"There’s nothing we can do. Nothing’s going to change until not one of us is left breathing."
From a very young age, Rachel and her parents knew she was different. They were different. In fact their whole family was different. Everyone from her father to her two younger sisters. Still, they lived in silence about what they could do, but Rachel’s mutation wasn’t so easily silenced. If she was near any flame, she would suddenly be in flames, but the flames couldn’t hurt her. Their suburban life was thrown upside down along with the passing of the MRAA. A whisper of Rachel’s destruction turned into a roar. Everyone knew what the family was and now it was completely fine to mistreat them. No one would come to their aid. So, they attempted to burn their house down. Rachel got out. Her siblings got out. But her mother didn’t. And her father had extensive burns and had to be hospitalized but when they found out what he was they refused better treatment and he died. She and her siblings managed to keep under the radar, living in the streets or in whatever shelter would allow them. When the Sentinel program came about, they were suddenly put back on the radar and during a fight with her family and the Sentinels, the machines won. Even though she got out—she still believes she lost. Because her siblings were gone. And with them, the use of her right hand as it had been crushed by the strength of the Sentinels. In a haze of pain and grief, she managed to get away. She was found unconscious by a manhole used by the Underground. By the time they found her it was too late to do anything to save her hand and it had to be removed. Not a day goes by where she doesn’t think of her siblings. She wants to go and find them, but doesn’t even know where to begin. She has lost all faith.
- has difficulties handling objects because the right hand was her dominant one.
- constantly has it lit where her right hand used to be, although is careful not to light anything on fire
- her sweat doesn’t produce anything flammable until her adrenaline kicks in or she willingly produces it
- it is unknown the extent to which her body can be flammable yet unharmed underneath once the liquid is aflame.
Face Claim: Alanna Masterson
"Yeah, I’ve got something to say to those who decided I wasn’t like everyone else—fuck you!"
While working in a factory, her father became paralyzed in a work accident from the waist down. Her mother attempted working as a waitress at a local restaurant, but even her tips couldn’t last them the week. Paulina started dealing at around eighteen, right at the beginning of the MRA, but like others, she didn’t give it much of a second thought. She wasn’t a mutant. What could it do to her? It didn’t take much time for Paulina to be caught dealing on the streets. When the police attempted to arrest her she and her friend made a run for it. A nearby Sentinel aided the police, detecting her and her friend as mutants. Luckily for them a couple of members of the Underground were nearby and managed to dismantle the Sentinel and pull the two mutants away before the rest of the police followed. Unfortunately, while battling the Sentinel, her friend ended up wounded and it was too late even if Paulina discovered her mutation at that very moment. She doesn’t come up to the surface much, only patching up those who come to the Underground wounded after a run in with Sentinels. She’s entirely willing to heal others, never seeing a problem with it. She prefers living in the Underground and away from home. While she still deals, any money made goes directly to her family who are aware of her situation. Every Sentinel has her programmed as a dangerous mutant and so deadly force is allowed on her. For her own safety and for the safety of her family she only surfaces when necessary and almost always needs to drop a Sentinel on its feet when she does.
- since she spends most of her time in the Underground she has taken advantage of any opportunities some of the older members give
- while a very angry individual, she won’t ever turn someone away if they want her to remove their pain
- she does not deal in the Underground nor does she take any of her products herself
- feels a sense of belonging and loyalty to the Underground and would do anything necessary to protect it
Face Claim: Christian Serratos
"This whole world is fucked up and you’ve got to be fucked up too in order to survive in it."
