Anti-Mutant Propaganda Rising
With the proliferation of mutant births, anti-mutant sentiment grew. And without anyone to peacefully unite the mutants or create a poster organization for mutant superheroes, mutants were only seen as a liability and danger.
Anti-mutant protests and rallies began springing up all over the United States, and often turned violent. During the March of Purity on Washington, D.C., mutants right advocate Dr. Henry McCoy was savagely beaten to death by anti-mutant protesters.
Anti-mutant sentiment finally gain legal traction after a young mutant girl's powers manifested in a fiery explosion. Reports say the explosion looked like a Phoenix. The explosion leveled Albany, New York and killed approximately 600,000
Exonims went into mass production and began running operations (such as Clean-Sweep, Iron Pig and Red Hot) to around up mutants and human relatives of mutants. Mutants were arrested or killed on site. In the months that followed, the mutant population dropped drastically. The decline in mutant population became known as "The Decimation".
With mutants being executed by the thousands in places like Alcatraz and by Exonims in the streets, human families of mutants were next to be targeted. X-Gene carriers were offered to option of sterilization or imprisonment. Researchers were even commissioned to develop a "cure" for mutancy.
Around the world mutants did not fair any better. The United Kingdom attempted to exile their mutant population to a small island off of Ireland. However, the ships never made it to their destination. Instead it was liberated by mutant extremists and most of the mutants escaped into Canada and the United States.
Those aiding or protecting mutants were arrested too. The popular superhero team, The Fantastic Four, was publicly arrested for harboring a mutant fugitive. Sue Storm herself reported the incident after the mutant injured her son Franklin.
In the mist of anti-mutant hysteria, the mutant "terrorist" known as Magneto organized several efforts to liberate mutants including campaigns in San Francisco, Genosha, Baton Rouge and New York City. Magneto also organized mutants rights organizations like the Brotherhood and Acolytes.
In a show of force and to rally his fellow mutants, Magneto used his control of magnetism to literally steal multiple skyscrapers (including the Chrysler Building) from Manhattan and create his mutant safe haven, Fortress X. Now Magneto maintains his stronghold and invites mutants to join him in the last stand of mutantkind.
The Age of X had some consequences on the mainstream universe:
- Frenzy stay in love with Cyclops, and restart her life as a hero.
- Chamber is repowered and his body come back to his destroyed state.
- Tempo is considered dead.
- Cannonball reconsider his leader's abilities.
- Legion gain a little more control on his powers, and had to track down some rogue personalities.
- No trivia.
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