Engels started playing with Linux® in 1991 and obtained his Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), Red Hat Certified Instructor (RHCI), and Red Hat Certified Examiner (RHCX) certifications in 2002. He is in charge of Bluepoint's Total Linux®, Linux Kernel Internals®, Perl & Python Programming, and Extreme PHP curriculum and instruction development.
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Richard Keech, RHCE, RHCX conducted my RHCE, RHCI, and RHCX training & certification in his capacity as Red Hat Asia-Pacific's Chief Instructor. Before we parted ways, he congratulated me for becoming the first Filipino RHCX. I told him that I was trained by the best.
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Jean Grey
Sunday, Dec 19, 2004, 3:04 PM
Another Phoenix bio.

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Real Name: Jean Grey-Summers
Occupation: Adventurer, former student and fashion model, former member of X-Factor
Identity: Secret
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States, with no criminal record
Former Aliases: Marvel Girl
Place of Birth: Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Marital Status: Single

Known Relatives: John Grey (father), Elaine Grey (mother), Sara (sister, deceased), Gailyn (niece), Joey (nephew), Scott Summers (Cyclops, husband), Christopher Summers (Corsair, father-in-law), Alexander Summers (Havok, brother-in-law), Philip and Deborah Summers (grandparents-in-law), Nathan Christopher Summers (Cable, stepson), Rachel Summers (Phoenix II, daughter by Cyclops in an alternate timeline)

Group Affiliation: Founding member of the X-Men, former member of X-Factor
Base of Operations: Professor Charles Xavier's School for Higher Learning, Salem Center. Westchester County, New York; formerly X-Factor headquarters, New York City

First Appearance: X-MEN #1

History: Jean Grey is the younger daughter of Professor John Grey of the History Department of Bard College in Annandale-on Hudson, New York, and his wife Elaine. When Jean was ten years old, she was playing with her best friend Annie Richardson when Annie was hit by an automobile. The emotion that Jean felt as she held her dying friend awakened her own latent telepathic powers, and she thus experienced Annie's own emotions as she died. This traumatic occurrence left Jean in a withdrawn and deeply depressed state. Moreover, Jean discovered that she could not control her newly awakened telepathic abilities, and had to isolate herself from other people to keep hold of her sanity.

Finally, when Jean was eleven, a psychiatrist recommended to her parents that they consult a colleague of his, Professor Charles Xavier, who was secretly a mutant with telepathic abilities . Xavier explained to Jean, but not to her parents, that she was a mutant, and he treated her for several years. During this time he erected psychic shields in Jean's mind so that she would not be able to use her telepathic abilities until she had achieved the maturity necessary for dealing with them. Simultaneously, he taught her how to levitate and manipulate objects through psionic force. When Xavier judged that Jean had reached a certain level of mastery of her telekinetic power, he recommended to her parents that they enroll her in his newly established School for Gifted Youngsters. Unknown to Professor and Mrs. Grey, this school served as a cover for the X-Men, a team of young superhuman mutants being trained by Xavier to combat the threats posed by other mutants who used their powers against humanity. On entering the school, Jean Grey became the fifth member to join the X-Men and took the code name of Marvel Girl.

The original five X-Men remained together for several years. Shortly after she joined the team, Grey and Scott Summers, the X-Man known as Cyclops, fell in love with each other. Although neither told the other his or her true feelings for him or her for quite some time, they finally openly admitted their love for each other.

When Xavier realized that he had to remain in isolation for an extended period of time in order to make preparations to thwart an attempted invasion of Earth by the alien Z'nox, he released the psychic barriers preventing Grey from using her telepathic abilities. Grey's added maturity and her years of practice in using her telepathic powers enabled her to use her telepathic abilities from that point onwards. Hence, with Xavier otherwise occupied, she could use her own telepathic powers to aid the X-Men.

Sometime later, after Xavier had recruited several new members for the X-Men, Grey and some of the other X-Men decided to leave the group in order to lead their own lives. Scott Summers, however, remained in the X-Men and he and Grey continued their romantic relationship. Shortly after she left the team, Grey and the then current members of the X-Men were kidnapped by Steven Lang's Sentinels and taken aboard Lang's space station. After defeating Lang the X-Men had to escape back to Earth aboard a space shuttle during a solar radiation storm. The craft's pilot had to sit in an area without enough shielding to protect him or her from the lethal radiation. Grey volunteered to be pilot, but while guiding the shuttle to Earth, the solar radiation finally proved to be too great for Grey to hold back any longer with her powers. She began to succumb to the radiation's lethal effects.

