Before anyone asks, no this isn't another setting I'm running. I'm stalling enough as it is on the ones I'm working on.
However, that doesn't mean that I can't keep contributing somehow, so here's a nice little group project, something to get people's creative juices flowing.
The inspiration: The Area 51 video games (arcade and console), STALKER (video game), Dark Void, Singularity, with a dash of MMO such as The Secret World and Firefall.
Throughout the world there are places cloaked in mystery and mythology.
Area 51, the secret US military base that may or may not contain captured alien technology.
The Egyptian Pyramids and the Sphinx, which may contain buried paranormal secrets.
The Bermuda Triangle, the sight of numerous disappearances in history.
Chernobyl, the long abandoned nuclear wasteland, and yet... maybe not completely abandoned?
And so on, and so forth.
Often there is a story that takes place in one of these sites, usually following the following format: something happens at one of these places, which draws the main characters in to discover long hidden secrets. Sometimes they are government agents sent in to correct something that went wrong. Sometimes they are independent investigators trying to enter on their own volition, usually believing that the secrets held within deserve some sort of freedom. Sometimes they are completely clueless and are there under false pretenses, believing they are dealing with something completely mundane.
No matter the reason, however, everything gets... strange. Very, very strange. Often quickly, and often grandly. And the main characters then find themselves swept up in an increasing whirlwind of chaos made of things that they could barely even imagine. A chaos that oftentimes, if released from it's containment, will often spell doom on a grand scale.
Often times, the heroes are victorious, usually with assistance with whatever exotic device conceived within the walls they find themselves in, though usually not without a great degree of sacrifice. And usually, the secret is kept, despite all that happens.
However, what if something happened that doesn't get stopped?
And what if they all happened at all of these... Blacksites... at the same time?
Blacksite: Quarantine takes place in the not too distant future, when some sort of apocalyptic event causes all of the places the governments of the world would rather keep secret to go crazy.
Extra-terrestrial devices held in Area-51 go haywire, causing a rippling cascade that re-writes the rules of space-time and general physics.
Whatever slumbers under the Egyptian Pyramids awakens, unleashing supernatural forces onto the world.
The Bermuda Triangle suddenly inverts, and whatever is on the other side spills over into this world.
Chernobyl suddenly starts spewing out a new, unknown form of radiation, which has strange mutational powers over everything it touches.
And so on, and so forth.
However, this does not spell the end of humanity. The governments we know today still exist, but are on their heels. They have had to deal with multiple world-shaking events at once, ones they weren't entirely
unprepared for, but they are just barely holding on to their own borders. They keep public order through various means: manipulation, intimidation, inspiration. And they have been able to contain the chaos that now threatens the world, but onto barely within vast quarantine zones.
Outside these zones life goes on, though rougher than it was before. Wars have started, new alliances have been made, trade routes are maintained. Humanity is still scrapping by best it can.
Inside these zones, however... Danger lurks around every corner. Exotic creatures of various origins lurk within the shadows, and roam the sunlight, interacting in some strange new ecosystem that can, and will, devour anyone ill prepared for it.
However, hidden in the labyrinthine ruins caused by ill-kept secrets, are wonders beyond the imaginings of the everyday. Technologies previously held greedily are now open for the taking, and new sciences fueled by new materials created inside these zones pay generously to those able to provide.
And there are some secrets that still exist, waiting to be discovered by anyone enterprising, or foolish, enough to look for them.
It's time to go delving.