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Exiles
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Mobile, Panoptichron "The Crystal Palace" located inside the M'Kraan Crystal
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The Exiles are a team of heroes from various realities, sent out to solve problems among the Multiverse and keep it from collapsing.
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Somewhere outside of time
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History

Origins

At an undisclosed time, an race of insectoid being later called the Timebreaker's discovered the Panoptichron a massive crystalline fortress that exists outside of time and space where alternate realities could be viewed or visited. Through their explorations they created some undisclosed accident resulting in a destabilization in the omniverse that threatened to destroy all existence. Pacifists by nature, the Timebreakers decided to seek out champions to correct changes to various realities. Finding that mutants in general and those associated with the X-Men in particular were highly versatile the Timebreaker's chose various X-Men from different realities[1].

They pulled Blink from Earth-295, Mimic from Earth-12, Nocturne of Earth-2182, T-Bird from Earth-1100, Morph of Earth-1081, and Magnus of Earth-27. The group was pulled to the so-called Desert Beyond Space and Time where the Timebreaker's approached them disguised in a human form called the Timebroker who claimed to be a construct of their collective unconscious. The Timebreakers then convinced this group of mutants that they had become "unhinged from time" and taken moments before a cataclysmic accident or death that would affect their lives in a negative way, claiming that repairing the damage done to other worlds would eventually correct the damage done to their own lives and allow them to be returned home. The group agreed and they were given the Tallus a device that would allow them to jump from reality to reality as well as learn what their mission was on each world.

On their first mission the group, who came to call themselves the Exiles, were transported to Earth-1815 a world where Operation Zero Tolerance saw every mutant and super-human being either incarcerated or eliminated. Their mission was to find their greatest leader, and most of the Exiles believed this to be this world's Charles Xavier. However, upon freeing Xavier from a Zero Tolerance facility, he attacked them and freed a group of X-Men and went on a rampage, mind wiping the entire population of Phoenix, Arizona and killing scores of others[2]. The Exiles realized the grave error they made and realized that it was this world's Magneto whom was destined to be the great leader of this world. While part of the team went to rescue Magneto and the other imprisoned super-humans, the rest clashed with Xavier and his murderous X-Men. While Mimic slew Xavier, Magnus sacrificed his life to save everyone from a nuclear bomb set to go off in the Zero Tolerance prison. With their mission complete, the Exiles were given a new member Sunfire of Earth-2109 and transported off to their next mission[3].

The aftermath of their first mission had lasting effects, firstly that Magnus' body (and later all those who fell in battle) was stored at the Panoptichron by the Timebreakers[1]. Also their actions on Earth-1815 caused that realities version of the Grandmaster to lose a bet against the Collector, prompting the Grandmaster to learn whatever he could about the Exiles and plan a suitable revenge[4].

Early Missions

The next world the Exiles found themselves on was Earth-8649 a world that where the X-Men were currently undergoing the Trail of the Phoenix. Their mission required them to kill that world's version of Jean Grey[5]. However despite some reluctance, the Exiles disguised themselves as members of the Imperial Guard and succeeded in their mission with the help of Wolverine[6]. Brought to Earth-901237 the Exiles assisted Alpha Flight capture the Hulk, unaware that they were being observed by Weapon X, another group the Timebreaker's gathered to take on missions that were too brutal for the more moralistic Exiles[7] During this mission Blink and Mimic began a romance, while T-Bird came to terms with himself after meeting his counterpart from that reality[8]. After a brief break[9] the team embarked on a number of missions to Earth-2318 where the Savage Land expands two continents, Earth-20318 where Tony Stark is President of the United States, Earth-23018 a world of Hulks, Earth-32081 where they battled the Spider-Demon , Earth-971023 home of the X-Babies, and Earth-39102 home of the Antelope Men[10]. During these missions Nocturne and T-Bird also began to form an intimate relationship[11]. The Exiles also spent another brief vacation on Earth-9212 where Morph and Sunfire developed a strong friendship when Morph realized that Sunfire's lack of interest in a romance with im was due to the fact that she was a lesbian[12].

Their next mission brought the group to Earth-5692 where the alien Skrulls had conquered the Earth during the early 20th Century. Many of the group were captured and forced to battle against the various super-humans who were forced to fight in gladiatorial combat. It was during this point that Nocturne realized that she was pregnant with T-Bird's child[10]. Things turned for the worst with the arrival of Galactus, prompting the Skrulls to flee the planet[13]. The Exiles then gathered the super-humans of this world and worked together to defeat Galactus, however T-Bird was critically injured and seemingly left behind at the end of the mission. He was replaced by Sasquatch of Earth-3470[14]. However, unknown to the team T-Bird was also pulled out of that reality by the Timebreakers and placed in the stasis wall[1].

The Exiles finally met their Weapon X counterparts on Earth-2600, which began in a happy reunion when the team discovered that Weapon X's leader was Blink's mentor Sabertooth from Earth-295. The two groups worked together to help rescue David Richards from the Sentinels that ruled this world as he was destined to be a mutant savior. Things went awry when Weapon X was ordered to murder the boy as he would enslave the world, leading to a clash between the Exiles and Weapon X, as the former group could not justify murdering a young boy[15]. However a resolution was found when Sabertooth agreed to stay behind and raise David in the hopes that he would not become the dictator he was destined to be, thus completing the mission and sending both teams onward to their next missions[16]. On Earth-1016 the Exiles grudgingly assisted Dr. Doom in liberating his country from the Sub-Mariner[17], a mission that had a strong impact on an increasingly embittered Mimic, who began to feel that the missions they were put on were stripping away his morals[18]. Not long after this, during another break from mission, Nocturne decided to abort her child, not able to raise it without its father[11]. The Exiles next found themselves on Earth-21117 where Curt Connors was responsible for turning everyone on the western coast into a lizard-human hybrid forcing the US to create a preserve for them. The Exiles prevented a cured Connors from wiping out the mistake he made, but Connors committed suicide as a result[19].

