The mysterious Grays have studied humanity for thousands of years. Earth's remote location in the backwaters of the galaxy made it an ideal location for the alien race to conduct research that was too dangerous to perform on any of their other homeworlds. Embroiled in an interstellar war with an unknown enemy, the Grays were desperate to develop a super-weapon that might ensure their survival. The natural resources and large population of Earth, combined with the human leadership's corrupt accommodations provide the the perfect facility for the Gray's biological warfare development.
In 1947, a Gray research ship experienced a major malfunction resulting in a crash near Roswell, New Mexico. The United States Government quickly covered up the truth, sealed off the site and recovered the badly wounded Gray named "Edgar" who was transported to Area 51 for study. In the time that followed, major elements of the government were co-opted by the powerful Illuminati, a secret organization of elitists dedicated to ruling the world from the shadows.The Illuminati used their influence to set a new secret agenda for Area 51. A major base was built over the initial laboratory that housed the crippled "Edgar", and the Grays established a research facility three miles below the desert surface. Since then it has served as the only secure landing site for all subsequent Gray vessels.
In time the Illuminati formed a Pact with the Grays, granting them needed resources (including humans for experiments) in return for exclusive access to Gray technology.
For the last twenty years human and Gray researchers have worked in tandem to great effect, creating a creature-weapon codenamed "Theta" intended for use in the distant alien conflict that still raged. One human scientist, Doctor Winston Cray was working with "Edgar" to perfect another viral weapon. It was suspected by Cray that mating the virus with the "Theta" project would yield the super-weapon the Grays had long sought.
However, Cray was tipped off by "Edgar" that the Grays true intentions of the super-weapon would be the annihilation of life on Earth. To divert the Grays' and the Illuminati's attention, Cray released his viral weapon within Area 51 and called for military assistance in cleaning up the viral outbreak.
In the resulting chaos caused by the rapid spread of the virus, a Hazardous Materials Team was sent to try to contain the infection. The sole survivor of the Hazmat Team, Ethan Cole, traveled to the deepest regions of the facility, killing the "Theta" super-weapon and destroying the alien core, thus destroying Area 51.
It can be assumed that Area 51's destruction killed all of the Grays present as well as "Edgar". Despite this, it is unknown if communications between the Grays as a species and the Illuminati have ceased.
The Grays appear similar to the classic Grey alien featured in modern media. They are noticeably shorter than the player character and, according to the guide book, measure 4'0" (1.21 meters) tall. Grays are devoid of external features such as noses, ears, lips, or sexual organs. Their bodies are very lean, having no muscular definition and appearing rather skeletal save for their enlarged heads. Each Gray has two reflective, almond-shaped black eyes, two slits for nostrils and a single slit for a mouth. As their name implies the tone of their skin is a light gray color. In all appearances within the game, Grays do not wear any form of clothing nor have any form of designating one Gray from another.