On December 24th 1958, the night was illuminated with a thousand comets flying through the stars. Meteorologists and astronomers alike were left baffled; no one knew where these shooting stars came from. It was called a Christmas miracle, a show like no other. But the pretty lights soon turned deadly.
Something from these outer-space rocks fell onto Earth. A devastating virus from another world. Most of the infected died a quick but painful death. In mere minutes, the alien virus would gnaw at the brain, infecting the cerebrum and driving the sick insane. Once they went mad, you knew they had only a few seconds left.
The worst, however, was not those who died, but those who survived. For some strange reason, everyone on Earth with B-negative blood showed a different side of the virus. The blood flowing through their brain stopped the virus from killing them, but did not stop the other symptoms. The world went into panic as part of its habitants were turned into crazy deadly-virus propagating ghouls. To protect humanity, a decision was taken.
In order to stop the pandemic, anyone with B-negative blood would be contained in underground bunkers. That way, the virus would stop spreading on the surface. As the infected above quickly died, the virus died with them. But under the earth, the virus continued to spread: never killing, only turning insane.
A system was set in place, a way to prove that the 1% of humanity that had been locked away could come back. It was called the Phoenix Project. The idea was simple: anyone who had been infected in the Bunker simply had to prove that they were not sick any more. To do so, they had an hour to accomplish a series of tasks requiring a fully healthy brain. If they succeeded, they had proved that the virus had gone away. If they failed… Well, we don’t talk about that.
It’s been 65 years since that strange Christmas night in 1958. The Bunker and its madness are all you’ve ever known, you were born here. But these past few weeks, things have been changing. You’ve started to feel more real, more focused, more present. In fact, you don’t think you’re sick at all! Will you convince the outside world that you are ready to get out?