- Countless thousands have gone to the fire in my name. Which of you two... will be the next?
- -- Selene
Appearing in "Betrayal!"
- New Mutants
- Amara Aquilla
- Nina da Costa
- Lucius Antonius Aquilla
- Juliana Sandoval (Only in flashback)
- Karma (Shan Coy Manh) (Only in flashback)
- Professor X (Vision)
- Unnamed Nova Romans
- Silvius and several other Roman soldiers and guards
- Unnamed Hellfire Club soldier (Only in flashback)
- Julius Caesar (Mentioned)
- Romulus (Mentioned)
- Remus (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Betrayal!"The New Mutants are paraded through the city because Rahne has been declared a lineal descendant of Julius Caesar (because of her red hair) and the she-wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus (for somewhat more obvious reasons). Lord Gallio imagines this will give him the political capital to become emperor, since he brought the New Mutants to Nova Roma. At dinner, Lord Gallio slanders Lucius Aquilla, hoping to turn the mutants against him. The New Mutants are divided on whether to believe Amara or Lord Gallio. Sunspot thinks he sees his mother, captured, but can't get out of the palace to go to her. Psyche tries to sneak out later, but gets captured. Castro fakes an attempt on the New Mutants, so he can implicate Lucien Aquilla as his master (in reality, the set-up has been arranged by Lord Gallio). Psyche awakes to find that she's a captive of Selene, and soon to be sacrificed to extend Selene's lifespan. Elsewhere, Gallio uses Castro's false accusation to 'capture' and 'accidentally' kill Aquilla, but Sunspot and Cannonball interfere and prevent his murder. Amara and Psyche resist Selene's control enough to break free and try to fight her, but Selene knocks Amara into the volcano! This causes an earthquake in Nova Roma. Amara does not die, however, returning from the magma as a being of like substance!
- Cover art: rough sketch provided by Jones, pencils and inks by McLeod.
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