Data access...clearance granted...
.Folder: Merida Incident...
..Sub Folder: Inquisitor Trebek's report...
...File access: Emperor's Spirit's data recorder...
Emperor's Spirit's data recorder:
Recovered: 185.997.M41, Merida System.
106.997.M41: Took four regiments of imperial guard aboard, damn ground pounders are already making a mess of my ship.
121.997.M41: entered Merida system, cruising time two weeks before we reach the planet. Iv informed the Colonel that he can contact the planet in a few days, once we have cleared the outer halo, and to stay off my bridge until then.
129.997.M41: we have made contact with the planet, things are even more messed up down there then we thought. The whole planet is at war with its self. Colonel Brecca is eager to get his men down there and sort it out. I for one am glad I will be staying up in orbit. We should be ready to start ferrying them down in a couple of days.
130.997.M41: Emergency automatic bridge recording initiated
What? What is it?
Sir, we have a proximity alarm... It's one of the SDF cutters, it's on a intercept course.
SDF vessel, this is Captain Utilla, alter your course immediately.
Impact in 30 seconds.
Fire thrusters, move us.
Sir we can't whilst we are launching shuttles, it would gut the ship.
Impact in 15 seconds.
Can't we shoot it?
With what Colonel, this isn't a warship.
All hands brace for impact.
Ship systems record impact, structure damage along the port side, hull breaches on decks 3, 5 and 6.
Coming in now sir.
Can we still launch the shuttles?
Yes sir I think so, yes shuttle 4 has just left the bay safely.
Morell that was one of yours right?
Yes sir, we were taking point on this one.
Captain, I'm picking up some strange energy readings coming from the cutter.
What kind of readings? Where from.
From the enginarium sir, it looks like some kind of energy build up.
Emperor's guts, they are overloading their engines.
Brecca to Danse, get our people of the ship, quickly, forget the kit just get them on the shuttles.
All hands this is the captain, abandon ship, abandon ship.
Sir shuttle 2 just launched.
Contact the ground forces, inform them of what's happened.
Shuttle 6 is away.
How long do we have?
End of recording, emergency procedure enacted, data recorder launched.
Clearly the mutiny in the PDF extended to the SDF. I'm unsure how many men made it to the ground, hopefully I can find out when we reach the planet. But this is unsettling. I think it's clear that captain Utilla and Colonel Brecca were still on the bridge when the ship was destroyed. Potentially so was Colonel Morell. Emperor be with them.
This is how my guard started out too. Then, they really took off in 2014 when I started filling out those bits that I had previously had 'elements' from... and now I have an immense force, capable of outstanding firepower!
I'm glad you think so, but as Inquisitor Trebek's first findings show, not much of those assets may have survived the opening stages of the campaign.
On a modelling note, after travelling for over 24 hours, I will be home soon. And will dig out my guard and work out a plan. Yay!