As the light go up on the characters, most of them, the ones with powers, are on an island. The bad news is it's an island in a pocket dimension. The worse news is the pocket dimension is occupied by the surviving supervillains bottled up by Dynamo Rose decades ago, a group of blackguards subjected to years of harsh Darwinian selection.
What happened was the Robot got out of the prison dimension, after which it used the duplicator to make 15 more copies of itself. The Robot (whose formal name I never got) was designed to eliminate all superhumans or as it turned out, everyone who deviated from its definition of human. It also had the ability to copy any power it saw used and it never, ever lost those powers. Happily for the kids, they were being used as bait so rather than just kill them, the Robots sent to the prison dimension.
Turns out to Robots who have been bottled up since 197something, modern pacemakers look cyborgy enough to justify elimination.
Hari, being a teleporter, tried to interdimensional teleport his way out. Abject failure.
Back in the real world, Sari and Neil (occult obsessed son of a martial artist kidnapped by a dead pharoah - long story) were being ignored by the Robots on account of being real humans. They checked out the lab belonging to the former evil genius science teacher who is totally and I mean totally reformed now, where they armed themselves with a sonic cannon of extreme power and a three page recharge speed.
The powered kids on the islands discover that they are on a small world. There are lots of islands but only a few of them have things like fresh water (the ocean is mildly toxic). The supervillains control the water. They are also quite keen on robbing all newcomers of useful stuff and indeed three figures can be seen approaching from the Island of Evil Supergeniuses.
Hari uses ESP to look for a sea monster -there's always a sea monster- and then tries to attract it with his ability to create light. Later on it is pointed out Lorn, one of many, many sons of that great man-whore Poseidon, has the ability to talk to fish as just one of his natural abilities. Lorn headed off to Summon Bigger Fish.
Sari and Neil notice a naked and not entirely anatomically correct woman step out of a room into the corridor. She sees them and does a Attack of the Body-Snatchers howl. A Robot steps out behind her and Sari uses the opportunity to use the cannon on both of them. The woman explodes into goo, which is then drawn into the Robot. Turns out the Robots have a shape-shifting anglerfish lure dealie going on....
Back on the island, the powered kids use divide and conquer on the three incoming villains. First to go down is the other side's speedster, telekinetically grabbed by Rumspringa and then battered into insensibility by Glimm. The next is a natural weapons guy whose real name we never got; he got nicknamed Whipfinger and while he was experienced and agile, the TK into the forest + Fist combo took him down and Rumspringa's ability to suck the life out of people finished him off.
Rumspringa claims to be an angel but the more Hari learns about Christian mythology, the less he believes her.
Sari managed to make herself a target but she failed to evade the teleport to dungeon dimension thing. She appears on the island.
Speaking of divine beings, Paul Satansson offered to help and was nearly taken up on it until he explained using his infernal powers makes him more like his dad. Hari does not frown on filial piety but apparently everyone else does so the Hellfire stayed in the bottle for now.
The last guy and only one famous enough that any of the kids remembered who he was was a guy called Black Hole, some manner of gravity controller. Once he saw his buddies were out, he tried to run for help. The Very Big Fish put in an appearance at this jucture, which is when Black Hole revealed he could become insubstantial. The nice thing about wizardy as an ability is that it is flexible; Hari just tweeked his TK enough to bottle Black Hole up long enough for Sari to use the sonic cannon on him.
The island the supervillains are on has 12 more villains, several of whom are duplicates of the three the kids already trounced. It wasn't actually all that hard to take down 3 bad guys but 13 may be too ambitious. Paul suggests that he open a door to Hell, where the kids could flee until Rumspringa could appeal to her divine masters to haul everyone out of Hell to safety. It is agreed that will be Plan B.
Instead Hari uses his wizardry to create an even smaller pocket dimension and Serena helps to make it look just like the real world. Someone mentions what bags of holding do when they are placed in another bag of holding but Hari does not get the reference.
The bad guys fall for the trick and flee into the pocket-pocket dimension , which Hari then seals behind them. He was going to tuck it into his pants pocket because that would be hilarious but the eldrich reality-unraveling energy the pocket-pocket dimension was giving off convinced him not to do this. As he TKed the pocket-pocket dimension away, holes opened in the fabric of the pocket dimension, gaps through which the school could be seen.
Rumspringa was the first to try flying through. Luckily for her, what happens below at about 1:26
only leaves her smoking. Sari then tries her luck and technically she is lucky: she's just burned into unconsciousness when she arrives on the other side, not dead.
Hari works out how to shield the other kids using his wizardry. Problem is, it will leave him out cold. He accepts this. Luckily, Rumspringa decides to work out to run her life drain in reverse so Hari and Sari do not have to sit out Finale A or B.
In the real world, the Robots are congregating . One of them detects psychic powers and manifests its goo in a loop around its neck. Sari nukes the Robot with the cannon. Glimm then rips it open with his brute strength. Turns out they are filled goo.
Hari then uses Create Light and ESP to look inside the Robots, then uses a technique he developed in Home Economics to whip the goo into a nice meringue-like foam. Various other students work out their own methods of doing this. Mechanicide follows.
A hilarious disgression occurs when Rumspringa, worried that the kids are committing murder, establishes the Robot goo has no soul. That would have been just fine if she stopped there but she then revealed that in fact a surprising number of people at the school have no souls, including all of the duplicates. She personally has no problem with this, since she herself has no soul, but this is not a revelation the duplicated wanted to hear.
While Rumspringa is happy to think of the unsouled as beings it is OK to kill, Hari points out that whereas normal people who die can expect to experience the bardo before heading off to their next life, the unsouled only get this one life and so in a sense it may be a much worse transgression to off them, an opinion he offers while frothing up Robotic brain goo like a demented chef.
Glimm is determined to deal with the duplicator once and for all. He calls his dad in.
Sari accompanies Dynamo Rose's twin daughters (or rather, the real one and the duplicate) Lorilei and Elizabeth Thompson when they go home (I think one of them wanted company). Once they all get to the twins, one of the twins announces that while she is not sure if she is the one with the soul or not, she's pretty sure she can make sure she has possession of their one soul by ha ha ha killing the other one she's totally not mad. Neither twin has powers (they do have names but I forgot them) but they do have their mother's gadgets and Killer Twin is armed with Science, Science From the Stars!
She's also in a room with knife-nut Sari, who uses a combination of psychology and stabbing to resolve the situation.
Interesting bit of trivia: apparently people with souls go nuts more often than people without souls.
Everyone turns up at the twins, since that is where Lorn sent the Duplicator on the logic that that is where his dad told him to send it. Glimm's dad confiscates the device and stores it safely in the truck of his official car, where nothing could ever happen to it.
As the session ends, the sky fills with an alien armada. Every time the duplicator was used in the last few sessions, a star in another dimension was consumed. The people from that dimension would like to discuss this with Earth....
1: Except, maybe, the three villains who were out cold. Hmmm.
2: At some point Hari said that since the 16 Robots had curb-stomped the students, the adults would have to intervene. Ha bloody ha.
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