Located off the coast of Deradune, Crimson Isle has been neither explored nor colonized by the Dominion because of its remote location, rocky terrain and deadly wildlife. But recent long-range scans from the Arkship Destiny have revealed some tantalizing details that may soon require further investigation.
The southwest region of the island is a scattering of isolated, rocky beaches. Most of these are infested by the vicious scrab, a native organism known for its deadly sting and nasty disposition. Scrab make their nests just beneath the surface, and are infamous for bursting from the sand and attacking unsuspecting victims. In fact, the sheer abundance of these nests was the primary reason the Dominion’s initial exploration team deemed the region uninhabitable.
Further inland, reconnaissance scans have discovered an unidentified settlement. Although clear visuals of the region are difficult to acquire due to frequent dust storms, imagery seems to show a ramshackle collection of primitively constructed dwellings inhabited by a group of unclassified humanoids. Bio-phase scans have revealed the existence of a number of mass graves, with skeletal remains displaying unnatural mutation. Collegium analysts have posited this mysterious group is indigenous to Nexus, but further data about them is currently unavailable.
In the northwest corner of the island, readings seem to indicate energy signatures that are consistent with Eldan technology, although it has been difficult to determine its exact nature. Unfortunately, recent attempts to scan this region at higher resolutions have been unsuccessful due to anomalous signal interference. In light of these strange new developments, the Dominion military plans the deployment of a covert strike team to investigate. Depending on what they discover, more direct and decisive action may be required.
Collegium: Scientific Report
Re: Unidentified Humanoid Population CI36
The data concerning the unidentified humanoids [designated Species CI36] inhabiting Crimson Isle is mostly inconclusive, although we have determined with the utmost certainty that they are native to planet Nexus. Bio-phase scans do indicate an alarming level of biological mutation throughout the population, well outside the expected margins even for a small, isolated community. High levels of distortion in our visual imagery make it difficult to be precise, but anthropological models based on limited cultural data seem to indicate these humanoids are primitive, superstitious and barbaric. Cannibalism is a distinct possibility. Any all teams that approach this population should do so with the utmost caution.
To: Dominion High Command
Fr: ICI – Military Operations Branch
Security Clearance [A-8+]
General Warbringer: We have completed our analysis of the anomalous signal interference over the Crimson Isle. We are now 94% percent certain that it is not a natural occurrence. The level of sophistication required to conceal an anomaly of that size indicates FCON Military technicians (85% probability), Black Hoods operatives (93% probability) or both (91% probability). The Exiles are unquestionably trying to hide something. ICI recommends that a strike team be sent to infiltrate the island and determine exactly what the enemy is doing there.
ICI Directive 04.3221.098-Nx
Re: Crimson Isle Strike Team
Fr: Pheydra, Central Axis: ICI
Please inform your contacts that there is to be no further discussion about the strike team being sent to investigate the anomalies on the Crimson Isle. As of this morning, the emperor has deemed this mission our highest priority, and mission parameters will only be available to those with A-7 security clearance or higher. Data concerning personnel is also extremely classified. Anyone caught leaking information will be considered a traitor to the empire, and punished to the full extent of the law.