Boy am I glad to see you Kidz! Thank God you managed to open the door. I thought I was gonna die in here with all my experiments… It’s not a bad way to go when you think about it, but alas, THANK YOU!

But what is going on out there!? THIS IS MADNESS! Were you able to catch those kidz!? How did you manage to find the password?!

Ohh, pardon me! Where are my manners!? Ugh… well... uhm… welcome to my now previously SECRET lab... I guess. Although it’s not very secret anymore… so... that’s that.

Name’s Atom, a scientist and research afficionado of sorts. I’ve been conducting research for as long as I can remember.

This lab here is where I conduct my research and experiments. Or used to, at least... before those kidz came along to mess everything up...

Well... uhm... a little bit of everything. I’m just a humble servant of the truth! Have you ever wondered where we came from? Why we’re here? What is the true nature of this our world!?

THAT is what I study... The nature Fort Gotten World! I have studied myself, my memories, some strange flashbacks, and much more!

As of late though... I had a long and ongoing research on those... fireflies, let’s call’em. Oh boy oh boy, such fascinating... beings! But then THEY came... they stole it all!

And now they now know the truth! We need to stop them!

Well you see... I was originally based in Centro, but researched proved to be... most difficult, over there.

I needed quiet and peace so I could focus! The last thing I needed was anyone interfering with my research! So after a pesky incident... well, I couldn’t risk my findings anymore, so I decided to move, which led me to this most amazing place... or at least it was, until they came, and they stole everything.

I suspect they were the ones behind the Centro incident too! They know about the fireflies, they know the truth! We MUST stop them!

> Must stop them!? What are you talking about??

Uhhhh... Uhmmm... Hmmmm...
Ugh, I don’t really know if I should... I kinda- kinda need to though, don’t I? Gosh... why did this hapen!It will probably sound cra- crazy if I told you...

Well... there is no other way now anyway... I will tell you, there’s no need to yell...

I am convinced that the so called “fireflies” are deeply related to kidz, you see. I have long studied them, since I noticed their overabundance in most camps and most interesting behavioral patterns...

After some study, I found some specific behaviors that perfectly coincided with the arrival of new kidz to Fort Gotten... every time that hundreds of kidz appeared, the fireflies acted strangely... there had to be a connection! We must be somehow related... us and the fireflies.

Then after capturing and studying them... I started releasing some, before they... decayed. When released, not only did the most inactive Fireflies recover their activity, they immediately flew as fast as I ever saw them to get away...

Now... here comes the crazy... ALMOST 100% of the times I released a firefly, or a group of fireflies, NEW KIDZ would arrive to the camp! I tested this both in Centro and here near Buruka!

My theory is then that... mmm... how can I put this... These ”fireflies” are actually the origin of kidz. Maybe they are kidz on their way... maybe they are our spirits... but basically, I believe fireflies are our essence... pure creative energy that somehow then manifests itself as a kid.

And now they know the truth! We MUST STOP THEM! And yes... I know that sounds crazy... but because of them, soon my theory will be proven right! We need to prepare for that!

I’m 100% certain... well... almost...All my research points to it!

I have been studying this since I was in Centro... the fireflies are definitely related... have you ever seen one up close?

They have no body... they are ethereal... a literal emission of light, or energy! Almost like spirits!

The lost kidz appearing, the erratic behavior when lots of kidz arrive... and the natural connection we have with them... haven’t you noticed how we feel safe around them? How we look them to guide us in our travels? How almost every lost kid has experiences with them...

Everything points to it being true... fireflies have to be the origin of Fort Gotten Kidz!  All that is missing is to physically observe this!

Ah-h-h... now that, that I have never been able to do... until now... I think soon though, my theory will be proven right. We better be prepared for that!

Ugh... Uhm... Yeah... Well, about that...
I think I’m gonna need some help with that...
I swear I had everything under control until those kidz came!

Well... you see... I had to prove my theories... I HAD to see it with my own eyes... so I have been capturing and researching fireflies almost my complete life.

Now... because of that I had hundreds... no, thousands of specimens... studying their energy levels, their ethereal composition, jada, jada jada...

But then they came... this “Squad 46” kidz came in and tampered with my research! They mixed everything up, they introduced unknown substances... God knows what more they did!

Now the fireflies have started acting erratically and exhibiting specific behaviors that... if my theory is right (which it is)… can mean only 1 thing: they are about to turn into kidz. The thing is... that, as far as I know, cannot happen in this lab environment they have to be set free! They have to...

I have observed this before... If we don’t do anything... it will be to late... once a certain time threshold is crossed... they simply... they simply vanish...

There are still around 1,000 specimens trapped here... we need to get them outside... You have to believe me... we cannot let these specimens just... d- d- die...

To be honest, I’m not even sure... I’m not completely sure how these experiments will turn out... but if my theory is right (which I’m 99% sure it is)... we will have about 1,000 new kidz here. However, these kidz... will probably be different. Not like you or me, I mean...

The Kidz 46 tampered with my containers, and they introduced many unknown substances, so there’s no way to tell.

First, we have to get every container out of here and out in the open... I have approximate deadlines for every container, so we can prioritize some.

Now... after that, we need to prepare for a new influx of kidz... We’re going to have to restructure and prepare enough resources for everyone... there’ll be lots to do. About 1,000 new kidz are coming.

All I can share with you for now are my notes and ‘hatching’ predictions. Please gather as much help as you can. We’re going to need it. In the meantime, I’ll start cleaning up this mess!

Ugh! We need to find them! We need to stop them!

They... they came here wrecking havoc, they trashed the place, they tampered with my experiments, they stole my research!

They must be stopped! They know the truth! They have dangerous information on their hands... I don’t know much, but it’s clear they hate Fort Gotten, they must be planning something horrible!

We need to find them... we need to stop them!

Ugh... This group of punks...!

They wear hideous masks and have hideouts all around... they might even have some hidden supporters out there. Who knows how far their influence reaches!

As you would expect, they didn’t have the best manners. All I know is what I managed to overhear during some conversations...

They call themselves “Squad 46” and they’re a group of rogue kidz... they talked about freedom and the loss of freedom ... about suffering... about lost kidz...

I don’t understand what they have against Fort Gotten and the kidz, but I heard them say they want to send everyone “back”? Something about stopping kidz from coming... that’s why they were interested in the Firefly research...

It seemed as if they already knew that the fireflies and kidz were somehow related and that's precisely why we have to stop them!

I’m not sure what they’re planning. What I can tell you is that they are capturing and hoarding fireflies, including the ones they stole from here! They left as soon as you started approaching...

I have this terrible feeling. Their talk about preventing kidz from coming doesn’t sit well with me... could they know that my theory is true?! I knew it was... but that means it’s up to us to save those fireflies... those... kidz!

We need to find out what their plan is and stop them! I heard them talk about a warehouse, so that’s probably where they’re taking all the fireflies...

Sadly... I don’t have a precise location. I tried tracking them but they messed with all of my tools, so I couldn’t find anything of use.

I’ll leave it up to you kidz to find the warehouse and stop them! I don’t know how and I don’t know where. But the fireflies must be set free... I think.

Anyway... this is all I found when they left... maybe it can be of some use...

Also, we need to deal with the experiments first... if everything goes well, they might even help us find these kidz...