Final Transmission, Pt. 1
By Michael Cleveland
From: Alcenor, Kyriotate of War - Intelligence Division
To: Michael, Archangel of War
CC: Laurence, Archangel of The Sword
Re: Recon Operation X11095AZ
Preface - The following file is a transcript of a recording found in
central Peru on July 13, 2001. The recording has been identified as
the mission recorder of Recon Unit X11095AZ with a 87% percent chance
of certainty. Further analysis of the recorder will be impossible as
all hard copy files and recordings have been personally confiscated
by the Archangel of Judgment as of 19:31 hrs. I have also appended
additional commentaries where information not contained in the
transcript has become available. I feel it of pressing significance
to include that the Archangel of Judgment has specifically ordered me
not to give out information regarding this operation and to inform
him if anyone should come looking for it. By sending you this file, I
am in violation of an Archangelic decree. I hope you find this as
disturbing as I did, and that I survive to continue to serve.
Beginning File Transfer
Tuesday, May 29, 2001 - 05:30
Team Leader Seraph Mulcav speaking -
Due to loss of contact with several servitors of Animals and Flowers
in the local region, Recon Team has been ordered to the area to sweep
for signs of Diabolical influence and to attempt to reestablish
contact with missing servitors. At local celestial's request, team
X113 has been ordered to reinforce us. Uncertain as to reason
reinforcements were requested as my team has seen heavy combat
before, but Elohite Zola reports that local Animal and Flower
servitors show an unusually high level of fear. Attempts to ascertain
causes have proven inconclusive, but the rest of the team attributes
it to choice of Superiors.
Have received additional orders from ranking Flowers servitor.
Ordered to bring 3 Soldiers with us as guides to the forest. Am
uncertain as to the wisdom of this decision, but have been assured
that the Soldiers are well versed in local geography and are capable
of maintaining stealth quotient. Symphony rings true, but still feel
Saturday, June 2, 2001 - 05:30
Secondary Tracker Kyriotate Simone speaking -
We've been searching for 4 days now, but have found little to no
signs of the Flowerchildren or the Animalkin. Primary Tracker Lytal
is concerned that we have found so few traces, however I am still not
convinced that we are in the right search area. Ofanim Dylan and
Migia insist that we are still on the right track, as are the
soldiers that we brought with us.
The forest here is much denser than we anticipated, and travel has
been slower than we had planned. Having to stop to allow the humans
to sleep has further hindered our progress, but I must admit that the
decision to bring them along was wise. Malakite Kyra nearly lost her
vessel due to not listening to Denise's warnings about quicksand.
Mulcav has stated that he believes that this is a fool's errand and
that the missing angels will either show up in Heaven or wander back
into the encampment that we are heading for any day now.
I don't know why, but for some reason I tend to doubt it.
Sunday, June 3, 2001 - 19:43
Tertiary Tracker Kyriotate Mylda speaking -
We've reached the forward encampment that we were told about. There's
dust everywhere - this place hasn't been used for a long time. Our
human associates seem concerned, as does Zola for some reason.
Reports indicated that this place was a hotbed of native activity,
but if that's so, then something is definitely wrong.
We've found some evidence to support the idea that there were
children here at some point, as we've found several drawings and
pictures hanging on the walls. Nobody told us that they had children
out this far in the jungle. But then again, if better records and
accountings had been kept by Flowers and Animals, we wouldn't be out
here, now would we?
Nellie, the only Mercurian in the group, seems concerned about
something. She isn't speaking about it, but I've noticed that she has
a tendency to chew on her lip when something is bothering her. I
imagine that if she believes it important, she'll make sure to let us
Monday, June 4, 2001 - 02:08
Tactical Support Agent Malakite Kyra speaking -
Malakite Zephram has gone missing. No one remembers seeing him leave,
but the last time any of us can place him is 01:15. Cherub Omalia
reported that she has an attunement on him, but could not place
precisely where he was. She then became agitated and started shaking
her head violently - when I questioned her about it, she just kept
saying that something was very wrong and insisted that we had to find
The Kyriotates have spread out trying to find him, but Mulcav has
insisted that all of them retain one vessel here in the encampment.
