Phoenix Rising

Vargas' Final Post

Somewhere off the Western Coast of Africa

SceneThe Glass Swan, Nighttime, Zoom into window, Vargas’ comm room, Vargas sits at a nice table looking at large TV screens, a teleconference with Kadin, Giselle, Colonel Grace, and Alexander

“Status Updates Everyone”
Kadin: “We lost 40 more operatives to Chimera today probably on their way to becoming zombies (brainwashed, heartless servants of Chimera) and our IS teams have uncovered and secured another dozen leaks in the network."

Giselle: “Your financials are still strong and the training cadre is busy, Erebus will be able to receive the items you requested Colonel, ARROWHEAD continues to elude us, dropping off the map after the call he made to you.”

Alexander: “All R&D projects are back on schedule, WICKER is nearly complete all it needs is the key and rest of the databases, Chimera encryption is strong and Solomon’s computers are multi-tasked with our own traffic so it will take some time”

Solomon: “I’ve been forced to slow our advance due to personnel shortage and incidents of sabotage by hostile factions, we will break through as soon as we are able, Chimera’s fighters are unaffected by our superior firepower and are cunning. Amanda and Brigette are busy handling the more mundane opposition and securing our position.”

Vargas: “All right continue pursuing your objectives and keep in touch, good night everyone” “Affirmative” as the video conference ends.

Vargas was exhausted today had been one of the worst ones yet, 40 operatives turned to zombies by Chimera was a devastating blow, morale was waning for everyone. Right now was the worst position Static has ever been in since the beginning, she was running out of people she could trust, the conflict with Phoenix and Chimera was starting to erode Static’s foundation and her own soul. Fortunately none of her advisers saw the half-empty bottle of Tequila that was just out of frame, she couldn’t fall asleep anymore, nightmares haunted her and she was starting to jump at shadows.

She took her rings out of her desk drawer, she was having to break them out more now trying mostly in vain to eek out some of Javier’s resolve in the face of overwhelming odds. Two years was to long but she could still see TEMPEST’s eyes after he murdered ODIN and his family in cold blood. Suddenly she woke with a start not realizing she had been dreaming, picking up the phone Vargas: “Hello”

Jamal: “V. this is Jamal, Amy has been critically injured by Santos and one of my men is down, we are en route to the trauma team but I think Celestia has been compromised”

Vargas: “Dammit Jamal you should have killed Santos right there but you did the right thing, the primary objective as always is to look out for our own first.” Stricken with worry she waited for the call, Jamal wouldn’t have left Celestia without a lookout,

Allison: “Miss V., Santos has taken Celestia hostage, RCA (Recommended Course of Action)”

Vargas: “Observe and Report Allison, I don’t want to take the chance that Celestia will come to harm.”

Allison: “Affirmative”

An hour later, she got the call she had been dreading “Maria, I need your help, Santos has taken my wife hostage and wants you in return for her safety.” Taken aback, she knew the two of them were close but she didn’t think they were married.

Vargas: “Sebastian what do you mean your wife, I had no idea, how did he find out about her.”

Sebastian: “Maria, you told me this man might attempt to use her as a pawn in a revenge scheme so I found him and talked with him mono a mono, I might have given out to much, I was angry, I’m sorry.”

Vargas: “Sebastian, don’t worry I won’t let Celestia suffer for either of our mistakes, please calm down I will talk to him.” After a few more minutes of calming, Sebastian came back to his senses and they ended their conversation. This just didn’t make sense “Did I push him to far?” was all she could think about, two years of trying to keep him under control must must have caused him to lash out but all it had done for me is grind me down. Exhausted she actually managed to sleep for the first time in weeks, thinking of happy times that were never meant to be, in the morning she knew what needed to be done, the right thing.

Picking up the phone she called Celestia’s number, “Ignazio this is Vargas, I surrender, don’t harm Celestia, meet me in the old Obsidian Security Solutions complex 60 miles north of Corpus Cristi, TX in four days at dawn.” Relieved and praying that he keeps his word once in his life she set about her resignation and the future of Static. She got up and dressed calling for another meeting this morning, Kadin, Giselle, Solomon, and Alexander all appeared in their respective video feeds once more.

