[Thanks to Vash for the editing and cleanup]
The following is my account of the examination of the remains and wargear of subject X-3126-sigma-163617. Specifically the examination of the modified gauntlet apparatus for which this traitorous Chapter is named after (see cross ref: Dark Hands Chapter file [deleted, clearance level veridian], delared Excommunicatus Tratoris 987.M38. See also Dark Talons Chapter file [deleted, clearance level veridian], signed by my hand this day, 342.M41, Viktor Bostrova, Inquisitor, Ordo Xenos. [note: dates can be adjusted to fit as needed ~E]
Upon initial examination, the apparatus appears to look like a Close Combat Weapon, similar to the STC number [Deleted] Description: Gauntlet, Enhanced, Bladed, Powered, aka "Lightning Claw", with a number of minor modifications such as spikes and razor protusions.
Upon removal from the corpse, it appears the gauntlet had at least partially fused with the hand of the bearer. Also, several smaller deviations from the STC were shown.
After consulting with the Magus Mechaniucus et Biologica and a Genetor Adept, Iíve made the following conclusions:
The powered blades of the "Dark Talon"
are grooved and these grooves feed to tubes which pass through a membrane and to further tubing which apparently feeds directly to the circulatory system of the bearer. I have been informed that this would likely kill any typical human, but if perhaps the bearer was of Adeptus Astartes
stock, and if somehow
there was some alteration of the Omophagea Gland
the bearer could effectively glean the strengths and memories as well as any survival or tactical senses from the victim via Germ Cell Extraction
. (Please see my addendum report number [Deleted] and summary number [Deleted], VB
Although my attempts to find a surviving witness to the use of this heretical item have so far proven futile and the exact operation and purpose of the "Dark Talon"
are at this moment Mechanicus speculation both the Magus and Genetor are agreed that it is for use in extraction of Germ Cells.
Certain technologies within the "Dark Talon"
are of unidentifiable origin, and are believed to be of possible Xenos make. Despite the protests of the Magus Mechanicus, who wanted to examine the "Dark Talon"
further, the subject and his equipment were removed for destruction by immolation immediately upon completion of the initial examination to minimise any possible contamination. I witnessed the destruction personally and affixed my seal upon the incineration order. Rights of purification were observed post examination.
In service to the Ordo Xenos and Helican Subsector, I remain,
Viktor Bostrova, Inquisitor