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Crimes of a Species

By Morwenna

Adventure / Scifi


Three hundred years ago humans started to experiment with their own DNA, a version of eugenics.  Scientists from the Chrysalis project, based in India.  In 1970 Khan Noonien Singh was born.  He was more commonly known ‘Noon’ as a child although he decided that he had outgrown the nickname while still young.  On the eighteenth of May, 1974 the facility was destroyed when the nuclear reactor in the base went into melt down to prevent a flesh-eating bacteria from escaping.  The bacteria had not actually been released but the system believed it had been.

There were two hundred and sixty-four children in the base at the time and all were beamed out half an hour before the nuclear melt down.  The children went to relatives if they could be found.  Noon spent the several years in relative normality.  By the time he was fourteen he was at university but that was also the time of riots in India, riots which could have killed him if Gary Seven, an alien from the future who was protecting the time line from temporal incursions, had not been there to save him.  If it had not been for Gary Seven, Earth’s history would have been very different.  Seven tried to recruit Noon to the agency but found that, even at fourteen, he was too quick to kill.  That was also the year of the Bhopal chemical leak which Noon saw the effects of.  That was the time when Noon saw that humans were a danger to themselves and, like many dictators, began to believe that he could force humanity to follow a better way.  This was the time when Noon became Khan, and started down a dark path.

By sixteen, Khan was traveling the world by himself and highly skilled with many weapons.  He saved Seven once in Russia so that he would no longer be in debt.  The cold war was ending but a new species, more powerful than humans, was rising and Khan was among them.

At twenty-one years old Khan decided that, as he was more than human, he would no longer follow Sikhism and shaved his beard.  At twenty-two Khan had gathered a number of followers and controlled over a quarter of the Earth, from South Asia to the Middle East.  He attempted to force recognition from many countries by using a satellite to destroy the ozone layer.  Many countries still refused to acknowledge Khan’s rule.

In 1993 Khan attempted to unite the other augments under him but failed and almost destroyed the ozone layer above one of the other augment’s lands, which would have caused the deaths of thousands, maybe millions of people.  This was probably the cause of the Eugenics wars.  He was persuaded not to by one of his followers, Ament, who was far less militant than Khan.  Later that year Khan was almost killed in an assassination attempt by another augment which resulted in a cave system being destroyed and 30,000 people being killed because of the earthquakes.  Khan retaliated but also failed to kill his opponent.

By the summer of 1994 the people of the Great Khanate were rebelling against Khan’s rule.  During that summer Khan saw the opportunity to get rid of the other augment leader who had made attempts on his life by using a nerve gas called Sarin in a UN meeting.  He also started to look into the flesh eating bacteria which had been created in the Chrysalis base and he had been told about by a scientist who had worked with his mother.  They developed at particularly vicious strain of the bacteria which caused death in humans, but not augments, within minutes.

In 1995 Khan’s palace was almost under siege by his people and his base housing the flesh eating bacteria was destroyed by a group of women warriors, amazons, using a nuclear bomb which Seven had helped get to them.

On the 5th of January 1996, the scientists working in Area 51 completed work on the first sleeper ship ever created.  One of the scientists helped Roberta Lincoln, a human working with Gary Seven, to launch it so that it could be used to remove the augments from Earth.  Five days later Khan watched as the rebellion flared and the USA threatened to send bombers to attack him.  He activated the satellite once more with the intention of destroying the entire ozone layer, killing everyone on Earth.  Ament attempted to stop him but was unable to persuade him that it was not the right thing to do and stop the program.

Gary Seven transported into Khan’s facility moments later to talk Khan down.  Ament had removed the force field which had previously prevented him from doing so.  Khan then learns that Ament is not, in fact, an augment but a shapeshifter called Isis who could transform into a cat and had been working as a double agent for Seven the whole time.  Seven offers Khan the option to leave Earth on the sleeper ship.  Khan did stop the satellite in order that his family might live.

Khan named the ship the S.S. Botany Bay and gave Seven the ability to destroy the satellite, as he had promised.  Joaquin attempted to dissuade Khan from honouring his agreement but Khan was true to his word.  However, Joaquin attempted to kill Roberta.  Isis saved her but was killed in doing so.

Khan and his people left on the sleeper ship on a journey which was expected to take only one hundred years.  They never arrived on the planet they expected to though.

Genetic engineering of humans was soon made illegal on earth.  A whole species became criminals, their crimes were many but Khan was known as the best of the tyrants so maybe it was right that he survived while so many of his brothers and sisters did not?

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