It was long believed that Grey had indeed died aboard the space shuttle but became linked with a primal energy force known as the "phoenix-force" which recreated and reentered her body, The vastly more powerful being took the code name Phoenix. Phoenix joined the X-Men, but Grey had not had the proper training for coping with such immense power. At first Grey's strong moral sense kept the phoenix force under control, and usually subconsciously prevented her from using her powers beyond a certain limit. But then Phoenix fell victim to psychic manipulation by Mastermind, who was attempting to prove his worthiness to become a member of the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club by mesmerizing Phoenix into becoming its new Black Queen. He psychically induced dark, repressed desires from within Grey's consciousness to come to the surface of Phoenix's mind, submerging Grey's true normal personality. Phoenix finally freed herself of Mastermind's control, but was unable to prevent the dark side of Grey's personality with the full power of the phoenix-force behind it, from overwhelming her, not having had the training necessary to repress it. Grey's true personality was submerged more fully than before, and Phoenix became the malevolent Dark Phoenix. After Dark Phoenix wreaked incredible devastation, Grey's true personality reasserted control of Phoenix once more, and, before Cyclops' horrified eyes, Phoenix committed suicide rather than revert to Dark Phoenix. Summers mourned Grey, and eventually married Madelyne Pryor, who greatly resembled her.

It was later revealed that Grey did not die, nor had she ever become Phoenix. The phoenix-force responded to Grey's anguish and telepathic calls for help as she was dying aboard the space shuttle, and appeared before her, shaping its form and consciousness after Grey's own. The phoenix-force told Grey that she was dying, but that by taking the phoenix-force's hands, Grey would gain her "heart's desire." What Grey most wanted was to save the lives of the X-Men and herself. She held onto the phoenix-force's arm and fell into a coma-like state. Simultaneously, the phoenix-force fully took on both the form and the memories and personality of Jean Grey. The phoenix-force used its powers to ensure the survival of the X-Men in their return to Earth and crash landing in Jamaica Bay off New York City. It was also responsible for casting Grey into a coma-like state and placing her within a pod like construction, which rested for years at the bottom of Jamaica Bay while Grey's injuries healed completely. Thus the phoenix-force fulfilled its pledge to Grey. The phoenix-force creature compelled itself to believe it was indeed Grey, whose personality it had assumed. Indeed, it had imitated Grey's consciousness so perfectly that not even Xavier realized the imposture. It has been theorized that it was the phoenix-entity's own power rebelling against the duplicate of Grey's personality it had given itself that caused it to become Dark Phoenix. When Phoenix committed suicide, it was acting exactly as Grey herself would have done under the circumstances, since it had endowed itself with an exact copy of Grey's personality.

Many months after Phoenix's death, the Avengers found Grey's pod beneath Jamaica Bay and brought it to the Fantastic Four for study. Grey released herself from the pod, at first unable to remember her encounter with the phoenix-force, but with the help of the Avengers and Fantastic Four, she recalled what had happened and learned what happened to Phoenix. As a result of her harrowing experiences, Grey had somehow lost her telepathic powers, but the strength of her telekinetic powers had greatly increased.

Grey was reunited with her fellow founding X-Men members, the Angel, Beast, Cyclops, and Iceman. She was greatly disturbed to learn of the current wave of anti-mutant sentiment in the country, Xavier's recent disappearance, and the fact that the then current X-Men were now working alongside Magneto, the original X-Men's greatest foe. Because the others agreed with Grey that they should do something about the current situation of mutants, the five friends founded a new organization to help other superhuman mutants, X-Factor. Later, after Professor Xavier returned from a long sojourn in space with the Starjammers, Jean and the other members of X-Factor rejoined the X-Men.

While Jean had been in suspended animation Scott had married Madelyne Pryor, a clone of Jean created by Mr. Sinister. Eventually Pryor went mad, developed vast powers, and became known as the Goblin Queen. The Goblin Queen died in combat with Jean.

