Scouts Requested

The recent loss of contact on the other side of the Grtul Gate and the recent loss of contact with the Severed Grace into a large anomaly has prompted the need to investigate further.  At this time Vice Admiral Timol of SPECCOM is requested contractors to volunteer to investigate these two occurrences.  Please send a message to the Vice Admiral for deployment information and compensation information.

OOC:  Players interested in this should comment on this post via the forum IC.

Occult Serial Killer At Large?

“If you owe a debt, I know who all of you are, and I will take you out.” – Unknown Killer

At 1:56 am, On the seventeenth of September, a 911 call was sent through from Bravenstore apartment complex. A message was left by an untraceable voice.

“If you owe a Debt, you best pay up soon. Or else you’ll regret it.”

Unknown 911 caller

After this message, the apartment buildings were put on lockdown, and police arrived at the scene.  Inside one of the apartment buildings, the adult residents were found dead.  The mother was completely dismembered, while the father had been stabbed multiple times, and the children just barely roughed up. Since the mother and father were DOA, the children were transferred to the northwestern memorial hospital. Authorities have been tight lipped about their investigation, however, sources close to the investigation have said, on condition of anonymity, that there are no leads in the case.

Multiple Killings Challenge Police

In an terrifyingly related story, nearly twenty minute’s later, another call was received half a mile away, when over twenty four people had been beheaded by what seems to be a metal blade. In a third incident, there is rumor of a graphic video of the incident in police hands, sources say the video was given to the police by a man who may have been there at the time.  No official response to inquiries has been made.  Local police are shaken by the latest attacks.  Sources within the police have given an account of the as-yet unreleased video:

“It was utterly terrifying, a hooded figure was talking with a boy in the middle of a crowd, when people began to take notice. The car the man sits in has been stuck in traffic, and recording since the figure started speaking weird words. She seems to be speaking to someone within the area, but they can’t be seen or heard, within the span of a split second the scythe wraps around his neck. She begins to point out the names of those recording, with the word’s ‘I know who all of you are, and I will take you out.’ After this, the camera censored out, as the scythe slings around, and cuts the head’s off of every single person in one swift movement.  I’ve never seen anything like it before in my life, and I don’t want to see it again.  I fear for the boy she had in her grasp at the time the video cut out.  The woman has a striking appearance unique, really long white hair.”

Anonymous Source

Prioritize Recovery of Missing Child

The chief of police has issued a statement putting their highest priority on the identification and recovery of the missing child and several religious leaders in the area are urging their constituents to come forward with any and all information immediately.  Police officials have issued an AMBER alert for the unknown child in the video, but there are scant details to go on.  The mayor has issued a press release urging residents to stay calm and has enlisted the help of federal law enforcement, the FBI has set up at their field office and profilers are reportedly on their way to provide assistance to the police.  However, their job is going to be difficult as five more bodies have also dropped, the official statement is that the killings are unrelated to the others, however, a source within the FBI investigation confirms that they believe it is the same perpetrator.

Official buildings are on high alert and the police have increased patrols throughout the city.  The FBI has opened a tip line and issued a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the unknown individual and recovery of the child.  Anyone with information on the murders or the whereabouts of the unknown child should call their local police department immediately or the FBI tip line at 555-812-2754.

Council Convened for Ongoing Murders

The Vampire Council of the city has convened a session to discuss the ongoing threat to the city, with an increasing number of murders plaguing the city with clearly supernatural origins. The primary focus is on the set of unsolved serial murders going on with the city, as we previously reported no supernatural groups have been found responsible for the deaths nor as a cause been found. The general cause of the murders vary with every strike, but now a total of 22 murders have taken place, this number is more than doubled from the previously thought of 10 murders. Investigators have found a 2nd death corresponding to each murder, the death coming from severe brain damage. Autopsy has provided the cause of death but not how it happened, there are a number of victims in hospitals all over the city with similar brain damage, though less severe indicating a potentially greater threat. All the victims so far have been human with no link between them.

