Locus

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In the far future, during humanity’s march into space, a disaster occurred during the terraforming of the moon, Europa. The Scientific and Colonization station, the Merkabah, was currently the control site for a new experiment that would accelerate the formation of a habitable biosphere on Europa, utilizing special, high-mutation rate organisms known as Poikilotheria. These single-celled organisms were introduced into the waters of Europa to begin building a biosphere. Meanwhile, on the station, more advanced Poikilotheria were being created as the next level of animals and plants for their new world.

But disaster struck, these multi-cellular creatures evolved at an incredible rate and soon overcame their containment and the station’s control measures. Though at first only affecting small regions of the station, these subjects soon ran amok on the station and began hunting their human creators and captors. Over half of the population of the station perished before it was decided that the only hope of the survivors of the station was to go into stasis. The escaped creatures, now called Aberrations by the survivors, seemed to not notice life forms in stasis. So the survivors wait in a dreamless sleep for their rescue…

But there were those on the station still with hope of defeating the infestation. One of the scientists responsible for the development of the Poikilotheria developed a technique for inhibiting their evolution. A special type of bio-weapon which would inhibit the rapid mutations of the Poikilotheria enough that they could not adapt defenses to the control methods. However it was found that this bio-weapon would only be accepted into a subject and grow to full effectiveness if implanted during childhood and during controlled growth through puberty. So, the scientists offered his own young daughter to be the test subject, and set her into stasis until her body fully accepted and embraced the procedure…

It’s been five years, and now it’s time for her to awaken…

Created as part of rmrk.net’s Game in a Week V competition where it took third place. All planning, writing, asset modifications, programming, and testing were completed in one week.

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