Michelle grew up in a difficult neighborhood and was constantly surrounded by potential bad influences. She had a single mother who struggled with making rent and feeding her one daughter. She felt like a burden and when they were close to being thrown out of their apartment, Michelle turned to a gang that could provide her with an income better than any job. She started as a look-out, being too young for anything more serious. However, when she got into high school they moved her to dealing drugs, among other things. Her mother tried to get her to get out of it, but it was too late. Michelle truly thought she was going to do good things. She started to rise through the ranks, especially when her mutation developed. She could do things that other members of the gang couldn’t do and for that reason, she managed to get into higher positions. She was close to untouchable. Once the MRAA passed, however, things started to change. People could report mutants for a reward. Not only that, but it was notably seen by rival gangs and even within the gang that held the mutants. She never would have thought her second family would turn their back on her and exchange her for a sum of money. Sentinels came to her building and her gang did nothing as they took her away. The only person who actually did anything was Abraham Howard, who was on the streets right as he saw the Sentinels take her. He multiplied himself and managed to produce a distraction so he could take MIchelle underground. It took a while for her to trust the other members, but one man she did trust easily was Abraham. She often provides an extra set of eyes and ears on the streets for him, but most times has to say underground for fear of getting caught by Sentinels.
- she wants to get back at her gang for turning her in and despite Abraham’s words, she still holds resentment for them
- given her history of being betrayed by the people she trusts, she doesn’t trust many of the people in the Underground
- has little contact with her mother mostly because she feels like she’s disappointed her and doesn’t want to put her in danger
- has a temper and can get in a fight with someone in the group for simply looking at her the “wrong” way
Face Claim: Samira Wiley
"I don’t want to continue to be treated like this. I’m not some freak. I’m a human being."
Carla’s mother was arrested for drugs and once she was thrown in jail, she was put in foster care, having no relatives to take care of her, much less ones that could handle a child with juvenile diabetes, especially when she had gone through years undiagnosed. If it weren’t for her mother going to jail she might have died. Not many people wanted to take care of her “special” needs. It was in the group of children with “special” needs where she met Christopher Jenkins at around four years old and since then they have become inseparable. They became a package deal, never wanting to go to a home where the other won’t be. They both were different before their mutation surfaced and they weren’t even aware of what they were for while, but when one of their foster parents would put on the news and speak ill of mutants, they got worried of their own safety. Their mutations seemed harmless enough, they never used it to do anything harmful, neither of the two was that type and luckily they managed to become leave the foster system. Once out, they were put back in when they were scanned by a Sentinel and found to be mutants. Fortunately, they weren’t found to be dangerous and were released back into a homeless shelter. It was there they met Abraham Howard, or at least a duplicate of him. He convinced the foster siblings to come with him to the Underground. They were hesitant at first, but when the homeless shelter they were at was invaded by Sentinels, they escaped with Abraham into the Underground.
- she can be found in the Underground reading whatever book she can get her hands on that week
- is curious and if you happen to sleep in her presence she will enter your dreams if only to see what you are dreaming about
- she is dependent on the insulin pump at her waist and goes to get her insulin at a nearby clinic
- refers to Christopher as her brother and even though they’re months apart, he’s the “protective big brother”
Face Claim: Dascha Polanco
"Don’t let my appearance fool you. I can and will kick your ass if you mess with my little sister."
Despite being put in foster care at a young age, his father tried to see him frequently. His father had a developmental disability and wasn’t seen as fit after his wife passed shortly after giving birth to his son, particularly so when Chris was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. He shortly met Carla Gonzalez after and he was on the shy side, but she wasn’t; so for a while he stuck in her shadows, always following her. She never made him feel weird for how he talked and how he had to use crutches and leg braces. However, as they got older and he got taller, he started being more protective over his foster sister and her confidence transferred to him. They developed their mutations early on, but neither could exactly explain how they did it. They weren’t even sure about what they were, but when stuck in a foster home where their parents would constantly insult “mutants” they soon learned what they were and how they were different from the rest of the world. Even with the MRAA, they managed to be under the radar for a bit until the Sentinel program was brought out and started to scan people. They were identified and registered, luckily being released after seen as harmless. Unfortunately because of their registration they were discriminated from housing and could only stay at a homeless shelter where they then met Abraham Howard who would talk to them about a safe place. For mutants. They both were hesitant and he wanted to make sure it was really safer than the homeless shelter. However, during an attack at night, they released the shelter wasn’t safe and left with Abraham.
