This is it, then.
Recording might survive, even if we don't. Might be a civilian salvage vessel who finds this. Which would mean a brief history is in order.
A few months back, the government (which one doesn't matter now. Let's say all of them.) formed a task force to deal with a group of invading hostiles. Details are classified.
Suffice it to say they kept humanity sleeping safe at night.
Then they started a salvage operation.
It was entirely wiped out.
I volunteered to investigate. Funding was picked up, specialists were assigned, and so on.
And things went very, very wrong. If you've read Lovecraft, cut the racism and the purple prose and you more or less understand the situation. If not, well, we ran into creatures that can subvert the human mind, who use cybernetics to rebuild native species into killing machines. They could tear through trained soldiers in almost no time.
Somehow, we were able to hold them back for a while, despite setback after setback, and we sent a team to find and destroy their controlling intelligence.
It had a good crew.
AB Ante Cantelope
Recruit Adman B
Ensign Iron Weasel
Recruit Raiden 333
AB Rhan 9
They had two advanced AIs onboard, the Tofystedeth and LostProphet combat systems, and Captain RisenPhoenix.
The mission was our last chance.
It might have succeeded. It might have failed.
It no longer matters.
Right now, they have found us, and they are going to try to kill us.
Most of the staff is attempting to evacuate. A few of us are still here.
Myself, WotanAnubis (head of Xenobiology), Weapons development chief Caulk Bite 6, head engineer Nerivant, and what's left of the contact teams.
Recruit Yer Mum
Recruit Mr. Ray
Recruit 13th Legion
and the Wavecutter AI.
We're probably dead. Get this information to Kias and BlitzAce1981 at extra-stellar communications or Director Fishman. They'll know what to do. Hopefully.
...before I forget, pass this on as well.
Petty Officer OnTheLastCastle
Recruit Phoenix D
Recruit Witchdoctor DBM
The list of the dead.
And now, run like hell, because, you poor stupid son-of-a-bitch, you stepped into a death trap, and they'll probably be back soon for another sweep. Get out, and pass on what we have. Maybe it'll be enough.
Director, X-Com aquatic.