99 was a runaway that was taken in by the Adrenamix Corporation. Adrenamix used their prisoners for psionic experiments. The test subjects usually got superhuman abilities as a result of these experiments. 99 could alter perceptions.
President Anderson Gaulthing called the experiments the "Psigns of the Times". His own daughter was also one of the Psigns. Alison Gaulthing managed to escape from the Adrenamic facility and the other Psigns were sent to take her back. They chased her across a rooftop and Alison died while trying to evade capture. 99 and the other Psigns feared they would be blamed for her death.