The Council has put forth a general call for investigators to descend upon the city with a substantial cash reward for those who can help solve the case and even resolve the problem entirely. While the Out of Aces Detective Agency has already thrown their hat in the ring, it is clear this could be a dangerous assignment – and they do not have exclusive rights to the case. Instead, the council has demanded that any investigators share information. The downside is failure may result in increasingly lavish punishments from the council, those who do not deliver on their word often end up dead.

Further, those with knowledge of the current investigation have told of a mysterious signal coming in over shortwave channels, someone who has been tracking the case up until this point. Details on that are sketchy but if that is indeed true it could point to a larger conspiracy on the horizon for the city. The Council itself has said nothing further other than the general call to investigate the case and seek a resolution.

Nimbus XO Cleared by Review Board

The Civilian Review Board cleared Nimbus Station Executive Officer Mike-037 of all potential conflicts of interest with Solas Tempus or the Serenity Concord. The press release today heavily relied upon the investigation conducted by Special Agent Aadila Reza who has been assigned with several tasks of investigating recent issues presumed to be going on with the station. Her report cited that further psychological evaluations were recommended as a precaution, but no more than those recommended for all Temporal Operatives. The Reza further commented that according to the 8th Guarantee the officer could not be prosecuted, which made her investigation a simple matter of digging through available information and presenting with her opinion as a trained investigator on whether or not future resources should be spent on this issue. Fleet Admiral Thomas went on record as saying that the station XO has his total confidence on his ability to do his duties effectively but that he was pleased with the outcome. This revelation comes as a much needed balm to the recent trouble on the station, particularly with John and Takumi Angelos.

At this time Governor Maddox has not been available to comment. It is clear that Nimbus Station and its people are not out of the woods yet and still face many questions. The government prosecutor is said to be considering a maximum penalty in the case of Takumi Angelos should he be found guilty. An attorney has been appointed to defend the young man and has requested a formal psychological evaluation on the basis that his father claims the child has psychological problems that need to be managed rather than punished.

Disrespecting the Dead

Another person under investigation, Tal Ravis is again in the news after a video has surfaced from an anonymous source of him urinating on a dead member of the group only known as Onyx. Other sources have confirmed that this did actually occur, though it is unclear why he would take such an action.

We contacted Mr. Ravis for comment, when asked about the incident he responded:

“When operating for sustained periods of time in non-linear, asymmetric environments far from a host station or vessel, access to dedicated hygenic facilities is greatly limited or denied outright. Field experience from years of operating in the fringes of inhabited space has allowed us to come up with an adequate solution; we find that Onyx agents make for acceptable outhouse substitutes.”

While the response is direct and honest it is also disturbing, showing an irreverence to the death of a living being. Few government agencies have commented yet given the nature of the other investigations that have gone on, it does point directly to the idea that Mr. Ravis is potentially unstable.

Angelos Son Arrested

Takumi Angelos, son of John Angelos, has been arrested by Special Agent Aadila Reza on charges of attempted sexual assault. While Ms. Reza declined to comment on the ongoing investigation, John Angelos has been at the center of a rather disturbing accusation, where he is accused of having unlawful sexual relations with his adoptive daughter who is not yet of legal age of consent within the Concord. If the charges turn out to be true against the younger Angelos it could be used by the prosecution to paint a potential pattern of behavior for the family. Rumors have circulated for some time that Takumi Angelos is a bit of a wild-child having multiple partners, sometimes even on the same night. While that is not illegal and so far no other allegations of wrong-doing have surfaced it is not out of the range of possibility that the young man be facing more charges in the aftermath of one person willing to stand up for themselves.

