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N'DARE MUNROE

Real Name: N'Dare Munroe

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Kenyan Princess, housewife

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: X-Men (Iceman/Bobby Drake, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Phoenix/Jean Grey, Prestige/Rachel Summers, Kitty Pryde, Pyro/Simon Lasker)

Enemies: Uovu

Known Relatives: Ororo Munroe (daughter), David Munroe (husband), unidentified mother, Shetani (brother), Harriet Munroe (mother-in-law), Mr. Munroe (father-in-law), Mrs. Munroe (sister-in-law), David Munroe Jr. (nephew), Ayesha of Balobedu, Ashake of Egypt, Ashake of Meroë (ancestors)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Cairo, Egypt (place of death);
   formerly United States of America, New York, New York City, Harlem, 112th street;
   formerly Hidden village in Great Rift Valley, Northwest Kenya (place of birth)

First Appearance: (N'Dare's hand) X-Men I#96 (December, 1975); (fully seen) X-Men I#102 (December, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: N'Dare possessed no known superhuman powers, though she does hail from a long line of powerful magic users.

Height: 5'11" (by approximation)
Weight: 160 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:
(X-Men I#102 - BTS) - N'Dare was born in Kenya as a princess.

(Uncanny X-Men Annual II#1 (fb) - BTS) - N'Dare descended from a royal lineage reaching back to the dawn of humanity. The power in their family passed from mother to daughter. N'Dare rebelled against tradition and a role she felt was forced on her.

(Black Panther IV#14 (fb) ) - N'Dare enrolled at the University of Kenya, where she met David Munroe, an American exchange student who'd fallen in love with Africa on a childhood trip with his mother and human rights activist Malcolm X. One day, David took a photo of N'Dare because he was struck by her beauty.

(Uncanny Origins#9 (fb) - BTS) - Whilst at the American embassy in Kenya, N'Dare was approached by David Munroe, struck by her beauty.

(X-Men I#102 (fb) / Uncanny Origins#9 (fb) - BTS) - Romantically involved for some time David asked N'Dare to make a new life with him, she accepted and the two were soon married.

(X-Men I#102 (fb) - BTS) - N'Dare and David moved to the United States, taking up residence in Harlem, New York City's predominately African-American borough.

(Uncanny Origins#9 (fb)) - N'Dare became pregnant and eventually went into labor at a New York hospital, with David at her side. She gave birth to a healthy daughter with a full head of white hair whom they called Ororo. Whilst still in bed, N'Dare held her daughter for the first time and wondered what her dreams would be while she sung to her child in Swahili and English.

(Black Panther IV#14 (fb) ) - N'Dare and David posed for a photograph with their baby.

(Storm II#1 (fb) ) - When their daughter was a toddler, the Munroes took her out to a picknick in Central Park where David captured the precious moments in a photograph. Later at home, the happy parents watched as Ororo was playing. During that night N'Dare checked in on their sleeping baby.

(Storm II#1 (fb) ) - The Munroes suffered from the racial segregation common in the US when one day they were nearly caught between a heated protest that turned violent. Quickly making their way to a subway station, N'Dare confronted her husband about the volatile situation, feeling it wasn't safe for them anymore. Fearing her daughter would become a target she was determined to return to Africa and reminded David about the job offer he'd received from Cairo. David hesitated, feeling the situation in Africa wasn't exactly safe either. He briefly considered moving to either New Jersey or Connecticut but when he got ignored trying to hail a cab that did stop for a white couple, N'Dare admitted she preferred being a queen in Africa to being a "mere nigger" in this wretched country. That evening the young parents watched their daughter fall asleep on N'Dare's lap and decided they would indeed leave for Cairo.

(X-Men I#102 (fb) ) - Having packed the Munroe family left their home in Harlem, with David noting he hoped they would never see it again with a smirk on his face. They then took a cab for the airport.

(Uncanny X-Men I#265 (fb) ) - The Munroe family was enjoying a nice picknick when David played "airplane" with Ororo, holding her high up in the sky. N'Dare then reminded them it was time for lunch.

