Umbra Squad - The Adventures of an Imperial Covert Operations Cell

Mission Update: Operation Understory
Encrypted Transmission from ISS Vornskyr

NOVACOM Communications
ABY 3.8.24
Confidential Document

To: Commander >> OID # 42375
From: Chaos Squad >> Mister Sinister
Re: Operation Understory

Commander Complacent:

I am pleased to report that Chaos Squad’s operations are proceeding smoothly with regard to Target Individual and Target Object. We are well-positioned to achieve all mission objectives, but this update is to inform you that we have already accomplished an additional objective that you should convey to the highest levels.

We have eliminated a Jedi. I am attaching all detailed information we gleaned on this individual to this message, but I am sure our Master has already felt that the Light has dimmed this day. She was a formidable foe, but still she fell before us and her blade is ours.

I am also pleased to report that all squad members have been performing within acceptable parameters and have been coordinating with improved efficiency.

Mister Tactical’s gunnery skills have been critical to our success, and his stable presence has served to rein in the more eccentric impulses of the others.

Mister Tattoo continues to exhibit odd and inconveniently erratic behavior at times, but his battle prowess and loyalty are beyond question. Though his progress has been painful for him, he is becoming a potent weapon.

So too has Mister Twitch shown great progress, and in the course of this operation I believe he has truly begun to embrace his passion and surpass his past. I will continue to foster his growth and ensure his direction.

Mister Brainbox’s slicing continues to be vital to our efforts, though I have sensed some rebellion beneath his habitual flippancy. We will watch him closely as we maximize his utility.

Mister Metal remains something of an unknown quantity and has spent significant time in recharge mode, but we have maintained the restraining bolt and he has fulfilled the tasks he has been given.

As for me, I have attained the deepest depths of the Dark.

While we have dispatched with the Rebel presence here, we have yet to encounter the ISB. If you are able to provide any further information in this regard, we would prefer to avoid damaging them if possible. But either way, Chaos Squad will be victorious.

Empire Forever.

Mister Sinister

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Message to Landing Dock via Airbike Courier
Deliver to "Capitan Dash Caspian"

V,

I know you are here, but I don’t know why. If you think for one parsec that I am coming back to that life then you are a fool. Besides Mother would turn me over to ISB in a heartbeat for interrogation.

I have a new family now. A family who cares. They know where your loyalties lie. They know you are here too. Consider this a warning. You need to leave Cloud City now. You are not safe. There is more than one fox in this hen house.

Consider us even.

Don’t come looking for me,

J

p.s. You might want to move your ship. ISB being asking about “Captain Caspian” and your “merchant crew” for whatever reasons.

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Review of Segway Ghost Tour
By Danny Ocean (it's really me, Kahar! Secret identities, remember???)

Entertainment and Tourism Industries of Bespin

Review of Segway Ghost Tour by Danny Ocean

I would strongly recommend the Bespin Ghost Tour. I showed up with my companion Roach with no reservation and was immediately brought to my Segway by T’yuth, the wonderful tour guide. 5 other tourists were with us: a family of Nautolans and an older human. T’yuth gave us excellent instructions on how to steer our Segways and gave us all a short range communicator so that we could hear the ghastly tales of Bespin’s supernatural elements.
I don’t want to spoil too many of the hauntings which lurk under Bespin’s serene visage, but I will say that you will not be disappointed. The Nautolan female child fainted once when we were told the tale of the Bespin Strangler.
T’yuth told us about the history of Bespin’s gas mining and the Ugnaughts who perished bringing precious goods to the galaxy. I could almost hear the moans of their souls as we rolled by derelict mining shafts. My companion seemed shellshocked as he simply stared straight ahead with a blank look.
We had a chance to get to know our fellow tourists. The old woman had plenty of questions for me. But the ghosts! Oh man! That was the best part. I heard one of the Nautolan’s mutter that it looked like holo-projectors, but I don’t think so. T’yuth was very open to my several questions and even encouraged me to travel a bit on my own, but I have no experience on how to face ghosts on my own so I declined.
We stopped for a quick snack after 20 minutes in the shade of an abandoned (and obviously HAUNTED) inn. Roach spoke a bit with the Nautolans and the old lady wanted to talk more with me, but I simply had to her more tales from our excellent guide! He gave me a special mask to use which he said would allow me to see more ghosts! I didn’t seem to see more and it was impossible to speak with T’yuth while wearing the mask so I was not able to get clear directions on how to use it. That was a bummer, but I appreciate the sentiment. T’yuth wanted me to wear the mask for a longer period so I could enjoy the experience more, but I declined as I wouldn’t be able to ask him questions.
If you have some spare time and want a haunting, thrilling, and incredible journey, head over to the Bespin Ghost Tour. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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NOVACOM Communication - Jungle Fire Debrief
Confidential Document

