Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, is an orphan as her parents were supposedly
killed in a plane crash shortly after her birth. She was adopted
by the "Dane" family, who is supposed to be her aunt and uncle.
They never told her that she was adopted, and she didn't learn
about the plane crash until she was nearly twenty years old. She
was born with green hair but dyed it brown for fear that she would
be thought of as 'different'. Her hair color was an outward manifestation
of the latent mutancy inside of her. She had the latent genetic
potential for magnetic powers, but certain genetic factors were
absent which would have allowed her to exercise those powers.
Normally she wouldn't have been able to use her abilities but Samuel
"Starr" Saxon, a roboticist, altered the normal course of events.
Saxon constructed an android dupe of Magneto (who was supposed to
be dead at this time), had a group of androids with strange powers
called the demi-men. Saxon's plans was to use these androids to
gain power and to promote anti-mutant hysteria.
He decided he needed some actual mutants to lead the robots while
he remained out of sight, giving directions to the Magneto robot.
First he recruited Mesmero, then Saxon decided he would need a magnetic
mutant to help with his >robotic army. Somehow he acquired a 'pscyhe
generator' (a device similar to Cerebro), he used it to find mutants
in North America at which point Lorna was compelled to go to San
Francisco, the city where Mesmero was located.
She was captured by Mesmero and his androids where they kidnapped
her and put her in a genetic stimulator -- which allowed her access
to her latent powers. Mesmero hypnotized her, altered her personality,
so she would be sympathetic to the fake Magneto in her cause. And
that she was Magneto's daugthter. Shortly afterward, Mesmero dropped
the hypnotic control over her. Assuming she would obey her 'father'
no matter what happened.
But after Iceman told her the truth about the fake Magneto and
that he wasn't her father and also about the plane crash/adoption
she joined the X-Men in fighting the robot Magneto. The Magneto
robot and Mesmero escaped and the Demi-Men were destroyed. And Saxon
went back to being an assassin. For a time Polaris loved Iceman,
but eventually fell in love with Havok.
Neither of them wanted to live their lives as hero, and found out
they both had an interest in geophysics. They left to do doctoral
reserach in geophysics in the Diablo Mountain Range in California.
For a while they spent time away from the public and only helped
the X-Men out in Emergency situations.
For a time she was under the control of a Shi'ar agent named Davan
Shakari who served D'Kenn. Charles Xavier freed her from Shakari's
Sometime afterward, she was possessed by Malice and led the Marauders
under Sinister. Sinister bonded Malice with Polaris so that Malice
couldn't escape her host body. Something about their unique genetic
structures made Polaris the perfect host for Malice.
After the Mutant Massacre Polaris wasn't seen for a while and then
called up Havok and the rest of the X-Men saying she was captured
by the Savage Land Mutates, Zaladane then stole her powers, and
the bond with Malice was broken. Her powers vanished for a while,
but after Zaladane was supposedly killed, her powers returned.
Afterward Polaris became super-strong and near-invulnerable and
was made known to Shadow King who used her to fall from the Astral
Plane into the real world. Following this Polaris was recruited
into X-Factor where she fought for a long time with her guy Havok.
At one point Malice possessed Havok and tried to get Polaris to
kill him but Sinister intervened and ripped the Malice choker off
of Havok and killed her. After serving faithfully for years in X-Factor,
Shard was placed into her body without her knowledge.
Polaris was then alone for a long time afterward as Havok had been
kidnapped by the Dark Beast. Havok then contacted Lorna and revealed
that indeed he wasn't really evil, he was just using the terrorist
activites to get close to the Dark Beast.
Lorna then forgave him but broke up with him as he had tried to
kill her. Afterward, she rejoined the ranks of X-Factor and watched
as Havok was seemingly blown up in a time-machine with Greystone
(one of the XSE from the future; like Shard, Fixx, and Archer).
She then left X-Factor and became a recluse. Nightcrawler then spotted
her in a church where she told him that she was being followed.
During this time she remained in her apartment and put up a magnetic
barrier so that no one could enter or leave the apartment but her.
She'd also told Nightcrawler that Havok was still alive because
the Living Monolith hadn't returned. Apocalypse at this time, working
with a group of Skrulls, really -had- been tailing her and broke
into her apartment stealing Havok's original headpiece for his original
costume. At this point she was found out to be a member of the 12
and travelled to Egypt with the X-Men to combat Apocalypse. She
was captured in the process like the rest of the 12.
Magneto channeled her magnetic power with great skill and force.
She claimed she never knew that type of energy could flow through
her or that she was even capable of being that powerful. After Apocalypse
was defeated she returned with Magneto to Genosha to gain a better
understanding of her powers and to become stronger in weilding them
which is where she remains to at this moment in time. (Magneto: