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If you’re interested in reading the individual background life summaries or viewing updated artwork of our Champions and Villains then please follow the links here: Champions and Villains. If you are eager to discover the main story that ties all the characters together in Project-X, then please use the following link: Story-line. These links are refreshed with new or redone content as they are released. We publish new articles, stories, videos and new or redone artwork everyday except Sundays.

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Ky's Korner #66: New Splinter Cell. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Howdy Gamer Friends!

If you can believe it… It has been over four years since the last Splinter Cell release. I don’t know about you guys, but for me, Splinter Cell is one of the games that I consider a classic. I remember the firs time I played it, I was like… WOW!! I’m in love with this game! I don’t know maybe its because it makes you feel like some super American Navy Seal hero but, I just love every aspect of the storylines, which are always amazing to the gameplay. I love staying in the shadows and taking out the bad guys without them ever seeing me coming. I mean, not every mission can be played this way but, every mission requires a skill level that cannot be found in every game. You guys know me. I love a good challenge, and Splinter Cell is never “easy” to zip right through. It makes you actually work to achieve your goal.

So, when I heard they might be working on a new one… I was thrilled, to say the least! Finally! I mean…I wasn’t sure if we’d ever get another addition to the game… therefore this is super exciting news!!

E3 2017 came and went, and we heard nothing that would give us hope as to the future of Splinter Cell… Simply put, nothing at all was said about it until… Ubisoft’s CEO, Yves Guillemot made a comment that provided us with the news that gave us a twinkling of hope.

The comment came to us via Reddit, during an AMA. A member of the audience asked a question referring to Splinter Cell, and Guillemot responded by saying, “Splinter Cell is a brand we talk about a lot. It’s also personally one of my favorites series. We don’t have anything specific to share at this moment, but teams are working on different things, so stayed tuned in for more.”

A follow-up question was made referring to an interview from the Ubisoft blog. He then went on to say, “We are receiving lots of sketches and proposals around the brand and were going to pick one up. I think you will be able to see something soon but, you will have to wait for that.” So, friends… we must remain patient but, at least we know something is in the works. At least that’s more than we’ve known for quite a while now.

While sharing this information, Guillemot had a huge smile on his face, as if he was holding back and couldn’t wait to say more. I guess this means, he has huge plans for the future of Splinter Cell but knows not to give away to much. It may be too early to create a buzz just yet, Ubisoft knows how much we love the brand and if there aren’t too many details just yet… I understand him wanting to peak our interests, just to keep us interested without being forced to give out too many details… considering he may not have enough to talk about just yet. Still good news though… right!?

According to his comments, I would say this new addition to Splinter Cell is still at least a couple years out. Sad I know, but true. Maybe if we band together and show our love for the game, they will push the project release date up and get to work asap. We can all hope. It’s a huge franchise, and they know there is money to be made… We just have to make sure they know the interest is and always will be there.

Then again, considering his smirk while speaking, maybe… Just maybe… He is saying this to throw us off course. It could very well be that he has more under his sleeve than he is letting on. Maybe he was just testing the waters to see if the brand still has what it takes… and I believe it certainly does. What are your thoughts? Are you a devoted Splinter Cell like me? Is this news something that makes your day? It has made mine, that’s for sure. I will be so glad to have this game back and updated. I mean, to me Splinter Cell has always been a game ahead of its time, and I am anxious to see where it takes us next!!

Thanks so much for stopping by Ky’s Korner today!! Let’s chat tomorrow again friends! 


To read more from Ky Lynn click here

DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE SOLELY THOSE OF THE AUTHOR. THESE VIEWS AND OPINIONS DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THOSE OF SALJACK ENTERPRISES, IT’S STAFF, AND/OR ANY/ALL CONTRIBUTORS TO THE SALJACK ENTERPRISES WEBSITES. SALJACK ENTERPRISES MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION REGARDING, DOES NOT ENDORSE, IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH AND IS NOT IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LINKED WEBSITES OR ANY CONTENT THAT APPEARS ON IT. IF YOU DECIDE TO VISIT ANY LINKED WEBSITE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK, AND IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW THE TERMS OF USE OF THE RELEVANT LINKED WEBSITE.

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Ky's Korner #65: Steam Summer Sale. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Hey, you guys!

