A Life of X-Citement
Polaris has made several attempts to lead a normal, peaceful life, but has never been able to avoid action, adventure, and danger for very long. Early on, she and Havok retired from the X-Men to pursue their mutual interest in geophysics. The couple moved to New Mexico and began their doctoral research in the Diablo mountain range, but they were targeted and mentally enslaved by the alien Shi’ar agent Eric the Red (Davan Shakari). Eric used Lorna and Alex in an attempt to stop his fellow Shi’ar, Princess Lilandra, from recruiting the X-Men and the team’s founder, Professor Charles Xavier, to aid her in opposing her insane brother, the Emperor D’ken.
Under Eric’s influence, Lorna adopted the code name Polaris and, with Alex at her side, fought against the X-Men, who ultimately triumphed. Xavier later freed Lorna and Alex’s minds, and the couple returned to New Mexico. They maintained their association with the X-Men as reserve members.
Years later, when Polaris and Havok were serving together in X-Factor, the Dark Beast—an evil version of Hank McCoy from an alternate Earth—had Alex kidnapped and seemingly brainwashed into joining the Brotherhood of Mutants. As X-Factor and the Brotherhood clashed, Polaris tried to convince Havok to return to her, but he shot her with a plasma blast at full force. Lorna’s magnetic shields protected her, but she went into cardiac arrest. After her recovery, Lorna discovered that Alex was actually working undercover to stop the Dark Beast. Polaris understood Havok’s motive, but she could not forgive his deceit and ended their relationship.
She eventually rejoined X-Factor and was present when Alex was apparently killed in an aircraft explosion. Polaris disbanded the team a short time later.
Polaris was in Genosha to confront Magneto about her parentage when the island nation was attacked by Sentinels controlled by Charles Xavier’s twin, Cassandra Nova. The Sentinels wiped out most of Genosha’s population, with Magneto believed to have been killed. The X-Men arrived and found that Lorna had survived. She returned with the team to the Xavier Institute, where she learned that Havok had been found alive, although he was in a coma and being cared for by a nurse named Annie Ghazikhanian. Upon Alex’s recovery, Lorna proposed marriage to him. Alex accepted, but had felt pressured into doing so, and at their wedding, he stopped the ceremony, having decided that he was in love with Annie. Lorna unleashed her fury, wanting to kill both Alex and Annie, but was stopped by Alex’s new teammate, the Juggernaut (Cain Marko). Xavier worked with Lorna to address her anger issues.
Lorna and Alex eventually reunited and were part of a team of X-Men sent to space by Xavier to apprehend Vulcan, who intended to attack the Shi’ar Empire. Once there, Vulcan helped D’ken regain the throne, but ultimately killed him and seized power for himself. Backed by the Imperial Guard, Vulcan threatened to execute the X-Men’s ally, the deposed Empress Lilandra. Polaris rescued Lilandra and subsequently fought to restore her to the throne, but was unable to prevent her assassination.