Secret Agent Gedat Rakkin was rushed to Cape Cod in north-eastern America to witness the landfall of a massive lobster. At roughly 20 meters in length, it matched descriptions of a creature caught on deep-ocean cameras some months back and, in August, it was spotted crawling slowly up toward the beach. Heavy, dark, and coated in barnacles and coral, the creature was slow enough that an evacuation of the beach and nearby towns was easily conducted in time for it to hit land. Though sent to assist in cover-up operations until the situation could be assessed, Agent Rakkin ended up on the front lines with a group of oceanographers sent to prevent any harm to, or by, the unique and strange shellfish. With some effort, and a few minor injuries to the scientists, the creature was shepherded safely into a hastily dug trench on the beach to stay hydrated. Plans are underway to find either the most appropriate location to store the creature, or the safest way to return it to its deep-sea home. Before returning to the SIU headquarters, Rakkin was put in touch with satellite surveillance teams in the area who had been photographing the local oceans over the weeks prior to the creature's landfall. The footage showed dark, indistinct shapes beneath the waves which seemed to coincide with the lobster's wake as it made its trek towards land. Experts worry that the further disruption, visible from low-orbit satellites, may imply that something astronomically larger had begun to move underwater and driven the mammoth lobster from its home.
Much to his chagrin, Secret Agent Avia Jiutai was sent to a small English village to investigate potential gnome sightings. Years of vague evidence in the form of dark, blurry photographs or low‑quality pixelated videos have hinted at “gnomes” in and around the county: the stereotypically short anthropoid figures wearing pointy hats had been mostly spotted at night, often walking strangely or hopping. Agent Jiutai (for the record, indignant and complaining to HQ all the way through) sarcastically interviewed several locals, reluctantly analyzed alleged footage, and came to the conclusion, despite his reservations, that evidence did point to real creatures being present. An exploration was conducted of the focal point of the sightings, which lead Agent Jiutai to a small, undiscovered underground cave system. No living creatures were present, but small tools and clothes (red, pointed hats in particular) were found along with hair samples. Quick analysis of the samples showed no genetic links to any currently known animal. Agent Jiutai was told to stay in the area to further investigate: the agent has submitted a formal complaint as to why he couldn't get "cooler" assignments involving giant bugs or aliens.
Secret Agent Erik Fischer investigated the strange and sudden disappearance of an entire Russian town's population. This insular town, built originally as a mining town, was discovered by outsiders, driving through, to be suddenly empty overnight. Investigation of many of the homes proved this to be a very literal descriptor: beds were unmade and often full of empty clothing, as if citizens had instantly vanished in their sleep. Overnight workers in the town had also vanished at their posts, leaving meals half eaten and computers still on, videos running and typing halted mid-sentence. Forensic investigation had yielded no results: no toxins, poisons, or signs of struggle. Agent Fischer dug deeper (not literally, although that might help) into town records and the history of the region and eventually discovered strange, seemingly deliberate patterns in the original layout of underground water pipes. The lay of the town's sewer system appeared to replicate certain runes found in obscure occult texts, a clear attempt to recreate the mystical symbology. Readings in the area show hints of a unique residual energy that some researches believe is left behind after supernatural events. The agent's theory is that the ancient runes were accidentally activated somehow, perhaps by some unique substance being flushed through the system or a specific order of activation, and this either destroyed or teleported the town's entire anthropoid population.
Senior Special Agent Fenix Blackpaw was assigned to a small town outside the Walls of Cairo to investigate a dangerous machine reportedly active in the area. Blackpaw arrived to see several mobile homes destroyed or heavily damaged and met with several injured locals who spoke of a large metal "robot" that had run rampant that morning. The trail of destruction was easy to trace, but hard to follow due to the wreckage and small fires set along the path, but the agent eventually found an amateur scientist attempting to subdue their own creation. After a scuffle, Agent Blackpaw assisted in shutting the machine down, which they reported was a three meter tall anthropoid figure constructed entirely out of junk and scrap metal. The scientist (more accurately described as a 15-year-old orphan with expert knowledge in robotics and computer programming) claims a simple algorithmic program began to expand out of their control and formed something resembling sentience and this, in turn, caused the construct to use its robotic body to cause the confused chaos around the town. The SIU will be funding repairs to the small town and sending the young person to a technical college in Sudan with the potential for future recruitment. The robot itself will be stored in an SIU location for study of its malicious AI.
