Radiance
Real Name Seth Garland
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Portrayed by Jonathon Trent
Gender Male
Place of Birth New York City
Date of Birth January 11th, 1996
Age 16
Aliases Radiance
Origin Mutant
Current Location New York City
Occupation Student
Team
Alignment
Known Relatives Jason Garland (father, deceased), Helen Garland (mother), Julie Garland (sister)
Significant Other Karen (mutant, and former love interest; deceased)
Known Abilities Zero-Point Energy Generation and Manipulation

Character Details

Born to a family of law enforcement officers, Seth is son to police Captain Jason Garland, a highly competent man in his job, and Helen, an aspiring art worker; he has a sister named Julie, aged 10.
The family environment was the best that could be provided, given all circumstances. Although the money earned sure wasn't all that much, his parents did what they could to provide for financial stability.
Life at school was good for him. He had good friends, good grades, and the good sense to stay out of trouble. Although not into the popularity thing, he did get some fame for learning how to play the guitar in his spare time.
While Seth lived his life into his teens, his father worked to solve a case concerning the Russian Mob, and found himself dangerously close to finishing it. This brought the attention of its New York leader, Iacob Ravutinyk, a cruel Ukrainian and former war profiteer, and unknown to the police, a mutant.

As Seth went on to form a band with his friends at age 14, he also gained the attention of a girl called Karen, and after a while they started dating. What he had was good; in fact, Seth felt like it couldn't get any better for him.
But one day, on a school day, Karen's mutant powers started to manifest during a test, growing wings, and it caused her to panic and flee before a scared crowd. He searched for her every place he could think of, but didn't find her anywhere.
Eventually, she called him, asking to meet her at the top of a building. Fearing the worse, he called his father to ask for help in case she decided to harm herself. And his gut feeling didn't betray him, as she was drunk out of her mind and getting ready to commit suicide. He tried to dissuade her from doing it, but to no avail. He almost jumped after her, had it not been for the timely intervention of his father as he grabbed him and pulled him away.

Over the next few weeks, he started paying a little more attention to the news, with the newly found Mutant Registration Act taking place. Discussing with his father the concerns about mutants, he found out his dad didn't hate them, but felt that some sort of control should be implemented, given how some of those mutants were actually criminals, and could easily overpower regular law enforcement. But the matter was definitely controversial, his father wouldn't deny it.
School life returned to normal after a while, although he would hear behind his back that he was a mutant sympathizer for a good while, much to his dismay; those were the same people who just weeks ago related to Karen, after all. This hypocrisy would lead him to compose songs about how superficial people are and the cruel facts of life.

As months passed, Seth's father's coordinated efforts to uncover Russian Mob operations finally took the blow on Ravutinyk, and he decided to dispose of Jason Garland and his family in retaliation. A group came one night, that dragged Seth and his family out of bed and brought them to a warehouse, where the Russian Mob leader awaited.
A sadist and a telepath, Ravutinyk would have his way by torturing them, and he would do that by controlling their minds and make them watch as they'd kill one another, virtually powerless to stop it. And he controlled Seth's mind, forcing him to grab a pipe and beat Jason to death, with both his mother and sister watching.

And that's when his powers emerged, flooding the warehouse with blinding, startling light, just enough to make Ravutinyk lose his grasp on Seth's mind in the heat of the moment. The blast that succeeded afterwards went through the Mob leader, leaving no trace of his existence whatsoever.
Using his newfound abilities, Seth escorted his mother and sister to safety by blasting his way out of the place and causing a severe number of casualties among the Mob's ranks in his escape; the remaining mobsters, unprepared for that kind of firepower, saw no choice but to flee into the night.

