Recently, one of the old school STALKERS has made an announcement to the public. What passes for the 'media' these days has spread his statement far and wide in Odyssey City, most commonly in a form much like the following example;
"Stalkers! Citizens of Odyssey! Adventurers!", yelled a man fully-clad in an old-style Stalker suit. "My name is Hound! I am one of the veteran Stalkers from the old Zone! I have seen many things, witnessed many deaths, killed many a man myself... and let me tell you, the profit of it all is incredible! I am gathering Stalkers and newbies alike who are interested in making a very nice, clean profit! In the Zone exist things called artifacts which contain mysterious powers. They are of great worth to all kinds of people, and all who come on this expedition may keep their fair share to sell for themselves! But these artifacts can only be found in the deeper reaches of the Zone, a place no man dares go if he values his life. There is no fee for coming with me, so long as you can bring your own weapons, ammo, and food. So, who is interested, eh?!"
The man known as Hound has been widely reported to have "S.T.A.L.K.E.R." branded on his left arm, a tattoo that veterans give themselves to signify their status as 'old-timers', lending credibility to his words. For anyone in regular contact with Mercs or other shady types, he shouldn't be hard to find or contact, and it is expected the quantity of hopefuls will be staggering.