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Alora Gannon


 

Cinder

Real Name: Alora Gannon


Alias: Cinder, Inferno,


Identity: Public


Alignment: Good


Affiliation: Fed-X


Relatives: Trisha Gannon (Sister), Joseph Salinas (Husband), Sabrina Salinas (sister in law) Mathias Gannon (Father)


Base of Operation: X-Lair, Boston, Massachusetts

formerly Twin Sister Peaks Missile Base, Colorado; New Bedford, Massachusetts 

 

Characteristics


Gender: Female


Height: 5’8”


Weight: 137 lbs


Eyes: Blue Grey


Hair: Auburn

 

Status


Citizenship: American


Martial Status: Married


Occupation: Adventurer; Former Federal Agent


Education: BS, Education, NYU, New York

Origin


Origin: Caught in a house fire accidentally caused by her father at age 12, Alora found out she was a mutant with pyrokinesis and other mental powers.


Place of Birth: Meriden, Connecticut

 

1. History

1.1  Shame

1.2  Doubts

1.3  Inferno

1.4  Division

1.5  Relocation

1.6  New Paths

2. Powers and Abilities

2.1 Powers

2.2 Abilities

2.3 Strength level

2.4  Weaknesses

3. Paraphernalia

4. Notes

 

 

History


Shame

Alora grew up in a small town in Connecticut with a seemingly normal life with her twin sister and father. Appearances are deceiving as Mathias Gannon was slipping deeper into alcohol dependence after the sudden death of his wife. Stumbling home on night he turned on the stove and then passed out. The resulting fire would have killed him if Alora and her sister hadn’t been mutants and immune to the heat and flames. Dragging him, Mathias saw the flame die around them as the girls moved to save his life.

 

The added stress of finding out his girls were mutants seemed to push him deeper into depression and he became a true alcoholic. While strict before he would begin to verbally and physically abuse both girls in drunken rages. At age 16, both girls would run away and stay with a relative of their mother.

While their father’s alcohol abuse would be common knowledge their abuse wouldn’t be known for years.

 

While her sister coped by pretending to be an airhead party girl Alora withdrew into herself becoming shy and introverted. She clung closely to her sister who seemed more then happy to take all the attention. This is when she first met Joseph Salinas before he was expelled for one of his frequent pranks.

 

Doubts

Alora would meet him again in college when both sisters attended NYU in New York. She also first came to the attention of Professor Charles Xavier who met with her along with former student Jean Grey-Summers. Approaching her when alone they revealed they knew she was a mutant and offered to help her at Xavier’s school. Terrified about leaving her sister’s side, she ran away from them. Only later did they realize what Cerebro had detected was the twins collective power not just Alora. By then Oswald Geraldo had asked for his help in recruiting young mutants and both sisters were approached. Fearing losing her sister she had little choice when Trisha agreed to join the newly made team.

 

Under Xavier’s tutelage she learned how to control her Pyrokinetic and telekinetic powers. While trying to sooth her emotional and mental scars Xavier found self-imposed blocks severely limiting her powers. As he tested these bocks he found suppressed memories along with rage bottled up deep in her sub-conscious. Unwilling or unable to deal with her father’s abuse at the moment he restored the blocks as he tried to get to her to discover these feeling on her own terms in the long months before she left him.

 

As a founding member of Fed-X she was the most unsure both about the team and her powers but her highly withdrawn nature made voicing these concerns problematic even to her friends or sister. The odd attraction she felt for Joseph Salinas now codenamed Xerox only complicated the matter. She would push him away for weeks until the capture of the male members of the team by Vamp forced her and her sister to take an active lead in rescuing them. Still confused she began a long running on-again off-again romantic relationship with Xerox.

 

Inferno

 Not soon after this she was kidnapped by Cataclysm to be a member of his Elementals. Psychologically tortured and altered by an unknown process her long buried rage surfaced in the form of Inferno. Her mental blocks gone she seemed to have nearly unlimited power that she used with great relish to humble her former teammates. Cataclysm failed to see the true cause of her transformation was her anger and shame and was defeated by her after Inferno laid waste to his Elementals. After her sister invaded her mind and found her dormant personality she fought her rage by unblocking her memories and reclaimed herself. The stress put her into a coma that lasted several weeks though.

 

When she awoke she found half the team missing and Xerox seemingly working for Magneto. Taking her own leave of absence she went back to Xavier to put her past back in order and to deal with the repressed feelings she been hiding for so long. With his help she confronted Inferno again to reveal she was just a young girl and found out she had deliberately put blocks on her power to avoid killing her father or harming others with her ‘curse’ as her father had called it. She was far from cured but she took big first steps when Trisha telepathically contacted her to come to Genosha after the Sentinel attack. Together with her sister and Brock they ‘borrowed’ a hover jet and rescued Xerox and his new friend Wisp from the island they been shipwrecked on.

