chantel_lourdes-hellfire-full chantel_lourdes-hellfire-face-xmhc4LOURDES CHANTEL

Real Name: Lourdes Chantel

Identity/Class: Human mutant;
    Spanish citizen

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: Hellfire Club Inner Circle

Affiliations: Emma Frost, Harry Leland, Sebastian Shaw, Tessa, unidentified chauffeur

Enemies: Hellfire Club's Council of the Chosen (Edward Buckman, Paris Seville)

Known Relatives: Sebastian Shaw (fiance)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly (presumably) an apartment (or other home) in Manhattan, New York, USA;
    formerly Barcelona, Spain

First Appearance: Classic X-Men I#7/2 (March, 1987)chantel_lourdes-hellfire-teleporting

Powers/Abilities: Lourdes could teleport.

    With extreme effort, she could teleport herself and two others approximately 100 miles, although this exhausted her to the point of nearly collapsing.

    It took her time to recharge her energies, and after a major effort she could only transport herself and one another a few feet.

    Lourdes was bilingual, speaking fluent Spanish and English.

    Lourdes was very wealthy, and she traveled by limousine driven by her personal chauffeur.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'10")
Weight:  Unrevealed (approximately 140 lbs.)
Eyes: Apparently brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Classic X-Men I#7/2 (fb)) - A mutant born into great wealth, Lourdes Chantel joined the elite Hellfire Club organization.

(X-Men: Hellfire Club#4 (fb) - BTS) - Lourdes fell in love with the young industrialist Sebastian Shaw on first sight; even though he was then relatively poor while she was extremely rich, she wanted him more than she had ever wanted anyone before.

    Lourdes and Sebastian began dating.chantel_lourdes-hellfire-bed

(X-Men: Hellfire Club#4 (fb)) - Lourdes visited the now-wealthy Sebastian on a work site, teasing him for no greeting her properly.

    Upon seeing her, he made a show of humbly apologizing, and she advised him that a private lesson in the finer ways of the court was in order, and they entered their limousine and promptly began kissing passionately.

(X-Men: Hellfire Club#4 (fb) - BTS) - When Sebastian's name came up for induction into the Hellfire Club, Lourdes feared for her lover, considering its White King, Edward Buckman, to be a scoundrel and knowing that the Club changed, corrupted, and destroyed people.

    Lourdes tried to prevent Sebastian's induction, but Buckman respected women's opinions less than dogs.

(X-Men: Hellfire Club#4 (fb)) - As Sebastian was initiated into the Hellfire Club -- alongside John Braddock, Warren Worthington, Jr., and Howard Stark -- Lourdes continued to fear for her lover's well-being.

    That evening, as she waited in bed while Sebastian showered, she advised him that he placed too much faith in Buckman, whom she considered a snake that was sinking his fangs into him.

    Sebastian countered that she either overestimated Buckman or underestimated himself; telling Lourdes that he was full of surprises, he produced an engagement ring. chantel_lourdes-hellfire-face

    Lourdes walked out to the balcony, where she reiterated her concerns about Buckman and the Hellfire Club.

    Sebastian told her that she should know that nothing could destroy him, and when she urged him that she was serious, he told her that she was the one thing he prized more than the empire he had spent his life building with his bare hands.

    She asked him if this was true, and after he assured her it was, they embraced.

(X-Men: Hellfire Club#4 (fb) - BTS) - Lourdes and Sebastian had their happiest Christmas together.

(Classic X-Men I#7/2 (fb)) - At the New York Hellfire Club's annual gala around New Years, Lourdes danced with Sebastian, warning him not to trust the White King, Edward Buckman, as he was a false friend and a lying patron.

    As she noted that Buckman was human and hated them as mutants, Sebastian quieted her, noting they'd discuss it later as Buckman approached. Buckman introduced his White Queen, Paris Seville, while Sebastian introduced Lourdes.

    Lourdes remained silent as Buckman noted how Shaw would make a fitting Black King and that Steven Lang's reports proved that Project Armageddon looked to be a complete success.