The last few weeks have not been easy for anyone in the Garland family. With the tragedy that took place, Seth and his mother have been away on bereavement leave and taking care of Julie, who's been traumatized and refuses to speak. And he's been away from public life, uncertain on whether he should or not register, with his mother too grief-stricken to offer any advice on the subject.
So, knowing he wouldn't be of any help to his family if he were to run away from the law, Seth did the only thing he could do: he registered.
As far as their safety was concerned, talks about inserting them into the witness protection were ongoing, but the agents have been taking too long to provide an answer. Finally, their answer was that they believed to be out of danger, so that there was no need to relocate them.

Finding this reply to be incredibly hard to believe, Seth clinged as much as he could to his calm and reason; the Russian Mob wouldn't give up on chasing them. Ever!

Now, he finds himself cornered and abandoned. What should his next move be...?

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Date Title Characters Summary
01/26/13 16:19 Cookout Aurora, Mercury, Radiance, and Sandman Sandman has a cookout some students and Aurora attend.
02/12/13 21:32 The Wicked Witch of The West Jean Grey, Magik, Blindfold, Radiance Magik confronts Jean Grey about her decision to hire Emma Frost, former enemy of the New Mutants, as a teacher of Ethics at Xavier's School
02/17/13 21:00 Late Night Stalking X-23, Radiance In which X-23 goes out to stalk some prey and ends up waylaid by Seth's meddling.
03/06/13 Fly Me To The Moon Thimble Mirage Radiance Training recon mission for the New Mutants
03/06/13 Fly Me To The Moon II Thimble Radiance Conclusion of Fly Me To The Moon
03/11/13 17:30 Researching The Gods Blindfold, Mercury, Seth, Phantasm Hi I'd like to research Native American Gods. Which tribe? The A-hole tribe…
03/12/13 16:01 Mad Gods Part II Black Crow, Mirage, Radiance, Thimble and Calumet, Iktomi, and the clown demons Mirage, Radiance, and Thimble are training in the woods when they are interrupted by the Mad Gods
03/12/13 19:12 Mad Gods Part III Black Crow, Jean Grey, Mirage, Phantasm, Radiance, Shadowcat, Thimble, Wolf Cub, Wolfsbane, X-23, and the Anasazi The heroes go to free Mirage, Radiance, and Thimble. They fight the Anasazi
03/13/13 19:21 Mad Gods Part V Black Crow, Dagger, Radiance, Scarlet Witch, Tigerstripe, and Haokah Black Crow, Dagger, Radiance, Scarlet Witch, Tigerstripe are sent to Alaska to stop Haokah. They manage to defeat him and free him from his thrall.
03/16/13 08:00 New Mutants in Disney World Showstopper, Blink, Thimble, Radiance, Blindfold, Mercury and Mirage Scavenger Hunt for the New Mutants
03/25/13 Pizza Break Blindfold, Magik, Thimble, Radiance and Mirage After a trying day, a pizza break is called for, Magik crashes, chaos ensues.
03/31/13 17:45 Mad Gods Finale Black Crow, Daredevil, Hawkette, Mirage, Radiance, Spiral, Wolfsbane, Demon Bear, and Owayodata (off panel, the Anasazi, Avengers, Dr. Strange, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and Topaz) While heroes battle the gods (behind the scenes) a small group of heroes sneak into Shipolo to rescue Mirage
04/04/2013 Surprise, It's a X-Baby! Ambrose, Thimble, Showstopper, Blindfold, Seth and Mirage Dani is switched with her X-Baby alternate
04/22/13 The effing dragon Phantasm, Rex, Scarlet Witch, Seth He breathes fire. Someone should slay it.
