Damien has black hair intermixed with white. His eyes consist of black irises
white pupils, resulting in his use of black sunglasses whenever he walks amongst
the general human populous. Although he won't speak of it often, he has a tattoo on the
back of his neck which he received during his time spent in a military
laboratory facility; the tattoo, "L63," represented the number of the
cell he had been confined to live in.
Damien can be a
real charmer and fairly comical. However, he is also known for being a bit
Damien is quite different from other fire
mutants. Most fire mutants use the atmosphere around them to collect the energy
produce fire. Damien, however, has an over-abundance of energy flowing through
his veins. When he releases this energy, it appears in the form of fire. He
can control and manipulate the fire, shaping it as he desires: increasing or
decreasing its heat, intensity, and size.
Damien has a slight healing factor as well,
which is transferable through his blood. He can heal his own minor injuries;
however, extreme injuries, such as internal bleeding or broken bones may need
medical assistance in order to heal properly. When his blood is injected into
others, they are also healed. The transference of his blood has its limitations.
For some mutants, his blood can be lethal while for others it can be a miracle.
There have also been known cases in which his blood makes no difference. The
doctors in the Xavier Institute consider the use of his healing blood to be a
hit or miss.
hand-to-hand combat skills are more then sufficient to allow him to incapacitate
and kill men much stronger than he is, as well as to deal with groups of armed
and unarmed enemies.
Training Instructor/ Resident/ X-Men
Damien was born and raised near Silver Lake, Oregon. He was
the oldest of three children. He had two younger sisters: Hannah and Catherine.
His mother died in a fatal car accident, leaving a six year old Damien, five
year old Catherine, and four year old Hannah in the care of their father.
Mere months after the accident, his father turned to the
whiskey bottle for comfort. Damien soon became the scapegoat for everything
wrong in his fatherís life. His father, in a drunken rage, would beat Damien in
the evenings. Damien willingly took the beatings, knowing that by the time the
beatings had ended his father would be too tired and hung-over to remember his
two daughters. In other words, Damien was keeping his sisters from receiving the
same beatings he received.
Damien endured the abuse throughout his childhood until the
age of ten. One day, having finally had enough, Damien hid a baseball bat
underneath his bed covers. Damien put a stop to it all that night when his
father, in his usual drunken rage, came in to Damienís room. Damien leapt from
the bed, baseball bat in hand, and swung as hard as he could at his fatherís
lower torso. Having made contact with the baseball bat, his father doubled over
in pain. Damien swung again, landing a hard hit to the back of his fatherís head
and rendering the man unconscious. That night, Damien rounded up his two younger
sisters and left the hell hole he had once called home.
Damien and his sisters hitchhiked to Tumalo,
Oregon where their aunt (their motherís sister) resided. Damien hoped he and his
siblings might finally have a chance at a peaceful life.
At the age of thirteen, Damienís powers came abruptly into
his life. When Damien became angry, flames would appear at his fingertips.
Occasionally a fireball would erupt uncontrollably from his palms and speed off in
a random direction, igniting something nearby. His aunt told him that he was not welcome at her home anymore. He was sent
away with a small wad of cash. He
was torn in two, having been forced to leave his sisters behind. Damien headed
for town, uncertain of what he would do. In town, he was surrounded by a group
of teenage boys. They knocked him upside the head with a steel pipe, rendering
him unconscious. Once unconscious, they robbed him of his money.
A couple weeks after the incident, he joined a group of mutants, a gang
more or less. They all banded together and watched out for each other. Damien
learned to control his anger and his powers. His mutant group moved constantly, trying to
avoid the military, until one unfortunate day. It was at night and everyone was
sleeping in an abandoned ware house. Suddenly the windows were all shattered as
helicopter lights shown in through the windows, a special ops group filled in to
the ware house. Without asking questions, they open fired upon the mutants
killing everyone, save a few. Damien and a small handful of mutants escaped
through a back door, only to be captured hours later. For the rest of his teen
years he would spend his time in and out of military prisons and labs.
"L63" tattooed to the back of his neck. L63 represented the lab facility he was
put in, Lab 63. On his umpteenth escape, he managed to
break out a small handful of other mutants and was able to escape in to the
city. Several of the escapees parted ways, except for Andy Weiser and Damien
DeVol. The two headed toward the Xavier Institute. Once in New York, they too
parted ways and Damien went to the Xavier Institute on his own (Andy would join
the X-Men several months later). There he was welcomed and given asylum from the
Once Damien was settled in to his new life at the Xavier
Institute, he was enrolled in classes and became a full-time student. In class,
he met Jade Bennington. She was the same age as Damien. The two instantly
clicked and began spending time together. Damien
enjoyed being around Jade; she was fun, wonderful, and (when around her best
friend, Ajax) a bit of a wild child. It wasn't any surprise when the two began
A couple years later, Damien managed to
locate his sisters. Both were attending a high school in Connecticut and living
in a small apartment. Damien constantly visits them, and occasionally they come
to the Institute to visit him.
Damien was an X-Men and training instructor by the age of twenty-one. He was engaged to Jade Bennington and planned
on marrying her within the next year or two.
A few years later, Jade unexpectedly departed
from the mansion without any warning or notice. Damien knew Jade had demons from
her past that she needed to sort out. However, after a lengthy period of time,
he left the mansion in search of her. Jade
finally returned to the mansion one year later when they were both around the
age of twenty-four. During her time back, the two discussed their
relationship and ultimately broke off their engagement and ended their
relationship. Damien explained that he would always love her, but he couldn't
stay with someone who not only didn't trust him but also didn't stick around. Her return was short-lived,
and she left
a few months later. This time around, Damien was indifferent towards her
Now at 28 years old, Damien resides at
the Xavier Institute as an X-Men and training instructor. He has also begun a
relationship with Tara Snyder.
Siblings: Catherine (Sister),