OOC: This is obviously meant to be from Justy’s perspective, but she’s not intentionally trying to bury anyone, so if there’s any blatant factual inaccuracies or vagueness that might be relevant (like where exactly Calim was toward the beginning) please let me know so I can fix ’em.
Incident Report GS-IA06-7142A
NOTE: This report pertains to the incident at █████ ████ Manor on [25th Cyclops]. Additional background information can be found in Case File GS-RU-7142A.
After reviewing the reports outlined in Case File GS-RU-7142A, I decided that pursuing further investigation of the matter myself could potentially end the abductions without requiring the commitment of scarce Guild resources. I approached the manor with a small force of two Imbued from my band whom I had trained with and had reason to believe could assist me in determining if the manor and the abductions were connected. See Asset File PS-IG12 (“One-Winged Angel”) and Asset File PS-IF75 (“Prince Charming”).
Our mission parameters at the outset were only to recon the manor for signs of illegal activity that could provide a basis for further investigation. I kept watch from the front of the property while “OWA” flew ahead carrying “Prince Charming” to investigate light and signs of activity on the second floor. One of them was evidently detected, as the light we had previously observed on the second floor went out and the two of them returned to me, followed shortly by the owner of the house.
At this point, I began to provide a cover story for our presence in the area to attempt to cover for our detection and allow us to withdraw without alerting him to our true suspicions about the missing persons. This was the point when my teammates’ behavior began to deviate wildly from our mission parameters; “Prince Charming” took the initiative to double back and examine the property in more detail, while “OWA” abrogated my intent to disengage by loudly accusing the owner of being the culprit of the kidnappings. At this point, the owner was highly agitated and suspicious due to "OWA"’s behavior, but appeared to be willing to believe my story at least to the point of allowing us to retreat.
Unfortunately, “Prince Charming” triggered the manor’s security systems, and “OWA” blew our cover by attempting to restrain the owner, further escalating the situation. Since “OWA” had initiated hostilities with the owner, I left him to delay the owner while I pursued “Prince Charming”, as I did not wish to take responsibility for abandoning a member of a Rahseld noble family and had no means of locating him beyond giving chase.
I was engaged by the manor’s security in the form of magical constructs, but managed to locate “Prince Charming” inside the house (I did not happen to witness his method of gaining entry and so do not wish to pollute this file with idle speculation about a foreign dignitary’s adherence or familiarity with the rules of lawful search and seizure.) Whether through a masterstroke of detective work or sheer process of elimination, “Prince Charming” had located a magical laboratory in the cellar that contained evidence of illegal soul manipulation activities. It was in the course of my search that I first encountered the girl; her nature was obvious, but at this time she appeared frightened the way any small child would be in the course of a home invasion.
My recollection of the timeline after this point is a bit fuzzy due to the growing urgency and complexity of the situation, but I will attempt to recount from here as best I can. Having uncovered evidence of illegal activity, “Prince Charming” was difficult to persuade from his self-appointed task of breaching the inner laboratory, and “OWA” was pursued into the cellar by the manor owner, boxing all three of us in with few means of escape. “OWA” and I fought off the magical security dogs, as well as a golem, while “OWA” tried to secure a means of escape. When “Prince Charming” breached the door, he uncovered the “evidence” described in Supplemental File 7142A-01; heartbreakingly, all of it was rendered unusuable in the destruction of the mansion.
Once it became obvious to us that the girl was the victim of soul manipulation by the mansion’s owner, he attempted to flee with his so-called “daughter”, prompting us to give chase. I searched the stables while “OWA” and “Prince Charming” pursued a runner who later turned out to be a decoy, and I located the owner and his doll-like “daughter” inside. I attempted to engage them in dialogue in hopes of getting them to surrender peacefully so the girl could be rehabilitated. Unfortunately, my attempts to convince the girl that she was a hostage had the opposite of the intended effect and seemed to provoke her into attacking me. Injured and having difficulty holding my own against the two of them, I attempted to disengage in hopes of tracking the two of them; however, “OWA” and “Prince Charming” appeared, having uncovered the decoy, which provoked him into committing an apparent murder-suicide by magic with his “daughter”. I understand that an analysis by the AG has confirmed my suspicion that it was an illusion to cover their escape, but I don’t understand the technical details; the boys and girls in the lab might want to add something after they take a look. The mansion was subsequently annihilated in an explosion apparently caused by one of my teammates, destroying any evidence that would substantiate the allegations in this document save for the mansion owner and his doll “daughter”.
Complete failure. The behavior of my squad alerted the suspect to our investigation and has driven him into hiding with no leads as to his new location or identity. Additionally, any and all evidence that would have proven his connection to the kidnappings and provided a basis for further investigation was destroyed, also largely due to the actions of my squad. Our only feasible options are to hope he either blows his cover early or ceases his experiments now that he has a “daughter”.
Personnel Addendum GS-IG12-7142A: Asset ID# GS-IG12 “One-Winged Angel”
Cute “codename”, guys. I’m so glad we have people like you to handle our sensitive communications. We all know about his combat prowess; what’s there to say? But is he really the “super soldier” the AG likes to say he is? He seems like a regular guy to me, with the same depth of emotion as anyone else, and if no one helps him learn how to cope with them he’s going to continue coping with them in the middle of operations, with the results we’ve seen here. Tell AG to treat their people more like people! But still, if all his Imbued training couldn’t teach him to keep his head in a tense situation, I’d limit the types of sorties he’s involved in pending another assessment.
EVALUATION: Prone to impulsiveness, unpredictable behavior, creative reinterpretation of mission parameters. Not recommended for sensitive duties or those with civilian involvement.
Personnel Addendum GS-IF75-7142A: Asset ID# GS-IF75 “Prince Charming”
Seriously? Prince Charming? Having you in charge of his personnel file has got to count as a conflict of interest, ███████. He’s a good enough pilot and responsible when it comes to his own family, but as I learned last night, his sense of duty seems to extend no further than that. His desire to see justice done to the criminal was also honest, and I appreciate his zeal, but his decision to break away from “OWA” and myself demonstrated a considerable lack of foresight and consideration for the laws of evidence and privacy in Ronen. The responsibility for requesting his assistance is mine, but his ignorance of our customs still shocks me. I’d understand if it was some sheltered kid, but [REDACTED] is an Imbued! I’d think House [REDACTED] would have more discretion with who they send gallivanting around the Empire on missions of diplomacy.
EVALUATION: Prone to impulsiveness, unpredictable behavior. Appears to either misunderstand or not respect the relationship between Ronen and Imperial law. Not currently recommended for duties requiring a clearance higher than Mercenary-Public.