Pelvanida focuses on the development and research of psionic and cybernetic powers. Its personnel was mostly composed of scientists and security guards, though it also had dedicated dispatchers that roamed Carson City and kidnapped the homeless to use as test subjects. (Ground One)
Pelvanida has one of the highest faculty mortality rates in the country, and above-average numbers of workplace injuries. Many otherwise-qualified people refused to work there. Despite this, it is a government-owned facility and its faculty are considered government workers. (Ask the Characters)
Prior to 2009, Dr. Bruce Tinner introduced his virtual reality machine and a testing team led by Dr. Shelton entered the machine in a trial run. The machine was not cleared for further use. (Schrödinger's Prisoners)
In February 2009, a team of desert-based terrorists attacked the facility. They were defeated through the combined efforts of the surviving staff, under the de facto leader Dr. James Zanasiu. (Darwin's Soldiers)
After February 2009, an underground group called Dragonstorm, while already established before the terrorist invasion, took advantage of the repair operations to strengthen their hold over the facility, and many of the non-sympathizing scientists from the attack, such as Zanasiu, were fired from their posts. In retaliation, in July 2009, Dr. Zanasiu led a team of these fired scientists and experiments to flush Dragonstorm out, and in the process Pelvanida was destroyed by an airstrike from Crimson Base. (Survival of the Fittest)
Wayne Anthony and Dr. Fenton Bradley were among the very few survivors of the airstrike, hiding in the Sublevels until the strike was over. (Disruptive Selection) The spirit of the Shakespeare clone also remained in the sublevels, as it was unable to die.
Many years later, Sophie Donitz emerged into the wreckage of the sublevels from the Einstein-Rosen bridge on Gaman's moon. She met the Shakespeare clone's spirit, who helped her escape the sublevels and directed her how to get to Carson City Camp. Later the next day, A stolen Humvee containing Aisha Tennes, Steven Johnson, Carol Smithson, Oscar Shelton and Micah Landon returned Sophie to Pelvanida just in time for her to make the jump home with the cure to the gate plague. (Next of Kin)
Pelvanida had a large staff composed of many diverse species. Those include:
Prior to February 2009:
- Dr. Rudyard Shelton
- Dr. Ian Branston
- Dr. Yuri Kerzach
- Dr. Victor Summers
- Dr. Robin Kyle
- Dr. Sharon Varma
- Dr. Pietr Kozlov
- Dr. Keith Bailey
- Dr. Micah Landon
- Dr. Fenton Bradley
- Dr. Nicholas Jeston
- Dr. Arnold Greene
- Dr. Allan Falco
- Dr. John Volkowitz
- Dr. Klaus Ostermann
- Dr. Erik Bjurling
- Dr. Eli Storke
Prior to February 2009:
- Pelvanida is explictly stated to be mostly underground.
- Pelvanida's design draws cues from Serris's local community hospital and Area 51. There are rumors that the Integrated Science Building at the College of William and Mary inspired its design. However, that rumor is false as the Integrated Science Building was under construction at the time the first RP was launched.
- Pelvanida is self sufficient when it comes to power and sewage disposal.
- Pelvanida's power source is a gigawatt class fusion reactor.
- New Pelvanida was named after it.