|Air Date||October 19, 1991|
|Written by||David A. Caplan and Brian Lapan|
It's Earl and Fran's 20th wedding anniversary - the Grapdelite anniversary. Earl purchases a pair of Grapdelites, which are described sweet-tasting, adorable little mammals. Earl's friends comment about the increasing scarcity of the Grapdelites, and one jokes that Earl might have the last pair on Earth. Earl gives the pair to Robbie to hide until the anniversary. The Grapdelites befriend Robbie and confirm that they are the last of their species. Robbie becomes concerned for their fate and, after discovering that the pair consists of one male and one female, suggests that they have children.
Meanwhile, Richfield offers to buy the Grapdelites from Earl, who gives in after Richfield offers him $73 for them. Robbie tries to hide the Grapdelites from Earl, but returns them after the creatures tell him that their species doesn't have much of a chance if Robbie can't convince his own father of the lesson they taught him. After speaking with Robbie, Earl decides not to give the Grapdelites to Richfield due to their endangered situation. However, Richfield manipulates Earl, saying the WESAYSO Corporation has better resources to protect the creatures. Instead, he devours the pair as soon as Earl leaves his trailer.
The episode concludes with the Sinclair family discovering a pair of baby Grapdelites in their home.
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If you already have a charmed Stalker you don't have to bother searching for one; just speak to Nente again after receiving the quest. If you have some other type of pet, you will have to visit Jarrel the Tamer to get rid of it before you can charm a Stalker. There is only one area in post-Searing Ascalon where you can find the Stalker. Go west past Nente toward the Breach. The Stalker can be found a little south of the gate with guards. You can find it next to the NPCs you locate in the Family Ties quest. As with charming any pet, the Stalker will attack you once you begin using charm animal. The area is also full of devourers and sprouts, so make sure to approach slowly and clear the mobs that pop up.
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Endangered Species is a semi-canonical novel written by Cathy Hapka. The main character is Faith Harrington, an environmentalist struggling with guilt and self-doubt. This is the first Lost novel and was released November 1, 2005. The front cover features Kate. This book is available as a paperback, eBook, and audio-cd, and has been translated to other languages.
Off the Island Faith Harrington is a herpetology (the study of snakes) Ph.D. student. She is studying under the advisor Dr. Arreglo who, despite being an environmentalist, has just agreed to help Q Corp, a chemical company, build a plant in the Vibora Basin. Faith is told this by a campaigner named Oscar Wolfe but she does not believe him. After a short meeting with Arreglo she is stunned by the truth and tells him she would be applying for another advisor.
She then begins to date Oscar and they start campaigning together in the local area. One day, Oscar springs it on Faith that they will be campaigning in Sydney on an all expenses paid trip with a nature charity Faith hasn't heard of.
When in Sydney, Faith, Oscar and a number of others campaign against Arreglo during one of his speeches to a large crowd, although Faith is still not sure that she completely disagrees with Arreglo. After hearing one of his radio addresses her mind is changed again and she is once again on the side of Arreglo. She argues her point with Oscar but he does not agree and the two fall out. However, he is convinced to make up with her by one of the charity's scientist. Later that night, Faith helps out in the charity's laboratory milking some snakes.
The next day Oscar surprises Faith by arranging a meeting for her with Arreglo. Oscar seems somewhat nervous on the journey and on the way up to Arreglo's room. As the two of them enter Arreglo's room and are seated he begins speaking to Faith and shakes hands with Oscar. Oscar suddenly springs on Arreglo and stabs him in the chest with a syringe full of venom from a snake Faith had milked the night before. Despite Faith's protests, Oscar silences her and takes her back to the hotel. When he is looking elsewhere, Faith hits him over the head with a vase and phones the police, telling them of Arreglo's attack. When she is asked who and where she is, Faith hangs up and gets a taxi to the airport, changing her flight to the earliest possible time, Flight 815.
