Written by: Joshua W. Murcray
The wave of dark matter, called The Great Burn, caused an alteration in a certain group of people around the world. This alteration affected those with an extra gland within their brain. This gland, when activated, altered the person on a genetic level, gifting them with abilities unlike any seen, for centuries, among normal humans. Some effects are drastic, others are minimized.
The gland is not an evolutionary trait or an abnormality. The gland is a hereditary trait passed down from the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The story of the gland goes back to the story of Jacob, who would one day be called Israel. Legend is that when Jacob tricked his father into granting him his brothers (Esau) birthright, this was that birthright. It is believed that the Blessing and Birthright was an actual spiritual/physical/scientific/magical rite that could literally alter a person. According to ancient texts this birthright that Jacob stole was the blessing and responsibility of this extra gland that, with the right event, could gift him or his descendants, with tremendous abilities. Based on the actions that the descendants of Israel performed it is believed that some of them actually had activated glands.
Now, due to interbreeding, the gland has become more widespread but not as easily activated. That is, until The Great Burn swept through everyone and everything on Earth. Those whose glands have been activated are called Meta-Mutants.
The term "meta-mutant" means "a mutation of a mutation." But, in antiquity, "meta" was defined as "after" or "beyond." So the literal translation would be closer to: "beyond mutation" or "after mutation." The second translation leads to the idea that the gland was a planned mutation and the abilities it grants come after. While, scientifically, it is known to have originated from a gland, the origin of the gland is, so far, beyond the ability of science to explain.