Code 99: Miami
In 2014, the Ghost Flu changed everything…
At first, it was thought to be the worldwide influenza epidemic that doctors had been warning against for the last decade. Though many people died, most it touched were left alive and unharmed.
But not unchanged.
It wasn’t until months later that the first mutant powers manifested. Tammy Graves, a 13-year-old from the tiny community of Slocum, Texas, took literal flight while attempting to catch a pop fly during a softball game. Over the next few weeks, hundreds, then thousands of people around the globe displayed a sudden command of superhuman powers, from bizarre adaptations of eyesight to the ability to enter others’ dreams. These individuals included nonagenarians, young teens, and every age group in between. Only pre-pubescents were unaffected.
In the five years since, mutants have become a common occurrence, even though most people are still deciding how they feel about them. One of the ways the American federal government decided to deal with the after-effects of the Ghost Flu was to set up the Bureau of Extrahuman Affairs, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security. As fear of mutant-related crime escalated, BEA realized the only way to deal with these worries was on a local level.
Miami is one of the first cities in America to add an experimental division to their local police force: the Heightened Crimes Investigation Unit (HCIU). HCIU specializes in crimes dealing with ‘heightened’ or mutated individuals, and is composed of number of Miami’s finest who possess superhuman abilities themselves. They are to serve as both visible representatives of the heightened law-enforcement community, and as insurance against heightened criminals who are beyond the means of ordinary policemen. When mutant crime happens (and it will happen) it is the HCIU who responds.