Karima Shapandar was once a police officer from India who was transformed into an Omega Prime Sentinel by Bastion of the Operation: Zero Tolerance program. It all started when Karima was dispatched to look after Neal Shaara (who would later become known as Thunderbird). Neal was looking for his brother, Sanjit, who had gone missing researching some mysterious disappearances in Calcutta. A bond quickly developed between the two, and they were on the verge of beginning a romantic relationship when they were attacked and captured by Bastion. Neal learned that Sanjit had become a Prime Sentinel, programmed to seek out and destroy mutants. Bastion intended to do the same to Neal and Karima, but the morphing process catalyzed Neal's latent mutant power, which destroyed the building around him. Sanjit fought his programming long enough to disable the other Sentinels, but died in the process.
As Neal cradled Sanjit's body, Karima quietly told Neal to run. She had discovered that she was a Prime Sentinel; humans transformed into sentinels and set up as 'sleeper' agents, unaware of their programming until a nearby mutant activated them (as in Neal's usage of his mutant powers).
"I am an Omega Prime. Within moments I will have reached my full combat mode–with my core programming to destroy creatures like you. It is becoming increasingly difficult to even think of you as human. Your only chance is to disappear. Get as far away from India – and from me – as you can. Assume a new identity... a new life."
Neal refused, saying he loved Karima. Karima begged him to leave, saying she couldn't hold on much longer. Neal was forced to flee.
Back to human
Karima later resurfaced on the decimated mutant homeland of Genosha, where she encountered Charles Xavier and Magneto. The two were able to disable her Sentinel programming and restore her mind, but the technological modifications to her body remained.
Karima stayed on the island with the others, working as a police officer to restore order. She is trying to adjust to her new form, which comes into conflicts with her Hindu beliefs. It is assumed she left the island with most of the other residents after Decimation.
The X-Men discovered a disassembled Karima, along with Lady Mastermind in a lab of the Fordyce Clinic that was testing on mutants to see if someone can catch mutation like a disease. Beast reassembled her. She lost part of her memory from the moment she got disassembled. Rogue officially recruited her onto the team to help fight the Children of the Vault.
Since then she was able to help fix a teleporter in the search to find Pandemic, helping in the fight to defeat him. After Rogue was infected with a virus by Pandemic and Cable took the team to his island so Rogue could be cared for. On the island, Karima helped the team and the island residents who were attacked by the Hecatomb.
Possessed by Malice
Shortly thereafter, she was possessed by Malice via email virus. Thus, she was an unwilling member of the Marauders . She was freed from Malice's possession by the young X-Man Pixie during a battle between the X-Men and Marauders on Muir Island.
After the battle, Karima returned to her senses, with substantial damage as a result of Malice's viral corruption; though her body had repaired itself, her actions as Malice had been erased from her memory. She found herself in company of Exodus's Acolytes, who apprehended Professor Xavier's body via member Tempo's time-slowing powers. In their headquarters, apparently far from Muir Island, she, Exodus and Voght cared for Xavier and sought to help him recover physically and at full psychic capacity. This was achieved through the help of then de-powered Magneto. With Xavier alive again, acolyte Frenzy had a change of heart and attempted to kill him once and for all. Karima was damaged in stopping her. Xavier left after a psychic tussle with Exodus to restart his life and ideals. Karima soon left them, and joined the X-Men on Utopia, while helping by her Acolytes affiliation to make those follow her there.
During the Second Coming, the X-Men used an engineered virus to defeat Bastion's army of Sentinels, but it also reactivated Karima's sentinel program which was headed as it turned out; by a Nimrod Series CPU Core as was programed for the entirety of the Omega Sentinel line. She attacked the X-Men with various lethal countermeasures attuned to their specific power set, i.e. Psylocke & Hellion with sub-sonics, Magneto a non-ferrous Railgun, Danger with an attuned Beam cannon, a neural disruptor for Random and finally a liquid nitrogen cannon & pyronite plasma torch for colossus. But she was eventually stopped and almost destroyed by Hellion, leaving her in comatose state.
ReactivatedAfter the Avengers/X-Men conflict, Karima's body, now located in the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning, was infected by Sublime's sister, Arkea, who claimed it as hers. Eventually ensuing an intense battle with Rogue and kitty within the danger room.
