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Opening Biography of Designate: Seraph. . .
Code Name: Seraph
Real Name: Gideon David Miranda
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Place of Birth:
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Unnamed father (whereabouts unknown) mother (whereabouts unknown)
Weight: 103 lbs.
Racial/Ethnic Background: Caucasian
Distinguishing Features: Black Feathered Wings on his back
First Appearance: Ultimate X-Men #1
Powers/Skills: Gideon has powerful wings covered with black feathers, which allow him to achieve flight. His hollow bone structure is similar to that of a bird, reducing his weight and making his strong wing muscles able to lift and move him with less effort. He also appears to have some sort of empathy with most types of birds, allowing him to influence their actions. His vocal intonations seem influenced somewhat by his bone structure. This does not seem to have much impact on his normal speaking, however it does give him a rather high, yet angelic, singing voice.
History: Gideon's early childhood is blurred and remains shrouded in mystery. His earliest memories are from an orphanage run by sisters and priests, located in south-central Indiana. He lived there for several years, never being adopted, and finally being placed into a private Catholic school nearby. He attended the school until the age of 14, when his mutantcy manifested itself in the form of black feathered wings and a slimmer build and more agile muscles. The other students immediately turned on him, as did most of the faculty and staff. Several exorcisms were performed on him in an attempt to rid him of this "evil" that had taken over his body. A young priest, Father O`Dell, who had befriended Gideon prior to all of this helped him escape the school and found him a temporary place to stay.
Father O`Dell arranged for Gideon to live with a fellow priest at a small church, St. Joan of Arc, about three hours away. Gideon lived in the bell tower at night, listening to the wind, watching the birds. During the day he slept in the rectory's back bedroom. During the time he was not sleeping, he stayed in the church basement, reading books or watching videos that the church pastor brought him. He occasionally wandered away from the bell tower, flying around the small town as everyone slept. It was during these times that he learned he could influence the actions of birds near him. He also attracted the attention of a few late night partiers on occasion, which led to some local legends of an angel flying over the town at night.
Gideon lived at the church for approximately three years, until he met someone who offered him a better life. One night while flying around at night, he was met by a young woman who flies without wings. They talked for a while, and the young woman convinced Gideon to join the X-Men, where he could learn to use his gifts and not be feared by the public. Gideon discussed the matter with the pastor of the church, and ultimately chose to join the X-Men
Personality: Gideon was raised in a very strict environment, however his time by himself has given him a bit more relaxed attitude. He is always very polite, and enjoys helping out. He enjoys talking to people, because for a time he only had a handful of people to talk to. He's generally shy and quiet in large groups, prefering smaller groups of people he knows. His attire often attracts attention from some people, as his outfits often seem a bit on the feminine side.