History: Storm is descended from an ancient line of African priestesses,
all with the potential to wield magic. Her mother, the princess
of a tribe in Kenya, married an American photojournalist and moved
with him to Manhattan. When Ororo was 6 months old, she and her
parents relocated to Cairo, Egypt. Five years later, a bomb destroyed
their home. Ororo's parents were killed, but she survived, buried
under rubble near her mother's body. This traumatizing experience
left Ororo with severe claustrophobia, which still afflicts her
today. Homeless and orphaned, she came under the tutelage of master
thief Achmed el-Gibar. Ororo soon became his prize pupil.
Years later, feeling a strong urge to head south, Ororo journeyed
alone across the Sahara Desert. Finally, she reached her ancestors'
homeland: the Serengeti Plain, straddling the modern nations of
Kenya and Tanzania. By this time, her mutant ability to manipulate
the weather had emerged; she used it to aid the local tribes, who
worshipped her as a deity. Ororo played goddess for several years
-- until the telepathic, telekinetic Professor Charles Xavier recruited
her to help rescue his team of mutant adventurers, the original
X-Men, from the island-being known as Krakoa.