One percent. That’s the number of the population now known as Marked. People using telekinesis and telepathy to communicate… or manipulate. To levitate… or destroy. There is no known way to externally control the force or prevent its unwanted application so the world’s governments acted. Twenty years ago, Marked people worldwide were forced into prisons and subjected to dangerous experiments.
After Ward Leeds, a psychotic mastermind, tricked a computer geek with a robot into breaking an unstable group out of a Marked prison, Ward tried to use them for his maniacal purposes. They ended up in Joplin, Oregon, which was a prison of itself. There were soldiers everywhere, and no way out. But after defusing a bomb and fighting off hundreds of soldiers, the former prisoners were finally free…..but at a cost. News of the Joplin Incident spread worldwide. The US government had bent the story of what happened, as they blamed the prisoners for the bomb and took credit for defusing it. The giant crater they had left in Joplin became a symbol across America…..a symbol of fear.
In the US, Marked people are treated more brutally than anywhere else. They are beaten. Tortured. Put through more hell than a person can take. And after the incident in Joplin, the US government is locking down Marked people even more than before. But Marked people in the US fear something more than the wretched government; SCARLET. Symptomless Citizens Against Reckless Life Endangerment and Treachery. The vile group captures Marked people and submits them to worse experiments and torture than the government itself.
The only two safe spots left for Marked people are Europe and California. Fifteen years ago, California seceded from the US, and became a haven for Marked people all across North America. Soon after, M-PAC was formed. M-PAC, or Marked Protection Agency of California, is an agency that officially protects the Marked citizens in California. Secretly, they perform missions where they find abused or chased Marked people in the US and bring them safely to California. They save people. Rescue people. For some, they are a beacon of hope. And now, they have taken in several of the prisoners from the Joplin Incident.
Some of the agents from M-PAC discovered that there is a SCARLET laboratory somewhere in the US with nearly ten thousand Marked prisoners with unspeakable things done to them. They form a small group to try to locate this prison and free every last prisoner, but their only clues are a series of cryptic journals and a traumatized cyborg.
Will they be free SCARLET’s prisoners? Will they stop the monstrous acts being done against Marked people? Or will they be thrown back in a cell? Find out in Marked: Unnatural.
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Hosted and narrated by:
Kaylee Anonymous (she/her) (Storm447)
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