X-Factor #11 introduced the concept of changelings, or "homo killcrop", a kind of evolutionary throwback that anticipated the eventual coming of homo superior. The two species are remarkably similar: both have access to superhuman powers. There is, nevertheless, a single, profound distinction: while mutant powers manifest at puberty, changelings have access to their abilities from birth. Currently, the only known changeling is Damian Tryp, while Jamie Madrox remains a probable, (though not yet completely verified) candidate as well. Although the unknown nature of both Madrox and Tryp's powers has been an ongoing thread throughout X-Factor the notion of "homo killcrop" hasn't been prominent for a long time. Despite this, the upcoming X-Factor mini-event, "Breaking Points" promises to revisit and tie up several of the still dangling plot points introduced throughout the run. Soliciations, interviews and preview images reveal that this arc will also explore the origin story of Polaris, and that what she discovers about her past will leave her traumatised:
Could these two elements possibly converge? Is Lorna Dane a changeling?- PART III: Discovering a long-buried secret from the past, one member of X-Factor will be driven insane.
The result of an extramarital affair, Polaris has DNA evidence to prove that she is the daughter of Magneto and an unknown woman. However, she wasn't raised by either of her biological parents. The couple Lorna knew as her parents - the "Danes" - were in fact her aunt and uncle. Lorna's biological mother and the man to whom she was married had died in a plane crash soon after Lorna's birth:
(Ignore the fact that this image claims Magneto isn't Lorna's father, that has since been changed.)
Whether Lorna was a passenger on that fateful flight has never been revealed, but in Uncanny X-Men #431, she made the discovery that much of the wreckage of the plane had been "highly magnetized":
Naturally, her first impulse was to blame Magneto, but could it be that as an infant changeling, with full access to her powers but no control over them, that she was responsible instead? Changelings have no control over their abilities in their infancy. Jamie had to wear a specially designed suit to avoid creating duplicates. Just as Jamie's genetic differences were apparent from the moment he was born, so too were Lorna's, having been born with green hair:
It's tempting to suggest that Lorna must be a mutant, because despite her hair, her magnetic abilities didn't kick (back) in until X-Men #50 when Mesmero wired her into a genetic stimulator, bringing them to the surface. But Mesmero is a hypnotist, and perhaps it wasn't the machine that brought on her powers, but his own psychic tampering. Perhaps Lorna (whose fragile mental state is well known) had suppressed the memory of inadvertently killing so many people as a child, that her powers were somehow neutralised, until Mesmero unlocked them from within her unconscious.
Could what drives Lorna over the edge be the revelation that as "homo killcrop" she is responsible for the death of her own mother and step-father?