02/24/3065 Location – Camp Rawhide, Dainmar Majoris, Magistracy of Canopus
Tech Chiefs Edwin and Mulwai completed their pre-mission checks. The final thing they needed to do was load the Savior Support and Undertaker Salvage vehicles onto the Leopard class MIM Diana Nanae.
The Chiefs didn’t expect to actually board our guest’s vessel, however the guards were absent and the doors were open for them when they arrived. Surprised they cautiously rolled the tracked vehicles onto the loading ramps and into the bay guided by the crew to the balanced positions the vehicles were then secured for transit.
When they dismounted they noticed the contents of the bay, there were crates of material bearing the Ceres Arms logo several of which were marked M-PPR with generic alphanumeric markings.
AI Add – M-PPR does not match any currently manufactured Ceres Arms weapons personal or heavy. However we do expect to be informed of its nature when operations begin.
What caught their eyes were the pair of matte black BattleMechs hooked up to the gantries, one was a Raven but the other looked like a cross between a Phoenix Hawk and Mongoose, certainly something that they hadn’t seen before.
AI Add – We have identified this mech as a Beowulf, a COMSTAR mech manufactured in the Free Rasalhague Republic and have no idea how the Magistracy came upon the unit. The Matte Black armor is likely stealth grade armor, it is the hottest accessory in the CCAF so the MAF could get their hands on some especially considering MIMs standing.
They then noticed the techs were composed of staff with different company and academy logos on their jumpsuits , , and were all represented which meant something was up. Noticing their distraction one of the ship’s crew and an ARC commando moved to push them off-board.
AI Add – If the Magistracy is testing out a new weapons system there is probably no better opponent than the Hegemony especially if there is FEDCOM support for them. Ceres’ small arms, Shengli manufactured components, and Victoria Academy technicians would all stand to benefit from this operation. While their lack of transparency is understandable if frustrating I don’t suspect they mean to intentionally undermine the core contract mission, we of the Intel and Analysis team will continue to discern their motives and inform the Command Team if we suspect trouble.