Several years ago on Earth-616, Kitty Pryde told a bedtime story to young girl named Illyana Rasputin. Her story involved an adventurous far-off land populated by strange creatures and characters inspired by her own teammates – the X-Men. What Kitty didn't realize at the time however, was that she was in fact subconsciously creating her own alien dimension wherein these characters truly existed. Kitty's creative imagination envisioned her (believed to be deceased) friend, Jean Grey, as an enchanted Princess whose soul had been consumed by the evil of Dark Phoenix.
Lady Jean Grey was a student of the wizard, Xavier, and lived in a far-off land with her consort, the noble prince, Cyclops. A surly, brutish man known only as the Friend-With-No-Name once tried to woo Jean away from Cyclops, but she rejected his affections in favor of the warrior-prince.
Several years ago, Cyclops' kingdom was threatened by a great calamity (the exact nature of which is unknown). In an effort to save the kingdom, Lady Jean allied herself with the primal cosmic forces of the universe. Doing so enabled her to save Prince Cyclops' kingdom, but it also corrupted Lady Jean Grey's soul. The dark side of her personality grew stronger, until ultimately she evolved into a malevolent evil entity known as the Dark Phoenix. Dark Phoenix eschewed Lady Jean's pure soul and trapped it inside of a small crystal sphere. She then turned her powers against her closest allies – Cyclops and her goddess friend, the Windrider. She attacked Cyclops, cursing him with the "eyes of death", and then turned her attention against the Windrider. Unable to kill a goddess, she instead imprisoned her inside of an impenetrable bottle and set her adrift at sea.
Cyclops contacted the wizard, Xavier, and the two fled the kingdom. Xavier used his magic abilities to keep abreast of Dark Phoenix's whereabouts. They eventually came to the Caliphate of Nhu Yorkh where they sought to book passage across the great Western Ocean. At the ports of the city, they encountered a pirate named Kitty Pryde and her first mate, Colossus. Dark Phoenix arrived in Nhu Yorkh and concentrated a fresh attack against her former consort. She reined blasts of starfire down upon the ships in the harbor preventing Cyclops from escaping. Xavier withdrew the magic sphere containing Jean's soul and used it to drive Dark Phoenix away.
Kitty Pryde summoned her pet dragon, Lockheed, and instructed them to fly them all to a faraway land known as Bamf Island. When they arrived on the island, they came upon Jean's former suitor, the Fiend-With-No-Name. The Fiend, still expressing emotional attachment to Lady Jean, agreed to help the adventurers in their struggle against Dark Phoenix. During this time, Colossus discovered the sealed bottle containing the genie/goddess, Windrider and set her free.
Phoenix tracked them to the island and renewed her attacks against them. Xavier managed to erect an energy shield, deflecting the bulk of the deadly starfire energy. Windrider meanwhile, cast a spell granting each of her comrades the gift of flight. They flew directly at Dark Phoenix and kept her distracted long enough, for Xavier to withdraw the crystal sphere once again. Channeling his own mystical power through the sphere, he released the soul of Jean Grey, whereupon she re-merged with her physical body, exorcising Dark Phoenix's evil influence. As the Phoenix's primal energy returned to the cosmos, Cyclops' eyesight returned to normal.
Lady Jean Grey returned to her home kingdom along with Prince Cyclops, where the two were soon wed. The threat of Dark Phoenix was gone forever.
Powers and Abilities
As Jean Grey:
Lady Jean was an apprentice under the wizard, Xavier, and as such commanded minor control over supernatural forces. Whether Jean resumed her training under Xavier's tutelage following the Dark Phoenix affair is unknown. The full extent of Jean's mystical prowess is likewise unknown.
As Dark Phoenix:
Dark Phoenix Possessed the ability to fly at super-speeds without the aid of wings or artificial enhancements. She could also project bursts of starfire energy at her hands. She could couple these effects to create more intense bursts and direct them at her intended targets. Dark Phoenix could also generate a large effigy of the Phoenix bird composed entirely of cosmic flame.
Lady Jean possesses a keen knowledge of the mystic arts.
Lady Jean possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.
- Dark Phoenix's existence is predicated by the theory that whenever an individual creates an idea, that idea manifests itself as reality in an alternate dimension.