Name: Danielle "Dani" Moonstar
Occupation: Adventurer, espionage agent, former valkyrie
Legal status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal
Former aliases: Psyche, Mirage (II)
Place of birth: Boulder, Colorado
Marital status: Single
Known relatives: Black Eagle (grandfather, deceased),
William Lonestar (father), Peg Lonestar (mother)
Group affiliation: X-Men; formerly X-Force, S.H.I.E.L.D.,
Mutant Liberation Front, Valkyries, and New Mutants
Base of operations: Professor Charles Xavier's School
for Higher Learning, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York;
also her parents' ranch in Colorado
First Appearance: MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #4
History; Danielle Moonstar is an American Indian of
the Cheyenne Nation. Moonstar's mutant powers emerged
at puberty but she could not control her ability to create
visible images of people's greatest fears. She could not
stop herself from creating such images at unexpected moments,
and she thereby alienated everyone in her community except
for her parents William and Peg Lonestar, and her grandfather,
the chief and shaman Black Eagle.
One night she created a symbolic vision of her parents' deaths.
Shortly thereafter her parents disappeared during a trip
to the mountains. Moonstar believed them to have been
killed, and her dreams were haunted thereafter by a vision
of a demonic bear, whom she believed to be responsible
for their deaths. In fact, Moonstar's parents had been
transformed into the demonic bear by an as yet unrevealed
cause. This bear was intended to work the same transformation
upon Moonstar, but the spells of Black Eagle kept the
demonic bear away from her.
After her parents' disappearance, Moonstar was taken in by
their friends, the Roberts. Pat Roberts, their son, and
Danielle were very close friends. After she had been at
the Roberts's home a week, Moonstar was at Sunday dinner
with them when Pat said something to her that provoked
her. Moonstar lashed out at him with her psychic power,
unaware she had it. The images of the objects of Pat's
greatest fear and desire appeared before Pat and his family
as a result. Moonstar fled to the mountains, where Black
Eagle raised her over the following years, Finally, Black
Eagle sent a letter to Professor Charles Xavier, who had
become a friend of his son, William, Danielle's father,
when both Xavier and William were in the army. Xavier
and William had become blood brothers, and Xavier had
become acquainted with Black Eagle. Black Eagle believed
that Xavier could provide Moonstar with the training she
needed to utilize her powers best, and asked him in the
letter to do so. When Black Eagle asked Moonstar to go
with Xavier when he came, she angrily refused, believing
all Caucasians to be her enemies. In her anger she unintentionally
created an image of Black Eagle's death, as he had foreseen
it in a prophetic dream. Black Eagle ordered her to go
with Xavier, and she agreed.
But before Xavier arrived, Black Eagle was murdered by agents
of Donald Pierce, a member of the Inner Circle of the
Hellfire Club who intended to overthrow its leader, Sebatian
Shaw. Pierce was determined to kill Xavier as well as
other superhuman mutants. Moonstar, unaware of Pierce's
involvement, vowed to take vengeance for her grandfather's
death. She soon found herself hunted by Pierce's agents,
but she was saved by the mutant Karma, who arrived along
with Xavier. Xavier told Moonstar about Pierce, and she
said she would work with Xavier to get her revenge on
After Moonstar helped Xavier and other young mutants he had
enlisted in defeating Pierce, she and the other young
mutants became members of his new team, the New Mutants.
This was a group of young superhuman mutants whom Xavier
trained in the control and use of their powers. Moonstar
decided to remain with them to honor her grandfather's
request. Despite her initial hatred of all Caucasians,
she soon came to regard her fellow New Mutants as close
friends of her regardless of their racial background.
She became an especial friend of Rahne Sinclair, the mutant
Wolfsbane, in part due to the psychic rapport they shared
when Wolfsbane was in non-human form. Under Xavier's guidance
Moonstar not only learned how to keep her powers under
control, so that she only used them when she so desired,
but also learned how to use her powers to create images
other than those of the objects of people's fears. Eventually
she and Cannonball became the team's leaders. Moonstar
originally took the code name Psyche, but later changed
it to Mirage, after the illusions she creates.
