Well...there's no guarantee that she wasn't just mimicking behavior she had seen somewhere else, but I'll agree that it seemed like she had a purpose. And I'm afraid that it might have been something that is a serious departure for the Animated.
Hmmm...well, firstly, the Animated definitely originated here. Some of the oldest Animated inhabit these depths. And this is where Gino and Johnny fissioned with enough energy to draw the Zurg here from outer space.
Okay...I can see that, but it seems like pretty serious guesswork still.
More hostile Animated and some man-made sub-like constructs from which I've kept my distance. Also, the remnants of the Gambino Tower that fell when everyone thought Johnny Gambino was assassinated. And...something else you'll have to see to believe.
You think all THIS is just about ruining G-Corp? Well...sure...we all have our grudges here, but the demise of that empire is a mere byproduct of our true purpose. This sealab is about much more than Gambino's paltry vision of financial domination! This is about POWER!
That fission event that attracted the Zurg detonated nearby...and when that occurred, it left a signature behind...a sort of *wound*...that's leaking energy into our world in way that has never before occurred.
The leak is massive, but even so, the world is gigantic in comparison. We didn't even know there was such a thing as a biosphere or Ghi energy before, but we know it's size now and this leak should bear no threat, even now at its increased dimensions.
What the heck's a biosphere?
Increased size? You mean the rip is getting bigger?!?
Apparently, we're *all* part of the biosphere. The world seems to contain the biosphere's energy somehow, like a charged battery, and as near as we can tell, we all pull a charge constantly. We usually call it 'life', but that's messy nomenclature, so we call it Ghi energy instead. Same thing.
Yes...of course. Anyway, the rip wasn't leaking fast enough, so we built this complex to harvest the Animated that teemed across the sea floor close to the fissure. We extracted the rings and then distributed them as weapons to all of you so eager to protect your homes.
Yes. You need the rings to protect your homes against the Animated, which are only affected by the Ghi energy focused through a ring, but in using the rings, you force the rift to widen further, loosing more Ghi energy upon the world which, in turn, creates more Animated!
Isn't it all just so symmetrical? And the boss man has captured and focused a lot of that extra Ghi you so unknowingly provided us.
I was plunged over a cliff into the sea by the Gambino fission, falling to what seemed certain doom...utterly ignored by my own father, whose only thought was for Gino...with no thought for the fate of a *REPLACEABLE* clone.
Mock me not! For while the Gambinos were distracted by the Zurg invasion, and everyone else thought I had perished, I summoned to my side those Labtechs I had suborned over the years, solidifying my power base from assets I had hidden while I ran *his* businesses.
Gotcha. You stole from your Dad and snuck around while everyone was busy defending the world.
That's right, I have learned much since that fateful day on the ocean cliffs. Soon, the unattached Ghi energy in the area will copy my prototype, as is the way of the Animated everywhere, and a whole host of them will come into existence!
But...that's insane! The Animated hate us 'naturals'!
Your choices are over! The infusion is complete and I leave you now to control my Sealab. You shall be the first to feel its full might, but certainly not the last. I regret that you shall not survive the encounter.
He teleported away!
But to where? And for what?!?
What's that coming out of the darkness above us?!?
Now you face the awesome might of the main battle structure of this prototype Animated!
It will *all* be mine! At last!
Bow before the might of SEALAB!
Doomed! Doomed! DOOMED I SAY!
Prepare to be torpedoed!! haHAhaHAha!
Death from above!
You cannot win!
I'll crush you ALL!
NO! How is it possible?
But this is just a setback. With the detached Head unit, I can still remake the Sealabs.
My plan can still succeed! But first...you all must die.
My Animated mines will keep you busy while I prepare the Head unit for your destruction!
Now that you've revealed who's behind the NeXuS corporation, we've sent messengers to the Gambinos about the situation. No one knows where Johnny is at the moment, but we wanted him to know right away about his clone's escapades.
I still can't believe it. Labtech X is a clone of the most senior member of G-Corp?!?
Well...now we know. And although the clone may have stolen a lot more from Johnny than he revealed this time around, now that he's been destroyed, it's just a matter of time until G-Corp recovers all those hidden assets.
The faster the better. There were a lot of Labtechs down there, and I'm not going to assume they were all captured or defeated. They might have a 'Plan B' or something that we don't want to find out about.
Too true. Of course, we still have our hands full with the Animated, and we still have to restore reliable communications with Durem, Aekea, and Gambino Island itself. It might take us a while to tie up all these loose ends.
Never a problem. Listen, it stinks that everyone that's defending their homes is now officially 'part of the problem' as we keep pulling more G'hi energy out of this 'biosphere' you keep telling us about and making more Animated because of it.
So we're going to need to find out a lot more about the nature of that energy, and that sort of research is almost certainly going to involve a lot of traveling beyond the Barton Town area.