Project Gestalt begins
Three years later, in March 2014, the Gestalt Project is announced.
The Gestalt Project is a process by which the human soul is removed from its body. Research proves that a person can be transformed into a Gestalt semi-body and then returned back to their original body. This is seen as a potential way of stopping the spread of WCS.
The reason that this works is because of the nature of pact magic. The pacts must be formed through physical contact — thus requiring a body as a conduit — but are actually made with the individual souls. An errant soul lacking a body cannot be forced to undergo a pact; similarly, a body cannot undergo the pact if it lacks a soul to pact with.
During this time, humans learn how to gather maso from other worlds, allowing them to manipulate it in a more controllable form and create something out of nothing. This eventually becomes known colloquially as ‘magic’.
Unsurprisingly, when unveiled to the world, people are horrified at the prospect, and Gestalt research goes underground, quietly funded in case the procedure should be necessary. As part of the ongoing research, methods are considered in the case of a Gestalt soul somehow losing its body.
While that continues, Luciferase is produced, a chemical that slows the progress of WCS. The chemical is applied to a select group of people — specifically, soldiers — and they are sent into battle against Legion, as they are much less likely to be afflicted by WCS or turned into Legion soldiers.
The squad is killed in battle.