Callisto out of obscurity, and a deal made by Remy LeBeau with the CIA prevented another massacre.
In April 2011, surviving Morlock Annalee used her empathy powers in a misguided attempt to 'save' Artie Maddicks and the other New Mutants from a harmful world, bringing them down into the tunnels to live with her. A group of X-Men rescued the students and handed Annalee over to SHIELD.