Field Reports: Colorado Springs

Chapter 4: Pattern Recognition

{pages that may be useful to link: Major Blair Tunison, that deviant chick, Damien Cranly, Ximena Mendoza Guerrero, Mars Eco-Dome 4, The Applications Lab}

{the group butted heads with a hostile reality deviant while following up on “James”; the group warned child deviant Ximena to stay away from said deviant; MED-4’s biolab got infested with mutant spores by Agent Garensen’s paradox backlash; Tunison’s rogue Rangers attacked the Applications Lab; Agent Romanov traced Tunison to his actual location during a confrontation with his illusion; Tunison blew up a bomb at the Applications Lab}

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Chapter 3: A Rumble of Distant Thunder

Reporter: Agent Mace

I arrived at the Mars Dome to find it under attack. I encounter a strange being attacking cars in the amalgam garage. I was able to dissolve it and find Agent Byrd. We followed a similar being to the Generator where, with Agent Byrd’s assistance. We found out that the beings were but a distraction and the real threat was in the facility’s computer nexus. We went there and found a different sort of being, attempting to download data. I shut down the Nexus and the creature left, but not without gaining information on other amalgams.

We soon found the source of the attack and apprehended the suspect after a brief exchange of blows. We interrogated him and soon found that this was not the man who orchestrated the attack but merely a pawn. Byrd made it difficult to remember the experience and we sent him packing.

As we sought to upgrade the security of the base we were notified of a house fire. On the scene, we found that it had been burned down by a child and that the family was happy that this event occurred. The fire was apparently set after talking to a man named only as “James”. We left the scene with more questions than answers. We will work on that soon.

Over and out.

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Chapter 2: Under New Management

Colorado Springs Field Report 2
Filed by Acting Lead Agent Jeff Garensen

Upon arriving at the radio building, I was informed that a fourth agent was arriving on scene. I dispatched Agent Vayne and Agent Romanov as a team to cut the power to the building while I met with our new recruit, Agent Byrd. Agent Byrd began working on a device to disrupt the audio assault broadcasting from the roof while I infiltrated the civilian mob by mimicking their mannerisms. After gaining access to the building, I took the stairs to the roof where I confronted the now deviant Claude Satie. Using a strange device, he opened a gate to interdimensional space, whereupon a strange creature came through. Agent Byrd later informed me this creature was a technocratic creation known as a Pattern Spider made for interdimensional exploration. The creature began defending Satie, so I engaged it with the assistance of my companion, Urg. The Pattern Spider proved to be resilient as well as clever, assaulting me with a powerful burst of electricity and eventually partially enveloping me in a peculiar web, undoubtedly with extradimesional properties. Curiously, during our fight, it took time to construct and arrange curious crystalline structures. At some point, Agent Byrd succeeded in disrupting the audio disturbance and Agents Vayne and Romanov cut the power to the building. It was at this time that Agent Byrd joined me and the deviant and the creature on the roof. He used a strange device given to him by Q Division, painting the target with a laser site. The Pattern Spider promptly fired a terrifying beam at Agent Byrd, immediately incapacitating him. Knowing my first duty was to my compatriots, I rushed to his aid, which proved advantageous, as Agent Byrd’s Q Division device, presumably, called an energy bolt from, presumably, a technocracy low-orbit weapons platform, severely damaging the Pattern Spider, whereupon it retreated back through the gate to interdimensional space. After stabilizing Agent Byrd, I confronted Deviant Sate. He claimed to be an entity from deep space, apparently a sentient star capable of singing. He claimed that if he were allowed to execute a program on his computer, he would return to his “home.” Thinking the program of a deviant would lead to more problems, I attempted to destroy the computer with my sidearm. Sate threw himself in the way of the shots, pleading with me to let him execute the program, declaring “he” would leave and Sate would “return.” Hoping to reclaim a once prominent agent, I allowed him to execute the program, which caused a strange power surge through the antenna. This caused a psychological shift in Sate, he claimed he had no memory of the incidents that we had investigated. I submitted him to processing despite his complaints, knowing it was for the best.