 

After his confession of love she kissed him and accidentally linked their minds so both found the depth of pain and sadness each had been dealing with. Finding he was such a kindred soul she told him about her full past and her fears about getting into an abusive relationship with another man. Surprising her he dropped all mental guards and let her see his entire mind. Touched by how vulnerable he made himself she admitted her own feelings and both decided to be together at last.

 

Division

Just because they were together didn’t make their lives or the relationship any easier then before though. The couple had several rough patches during the Invasion War including the time she found out Xerox had tried to become romantically linked to Rogue of the X-men. These patches were further aggravated by the new regulations passed down by Rem Quesada including a ban on relations within the team. She was split from her sister who was now on Team Blue and partnered with Dash and Blast for ‘special training’. Both women clashed frequently with her as Dash tried to take advantage of Cinder’s old habits. Instead of hating each other though Dash and Blast found new respect for the formerly mousy red head. Thanks to this they were the last training group to be captured by Vengeance Unlimited. Using her newly discovered telepathy she tricked them into fighting each other with Xerox’s help.

 

After being manipulated by Cataclysm for days while trying to stop his plan to spark a global war he kidnapped her and teleported her away to be the energy source to ripen the spore pods he placed in space to kill most of Humanity. Exposing her to the process that had originally turned her into Inferno Cinder feigned a relapse and briefly battled her teammates before stepping into her projection chamber and using it to burn up spore pods in orbit. She then destroyed the chamber and seemingly blasted Cataclysm into ash. Returning home she along with the others found their home was set to explode and only the sacrifice of their friend, Jump saved their lives. Cataclysm was again presumed killed in the explosion but Alora highly doubted it.

 

Relocation

With their base gone and the team disbanded, Alora decided to spend time away from her sister to find herself as a person by moving back with Xerox to New York. She made a personal connection with his sister, Sabrina and deeper connection with Xerox. Reminded of family she sought out her father and found him back in Connecticut. Now sober and deeply remorseful he tried to explain his actions as just stress after stress on him until he broke down. Forgiving him and ultimately her self, the two renewed their relationship as father and daughter.

 

Encouraged by her new understanding of her father and her powers, she and Joseph publicly came out as mutants as the church they were at was attacked by Anti-mutant protestors. Her temper nearly flash fried half the group before she got it under control and snuffed out the fires they started instead. Most of her new friends at NYU began to distance themselves from her for being a mutant, hurting her deeply. Again her connection to Sabrina and her brother helped her recover.

 

When John Talbot asked them to reform Fed-X, Alora had doubts as she was looking towards the future and worried about having a family with Joseph when they both risked their lives. It was her sister who reminded her they were already a family and danger could come from just living her life. With that in mind she later voted to accept Sabrina as a member of the New Fed-X over her brother’s objections. This would lead to a period of stress between both the couple and the sisters over her pending membership. This ended when Cinder saved their lives from a setup meant to frame them all for the assassination of Saudi royalty.

 

After M-day, with her lover stricken by the mental overload of their psychic link, a slightly colder version of Cinder appeared in the aftermath of the anti-mutant backlash against the 99% of mutant kind who were now de-powered. While defending Xerox she seemed to enjoy hurting the people trying to harm him as she freely used all her powers on them. This became deadly when they appeared to kill him and she began to psychokinetically rip the landscape around her apart in a furious rage. Only the discovery of his illusionary death seemed to shock her back to her senses.

 

New Paths

While her friends worked on setting up a sister branch for their now de-powered members she returned to Xavier’s to find the cause of her nearly murderous outbreak of power. What she found instead was the Professor was missing, Jean had died, and Emma Frost and Scott Summers were now headmasters. Trusting Emma she found this wasn’t some part of Inferno but a natural outgrowth of her emotional development. She’d been bottling up how she felt for over a decade so now she never developed a healthy way to vent her feelings. What made this dangerous was her powers were affected by her emotional state. While her training with Emma went well, seeing her with Scott made Alora uneasy and she eventually left the mansion to return to her teammates. Surprised by Xerox’s proposal she sent sparks flying high into the air as she shorted out every electrical device within 3 blocks around her. She was surprised again later when her father appeared to walk her down the aisle and gave her away despite her sister’s hostility towards him.

 

The Civil War that soon followed made her seriously rethink being a superhero as she was deeply anti-registration. Her growing dedication to mutant rights kept her in country with her husband despite an offer from X-patriots to join their old team members in England. Xerox’s capture tested her resolve as part of her wanted to level the SHIELD compound to rescue him. After his eventually rescue by X-Patriots they continued to aide the Anti-registration side until their surrender by Captain America. Regardless of the law both continued to aide unregged superheroes hiding out from the Government.