Special Agent Neo investigated the food supply of a Japanese city which seemed to be causing a strange illness. An unusual number of domestic violence cases had been reported in the past two months, and when local investigators correlated the cases to buying food from one specific market, the SIU was asked to help investigate. The fruit and vegetables that were the most likely culprits were all sourced at a local greenhouse, and Agent Neo easily found the owner: described as "disheveled and almost incoherent" despite there being no evidence of intoxication. The greenhouse owner had no hesitation in showing the agent to his plants and offered no conflict at all when Agent Neo investigated the soil, finding several decomposing corpses inches beneath the dirt. Seven bodies were discovered, all with multiple stab wounds and evidence of poisoning, placed beneath the soil and now covered entirely in the roots of the plants being grown to feed people in the city. The owner of the greenhouse, a grocer for over 25 years, was taken into police custody with no resistance or excuse for his actions. The violence and confusion caused by local consumers is thought to have been caused by a build-up of minor doses of the poison in the corpses spreading to the soil, or some other property within the bodies themselves. Given the potential of a larger victim pool entirely broken down over time, it is very likely that the food's producer may have sustained heavy damage to parts of his brain from eating the laced food himself, which resulted in his delirious state.
Special Agent Kouroth has become trapped in the closed-circuit surveillance system of the SIU headquarters and no one is sure how to get him out. The agent was last seen, in the flesh, when leaving the dining hall, turning a corner and out of sight. This action involves him stepping out of the field of view of one camera and entering the view of another, at which point he seems to have vanished in some way that is still being determined. Kouroth can still be seen on the live and recorded footage of the security feeds, walking past people in the hallways, but no one has actually seen him pass by. He does not stop walking, moving at a determined pace, though appearing to have a casual, worry-free expression. As the team scrambles to decipher meaning in the erratic pattern of his movements through the monitored section of the headquarters (mostly the connecting hallways), it appears that he has been walking nonstop, without tiring, for several days at this point. Several attempts to communicate with, interact with, or stop Agent Kouroth have failed, often by virtue of staff not appearing on the footage, despite being at the exact location to intersect Kouroth's circuit of the building in his reality. On his seventh day of circling through the base, he has finally stopped to sit and eat food left out for him. Research into the situation is ongoing.
The Flatwoods Monster has been slain, Special Agent Chaz Gateswas called to a small American town to investigate. The two-meter-tall alien, exiled to Earth and spotted by the general public briefly in the 1950s, was found bifurcated and partially decomposing in a river. Agent Gates, in particular, was sent due to cellphone footage of a mysterious stranger in town that bore her likeness. Examination of the body indicated attack by a large, bladed weapon, and footage captured indeed appeared to feature Agent Gates, albeit in a vintage set of metal armor. Gates followed a trail of clues, which lead her to the discovery of her copy, the old clone of hers from a botched experiment some years ago, which still possessed by the cursed crown uncovered at the bottom of the Japanese sea. The clone had somehow survived the firefight in Japan, which had also resulted in Agent Chaz losing an arm, and she appeared in good health. When it was revealed that the death of the Flatwoods Monster was causing a viral outbreak in the town, Gates decided she had no choice but to let her clone escape and returned to town to help. The alien chemicals in the body of the monster had corrupted water supplies and had begun rapidly spreading into the ground water, killing plants at an alarming rate. The evacuation of the town is still ongoing.
Special Agent Cat Zirka was requested to visit Madam Zee's Museum of Mysteries in Australia but got sidetracked when a small village en route caught her eye. The town of Houndstooth was apparently founded in 1933, although official records of the town are very sparse and hard to verify. Agent Zirka was taken aback not only by the name, but a map of the town proudly displayed in the village square: as the town's name and layout seemed identical to a town she had created for a tabletop role-playing game several months prior. What had, at first been, a small personal detour to collect a few memorabilia for her friends, turned more serious at this point. The building and street plans directly matched the paper-drawn map she had allegedly invented out of pure imagination, as did the name of several streets. The agent reasons that there would have been no reason to have seen a map of the town before arriving, despite intrinsically knowing her way around town, having narrated her players around an identical, imaginary town every week for months. None of the characters invented for the game seem to reside in the town and, to the best of SIU knowledge, there is not a troll infestation in the nearby woods, but investigation is still ongoing into both the town's history and Agent Zirka's mental state.