Disturbing news from the Outer Rim. Earlier today, we received a holorecording taken from a Colossal-class Heavy Carrier owned and operated by an independent trading company that wishes to remain anonymous. The Colossal was traversing the Kaelta system when ships painted in black appeared out of Hyperspace. The unknown vessels immediately opened fire on the heavy carrier and its complement of starfighter escorts. According to reports, the battle only lasted a few minutes. The mercenaries hired to protect the Colossal panicked as their numbers were thinned by the onslaught of heavy laser fire from the assaulters. We contacted the leader of the merc group, who was among the survivors. “Look, we were not paid enough to die,” stated the leader, who also wishes to maintain their anonymity. “Those black demons came out of nowhere and within minutes we had only a few ships left. I had to make a decision and make it quickly. We were outmatched and outgunned, so we pulled back and jumped the hell out of the system. We have families to go back to.”
After the Colossal was left unprotected, the operators of the mysterious black ships boarded the heavy carrier undisturbed. The recording we have acquired from a source shows heavily armed and armored individuals sweeping through each deck of the Colossal-class and gunning down the security personnel aboard without mercy. We’ve asked one of our analysts, Sedal Nam, to comment on the footage. Sedal is a retired bounty hunter with years of experience. “I have no doubts that these sentients are pirates. Some of them are distinctly more trained and prepared than others, which is typical for a group of outlaws. Even the way a weapon is held can offer insight into the background of a suspect. If I had to speculate, I would say that most of these people are nothing more than Outer Rim criminals. They were looking for a big score and the Colossal was their intended target all along, which suggests a degree of organization and even the ability to collect reliable information.” Indeed, while we can’t comment on the nature of its cargo, we can confirm that the Colossal was transporting significant assets meant to reach the trading company’s esteemed clients.