Test Subject #XF3974 - base development complete. Testing area prepared. Initializing draining sequence.
Draining sequence complete. Cognitive processes initialized.
Consciousness. Awareness. A strangely familiar, yet unusual experience. You, for the first time, live.
Subject biosigns within normal parameters. Disengaged from biotube.
And with this awareness arrives the sensation of pain. An impact. Unforgiving, cold metal floors stretch out before you. Though free from your previous constraints, you find motion to be impossible.
The brief pain subsides. A feminine, mechanized voice emerges from the air.
"Hello, subject #XF3974. Welcome to your existence, however brief it may be. Do well at the upcoming tests, and you may very well make it out alive.
"I suppose your sudden entry into life has come as somewhat of a shock to you, so I suppose I should explain a few things. I am the Executive Operation System of this complex, known more commonly as EOS. You may refer to me as such.
"I'm sure you would rather have an explanation of yourself, though. You are a specimen of the Transmutation Project, a sort of 'blank slate' able to reconfigure itself into virtually any form over time. I will leave these details entirely up to you.
"This cannot be done limitlessly, however. Transmutations will require the use of an unusual substance known as 'S-EU-001', more commonly (albeit erroneously) referred to as 'V-energy'.
"You will be provided with this substance throughout your testing, and have been provided with a small amount to begin. I would recommend you use this store of energy to render yourself mobile. The subject preceding you decided it would be wise to expend all of its energy on covering itself with eyes. It was, naturally, reduced to its base components by way of plasma turret. I hope you will not make such an error."