The Intergalactic Naval Reserve Arm, commonly known as INRA, was a clandestine paramilitary organization established as a joint Federal-Imperial initiative in the 3100's. While little is publicly known about INRA, surviving reports from the time indicate it was created to address Thargoid incursions, and that it later developed a chemical weapon to disable Thargoid technology.
In its heyday, INRA was viewed by the public as a symbol of altruism and cooperation, proof of what the superpowers could achieve when they set aside their differences to work together. Behind this optimistic facade, INRA was an unaccountable organization focused solely on progress at any cost, making bigger and more powerful weapons.
Few records of INRA activities have survived by the 3300's, but they and the Galactic Cooperative are known to have played a major role in the first conflict against the Thargoids, which ended in 3151.
Project Mycoid Edit
During much of the war, humanity was unable to counter the Thargoids' highly advanced weaponry, but INRA's research into Thargoid technology at Hollis Gateway in the Hermitage system, eventually yielded an accidental discovery. A junior researcher looking into the agricultural applications of Thargoid tech noted the deleterious effects of a certain type of fungus on it. The researcher reported his find to INRA leadership, going over the head of his dismissive superior, Chief Researcher Bexley Prince. INRA's interest was piqued and they ran with the research, later developing the fungus into a bioweapon known as "mycoid" despite the junior researcher's ethical qualms.
The mycoid weapon was taken to Klatt Enterprises in Alnath for testing. It was hoped that the superweapon could be used to attack Thargoid hyperdrives and incapacitate them, stopping the Thargoids from traveling and ending the war in a single stroke. Test results on both Thargoid technology and two captured Thargoid specimens confirmed that the mycoid was debilitating to both, causing paralysis and extensive degeneration. At this point, several researchers left the project in protest over the use of the living specimens for weapon experimentation, but others considered it a moral obligation to use the bioweapon to prevent a catastrophic loss of human life at the hands of the Thargoids.
With its effectiveness beyond doubt, mycoid was then mass-produced at multiple INRA facilities, such as Mayes Chemical Plant in HIP 59382, before being shipped to Hogan Depot in HIP 7158 for storage and subsequent distribution to various additional sites.
One of those sites was Velasquez Medical Research Center in LP 389-95, where a vaccine for mycoid was produced. Although the vaccine could not reverse damage already caused by mycoid, it could completely halt the weapon's spread and prevent further damage. When the vaccine was completed, the facility was shut down, with the staff relocated and all research removed.
Unethical Experimentation Edit
As revealed in the recently uncovered Project Mycoid logs, INRA generally held no reservations about experimenting on live Thargoids. Further unethical experimentation on Thargoids was also conducted at a base named Stack in HIP 12099. A researcher there initially only had small samples to work with, and while they found that a corrosive agent was capable of weakening the complex molecular bonds of Thargoid tissue, they could not identify the corrosive agent itself. INRA eventually agreed to turn over a living Thargoid specimen for more in-depth testing. The specimen arrived in poor health, but had made several escape attempts earlier and killed some INRA personnel, requiring it be contained in a fortified enclosure. The researcher's first tests demonstrated the specimen's considerable resilience, as it was able to survive the removal of some its limbs. The researcher planned to carry out chemical and biological weapons tests next.
Weapons Testing Edit
Apart from Project Mycoid, INRA also developed other anti-Thargoid weaponry. Carmichael Point in HIP 16824 was armed with these weapons and made to look like an important military site to act as bait, with the plan being to lure in Thargoid ships and test the weapons against them. Unfortunately, rather than a typical Thargoid vessel, the base attracted a "mothership", against which the weapons proved ineffective. Carmichael Point was lost and all on-site operatives were killed.