Kadin: “Why did you call this meeting we talked last night, (seeing her face) something’s wrong”

Vargas: “I am sorry to say this but I am resigning from this position, Ignazio has finally forced my hand, he has captured someone close to me and has threatened to kill her if I don’t surrender.”

Solomon: “Maria I must caution you to this, we can plan an extraction and rescue mission to retrieve her but don’t surrender yet, we have more enemies to fight”

Alexander: “I must concur with the Colonel, I don’t trust Santos he is just as likely to shoot both of you at the meet point as he is to surrender his hostage in exchange for you.”

Vargas: “Colonel I can’t risk the 60% failure rate that we have for our other rescue missions and we have been unable to infiltrate Phoenix’s networks due to Chimera’s constant meddling, we can barely keep out own network secure, we have to use the your Defense Grade Comm Systems with Alexander’s codes in order to communicate for fear that we would be overheard. You can give me advice but I expect you to follow my wishes.”

Solomon then Alexander: “Very Well V. what do you want us to do.”

Vargas: “Alexander I want you to be certain that the FAIRY is operating with a full signal, whatever happens this conflict between me and Santos is going to end four days from now and I want to be certain everything is in place to continue our mission without me.”

Alexander: “One moment, yes FAIRY seems to be transmitting load and clear, we will be able to follow you wherever Santos takes you and listen in.”

Vargas: “Good, Colonel I need a platoon of your regulars to fly to Texas, Kadin can you arrange this on such short notice.”

Solomon: “Yes, you can have my personal squad I am secure within The Citadel”

Kadin: “I will make the necessary arrangements and fly the plane myself, wheres the landing point”

Vargas: “Make a quick pass to Veracruz and bring Sebastian and Rodrigo with you, I want you to head to Corpus Cristi, TX at the old Obsidian Security Solutions complex, that way Santos can see that no one lies in wait for him and we can be sure that he keeps his word. Giselle I want you to take over the Board Position at Verdachi and assist the others in any way you can.”

Giselle: “Certainly Maria, I will do what I can to make sure Erebus is successful and protect the world from people like TEMPEST and Santos.”

Vargas: “Good Girl, I hope you make better decisions than I did, you are in good hands with this group but don’t forget that you are still human, don’t push your luck to far.”

Solomon: “So you are resigned to this course of action V?”

Vargas (more to herself than the virtual presences in the room): “I am, it is the easiest decision I think I will ever make, Good Luck to you all”

All: “Same to you Maria, I hope you made the right choice for all of us.”

After that the screens went dark, Vargas was alone again and needed to be alone for a while.

A while later Bryce went to check in on her and found her asleep again, carrying her to her cabin he put her on her bed,

Vargas: “Thank You Bryce, you are a true friend, will you see this as a failure in your duty when I go with Santos”

Bryce: “No Ma’am, even I can’t protect you from everything in the world.”

Vargas: “I’m sure you will try”

Bryce: “Sleep Well Ma’am”

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Operation - Broken Ring

Start Location – Zurich, Switzerland

DRAGON and FALCON escaped France without further trouble and went to Switzerland, the news feeds were ablaze with the latest news Jason Baleron, the American Hero Cop, had apprehended and dangerous gunman in Hamburg (OX) using his bare hands and rifle butt to the chin. Now that they had escaped a near death experience after finding OWL and losing VULTURE to a sniper’s bullet they realized they needed some more people.

DRAGON and RAT left to find this hero cop and try to turn him to their cause, hoping to find some leverage against the man RAT began digging but was unable to turn up anything incriminating to use as blackmail.

