DEEPWATER (continued)

On August 4, 1979, a seismic event occurred in the Utah desert approximately 120 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. The following night, the owner of a hog farm located directly above the epicenter of the quake reported a strangely-hued light coming from his well. Certain versions of the story describe the light as “greenish yellow, and moving against the wind”.

The Utah DNR handed the report over to the EPA for federal management, who in turn passed it to the hands of the DIA, who dispatched a task force to investigate. Initial reports indicated a shocking similarity between samples taken at the Utah site and BAD YELLOW. The area was black-carded and assigned the code name DEEPWATER. The team of scientists and military reconnaissance personnel dispatched to the site immediately initiated an incursion to conduct a survey of the well and document any environmental or geographic actualities. The intrusion team, comprised of Navy SEAL units, deployed down the well in full tactical gear. As the last man was lowered, Geiger counters on the surface showed a background radiation spike of over 1000 rem, after which all electrical equipment on the surface was rendered inoperable in a 50 yard radius of the well opening. All immediate and post-immediate attempts to contact the SEAL team failed.

In the early hours of September 7, 1979, sentries heard noises coming from inside the well. A harness was lowered and something humanoid was pulled out, dressed in the tattered remains of a biological contaminant suit. Reports differ wildly regarding the specifics – one account is of a man almost completely covered in huge melanomas; another suggests that the tumors were actually a separate organism which screamed and turned to ash upon reaching the top of the well, whereupon the suited figure fell from the rig and down out of sight. The harness was lowered a second time, and retrieved a man positively identified as the medic of the team, Captain Jeremiah Robideaux. He was successfully removed to an ambulance where he was debriefed, on camera, for nearly 48 hours, during which time he lapsed into occasional hysterics and fell in and out of consiousness. An examination revealed him to be severely malnourished, dehydrated and also suffering from an anomalous growth on this upper back, documented as "a brass enclosure filled with bafflingly intricate clockwork".

Emergency surgery was performed to extricate the mechanism, but it was so thoroughly entwined with his rib cage and spinal column that Captain Robideaux died during the operation. At the time of death, Robideaux opened his eyes and uttered a phrase in an indecipherable language. The device, noted as "GEARBOX", was excised post-mortem and sent to the Air Force facility at Groom Lake, Nevada for study. Within 24 hours of pulling Jeremiah Robideaux out of the well, every living organism, down to the microbial level, on the Martin farm was dead, and the site remains utterly sterile to this day. What became of GEARBOX is unknown, but certain sources suggest it was willfully destroyed in an atomic detonation on September 22, 1979 in the South Pacific and was, in fact, the real impetus for the so-called “South Atlantic Flash”.

What We Know
Crasher Jargon
Game Terms
Topside
The "H" Word
Rust and Despair
DEEPWATER

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