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Sage is a comic book character, from the Marvel Universe. She first appeared as Tessa in Uncanny X-Men volume 1 #132, and began calling herself "Sage" in X-Men volume 2 #109. While it was assumed by many that Tessa was her real name, she recently told Sebastian Shaw that "Tessa was the name you gave me," implying that it isn't.
As a youth, Sage came from a war-torn area. Living by herself in the Hindu Kush, she tried to keep out of the conflicts between the rebels and the government, though she was willing to use her guns and other weapons on any threat. One day, she felt herself called to a cave which was considered haunted by the locals. She felt a voice in her head and it guided her deeper into the cavern where she found Charles Xavier, who was stuck underneath a pile of debris. His legs had been crushed during his battle with the alien Lucifer. Xavier sensed that Sage was a mutant and told her that she was one and what being a mutant meant.
Sage helped Xavier and tried to get him to a hospital but during their journey down the mountains they happened across a UN relief convoy that was attacked by robbers, who raped and killed the UN workers. Sage exacted revenge on their behalf and killed the men in return, though she despised herself for being so brutal.
Years later, Sage met up again with Xavier, who at the time was recruiting the original X-Men. Instead of having her join them, he trained her in secret as a spy. He sent her to the Hellfire Club to keep watch on Sebastian Shaw. While working there, she encountered Psylocke and Jean Grey, as well as Emma Frost who was then the White Queen. Sage has shown remorse that during this period she was unable to prevent Jean Grey's transformation into the Black Queen, which in turn led to the creation of Dark Phoenix.
Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost once dared the man known as Elias Bogan to a wager – a game of poker. Though he held no rank in the Inner Circle, Bogan was one of the Club’s most important and powerful members, and having him as a patron guaranteed success. If Shaw lost, Emma would belong to Bogan, but if Bogan's agent lost, then his fortune would be turned over to Shaw. Although Bogan had never lost a game before, the impossible happened, mostly due to Sage’s advice and analytical skills. Bogan honored the wager, but ever since he carried a grudge against Sage and waited for an opportunity to get his revenge.
Bogan bided his time, and years later kidnapped Sage. He permanently scarred her below the eyes, and offered her back to Shaw for everything he had. Shaw refused and cut his ties with Sage. However, the X-Men became aware of Sage's predicament, and Storm came to her rescue.
Out of gratitude, Sage stayed with the X-Men but, afraid of ever being possessed again she once more turned all of her telepathic power inwards, sealing off her mind and making it absolutely unreadable (though it meant she could no longer use her telepathy). With the X-Men, Sage acted as a living computer, able to remember everything she sees and hears and provide analysis. However, her main mutant power is the ability to "jump-start" other mutants' abilities. She used this power to save Beast's life and give Rogue better control of her powers. She was part of the team searching for Destiny's diaries, the Books of Truth. During this period she formed a close frienship with the X-Man Bishop. The team stayed together even after the diaries became invalid because they did not approve of the way Xavier was running the school. When the mansion was destroyed, the team returned to help in the rebuilding process and have since remained there.
Sage, meanwhile, has rejoined the Hellfire Club to keep an eye on Roberta da Costa (who has become the new Black King) to make sure he isnt corrupted by power like Sebastian was.
- UncannyXmen.net Spotlight on Sage(Detailed biography on Sage)
- Sage the living computer(Sage fansite)
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