Night’s Black Agents
Flying away in a helicopter after the explosion on the 52nd floor of the Jumeirah Emirates Tower, the group (Seda, Tony, Lee and Jack) drops out of the helicopter into the warm waters of the Persian Gulf leaving Luke and Yuri to fly the helicopter away. They pull a panel off the side revealing a stenciled advertisement for helicopter tours.
They get on board a small commercial ship bound for Gwadar, Pakistan. The Captain, a man named Hassan Mudar, grudgingly allows them on the ship but appears to not be very excited about having them there. It is a 36 hour boat ride to Gwadar and our agents are awoken in the middle of the night as a navy ship the U.A.E. boards and searches the ship. Lee climbs high up onto the mast of the ship, Jack hides, Seda disguises herself as a young Arabic boy and Tony just doesn’t care (he drinks calmly in the crew’s quarters). After being interrogated by the UAE naval men and convincing them of his innocence, a full search of the ship is made and, having found nothing, is left alone. Hoping to keep an eye on the communications going out from the ship our agents distract the crew members at the comms and plant an electronic bug to monitor all outgoing communications. Seda uses her feminine charms to distract the crew members but it comes back unexpectedly when three other crew members approach her thinking she is a prostitute. Jack immediately begins posing as her pimp and calls out to the crewmembers that even though she looks healthy is actually inflicted with horrible diseases. Seda uses the opportunity to pick pocket one of the men who, when he reaches for his money and realizes it is gone, attempts to hit Jack. Jack nimbly blocks the clumsy punch and strikes the man across the temple dropping him like a rock. Seda, who had climbed up a stack of boxes, throws a heavy metal ringlet and hits the second man squarely in the check bone before he is able to strike Jack from behind. The third man turns and wisely decides to run.
The communications bug up and running, Lee catches what appears to be a ping coming from the ship. He investigates and finds that the tablet is broadcasting a signal that hijacks whatever communications equipment is around. He tries to break open the tablet and pull out the CPU so that the bug can be discarded. Unfortunately, he is unable to do this before the tablet wipes a large swath of the information. A red dot appears on the screen of the tablet along with the words “We See You”. Lee smashes the tablet and discards the debris over the side of the ship. The CPU (and the transmitter) are placed into a Faraday container preventing it from giving out their location again. Exiting the boat in Gwadar our agents catch a flight to India where split up and agree to meet back in Zurich in a week. Yuri has yet to report back in and the decision is made to move to a backup base of operations that Seda had set up in the warehouse district.
Going to work on the tablet CPU Lee manages to reconstruct some of the data. Among the many things on there he manages to parse out that the Fathers have a dislike of magnets. He immediately orders some rare earth magnets as a precautionary measure. He trips upon a game that combines cheerful childlike images with horrific scenes of violence. It puts him into somewhat of a fugue state but he is shocked out of it by his fellow agents. He is examined by Dr. Christian Hoflan, a psychologist that Seda knew. He specializes in “deprogramming” psychology used on fanatical terrorists. Dr. Hoflan examines Lee and finds him in a highly suggestive state but manages to get him back to fully functional. A cursory look at Zephyr Technologies shows that it is a subsidiary of Pfizer (a pharmaceutical corporation) that specializes in technological treatments for sleep disorders.
Seda contacts the buyer of the experimental CPU chip, Docza Damjen, a Hungarian man thought to be a lawyer. He agrees to set up a meet to exchange the money for the CPU chip.
Jack withdraws to his bottle in an effort to get his mental priorities back in line. He is still reeling from the encounter with the strange man at the end of the hallway on the 52nd floor of the Jumeirah Emirates Tower.
Tony begins surveillance on the base of operations that was abandoned and sees a group of men dressed in black suits with sunglasses. They enter the office building and are in there for around twenty minutes. When they exit the building they are accosted by police officers who question them. The men in suits claim they are Interpol agents. The police don’t believe them and are in the process of taking them into custody when an older man in a business suit comes up and begins talking to the cops. The men in black gather their belongings and leave with the police officers completely oblivious to them doing so. Tony snaps many photos but can’t seem to remember anything about the man in the business suit later.
Tony follows the MIBs to a large estate on the outskirts of Zurich. Initial probing indicates the house is owned by a Frenchman named Gerard Fouvier, CEO of Nascent Technologies. The decision is made to breach the house and look for additional information. Jake and Tony approach the front dressed as utility workers while Seda and Lee evade the surveillance cameras and enter the back of the house. With a successful distraction at the front of the house Seda and Lee make it into the house without a hitch (apparently!) and begin making their way through the house. Lee looks for the security area to shut down the video cameras and Seda makes her way upstairs to gather intel. Seda manages to get the computer upstairs downloaded onto a thumb drive. Lee manages to shut down the security cameras and erase the old footage. Both Seda and Lee are attacked by the MIBs but thankfully only mildly wounded. Lee manages to shank one in the eye with a knife.
Downstairs, Jack and Tony realize their cover is blown and they restrain the caretaker with a sleeper hold and a zip tie. Entering the house they see another servant in the house with a tray with champagne that he drops in short order in response to the men with guns that have come into the house. Suddenly, two MIBs come through the door behind the man. Tony drops to a crouch and begins shooting. His shots go wide. One MIB grabs the man with the champagne glasses while the other begins shooting at Jack. A bullet grazes his shoulder. Jack responds by tossing a grenade that decimates the butler and seriously wounds the two MIBs. The MIBs seem uncannily in tune with each other and break across the room in opposite directions simultaneously. Sirens are heard coming up the drive and Lin slows them down with a burst of automatic gunfire.
Ushering everyone out the door, Seda is ready with her cover identity, a Swiss cop with informants in a drug deal gone bad. The rest of the party head up the road to where Kruschiev is waiting in his souped up Audi A8. He is sad that a chase will not be happening.
Current Heat: 5
- The grenade used in the assault would have affected Lin and Jack, too.
- Having an Athletics of 8+ gives you a hit difficulty of 4, not 5 (the cherry is what increases it from 4 to 5).
- Michael’s character is Lee! Not Lin!!