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Externals
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High Lords,[1] X-Ternals[2]
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A group of immortal mutants (deemed a sect)[1]
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Quote1 Forever vying for political and monetary control over the destiny of this planet. Each of us aware that to truly gain such complete control requires mastery over time itself. For what sense is there in gaining power over your own destiny. Quote2
-- Saul

Origins and early years

"The Externals" is the name several mutants gave themselves when forming a loose-knit group of mutants who believed themselves to be immortal. The criteria for being an External remains indistinct, but in general all Externals appear to be of a sub-species that are able to recover from mortal wounds and even death itself. However, over time, several mutants thought to be Externals were deemed not, and perhaps the distinction is a capricious one.[citation needed]

The Externals apparently know of each others' existences on a telepathic level, although this telepathy remains vague and perhaps only manifests when an External first resurrects him or herself. It has also yet to be revealed how the Externals originally banded together. Nevertheless, by the time the Externals began making their activities public, their number included eight members: Absalom, Burke, Candra, Crule, Gideon, Nicodemus, Saul, and Selene. (At one point, it was suggested the mutant Apocalypse was an External as well, but this was never upheld by any of the actual Externals.)[citation needed]

Modern days

In more recent years, the Externals were searching for their next member. Gideon long believed the next External was the hero Sunspot, and had positioned himself in Sunspot's life even before his heroic career. Later, when Sunspot's team, the New Mutants, was at a point of collapse, Gideon orchestrated the death of Sunspot's father in order to allow Sunspot to leave the team and join him. Unaware of Gideon's true purpose and actions, Sunspot agreed.[citation needed]

At the same time, the time-travelling mutant Cable had taken leadership of the New Mutants (renamed X-Force), as he believed, based on his travels in time, that the mutant Cannonball would be an External. When Cannonball was killed by the villain Sauron and later revived, the Externals sensed Cannonball to be an External as well. Gideon sent Crule to kill Cable so that the Externals could easily capture Cannonball, but Crule was defeated. X-Force then confronted Gideon, revealing the truth and freeing Sunspot. Cannonball was made to promise not to interfere with Externals' affairs, although, later, Saul kidnapped three of X-Force's members in order to blackmail Cannonball into joining the Externals. X-Force nevertheless defeated Saul and Gideon.[citation needed]

Legacy Virus

Months later, several Externals peaceably sought Cannonball to join them again. They hoped that Cannonball might hold a key to solving the Legacy Virus that killed their members Nicodemus and Burke, but Cannonball could not help them.[citation needed]

Murdered by Selene

Later still, Gideon sent a distress call to X-Force after being betrayed by the External Selene. For reasons of her own, Selene was suddenly killing the remaining members of the Externals, absorbing their life forces. Despite the efforts of X-Force, Selene escaped but not before summarily dismissing the assumption that Cannonball was an External, saying it was a ploy by Cable to win the mutant's trust. While with the X-Men, Beast believed Cannonball to be an External.[citation needed]

Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.

  • Whether or not Apocalypse and Cannonball are Externals remains a point of contention.[3] En Sabah Nur is known to be extremely long-lived, while some of Sam Guthrie's future versions (including a conversation with Graymalkin where we learn that Cannonball lived well into the 23rd Century)[citation needed] were shown to survive into the future. Besides this the other Externals also sensed that Cannonball was one of them[citation needed] and Beast also believed Cannonball to be an External.[citation needed]

That group prefer to be called Externals over High-Lords.[1]