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Accelerator Array

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Accelerator Array

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There were at most five known Accelerator Array sites around the globe: 1 x Exile (location unknown), 2 x British (Maunsworth and Hayden Hill Research Facilities), and 3 x American (Fort Caulder, Williams' Airbase, and Devil's Rock Research Laboratory).


British sites - Maunsworth Research Facility

The Standing-Point Accelerator Array at Maunsworth Research Facility was one of two British points of entry into the Heavenfield. The vast complex stretched for miles underground, all tunnels converging upon the Array Hall. For more details on the workings of the Array [see Standing-Point].

Diagram of Accelerator Array Tunnels around the Maunsworth Research Facility

Diagram of Accelerator Array Tunnels around the Maunsworth Research Facility.


Array Hall

This monolithic, cathedral-like space is the confluence of particle array tunnels, venting shafts and coolant pipes that feed into the Core - the towering structure that concentrates the staggering power of the Array down to the Chamber at its base.

High above its floor, shrouded in steam and venting gases is a maze of gantries spanning the dizzying heights.


“Grace, we should be careful,” he said tenderly. “We should wait for the others.”

She didn’t appear to hear him. She walked forwards slowly, gazing around the Hall with a look of sad reverence. At the distant end of the Hall, the ominous web of pipes that made up the Array could just be discerned. They rose hundreds of feet up into the shadows. She walked on as if being drawn by some unseen force. Sanders remained at her shoulder, looking around anxiously, but the Hall was enveloped in an eerie stillness.

“Grace, we should wait,” he said, laying his hand upon her arm. She brushed him off as if in a dream.

“Please,” she whispered, almost inaudibly. They were two-thirds of the way to the Chamber now.

For a second, Sanders thought he could make out a faint orange glow emanating from it, but the veil of ash in the air obscured his vision. Grace continued on, her eyes fixed ahead of her, staring unblinking towards the Chamber.

“Please,” she croaked again, her voice distant and laden with sorrow.

They were almost at the steps leading up to the Chamber now, and Sanders could definitely make out a glow coming from the doorway. For an instant he caught a view of red rocks and sky through the open door...

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