Argent_ Posted October 29, 2001 Share Posted October 29, 2001 Hello, again. This is Argent, back as promised if a little late.First off, Jager; thanks for your concern considering my sudden departure from the world as we know it; miss Marlowe was kind enough to mention your efforts to be of assistance. Read on, and the situation will hopefully clear up.Fisrt things first: I am currently a spokesman for a group of independent individuals with a common goal. A dear friend of mine jokingly nicknamed us "the muckrakers" and/or "The lone gunmen" (don´t think that the pop reference passed over my head, Gwyneth), which might be fitting, though perhaps not catchy, names. We are, basically, an investigative organization digging through quite some dirt to wash out the tiny fragments of truth; a proactive conscience, if you like.Last time I checked in here, I and a few colleagues of mine was on the way to an investigation - a follow-up to a case concerning a joint-group subgovernmental Nova blackops project. I´m posting this to share some information that we came across. Basically, we were involved due to the unexpected long-term effects of an earlier mission concerning a mass murderer code named "Legion", an investigation which quickly turned into a manhunt, culminating in our confrontation with said Nova in the Winter Palace of S:t Petersburg last spring. Legion was seriously demented and suffering from high-scale Taint effects on a scale that I previously hadn´t witnessed.We decided to isolate him in a rather improvised "magnetical bottle" as a precautionary measure, since his powers made him rather hard to detain in more mundane means. Unfortunately for our investigation on the hows and whys for his disturbing behaviour, as well as the rapid rise of his powers, he passed away rather suddenly.All this time, his body kept mutating, his Taint increasing on an arithmetical scale. Basically, his bones were unable to handle the pressure of his high-density musculature.This might have been a closed case, were it not for the by-then unopened file called "The Node Harvesters".Initially, we started investigating a severe case of "Mary Celeste" as the entire population of a small Siberian town north-northwest of Khabarovsk dissapeared overnight. We arrived shortly after reports on "strange lights" coincided with severe fluctuations in the spatial continuum near this spot. Everything living was gone; zip, zero, nada, zilch presence. What we did find was residual traces of high-level quantum manipulations. With some time and effort we managed to recreate the scene from some hours before, allowing us to witness part of the spectacle that led to the dissapearance of 1,312 individuals (animals not included). It was a highly elaborate maneuver, even if 1,311 of the missing people were of little consequence to the perpetrators of this mass-abduction; they were simply in the way. The remaining individual proved to be the key to the mystery, but more on that later.To make a long story short, we made enquieries and made decisions based upon the answers. This led us to a facility located in Antarctica, and it was here that the connection with Legion first revealed itself. I´ll just skip to the important parts here: we found a biomedical facility containing substantial proof that it had been used to expose baseline humans to some sort of high-energy emissions capable of causing a mutation leading to the emergence of a M/R Node. The test subjects, or rather what was left of them, were horribly mutated with taint side-effects. Those responsible for the process managed to make their leave before we could gain access to their location - the hows and whys of this is, again, something that I´ll touch upon later on.Predictably enough, the installation was set to self-destruct and the medical records were destroyed. Fortunately, we managed to restore and decrypt enough of the records to make some interesting discoveries. These experiments were made with the sole intention of creating custom-made, artificial Nova life forms out of baseline individuals. The experiment was, in this phase, still flawed - as was the developed M/R Node. Most of the test subjects gained chaotic, largely worthless "powers" as well as major Taint with the associated side-effects; in this case, physical mutations seemed to take up the great part of these. Those few that managed to come through the process as fully functional Novas were initially weak compared to "natural" Novas, but an undisclosed number of them went through further mutations in short order, expanding their powers exponentially as the Taint level rose. Legion, our dear old serial killer of S:t Petersburg fame, was one of these cases.(Note: These medical records will soon be available to peruse for those of you who would wish it; drop me a line and I´ll see to it. Soon, they´ll be all over the place anyway.)By this time, I was thinking the same as a lot of the rest of you;could it really be a possibility to create artificial Novas? Apparently, the answer is yes, even if it is a flawed replication at best - and one that does not bring a long life expectancy to the poor test subjects. We have as of yet extremely limited samples of the technology involved, and I am still struggling to make sense of it in tandem with some of my colleagues. As of yet, it has resisted our combined efforts, which in and of itself is a mind-boggling thought. It is, to put it simple, advanced almost beyond my scope of imagination - even technology that is beyond our grasp usually makes some sense, but this is a different cookie. If I were more of an old-school UFO-ist, I…well, never mind.The medical records also revealed the fate of all of the subjects that failed to develop useful quantum powers; their Nodes were harvested (hence the name of the casefile) as raw materials for further experiments and the subjects themselves incarcerated. Extremely efficient and totally disgusting. This was beginning to make us sick; you´d think that you´d get used to things like this after you dug for long enough to stain your nails, but no luck there. Somehow, this is comforting to me.We also managed to find enough of the protocols for the Siberia op to puzzle the pieces together; it was both a recovery mission and a field exercise for the artificial Nova soldiers. The subject that they was sent to retrieve was Ilia Krodov, age six, newly erupted Nova with great as well as fluctional powers of precognition, interpreted by the boy as visions from God. As for the harvesters´ plan for Ilia, the facts are unconclusive; perhaps they sought a precog to enhance the experimental process bu ruling out which ways to pursue, perhaps they needed him as operations support for their black ops squads, perhaps they had another agenda. I can speculate, but I don´t really know. Suffice to say that the boy is now in good care… but back to the story at hand.By this time, the Harvesters (as me might as well call them) had begun to take serious action against us. A telepathical entity, a body-parasite called Simm, was present at the Antarctica base and decided to burrow in the mind of one of our members to gain intelligence on our operations. It also fed us false information, which it has been hell to sort out from real files, let me tell you. Based upon our investigations, we decided to make a B&E operation against another Harvester installation, located in Ukraine. Unfortunately for us, Simm chose the moment to gain access to the mind of our teleporter, and instead of arriving at our set destination, we arrived somewhere else entirely - completely off-map, and in the middle of a prepared ambush. Here, I am forced to skip on a large part of the story as I haven been asked to do so by some individuals in my trust. Suffice to say that me managed to worm our way out of that situation, but not without sustaining heavy injury. We also managed to cut off the Harvesters from their main base of operations as well as deprive them of the resources needed for the project. As for their proto-Nova soldiers - suffice to say that they are taken care of in a rather permanent manner.What we still don´t know, and what I´m still doing my best to dig into, is the ultimate whos and whys; who would ultimately benefit from this? There are so many false leads and enough cover-ups to shame a conspiracy theorist on acid, but I´ll think of something.Why am I posting this? Because everyone needs to know. The process that we stumbled on is a flawed one, and it depends upon technology that seems to be used for things that exceeds its primary functions, which leads me to speculate on whether it was salvaged from somewhere else. It got me thinking.The unscrambled (and, unfortunately, uncomplete) medrecs is also available for perusal; I want you all to be aware, and to speculate about this. Above all, I want the truth to be known. Damn the shadows - the world needs a big god damn flashlight.I am currently convalescing after being ripped to pieces yet again (a specialty of mine, it seems), but I should be available for conversation, OpNetwise at least. You all take care.-Argent[ 10-29-2001: Message edited by: Argent ] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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