(X-Men I#96 (fb) ) - N'Dare was seen walking with her daughter through the streets of Cairo.

(Ororo: Before the Storm#4 (fb) ) - The Munroes were seen enjoying their new Cairo home.

(Uncanny X-Men Annual II#1 (fb) ) - Having made Cairo their home, N'Dare and David enjoyed spending time with Ororo.

(X-Men I#102 (fb) - BTS) - The Munroe family lived in Cairo for five years.

(Storm II#2 (fb) ) - Fully settled, David would get out every day to cover the war's tensions were high in the Middle East with Egypt and Israel in open conflict. On one faithful day, David arrived home from work for dinner and the family sat down to watch some television afterwards.

(Uncanny Origins#9 (fb) ) - N'Dare went to see what Ororo was drawing and was reminded of the Great Slopes of Kenya and Kilimanjaro and promised to take her there soon. Meanwhile, while staring in the distance David questioned his decision of bringing him beloved family to a warzone. N'Dare grabbed her daughter's hand and reminded her husband of the courage and nerve he'd once had when they met at the American embassy.

(X-Men I#102 (fb) / Classic X-Men I#10 (fb) ) - Just then David noticed several Israeli warplanes over their house on a bombing raid. Realizing their home was awfully close to their target, the local highway, he grabbed N'Dare and Ororo and told them to get into the cellar after which they would head into the city for the American embassy. Before he could leave, one of the bombers was shot down by a flak gun, causing it to come crashing down on the Munroes' home with its explosive payload.

(Storm II#2 (fb) ) - Just as the bomber was about to hit them, N'Dare realized their time had come and ran towards Ororo, as a sudden gust of wind (see comments) pushed the girl back.

(X-Men I#96 (fb) / X-Men I#102 (fb) / Classic X-Men I#10 (fb) / Storm II#2 (fb) ) - The bomber destroyed the Munroe family home and killed both N'Dare and David. Ororo, however, survived and lay in the ruins of her home seeing nothing but her mother's bloodied, lifeless arm. This event thoroughly traumatized her for years to come.

(X-Men: Gold II#34 (fb) ) - Ororo eventually managed to pull herself free from the rubble and grabbed N'Dare's lifeless hand whilst crying. N'Dare and David's daughter grew up to become a mutant adventurer alongside the X-Men to safeguard a world that hated and feared them.

(X-Treme X-Men I#18) - Mortally wounded after defeating the extradimensional conqueror Khan, Storm slipped into a coma. Nearing the barrier of the afterlife, Storm came face to face with the spirits of her deceased parents. Their happy reunion was interrupted moments later by Phoenix (Jean Grey) who'd come to check on her best friend. Storm introduced Jean and N'Dare and David expressed what it meant to see their baby all grown up, adding that it made them proud to see the friends she's made.

(Uncanny X-Men Annual II#1 - BTS) - During a visit to Kenya where she confronted N'Dare's militant brother Colonel Shetani, Storm was accidentally impaled by a wooden stick. Feeling delirious she saw the burnt corpses of her parents come to life warning her no one would come back from the dead.

(X-Men: Gold II#33 (fb) - BTS) - The Kenyan village of Uzuri which previously worshipped the Wind-Rider Ororo had embraced Uovu, a new, darker deity. Those who opposed him were assassinated by his death cult and placed in a giant tomb where Uovu kept them to build a large army of the dead. In an effort to seduce Ororo to become his ally. Uovu collected the remains of N'Dare and David Munroe to resurrect them.

(X-Men: Gold II#33) - Following the news of her surrogate mother Ainet's death, Ororo traveled to Uzuri where she soon learned of Uovu. Upon confronting the god he revealed her parents to be alive. N'Dare and David greeted their daughter who was now robed in Asgardian clothing wielding her Stormcaster hammer.

