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Hellions was a team of adolescent mutants being trained
in the use of their superhuman powers by Emma
Frost, the White Queen of the Hellfire Club. The members
of the Hellions all registered as students at the Massachusetts
Academy, a private school located in Snow Valley in
the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. Frost was headmistress
of the school and it was here that she secretly trained
the Hellions in using their powers. It was Frost's intention
that the Hellions, when fully trained, would serve the
interests of the Hellfire Club's
Inner Circle, which seeks to amass political and economic
power through both legal and illegal means. However, the
individual Hellions varied in their motivations, and not
all of them leaned towards criminality. Most of the Hellions
were killed on a mission and the Hellions ceased to exist.
It has recently come to light that Gateway
may have had something to do with their deaths.
The Hellions often came into conflict with Professor
Xavier's second generation of students, the New
Mutants, and the two teams settled into an almost
friendly rivalry rather than cold hatred. However, criminal
mutant Trevor Fitzroy killed half the Hellions during
an unsuccessful peace conference with the X-Men.
Their deaths so shook Frost she abandoned her evil ways
and agreed to become headmistress of Generation
X, a team of mutant teens learning to use their abilities
for the greater good of mankind.
Subsequently, Christopher Aaronson -- long-lost brother
of X-Force's Jesse Aaronson (Bedlam)
-- assembled a second group of Hellions and assumed the
name King Bedlam. Unlike their predecessors, these Hellions
have no connection to the American branch of the Hellfire
Club. Instead, they are an autonomous collective of alpha-class
mutants who intend to claim the respect and position they
feel their elite classification warrants.
Fearing his potential to destroy the world, the new Hellions
broke into a Department of Defense warehouse in Utah to
retrieve the Armageddon Man -- one of the first recorded
mutants, kept in suspended animation by the military for
more than 40 years. King Bedlam manipulated his brother
to lure X-Force to his Santa Lucia compound. Once the
mutants had been captured, King Bedlam used them to release
the Armageddon Man. But Tarot betrayed the Hellions, freeing
the members of X-Force from Paradigm's control and allowing
them to stop the Armageddon Man.