NOVACOM Communications
ABY 14.8.03
Confidential Document

Commander Drumane
OID # 43850
Operation Jungle Fire Debrief

Umbra Squad,

Congratulations on completing Operating Jungle Fire. Captain Trowa’s report was very interesting as was specialist Kahar’s. Your primary and secondary objectives were met so there is that to approve of. Normally, I would not be pleased to see such reckless use of experimental proton bombs in a covert operation such as this, but unbeknownst to you, your hasty choice to disintegrate a substantial sector of the Onderon country side had unintended benefits. It seems that Moff Dardano “acquired” that experimental ordinance from a very important imperial science station. Needless to say, it was not meant to be used the way that it was, but there is no point in not using the data obtained from it’s detonation. Those tests were still years out. I suspect Moff Dardano was going to use it to wipe his little installation off the map. Covering his tracks perhaps.

Your apparent plan to draw out the Moff was a bold move that seemed to work and you maintained your cover…barely. Commander Ploom and Agent Tycho has sent me some observational reports of varying approval. Agent Tycho was impressed with what he saw, although he believes there are a few kinks to work out with your group’s cohesion. Still, both he and Commander Ploom see potential in your team. I trust that Agent Maakzoor and Captain Trowa can continue to show improvements on that. Hopefully, the conditioning provided by the Davik Sisters will help poor Mr. Flynn avoid any further instances of ethical confusion.

Inferno Squad will be pulling out of Whisper Base shortly. I am sending in some maintenance crews to upgrade the base and repair any damages. NOVACOM is interested in utilizing the base for future operations. Consider Whisper Base to be a safe port of call if your squad needs a place to rest up and reassess. Just be sure to maintain the base’s strict confidentiality.

As for your Squad’s name, “Chaos Squad” is entirely out of the question. Perhaps this is some sort of attempt at a jest, Captain Trowa. I fail to see the humor in it. We are the Empire and “chaos” is the very thing we are trying to avoid! Chaos is what the rebel scum want. You of all people should know that. I will hear no more of that nonsense.

Instead, NOVACOM leadership would like to see more subtle and covert tactics taken by UMBRA Squad. In fact, your request for the Bespin Operation was almost rejected based on your performance in Operation Jungle Fire. Bespin will take a highly coordinated and DISCREET focus from Umbra Squad. More details on Bespin will be forth coming.

All in all, you got the job done and I can’t complain about that. Moff Dardano being captured alive was a huge boon, especially because his death is so easily plausible. The Emperor himself has noted his satisfaction with that particular outcome. Take that as you will.

Till next time,

Commander Drumane Out

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Kahar's debriefing

UMBRA Squad Communications
ABY 3.7.06
Audio-log debriefing from Kahar
Recorded by MEA

Kahar, I need to ask you a few questions for the files. Are you ready to talk about what happened on Onderon?

I am.

What was your role in the Jungle Storm?

I teamed with Bronk and we were tasked with infiltrating the AT-AT in an effort to wrest control from the Moff.

