There are several key locations in the history of the Standing-Point Project, not least being the Heavenfield itself, and all that it contains.
The following pages are descriptions of some of those places, from the industrial halls of the Maunsworth Accelerator Array, to the brooding, ever-changing landscapes of the Great Ruins.
All of them played their role in the history of the Heavenfield, and are a reminder of those dark and turbulent days, that brought to world to the very brink of destruction.
The following papers were recovered from the Maunsworth Research Facility prior to demolition, and have now been released under the Freedom of Information Act. This wealth of formerly Classified and Top Secret documents has been painstakingly compiled into a single volume which, I hope will provide a fascinating insight into the ill-fated experiments of the Standing-Point Project.
Information has been gathered on British, American and also so-called ‘Exile’ technologies, with technical specifications on hardware, both scientific and military, as well as existing dossiers on the people and places involved in the project.
Some documents were too damaged in the recovery to be used here, and have been recreated for the purposes of clarity. Other assets have been reproduced as-is in an attempt to convey the chaos and atmosphere of those dark days.
I must express my sincerest thanks to all those who have helped me piece together the many disparate elements of this intriguing puzzle. I hope that, as it has been for myself, the act of remembering may exorcise some of those demons that we carried with us out of the Heavenfield.
Deputy-Head of Standing-Point Field Studies
Maunsworth Research Facility (Retired)
“And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and
a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof
as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire...”
“And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host...”
EZEKIAL Chapter 1
The Standing-Point Field, or ‘Heavenfield’ as it has been dubbed, has cost countless lives in conflicts that have led the world to the very brink of war, and yet understanding of its reality, not to mention its very existence is still hotly contested by scientific communities across the globe.
The discovery of the Heavenfield can be accredited to late 20th century Soviet scientists, researching into Extreme Upper-Order Particle Transmissions. The world they discovered has proven both beautiful and unpredictable, governed by shifting rules, and populated by haunted memories.
As documented by Dr. Henschel, Head of Soviet research, during their first journeys into the Field they encountered an entity they dubbed an ‘Angel’. This creature warned them of the dangers humans faced, and that ultimately their presence would lead to a ‘Final War’.
Henschel and his followers determined they would dedicate themselves to the protection of the Field, and set about this task with messianic zeal. They faked their deaths and the destruction of their Array, and moved to an unknown location, but not before using the Field to appropriate the huge fortune necessary to fund their work.
Somehow, they managed to build a secret Accelerator Array, and set about recruiting trusted followers, ever-increasing their strength, until they had completed a Fortress within the Field itself.
With the advent of British research into Standing-Point years later, the ‘Exiles’ as they now called themselves, set to work on a series of elaborate plans to sabotage the Project. They succeeded in disabling the Hayden Hill Facility, but with the entry of the Americans into the conflict, the Exiles’ plans went awry.
The growing religious fanaticism amongst the Exiles led to internal conflicts, and ultimately the destruction of the Fortress and the majority of their forces.
An innocuous circle of stones marked the Maunsworth Entry-Point, the space where the Array Chamber opens out to the Heavenfield. During the struggles against the Exiles and the Americans, this area became the focal point of hostilities.
When the Exile Fortress was destroyed, the survivors marched on Maunsworth in a last-ditch effort to end the British Project. However, the entity Sheol and her army had followed them, intent on forcing a way through to the everyday world. The British, Americans and Exiles were forced into an uneasy alliance, defending the Entry-Point in what would later be known as the Battle of Maunsworth Field.
When Grace Palmer finally returned to the Heavenfield, her team discovered three ‘sentinels’ around the perimeter of the Entry-Point.