Getting out of nowhere (Recap #11)

Stuck on a side track of the train running between Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Frankfurt, Germany, while getting gunned at by mercenaries or militia. The panoramic route once tranquil and relaxing, brought the Agents back to their sad life of plain old crazy.

Spotting a team of spotters on a ledge on the other side of the mountain the agents begin to clear out the wagon from the remaining civilian when they hear the high pitch sound of a hovering drone. So far so good, they begin walking toward the tunnel as they spot the flash of a surface-to-air missile being launched. A couple of seconds later the bridge exploded in a thunderous flash. The weight of the wagon adding to the damage of the AGM-176, the bridge had no chance, it started to break apart. As every horizontal surface reverted to a vertical state due to gravity.  Running from the collapsing girders Natasha fell as the bridge started to collapse and luckily was grabbed by Sean who just managed to get her back up on her feet and running toward the tunnel.

Once inside the brick and stone tunnel, the agents were able to take a breather, huddled together the civilian were crying and shivering due to shock and fear. Sanderson knew that most of them were suffering from shell shock, and that they would be marked for life by the traumatic event. Niclas was the first one to run, sure that the agents, sporting guns and looking like they knew what they were doing, were responsible for this. Sean quickly booby trapped the east entrance with shrapnel taken from the ground itself.

Victor is pissed and walks in the bullets

Sitting in the brick tunnel, militia came in both end of the tunnel – firing and moving, using standard German military covering techniques. Once both 3 man teams were in position, about 20 feet from the entrance, the dropped and started firing wildly at the agents. One of the civilians got hit by a ricochet just as Sean popped the blasting cap and collapsed the east entrance over the commando. Their ears bleeding, the agents now only had to take care of the west team; which redoubled their rate of fire. With Sanderson, Natasha taking pot shots towards the west entrance, and keeping the militia pinned, Victor stood up, ran west taking the militia completely by surprise. As he came close, the militia stood up to take him down, only to be gunned down by the concerted fire of the two female agents.

“J’en ai assez de cette merde…”

With the primary threats taken care of, the agents and their civilian ? walk out to a snowy German mountain side. About 50 feet from the train track the agents spot 3 snowmobiles, one pulling a snow trailer. After a short debate the agents and civilian load up and start driving toward Ingelheim – the nearest German town, the fated train next stop. As the reach the crest, they see that getting to Ingelheim might be really difficult, a couple of hour train ride would likely translate in a two day trek. Under equipped to withstand the cold, they hit the “Return Trip” button of the GPS and double back. Driving in the light underbrush, 2 patrolling snowmobiles start to chase them, firing light machine guns, hoping to take them down. Zigzagging through the forest, with the second agent returning fire, they manage to disable one of the pursing ski-doo using a precise shot to the engine, which locks up and explodes. The other chaser begins to bridge the distance pull up to the side of Sanderson’s ride, as they exchange fire, the second soldier on the snowmobile stands, ready to jump on the agent’s machine. This small distraction made the militia driver look behind while he should probably have looked forward. The snowmobile momentum went to 0 in about 1 second flat as it hit a gigantic pine tree, the driver and passenger never stood a chance. The pine tree will live on as if nothing has happened.

Nearing the edge of the woods, they see a large manor sitting on the edge of a cliff. Around the perimeter our Agents can spot well armed guards, snowmobiles and an airplane sitting on a short runway. Sanderson, takes note of the length of the runway and knows that it takes a pilot with an extra set of balls to fly this baby. The runway ends just before a cliff of at least 500 feet. As they take in the security measures, they are distracted by noises coming out of the woods behind them, as the agents turn to meet the newcomer they are scared shitless by a gray black gorilla. As the agents take the details in, they sadly notice wires coming out of its head. The gorilla snatches a civilian and throws it around like a rag doll. The shaken agents not missing a beat concentrate their fire and take down the 800 pounds beast.