With Black Eagle dead, the demon bear was no longer prevented
from seeking out Moonstar. She fought the bear outside
Xavier's mansion and it nearly killed her, The New Mutants
then battled the bear, and one of them, Magik, used her
soulsword to release Moonstar's parents from the spell
they were under, returning them to their human forms.
Moonstar was reunited with her parents, and she eventually
recovered completely from her injuries, thanks to the
Later, Amora the Enchantress kidnapped the New Mutants to Asgard.
While she was there, Mirage rescued a winged horse named
Brightwind from hunters. Mirage herself was rescued from
the hunters by Mist, one of the Valkyries. ("Mist"
is an English translation of her name.) The winged horse
was one of a herd of such creatures belonging to Odin,
ruler of Asgard. The Valkyries themselves ride such horses.
Mirage had an immediate psychic rapport with the horse,
whom she named Brightwind after her pony on Earth, and
the horse selected her to be his rider. This "bonding"
bestowed part of the Odin power upon Mirage, and thus
while with the Valkyries, Mirage somehow became endowed
with the Valkyries' power to perceive the coming of death.
When the New Mutants returned to Earth, Brightwind came
Soon thereafter Professor Xavier left Earth for an indefinite
period of time, leaving his school and the New Mutants
in the charge of his former enemy Magneto. The New Mutants,
including Mirage, were obliterated from existence by the
virtually omnipotent Beyonder and then recreated by him.
In being recreated, Mirage and the other New Mutants somehow
lost much of the proficiency in using their superhuman
powers that they had learned at Xavier's school. Under
the psychic influence of the Hellion named Empath, Magneto
closed the school and sent the New Mutants to study with
the Hellions' teacher, the White Queen. Mirage instead
went to her parents' ranch in Colorado.
While with her parents, Moonstar ran into an old friend, Pat
Roberts, who she had betrayed when her powers were first
emerging. When Pat was injured and stuck in a blizzard,
Moonstar saw the death mark on him and fought Death in
the form of an old gunfighter. Moonstar defeated Death,
but the next day Death returned in the form of an old
Indian woman who convinced her to let him go.
When Magneto realized he was tricked into transferring the
New Mutants, he confronted Emma Frost and through mind
probes it was determined that they wished to return with
Magneto, though remaining rivals with the Hellions. Moonstar
returned to assist in the rescue of the New Mutants from
the White Queen and return them back to Xavier's School
for Gifted Youngsters. It was during this period that
Moonstar's ability to make her spirit images real emerged
after an encounter with the High Evolutionary during the
Evolutionary War, when Dani was "evolved" by
one of the Evolutionary's machines.
When Hela attempted to take over Asgard, Dani and the other
Valkyrior were infected with a mystical fever. Hela planned
to use Moonstar to gather humans to her forces to defeat
Thor. Transported back to Asgard, Moonstar fell under
the sway of Hela and nearly killed Odin. Hela was defeated
by the combined forces of the New Mutants and the Asgardians,
and the New Mutants were returned to Earth; all except
Moonstar who chose to stay behind, hoping to repair the
damage as a Valkyrie.
Moonstar was eventually exiled from Asgard, and her winged
horse Brightwind was renamed Darkwind. Found on Earth
by the mutant terrorist Reignfire, who had recently reorganized
the terrorist group called the Mutant Liberation Front,
Moonstar agreed to join the group. Prior to this Dani
had secretly joined the international law enforcement
agency S.H.I.E.L.D, intending to infiltrate the M.L.F.
as a deep cover operative and betray the group from within.
To maintain her cover, Moonstar was forced to battle X-Force
alongside other members of the Front.
Dani also secretly became an informant for Cable, at one time
assisting him when he was tracking down Feral.
She also helped the other mutants that were captured during
the Younghunt when they were attempting escape from the
Gamesmaster's prison. After the M.L.F. and X-Force battled
Prime Sentinels during Operation Zero Tolerance, Moonstar
left the M.L.F. and joined X-Force.
During their encounter with the Damocles Foundation, Dani was
transmorphed for a short time by Arcadia, giving her the
ability to channel quantum energies, which allowed her
to affect matter at a subatomic level.