Location – Das Island, Persian Gulf

VIPER and his crew including Javad and ARROWHEAD managed to escape Manila without being followed and returned to their home base on an abandoned oil rig near Dubai. Everything was going well until a boat carrying a beautiful woman and six stern looking soldiers came ashore and asked for an audience with the boss. They were granted it and VIPER met and began speaking to the woman, “I understand that you are a businessman, I am here to offer you a deal you would be most interested in. She hands him a binder Inside are the things that we are willing to sell to you at a good price however I do have to ask one thing in return. I wish to know the location of the man named Xavier and in exchange you will have full access to our vendor list.” “How do I know you guys are not with the government and this isn’t some kind of sting operation” The woman reaches into her purse and produces a freshly minted United Congo/Erebus Passport with her name and information on it. “I need a moment to consider your offer if you would please wait for me in another room I would be most grateful” “Don’t take to long sir, this is a limited time offer”

There Amidio was a large potential gain for his smuggling ring if they could procure items of this caliber and all it would take is to tell this mysterious woman of a man he barely knew. He needed a drink, maybe two. before heading to where Xavier (ARROWHEAD) and Javad were talking about various information they had procured during their travels. “Guys, we may have a problem there is a team of Erebus soldiers and a Russian-speaking woman onsite, right now and they are asking where you (points at Xavier) are and offering a great payment in exchange.”

The three began brainstorming ways to get out of this mess in one piece, then a brilliant idea struck Amidio “Xavier can you make yourself appear somewhere else and time stamp it for a few days ago, I can get you to Syria and from there the Brotherhood can get you clear of Erebus’ eye assuming Javad can make contact.” With the plan agreed upon they got to work and had a full package ready in a couple of hours which they gave to the mysterious woman and her dangerous looking escort."

Location – Dublin, Ireland

DRAGON dispatched MONKEY to find “Confucius” and track down KITUSNE then gave him a short bit of R&R back in England. A motocross race fan he went to Northern Ireland and encountered Jessica Clarion, a champion motocross race and managed to sneak his way backstage to talk with her after the race was over (Half of the money she donated to the Make a Wish foundation). They hit it off and Jessica offered to meet him at The Dublin Square Pub the following day, they met and started to talk when the relative peace of the pub was broken by a large, very drunk man who began causing a ruckus, the bouncers rushed him but he knocked one of them down, at that MONKEY excused himself and did a spinning axe kick to the brutes shoulder’s causing them to almost separate. Jessica now had to one up that and tells MONKEY to follow her lead we’re going someplace “exciting”. They end up in an abandoned industrial park where an underground motorcycle race was taking place and the guy from the pub is also there and calls MONKEY out. Well of course MONKEY and Jessica are going to take that challenge, halfway through the course Jessica pulls out a knife and salshes the brutes motorcycle tires and kicks his bike in the direction of the river. The pair drove up to the river and taunted the brute “I’m gonna kill you if you show your English puke face in Ireland again you bastard”. Then they finished the night at Jessica’s hotel room before meeting with DRAGON in the morning.

Location – Tokyo, Japan

Meanwhile FALCON was pursuing leads for his own acquisitions starting first in Tokyo where he was met by SLEEPING DRAGON, a Yakuza heavy hitter, concerning his missing daughters Mei and Ling, FALCON greeting the man in traditional Japanese custom and this greatly impressed the elderly man who invited FALCON to dinner and gave him the option to spend the night in his guest house. FALCON accepted and narrowly avoided an embarrassing etiquette problem that would have insulted the man and his family. He asked HAWK for any information concerning the wayward twins and found out that they might be in Hong Kong pursuing a man named Jimmy Chong. Now it was time for a face to face with ANGEL that Kobayashi had arranged in Kiev.

