The story so far:
Wanda Magnatova arrived at Exhampton Academy and discovered that it wasn't
like other prestigious boarding schools. Her classmates were working on
beam weaponry, sentient robots and dimensional warps. Wanda was no
science prodigy. But she soon learned she had impressive mental powers
of her own.
One of her classmates, Blake Olson, accidentally rescued a 1500-year-old
barbarian from a hell dimension and 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 cannon. Unbeknownst to Blake, 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 named David that one of
the professors had built. He remains at large.
At one point, Blake encountered a flock of buzzard-like demons. These
turned out to have been summoned by a mysterious figure named Pandemonio,
who inhabited a cave in Arizona. After several centuries in the desert
— or so he said — he was chased away by his nemesis, a
self-proclaimed angel named Alibeca Juarez. Now, wherever could he have
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 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. 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 is now
apparently involved with Tony, who helped to save her from Thunar's rampage.
David is a robot designed by Professor Thomas 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.
Demons have been spotted both on the Exhampton campus and in the
Arizona desert. They seem to be under the control of...
Pandemonio, who possesses an amulet that allows him to summon
demons and to teleport. He claims to be at least 500 years old.
Alibeca Juarez has battled Pandemonio and lived to tell the tale.
Claiming to be an angel, Alibeca has demonstrated the ability to fly, to
produce bursts of light, and to turn demons to ash. She appears to find
the use of these powers quite pleasurable, but also hard to remember.
Saint is here to stop the Vietnam War.
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