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 the 1500-year-old warlock Loki (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. Everyone who had encountered
the demon gathered in the Xavier Hall student lounge, where Alibeca tried
to convince them to help her in her battle against Pandemonio, master of
these dark creatures. Some said no. But some said yes...
Alibeca Juarez has encountered many demons and lived to tell
the tale. Though perhaps "lived" is the wrong word: she claims to have
been transformed into an angel after touching a Zia sun symbol she found
in the sacristry of the church in New Mexico where she worked. 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
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. And getting his hands on the Zia weapon Alibeca wears, known
to Dave as the Sun Talisman, seems like the most promising path to world
Wanda Magnatova 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 is a genius inventor 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 agreed to lend
his engineering prowess to the fight against the demons.
Bart Clinton is the captain of the Exhampton football team, an
Olympic-level archer, and another recruit to the demon-hunting cause.
Claire Vanderline is the only child of billionaire Ted Vanderline,
owner of the Vanderline chain of luxury hotels. She has volunteered to
join the fight against the demons, though unlike Wanda, Tony, and Bart,
she lacks a special ability that might be of use in the effort. In order
to address this, she and Tony have recruited...
...Professor Ben Greenberg, one of the newest members of the Exhampton
faculty. As a celebrated chemist known for his work in adhesives, he might
have something useful to contribute.
Mr. Awky is Dave's parrot, recently acquired from an Exhampton
pet shop and undoubtedly severely traumatized by subsequent events.
The primary targets of the demon hunters are, of course, demons.
They have been spotted both on the Exhampton campus and in the Arizona
desert, and 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.
Der Teufel is some sort of demonic entity that, according to Wanda's
father, fought on the side of the Nazis in World War II. Its current
whereabouts, if it still exists, are unknown.
Daniel Saint appeared in Vietnam in 2003, claiming he had arrived to
stop the Vietnam War. His announcement at the American consulate in Ho Chi
Minh City that he was "the lost member of the Stevens II project" caught
the attention of...
...Office 98, a mysterious government agency headquartered in Salt
Lake City, Utah.
Cynthia Maxon is Wanda's new roommate, whose current claim to fame is
that she actually survived her first issue.
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