The Exiles then found themselves temporarily derailed from their mission when they were pulled into the Mojoverse by it's ruler Mojo who sought to force Morph back into his star actor[20]. With the aid of Longshot the team freed Morph and Nocturne and they were rescued by the Timebroker[21]. The Exiles next mission was on Earth-8545 a world where a combination of the Legacy and Transmode Viruses created a deadly new breed of technoganic creatures called Vi-Locks who conquered most of the world[22]. The group helped that world's Avengers battle the Vi-Locks and seek out a cure[23]. They found one by summoning the Asgardians of that reality and using their blood to create a cure. However at the end of their mission the Timebroker told the group that it was time for Blink to return to her home and she was replaced with Magik of Earth-4210, and Mimic was made team leader[24]. However, Blink was not returned to Earth-295, but Earth-2600 where she assisted Sabertooth in raising young David Richards[25].

Mimic as Leader

Mimic's tenure as leader was rough on the team who was still reeling after the loss of Blink, but also because of Magik's strong determination to complete missions by any means, even if it meant disobeying orders. On their first mission, they were transported to Earth-957145 where Mimic was forced to kill the Juggernaut to save the people of Russia. On Earth-989192 the group was supposed to stop the Avengers from defeating Moses Magnum's attack on Japan. The result of this would lead to the extermination of the entire island. The Exiles became determined to stop Magnum despite their orders[26]. However, despite the team's efforts, Magik disobeyed orders and confronted and murdered the Avengers, completing their mission and sending them on[27].

On their next mission the Exiles were sent to Earth-616 to defend Carter Ghazikhanian who was targeted by the Havok of Earth-1298 who had taken possession of the body of his Earth-616 counterpart[28]. This led to misunderstandings and a clash with this realities X-Men who at the time were also in a battle with Maximus Lobo and his wolf-mutants[29]. Explaining what was happening, the Exiles and X-Men teamed up to stop the evil Havok, ending the battle when Nocturne used her possession abilities to shunt Havok-1298 into a dimensional void where he was destroyed by the Timebroker[30].

The Exiles then went on a string of missions that were complicated due to Magik's reckless nature. Such as a reality where she almost killed Moira MacTaggert, another where she crippled the Black Panther's son, and yet another where she caused the Morlock children to be lost, possibly forever. On Earth-3931 the Exiles were charged with trying to stop a team of Vampire Avengers from obtaining mystical totems to gain immortality. However during their initial clash, Sunfire was bitten by one of the vampires and began to turn herself[31]. The group enlisted the aid of Ken Crichton the former Union Jack who retired after being disfigured by Captain America. He assisted in destroying the Vampire Avengers, and restored Sunfire to normal. However, Crichton merely wanted to usurp Captain America's power for his own. Transforming into the Vampire King, he used his magics to disrupt the Exile's teleport out of his reality[32].

The interference caused the Exiles to be shunted off to different realities, and due to the nature of time in each reality they spent different lengths of time on each world. Sasquatch and Morph found themselves shunted to Earth-9927 where they were being hunted by a version of Wolverine shortly after he was experimented on by the Weapon X program. Forcing Sasquatch to kill Weapon X, coming to terms with the fact that she killed the Logan of her own reality, where they were married[33]. Sunfire and Nocturne found themselves back on Earth-8545 where they assisted the Avengers in curing those still infected with the Vi-Lock virus. The pair spent two weeks in this reality, where Sunfire shared an ill advised romance with Spider-Woman before they were pulled back[34]. Magik only spent a short period in an ocean, while Mimic found himself on Earth-2942 a world completely taken over by the Brood. Mimic claimed that he was only on the Brood world for six months[35], however he was really there for three years and also kept secret the fact that his Healing Factor was in the process of destroying a Brood egg that had been implanted in him[36].

The group were transported to their next mission on Earth-312 where they were to witness the birth of the Fantastic Four with what seemed like easy enough instructions: That nobody died. However, although the newly created Fantastic Four's was prevented from a fatal crash, Ben Grimm mutated into an even more monstrous form and began rampaging through New York[35]. The Exiles, and Fantastic Four worked together to stop the rampaging Thing, while Morph and Mr. Fantastic gathered a coalition of great scientific mines to build a device to restore Ben to normal. While they succeeded into restoring Ben to a more stable state of being, Mimic was seriously injured in the battle causing the Brood embryo -- a queen -- to assert control of him and go on a rampage[36]. While the heroes battled the Brood-Mimic, Reed Richards and the other scientists created a formula to push Mimic's healing factor into overdrive, killing the Brood queen inside him. It was a success, but not before Sunfire was killed in battle trying to save bystanders. This created tension between Mimic and Morph who loved Sunfire, and thought Mimic to be irresponsible for not being truthful to the team. With Sunfire dead, the Exiles were surprised to find that Blink had been returned to them as a member of the team before they were teleported away[37].

