The story so far:
Wanda Magnatova arrived at Exhampton Academy and discovered that it wasn't
like other prestigious boarding schools: several of her classmates were
in the exclusive "Magnat Program," working on beam weaponry, dimensional
warps and sentient robots. One such robot, possessed by a 1500-year-old
barbarian (long story), severely injured her roommate Josie, who left
school. Wanda was then assigned a new roommate, Robin.
Later that day, Robin was possessed by a demon. This demon menaced several
people, then ran off to pay homage to a robot possessed by a 1500-year-old
warlock (longer story). But immediately upon finding him, the demon was
fried by a bolt from above, the work of a self-proclaimed angel named
Alibeca Juarez. Alibeca tried to convince those who had fought the demon
to help her in her struggle against Pandemonio, master of these dark
creatures. Some said no, but those who said yes have begun to accompany
her in her battles. Little do the demon-hunters know that one of
their number has been chatting with the demons' master...
Alibeca Juarez claims to have been transformed into an angel after
touching a Zia sun symbol she found in the sacristry of a New Mexico
church. This symbol, now imprinted upon her right palm, has given her 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.
Dave is a robot currently possessed by the warlock Loki. Having
conquered a big chunk of Europe back in the Dark Ages before being sent
to a hell dimension for 1500 years, he aims to repeat his success in the
present by securing the Sun Talisman for himself. Offering to assist him
in this effort...
...is Pandemonio, the very demon master Alibeca has been pursuing.
A centuries-old former conquistador, he possesses an amulet that allows
him to summon the demons who are being fought by Alibeca and her allies
from Exhampton Academy, namely:
Exhampton demon hunters
Wanda Magnatova, a foreign student with a cloistered upbringing.
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 is a genius inventor who 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 has attracted the attention of the
defense giant Secorp.
Bart Clinton is the captain of the Exhampton football team, an
Olympic-level archer, and no great fan of Tony's. (See Natalie Rome in
the next section.)
Professor Ben Greenberg is a renowned chemist known for his work in
adhesives, including a compound that has proven effective against demons.
That he would be personally deploying that compound in battle can be
attributed to a combination of insecurity and the efforts of...
...Claire Vanderline, the only child of billionaire Ted Vanderline,
owner of the Vanderline chain of luxury hotels. Claire, whose role in the
demon battles is to act as bait, has been flirting heavily with Ben for
some time — enough to raise questions about whether she's
Natalie Rome, daughter of Secorp's CEO, became interested in Tony
after he saved her from a Viking rampage. They are now quite the item,
much to the bemusement of the Exhampton student body — and the
consternation of Bart, who had thought that their earlier tryst was more
than a one-time thing.
Jenna Walcott is Claire's roommate. She is bookish, mousy,
overweight, and easily scandalized. She wants nothing at all to do with
the demons and was the first person to back out of fighting them.
Cynthia Maxon is Wanda's latest roommate and another member of the
Magnat Program, specializing in psychology. As a new student, she's out
of the loop where this demon business is concerned.
Daniel Saint appeared in Vietnam in 2003, claiming he had arrived
to stop the Vietnam War. He soon found himself being shot at by...
...Nicki Remorse, cat-suited assassin for the mysterious
Office 98. Her attempt on Saint's life failed, and she was
reassigned to a different mission — which is where we begin...
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