    Following Buckman's departure, Lourdes warned of his treachery, noting how Buckman sought to destroy the X-Men, who had always defended mutantkind.

    When Sebastian argued that they were just seeking to exploit and profit from the genetic X-factor that created mutants, Lourdes told him "Hold fast to your fantasy, querido." ("dear" in Spanish)

    Sebastian ended the discussion, but asked his computer-minded ally, Tessa, to analyze Buckman's behavior, but she only offered that he could be genuine or using a classic military strategy to disarm one's foe by pretending friendship.

(Classic X-Men I#7/2 (fb) - BTS) - Shaw then made mental contact with Emma Frost who was staying at his beach house in East Hampton, noting Lourdes' concerns, and Emma revealed that Buckman and Lang's Project Armageddon's true goal was the total eradication of mutantkind. As Shaw cursed Buckman's betrayal, Lang's Sentinels ambushed Frost.

(Classic X-Men I#7/2 (fb)) - Fearing that neither Emma nor Harry Leland could stand against the Sentinels, Sebastian told Lourdes to teleport them (himself, Lourdes, and Tessa) there. Having never carried that many people such a distance, Lourdes expressed her uncertainty in her ability, but Sebastian grabbed her by the throat and instructed Lourdes that he would not be refused and that she should do as she was told.

    Lourdes performed the teleportation, then nearly collapsed (Tessa supported her).chantel_lourdes-hellfire-groundchantel_lourdes-hellfire-impaled

    As Shaw faced the Sentinel, it bound him in cables before he could accumulate much strength.

    Despite Tessa's warning of her weakness, Lourdes rushed forward, grabbed Sebastian and teleported him out of the cables.

    However, as they emerged only a few feet away, the Sentinel fired a spear from its finger, impaling and mortally wounding Lourdes.

(Classic X-Men I#7/2 (fb)) - With Leland's aid, Shaw destroyed the Sentinel.

    He then embraced Lourdes, asking her to forgive him for bringing her to this. As she assured Sebastian that she would forgive him anything, always, Emma neutralized Lourdes' pain receptors, while Tessa considered that Shaw never realized how much she had loved him.

    Lourdes weakly told Sebastian that she wished she could once more see the sun, stroll Las Ramblas street at home in Barcelona, and pray in the Sagrada Familia temple.

    Wondering why Buckman hated them, she reached up and kissed Sebastian as she died.chantel_lourdes-hellfire-lastkiss

(X-Men: Hellfire Club#4 (fb)) - Sebastian tearfully put the engagement ring on Lourdes' finger and embraced her.

(Classic X-Men I#7/2 (fb)) - Answering Lourdes finally question that Buckman hated what they were and what they represented, Sebastian resolved to give them cause.

(Classic X-Men I#7/2 (fb) - BTS) - Emma Frost mentally controlled Buckman, forcing him to kill the rest of his Council of the Chosen, while Shaw himself subsequently slew Buckman. He then had himself, Frost, and Leland replaced the Council of the Chosen as the Lords Cardinal, vowing that mutants would no longer be victims but rulers, first of the Hellfire Club, and then, the world

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont and John Bolton.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Lourdes Chantel
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Classic X-Men I#7/2, pg. 6, panel 2 (face);
        pg. 8, panel 1 (teleporting);
          panel 3 (impaled);
          panel 4 (on the ground);
       pg. 10, panel 5 (last kiss);
X-Men: Hellfire Club#4, pg. 9, panel 1 (full);
       pg. 10, panel 2 (face);
    pg. 14, panel 2 (bed)

       


Appearances:
Classic X-Men I#7/2 (March, 1987) - Chris Claremont, John Bolton (artist), Terry Kavanagh (assistant editor), Ann Nocenti (editor)
X-Men: Hellfire Club#4 (April, 2000) - Ben Raab (writer), Charlie Adlard (artist), Mark Powers (editor)


First posted: 03/23/2019
Last updated: 05/02/2019

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