TO: J. Alexander
FROM: A. Prodos
SUBJECT: RESEARCH FACILITY 1182 DATA. CLASSIFICATION: SCT
Comrade-Colonel of the People's Security Agency,
Attached are the requested files on Research Facility 1182.
All three file classifications are SCT. They all fall under Section 12 of the Corrective Code.
Congratulations on your recent promotion.
MJ GEN: PSA
FILE ONE: TRANSCRIPT OF MEETING BETWEEN RESEARCH TEAM LEADER █████████ AND CHAIRMAN ANDERSON
█████████: I requested this meeting to report on an astounding breakthrough. It would appear that Aeothreal particles due to their negative mass can be used to stabilise wormholes.
CHAIRMAN ANDERSON: How exactly did you find that out?
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CHAIRMAN ANDERSON: Mother of...
(CHARIMAN ANDERSON OBSERVED PALING SIGNIFICANTLY, EYES WIDENING AND TAKING ON A LOOK OF DISGUST)
CHAIRMAN ANDERSON: How many elementals did you require before you discovered that?
█████████: We managed to get it in one thanks to a skilled medical team and large pre-prepared reserves of blood to inject. We attempted to return him to his correctional facility but he required transfer to an asylum to deal with a severe onset of post-traumatic stress disorder.
CHAIRMAN ANDERSON: Of course...
█████████: With the current advances I can say with certain we may finally create stable wormholes!
(█████████'S FACE FLUSHES RED PRESUMABLY WITH EXCITEMENT, HIS EYES WIDEN AND HAS A GRIN OBSERVERS DECLARE "WOLFISH")
█████████: Can you imagine it? Connecting anywhere within the universe, requiring vastly shorter trips than we would have! Colonising planets outside our solar system, spreading the revolution further than the boundaries that once limited us! Moving masses of soldiers almost instantly to their location, making us able to strike at their capital, their industrial centres, anywhere our enemies try to hide! Even possibly setting up a point in time we can return to later to correct our mistakes, undoing any damage to our cause! With this technology, we would surpass even the national rank of superpower. I just need your approval.
CHAIRMAN ANDERSON: I'll see what I can do. But from now on, everything related to wormholes is no longer falling under regular technology classifications. It's now the highest-level state secret and you'll be reporting directly to me. I don't need to tell you what this entails. Now leave.
FILE TWO: RADIO TRANSCRIPT - COMMUNICATIONS FROM CMDR 83 BEFORE AND SHORTLY AFTER THE TESTING OF THE WORMHOLE DEVICE
CMDR 83 (IDENTIFIED LATER TO BE CHAIRMAN ANDERSON): Report on the status of the wormhole device. Over.
RTL █████████: Currently the construction has been completed. Operational, ready for testing. Over.
CMDR 83: Begin testing. Over.
RTL █████████: Initialising. Today we make his-
(ALL COMMUNICATIONS FROM RESEARCH FACILITY 1182 LOST)
CMDR 83: RTL █████████, radio check. Over.
(THREE MINUTES ELAPSE. CALLS FOR A RADIO CHECK REPEATED EVERY 30 SECONDS.)
CMDR 83: RTL █████████, if you do not respond in ten minutes we will be forced to execute Termination Order 131. Over.
(NINE MINUTES ELAPSE, NO RESPONSE.)
CMDR 83: RTL █████████, last chance. Respond now. Over.
(ONE MINUTE ELAPSES: CMDR 83 CHANGES CHANNELS)
CMDR 83: Task Force 12, Termination Order 131. Over.
TEAM LEADER 802: Acknowledge. Preparing to execute orders. Over.
CMDR 83: Acknowledged. Out.
RADIO COMMUNICATIONS END.
FILE THREE: REPORT FROM TASK FORCE 12 UPON ENTERING RESEARCH FACILITY 1182
All units required to wear CBRN suits due to the unknown dangers of the mission. Supply vehicles equipped with the largest amount of high-explosive ever required for the execution of a Termination Order, requiring two shipping crates to carry it all. Armed with breaching gear. Two four-man fireteams - Alpha and Bravo - reporting with Charlie designation for transport and supply vehicles.
1550 - at base 15 km southeast of Research Facility 1182: Received orders to execute Termination Order 131 from CMDR 83. Gear already loaded in preparation, embarked on vehicles and moved towards it.
1600 - roughly 5 km from Research Facility 1182: Entered area later designated "ghost zone". No sign of life anywhere - had been travelling along forest track, but trees ended at this location. Earlier satellite images claimed the ghost zone to be heavily forested. No sign of forced uprooting of trees. Discovered local village, disembarked and investigated. Not a single living thing found within the village, a ghost town. Nothing electrical inside the village working. Embarked and continued on.
(NOTE: ANALYSIS OF RADIO SIGNALS SUGGEST ALL COMMUNICATIONS IN THE VILLAGE WERE LOST AT THE SAME TIME AS INSIDE RESEARCH FACILITY 1182)
1611 - outside Research Facility 1182: No lights could be seen from the outside. No living creature found on the outskirts - we had to breach the gate to enter. Motor vehicles abandoned outside the gate.
1618 - inside Research Facility 1182: All lights failed, requiring torches to continue. No living thing found inside, research papers from the office of the Research Team Leader (name unknown) taken, as were all other papers we could find. Large bolted blast door leading to wormhole room had strange winds blowing from it. Engraved image of an eye upon the blast door. No records of the eye existing before - not on building blueprints either. All members swore the eye was staring directly at them. Bravo team sent to investigate and open it while Alpha team searched the rest of the building.
1620 - Alpha team in the underground complex of Research Facility 1182, Bravo team at blast door: Bravo team leader claims to have opened the door, radio communications cut off straight afterwards. All further attempts to raise Bravo team failed. Two members of Alpha team appeared visibly spooked. Continued on in the underground complex.
1623 - Alpha team in underground complex, Bravo team location unknown: Found first sign of life. Man aged approximately 40 bolted down to a table and hooked up with wires. Injuries severe enough he was initially taken for dead until breathing was noticed. Man paralysed, screaming softly with his eyes closed. Did not respond to physical stimulus. Deemed that removing him from his bolts would be lethal without trained medical help. On recommendation from CMDR 83, euthanasia was applied on-site.
(NOTE: MAN IDENTIFIED FROM ALPHA TEAM'S HELMET CAMERAS AS ELEMENTAL REQUIRED FOR WORMHOLE STABILISATION. CONDITION MATCHES THAT DESCRIBED BY RTL █████████ TO CHAIRMAN ANDERSON.)
1630 - Alpha team outside Research Facility 1182 except Alpha team leader, Bravo team location unknown: Underground complex searched, nothing further to report. Alpha team took direct route out. Against the judgement of my peers I returned inside to the blast door. Eye image missing, door remained bolted with no visible tampering. Promptly exited Research Facility 1182 as rapidly as possible.
1650 - Alpha team embarked on vehicle and leaving, Bravo team location unknown: Explosives planted, awaiting orders and clearance to safe zone.
1703 - Alpha team outside ghost zone, Bravo team still missing: Despite Bravo team possibly still being inside the Research Facility, ordered to detonate explosives and return to base.
(NOTE: EXPLOSION COULD BE HEARD INSIDE THE CENTRAL AMERICAN ZONE)
Addendum: While it certainly is true that no animal has returned inside the ghost zone and that no plant has been sighted growing there, myths that the ghost zone is expanding at a rate of 1% each year remains unfounded.
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