Locus (Marvel)(02 - Rayna Piper)
Real Name: Rayna Piper
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Locus teleports through time and space. She can teleport to anywhere she's been before, or, if she's taking a passenger, to anywhere he or she has been before.
fter the Mutant Liberation Front (MLF) were incarcerated by the United States government following the events of the X-Cutioner's Song crossover, a tyrannical despot named Reignfire decides to restart the MLF. He breaks Forearm, Reaper, Wildside, and Tempo out of prison and gives them their first mission: kill Henry Peter Gyrich. With the addition of Locus and Moonstar the team is under way, however their assassination attempt is foiled by X-Force. When Locus tries to kill Gyrich, Sunspot jumps in the way and something unexpected happens: the two mutants' powers react and send the pair disappearing to parts unknown. Due to the nature of Locus' powers and Sunspot's well-traveled tenure with both the New Mutants and X-Force the couple could be virtually anywhere in the galaxy. Cable and the rest of X-Force attempted to search for Sunspot using a modified version of Cerebro, but they have no luck.
After six months of searching, Locus mysteriously appears—at this point Caucasian with blonde hair and a white, downward arrow painted on her face—at X-Force's base. She claims to have been to the farthest reaches of space, and was surprised that they had only been gone for six months, as it seemed like longer. She had even had enough time to learn the Kree language. At this time, Reignfire begins to hunt down his followers, taking Wildside and Forearm out first. All would have been lost if not for X-Force and Locus teleporting in to stop the madman.
In their last appearance, the MLF once again is trying to steal data on the Legacy Virus, this time from a government institution who is trying to manufacture their own strain of the disease. They infiltrate the building and take the scientists hostage, but—once again through the sabotaging efforts of Moonstar—X-Force is let in the building to try and stop them. During the hostile takeover, Wildside and Locus get in an argument and he slaps her on the face. Infuriated, she teleports away, not knowing that by doing so she saved herself some prison time. It turns out that three of the scientists reveal themselves to be Prime Sentinels and begin to attack. The two groups pool their resources to try and survive, but only X-Force—with Moonstar and Forearm in tow—manage to escape. The remaining members of the MLF are captured by operatives of Operation: Zero Tolerance.
When next she surfaced it was as an African-American, still working with the recently alive and sentient Reignfire. They attempt to capture Sunspot, who is visiting his former teammate Skids in college. In another strange twist of fate, Locus' powers adversely interact with Skids' force field and the two women are transported to the Balkan country of Latveria. The pair are then captured by an age-old sorceress named Pandemonia, the self-styled Queen of Chaos, who sought to recruit mutants into her own personal army. However, X-Force, with the assistance of the young sorceress Jennifer Kale, manage to defeat Pandemonia and rescue their ally.
Locus' final moment is when the revamped Weapon X Program began to get underway. The Program had meant to recruit Locus as a much-needed teleporter, and sent new agent Washout and Brent Jackson to do so. But an enraged Sabretooth—who had stolen the Weapon X files and escaped from the Program—had killed the young girl to spite them, and they arrived to find her body.
Real name revealed in the Marvel Handbooks.
First Appearance: X-Force (1991) #27
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Marvel Legacy: The 1990's Handbook (2007)
Superheroes: The Heroic Visions of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell (2000)
Weapon X (2002)
#1 X-Force (1991)
- 'The Hunt for Sabretooth'
#27 X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
- 'Liberation Through Subjugation'#27 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Liberation Through Subjugation'#28
- 'The Axe Falls'#43
- 'Teapot In a Tempest'#67
- 'Burning Desires'#79
- 'Set My Soul On Fire'#80
- 'The Fire Within'#85
Mutant Liberation Front (Marvel)
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