Humanity always aims to create, research and develop more and more. As expected, the more advanced the technology humanity has, the more they realise how much they can still improve. The pursuit of technology is full of ups and downs, conflicts, and losses.
Humanity reached a level where complete terraformation was no longer a problem, So the great powers in the world agreed to establish a research institution that had wings on each continent and only employed the most outstanding scientists. The powers agreed that each of them could only work and can have achievements in one field of technology to reduce the chances of future conflicts. They have agreed that the US can research and focus on space technology. China was granted great industrial powers. The EU chose healthcare. These were the main fields they agreed to divide themselves.
But things changed after US scientists were able to analyse and better understand black holes. Thanks to the new discoveries, they managed to create an alternative source of power. First, they tested the performance of this new source, but it was expensive at the beginning to produce. It required a lot of time and resources to start, and this project was halted and later abandoned. But one day, a young scientist started reworking this project. This scientist achieved one of the greatest achievements. She managed to replicate and create a reactor that alone produced enough energy to sustain almost the whole consumption of the US.
In her process, she realised the flaws of her project and creation, refused to work on it, and even warned everyone that this is a level of technology that can not be played with. But they didn't listen to her, and the project was given to others, but they couldn't recreate what that one scientist had achieved. Many years had passed since the woman gave up on the project, and those who worked on it all failed, except for one individual, a new scientist, who was no other than the child of the creator of this project.
Two days after he started working on the project, his mother vanished, and he was taken to Africa to continue his research there. He was at that time only 19 years old; however, in a year, he managed to recreate his mother's invention. He was working on creating a miniature black hole to use for his studies and even implementing it to his mother's invention. Unfortunately, the project failed, and the whole building exploded on September 23 2065.
The explosion was not devastating but created a strange object. In the centre of the explosion, a crack appeared in the air. And through that crack, some sort of gas came. At first, no one seemed to really care about the gas and the crack; they took the injured to the nearest hospital to be treated. After the area was evacuated, the gas leaking stopped. Little did the people know what that gas and crack were.
In the hospital, every scientist and worker died except for the man who was the head of the project. He was taken back to the USA, and about a week after he was transported, a new virus appeared in the world. The virus was spreading slowly but was very lethal and painful. Over 1 Billion people were infected, and less than 1 million survived before the cure was finally completed. However, after about a year had passed, those who were infected and survived changed. First, their habits and personality were slightly changed. But as time went by, they slightly changed physically.
Two years after the accident, everyone who was infected and survived gained some sort of ability, trait or skill that was not human-like. Some gained extraordinary reflexes. Some attained inhuman sight. Or there were some who were gifted with superstrength.