El has been with the site for nearly two years now and has continued to prove her value. Currently, she is heading up our site event, Battle for Liberterram, on top of keeping up with her own personal plots.
Lux's posts are all wonderful to read. She has done a wonderful job of grasping the new universe and incorporating Peggy into it.
It's good to see Spidey back on the site. Watching him deal with the universe shift in his own snarky way has been nothing short of entertaining.
Eight O'Clock on the Dot!
El and Lux are making magic in this thread. Straight up fireworks, and the way they've played with drawing out the reveal is top class.
• Intangability • Cloaking/Camouflage • Air/Water walking • Telepathic resistance • Can 'share' her phasing
Learning. Languages - computer and cultural - fighting forms, science, mathematics, literature, she inhales any type of instruction.
Computers. They're simple, they take instruction well, they don't judge, and most of all, they don't second-guess.
Being busy. She hates down time. If she isn't doing something productive, she gets antsy.
Storms. The more thunder and lightning and absolute downpour, the better. She doesn't necessarily go out and dance in the rain, but she finds the sound of it all very soothing, and she absolutely adores the smell of rain - wet earth, humidity, ozone, all of it makes her go to her happy place.
Xavier's School. She might not agree with everything they teach, or all of the teachers, but for her it's always been a place of peace and acceptance (with the exception of the attack six-ish years ago).
Dancing. It's her method of catharsis, it keeps up her endurance and flexibility, and it's something that has only happy memories.
Prejudice. For almost her whole life she's been taught to be nonjudgmental. In turn, that means that she can't stand people who judge others, especially when they judge based on things that out of the control of the person being judged.
Jam. The seeds get stuck in her teeth, and honestly jelly is just so much easier to deal with.
Clowns. Okay, yeah, sure, they're just doing what they're being paid to but there's something more than a little freaky about the whole situation.
Lyrical music. If she's doing anything that takes concentration, the lyrics in songs just become another distraction.
Impracticality. Dreaming is fine - acting like a dream alone will get you the stars isn't.
Intuitive. She doesn't have a big brain for nothing. Though it isn't an instantaneous understanding, if she has some time to play, there's few systems that she can't figure out, be they mechanical, biological, computer, lingual...
Dedication. If she can't figure something out, she's going to sit down and work on the problem until she makes it work. In her opinion there's very little that can't be fixed after being broken, and she doesn't drop things when the goings get tough.
Practicality. Kitty knows that miracles rarely happen. She aims for reasonable goals, doesn't ask for the moon, and works for what she wants.
Her temper; regularly gets the better of her, regardless of how hard she's worked at it over the years. Emotions in general are a weak spot for her.
Intolerance. It's a bit hypocritical, and she's aware of it, but she doesn't have the time or the inclination to baby people who can't handle the real world. That is, if someone is uncomfortable with her, with mutants in general, she's less than patient with them.
Claustrophobia. In her experience, there's very few places that she can't escape from. This results in a fear of those few places.
Get a job in the computing industry, preferably something cushy.
Not let her X-Men life get in the way of her job/day-time life.
Getting 'stuck'. The idea of permanently being in a phased state isn't a pleasant one, and she's had more than one nightmare about it.
Human purity movements. It isn't so much that they want to take away mutant rights so much as the fanatics that are all in favor of rounding up the mutants and killing them.
Kitty is the type of person that makes an amazing friend and a terrible enemy. She's loyal to a fault, sometimes going overboard in how protective she is of the people she cares about. She's dedicated, a hard worker, and she doesn't take crap from anyone. On the other hand, she holds grudges for a very, very long time, has a quick temper when the right buttons get pushed, and tends to wear her heart on her sleeve. Though a lifetime of lessons in acceptance have resulted in her being extremely tolerant of most lifestyles, appearances, and opinions, the frustration and hatred she feels towards those who don't tolerate or accept others makes her something of a hypocrite.
If her love of science has taught her anything, it's that everything should be questioned. She tries to live by the rule of critical thinking, and her reluctance to accept the easy answer has caused more than one argument - arguments that are almost always instigated by her. However heated these arguments get, Kitty usually doesn't take any ill will from them, and doesn't mean any ill will by them. The exception is when someone who's supposed to be an authority refuses to acknowledge the illogical or - in Kitty's opinion - the plain stupid. Because of the problems this caused when she started attending Columbia, her tendency of talking back and being, in general, much less than in awe of authority, has lessened somewhat. She'll still speak up, though, about anything she disagrees with or just doesn't like.
Despite having spent years working on it, her grasp on her emotions can be... tenuous, to say the least. This isn't just her anger or the frustration she feels when people aren't being cooperative. She hates watching sad movies because she inevitably cries - and she hates it when she cries, and she hates it when people are around to see her cry. The fact that she doesn't have the emotional discipline that she wants is a point of contention for her. Her mutation is linked pretty closely to her emotions; when she gets too angry, especially, she has a tendency to phase out without meaning to, and can't solidify until she calms herself down. Lately this isn't as much of an issue since it is something that she has been working on for many years, but it still is an issue - and that's the most frustrating part.
