It’s summer of 2009 and a special conference is planned in Hartford, Connecticut on the topic of “Metahumans and Medicine”.
Invited speakers will talk about
- determining special medical needs in metahuman patients;
- advancements that metahuman abilities have brought (and can someday bring) to general medical knowledge and technology;
- the modern “superbug” problem;
- whether a near-future generation will be a different species completely;
- and the keynote speech will be “We Have Isolated the Metahuman Activation Genome”. #
Jean-Claude Gironde has summoned certain specialists who work for his staff, who are part of the “Special Projects” covert team called Wyldfire. He has an uncomfortable feeling about this conference, from a professional standpoint and from a personal one. He does not want to influence the minds of his operatives; he wants you to investigate, observe, and report back.
Dr. Steven Reynolds will attend as a representative of Nykvist Labs, which is a biophysics research startup owned by Phoenix Industries.
Don Blake will attend as a representative of the Gironde School.
Since they both will have their hotel bills and conference tickets paid by Phoenix Industries, they will share a corporate-provided driver (who will be Martin Prinz in disguise. He’s wearing a driver’s cap with a Phoenix Biotech patch on it.)
Meanwhile, Thomas Jordan will disguise himself as a technical support specialist for Kothar Medical Design. Which is a pun, see, because Kothar was the god of Windows and Technical Support in the MIddle-East. He’s bringing in and setting up the demo booth for KMD,
If this conference is completely legitimate:
take a lot of notes! Especially during that keynote speech! If there is a common genetic fragment in all people who have active metahuman genes — whether they’re mutants, scientific enhancements, or what have you, then we need to know! And why are disguised aliens not being exposed in this test? OR ARE THEY?!
If this conference is some kind of cover for villain activity:
INVESTIGATE and remember that you are part of an Elite Counter-Espionage Team! Prevent innocents from being harmed, but try (really, really try!) not to expose Wyldfire to the public. We would be just as happy for some more public “supergroup” to get credit, if credit absolutely must be given at all.
So, gentlemen, you’re off to Hartford, Connecticut, and ultimately the Connecticut Convention Center. Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Blake will share a suite at the Avon Old Farms Hotel. The disguise identities for Martin Prinz and Thomas Jordan will have more modest rooms at the much smaller Twin Spruce Motel. and will each have a separate “fleet vehicle” appropriate to his role.
Won’t this be a nice, quiet, educational trip?