Four 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 throughout 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. The kidnapping of
government officials came to the X-men's attention with a sentinel detected a
mutant signature in one of the shape shifters posing as a senator, and began to
attack him. Sara and Jessica Zander used their former connections with the
brotherhood of mutants to piece together Mystique's mission. This mission was a
massive assassination attempt on the entire House of Representatives and the
Senate, which was to be carried out one year after the initial infiltration.
In January, days before the massive assassination attempt, the X-men
orchestrated a rescue mission of the kidnapped government officials. The Zander
twins, Adrian Grace "Rain", SilverCat, Kurt Wagner "Nightcrawler", Jean Grey,
and Cat carried out the rescue mission, successfully retrieving all the kidnap
victims and returning them safely to their homes. A second mission by the X-men
was put in place the day of the assassination attempt, consisting of Cat,
SilverCat, Jean Grey, Scott Summers "Cyclops", Bobby Drake "Iceman", and
Wolverine. This team managed to intervene and prevent the assassination attempt,
engaging in battle with Mystique, Blob, Sabretooth, Toad, and Avalanche.
The year continue on with Quicksilver's Acolytes, as his team was still
officially on postponement per Magneto's orders given the previous year, which
involved stopping all operations and begin extensively training the new
shipment of recruits. This order was retracted in February.
In mid-February, the newly organized and trained team of Acolytes descended upon
the Xavier Institute, launching a full scale attack. The defense systems of the
mansion protected the students and residents taking refuge in the dormitory
wings. The X-men and Acolytes battled tirelessly for hours until the order was
given for the Acolytes to fall back. The X-men were left with a handful of
severely injured teammates, while the Acolytes sustained only minor injuries and
the capture of one teammate, Jordan Scott, who was later rescued from the
In March, SilverBlade returned to the Xavier Institute to launch an
assassination attempt on Cat, the headmistress and head of council at the Xavier
Institute. This attempt was foiled when other X-men arrived on the scene, thus
resulting in SilverBlade's retreat.
In April, Austin Carr, Lillian Coron "Rayne", and Melanie Birch "Violet"
kidnapped Lauren and Leslie McCully, "Steam" and "Hex" respectively, and Jason
Knight "Obscurity". The sisters were held hostage and tortured for information
for two days before Cat was able to locate the sisters' location. A team of
X-men was sent on a rescue mission and was able to retrieve the girls, resulting
in Violet and Rayne's escape. Austin had already fled the scene with Jason
Knight the moment the X-men arrived.
In May, Jason appeared at the Xavier Institute, initiating an attack. The fight
was cut short when Jade Bennington was able to remove the control collar around
Jason's neck. It was later revealed that SilverBlade had been controlling him.
In June, the Acolytes infiltrated and attacked a military base. When the X-men
arrived, half of the Acolytes remained behind to counterattack the X-men while
the other half retrieved data from the military base that they had been sent to
collect. Once the data was collected, the Acolytes fled the scene. The X-men
remained behind, assisting the injured until military reinforcements arrived.
In July, after being killed over a year ago, Lexi mysteriously returned to life,
showing up at the Xavier Institute and resorting to old antics with Damien DeVol
and Jade Bennington. After pulling, what she perceived to be pranks, she
retreated for the Xavier Institute and returned to the Acolyte hideout in
upstate New York to rejoin the team.
The remainder for the summer and fall season consisted of various missions to
collect data requested by Magneto and second-in-command leaders.
During the winter season, the Acolytes took another temporary hiatus from
missions as they recruited and trained new members.