Mirage (Marvel)(02 - Danielle Moonstar)
Real Name: Danielle 'Dani' Moonstar
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Moonstar formerly had an empathic psi talent that allowed her to manifest people's emotions as realistic illusions. It began as manifesting people's worst fears, many times in an uncontrollable fashion, against the will of both involved. Soon she gained the ability to control this and to manifest their deepest desires. She can even create illusions by channeling residual thought and emotional impressions in an area (such as showing Wolverine a battle scene between Mister Sinister and unknown assailants, simply by entering the area where the battle had recently taken place).
She also had for a time the ability to make the telepathic images manifest as psionic energy, becoming solid. This ability was limited in that Danielle could only sustain one illusion at a time. She often carried around a "dream spear", in order to destroy previous illusions. Many times, her powers caused her to experience sharp, blinding headaches.
Danielle later gained the ability to focus her psionic powers into energy arrows which could stun an opponent by disrupting their central nervous system, or force them to relive a traumatic memory. Moonstar had a telepathic talent that allowed her to communicate with animals. This has proven to be a very useful ability, as it enabled her to communicate with Wolfsbane in full wolf form. She has also been able to exist peacefully with wild animals.
For a short time, a young mutant girl with reality warping abilities gave Moonstar the ability to manipulate quantum energies to affect energy and matter on a subatomic level and fire powerful energy blasts (but these powers were only temporary).
When Moonstar rescued Brightwind, she became a valkyrie. As such, Moonstar could see a dark cloud or graphic visual image over people who were in mortal peril. This allowed her to save many lives. She could fight off death itself and her Valkrie arrows were shown capable of causing pain to Hela.
Because of the Scarlet Witch's powers and actions, Moonstar lost her powers. In addition, she lost her valkyrie powers due to the fall of Asgard.
However, due to her training at Xavier's and her time as a valkyrie in Asgard, she is still physically fit and an excellent hand-to-hand combatant. In addition, she is experienced in the use of such weapons as a bow, spear, & sword.
Danielle Moonstar is a Native American (specifically, Cheyenne), and was born in Boulder, Colorado. As with most mutants, Dani's mutant powers manifested during puberty. One of her first manifestations is a vision of her parents' death, killed by a demonic bear. Shortly afterwards, her parents disappear and Dani is taken in by her grandfather, Black Eagle. The Hellfire Club attempt to capture her, and in the melee, her grandfather is killed. Luckily, he has already contacted Professor X to take care of Dani. Xavier, who had been a close friend of Moonstar's father, offers to teach Dani control over her powers. She joins his group of students called the New Mutants and shortly afterwards becomes the co-leader of the group, together with Cannonball. There, she develops a deep friendship with Wolfsbane.
While with the New Mutants, Moonstar starts to have nightmares again about the Demon Bear, who until then had been kept from her due to Black Eagle's protective spells. Her fear over the entity causes her to contemplate suicide. One night, she is attacked by the entity and taken to the hospital. The other New Mutants wait for her in the hospital and are tracked down by the Bear. It's magics affect the team, drawing them into another dimension of rolling fields and clear skies. The New Mutant Magik manages to pierce the Demon Bear with her magical sword and the Demon Bear returns to his original form: William and Peg Lonestar. Dani is reunited with her parents, but decides to stay at Xavier's school.
Dani develops as co-leader of the team, along with Samuel Guthrie. In some of her early adventures, she visits a lost society in the Amazon and helps one of the citizens, Magma come back to Xaiver's to learn how to control her powers. They develop an intense rivalry with the Hellions, a super-powered team of young mutants led by the White Queen. This rivalry is later somewhat cooled when Danielle bonds with the Hellion's leader, Proudstar, over similar Native American heritage. Proudstar would later go on to be the X-Man Warpath.
The group rescues their friend Karma from the Shadow King and take a vacation on a remote Greek island with Storm. The Asgardian Trickster god Loki, in revenge for a past defeat by the X-Men, sends the Enchantress to kidnap Storm and the X-Men. The sorceress mistakenly believes the children are the X-Men and takes them with Storm.
Magik uses one of her teleportation disks but it reacts with the Enchantress' magic, dumping most of the team in random spots and times around the Asgardian realm. Danielle finds herself in rolling plains under clear skies. She soon finds a winged horse trapped in mud and barbed wire. With hard work, she frees the grateful animal, but they are attacked by other forces. Saving her from deaths are other women on winged horses. The women invite Danielle to stay with her at their castle and she does. She spends a few weeks bonding with the horse she rescued, Brightwind, and flying with her new friends. An incident where her presence scared other people makes her curious. She learns the reasons for this after overhearing a conversation. Danielle has become a valkyrie, selected by Brightwind, one of the 'Chooses of the slain'. Some of the other women do not agree, but they can do nothing as it was Brightwind's choice. This gives Danielle supernatural powers, such as being able to see and even combat Death itself.
