FROM DR. EANDO DUKAJ
TO: GENERAL AMBROSE CAIDEN
(Restricted access - Maximum encryption)
Altman's hasty expulsion from the project was unfortunate. His notes on the Black Marker appeared to be incomplete and our findings this far are inconclusive. What notes that we recovered appeared to be written in a code of his devising. It would be weeks before we could decipher them. In the meantime, someone had to shut him up. His public outcry about the Marker was more than a nuisance. This was a matter of security.
The continued financial infusion over the years was appreciated and I am pleased to share the results with you today. While some of our material fabrications are approximations of substances foreign to us, we completed the internal workings of the device. One obvious difference between our replica and the original was the reddish hue. I assured you that this was purely a cosmetic difference not indicative of a flaw.
The device when it was activated began to emit a highly complicated rhythmic pattern across a wide band of frequencies from the actual sound waves through the electromagnetic spectrum to alpha, delta and theta brain waves. It seemed mostly inert and harmless aside from some slight interference with the communications equipment.
We are proceeding with the final construction.
We ran into a disturbing, but fascinating find. In re-creating the DNA instructions gleaned from the Black Marker, we managed to create a recombinant microbial life form. It seemed dormant at first, even when placed in a bath of rich nutrients. Was it not for Dr. Clifton's poor hygiene, we might have deemed the attempt a failure. Fortunately for us, he had not fully decontaminated himself before working with the sample and managed to contaminate it with some dead skin cells. Suddenly, the microbes jumped into action! Recombination happened almost instantly and the sample began self-replicating and mutating before our eyes.
More confounding results from our research: Today, as we moved what we are now calling the Red Marker, we had to pass by the cellular lab area. The scientists working at the time complained about the interruptions in the necrotic flesh experiments. As it turned out, the field generated by the Marker created a "dead space" around itself that forced the recombination effect into dormancy.
I apologized for the setback relayed in the last report. The macro-scale infection was contained with a minimal loss of life. The newly recombinated doctors are now quarantined for further study.
Many of the scientists are complaining about headaches and we are all having difficulty sleeping for more than an hour at a time. We suspected a problem in the ventilation system. The maintenance team reported finding a build-up of some kind blocking the airways.
The organic mass continued to expand and take over the complex. The recombinated nightmares now moved freely through the corridors. My remaining crew was hastily constructing a transmitter for the Marker in an attempt to broaden the signal that it was emanating. Dr. Foster said that the idea came to him in a vision. Our hope was to use the signal to keep the unchecked infection from spreading to the landing area. There was little time remaining! You must send help as quickly as possible! Our lives are in your hands.