Name: Illyana Nikolievna Rasputin
(anglicized from Rasputina, the correct feminine form of her
last name in Russian)
Legal Status: Citizen of the Union of Soviet Socialist
Republics; lived in the United States under a special visa;
no criminal record, a minor.
Place of Birth: Ust-Ordynski Collective, near Lake
Baikal, Siberia, U.S.S.R.
Place of Death: The Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester
County, New York State
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Nikolai Rasputin (father, deceased),
Alexandra Rasputina (mother, deceased), Piotr (Peter) Rasputin
(Colossus, brother), Mikhail
Group Affiliation: New
Base Of Operations: Professor
Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters (later known
as the Xavier Institute), Salem Center, Westchester County,
New York State. Also Limbo (also known as Otherplace--see note
at end of entry).
First Appearance: (as child) GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1, (as
adolescent) UNCANNY X-MEN #160
History: Illyana Rasputin was the younger sister of Piotr
(Peter) Rasputin, who left their home at the Ust-Ordynski collective
farm in Siberia when Illyana was quite young to become Colossus,
one of the team of mutant adventurers called the X-Men.
A few years later Illyana was somehow abducted from the Soviet
Union through the machinations of the woman known only as Miss
Locke, the assistant to the eccentric assassin Arcade.
Arcade was being held captive by one of Doctor
Doom's robotic duplicates, and Miss Locke took Illyana and
other people dear to the X-Men hostage in order to force the
X-Men to go to Arcade's rescue. The main team of X-Men battled
the Doom robot and obtained Arcade's release, and a team of
reserve members of the X-Men freed Illyana and her fellow captives
from Miss Locke. Unwilling to risk the dangers as a defector
returning to the Soviet Union to bring the now seven-year-old
Illyana back to her parents, Peter Rasputin decided to have
Illyana stay with him at the X-Men's Westchester headquarters.
Some months later, the sorcerer Belasco
brought Illyana and the X-Men to his extra-dimensional realm,
which he called Limbo but is also known as Otherplace. A group
of X-Men from a divergent Earth had come to Belasco's Limbo
earlier, but most of them had been killed there. The sole survivors
had been Kitty Pryde, who had become an adult there named Cat,
and Storm, who had also grown older,
lost her power to control the weather, and become a sorceress.
As the X-Men of our Earth escaped back to Earth, Belasco seized
Illyana's arm. The Kitty Pryde of our Earth seized Illyana's
other arm, but Belasco ripped Illyana from Pryde's grasp, and
held her captive in Limbo.
Belasco turned a portion of Illyana's soul demonic in nature,
giving that part of her a strong tendency towards what humanity
considers evil. This part of her soul was what Illyana called
her "darksoul." In the process Belasco also conjured a "bloodstone"
from Illyana's soul and placed it within the so-called Beatrice
Medallion. If and when Belasco conjured five bloodstones for
the medallion, Illyana, who would then be the Darkchilde, entirely
demonic in nature, would serve as the means by which Belasco's
masters, the demonic Elder Gods, would invade and conquer the
Earth and its entire universe.
Belasco's spell also gave Illyana's darksoul considerable sorcerous
power. The sorceress Storm took Illyana under her wing, hoping
to teach her how to combat Belasco's evil influence. Storm gave
Illyana her first lesson in how to utilize magic. However, Cat
feared that the more Illyana learned of magic, the easier it
would prove for Belasco to corrupt her. Therefore, Cat took
Illyana from Storm, and taught her how to fight. Years before,
Belasco had transformed Cat, giving her certain inhuman catlike
physical characteristics. When Illyana was physically nine years
old, Belasco transformed Cat even further, giving her a catlike
consciousness and putting her under his control. Belasco then
made Illyana his apprentice in sorcery.
The demonic side of Illyana's soul reveled in serving Belasco,
and his influence over her grew continually stronger, no matter
how hard she resisted. But her true, good personality remained
in control, and as she studied Belasco's magic books, she searched
for a means to destroy him. Years after becoming his apprentice,
Illyana discovered her own mutant power to create energy discs
by which she could teleport herself through space and time.
Storm finally fought Belasco in an attempt to save Illyana,
but Belasco had Cat wound Storm. Horrified, Illyana tried to
keep Cat away from Storm, and Belasco, displeased, ordered Cat
to attack Illyana. Illyana found herself forced to kill Cat
to save herself.
Belasco had already conjured a second bloodstone from Illyana's
soul. He now conjured the third and intended to sacrifice Storm's
soul to the Elder Gods. Illyana killed Storm as the only means
of saving her from this dreadful fate. Finally, Illyana, who
had mastered the magic in Belasco's books, did battle with Belasco
himself. She used her weapon, her newly-formed Soulsword, the
ultimate expression of her mystical power. As the two battled,
Illyana grew mentally and physically more demonic, while Belasco
reverted to human form, losing much of his power. Illyana nearly
killed Belasco with the Soulsword, but decided instead to let
him live, and not to give in to her demonic side. She drove
Belasco from Limbo and regained her human form.
