Ariel has been possessed by a creature from the plane of magic.
This would explain her sudden shift in personality, as well as her little talk with Solaris on page 22.
- Basically confirmed. [In comic 41.]
Every character introduced so far (with the exception of Cyril) is secretly in on the evil plot.
Yes, even the students. They're all just messing with the poor guy because they think it's funny. Even Syd, who it will turn out isn't actually dead but is just pretending to be for the sake of the practical joke.