I’ve got great news! Did you guys know that every summer steam has a huge sale? Well, this summer’s sale is now in full swing…And we’re talking some super awesome savings on some super amazing games… Please do allow me to fill you in!!

This summer’s sale is running from June 22nd through July 5th.

So be sure to take advantage of these deals while they are hot because it’ll be over before we know it!

This time around there are some extra sweet features such as a “Summer Sale Stickers” quest. You can earn these stickers much like you can earn trading cards.. in fact, they are very similar in many ways. Within each quest, you will earn up to three random stickers just by visiting your activity page. Once you have these sticker’s, you will collect them in your sticker book. Once you have collected them all you will finally be able to craft your 2017 summer sale badge. Receiving the badge allows you to accumulate a custom profile background as well as a tradable emoticon.

During last year’s sale, you were able to stock up on collectibles, trading cards, and game badges. This year they have replaced these with the sticker book we just talked about. Remember, these stickers can only be accumulated by completing the quests, this will permanently unlock your pages and even if you miss a quest or two. No worries you can always go back and complete it at any time. Thank goodness for this. I know we all have busy lives and even if we’d like to, most of us can’t just sit at our computers completing quests all day.

I wish life were that simple!

Some of the last year’s biggest steals included Final Fantasy, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (love this game so much), and even Ghost Recon…and most of the games were $5 or under. Those were some out of this world deals.. and the deals this year are just as good. I assure you! See for yourself…

  • Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor is now $3.99… Yep, you read that right!
  • Fallout 4: $14.99… That’s 50% off folks!
  • Dishonored 2: $19.99… 50% off.
  • The Witcher 3: $24.99… 50% off.
  • Civilization 6: $35.99… 40% off.
  • Watch Dogs 2: $29.99… 50% off.
  • Doom: $14.99… 50% off.
  • Mafia 3: $14.79… 60% off.
  • Grand Theft Auto 5: $29.99… 50% off.
  • Dark Souls 3: $23.99… 60% off.
  • XCOM 2: $19.70… 70% off.
  • Resident Evil 7: $35.99… 40% off.
  • Superhot: $14.99… 40% off.
  • Torchlight 2: $4.99… 75% off.
  • Tyranny: $22.49… 50% off.
  • Pillars Of Eternity: $17.99… 60% off.
  • Firewatch: $8.99… 55% off. (OMG!! You all know how much I LOVE this game. If you haven’t played it… it’s time!!)
  • Hyper Light Drifter: $9.99… 50% off.
  • Stardew Valley: $8.99… 40% off.
  • Civilization 6: $35.99… 40% off.
  • Hollow Night: $9.89… 34% off.
  • Darkest Dungeon: $9.99… 60% off.
  • 7 Days To Die: $9.99… 60% off.
  • Hitman, the complete first season: $24.00… 66% off.

And Y’all that’s just naming a few… There are so many more. You really need to check out the Steam site soon so you can see the crazy amount of deals they have over there tight now… Trust me, these are deals you really cannot just pass up! 

I’d also like to give you a little advice here… You may want to get there soon because the Steam server is completely overloaded right now! You might have trouble connecting because of the amount people connecting to the site trying to cash in on these super savings. If you can through, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.. and if you do make those purchases now before the site crashes… and I am not at all joking! If you try during regular hours and you just cannot get through.. maybe try later on during the twilight hours when most people are sleeping. Yes, it really is getting that serious.

Luckily for us, these deals comply with all platforms, PC included. Now, don’t think when you visit the site that you will find all the newest games. If you’re a real gamer, as I know you are… It isn’t just about getting whatever is popular. Some of these games are complete classics and or, they have been released within the last year or even the last few months… and most of them are still games that cannot be found for cheap anywhere else. Be smart you guys!! Get em’ while you can!

I hope these deals have brought a smile to your face and even more so… I’m glad they won’t put too much of a dent in your pocket book… unless you go on a complete binge and purchase as many as you possibly can. If so… I get that too. It’s incredible, some games you can get at prices that are simply unheard of.

Thanks so much friends for stopping by Ky’s Korner today… Can’t wait to chat with you tomorrow!!