How did you manage that?

Bronk and I decided to be stealthy and smart. We were transferred to the AT-AT as captives.

And the plan then?

We decided that we would wait for an opening and strike. It was difficult from the cell we were in. Bronk came up with a plan to use a thermal detonator to blast our way out. And then we began slaughtering the soldiers inside.

Explain what happened next

It was sudden. The explosion I mean. The walls crashing in, screams suddenly silenced. The sound of the walker as the metal quickly ground together echoed throughout. Then I was flying. I’m not sure how I managed to escape the crush of the durasteel walls, but there I was. It was…it was different.

Were you afraid?

A true Mandalorian is never afraid.

Okay, what could help others survive such an event?

Besides training and good armor, I am not sure. I do not know why death did not greet me or Bronk for that matter on that day. The design of the AT-AT was no help for most of the passengers. Perhaps it was our constant training on the front lines which enabled us to survive.

You sustained several injuries. Are you capable to fight?

I have trained in using my left arm in combat and I should be sufficient. I understand a replacement is ready for my right arm. I was having difficulty seeing out of my right eye, but I have had much of the dead flesh pulled away from it and a basic mask which allows me to see. As long as I can hold a weapon and see the foe, I am capable to fight.

Good. Now this question may be hard for you. Do you harbor ill will to your squad for using the bomb?

No. They did what had to be done in order to finish the mission.

Even though they maimed you?

An arm and part of a face is a worthy sacrifice for the Empire.

No further questions. Your services will be needed again soon. Rest.

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UMBRA Sq Mission Report
Operation Jungle Fire

UMBRA Squad secure transmission to Commander Drumane
ABY 3.7.05
Mission Report “Operation Jungle Fire”
Sender: JF3-525 “Trowa”

BLUF: Mission Successful Based on mission parameters, Moff Dardano taken into custody, Whisper Base still intact

Mission Details:
A plan was formulated in order to lure Moff Dardano out to Whisper base in order to eliminate him as recommended. Unfortunately the Moff grew suspicious of us and sent a 3 battalions of troopers equipped with AT-STs, Tie-Fighters, and a modified Command AT-AT in order to retake the base. Since Inferno Sq was present and ready to assist in anyway, “Mr Sinister” volunteered Umbra Sq to be a strike team against the Moffs position and leave defending the base to Inferno Sq. The Strike team consisted of “Mr Sinister”, Trowa, Kahar, NOMAD, and the Inferno Sq member Bronk. Upon arriving to the Moffs location it was quickly identified that we would not be able to fight out way in. We lured out a small patrol into the Jungle, eliminated them and myself and “Mr Sinister” assumed there identity with Kahar and Bronk acting as captured locals. After failing to infiltrate the Command AT-AT and Kahar and Bronk being taken inside and put into cells, “Mr. Sinister” and I located a Tie bomber with a high yield bomb attached to it. Acting upon the assumption that Kahar and Bronk were actually captives, the two of us high jacked the Tie bomber and used it against the Moff. The area of effect was a 25-mile radius from the point wiping out all of the Moffs forces. Upon searching the wreckage of the AT-AT 3 survivors were found, Kahar with a missing arm, Bronk and Moff Dardano. Dardano has been taken into custody and handed over to Inferno Sq for questioning in order to find out the extent of his traitorous acts against the Empire. Hopefully they will be able to identify and re-purpose his assets for the Empire. As far as the forces under his control that were aware of his actions, estimated 95% of them have been wiped out during his assault on Whisper base.

Also, there may be a loose end we may need to take care of. Before the attack on Whisper base, we received a coded transmission from an unknown source warning us about the impending attack. I have attached a file of the recording along with all pertinent data. Please have the tech guys look at it in order to identify the sender.

Recommended cover story:
The Moff was conducting a military exercise when Rebel terrorists detonated the high yield explosive.

