Nevermore
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Item Designation: Nevermore
Size: ~1 meter each
Type: Non-biological Airborne Hazard
Living: Yes
Sentient: Unknown
Potential/Current Hazards Extremely sharp plumage, aggression. Subject may be connected to other threats.
Required Wear/Weaponry Mark XI Anomalous Matter Protection Suit (AMPS), facial protection.
Location: Research Facility-22

Usage Protocols

Usage of specimens as a collective assault device has been approved. Transportation is to be limited due to the danger posed by the items. Use of physical force in order to restrain select rebellious specimens has also been authorized. A neutralization order is only to be released in the event of a security breach or death of a relevant Insurgency agent.

Specimens are only to be assigned to missions in which a severe threat to biological matter is posed (i.e. a radioactive humanoid entity) or to missions in which absolute termination of all threats involved is necessary. This is due to the fact that once the items have attacked and killed their first victim, they will not cease until physically restrained.

The entities do not require nourishment of any kind, and only require live 'prey' in order to maintain their predatory instincts.

So far, the items have proved instrumental in the destruction of several hostile facilities, as well as in ensuring the containment of hostile items when working alongside Insurgency quick response teams.

Report

NEVERMORE is the designation for a perpetually silent collective of exactly 16 151 ravens, each of which has been formed by interlocking daggers, knives and swords. Carbon dating of said components has proved extremely difficult both functionally and technically.

Each 'raven' is highly formidable in combat, and each has proved capable of dealing fatal blows just from a single projectile. It has been noted, however, that the specimens will only ever utilize their entire bodies as blunt force weapons in the event that another item or themselves are in severe danger.

Despite their seemingly weak material, specimens have proved capable of resisting .50 caliber rounds in close quarters. It is suspected that the items can only be dismantled by hand; research into this phenomenon is ongoing.

When attacking, the group will move into a formation that will completely surround the target, before flying directly at the victim and completely destroying it. It has been noted that certain members of NEVERMORE specimens attack specific places in the body; for example, Specimen 12 frequently attacks the trachea of the victim, whereas Specimen 4 aims for the popliteal fossa. This phenomenon remains unexplained.

During the autumnal stages of the surrounding ecosystem, the items' behavior will become highly erratic. Specifically, they will refuse to move for stages of five hours; research into whether this represents a "hibernation" stage is currently ongoing. During winter, they will occasionally 'molt', releasing several of their components at once. It appears that they are also capable of regenerating weapons that have been released, and replacing them with new ones.

Specimens were discovered submerged under twelve feet of bog west of Belfast, Northern Ireland by one Agent Maya Geary, who moved them to her personal collection of curios and other odd items which she maintained in her office. They remained presumably inert for a period of approximately eight hours re-appearing elsewhere in the facility, where they were quickly subdued by an on-site containment response team. In retrospect, the delayed reactions of the items has been noted, perhaps due to their disheveled condition.

The agent's remains were discovered hanging in strips in various locations across the room after she remained consistently unresponsive to verbal requests to open her office door for over three hours. Extensive biological testing on the remains revealed minute fragments of ornate 10th-century metals within. To date, this has been the only successful carbon dating of any of the specimens or their byproducts.

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