Plot & History Sept 5, 2020 2:05:41 GMT -7
Post by Tiffamu on Sept 5, 2020 2:05:41 GMT -7
Dr. Hans Merwin began experimenting with combining human and animal DNA in 1984 with hopes of giving humans the amazing evolutionary adaptations of other animals. However, his first attempts were not successful, and none of the human-animal hybrids grew to term. After years of extensive research and nearly-successful trials, the U.S. government took note of his breakthroughs and provided the funds he needed to produce the first successful birth of a human-animal hybrid in 1993. The team began testing the abilities of the children, sometimes taking extreme measures. As a result, in 2002, a hyena hybrid attacked the scientists and caused the operation to be shut down. The children were relocated to a large compound in Latvia to keep them separated from the rest of the world, and their creators. The addition of new hybrids to the compound leaves everyone to believe that the doctor and his team continue his work in secret.
1984- Dr. Merwin begins experimenting with transgenics
1990- The Merwin Project receives government funding
1993- The first successful live birth of a human-animal hybrid
1995- The team begins to create more human-animal hybrids for testing
2002- The project is shut down after "The Accident"
2004- All hybrids moved to Rāzna Park
2005- Dr. Merwin secretly begins funding a new facility in Latvia for the continuation of his work
2006- The new facility is completed and experimentation with transgenics continues, resulting in new hybrids
2008- Staff ‘disappear’ from the compound
2017- New hybrids begin arriving in Rāzna Park
2019 - Current Year
The Full History
1984 was a year full of good memories for mankind. Science and technology advanced as it never had before. The world watched in awe as astronauts walked, untethered, in space. Macintosh released its first personal computer, drawing people to technology in new ways that fascinated and delighted them.
However, not all breakthroughs during this time were made public. In the secrecy of enclosed laboratories, a team of specialized scientists initialized the Merwin Project- a genetic experiment that would change humanity forever.
Doctor Hans Merwin, one of the world's most brilliant and respected geneticists, was the man responsible for the infamous project. With his team of nine highly acclaimed scientists, he attempted something never accomplished before - the fusion of human and animal DNA. Five human embryos were collected for the project, each infused with the genetic material of a different animal species. Three of the five embryos accepted the fusion, though none survived to term. Disappointed in his failure, Dr. Merwin and his team returned to the board with a handful of experiments scattered across the years. Each attempt came closer and closer to success but never produced a live birth.
After catching word of their breakthroughs, the project received funding from the U.S. government to achieve its goal. With the government now funding the operation, The Merwin Project had access to new technologies that could make their dream a reality. In 1993, the team launched its next big operation with high hopes. Thirteen human embryos were chosen this time, and of these embryos, ten survived until birth. When these children came into existence, they were not revealed to the general public in any way. The government planned to keep them in a classified state indefinitely and hoped to use them as a kind of secret weapon for the military as they matured.
These ten children were far from normal. From birth, they displayed varying physical characteristics: skin discoloration, elongated bone structures, altered metabolism, to name a few. Even the senses of some of the subjects evolved to be almost superhuman, along with physical capacity in some cases. In 1995, two years after the first group of hybrids was born, the Merwin Project began producing hybrids again. They were determined to create a human-animal hybrid without the visible mutations that many of the first group of hybrids had. From infancy, they were subjected to multiple experiments regularly. In addition to the tests, the children were educated in various subjects by private tutors- much like normal kids. They were taught about themselves and how to utilize their abilities in the best and most productive ways possible. The results of these teachings were not always successful; It was not uncommon for a hybrid to use their powers against what they were instructed.
The Merwin Project was abruptly canceled in 2002 after what is now only referred to as "The Accident" - an event where the hyena hybrid mauled a lab technician after being exposed to a rarely-tested chemical irritant. After learning about the incident, the government declared the project a failure and labeled all hybrids as dangerous, not only to others but also to themselves. Dr. Merwin's lab was quickly disbanded and shut down, and all hybrid children were sentenced to death. Only numerous protests by the staff and a direct threat to resign by the doctor himself caused the government to think twice. After months of harrowing debate, a tentative compromise was reached. The hybrids were to be contained in a large compound, completely secluded from the outside world. Doctor Merwin would have no contact with his creations, and would not be permitted to study further in transgenics or recombinant DNA theory. Any few mentions of The Merwin Project were erased from all records, and Doctor Merwin was signed as the U.S. Government's official Genetic Specialist.
After this cancellation of the Merwin Project and the legal battle dealing with custody of the children, it was determined that a suitable location for their new containment needed to be found. The search for a containment facility led the U.S. government to find information on municipalities in Latvia with the intent to create a park to protect Lake Rāzna and the surrounding area. The land was purchased by the government in 2004, and all the inhabitants of the area were relocated. The surviving hybrids were hastily relocated to the new compound, along with four permanent caretakers. All were confined to the now-abandoned village of Andrupene. Food and other goods were delivered every two weeks by government workers who were under no circumstance allowed to interact with the hybrids. Physicians visited once a year to monitor health and growth.
Conditions inside the park were stable until 2009. In the last five years, all four caretakers had mysteriously disappeared. To this day, their fate is unknown to the hybrids. After the absence of their rule, the children began to rule themselves. At first, life without any ruling was hard. Fights broke out, resulting in several injuries and the death of a hybrid boy. This final straw forced the hybrids to get themselves together and set boundaries. As they learned to govern themselves, things began to slowly settle down. Fighting ceased, food was rationed, and the hybrids were all able to live comfortably. Now only eight of the original experiments remain, watching over their younger "siblings" in this world of their own.
With the U.S. Government breathing down his neck and watching his every move, Merwin was forced to shift his research towards that of his employers. He worked as a geneticist for the government, and eventually went on to be their top biologist. But, never did he forget about his precious experiments. After three years of being shut down, he contacted one of his old assistants and a plan was formulated to reunite Dr. Merwin and the hybrids. They found a benefactor to fund the operation and provide the means to purchase and construct a new facility just hours away from Rāzna Park. The Smiltene hospital was purchased, and the basement was converted into a new laboratory, complete with hybrid housing cells, incubation equipment, operation rooms, and anything else the project could need. By 2006 the new facility was up and running and fitted with a small but trusted staff. Many of them had worked under Dr. Merwin before, although some new faces interested in his work joined during this time as well. Though not as robust as the government facility the team was used to, the hospital served the team well enough. Within weeks of arriving, the team began their work once more, and only months later the first hybrid of this new generation was born.