Requisition request: Prosthetic arm for Kahar along with medical personnel trained to attach it. Parts to repair NOMAD along with the mechanics familiar with his design.

“Mr Sinister” has shown much interest on Operation Understory and would like to know the status of that mission along with if its still available.
Kahar has improved with his squad based tactics and patience. Reinstating control access to MEA.
Rezzos reconditioning with the Davek Sisters has seemed to be very effecting. Will continue to monitor his status. Reinstating control access to MEA.
Rami has been invaluable when working with the computers. Will continue to monitor to ensure his allegiances are true to the Empire.
NOMAD continues to be quite resilient, adaptable, and follows orders without any hint of hesitation.

As a final note, we would like to formally change our Sq name from Umbra Sq to Chaos Sq. I have noticed that we thrive when things go wrong and under the blanket of chaos, we successfully complete the mission.

Glory to the Empire

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Just a Dream
A Vision of Vil Maakzoor

The darkness surrounds him, and binds him, engulfing and consuming. The frigid emptiness of starless voids fills Vil’s being, pulling him down into oblivion … but he will not go peacefully. “Peace is a lie,” he hisses, clinging to his desperate anger, “there is only passion … through passion I gain strength … through strength I gain power!” He embraces his hate, joining with it, becoming it, and burning away the smothering bleakness with the fury of his wrath. Vil smiles. “Through power I gain victory!” He lashes out with his voice. “Through victory my chains are broken!” The darkness submits before his triumphant laughter. “HAAAAAhahahahahahaaaa!”

A voice echoes him, distant, screaming. Faces flash before him, writhing in agony … the old woman in the village, Mashar tortured by Dardano, Flynn reconditioned by the Davek sisters … no, it is Jenzara. He moves toward her, through a hazy sun-streaked sky, through a city in the clouds. Her pain is right, how can it hurt him? He cannot relent, not again … “You must let me go, or kill me,” she says, then and now, and yet to come. Tears in his eyes, just a memory, just a dream, it must be … he reaches for her, sobbing, clasping his hands around her throat. “Stop,” he whispers to her, clenching at her life, “You must stop …”

Her mouth opens as she chokes, but there is no plea, only fire … the Jungle Fire, thousands of voices suddenly crying out in terror, then suddenly silenced. No blood on his hands, but burning ash raining downs in flickering cinders all about him. She is gone, he is alone in the ruination he has wrought, the embers piling up around him, surrounding him, and binding him …

He gasps awake, soaked in sweat. The dream is done, but in its last tendrils he hears the faintest chuckle in his mind: “Good … good …”

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NOVACOM Communication - Jungle Storm Briefing
Operation Jungle Storm - Progress Report

NOVACOM Communications
ABY 3.7.03
Confidential Document

Commander Drumane
OID # 42819
Operation Jungle Storm Debrief

Agent Maakzoor (aka Mister Sinister)

I received your recent mission report. Interesting use of code names. I trust that this holocom channel is indeed secure.

As for Operation Jungle Storm, word of Umbra Squads exploits reached my ears before your report. Yes, I reviewed the holonews feeds out of Iziz. I can only assume these were the results of Umbra Squad actions in the vicinity. I think a bit more subtly would be in order next time. Aerial dog fights in the air space above an Imperially controlled city is not what I would call a low profile. Rumors across the city involve stormtroopers blasting away civilians in the main ship yards. Tsk Tsk Agent Maakzoor!

Fortunately for Umbra Squad, Moff Dardona has created all manner of fictions to cover this up, but he is suspicious. All intel reports that he is eyeing Admiral Corlen. The admiral is entirely in the dark for the time being which is a boon. Let’s hope it stays that way. It was a bit of a risk on your part to involve one of Moff Dardano’s direct operatives. I hope Mr. Malek was able to cover your tracks. Let the Moff and the Admiral suspect each other for now.

