The story so far:
Wanda Magnatova arrived at Exhampton Academy and discovered that it wasn't like other
prestigious boarding schools. Her roommate Josie had been sitting in front of a
computer for days designing circuitry, and over at the science building, her classmates
were working on beam weaponry, sentient robots and dimensional warps. Her tour
guide asked what she was there to work on, and Wanda said she didn't know
— all she knew was that her father, Professor Magnat, ran the program.
She quickly became friends with most of her classmates. One exception was
Blake Olson, who was wrapped up in a feud with some football players who had
attacked him a year before. So when he accidentally rescued a 1500-year-old
barbarian from a hell dimension, he immediately sicced his new musclebound
friend on the football team. The plan backfired. The team put Blake in the
hospital, and the only thing that stopped the barbarian from going on a killing
spree was the timely intervention of classmate Tony Fujikawa and his concussion
Unbeknownst to Blake, Thunar the barbarian was accompanied by his brother, the
powerful and cunning warlock Loki. Loki contrived to stay on Earth by taking
over the body of a robot, Ultramax, that student Pieter Pimm was building. Finding
a much more sophisticated robot on the premises, Loki left Ultramax's body to Thunar,
who predictably went berserk. Unfortunately, Wanda's roommate Josie was nearby, and
Ultramax left her a quadriplegic.
Wanda probably would have been killed herself had Professor Magnat not appeared and
telekinetically disassembled Ultramax. It was then that she learned that Magnat had
engineered her upbringing to make her perfectly suited to become a telekinetic
herself, and gave her a device to channel her powers. Wanda, however, gave the
device to Josie, who used it to help overcome her paralysis. A relatively happy
ending, except for the fact that Loki is still on the loose...
Magnat Program students
Wanda Magnatova, 16, was born in the Balkans but was very early on placed
in the care of a strict governess in the Czech Republic. As a foreign student with
a cloistered upbringing, Wanda is a bit of an outsider but has still made a number
of friends at Exhampton. She was raised to be a telekinetic, but it didn't quite
take: instead, she has the power to destroy small objects with a thought.
Tony Fujikawa, also 16, is an engineering genius who hails from Seattle
and works on advanced weaponry. He has a number of projects going, the most
successful of which so far is an arm-mounted "concussive cannon" that can forcefully
repel objects without destroying them. He has also used the same technology to
build himself a jetpack of sorts. Having spent his life surrounded by people even
geekier than he, Tony is under the impression that he is cool and that chicks dig
Pieter Pimm, 17, is a robotics expert but is technically no longer in the
Magnat Program. For over a year he worked on a robot he called "Ultramax," but
the project went nowhere and Pieter was convinced he would soon be drummed out
of the program and sent home to Amsterdam in disgrace. Through no doing of Pieter's,
Ultramax actually became sentient for a time, but then turned violent, making Pieter
even more morose than before, if such a thing is possible. His current whereabouts
are unknown, but he was last seen in the company of a much more advanced robot
created by his faculty advisor.
Blake Olson, 16, is also no longer in the Magnat Program. Once a prodigy
in the field of transdimensional physics, Blake tapped into a hell dimension and
accidentally brought to Earth the 1500-year-old barbarian Thunar; he then ordered
Thunar to attack the football team, with whom Blake had a feud dating back to his
first day at Exhampton. The team took its revenge on Blake, beating him badly
enough that he ended up in the hospital. To add insult to injury, the warlock
Loki stole his quantitative reasoning skills, rendering him incapable of doing
math or science. Blake currently lives in Philadelphia.
Josie Blackrock, 17, is an electronics genius who made the mistake of
breaking into the Exhampton chemistry lab while Ultramax was on a rampage. Though
the robot broke her neck and rendered her a quadriplegic, her roommate Wanda
gave her a device that allowed her to use her prodigious powers of concentration
to move metal objects about telekinetically. Now wearing a web of metal tape
that she can mentally manipulate, Josie can once again move around and even fly
— but she has left Exhampton and is presumably back home in South Dakota.
