Gazing Nightshade was a member of the Raksha, a team of ruthless mutant vigilantes operating in Madripoor. They were inspired by Wolverine, whom they knew as Patch from his time in their country.

While brutally taking down a MGH dealer, the Raksha were interrupted by Jimmy Hudson, who disapproved the lethality of their methods. The Raksha's leader Norio attacked Jimmy, but was soon subdued by his teammate from the X-Men, Marvel Girl, who arrived to assist Jimmy together with Beast. The X-Men and the Raksha engaged in a fight, during which Gazing Nightshade used her powers on Beast. The conflict was abruptly stopped by Norio himself once Jimmy popped his claws and Norio recognized their similarity to Wolverine's. After clearing up their intentions, both teams agreed to work together.[1]

When the young X-Men's Madripoor X-Mansion was attacked by the Goblin Queen and her Hex-Men, Marvel Girl and Cyclops sought the Raksha's help.[2] Together, they interrupted the Goblin Queen's magic ritual to summon her counterparts from other realities. After the villainess' defeat, Magneto offered the Raksha to bring them under his wing, but they refused since they believed Wolverine wouldn't approve them following his tutelage.[3]

During the beginning of the Mothervine crisis, the Raksha encountered a group of Hellfire Club henchmen. They infiltrated the X-Mansion to inform Magneto about their presence in Madripoor, as well as to check up on the X-Men, since they were concerned they had been compromised after hearing nothing from them for weeks. At the time, the time-displaced members of the young X-Men were off-world due to an emergency mission in space.[4] The Raksha remained at the X-Mansion under Polaris' observation, but she fell under the control of the psychic entity Malice and attacked them. Polaris managed to fight off Malice's possession, but not before having brutalized all of the Raksha except Gazing Nightshade.[5] Her teammates were hospitalized at the X-Man's infirmary afterwards, and Nightshade herself temporarily joined Polaris' makeshift roster of X-Men to help stop the spread of the Mothervine.[6]

Having recovered, the Raksha teamed up with the X-Men to take down a group of ninja MGH dealers. Since the time-displaced X-Men were preparing to return to their era, Beast and Gazing Nigthshade moved away from the battle to share a moment since they had become romentically involved. In the meantime, the rest of the Raksha were being offered by Polaris and Danger to become their news students at the X-Mansion. The team appeared to have accepted the offer.[7]

Powers

Mutant: Gazing Nightshade is a mutant with the following ability:

  • Despair Inducement: Whoever Nightshade gazes upon enters into a trance-like state of sorrow fuelled by their deepest regrets. Both the eyes of Gazing Nightshade's victims and her own eyes bleed when she uses her powers.[1]

Abilities

Martial Arts Expert: Gazing Nightshade possesses certain degree of mastery in martial arts.[1]


  • Gazing Nightshade originally wore bandages over her eyes. These were changed for an X-shaped mask when she joined Polaris' makeshift roster of X-Men.[6] In addition to that, Gazing Nightshade retained her X-Men costume even after the Raksha returned to action.[7]

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