By Mark A. Ciccone

Two presumed-dead genetically augmented soldiers search for the truth of their origins... and discover far more than they ever imagined.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Three Months In

Good evening, everyone!

Only a few minor developments worth reporting to mark the three-month point of this campaign, along with the usual nuts-and-bolts tidbit from the Discarded outline. First, I've double-checked with Unbound, and the pledge solution is in fact as I laid out in the previous update: If you want to pledge a certain amount above or below a certain level ($18, $25, etc.), you first have to pick the pledge closest to it, and then there is an option to add more to the listed amount. If there's a certain amount that proves popular and isn't on the levels list, I can email Unbound and have it set up. If any of you have a preferred level, let me know and I'll pass it on.

Next, the Facebook promo event is restarting as of yesterday; apparently Facebook only lets events be up to two weeks long, so it looks like I'll have to duplicate it each time. I'll try to avoid repeat invites if I can; if you should get one and can't participate for whatever reason, please don't hesitate to share it.

Here's the latest tidbit as well: a bit more detail on Dr. Richard Garrett, the creator of ARC, and the chief architect of Project Golem. As before, feel free to critique and comment!

Dr. Richard Alan Garrett: Born in Seattle, WA State, USA, June 19th, 1986. Early testing revealed IQ well above 120; graduated local high school at 15, and Stanford Medicine at 18, with extensive postgraduate work at Harvard Medical School and NIH, and three board certifications (genetics, general surgery, cellular microbiology) by the age of 27. Married Gwen Bouchard, 2007; one son, Aidan, born 2008. Founded CellWorx Laboratories in 2013 with fellow Harvard and NIH postgrad Dr. Samuel Hunter, following final NIH stint; moderate success with this venture, until the development of ARC. Initially resistant to offers of closer government ties; eventually accepted these, after car crash killing both Gwen and Aidan.  Experimented further and further with ARC over the following 10 years; d isputes with Hunter over funding and research goals led to the latter's departure in 2024, and Garrett's full ownership of CellWorx. Developed first artificially gestated super-soldier fetus ("Cayden") in 2028, and first full unit of combat-ready soldiers in 2031, whereupon Project Golem was officially formed. Hardly seen or photographed outside of Seattle from this point onward, and rarely left the Project's site at all in a decade and more. Known to all Golems and staff simply as "the Doctor;" seemingly present everywhere, to observe development and training of each "generation." Believed to have perished in the Seattle Bomb of 2046; ultimate fate still unknown.

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