Some years later, Scott finally married the real Jean Grey. During their honeymoon, however, their spirits were transported two millennia into an alternate future and were placed in new bodies by the Askani cult. Their leader, Rachel Summers, the daughter of the Scott and Jean of an alternate reality, had also served in the X-Men under the name Phoenix. As Slym and Redd, Scott and Jean spent years in that future time, raising Nathan, the son of Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor, who had earlier been brought to the future. Eventually, Scott and Jean returned to their own time and bodies, leaving Nathan in the future to become the heroic warrior Cable.

In Rachel's honor Jean adopted the name Phoenix when she returned to the X-Men, and she and Scott remain members of the X-Men to this day.

At the dawn of the new millennium, the mutant warlord Apocalypse captured the Twelve: powerful mutants who would determine the fate of their kind, including Scott and Jean. They were wired to a machine that would channel their awesome energies into Apocalypse, allowing him to absorb the body of X-Man, a time-tossed teenager possessed of vast telepathic and telekinetic power, and ascend to a state of cosmic awareness. As his teammates fell around him, a powerless Scott shoved X-Man out of Apocalypse's draining circuit, merging with the would-be conqueror to create a new evil entity. Jean detected Scott's psyche inside Apocalypse and prevented the X-Men from destroying him. However, he was presumed dead by most of his teammates. Only Jean and the future-era freedom fighter called Cable refused to believe Scott had perished. Investigating rumors that he was alive, Jean and Cable found Cyclops struggling to reassert his mind over Apocalypse's psyche. With Jean's help, Cable exorcised the warlord and shattered his essence. Thanks to the support of his wife and adopted family, Scott was able to shake off the devastating effects of his merger with Apocalypse and rejoin the X-Men.

Height: 5 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 110 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red

Strength Level: Jean Grey possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Powers: Jean Grey is a mutant who possesses telekinetic abilities enabling her to levitate and manipulate living beings and inanimate objects psionically. The current extent of her powers is not yet known, but it is far greater than it was before her near-death in the space shuttle.

Jean Grey also possessed telepathic powers enabling her to read minds, project her thoughts into the minds of others, and stun the minds of opponents with telepathic "mental bolts." Since her revival from her coma-like state, Marvel Girl no longer seems to possess telepathic powers.
Rachel Summers
Sunday, Dec 19, 2004, 3:00 PM
Here's a good Phoenix bio.

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Real name: Rachel Summers
Other aliases: (current) Mother Askani, (former) Hound

Identity: Known to British legal authorities and the W.H.O. (Weird Happenings Organization)

Occupation: (current) Leader of the Askani sisterhood, (former) mutant-hunting "hound," later student and adventurer

Citizenship: Citizen of the United States of an alternate timeline, honorary subject of the United Kingdom on "mainstream" Earth.

Legal status: Criminal record in the future of her alternate timeline, no criminal record on "mainstream" Earth; still a minor

Place of birth: Unrevealed location on an alternate Earth
Marital status: Single

Known relatives: Scott Summers (of an alternate timeline, father, deceased), Jean Grey Summers (Phoenix I, of an alternate timeline, mother, deceased)

Former bases of operations: Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York State in her alternate timeline. A concentration camp in New York City of her alternate timeline. Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York State in "mainstream" timeline. Excalibur's lighthouse off the British Coast. Braddock Manor, England.

Group affiliation: (current) Clan Askani, (former) Excalibur and X-Men

First appearance: (as Rachel Summers) UNCANNY X-MEN #141, (as Phoenix II) UNCANNY X-MEN #199

History: Two different beings calling themselves Phoenix and possessing extraordinary psionic powers are known to have appeared in this universe. The first was a cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force which duplicated for itself and assumed the form and consciousness of Jean Grey, who is also known as Marvel Girl, one of the original members of the X-Men, a team of superhuman mutants. The second Phoenix is a human being, Rachel Summers, who is said to be the daughter of the Jean Grey of an alternate Earth.

The Phoenix Force is a manifestation of a primal force of the universe which derives from the psyches of all living beings in the universe, and which therefore has limitless power. The Phoenix Force embodies emotion rather than intellect, specifically, the passion to create or destroy.