04/24/2013 Asking Permission Radiance and Mirage Seth asks permission before just jumping in!
04/30/2013 Unplugged Performance Rex Gregson, Armand, Sandman, Blindfold, Radiance, Gogo, Lyra, Scarlet Witch and Topaz, NPC: Storm The elvish Rex Gregson performs
06/01/12 20:06 Mutant Mistake Beta Ray Bill, Cyclops, Rogue, Seth, and Tanya Beta Ray Bill and Rogue talk. Cyke shows up. Tanya bumps into Seth.
06/02/12 16:30 What Would You Like Your Tombstone To Say Seth, Armand, Rogue, Rex, Beta Ray Bill, Loki, Mike Taunting a god is a bad idea, taunting an unstable god is an even worse idea.
06/03/12 I'd like beef and bacon on that Tanya, Armand, Loki, Phantasm, Seth, Amora While Loki observes hidden away within a pizza place, others move about grabbing their pizza.
06/04/12 12:00 Concert in Central Park Rex Gregson, Phantasm, Armand, Rogue, Alchemy, Beta Ray Bill, Seth The Sombre Tyranasaur hosts a surprise concert with surprise guests
06/05/2012 Student Recruitment Seth, Rogue and Mirage Mirage does some student recruitment
06/07/12 After School Activities Seth, Night Thrasher Night Thrasher is chasing down the Ratpack after a theft, Seth is walking home from school. Hilarity ensues.
06/08/12 22:00 Mob Problems Rogue, Seth, Cyclops The process to recruit Seth continues, but discussion about his recent problem with the Russian Mob ensues
06/15/12 19:16 It's Official Cyclops, Rogue, and Seth Cyclops accepts Seth into the Xavier Institute and goes with Rogue to announce the news.
06/15/12 23:26 Potentials Cyclops, Rogue, Seth, Wolfsbane, and Wolverine Seth is brought to the Institute and Scott, Rogue, Rahne, and Logan discuss potential future, leadership, and dangers involving MGH.
06/17/2012 New Student Seth and X-Students Seth meets some of the other students at Xaviers
06/19/12 16:09 Aroma of Burnt Naga Cyclops, Mirage, and Seth Seth has his first Danger Room Session with mirage as Scott watches.
07/01/12 19:48 The Office Cyclops, Hepzibah, and Seth Scott meets with Seth and then Hepzibah stops by.
07/05/12 08:00 The Morning After Blindfold, Cyclops, Manifold, Rex Gregson, Seth, and Vaughn Blindfold, Cyclops, Manifold, Rex Gregson, Seth, and Vaughn all encounter each other outside a Mutant Town Bodega
07/07/12 15:14 Saturday Afternoon Blindfold, Cyclops, the Phantasm, Seth, and the Vision Saturday afternoon at the diner.
07/08/12 14:56 Mutant Outreach Blindfold, Cyclops, Seth, Surge, Vaughn, and Beak, Dust, Staff & Patients of Clinic Scott and students volunteer at the clinic.
07/09/12 19:00 Everyone Likes Ice Cream Vaughn, Armand, Blindfold, Seth, Enchantress, Namor Interesting conversation in the park
07/10/12 16:23 Punishment Cyclops and Seth Seth admits his blunders and gets punished
07/10/12 19:30 Motherly Concern Blindfold, Jean Grey, Seth Seth is commiting to his punishment, and Ruth approaches to offer help. Jean enters and offers a different kind of help.
07/15/12 14:09 Danger. . .Deluge. . . Blindfold, Cyclops, Seth, and Beast, Deluge Cyclops with Seth and Blindfold are against trapped in the Danger Room
07/16/12 13:00 A Field Trip Gone Bad Human Torch, Blindfold, Seth, Jean Grey, NPC: Trent Stone, Serena Deveaux People are not who they are anymore.
07/17/12 20:51 Campus Tour Blindfold, Cyclops, Finesse, Seth, and Vaughn Vaughn gets a tour of the school
07/19/12 23:30 Portents and Funny Smells Cyclops, Vaughn, Blindfold, Surge, Seth Cyclops introduces Vaughn to some of the other students, and they discuss Blindfold's odd feelings.
