Goldberg was as a young, zealous scientist working for the multinational group,
Tylon. He believed his research would contribute to saving people's lives. In
the same year that he joined the company, another young scientist by the name of
Busuzima entered work there and the
two would become good friends, and also, good rivals. Though, when Steven
discovered the evils behind the company, he became a part of one of Busuzima's
experiments and converted into a man made Zoanthrope. Because of how unstable
the experiment had made his genetic structure, he could only survive on a
special stabilizer developed to retain his body. Feeling betrayed, Steven (now
going by the name 'Stun') plunges into despair over losing his human form.
Slowly, his mind and body decayed though his heart yearned for revenge.
A year ago, Stun fought
against Busuzima after turning him into an artificial Zoanthrope in a cruel
experiment. However, when he faced Busuzima, he was unable to kill him because
he remembered their lost friendship. His revenge had been quelled by his still
rational heart. After the ZLF fell, Stun disappeared into the shadows, forced to
drink the blood of animals to stabilize his decaying body. He lives now out of
sight - a solitary figure hiding his deformed form from the world. Eventually
the mysterious 'XGC' mark befell him and the power that came with it began
overloading his unstable body. The violent energy raged within him, often
surfacing in sharp pains that would sometimes rendered him uncontrollable or
unconscious. He knew he'd become a monster if he didn't act soon. Jenny, an old
friend, appeared before the agonized Stun and whispered to him that his pain was
caused by the power of other dominant Zoanthropes with the 'XGC' mark, and
unless they were beaten, he'd completely lose all reason - and he should not
hesitate if he wanted to retain his pride as a man.
Stun awakens to the
sounds of voices, confused by his surroundings. His memories are badly distorted
- a complete blur. As he considers where he is, he takes notice of what the
voices are saying. The unknown people recognize he is awake, and that his lost
cells have successfully been restored, though they don't believe any of his
memories were saved. 70% of his body cells, including brain cells, were already
damaged before he was captured. Now though they observe that this body is stable
unlike his former body. Though they take note of tissues within his brain that
couldn't be eliminated - tissues referred to as the 'black box'. It worked like
a flight data recorder. They'd wanted to remove them to eliminate memory recall
but were unable to. The scientists are a part of a project to mass produce
Zoanthropes, and agree Stun will be a good candidate for data collection. He
laughs at them. They become very uneasy.
A year after the XGC
incident, Stun lives out his days struggling with great pain in his body. Losing
patience, he wonders how long he could live with his enhanced body this way. If
he was to have a long life, he needed a way to try and preserve himself. He
received information of a Shinto oracle who could seal the power of the beast.
Uneasily, Stun decided to seek out the oracle, knowing that there wasn't much
time left. It was a single ray of hope that he prayed would end his suffering.
. . .