A great deal of digital information has been released in the aftermath of the Patriots' downfall. Among this information is data which pertains to the mystery of Pegasus Wings' disappearance. Shortly before the military group vanished, a series of emails were exchanged between the vice president of AT Corps, and an unknown third party. Curiously, while the VP's emails were directed at Pegasus Wings CO Alistair Cain, there is evidence to suggest that they were neither read nor even received.
I will not patronize you with sycophantic words of praise, for I am sure that you receive enough of that in the course of your everyday life. Military men always do. Nor will I feign pretenses of courtesy, of the desire to form a working partnership with you. This is not the place for that. Partnerships are formed on the books, under legal circumstances. This is an extralegal matter.
Recently, I became aware that several prototype models of a certain unmanned vehicle, the MG-IRVING series, were spirited away from storage under mysterious circumstances. A little digging revealed that these units did not simply vanish; they were sold to you and your militia, off the books, by the president of our esteemed company. Considering the nature of IRVING's development, and our partnership with the Army, this sort of deal is highly illegal. Were it to become public knowledge, it would incriminate you under international law. And, as a businessman, I shouldn't have to tell you that this would mean terrible things for Pegasus Wings' profit margins.
I have two options here. I can leak this information; I have any number of sources who would be delighted for so juicy a news story. Or I can exploit it to my advantage. I want in on this deal, Commander. I want to know what you're using our weapons for, and I want to know what spoils you hope to gain with them. Most importantly, I want to do this all under the nose of the company president. I want him frozen out.
Here's what I can offer you in return, Commander. The prototype model of IRVING is already obsolete; combat models are being produced as we speak, models which are a significant improvement over the models that the president has provided you with. There are several improvements to performance, including:
-The removal of the onboard artificial intelligence. Each prototype is a fully autonomous, self-reasoning piece of hardware. While highly intelligent, the onboard AI is built from outdated software that is highly unstable and known to go berserk under random circumstances. Current models are networked together and linked to an overseer AI. This means no autonomy for individual units, as well as reduced intellect and reasoning ability (going from human to animal levels of intelligence), but it also means greater stability and teamwork abilities. Current IRVING models are meant to operate in packs, like lions or wolves, and are adept at flanking or cutting off enemy troop movements.
-The removal of the built-in flame thrower system. The prototype IRVING possesses both gas and napalm flame throwers; the former ostensibly for demolition and "gardening" purposes, the latter for more practical "burning the enemy alive" purposes. However, flame throwers are grossly illegal under international law; we had no intention of manufacturing a combat model with a flame thrower. You may consider it a placeholder for the actual primary weapon: an integrated, beak-mounted machine gun capable of obscenely high rates of fire. This increases both the range and destructive potential of an IRVING unit.
-The addition of a secondary sensor dome, underneath the belly. The prototype possesses a severe blind spot on its underside, an unfortunate design oversight that has been rectified in current models.
There are many other changes which streamline and enhance IRVING's model and combat abilities, making it far and away superior to the obsolete prototype. I can provide you with a full platoon of these units, off the record and off the books. I've told you my price already. We can negotiate the finer details, should you choose to take me up on my offer (and I believe you will).
I look forward to hearing from you, Commander.
Minutes later, a response was sent to the VP's email from an unknown address.
Mr. Vice President,
Do you think us blind?
Did you think that you had some sort of safeguard that could hide you from our sight? Did you think that your email was secure? Did you think that there were holes in our network, holes that you could exploit for your own gain? We see your posturing, and we are not amused. AT Corps exists and functions strictly under our oversight. There is nothing you can do - both you, the company, and you, the individual - that we will not notice, no matter how well disguised you think your actions are. Your every movement, your every word, indeed, your every thought[, is exposed to us. You ought to know this. And if we are fully aware of your pathetic attempts to subvert our will, it stands to reason that we are aware of your superior's actions as well. We know, and we approve; if we did not, he would not be your superior anymore.
The military/industrial complex has its place in the grand scheme of things. Important though that place is, it would do well to stay within it. As a cog in that machine, you have no role in our design beyond the menial one which you have been assigned. Do not attempt to act outside of it again. You are not irreplaceable.
This is your one and only warning. You meddle in affairs that are beyond your comprehension. Your concerns are trivial, your understanding finite. You are our tools - you, your superior, your company, the soldiers you have attempted to blackmail. Do not concern yourself with the larger picture. Carry out your function. Know your role.
The vice president and his family vanished approximately six months later. No information has been recovered yet which sheds light on his whereabouts.