Congratulations are in order however for securing Whisper Base. This will be a useful asset for NOVACOM now that Moff Dardano has been relieved of it. I hope that Kahar and Trowa have not made too much of a mess there. It’s a pity that the Rebels were able to have the run of the place for two weeks before we could secure it. Moff Dardano will be paying dearly for his little operational blunder. Please see the current Mission Punchlist if Umbra Squad would like to take part in this reprisal.

As for the two rebel operatives, commence interrogations immediately. We have heard a few reports regarding Drevin Squad. See what information you can squeeze out of this Rego and Grexi regarding any current Rebel movements or centers of operation. It will also be of interest to see what type of information this Doma Alar was trying to gleam from Admiral Corlin’s Navy Communications. Dispose of the operatives and Lieutenant Sarev once they are of no more use. I’m afraid it is quite necessary for you to eliminate any civilian witnesses regarding the location and knowledge of Whisper Base. We can’t have any loose tongues out there. Might I suggest that Agent Flynn play an important role in any civilian neutralizations. His decision matrix may need reconditioning.

I am pleased to hear that the other Umbra Squad operatives are shaping up into something manageable. Report back once you have centered on a new course of action and if there are any intensified personnel issues.

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NOVACOM Communication - Confidential
NOVACOM MISSION PUNCHLIST

NOVACOM Communications
ABY 3.7.03
Confidential Document

Commander Drumane
OID # 42814
NOVACOM MISSION PUNCHLIST

Umbra Squad

I am reviewing your latest transmission and my mission specific response is almost complete. I’m forwarding you the latest Mission Punchlist from NOVACOM so that you can start planning your next operation. Send confirmation on any missions that you choose to execute.

Commander Drumane

NOVACOM MISSION PUNCHLIST

Operation Jungle Fire – (Target Neutralization)
Region – Inner Rim
Sector – The Slice (Hapes Cluster)
System – Japreal
Planet – Onderon
Target – Moff Dardano
Priority – Level 2

Objective:
The local Imperial Moff on Onderon has become compromised and must be eliminated.

Parameters:
Target must be neutralized with absolutely no witnesses. It would be best if the elimination was made to look like rebels or at least local militias. Under no circumstances can it appear that this is an Imperial Operation. Furthermore, no speculation of Moff Dardano’s demise should fall on Admiral Corlen, nor should the Jyrrene Base be put under threat in any way. Whisper Base and its capabilities is of extreme interest to NOVACOM and should not be put at risk. Under no circumstances should Admiral Corlen become aware of Whisper Base’s existence or what Moff Dardano was up to.

Suggested Course of Action:
1) Lure Moff Dardano out of the City of Iziz for neutralization in the jungles surrounding the city. This will likely involve eliminating any accompanying guards and/or entourage. Perhaps consider using Whisper Base. It is remote and unknown.
2) Eliminate Moff Dardano in Iziz. This would require the most diligent covert standards. No witnesses, quiet as possible, should appear to at least be an accident or rebel activity or spurned lover. Be creative, but suspicion must not point back to Imperial sources.

Operation Scythe – (Asset Recovery)
Region – Core Worlds
Sector – Innercore (Arrowhead)
System – Neimodia
Planet – Neimodia/ Cato Station
Asset – Artifact
Priority – Level 3

Objective:
Freighter Ship Silver Star and crew has acquired a contraband artifact of great interest to the Emperor. The crew of the Silver Star are likely rebel sympathizers and the artifact could fall into the wrong hands. Retrieve artifact and report back for further instructions. More details about the artifact will be forthcoming for whatever squad chooses this mission.

Parameters:
The Silver Star is already on the Imperial Watch List so covert status is not required. The nature of the artifact however is somewhat sensitive and it would be best to keep its identity confidential. It might be useful to know if any of the crew know anything about potential buyers. The ship last known captain was a female Zabrak named Saral Aenat.
The ship was last seen leaving Cato Station orbiting Neimodia. Duke Irbian, station overseer, cited the ship for sedition and may know more about its wherabouts. The Duke is friend to the Empire and a useful connection to the Trade Federation. It would be best if this friendship remained in place.

