A mishap at Foot's lab resulted in the compound being saturated into the local environment, causing mutations of plants, animals, and people within the city - including Dr. Foot (now called Stankfoot) and Brett Ronson III - and a lock-down of the local area. The fallout of the disaster resulted in the building of a new city - New Eden City - founded by Brett Ronson III. In most cases, people exposed to this compound becomes freakishly mutated to the point of being unable to fit within human society, with the exception of Ellie, Matt, and Jason, who became costumed superheros - the reason for this remains a mystery. It can also effect inanimate objects/materials.