Some of the #detentionaire family expressed a need for more HCs about MWFP
Let’s start with what we know…
Alexander Nigma liked Finnwich so much that he gave him one of his hats Cyrus style (like that just screams nerd alert to me. Finnwich continues to be a huge music geek like even in the sea lair his soliloquies about sharps and flats and his appreciation for latin and his giant cryptic book collection. I think Nigma was very selective in choosing the best students for his quest. I think he built the school there in the first place just to train minds to open the pyramid. The school song lyrics are literally:
The school was built in Nigma’s name
To help the kids to feed their brains
A place for every boy and girl
The future leaders of the world
Like Finnwich said “I rather liked him until…” which tells me Nigma had ulterior motives and Max had just got savvy to the schemes, like just imagine Lo, having a rebellious streak despite being on the honour roll, ‘accidentally’ stumbling upon the blueprints for something that would jeopardize other students, and then came across him using a young Niles Pegg to try and open the pyramid, and then putting him away when he fell into cursed sleep.
Or maybe Lo even saw what happened to a young Mrs. Alice who was unfortunate witness and subsequently was hypnotized by Nigma’s mysterious song so she could still talk, but never give answers (thus her talking to Tina and Jenny mostly in riddles and cryptic shush-ing) and Lo telling Maxie he’s not so sure about things but Max being mad that Lo would accuse Mister Nigma of being evil.
And then after the Pyramid’s re-sealing itself His Eminence becoming their new mentor and things seeming pretty cool because suddenly they feel powerful (and no more homework lol) and then suddenly Liz (Elizabeth, but Liz sometimes) becomes the favourite because she’s got finesse when it comes to manipulating the markets and plotting on the corporate scale. And her name gets put first in the company acronym, and Maxie starts noticing the same creepy things as Lo did, and they plan to run away and go into hiding, but Max is too scared of His Eminence, and because he thinks Liz already knows.
Art has always been the forgotten member of the team, being easily distracted in general and having a pacifistic approach to business, and a fun approach to almost everything else. But His Eminence considered the boy’s knowledge of biology invaluable for future projects, so he nurtured his malice by reminding him privately that his three friends were more likely laughing at him than with him, that they thought they were smarter.
Things go very badly for him. He sees both parents die of a mysterious terminal illness, which he knows lives in his own DNA. His Eminence becomes his guardian, and he begins working seriously for once, painstakingly searching for a cure, his perpetual secret project. By now they all know His Eminence’s plans, their plans, are world domination by any means necessary. Max has taken over the position of Lo. Lo didn’t even tell him a real goodbye, he didn’t tell him where he was going either because His Eminence would find out. They had the technology for interrogation, but Maxwell was a terrible liar anyways.
Liz sought enough status and respect to make up for a lifetime of being smart 'for such a pretty gal,’ the hardest-working and most underestimated member of 'Alexander Nigma’s boys’. People were going to remember her name, which she now insisted was Elizabeth, (all the time). Art’s loyalty lay with his priority, which was survival. Maxie held onto Lo’s engineering notebooks and took his place as the team’s technologist. He hated meetings, he hated fighting, he hated his former friends and he was not allowed the respite of even a tune on the radio, because His Eminence loathed music of any kind. He missed Lo. And Lo, he had escaped just soon enough for them to chip the last letter off their logo.