Hellfire Gala’s Big Reveal Features More Omega Level Arakko Mutants
In the X-Men’s Hellfire Gala, three members of Arakko’s mutant ruling class found a way to help the mutants of Krakoa set up their new world.
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Arakko was the lost mutant nation, the sister island of Krakoa that was forced – along with its warlike and powerful mutant inhabitants – to venture into the realm of Amenth. Swordbearers of Arakko challenged the heroes of Krakoa in X of swords and were defeated, but in an act of peace, the X-Men and their allies arranged for Arakko to return to Earth and live alongside Krakoa in peace. However, the mutants of this land had never known the survival of the fittest.
As Isca the Undefeated explained when she met Xavier and Magneto, all of the mutants that thrive on the island and sit among the Great Ring of Arakko – their equivalent of the Silent Council of Krakoa – are level mutants. Omega. This means that they have virtually no comparable limit in terms of horsepower and capacity. Now three of them have just been used for the X-Men’s most ambitious plan in years.
Three of these mutants end up being recruited by Magneto and his allies on Krakoa for a very important mission. Describing their powers as “weapons”, Isca and the mutants of Arakko agree to work with the characters of Krakoa to accomplish their near impossible mission. Working alongside the Omega-Level mutants of Krakoa Magneto, Hope, Vulcan, Storm, Iceman, Marvel Girl, Exodus, Elixir, Quinten Quire, and Monarch, the three are able to effectively terraform Mars and transform the long-dead red planet into a world for mutants to flourish. They even bring Arakko’s mutants straight to the planet by moving the outer gate so that it drags Arakko exactly where it belongs.
Each of the three selected Arakko mutants ends up using their powers in sync with their allies in Krakoa. Sobnuar of the Deep is a tall figure, with a toad’s face and six fins on the side of its head. Working with the power-boosting hope and reality-distorting Monarch, Sobnuar is revealed to contain an entire aquatic ecosystem in his veins. Making a cut through his hand, Sobunar pours water on Mars and breathes new life into the oceans. Storm then helps by using her control over the weather to create new natural winds for the world, allowing her to hug the land and sea of the world into a natural ecosystem.
Xilo, the first defender of this shattered land, is a large beetle-like mutant. With two large golden antennae and round eyes, he does indeed appear to be an eight foot tall insect. Reaching Olympus Mons – the active volcano newly created by a mutant on the surface – Xilo effectively transforms into hundreds of thin strands that penetrate Martian soil and help spread elements throughout the earth. The oxygen it creates allows mutants to breathe in the world.
Finally, Lactuca appears to be a female figure wearing a black cloak all over her body. In reality, this “cloak” appears to be part of her and is apparently filled with stars. His ability is to know everything in the universe, including when to have dangerous plans so they can work. In essence, she appears to have an avant-garde variant of Domino’s powers, allowing her surprising mastery of the universe. Overall, this is a very impressive performance for Arakko and allows them to help claim credit for transforming the dead world while also establishing their power over the rest of the world watching them.
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