Welcome to the grand Core Technologies headquarters. Places in a bustling city, this monument to both science and commerce has already made quite the impression despite its relatively short existence. With polished mirror windows all tinted a particularly dark shade of black, the building was an imposing figure amongst the brick buildings that flanked it.
Taking up nearly an entire block of the city, the CoreTech headquarters was rather hard to miss. As one enters through the center doors, they find that all of the noise of the outside world dissipates. A quiet work environment is a calm and productive one, they say. The main lobby looks like any major corporation. It's all shiny tiles, carpets with logos emblazoned on them, and barely cushioned seating arrangements for those who would have to wait to get anything done. It seemed more like an a computer software company or something of the sort than it did a company specializing in genetic modification. Hardly the place for a fight, though no fighting should take place within the lobby.
Behind a front desk where a plump, cheery looking woman sat, there was large replica of the CoreTech logo in bronze. On either side of the logo stood reflective doors that held within them elevators that could take you any which where in the building, though for this particular tournament, a strange unit was placed on the buttons. Most were available, but all of the higher up floors had a strange metal covering over them with a single key slot in the very center. Unwanted guests were clearly not welcome.
Yes, the entire building was in a slight, business casual sort of frenzy in preparation. It hadn't been long since engraved invitation had gone out to quite a few people informing them of their roles in the tourney. They read something like this;
"To whom it may concern,
For whatever reason, you have been handpicked out of millions to compete. For what, you may be wondering. Why, the one thing that can get anything done; money. As of yet, the exact amount is to remain undisclosed, but it should go without saying that the sum could buy and sell several major companies several times over. It is certainly not anything to sneeze at.
Those of you interested will find a key enclosed in this envelope that will unlock your future. Those who are not will find a useless piece of metal. It's up to you which you find within."