The Plot No. 2 by Neil Brideau

No. 2: Your Curiosity Will Get You Killed!

Previously, three friends -Eena, Atchi, and Fib- are about to become adults in their strange secluded village. They’re nervous about the Ascent, a rite of passage into adulthood, in which they will gain special mental abilities, and bond with a larger clone of themselves. One day, having snuck out to the Forbidden Forest, they run into a giant creature, and accidentally lead it back to their village!

Plot No. 3 by Neil Brideau

No. 3: Stolen Minds!

Previously, three friends -Eena, Atchi, and Fib- have accidentally led a giant bug into their secluded village, and it has made itself at home. The village’s Great Councilor has charged Atchi’s father, Tosu, to watch the bug, and Panna -the village’s head scientist to study it. Atchi decides to sneak back into the Forbidden Forest to find clues as to where the bug came from. Learning of Atchi’s excursion (Fib & Eena tattled), a search party follows. Then, in the cover of night, a masked figure emerges from the bug, and attacks Tosu!

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Long Ago

Special guest art by Kenan Rubenstein

No. 4: Defending Our Ascendancy!

Previously, Atchi -having snuck out into the woods- discovers a hidden box of comic books that seem to tell the story of the village, but all the names of the villagers have been changed. Before he can investigate further, Atchi is caught by the search party and brought back to the village, where his father, Tosu has been attacked and has lost his special mental ability! The next day, Atchi asks his friends, Eena and Fib to go back out to the forest and retrieve the comic books. At first they refuse, but later sneak out and find the comics. When they return to the village, they discover a second villager has been attacked. The next morning, the Great Councilor recounts to the youth of their parents’ Ascent, when the village was betrayed, and all the adults were murdered by the traitor Nardo!

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No. 5: Sacrifices!

Previously, three friends, Atchi, Eena and Fib, have accidentally led a giant bug into their secluded village just days before their important rite of passage into adulthood: The Ascent!

A rash of mysterious attacks have coincided with the arrival of the bug, which has caused adults to lose their special mental abilities. The three friends hope answers to the bug and the attacks can be found in the pages of a mysterious set of comic books, chronicling their village’s past and present.

Against the objections of the village’s lead scientist, Panna, the Great Councilor orders the village to drive the bug out. The village’s head of safety, Tosu—still recovering from being attacked—leads the effort.

But successfully chasing the bug from the village does not prevent a final attack! When his mother, Mayla is attacked, Atchi chases a masked figure, crying out to alert the village. Suddenly, the figure spins around and grabs Atchi, whisking him away into the forest!

As they speed away within the cranial cavity of the bug, Atchi’s kidnapper reveals himself to be the village’s traitor, Nardo, who wants Atchi to help destroy the village!

No. 6: Home

Previously, Atchi has been kidnapped by the traitor, Nardo!

His friends, Eena and Fib—with the help of the antagonistic sisters, Shaus, Sceban, and Ronq—have entered the Forbidden Forest to rescue him. Also on their trail are search parties of adults, including Atchi’s father, Tosu, and the village’s lead scientist Panna.

While in the forest, Eena gets separated from her friends and runs into members of another village, who she has been taught her entire life to fear. Before she can escape these strangers, they run into masked figures who appear to be compatriots of Nardo!

Meanwhile, Fib, Ronq, Shaus and Sceban are now looking for Atchi and Eena! Instead, they find carnivorous creatures who chase them to a rocky terrain, and though the lose the creatures, they also find themselves lost! Just as things seem hopeless, Fib spots Atchi and Nardo in the valley below.

The two are en route to a secret hideout known as The Burrow, but first they have to rendezvous with Nardo’s collaborator from the village…

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