07/23/12 16:45 Scott B Gone Cyclops Blindfold Finesse David Scott settles down with students, is kidnapped by mysterious tentacles.
07/23/12 17:00 Dangerous Moon Blindfold, Jean Grey, Seth, Havok, Mirage, emitting by Night Crawler Danger Room is on the Fritz, after it kidnaps Scott, faculty and students investiage
07/23/12 17:15 Scott Cries Blindfold, Aurora, Mirage, Seth, Vaughn, Havok, emitted by Nightcrawler Students and Faculty encounter early stage Danger, fighting ensues
07/23/12 20:00 Why is the Blind Girl leading the way Blindfold, Keith, Seth, Vaughn, Richenda Gray, Jessica Drew, Ultragirl, Phantasm (Cameo), Iceman (NPC Chaperone) A group from Xavier's ends up at a homeless shelter, where they meet up with Keith and also Jessica Drew, who is investigating a missing teen.
08/05/12 07:00 Gyrokenetic Meltdown Blindfold, Seth, Keith, Vaughn and Bobby Drake (NPC) Keith breaksdown and loses a bit of control!
08/06/12 12:00 Heavy Metal Horde Finale 2: Paris, France Sandman, Radiance, Blindfold, Phantasm, Sir Newton, NPCS: Doctor Strange, Wong, Ariel, Nova, Blue Diamond, Sabra, Arabian Knight, Beetle, Docteur Q, Dagard Ace, Ultron Another team of heroes is gathered and sent half-way around the world, to help face Dagard Ace and contain or subdue the giant robot threatening Paris, France, while the battle rages to stop Ultron's bid to take over the world.
08/15/12 20:30 We All Scream For Ice Cream Ms. Marvel, Ultragirl, American Dream, Captain America, Beta Ray Bill, Mockingbird, Wanda, Seth, Blindfold, Scarlet Witch, Sandman Carol and Shannon's planned celebration brings in plenty of help.
08/28/2012 20:20 Afternoon in the Park Vaughn, Armand, Blindfold, Seth, Iceman, Scarlet Witch, Black Cat, Elene Chance encounters in the park
08/31/12 05:12 Crime Doesn't Pay (even in Mutant Town) Cyclops, Seth, Shatterstar, Elene Seth is almost mugged in Mutant Town
09/01/12 11:00 Sais Fired in Hell's Kitchen Elene, Seth, Shatterstar Elene responds to a fight in Hell's Kitchen
09/02/12 19:15 September at the Mansion Keith, Seth, Blindfold, Vaughn, Iceman A social afternoon for Xavier students and Iceman
09/03/12 22:00 Musical Interlude Blindfold, Richenda Gray, Seth, Vaughn Four students relaxing around the fountain.
09/28/12 12:48 Living Lethal Welcome Logan, Shatterstar, Seth Logan welcomes Shatterstar to the X-Men
10/01/2012 Mud, Sweat and Almost Tears Showstopper, Radiance, Mercury, Finesse, Wolverine and Mirage Another training session for the students
10/22/12 Chaperone and Punishment Shadowcat, Lyra, Seth, Mercury, Phantasm, Vaughn, Richenda Gray, Wanda, Thimble A lot of people run into each other at the diner and several students run the risk of being grounded
10/26/12 After School Special Armand, Mercury, Phantasm, Rex Gregson, Seth, Shatterstar, Spiral, Vaughn Musicians rally together to perform a free concert with a few messages for the kiddos.
12/16/12 13:44 Visiting Rights Jean Grey, Blindfold, Firestar, Cyclops, Marrow, Mercury, Radiance Firestar calls Xavier Mansion to ask for permission to visit Ruth Aldine at the school, is invited to come over, and gets a sense of what the school is like these days
12/22/12 18:00 Christmas Plans Mercury, Radiance, Jean Grey Jean catches up with her students and invites them to her parents' for Christmas. Also, plans about making the New New Mutants are hatched…
2010/04/28 13:00 The Order - part 2 Blindfold, Empath, Phantasm, Radiance An Apartment Fire Heats up a Sunday Afternoon (time jump converted)

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