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Former Aliases: Darkchilde
Real Name: Illyana Nikolievna Rasputina
Weight: 120 lbs.
First Appearance: Giant-Sized X-Men #1
Group Affiliation: None
Previous Affiliations: Demons of Limbo, New Mutants
Known Allies: Katherine Pryde, Professor Charles Xavier
Known Relatives: Piotr Rasputin (Colossus, brother), Mikhail Rasputin (brother), Nikolai Rasputin (father, deceased), Alexandra Rasputin (mother, deceased)
Known Enemies: Belasco, S'ym, N'Atrish, Magus, Loki, the Enchantress
Powers: Illyana had the mutant ability to create "stepping discs" of light that could teleport through space and, when used with Limbo, time as well. While it is believed to be due to her stay in Limbo, Illyana had to teleport to Limbo as a way station before teleporting to her destination. Also due to her stay in Limbo, Magik had become an extremely powerful sorcerous and gained a weapon called the Soul Sword. This mystical weapon was crafted from a piece of Magik's soul and could nullify all spells and enchantments when they are struck by the sword. The Soul Sword is so far one of two weapons that could harm Shadowcat while she was phased (the other was Harpoon's energy harpoon). Magik could summon her Soul Sword at any time (although for a while, it appeared when there was magic or sorcery around). Magik also had mystical protection in the form of Eldrich armor, that manifested in times where sorcery or magic were present. The armor would change form to protect Magik as necessary (ex: spikes formed to prevent things from touching her).
The sole survivors had been Kitty Pryde, who had become an adult there named Cat, and Storm, who had also grown older, lost her power to control the weather, and become a sorceress. As the X-Men of our Earth escaped back to Earth, Belasco seized Illyana's arm. The Kitty Pryde of our Earth seized Illyana's other arm, but Belasco ripped Illyana from Pryde's grasp, and held her captive in Limbo. Belasco turned a portion of Illyana's soul demonic in nature, giving that part of her a strong tendency towards what humanity considers evil. This part of her soul was what Illyana called her "darksoul." In the process Belasco also conjured a "bloodstone" from Illyana's soul and placed it within the so-called Beatrice Medallion. If and when Belasco conjured five bloodstones for the medallion, Illyana, who would then be the Darkchilde, entirely demonic in nature, would serve as the means by which Belasco's masters, the demonic Elder Gods, would invade and conquer the Earth and its entire universe.
Belasco's spell also gave Illyana's darksoul considerable sorcerous power. The sorceress Storm took Illyana under her wing, hoping to teach her how to combat Belasco's evil influence. Storm gave Illyana her first lesson in how to utilize magic. However, Cat feared that the more Illyana learned of magic, the easier it would prove for Belasco to corrupt her. Therefore, Cat took Illyana from Storm, and taught her how to fight. Years before, Belasco had transformed Cat, giving her certain inhuman catlike physical characteristics. When Illyana was physically nine years old, Belasco transformed Cat even further, giving her a catlike consciousness and putting her under his control. Belasco then made Illyana his apprentice in sorcery. The demonic side of Illyana's soul reveled in serving Belasco, and his influence over her grew continually stronger, no matter how hard she resisted. But her true, good personality remained in control, and as she studied Belasco's magic books, she searched for a means to destroy him.
Years after becoming his apprentice, Illyana discovered her own mutant power to create energy discs by which she could teleport herself through space and time. Storm finally fought Belasco in an attempt to save Illyana, but Belasco had Cat wound Storm. Horrified, Illyana tried to keep Cat away from Storm, and Belasco, displeased, ordered Cat to attack Illyana. Illyana found herself forced to kill Cat to save herself. Belasco had already conjured a second bloodstone from Illyana's soul. He now conjured the third and intended to sacrifice Storm's soul to the Elder Gods. Illyana killed Storm as the only means of saving her from this dreadful fate. Finally, Illyana, who had mastered the magic in Belasco's books, did battle with Belasco himself.
About a year or so after returning home, Russian government agents
kidnapped Illyana and killed her parents, in hopes of being able to
restore her mutant abilities. It almost killed her, but Colossus freed
her and took her to the Xavier Mansion to live. Soon, Illyana started
to feel the symptoms of the Legacy Virus (which was unknown of at
the time) and shortly passed away. Now, it is believed that an alternate
version (or the Magik we read about in New Mutants) is still alive
and the Illyana that died was an alternate version of Illyana that
was found in Limbo. However, until it is resolved, Illyana Rasputina