TOP SECRET – Key Findings of the Northeast Asia Section, National Paranormal Intelligence Agency – TOP SECRET
The following is the findings concerning the survivors of the Sotoba Shiki Group (SSG) and recommendations for further action. We assess that the SSG poses a severe threat to state security and the civilian population in Japan and possibly the United States or other countries. This is based on their proven capability to infiltrate and/or destroy police and governance entities within their areas of operation and their record of wanton killing both in their local area and in raids upon surrounding regions. The SSG has been severely weakened recently but retains the capacity to rapidly reconstitute its forces and resume operations. Since the remnant Shiki are currently on the move they could pose a threat to a wide variety of areas and countries should they seek air or sea transport to find shelter. Given the extensive sea and air links between Japan and the United States there is a real possibility of infiltration into the US. Urgent tasking of intelligence assets is needed to find and eliminate these survivors before they can establish a new base. Cooperation with Japanese authorities and the Public Security Intelligence Agency’s paranormal division will be of the highest importance to the success of this action.
Sotoba Shiki Group structure and resources: The Sotoba Shiki Group consisted of a core group of five individuals calling themselves the Kirishiki family. They moved to Sotoba during the past summer and occupied an isolated home that became their main refuge. Deaths by an unusual form of wasting characterized by anemia increased steadily until a local doctor and others pieced together their vampiric nature. They came to be called Shiki (shorthand for shikabane oni or ‘corpse demons’) as well as their freshly infected/created members being referred to as okiagari (‘Risen’) according to a local tradition. The SSG operated as a hierarchical system with Kirishiki Sunako as the leader. Chief enforcers included two Shiki known as ‘werewolves’ for their ability to move about during daylight without harm. (For more detailed information on Shiki physiological characteristics and abilities, see: NPIA Entity Datasheet HA-32-10 ‘Shiki’ and Sotoba Evidence #18: Ozaki Toshio Video Recording.) When new Shiki would rise they would be recruited into the group and tasked with missions that included killing potential witnesses, infiltrating and replacing local government and police officials, communication and power disruption, and whatever tasks were handed down by Kirishiki Sunako. Unusual for such groups the SSG also included at least one human member.
SSG resources included extensive financial assets. The mansion purchased in Sotoba and its furnishings indicated access to large amounts of money. The source of this money is currently unknown, but given the hypnotic control abilities of the Shiki it may have been transferred by victims into other accounts or used on the leadership’s behalf under hypnotic command. We do not currently have details on SSG finances from any reliable source. The Kirishiki mansion also was reported to have several firearms stored within it. These included rifles with telescopic sights. Private firearm ownership is prohibited in Japan, suggesting the SSG had the means of acquiring them illicitly. Degree of contact with arms smuggling organizations is unknown.
After the revelation of the Shiki’s existence and subsequent mobilization of the surviving locals by Dr. Ozaki Toshio the group was dealt a severe blow. All but two members were hunted down and killed by destruction of the heart or severing of the head. Several residents of the hunting parties reported that local Buddhist monk Muroi Seishin actively assisted members of the SSG as they were being pursued. He was seen moving through a forested area with Kirishiki Sunako in a large suitcase. Before Dr. Toshio went into seclusion following the Sotoba events he witnessed Muroi driving away from Sotoba in a blue domestic sedan with the suitcase in question. We now must assume that SSG leader Kirishiki Sunako has escaped. Muroi himself may have become a Shiki. It is thus of the utmost importance that these two be found and destroyed before they can begin to regrow the group’s membership and attack others.
The vehicle in question (from local highway tollgate camera.)