- he has a moderate form of CP, specifically spastic, and can get to the point where he no longer needs his crutches, but currently he is still dependent on them
- can have difficulty speaking but has vastly improved over the years after practice with Carla
- took upon himself to take some of the self-defense training offered in the Underground and takes it seriously
- refers to Carla as his little sister even though they’re only months apart and rarely specifies that they’re just foster siblings
Face Claim: RJ Mitte
"Hey, what’s with the long face? You’re still alive aren’t you? That’s something to be very happy about in this world we’re living in."
Coming from a large family consisting of four siblings, with only two older than he, Abraham always enjoyed being around people. He came to America at seven knowing little English with parents who were a little better off than he was. However, early on in his teens, his parents were realized as illegals and were deported back to Barbados. He was left with his older brothers, and two younger sisters, one of which was born in America. They moved in with their paternal aunt in a small two bedroom apartment and while his older brothers went off to University, he stuck around and worked and raised his younger sisters until his parents came back fifteen years later. He had long discovered he was a mutant when the MRAA was making headline news all across the nation. His youngest sister was one as well. He had belief in this nation and thought good would come out of this. He brought himself and his sister to register once it was passed and she went first because he thought she would go more smoothly, being an American citizen. However she was detected as dangerous and he wasn’t able to rescue her from the hands of the guards and all he could do was run before he too got taken. Shortly after this, he turned to the mutant support group who later became the Underground Resistance of Mutants. He helps in spreading the word to other mutants and given his warm personality, most mutants are willing to be a part of the Underground. He is the eyes and ears of the operation, able to be anywhere at anytime.
- he has helped many mutants find safety and shelter at the Underground, including Hana Song, Michelle Walker, Carla Gonzalez and Christopher Jenkins.
- is among those that are a notch below Gabriela in terms of the group hierarchy
- despite all that has happened to him, he still keeps a smile on his face believing a smile can change everything
- it’s difficult to tell if you are speaking to one of his duplicates or him since he has many of them in various locations
Face Claim: Anthony Mackie
"I think it’s funny how they try to hide just how scared of us they are. We should use that fear against them."
Knowing what people were thinking could trouble someone and when Hana developed it at a young age, it more than troubled her; it was damaging. She didn’t bother talking to her twin brother, Jae, about it, believing he wouldn’t understand. She grew angry and when her parents tried to help she pushed them away. She couldn’t take her brother’s condescending flurry of thoughts and pushed him away too. Already pissed off at the world, she still kept up with the news and when she heard about the act that was floating around Congress, she was one of the many mutants in her city to protest it, but it still came despite their effort to prevent it. That same night she was called by a hospital and called her brother while she waited for her parents to get out of surgery, but he took a while to pick up. When he eventually did pick up, she had to tell him the news of their parents’ death. He came back for the funeral, but when she had nowhere to go anymore, she had no choice but to follow him. She hates Los Angeles. She hated moving into such a big city, but it’s good practice. While practicing her ability on the streets, she heard a mutant thinking about a group of mutants underground and after confronting that mutant, who turned out to be Abraham Howard, she was eagerly shown the Underground. After meeting their leader, she went back and told her brother all about it. As usual, he wasn’t interested but she is still trying to get her brother to understand. She wants to know that if some war were to break out right now, he’d be with her and not against her.
- thoughts come to her in a jumbled mess and it’s hard for her to sift through it and find exactly what someone is thinking
- carries a picture of her parents in her wallet and often wishes she had more time to apologize for how she acted
- is afraid that there’s something wrong with her brother, but isn’t sure how to help
- actively tries to improve her ability and learn self-defense, although she wishes she could learn how to attack as well
Face Claim: Arden Cho
"Violence solves nothing. It is not beneficial to do the same to them as they do to us."
Jae is the polar opposite of his twin sister, Hana and they never got along. What he wanted, she always went against it. While his sister went off and did whatever she wanted, Jae stayed at home and remained studious. It wasn’t like he didn’t enjoy it. As he went off to a university in Los Angeles, he didn’t bother keeping in touch with her. He only cared about his parents and doing what they would think is right. He never understood the hatred of mutants, maybe it had to do with himself being one, but he was still intrigued by his own existence. More importantly he wanted to put down the MRAA for the clear violation of rights it was. When it was passed he went on a protest with a large group right on campus. He could never forget that night for various reasons, but mostly because that same night he got a call from his sister. Their parents, among others, had been killed on their way home during a riot. He was never really the same after his parents had passed. They both weren’t. Jae threw himself into his studies, going on to continue graduate school. He doesn’t know what he would do if he had to stop studying and start actually living. All he knows is that he wants to continue to do what made his parents proud of him. His sister tells him of an underground resistance and he tells her to get far away from them because she will get hurt; she could be among the casualties of their movement. He knows she doesn’t listen to him, but he still tells her. He doesn’t want to lose what little family he has left.