Governor Maddox and Senator Murrika have both released a joint statement condemning the actions of Takumi Angelos and calling on the Civilian Oversight Board to exercise their right to order that John Angelos be removed from active duty. Their chief concern, according to the statement, is that he is in a direct conflict of interest. It is also of interest that Tobirama Angelos is currently in holding pending charges of assault against Jyn which could lead some to conclude that a strong tradition of violence against others runs through the family. Investigators will no doubt wish to talk to Itza Angelos next, where they may expect to find more evidence of a further pattern of violence.

The Governor’s office has also confirmed that it is considering charges of obstruction of justice against John Angelos who apparently attempted to convince SA Reza to release his son, on the suggestion that he would give up and allow himself to go to prison. While some may see that as a confession, he did not actually admit to wrong doing. In a partial copy of a private report sent by the Special Agent to the Governor’s office it states that John Angelos believes his son to be innocent on the grounds that it is SA Reza’s fault for expecting the young man to control himself. Such a sentiment has prompted serious concern among many levels of the government. It is expected that Fleet Admiral Thomas himself will have to respond to this incident with a stronger stance or risk seriously alienating his superiors who could, in theory, remove him from command as he personally brought John Angelos into the organization where he was appointed as chief of security of Nimbus Station. There are already calls from senators to consider removing him from command, which so far the Admiral has been able to rebuff based on his years of service.

A Questionable Pattern Evolving?

A questionable pattern is starting to become clearer as new documents are against released to the public. The source of these documents appears to be the same as the source that released the documents dealing with the Spartans and still remains anonymous. Reading the documents makes it clear that there may be more of a story to tell with regard to the universe which they came from.

The Spartan documents make mention of a group called the Covenant, for which we know very little with the exception that the group which commissioned the Spartan’s to be made was in some kind of conflict with them. This fresh set of documents tells of the Covenant committing utter acts of atrocity against the human races, going so far as to “glass” planets, a process which involves destroying all life on a planet through orbital bombardment with high energy plasma weapons. Weapons which, incidentally, the newly arrived vessel Severed Grace has. Questions have been raised in the highest levels of government, questions that the Department of Military Actions and Services has few answers to. Largely the department has left the running of the Schatten System to Solas Tempus, as the primary facilities in the system are military in nature – the organization has adopted a policy of allowing newly arrived vessels and people to promise they will abide by the local laws to avoid being incarcerated to sent back.

Sending a newly arrived person or vessel back can take months as the Janus Project can take a significant amount of time to find the originating reality to return a new arrival to. However, if Solas Tempus is willing to allow such dangerous individuals as the Spartan’s and a Covenant battle cruiser to remain in the system unchecked with with an obvious conflict between those two sides there is a serious question to be made on whether or not Solas Tempus is competent to manage such things, at least under their current leadership.

Rebel Alliance Revealed!

Documents have been obtained by our reporters that the Rebel Alliance has had similar dealings as the Spartans. Detailed information from the X-Wing of Alema on pervious missions tells a rather extensive story of the Rebel Alliance having a complete and total disregard for the the lives of civilians. In one mission to a planet which is not named, the Rebel Alliance slaughtered 10,000 or more civilians to destroy the Imperial outpost. Another mission killed some 1,600 people, without giving the option for surrender.

In the first completely actionable information found is a detailed report about a mission involving a significant amount of civilian casualties. The pilot, Alema, is reported as being the cause of 1,045 civilian deaths when her fighters caused extensive damage crushing an entire village in a rock slide when she accidentally fire a torpedo into a rock face. Further, the Rebel Alliance command is noted to know that a future mission will have a high likelihood of civilian casualties.

Other Investigations Painting a Picture

Two other investigations also paint an additionally disturbing image of how things are run in the system; that of Tal Ravis and of John Angelos, both of which have active investigations into their conduct with similar subject matter. In the case of Security Chief Angelos the question has been raised about his relationship with a young 16 year old resident of the station and while STS has declined to release her name to the press for obvious reasons this runs parallel with the potential relationship being had by Mr. Ravis and a new arrival who – by all accounts – is even younger. Both of these add to a dangerous image of Fleet Admiral Thomas and his second, Admiral D’Amico, paying little attention to civilians which rely on them for protection.