Location – Tel Aviv, Israel

Claire Basset rides up to an IDF base to ask the commanding officer, a Captain, about Itai Har-Zahav the currently wanted deserter and potential terrorist sympathizer and was directed to his Lieutenant who just repeated the information that was on the warrant concerning his arrest. He did give her the patrol he walked for the last couple of months and she went with a cohort of operatives to walk the area, they were drawn to a particular pet hospital and entered it seeing a pretty Palestinian woman and hearing boot steps in the back as someone rushed into a back room. Curious she talked to woman and agreed to adopt a cat, a white Persian, and saw that a cat was left unattended in the room, the woman Nadia picked him up quickly and put him in a cage. Curious Claire and her Phoenix operatives waited till later that night before breaking into the hospital with guns drawn and began to make their way to the back. However, the animals woke up and whoever was in the back room got up. “Itai, we know you are here, we are not the government and only want to offer you an opportunity to escape this country.” “Only if I can take Nadia and these animals with me woman, if you can make that happen I will come with you its worth the risk.” With that Claire ordered the operatives to holster their pistols and call in the trucks to take the animals away and they were one operative stronger.

Location – Veracruz, Mexico

VIPER was contacted by cable by DRAGON concerning the removal of a certain cartel drug lord and the need for him to be captured and smuggled out. The price was 50,000,000 upon delivery and VIPER was eager to increase his capital considering his recent windfall for heavy equipment, heavy equipment that would cost a lot of money to procure. He immediately flew out to Mexico and found the target Sebastian Guerra Lopez at a local political rally for the mayor of Veracruz, listening in he found out that he owned several hotels in the city as well as a few in Cancun and they had boasted record profits this year, profits that he was willing to share with the people of Veracruz and Cancun by helping elect the man who would turn this city around.

Intrigued and full of ideas Amidio quickly built out an approach using his legit business as a provider of fine European liquors for people with the money to pay. He brought a full sales package and asked for a business meeting with Sebastian and received it. There they discussed business and worked out a 6 month probationary contract which would pick up after his current vendor contract expired with a potential for expansion which we will talk about in a few days.

Amidio made an appointment with Sebastian for three days later, during this time he procured six car bombs from various underworld contacts and intended to use these against Sebastian.

Location – Kiev, Russia

FALCON and Claire meet with ANGEL and Michele in Kiev at a cafe, FALCON introduces himself and asks if she would consider his offer to go after the man that killed her uncle, “Why would I want to kill this man, my uncle made his choice even though I begged him not to and ended up dead. I hold no real grievance against the man, I am really here to be away from Mexico for a while.” FALCON realizing a potential in begins to ask her questions about why she is leaving Mexico “A man is in danger of losing himself, I can’t bear to watch him become like that, poor Sebastian.” FALCON was taken aback for a moment “Sebastian Guerra Lopez”, “Yes how do you know my husband” again taken aback by this turn of events FALCON and Michele excused themselves, FALCON called off the hit on Sebastian and approached Michele “The situation has changed, updates to follow”, “How can I help you sir” “Who were you talking to Michele”, “Just the girls we didn’t know that Celestia was married and wanted to throw her a party” “I don’t believe you Michele you are going to need to come with us”, sensing danger Michele drew a concealed knife and stabbed FALCON in the side, just then a large black man and six plainclothed observers drew weapons and began a shootout that lasted all of 30 seconds, FALCON shot Michele and his minions killed one of the attackers, the black man grabbed Michele’s shocked body and escaped under automatic pistol fire from the attackers.

Frustrated and bleeding FALCON returned to his meeting with Celestia after getting patched up, the gunfire was clearly heard, Celestia and Claire were clearly concerned especially when Phoenix operatives brought the corpse of one of their attackers into the room. “I was ambushed by Michele and from what I understand the Banshees don’t have any me among their ranks, care to explain while I take you hostage and call your husband he has some explaining to do as well.”

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Meanwhile in the Mediterranean

Somewhere in the Med

Scene – Middle of the Sea, zoom in on a yacht The Glass Swan, Camera pulls up and over the aft end and there sits a pretty woman reading a tablet PC intently (Operation Status, DRAGONSLAYER, in progress, FALCONEER, in progress, QUIVER, awaiting activation, WICKER, delayed) with a well dressed and muscled man standing watch nearby.

" Miss V, you have some messages, Camilla says that the operation is going as planned they fell into the trap and took the bait, Amy says that FALCON contacted Celestia as planned and they will soon have a face to face, Team 16 says that the are moving in on ARROWHEAD’s message to DRAGON’s phone, they tracked it to the Persian Gulf. "

Perfect Giselle, cause that’s where we are headed right now, give SAMSON the go ahead.