Return of Blink

After the Exiles took another vacation[38][39], they were transported to Earth-4400. Tensions began to rise between the group due to Morph blaming Mimic for Sunfire's death, and Blink's reluctance to talk about her experiences back on Earth-2600. Here they were informed by the Timebroker that their counterparts in Weapon X had gone rogue since the inclusion of Hyperion from Earth-4023 who had disobeyed the Timebroker's orders and sought to rule a suitable world as his own. The Exiles were informed that the two teams were going to be liquidated with the five surviving combatants continuing on with their mission[40]. During the ensuing clash, Weapon X lost Spider, Hulk, Firestar and the Exiles lost Magik when she betrayed the group to Hyperion, only to have her neck broken for her troubles, and proving to Hyperion that the Timebrokers were not sending anymore recruits[41]. The remaining Exiles continued their battle against Weapon X with the help of their former leader Gambit. The Exiles won, when Gambit willingly sacrificed himself to seemingly slay Hyperion in the process. The Timebrokers offers to send Morph back home, but Morph opted out deciding to stay with the team instead[42]. The Exile's battle on Earth-4400 would have a lasting effect on the group. Hyperion, like all other Exile and Weapon X casualties was placed in the stasis wall where, unknown to the Timebreakers, his body was healing and restoring him to life. He eventually broke free and took control of the Panoptichron and forced the Timebreakers assist in his revenge against the Exiles[1]. While back on Earth-4400, Gambit's Tallus was found by young boy who would later grow up to be that realities Nighthawk[43].

The Exiles found themselves back on Earth-616 with a new teammate Namora with a cryptic message from the Tallus telling them to "Lose your possessions and earn your wings". While the Exiles tried to puzzle over this, Namora refused to be apart and fled to Atlantis while the Exiles sought out the aid of the X-Men. Namora clashed with her Earth-616 counterpart who easily defeated her and turned her over to the Fantastic Four. The Exiles were informed of this just after meeting young X-Men student Beak[44]. The team, not wanting their presence known yet, take Beak with them to rescue Namora, leading to a clash with the Fantastic Four[45]. However the battle is soon ended and explanations are made. Mr. Fantastic then figures out the purpose of their mission: That they are to leave Nocturne behind and take Beak onward with them on their mission. The Exiles found this to be true when they discovered that Beak had become unhinged from time and moved onward without Nocturne, who was then approached by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants[46].

The group next found themselves on Earth-14845 where Morph single handedly stopped the Impossible Man who had gone on a rampage[47]. The Exiles next were sent to Earth-5423 where Blink was briefly replaced by Mystique who learned of the Exiles' arrival from Destiny and then tricked the group in assisting the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in breaking out their leader the Big M[48]. The Exiles exposed the ruse and saved Blink, and were surprised to realize that the "Big M" was this reality's version of Mimic. Upon seeing the good he could have done with his life after reading his counterpart's mind, the Big M surrendered and reformed, completing the Exiles mission[49]. On Earth-4162 the Exiles assisted the Fantastic Four in assisting the Earth -- which was becoming a sentient planet thanks to the machinations of Ego the Living Planet-- from becoming evil[50]. The Exiles assisted in this process, stopping interference from both Dr. Doom and Ego. During the battle, Blink was briefly in contact with the Celestials who warned Blink of the Timebreaker and that he is not what she and her teammates think him to be[51]. In one of their stranger missions, the Exiles were ordered to purchase the last Danish from a pastry shop on Earth-26292. The group was teleported away immediately left to wonder what good they could have done, unaware that he purchase of the last Danish caused a chain reaction of events that prevented the Earth from being invaded by the Shi'ar[52].

The Exiles next found themselves trapped on Earth-37072 a world transformed into a medieval world thanks to the magic of Kulan Gath who was later usurped by the demon Zarathos. Upon arrival on this world the group were affected by the spell, transformed into medieval peasants with no memory of their former lives or mission. They were then freed by Magik and Spider-Man of this reality who enlisted the Exiles in their quest to stop Zarathos[53]. During their assault on Zarathos' castle, Sasquatch found herself trapped in her human form of Heather Hudson and was ill with fever. The group attacked Zarathos head on and "Spider-Man" revealed himself to be Kulan Gath who tricked the heroes in assisting him in retrieving the Tailsman that gave him, and Zarathos after him, their power[54]. The Exiles won a victory when Heather gave into to the spirit of Tanaraq the Inuit god that granted her powers, who easily defeated Kulan Gath and completed the mission for the Exiles[55].

The group was then brought to Earth-50358 where they were to stop a fuel cell factory from igniting the Earth's atmosphere. Not liking to be manipulated, Tanaraq slew the workers and had the Exiles recruit brilliant super-villains to help him discover who the Timebroker is and how to get at him. The Exiles then sent Beak to collect the Shaman who then used his powers to summon the Tanaraq of his world, who claimed the one possessing Heather Hudson an impostor and slew him, while Heather in turn was separated from Tanaraq. Heather was happy to be free and although she no longer had her Sasquatch powers she agreed to continue on with the team[56].

Hyperion's Revenge

By this time, Hyperion had full control of the Panoptichron and was using it to try to get his revenge against the Exiles[1]. He brought them to Earth-2600 where they found Sabertooth being hunted by the young mutants (now grown to young adults) who he was charged with caring of. Saving Sabertooth, the group then learned Blink's dark secret: during her tenure on Earth-2600 alongside Sabertooth, she helped him raise young David Richards, however David became evil as he was destined to and forced Blink to help him murder the last remaining humans on Earth, before Sabertooth was forced to kill him. The Timebroker then tells Blink the team's mission but she refuses. Suddenly the Tallus is switched over to Sabertooth who tells the team that their mission is to kill Mimic. When everyone refuses, the Timebroker (really Hyperion) then punishes them, sending them off to a new world[25].

