NOW COME, STAR-LORD.
LEAVE YOUR MADNESS BEHIND AND WALK WITH ME.

On August 15, 1979, James Dallas Egbert III entered the steam tunnels beneath the campus of Michigan State University. Unable to cope with depression, academic pressures, and his closeted homosexuality, the sixteen year-old child prodigy intended to end his life with an overdose of Quaaludes. The suicide attempt failed, and Egbert secretly fled, spending the next several weeks hiding in the homes of various friends.

Having left a cryptic map in his dorm room, the authorities conducted a much-publicized but fruitless search of the steam tunnels. Private investigator William Dear formulated a theory that Egbert had suffered a psychotic episode during a game a Dungeons & Dragons, whereby he became unable to separate the fantasy world of the role-playing game from reality. Although it had no merit, the media reported this theory as fact.

Dear found Egbert a month later working as an oil field laborer in Louisiana. He was released to the custody of his uncle. Egbert died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on August 16, 1980, a year and a day after his original disappearance.

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