The group, guided by the once-disgraced war hero of the Afghanistan campaign, Maxim Valerievich Dubov, known to his compatriots as "Maks", leads the first charge into the lab. Bearing a strong forward rush, the group splits into smaller pairs: Alexander Petrovich Krylov, known as "Sasha" - the team's lead sniper, leading up squad Alfa;
Illia Nikolaevich Posadniy, taking charge of squad Vita, comprised of team mechanic Igor Pavlovich Nevski ("Gosha"), squad demolitions expert Nikolai Antonovich Trubnoi "Krazny", Sergeant Sergei Sergeevich Lomkin, the former police detective who captured the 'Butcher of Moscow' and the short, defiant Vassili Ivanovich Medniy "Vasya", the team's medical officer and former interrogator for the KGB's outpost in Siberia.
Artem Fillipovich Sedoy takes up the former lead position of his commanding officer, serving as support for the remainder of the first unit to enter the LHC's main control room.
Their surprise at finding not only token resistance was surpassed by their shock at finding a pulsing sphere of glowing blue light, sending out shockwaves of almost-invisible power, rending metal, concrete and plastic alike into a thin, gray smoky material.
A moment later, and a small object ejected from the corridor behind them; a grenade, courtesy of a left-behind Chechen resistance fighter, hiding cowardly in the duct work overhead.
The group, thinking less of the apparent danger of the pulsing sphere, more of the imminent grenade blast, dives into the path of an oncoming wave of power, vanishing instantly.
... in moments, there is only blackness, the sense of falling, and the sudden sharp impact of unforgiving rock beneath them.