Introduction: The Xenophon Tapes

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 known as The Xenophon Tapes, we have been able to infer the following.

In 2028 a study was commissioned by an anonymous consortium, led by R’lyeh University, a private research institute in Switzerland. The precise nature, size and aims of this study remain unknown, as does the identity of the consortium that 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 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 that which made us stronger became our ultimate weakness. From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.

In 2093 society collapsed. It has not yet recovered.

Presented to the sub-committee hearing for the first time in their entirety, please find enclosed The Xenophon Tapes. 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.