Crystalia Amaquelin (Crystal)

Next character in the Inhumans main cast is the other female one, Crystal, portrayed by Isabelle Cornish. Described as “naive and curious”, Crystal will be the princess of the Royal Family, sister to Queen Medusa and eager to explore the world outside Attilan. This particular trait marks a similarity between the live action version and the comics one, as originally Crystal is the one who pushes the more to force the Inhumans to blend in with other people, and who’s always represented a bridge between Attilan and the outside world with her friendships, romances and occasional membership in several superhero teams, Avengers included. Unfortunately, due to the usual copyrights conflict, we won’t see Crystal interact with the hero who’s been her main love interest for much of her early publication history…but we can find their story here nevertheless.

Crystalia Amaquelin was born in Attilan, the secret city of Inhumans, from nutritionists Quelin and Ambur. The Inhumans, an off-shoot of humanity created millennia before by a group of Kree, allowed their people to be exposed to the Terrigen Mist and to obtain the special abilities deriving from Terrigenesis only after a period of formation, but like her older sister Medusalith, Crystalia was exposed to the Mist when she was still a child, and she gained the remarkable power of controlling the four classic elements, earth, air, water and fire. Crystalia, or Crystal for short, used to hang out with her older sister and her cousins Gorgon, Karnak and Maximus, but because of the age difference they mostly acted as a babysitter to her. Another inseparable companion of hers was her pet dog, the huge Lockjaw, a teleporting guardian that accompanied her wherever she went. When she was eight years old, she met for the first time her older cousin, Black Bolt, Medusa’s bethroted and her future brother-in-law, who had been isolated from the rest of Inhumans because of his uncontrollable power. Not much time after that first meeting, barely a year, the young Black Bolt was forced to accept the crown of king, as his parents, the current rulers, died during an accident caused by Maximus, whose ambition knew no limit. It was because of Maximus that a war erupted within Attilan, forcing the Royal Family to battle the prince, his army of Alpha Primitives and his newest creation, the powerful Trikon: during the following conflict, Medusa crash-landed somwhere in Asia, and the Royal Family lost the war, being exiled by Maximus, the new king. Crystal spent the following years with her cousins, growing up in a world that was alien to her and trying to locate her sister, who suffered from amnesia and couldn’t return to them. Luckily enough, Lockjaw stayed with her, so Crystal and the others could reach any place on Earth they wanted in no time, accelerating the search. Unlike her relatives, however, Crystal was fascinated by everything she saw, and growing up out of Attilan made her extremely receptive to the outside world’s uses and costumes. Finally, the Inhumans located Medusa in the United States of America, in New York City.

One night, while patrolling the area to try and find Medusa, Crystal met a man who was literally on fire: he was Johnny Storm, the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four. Between the two it was love at first sight, and they spent much time together. Crystal even mistook Johnny for an Inhuman because of his powers. When she tried to introduce him to her family, however, something unexpected happened: Gorgon had already battled the Fantastic Four before, and believed that the Human Torch wanted to harm Crystal. The two started fighting again, with the rest of the FF coming to Johnny’s aid, and Black Bolt coming in Gorgon’s favour. Medusa, however, had been found, so Black Bolt interrupted the fight making Lockjaw transport the Royal Family back to Attilan, where he claimed the crown back from Maximus; the Fantastic Four arrived on the scene, having understood the Inhumans were no enemies, but Crystal couldn’t do anything but watch as the deranged Maximus activated an impenetrable energy barrier that divided Attilan from the outside world, seemingly forever. With her blocked on one side of the barrier and her beloved Johnny on the other, Crystal was heartbroken, and not even the joy of having her big sister back with her could do anything to heal her love labours. Black Bolt, moved by her feelings, dedicated all his energies to breaking the barrier, and involved every capable mind in Attilan to do so, but apparently none of his or Karnak’s ideas gave any result. Finally, Maximus revealed that the barrier’s weakness lied in his brother’s voice, and Black Bolt found himself forced to use his forbidden power to free his people: Crystal and the others hid below the city, while the king spoke for the first time in years, shattering the barrier…and decimating the city. The Council decreed that the Royal Family had to stay away from Attilan as long as it was rebuilt to his former splendor, so Crystal faced yet another exile…but this time it was one she accepted with joy, as she could join her beloved Johnny once again. Thanks to Lockjaw, she arrived at the Baxter Building just in time to save the Fantastic Four from Sandman, finally able to fall into Johnny’s arms once again. Now, Crystal was where she belonged, not with her people, but with the man she loved.

Crystalia Amaquelin is an intelligent and dedicated young woman, a princess who knows her responsibilities and her duty to her people, but who’s also fascinated by everything belonging to the world outside Attilan. Often in disagreement with her sister Medusa, she nevertheless respects her and her family, and is ready to sacrifice her own happiness and interests for the sake of her people (such as when she agreed to marry the Kree Ronan to ensure peace between their two peoples). As Crystal, she possesses the Inhuman ability to control air, water, fire and earth, with a lot of variations coming from experience that make her extremely resourceful (i.e. aerokinesis allows her to fly and create “wind walls” as force fields, hydrokinesis allows her to manipulate ice and vapor as well, geokinesis makes her able to manipulate also metals, pyrokinesis allows her to control temperature); she’s also learnt to mix the elements for new abilities to emerge, and she’s now able to control electricity as well, and even to manipulate matter on an atomic level; she’s also stronger, faster and more durable than a regular human. Truly the child of two worlds, Crystal inherits the best of both, acting as a joining link between two peoples and two races: the perfect Inhuman ambassador for the human world.

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