Suggested Course of Action:
Travel to Cato Station, investigate the Silver Star, track down the ship and recover the artifact. Report back via secure lines for further instructions.

Operation Understory (Asset Recovery/Target Neutralization)
IN PROGRESS (QUANTUM SQUAD)

Region -Midrim
Sector – Western Reaches
System – Bespin
Planet – Bespin
Target – Artifact – Jewel of Yavin/Marus Greysun
Priority – Level 1

Objective:
Travel to Bespin’s Cloud City and make contact with Marus Greysun. Greysun is a compromised Imperial administrator. He plans on stealing the Jewel of Yavin and possibly the auction winnings of the house. The so called Jewel of Yavin is corcusa gem and is on the B list for Imperial contraband. The jewel must be recovered, Marus must be eliminated, and intel on all the bidders must be recovered.

Parameters:
Marus Greysun must not know that you are Imperial agents. He is a betrayer to the Empire and is activity seeking to undermine its interests. He should be neutralized only after the Jewel is secured. This mission is to stay in covert status as long as possible. There are other Imperial interests on Cloud City that must not be compromised by undue alarm. The local Baron, Lando Calrissian, has managed to make this floundering mine productive again. His security should not be put at undue risk.

Suggested Course of Action:
Arrange a meeting with Marus Greysun. Gain his trust. Establish operational functions on Cloud City. Report back progress on secure channels.

Operation Crusher (Security Analysis/Asset Investigation)
Region – Innercore (Arrowhead)
Sector – Corellian
System – Phemis
Planet – Phemis
Objective – Test Local Security/Investigate Geological Phenomenon
Priority – Level 4

Objective:
This is a low key mission, but leadership is keen on keeping this on the list.

This mission has two primary objectives:

  1. Phemis is a major mining asset for the Empire. It is the only known deposit of Rubat Crystals in the galaxy. Security was tested two cycles ago and found to be lacking. All personnel were replaced. A new test is now required. Squad is to gain clearance to Phemis as a geology scientist team with fake credentials. Assess security protocols and report back.
  2. Investigate new geological rifts and determine the security risk of any new Rubat crystal deposits

Parameters
Phemis mining operations and security is highly classified. Operations are under the direction of Stormtrooper Commander NX – 794, also known within the ranks as “Ironarm”. His mettle should be put to the test, but not eliminated outright if it can be avoided. Your covert nature should be maintained until it is clear that security is tight or is a liability. Obviously, it be ill advised to majorly disrupt mining operations during the mission.

Suggested Course of Action:
Outfit transport for “Geological Survey” and attempt Phemis landing with false credentials. You are allowed to break cover once it is clear that protocols are tight. Otherwise, report back, and continue to conduct your assessment of the new rifts on the far side of the planet. Report back with progress via secure channels.

Operation Purge (Interrogation/Investigation)
Region – Outer Rim
Sector- Trailing Sector
Systerm – Eriadu
Planet – Eriadu
Target – Ashur Sungazer
Priority – Level 2

Objective:
ISB recently tagged an outgoing message from Outer Rim Scholar Ashur Sungazer regarding highly classified subject material related to the Jedi. Sungazer was trying to make contact with smugglers known to be rebel sympathizers. These smugglers are somehow involved in investigating Jedi relics and other contraband. Contact should be made with Sungazer, find out the nature of his recent findings, and he should then be neutralized. If contact is made with the smugglers, wipe them out, all of them.

Parameters:
NOVACOM is very interested in this assignment remaining confidential and not under the scrutiny of ISB agents. Sungazer is a scholar of some renown working at Phelar University Archive. ISB has arranged for a new University Proctor (Eren Garari) to be installed. This proctor is an ISB agent and is mainly there to keep an eye on scholars of questionable nature. In the event that Garai is neutralized, it must not in any way link back to Umbra Squad. Nor should the nature of Sungazer’s disappearance or his course of study.

