In the Pentagon, Henry Peter Gyrich prepares an attack on Rogue, believing her to still be a villain as Raven Darkhölme tries to protect her adopted daughter. She alerts Forge of the unauthorized use of his invention. Meanwhile Rogue has run away from the X-Men, but Storm tracks her down. She entrusts Rogue with her powers and mind by allowing a physical contact, and Rogue is amazed by the world’s beauty seen through Ororo’s eyes. Suddenly the military arrives and Gyrich tries to remove Rogue's powers with Forges'neutralizer, but he accidentally hits Storm, permanently leeching Storm's powers away. Forge rescues the unconscious Storm from drowning in the Mississippi and angrily condemns Gyrich’s actions. From afar the Dire Wraiths decide that Forge has to be killed, wanting to prevent the mass production of his neutralizer.