If it looks like a duck

Rapidly assessing the body, McGee sees that the wires coming out of the head of the body use an insulation technique not seen since the 1950’s. Over a riot speaker system, they can hear a German voice asking them to lay down their weapons and parley. The voice offers a truce. Knowing that the gunshots and explosions alerted the militia, they decide to accept the offer and walk to the manor gate. At the gate they can see that the militia are weary, but not stressed. The agents weapons are confiscated, and they are then escorted through the manor main door. Once inside the manor, they can see that their first impression of age was not wrong, this manor smells of rot and mold, the humidity really high. They are brought to a room with a fireplace, as the door closes behind them, they can see a hidden side door farther in. After about 15 minutes, an older gentleman comes in with a glass of wine and official looking dossiers. The glass looks like the Saint-Grail, and the man holding it doesn’t do anything to dispel the Dracula feeling you get from him.

“It cost me/us a lot to bring you here. Please heed my offer, it should simplify our lives.”

A man of action more than word, Nikodim Stepanovitch, makes an uncomfortable pitch where the agents would work for his group helping to create a cure for almost all of Man’s illnesses. “I have seen the folly of man, and I will not let it repeat itself. This research must not fall in their hands, if it ever does, we will see an arms race that could completely destroy the human race. And this time their would be not stopping it. ” He looks genuinely interested in making sure the research progresses and from his looks the agents can tell that this old man has seen his fair share of horror. “We would be ready to offer you a truce, as we think you misunderstood our intentions, and to prove that we are well-meaning, we would be prepared to employ you to help us in our quest to understand and develop this cure. As we could see from these – he points to the dossiers – your skills would be very handy in a variety of ways.”

The Leprechaun

After completing his speech, he excuses himself, leaving behind the dossiers and an almost empty wine glass. The dumbfounded agents look at one another, unable to decide how to take the offer, or even how to refuse such an offer. Victor is the first to break the silence, and walks to the chair, as he sits down he takes the first dossier and starts reading. Sean dabs his handkerchief in the glass, and quickly pockets it.

In which Victor learns secrets from the other agents.

On Sophie Sanderson

Left the MI6 after anonymously leaking informations to the media, she is suspected by the British Secret Service and is considered a threat to the Crown. The documents leaked have caused at least 4 agents to die in the field, after their cover had been blown.  She is currently on the list of the 100 most wanted criminals of the British Commonwealth.

On Natasha Romanov

Left the KGB after she was told that her husband died in the field. Untrusting of the official story, she left to find her husband. The KGB brass considers Natasha could endanger deep cover agents around the world trying to  obtain information about her dead husband.

On Michael McGee

During his third tour in cold war Germany as a combat engineer, Sergeant McGee was found bloody and unconscious in the “Death Strip” of the Berlin Wall. Unable/unwilling to explain when and how he had gotten there, he was  charged with dereliction of duty and promptly sent home to finish his contract as a desk corporal. During is last medical check-up, a small metal object was found under his skin and extracted. Due to pressure from McGee the doctor entered shrapnel in the examination file.

On Sean Cormack

Known IRA bomb maker, Sean Cormack was suspected of being the mastermind behind the explosion of a bus on February 18, 1996. Secret Service have identified a possible link between Cormack and one of the survivor. Chelsea Leatherby, 3 years old at the time, lost both her parent in the incident. Placed in the public care system, she received access to an anonymously set-up trust fund. It is the bellief of Her Majesty Secret Services, that Cormack might be the secret provider of this money.

After a short discussion where the agents come to the conclusion that this is a trap. Nikodim Stepanovitch enters the room and seeing Victor in the chair stands near the fireplace, the picture of a perfect European gentleman. Sean walks over and explain that they will not accept the offer. He could only have said so, but he took out a luchador mask, “The Leprechaun”, puts it on and tackles Stepanovitch directly in the fireplace. As the man starts burning, yelling a most inhuman sound. He turn to dust and it floats to the walls. They quickly try to open the two doors, which are locked from the outside, Sanderson looks around and decides to find a third way out. “Since we are in a castle, there must be secret passages.” Looking really well she triggers a small mechanism which opens a small door that gives on a set of stairs. With no other choices but to go down, they line up and walk down.