Hyperdrive Research Edit
INRA also focused its efforts on reverse-engineering Thargoid technology for humanity's use. A number of Thargoid components were taken to Almeida Landing in Conn to be examined. The engineer spearheading the research, Effie Ratling, made little progress at first but eventually worked out how Thargoid hyperdrives worked; rather than shifting space around a ship as human drives did, Thargoid drives were able to create stable wormholes. After Ratling created a prototype hybrid hyperdrive, INRA took direct control of the project and arranged for immediate testing. Even though the hybrid drive was functional, Ratling voiced concerns about whether a human could survive transit through a wormhole. Her fears proved prescient, as the first test pilot died horrifically while his ship returned unscathed. Ratling suspected INRA would continue testing the hybrid drive in secret and she would be made the scapegoat for the pilot's death, and to protect herself she planned to blackmail her superiors using her knowledge of Project Mycoid.
Mycoid Development Edit
INRA recruited the famed Commander John Jameson to deploy the mycoid weapon against the Thargoids. When persuading Jameson to accept the contract, INRA personnel emphasized the heroic role he would play in ending the war. Behind the scenes, they were contemptuous of Jameson despite his skills and reputation, and expected he would not return from his mission as it would take him deep into Thargoid territory with weapons that had to be launched in close proximity to their targets. In case Jameson somehow survived, INRA set up unspecified contingencies.
Final preparations for the mission were made at Taylor Keep in 12 Trianguli. A consignment of medium-range missiles were armed with weaponized mycoid delivered from Klatt Enterprises. As Jameson insisted on using his personal ship, INRA modified it for the mission and loaded it with the missiles. Jameson departed the base believing the weapon he would deploy would only disable the Thargoids' hyperdrives.
After successfully launching the mycoid-armed missiles at a Thargoid Mothership and making his escape, Jameson was horrified to learn from his sensors that the weapon did much more than disable the enemy vessel, and was in fact killing every Thargoid on board. Unfortunately for Jameson, INRA had installed a program that shut down his ship's systems to ensure that he did not return from his mission. Jameson's ship was locked into a collision course with the planet HIP 12099 1 B, where the remains of his ship, and data log, have been discovered.
It is believed that the mycoid weapon killed enough Thargoids to force them to retreat from human space entirely by 3151.
Legacy and Rediscovery Edit
INRA was later disbanded in the mid-3200's and faded from history for decades. The organization returned to the spotlight on October 9, 3303, when an abandoned INRA base named Hollis Gateway was discovered on the surface of Hermitage 4 A. Corroded storage tanks on the base's grounds are marked "Warning: Mycohazard", and have leaked a substance that could be the mycoid bioweapon itself. Five additional INRA bases that were also part of the mycoid production chain were later discovered, and their logs made public. Four other bases, Almeida Landing, Carmichael Point, Stack, and Taylor Keep, were located in November 3303.
Identified Personnel Edit
- Bexley Prince - Chief Researcher at Hollis Gateway
- Trystan Law - INRA Corporate Liaison
- Jarah Cook - Original Site Manager at Mayes Chemical Planet (reassigned)
- Elgii Sung - Replacement Site Manager at Mayes Chemical Plant
- Kiona Li - Senior Medical Officer at Velasquez Medical Research Center
- Effie Ratling - Engineer at Almeida Landing
- Amaro Hem - INRA Programme Coordinator
Known INRA Bases Edit
Since October 9, 3303 ten INRA bases linked to mycoid production, distribution and testing have been discovered, and their logs made public.
- Hollis Gateway in the Hermitage system – Thargoid tech research, site of the mycoid discovery
- Stuart Retreat in the HIP 15329 system – INRA whistleblower's final posting
- Klatt Enterprises in the Alnath system – Mycoid testing on captured subjects and tech
- Mayes Chemical Plant in the HIP 59382 system – Mycoid production center
- Hogan Depot in the HIP 7158 system – Mycoid storage and distribution center
- Velasquez Medical Research Center in the LP 389-95 system – Mycoid vaccine research
- Almeida Landing in the Conn system – Thargoid hyperdrive reverse-engineering
- Carmichael Point in the HIP 1824 system – Anti-Thargoid weapons testing
- Stack in the HIP 12099 system – Experimentation on Thargoid specimens
- Taylor Keep in the 12 Trianguli system – Final mycoid deployment site