Eegan Grover, nicknamed “Little Muffin” by his mother and “Cutie” by Summer Petersen, was a baby born into royalty around the time of the School War and the offspring of Zira Miranda Grover, and cousin of George and Kelly Appo.
Eegan Grover was born in 2011, to the well-known monarch Zira Miranda Grover of America. Unlike most babies, Eegan crawled for the first time when he was two months, but he was a late speaker. His mother Zira wanted him to directly experience the world.
When Eegan was five months old, in 2011, during the School War while on a pleasure cruise on his mother’s barge, Eegan’s escort skiffs were attacked, with one to survive to share the news with Zira, and the baby was kidnapped by General Helen McKeen at the direction of Girl-Team grandmaster Emily Watson. Taken aboard Emily’s shuttle, he was flown to a Girl-Team Monastery. The kidnapping prompted Zira to make a deal with the Boy-Team to rescue her son, in turn for her support in the School War.
While being held prisoner in the Girl-Team dungeons, Eegan became sick, possibly due to his being unaccustomed to the dungeon’s conditions and being underfed. Sometime after his imprisonment, Eegan’s cell door was opened and the baby started to wail when he saw Steven Thompson and his girlfriend Summer Petersen. Before leaving, the two were confronted by Helen, but the pair managed to drive her off and escape with Eegan after Summer accidentally activated the death trap set for Eegan. Summer commented Eegan by saying he was “so cute”, which Steven replied by informally saying that this didn’t matter. However, while being taken back to the monastery’s front exterior, Summer realized that he was sick and informed her teammate, prompting her to put Eegan in her backpack. However, Girl-Team reinforcements arrived and attacked the squad, prompting Eegan and the others to go back to Summer’s car. Despite heavy fire, they were able to blast off.
While heading for a hyperboost ring they knew was nearby, robotic skyfighters chased them and ended up running into the ring, destroying it and prompting Eegan to wail. With the group unable to take Eegan to a hospital without being shot down first, they had to take the car to Maryland. However, as Eegan’s condition worsened, Summer had to go in back to look for medical supplies, and while she was gone, Steven reassured Eegan that they would get him to his mother alive, showing that he had take some liking to the baby. Finally, Summer gave Eegan a pill that saved his life, though it caused him to burp.
During the trip through Hyperspace, Eegan eventually fell asleep but was eventually woken up during a dogfight between his rescuers and several Girl-Team skyfighters. Summer’s car was eventually shot down to the Whitehouse’s exterior by enemy forces. Once they crashed, Steven took Eegan and carried him on his back and started to walk across the grass with Summer. At some point, Eegan seemed to sense the dark side approaching, and hid inside Summer’s pack. However, they were intercepted by Emily Watson. Eegan looked on as she took on Steven and Summer. Finally, Emily managed to knock out Summer, but was forced into retreat by Steven’s improved bladework. As Steven and Emily clashed, a barely conscious Summer reached for a datapad she saw Emily had dropped. She tossed it to Steven after the battle.
With that, Steven lifted Eegan onto his back. Then he rushed over to Summer, to find that she was alive and just recovering. They examined the pad and proceeded into the Whitehouse. They almost got lost in the dark tunnels, but eventually they made it to Zira’s office. Both of them arrived in Zira’s office with the lost Eegan. Zira was overjoyed at the safety of her son and Summer handed Eegan over to her to see his mother. Summer reminded Zira of her promise to help them end the war, and reminded her that Emily wanted to murder their side and take over Tower Placement. After some confusion, Steven activated the datpad, which revealed the entire Girl-Team conspiracy, disgusting Zira immensely. Zira said that although she would have loved to help them out, all their troops and funds were already at war in Europe. Hiding his disappointment, Steven said he understood, and Summer agreed. The war was not over after all.
A year later, when Nolan Coulson arrived at Zira’s Palace looking for his daughters, Eegan was also present with his mother. After the Baron’s arrival, Eegan started to play with a wasp and beat it to death on the edge of Zira’s robe, prompting Zira to tell Eegan to stop. The Baron appealed to Zira’s sense of motherhood, asking her to help him find his own missing daughters. Zira looked to her son, smiled, and relented, allowing Nolan to present evidence against the bounty hunter, and take the culprit with him afterward.