Jean Grey and other members of the X-Men were kidnapped by the Sentinel robots commanded by Steven Lang, a scientist who was out to destroy superhuman mutants. After defeating Lang, the X-Men had to escape back to Earth aboard a space shuttle through the path of an unusually intense solar flare. The shuttle's pilot had to sit in an area where he or she would be exposed to the lethal radiation. Grey volunteered to be pilot, using her telepathic abilities to absorb the knowledge of how to fly the shuttle from the mind of her ally Dr. Peter Corbeau, and using her telekinetic powers to shield herself from the radiation. But while she guided the craft back to Earth, the solar radiation finally proved to be too great for Grey to hold back any longer with her powers. The radiation began killing her painfully. The sentient Phoenix Force sensed Grey's desperate desire to save the lives of the X-Men, especially Scott Summers, alias Cyclops, the man she loved, and to save her own life. The Phoenix Force appeared to Grey in a form resembling her own; it also took on a human-like consciousness by reading Grey's mind and replicating her consciousness. The Phoenix Force offered to save the lives of the dying Grey and her friends in exchange for an unstated price. Afraid of death, but determined to save Summers and the other X-Men, Grey accepted the entity's offer, and grasped the entity's arm. The Phoenix Force then took on full human form, an exact duplicate of Grey's. The Phoenix Force transferred a portion of Grey's "soul" or consciousness to itself. Hence, from that point onward, Grey existed as both the human Marvel Girl and as Phoenix. Grey's original human form fell into a coma-like state.

The shuttle crashed in Jamaica Bay near New York City, but the energy being insured that all of the X-Men and Corbeau survived. The entity itself emerged from the shuttle calling itself Phoenix, and the X-Men believed it to be the real Jean Grey, who they believed had died and returned to life with vast new powers. Meanwhile, Grey's original human self remained in a coma-like state within a strange pod-like object while the phoenix-force's power gradually healed her injuries. She remained safe within the pod for years until she was finally found by the Avengers and revived from her coma-like state.

Shortly after the shuttle crash, Phoenix and the X-Men traveled to a planet in the Shi'ar Galaxy where the crazed Emperor D'ken was about to use the M'krann Crystal to obliterate the cosmos. The Crystal is a tesseract (hyperdimensional construct) within which this universe's scientific laws do not apply. Within the Crystal, imprisoned by a magnetic stasis field and reduced to the size of a pinprick, lies a so-called Neutron Galaxy, which is composed of neutron stars, whose super-compressed matter generates so much gravitational force that not even light can escape its surface. If the Crystal were cracked open, the entire universe would collapse upon itself due to the Neutron Galaxy's tremendous gravitational forces, and the universe would be sucked into a black hole. D'ken had triggered this destructive process, but Phoenix entered the Crystal and, drawing upon her full powers through love of the X-Men and Grey's innate courage, repaired the disintegrating stasis field, thus saving the cosmos.

Phoenix served as a member of the X-Men. But since Grey had never been trained to cope with such immense power as the Phoenix Force possessed, Phoenix, in human form, proved to have difficulty in dealing with her power. At first Grey's strong moral sense kept the Phoenix Force under control. After the episode with the Crystal, she subconsciously prevented herself from using her powers beyond a certain limit, lest she become overwhelmed by the intense passions that the use of the Phoenix's vast powers aroused in Phoenix's now-human consciousness.

Then Phoenix fell victim to the psionic manipulation of Mastermind, who was attempting to prove his worthiness to become a member of the secret Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club by mesmerizing Phoenix, whom he believed to be the real Grey, into becoming its new Black Queen. Using a device created by the White Queen, Mastermind projected dream-like fantasies into Phoenix's mind from afar which slowly brought closer to the surface of her now-human mind the dark desires which Grey, like most people, suppress deeply in their subconscious. Finally, upon confronting Phoenix in the Hellfire Club mansion itself, Mastermind forced those desires fully to the surface, submerging Grey's true personality within Phoenix's mind, and Phoenix took on the costume and personality of the decadent Black Queen.

Phoenix Force is linked to passion, she could not fully free herself of the sinister side of her personality which Mastermind had exposed. She helped free the X-Men, whom the Inner Circle had taken captive, and psionically induced temporary insanity in Mastermind. But as she and the X-Men escaped, she realized that the dark side of her personality, the phoenix-force's innate urge to destroy, was taking hold of her, and her human consciousness did not have the proper training to repress it. Suddenly the phoenix-force's primal urges overwhelmed Phoenix, submerging Grey's true personality even more fully than before, and Phoenix became the malevolent Dark Phoenix.

