Fifteen years after Emergence Day, Cpl. Damon Baird and Yanik Laas were patrolling along the southwest coast of Vectes looking for samples of Lambent creatures for ChairmanRichard Prescott. As they discussed the possibility that Prescott was going insane, they began to feel tremors and a stalk emerged in front of them. Several dozen Polyps came out of the stalks and charged at the two, and they quickly engaged them. They took them down quickly, but the last Polyp leaped at Baird. Yanik shot it out of the air before it landed on him, but Baird was knocked down by the explosion and was slightly burned by some acid. They quickly gathered samples from the dead Polyps, noting that these had different spines on their back than other Polyps they had fought.