As they get down to the bottom floor, clearly under the mountain rocks, the see medieval cells. The cells have been used recently and reek of human misery. They walk further in, wanting out of this hell, they arrive to a pristine room containing the best and worst science has to offer. Every instrument organized in a perfect production line designed to extract human blood, quickly, efficiently and without causing too much pain. Looking around the room, the agents spot a bookcase containing 5 research binders labelled S100A4 MR4 [0001],  S100A4 MR4 [0014], S100A4 MR4 [0039], S100A4 MR4 [0050] and S100A4 MR4 [0106]. As the agents started looking more closely, the compound alarm blared to life, the lights went down and the security lighting subsytem took over. They started running up some stairs to emerge from a side door of the manor. Looking around at the commotion the agents saw Nikodim Stepanovitch walk out of the main doors and order his men around to secure the perimeter.

It did not take them long to evaluate their possible options, between running out, blasting out on snowmobiles or just stealing the plane and flying out. Running to the plane, trying to keep a low profile the agents managed to get on-board and prepare for on flight movie. Oh yeah, some militia managed to spot them, and get dead the same way. Sanderson took the stick, gunned the engine and once the plane started moving became a small arms fire target. With the four other agents providing covering fire, they took off after a brutal drop at the cliff. The plane managed to stay airborne just in time to turn its side toward incoming RPG fire. Using all her piloting skill, Sanderson dropped the plane at a 90 degrees angle and dodged the incoming fire. Staying low the agents managed to get enough distance between them and Dracula’s manor. Now having more experience leaving in-flight airplanes, they decided to grab the available chutes, get them on and jump out while setting the plane autopilot to fly for as long as possible. Hopefully confusing their pursuers.

Floating down over the Ingelheim valley the agents can admire the beautiful landscape, the small farms on the outskirt of the town and the huge pharmaceutical complex that is named a couple of times in the stolen research binders.

Welcome to Ingelheim, we hope your stay will be pleasant.

En route to nowhere

Note : This will be part recap of game #10 and also planning of game #11. Due in part to my complete improvisation of game #10 ending. I went with the flow, but could not immediately place the events in the larger context. It came to me this week, so without further a due, here we go again.

After coming back from Liberia the agents decided to go after the source of the “Shooting Star” drug packet. The landed in Amsterdam and quickly found that the source of the drug was the MelkWeg (Milky Way) club. Using this information they did a couple of search and found that a lot of single visitor had a tendency to disappear in Amsterdam. Due to the nature of the city itself these disappearances never became important enough to warrant further investigation. Amsterdam is host to lots of travelers, often single, from all over Europe. These, have been on the road for a long time, and most often are not missed by their family, being as they are, regarded as failures.

After a successful stake out of the MelkWeg, the agents follow the delivery of (designated) human antigen to the Amsterdam train station, where it is handed off to a man boarding a train headed for Germany – Ingelheim. The following day the agent board the same train hoping to understand how and by whom these antigen are used.

As the train entered Germany it crossed a high bridge and started slowing down rapidly. As the agents look out at the snow covered mountains, terrorists stand up in the agents car and start hosing down the car passenger. Sean, obviously tired of all the ruckus took a quick look around, saw two terrorists in the front and two others at the back of the car systematically killing the passengers. He pointed the two front man to Natasha, McGee and Sanderson and just kicked out the side window and jumped out.

As he jumped out he took off his belt, threw it around the top of the car and tied it with a flick of the wrist. As he tarzaned his way around he cam back in with added velocity straight at one of the gunman in the back of the car. The kick broke the man sternum and threw him straight on the second gunman. Seizing the initiative he jumped the second man still reeling from the unexpected flying Irish. The gunfight saw Natasha using the train car ceiling as a bullet rebound to kill off the attackers coming at them from the  front. Once the action settled down a bit, the train  carhad stopped on a bridge in the middle of nowhere, Germany. Walking to the front of the car, the train nowhere to be seen, McGee saw a crude explosive device sitting on the track, with a countdown timer at 58 seconds. Calling out to Sean, McGee told the other Agents to evacuate the remaining passengers from the back.

Sean was able to disable the basic device in less than a second, the poor quality of the craftsmanship saddening the former IRA bomb maker. As he finished disabling the device, he noticed a glint on the right side, over the ledge of the mountain peak. He saw a two man team equipped with a laser target designator aimed directly at the train car. Hearing a hushed sound, McGee started yelling; “Drone, Drone, Drone”; Running out the car the Agents managed to escape the train as it exploded off the track and down the ravine.

Quick Overview of the next game.