After calling in a clean-up crew, we were taken to Mars Eco-Dome 4, which served as the previous amalgam’s base of operations and which we were now in control of. En route, I called the local detention facility and suggested they subject the young woman we found restrained in the research park to the same computer program that Sate exposed himself to, as her dementia was nearly identical to his. Reclaiming and processing as many agents as possible seemed the best course of action.

Upon arrival to MED-4, we were introduced to the facilities various comforts and equipment via video call with Agent Helmsloch. Due to my penchant for gardening and extracting natural chemicals for medical implements, I released Urg into the remains of the botanical area to clean it up and prepare it for proper vegetable growth. We also set up the series of cystalline structures created by the Pattern Spider in the basement laboratory space. At that point I received a call from the Theoretokos Lab, a local fringe-research facility. My contact, a researcher calling himself “Logistics” requested I meet him in a local coffee shop. I drove to the coffee shop in an official van. Once I met him, he informed me of an arrangement his lab had with Sate’s amalgam. It seems that the amalgam would donate the corpses generated in the line of duty to the lab and, in return, the lab would provide the amalgam with an energizing potato-like nourishment paste. I gave no definite answer, aware that my choice could have serious repercussions. If I agreed to it, the paste would certainly help my agents excel in the field. However if the agents were told that the more corpses they donated to the lab, the more nourishment paste they would receive, they might be influenced to “create” more corpses than necessary. After leaving the coffee shop, I received an urgent call from Agent Byrd that crystalline beings had infiltrated MED-4.

Private Message CONFIDENTIALITY LEVEL 5
To: Marco Pascati
Subject: [CENSORED]

Dear Marco,
I’m afraid I have some bad news. Upon leaving the coffee shop, I discovered a message left on my vehicle. It stated that the author knew, and had met, [CENSORED]. I fear my personnel files have been compromised. I need you to review all accesses to my files as well as all files regarding the [CENSORED]. I will not allow myself to be manipulated by petty criminals with a knack for infiltration and/or hacking, pretending to play on my emotions, especially those regarding [CENSORED]. Thank you again for your continued support.

Please let me know when I can take you and Violetta out for dinner again, I had a terrific time last week.

Thank you,
Jeff

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Chapter 1: No More Late Mornings

The Shadow Legion was formed on [CENSORED] in [CENSORED] by [CENSORED] in response to [CENSORED]. Three promising operatives were selected due to complementary skill sets. Agent Garensen was selected for his medical knowledge and social manipulation skills, Agent Romanov was selected for his technical prowess, and Agent Vayne was selected for his ability to subdue hostile aggressors. A fourth agent was meant to join the team, however the agent was delayed due to [CENSORED].

The Shadow Legion was deployed to the L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. campus at Stoltzfus Research Park on [CENSORED] to investigate a communications blackout. Agents arrived at the scene at [CENSORED] and began investigating the blackout as well as a strange audio disturbance. Upon entering the nearest building, they discovered an almost total absence of activity, both civilian and government, despite the normally bustling level of activity the research park experiences. After further investigation, they discovered a woman, later discovered to be [CENSORED], delirious and handcuffed to a pipe, as well as a damaged [CENSORED], the body of [CENSORED], the source of the audio disturbance, which turned out to be a [CENSORED], and a series of research notes and security footage that lead the agents to the conclusion the perpetrator was [CENSORED], the [CENSORED] of [CENSORED] at [CENSORED]. Following a tip Agent Garensen obtained from his contacts, they departed for [CENSORED], a local radio station, where they discovered a mob of civilians under the influence of [CENSORED].

End Report.

SUPERVISOR’S ADDENDUM

  • The amalgam suggested that the audio disturbance may be hazardous and used noise-cancelling headphones to avoid contact with it.
  • The amalgam determined that the blackout was caused by a bomb-pumped EMP device set off inside the L-3 lab.
  • The amalgam resolved a radiation leak in the L-3 lab’s reactor before it could become a danger to the area. The leak is believed to have been caused by damage from the EMP.
  • The amalgam is concerned that the audio disturbance will propagate to victims across El Paso County via the station’s antenna.
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