- he can never be found without a book in his hands, whether it is for fun or for school, although he considers that to be fun as well
- he identifies as pacifistic and has vowed to never hurt anyone or anything intentionally
- after the death of his parents he turned to Christianity and finds comfort in the scriptures
- his telekinesis is extremely untrained, but he practices restraint and never allows himself to lose his temper to keep a lid on his mutation
Face Claim: Steven Yeun
Warning the subject of suicide mentioned below may be triggering.
"Trust me, I’d like to get out of this world just as much as you do. I’ve tried."
His parents definitely were not the kind and patient ones that some are fortunate to have. While physical abuse was never something to be seen, the scars Daniel had were multiple and inside. What started off as a shy but friendly child quickly turned to a closed off and bitter teenager. He couldn’t make many friends; he was shy and had a horrible personality. The MRAA didn’t have any immediate effects on Daniel. He wasn’t even surprised that once the mutant detection system was created his family were one of the first ones scanned. They disliked mutants, he knew that much. However, he was shocked when he was identified as one, his mutation unknown. Days following his twentieth birthday, he was forced out of his home with nowhere to go. He ended up on the streets, asking for money, trying to avoid fights. He got chased by a Sentinel and outran it only to end up being attacked by people who hated mutants. Within months he was done with this life. He didn’t want this anymore and couldn’t see anything getting better. So he got to the top of a parking structure and jumped. He woke up in a morgue two days later, shocking everyone in the office as he kicked to be let out, and made other attempts throughout the years before getting rescued by Gabriela Dekker. It took a while for him to warm up to her, but he has came a long way, even though he’s not so great with the others. He still has very troubling thoughts and is in no way okay.
- he prefers to keep far away from other people in the underground although not to be overtly rude
- always looks for any signs of reassurance or approval of his actions
- he definitely needs help and while the support from the Underground is great, it is not enough
- most likely is suffering from depression but without clinical diagnosis, one can’t be sure
Face Claim: Michael B. Jordan
"I never thought something like this would happen. America has fallen to her knees and justice and liberty are weeping."
Dianna comes from a powerhouse of a family and she’d be damned if she didn’t do the same. Her parents were very aggressive in ensuring that she went to all the “good” schools, did all the “right” things and in essence Dianna didn’t have much of a fun childhood or a childhood most people would recognize as one. However, she managed to be an academically bright and creative student, earning scholarships and similar awards for her papers and work in school. When she finally got accepted to Stanford, she knew she was on the right path just like the rest of her family. She was in law school when the MRAA was being considered. Upon passing her bar exam and the passing of the act, the workforce became incredibly discriminant, forcing mutant scans before you were even allowed to send in an application. She believed she could still fool the system, but when her words couldn’t get her through the doors, she knew she had to look elsewhere. She later found a job in the only place that would take her, a mutant rights law firm. She worked her way up the ladder in the small firm, they needed as much help as they could get. She heard of the burning of a facility that allowed mutant gatherings and attempted to take it to trial but no one wanted to report it. She went and had a talk with Gabriela Dekker, urging her to press charges. Gabriela managed to convince her to join their fight and for the first time in some while, Dianna was persuaded. However, she remains unregistered which creates a lot of trouble and has moved around due to Sentinels constantly tracking her down.
- she has no qualms about using her persuasion in the courthouse, particularly with the jury or the judge
- the law firm she is in is the only one that helps specifically mutants with their issues in the Los Angeles County.
- helps monetary wise with any problems that might come up within the Underground
- is among those that are a notch below Gabriela in terms of the group hierarchy
Face Claim: Nicole Beharie