Here is the first of the new recruits for the Defenders. Cherufe is a young Chilean woman who can create and manipulate lava. She can heat up the ground to liquid state and move it with her mind. She also can cool it in an instant, which she uses to form constructs or shields.
She was discovered by Cascade while the heroine was on vacation. Cherufe’s parents were murdered by criminals and she was using her powers for revenge. She cornered the men who killed her parents but could not bring herself to kill them. Seeing this and the damage that she had done, Cascade decided to help Cherufe by taking her in and adopting her. Cherufe has a lot to learn to control her powers in a new land, but she has a good teacher.