ShowStopper
Real Name Richenda Gray
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Richenda was born and raised as part of the Wachowsky Brothers Circus, a rag-bag carnival and Big Top. Much of her early life was spent on the road, and in rural communities all over the Midwestern US. Her father, Al (nobody but the Wachowsky Brothers called him Aloysius twice) Gray, was a relatively new carny, a small-town mechanic who married into the show. Her mother, Angelica Gonzalez, was of Spanish Gypsy descent, and worked as a stage magician and fortune teller for the circus, growing up in the show in much the same way that Chenda herself did. While the family never had much money or much environmental stability, they did have each other, as well as the other circus folk they worked with. On the road, that's a lot of family.

It was a relatively peaceful upbringing, though not without its troubles. Richenda was a bright girl, but she had no talent for sitting still, and the fact that she was rarely anyplace where it was necessary (like a school classroom) contributed to her poor academic marks. Outside of class, she could be found nearly anywhere, especially where she wasn't supposed to be. Unsafe places like supposedly-haunted houses drew her like honey draws flies. She was often alone on these adventures, as her family's roving tendencies didn't leave much time for making friends, but she got along fine. She often got into trouble as well, since the locals didn't much care for having their local sights snooped around in. And those circus folk are bad people, you know. All the same, it wasn't a boring way to grow up. There were always new places to see, usually around the time that the old ones began to get boring.

Life might've continued this way for quite a while if Boris Wachowsky hadn't hired a new lighting and effects man. He was a little shady, and not in the honest way of most carnies, but the man knew his craft, and he brought a few experienced people on board to handle his equipment. He'd only been around for about a month when the disappearances began. And they weren't just hired help, but trusted people who'd been around for years. But there wasn't a single clue what had happened, just empty trailers and campers. At least, not until Richenda, coming back from a night out with friends that had run late, witnessed one of the abductions.
Fueled by the foolhardy bravery of the very young, Chenda trailed the kidnappers out of the fairgrounds and into the ruins of some old buildings on the edge of town. All she can remember after she peeked through the door of a basement she followed them to is a flash of light and a crushing pressure on her mind, then a horrible burning sensation...

When she awakened, she was lying in the shell of a ruined building, rather damp and in considerable pain, with a paramedic working on her. Something had set the buildings on fire and collapsed a basement. She was the only person the firemen had found in the ruins. And that wasn't the only disaster of the night: some psycho had burned and bombed out the nearby Wachowsky Brothers Circus. In one moment of irresponsibility, Richenda Gray had gone from circus kid to orphan. And then there was the matter of the odd glow around her hands when she tried to remember what she saw in the basement!

Brighton County, Arkansas wasn't prepared to deal with having a young freak on their hands, but simply turning her loose would cause image problems, since the news story had gained national attention. It also, two days later, gained them a visit from the FBI. Paranoia over the mutant menace had government agents investigating nearly any strange incident, especially when it involved young people, and what happened to the Wachowsky Brothers Circus had both qualifications. Trouble was, Chenda was a carny down to her bones, and in her mind it was dangerous to trust the government for any reason. That mistrust was only heightened when Agent Rolf Ericson refused to discuss what would happen to her. That night, she escaped from the hospital. She's been on the move ever since, trying to figure out just what happened to her and why she was spared the fate of her family and friends. And, while she's at it, trying to figure out just who was kidnapping her friends. So far she's only got a name she overheard from the FBI: Horrorshow. Who or what that might be she has no idea, but she intends to change that.

