The Xenophon Archive
Little concrete data survives from the world as it was, the world before the incident.
History has become vague, causation uncertain.
From the fragments here assembled, now to be known as The Xenophon Archive, we have been able to infer the following:
With climate change a stark reality and ocean levels rising, in 2023 the newly formed, private research consortium R’lyeh Institute was awarded the prestigious $10m Core Oil Ocean Explore prize, for successfully creating the world’s first comprehensive, high resolution bathymetric map.
R'lyeh's mission statement was as follows:
"Our mission is to overcome, through science and technology, the strongest kind of fear; fear of the unknown"
Fears, however, were not diminished when in 2028 a study was commissioned, led by R’lyeh Intitute from their HQ in Switzerland. The precise nature, size and aims of this study remain unknown, as does the identity of who exactly commissioned and funded the research.
The study’s results were made public in 2035. It was widely believed at the time that the results that were made public were only a small fraction of the body of research undertaken.
In 2040, the first laboratory-engineered para-human, Xenophon, was first revealed.
Medical science was rocked to its core and great advancements in curing disease and vastly prolonging human life were predicted.
Para-Humans – that which humans had now become – had achieved near invincibility.
Yet humanity was gravely under-prepared for the state of emergency that existed around us, as climate change and rising ocean levels combined to make Earth an increasingly hostile environment, and we understood little about what the proposed “solution” of embracing para-humanity really entailed.
Our greatest scientific development of the C21st threatened to be our greatest disaster, precipitating a state of emergency no one had predicted: from even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.
In 2093 society collapsed. It has not yet recovered.
Presented to the sub-committee for the first time in its entirety, please find herein The Xenophon Archive. Make your own deductions accordingly.
Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.
The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.