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Scott Lobdell (plotter), Joe Pruett (scripter), Georges Jeanty (penciler), Sean Parsons (inker), Kevin Tinsley (colorist), Richard Starkings & Comicraft's JL (letters), Mike Raicht (assistant editor), Mike Marts (editor), Joe Quesada (editor in chief)
Gambit is suspicious of his teammates, who tell him that Bishop has been infected by some symbiote. He tries to leave but Xavier and the X-Men attack. Bishop sides with Gambit when he sees that Storm is powering up for a killing stroke. They remember that Storm and the others left the mansion to search for Destiny’s diaries and suddenly these X.-Men fade away; they were only illusions. Only Xavier, Beast and Nightcrawler remain, but they are under some mental control. Bishop and Gambit think they are up against Styfe and leave the mansion.
Remy, suspicious of his teammates, takes a seat. Beast shows him that Bishop has a symbiote; he tries to leave, but Xavier stops him, so he throws cards and kicks Xavier in the head. Surprised, the X-Men go down, all except Storm, who powers up. Bishop realizes she intends to kill him, and he vaguely
remembers her leaving the mansion with part of the team (after X-Men 2nd series #109). “Storm“ attacks, but it just tingles. Remy and Bishop realize the X-Men are illusions, but Beast thumps Remy: only the X-women were illusions, and they fade away.
Beast, Nightcrawler, and Xavier (!) are under mind control; it must be Stryfe (X-Men 2nd series 2000 Annual). Remy is more concerned that Bishop is emitting energy not his own. He throws cards and blows a hole in the floor, so they can escape. Bishop chokes him, saying their duty was to rescue Xavier, but Remy says Stryfe must be after Bishop's parasite. He tells Bishop to trust him, and they walk down the Morlock tunnel together.
Beast, Bishop, Gambit, Nightcrawler, Professor Charles Xavier (all X-Men)
The Bete Noir
In a flashback :
Psylocke, Rogue, Storm, Thunderbird III
As telepathic illusions :
Psylocke, Rogue, Storm
A flashback shows Storm, Psylocke, Rogue and Thunderbird leaving the mansion to start the Quest for Destiny’s diaries. Tessa is not seen among them, but it has to be assumed that she left around the same time. Beast and Bishop, though among the X-Treme X-Men line-up did not leave with them for unknown reasons. Beast has to work on the Legacy Virus, but Bishop’s excuse is unclear.