The door of the Conference door slid opens with an audible hiss signaling everyone of the arrival of the person in charge and Head of TACCOM. Vice Admiral Emily Marie Artis. A person of Australian descent who’s now in her early forties with sharp piercing blue eyes which speak decades of experience and a short but well-kept blonde bob cut hair. Wearing the usual respective uniform seen on Vice Admirals with Naval pins on her left breast and shoulder pads representing her rank for all to see.
Following her was a rather young and attractive woman of Japanese descent and in her early twenties with serene platinum eyes and a silky long red hair reaching towards her waist. Wearing a modest looking lab uniform shirt with a red tie around her collar and a lab coat around her uniform. She along with her uniform was a rather short tight skirt with black stockings and a simple pair of low heel shoes.
Stepping up to the podium and stopping right at the middle giving the good Admiral and doctor a good look at the participating personnel with a keen but sharp eye.
“Roight,” She spoke. With a distinct feminine but rough Australian accent. One that held authority, competence and seriousness. “I believe this everyone participating?” Not even bothering to hear their responses she continues on to the briefing. “And to those who do not know me, let me give you a quick intro. I am Vice Admiral Emily Marie Artis. Head of Solas Tempus Tactical Command.”
Gesturing to the Scientist next to her. “And this is Dr. Kurisu Aiko.”
“As I said in the message, a situation has been developing in Area Alpha-Gamma-5 located in the Eastern Grassland of the Astarte Continent. The very same exact spot where several of our most recent visitors got spliced in.” She stated for all to hear. “If you may Dr. Aiko.”
The room lights dim down with a large holo-screen form behind the Admiral showing the crowd Satellite imaging recording dating a month ago. The Japanese scientist clears her throat and begins. “As you can see here, this was taken a month ago when the splices happened in this area, take note of the energy readings.” Enlarging the Energy Chart readings tab. “Within seven hours, there was a general increase of energy of unknown energy signatures detected.”
“In response, Solas Tempus deployed a small research team to investigate and trace the energy signatures to find out more of their existence and purpose.” She paused for the moment. Gathering her notes in her PADD.
“Unfortunately, two days later after the splices were resolved, the investigation of the strange energy signatures were postponed as the Research team reported having cases of severe nausea and headaches and evacuated from the site for recovery. The cause of such events and mental harm remains unknown.” Keying a few commands, the camera of the Satellite recording zooms out showing the small general area of the Astarte continent where the mysterious energy originated at. “Fast forwarding two weeks later, this happened.”
On the video recording of the designated zone, not much happened as the crowd of volunteers could see a large masses of gray clouds gathering around the designated land which was perfectly normal to them. But then it happened. Out of nowhere, the cloud spontaneously turned blood red, violent lightning storms erupting from the red clouds and strange lambent aurora lights spreading out across the land covered by the red mist like a plant root growing deeper into the soil to collect minerals. Soon the recording shows the Satellite camera suddenly going static for no reason and dies out showing a static screen. Despite it being a video recording, the people present watching the video couldn’t help but feel an ominous feeling creeping on their shoulder as if someone or something threatening was behind them. Even the Scientist was looking slightly pale after watching the strange phenomena happened.
Taking several deep breaths to calm herself down, Aiko begins again. “What you saw was a Phenomena never seen or encountered since the Splice Anomalies Solas Tempus was formed to deal and research with. We call it the ‘Devil’s Fart.’ Don’t ask how it got that name but this event not only just blanket the area with erratic energy readings that went off the charts but fried several of our sensors and affected several members of the Solas Tempus making them overly aggressive and where Security had to disarm and brought to the brig.”
“It lasted a week and took our technicians the same amount of time to repair and replace parts the damage sensors and equipment. After the repairs and the sensors back up, this is what we got.” The Holo-screen now shows the recording of a different satellite showing the area where the strange but sinister phenomena took place. Hovering above the land was the same mass of gray clouds permanently hanging there with occasional lightning strikes erupting from the clouds themselves. “Whatever happened down there caused approximately 350 to 420 Hects of the environment there to change. As if terraformed. Our new sensors scan the area but for some unknown reasons didn’t pass through the cloud layer of the zone which should be impossible forcing us to use more advanced sensors to scan area.”