“Also Miss V the Colonel called again he needs to talk to you about Project – WICKER, its encountered another delay with securing the necessary materials. He also needs more trainers and contractors in country in order to meet his goals.”

Damn, that man and many others will be the death of me, tell him I’ll call him in an hour and tell the others to continue as planned. With any luck Paul and Ignazio will kill one another and we can move on without the extra baggage, but ARROWHEAD I want alive, he has something that belongs to me and I aim to reclaim it.

With that Giselle heads back into the comm rooms and Gabrielle will finish the glass of wine on her table and check her Tablet again, “QUIVER, Green Light, Move in and secure the Target Alive if possible, Minimal Force Optimal, Lethal Force Authorized

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Feud Session #2
The End of the Feud...

Start Location
Moscow, Russia

Operative – MERCURY continued her assignment to make friends with Celestia Flores (ANGEL) and Phoenix made contact with her via Mr. Kobayashi. In an attempt to broker a deal to send The Banshees after DRAGON he was willing to spend a considerable sum and provide logistical support during that mission. However, Celestia refused the initial offer saying that “I don’t work for names and numbers I work for faces, if this is going to happen you will need to arrange a meet with your boss.” Kobayashi concluded his business leaving MERCURY on assignment as he tried to contact his boss.

Somewhere in the Caribbean
HAWK, FALCON, and LUNAR continue their operations from their secret base when HAWK finds something very interesting, OWL came back on the grid which meant that all his old enemies would be able to find him now. Concerned for his safety and curious about his fate the pair left immediately for Charles de Gaulle in Paris, France and then onto OWL’s address.

Hamburg, Germany
Acting upon RAT’s intel while it was still fresh DRAGON left OX to mislead SPIDER and left Hamburg headed to France. While traveling he encountered a cute pair of girls who were trying to get back to Amiens which was on the way so the group traveled to that town without incident. DRAGON, RAT, and VULTURE continued on to OWL’s last known location but were detoured due to utility work.

Between Amiens and Saint Quentin
HAWK and FALCON arrived at a pastoral house in the middle of the french countryside, FALCON knocked on the door and shouted for Jean but there was no reply. The door was unlocked and the pair began to investigate the house looking for their former boss. Approximately the same time DRAGON, RAT, and VULTURE arrived on the scene and started entering the home. As they entered FALCON and HAWK found the body of OWL and attempted to resuscitate him, before they could do that DRAGON, RAT, and VULTURE entered the room. Seeing his former boss dead on his bed and his most hated enemy there was to much for VULTURE who drew his gun and shouted to FALCON “So you’ve come to finish your treachery, eh Ignazio, EAGLE and CONDOR weren’t enough so you decided to end the old man.” Stunned by the sudden appearance of two of his enemies at the same time FALCON was speechless for a moment but quickly recovered “Oh yeah well why are you here then Hugh? Looking to finish the job after you sold us out the Chinese.”

There was silence for a moment as each man processed the others statements, VULTURE broke it with “Those men weren’t Chinese Ignazio, they were some underground paramilitary group posing as them, they shot EAGLE and CONDOR but they imprisoned me for four years at a covert location in the Sudan!!! All the while the rest of you were living large, I don’t like the look Ignazio what are you trying to hide, your guilt and shame or something else.” Clearly something was wrong FALCON responded with “The report though it claimed you sold us out the Chinese”, “The report from the Agency that you got a nice cushy job at after the Birds were disbanded, seems to convenient”, “Well why did they imprison you then and accept me”, “I don’t know you tell me?”

Before FALCON was able to respond the window behind him shattered as a bullet destroyed it and impacted VULTURE in his left shoulder (his gun hand) narrowly missing FALCON’s head. Suddenly everyone hit the deck and it dawned on them that it was certainly strange and handy to have these particular men all in one room together without them shooting each other. Then it dawned on them, it was a trap meant to bring them all together so they could be removed in a single blow. DRAGON and RAT left the room first huddling in an interior hallway with guns drawn desperately trying to come up with a plan.

