Numb-Dust was a synthetically created food additive developed by Lord Chaos in an alternate future timeline circa 2002. Surreptitiously added to the food supply of the general populace, it weakened the willpower of its consumers and made them easier for subjugation. Within short order, Lord Chaos was able to take complete control of the planet. Although Chaos had the world under submission, he soon discovered that Numb-Dust yielded a dangerous and unexpected side effect. Numb-Dust affected the hypothalamus of its consumers producing altered hormones. One out of every one-million infants born of Numb-Dust users were gifted with the Meta-Gene. When Lord Chaos learned of this, he initiated a massive search to abduct these children and bring them back to his laboratories for experimentation. Some of these children escaped Chaos' clutches however and their actions gave rise to a resistance that would culminate in the creation of the Team Titans.
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