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The X-Men thought enough of Professor Xavier's dream to offer up their lives. Is it so much to ask that we fight to preserve it?
~ Rachel Summers.

Rachel Anne "Ray" Summers is a refugee mutant and the daughter of Cyclops and the Phoenix from a possible future (Earth-811). She is a current member of the X-Men, the founding member of Excalibur, and a former member of Starjammers, and currently goes by the superhero alias Prestige.

She was created by John Romita Jr., John Byrne, and Chris Claremont.

History

Background

The daughter of Cyclops and Jean Grey in an alternate timeline of Earth-811, young Rachel Summers inherited her mother's potential for telepathic and telekinetic powers she possessed as Marvel Girl of the X-Men, a team of mutant adventurers fighting for peaceful coexistence between mutants and humans. In the mainstream reality, the X-Men prevented an attempted assassination of anti-mutant Senator Robert Kelly.

However, in Rachel's timeline, Kelly was killed. The assassination caused intense widespread public paranoia against mutants, and, in the next presidential election, an anti-mutant candidate won. His administration unleashed giant mutant-hunting robot Sentinels to eliminate mutantkind, and the Sentinels decided that the best way to do so was to take over the United States. Over the subsequent years they killed or imprisoned virtually all known superhuman beings within North America.

Being haunted by the deadly psychic vampire Selene, she was eventually saved by the X-Men, and returned to Charles' school to be mentored.

Early Life

Rachel Anne Summers is the mutant daughter of Scott Summers and Jean Grey, but is from Earth-811, an alternate timeline of the events on Earth-616. According to Rachel, Jean from Earth-6116 mirrored her mother, but 811-Jean bonded with the Phoenix Force instead of being replaced when placed in the cocoon. Another difference was when Jean returned to her parents' home, she could feel her parents and sister's fear when she demonstrated her Phoenix powers. Realizing that this was causing her pain that she could not block out, chose not to cast her out, and the Phoenix didn't commit suicide after the Shi'ar duel.

As a result of being born from the Phoenix Force merged with Jean, Rachel inhered her mother's telepathic and telemetric powers, with the limitless power of the Phoenix Force. She was raised at Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and befriended Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman's son, Franklin Richards. Once her powers manifested, she joined the New Mutants, a younger generation of X-Men created to carry on Professor X's dream of co-existence between mutant and humankind.

Kelly's Assassination

Though the X-Men prevented the assassination of anti-mutant Senator Robert Kelly in the mainstream reality, they failed on Earth-811. His death caused widespread paranoia against mutants, and an anti-mutant presidential candidate won. Around this time, Jean was killed in a nuclear explosion supposedly caused by Mastermind. The X-Men would later become labeled fugitives due to the genetic purity act, and the Mutant Registration Act further caused a dystopian future with Sentinels hunting down mutants. The Sentinels eventually took over the Untied States, killing all superhumans, including Cyclops himself.

One day, Xavier's School was attacked and destroyed by federal troops, and Rachel was the only survivor. Rachel was taken in by the soldiers, being drugged to neutralize her developing psionic powers, and was tortured and brainwashed by Ahab. She became a "hound", using her powers to hunt down mutants for the authorities. She would occasionally kill mutants herself, and became deeply scarred by her actions, breaking her soul completely, and she became bitter towards humans who persecuted mutants. Eventually during one torture session, the pain allowed Rachel to break her brainwashing, and attacked Ahab, scarring his face.

Rachel was placed into the South Bronx Mutant Containment Facility, where she reunited with the X-Men once again. She befriended Wolverine, Magneto, Shadowcat, and reunited with Franklin, and became his lover. The X-Men planned to end the Sentinels' reign by changing history, and succeeded in breaking their power-neutralizing collars with Franklin.

Rachel then used her powers to exchange consciousness and spirit of the adult Kate with that of Pryde's teenage self before Kelly's assassination. This failed however, as the exchange had caused Kate to be placed into the mainstream reality. The X-Men escaped the camp, and Kate succeeded in preventing Kelly's assassination in the mainstream reality, after which the Pryde's psyches returned to their proper timelines. Pryde returned and found that the rest of her allies had died by the Sentinels, except for Rachel.

Mainstream Reality

Investigating why their efforts did not succeed, Rachel sent her astral self into the past, and learned that Kate had crossed timestreams. Rachel was found by the Phoenix Force, reading her mind, and decided to send a portion of itself in the future of Rachel's reality. The Force met Kate, and bargained to save Rachel's life from the Sentinels' rule, and to keep her from remembering the horrors she had experience. It agreed to boost Rachel's powers so she could physically travel back in time. Kate hypnotized Rachel into using her psionic powers to tap into the Phoenix Force, and send herself back time when saying "Dark Phoenix", as Kate still had hope to fix their timeline, and hoped Rachel could change history.

The next day, Rachel and Kate entered Project Nimrod's laboratory, and attempted to sabotage the Sentinel project. Kate placed a nuclear device to make them think Rachel was dead, but the Nimrod prototype attacked. Though she survived, Kate suffered from terminal radiation poisoning, and Rachel and Kate were pursued by the prototype. Locking themselves within the laboratory, Kate said the word that allowed Rachel to go back in time, but the Sentinel Nimrod fired on Kate, and traveled back in time to find Rachel.

Rachel found herself to time shortly before the present, but was now in the mainstream reality where Kelly wasn't assassinated. Rachel went to the Xavier mansion, but couldn't bring herself to stay, knowing she had come back to the wrong reality, and fled without identifying herself. She was pursued by the psychic vampire Selene, she stumbled into a nightclub where she was thrown out, but saved by it's owner, Nick Damiano.

Nick took her back to his apartment, but Selene came and killed him while Rachel was taking a bubble bath. She fought the vampire, but she was rescued by the X-Men, and allowed Professor X to read her mind. She was invented to the mainstream reality's School for Gifted Youngers, and was tutored by Professor X and trained to use her powers in the Danger Room. Rachel eventually got use to being in the mainstream timeline, and decided to dedicate her life to fight villains, and promote co-existence of mutant and humankind.

Quotes

I'm not my mother. I'm not Phoenix. I'm my own woman... and before I'm done... they'll wish I were the Phoenix.
~ Rachel Summers
Why is it that when I almost destroy the universe, everyone gets upset?
~ Rachel Summers
We should all live for the moment. It could be our last.
~ Rachel Summers
My dreams are nightmares.
~ Rachel describing her dreams
But the idea of talking to anyone... well it scares me.
~ Rachel
I wanted to kill them, Kurt. More than almost anything. But my family's got enough bad karma to balance already. So I made a choice. I will not kill. Yes, I'm my mother's daughter. And I mean to find my destiny in a way that brings us both honor.
~ Rachel to Nightcrawler.

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Trivia

  • She is classified as an Omega-Level Mutant.

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