Illyana then returned to Earth at long last, at a point only
seconds after the X-Men's escape from Limbo. However, whereas
only seconds had passed for the X-Men, Illyana had aged seven
years in Limbo, time having passed more quickly for her there
than it did on Earth due to Limbo's unknown temporal laws. (Although
Illyana aged seven years in Limbo, it is unclear whether she
actually spent the equivalent of seven years there. Illyana
herself has stated that she had difficulty keeping track of
time there.) Illyana was now fourteen years old, and turned
fifteen shortly afterwards. Belasco's principal demon servant,
S'ym, followed Illyana to Earth but Illyana defeated him in
battle and demanded he renounce Belasco. S'ym did so and from
that time forward Illyana was the undisputed master of Belasco's
Limbo. However, Illyana preferred to live on Earth, where she
became a member of the New Mutants, a group consisting of mostly
adolescent mutants being trained in the use of their powers.
Illyana took the code name Magik and was the best friend of
X-Man Kitty Pryde.
S'ym later seized control of Otherplace and headed a demonic
invasion of Earth. In helping to thwart the invasion, Illyana
somehow reverted to the age she had been before she first went
to Limbo. In the process she lost her magical abilities and
her soul was no longer partly demonic.
However, sometime later Illyana contracted the Legacy Virus
and she eventually died from it despite the X-Men's greatest
efforts. This was the tragic event that sent her brother, Colossus,
into the folds of Magneto and the Acolytes.
Height: 5 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 120 lbs.
Stength Level: Magik possessed the normal human strength
of a girl of her physical age, height, and build who engaged
in intensive regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: Magik is both a superhumanly
powerful mutant and a highly expert sorceress.
Magik's mutant power is the ability to teleport herself and
others through time and space by creating "stepping
discs" of an unknown form of energy. If she teleports
herself or someone else from one place on Earth to another,
the person being teleported passes through Magik's limbo
in the process. Magik can also teleport herself or someone
else into her limbo or out of it. Apparently she can mentally
scan her limbo while on Earth in order to locate whoever
she wishes to teleport to Earth from it.
Magik has succeeded in teleporting herself and another person
across a continent on one occasion, and across centuries
in time on another. However, Magik has not yet mastered
her teleportational ability. The greater the distance
over which she teleports, the greater the possible margin
of error in terms of her arriving at the point in time
she desires. Hence, when she once teleported herself and
a friend from New York State to California, hoping to
arrive within seconds of the time she left and her friend
instead arrived one week later, having accidentally traveled
into the future. Magik is continuously practicing the
use of her teleportational power in order to master it.
Magik is the sorceress supreme of her limbo dimension. The
extent of her powers there has yet to be defined, but
she can probably cast any magic spell that Belasco could,
having had access to his store of sorcerous knowledge.
For unknown reasons, Magik's magical abilities are far
more limited in Earth's dimension. On Earth she can perform
astral projection and sense mystical presences. However,
her magical powers on Earth are primarily limited to the
use of her soulsword, which is the ultimate embodiment
of her mystical might. The soulsword will have no physical
effect on a non-supernatural creature; it will pass right
through such a creature as if it were intangible. However,
the soulsword can release a nonsupernatural being from
any magical spell that it is under. Moreover, the soulsword
can physically injure arid even kill a supernatural being
such as a demon.
The more that Magik uses her magical power on any occasion,
the more mystical armor appears on her body. The nature
and origin of this armor is as yet unknown.
For unknown reason, the soulsword can physically injure Kitty
Pryde, alias Shadowcat, even when she is using her phasing
power to become intangible. Pryde is also the only known
person other than Magik who can wield the soulsword effectively.
When Pryde does so, Magik's armor begins to appear on
Pryde's body. Moreover, when the Beyonder once freed Illyana
from the influence of her darksoul, Pryde gained the ability
to produce and wield the soulsword. Illyana later took
the darksoul influence back upon herself in order that
she could again wield the soulsword to save Pryde's life
from a demon. The reason for the mystical connection between
Illyana Rasputin and Kitty Pryde, each of whom is the
other's best friend, is unknown.
Base of Operations: Magik is the mistress of a dimension
she calls limbo. The word "limbo" is frequently
used to describe interdimensional voids. Magik's limbo
is not such a void, but is probably a small pocket dimension
that is tenuously connected to True Limbo, where time
does not pass in a physical sense and, as a result, no
one can age or die. Time does pass in a physical sense
in Magik's limbo, and she aged seven years during her
first sojourn there. However, one might spend years in
Magik's limbo while no more than moments pass on Earth,
due to the unknown temporal laws of the former place.
The matter within Magik's limbo can be shaped and transformed
by the thoughts and emotions of the sorcerer who is its
Magik's limbo is populated by demons who serve its master.
The principal demon is known as S'ym.