Hungering for more energy (due to the limitations of still being in physical form) shortly after her initial activity as Dark Phoenix, she transported herself to the star D'bari in the Shi'ar Galaxy and absorbed energy from it. As a result, the star became a super-nova, annihilating the sentient nonhumanoid populate of one of its planets. Dark Phoenix next destroyed a Shi'ar starship which had attacked her in retaliation for the non-humanoids' deaths. She returned to Earth and battled the X-Men. Cyclops tried to reason with her, appealing to the love Grey had for him, and thereby induced Grey's true personality to begin to rise again from beneath Dark Phoenix's insanity. Unfortunately, the X-Men's mentor, Professor Charles Xavier, caused her to revert fully to Dark Phoenix again by attacking her. But Cyclops had laid the groundwork for Phoenix's cure, and so, when Xavier used his full psionic power on Dark Phoenix to exorcise her insanity, the nearly buried duplicate of Grey's true personality was able to assert itself just enough to allow him to succeed. With Xavier's help, the uncorrupted side of Grey regained control of Phoenix.

Phoenix and the X-Men were immediately teleported aboard a Shi'ar starship commanded by the Shi'ar empress Lilandra, who judged it necessary to obliterate Phoenix's powers entirely lest she become Dark Phoenix again. Lilandra, like the X-Men, still believed that Phoenix was the real Jean Grey. Believing that they could find a way to prevent Phoenix's reversion to Dark Phoenix, and that she should not be punished for her actions as the insane Dark Phoenix, the X-Men decided to fight against Lilandra's judgement in a trial by combat against members of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard. During the fury of the battle, in which she participated, Phoenix again reverted to Dark Phoenix. Grey's true personality reasserted itself in Phoenix's mind, but realized that if it lost control even for a few seconds, Phoenix would turn insane again. Without the proper training, she realized, she had no hope of maintaining that control. Moreover, once she turned insane, she might ultimately destroy the cosmos, probably by breaking open the M'krann Crystal. Therefore, before the eyes of the horrified Cyclops, Phoenix acted as the real Grey would do in such a situation: she telekinetically triggered an energy cannon she had found in the Blue Area of Earth's moon, where the trial by combat had taken place, causing it to fire and totally disintegrate her. Thus, although the real Jean Grey still lay in her coma-like state hidden from the real world, she won her greatest victory. Acting as she would have done, Phoenix commited suicide, thereby saving the universe.

But this suicide did not mean that the Phoenix Force itself ceased to exist. It simply meant that the phoenix-entity's existence in human form was over. The Phoenix Force is indestructible.

In an alternate reality the battle with Dark Phoenix had a very different ending. In that reality Phoenix did not revert to Dark Phoenix during the trial by combat, which the X-Men lost. Lilandra then subjected Phoenix to a kind of psychic lobotomy, which completely removed Phoenix's superhuman powers, thereby ending the menace Phoenix potentially posed to the universe. Hence, Phoenix did not commit suicide in this reality. Scott Summers and Phoenix were married, and had a daughter, Rachel, who inherited her mother's potential for the telepathic and telekinetic powers that Jean Grey possessed as Marvel Girl.

In the "mainstream" universe's reality the X-Men prevented Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly, an investigator of the alleged menace that superhuman mutants posed to society. However, in this alternate reality, the Brotherhood succeeded in killing Kelly. The assassination caused intense widespread public paranoia against mutants. In the next presidential election, a rabid anti-mutant candidate won. His administration unleashed Sentinel robots, giving them an open-ended program with overly broad parameters to eliminate the mutant menace permanently. The Sentinels decided that the best way to do so was to take over the United States. Over the following years the Sentinels killed or imprisoned within concentration camps virtually all known mutants and other superhuman beings within the United States and Canada. Finally the Sentinels controlled the entire North American continent.

One summer morning, when Rachel was still a child, the X-Men's base of operations, Professor Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters in Salem Center, Westchester County, New York State, was attacked and demolished by federal troops. The only survivor at the school was Rachel, whom the soldiers found by the side of Xavier's corpse. They used drugs to neutralize Rachel's developing psionic powers. Later, she was tortured and brainwashed in prison. Following extensive behavior modification, she became a mutant "hound," using her psionic powers to hunt down other mutants for the authorities, who would kill or imprison them. In the process, Rachel occasionally killed mutants herself, and it is known that some of those, who are as yet unidentified, were people she loved. Rachel's superiors branded her face with a grotesque pattern of tattoos to mark her as a "hound," and forced her to wear a leash. Rachel's grief and shame at what she was forced to do as a "hound," and her anguish over the deaths of her parents and other friends during the anti-mutant reign of terror has deeply scarred her soul, leaving her bitter and intolerant toward human beings who persecute mutants.

