Two large buses filled with media reporters leave for Britannia Manor, home to video game mogul Richard Garriott. When the guests arrive, they are treated to dinner while Garriott introduces Dr. James Cooper, author and UFO specialist. Dr. Cooper begins by discussing the recent discoveries at Garriott’s future house, objects decidedly alien in nature, and remarkably similar to elements in the world of Garriott’s soon to be released video game, Tabula Rasa.
Other mysterious characters are introduced, including Alan Azzwami, an East Indian swami who informs the guests there is a ley line, a point of power, under Britannia Manor Mark III. Then there’s Max Maven, a parapsychologist who believes in the extraordinary cognitive powers of the human mind; and Eric Mead, Garriott’s wine supplier who not only travels the world, but also possesses the mental capabilities to bend spoons. The assembled guests are then given a tour of the manor, with stops along to the way to appreciate the skills of the intriguing individuals.
Once the tours are over, guests are taken down to the construction site for Garriott’s new home, and that’s where the action picks up. In one area there’s a tower. Nearby, there is a table with computers and monitors. In a semi-sheltered area, a floating metallic sphere can be seen—another of the uncovered alien artifacts. There are a few arcs and sparks from the sphere before four special guests are able to put their hands on the object without being zapped.
Ominous music begins and lights start flashing on the control point tower. The monitors and PCs send out flashes and burst into flames. An image pops up on a nearby black cloth, the image of the evil Bane commander, telling the assembled group that they are too late, the invasion is imminent and that the human race will perish. It calls for the human traitor and spy to step forward. A comely woman, speaking in monotone, answers. She is asked if she has eliminated the opposition and responds by pulling the head of Azzwami from a bag.
Attention turns swiftly as a photographer starts to snap flash pictures off to the side of the guest’s area. He is immediately hit with a burst of weapons fire—his chest erupting in flaring sparks as he falls lifeless to the ground. A Bane trooper wanders into view, ignoring the party guests and heading down into the construction site. Soldiers swarm the scene and follow in pursuit, firing shotguns and other weapons at the Bane. Balls of fire leap into the air, with countering flares of sparks. A helicopter hovers low overhead, its searchlight trying to stay fixed on the Bane. The firefight lasts minutes and culminates with the call that the enemy has been destroyed. The crowd erupts in cheers, and the spectacular alien invasion (and party) comes to an end.