It was another sun-drenched California day as the school year began at Pendragon Academy, where the mystical and the mundane rubbed elbows. A teenage girl entered the school, cat carrier in one hand and duffel bag in the other. She introduced herself to an ancient-looking woman with a badge reading Information. "I'm Gwen Black. Could I have my belongings sent up to my room, please?" The woman nodded, taking Gwen's possessions. The teen leaned up against a wall, just watching the people walk by.