BasicsBirth Name / Mutant Name:
Raven Darkholme, aka MystiqueSex and Player's Preferred Orientation:
Genderfluid, pansexual, more often than not identifies as and takes the form of a womanPersonality:
Raven has always believed in two things; The necessity of the mutant race to be liberated from human oppression, and herself. She used to be very ill-regarded as self-serving and dangerous, but many things that Mystique has done has also benefited her people, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes in ways for which she never sought credit, as she was never a glory hog. Because of her shapeshifting abilities, she is practically ageless, and is more than 100 years old, and with that age comes wisdom, cunning, and a sense of stoicism. She has weathered so many bad, desperate times that she’s rarely ever surprised or upset by anything. Even her current incarceration, and being forced to serve as a sex slave for mutant laborers does not seem to faze her spirit, as she still yearns for freedom for mutantkind from Master Mold’s slavery, no matter how bleak things might appear. After the birth of her son Ira, she has become a fiercely protective mother bear, and would sooner die than to lose him like she lost her other children.Any Family/Close Relations:
Anna-Maria Darkholme/Rogue (foster daughter), Irene Adler/Destiny (life partner, deceased), Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler (son from Azazel), Graydon Creed (son from Sabertooth, deceased), Raven Marie (foster granddaughter), Ira Darkholme (son from Empath), Manuel de la Rocha/Empath (father of her child)History:
Not many know where Raven Darkholme came from, or even how old she is; The most anyone has gotten out of her is that she’s at least a century old, and possibly European, though due to her shape-shifting abilities, there’s really no telling.
In the early 20th century, Raven befriend an Austrian mutant named Irene Adler, or ‘Destiny’ as she preferred. The precognitive mutant had written several books worth of prophecies that would occur during the 20th and 21st century, and decided to enlist Raven’s aid in circumventing some of the most disastrous ones, especially where it affected their fledgeling mutant race. They soon became romantically involved, and though their time together would come and pass depending on the circumstances, they remained extremely close and familiar. Eventually, they became comrades in arms for the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and then the Freedom Force, a government-sanctioned mutant team assembled to manage threats. Destiny was killed on Muir Island by Legion on one of their missions for the Freedom Force, and the death of her soulmate and best friend still haunts Raven.
During her long life, she has had many lovers, and several children, though through various twists of fate nothing ever lasted. Impersonating a West German secret, she teamed up with Victor Creed, Sabertooth, on a mission to assassinate an East German spy. Though their mission was successful, the two were forced into hiding to avoid capture, and during this brief period of closeness, they became lovers, and she became pregnant with Greydon Creed. Their relationship was unhealthy and dysfunctional, as Victor was physically abusive towards her, as he felt manipulated by her abilities and tricked into loving her. She soon faked her own death to escape him, and gave her infant son up for adoption, watching him from a distance as an anonymous sponsor, though when she learned that he was not a mutant, she abandoned him.
Later, she married a German nobleman, Baron Christian Wagner, in love with his power and affluence more than the man himself. Regretful of abandoning Greydon, she wanted another child, but the Baron was infertile; Raven became courtesan, shapeshifting into a different beautiful woman each night, seeking sexual satisfaction and to be bred. Eventually she was seduced by Azazel, an ancient mutant of demonic appearance, who used his will-bending powers to begin an affair with her. He fulfilled her desires, and made her desperately love him, to the point where she was heartbroken that he would not let her abandon the Baron and run away with him. Pregnant with Azazel’s child, the Baron became suspicious of her, and was killed for his trouble, with Mystique able to successfully frame his death as an accident. Her life as Baroness was short-lived, as her ability to control her shapeshifting was interrupted during birth. In her natural blue form, clutching a blue, demonic-looking child with a pointed devil’s tail, she was chased out of town, her son Kurt given to a gypsy woman before she faked her own death.
During her time with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Mystique became the guardian and mother figure of Anna Maria, a young mutant girl that had run away from her home in the Southern United States. Though unrelated by blood, she and her partner Irene, still alive at that time, gave Anna the love and care that Raven did not have the chance to give Greydon and Kurt. Even then, her life was cursed a third time, as Anna abandoned her and Irene was killed.
When Master Mold began to make his presence known in his attacks against human and mutantkind, Mystique was a member of the resistance, often posing as a mundane human and executing guerilla attacks against important Sentinel holdings. But she was identified and captured, subjugated and placed in an internment labor camp with many others of her kind. The mutant control collar on her neck is not nearly as potent as some others, as it merely restricts her from shifting out of the collar, or from obscuring or hiding it, as her collar has visible warnings that clearly mark her as a shapeshifter.
She has been in the camps for nearly three years; She was considered for more strenuous labor, as she can shift to become stronger, but the appeal of a sex slave being able to take on the shape of her suitor’s desire caused her to become a mutant concubine and breeder. During this time, she reunited with Anna Maria, the two of them close again as if they had never been separated, each of them acting as the other’s emotional rock as they shared the same reluctant role of pleasure slave.
Though she resented her role and her loss of agency, Raven had yearned for motherhood for decades at that point, and it was ironic that Master Mold was the one responsible for her newfound joy; She was impregnated and gave birth to a boy with blue eyes and blonde hair that she named Ira Darkholme, after her soulmate Irene. Not long after, she discovered the father was Manuel de la Rocha, Empath, and much like Azazel before him, Raven was unknowingly seduced by his mutant ability into loving him.
Ira was already one year old and taking his first tentative steps in a world that would one day oppress and enslave him. Raven now had a second reason to be free of this hellish life, and after Charles Xavier’s message spread throughout their camp, she became more determined than ever to undermine Master Mold and enable their escape, trusting that Anna Maria would take care of Ira in the event of her death.Powers: Metamorph
: Mystique can psionically alter the formation of her biological cells at will. As a result, she can cause herself to look and sound like an exact duplicate of any human, humanoid, or semi-humanoid being of either sex, wearing virtually any kind of clothing. Her control is so exact that she can precisely duplicate another person's retina pattern in her own eyes, finger, palm and skin-pore patterns on her own hands and skin, smell to overlap the original being, and vocal cords to match voices to the point of corresponding voice prints.
In the event that Mystique becomes pregnant, her ability to control her shapeshifting becomes straining, and is often more comfortable remaining in her blue form during most if not the entire term. During this time, she cannot take a non-female form.
She is unable to shapeshift out of her mutant control collar, and is unable to obscure it with a new shape.Enhanced Physical Attributes
: Able to enhance her strength, speed, agility, reflexes, and senses.Accelerated Healing
: Mystique's nature allows her to repair wounds and regenerate herself from minor to near death injuries in a short span of time, much faster than an ordinary human.Retarded Aging
: Her metamorphic powers have retarded and possibly eliminated the degenerative effects of aging.Non-Mutation-Related Abilities:Master CombatantTrained ActressExpert MarksmanMultilingual
: Mystique has stated that she knows at least eleven languages; besides her presumably native German and English, she has demonstrated fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Farsi and Czech.Covert Operative
: Strategist in terrorist and commando operations.Alignment:
Mystique used to have the dual purpose of furthering her own goals and those of mutantkind, or at least what she perceived to be their goals. Now, desperate within the oppressive Sentinel camps, those goals are aligned, and those that know her know that Raven yearns for freedom more than anything, resentful for being caged, collared and employed as a sex slave.