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Name: David Charles Haller Other Aliases: Jack Wayne, Cyndi Identity: The general populace is unaware that Haller
is a superhuman mutant. Occupation: Student Legal Status: Citizen of Israel with no criminal record,
still a minor Place of Birth: Haifa, Israel Place of Death: Israel Marital Status: Single Known Relatives: Charles Xavier (Professor
X, father), Gabrielle Haller (mother), Cain Marko (Juggernaut,
foster uncle), Brian Xavier (grandfather, deceased), Sharon
Xavier (grandmother, deceased) Base of Operations: Moira MacTaggert's Mutant Research
Center, Muir Island, off the coast of Scotland; formerly Haifa
and Paris Group Affiliation: None First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #25 Final Appearance: UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME
History: David Charles Haller is the son of Charles
Xavier, who later became the founder of the two teams of
superhuman mutants, the X-Men
and the New Mutants,
and Gabrielle Haller, who later became the Israel ambassador
to Great Britain. Xavier and Gabrielle 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
concealed the fact that Xavier was the father of her son, David,
and Xavier himself only learned that he was David's father recently.
Because Xavier was himself a superhuman mutant, David was born
a mutant with the potential for 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. Karami
discovered that he somehow gained control of David's mutant
telepathic power and used it to read David's mind. Karami thus
discovered that David was essentially a gentle, innocent person.
Karami then read the minds of Gabrielle Haller and others, and
thus gained an understanding of Karami decided 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 telepathic 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).
When David was in his late teens he had gone from being catatonic
to being autistic and had been placed by his mother in the care
of Dr. Moira MacTaggert,
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 MacTaggert's friends, Tom Corsi
and Sharon Friedlander. MacTaggert summoned Xavier to her research
center on Muir Island off the coast of Scotland, and he brought
with him several of the New
Mutants, including Cypher,
Mirage, and Wolfsbane.
David absorbed MacTaggert and Wolfsbane's consciousnesses, or
their astral selves, into his mind. 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 Cypher 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 was no longer
autistic, and his normal, core personality was 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 shapeshifting powers.)
It is not known whether or not David would have become more
normal in appearance now that his normal personality had been
restored to control of his body.
An alternate future dubbed the "Age of Apocalypse" was created
when Legion went back in time to kill Magneto
before he could oppose Xavier's dream, but instead Legion ended
up inadvertently killing Xavier. It became the X-Man Bishop's
task to set things straight as the only person able to remember
the proper events. When Bishop went back in time to just before
Xavier's death he used Legion's own power to create a psionic
loop which forced him to see the damage he had caused by accidentally
killing his father. The energy released in doing this was so
intense that only one of them could survive, and thus Legion
passed away. Since Bishop had thus prevented Legion from killing
Xavier, the X-Men's normal timeline was safe.
Height: 5 ft. 9in. Weight: 130 lbs. Eyes: (left) Green, (right) Blue Hair: Black
Strength level: In the real world Legion possessed the
normal human strength of a young man of his age, height, and
build, who engaged in no exercise for half his life, but thereafter
began to engage in moderate regular exercise.
Known superhuman powers: Legion was a mutant with three
superhuman psionic powers. He was a telepath, capable of reading
minds and projecting his thoughts into the minds of others.
He was a telekinetic, who could levitate objects at will and
create protective force fields around himself that could repel
oncoming objects. He was also a pyrotic, who could psionically
start fires. The extent of his powers within the real world
is unknown. His telepathic power was controlled by the consciousness
of Jemail Karami within his mind, his telekinetic power was
controlled by his splinter personality Jack Wayne, and his pyrotic
power by his splinter personality Cyndi. For a long time David's
dominant core personality could not control these powers; if
Karami's, Wayne's, or Cyndi's personality took control of David
then he could employ the power that personality controlled.
Apparently, Legion's core personality finally took control of
his splinter personalities' powers, since he manifested psionic
abilities when he traveled back in time.
Note: Legion's other splinter personalities could each
control other psionic powers. Perhaps these powers died when
these splinter personalities were absorbed into David's core