“Sea Monster” of Nanannas X discovered - A behemoth Rogue Drone.
October 7th YC 120
The rumored “Sea Monster” lurking in the depths of Nannaras X’s waters has been encountered by the Myrskytuuli Regiment. However, instead of finding a living organism they found a behemoth of a rogue drone.
Ohrion specialists conscripted to aid in the ongoing investigation had detected an anomaly on long range sonar near a tiny island off the eastern coast of Namiyo. The resulting silhouette was unlike any other detected by this team and swiftly reported to the Regiment to be investigated.
A platoon was deployed to the area, two patrol boats and four Python assault-class drop ships for support and rescue if the situation escalated. Patrol would circle the area with their own sonar devices to get right on top of the signal. The patrol would go on silently for an hour before heavy disturbances in pattern of the waves arise. Patrol boats would then report of a sudden spike of activity bellow them on their sensors as soon as they close in on their target. At the same time, clouds begin forming.
The waters then settle momentarily, before the “monster “reveals itself by popping out of the water and launching one of the patrol boats up into the sky with one of its tentacles. It was round, large and according to Regiment personnel on scene witnessing this - a scrapheap. The multiple dropship pilots present have all reported back to command of this massive being emerging the water being a machine after raking notice of a metallic surface, antennas and tentacles made from different materials in non-symmetrical order all over it’s round body in varying lengths. Dropship heartbeat scanners also failed at picking up any signature from the beast. Command then makes the call that they’re dealing with a drone and authorizes the Dropships to engage with full force.
The remaining patrol boat broke off to rescue and evacuate the crew of the boat launched in the air while the dropships began opening fire. Rain would all of a sudden begin pouring as the fight commences, following a thick fog rolling in. At this point command loses contact with the dropship as their signal becomes jammed.
Three of the four dropships would eventually report back to base 17 minutes prior to going dark. After returning to base the pilots were debriefed on what happened during the engagement. The pilots then report that they failed to destroy the drone due to multiple factors. The signal jamming the base experienced was undoubtedly coming from the sea-drone the pilots were facing off with. This jamming extended to the onboarding onboard systems of the dropships, radars alerting them of nearby allies or threats or obstructions were silenced, along with communications between dropships. This, combined with sudden wind turbulences created a difficult situation for Regiment pilots to fly in. One of the four dropships would soon be obliterated as one of the drone’s longer tentacles cuts through the air with power behind its swing and cleaved the ship in to two flaming halves that plummeted to the sea below.
The remaining three dropships would stay and fight in hopes of putting down the behemoth. Alas, they report that their weaponry was ineffective at penetrating the hull of the drone. Although, this isn’t to say the drone was indestructible as one pilot managed to blow off one of it’s medium sized appendages with one well place shot on the joint connecting it to it’s main body. After this, the drone would kick up a wave with its largest arm and flee back into the water. The pilots witnessing this would observe the drone zooming out of sight as soon as it submerged back under the water with the help of what they suggest was an improvised hybrid water/atmosphere propulsions system.
This discovery has only opened the door for new questions that need answers to. Most notably the possibility of a larger drone infestation than Zaibatsu initially thought they had. On May 27th YC 120, the Regiment discovered a rogue drone hive in vicinity of of Hoiyori. This hive was swiftly stomped out with the help of an elite unit of rogue drone hunters trained by the Regiment know as “De-bug”. Next, the Ohrions are flustered with how this drone’s appearance caused such a disturbance with the weather. The Ohrion specialists helping the Regiment track down this drone have since been relieved and returned to the Ohrion Conglomerate to pursue an answer to this. All while spiritual philosophers such as Suha Rabuya of the Windchime order begin pondering the symbolism of the scene.
Tokitu Yaken announced this as soon as the pilots were debriefed
“It has come to my attention that the monster of the seas we’ve been hunting is no creature, but a defective machine. Our warriors put up a valiant effort in attempting to dispose of it, but sadly the deviant automaton fled before the killing blow could be dealt… But now knowing our enemy, we can apply the appropriate weapon to counter them. I’m deploying De-bug as of now to continue the hunt for this drone of the seas and destroy it. Appropriate action is being taken to analyzed the previous combat data and adapt our weaponry and tactics for this foe. We will not sit idly by while we let this thing pollute our waters.”
- Tokitu Yaken
By now the Regiment has returned to the scene of the battle to recover the tentacle blasted off, adding merit to the report the pilots gave. The three surviving pilots are to awarded the “Yaken Star” for remarkable bravery and efforts to fight a foe like no other.
ZANIE will report on any new develops if they occur.