"A group has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Artemis embassy, and they've stated their demands, on national TV no less. This way" the soldier said and broke into a slight jog through the helipad, eager to escape from the rain.
A few moments later, he opened the doors to a large building and walked inside, slightly adjusting his coat. The building was noticeably heated by a system of air conditioners, providing a pleasant escape from the freezing rain outside.
The soldier made his way through several corridors, until he finally opened a set of double doors and stepped aside, motioning you to go in.
Inside, you see a large room with a massive TV hanging from the wall and a long desk next to it. Councilor Mercer, dressed in a formal blue suit, complete with a tie, was slightly leaning on the desk and reading some sort of file. With each line she read, her frown grew deeper.
Her gray hair was slightly wet from the rain, cut to shoulder length and slightly pulled back. Visible signs of fatigue reflected in her bloodshot eyes and expression. It seems that a proper nights sleep still eluded her.
As you entered the room, she nodded to you and closed the folder:
"Welcome back. I've been briefed on your findings in the HGTS tunnels. It seems our only way of finding Slavegear now, is somehow acquiring the camera footage of that day. We are working on several angles to achieve that.
And I'm also not done poking the Artemis government about this. I still have a few favors I can call in and a few people there owe me. Sufficed to say, I will get that footage, it will just take time...
At any rate.."
She picked up the TV remote from the table and looked at it. The TV was completely dark at the moment.
"...There has been a development in Nyx" Mercer said and looked at you:
"...I am about to show you a video. I want you to analyze it carefully. Try to read between the lines. Assess all the variables and give me your thoughts.
I don't want to influence your opinion so I will withhold my own theory, until you've expressed your opinion. I want a completely fresh look on the situation"
She nodded to you and pointed the remote and the TV. The television came to life and a video file began playing.
A figure, wearing a military helmet with a tinted visor, stood in the middle, facing the camera. He was wearing serious combat gear. Armed to the teeth with grenades, specialized equipment and swords.
A large logo of a batpony's head, was stitched onto the shoulder of his uniform.
The figures face was completely obscured by the helmet, hidden behind a dark tinted visor. You can't seem to make out any of his features.
Behind the figure, stood a perfect line of heavily armed soldiers, also wearing helmets, their faces completely obscured.
On the wall behind them, you could see a massive flag. On it, was a drawing of a batpony's head, snarling, as if about to bite something. The drawings teeth were unnaturally long.
The figure standing in front of the camera, raised his hands and clenched them into fists. He began to speak in a low, gravely voice and it became apparent that he's using some sort of computer program, to completely distort his voice, making it unrecognizable:
"...We, are the Vampire Unit.
Our people have bled, at the hands of invaders. You have destroyed our culture, our economy, our honor. For decades you have occupied our lands and stole our Tilerium. We will suffer this, no longer.
The attack on the embassy was only the beginning. Just as you have laid waste to my country, I will lay waste to yours. I will teach your people, what it means to live in fear. All those who walk under the Union banner, shall suffer.
Our attacks will continue, until our demands have been met.
We demand, the unconditional surrender of the Union leaders, into our custody, so they can be judged for the crimes against my people.
We demand, that all Union forces withdraw from Nyx immediately.
You will do this, or you will suffer the consequences" the video stopped and the screen faded to black again.