|“||Okay, this Hellfire Club, they spun off something called the Inner Circle. Maybe there was a management change, maybe Hellfire Club sounded gratuitously sinister. And this Inner Circle? It's well hidden. Like, very well hidden. Like, 12 layers of shell companies hidden.||”|
|— Wire about the Inner Circle[src]|
The Inner Circle is a council of mutants that lead what was once known as a mutant terrorist organisation, the Hellfire Club. The group is comprised of powerful mutants who once held public identities as wealthy and influential members of society, that is until Reeva Payge and the Frost Sisters massacred its members after a disagreement in approach to creating a mutant homeland.
The Inner Circle is responsible for all terrorist actions caused by the Hellfire Club. As well as organizing various mutant attacks, the Inner Circle also has influence among politicians. Since the group is composed of financially successful individuals with connections to the government, they can gather inside knowledge of any anti-mutant programs being developed and have their people deal with the threat accordingly.
William, a mutant billionaire, was a member of the Inner Circle. He and most of the other members of the council are murdered by Reeva Payge and the Frost sisters when Reeva decides they are more of a liability to the survival of mutant kind than assets and proceeds to take full control of the Hellfire Club's resources. Reeva rebuilds the Inner Circle but instead of bringing in members with financial strengths, she chooses mutants with powers she believes to be essential in creating a mutant homeland.
Throughout the SeriesEdit
In eMergence, a meeting is called with all members of the Inner Circle in attendance. This includes Reeva Payge, the Frost Sisters, Esme, Sophie and Phoebe, William and several other unnamed Mutants. Reeva reminds those of the Inner Circle that they're all fighting for the same cause, peace and freedom. But for that to happen, mutants will require a place of their own. While in Atlanta, they discovered mutants powerful enough to accomplish said dream, though it required them to go against commands. With these new recruits, she would like to push forward to building a better future. Unfortunately, William is unconvinced. He reminds her that the mutant homeland project has been discussed and dismissed due to the risk. However, Reeva refuses to stand down, reminding William that mutants are dying and that she didn't claw her way out of the mutant slums of Chicago just to watch her own people suffer.
Nonetheless, William is very much against the recruitment of Polaris, a mentally unstable, pregnant women and Andy, a child. Reeva reminds William that Polaris is exceptional, a mutant such as herself doesn't come around too often, and Andy is a von Strucker. His family helped build the Hellfire Club. Regardless, as one voice on the council, Reeva had no right to make this decision, acting completely without authorization. However, as pointed out by the Frost Sisters, who acted on Reeva's instructions, waiting on William's authorization would result in nothing being done. The point is, Reeva acted without the blessing of the Inner Circle, William says. While this is true, Reeva always believed that it is better to ask for forgiveness than for permission. She says this before using her mutant powers by generating a high note to subdue the other members of the Inner Circle long enough for the Frost Sisters to shoot and kill each of them, one-by-one, ending the onslaught with William.
Six months later, Washington, D.C. Reeva has rebuilt the Inner Circle with new members Lorna, Andy, the Frosts and Sage. Lorna is now much further along, and so the Inner Circle must prepare for her inevitable chaotic pregnancy. Reeva and the Frost Sisters take Lorna and Andy to the facility in which they intend for Lorna to give birth at. It was initially a munitions warehouse, according to the Frost. All stone and concrete, which they plan to modify for Lorna's comfort as it's the only place strong enough to contain her powers. Just then, Lorna appears to experience stomach pains, causing her to unintentionally move the SUV they arrived in. Lorna apologizes, explaining that the baby is kicking.
The next day, Sage and the Frost Sisters pull up to the guard's booth at the munitions warehouse, where the Sisters use their mind control over the patrolling guard in order to gain access to the facility. Once inside, they enter the owner's office and command him to evacuate the property. However, he initially refuses, forcing Sage and the Frost Sisters to bribe him with a suitcase full of money. They instruct him to inform the others that there was a class-one toxic materials spill and that the facility needed to be evacuated. Still, the owner refuses. So, the Frost Sisters make it perfectly clear that they could force him to do what they want, but paying him off is easier. The question isn't whether this place is there's. The question is whether he will give it to them, or they take it. With that, the facility owner agrees to their terms.
The following night, Lorna goes into labor. She begins to screams out in agony as she settles into the cell. Reeva, Esme, Sophie, Phoebe and Andy stand at her side as she pushes. In doing so, the magnetic fields only worsen, causing objects even outside the building to move dramatically. Unfortunately, she's not dilating. Her blood pressure is off the charts, and she won't be able to take this much longer, but Reeva refuses to lose her. It's not a medical issue, the doctor explains. It's a mental block of some kind, and if they don't do something soon, she could die. This forces Reeva and the Frost Sisters to regroup and come up with a plan to help the baby and Lorna by reminding her what they are all fighting for. Reeva tells Lorna that she needs to be strong. They're going to show her the dawn of a new age. The Frost Sisters use their abilities to plant a telepathic vision in Lorna's head of a future, where mutants have secured a safe world for themselves. Reeva tells Lorna that this world could be for her daughter, but only if she shows that she wants it. Seeing this, Lorna says that she wants it more than anything, and so she gives another big push that nearly brings the entire building down as a forklift slams through the wall, but she does deliver the child, whom she names Dawn, bringing a smile to even the Frost Sisters' and Reeva's face.