To read more from Ky Lynn click here

DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE SOLELY THOSE OF THE AUTHOR. THESE VIEWS AND OPINIONS DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THOSE OF SALJACK ENTERPRISES, IT’S STAFF, AND/OR ANY/ALL CONTRIBUTORS TO THE SALJACK ENTERPRISES WEBSITES. SALJACK ENTERPRISES MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION REGARDING, DOES NOT ENDORSE, IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH AND IS NOT IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LINKED WEBSITES OR ANY CONTENT THAT APPEARS ON IT. IF YOU DECIDE TO VISIT ANY LINKED WEBSITE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK, AND IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW THE TERMS OF USE OF THE RELEVANT LINKED WEBSITE.

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Ky's Korner #64: Dragon Quest Heroes 2. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Hey, Gamer Friends!!!

Today, I wanted to write about a game that maybe, is a bit different than games I have written about in the past… But… I love all types of games for sure… I mean.. It is true, I  do like my scary games but… Actually, I love them all. If the game is exciting and can keep my attention… If the graphics are great and I can get into the character then… I’m a happy girl!!

For instance, the game I am talking about today is Dragon Quest Heroes 2. I love it mainly because it’s a hack and slasher game… I can’t help it. Not sure why I love these types of games so much, but the fact is.. I do! Now… let’s give credit where credit is due… It is developed by Omega Force and published by Square Enix for the following platforms… PlayStation 3 & 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch. What about my beloved Xbox??? If only!! You lucky PlayStation owners!! Here’s the part where I beg PlayStation to send me a system so that I can play on both platforms… I know, I know… A girl can dream.

Okay, enough with the begging… Back to business.. lol. DQH 2 was released back in May of 2016 and hit worldwide in April of 2017. It is a continuation of Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe & The Blight Below.

Now, I know I mentioned this was a hack and slasher… and it is, but it’s also a combat game. I love that its a mix of the two… makes me love this game even more! It is the typical RPG, with a cluster of characters, all with different styles. You have the ability to explore the world, various towns, and journey across your map to initiate dungeon style battles and monster encounters. Weather can have different effects as on certain locations… Such as the rainy day curse. Don’t forget to look for treasure boxes and functional ingredients while venturing across your map.

You must play the main story to open certain areas, as you play the main story you will accumulate invitation stones for the world map. These stones allow you to warp from one part of the map to another. Battles stages are essential for story and gameplay progression. Parties can still be changes by chatting with Patty at her bar. And a co-op addition has been added as well.

During multiplayer missions, you can play with up to four players at a time. Unfortunately, online chatting is not available, but instead, you are equipped with different phrases to choose from. If you or a member of your party happens to fail, you may be either resurrect by using the “Leaves of the World Tree,” or they can watch and help their remaining team member by either raising their health to assist them in battle longer or only keep the moral up by cheering them on.

Players can team up to complete the Time Labyrinth, a series set out to please long time Dragon Quest players.  To do so, you must find the scattered pieces throughout the main story. Together you can find these pieces and beat major bosses.

Now.. about the story… It takes place in a world of piece spread out over four kingdoms. As in another story much like it… These kingdoms begin feuding and an all out war breaks out. Heroes must come together to bring order back to their kingdom once again.

Alright... Now, who’s ready to see this game in action? Let’s start with its trailer, shall we?

Oh, my goodness, this game is too cute! I love the anime feel it has to it. Great artwork and creativity, no doubt! Now, let’s meet our heroes!

Okay, I need to show you some Gameplay! It’s amazing! Thank you, GameSpot for your video!

This game is full of adventure and hours of entertainment! This looks like the kind of game I need to create a video review for.. don’t you think?

Let me know in the comments section or Tweet us @essjay_ent!

That’s it for today, my dear friends!! Thank you so much for stopping by Ky’s Korner… I cannot express how happy we are to have you here… and don’t forget to come back tomorrow, for the latest and greatest gaming news! 


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DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE SOLELY THOSE OF THE AUTHOR. THESE VIEWS AND OPINIONS DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THOSE OF SALJACK ENTERPRISES, IT’S STAFF, AND/OR ANY/ALL CONTRIBUTORS TO THE SALJACK ENTERPRISES WEBSITES. SALJACK ENTERPRISES MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION REGARDING, DOES NOT ENDORSE, IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH AND IS NOT IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LINKED WEBSITES OR ANY CONTENT THAT APPEARS ON IT. IF YOU DECIDE TO VISIT ANY LINKED WEBSITE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK, AND IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW THE TERMS OF USE OF THE RELEVANT LINKED WEBSITE.

