About Maria Ivanova

Maria Ivanova was born Manushak Arshakuni in Sisian, Armenia. Like most girls her age, born in the claws of communism she dreamt of a better life, a life where she could be a princess. She was jealous of the western girls she saw on bootlegged American shows, she wanted to marry a rich man for America and shop in the beautiful stores of California. Manushak wanted to live the American dream.

When the wall came down in 1991, Manushak aged 17 knew that she had to try her luck. Lacking papers and money she made a deal with a small time crook from Gyumri named Sayat Mkrtchyan. Using their resources they made a run for it and landed in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.

Unbeknownst to her, Sayat Mkrtchyan owned a lot of money to his boss, Garen Sarkissian, and was hunted down relentlessly. Manushak now going by the name Maria Ivanova, knew that Sayat Mkrtchyan was too small for her dreams. Once the crime syndicate caught up to them she coldly sold him out in exchange for a Kryshas position in the organization, money and power.

As the Bratva in Russia solidified their presence, Sarkissian’s organization was absorbed in the Solntsevskaya Bratva, the group went from being a small time national organization to a major transnational crime organization.

Being a woman Maria was often put in charge of the sex trafficking sections of the organization, her bosses liked her ruthlessness and ability to make impossible things happen by her sheer will. She was not to be stopped from living her dream, even if it meant losing a bit of humanity along the way.

Her latest task has been to monitor the activity of the Vienna group after the Bratva noticed lots of irregularities in their payments and revenues. When she arrived on site she quickly understood that Ulric Frietz was bat shit crazy in love with a girl named Sarah Lennart. In her opinion Ulric was letting his emotions cloud his already impaired judgement. Once she understood the dynamics, she stood back slowly taking control of the operational level of the Vienna group. She saw that if she played he cards right she could take control of the whole Vienna operation becoming the first woman ever to become a Avtorityet (Brigadier).

When the Agents made their presence known in Vienna at the Millennium Building, she saw through their play really quickly. She believes the Agents are paid mercenary tasked with the retrieval of Sarah Lennart, probably from some family member in Canada. She saw her opportunity to come out on top and take over the operations.As the events unfolded, she made sure to create a situation where Ulric would be exposed. So she kindly suggested that he take a breather in Malta while she dealt with the mysterious Sheik. She assigned her most loyal bodyguards to the Malta mansion and let the events unfold.

Recap Game #6 En route to Cyprus

In the early hours of morning, in the space between night and day, the Agents are on Captain Morgan’s boat, the aptly named “Dances with Sheep”. They have Sarah Lennart under deck, with Sanderson providing much needed psychological help. McGee and Cormack are on deck discussing their next move, while Morgan’s crewman, Than mans the comm and bridge.

A few minutes later the “Dances with Sheep” comms come alive with lots of chatter from two other crafts in the vicinity, they get Sanderson on deck to translate the foreign language, it seems after listening for a bit, that Nigerian mercenaries are on an intercept course. With Romanov and Henry on land in Cyprus, the situation seems dire.

McGee runs underneath and begins to build a flamethrower type apparatus using ducktape, oil drums, pipes and a whole lot of elbow grease, he hopes this will be enough to stave off the assault.

A quick call to Henry and Sanderson is made to make them aware of the situation, once appraised of it they drive to the marina and requisition a pontoon plane to fly to the aid of their fellow Agents. While Romanov preps the plane and pilot, Henry asks who the interceptors are, and remembers that he once dealt with a Nigerian mercenary by the name of Namie in Liberia, today might be their lucky day after all.

Cormack makes radio contact with the assailants from the approaching crafts and tells them that a french operative named Victor Henry is asking for a man named Namie. After a bit of muffled discussions from the approaching crafts Namie takes the radio. After a bit of chit chat, and a story about an hospital in Liberia where it seems Henry might have helped a certain General Maurice, a small time local dictator, Namie agrees to let them go, knowing full well that this makes him a target for the Russians, in exchange of a favor from Henry.

It seems that when the French foreign legion, including Henry, came to Liberia, they made a deal with a local blood diamond overlord on the promise of 50 million dollars in exchange for diamonds, drugs and their own private kingdom. Namie was one of the principals in brokering the deal, so when the legion went home, never having paid the agreed amount, Namie was seen as a potential liability. By asking Henry to make it ok, Namie being instrumental in this deal hopes to increase is own standing with General Maurice. He basically went all in on this one, richness or death at the key. They agree to let the boat go unscathed on the promise of a meeting with Henry in 2 weeks under the Maquam E’ chahid  monument in Algiers.

