The entire world was caught up in an extra-dimensional event, the cause and the extent of the effects of which remain largely unknown. The planet was plunged into darkness for 48 hours, all technology ceased functioning, and people were afflicted with terrible waking nightmares and mysterious pains. The event, which came to be known as The Big Shift
, ended as quickly and mysteriously as it began; the lights came back on and everything seemed to return to normal. What followed, was years of unrivaled innovations, as technologies advanced and new scientific breakthroughs became an almost every day event. Then, a decade after the Big Shift, young people began mutating during adolescence, exhibiting remarkable and supernatural abilities. They came to be known as the Shifted
, or sometimes Shifters; and were met with fear and bigotry by the masses.