I’ll be honest with you: I have no idea why somebody would flat-out steal an entire research facility. Fortunately, when you have the right kind of players, you don’t need a reason. You just pick the one that your players like best and run with it. This is Secret GM Knowledge: feel free to feel honored by it.
Avenging the Cores
Somebody has kidnapped the Austin Core Research Center. For those that don’t know, said center is a part of the University of Texas’s Bureau of Economic Geology; it’s a storage / research facility for core samples taken from well drillings. Which is a very useful resource for geologists and engineers to have, yes, but it’s not exactly something that you’d expect to be kidnapped. And ‘kidnapped’ is the right word: the entire building has been removed, right down to the foundation (fortunately and oddly, the cleaning staff was left behind).
Why, yes, it would be nice to know how that trick was handled.