Now that the team is back together they travel back to the location that Romanov and Henry scouted on Cyprus island, northeast of Polis using two acquired jeeps. While Cormack, Sanderson and McGee were off making new friends in Malta, Romanov and Henry managed to discover the shipping container sitting in a warehouse in Kyrenia on the Turkish side of the U.N. buffer zone. After a quick discussion the Agents agree to get over the Turkish side via the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia . Before they do this they will require new passports to ease their way in.

Romanov managed to track a small time hustler that helped the KGB set up bank accounts a couple years back. She met Antonio Poulos at the Rodo καφές (Rose Kafe) after a lot of flattering from Poulos side, she managed to get the conversation back on track and asked him for a favor. She told him that she needed 6 passports in exchange for 6000 Euros, he asked for 10000. After a bit of haggling and some more flirting, he told her that he would have the material in 2 days. Romanov had a weird feeling about the whole thing, but without much recourse, the team went ahead, planning for the worse.

During the layover, Sanderson continued getting Sarah Lennart psychologically stable. Hoping to get a couple of clues on Ulric Frietz Vienna’s operation. With all of this is going on, McGee still shaken from the Hotel events started working on a Technical, getting his hands on a Browning .50 Cal M2 Aircraft from an old PT boat that Morgan was keeping in his holds. McGee being McGee, he concealed the whole .50 mount under an empty fridge, so that he could drive through Polis unnoticed.

By talking with Sarah the team learned that Ulric Frietz is a complete nut job and that the organization of the day to day operations were handled by a woman named Maria Ivanova. She was assigned to Ulric by the Solntsevskaya Bratva to make sure that he remembers who his masters are. Sarah believes that Ulric fell in love with her, and will probably try to recover her any way he can. Maybe even disobeying direct orders.

Two days later, the team assembled and went to the rendez-vous with Poulos. Cormack got in first, posing as a tourist in the Cafe, he quickly got the feeling that the meet was under surveillance, probably from local police. Poulos was sitting alone at his table, looking really nervous. Rather than abort, the team decided to go through with the exchange, Romanov came up from the street, sat down and pushed a small briefcase with the money in it to Poulos in exchange for the passports. Soon as Romanov confirmed that the passports were in the envelope the meet was interrupted by 3 undercover cops sitting at the other tables of the small Cafe. Cormack started the hostilities by grabbing a hold of the nearest police officer and throwing him on the ground. A brief scuffle ensued which saw Romanov run for it through Polis side streets, she managed to down 2 cops while running and reached the parked technical. As for Cormack he ran after Poulos who used the scramble to try to get away scots free with the money.

He tackled Poulos, recovering the money in time to see to traffic cops start running after him, after jumping over a melon seller stand. Cormack took a side alley and ran to a dead end. After trying and failing to climb the rain gutter the cops managed to get Cormack under control, and a third man came up behind the cops. He suggested that they let him handle the situation, the cops complied really fast, probably based on the fact that the stranger never opened his mouth to ask them to leave. The Red Beret put his hand on Cormack’s shoulder and it went through a part of the brick wall. This made the cops run real fast in the opposite direction and shook up Cormack.

At that exact moment McGee, Henry and Romanov made their entry in the side street by executing a less than perfect booleg turn with the technical making the .50 caliber gun point directly at the Red Beret. At their complete disbelief, he threw Cormack at the opposing wall and started running directly towards the heavy machine gun. Seeing the Red Beret run directly toward a .50 machine gun, left a lasting impression on the Agents. In a moment of clarity, McGee declared that the weapon had been loaded with incendiary rounds (You are shitting me!). Romanov started firing the weapon repeatedly hitting the runner a couple of time, with him/it never going down. The hit never seemed to affect him, but the fire did give him food for thoughts.

The Red Beret skipped the scene by flipping the building on its side, through non-euclidean geometry, ran to the roof. Once there reality reestablished itself, the building resetting to the proper Einstein space-time continuum. Now, that… freaked the Agents.

Coming back to the mansion, the Agents were completely distraught. Sanderson looking at them funny, not really understanding what happened. Taking the stolen passports she started working on them, by scanning them for bugs. The third one beeped, at the same time that chopper sounds could be heard in the distance. The team was again on the run, this time from the Greek police.

The Agents will be at it again in Dhekelia, hopefully rested and ready to take the fight to the Conspiracy.

Planning Game #6 (En Route to Cyprus)

See Game #5 recap for more information on how we got here.

Core Clues : Boehringer Ingelheima German pharmaceutical, Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash and RihabTaha

Following the kidnapping of Sarah Lennart from his mansion in Malta, Frietz the leader of the Nomad gang in Vienna is pissed off, and afraid of the consequence if the Mafiya would learn this. Meanwhile the Agents set their sights on Cyprus hoping to figure to whom the tagged container where sent (Syria Government).

