Overview of 2013
Three years had passed since the death of Professor Charles Xavier, the world's
greatest telepath and mentor to countless youth. The Xavier Institute council
continued to lead the X-Men and preside over the Xavier Institute. The council
was led by BlackCat (CC Character), more commonly known as Cat, who had
fulfilled the position of both headmistress and head of council quite well over
the past several years. The council had changed and grown once more, bringing in
new faces as the students and residents were able to vote on their council
members in the spring of each year. The elected council consisted of Scott
Summers "Cyclops", Jean Grey-Summers, Logan "Wolverine", Ororo Munroe "Storm",
Hank McCoy "Beast", Katherine Pryde "Shadowcat", Jade Bennington "Nightwish"
(CC Character), Gena Lee "Ajax" (CC Character), Emily Fieron "Em" (CC
Character), Kraig Peters (CC Character), Damien DeVol (CC Character), and Aidan
Mitchell "Cobalt" (CC Character).
The X-Men had put an end to the Sentinel X15 program toward the end of the year
2012 though it was difficult and resulted in countless injured and the passing
of a small handful of X-Men. The Sentinel X15 files were destroyed and the
factories were shut down over a span of fifteen missions. With the year 2012
having come to an end, the X-Men closed that chapter in their life and began a
new one in the year 2013.
As seems to be the pattern, with the end of one great threat begins the start of
a new one. The X-Men had turned their attention toward the recent kidnappings
and disappearances of mutants around the world. No specific government or
organization seemed to be at the head of it.
Things took an unexpected turn when Wolverine went missing without a trace and a
couple of the formerly missing mutants turned up dead along the coast of Canada.
Several X-Men used their contacts in order to gain information about the
kidnappings, and after two months the council was able to piece together the
details. Wolverine had been taken to a research facility in England. The X-Men
went on a rescue mission to England and successfully freed Wolverine from his
captors. However, the mastermind behind the kidnapping escaped before the X-Men
could reach him.
In the summer of 2013, the X-Men received information that a small group
formerly associated with the Hellfire Club was to blame for the kidnappings of
mutants worldwide. The X-Men were able to locate their base of operations and
capture the small group. After turning the small group over to the authorities
in Europe, the X-Men seized documents stating the locations of several complexes
where hundreds of mutants were being held. Over the course of the summer, the
X-Men managed to break in to each and every complex and free the captive
mutants. Almost all of the mutants returned to their respective countries with
the exception of four mutants who chose to return to the Xavier Institute with
Everything seemed quiet for the remainder of the summer and throughout the fall
season. During the winter season, however, sentinel attacks and attempted
kidnappings of X-Men and students suddenly increased once more. During these
battles and missions, the X-Men suffered the loss of three more teammates:
Catherine Hargrove "Silence", Jake Cross "Herb", and Zeian. After three weeks,
just before Christmas, the attacks abruptly ceased and the mansion was able to
somewhat enjoy a peaceful Christmas.
With new threats always rising, the Xavier Institute tries its best to live life
as "normally" as possible. There are constant missions and the X-Men and
X-Men-in-training have become somewhat overworked. However, they enjoy their
duties and continue to promote Xavier's dream.