To their surprise they found themselves on Blink and Sabertooth's native world of Earth-295 with Beak replaced with a new member: Their old foe Holocaust, with the Timebroker ordering them that they must kill Magneto. However when Holocaust discovered the M'Kraan Crystal was in the possession of the US military he then sought out to the Exiles to help him use it to launch an attack on the Timebroker[57]. Recovering notes from one of Mr. Sinister's labs and a brief clash with this reality's X-Men, the Exiles utilized notes taken on the crystal and the Tallus to transport themselves to the Panoptichron[58]. There much to the Exiles' surprise they found Hyperion waiting for them, and upon their arrival quickly killed Holocaust[59]. While the Exiles battled Hyperion, the Timbreakers freed Beak from the statis wall, as they believed him to be the only one who could save the multiverse[1]. As the Exiles battled on, losing Namora and with both Morph and Mimic getting severely injured, Beak recruited two Hyperions from Earths 712 and 5764[60]. With the aid of the two Hyperions, the Exiles managed to defeat his evil counterpart and banish him to the dead world he left on Earth-4023, the two good Hyperions were then convinced by Beak to allow the Exiles to continue their work and returned to their native realities[61].

With the battle with Hyperion over, the Exiles became determined to run their operation without the manipulations of the Timebreakers, with Heather working controls within the Crystal Palace. They then began seeing to their injured comrades, getting parahuman expert Dr. Strange from Earth-59661 to assist in healing Morph and Mimic. In addition the team travelled to Earth-3752 to obtain a copy of Curt Connor's regeneration formula. However upon their arrival they inadvertently botched the Science Squad's attempt to force Krakoa to battle Fin Fang Foom two monsters -- or Kaiju -- who are antigen and pathogen creatures that maintain the balance on this world[62]. While the Exiles were assisting the Science Squad, back at the Panoptichron (which the Exiles began referring to as the "Crystal Palace") Dr. Strange freed Weapon X's Deadpool in the hopes that his regenerative powers could be used by Mimic to heal himself. Deadpool killed Strange and then began freeing his fellow Weapon X teammates[63]. As the Exiles completed their mission on Earth-3752 and got a sample of Connor's regeneration formula, Mimic managed to copy Deadpool's healing factor and recover from his injuries and Deadpool's team-mate the Hulk executed him for his murder of Strange. However as a side effect to Mimicing Deadpool's powers Mimic found his skin horribly scarred. They later had their team-mate Sunfire removed from the stasis wall and buried on Earth-8545[64].


World Tour

The Exiles next agreed to bring Beak back home to his native Earth-616, however their arrival occurred during a time that Earth-616 was briefly overlaid by the House of M reality warp, briefly merging it with Earth-58163. Trying to make sense of the situation, Beak was shocked to learn that his girlfriend Angel was a model in this new reality and that the mutant serial killer Kevin MacTaggert (aka Mutant X, and Proteus) was on the loose[65]. With the aid of human fugitive Moira MacTaggert the team tracked down Proteus just as he took possession of Angel's body[66]. During the final clash, Proteus fled Angel's body and took possession of Mimic, then scanning the Tallus learned about the Exiles and the various alternate realities that exist and used his powers to jump to another world in search for a body that would not burn out. The Exiles went after him, leaving Beak behind to administer Curt Connor's restorative formula on Angel just as the Earth-616 reality returned to normal[67].

Thus began the Exiles' trail to stop Proteus that took them to many different realities. After protecting themselves with metal implants to stave off Proteus, their first stop was to Earth-15731 a world that was still in the 1980s and the super human population were referred to as Paranormals. There Proteus hoped to possess the body of Kenneth Connell who wielded the powerful Starbrand[68]. With the Exiles in pursuit, Proteus burned out Mimic's body and left it in favour of Justice, a local hero, leading to another clash with the Exiles and Connell[69]. To get some edge, Heather Hudson, made a deal with Mojo to recruit Longshot to their team in exchange for access to various realities. The now amnesic Longshot assisted in defeating Proteus, but the villain managed to escape to another reality[70].

The Exiles followed him to Earth-928 diverging it into a new reality of Earth-6375, a future world in the year 2099. There Proteus sought to possess the body of the Hulk causing a clash drawing the attention of Spider-Man and the worlds megacorporations[71]. Through the course of the battle, Proteus found that Mimic's feelings for Blink had effected him and he once more fled, but not before exposing Spider-Man's secret identity for the whole world, forcing him to join the Exiles on their mission in order to prevent his foes from striking at him[72]. Proteus next arrived on Earth-712 and tricked the Squadron Supreme that the Exiles had turned corrupt before leaving the two teams to fight it out[73]. Put on a mock trail, the Exiles were able to clear their names and also help the Squadron expose the Global Directorate using illegal means to take over the world. The Squadron agreed to let the Exiles continue their mission, but under the supervision of their team-mate Power Princess[74].

