you know what I really want? an AU in which Lorna is born just before Erik gets arrested for the Kennedy assassination, and he somehow sends her to Charles (because of course he sends her to Charles, where else?), and Charles raises a fuss in the media and forces the government to give Erik a proper trial, contact with the outside world, all those lovely little rights he’s supposed to have–but Erik, like any true radical, decides to argue for his ideas instead of his innocence, and basically drags out the process, arguing that the courts don’t have the authority to try him, oh and also he was totally justified in killing all those Nazis. and Charles, despite not intending any of this to happen, stands by him anyway as years of deliberations and appeals fly by.

and basically the point of the AU is: Lorna. Lorna who grows up as the de facto Xavier heir with all of the wealth and privilege and history that entails, but also unquestionably her father’s daughter, visiting him in prison and sitting in the courtroom and growing up with his manifesto, dedicated to her, debated in every newspaper and public forum.

just… listen to this song and picture dark princess Lorna Dane. that is what I want.

All of this fits perfectly with both her original storyline in 1968 – where she had to choose between helping her father or joining the X-Men – and Uncanny X-Men #443, written by Chuck Austen in the 00s.

In Uncanny X-Men #443, which takes place after the Genoshan genocide but before Decimation, Lorna threatens to kill Xavier toward the end of an argument with him about whether pure pacifism will work or if force is sometimes necessary. I included the pages of how that wraps up below.

I think ultimately, Lorna does best when aspects of her character tie into the original philosophical struggle between Xavier and Magneto.