Station Structure Command Hindered

New reports have surfaced about a confrontation between Nimbus Station Executive Officer Mike-037 and several of his subordinates. The confrontation occurred in the fighter bay of Nimbus, starting out as a heated disagreement between two groups of enlisted personnel. The argument itself was nothing to write home about, a simple disagreement over the exchange of shifts. However, this disagreement became even more heated and more critical when the XO overheard the disagreement and stepped in to investigate.

Mike-037 inserted himself to calm things down and ended up making them worse. The two sides of the argument joined forces grilling him with questions about the released documents. What would have normally been an issue where several crew would have likely disengaged and calmed down at the sight of a superior turned into a heated stand-off between the group of enlisted man and the station’s second in command. It becomes clear from the video linked below, the crew demonstrate a complete lack of respect for the Lt. Commander.

The article gives a link to a surveillance video showing the confrontation.

One thing, however, is crystal clear. Lt. Commander Mike-037 is unflappable during the confrontation, he maintains a clearly authoritative stance and does not get angry in what must have been an entirely frustrating situation. Whether one is to believe the documents accusations the XO was perfectly willing to take the focus and frustration of the group and let it roll off his back and that should be a strong note about his character.

Our own investigation into the actions of Nimbus Station XO Mike-037 have uncovered a conversation told to us by medical staff on condition of anonymity, for fear of reprisal. The conversation took place in the Nimbus Station Sickbay on May 21st. At the time a new Spartan had just spliced in and been treated for multiple injuries. Mike himself admitted that he found it easier to kill aliens.

The pair also had a conversation about the potential for using the developing fan clubs against the system. Apparently the pair have had some degree of experience dealing with the manipulation of public opinions, mentioning being used for propaganda purposes. The entire issue is further complicated by the apparent unwillingness for Mike himself to speak to anyone about this issue, at least nowhere that is visible to the public.

Investigator Dispatched

The Department of Protection and Investigation (DPI) has sent investigators to Nimbus Station in order to determine the nature of the allegations and if there is any thing actionable to be done. A high level official within the department commented that the investigators may expand their investigation into other areas if they feel it is necessary to do to. This further highlights the other problems facing Solas Tempus and the political fight they are embroiled in right now.

Governor Orders Investigation

Governor of the Schatten Star System, Andrea Maddox, has called for a civilian lead investigation into the documents recently released to the public. Although there was some question as to whether or not the Department of Judicial Services would allow the investigation, they have confirmed that they are pushing forward with the Department of Protection and Investigation and opening a formal inquery into the alleged activities. Under the law Mike-037 cannot be proscuted for the crimes of his people nor for crimes commited in another universe. However, the documents have brought to light items which seriously jepordize the faith which has been put in his ability to do his job. Since Mr. 037 has declined to shed light on the accusations against him it leaves many wondering if the accusations are true.

In addition to the DPI inquiry the Civilian Oversight Board has been given the green light to open their own investigation into the matter with the blessing of Director Alice Barnes of the Department of Military Actions and Services. At this point it is impossible to say what the two independant investigations may find.

In a statement yesterday Fleet Admiral Lance Thomas made the position of Solas Tempus clear, saying that the record since joining the organization of Mike-037 has been exemplary and he has carried out every order and has shown no evidence of mental instability. The Admiral went on to say; “Doing this job I have seen a great many people over the years who are capable, I have also seen a fair number of people over the years who are steadfast and loyal, and I have seen an even smaller number of people over the years who are brave and willing to push forward with courage. I have, however, seldom seen a person who is capable, loyal, and couragous. These are not qualities that I take lightly nor are they qualities which are in great supply. Lt. Commander Mike-037 has the full faith and confidence of myself, Admiral D’Amico, and the rest of Solas Tempus. These documents released reflect one thing and one thing only, accusations against a group which cannot be confirmed and we dare not condem a man for the actions of a group he belongs to, this is enshrined in our constitution and the 8th Gaurentee, which probhibits such things. Until some shed of evidence that the Commander himself commited actionable crimes against civilians I stand by him, as do my officers.”

