Scene 1. WAR ROOM
Centurian is sitting alone in the War Room, seemingly in deep thought.
“Sir, a silent alarm has been triggered at the Institute of Geological Study. It appears as though the signal was specifically routed to this location instead of the campus security for the institute. Should I disregard this message?”
“I should mention, there is some additional data, noise on the signal, sir. I have displayed the data on the screen to your left.”
Scene 2. INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGICAL STUDY
Crouched in the shadows in a security room is Raven Girl. The soft green glow of a computer terminal highlights her profile in the strip. She switches off the terminal screen and looks around the room. There are two guards laying on the floor, they look to be unconscious. She steps lightly around their forms and silently leaves the security office.
Scene 3. THE WAREHOUSE
Seen around the corner of a large box from above, five men are moving around below. Three seem to be working on computer terminals, the soft green glow of a computer terminal only slightly giving enough light to make out their masculine features. Something on their faces reflect some of the green glow from the terminals.
The other two men are moving quickly from shadow to shadow seemingly searching for or placing something into the shadows. While they are moving quickly, with purpose, there does not seem to be any urgency to their movements.
Scene 4. SECRET MILITARY BASE (FLASHBACK)
In a large hanger of obvious military origin stands a group of highly decorated officers all looking at another highly decorated officer. There is no text bubble for this scene, but the singled out officer looks angry.
The next panel shows the officer, now dressed in a blue jumpsuit in manacles. The name stenciled across his back is: Xandros. He looks anything but repentant.
The next panel shows him mopping a floor and there is a computer set up at a desk in the corner. A wicked smile is played across his face.
Scene 5. THE AGENTS
It is late in the evening and the campus is mostly dark when you arrive at the building. There is one main entrance and a loading dock at the back of the building.
The interior of this building is filled with mechanical devices, crates, and husks of geological surveying robotic equipment. Along each wall are robotic arms and what looks to be prototypal geological equipment for testing new designs. All along the wall are large rocks of various material ranging from granite to obsidian. In the center of the warehouse are several computer terminals and stacks of crates.
There are five men in the room. They are dressed in military-looking uniforms without rank or branch affiliation. Each of the men have mechanical devices with flashing lights connected to their heads over their left ear and metallic left arms. Each also is carrying a sidearm.
When you enter the room one of the five flips a switch on the terminal he is standing at and the lights turn on and the mechanical arms around the room whir to life.
Another of the men reaches over to his mechanical left arm and presses a button. At that moment, many of the crates around the room begin to shudder and break apart.
Scene 6. CLEAN-UP
When the dust settles, sirens can be heard in the distance, getting closer.
Searching the computers will indicate that a program was uploaded to the central machine. A copy can be made.
The uniforms the agents were wearing are definitely military in nature, but do not denote any rank or other affiliation.
The night guards from the security room are well, just unconscious. They seem to have been hit by a high current electrical signal which rendered them unconscious and caused them to lose some short-term memory of about one hour.
Scene 7. RESEARCH
The program is quite sophisticated. The key to the data encryption turned out to be “Xandros”. After the file was unencrypted, determining its purpose was simple. The new software had four modes which could be activated (this includes remote activation):
1. Return to location
2. Go to a location
3. Attack Mode
4. Defend Mode
Gabriel Price was once invited to the military installation, Avalon to assist a Captain Xandros with some high powered processor chipsets. The design was what would be considered “top-of-the-line” and highly experimental technology. However, based on the captain’s knowledge, Mr. Price felt that perhaps the military had more knowledge than they were willing to share about this cutting-edge technology.
The name “Xandros”, along with the reference to “Avalon Military Base” will bring up an article making mention of a highly decorated science officer of the Air Force, but most of the article is classified. The non-classified section states that Captain Xandros was assigned to a special project at the military installation on the island. The end of the article states that he was remanded to an un-named military prison.
The Military base, Avalon, on the Island deemed a military no-fly zone some years ago and was made off-limits to civilians at the same time.
Scene 8. REVELATIONS
About two weeks ago Raven Girl noticed some strange radio signals being broadcasted and returned from several sites throughout the U. S. The signals moved from one location to another. The latest location was the Institute of Technology here in Grand City. She went to investigate and found that there were several men messing around with some of the equipment. It didn’t take too long to remotely hack into the terminals to find that they were uploading what looked to be a virus to the mainframe. It also looked like they had modified several of the pieces of equipment in the warehouse.
The two security guards were down hard and seemed to be deeply unconscious. In the event that the men were able to do the same thing to Raven Girl if she interfered with their nocturnal activities she modified the silent alarm and activated the signal.
After tonight’s encounter, either the frequency has changed or it has ceased to be broadcast.
Scene 9. AVALON
Once the PCs get in touch with the Commanding Officer of the Avalon Air Force Base, Colonel Irons, they are given this information:
About ten years ago, Captain Xandros was stationed to the cybernetic research department here on Avalon. We invited Mr. Price to our base about six years ago when we ran into a little trouble with our processor chips. In short, Captain Xandros was tasked with assisting military personnel with recovery and mitigation of wounds taken in combat. His specialty was prosthetic limbs. He was given a contract, partially funded by taxpayer money to develop replacement limbs and technological replacements for damages to our soldiers sustained during fights.
Unfortunately, two years ago it was discovered that he had gone ‘above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty’ and had begun to experiment on undamaged personnel, hoping to enhance their physical prowess by replacing what he called ‘weak flesh’ with mechanical implants.
Because of his crimes against military personnel and his expenditure of unallocated funds he was remanded to a high-security military prison. Six months ago he broke out of the prison and we have been searching for him ever since. At the time of his break-out, several other inmates and guards also disappeared. If the guards departed with him, he had at least thirty men help him escape. Also, just after his escape, a platoon of highly skilled army personnel went AWOL. At this time it has been classified as a coincidence, but personally I found it to be highly suspicious.
I would be happy to show you his lab and experiments, but just after he was arrested, his lab self-destructed, killing three lab technicians.
The whole situation is intolerable. Xandros is probably the most knowledgeable man on the planet in regards to bio-machinery and cybernetic implants. I am afraid that without his willingness to share his knowledge the damage to his lab and research has set back our ability to help physically challenged soldiers, or anyone else ten years.
Scene 10. ALARMS SOUND
Just as Colonel Irons finishes speaking a general alarm sounds. “That’s not good” he says. Then with a nod of apology he rushes off shouting commands to his underlings.