- Initially begun as an outreach program for disenfranchised youths, Project Ithaca has become the world’s foremost ongoing venture in parapsychology. The project currently consists of 10 subjects, each capable of producing phenomena that defy the laws of physics as we understand them. Project Ithaca’s mission is to study the scientific paradoxes each of the subjects are capable of and determine whether or not they can be duplicated in others.
- “Paradox” is the official term designated by Project Ithaca to refer to the extraordinary feats produced by its subjects. They are so named because there are currently no scientific theories that adequately explain how they work. The unusual phenomena generally resemble “psychic abilities” described by parapsychologists, but their exact nature is still unknown.
- Project Ithaca’s methods of experimentation are classified as Top Secret by the United States government. Due to Acis Island’s relationship with the United States, this information cannot be released to the public.
- The first Project Ithaca experiments used a wide range of subjects, male and female, ranging in age from 12 to 26. Most were recruited from homeless shelters, halfway houses, and other social outreach programs. Results with this sample were mixed. While most of the subjects displayed some evidence of Paradox, several remained unchanged. Two subjects, however, displayed profound physical mutations.
- These early experiments were considered a provisional success, but more research would have to be done to prove the effectiveness of Project Ithaca’s methods. Unfortunately, the Ophion Foundation suffered a major industrial accident and a number of the original subjects were killed. Project Ithaca was suspended until a safer, more stable environment could be constructed for the subjects.
- Project Ithaca was reinstated the following year with more restrictive recruitment standards and higher security in the barracks. Recruits are limited to males ages 10-18, though many are still enlisted from shelters and other social services. The “Earn Your Boots” incentive has been added to the curriculum: subjects earn the privilege of wearing shoes by doing daily chores and performing well in Paradox experiments. Project Ithaca has thus far avoided further tragedy and has become one of the most productive programs in the Ophion Foundation.