Eventually Rachel was placed in the South Bronx Mutant Containment Facility, a concentration camp. Rachel used her psionic powers to create the illusion in other people's minds that she does not bear the tattoos marking her as a "hound," thereby concealing her shame. In the camp she rejoined the surviving members of the X-Men. She was instrumental in their plan to end the Sentinels' reign by changing history. Summers used her psionic powers to exchange the consciousness and spirit of the adult Kate Pryde, a member of the X-Men, with that of Pryde's teenage self as she existed at a time just before the attempt on Kelly's life. (in "mainstream" reality, Pryde is the X-Man known as Shadowcat). It was hoped that the adult Kate, in her younger self's body at that earlier time, could warn the X-Men about the assassination attempt, and that the X-Men would foil it, thereby preventing the chain of events from occurring that led to the Sentinels' rule. However, history cannot be changed in this manner. Rachel, as it turned out, actually caused Kate to exchange psyches not with her younger self ("Kitty") in the past of her own reality, but with the Kitty of our own "mainstream" reality. Kate, in "mainstream" Kitty's body, succeeded in preventing Kelly's assassination in our own reality. She then returned to her own body in her own time and reality, causing Kitty's psyche to return to its proper time and reality as well. On her return, Kate found that other X-Men, except for Rachel, had all died in an attack on the Sentinels' Manhattan headquarters.

Kate Pryde still did not give up her vain hope of altering her reality's history. She hypnotized Summers into using her psionic powers to tap into the Phoenix Force and send herself back in time when Pryde said the words "Dark Phoenix." Thus Pryde hoped that Summers herself could change history. Together Pryde and Summers illegally entered the laboratory of Project Nimrod, which was the attempt to construct the most highly advanced Sentinel possible with the technology of that time. Pryde and Summers hoped to sabotage the project. Pursued by guards, Pryde and Summers locked themselves within the laboratory, whose walls were proofed against Pryde's power to phase through solid matter. Summers believed herself and Pryde to be trapped, but Pryde said the words that caused Summers to project herself back through time. Project Nimrod's creation, the Sentinel called Nimrod, then killed Pryde. Nimrod later went back in time to find Summers.

Summers found herself physically transported, body and mind, to a time shortly before the present. But like Kate's spirit, she had traveled not to the past of this "mainstream" reality. She went to Xavier's mansion, but could not bring herself to stay on realizing that she had come back to the wrong reality, and fled without identifying herself. She went to Manhattan, where she was pursued by the psychic vampire Selene. Summers was rescued by the X-Men, and joined their team. She eventually told the X-Men her story.

Rachel was shocked to learn of the supposed "death" of Jean Grey in this reality. (At this point the original Jean Grey had not yet been found and revived.) Visiting the home of Grey's parents while they were absent, Rachel found a Shi'ar holempathic matrix crystal that Lilandra had given them. The crystal was imbued with an imprint of the essence of Grey's personality. Refusing to believe that Jean Grey could be evil, as people claimed Phoenix was, Rachel decided to claim the name and power of Phoenix as her own birthright, and through her own actions to redeem the name Phoenix in this reality. (Rachel believed that the previous Phoenix in this reality was Jean Grey.) Rachel also believed that as the new Phoenix she could use her power to help her fellow mutants, and thereby atone for what she had done as a "hound" in her own reality. It was at this moment that she took the name of Phoenix while holding the crystal that Rachel first manifested about her the bird-shaped aura of energy associated with the previous Phoenix. It may be speculated that from that time on Rachel Summers was able to draw to a limited extent upon the power of the phoenix-force.

The alien Beyonder has hinted that Rachel could potentially become the equal in power of the previous Phoenix. Indeed, the Beyonder once granted Rachel the full power that the previous Phoenix had possessed, but he reclaimed it shortly thereafter.

Rachel has not yet told the Cyclops of this reality that his counterpart in her native reality was her father, but it has been speculated that Cyclops has deduced this himself.

