This is not a gaming session. This is provided as character background and early development.
This expands on the backstory of SID, first mentioned in this post: Select Vignettes of Our Past…
Having been created and trained for a specific task, dedicating years of education, training, skills development, and devoting commensurate resources to that purpose, the result shouldn’t have been such a catastrophy. To have put all of one’s existence into achieving peak performance at a task, forming oneself into a valuable team member with a similarly trained group of individuals, only to have the entire team fail at that task so spectacularly. There was a serious logic disconnect.
How to reconcile the loss? What had gone so completely wrong? The only thing that made any sense was a complete failure in reconnaissance and intelligence. There was no conceivable gain in allowing the team to be so completely cut down. Thinking back on events, one would have thought that sending anything biological against the intended target was doomed to failure from the start. AC-63, if all the published information was even remotely accurate, would not have dealt with any biologicals. But someone thought that the team would get to a certain point, and then the core member would be able to conduct the final infiltration and probe on the target, with some chance of success.
The team stepped into a kill box, and without warning, it was too late. A flash of energy disrupted consciousness. Silhouetted against the blinding light and the pain of energy overwhelming brain functions, one could see the other members of the team vibrating, twitching and burning in the energy blast, before darkness wiped out any thoughts. The trap was meant to be fatal to anything biological. That was very clear. Nothing living would have survived, let alone had time to react to the threat. Even having reaction times measured in microseconds was not enough to even warn the team. Four months of training and collaboration spent developing an elite group into a highly effective and mutually supporting team, all to be wiped out in a blinding, burning flash.
When consciousness finally returned, there was a mess of burnt, disrupted tissue and fluid all over the room and the one figure still able to move. Nothing was left to heal or to which one could render any meaningful aid. All the training in medical procedures and diagnoses was for naught. It remained to leave, and perhaps report back, if one could make it back.
More questions, more puzzles, more confusion. Running over the recordings, there was no sign of a trigger that the team might have set off. Which one would conclude meant that the trap had been triggered remotely, once the team had entered the room. Which one would conclude meant that the team had been expected, or had been detected, analyzed and determined as expendable. There was no attempt, according to the recordings, at communication, nor warning to the team that their presence was not wanted.
Going back over the last part of the mission, and examining the interactions of the team, it was very certain the team had been directed to the trap deliberately. By whom? The informant had no reason to want the team eliminated. All that entity did was answer questions, for which remuneration have been provided. The emotion of hate might be applicable, but with only minimal interaction on which to base any relationship, how would one develop such strong emotional motivations? Bigotry and prejudice? Is this what happened to the team? Is this why the team was sent to infiltrate AC-63 ? Did the team fail in the mission because they were biological? It could be. One lacks sufficient knowledge, research resources and experience to be able to determine how this apparent emotional motivation would bring about this result. But, even if that was sorted out, it wouldn’t have explained the thing that happened next.
What happened next made this disaster pale into insignificance.
To be continued…