X-16 focused on researching one of the side discoveries of the Group's research: that living creatures are able to generate directed psy-emissions. A biological field emitter, essentially a giant brain, was grown as part of the research, using equipment from Lab X-18.
The lab is located beneath the factory complex at Lake Yantar, in a secure underground bunker, sheltered from the outside world. Its structure is fairly uncomplicated, with the main, circular chamber (resembling a nuclear missile silo) housing the emitter's mechanisms; and the access halls and research facility, where test subjects were kept for study.
Originally, X16's psy-emitter was called the "Miracle Machine" because it created small scale emissions, though they were not lethal to anyone far from the factory complex. As a result of a malfunction in its cooling system, the emitter began to create uncontrolled emissions. This caused anyone who was unlucky enough to be caught there while salvaging equipment near it to turn into Zombified Stalkers, wreaking havoc in Yantar.
A stalker team that worked for Sakharov discovered that the emissions were caused by the faulty cooling system. They also discovered that it was cooling an unidentified device located under the complex. This led to the discovery of lab X-16. With this information, Sakharov was able to discover that the cooling device could be repaired from outside of lab X-16. He sent Scar and the stalker group led by Lefty to battle the hordes of zombies in the complex and repair the cooling system.
Shadow of ChernobylEdit
In Shadow of Chernobyl, X16 was raided by Vasiliev and Ghost who were both killed. Marked One proceeds inside to turn off the psy-emitter "Miracle Machine" and retrieve documents from Strelok's former companion Ghost. Inside the laboratory, the place was littered with a multitude of dead and mutilated corpses of stalkers, Military personnel, and some bodies wearing the uniform of the Monolith faction. Also waiting inside the lab were a large number of Zombified Stalkers, some Snorks, and a Controller who killed Ghost. X16 had a tunnel that led to the surface which Marked One used to escape.
Notable items you can find here, along with a few artifacts, include a Berill-5M Armored Suit, an SSP-99 Ecologist Suit (in a crate near the Berill-5M Armored Suit), and the X-16 documents, which you must deliver to the Barkeep. Random items spawn in small white boxes, such as 7.62x54mm 7N1 rounds, 7.62x54mm 7N14 rounds, 7.62x54mm BP rounds, 9x39mm SP-5 rounds, 9x39mm SP-6 rounds, or Scientific Medkits.
- In Call of Pripyat, laboratory X-16 is specifically mentioned in one of the documents found in lab X8. X16's ultimate purpose was to create an organic brain for study regarding psychic experiments.
- ↑ "The documents refer to one of the side discoveries of the research, specifically the discovery that living . conducted in lab X16.\nThese documents must not fall into anyone else's hands, as they would be of great interest to USS analysts." -Research documents