Dani could see these quantum energies as interconnected particles
and waves, and she could affect those connections, changing
the physical nature of all things, including an electromagnetic
field such as the one generated by Magneto during X-Force's
encounter with him in Genosha.
When Dani and Arcadia meet up again in San Francisco, Dani's
powers were removed from her and a dimensional rift was
formed, also causing four alternate Moonstar's to be created.
Each of these Moonstar`s represented a different aspect
of Dani - New Mutant, Valkyrie, M.L.F. member, and quantum-powered.
With the help of the quantum-powered incarnation, Moonstar
was able to stop Arcadia and after the rift was sealed,
Dani was returned to normal.
After the six-month gap, Moonstar has joined the X-Men part-time
while she attends college. Moonstar functions as a part
of the X-Men's support team.
Height: 5 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 105 lbs.
Eyes: Dark brown/black
Strength Level: Mirage possesses the normal human strength
of a girl of her age, height, and build who engages in
extensive regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: Moonstar is a mutant with the
superhuman psionic power to create three-dimensional images
of certain visual concepts from within the minds of herself
and others. Originally, Moonstar could only create images
of the objects of other people's greatest fears. Later,
she learned how to reach into another person's subconscious
and project an image of the object of that person's "heart's
desire." Still later, under Charles Xavier's further
training, Moonstar learned to use her power to derive
and project more specific images from another person's
mind that were unrelated to such strong emotional states.
Moreover, she learned how to project such images around
herself and others in order to alter the appearance of
herself and others. For example, once she and her teammate
Cannonball, neither dressed impressively at the time,
had to find Wolfsbane at a stylish hotel. In order that
she and Cannonball would look as if they belonged in the
hotel, Moonstar made herself and Cannonball look like
the desk clerk's mental image of the ideal wealthy guests
for the hotel. Most recently, Moonstar has learned to
project three-dimensional versions of images from her
own mind, such as life-size images of the New Mutants
training in the use of their powers.
Despite the fact that Moonstar must probe a person's subsconscious
in order to discover the mental image she wishes to project,
she is not a true telepath. Although she can consciously
initiate the mental probing in order to find and project
an image, the probing process itself is not governed by
her conscious mind. Hence, Moonstar does not consciously
know what the image she seeks in another person's mind
is (in any more detail than that it is the image of the
object of his or her greatest fear, or that it is the
image of his or her ideal customer, or whatever) until
its image actually appears in three-dimensional form before
The three-dimensional images that Moonstar causes to appear
are similar to holograms, although they are created by
psionic energy rather than by lasers, and can be seen
by anyone in their vicinity. However, only the people
from whom Moonstar derives the images will perceive them
as "real," indistinguishable from the real persons
or objects they portray. To other people, the images are
recognizable as illusions. The illusions are immaterial,
composed of psionic energy.
Moonstar can use her power to derive and project mental images
on several people at once. Each "victim" will
see a different image, corresponding to his or her own
individual concept of the kind of image that Moonstar
seeks. If, for example, she sought to make e group of
people each see the object of his or her greatest fear,
probably each person in the group will see an image of
a different person or thing. Probably if she caused each
member of the New Mutants to see an image of Professor
Xavier, each member would see a subtly different image,
according to his or her own perception of Xavier's personality,
handsomeness, and so forth. However, even though each
"victim" in such a group would see only one
image, Moonstar herself and anyone else in the vicinity
would see each of the images drawn from the minds of each
of the "victims."
The seeming materialization of the object of his or her greatest
fear of desire invariably has immediate emotional impact
on the person from whom Moonstar has drawn the image she
projects. Moonstar's images dissolve and cease to exist
as soon as she ceases to maintain sufficient concentration
to keep them visible.