The Exiles continued their manhunt on Earth-9200 a world where a super-powerful version of the Hulk known as the Maestro ruled an irradiated world. The Exiles had the forethought to warn Maestro in advance and set a trap for Proteus[75]. However when Maestro was accidentally injured by one of the Exiles he went into a rage and fought both parties. During the fight the metal strip in Morph's head was knocked out and Proteus -- having almost burned out his previous body -- then possessed Morph instead. To his surprise, Proteus realized that due to Morph's unique physiology the body would never burn out and then departed back to his home reality to get revenge[75]. However, Heather Hudson managed to use the Crystal Palace's computers to overshoot Proteus' return having him land on Earth-616's Counter-Earth a world nearly devastated by various global crises. There the Exiles teamed up with the Young Allies in preventing Proteus from using the world's nuclear stockpile to blow up the Earth under the supervision of Order and Kaos[76]. The Exiles managed to defeat Proteus after he rose the city of Atlantis to the ground, hiding a modified B-Mod machine from Earth-712 they used it to put Kevin MacTaggert's personality into a state of dormancy and making him think he is Morph. The Exiles were then presented with a dilemma now: They now had to keep the multiverses most powerful mass murderer under their control[77].

Upon their return back to the Crystal Palace, the Exiles then carried out the task of returning the dead and incapacitated former members of both the Exiles and Weapon X to their native worlds, all save for T-Bird whom they kept as they believed he might be revived someday. Blink made the difficult choice of returning Mimic to his home reality, turning down an offer to join that worlds' X-Men in favour of continuing on with the Exiles[78].

Back in the Saddle

Now under full control of their operations, the Exiles became aware of a team of Exiles on Earth-33629 whose membership consisted of alternate reality versions of the original team that had single handedly captured every super criminal on their Earth. Investigating, the Exiles fell into a trap set by the Grandmaster of Earth-1815 who had set it as part of a bet with his Earth-33629 counterpart. After a brief clash both teams of Exiles learned the truth and when Grandmaster-1815 tried to wring on his bet, he was defeated by the Elders of the Universe of Earth-33629[4]. Annoyed that the Exiles were not following their orders any more, the Timebreakers then tricked them into going to the home world of Heather Hudson, Earth-3470 where they assisted Alpha Flight in stopping the Soviet Super-Soldiers from unleashing the demonic Chernobog. Once they completed their mission the Exiles where shocked to learn that they had been fired and then stranded on Earth-3470 by the Timebreakers[79].

The Timebreakers then became aware of Earth-127 where the Scarlet Warlock attempted to merge Wolverine's Adamantium skeleton to Magneto however something went awry and Magneto was merged with the skeleton and Mesmero creating a new entity calling itself Brother Mutant who threatened to take over the entire world. Seeking new Exiles, the Timebreakers decided to select a team entirely of alternate reality versions of Wolverine having heard that he was the "best there is at what he does". However with each successive team sent, they were taken under the control of Brother Mutant who was mobilizing his army of Wolverines for a Mutant Massacre Tour. The last such team gathered included the older and wiser Wolverine of Earth-811, young James Howlet of Earth-1880 (taking him on the night his powers first manifested), the Weapon X conditioned Wolverine of Earth-520, the zombified Wolverine of Earth-6195, and the Wolverine of Earth-181 (who still used his Patch identity), as well as the cyborgs Albert and Elsie Dee of Earth-5211[80]. When their mission also began to turn out to be a failure, Wolverine-811 convinced the Timebreakers to recall the original Exiles who assisted the all-Wolverine team in defeating Brother Mutant, but not before Wolverine-811, and Albert seemingly perished in the battle. In the aftermath, the alternate Wolverine's where all returned to their native realities and the Timebrokers conceded in allowing the Exiles resume their mission[81].

The Exiles next travelled to the world of Earth-552 where the Silver Surfer was on a mad quest to destroy Galactus (who on this world revitalized worlds) for failing to save his homeworld of Zenn-La. The Exiles teamed up with the Imperial Guard of this universe to defend Galactus[82]. The Exiles succeeded in their mission when Sabertooth agreed to take on a portion of the Power Cosmic and slew the Silver Surfer. Sabertooth then returned the power to Galactus, refusing his offer to be a herald in order to return with the Exiles[83]. The Exiles went on a series of successive missions saving 20 consecutive failing realities including Earth-27536 where they stopped the Sinister Six from slaying J. Jonah Jameson, Earth-27537 where they clashed with the Serpent Society, and the Hellfire Club of Earth-27538. The latter of which the team experienced a close call when the White Queen almost unleashed Morph's Proteus persona, prompting the Exiles to regularly use the B-Mod machine to insure that his Morph personality remains strong[84].

Power Princess, convinced that the Exiles have proved their worth then left the team. Just as soon as she had left, the computers then pulled Psylocke from Earth-616 to the Panoptichron under the command of Roma the omniversal guardian[85]. After a brief clash with Sabertooth (mistaking him for his counterpart on her world) Psylocke agreed to join the team and they next went to Earth-1720 where the Earth was under the control of Madam Hydra and her army, whose only opposition was her former husband Reed Richards and Elektra[86]. There the majority of the team had been captured and brainwashed by Madam Hydra's Hand ninja assassins and Psylocke had to face fears from her past battling this reality's version of Slaymaster, who had blinded her in her home reality[87]. With the universe teetering on the brink of destruction the remaining Exiles managed to free their friends from Hydra control while Elektra freed Reed and Sue's daughter Valeria from stasis[88]. When the universe appeared to be on the brink of collapse, Madam Hydra, her agents Slaymaster and Wolverine then fled using a reality jumping device created by Reed. Meanwhile, the Exiles freed the worlds population -- which was held in statis within a necklace worn by Valeria -- was freed just in time to caused the universe to be reborn, however back at the Crystal Palace Heather believed her comrades were wiped from existence. Slaymaster, having failed to kill Psylocke then began travelling to world after world killing her alternate reality counterparts[88].

