Three years have passed since Professor Charles Xavier died at the hands of a
government sentinel attack.
Magneto and his
brotherhood of mutants
have continued to reside in Magneto's countless hideouts scattered through the
United States and Canada.
Mystique and her team of brotherhood mutants carried out a variety of covert
operations in the early months of 2013. They kidnapped several government
officials, putting shape shifters in their place. With Magneto's pawns in place,
he began working toward undoing anti-mutant legislation. Although this seemed
kind and generous of him, he had his own ulterior motives.
The year was rather uneventful for Quicksilver's Acolytes, as he had received
word from Magneto to halt all operations and begin extensively training the new
shipment of recruits. Quicksilver only partially heeded Magneto's orders. He
sent a variety of small operatives to the Xavier Institute, looking to kidnap
key players within the X-Men. Most of the missions resulted in failure, or the
X-Men managed to retrieve their lost teammates. The Acolytes did succeed in
capturing one X-Men, Jake Cross "Herb." After extensive torture, they released
his body to a anti-mutant organization. The X-Men managed to track him down and
rescue him, but the damage had been done. Jake Cross "Herb" died in the Medibay
of the Xavier Institute.
Quicksilver and SilverBlade focused their efforts on training the new recruits,
among which included: Melanie "Mel" Birch "Violet", Tara Snyder "Apparatus", and
Connor Holst "Iniquity." Toward the end of the fall season, Tara Snyder
"Apparatus" was captured by the X-Men during an infiltration mission. Her
allegiance to the Acolytes waned and she eventually joined the Xavier Institute,
enrolling as a student. News of this betrayal reached Quicksilver and
SilverBlade, and they decided to allow her to stay at the mansion for the time
being. They would eventually collect her, extract the information she had
gained, and kill her. But the time was not yet right.
The remainder of the year was spent training new recruits and planning new
missions and attacks on the mansion.