BIOGRAPHY - Page 2
Many months later, Amanda heard about Kurt resurfacing with the British group Excalibur and decided to make amends. However, when she reached the lighthouse the team inhabited, she found that Excalibur was not at home. Instead, she ran into Brigadier Alysande Stuart, a friend of the group.
Together the two women traveled to Muir Island to ask Moira about the team’s whereabouts, only to find the island was under attack by the Reavers. Amanda saved Banshee, who had been shot, from drowning in the ocean by transforming into a mer-creature, diving after him and teleporting him to Moira’s lab. She agreed to help the cyborgs with her magical powers until the Reavers eventually retreated, though the incident also showed Amanda the limitations of her powers. When trying to conjure up the standard X-uniform for the people present, she utterly failed and the cyborgs were only partially affected by her spells, as the iron in their mechanical bodyparts counteracted magic. [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #253-254]
Soon afterwards, Amanda, like the other residents of Muir Island, fell under the growing control of the Shadow King and stayed there for many weeks [Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #269, 278] until Xavier, the X-Men and X-Factor defeated the Shadow King during the Muir Island Saga. Apparently, Amanda left immediately afterwards to pick up what was left of her former life.
Much later, in need of her magical abilities, Nightcrawler called his former girlfriend to aid Excalibur. For dramatic reasons, Amanda chose to adopt the codename Daytripper, kind of playing on Kurt’s codename of "Nightcrawler" and presented herself in a new costume. Once familiarized with the problem at hand, Amanda did the best she could to help Meggan and Rachel locate the lost Captain Britain in the timestream. However, when they made contact, they only succeeded in exchanging Brian for Rachel, who entered the timestream in his place to emerge in some farfetched future. [Excalibur (1st series) #75]
Following this incident, Kurt and Amanda traveled to Germany, where their mother Margali had been taken captive by D’Spayre. As Kurt wondered how such a powerful sorceress could be held captive against her will, Daytripper explained that the Winding Way was not only a mystic discipline, but also functioned like a journey with ups and downs. Currently, Margali was at a low point and powerless or else D’Spayre could never have defeated her. The pair rescued their mother and Amanda returned with Kurt to Excalibur. [Excalibur (1st series) #76-77]
Back on Muir Island, Amanda was the only one who recognized that the team’s scientist, Rory Campbell, was the man destined to become the future mutant hunter Ahab, but she promised him to keep her knowledge secret and offered to be there for him whenever the need would arise. [Excalibur (1st series) #80]
After Excalibur had been attacked by opposing sorcerers trying to acquire the Soul Sword of the deceased Illyana Rasputin, Amanda convinced Shadowcat to give her Magik’s Soul Sword for safe-keeping. Amanda thought it best to hand the sword over to her mother, [Excalibur (1st series) #83-85] but later discovered that Margali had used it to kill every other magician ahead of her on the Winding Way. Even though she had never been more powerful, it wasn’t enough for Margali and so in disguise she joined the London Hellfire Club as their Red Queen, proceeding their plan to destroy London and take over Britain. [Excalibur (1st series) #100]
Shortly after helping to defeat her mother and the Hellfire Club, Amanda left Excalibur without even telling Nightcrawler. [Excalibur (1st series) #108]
In actual fact, it was not Amanda who made that decision, but Margali, who had taken over the body of her daughter. Upon her defeat among the Hellfire Club, Margali had been captured by Belasco and been tortured in his realm.
From there, she had secretly switched minds with her daughter so that she could recuperate and win back her freedom and her position on the Winding Way. Eventually, using Amanda’s body, Margali made her way back to Limbo, where mother and daughter switched back and defeated Belasco with Nightcrawler’s help. Margali apologized for exposing her daughter to such danger, but then quickly left. Only after she was gone did Amanda realize that, with both she and Belasco gone, there was no one left besides her capable enough to take over as Limbo’s new ruler. To leave the dimension unguarded seemed too dangerous, given that several demons could have used its stepping disks to invade Earth. [X-Men Unlimited (1st series) #19]