From: Coordination Committee of the Martian Defence Initiative
Subject: Report on "Duster" findings
To whom it may concern.
In light of recent international cooperation on the subject of "Duster migrations", Coordination Commitee of the MDI has opted has opted to share the scientific finding made by the Scientific Division of the Russian Martian Directorate, and open a discussion on the subject.
During the most recent "migration", the Directorate took numerous steps intended to solve the long-term danger posed by the "migration". Step one of the project was to attempt the capture of several "Dusters". This partially succeeded. In addition to this, several hundred cadavers were collected and returned to Camp Gorchakov, where they underwent osteological, genetical, etc. testing in the local labratories. Step two was to tag retreating "Dusters" en masse using projectile-launched, concealed electronic trackers. The goal of this was to trace the movement patterns and point of origin of the "migration".
While testing will continue, with experimentation providing more conclusive results, the project has come to a number of early results. Below is a summary of findings regarding "Duster" behaviour, put into layman's terms. The full report is attached with this document.
- "Dusters" possess a significantly altered biological chemistry. This change, which is of yet unknown cause, appears to have taken place very quickly from a evolutionary standpoint. Traits include a strongly reduced need for oxygen consumption in the maintenance of bodily functions, as well as massively increased production of rage-related hormones.
- Live capture of "Duster" individuals in a combat situation is near impossible. The cause of this is the ability of "Dusters" to release a highly potent poison into their own blood system when threatened, which is almost universally fatal. The closest comparison would be a built-in cyanide capsule.
- Following the successful capture of one, it can now be concluded there exists "Dusters" females. A study of "Duster" social patterns has shown that the males are strongly protective of the females, suicidally so.
- "Duster" technological understanding is more advanced than previously thought. Known largely for their practice of self-mutilation and suicidal tactics, "Dusters" have a strong affinity for weaponry, and are able to immediately disassemble a firearm. As shown during the recent combat, they also have the capability to recognize tactically important opponents.
- Finally, the issue of the trackers: The "Dusters" universally retreated into the central wastelands of the southern desert. Once close to the center, all trackers were immediately shut off at the same time. The cause of this is indeterminable, but had it been due to a EMP or signal blocker the trackers would have slowly "fizzled out" as the wasteland epicenter was approached.