BEHIND THE SCENES
In PART 1, we talked about about the inspiration for the story and the location. This time, we're going to dive in a little deeper, go into the North Brother Island Quarantine and why these people are sent there.
In NBI, a disease has once again swept the nation. History has been known to repeat itself, and in the future, there might come a point where we are unable to quickly combat a disease. NBI is based off of that theory and in this story, the contagion is called “Panning’s Disease.”
PANNING FOR GOLD
The phrase “Panning for Gold” reflects the ethos of NBI. If you search in the mud and dirt long enough, you WILL find gold. Prospectors understood the importance of patience and tenacity. The people on the North Brother Island Quarantine aren't giving up. They're searching for the cure! Until they find the gold, they’ll have to sift through the dirt. The name for the disease represents the determination we all need if we ever want to reach our own personal goals.
THE CONTROL CENTER
The Panning’s Control Center (PCC), the research facility responsible for controlling the deadly virus, has yet to find a cure. What the PCC has developed are Formulas; a cocktail of drugs that slow the symptoms of the disease down. Because this disease is “Intelligent”, with every Formula they create, the patient gradually becomes immune to the drug and the Formula stops working. In NBI, they are using the Ninth Formula they have developed; Panning’s Formula Nine, or, PF9 to combat the different LEVELS each patient endures.
THE LEVELS: ONE-SIX
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