Moonstar is limited in the use of her power by her need to
see the person from whose consciousness she derives her
images. She can use her power on a person even if he or
she can only be seen by Moonstar through binoculars. However,
she cannot draw images from a person who is standing only
a few feet from her, but behind something she cannot see
through. Nor can she derive images from a person whom
she sees via live television but who is not actually within
At first Moonstar could not control her image projecting powers,
and she would draw and project images without consciously
willing to do so. However, she has learned to control
her power due to Charles Xavier's guidance and her own
growing maturity, so that now her power operates only
when she wills it to do so. Moonstar, like the other New
Mutants, was killed and then resurrected by the alien
Beyonder. When the Beyonder recreated the New Mutants,
somehow their proficiency in utilizing their powers was
greatly reduced. Hence, although Moonstar can still perform
all the feats listed above, it is now more difficult for
her to do so. Also, her ability to keep her power under
her conscious control has been lessened as a result.
Moonstar's ultimate potential is to be able to cause her three-dimensional
images to become tangible entities of psionic force. She
has so far only been able to make use of this full potential
temporarily when her abilities were briefly augmented
psionically by Charles Xavier when he was mentally possessed
by a member of the alien Brood.
Moonstar can also use her power to derive and project images
of the objects of fear or desire from the minds of animals.
The only difference is that the animal from which she
derives the image will be the only being to see it. She
can even use this power on fish and certain insects, although
not on animals with intelligence any lower than these
creatures. Moonstar can derive mental images of her winged
horse Brightwind's objects of fear and love even if Brightwind
is beyond the range of her sight, and project such images
to him over a great distance. The limits of her powers
with regard to Brightwind are unknown. She has summoned
him in the past by projecting an image of herself, whom
he loves, to him, even though he is out of her range of
Moonstar can achieve a quasi-telepathic rapport with higher
animals including primates (but not including human beings),
members of the dog and cat families (including wolves
and mountain lions, for example), and birds. She can sense
their feelings, consciously perceive images in their minds,
and even see through their eyes. However, since an animal's
ability to conceptualize is highly limited, she is limited
as to what she telepathically can learn from an animal.
Moonstar's telepathic abilities with animals allow her to communicate
telepathically with her fellow New Mutant Wolfsbane when
the latter has transformed herself into a wolf, and when
Wolfsbane is in her half-human, half lupine transitional
form. It is not yet known how far apart Moonstar and Wolfsbane
(in lupine or transitional form) can be and still maintain
telepathic contact. However, since Wolfsbane retains her
human mind as a wolf, it is more difficult for Moonstar
to sort out the mental impressions she receives from her
than it is for Moonstar to deal with those of a real wolf.
Moonstar's telepathic rapport with Wolfsbane was originally
sometimes painful to Moonstar because of this fact, but
it is so no longer.
Moonstar also has a quasi-telepathic rapport with her winged
horse Brightwind; possibly Brightwind has psychic abilities
of his own that make the rapport easier. Though highly
intelligent, Brightwind has an animal's mind, so Moonstar
cannot communicate with him telepathically in quite the
same way she can with Wolfsbane when she is in her lupine
While accompanying Valkyries in Asgard, Moonstar was endowed
with the ability to perceive and sense the coming of Death.
She could perceive a "deathglow" surrounding
a person who is in serious danger of dying; although normal
people cannot see the glow. Moreover, Moonstar could perceive
Death incarnate, in whatever form it takes to claim the
person with the deathglow. A person surrounded by the
deathglow is in danger of death, but might still be saved
from dying (until he or she meets his or her inevitable
end at some later time under different circumstances).
In fact, due to her new Valkyrie powers, Moonstar can
do physical battle with Death itself and death gods. She
has created an illusory "Cheyenne ghost-shaft"
drawing upon an image in her own mind, and had successfully
wielded it as a weapon against Death itself and the Asgardian
death goddess Hela. She had succeeded in driving away
Hela when she attempted to claim the soul of Wolverine,
and in driving away Death itself when it came for Margaret
Power, the mother of the four original members of Power
Pack. Both Wolverine and Mrs. Power returned to full health.
She no longer retains her Valkyrie powers.
Abilities: Moonstar is a better than average athlete
for her age, in large part because of all the times she
has spent on her own in the wilderness. She has a fair
knowledge of hand-to-hand combat, and is a particularly
good horseback rider and swimmer.
Transportation: As Mirage, she had a winged, Asgardian
horse, Brightwind (now known as Darkwind), who is capable
of flight. His top speed is unknown.