The world does not owe you anything. That is the one thing you must remember. Do not expect that the world will treat you with kindness and will support your ever-increasing need for money and power. One day, everything will go sour on you. Nothing will go according to the plan you have laid out, thinking you even have a sliver of control over the planet you live on. Rather, the world believes you have a debt to it, a debt that has not been paid, and like a tax collector, it plans to take that debt, and sooner than you think. The world does this with good reason, after all. You as a society have done so much harm to the world, what, with the pollution, the coal mining, the pointless slaying of animals just to better yourselves. It’s almost as though you deserve it. You feel like you have done nothing, making excuses that you’ve never burned fossil fuels, haven’t killed any animals. You blame it on all the other people who do that, right? That was them, not you, you haven’t done anything wrong. However, you are quite wrong. You use up the electricity gained from burning fossil fuels, you use paper enough to use up the wood inside the largest tree you’ve seen, and the meat you eat, the vegetables and fruits, all come from the hard work of your society. You realize, yes, you are at fault for this destruction, and that you’re a horrible person to do such a thing. You would be better off just to secede from society, go on your own in the wild and build a shack of fallen sticks and leaves, wouldn’t you? Yet the American Dream is to be comfortable in the world, despite the distress it causes in nature. Cut down a forest, concoct a couch; burn up biomass, turn on your television; blow up a cave, give your spouse a ring. It seems so petty, to destroy such a beautiful thing just for your comfort.
What if I told you, that beautiful thing was more than just fuel for your thriving? That it wasn’t just a growing stock of bamboo, waiting to be harvested? What if I told you that nature was coming back, not to be harvested, but to harvest? That thing that no one fears anymore because it is human nature to think we have even the slightest bit of control over the universe, it will be the end of humanity itself.
Some one-hundred and fifty million kilometers away from Sol, the center of a solar system in the Milky Way galaxy, is a hydrosphere known as Earth. You know this, or, at least, should know this. It started as one supercontinent, Pangaea, until the tectonic plates underneath shattered, sending them from each other until they reach where they are now.
Somewhere in the timespan between before the splitting up of continents and after, humans were created. By what, no one knows. Some suggest from evolution, evolving from apes. However, gaining sentience through evolution is impossible, debunking that theory, but I digress.
Since then, humans have created incredible new things. Technology, vehicles, space travel, insulation from heat or the lack thereof. We’ve made advancements no other race that we know of has ever done. We’ve learned incredibly useful information about our surrounding universe, how our sun works, what a black hole does, every single one of the most basic materials, elements, and their combinations. However, the existence of humans has not caused only positive effects. Pollution, oil spills, and the like, all because of humans. Some wish to avenge our environment of the damage we have caused it by doing things that are unethical and can cause the eradication of the entire human race.
Recently, scientists have received notification of chemicals being shot from the sun rapidly. Uncertain of how this could have happened, they predict the sun will become a supernova, very soon. Escaping the supernova would be impossible at this time, our space travel technology are not advanced enough. And so, rather than escaping the sun, scientists have begun work on a new kind of insulation. Forming the Heliocorps, the scientists have immediate access to every valuable material on the planet to make this insulation. Not the regular, fluffy, pink stuff you find in your attic; rather something much more insulative. Extreme Heat-Resistant Insulation, or EHRI, was created. Constructed of thousands of different isotopes of the most heat-resistant elements and compounds of our current knowledge, scientists hope that it can withstand the sun’s supernova. If they are right, humanity will survive and can colonize the earth again, and if they are not, they will face the inevitable fate of death.
From this EHRI, sometimes called “Sunsulation,” Heliocorps have built a new kind of underground bunkers called Sun Vaults. They are few and their sizes limited. Inside is everything necessary for human life, as well as radiation-free water tanks and what they call Mental and Intellectual Neurological Device, or MIND, which supposedly can cleanse you of any insanities or mental disorders, or at least, that’s what they say. However, doubting the government in a time like this is the worst possible thing to do.
The single Sun Vault in the United States is located in Galveston, Texas. Being one of the flattest areas on the country, it provides an excellent surface for such deep digging. Twelve randomly selected people from all over the country, but limited to those whose direct parents were at least a Chief Warrant Officer in the Marines.
The estimated supernova date is December 19, 2015. Its effects will arrive at Earth exactly two days after, and should the Sun Vault participants not be inside, they should be killed by the overwhelming heat.