While the entire population of Riotspolis was enjoying a well-deserved break on the eve of Halloween, concealed in a dark room was a tirelessly working professor Cushing.
Although the scientist's specialty was thermodynamics, he was unappreciated by the University as the Copernica family kept snatching all the glory. And he hated them even more since Dr Copernica-daughter had discovered the thermonium that earned her the favors of the Alma Mater. Taking advantage of her departure, he helped himself to a few grams of the ore in her lab. His hatred then led him to throw all caution to the wind when he took it upon himself to mix thermonium with a fragment of Vortex glass that he had perfectly illegally acquired from Negodz.
That is when the insane experiment took place, giving life to what would become the horrifying Crystalis...
It was during recent work on the new Clint City subway line that the underground shelter, housing Riotspolis, was drilled apart. This Utopian city, dreamt up by wise men at the turn of the century, could now wave goodbye to its tranquility and isolation. Unsurprisingly upset by this turn of events, the Riotsville Council, led by the Patriarch Pericles, decided that the time had come for them to at last emerge from their isolation and impose their “wise rulings” on this barbaric bunch of hoodlums inhabiting the surface.