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Destiny (II)

Real name: Irene Adler (possibly an alias)
Identity: Secret, known to certain United States government officials
Occupation: (at time of death) Special operative for the United States government, (former) Fortune teller, terrorist
Legal status: Subject of the United Kingdom formerly wanted as an outlaw in the United States
Place of birth: Salzburg, Austria
Place of death: Muir Island, Scotland
Marital status: Widowed
Known relatives: None
Base of operations: The Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia
Group affiliation: Brotherhood of Evil Mutants III, later renamed Freedom Force
First appearance: X-MEN (first series) #141

History: Almost nothing has been revealed about the past of the woman named Destiny. It is not even known how old she was at the time of her death, for whereas she appeared to be a woman in her sixties, it has been speculated that she was far older, and that her mutation had extended her life span.

Neither are the circumstances known under which she first met her longtime companion Mystique. It is known that at one point they traveled with a carnival, in which Destiny was employed as a fortuneteller. Destiny also lived with Mystique when the latter was raising her unofficial foster daughter Rogue.

The general public first became aware of Destiny when she and the other members of Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants attempted to assassinate United States Senator Robert Edward Kelly. The X-Men thwarted them in the first of many clashes with that team of mutant champions.

Eventually, tiring of being hunted as outlaws, Mystique offered the services of herself and the Brotherhood to the United States government in exchange for a pardon for their crimes. Thus the Brotherhood was renamed Freedom Force, and Destiny and Freedom Force's other members became special agents of the United States government. In this capacity they contended against such varied foes as Magneto, the X-Men, and the Avengers.

Destiny was slain by the Reavers, a team of criminal cyborgs, during a battle between them and Freedom Force. Her body was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea by Mystique. However, subsequently, the mutant Legion had visions of Destiny. It is still a mystery whether Legion only imagined seeing and hearing Destiny, whether her ghost appeared to him, or whether she has somehow managed to return to life.

Height: 5 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 110 lbs.
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Silver

Other distinguishing features: Destiny was blind.

Strength level: Destiny possessed the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engaged in moderate regular exercise.

Known superhuman powers: Destiny was a mutant with the psionic power of precognition, the ability to perceive in her mind's eye the events of possible futures. Although she was blind, Destiny could mentally scan the probability spectrum of alternate futures and mentally perceive sounds and sights of events that distinguish them. By concentrating she could focus on only the most probable alternate futures.

The accuracy of Destiny's ability to foresee future events decreased in direct proportion to the distance those future events lie ahead in time. The greater the time factor, the greater the number of alternate futures to scan. She could comfortably scan the alternate futures that exist from one second away up until those that exist fifteen minutes away. Hence, she could be 97% accurate in her predictions of the future ten seconds away or less.

Despite the limited extent of her certainty, her long-range scanning could be of great use in the early detection of possible random factors that could disrupt her or her partners' plans. The more likely that a particular alternate future would manifest itself in her reality, the clearer and more distinct her mental impression of it would be. Less likely alternate futures would appear hazy and indistinct. If she left her precognitive perceptions fully open, she would "see" an overlapping succession of images drift in and out of focus as probabilities shifted and further elements transpired. By active participation in the events around her, she could help shift the probabilities toward desired ends.

Her personal phenomenal field, that area with which she could physically interact, limited destiny's field of precognitive perceptions. Hence, she could not scan the future for events that might take place on the other side of the world or even a mile away.

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