That crowd of mages includes Laurel Cerise (in green).
Which adds a whole new dimension to the last time Kale interacted with Laurel.
(She had no idea who he was, while he had no idea that she’s faceblind…)
Kale (narrating): The government sure noticed that. But at first, they still didn’t understand the scale I was operating on. A few small teams came in to get me. I never even let them get close.
Finally they realized it would take an all-star magical team-up.
Acai herself came out of her . . . pseudo-retirement . . . to join in. Her time-manipulation is the reason they even had a shot at getting to me.
When my powers shut off, I finally noticed that they’d burned the eyes right out of my head.
Same for the people that I’d controlled the hardest. Which mostly meant the ones who resisted the hardest.
. . . and with my influence yanked away, a lot of the sickest or frailest people flat-out died from the shock.
Or maybe it was because they used Northwind med-tech that never worked as well as advertised, and it was my magic that had really been keeping them alive.