attaché: remnants of a war

From: Investigation, department C subsi F
To: The Bureau
CC: Forensics, department C subsi H

Report of Extraction

Recently the Investigation have unearthed a briefcase from cleared Zone A. The briefcase opened to reveal several souvenirs, with no visible dating (we have contacted the forensics for carbon dating). After much perusal, we have determined that it was a personal briefcase, that may or may not have belonged to a person involved with the war. Below is a list of items found in the interior, as well as a note of condition.

1. wood dog-tags

Unpolished plywood tags each measuring 2″ x 1.8″ x 3/8″ made with laser cut. While the edges appear to be smoothly drawn, the images themselves carry a rough raster cut as seen from the jagged edges. They seem to be personal images, perhaps a family memento? The chains are cheap metal, and can be easily cut with a pair of scissors. Three of the chains have decorative beading, made of clear plastic molded into gems.  The tags themselves smell faintly of cigarette smoke and burnt wood (possibly from the laser process) Investigation has determined that these were probably used to identify allies during the war, no names or other notation was inscripted.

2. test-tube vials

Seven test tubes, five of which are filled with soil and other earth matter while the last two are filled with the same beading as the dog tags and the last one empty. The earth matter ranges from sandy dust with tiny stone particles to a woody mulch and even a dense clayey garden soil. The test-tubes themselves are unremarkable glass, with the rubber seals filled down to remove any brand or trace of manufacturer. Investigation is unable to determine if these soil samples were used as research samples or some other reason. In particular, the empty one is puzzling – if used for research, why was it deliberately left empty? If used as a way to keep soil data, why was one filled with plastic beads?

3. cheese sandwhich

A cheese sandwhich wrapped in aluminium foil was found in the exterior pocket of attache, with a lipstick stain and a bite taken out of it. The cheese is processed cheese, with no particular flavouring or identifiable country of origin. Forensic has analysed remnants of saliva trace, and determined that the stain and bite was of a female – possibly between ages of 20-25. Despite this information, we still cannot determine if the briefcase belonged to this female as no other traces of lipstick was found in the attache nor was there any other trace of saliva matching within. It is entirely possible that it belonged to a female, however Investigation reminds that there was a famine during the war and it is entirely possible that this sandwhich was an item of barter or favour.

4. polygonal paper object

This paper object was found in the main attache area, kept uncrushed. The object is made of plain paper with each modular shape tucked in to form a polygonal object made up of pentagons and equilateral triangles (mathematically, an isotetrahedron) and no trace of glue. The paper is identified to be tant paper, and of good quality and thickness. No marks or patterning show where this paper comes from – while we suspect it may simply be an origami toy, tant paper was manufactured everywhere during Pre-War. It could be a model for a chemical molecule, as it follows the form of the atomic Electra as well as having analogous colours to match atomic structure. Investigation is unable to determine the purpose of the model.

5. daisy stalk (bellis perennis)

A stalk of daisies, with four flowering stems and one plucked stem. Forensics have determined that they are bellis perennis, also known as common daisy and part of the aster family.  As such, they have a slight acridity of scent – one may presume that they are slightly withered. Despite being of European origin, they are found every where within continental Americas and therefore Investigation is unable to determine locality. One note: the stalk has been professionally seared at the end to preserve longevity, a mark of someone familiar with flowers or has previous florist/gardening training. While this suggests it was a purchased gift, one notes that because of the famine, the individual could have seared the stalk to save it for later meals as bellis perennis is an edible plant.

6. Envelope and note

A blue envelope was found in the upper pocket (near the expandable buttons) unsealed with a note and a module (as used in the polygonal paper object). The envelope is unremarkable design, with a simple dot patterning embossed but of good quality. In comparison, the note paper is cheap quality and is lightweight. Forensics is still in the process of analysing the handwriting and ink, but has already determined that the stains are coffee stains. Investigations is still unable to decode the meaning of the note.

7. Attaché

The attaché measures 23″ x 13″ x 4″, with an exterior of pleather and a wood/foam padding for structure. The locks are made of cheap metal plated matte silver and are number locks, opening to a keycode of “000”. Overall the condition is poor, with dust and stratches and tears with a visible dent on the front. In the back a wood design has been glued on – our most identifable evidence yet. An insigna of guns looped crosshairs with victorian style curlices at the edges was pasted behind the attaché. The wood is the same plywood as used in the dog-tags, and also cut in the same fashion. However these designs were smoothly vectored, with no sign of the jagged pixellation from raster cut.

Forensics have identified several stains and smells from the attaché. Most prominent is the orange-red stain, which has been identified to be from processed red sauce which smells faintly spicy due to capascin content. It was a cheap factory red sauce however, as it did not leave solid traces but a watery stain – suggesting dilution. Secondary stains is the water stain on the lower right, possibly due to rain and several cigarette holes on the width from stubbing. Forensics have identified them to be methanol cigarettes, however no other trace of cigarette packs or ash was found in the attaché. There are two large stains in the front as well, however they are hidden by the black casing. One of them is an unknown alcohol stain, the other is a barely noticable tea stain under the giant gashes. As the stains are hidden, Forensics cannot determine what alcohol or tea was purchased. Finally there is a slight but discernible scent of perfume. After much sampling and questioning, Investigations has determined that this scent is not from any departmental perfume brand but rather the residue scent from a child’s soap.

Final images of how the items within the attaché was positioned when found:

department C, subsi F


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