The White King's mutant son
Fighting: PR (4)
Agility: PR (4)
Strength: PR (4)
Endurance: TY (6)
Reason: EX (20)
Intuition: PR (4) (+0 Init)
Psyche: UN (100)
Resources: PR (4)
Popularity: Sh. 0
Legion is a mutant with at least three superhuman psionic powers. His telepathic power is controlled by his dominant personality, that of 11-year-old David, but his telekinetic power is controlled by his splinter personality Jack Wayne, and his pyrotic power by his splinter personality Cyndi. David’s dominant core personality has to make a Yellow Psyche FEAT to control these powers; then, another Yellow Psyche FEAT is required to keep Wayne or Cyndi’s personality from taking control.
Telepathy: Unearthly (David’s power)
• Mental Bolts: Monstrous (75) + Stun chk
• Mind Probe: Monstrous
• Mind Theft*: Monstrous
• Project Thought: Monstrous
Telekinesis: Am (controlled by Jack)
• Force Field: In (40) v. Physical
• Kinetic Bolt: Amazing (50) Force
Pyrokinesis: (controlled by Cindi)
Unearthly control over fire; able to extinguish it, ignite it, or increase it up to Amazing (50) damage with successful Psyche FEAT rolls.
Body Armor: Excellent 20 protection from physical and energy damage. (Not wearing it when kidnapped by Sabertooth.)
Real Name: David Charles Haller
Other Aliases: Jack Wayne, Cyndi, Jemail Karami
Identity: The general populace is unaware that Haller is a superhuman mutant.
Legal Status: Citizen of Israel with no criminal record.
Place of Birth: Haifa, Israel
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Charles Xavier (Professor X, father), Gabrielle Haller (mother), Cain Marko (Juggernaut, foster uncle)
Base of Operations: X-Mansion, NY
Group Affiliation: X-Men
Height: 5 ft. 10in.
Weight: 130 lbs.
Eyes: (left) Green, (right) Blue
Autism: A psychiatric disorder of childhood characterized by marked deficits in communication and social interaction, preoccupation with fantasy, language impairment, and abnormal behavior, such as repetitive acts and excessive attachment to certain objects.
- Mind Theft: With a Monstrous FEAT, Legion can pulls the minds of one or more opponents (-1CS per extra victim) into his own mind. If he does this, however, he must make a Psyche FEAT vs. the Psyche of his victim(s), (again, -1CS per extra) or lapse into a coma. If one of the victims has MN or better Psyche, s/he can attempt to take over Legion’s body, although separate attempts would have to be made of s/he tried to use any of Legion’s powers as well.
Legion has spent a good portion of his life in a catatonic state, and is only now overcoming autism and a dissociative personality disorder. He still has problems sometimes communicating with others, and is occasionally mind-blind when it comes to reading body language and understanding how others are feeling.
David Haller is the son of Charles Xavier, who later became the founder of the two teams of superhuman mutants, the X-Men and Academy X, and Gabrielle Haller, who later became the Israel ambassador to Great Britain. Xavier and Haller had an affair in Israel nearly two decades ago, and Xavier was unaware when he left Israel that Haller was pregnant with his son. Haller had left Xavier for his friend Eric Lensherr, and concealed the fact that Xavier was the father of her son, David.
Eric Lensherr raised David as he own son, and Xavier himself only learned that he was David’s father when David was a teenager. Because Xavier is himself a superhuman mutant, David was born a mutant with the potential for vast superhuman powers.
When David was living in Paris with his mother, who was a member of the Israel diplomatic service, her home was invaded by a terrorist assassination team out to kill every Israeli they could find there. They murdered David’s godfather, Daniel Shomron, before his eyes. David’s terror catalyzed his latent psionic powers, which he used to incinerate the brains of the assassins. However, as he did so, he found himself making telepathic contact with each of his victims, thus experiencing their thoughts and emotions as they died. The horror of all this deeply traumatized the gentle, loving David, forcing him into a catatonic state. The consciousness of the leader of the assassins, Jemail Karami, was absorbed into David’s mind.