In 2016, when Eegan was five, Zira heard activities of the former Boy-Team Generals and sent Eegan away from her palace before Anakin Organa and Summer Petersen arrived. Zira did not survive the following battle. Afterwards, Zira’s mother produced Zira’s will, which claimed that she did not have any children to run her Empire, and therefore Kelly Appo was to inherit it. The courts later declared Zira’s “will” a forgery.
Eventually, Eegan Grover was promoted to be the King, but Eegan declined, believing that the world had been without democracy for too long. Soon after, Eegan went into retirement in Palmyra, New York. There, he married and he and his wife gave birth to a child, though the boy's name is unknown. Eventually, Eegan's wife would die by unknown means. Sometime afterwards, their son grew up and left home. The boy became married to Belle Cress a few years later, and he and his gave birth to three children - Britney, Sue, and Jason, all of which proved to be exceptionally talented people. At some point prior to 2104, Master Intelligence entrusted him with the Map of Light, which Eegan promised he would guard with his life.
The S.M.S.B., a mutant force led by Master Intelligence, and the Knights of Meyer, a resurgent NoHead force, both learned that Eegan had the Map of Light in his possession. Hoping that Eegan could help them defeat the Knights of Meyer, Sheriff Blaster sent Commander Luke Cameron, a police pilot and the son of Saul Cameron, to search for Eegan, a search that led him to Albany to recover the map. As such, Eegan gave the map to Jason, who was nearby, just before the Knights of Meyer arrived. Luke fled as the Dark Flame arrived with his forces and assaulted the city, during which Eegan was captured by troops and brought before the Dark Flame. The dark warrior demanded the map to the MBH while Eegan lamented what the young man had become. When Eegan did not comply, the Dark Flame killed him with his sword and ordered the destruction of the village. Thanks to his grandchildren, he map that Eegan gave his life to protect ultimately made its way back to the S.M.S.B.
Eegan Grover had fair skin, with dark brown eyes and a button nose. Eegan was also small, per what was expected of a baby, with 0.58 meters as his height. As an adult, however, he was taller. By the time that Sue Grover was born, Eegan stood at 1.85 meters and had white hair, blue eyes, and light skin. He often wore a home-spun wool coat, along with a berry-dyed linen tunic and survival belt. Around his neck he wore a locket holding a photo of him with his grandchildren, whom he loved very much.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Born as a Prince to the wealthy Empress Zira Miranda Grover, Eegan appeared to often be pampered by his mother, which was shown when Eegan was on a pleasure cruise by himself with two skiff escorts. Eegan appeared to often be scared at some points, though had good reasons to be too. Even though Eegan was young, he was able to solve problems easily when others could not, as was shown when Summer and Steven could not solve the problem of being trapped by Helen, but Eegan could. Eegan also appeared to be very cheerful and easily amused, for example, when Steven had his solemn “we’re in trouble look”, Eegan and Summer were amused when Summer said that they couldn’t miss it.
As an adult, Eegan had a strong sense of himself and his morals. Even when offered being King, Eegan turned it down because he believed "the world has been without democracy for far too long." He knew knowledge and wisdom from across the world, including the hidden lore of the Boy-Team, who used to be secretive for their own safety. Eegan was also a believer in the ideals of the light side and a supporter of the S.M.S.B. He believed that the S.M.S.B. was essential to the balance of the light side and helped the Team of Terror find the vanished Master Intelligence, unable to stand idly by as despair and darkness grew in the world. Eegan traveled lightly in his later years and showed wisdom with the few artifacts he continued to carry from place to place. His most cherished artifact was the antiquated data storage unit in a plain leather sack that held the Map of Light, something he would sacrifice himself to protect.
Behind the ScenesEdit
Eegan’s name was inspired by a close friend of D. Isaac Thomas who was twice the age of the character. His name was never actually mentioned in the comic book; it was first revealed in the novelization. His father was actually assassinated while Zira was pregnant, as revealed through a spinoff of the comic.
- The name "Eegan", a name of Irish origin, is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Aodhagain", "Mac" meaning "son of" and "Aodhagain", from Aodha, which is a patronymic from the personal name "Aodh" meaning "fire", originally the name of a pagan god.
- "Grover" derives from a surname meaning "grove of trees" from Old English graf. A famous bearer was the American president Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), who popularized the name in the United States at the end of the 19th century.
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