April 19th, Year 108
Just as the clock ticked to midnight in the middle of a cold, rainy night in Ark City, every single television was tuned into a mysterious broadcast. On the screen, an androgynous figure with a small frame appeared wearing a mask and lab coat and spoke about something they described as 'The Genome Project,' which appeared to be a surgery of some sort based off of the surgical equipment also visible on the screen. The figure appeared to be a member of The Masked Circle organization that appeared on the streets two weeks ago, plus the sound of other people who were later confirmed as hostages were heard in the background.
As soon as the broadcast ended, police went to work on trying to trace the source, but by the time they located the hideout it came from, the scene was deserted with people left confused outside of the building. Eyewitness reports claim that some figures who appeared to be young adults snuck out of the laboratory soon after the broadcast ended. The witnesses claim that they carried out the figure they saw on the TV, without their mask, and left the unconscious hostages outside for the police to find. It is believed that this act was carried out by a group known as 'The Phantom Thieves,' but there is not enough evidence to verify outside of eyewitness claims.
Investigation of the laboratory turned up to suggest it had been used for the sake of murdering for some sort of 'sacrifice.' There also appeared to be footprints leading to a secret doorway behind a TV, but police have been unable to figure out how to access it.
Police later identified the culprit as someone who claims to have been kidnapped and brainwashed into murdering for The Masked Circle. For their protection, their identity will remain confidential.
Could this possibly turn up an explanation for the mysterious growth of The Masked Circle?