Luther was staring down a very, very, very deep hole in the center of Central Park. The hole seemed to pass down for miles on end, dark, eternal, with a certain musk of deep roots and earth. A deep, cavernous craig- with a jagged opening, wide, and becoming wider as Luther's machines continued excavating away at the places where the soil of the park and the cavern were thin. There had been disappearances from the park recently- people out for a stroll suddenly vanishing without a trace. Seemingly swept off the earth. To where? Luther couldn't say. But after a quick seismograph reading, he determined that there were deep, deep, cavernous tunnels running under the park- something far below had dug it's way up- and this singular spot was without a doubt the center of the disappearances- it was where the earth was most shallow- a fine rug, really- in relation to it's distance from the tunnels. There were slits in the soil just long enough for arms to drag unsuspecting victims into the ground with them.
Luther had been called- or rather, he volunteered, finding the whole thing rather interesting. Something was coming from underground, and by the looks of this tunnel, it was something intelligent. And the hair found at the entrance to the caverns- coarse and heavy like wool, black. It wasn't human, but it had traits of the human gene code- it was close to an ape. Interesting. By this time- Luther had his machines working away, pulling up earth, and creating a large lowering device- one that could lower a small group of people down into the tunnels- Luther would be going of course. He had weapons, and plenty of them, whatever was in that tunnel might not have been susceptible to negotiations- in which case, the young genius would need to be a bit more persuasive.
Now he was only waiting on one thing: Raphael Varano. This land was under his name- Luther found this to no surprise- which meant that there was a good possibility that he would want to be involved in the searching of these tunnels as technically they were his property. But Luther was nearly certain that the altruistic manner of Varano would intrude upon the extermination aspect of Luther's plan- given, it was plan b, it was a plan none the less. Plan A wasn't much of a plan itself, really- go into the tunnels, meet the forces at power, decide whether they were a threat and lead the way from there.
He stood next to the beams that upheld the small elevator-esque device, awaiting Raphael.
Luther took a few moments to ponder over the readings from his latest scanning of the area- he thumbed around his touchscreen, investigating all the characteristics that were coming up- heat signatures, deep in the bedrock, moving. There was certainly life beneath the ground here- they weren't robotic. What sort of lifeforms were crawling through the soil and earth... only time would tell. As Luther glanced up, he watched Raphael approach and gave a sort of "hmm", looking down at his phone once again. Varano, a mind to be reckoned with, perhaps even on Fate's level- or at least that was how Luther currently felt. It would be some time before he changed his opinions.
"Hm. Interesting? Perhaps so. I assume you've been filled in on the occurrences as of late? Several humans have been abducted- nine in total, though that is only the reported numbers, there may be more. These tunnels go quite deep, and from what I can tell they're rather roomy as well- I've been picking up heat signatures too, more than a handful."
A machine scurried over to Luther, boxy with long spider-like legs, it stopped just before the young genius and it's boxy head unfolded, revealing a row of guns- ranging in size, though none were bigger than a compact SMG. Luther picked up a pistol that appeared to be made of pure chrome, no trigger, with a circular barrel.
"You're free to any of the weapons."
He had no fear that Raphael could figure out any of the weapons present- but they were offensive, only one or two served any purpose other than lethality. Luther stepped into the elevator, obviously eager to get going.
"They've been abducting from this spot pretty regularly for the past couple of weeks- I wouldn't expect any of these people to still be alive. As far as I'm concerned, the mission is to step in, secure the humans if we can- and if the enemy proves itself unreasonable, execute them."
As soon as Raphael stepped into the elevator, Fate would press the down button on their machine and lower the two into the wide, spacious cavern below- it appeared to be at least 15 feet in all directions- the ground soft earth, but the walls a tough rock. No movement.