This is the third place winner in the Lost Theory Competition.
The theory was written by Lesley.
After the Dharma Project was abandoned, a secret division of the U. S. military and a pharmaceutical giant (The Widmore Corporation) took over. Hidden from view by special electromagnetic properties, the island was the perfect location to conduct the sort of tests the world would otherwise frown upon. Scientists including genetically engineered individuals (like Ben) would use the islandâ€™s specimen pool. Its inhabitants were the survivors of numerous â€œaccidentsâ€ and leftover Dharma wildlife, nonexistent to the outside world.
Stealth technology and the islandâ€™s EMF facilitated development of a wormhole of sorts, providing a gate in to or out of the islandsâ€™ â€œsnow globeâ€. Military misfits served their sentences by pushing the button in the Swan station. As experiments became more ominous a rift formed among the researchers regarding the projectâ€™s morality. Using both animals and humans to develop higher life forms began to weigh on the conscience of some, while others became zealots. The disgruntled scientists joined the islandâ€™s residents and organized to end such experiments. The group currently living on Lostcatraz actually see themselves as the saviors of humanity.
Then Oceanic flight 815 provided a variety of new subjects. The Others were obsessed with obtaining the flightâ€™s children to secure their future. As predators, the Others travel the Lostiesâ€™ island in disguise enabling them to blend with its inhabitants. Off the island they access the Internet and develop advanced biotechnology but they cannot control the islandâ€™s monster. They research and then cherry pick their prey. The â€œgood onesâ€ must have the ability to perceive no action to be wrong when it ensures a greater good. But those chosen must also have nothing to lose.
The islandâ€™s volcanic nature and winding underground web of tunnels serves to trap many natural gases. Where there is volcanic activity there is also carbon monoxide (â€œCOâ€). Colorless and odorless, chronic exposure to carbon monoxide and other gases enhanced precognitive attributes and, created the hallucinations both Rousseauâ€™s people and many of the Losties experienced while traveling beyond the beach. With CO seepage inconsistent and more prevalent in the Dark Territory, the shoreline and Dharma stations limited direct exposure to the islandâ€™s gases.
The disgruntled scientists and island inhabitants are slowly dismantling some of the Dharma stations scavenging everything available to assist them in finding a way to save the children and leave the island. Abandoned hatches provide shelter and on occasion become windows to the island world. They have modified the security system, using the islandâ€™s tunnels, volcanic gases and real-time holography, to create a monster capable of â€œreadingâ€ and frightening outsiders. They were even successful in recruiting some survivors (like Cindy) to help them rescue some of the children.
Alex and Karl assist the rebels, feeding them information and supplies whenever possible. Now with the Swan obliterated and the wormhole compromised, Penny Widmoreâ€™s inside knowledge of the Widmore Corporation’s projects will be critical. She must enlist the assistance necessary to locate the islands and help the rebels before it is too late.