FALCON crawled nearer to VULTURE, realizing that this was likely a mortal wound and that he should say something, if what he was saying was in fact true it changed everything. All the nights he spent wondering how he would kill this man for his betrayal were for nothing but vengeance born of misinformation. VULTURE knew his wound was mortal as well and grabbed FALCON pulling him closer so they could be face to face

“Do you want to know how I ended up in prison Ignazio? I killed my father while he was in the midst of beating my mother to death. I saved her life but she died later of the injuries he inflicted, if I was quicker I could have prevented many things from happening but I’m glad I held fire this time. So Ignazio, we should both be sorry for what happened in the past but none of us will have a future if we don’t put that behind us.”,

“I’m sorry for everything Hugh, six years of my life this was all I wanted (to see you dying in my hands), but I didn’t want it to end this way, good bye” Before he spoke that last word VULTURE was dead.

With that concluded and still fearing for their lives FALCON and HAWK both began crawling out of the room. FALCON was unfortunately the first one out and he felt cold steel on his temple, DRAGON was there finger on the trigger “Give me a reason I shouldn’t shoot you right now.”

“Well Paul you have no where else to go, you’ve been burned by the Agency and no one is going to touch you now, but I think we can work together to bring down the person responsible. We will unfortunately have to work together again to take her out though.”

Trapped in the house it was a few moments before HAWK realized he could remotely pilot his van and drove it right to the door. Before they left the group searched OWL’s office and found a lot of secret looking notes in a secret compartment. Notes in hand the group then grabbed the bodies of their fallen OWL and VULTURE and loaded them into the van as well and left just as the house caught aflame.

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Danger Level Increasing

Everyone should level their primary agent to 10 and get ready to boost the rest of their team as well.

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Agency Update

Broadwave Transmission, Attention All Personnel

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New Burn Notice
Paul Chang, Codename – DRAGON has been let lose as an unreliable asset, all personnel who spot him approach with caution, Bounty $5,000,000

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New Kill/Capture Orders Issued
Nikita Ivanov, Codename – OX – Former KGB, approach with great caution, Kill Bounty $750,000
Burkwalt Hoberton, Codename – SNAKE – German National, incredibly dangerous all agents utilize proper PPE during breach operations, known chemical enthusiast, mentally unstable, Kill Bounty $1,500,000
Itai Har-Zahav, Codename – HAILSTORM – Former Israeli Commando, Wanted for shirking duty in Palestine by Mossad, Bounty – $1,500,000
Mei & Ling Yamato – Wanted by their Father SLEEPING DRAGON, Yakuza connections. Capture Bounty $4,000,000, Wanted Alive by SLEEPING DRAGON

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At Large Kill/Captures

Ignazio Santos, Codename – FALCON – Burned after treason against the Archer Conspiracy, Low Combat Threat but incredibly elusive, Bounty $8,000,000
Hashin Al-Qutu, Codename – PROPHET – Escaped from Archer Black Site 8, 2 years ago, Incredibly dangerous leader of an international criminal organization, Bounty $12,000,000
Candice, Codename – MONGOOSE – Assassin for Hire, incredibly dangerous close known for close cooperation with CIRCE, wanted for murder of 10 Archer Agents, Bounty $4,000,000
Camilla, Codename – CIRCE – Accessory to Assassination, Stealing Secrets, incredibly dangerous all operative approach with caution, Bounty – $4,000,000
Cassandra Willows, Codename – HEMLOCK – Wanted for treason against the Archer Conspiracy, Attempted network breaches against Static Computer Systems, Bounty – $1,750,000
Codename – TEMPEST – Bravo Control, Wanted Dead or Alive for Massive Treason against the Archer Conspiracy, Accessory to Murder of over 800 Archer Agents, Bounty $80,000,000
Stalhe, Codename – RIFT – Assassin for Hire, Wanted for 40 murders of Archer Agents, Bounty $7,000,000
Ramelan, Codename – BLACKFIRE – Indonesian Terrorist wanted for 60 murders, Escaped from Archer Black Site 8, Associated with The Brotherhood, Bounty – $2,000,000

