Name: Melody Jacobs (derived from mother's tombstone)
Weight:about 115 lbs.
First Appearance:X-Men #27
Known Relatives: Judith Jacobs (mother)
Known Allies: Nate Grey, Beast, Rogue
Known Enemies: Sinister,The Marauders, Abomination, Madelyne Pryor
Powers: Threnody has the ability to absorb the energy that is released
when a living organism dies. At first, her mutant abilities were thought
to be limited to those suffering from the Legacy Virus. However, recent
issues with Threnody have proved this wrong. As of late, Threnody
has been able to control these powers, but only with the devices that
Sinister has on her forehead.
Origin: Threnody was a homeless woman that was believed to suffer
from mental disorders. Police found her ranting and raving about how
she could feel the "different ones" die from a horrible
virus. They thought her crazy, until her mutant death charge k illed
two officers. The emission of her death charge attracted the attention
of Rogue, who along with Beast and Iceman, was visiting Infectia in
the hospital. Infectia was dying of the Legacy Virus, and while the
X-Men were at her bedside she was visited by a strange doctor. The
X-Men, suspicious of his motives, followed him into a warehouse down
the street from the hospital.
While in the warehouse, Rogue met up with Threnody, who was terrified
and in pain. At this time, Threnody was unable to control her powers,
and the death of a patient in the hospital caused another release
of her death charge. Rogue (being invincible) was unhurt, but Threnody
fled the scene because she was terrified of causing another death.
She literally fell at the feet of Sinister, who had (of course) been
the strange doctor that visited Infectia. Sinister told her that he
could stop the pain, stop the suffering, if she would come with him.
The X-Men arrived just in time to see Threnody agree to go with Sinister.
A moral debate ensued, which the X-men lost, and Threnody left with
Sinister. In point of fact, Sinister was able to help Threnody by
attaching strange devices to the sides of her head. These devices
allowed Threnody to shut out the voices in her h ead and become stable
again. In return for this peace, Threnody became Sinister's watchdog.
Using his monitoring devices, Threnody observed the world, learning
everything she could and reporting to Sinister on the movements of
certain select mutants.
Some time after Threnody went to work for Sinister, Beast, Psylocke,
Rogue, and Gambit breached Sinister's lab. (This lab was of course
located in a remote Nebraska town beneath the orphanage that Scott
Summers grew up in. Sinister is nothing if n ot predictable.) It was
at this time that the X-Men learned what had happened to Threnody.
She told them that she was using Sinister more than he used her; using
his information to learn more about him and the world. It was apparent
that she was preparing the way for her escape from Sinister's clutches.
To prevent Sinister from using it again, the X-Men blew up the lab,
and Threnody disappeared from view once more.
Later, in a communcations session with Sinister, Threnody was asked
about the mutant Nate Grey. She told Sinister that she was clueless
about the neophyte, but was actually hiding all the i nformation she
could about him. Threnody planned to use Nate as the way out of Sinister's
servitude. However Sinister was aware of the fact that she was not
telling him the whole truth. He sent his Marauders to check up on
Threnody escaped from Sinister, but was pursued by the Marauders.
Nate Grey saved her and killed all the Marauders except one (Riptide),
and they fled together. Threnody did not tell Nate all the reasons
for their flight, and did not tell him about Sinis ter or her connections
with Sinister. However Nate was willing to accept her lack of explanations
(for the most part) and her help in defeating some of his own enemies
such as Holocaust.
By fighting and learning together, Nate and Thren became more than
just good friends. For a short time they seemed perfect for each other,
as if they were destined to be together for quite a while. In order
to escape from their pasts and forge a new life for themselves, Nate
and Thren went to New York. But all was not as it seemed - Threnody
felt that if she told Nate the truth about herself, he would reject
her. She became frightened during a battle and hid in the sewers.
She ran into the man-beast known as the Abombination. Abombination
told her she could eat, but that she had to leave after that. She
found a jacket that had once belonged to one of the Abominations people,
and was attacked by two of his followers for taki ng what was not
rightfully hers. Nate came to her rescue and during the battle, he
looked into Thren's memories. He saw that Threnody lived on the streets
of New York for a time. She was taken in by the street people that
lived with the Abombination, but accidentally killed two that were
trying to help her. He learned that Threnody felt a lot of guilt over
those deaths as well as the deaths of others.
The Abombination felt that Threnody had killed those people and did
not deserve to live, but Nate understood that it was an unfortunate
accident, and that she shouldnt necessarily be punished for it. He
decided that she was worth the risk of getting to kn ow, and took
her with him so that he could learn more about her and start a new
life with her. Threnody helped organize Nate's career as "Nate
the Great" of Central Park. However Nate started to have second
thoughts about what he was doing, and they bega n to dift apart. Threnody
was willing to do whatever was necessary to survive, but Nate was
not yet that desperate. When the temptation of death started to call
her again, Threnody was unable to tell Nate what she was, unable to
ask for his help even thou gh he offered it to her.
She began to wander though hospitals and nursing homes, absorbing
the death energies of those already on the edge of death. This increased
her plasma charge quite a bit, and she was able to control that charge
with relative ease. But deep in the back of h er mind she knew that
what she was doing was wrong, and she drifted even further from Nate,
feeling that she wasnt good enough for him.
Her large plasma charge made her an attractive lure for Morbius,
the living vampire. Because Morbius also lusted for death, he was
somewhat attractive to Threnody, but still there was some conscience,
some part of her mind that told her that what Morbius did was wrong.
She was able to resist the lure of Morbius for a while but she couldnt
hold out forever. She fled to a graveyard in NYC, and was found by
Morbius, crying next to her mother's grave (this was where we learned
her last name was Jacobs). With the help of SpiderMan, Nate was able
to track Threnody through New York, and he and Spidey managed to save
her from Morbius.
Nate and Threnody's reunion was ruined by the arrival of Madelyne
Pryor. Pryor confronted Threnody, who was weeping on her mother's
grave (we dont know where Nate was). Thren kept referring to Madelyne
as a construction "bred to breed". Maddie got back b y removing
the devices on Threnody's head, releasing all the energy built up
in the young mutant. Nate believed that this resulted in Threnody's
death, but it is possible that Madelyne merely rendered Threnody unconscious.
In a later issue of Spiderman, it was mentioned that a dead girl had
been brought into the NYC morgue, and a woman escaped from the same
Morgue in X-Man #29