On the Island, Faith meets George with whom she helps to gather suitcases. She also helps George and Locke find the backgammon set he plays in the television show and she and Locke are the game's first two players on the Island. After a number of heated exchanges with George, Faith thinks she sees an endangered species of bird in the rainforest, although she fails to get a proper glimpse. On her way back to the beach on one occasion she hears George screaming in the jungle. She runs to his rescue and saves him from a poisonous snake, after which he apologizes for his attitude towards her earlier and she forgives him. After seeing a glimpse of the bird she seeks, Faith runs after it. She finally finds it, and although she discovers it is not in fact what she seeks, she realizes that it has others like it, just like she does on the Island. At this point Locke finds her and takes her back to the beach camp.
The X-Men and various other mutants attend the funeral of a young mutant boy named Landru who has been killed in a road traffic accident and muse on what this means for mutantkind.
Beast plans to find a way to reverse M-Day. After he was unable to attain a solution with the help of Reed Richards, Henry Pym, and Tony Stark, he offers to "sell his soul" to nine of the world's most dangerous villains (Pandemic, M.O.D.O.K., Kavita Rao, Spiral, Sugar Man, Mister Sinister, the High Evolutionary, Arnim Zola, and Doctor Doom) in exchange for their assistance. Rebuffed by most, Hank travels to Transia in search of the High Evolutionary, whose cryptic comments aroused Beast's curiosity. Scaling Mount Wundagore, he and his group of travelers are confronted by the Knights of Wundagore. The High Evolutionary briefly entertains Hank's pleas and discusses the possibility that science cannot undo something that magic ultimately caused, but seems ultimately uninterested in helping and turns out to not even be there in person. He does, however, hint that Hank is not the first person to travel to Wundagore looking for a solution to the M-Day problem, nor the first to be dissatisfied with his answers.
Looking for help, he receives an offer from Kavita Rao: with mutants as an endangered species, her research into depowering mutants has become pointless. Tissue samples from all the mutants that she depowered turned to dust on M-Day. After a debate about her ethics, she gives Hank her notes and lab and announces her plan to return to India. Working in her notes, Beast sees a file he recognizes: "Neverland". After a debate with the X-Men about the Neverland facility, he goes there to search for information. He is shocked by the inhumanity of the notes and the graffiti, and panics when he sees notes about a mass grave in the yard. It is revealed in a flashback that the remaining prisoners were killed in a mass purge after the facility was shut down by Weapon X. Going through the yard, Hank discovers that the bodies have been moved, and he is ambushed by the Dark Beast. Dark Beast seems to be there to "offer his services" so to speak to Hank, who reluctantly accepts his help under the condition that the Dark Beast follows Hank's orders.
Traveling away from Neverland, the Dark Beast convinces Hank to take a serum of his own "liquid memory", wherein Hank experiences several of the Dark Beast’s memories, such as coaxing a mutant named Emily and her mother into his lab; performing a separation of the conjoined Power siblings; moving deceased clones of Jamie Madrox to a mortuary; and degrading Jesse Bedlam about proper terms for test subjects; and torturing Jean Grey with Prelate Summers observing. In the last memory the Dark Beast realizes that Nate Grey is a "vat-grown hybrid" of Jean Grey and another mutant. When the Dark Beast inquires about Nate and Jean Grey, Beast tells him of their deaths, and Dark Beast suggests a way to resurrect Nate by reversing the manner of his death, to which a shocked Hank replies that he is insane. They then arrive at a nuclear power plant in Alamagordo, New Mexico that once served as a research facility for the "study" of mutations by an organization known as Project: Black Womb, which was devoted to the vivisection of newborn mutants with evident signs of mutancy.
After realizing how the disappearance of the X-gene rendered such research null and void, Dark Beast suggests going in Genosha, scavenging dead mutant corpses. After extensive examination, Hank realizes that even if the X-gene was expunged from the world mutant population (even the ones dead before M-Day), many of them retained some of their altered body features. He proposes to Dark Beast that an artificial X-gene may be created through donation from the remaining living mutants and the dead mutants who still remained powered as indicated via their DNA samples. They then embark on a comparative analysis of depowered mutants, before and after the M-Day, to be able to comprehend the very nature of mutation itself, which Hank plans to do by first discovering how to keep old samples viable by examining the contraband drug Mutant Growth Hormone. With the aid of Bishop, Beast meets with an MGH dealer, only to discover that if a donor mutant has been depowered, then any MGH distilled from that mutant was also depowered. Frustrated once again, Hank storms off in anger.
