The lightning cuffs are one of the Arts, four highly powerful magical objects created by Merlin himself, and it ended up with Suzie. They are artifacts shaped like cuffs that allowed a Duffle the equivalent of dark side powers. According to legend, he who possesses these three artifacts would become the Master of Mutantry.
Lerner Chanse's PossessionEdit
At some point many years ago before 2011, the lightning cuffs eventually ended up in the possession of Lerner Chanse. Upon realizing that it was the most powerful weapon in existence, Lerner began experimenting to try and duplicate its powers. Sometime between 1998 and 2011, Lerner heard someone breaking into her home. She promptly ran inside and saw an intruder had taken the cuffs: a brown-haired young woman who then promptly stunned Lerner with the cuffs to acquire mastery of the cuffs before escaping through the window.
Reba Silo's possessionEdit
Upon learning that her archenemy, Lerner Chanse, possessed the lightning cuffs, Reba Silo broke into the girl's house, and succeeded in claiming ownership of the cuffs by waiting until Lerner came and then zapping her outright, making herself the rightful owner. In 2008, Mykew Hadeline tricked a robot into letting her inside Reba's home, where she confronted and defeated Reba. Although she had lost the cuffs, Reba chose to be happy, and continued in her work.
Mykew Hadeline's possessionEdit
When Mykew Hadeline defeated Reba in a duel, mastery of the lightning cuffs passed to her. Through a prophecy in 2011, Hadeline learned that Annie McRae was the only person capable of destroying her. As a result, she decided her next move would be to kill Annie, which she would do when Annie was home. In the following week, Hadeline Apparated to Annie’s home and attacked the McRae family. Upon realizing that Annie’s parents were not home, Hadeline rounded on Annie and attempted to kill her, drawing the lightning cuffs. Hadeline seized the offensive, but Annie stole her shield and defended herself. Deflecting several beams, Annie rushed toward Hadeline and used the shield to bash her hand, causing her to lose grip of the cuffs and erecting a yelp of pain. Before Hadeline could retake them, Annie took the cuffs for herself and used a high-voltage blast to kill Hadeline for good. As such, Annie survived the battle.
Annie McRae's decisionEdit
Annie McRae’s defeat of Hadeline became famous, leading to a great deal of fame for her. In 2013, the media attention finally died down. Shortly after the battle, Hadeline was buried in a grave down in the underworld along with the lightning cuffs (the latter on Annie's behest). For a time, Lucy McRae (Annie's mother) was surprised that Annie did not want the cuffs.
Charity Hirz' PossessionEdit
Attaining the CuffsEdit
After Cherical McSnake became the servant of Charity Hirz, he did several things for her after they went into hiding, from listening to her about her confusions to running errands for her. Charity finally approached him and told him that she was going to become a superhero, after reluctantly using whatever kids would attend C2 Camp to help her achieve this. She also made Cherical her sidekick. After an encounter with Mykew Hadeline, Charity’s powers began to drain, causing a huge setback in her goals. In 2012, she devised a plan to fulfill her dream — by building a summer camp to lure children into their grip. During construction, Charity decided that exercise would obviously help her regain her strength, but the afterburn of her surgery rendered this impossible. In 2012, Charity and Cherical opened their camp, which they named C2 Camp, to the public. While Charity remained secluded in her office, relaxing in her bra and finishing the plan, Cherical taught the kids.
Upon hearing of the lightning cuffs, she sought its mastery in order to achieve these noble goals. She devoted the latter half of the summer into a relentless search for the lightning cuffs. She traced the cuffs' recent history, interrogating Lerner Chanse, Reba Silo, and George Thames I in the course of her search, and thanks to Reba, Charity tracked the cuffs' ownership to Hadeline. Charity broke into Hadeline's grave and robbed it of the cuffs which had been buried with its former mistress, thus taking possession of the lightning cuffs.
Battle of the t and i FactoryEdit
Shortly afterwards, Charity used the lightning cuffs against Savannah van Dukas, while Savannah briefly wielded one of them. In the meantime, the third was used by Cherical McSnake, who conjured Igniferno and lost control and threw the cuff in the fire. After failing to defeat Savannah, Charity took back the cuff and searched for Cherical, only to fall into a vat of flames along with the second cuff. Cherical kept the remaining lightning cuff with him.
Master Intelligence's possessionEdit
Master Intelligence later came into possession of the cuffs, though he disposed of them soon before attaining the Sword of Abomination.
The lightning cuffs allowed a Duffle the equivalent of dark side powers. They can fire lightning, as well as light blasts. Charity Hirz has been seen using them to project a shield as well.