(X-Men: Gold II#34) - Confused about their current state N'Dare and David explained they just woke up from the darkness. Unwilling to believe it to be real, Storm was about to attack Uovu when he noted that while she had pretended to be a god he actually was one. Shocked and confused Storm put her hammer down and embraced her parents. Storm and her parents left to have a talk, giving N'Dare a chance to witness what a remarkable woman her daughter had become. Just then Storm noticed one of the death cult followers leave a hut and decided to investigate to uncover the truth. She soon learned of the many corpses Uovu kept in a giant tomb. Enraged at the perversion Storm was about to attack Uovu, leaving N'Dare and David amazed to see her daughter fly. Storm had no time to explain her powers to her parents and left to attack Uovu who then used his abilities to possess all the corpses in his realm, including N'Dare and David.

(X-Men: Gold II#35) - Possessed by Uovu, N'Dare and David tried to hold their daughter down while Uovu faced the Wind-Rider. Moments later a portal was opened to New York City by Storm's hammer; Stormcaster calling upon her friends the X-Men. The X-Men team consisting of Iceman, Nightcrawler, Prestige, Kitty Pryde and Pyro helped keep the townsfolk of Uzuri safe while keeping the possessed corpses isolated. In the end, Storm defeated Uovu with Stormcaster, causing it to disintegrate having served its purpose. With Uovu gone the corpses he had possessed were freed as well. They began to wither and waste away, leaving N'Dare and David only moments to truly say goodbye to their daughter, telling Ororo it had been a blessing to see her grown after which they turned to dust.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks).

N'Dare hails from an unidentified Kenyan tribe led by witches and priestesses. As a princess, she might possibly possess some innate magic potential or knowledge of magic rituals. Its strongly suggested that N'Dare kept her daughter safe by summoning a gust of wind in Storm II#2.

Though Classic X-Men I#10 was indeed a reprint, several new panels were included to add to the original storyline.










Profile by MarvellousLuke

CLARIFICATIONS:
N'Dare Munroe has no known connections to


images: (without ads)
Storm II#2, p5, pan1 (main image)
Black Panther IV#14, p7, pan2 (youth)
Storm II#1, p21, pan4 (a queen in Africa)
X-Men I#102, p7, pan 5-6 (death)
Storm II#2, p5, pan2,3 (N'Dare's powers?)


Appearances:
X-Men I#96 (December, 1975) - Chris Claremont, Bill Mantlo (writers), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Marv Wolfman (editor)
X-Men I#102 (December, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Classic X-Men I#10/1 (June, 1978) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#265 (August, 1990) - Chris Claremont (writer), Bill Jaaska (pencils), Josef Rubinstein (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny Origins#9 (May, 1997) - Jim Alexander (writer), Mark Campos (pencils, inks), Joe Andreani (editor)
Ororo: Before the Storm#4 (November, 2005) - Marc Sumerak (writer), Carlo Barberi (pencils), Andrew Pepoy (inks)
Storm II#1 (April, 2006) - Eric Jerome Dickey (writer), David Yardin (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Storm II#2 (May, 2006) - Eric Jerome Dickey (writer), David Yardin (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Black Panther IV#14 (May, 2006) - Reginald Hudlin (writer), Scot Eaton (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Cory Sedlmeier, Axel Alonso (editors)
X-Treme X-Men I#18 (November, 2002) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils, inks), Andrew Lis, Lynne Yoshii (editors)
Uncanny X-Men Annual II#1 (August, 2006) - Chris Claremont, Tony Bedard (writers) Clayton Henry (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
X-Men: Gold II#33 (October, 2018) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Michele Bandini (pencils, inks), Darren Shan, Chris Robinson, Jordan D. White (editors)
X-Men: Gold II#34 (October, 2018) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Michele Bandini (pencils, inks), Darren Shan, Chris Robinson, Jordan D. White (editors)
X-Men: Gold II#35 (November, 2018) - Marc Guggenheim (writer), Simone Buonfantino, Giovanni Valletta (pencils, inks), Darren Shan, Chris Robinson, Jordan D. White (editors)


First Posted: 07/19/2019
Last Updated: 07/19/2019

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