Starting Over

The Exiles then spent the next six months helping rebuild Earth-1720 before returning to the Crystal Palace where they found the place deserted. A computer construct of Heather informed them that the Timebreakers abandoned the palace and Heather, thinking that her teammates had died swept into a depression before leaving herself. The Exiles then went to tell Heather that they were alive and well and were surprised to find out that she was pregnant. After congratulating her, the Exiles resumed their missions ending up on Earth-187319, leaving Psylocke behind at the Crystal Palace to run mission control due to the fact that she could not be detected by the Palace's computers. The Exiles found themselves on a world ruled by Victor von Doom and his Four Fantastics whose only opposition was the Mole Man[89]. While Psylocke was visited by the "Older Generation" (a nice couple who claimed to be the original caretakers of the Panopticron) warning of a great battle coming, and the appearance of Catherine Pryde from an undisclosed reality, most of the Exiles sided with Von Doom, while Blink was captured by the the Mole Man who revealed that Doom used his science to create world peace but at the price of individual freedom[90]. While Blink recruited Morph and Longshot to her side, both Sabertooth and Spider-Man were seduced by the Invisible Woman and Gwen Stacy allowing Doom to learn about their mission and plot an attempt to take over the Panoptichron[91]. While the Exiles fought Doom's forces, Psylocke and Cat fought off his troops at the Panoptichron with the aid of a revived T-Bird. In the end, Gwen gave up the will to live and died devastating Spider-Man while Doom was exposed prompting every human being on Earth to die and the Mole Man to trigger a weapon to destroy the Earth, just as the Exiles attempted flee[92].


The members of the Exiles where scattered to various other realities. Sabertooth ended up on Earth-797 where he rescued Mystiq and recruited him to the Exiles. Likewise did Morph rescue Rogue of Earth-1009. Blink ended up in a possible future where a member of the Older Generation showed Blink of where her life might lead. As the Exiles were all pulled back to home one by one the group found Spider-Man on Earth-6375 where he happily found love with that reality's version of Mary Jane Watson and the Exiles thought it was better to leave him at that[93].

With T-Bird recovered, the Exiles brought him to Earth-616 to be reunited with Nocturne whom they found among her teammates in Excalibur following their victory over the Shadow-Captains this also was a reunion with Dazzler and Longshot, although Longshot had no memories of their past relationship. The two teams found themselves pulled into a war between Roma and her father Merlyn who had used the resurrected Mad Jim Jaspers to attack the Captain Britain Corps in a bid to retake Otherworld and by extension the Omniverse[94]. While Captain Britain was injured by the first strike, the Exiles took Excalibur to their headquarters to heal him as Jaspers made his attack, converting fallen Corps members into an army of Fury Cybiots[95]. With Captain Britain needing medical assistance, the two teams enlisted the aid of Albion an alternate reality Captain Britain whom Excalibur previously defeated while the combined might of the Exiles and Excalibur battled Mad Jim Jaspers, who himself was turning into a Fury[96]. As the battle raged, Morph held his own against Jaspers unknowingly utilizing his Proteus based powers to match his foe blow for blow. Meanwhile Longshot and Dazzler failed to stop Merlyn from fatally stabbing his daughter Roma[97]. With both Captain Britain and Albion battling the Jasper's Fury, Roma transferred all her knowledge of the omniverse into Sage while the Exiles and Excalibur destroyed Jaspers. Psylocke battled against Merlyn, defeating him in battle, prompting him to flee while unknowingly being infected with the Fury virus. In the aftermath of the battle, the Old Generation were satisfied that the Exiles would take their place as guardians of the Omniverse. With his memories restored, Longshot left the team to return to Earth-616 with Dazzler, while Sage went along with the Exiles to make sense of the memories that Roma transferred into her mind and threatened to drive her mad[98].

Upon returning to the Crystal Palace, Blink and Sabertooth became aware of a crisis on Earth-91172 where the Hulk's Annihilation Wave threatened to wipe out all life on Earth. Realizing that their opportunity to prevent this catastrophe was delayed due to their "World Tour" and now busy with other matters, the pair decided to gather a new team of Exiles by sending that world's Kid Omega to gather heroes from other worlds. Kid Omega gathered Nighthawk of Earth-4400, Power Fist of Earth-8545, Spitfire of Earth-148611, and Wild Child of Earth-295 to oppose the Hulk and his forces[43]. With this piece of business over with, Blink, Nocturne, and T-Bird decided to take a leave of absence from the group to spend time with Heather Hudson, leaving Sabertooth in charge of the group[99].

New Exiles

These "New" Exiles then resumed where the original group left off. After getting climatized to their current situation and various conflicting emotions, they were geared up with new uniforms by Sabertooth[100]. Their first mission brought them to Earth-6706 where they as a world that was devastated by meteors decades ago. There they assisted the Sub-Mariner and his wife Sue Storm from an assassination attempt by the Black Panther and her Bloodforce, during this mission both Sabertooth and Psylocke fell in love with each other thanks to the manipulations of Bloodforce's Bloodwitch[101]. During the on going battle the pair almost betrayed their teammates due to Bloodwitch's control but they managed to fight the effects[102]. The Exiles assisted Namor and his family in fleeing to the Earth's moon colony before the Black Panther could seal off the Earth. In the aftermath of the battle they accepted Namor's son Gambit to join their ranks[103].

