Back when the Pioneers were making their first uncertain steps onto Enterra,
they found the West Horizon - a savage coastline located in the inhospitable
territory yet to be named the Valley of Sal Vitas. The area was heavily polluted
by chemicals brought in by ocean currents, and was inhabited by vicious,
amphibious mutants accustomed to living in the deadly environment.
The cleansing of the Horizon was vital to the colonization plans for Sal Vitas
Valley, and it underwent massive terraformation changes very quickly. Even
though the cleansing operation was carried out in haste, the Pioneers made sure
the changes would remain intact. Once a rocky beach covered with toxic mud, the
West Horizon was chemically cleansed and covered with artificially synthesized
sand and soil, made in a way that prevented mutants from drawing nutrients from
it. Few gene-modified plant “ACDC” species were able to grow there, so the beach
retained its barren appearance.
The West Horizon remained an uninhabited area for more than 20 years, during
which the magnificent Sal Vitas and its polises (Hope, Foresight, Unity and
Determination) were erected in the neighboring Valley. The aesthetic and urban
standards of Continoma wouldn’t allow overbuilding in the area, therefore the
available building space in the Valley became scarce. When the administration
made plans to build two additional facilities on the Horizon, mysterious things
began to happen within the population.
During the early years of Sal Vitas, several scientific groups were tasked with
investigating rumors and reports from Continoma administrators about their
subjected citizens. Reports indicated that these citizens had repeating
nightmares, panic attacks and sometimes severe mental trauma, leading to
insanity and psychosis. Both traditional treatment and re-vesselment proved
useless in attempts to cure the distress.
The alarming rate at which the reported events emerged drew the attention of the
government, as it was viewed as potential danger to the future of the entire
society. The government feared that the Crystomatrix technology, which was not
fully understood, had begun to fail and soon the administration would face the
terrible choice between letting the population breed into mutants or go utterly
The subjects of the distress were taken to isolated compounds, where they showed
amazing recovery, as if isolation from the overcrowded Capital rejuvenated them.
This led the investigation to explore a different cause than potential
Crystomatrix failure, and soon a secret project was formed under the patronage
of the government.
Using the momentum from the secret project, the administration ordered the
construction of a new polis in the West Horizon called Haven. It was intended to
host the new group of deviant citizens, which were to be transferred from the
secret research facilities. The administration’s fear of the subjects’ condition
kept the group confined in Haven under the watchful eyes of governmental agents.
After the division, a documentation leak indicated that these citizens were
natural psionics. A natural psionic is a person who possesses a combination of
neural patterns and specific Crystomatrix feed which allows him or her to affect
the ansible process on an unwilling, sub-conscious level. This results in
increased empathy and several effects described or codenamed as "scrying",
"telepathy" or "telekinesis."
The group of affected citizens formed their own unique culture based on their
psionic gift and their shared thoughts and emotions. They began calling
themselves Seeyen, a puzzling name that meant nothing on its own, but monitoring
scientists believed it was drawn out of concepts of unity on sub-conscious group
Another strange group resides on the West Horizon. The Alpha Principle, a
project formed under the patronage of the Eight, had allotted a remote part of
the coastal area to devote their time to a ground-breaking experiment. The Alpha
is a group of scientists that research the properties of Crystomatrix technology
and invent new ways to use it. The forming of the cell project was stimulated by
the discovery of the “psionic problem” and the Alpha was tasked with finding a
solution. A few months later, with a major investment in the project, the
government managed to construct a research and residential center on the
northern part of the beach, where the Alpha still reside today.
After a few years of research, the Alpha managed to develop a new Crystomatrix
design that was impregnable to the defects of the previous one. To this day, the
Alpha remain the primary scientific resource for Continoma in the area of
medical research, as their specialists developed the bodies and crysto-nodes for
the population of Sal Vitas and the polises. The Alpha continues to create ways
to resist and overcome impurities and has earned the trust of Continoma
During the Crystomatrix research process, the Alpha discovered new applications
for the technology that was used to store and reproduce human conscience. The
new findings were related to the possibility of achieving intuitive control over
matter and energy, much like the abilities that the Seeyen manifested, but
without exposing the subject to the dangers of the defective Crystomatrix.
The research results indicated that only select individuals possess the mental
discipline and cognitive capabilities to achieve control over the energy flows.
Even with the technology in place (machines that could generate and direct
immense energy fields), it proved extremely difficult for someone to try
navigating the operation without the help of a computer system. For this reason,
the Alpha concentrated their efforts on re-inventing concepts of the self and
the mind. They developed a complex training program that incorporates precise
selection of candidates. The trust invested in their organization allowed them
to create a selective program for new candidates that permitted them to accept
new members if they passed meticulous screening and at last – a confirmation
from the leaders of the organization. For reasons unknown, and unquestioned, the
Alpha ranks consist only of women, for which reason most of the people know them
as the Sisterhood.
With years of progress towards their efforts, the Alpha evolved into more than
just a scientific organization. They formed a unique mindset, inevitably
accepted by any candidate that passes their rigorous training and testing. What
they believe is that humankind has to be kept clean and clear from taints, both
physical and mental. This is the only way that humanity can evolve; the only way
left after the physical immortality granted by the Crystomatrix system.
The West Horizon has undergone a significant transformation due to the influence
of both groups. Even though they are kept under observation, the Seeyen are
given a certain amount of independence, especially after their valiant defense
against the mutant swarms during the Backlash events. The Alpha, backed by their
powerful political supporters, has turned vast areas of the Horizon into
training grounds where their candidates undergo rigorous tests in force-field
machines. The Seeyen believe they share few common traits with the citizens of
other settlements and are trying to maintain their independence from the economy
of Sal Vitas, constructing facilities that harvest resources from the ocean.
Life on the West Horizon isn’t easy for its two peculiar residents. The bandits
of the Autonomy try to rob the two organizations, and the Syndicate takes great
interest in the research projects of the Alpha. To make things worse, the
coastline is undergoing another infestation from a mutant species known as the
Seadwellers. The hasty cleansing of the area and the influence of the Backlash
created a suitable living area for a new symbiotic mutant colony, similar to the
life that inhabited the Horizon before the Pioneers ever set foot on Enterra.
Large mutant nests have sprouted from the sand in a few areas of the beach,
giving sustenance to a myriad of mutant creatures. The Seeyen see these mutants
as a fatal threat, not only because they ruin their facilities on the Horizon,
but also because they can perceive the emotions of the mutants (mostly anger and
hate) and have no protection from them. The few Seeyen veterans that fought the
Backlash remember the pain of their enemies and dread returning to battle
against them. Their neighbors, the Alpha, look upon the infestation with utter
disgust as they detest any sign of taint and devolution, but also hope to draw
credit for the destruction of the mutant infestation, much like the Seeyen did
not long ago.
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