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User-Interface Tips to Increase In-App Purchases. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Game developers should do whatever they can to make their in-app purchases as appealing as possible. Whether it is faster resources, powerful items, or more chapters, the cash shop should make the game, even more, entertaining and addicting than it already is. Many developers don’t show much interest and effort to make the in-app purchases presentable. This is expected since developers want to make their gameplay as accurate as possible, but it will all be a total waste if you can’t get anyone to consider throwing a few bucks your way.

Look at the following user interface decisions that some of the top grossing game have made and inculcate them into your game too.

  1. Make Sure The Menus Are Easily Available: After all your hard work that you have put into the game, it would be very disappointing if players are not buying something from your cash shop only because they didn’t know how to buy them. Make sure that your UI is designed so well that the players can easily navigate the menus and accurately locate your in-app purchase screen. You can ask your playtesters to try and perform an in-app purchase. If your playtesters need to struggle to find the in-app purchase screen or if it is taking a long time for them to figure it out, it is time to make some changes.
  2. Make Buttons And Menus More Engaging: A UI expert knows how quickly people get attracted to flashing lights and colors. Casinos have used this strategy for years with gambling games that bombard passer-byes with glowing lights, bright UI screens, and even winning sounds. This is why many successful games apply more shaded areas and animated effects to improve the chance of players watching the promotion being offered. The main trick that UI designers use is blur test. This requires squinting your eyes to see if the UI elements are still clear and readable. The goal is to boost the contrast on the button advancing your cash shop so that it is brighter than other parts of the screen and thus grab more attention. While most would argue that this is getting too pushy, a full-screen promotion can also be very productive. Instead of irritating players by having it pop up after every level, only use full-screen advertisements when you’re offering discounts or introducing a special sale.
  3. Use Visuals and Language That Are Engaging and Familiar: For many developers, there’s a lot of satisfaction in making their game feel unique. While creativity and innovation are more than welcome when it comes to gameplay, players may be more willing to press that purchase button if it looks straightforward and familiar to them. That is why many top-grossing games, share a few similarities when it comes to their UI.
  4. Attractive Offers: Usage of badge icons to grab player’s direct attention to the offer they think is the best and engaging one is required. Make sure to add phrases like “New!,” “Best Deal!”, or “25% Off!,” so players can realize why the particular item or bundle is worth picking up at that very moment. Also, don’t forget to design the badges/icons, that contrast with the rest of the screen and can stand out.

What are the strategies you follow to increase your game’s in-app purchases? Let us know in the comments section or Tweet us @essjay_ent!


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Ky's Korner #63: Okja Out Soon On Netflix. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Hey, Gamers!

As you all know… I am a Netflix junkie, and I am always looking for new releases. Well, I found one that I cannot wait to see, and it’s loaded with a killer cast too!! I don’t know if Y’all saw the trailer yet but, I have and just in case you haven’t… I am more than happy to fill you in!!

It’s called Okja… Weird name maybe, and the concept might be a little strange too but… I like things that are a bit odd… lol. The storyline is something I have not seen before. It’s entirely different and totally awesome at the same time.

Okja is a 2017 Netflix original, South Korean-American made film, directed by Bong Joon-ho, co-written by Bong along with American, Jon Ronson and even produced by Brad Pitt!! This makes sense, if you are like me and frequent Netflix on a regular, you know Brad has had a lot going on with Netflix lately. It has become another outlet for actors across the globe. Its all part of the magic that is Netflix! This is a must see movie.. No doubt about it!! The main character in this story is a young girl, played by Korean actress, Ahn Seo-hyun, along side Jake Gyllenhaal & Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead, Tilda Swinton & Lily Collins, just to name a few. I told you this movie has an impressive cast to say the least!

Okja made its official premier at the Cannes Film Festival before being picked up by Netflix and already has quite the following. I am expecting great things from this film, and I have a feeling it will not let me down.