After being threatened with an ultimatum, that being all of her onboard circuitry shorting out resulting in the fatal shutdown of the parasite unless some ember of the old Karima still burned within her inert host. The Arkea possessed omega sentinel eventually fled plotting strategic retreat, beating a hasty getaway via matter jump but Arkea was still connected to the Jean Grey school's security system functions. easily usurping its automated danger room override besetting the entire infrastructure and its resident student body with Hardlight Arkea/Omega holograms.
With time the X-Men and Sublime track Both the bacterium and her host all the way back to Budapest; near a biomechanics facility close to the area where the Arkea entity first made earthfall. Having taken full control of all the technically outfitted patients at the clinic, the bacteria hosted Karima stated her plans to spread out across the globe and placate new evolution all crafted to her liking.
Fortunately a seemingly minute remnant of Karima's core personality managed to retake control of herself at the last second. Just long enough for her to plunge Psylocke's psionic knife into herself, effectively purging Arkea from her for good. having been returned to a normal albeit severely weakened state of being Karima was taken back in by her fellow female X-Men back the the school.
Rebirth as human
Over a week of following tests conducted by Beast through his scans Karima had been diagnosed as a; for the most part, true blue human due to the possession then purging of Arkea from her mecha-cybernetic systems caused her Omega Sentinel tech a virtual functions cease. Now that she had regained a greater intimation of her former humanity back, Karima was now at a crossroads in her life. Now wondering whether or not to return to police work back home; in India, or to find out where her talents and her heart really lay. During more tests in the basement of the school, an old friend of the X-Men, Monet St. Croix came by to visit and for some TLC while mistaking McCoy's underground Phy. study as a gym.
Over some more exercise, a quick jog down the road and a brief firefight between a hired mercenary crew led by a long thought dead turned recently remodeled and hosting Lady Deathstrike. The two began a fast friendship in which karima took a bullet to her shoulder and M stood in and dealt out the finisher to their assailants, yet the Yuriko/Cortes amalgam managed to escape at the last second as the former took Karima back to base for medical attention. After which the now human Karima Shapandar reinforces her resolve, omega/prime tech or no she is a cop through and through.
Having willingly decided to stay onboard with the X-Men power loss non pending, though recently during a search for a recently reactivated Arkea, whom after possessing Reiko a somehow revived assistant and caretaker to and of the all new Deathstrike's Body Shoppe. Sent out a pulse signal of sorts activating multiple pieces of her scattered self as well as deactivated sentinels all across the globe. Seemingly even, interacting with the recently dormant Sentinel tech inside her system as she began hemorrhaging slightly yet profusely from the nose. She would later leave the X-Men.
|Power Grid |
As a Prime Sentinel, had advanced cybernetic nanotech responsible for superhuman strength, resistance to injury and regenerative abilities, electrostatic poles mounted on her arms, flight, and a selection of unspecified weapons and mechanisms that retract into her body and cloaking devices.
Class 50+; Omega is able to lift 70 tons.
Damaged memory core drive greatly limiting her technological capacity, every time she's possessed it only worsens her derezzed data stream.
Complex Nanite Matrix, Life Support Nodes, internal CPU with satellite linkup, Searchlights, Electromagnetic & Microwave Emitters, rocket boosters, Electrostatic Poles generating massive amounts of electrical energy (Formerly).
Flight, Teleportation (Formerly).
Several projectile weapons including Plasma Knives, Armor Piercing Darts, Lasers, Volt-Casters, Sonic Scramblers, Neural Disruptors, Railguns, Extendable Finger Knives, Nitrogen & Flame Dispensing Weapons (Formerly).
- When asked what he liked about the character, creator Chris Claremont responded "I liked the idea of her. The notion... of someone being transformed into a wholly mechanical being and what effects that has on sense of self, sense of soul? She's an outcast from both human and mutant society, yet bound by her own personal sense of honor to try to protect both. Callisto's (another character in the Excalibur series) one kind of 'monster,' Karima's another. They both have their measure of prejudice to overcome."
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 X-Men Vol 4 #1
- ↑ X-Men Vol 2 #200
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Excalibur Vol 3 #6
- ↑ X-Men Vol 2 #189
- ↑ X-Men Vol 2 #192
- ↑ X-Men Vol 2 #200-204
- ↑ X-Men: Messiah Complex
- ↑ Heroic Age: X-Men #1
- ↑ X-Men: Legacy #242-243
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 X-Men Vol 4 #2
- ↑ X-Men Vol 4 #3
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 X-Men Vol 4 #7
- ↑ X-Men Vol 4 #9
- ↑ X-Men Vol 4 #12
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 8
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