Alison Blaire - Phase 1
|Alison Blaire - Replaced in Phase 2
Portrayed by Natasha Henstridge
|West Coast Annex
Character Journal: x_dazzler
Real Name: Alison Blaire
First Appearance: May 9, 2003
Date of Birth: July 25, 1980
Place of Birth: Gardendale, New York
Relationship Status: Married
Occupation: Instructor at the West Coast Annex
Team Affiliation: X-Men reservist
Alison was born in Gardendale, Long Island, New York. The daughter of high profile lawyer Carter Blaire (who has a daughter from a previous marriage, Lois), and actress Barbara Blaire (aka Barbara London), she was raised by a nanny for most of her early years until her gift for singing came to her mother's attention. As a result, although her father always wanted her to follow in his footsteps as a lawyer, she instead favoured her mother's path in life - singer, dancer, actress.
Alison's mutant power emerged when singing for a school concert, and she began experimenting with it on her own. Choosing to use her power to further her eventual career as a singer, she learned to use it to provide intricate light shows and special effects at her concerts, without overtly revealing her as a mutant.
During her time as a professional musician, Alison met and began a short-term relationship with Henry McCoy. While the romantic relationship faded, the two would forge a strong friendship that would eventually lead Alison to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.
Living At The X-Mansion
During a live concert broadcast in Baltimore, Alison chose to out herself publicly as a mutant. Rather than garner her support from her fans and audience, it polarized them. In the wake of the Liberty Island terrorist attack by Magneto, Alison's career suffered a nigh-fatal blow from her revelation. Flooded by sudden lawsuits, lack of sponsorship, and the departure of a significant portion of her fanbase, Alison chose to leave the limelight and go somewhere that she could train in her abilities. This wound up with her accepting the position of music teacher at Xavier's school, and eventually a position on the X-Men. An attempt on her life by a crazed fan meant that she wore an image inducer in public, in order to protect her connection to the school, at least until the CNN Special.
Alison's gregarious personality made her an integral part of the social atmosphere at Xavier's, entering into romantic relationships with Sam Guthrie, and then with Haroun al-Rashid, the man she would eventually marry. She became a mentor to a number of the students, and on one trip to Mexico, rescued and adopted a young mutant child that she named Miles. She was especially close to Paige Guthrie and Jamie Madrox, the latter joining her at the West Coast Annex.
Alison showed as much diligence with her X-Men duties as she had with her career, eventually becoming one of the team's field leaders, with Haroun as her second-in-command. Though balancing her duties to the team with her responsibilities as a new mother, Alison managed to provide a reasonably stable environment for her son, with the assistance of the teachers and students in the mansion.
Despite her best efforts, however, she could not protect Miles from every trouble. When Magneto attempted to kidnap Miles, Alison pushed her powers beyond their limits to protect him, fueled by Banshee and Siryn. This resulted in a few weeks of her powers in a state of overload, requiring a soundproof suit for her to even interact with others. She would find herself healed of this condition during a lab accident with Cain Marko, returning to her normal power levels.
Alison's greatest trial came when Sabretooth chose to get revenge for the injuries Alison had inflicted on him while defending her son. Capturing her while she was out in New York, Creed imprisoned and tortured Alison, resulting in near-fatal treatment at his hands. Without the intervention of Illyana Rasputin and Amanda Sefton, Alison would have lost her life.
Following this and other trials, particularly her part in the plan to take down Selene, Alison found solace in her relationship with Haroun, and the two eventually eloped and were married. Shortly thereafter, the two chose to focus more on their new family, and left the mansion and the X-Men to found the West Coast Annex in California. Presently, Alison assists in running the Annex, and training adult mutants who are unable to attend Xavier's school.
In October 2008, Alison was abducted surreptitiously during a recording sabbatical by the mutant terrorist Apocalypse, and brainwashed into becoming his Horseman of Death. While under Apocalypse's influence, she was part of the group that laid waste to Manhattan, causing untold damage. Thanks to the influence of Pete Wisdom and Betsy Braddock, she finally broke the conditioning and turned on her former master.
After her ordeal, Alison has been at Muir Isle to recover. She was killed in the invasion of Muir by Magneto and the Brotherhood in January 2015.
Other Features: Three long scars along Alison's right shoulder and back, inflicted by Sabretooth.
Alison is a mutant with the ability to transduce sonic vibrations which reach her body into various types of light, from something as simple as the equivalent of a house lamp to lasers and holographic images (though she hasn't explored that aspect of her talent yet). This ability seems to operate over a great range of frequencies, including the audible spectrum (35 to 16,500 cycles per second), and a great variation of sound pressure levels regardless of the complexity, dissonance, or randomness of the sound. For example, a car crash and a symphonic passage of equal duration will both produce usable incoming acoustic vibrations.
In addition to her standard X-Men uniform, Alison wears a number of sound-retaining devices which allow her to fuel her powers in the absence of ambient noise.
Containment suit, designed by Forge which allows Alex to bleed off his powers without exploding.
x_students posts (as student counsellor)
At one point, Alison had a psychic link with Betsy Braddock, the result of their training together. This link put Betsy in a coma for some time during the events of Sound and Fury, and she later removed it.
Alison lost the ability to speak English for a short period following a psionic "language dump" of Askani from Nathan Dayspring. Alison formed several close relationships with the psychic ghosts, learning much from them.
Player: formerly played by Willow
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Alison was replaced in Phase 2.