Nellie has been sticking close to the humans, which is typical for a
Mercurian, but it seems almost like they're comforting her, rather
than the other way around. Michelle, one of the soldiers, has
privately told me that she's got a feeling that something is
seriously wrong out here.
I'm beginning to understand what she means.
Monday, June 4, 2001 - 08:47
Soldier of God Robert Davila speaking -
This isn't the proper thing to say about angels of War, but these
people are freaked out.
I don't know what to make of it - the Cherub has been reversing
directions on an almost hourly basis. She says that she's attuned to
the Malakite that vanished, but it's almost as if she's walking in
circles. The two wheels have been trying to help her, but I'm seeing
looks of powerlessness on their faces too. I've been told by Nellie
that Ofanim can't track a person the same way that a Cherub can, but
this seems different.
The Seraph in charge of things is really getting on us to pick up the
pace. I guess that once he lost one of his own people in this
operation, the reality of it sunk in. Myself, I understand the
reality of this all too well - if I die in the line of duty, it's not
like I have a guarantee of coming back, after all. I could really use
a break - the girls didn't manage to get any sleep, and neither did
I. Duty calls, of course...
Tuesday, June 5, 2001 - 03:45
Team Leader Seraph Mulcav speaking -
I have decided to make camp for the night to allow the soldiers to
get some sleep if they are able. The decision was made easier in a
way by the fact that Omalia has now lost her attunement on Zephram. I
am now quite certain that we have hostile forces out here - Zephram
would not have simply walked off for no reason. All attempts to
contact him have failed for the past three hours, and I am forced to
declare him a loss. Hopefully, once we complete our assignment, we
will find him in Heaven waiting for us.
Tuesday, June 5, 2001 - 04:01
Team Leader Seraph Mulcav speaking -
Zola started screaming earlier, pointing out into the woods and
cowering behind the two wheels. Lytal and Simone have been out in the
direction that she pointed in, but have found nothing out of the
ordinary. I am at a loss to explain what could have caused the
Elohite to react in such a manner, but I do not need her resonance to
see the terror on her face. She keeps asking us if we saw 'it'. I do
not know what she is talking about, and I do not believe that anyone
else does either. She has been unable to describe what she saw to me,
but I have the distinct impression that whatever she claims to have
seen may have been a delusion brought on by the stress of the
Tuesday, June 5, 2001 - 23:16
Support Agent Elohite Zola speaking -
My associates have told me of an incident that occurred this morning,
which I am at a loss to explain. I find myself with a gap in my
memory approximately twenty minutes long, during which time this
supposed 'panic attack' occurred. Were we not in the middle of a
mission, I would request to have myself examined by several other
Elohim to have my mental stability checked. I mentioned this to
Mulcav, and he agreed that once the assignment was over he would see
to it that I was given the requisite time off. Zephram told me that
this happens from time to time, and that I should be fine. The calm
that he displays during this time of stress is refreshing, and I
believe that a few hours on patrol with him will help bring my psyche
back into equallibrium.
(Intelligence note - Low-level analysis of the recording showed signs
of a sonic disturbance somewhere in the background during this
section of the recording. We have been unable to identify its source
Wednesday, June 6, 2001 - 05:30
Acquisition Officer Ofanite Migia speaking -
Zola has gone missing. She left to get some additional firewood
around 04:00, and has not been seen or heard from since. Omalia has
managed to keep her attunement stable this time, and has reported
that she has her position some twelve miles from here. I find this
somewhat odd as I know for a fact that Zola doesn't have Celestial
Motion, which is the only way she could have covered that much ground
Something is seriously screwed up around here. There's no way that we
can back out of this operation, but I've got to admit that the
thought of just taking the dissonance and getting out of here before
any one else just drops off the face of the Earth.
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