Lily
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Portrayed By Jeri Ryan (image inducer)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 05/03/1993
Age 16
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Aliases Anemone
Place of Birth Cortland, NY
Current Location Salem Center, NY
Occupation Student
Known Relatives Stephen Nichols, father. Rebecca Nichols, mother. Trevor Nichols and Harvey Nichols, brothers, Sabrina Nichols, sister
Significant Other N/A
Identity
Known Abilities Red and pink scales, swimming/diving adaptations
First Appearance ???

History

Lily is the youngest daughter of Stephen and Rebecca Nichols. She has two older brothers and an older sister. Her life started out completely normally. She terrorized (and was terrorized by) her older siblings, got pretty good grades in school, always had a gaggle of friends to have parties and sleepovers with. She attended Girl Scouts and went on camping trips.

Then, when she was 11, she noticed something … odd … when she was taking a bath. What looked like a few white scabs on her belly. But she didn't remember hurting herself. She didn't say anything, dismissing it from mind as being no big deal. But then the scabs started to spread. And itch. She told her parents, who took a look and assumed she'd gotten into poison ivy or some such, and put calamine lotion on the 'scabs'.

But the scabs kept coming, spreading from her belly to her chest, then to her back. And they grew in size. Enough so that everyone finally realized they weren't scabs … they were /scales/. To say everyone was thunderstruck was to understate the case.

Lily began to withdraw from … pretty much everything … bit by bit. Her parents sheltered her, counseled her to hide the changes, and Lily agreed with their judgement. Frightened half out of her mind, she became a recluse, and her mother began homeschooling her.

By the time she was 13, the scales covered every inch of skin, including her skull. All her hair had fallen out, and Lily had long since ceased to even go outside unless forced to by necessity. Then, to add insult to injury … she started getting sick. She suffered from lethargy, her heart raced and she got short of breath and dizzy easily. Her muscles cramped almost constantly. Her parents were frantic, and worried sick and didn't know what to do or who to turn to. Eventually, the answer landed on their doorstep, and Lily was taken to Xavier's School for the Gifted.

There, the cause of her illness was finally figured out … she was suffering from iron-deficiency anemia. After a bit of experimenting, the correct amount she needed was figured out, and special iron pills were made for her, which she gobbled like candy. After just a week, she began to perk up. After six months, she was, for all intents and purposes, at full health. And her scales, previously almost pure white, had begun to change color. By the end of her first year at Xavier's, her scales had assumed their full, eye-catching range of red and pink.

Thanks to her health issues, her training had been greatly delayed, until she was fully up to strength. Still, it was sheer accident that led to the discovery of the fact that the scales were there for more than just looks. Lily, aside from her physical recovery, had begun to regain some of her early childhood verve and sparkle, and one summer day, when one of the other kids dared her to a swimming race, she accepted the challenge. And much to her shock, she beat the pants off them without half trying.

It turned out that her scales were designed for efficient swimming. With very little training at all, she could outstrip all but the speediest swimmers at the school in the water. And as she trained, that speed gap grew. She also discovered that she could dive further, and for longer, with none of the ill effects common to free-diving or diving in general. Lily delighted in the discoveries, and quickly became quite at home in the water.

Lily is still at the School, and not quite sure what she wants to do with her life just yet, though she is, rather understandably, leaning heavily towards something to do with water.

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Trivia

  • Lily's scales are rough, like those of a shark.
  • Lily's body requires about 5x the 'normal' amount of iron.
  • The high iron content of her blood is responsible for the color of Lily's scales.
  • The high iron content of her blood is what allows Lily to dive deeper and further than 'normal'. She is not dependent solely on the air in her lungs.

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