The purpose of Natural Gas Survey Project MD-16-001 was to determine whether sufficient deposits of bio-gas were present on Point Lookout to make large-scale diggings viable. The company was aware that potential bio-gas reserves on the island would likely be a result of mass burials from the American Civil War, a fact it sought to conceal even from its own leading expert, Caroline Saunders, as it was aware of her "liberal" leanings. Martin J. Roach was given the task to monitor her and, when it became apparent that Saunders was starting to show interest in the gas deposits' origins, executed "Code Blue" protocols in order to destroy all evidence by running the Ozymandias aground.
An ambitious covert plan to allow Bysshe to seize land, the Company commissioned Calvin van Lowe, one of its talented engineers, to create an imposter sheepsquatch out of an assaultron and cause a string of sheepsquatch sightings. In that way, Bysshe hoped to throw property values in Lewisburg into freefall so that it could buy up the town. The project team consisted of Calvin (codenamed "Blacksheep") as the main developer, Bo-Peep as the handler, and Big Bad Wolf as the fixer. At some point, the imposter sheepsquatch escaped containment, killing both van Lowe and Bo-Peep, and Big Bad Wolf was dispatched to investigate. After discovering their fates, he acquired prototype anti-robot technology originally intended for sabotaging Hornwright Industrial robots from Allan Garrahan, and used it to set up the pylon ambush site in an attempt to contain the rogue assaultron.
The following is based on unverified behind the scenes information and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
The company name is a reference to Percy Bysshe Shelley. Among his works was a sonnet called "Ozymandias" which famously referenced a forgotten king of ancient history and how a short declaration of his unwarranted arrogance (chiseled into a ruined stone pillar) was all that remained of his mighty empire.
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