Black Rook
Black Rook
Personal Info:
Real Name: Madelyne Pryor
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: A laboratory of Mr. Sinister
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men Vol.1 168
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club
Base Of Operations: Worldwide
Grudges: None
Creators: Chris Claremont and Paul Smith
Telekinesis: The Black Rook is an extremely powerful telekinetic and can use her abilities to fly, move objects with her mind and produce force blasts.
Telepathy: The Black Rook is an extremely powerful telepath and often uses her talent to encourage the dark side of a victimís personality.
Madelyne Pryor is a clone of Jean Grey, the hero Phoenix. Mister Sinister created Pryor for the express purpose of bearing Cyclops' child. Her body was still in Sinister's incubation chamber when the Phoenix died on the moon, but she had no consciousness. When the Phoenix's essence returned to Earth, Jean rejected it, but when it found Madelyne, who possessed an identical genetic structure, it left its memories with her. Eventually Pryor married Cyclops and bore him a child that would become the hero Cable.
At some point Madelyne Pryor was captured and brought to Genosha, where she was exposed to a telepathic mind probe that unleashed her latent mental powers. Unfortunately, Madelyne was corrupted by a demon named N'astrih, and became the Goblin Queen, a being of great magical power. As the Goblin Queen she tried to kill the X-Men and X-Factor but died in her attempt.
The genetic counterpart of Cable in the alternate timeline known as the "Age of Apocalypse" was Nate Grey, the mutant also known as X-Man. When Nate Grey first arrived in the "mainstream" timeline of the X-Men, the disoriented Nate subconsciously sought to find his friend, the Jean Grey of his own reality. Nate Grey's psionic powers are so enormous that he thus subconsciously re-created Jean Grey's duplicate, Madelyne Pryor. At first the re-created Madelyne befriended Nate, but as her powers re-emerged, so did her memories and her sinister personality. Sponsored by the mutant Selene, Pryor gained admission to the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club as the Black Rook.