Deerfield, Illinois, USA
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Carmen Pryde ;; father, deceased
Theresa Pryde ;; mother
None; she's an only-child
Katherine Pryde was the only child of Carmen and Theresa Pryde. She had a relatively happy and normal childhood; she was a bright kid, she enjoyed school, her parents doted on her... And then not long after her thirteenth birthday she started having increasingly painful migraines. It eventually got to the point where she'd have to lock herself in a totally blackened room, and just have to try to get through the pain that medicine just didn't touch. On the day of the worst migraine she'd ever suffered, something in her mind just seemed to ... snap, and she suddenly felt herself falling. She fell through her bed, through the floor, and onto the living room floor - in the basement, below her room. Many things could've described how she felt when this happened; few would be good. Mostly, she was afraid. It wasn't normal, wasn't human. Her parents handled it extremely well, all things considered. They were very accepting people, but it was still a bit of a stretch to realize that their daughter was gifted in ways aside from her sizable intellect.
Not long after the manifestation of Kitty's abilities, Carmen and Theresa were contacted by Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Realizing that there wasn't much of an alternative and impressed by the grounds and the academic quality of the school, Kitty's parents agreed to let her attend the school. On one hand, Kitty was upset; the longest she had ever been away from her parents was a week or so, and it was never both parents at the same time. The idea of living at a boarding school full of kids and teachers that weren't exactly human was a scary one. On the other hand, she was fully aware that the school would be the best place for her, and besides that she knew that she'd see her parents during breaks and such.
Her first few weeks at the school were a bit rocky. A combination of her home-sickness and her total lack of control over her budding abilities meant that she was regularly finding herself phasing when she didn't mean to, and not phasing when she had meant to. As she got better at controlling her temper, she also got better about controlling her mutation, and that helped considerably as she adjusted to life at the school. Other factors helped her finally find a home there, too. For the first time she was able to take classes that actually challenged her, made her stop and think and spend more than ten minutes just writing the answers to her homework and tests down. She also made friends, something that had been difficult with her middle school's Gifted and Talented program. The events that followed Magneto's attack at Liberty Island occurred not six months after Kitty arrived at the school; though her parents were concerned about their child being half-way across the nation while terrorist attacks were happening - attacks carried out by mutants - they felt that she would be safer at the school rather in her home town.
The peace between Magneto's attack and the attack on the school were filled with study and just life in general. Despite the uncertainty that surrounded the 'mutant issue', Kitty was growing up in as normal circumstances as could be expected. She spent most of her time in classes, studying when she wasn't in class, and dancing when she wasn't studying. She formed a close bond with a dance teacher who taught from a studio not too far from the school, and spent as much as she could at the studio. Her life was flipped upside down when the school was attacked by Stryker's men. She was able to escape along with other students and the X-Men, but the safety she associated, the sense of the school being removed from the dangers of the world, was ruined for her.
After the events at Alkali Lake and once the X-Men and students had returned to the school, Kitty spent a year back at home because her parents were afraid for her safety. In the end, being at home was more dangerous; after overhearing extreme anti-mutant commentary, Kitty defended the mutant right to have right and ended up outing herself as a mutant. In an effort to keep her safe, her parents let her return to the school. The next two years saw the young woman focus her efforts on a new subject - martial arts. Between college-level courses, dance, and her new topic of focus Kitty was run pretty ragged, but it was worth it, to her. And when the events at Alcatraz occurred, it showed that her investment had been a good one.
Though she didn't fight Juggernaut while protecting Leech, and in general didn't fight much at all, the experience of working as an X-Men was, if she looked past the fear, the grief of loss, the anger at the Brotherhood, a good one. Kitty had expected to simply continue on as an X-Men afterwards, but concern at her age and relative lack of ability to fight meant that she was taken off the roster. She graduated with a GED and most of the credits required for a BS in computer science, and was quickly accepted into Columbia University's master's program. After acquiring her master's at twenty-one, she returned to the school to work as a teacher and (in her mind, finally) as part of the X-Men. While teaching and helping with the X-Men, she worked on her doctorate, successfully defending her thesis and earning it after another two years of work.
Doctorate in hand, she moved to the New York City area to get a more challenging job. She still visited the school often, working as an X-Men as her job and schedule allowed, and that's largely how she spent the eight years since the Alcatraz incident.
When the Chitauri attacked New York, Kitty was at work. The first she knew of the attack was the screams and shouts of her co-workers as they tried to flee the skyscraper the office was located in. Leaving the windowless server room, the first thing that she saw was a giant flying tank-turtle-pleurodon coming straight at the building. Her abilities saved her life, letting her survive the impact and the rushed climb down the building afterward. She helped people as much as she could, though she was rather battered from the initial wave of the Chitauri. In the end, Kitty was moderately successful in helping a handful of people, and was black and blue for her efforts.
Almost a full year after the attack was spent recovering from the trauma - mental and physical - of it all. Kitty ended up out of a job, and back at Xavier's School for much of the time. Recently she's moved back to Brooklyn, determined to continue her life in a relatively normal fashion - as normal as possible with her mutation, being a part of the X-Men, and trying to find a job.
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