Visual art created by: Jack Rogers Campfire Stories Way Station and CEITA The Citizens for Eradicative Infectee Treatment Association is the evolution of The Citizens for Ethical Infectee Treatment Association. In Way Station, CEITA serves as a fledgling government. While the original CEITA protected and studied the Infected, this version of CEITA has taken a much more militaristic approach. CEITA controls a network of refugee camps which have managed to survive until now. While CEITA used to be operated by many doctors, scientists, and even volunteers, it is almost completely governed by the remnants of the United States Armed Forces. Allegedly, many chains of command were contacted by CEITA only sixth months into the outbreak which ripped through Illinois—and, presumably, the rest of the country. So it is said, CEITA had been successful in its early-day research. Before Chicago fell, CEITA had apparently expanded small city quarantines into one large quarantine split into several sectors. While many fled the city in the memories of Fairhaven survivors, CEITA fortified it with the help of the above-mentioned armed forces. For some reason, either CEITA’s findings were important to the United States Military or Chicago, itself, was considered to be valuable. Of Strange Origins This is an odd history, because survivors from Fairhaven, IL, would distinctly remember Chicago being firebombed by the United States Military extensively. So extensively that very few buildings could even be lived in—as their interiors had become charred husks of ash, metal, and destroyed concrete. Despite this, Fairhaven survivors now find themselves in the very same Chicago—only its buildings are still standing. Not only are they still standing, but they appear to have been taken care of. It’s as if Chicago, IL, had gone unscathed during the firebombing—this isn’t to mention the contradictory tales of an overrun Chicago, swarmed with Infected in the hundreds of thousands. One might wonder what CEITA’s workers have to say of these things. From their point of view, Chicago was never firebombed at all. Anyone who hadn’t awoken to find themselves in a flooded Chicago, IL, may be able to provide a history of events as they know them. Way Station’s Point of View: Floodland From Way Station's point of view, The Infection began around the same time that Lake Michigan flooded the city. The flood, itself, was incredibly bizarre—and even catastrophic to a degree. Over the course of three days, the lake’s waters thundered throughout the urban landscape amidst a series of impossibly unpredictable thunderstorms. The storm surge never receded, and Chicago’s water level never lowered. As the city attempted to recover, government officials called remaining resources into the area. Frighteningly, none answered. It was as if the city’s flooding had somehow marked a great silence across the face of the planet. In a great stroke of luck, several urban development projects seemed to have fallen in line with one another. The budding foundations of large floodwalls seemed to have left dry ground in several spots of Chicago. The city’s residents were curious about these floodwall foundations, of course. They’d allegedly been part of a multi-level urban transportation road system funded and sourced by Washington Dam, to the south. Regardless, Chicago’s survivors were quick to cling to these dry areas. The United States Military soon arrived, mostly in the United States Navy—which had an oddly sizable number of ships positioned at Base North Chicago. As for help in the form of airlifts, government or otherwise, no additional help arrived. The military's perspective was similar to those of Chicago’s survivors: Radio static, across the globe. So it seemed, the United States Air Force had been lost as well. Before long, those living in Chicago would learn that Lake Michigan’s waters, joined by the rest of the Great Lakes, now covered significant parts of Michigan, overtaking miles of property from the coastlines of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Way Station’s Point of View: Disease X Around the time of the great radio silence, a mysterious Infection dubbed Disease X was verified to be sweeping the dry land, far to the west—as per but a few haggard and disjointed cries over radio static, as well as several military remnants finally making contact. As Chicago military officials soon learned that the Atlantic Ocean had swallowed most of the East Coast, the mysterious Infection was all but apocalyptic for what remained of the city. All other cities, still, were silent. For over more than a year, Chicago’s remaining military struggled to keep its flooded boundaries safe from Infection. The floodwall foundations were eventually capitalized on, resulting in a rather effective way to manage the great quarantine Chicago had now become. CEITA and the nation’s remaining military, today, are one in the same. Recently, CEITA has gained incredible stability over the area. While several of Chicago’s sectors have fallen to the Infection—which seems to have risen from the water itself—it has a firm foothold. In Old Town, there is a Sector A: Way Station. It is a large refugee urban landscape surrounded by urban development zones, modified bridges, and CEITA’s small but efficient United States Navy vessels. It is said Way Station is much more than a refugee city which survives and thrives upon military state protection and the empowerment of refugees. Perhaps it is not only the nation’s most fortified and fortunate city—but the city destined to deliver humanity from the great silence, and from the Infection’s core. SPECTER The Septet Provisional Ectype Regiment is a specialized operations group premised on several military and intelligence agency designs. Very little is known about SPECTER, as its paradoxical elusiveness exists alongside quite a bit of public chatter. It is known that SPECTER is operated by CEITA, yet the group also persists by being formless. It is said SPECTER is a specialized strike team which hunts Super Infected, although its operatives are likely given an array of high-priority orders which presumably protect humanity from the Infection. Thus, SPECTER is highly intelligence based. Rumors suggest that SPECTER members have an incredibly lethal line of work. As such, many believe that its executive orchestrators plan resources around replacing SPECTER operatives as quickly as they’re neutralized. It is rumored that SPECTER always has seven members. It is also rumored that SPECTER is somehow connected with Washington Dam’s Pathfinder Expeditions, although none can be certain. Even more uncertain is that Way Station residents know of Washington Dam, surely, but have never heard of Pathfinder. Well, most residents that is.