 

With the Hulk’s return to Earth Alora found herself facing down someone who was almost exactly like her. Abused, angry, and possessing a nearly unlimited capacity for rage and destruction. After being unable to stop him with the team she went into his mind to find the personalities were working as one. Firing an Inferno burst off she only burned most of his skin off. Undeterred he broke her second barrier and knocked her out with a single hand clap. After being recovered by Medic and the rest of the X-Patriots she found out she was pregnant. She’s keeping this a secret from Xerox until she can start out what to do as she again re-examines if she wants to be a superhero or not.

 

Powers and Abilities


Powers

Cinder is at least an Alpha level mutant. Alora has vast psionic potential still to be explored with numerous powers already.

 

Telepathy: She can manipulate the minds of others and even higher order animals. Alora can read thoughts and project her own for up to a range of 200 miles. With a great deal of strain she can extend it further.

  • Mind Control: able to control the thoughts and actions of others. The range and power is dependant on the number of people she is trying to affect. She is very reluctant to use this power due to her childhood abuse.
  • Psionic Shield: able to erect a mental barrier for the protection of her or others minds.
  • Mental Detection: can sense the presence of another superhuman mutant within a small but as yet undefined radius of herself by perceiving the distinctive mental engrams emitted by such a being.
  • Psionic Blasts: can project psionic force bolts which have no physical effects but which can affect a victim's mind so as to cause the victim pain or unconsciousness and can even kill an adversary.
  • Mind Link: Ability to develop a mental link with any person which remains as a connection to that individual.

 

Telekinesis: telekinetic abilities enable her to levitate herself or other objects, propel or manipulate them however she wishes, stimulate individual molecules to create heat, and generate concussive force or protective shields.

 

Pyrokinesis: Alora is able to generate flames around her at will and control fire and heat by increasing the molecular vibrations in an object. She can increase any flames intensity and size even those she has not created but only in her line of sight.

  • Fire Manipulation: Alora can generate shapes composed of fire from any point on her body. She can form fire into long streams, spheres, or even more complex shapes. These flames-objects will only remain their shapes as long as she concentrates upon them. The objects will only burn about 3 minutes before expiring unless Cinder continues to infuse them with energy. The temperature of these fiery projections is generally around 2,800 F (near the melting point of iron).
  • Flame Projection: She can fire explosive flame bolts of varying sizes or a concentrated beam that can melt through inch thick steel in seconds. She can also release an omni-directional flame burst with a radius up to 2 miles in diameter. This burst can reach over 1,000,000º F and is highly destructive. After a burst her pyrokinetic abilities are completely drained and she must rest for at least 8 hours afterwards to regain them.
  • Flight: Directing the flames into a jet from her feet she can hover or fly. In theory she could reach supersonic velocity but isn’t able to breath at such speeds so stays at around 130mph.

Thermokinesis: Cinder has the ability to mentally control the ambient heat energy within her immediate environment. By increasing or decreasing the molecular vibration, she can reduce objects' temperatures (if they are in a normal range for existing on Earth's surface) to about 30 F, raise them to several thousand degrees, or extinguish open flames. Her radius of influence is about 80 feet.

Immunity to Fire & Heat: Cinder is unaffected by heat and flames, including her own, even when part of her is aflame and the rest is not. Her flesh cannot be scalded or burned by any heat source whose level is below that of her maximum output. She can feel some discomfort at higher temperatures if she remains for a prolonged period, similar to having heat exhaustion (Nausea, headache). The exact time it takes to reach this point largely depends on the temperature and current physical state she’s in.

Abilities

Alora is a highly skilled pilot and often handles the X-Cruiser while on missions. She’s an adept fighter in the astral plane and has maintained a psychic link to Joseph Salinas for years.

 

Strength Level

Alora possesses the strength of a woman her age, height, and build who engages in regular moderate exercise.

 

Weaknesses

Her flames depend on oxygen to burn so any object that removes it, Fire-fighting foam, sand, water, etc, can douse them. She can evaporate up to 5 gals into steam while aflame but any more and her flame will die out until she can evaporate the rest. Her emotional state affects her power so she has to watch them closely or risk an incident.

 

Paraphernalia


Equipment: Cinders uniform is made of unstable molecules to handle the large amounts of heat she can generate.

Transportation: X-Cruiser

Weapons: None Known

 

Notes

  • Alora has been able to telepathically communicate with her sister since they were young children.
  • Her mother apparently died while trying to abandon her family causing her father to carry a tremendous sense of guilt.