She's in Whitman, but before she can get to the dorm, she and a handful of other students are picked out of the crowd and herded into a group.
"You are all new to Whateley Academy," says a cheerful elderly woman in a long black dress. "Welcome! I am Gertrud Wolfgang, one of the instructors here. Before we start our tour, let's go around and introduce ourselves: name, power, and what you hope to accomplish with your powers and your education at Whateley."
The first to speak up is a British-sounding girl with a long bronze sword sheathed at her waist. "I'm Riya Chaudhri, and I've chosen the codename Claymore," she says proudly. "I'm the bearer of the Blade of Hrothgar, and I can project lightning and manifest a suit of plate armor that protects and strengthens me. I'm going to use my powers to get rich."
Going counterclockwise, a boy wearing camo speaks next. "I'm Tohji Maruko. Don't have a codename yet. I can manifest guns, and slow down my perception of time to aim. I'm gonna be a superhero."
"Sean Liam Carter," says a boy hugging himself to stay warm despite his thick sweater. "Or Liam Sean Carter, I haven't decided. I... used to be twins. I don't really know who I am anymore. I can project a phantom body and use it to manipulate objects, and I can see out of its - well, not eyes, but I can see from it. I want to learn more about what happened to me."
Then, a girl in a surgical mask with withered, papery skin speaks. "I'm Lucy Xiao," she rasps. "I'm a bio-devisor, according to the powers testing I underwent back in California. I hope to restore my body to how it was before my GSD took hold."
The buck passes to Margaret.