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Emma LaPorte may or may not have been a prostitute, but she was an old acquantaince of U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Fischer. Fischer sent Emma to give Corporal Rusty Collins some experience with women. Collins became very nervous, and his powers surfaced causing a burst of flame that severely burned LaPorte. Collins was pursued by a lynch mob, led by Fischer, until he was rescued by and became a trainee under X-Factor. Emma was taken to a hospital where she spent many months in a burn ward. X-Factor used money paid by Fischer (as well as from other clients) to them in an effort to capture or kill Collins to pay for Emma's medical expenses.
Emma recovered, but was badly scarred over most of her body, and she turned to religion to give her the strength and understanding to continue. Emma was eventually relocated to a New York hospital. Her struggles made the news, and Rusty was reminded of what had happened, as well as appalled at how badly she was scarred. Having recently encountered the Morlock known as Masque, Rusty came upon the idea of having Masque return her normal appearance. Rusty Collins, alongside another trainee, Skids, brought Emma to the Alley and met with Masque. Masque returned her normal features, but Emma and Skids learned that the price Masque demanded was to horribly disfigure Rusty's face. After a brief struggle, Masque was forced to return Rusty's face to normal, but he also returned Emma's to the scarred form. Emma decided that Masque's anger and hatred were due to ignorance about religion, and she decided to stay in the Alley to bring religion to all of the Morlocks.
First Appearance: X-Factor (1986) #1
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- 'Third Genesis'#16
- 'Playing With Fire!'
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