Danielle uses her powers and her allies to help rescue her friends and confront Loki himself. Eventually the New Mutants, and the X-Men who came to rescue them, are returned safely to Earth.
She confronts Death twice. In one incident, the Power Pack had called the New Mutants in order to garner help against a group of demonic creatures. The Pack's mother was gravely ill and Danielle fights off Death outside her hospital window, gaining the mother a new lease on life. Later, on a trip back home to see her parents, she encounters an old childhood friend. Unfortunately, this friend has become racist and mentally ill during the time she was gone. He was also a diabetic and when he fails to take his medicine, he crashes. Danielle confronts Death outside the doors to the operating room, but Death talks her into letting her friend go.
Soon, she and the other New Mutants attempt to save former teammate Magma from the High Evolutionary. During the fight, Moonstar is thrown into a machine intended to strip mutants of their powers. Instead, the machine (which had been reset by two other victims of the Evolutionary's plan), enhances her mutation; it gives her the ability to make the telepathic images manifest in reality, becoming solid. This ability was limited in that Danielle could only sustain one illusion at a time. She often carried around a "dream spear", in order to destroy previous illusions.
Moonstar continues as a member of the New Mutants for several years. For a time, the team is taken care of by the original X-Men, now called X-Factor. The group is seemingly settled into Ship, a sentient flying headquarters. Danielle is getting worse and worse headaches, which causes concern with the team but all this is interrupted by many things, including X-Factor being drawn away in battle.
Hela, the death goddess of Asgard, creates a plan to take over the realm and kill the Allfather Odin, who is in a healing sleep at the time. Hela's magics drive Danielle mad and she has to be restrained by her friends, allies, and the unseen help of Doctor Strange. The battle is soon moved to Asgard. The New Mutants, along with the wolf-prince Hrimhari and the valkyrie Mist, who resist Hela, ultimately triumph. Danielle seemingly loses her winged horse Brightwind in the battle, which concludes in Odin's very bedroom.
In the end, she choses to stay behind in Asgard. This does anger one of her Cheyenne deities, who comes to Asgard itself to bring her back. He interrupts Danielle and Mist in the middle of a training session. The deity is later satisfied with Danielle's promise to eventually return to Earth and he leaves peacefully.
When she does return, she joins S.H.I.E.L.D. and infiltrates the Mutant Liberation Front. At this point, she refines her psychic ability so that she could cast "psychic arrows," which incapacitate their targets, and rides Darkwind, a dark version of her former steed Brightwind. Her assignment brings her into many conflicts with old allies, mostly X-Force (a continuation of her old team the New Mutants), Excalibur, and Moira MacTaggert. Despite the Front's malicious missions, Danielle seems to develop a genuine friendship with the mutate Forearm.
Later, X-Force helps with a third foray into Asgard to help stamp out another take-over attempt. Once that ends, she joins up with X-Force for an extensive road-trip, that ends with the creation of a new base of operations. She also gains the ability to manipulate quantum energy as concussive blasts, but this power apparently disappears. She leaves the team when they contact Pete Wisdom, hoping that he will help them become more pro-active, a direction she disagrees with.
After a short time as part-time X-Man, Moonstar becomes the mentor of a new New Mutants squad at the Xavier Institute (and the legal guardian of Elixir), as well as the Institute's American History teacher. During this time she enjoys a reunion with Karma and then later, Wolfsbane. She helps Wolfsbane deal with the traumatic return of her lycanthropic powers, but an ill-thought romantic liaison between Wolfsbane and Elixir drives a deep wedge between the two women.
During her appearances in the second volume of New Mutants (vol. 2) and New X-Men (vol. 2) the bulk of Danielle's powers appear to have reverted to their original form. She still retained some of her valkyrie abilities, namely the ability to sense the dead, but they are not as strong as they once were.
In the wake of the House of M crossover, the Scarlet Witch causes many mutants to lose their powers. Moonstar is one of the many who lose their powers, and is fired by Emma Frost who feels that as a human, she no longer has any right to remain at the school. She briefly reappears in Generation M #5, in which she revealed she hasn't dreamt since M-Day.
Following the events of the superhuman Civil War, Danielle is recruited by the Initiative program to serve as an instructor to the next generation of superheroes, alongside her former mentor and colleague, Beast. She is the person brought in to train Trauma in the use of his similar powers.
First Appearance: The New Mutants (1983) #19
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