CURRENTLY CLOSED TO NEW APPS Imagine Earth. Exactly as it is today--the same modern world with the exact same technology, people, and problems. Utterly normal, as we know it. Right up until the Alien Event occurred. It was a terrifying spectacle of barely-averted cataclysm; there was an actual extraterrestrial ship, coming straight towards Earth. Initially, when they realized what it was, some believed it was coming to make contact with us; others believed it was coming to attack. But when as it came within our atmosphere, they realized--the alien ship was damaged. It was going to crash, and worse, it was on a collision course but with a major, highly populated city: Houston, Texas. Only military action mitigated the damage, by launching first one, then a second missile at the ship, blowing it to pieces small enough that it wouldn't leave a massive crater in the middle of where downtown used to be. Even then, the debris that rained down still caused significant damage and tallied up a death toll on par with some natural disasters. Evacuation and quarantine followed, as scientists tried to determine whether or not any kind of contamination with an unknown extraterrestrial contagion had occurred, and whether or not any of the aliens had survived. They gathered up every scrap of metal and every non-human body part they could find. After a few months, with clean-up almost completed, people began to return to their homes and slowly started to adjust to life once more. Then the first people began to manifest mutations. Some gained powers--only ever one at a time, and incredibly weak at first--while other began to undergo physiological changes to their bodies. But these new types of human startled and even frightened the public. Had some kind of contamination actually occurred after all? What were the side effects going to be? And what if those people affected grew stronger? Some people went to hospitals seeking help and willingly agreed to government quarantine and study; others, the government actively sought out after learning about their powers, and if they didn't come quietly, they were arrested for threatening public health and safety. Some, witnessing this, chose to keep their abilities secret, fearing just what 'government study' would entail. But the American government isn't the only one trying to get their hands on these new superhumans. Foreign agents are seeking out individuals that the American government hasn't yet apprehended to try and capture them and smuggle them out of the country. Living subjects hold the most value, of course, but a dead subject is better than none, and they'll do whatever it takes to get their hands on this new developing resource. Amongst those individuals who still retain their freedom, there is a choice. To try and continue living a normal life as before, keeping their powers as closely-guarded secret... or to do something more, for better or for worse. This is the New World. What will you become? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chapter 1: The Round-Up Foreign agents operating within Houston have been working to identify and track people who've been affected by the Alien Event, that the American government hasn't yet located. Through good old fashioned foot work and the use of bribes to solicit the help of local doctors and low-level criminals, they've found a fair number, and begin systematically kidnapping and drugging them. Those people are then transported to the Port of Houston--a 25-mile-long complex that boasts being the busiest US port in terms of foreign shipments. After waking up, tied up and being loaded in a shipping container that will soon be sealed, these people must now find a way to escape, or risk facing whatever fate awaits them in a foreign laboratory.