Hank then goes to see Forge, who reveals that he scanned alternate timelines known to have mutants with his equipment and has found that no more mutants exist in any of them, suggesting that those timelines have either been erased or altered. Hank looses his temper and insults Forge, knocking him into his equipment and turns down Forge's offer of help. Hank then leaves through a closed window.
Hank returns to the Dark Beast and says that the future is shaped by what is done in the present. Hank considers looking into the parents of several mutants in the hopes of isolating chromosomes in order to create an artificial X-gene. The Dark Beast says that it would be hard to find the right humans since mutation is a rarely occurring event, but Hank claims to know where to look.
Hank and the Dark Beast then travel to the Guthrie home in Kentucky. Hank is unable to procure a blood sample from Mrs. Guthrie due to her fear of her remaining children becoming mutants and dying like their older siblings. At the same time, the Dark Beast talks to one of the youngest Guthrie children, Lewis, and coerces him into taking an untested antidote to activate his latent X-gene. The Dark Beast then brings Lewis, now in a coma with hives covering his arms, to Hank and states they should try the sample on one of the girls.
The two Beasts start to fight after Hank discovers what the Dark Beast did to Lewis and both of them argue about the significance of one life over an entire species. Suddenly, Mrs. Guthrie shoots the Dark Beast with a shotgun to subdue him. Hank then takes Lewis inside his house and instructs the Guthries on how to save his life.
Some time afterwards, Spiral teleports to Hank and claims that Mojo is displeased with the fact that mutants are now an endangered species, which will affect his television ratings. Spiral comments that science is blinding him on the real answer of how to save mutantkind and that her Body Shoppe can't solve the problem. Before she teleports away, Spiral claims that magic can only fix the problem, as Scarlet Witch's magic is what caused it in the first place. Hank goes to see Doctor Strange, who shows him the true depth of the Scarlet Witch's spell. It has woven itself through billions of people and countless other worlds and dimensions. Hank asks if the spell can be reversed, and Strange replies that with enough preparation and assistance, it is possible. But as the spell is now, he claimed even trying to break it could implode reality itself.
Hank and Doctor Strange then go to see Black Bolt on the Moon. Medusa says that the Inhumans cannot help them in their search for a cure. Dotor Strange then shows Hank several alternate realities where alternate versions of himself have also searched for a cure and didn't succeed. Strange then insists that nothing else can be done. Hank replies to Strange that he doesn't know what his next step will be and leaves without any answers.
Beast travels to Transia where he meets Wanda Maximoff on the streets. Similar to Clint Barton's meeting with Wanda, she still does not remember anything of her life as the Scarlet Witch. Beast and Wanda sit down for tea where he speaks to her about his research, and Wanda ironically states she "dosen't believe in Magic." Beast tries to tell Wanda who she was and what she has done, but she simply dismisses the topic and leaves. Beast, having made no progress on his search, returns to Neverland and gives all the corpses a separate burial.
|X-Men: Endangered Species|
|Prologue: X-Men: Endangered Species #1||Part I: X-Men #200||Part II: Uncanny X-Men #488||Part III: X-Factor #21||Part IV: New X-Men #40||Part V: X-Men #201|
|Part VI: Uncanny X-Men #489||Part VII: X-Factor #22||Part VIII: New X-Men #41||Part IX: X-Men #202||Part X: Uncanny X-Men #490||Part XI: X-Factor #23|
|Part XII: New X-Men #42||Part XIII: X-Men #203||Part XIV: Uncanny X-Men #491||Part XV: X-Factor #24||Part XVII & Part XVII: X-Men #204|