Rachel's fellow X-Man, Wolverine, severely injured her to prevent her from vengefully murdering Selene in the heat of passion. Rachel was subsequently captured and rendered amnesiac by the extradimensional being.

Height: 5 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 125 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red

Other distinguishing features: Branded by her masters in her native reality with a pattern of tattoos to mark her as a "hound," ordinarily she uses her superhuman powers to conceal her tattoos, even when she is asleep or unconscious. Phoenix II manifested her energies at times in the form of an enormous fiery, hawk-like bird shape that appears about her body.

Strength: Athlete
Speed: Athlete

Known superhuman powers: Phoenix II has the ability to exist in any environment without harm, project force bolts of incalculable power and create force fields. She also possesses the power of telepathy, illusion-casting; her link with the Phoenix force gives her vast psionic ability to manipulate time, space, matter, and energy for virtually any purpose.

Source of superhuman powers: (innate telepathic abilities) genetic mutation, (other psionic powers). Rachel Summers is a host for the Phoenix Force, a manifestation of a primal force of the universe which embodies the concepts of life and passion, especially the passion to create and destroy, and derives its power from the psyches of all living beings in the universe.
3 Months
Saturday, Dec 18, 2004, 1:46 AM
Phoenix is now three months old!
Thursday, Dec 16, 2004, 11:34 PM
Phoenix uttered her first concrete word today - spaghetti! She pronounced it smoothly too - not syllabicated like spa-ghe-tti. Who would have guessed? But then again, my folks once told me that my first concrete word was refrigerator.
Saturday, Dec 11, 2004, 10:50 AM
Phoenix was vaccinated against diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus today. She developed mild fever but was otherwise okay. She is now 12.57 pounds.
Growing Up
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2004, 6:30 PM
Phoenix has outgrown lactic acid and had her first soap bath today. We also upgraded her diapers from small to medium. She's really growing up fast!
Phoenix's Baptism
Tuesday, Nov 30, 2004, 2:30 PM

Phoenix was baptized today at the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish in Quezon City.

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First Chuckle
Sunday, Nov 28, 2004, 2:04 PM
Phoenix chuckled for the first time today!
Sunday, Nov 21, 2004, 7:00 PM
Phoenix went to mass for the first time today. We attended the vesper worship service at the First Baptist Chruch of Manila, Magie's childhood church.
2 Months
Thursday, Nov 18, 2004, 1:46 AM

Phoenix is now two months old! She has grown so much in such a short time. Her neck, arms, and legs are stronger. She started baby talking around two weeks ago - mimicking simple words like hi, hello, opo, & morning (good morning), and responding to questions with positive or negative sounds. Can't wait for her first concrete word!
Friday, Nov 12, 2004, 5:00 PM
Phoenix had her Bacille Calmette-Guerin vaccination today. She did not develop the usual vaccine-related fever afterwards. That was really great! The pediatrician also noted that her weight shot up from last visit's 5.7 pounds to 10.8 pounds.
30 Days
Monday, Oct 18, 2004, 1:46 AM

Phoenix is one month old! Everytime I hold her in my arms, I realize that one never really gets used to the feeling of being a new father. Her smile more than makes up for the fatigue from early morning diaper changes and late night fussings. Magie has been a terrific mother and Psylocke a very caring sister. Thirty blessed days, Phoenix, and a lifetime to go.
First Vitamins
Friday, Oct 15, 2004, 2:00 PM
Phoenix took her vitamins for the first time today.
First Tub Bath
Wednesday, Sep 29, 2004, 2:45 PM

Phoenix's cord stump has completely fallen. She enjoyed her first tub bath today.
First Check-up
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2004, 4:30 PM

Phoenix visited her pediatrician for the first time today. Dr. Gilberto Del Castillo told us that at 5.7 pounds, Phoenix was a very healthy baby.
First Smile
Sunday, Sep 19, 2004, 11:04 PM
Phoenix smiled for the first time today.
First Sneeze
Saturday, Sep 18, 2004, 11:12 PM
Phoenix sneezed for the first time today!
The Birth of Phoenix
Saturday, Sep 18, 2004, 1:46 AM

Magie gave birth to our second daughter today at the Dr. Jesus C. Delgado Memorial Hospital in Quezon City. At 5.6 pounds and 49 centimeters, this Phoenix is definitely more than a Jean Grey or Rachel Summers.