This school year we have had Apocalypse as our plot and as of this semester his horsemen have been taken and caused a good deal of chaos now on an international level.
With Malice in Xavier, Apocalypse was able to have his Herald, Blink, activated and capture the chosen horsemen
: Reed/Pestilence, Hope/War, Teagan/Death, and Michael/Famine. In addition to those four Rachel and Dr. McCoy were also taken.
As a response to the earlier taking of Rachel, Bobby and Rogue came to the conclusion that more permanent solutions
needed to be made as far as Dr. Essex and his Marauders were concerned. Since then they have recruited Adam, Laura, Pietro, Melati, Wade, and Danny. So far, they've killed the Marauders Scalphunter, Vertigo, Riptide, Arclight, Lady M, and Blockbuster. The death of Lady Mastermind at the hands of Rogue, however, has caused a split in the group and Melati informed the team that she would no longer be working with them. Whether or not she tells the x-men anything has not yet been decided.
Marauder Murder Instances:http://www.nightscrawlers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=116&t=15810http://www.nightscrawlers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=116&t=15846http://www.nightscrawlers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=116&t=15833
Meanwhile, while X-force has been going on, the Horsemen have been at work as well. They have been held at Apocalypse's compound where Essex, the Marauders, and Apocalypse's own Acolytes have been working to properly form their captives into the Horsemen they need. The first to strike was Pestilence, attacking with a human-targeting legacy virus Reed had actually made experimenting in the basement labs of Albus Rex as a possible future weapon for the Brotherhood if it was ever deemed necessary. Pestilence and Herald stole the virus and released it in a number of locations including the giant water-treatment plant in Chicago where the X-men caught up to them. The X-men, suffering the unexpected defeat
, return back to the school empty handed and also receiving some ridicule when recognized in public.
The next Horseman attack, however, went much better for them despite giant man-eating tumbleweeds
when they were successful in rescuing Michael and bringing him back to the school.Since then Michael, now able to see thanks to a bit of bribery from Dr. Essex for loyalty (though, in the end, Michael was drugged at the behest of the Acolytes and Apocalypse so now the X-men are aware of some of the things Horsemen are subjected to). As Dr. Summers was working with him he also discovered the information on the human-targeting Legacy virus Bobby had slipped into his office after dealing with Rogue and Jason for X-force, learning the two had both been The Brotherhood and had developed the new version of the virus in the first place.
Before the next attack took place, Malice was discovered to be the mole
at the school and responsible for allowing the Marauders into the school to aid in the taking of the Horsemen in the first place. Now Malice is contained in a special box constructed by Danger and the Acolytes, Loki and Fabian Cortez
, have been sent to the school to infiltrate and soon attempt a rescue of Malice.
After finally snapping into her role as War thanks to Essex and Anna-Maria Cortez, Hope as War created rage in people, causing them to fight violently in mobs and continues to do so. Her main attack
to-date, however, was thwarted by the X-men as they came across her Russian ships as they searched for Apocalypse's compound in the Carribean.
Death has made her presence known in New Orleans
where she let the dead walk and taunted the X-men she met there in gory and disturbing ways including Professor Forge, dead children, and a scene straight from The Birds. She has also had a meeting with Rogue
to taunt her further into her downward spiral.