A mysterious energy source emanating from the dimension known as The Cascade. This invisible, almost undetectable energy has baffled Earth’s scientists since it was first discovered in 1978. Scientists are yet to determine what exactly this energy is. It could well be radiation or even a form of ‘magic’.
The energy leaks out of it’s native dimension into ours via ‘holes’ in space-time called Dimensional Cross_Fades. These ‘holes’ are located all over the earth in areas long associated with paranormal phenomena. Sentinel City is believed to the site of a major cross-fade.
Wherever cross-fades are found, there’s almost always an increase in persons displaying super-powers, leading many to believe that Cascade Energy is the power source of so many of the super borne. Even in cases where individuals ‘accidentally’ become empowered, the mysterious energy source is thought to play some part in changing normally fatal accidents (like falling into a nuclear reactor for instance) into the birth of powers (being able to wield nuclear energy without dying from radiation sickness for example) acting almost as a catalyst and binding agent protecting the user from the lethal effects of many of these powers. Again, the scientific community balks at these suggestions, citing lack of credible evidence for their stance.
Unscrupulous individuals with power-mongering goals seeks gain further understanding of the entropic field of energy. Dr Eugen X is the foremost scientist of this group, whose ultimate goal is the ‘advancement’ of the human species.