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Feud Session 1
It begins

Ok this is the outcome of our first Feud session (Pat vs Bryan)

Cancun, Mexico Private Airfield
Sebastian Guerra Lopez (JACKAL) and his security detail (Armando, Ricardo, and Manuel) board a private jet chartered from Chile to the Caymans eventually boarding a ferry to an unnamed island in the Caribbean. On this island is a luxurious bungalow and agents FALCON and LUNAR were waiting for them, the group sat for dinner but JACKAL decided to get right to the point “I know what you are up to Ignazio Santos and I don’t like it. I heard from a reliable source that you might be thinking about tracking down Javier Andros’ niece, keep her out of this and keep out of Beltran-Leyvas Cartel territory, after that FALCON was wickedly lambasted by JACKAL who then escaped on a trio of armed helicopters leaving FALCON’s dinner sand blasted by rotor wash.”

Hamburg, Germany Gunthur’s Garden Restaurant
Paul Chang (DRAGON) and Nikita Ivanov (OX) walk into Gunthur’s Garden a restaurant in Hamburg, Germany. DRAGON sits by the bar attracting some attention due to being one of the few Asians in Hamburg and asked for “The Daily Special”. He was escorted into a secret backdoor where he meets Hugh Sicard (VULTURE) and opens up the conversation saying that “FALCON doesn’t have the balls to finish a job but I’m damn well going to put the bastard down” the insults continued as the two men discussed their mutual enemy and numbers were exchanged as well as the name of a major information broker in Hamburg, Weston Ross aka The Rat. Unfortunately VULTURE is unable to contact the man due to past dealings but DRAGON is a new face and he might be willing to deal.

DRAGON and OX cased Hamburg looking for this elusive man and eventually found his communication hub by tracking down multiple leads using police and street information. They left a message with the following words “Birds of Prey”, “Old Man”, and “Ignazio Santos” and returned the following night to meet with The Rat. He was willing to deal but needed some pest dealt with Si Moon Song (KITSUNE) had taken it upon herself to start dismantling his network of informants and he needed her dealt with before he would reveal the needed information. He knew she was in Moscow right now taking down and Ex-KGB (Ivan Kowlen) who was selling defense secrets to rogue states.

Moscow, Russia
Meanwhile in FALCON’s secret base he to was planning on sending agents to Moscow to contact Celestia Castillo Flores (ANGEL) hoping to utilize her talents to deal with his ever-widening range of problems. He dispatched MERCURY and SPIDER to Moscow since they were already in Spain and would make the best time. DRAGON and OX arrived a day before them and located KITSUNE while she was trailing her target and offered their assistance in tracking down her bounty. Once he was located KITSUNE delivered an impressive kick to the man’s head and had cuffs on him in a flash, she made plans to speak with DRAGON tomorrow night. The two met and discussed their work DRAGON was a cop looking to bring an elusive criminal to justice and she would be the perfect person to bring him in and get the 16 million dollar bounty. The same night SPIDER and MERCURY ended up in country looking for ANGEL, she was not hard to fine and they tracked her to a small nightclub on the river. Operative MERCURY made contact and presented herself as a potential candidate for The Banshees Motorcycle Gang, she was given a proving assignment to chase away a cop that was asking questions but particularly to get rid of a meddlesome bounty hunter.

MERCURY received a description of the target as well as a last known location, her and SPIDER sought out that location and began following the two men’s trail. Eventually they came upon DRAGON and OX as they were debriefing from the day’s happenings in an internet cafe. Winston Copperbottom (MONKEY) was on his way after doing a brief surveillance run but MERCURY had spotted the obvious pair (a walking wall and Asian in Moscow) as she was strolling about, after some catcalling by OX (who like DRAGON noticed the woman was looking rather nosy) MERCURY got on the roof of a building across the street and began recording. SPIDER walked in to the same establishment and MONKEY noticed MERCURY observing his partners.