Back at base, Sage began to struggle with the many personalities that Roma implanted in her mind, chief among those a manifestation of her old Diana Fox persona, all vying for control over her body. Sage, Cat and Morph soon found themselve accidentally transported to Earth-8396, where Cat first began manifesting her ability to shapeshift into one of her alternate reality selves. There they found themselves in a world of modern technology and magic and dragons where they came to the aid of Prince Domenic and his lover the dragon Marysal. They learned that Dominic's parents had sent him to slay the dragon and disapproved of him loving it instead and hired the mercenary known as Venger to eliminate both the boy and dragon[104]. The trio of Exiles help defend Dominic and his lover, defeating Venger and proving to Dominic's parents that his love was true and to their surprise Marysal then transformed into a beautiful woman. Bare moment later the Exiles were returned to the Crystal Palace by their comrades, while Venger was recruited into Madame Hydra's army[105].

The Exiles' next mission took them to Earth-80827 where the world had not advanced beyond the Age of Empires with Britain still at war against France over control of the America, but also by the dictates of Atlantis. While the Exiles were busy preventing the assassination of the Queen of England and her son, Psylocke felt her Earth-80827 counterpart being slain by Slaymaster and was drawn to China, the scene of her death, while back at the Panoptichron, Cat analyzed data to learn that the Omniverse was dying[106]. While in China, Psylocke, now being influenced by the remains of her alternate self, agreed to be trained by Ogun to battle Slaymaster. While back in America, the Exiles enlisted the aid of the Atlanteans and the Emma Frost's Force-X to fight off the French. Back at the Crystal Palace the destabilization of the Omniverse destroyed the Heather Hudson computer simulacrum[107]. As the Exiles and Force-X continued to battle the French forces, Psylocke completed her training and bested Ogun in battle, having come to terms with the teeming alternate reality versions of herself that were effecting change in her[108]. Realizing that Ogun was in league with the French, Psylocke then defeated him again while her teammates succeeded in routing the French invaders, ending the invasion and completing their mission[109].

As Cat desperately tried to find a means to prevent the Omniverse from collapsing, Sabertooth became aware of Slaymaster's killings of alternate reality versions of Psylocke. Sabertooth then travelled alone to Earth-4321 to try and put a stop to it, resulting in a clash between Slaymaster, Madame Hydra and their forces. Before they could kill Sabertooth, he was saved by Cat who disobeyed his orders and phased him out of danger[110]. Tracked by Wolverine, Cat managed to phase off his claws disarming him long enough for Sabertooth to slay him and allow the two Exiles to escape[111]. As Cat continued to try and find a means of saving the Omniverse, Sage continued to struggle with her conflicting personalities, and Psylocke continued her training for her ultimate confrontation with Slaymaster. When Morph returned from shopping for a new costume for Rogue, she tried to catch him off guard by tossing metal knives at him, unknowingly reawakening his Proteus persona before Sabertooth assigned the Exiles to a new mission. While the others were away, Sage was left behind to monitor things at base, and was once more attacked by Diana Fox and the other conflicting personalities in her head[112].

A team of Exiles consisting of Morph, Mystiq, Psylocke, Gambit and Rogue were dispatched back to Earth-1720 where the Mad Maker created his Chosen, being he empowered with fantastic abilities for his own amusement, including The Gold Goblin, Blood Skull, Black Baron Dormammu, Doom, and Magneta. The Exiles assisted Rosetta Stone and Valeria Richards. There the Exiles battled the Maker and his minions, until Morph's Proteus persona made itself known and attempted to destroy themselves. However, finding that Morph's consciousness was still alive and that he desired to do good instead of evil after experiencing true friendship both Proteus and Morph merged together defeating the Maker and his minions and restoring the regular order, and seemingly losing his Proteus powers in the process. Later when Valeria asked to join the Exiles on their mission, they flat out refused her, however she would not be so easily dissuaded[113].

The Exiles next went to Earth-81114 a world where the Earth is defended by the human Daughters of the Dragon and the Saurian Sons of Iron. There they came to the aid of Nerimani a disposed Shi'ar empress who was being hunted by her sister Lilandra who dispatched her Shi'ar Death Commandos to slay her.[114] The Exiles teamed with the Daughters of the Dragon and the Sons of Iron to battle the Death Commandos, Cat's body shifting to alternate selves the whole time. However the battle took a turn for the worst when Madam Hydra and her minions arrived to assist Lilandra and eliminate the Exiles once and for all.[115] However, in the ensuing clash, Cat managed to slay Madam Hydra but at the cost of her own life, while Rogue and the Son of Iron known as Colyn battled the Commandos and suddenly realized they had fallen in love with one another.[116] In the final battle, the Exiles defeated the last of Madam Hydra's legions and Lilandra's Commandos. Psylocke finally faced off against Slaymaster, defeating him in a battle, but refusing him to escape, this mercy allowed him to escape once more. With the Death Commandos defeated, the Exiles then forced Lilandra to surrender.[117] Meanwhile, at the Crystal Palace, Sage continued to battle Diana Fox and the other forces in her mind, however when the powers that be proved too strong[114] the two found themselves working together in order to survive[115]. With the odds against them, they still managed to hold their own until Merlyn returned to try and claim the knowledge inside Sage's mind[116]. In order to defeat Merlyn both Sage and Diana merged their essences together, their combined power apparently banishing Merlyn away forever[117].