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01/01/13 15:45 It's Just A Stepping Disc To The Left Magik, Showstopper, Mercury After one wrong jump left her at Daimon Hellstrom's Mansion, Magik gets closer on the next jump, actually winding up at the Girls' Dorm at Xavier Mansion. She meets Showstopper and Mercury.
01/03/2013 09:00 News of Magik Showstopper, Havok and Mirage Richenda comes to check on Dani and to tell her about Illyana being back
02/03/13 09:30 Chatting Over Breakfast Showstopper, Blindfold, Blink, Jean Grey and Mirage This just in: Jean is Engaged!
02/03/13 18:30 Supers Bowl Blindfold, Blink, the Phantasm, Sandman, and ShowStopper Sandman and Mike chaperone some Xaviers students bowling and watch the Super Bowl. A small riot breaks out which is quelled without violence.
02/06/2013 Surprise! Magik, Wolfsbane, Showstopper, Wolverine and Mirage Illyana surprises Dani, others drop by.
02/07/2013 11:00 New Mutant Recruitment Showstopper and Mirage Mirage recruits her first new, New Mutant
02/08/2013 Gem Meets Waif Showstopper and Topaz Topaz meets Richenda
02/17/13 11:00 A Matter of Mistaken Identity Armand, Kimura (NPC), ShowStopper, X-23 In which Richenda crosses paths with X-23, Kimura rears her head, and Armand eats noodles.
02/22/13 10:49 Aurora Doesn't Care About Cold Weather Aurora, Showstopper Aurora decides to go to the pool and doesn't feel like a public place, good thing she has friends at the X-Mansion
02/27/13 1:02 A Friend In Need Gets Help Indeed Firestar, Showstopper Richenda asks Angelica for some help, and being the good friend she is, Angelica offers said help
03/01/13 Flight Training - New Mutants Style Mirage Showstopper Thimble Flight training for Newbies - skip the manual!
03/03/13 Mall Visit - New Mutants Style Thimble Showstopper Richenda drags Janie to shop a few things - and they stop a gang of shoplifters.
03/04/13 Weaving Friendship I Thimble Showstopper After a shopping trip on Sunday, Stuff needs to get tested
03/04/13 Weaving Friendship II Thimble Showstopper Conclusion of Weaving Friendship I
03/10/13 Morning Pranks Showstopper Thimble Girls in the morning.
03/11/13 16:29 Mad Gods Part I Armand, Black Crow, Showstopper, Spiral, Tigerstripe, Topaz, USAgent and Hotamintanio, Nanabozho, and some Spirit warriors The gods attack Staten Island in search of stolen artifacts. Many people die!
03/14/13 17:00 Stitching Time I Showstopper Thimble Showstopper pays Thimble a visit
03/14/13 17:20 Stitching Time II Showstopper Thimble Conclusion of Stitching Time
03/16/13 08:00 New Mutants in Disney World Showstopper, Blink, Thimble, Radiance, Blindfold, Mercury and Mirage Scavenger Hunt for the New Mutants
03/18/2013 New Mutants in Disney World: Part 2 Blindfold, Finesse and Showstopper (Emits by Mirage) The continuing saga of the New Mutant Scavenger Hunt
04/04/2013 Surprise, It's a X-Baby! Ambrose, Thimble, Showstopper, Blindfold, Seth and Mirage Dani is switched with her X-Baby alternate
04/04/2013 Hay! Covered in it! Showstopper, Thimble (as alternate Cocoon) and Mirage More of X-Baby Dani
04/15/2013 New Mutants in Madripoor, part 1 Mercury, Showstopper, and Mirage The New Mutants take a day trip to Madripoor and a few learn a valuable lesson..and gain a monkey
04/17/2013 Pool Side Showstopper, Krista (Pinion) Richenda and Krista are surprised to see each other so far from home
04/22/13 12:30 Fixing Time Thimble Showstopper Richenda has a mishap, Janie fixes it.
04/28/2013 Magic Is Real Showstopper and Topaz But you don't have to take Topaz's word for it.
05/03/13 12:00 New Beginnings Arachnae, Showstopper, Thimble, Blindfold Pizza day at Xaviers, mixed up with several new beginnings
06/03/12 Rainy Day Robbery Richenda Gray & Krista Two girls trying to have a coffee when a robber interfers
06/20/12 14:24 Manhattan Under Siege pt. 1 Richenda Grey, Ares, Mirage, Night Ravn Shadow Creatures Attack the City
07/05/2012 I Got Pictures! Richenda Gray, Armand, Krista Chenda and Krista are at the mall and run into Armand
07/09/12 Richenda Learns of Traitors Richenda Gray & Havok Havok recruits Richenda to talk with Hellions and tells her of Kurt's corruption.
07/09/12 13:35 Welcoming Committee Cyclops, Kisha, and Richenda Gray Scott makes Kisha and Richenda part of the welcoming committee for the school
07/09/12 21:21 Codename Conversation Cyclops and Richenda Gray Scott and Richenda chat about codenames and other things.
07/12/12 11:30 An End To Insomnia Jean Grey, Richenda Gray Richenda mentions she can't go to her room. Jean is going to fix it.
07/17/12 17:01 Zen Cyclops, Richenda Gray, and Surge Cyclops, Richenda Gray, and Surge chat in the Zen Garden