Using the information from Maria’s thugs, Frietz put down a contract on the agents with the Cyprus syndicate. The contract states that Sarah must be recovered or the contract becomes void. Since this is last minute, the pirate crew have no idea what she looks like. As soon as Morgan’s “fishing” boat reaches 200 nautical miles from Cyprus it will be intercepted by two smaller crafts (probably drug runners) armed to the teeth (mooks). They will approach rapidly, firing M60 rounds to kill the engine, and comms, they will then proceed to board and recover Sarah. 6 thugs are in each of the assault craft. This will probably turn into a chase, on high seas.

Assault sequence of events

About 1h30 radio chatter will increase
Once spotted the crafts will take 15 minutes to reach intercept range and then it will take 10 minutes to disable the comms and engine block. This is an excellent moment for Sarah to put up a fight as she knows these thugs were sent by Ulric Frietz to recover her.

 Sarah has full on Stockholm Syndrome, once removed from the control of Frietz, she will require intense therapy if she ever wants to live a normal life again. The effect of the Syndrome can include trying to avenge Ulric Frietz (if an agent murdered him), trying to flee at any moment, not answering any questions that might create trouble for Ulric Frietz, etc..

A sea king helicopter can be on site in 30 minutes, time for the bad guys to kill Morgan.

If the attack fails the agents will be able to reach Cyprus, but 1 day later a kill team of the Red Beret will also be transferred in. (Anton Dedopovitch) will warn the agents.

Cyprus Map

Once in Cyprus (Paphos), the agents will need to figure how to find the crates and follow them to their destination. Here is their past/current whereabouts.

About the crates

In game #4, the Agents managed to recover 2 crates that contained Nuclear equipment and plans for dirty bomb creation. The replaced the content of the crates with sand and added trackers to make sure that they could see where they would be going.

The crates are an exchange currency to the Syrian government. The will be used by the (M)afiya to secure two Iraki biological warfare scientists, Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash and RihabTaha. These two top scientists are what’s left of Saddam’s bio-research facility of Al Salman. With the delivery mechanism retrieved a couple of years ago, the conspiracy now requires the scientists who developed the technology to make all the pieces function with the spore sample of S100A4 KU1 stored in the old nuclear complex of Maïka. Once secured the scientists will be delivered to the Boehringer Ingelheima German pharmaceutical company. They will be assigned to the top secret research lead by the Scientist himself, Albert Boehringer, founder of the company.


  • #RF5562 – Train in route to Dubrovnik
  • Obviously faked cargo manifest (amateurish at best)
  • Paid for the Baldak Shipping Corporation
  • The Vasco da Gama is bound to Kyrenia, Cyprus


  • Currently in storage in Kyrenia
  • From Kyrenia crates will take a truck ride to Famagusta, highly guarded
  • Transport chopper inbound to Damascus, Syria (MI-7 chopper)


  • Two women embark and fly back.

Possible Opposition

  • Train (Mafiya Mooks (1 hp) )
  • Boat (Sailors, mooks (2 hp) )
  • Truck transport – Turkish thugs (3 hp)
  • Transport chopper, Turkish military personnel (4 hp) + One Red Beret Operator – Renfield
  • Syria – Elite forces, and regular soldiers, opposition forces.

There is a civil war in Syria, Agents will stand out and will probably be seen as European special forces. This will make them a target to most of the people in Damascus.

Map of the conflict in Damascus (Pink areas represent conflicts)


From the Headlines

Quoting U.S. administration officials, the American paper said there are intelligence reports that Iraqi scientists are seeking safety in France. According to the daily, U.S. officials declined to put a number on how many Iraqi weapons scientists have entered Syria, but estimated it is fewer than 10 at this point. Among those claimed to have made it to Syria are Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash and Rihab Taha, both top scientists in Iraq’s alleged biological-weapons program, said The Washington Times.

The two women are notable not only for their scientific expertise, but also because they attained senior positions among the male-dominated Ba’ath Party, the paper said. Mrs. Taha, a British-trained microbiologist, is married to Iraq’s oil minister Amir Rashid Mohammed Ubaydi, on the American most-wanted list of 55.

The Times claims she ran Iraq’s biological-warfare program at a research lab in the town of Hakam beginning in the mid-1980s. Mrs. Taha was not listed, although she is wanted for questioning. Mrs. Ammash has been photographed at Saddam’s Cabinet meetings, and at a meeting with his son, Qusay, according the U.S. Daily. On Friday, April 11, Mrs. Ammash’s picture and name were listed by the U.S. Central Command as one of 55 most-wanted Iraqis.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has warned Syria several times publicly to stop helping the Iraqi regime, asserting that some Iraqi leaders had fled to the country.