It is set to air June 28th, so we don’t have to wait much longer… Thank goodness! The basis of the story goes something like this…

A young girl from South Korea, named Mija has been the long time care taker for her best friend of 10 years, a large animal called Okja. She has raised him on her family’s land without any disturbances until now that is. Once word spread about this magnificent creature, many were intrigued. So much so that, the character played by Tilda Swinton decides to harvest these creatures. Her plan is to farm raise them to use them as a form of food. The creatures are so large that she promises it will end hunger and we will never lack a food source ever again.

Of course, this is devastating news to Mija, and she vows to safe her friend from becoming dinner. If you see this creature, you don’t blame her, it is far too cute to ever consider a food source, and he is her best friend. Many of us animal lovers can surely relate to this tale of ever lasting friendship. I know I can!

Okja was never meant for the big screen so teaming up with Netflix makes for the perfect match!! I have heard that it has been boycotted in South Korea due to the simple fact of to many titles being released to closely together… meaning we could have seen this movie much sooner had it not been for this unfortunate circumstance. Apparently they are very strict when it comes to these things over in South Korea but, it does make total sense. In order for each film they are releasing to get the correct amount of attention, overlapping release dates in a no-no and I totally get it!

Okja will hit over 190 countries and I would bet on it being the next big thing. My intuition tells me after we all get a taste of it, we will probably want more. For some reason, I am very drawn to this film and I am sure I am not the only one. It is something we can all watch as a family or enjoy completely alone. It honestly seems to a movie for all ages and I am also confident it will turn into a classic in no time.

Now that I have you totally intrigued… I hope… let me show you the trailer. I’m serious friends… Here’s the official Netflix trailer… prepared to be amazed!!!

I know right!!! I am so counting down the days till I can watch this! Here’s a teaser for you just so you have to suffer right along with me… lol. 

Well, friends… that is it for today… Hope you have enjoyed learning about this film and I hope it is one that we can all enjoy together!!

Thanks so very much for stopping by Ky’s Korner today.. Were always happy to have you!! -Ky


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DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE SOLELY THOSE OF THE AUTHOR. THESE VIEWS AND OPINIONS DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THOSE OF SALJACK ENTERPRISES, IT’S STAFF, AND/OR ANY/ALL CONTRIBUTORS TO THE SALJACK ENTERPRISES WEBSITES. SALJACK ENTERPRISES MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION REGARDING, DOES NOT ENDORSE, IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH AND IS NOT IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LINKED WEBSITES OR ANY CONTENT THAT APPEARS ON IT. IF YOU DECIDE TO VISIT ANY LINKED WEBSITE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK, AND IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW THE TERMS OF USE OF THE RELEVANT LINKED WEBSITE.

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Book 4, P9: Odious Optimism – Combat 101. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

The group stood mesmerized soaking it all in as a Land Rover crested one of the dunes and barreled towards them. Dumbfounded the Champions watched a man lean out of the passenger window and point an AK-47 at them as the vehicle approached.

Today we continue with part nine of book 4. Hope you enjoy!


News of the armored car heist had reached Plum Island and the Champions, understandably, were concerned and had assembled in the west hangar early to discuss the situation before Mr. Smith arrived with today’s schedule.

“Taking out a thug or two is one thing” Jonni started, “but going up against a small group of heavily armed nut jobs that can take out 100 armed men is something entirely different. Travour, you’re a huge dude, but I don’t think you can catch a rocket grenade and throw it back at the bad guys. Briiana, we already know that you can’t dodge bullets. We seriously need to talk to Mr. Smith about this. It’s time that we leveled the playing field a little don’t you think?”

“I couldn’t agree more Jonni” Mr. Smith’s voice reverberated around the room as he walked in.

Jonni and the other Campions snapped to attention.

“I’m…sorry, sir. We were just….I didn’t mean” Jonni said sheepishly.

“It is perfectly fine Jonni, you and the rest of team are quite right. I would think quite a bit less of all of you if you didn’t question why you hadn’t had firearms training yet.  The simple answer is in two parts; we didn’t have the time seeing as New York decided to go to hell early and Warren and I were waiting for ARMAKZ to arrive. Without ARMAKZ your training would be wholly inadequate.” Mr. Smith paused waiting for someone to ask the obvious question.

