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2681: Scorched Earth
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Publication Date 2012-09-30
Type Spectrum Dispatch
Series Time Capsule
In the series
Title Publication Date
2075: The Stars Get A Little Closer 2012-09-08
2113: When Do We Go Too Far? 2012-09-09
2120: Give These People Air 2012-09-12
2125: A Dark Day 2012-09-13
2140: A Ship in Every Garage 2012-09-14
2157: Blue Skies on Mars 2012-09-15
2214: The March of Progress 2012-09-16
2232: The First Push 2012-09-17
2262: The Neso Triangle 2012-09-18
2271: One Small Jump for Man 2012-09-19
2380: Together We Rise 2012-09-20
2438: Hello 2012-09-21
2460: Breathe Free 2012-09-22
2516: A Better Earth 2012-09-23
2523: The Three Pillars 2012-09-20
2530: The Galaxy Gets Bigger 2012-09-25
2541: Awfully Crowded in My Sky 2012-09-26
2546: A Leader Rises 2012-09-27
2610: Tears of Fire 2012-09-28
2638: A Call for Sovereignty 2012-09-29
2681: Scorched Earth 2012-09-30
2758: Not in Nottingham 2012-10-01
2789: A Cold War Thaws 2012-10-02
2792: The Tide Rises 2012-10-03
2795: A Kinder, Gentler Human 2012-10-04
2800: The Neutral Zone 2012-10-05
2872: Behold Sisyphus 2012-10-06
2920: The Money Pit 2012-10-07
2928: Campaign Promises 2012-10-08
2934: A Dreamer Dreams 2012-10-09
2942. . . 2012-10-10

In the West, in the Orion System, communications with a small settlement on the third world are lost. It’s weeks before anything thinks to check in with them. When they do, they find the township in ashes. The Advocacy immediately dispatches an agent to investigate.

INCIDENT ASSESSMENT

Location: Dell Township/Water Purification Settlement/Armitage Planet/Orion System

SAIC: Rhedon Lamr

Initial visual from the sky indicate repeated strafing runs of airborne weaponry on multiple, presumably small craft. No obvious use of large-bore weapons or bombs. Large scorchmarks on eastern and southwestern outskirts of town indicate that this is where the attackers landed. Samples of scorched earth sent to labs for analysis. Angles of strafes are consistent with theory that the attacks came from multiple directions. Comm tower was damaged but did not look specifically targeted. Odd. If it were raiders, wouldn’t their first target be the Comms?

On the ground, sweeps turned up strange shell casings for hard-ammo scattered throughout the town. Doesn’t look human in manufacture. Will analyze. Forward onto Advocacy Agents with contacts in Banu Protectorate.

Attackers were thorough, sweeping house to house. Killing everything and everyone here. Entire six hundred thirty-eight population of settlement has been accounted for, except one:

John Phillips. 38 SEY-old. A farmer. Nothing to indicate why he was targeted if in fact he was. Analysts are delving into him. Will provide complete file when complete.

Theft/Robbery appears to be the chief motivation but there is an inconsistency among the missing items. Sometimes objects of value are left while seemingly useless/trivial objects have been taken.

Agent Vasquez has discovered a small CommLink camera that somehow was operational during the attack. Scrubbed through the footage and found that it was mostly useless. There is one frame that when zoomed/cleaned-up appears to give a brief glimpse of an attacker.

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2681 - They were called the Vanduul



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