Damage Assessment and Potential: The SSG has proven itself to be ruthless, effective, and exceedingly adept at avoiding detection. Residents of Sotoba were killed at an alarming rate and the SSG also sent members to cities to feed and to abduct victims for return to Sotoba. The entire civil infrastructure of Sotoba was methodically dismantled and replaced by Shiki or Shiki-controlled individuals. The SSG managed to alter or destroy any records or reports that would have indicated anything was amiss to prefecture and national authorities. Surviving residents reported that those who learned of the Shiki’s existence were killed or disappeared. The SSG also utilized weapons and explosives in their attempt to eliminate or frustrate opposition. Firearms, explosives, and arson were all used once Dr. Ozaki turned the residents to attacking the organization. The village of Sotoba was wiped out in the final stages of the incident, likely by the SSG’s attempts to cover its tracks. We assess that the level of violence and destruction seen in Sotoba indicates a potential for a severe threat to the next location the SSG survivors choose to establish a base. The loss of life has the potential to be great and to increase rapidly. The two surviving SSG members will no doubt seek to escape the attention caused by the Sotoba incident. This could mean that they will seek refuge elsewhere at an isolated location in Japan. However, they may also look to relocate to another country now that we and our Japanese allies are aware of their last location. Transportation by ship seems most likely as they could not risk coming into contact with sunlight while boarding or disembarking from an aircraft. The SSG is all but certain to have the financial resources available to secure this transportation. They could also potentially use hypnotic abilities to secure space in the hold of a seagoing vessel.
Forest fires spread and consumed Sotoba and surrounding areas. Image from two days later still shows active fire areas.
Sources of Intelligence: Most of our knowledge on the Sotoba Shiki Group comes from survivors of the village. Following news of the event the Japanese Public Security Intelligence Agency dispatched officers to collect accounts and evidence. This was followed up by a consultation with our agency and information sharing. This intelligence indicates that shortly after the village burned to the ground Dr. Ozaki went into seclusion. He may be seeking to track down the survivors himself and establishing contact with him is a priority. His uncovering of the Shiki via medical experimentation and the notes recovered from the remains of his clinic’s computer were invaluable in learning the exact nature of the Shiki. There were also untested reports from one former village resident that he had an inside source within the Shiki population.
From: Sotoba Evidence #18: Ozaki Toshio Video Recording
Findings and Recommendations: - The survivors of the Sotoba Shiki Group seek to carve out an area where they can increase their numbers and prey upon local and neighboring populations. Their abilities and physiological characteristics enable them to increase their numbers quickly and to exert control over the minds of victims. They appear to have extensive financial and material resources to enable their activities. The large scale loss of life and destruction of property in Sotoba indicates a willingness to go to any length to keep their existence hidden and ensure their survival.
- Further cooperation with Japanese authorities will be key in conducting the searches necessary to locate the Kirishiki Sunako and Muroi Seishin before they can establish a new base of operations. A liaison group should be established immediately between the PSIA and NPIA. Local police should be informed that they are highly dangerous fugitives. Police are however not trained and equipped to deal with these individuals and should be ordered to report any sightings to the PSIA immediately. The liaison group may wish to consult with the United Kingdom’s Hellsing Organization given their expertise in combating vampiric entities.
- Known weaknesses of the Shiki according to Dr. Ozaki’s recordings are the sounds of bells and the sight of religious items (such as statues of deities, emblems, etc.) Destruction of a Shiki is performed by stoppage of the blood flow. This can be done either by destroying the heart or decapitation. Stakes were used by Sotoba residents, but any projectile that completely destroys the heart muscles would be effective. Operatives sent to destroy Shiki should be equipped with large caliber weapons or swords and instructed to aim for the heart or head. Personnel encountering Shiki should be instructed to eliminate the targets with extreme prejudice and to not attempt communication or live apprehension.
- Due to the risk of flight to another country, a list of nearby ports should be drawn up and surveillance put in place. Police or PSIA officers should patrol the most likely points of departure. The ringing noise of bells is likely the most effective manner of sweeping a ship’s hold for Shiki. Any dockworker or ship crewmember who has been reported to be acting strangely (especially if they suddenly announce their intention to quit work) should be questioned and examined for bite marks.
- Shipment by post may be another method that the two subjects may seek to escape abroad. Kirishiki Sunako resembles a young girl and can fit into a large suitcase. A notice should be issued to Japan Post and the US Post Office, as well as DHL, Yamato Transport/Kuroneko, and other courier services that originate or have offices in Japan.
- The following flyer should be posted at points of entrance in the US and translated into Japanese for distribution by our counterparts there. The poster lists the two as terrorism suspects and this cover story should be used for public and non-agency files.