Other Exhampton students
Claire Vanderline, 15, is the only child of billionaire Ted Vanderline,
owner of the Vanderline chain of luxury hotels. Her friends agree that she acts
much less spoiled nowadays than she did when she first arrived at Exhampton. In
this case they're right, but Claire's friends don't know everything about her;
they have no idea, for instance, that every month or so she goes, not to her home
in Connecticut, but to New York to seduce an older man just for the thrill of the
hunt. Pieter is infatuated with her, but Claire has no idea. Her attentions are
Jenna Walcott is also 15 and is Claire's suitemate. She is bookish, mousy,
overweight, easily scandalized, and used to being treated as if she weren't there.
She is secretly amazed that someone like Claire treats her as a friend. The two
of them live across the hall from Wanda.
Simon Fisher, who is 15 as well though he still receives children's menus
at restaurants, is enough of a nerd that he would undoubtedly wear a bow tie if
Exhampton's school uniform policy didn't dictate otherwise. Wanda's tour guide her
first day at the Academy, he loves to go on about the Magnat Program, though he
himself is only a middling student and has no more chance of being a Magnat
student than of being a professional basketball player.
Jim Rose is Tony's suitemate, a running back from South Carolina who is
at Exhampton on an athletic scholarship. Though he and Tony would seem to have
little in common, they're actually pretty good friends; as a star athlete, Jim
is accustomed to people angling to become his hangers-on should he someday make
the NFL, and so he finds it refreshing to be around someone who's trying to
carve out his own fortune in a very different arena.
Bart Clinton is captain of the Exhampton football team and an
Olympic-level archer. After the house he lived in was trashed by Thunar the
barbarian, he wound up in temporary housing and finally got reassigned to
Xavier Hall, the same building where Wanda, Tony, Jim, Jenna and Claire
Natalie Rome has also recently been reassigned to Xavier Hall; once
Bart's girlfriend — or at least frequent bedmate — she has been
rather sweet on Tony after he helped to save her from Thunar's rampage.
Professor Erich Magnat is the founder of the Magnat Program at
Exhampton Academy, whose mission is to bring together the geniuses at the
very tip of the bell curve and pair them with Nobel-quality scientists to
help them "smash through the ceiling of human capability." Magnat himself
has developed a device to unlock the brain's capacity for telekinesis; sadly,
he tested an early prototype on himself, and is consequently dying of brain
Professor Richard Russell was Blake Olson's faculty advisor. He is
the world's leading expert on transdimensional physics.
Professor Charles Lucas, from Liberia, is Tony's faculty advisor and
one of the premier inventors of his generation. Perhaps best known for a device
that miniaturizes objects in an eyeblink (though leaving them slightly unstable),
Lucas recently turned to metallurgy and developed a shock-absorbing compound that
Tony has incorporated into his current project.
Professor Ben Greenberg is one of the newest members of the Exhampton
faculty. A chemist known for his work in adhesives, he has no Magnat students
yet but is working with a couple of postdoctoral students.
John Cater is one of Greenberg's postdocs.
Andrew Frederiksen is the other.
Professor Thomas Rey was Pieter's faculty advisor, and developed an
exquisitely crafted robot he called "David." Tragically, David was possessed
by the warlock Loki, and accidentally killed Rey trying to magically extract
information from his brain.
Gerald Ford is the headmaster of Exhampton Academy. His interaction
with the Exhampton students has thus far been limited to disciplining Blake
for posting off-color screeds against the football team around campus and to
kicking Pieter out of the program after Rey's death.
Cooper Duval, Esq., is the student advocate at Exhampton, a sort of
defense attorney for students facing the disciplinary committee.
Thunar was a barbarian who first lived approximately 1500 years ago.
Sent to a hell dimension by a wizard, he was accidentally brought to Earth
by Blake Olson, who ordered him to attack the football team. Thunar went
on a berserker rampage and destroyed the dorm that housed many of the football
players before being driven away by Tony Fujikawa.
Ultramax was a robot developed by Pieter Pimm. Though Ultramax was
a failure with nothing close to true artificial intelligence, the warlock
Loki cast a spell that tapped his brother Thunar's strength to allow the two
of them to possess Ultramax's body. When Loki abandoned the body, Thunar
again went on a spree of violence, but was destroyed by Professor Magnat.
David is a robot designed by Professor Rey and currently possessed
by the warlock Loki. Loki killed Rey attempting to tap into his brain, and
subsequently enlisted Pieter's help in whatever nefarious scheme he might
currently be planning.
This guy has only appeared briefly, but you have to think he's probably
a villain, right?
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