He began pursuing the young woman and eventually found her atop an apartment roof down the block, the two began to fight and numerous blows were exchanged but eventually MERCURY proved a formidable foe and MONKEY began to fall back working his way down a fire escape to the street with MERCURY in close pursuit. He ran for about 50 yards before signalling that a distraction was necessary which caused OX to detonate the explosives the pair had hidden in a Van earlier. Eventually all the agents worked their way back to the internet cafe and waited for the police to arrive, the group gave their statements DRAGON and OX escaped using their rented car, MONKEY went to the local precinct claiming that he could describe the bomber if he had a sketch artist and SPIDER and MERCURY slipped away once the confusion died down.

Hamburg, Germany
DRAGON and OX made it back to Hamburg to inform The Rat that KITSUNE would not be a trouble for him in a while and shared the following information.

OWL – French, Jean Luc Gerard, French Countryside, INTERPOL, Birds of Prey, FALCON, Faceman, Former Brazilian UN Assembly kicked out for lascivious behavior, He killed a pair of arms merchant that did business with the Beltran-Leyvas Cartel out of Acapulco, Mexico EAGLE and CONDOR, Former US military personnel (now deceased), HAWK, Computer Expert, Showed up on the grid again 2 years ago, VULTURE, bottom-feeding scoundrel, German Youth Prison for Murder

After this information was exchanged DRAGON extended an offer of employment to The Rat and he accepted but he had to finish some things in Hamburg first. Around this time HAWK managed to figure out how JACKAL had gotten a hold of the information on him, it was man in FALCONs informant network named Weston Ross in Hamburg and SPIDER was on his way.

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Alright we have played two sessions, you guys need to write your backstory on your character page, you will of course notice that all of my characters have at least 10 lines in 3 categories. I expect at least that much from you. Also FALCON and ARROWHEAD need to have real name Aliases and FANG needs a picture. Get on it guys.

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Player Character Design and Organization Details

These are going to be the house rules I will use to keep the PCs activity managed. Your 3 PCs (and long time outside sources unconnected) are going to be a challenge for everyone to manage. I will initiate a forum topic for your characters’ current location(s) (which you can use the Player Secret field if you don’t trust the other PCs). Everyone of your characters needs to be developed as well as my sample NPCs with a Backstory, Description, and Attitude plus plot hooks are encouraged.

You will only be able to bring two PCs to every session your third can be doing something elsewhere (which may be a quick mission to be described in the forum post and arbitrated between sessions), securing your HQ, or resting. Due to the unique nature of the organizations already in play (Static, Erebus, and Chimera) as well as the numerous additional NPCs that will be introduced as allies, rivals, or enemies throughout the season you will wish you had more guys to operate on your behalf.

Keep in Communication with me through this month, I am going to be up for running the first weekend (Fri,Sat,Sun) that everyone is in town. Feel free to comment.

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Sub-Organization Details

Alright this is how the game is gonna work, you can have up to 3 agents per PC (same level, also Pat has exception of connections), this makes each one of you in charge of a team of agents that can be sent to multiple places to deal with scattered threats, clue chains, or to prevent another operation from succeeding (assuming you know about it).

Additionally you have a home base for your organization with a single threat resource (assuming you meet the prerequisites for it as part of your organization). With the sub-groups private funding or access to stolen accounts you can build this base up to Scope 2 (read details F/P 98, this gives you effectively up to 88 Mastermind points which can be spent on the organization, it’s base, minions (yes you can have minions using rules found in SEG and/or MM), and threat resource).

How you spend your points determines the strengths and weaknesses of your organization, if you can justify (via a side quest, approved background element, or one of your agents connections) having a piece of technology or influence beyond your organization’s structural build you may have it but it can more easily be removed.

Post Details in Wiki, make a Player secret visible to me and you for stats but your organization should have some public data that can be considered a hook should someone pursue it (after all spies know (or can find out about) each other, just not that well).

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