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Appearing in "From the Crucible -- a Captain?"

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Supporting Characters:


  • Anjulie's monster-master (Death) (Only in recap)
  • Princess Anjulie (Only in flashback)
  • Captains of the Clouds (First appearance)
    • Hounds (First appearance)
    • Unnamed captain (First and only known appearance; dies)
    • Reg (First appearance) (Only in recap)
    • Cyril (First appearance) (Only in recap)
    • Nigel Frobisher (First appearance) (Only in recap)
    • Assassin (First and only known appearance; dies) (Only in recap)

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Synopsis for "From the Crucible -- a Captain?"

The Storyteller continues her tale of Excalibur. After the destruction of Anjulie’s creature, a wild victory celebration ensues. However, Rachel sits apart, her Phoenix powers having seemingly been drained by the effort of destroying the creature. Meggan tries to comfort her, but Rachel slips away. She finds and lives with this reality’s Jean Grey for a few weeks, but as she comes to terms with herself, they are attacked by slavers, and this reality’s Jean is killed, and Rachel captured. When she wakes aboard their ship, she attacks them, and drawing swords, begins her escape.

Further away, news of Excalibur’s plan, to elect a Champion to protect the planet, has reached the slavers. They discuss plans to combat this, and decide to enter their own contestant, so they regain control of the planet, having been driven off by Princess Anjulie.

Back at Kymri’s newly freed city, Excalibur opens the tourney to elect the Champion. Various contests, from boulder throwing to races, to puzzles and sword fights, whittle the competition down to three: Kymri, Lockheed (of their current reality) and a disguised woman, who Kitty instantly recognizes Rachel in disguise. As Kitty tries to fix Widget, who has become inert since Rachel’s powers faded, she, Nightcrawler and Captain Britain are struck down by an assassin. Suspicion falls on Rachel, who no one else has yet recognized. However, Alistaire soon recognizes her, but he is stabbed in the back by the real assassin. He takes Meggan hostage, but Rachel throws her sword through his head, killing him. Their friends lie dead, but Meggan has a way to save them. She persuades Rachel to embrace her Phoenix powers, which she had been subconsciously blocking. Using Meggan as a conduit, she restores the dormant world’s spirit, bringing the world and their friends back to life. Lockheed and Kymri take up the mantle as Champions of the world, and Excalibur prepare to depart. Kitty reveals herself to be the storyteller, and they board the train. As the train departs, Kitty sees the Starjammers and Professor X outside, but the train vanishes before she can stop it.

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