After helping the people of Earth-81114 rebuild and mourning the loss of Cat, the Exiles prepared to return home only to learn that Rogue intended to stay behind with her new lover Colyn. Upon returning to the Crystal Palace they found that Sage had undergone a new change now that she had merged with Diana Fox and found new control, they also discovered that Valeria Richards of Earth-1720 managed to track them down and convinced Sabertooth to let her join the team. The group then went on a series of missions, going to Earth-991 a world where the Vikings had settled in North America clashing with the indigenous tribes of Amerindians, Earth-1137 where helped a Earth where sentient beings involved from insects and helped defend them from the Shi'ar. However soon after they were called back to Gambit's native world of Earth-6706 when they learned news of his fathers death. With Namor dead, Gambit was forced to leave the team in order to assume the duties of his father. Sabertooth and the others then returned to the Crystal Palace to face whatever new dangers threatened the multiverse[118].

However, after an undisclosed period of time, the "New" Exiles found themselves trapped in stasis wall due to their constant proximity to the Crystal Palace[119].

Morph's Exiles

Eventually, Blink, Heather and Nocturne returned to the Crystal Palace to find their friends trapped, and found themselves only able to free Morph. Realizing that a prolonged time in the Panoptichron meant becoming merged and trapped within it, the veteran Exiles decided to begin recruiting various time to send out and constantly cycle out before this could happen[119]. To this end they rescued a number of mutants from various realities just moments before their deaths recruiting Polaris from Earth-8149, Beast from Earth-763, the Panther from Earth-1119, Forge of Earth-2814, and the Witch of Earth-8823. With Blink posing as a new recruit and Morph working as the "Timebroker" this new team was quickly convinced they had no other choice but to help save the multiverse and dispatched them to Earth-90631 where they were charged with preventing the Magneto from bringing about the total annihilation of the Earth in retaliation for attacks on his nation of Genosha[120]. This mission was made somewhat easier by the fact that Polaris and the Witch (both being daughters of Magneto) both counterparts in this reality to help them sneak into Magneto's fortress, but ultimately a fight broke out between the Exiles and Magneto's army of mutants[121]. The Exiles were captured but managed to break free and confront Magneto, removing his helmet and revealing to the telepaths among his loyal followers that he orchestrated the Sentinel attacks that led to his rise to power and eliminated Charles Xavier, his chief rival. Despite this seeming success, the Exiles were informed that they failed their mission and where shunted off to the next reality they needed to fix[122].

The group found themselves on Earth-10102 where an all powerful version of Cerebro seemingly slew all the world's humans and took over the world leaving nothing but robots. The Exiles were soon assisted by Cerebro's confidants: the Vision, Ultron, and Machine Man who had secretly converted the Earth's population of humans into energy which was stored in Cerebro's robot body[123]. The Exiles then succeeded in shutting down Cerebro before it could catch onto their plan and help the robots restore humanity[124]. The Exiles were then sent back to Earth-90631 as it was discovered that it was the feud between that realities Polaris and Scarlet Witch that would doom that world. They resolved that world by having the Witch pose as her Earth-90631 counterpart and expose Cyclops' psychic affair with Emma Frost prompting Emma to kill Scarlet Witch-90631. Having caught onto the fact that Blink knew more than they let on, the other Exiles had conspired together and had Forge construct a device that allowed them to use the Tallus to transport themselves back to the Crystal Palace. There they uncovered and were told Blink, Nocturne, Heather and Morph's plan. Their arrival also freed a female version of Kang who became trapped while trying to change her apocalyptic future who further explained the nature of the Panoptichron that it too under goes changes as repair is done the the multiverse -- thus changing the nature of the guiding force gathering Exiles -- from the original insectoid "Timebreakers" to the "Old Generation" to herself. She then outfitted each of the Exiles with their own Tallus to prevent them from being trapped in the Panoptichron like the others and sent them off to continue their mission to save the multiverse[119].

Legacy

The ultimate fate of this new team of Exiles, or if they are still active is unknown. When they discovered Blink's new operation they encountered other groups being formed: one group consisting of alternate versions of Captain America, Wolverine, the Hulk and Spider-Man, another consisting of MODOK, Venom, the Lizard, Deadpool, and the Black Queen, and yet another featuring at least the Thing and the Sub-Mariner. Each group was guided by a different "Timebroker" that of the Impossible Man, Mojo and Howard the Duck respectively. Presumably the Exiles groups formed on Earth-33629 and Earth-91172 are still active in those realities. Another group of Exiles apparently a future incarnation of the original team, led by a one-armed Blink, apparently exists but there is not much known about this team[125]. Lastly, the fate of most of Sabertooth's remaining team of "New" Exiles is unknown however Sabertooth[126], Psylocke[127] and Sage[128] have all apparently freed themselves under unrevealed circumstances and have been active in their native realities.


Paraphernalia

Equipment: Tallus
Transportation: Tallus
Weapons: Each team members' arsenals


Notes

  • The Tallus may have a connection to the M'Kraan Crystal, which links to the nexus of all realities.


Trivia

  • No trivia.


See Also

Links and References

Recommended Readings

  • Exiles Vol.1: Down The Rabbit Hole
  • Exiles Vol.2: A World Apart
  • Exiles Vol.3: Out of Time

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