Stable 76 is a location Southeast of Canterlot in the audio drama series Confessions of a Wasteland Pony.
It is the main setting of the second episode, The Ghoul Doctor.
Experiment & Results Edit
The Stable 76 experiment was intended to test the effects of intense balefire radiation on a trapped population. Theories about potential biological consequences were being postulated, but would not be confirmed until the ghoulification was directly recorded and studied.
The residents of Dusselhoof were sheltered in the stable as was promised. Once the door was sealed the Overmare was intended to find an error when trying to access the higher order commands of her console. She was not informed of the intended experiment. The selected Overmare, Tulip Blossom, did not discover the command error until many months later due to a psychological break on The Last Day.
Exactly 100 days after the stable door was sealed, one of the reactor's liquid crystal storage tanks went into critical meltdown and exploded. Almost all of the engineering staff were killed, with the exception of a few who had turned into feral ghouls. Only one technician retained his sentience, and they were his calls for help on the radio. This would lead to a rescue team being put together to save him. Doctor Strahlung Greenshift was on that team.
Once the emergency lockdown was lowered for them to enter the level, a second liquid crystal tank began to meltdown. The pressurized radioactive gasses had filled the engineering space. The second explosion caused the air conditioning system to rupture, causing the entire stable to be saturated in highly radioactive gas.
Within the first minutes of exposure, 895 of the residents had died. The remaining residents were transformed into ghouls, 27 conscious, 78 feral.
Part of the experiment was to see if the subject population could survive for long periods of time in an intensely radiated environment. Because of this, the stable door remained sealed for a century. The door was opened automatically on the 100th anniversary of the Great War, where all the stable computers were reset to "normal" (i.e. control stable) function.
Notable Residents Edit
- "I continued up the staircase to follow them. But then while I was galloping on the catwalk to the other side of the room, I heard a loud metal lurching. I turned to my right and watched as the second fuel tank exploded. A large chunk of the shrapnel collided with the section of walkway I was on, ripping it from the walls and landing on me in a heap 50 feet below. I had never felt such pain in my life. I wished I would have passed out, or died, instantly. The smaller glass shards tore my radiation suit to pieces while I was soaked in the liquid crystal that covered the wrecked reactor piping. The sensation on my skin burned so deep it felt like hot metal rods being driven into my bones. I quickly scrambled to crawl out from below the wreckage. When I got free of the large chunks I fell to my knees, due to the fact that two of my legs were broken, along with several ribs and vertebrae. I collapsed on the cold concrete ground unable to move any more. The last thing I saw was the pulsing glow of the reactor, and the fuel from the second tank flowing toward me." - Doctor Greenshift (describing his ghoulification)
- "Which is when I saw one more heartbreaking sight. Sitting there in front of the stable door, I saw Tulip. On either side of the door were two large vents... pumping in the green mist. I trotted slowly up to her, as she sat staring at the door as she always had. As I walked beside her, the glowing muscle between her exposed ribs and vertebrae became more evident…" - Doctor Greenshift (finding Tulip Blossom as a ghoul)
Behind The Scenes Edit
- This was the first Stable experiment SkyBolt ever wrote. An early iteration of Terminal Secrets was being developed and he hoped to use the story as a pitch to gain a place on that writing team. While that version of Terminal Secrets would be canceled, SkyBolt was able to later join the team with his DOSE and AWAKE proposals.
- This stable experiment concept was developed first, because of the critical role surviving balefire would play in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
- The real world study of the effects of radiation sickness was very slow to progress, and a true understanding would not be gained until after the detonation of the atomic bombs in WW2. In the same kind of way, there is room for an unspoken ambiguity that perhaps the Stable-Tec experiment creators did not understand how deadly the balefire dosage would be.