Karami’s consciousness merged with David’s, and it took Karami years to separate his consciousness from his psychic captor’s. Nevertheless, although Karami regained his own sense of self, his consciousness remained trapped within David’s mind. Over the years, Karami slowly got to know David, and came to regret what he had done to David’s family. Realizing David was essentially a gentle, innocent person, Karami decided to try to restore David’s mind to normalcy. The terrible trauma that David had suffered had splintered David’s personality into multiple personalities. Each of these many personalities controlled a different psionic power. The nature of most of these powers is as yet unknown. Karami began re-integrating these personalities into David’s core personality, which was that of a little boy desperately needing parental help. However, some of these personalities resisted Karami’s efforts, and two proved to be particularly formidable opponents: Jack Wayne, a swaggering adult roustabout adventurer, who commanded David’s telekinetic power, and Cyndi, a temperamental, rebellious girl who controlled David’s pyrotic power. Wayne was especially hostile, and intended to destroy Karami’s consciousness somehow in order to preserve his own independent existence within David’s mind.
Karami found himself fighting a war with Wayne and the other resisting personalities within a dreamscape world within David’s mind that resembled a mad blend of Paris (from David’s childhood memories) and Beirut (from Karami’s memories).
By the time David turned seventeen he had gone from being catatonic to being autistic and had been placed by his mother in the care of Dr. Moira Kinross, a renowned scientist engaged in the study of mutants, and a longtime colleague of Charles Xavier. David began to manifest his psionic abilities uncontrollably in the real world, and absorbed the psyches of two of Kinross’s friends, Tom Corsi and Sharon Friedlander. Kinross summoned Xavier to her research center on Muir Island off the coast of Scotland, and he brought with him several members of the Academy X, including Cipher and Mirage. David absorbed into his mind the consciousnesses, or astral selves, of Dr. Kinross and her foster daughter, Wolfsbane. Xavier’s astral self attempted to probe David’s mind, bringing Mirage’s astral self with him for assistance. David’s mind then absorbed the astral selves of Cipher and Gabrielle Haller, and the astral selves of Xavier and Mirage followed them into David’s mind. It was just before Xavier actually entered David’s mind that he learned that David was his son and that the multiple personalities called themselves Legion (after the Biblical quotation “My name is Legion for I am many”).
All of the consciousnesses that Legion had just “captured” retained their independent existences within David’s mind. These new arrivals found themselves teaming up with Wayne and Cyndi against Karami, having been deceived by Wayne as to Karami’s true motives. However, Mirage prevented Wayne from destroying Karami, who told her and Gabrielle Haller how he had been trying to help David. Working with the reluctant Wayne, Mirage and Karami completed the task of restoring David’s mind to near-normalcy, and Mirage and Karami returned the consciousnesses absorbed from outside (including Mirage’s own) back to their own bodies. (Since Karami’s body was long dead, his psyche remained within David’s mind.)
However, Karami was unable to integrate the Wayne and Cyndi personalities into David’s core persona, and so they remained separate personalities within David’s mind. Wayne and Cyndi sometimes spoke to people in the real world through David, as could Karami, whose consciousness also remains an independent entity within David’s mind. However, David himself is no longer autistic, and his normal, core personality is in control of his mind and body. Since he had been autistic for half his life, David’s dominant personality was still that of a ten-year-old boy, the same as it was before he suffered the trauma. Apparently the conflict within David’s mind among his splinter personalities affected his physiognomy, accounting for his unusual appearance. (Perhaps one of his personalities controlled shape-shifting powers.) It is not known whether or not David will become more normal in appearance now that his normal personality had been restored to control of his body.
After David’s mind was restored, Xavier took him back to New York to oversee his recovery. David joined Academy X, and got along well with other members of the team, especially Artie, who is also autistic. After a year of counseling and training, Legion turned 18, and Xavier moved him to the X-Men, over the protests of Cyclops, who didn’t feel he was ready. However, Xavier insisted, and Cyclops relented, and so Legion remains on the team. Xavier seems to be trying to groom him to take over when Cyclops retires.