The statement makes it a certainty that if the civilian investigations come to a negative conclusion, it will be the first test of the government’s ability to control and regulate the organization. Personal accounts about Admiral Thomas himself suggest that he may not be as willing as others to concede authority over someone he claims we should not even be looking into in the first place. His interpretation of the constitution is correct, however, Mr. 037 cannot be prosecuted for crimes which occured outside the Concord by others, no matter his affiliation. The investigations held will be to determine if Mr. 037 is to be trusted with military authority. A finding of wrongdoing by either the COD or the DIP could force the hand of Director Barnes or Prime Minister Th’chaaveq and end with an order to bar Mike-037 from military service.

Pushing for Colonization

Governor Maddox has incidacted that she is pushing forward with plans to break ground on the first civilian colony of the Schatten System to be located on Soteria. Several different sites are being looked at for what will become the focal point for civilian politics on that world once established. Currently the political powers of the system are housed on Nimbus Station, a military run facility. While the Governor had originally wished to take control of the station it became clear that this was an ill-conceived notion when, recently, the station and occupants left the system for several months. Details about why this happened are classified and the only statement releasted indicates that Solas Tempus conducted operations under the Temporal Command division of Blue Team. This suggests a temporal event of some kind occured, but the operational details are classified and Admiral D’Amico has instructed civilians to contact the office of the DMAS office for public relations to obtain further information. The new colony site is expected to break ground soon and Solas Tempus engineers have already agreed to be available to assist in construction efforts.

Farming Settlement Site Approved

A site has been chosen for the new farming settlement on Soteria. The settlement will be built by the agricultural group Temperance and Sustenance which will supply the settlement with the initial supplies needed to begun cultivating the land. This is a great boon to the agricultural economy of the system which has thus far relied nearly entirely on shipments in and food and other natural materials. Though some of these materials have been gathered on Soteria the biggest need by far is that of food stuffs. The group has approved a site just south 990 kilometers south along the coast from the Anguta Bay. If successful the group is planning to begin supplying food within a 5-7 year period once cultivation can get established at the required levels. It will be at least a full year, however, before the first crops are seen from the new settlement.

The Concord has gaurenteed supplies for the settlement and Solas Tempuas science teams have also pledged support for the new site as needed. Engineers from the military have also already received requests for assistance in construction of new facilities.

Latest Arrival Sighted – A Spartan

In the light of the current controversy reguarding Mike-037 the appearance of another Spartan today on Soteria was troubling. Details are scant at this time, other than he was injured and had a child with him who was deceased. This latest sighting has also prompted the DPI to begin looking into other Spartan’s who may also be on the station but not holding official positions. Another of the group is known to be on Nimbus Station, Alicia-052 though it is unknown if the DPI plans to question Alica about the conduct of the Spartan’s.

A Population Divided

Given the recent revelations about the station’s X.O. the population has started to divide along the expected lines. While many people just want answers there are two growing groups; the group that believes the X.O. should be treated solely on the merit of his conduct since coming here and those who believe that even the accusation of such crimes is enough to disqualify a person from holding such a position. While this started as a matter for the civilians which did not penetrate into the ranks of Solas Tempus there is at least one confirmed report of the X.O. being impared from diffusing a conflict by questions regaurding the released documents. Solas Tempus may soon find itself in the difficult position of defending a man who may well have commited what we would consider war crimes. Whatever the outcome, it is clear that we may never know the truth. The actions of the Spartans prior to being here was in an entirely different reality and that in and of itself will likely keep many things in the dark.