Some more radical mutant groups, such as the Exhumes, led by a literal fireband named Daemon, met hate with hate. With Summers gone, Daemon listened to no one except his own dark soul. Even during the rebellion, Summers found it difficult to keep him and the Exhumes in line. At first, it was mere raids, but then he and his Exhumes destroyed the human settlement near Del Ray. That brought the Council back into session, and nearly at war with one another.
The X.S.E was formed; their mission was to keep alive the fragile dream born so many years ago by one man, Professor Charles Xavier. The dream was of a world where humans and mutants could live in harmony. The tattoo of the "M" over the right eye that once marked all mutants as outcasts was turned into a badge of honor. When the cadets graduate they would earn their "M" that would indicate that they were members of the X.S.E.