The redhead scientist quickly punches in several commands in showing them the results of the scan which showed numerous amount of different and unknown energy signatures all over the place. “After the deep scans, numerous unique energy signatures were detected all over the place, some sparse and some highly concentrated with different types of energy. Most of these energy readings we found are never seen before nor documented before. The only thing we can identify was radiation and lots of it.”
Aiko took a shaky breath remembering the results of the Energy Chart readings. “What made this phenomenon dangerously unique was its signature is vastly different from that of a Splice Anomaly. Now look, this is a Splice signature.”
The screen shows the Splice Energy charts which casually rises up at some point in time and later goes down.
"Next is the strange signature we detected five hours after the recent splices happened.
The chart on the screen then shows the reading gradually rising by the hour and not even dropping one bit.
“The recording readings of the Devil’s Fart.”
This time, the chart shows the energy readings at an all-time high to suddenly low and high again immediately after which lead to an erratic behavior of sorts.
“And the most recent and up-to-date energy charts of Zone Alpha-Gamma-5.”
The chart on the Holo-screen then shows the current readings of the affected land where the readings casually go up and down in a static pattern of sorts. Eerily similar to that of a heartbeat or Brain Activity as if the land was somehow alive.
“Solas Tempus have tried beaming in a team but was unsuccessful as we couldn’t get a fix beam location due to the amount of energy interference from the cloud layer. Flying into the clouds is also a no go as there’s a thick layer of Electromagnetic energy that could prove difficult for our spacecraft to enter.” Tapping her PADD, the screen showing the affected area was surrounded by a blue outline. “As such Solas Tempus has erected a security perimeter and wall around and outside the affected Zone by 50 kilometers away baring anyone not authorized to enter the affected zone. Vice Admiral if you may take over.”
The doctor takes several steps back allowing room for the Vice Admiral to speak. “As you have all heard from the good doctor, you are being deployed to escort a group of scientist lead by Dr Aiko here and group of Engineers to build a Research bunker to weather that storm we all saw in the recording. Dr Aiko’s team along with the Engineers along with several more operatives who are briefed and are on ground at the checkpoint on standby and ready to link up with you once you arrive to the site. The objective is simple, escort the scientist and Engineers to this area of interest here which is nearby to our perimeter wall by several hundred miles and is the nearest mysterious energy hotspot as well.”
Stopping for awhile to let the mission objective sink in to their heads. “Now I know what you’re thinking. Why are you sending a group of people to a place we have little to no knowledge of the terrain and local threats there. Well that’s because whenever we send in UAV drones to recon the area, they keep getting zapped by the clouds destroying them whenever they get close into the exclusion zone. Leaving us with the only choice to go in blind.”
“Thankfully I got some good news for you all as we have manage to procure a group of people who’s expertise are navigating through this strange phenomenon and land. They are the recent spliced individuals a month ago.” She stated. Holding out her PADD and keying in some commands and messages. “You can come in now to introduce yourselves.”
On cue, the door to conference slides open as four female individuals in their early or mid-teens enter the large room wearing some sort of olive green hooded armor suit of sorts which had armor pads sewn on to the legs, shoulders, elbows, legs and abdomen while the chest has a built-in plate carrier vest of sorts with a MOLLE system on it. Though they way they carried themselves had a sense of caution, paranoia and a very distinct closeness between the four individuals who were now on the podium.
“These. Teenagers.” Emily gestures to the young teenagers though felt somewhat weird at the fact they were still kids and we’re experience to what they were going to face. “Are your guides and experts of the exclusion area they call The Zone. Details of them are sent to your PADDs.”
Soon the party receives a message of the stalkers details in their PADDs.
Each of their details tells them of their names, age being 16 years of age, DOB, Occupation as S.T.A.L.K.E.R, their status as married and their spouses being each other.
“Another thing, land vehicle transports will be provided as they have told us that Land vehicles works fine despite the electromagnetic waves the Exclusion Zone gives off for some reason.” Emily also states. “If you have any questions of the terrain, asks the S.T.A.L.K.E.Rs as they are the experts of it. Questions on Mission parameters will refer to me.”