Real Name: Jessica Reynolds
From: Washington D.C.
Known relatives: Her father, Leon Reynolds
-Jessica has the ability to mentally alter the perceptions of others. She can essentially choose what her target sees, hears, and feels through mental suggestion. She mostly uses this ability to erase herself from someone's mind, becoming invisible to them. It's not uncommon for her to use this ability to impersonate the appearance and voice of others.
-Her ability can be extremely dangerous if she chooses. When she was forced to work for the government, her most common form of interrogation was to simply deny her victim all of their senses, leaving them alone with nothing but darkness and their own thoughts. She can also inflict pain in a "your mind makes it real" sort of way. This rarely proves lethal and instead usually just results in her victims passing out from over-stimulation before anything too harmful occurs.
-Her ability does have a few drawbacks. Jessica obviously can't fool machines. A simple surveillance camera or alarm is sometimes enough to foil her attempts to be sneaky. The biggest drawback is that she has to keep a sort of "open link" between her mind and those she is manipulating. She requires input from their mind in order to make believable illusions. This tends to leave an imprint in her own mind of anyone she uses her ability on. Typically, the more powerful the emotions of her target are, the more of their personality and memories she takes on.
This makes her hesitant to use her ability in malicious ways.
-A strong willed psychic or any character with mental resistances can usually just block Mirage's abilities if they become aware that they're being manipulated. Similarly, if someone comes to realize that she's implanting images into their head, her ability to cause physical harm becomes negated. She can't hurt you if you know it's not real.
Special Skill or training:
Interrogation- It's not a skill she enjoys using but the combination of her time with the military and her power makes her very effective at it.
Weapons Training- Jessica is familiar with most standard firearms. Not a sharpshooter or anything like that but she's at least competent with a gun.
Jessica is a bit of a late bloomer. She only realized she could tap into the minds of others a year ago and told her father about her abilities almost immediately. Her father, Leon Reynolds, works for the US government in the Pentagon and thought to ask his military friends for help protecting his mutant daughter. Instead of helping, the government decided to use the young woman's abilities for their own ends. Against his wishes, Jessica was taken from her father's home and put to work interrogating people that were deemed a threat to the government. She did as she was told and found herself forcing others to live through waking nightmares and she often came away from these experiences as shaken as her victims.
Her father was able to remove his daughter from the program after four months at the cost of his own job. Believing the peace he had earned for his daughter would be short lived, he pulled a few strings and found a group that takes in teenagers like herself.
Hope you like it. She's actually a character I played in real life once that I really enjoyed. She wasn't 17 in that game but I thought it'd be weird to have 20 something year old students.