07/20/12 09:30 Morning Of The Sentinels Richenda Gray, Nightcrawler, Blindfold, Cyclops, Havok, Leyu Yashida, Wolverine, and LOTS OF SENTINELS Sentinels have the Xavier mansion for breakfast. Fortunately, they don't last long enough for dessert.
07/20/12 23:00 Dream encounters Richenda Gray, Phantasm While dream traveling, Phantasm comes across Richenda's nightmare and stops by to give her something else to dream about.
07/30/12 14:00 Heavy Metal Horde: Nimrod Cometh Sebastian Shaw, The Enchantress, Suzanne Endo, Armand, Alchemy, Richenda Gray, Empath, NPCS: Nimrod, Bishop Shaw and Amora take Suzi to see the school and the Hellions program. Armand and Tom are about thanks to the summer program. Richenda (Amelie) is under cover, checking things out under escort with Bishop. The time-displaced Sentinel arrives, and begins to malfunction. Empath re-appears to help out.
08/07/2012 Ultragirl goes shopping and meets Richenda Ultragirl Showstopper Suzy goes shopping, rescues Richenda from a 'wardrobe malfunction', and the pair chit-chat.
08/21/12 Snack Break Charlie, Richenda Gray amd Krista Three friends in the park
08/24/12 10:47 A Trip To The Shopping Mall Yishi, Firestar, Richenda Angelica and Xiu Lin go to the mall and happen about Richenda
09/03/12 22:00 Musical Interlude Blindfold, Richenda Gray, Seth, Vaughn Four students relaxing around the fountain.
09/12/2012 Brain Bleach Required Ariel, Richenda Gray, Ultragirl and Mirage Ariel arrives and the Mansion and sets off the alarms
09/13/2012 It's Impressive Alright Richenda Gray and Arachne Richenda comes to the Avenger's residence to return something
09/14/2012 Going Undercover Ariel, Richenda Gray and Mirage The three ladies go undercover to bust up a human trafficking ring
09/18/12 10:52 Mallrats Firestar, Richenda Gray, Ultragirl Angelica meets Richenda while hanging out at the mall, they both happen by Ultragirl
09/29/2012 19:00 It's Just Temporary Showstopper and Krista Showstopper and Krista meet up
10/01/12 10:41 Suspicious Minds Finesse, Richenda Gray Finesse comes in from her Pumpkin Man hunt and sees Richenda, who she suspects has something to hide following a meeting with Emma Frost
10/01/2012 Mud, Sweat and Almost Tears Showstopper, Radiance, Mercury, Finesse, Wolverine and Mirage Another training session for the students
10/05/12 Breakfast at Xavier's ShowStopper, Mockingbird Richenda and Bobbi talk over breakfast
10/22/12 Subway Story Thimble, Dagger, Showstopper Three girls are on the subway when it stops and crashes suddenly into a tunnel
11/04/12 Evening His Pal Josh Richenda Gray, Night Thrasher, Cockroach Hamilton Screams draw Richenda and Thrasher into an alleyway where they meet a man who talks to his gun
11/05/12 The New Student Thimble, Mirage, ShowStopper, Shatterstar The new student - Thimble - gets her introduction to Xavier's
11/11/12 Xavier Tour Thimble, Showstopper, Surge Thimble gets shown the facilities.
11/13/12 06:00 The Difference between Humans and Korbinites Beta Ray Bill, Blindfold, Sandman, and Showstopper Beta Ray Bill, Blindfold, Sandman, and Showstopper discuss New Korbin.
11/16/12 Tower Tour Showstopper, Shadowcat and Mirage Richenda visits the Tower
11/23/12 Christmas Shopping Showstopper and Mirage It's Black Friday! There is shopping..and hot guy watching to do.
11/27/12 Mamma Phoenix Comes Home To Roost Jean Grey, Beta Ray Bill, Mercury, Blindfold, Showstopper Jean gets questioned, Ruth's psi training begins
11/28/2012 After Music Class Thimble, Mercury, Wolfsbane, Showstopper, Jean Grey What happens between two classes in Xavier's.
12/09/2012 In the Snow Showstopper and Mirage Mirage and Showstopper talk about Peanut and vacation plans
12/14/2012 Pity Party Showstopper and Krista Richenda and Krista meet for coffee
12/15/2012 Kitchen Refuge Showstopper, Surge and Mirage Dani, Richenda and Surge all seek refuge from the busy Xavier's Mansion
12/20/12 23:47 A Lack of Christmas Spirit Finesse Showstopper Richenda tries a friendly conversation with Jeanne, only to realize Jeanne isn't like most people
2010/05/14 The Order Part XII: Departures And Reunions Richenda Gray, Rex Gregson, Blindfold, Dilana, Phantasm, Savio Drago The Conclusion of The Order of Saint George plot. Goodbyes are given to Mike's aunt, bad news is shared about Wade, Mike's father makes a visit, Blindfold has visions, and Rex spots a familiar face. (time jump converted)
2013/06/09 Moving In Lightspeed, Blink, Showstopper, Wolfsbane People begin to fill the place the New Mutants have set up for themselves.
2013/06/13 Interview Over Tea Showstopper, Jennifer Kale, Topaz Richenda has an bit of a job interview over tea

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