Suggested Course of Action:
Travel to Phelar on Eriadu and set up intel gathering in order to execute mission objectives covertly. Report back with progress on secure channels.

Operation Dead Water (Asset Requisition)
IN PROGRESS (DREAD SQUAD)

Region – Core
Sector- Northern Dependencies
Systerm – Brental
Planet – Brental
Target – Transport Ship and Cargo “Shadow Raptor”
Priority – Level 3

Objective:
A large freighter carrying experimental Imperial Droids has been stolen by pirates sympathetic to the Rebel Alliance. Rebel operatives have bought this vessel from the pirates. The ship must be boarded, crew eliminated, cargo secured, and ship returned to the dockyards at Brentall.

Parameters: Cargo must not be compromised. Droids are of highest priority. Do not engage or activate droids. Shadow Raptor is expendable. Kill all rebels and/or witnesses. Secure any and all rebel intelligence on the ship.

Suggested Course of Action:
Quantum Squad successfully boarded The Shadow Raptor before hyperspace jump. Coordinates suggest Bothan Space as destination. Ship is currently in hyperspace. No reports from Quantum Squad.

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Mission Report: Operation Jungle Storm
Encrypted transmission from ISS Vornskr

NOVACOM Communications
ABY 3.6.12
Confidential Document

To: Commander >> OID # 42375
From: Umbra Squad >> Mister Sinister
Re: Operation Jungle Storm

Commander:

I am pleased to report that the situation at Target Location has been favorably resolved. The facility has been secured and the intruders have been almost entirely eliminated with two individuals secured for further interrogation. Initial inquiries have identified them as Rego Tane and Grexi Taku of “Drevin Squad,” under the command of one Doma Alar who unfortunately narrowly escaped via a modified light freighter while we dealt with her accomplices. The enemy came from Mimban but are likely to be highly mobile.

We are analyzing our full data download to determine the full extent of the enemy’s activity, but it is clear they were monitoring Jyrele for more than two weeks prior to our arrival. Secondary objective was also successful and the officer in question is in our custody; I regret to say he was indeed compromised. Tertiary objective is ongoing but we have already gleaned the information above.

One minor complication was the behavior of Lieutenant Verala Mashar, who we ascertained was the supply pilot for Target Location in contravention of her chain of command. We naturally approached her as an entry vector but she foolishly involved her unauthorized superior and is even now paying a painful price for her irritating choice. I foresee no further difficulty on her front, as she has no information on our identities.

Overall squad performance was satisfactory, but substantial opportunity for improvement remains.

Mister Tactical demonstrated essential combat command capabilities and handled routine personnel management as necessary. Now that our respective authorities have been established I foresee no furtherance of the initial tensions that unsurprisingly arose between two men of will.

Mister Tattoo is of course a formidable and fearless warrior, but his bloodthirst and savage honor code can pose an impediment to subtlety and prisoner retention. But I am confident I can restrain those impulses within an acceptable range, and his obedience to our cause appears absolute.

I cannot say the same for Mister Twitch, who shows substantial piloting skill but exhibits a rash recklessness and penchant for impulsive irrationality that will require significant correction, at a minimum. I will endeavor to expeditiously effect the necessary change. His heart needs hardening.

Mister Brainbox has more than surpassed my skeptical expectations and proved vital to the operation. At the small cost of shallow flippancy, his technical prowess is indeed a potent asset of which we shall take maximum advantage. Still, I will remain vigilant for any sign of disloyalty.

Mister Metal remains enigmatic, but has followed orders without question. I am reserving judgment and keeping a close eye.

As for me, my power grows.

We are seeing to a few small outstanding details while we await your instructions as to the disposition of our passengers and our next deployment.

Empire Forever.

Mister Sinister Out

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