The Waterbank Intelligence Agency handles all extraterritorial investigations, which means that both cases are likely to involve foreign agencies.
A Waterbank cold case has been reopened after the discovery of vehicle under water in Second Norway. The case involves the disappearance of a Waterbank senator at the height of the Undine Conflict, a crime that has long been suspected to be perpetrated by the ULF. Both the senator and his vehicle went missing several years ago, taking a major opponent to the ULF out of the advisory body to Waterbank.
“The senator was rabidly anti-ULF,” explained a Waterbank historian, “so there’s definitely motive there. There are some conspiracies about the WIA too. The police will have a lot to sort through.”
“We can’t rule anything out,” said the detective on the case. “We’re even looking at the vehicle itself. It appears to have been driven off the pier deliberately. It’s a SZYM Chancellor, which is one of the sturdiest vehicles out there. There’s no way the senator and the driver’s bodies would have had those kinds of injuries with that vehicle. There’s a reason why VIPs still use it.”
Waterbank Police have said that they will continue the investigation as long as there is a trail to follow.
In another journalistic first, Waterbank News opened a branch in the Greater Tulagi Region, covering the combat area and its environs for the first time. The Archerfield Office, located to the left of the Information Desk has been sponsored by the Archerfield Manager and endorsed by the ZSK Board of Directors.
“We are very blessed to have avid readers and supporters,” said the Editor-in-Chief. “This will be an exciting development in our coverage.”
The ANWR Channel, considered by many to be one of the most underappreciated of continental links, has been indicated in a WIA report to the acting Waterbank government as a hotbed of illicit activity.
“We are not talking about cheating in Bingo,” said the WIA spokeswoman. “We are talking about pirates, smugglers, and criminals operating between Calleta City and hundreds of destinations.”
According to an inside source inside the WBA, even the oil rig has been used as an illicit base for smuggling. Waterbank has not responded to the report, but it is believed that at-sea interdictions and raids will be planned.
East River residents have been gossiping and exchanging rumors at a fever pitch after several recent events.
“A lot of weird mojo,” said the barrista at Pippen Hot Coffee, “and people can’t stop talking about them. First there was the shipment of new equipment to the hospital here, then there was a visit from the Waterbank CDC, and there’s like, all these new people.”
Pippen Hot has been full of new people, none of which were sharing rumors.
“They’re as tight lipped as those Feral Marine security types,” complained one commuter.
“What freaks me out is Waterbank News suddenly renovating,” said one customer. “It’s like they know something bad will happen and they just up and left.”
The WBA was in an uproar last night as WBA President Sketch Sun called in the staff and demanded an all night meeting to resolve an issue with the WBA Certification process. Staffers and meatball subs were dragged into the office at midnight, and muted altercations could be heard until late in the morning through the wall between the WBA and Waterbank News.
“I’ve never seen them like this,” said one reporter, who was holding a stethoscope to the wall. “They’re like corporate hornets in a pinata.”
Details of the meeting have not been disclosed, yet as this morning, the entire WBA staff was laughing over espressos and danishes. When asked about the meeting, staffers refused to comment, saying only “you’ll see.”
“Hanging with ducks,” replies an East River citizen when talking about where the VCG was when Claw submarines surfaced in East River. “They’ve got some training facility in Duck, so that’s what I tell my friends. They’re hanging with ducks.”
As the number of Claw sightings has been increasing in East River, so has the clamor over who should be deterring them.
“Coastal Patrol was created for that reason,” complained the barista at Pippen Hot, “but they’re so lazy! Most of them come for coffee after noon!”
Another customer sounded off loudly, hoping to get a rise out of the adjacent WBA office. “Waterbank ought to do something!”
East River citizens have made complaints at various East River institutions as well. East River Police are reporting daily complaints along the waterfront and say that the East River Port Authority has been curiously quiet. “ERPA’s lost a lot of funding,” said one ERPD officer off record.
Conspiracy theorists in East River claim a number of unusual theories, including a popular one about Muirhead Island. “It’s part of the Muirhead Separatist Movement,” said one unkempt man being ousted by ERIA security. “The Claw’s giving them weapons so they can break away from East River!”
Another theory popular in Helvelyn was that Feral Marine was working with the Claw. “Who knows what’s going on in that big factory,” one person said.
“The Claw hasn’t broken any East River laws or statutes,” said a lawyer retained by the organization at Baker and Sun. “And any conspiracy theories about the Claw and any East River organizations are foundless. They are just misunderstood.”