Saturday, January 18, 2014

Four-Color FAE: BONUS - Character Highlight, Magik (New Mutants via FAE)

First appearing in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975), Magik (Illyana Nikolievna Rasputina) has experienced an unusual number of plot twists over the past 30+ years, including being dead (a condition of indefinite permanence in the comic-book world). 
I've always liked Magik though, so I thought it might be fun to post up a build of her in FAE. Note that this version of the character reflects her during her time as a New Mutants member. 
Magik (FAE)
  • Aspects
High Concept:
Magic-wielding mutant teleporter
Trouble: The Darkchylde stirs within
Other Aspects: Sorceress Supreme of Limbo; My Soulsword is part of me; The Bloodstones bind me to my friends
  • Approaches
+3 Forceful
+2 Clever, Sneaky
+1 Careful, Quick
+0 Flashy
  • Stunts
- When armed with my Soulsword I gain +2 to Forcefully Overcome mystical opposition.
- My mind is a fortress. I passively gain +2 to Forcefully Defend against psionic attacks and probe attempts via my Psionic Shields.
- When I am prepared to enter a conflict, I gain +2 to Cleverly Create the Advantage ‘Eldritch Armor’; this aspect can be invoked to Defend vs physical attacks.
- It’s not a good idea to mess with me. Once per session I gain a free invocation of my ‘The Darkchylde stirs within’ aspect if I have taken a consequence in the current scene.
  • Refresh: 2
  • Stress: OOO
  • Minor (2):
  • Moderate (4):
  • Severe (6):
Power Facts:
  • Stepping Discs: Ability to mentally control "stepping discs", which allows herself and others to teleport across interstellar distances or through time. The discs are part of a dimension known as Limbo.
  • Sorcery: Magik is the sorceress supreme of her Limbo dimension. While there, Magik is capable of casting binding spells, energy blasts, scrying, projecting an astral form, and other talents. On Earth she is limited to Astral Projection, a Mystical Sense (ability to detect mystical presences), simple spells, and summoning her Soulsword.
  • Limbo Control: The matter within Magik’s Limbo can be shaped and transformed by the thoughts and emotions of Magik, the sorcerer who is its master.
  • Mystical Armor: The more that Magik uses her magical power on any occasion, the more mystical armor appears on her body. Along with the armor, Magik’s appearance becomes more demonic including horns, hooves or a tail. The mystical armor is a natural power of whoever rules in Limbo. 
  • Psionic Shields: She has impenetrable psionic shields, most likely a result of the time she spent in Limbo and the effects of her partially demonic soul.

"Take a tip from your little sister. You want to be happy again? You want to live again? You need to learn to forget." - Magik

The younger sister of the X-Man Colossus, Illyana came to live with her brother after being kidnapped by the eccentric assassin Arcade.

Months later, the sorcerer Belasco captured Illyana and held her prisoner in the pocket dimension Otherplace, a.k.a. Limbo. Belasco turned a portion of her soul demonic in nature, and in the process conjured a “bloodstone” gem from her soul.

When Belasco conjured five such gems, Illyana, who would have transformed into the entirely demonic Darkchilde, would serve as the means by which Belasco’s demon masters, Chthon and the N'Garai, could conquer Earth.

Belasco’s spell gave Illyana considerable magical power, and she nearly killed him, but decided not to give in to her demonic side and drove him from Otherplace, becoming its new leader.

Illyana returned to Earth at a point only seconds after the X-Men’s escape from Otherplace. However, whereas only seconds had passed for the X-Men, Illyana had aged seven years in Otherplace and was now 13 years old. She then joined the team of superhuman mutant trainees the New Mutants as Magik.


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