“Okay, I will bite, ” said Reisha, “what is ARMAKZ? Another version of RAIF? Sort of like a robotic bigger brother with guns or something?”

Mr. Smith shook his head, “Not even close. Come on I will show you.”

The Champions followed Mr. Smith to another hangar on the island and stopped outside the front door.

“This is ARMAKZ” Mr. Smith began as he gestured towards the entire building with a wave of his hand, “ARMAKZ stands for Augmented Reality Motion Activated Kill Zone. This allows us to throw you into real life scenarios as generated within the confines of these walls. Once you enter your perception of where you are and what is going on around you will change. It is completely immersive. ARMAKZ was designed to teach you what you need to know to survive a hostile environment beyond the simple ability to point a gun and pull a trigger. Any idiot can do that. As Champions your job is harder in many ways, the bad guys shoot at anyone, which is easy, you have to choose your targets carefully and be more aware of your surroundings on a constant basis or innocent people may get hurt.”

Mr. Smith then pulled out his phone and typed in a command. The small door on the left of the building opened, “Put these on and come inside with me” he said as he handed each of the Champions a pair of what looked like designer sunglasses.

As the Champions entered the hanger, the walls seemed to disappear, and the concrete floor beneath their feet turned to sand. They stood in the middle of the room and looked around in awe. As far as their eyes could see there was nothing but blue sky and sand dunes.

“This is messed up dude” Brajjit muttered under his breath, “How the…” his thought trailed off.

The group stood mesmerized soaking it all in as a Land Rover crested one of the dunes and barreled towards them. Dumbfounded the Champions watched a man lean out of the passenger window and point an AK-47 at them as the vehicle approached.

When it was within range, the man opened fire. Each of the Champions felt a burning pain race through the skulls, and they fell to the ground.

“You are all dead” Mr. Smith proclaimed as he once again took out his phone and issued a command. The sand and sky faded into the gray walls of the hangar once again, and the Champions struggled to pull themselves off the concrete floor. “Except for Iurasia who was smart enough to use Travour as a human shield, ” Mr. Smith continued, “Congratulations Iurasia you are the sole survivor.”

Iurasia looked at Travour, “Sorry there was nothing to hide behind, and you were the biggest person here” she said half smiling.

Travour let out a loud laugh, “I would have done the same thing if I had the opportunity so don’t worry about it.”

Reisha looked at the group with a face that reminded them all of a time in their life when they had disappointed their mother, “What is wrong with you guys? Does anyone care that we were just shot and killed…well, sort of? That was insane! We should all be traumatized not joking around. And what the hell was that electrical shock all about? Do you not care about that?” she shook her head and turned to Mr. Smith.

“Mr. Smith, what on earth are we supposed to learn from this little piece of craziness? Go, on tell us!” she said raising her motherly tone.

“Number one, never go into hostile territory unarmed ever again. Number two, always expect the unexpected. Third, there is no getting up from a real AK-47 fired at your head. Number four…” Mr. Smith paused as Reisha put her hand up in front of him.

“Okay, okay I get it. Sorry I was just a little freaked out as I am sure we all are and I was just …well, you know, scared for myself and the team” Reisha said quietly.

Mr. Smith put his hand on her shoulder and said in a reassuring voice, “I’m sorry, perhaps I should have given you all a little warning of what to expect before going in, you are right. And as for being scared, that’s normal, healthy even.”

Mr. Smith faced the group, “I would rather you learn to overcome those obstacles in here as opposed to out there. You are going to need every ounce of training I can give you, and some of it will not be pleasant but remember the end game here there is a lot at stake, and we don’t have any time left. Now if you will all follow me let’s go see a General about some guns.”

“How many settings does this thing have? Can we do like a pirate thing… or, I know, how about the old west that would be….”

Travour gave Brajjit a playful nudge that almost knocked him off his feet, “Zip it Braj, or next time I use you as a human shield.”

(To be continued…)


That’s it for now! The next story will be published soon. We will keep posting stories every week leading up to the anticipated Project-X announcement.

If you’re interested in reading the individual background life summaries or viewing updated artwork of our Champions and Villains, then please follow the links here: Champions and Villains. The main story that ties all the characters together in Project-X will be updated at the following link as stories are published: Story-line.

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