Agents Goal : Understand what the antigen are used for.

Current Location : Somewhere in Germany, probably in near Ingelheim.

Location Aspects : Cold, Barren, hastily covered-tracks.

Conspiracy Goal : The Colonist was aware of the agents surveillance of the MelkWeg. Using considerable resources it order its minions to tail the agents around, it created a counter-trap. The mountain hit was its bid to finally get rid of this torn. Using the bratva through KU2 – Nikodim Stepanovitch, the organisms contacted German ultra-nationalist groups and ordered the hit. Unbeknownst to the agents the Train was diverted off the main track to allow an easier attack vector. The train was then detached to insure that once all the passengers of car #6 were killed there would be no witness. If the news ever comes out of a hit on a train in Germany, the conspiracy will blanket the media with a story about terrorist units preparing for the Sochi Winter Olympics. A team of GSG-9 successfully dealt with the terrorists. As the conspiracy was not able to get rid of the Agents, it put in place protocol Bravo. The conspiracy would still try to kill off the agents, but if required it will try to negotiate with them. The Agents will be hunted in the mountains until they get to the paramilitary compound, at this point they will be brought in to meet a old man named Nikodim Stepanovitch; Once in private – Stepanovitch will make a sales pitch about the work they are trying to accomplish.

“It cost me/us a lot to bring you here. Please heed my offer, it should simplify our lives.”

Cover Story (Talking Points)

  • Yes, as you know we are studying a new bio-chemical compound.
  • We believe it to be of alien origin.
  • Our backers are private and wish to remain anonymous.
  • I do not know where the source material was found.
  • Our research indicate that this compound could potentially solve the age old problem of cell decay.
  • We had to take actions to insure that this research did not fall in government hands; Our backers are afraid of a militarization of the strain, and would prefer to see it destroyed that see it power the super soldier of the future.
  • Naturally working off the grid has its disadvantages, we need resources normally unavailable. But with your backgrounds it would ease or work.


  • Evade the militia
  • Protect the civilians
    • They will get picked off one by one.
  • It’s Winter time again.
    • The militia are taken out. Weird sounds are heard.
    • Survive the cold mountains – The Missing Link (KU3)
  • Looking at the stars.(Atmosphere)
    • Around the fireplace, at night. A meteor shower in the high atmosphere or aurora borealis
  • A seemingly abandoned WW2 bunker
    • Break in
    • Discover the ultra-nationalist
    • Discover the animal pen and research center
    • Discover the Russian equipment – (Kalashnikov Concern)
  • Meet the Kapitan
    • Looks like Dracula, drinks “red wine” from a  Grail like chalice.
    • Hear his offer
  • Figure out the use of the antigen
    • Soylent Green – A more humane food – contains no gluten (Core)
    • Reports from the Ingelheim research center (Core)
  • Escape the bunker
    • Option – Accept the offer – leave for the bank job.
      • The vault contains WW2 NKVD dossiers (Core)
    • Option – Down the slope in skidoos
    • Option – Jump the ledge
    • Option – Steal the plane

S100A4 MR4 Dossier

Officer in Charge : Kapitan Nikodim Stepanovitch.

Project Start Date: September 21st 1946

Objective : Help wounded soldiers recover from fatal wounds and stem battlefield infections.

Kapitan Stepanovitch was a junior liaison officer during the first test trials on the Man of Tunguska, now one of the only living member of the initial project he was able to have the project re-activated. His expressed goal was to use the regeneration characteristics to augment the healing capabilities of wounded soldiers.

Project S100A4 MR4 was setuped in the city of Stalingrad with a discretionary budget and started clinical research on the frozen samples. While the research staff re-activated all the old protocols from the first project, Kapitan Stepanovitch went to work on the members of the Polit Bureau to re-acquire the body from Sevastopol bay.

Part of the political work done by Kapitan Stepanovitch was also to convince them that the project was to treat wounded soldiers and prevent infections from spreading in military wards. Nobody thought that the Kapitan would try to develop a longevity serum.

It took a whole year to get the body back in the Stalingrad laboratory. It seemed that the pressure was enough to keep the body from regenerating. 4 more years of research were required to discover that the body was starving for human blood. During that period it was also discovered that blood filtered through the body would gain regeneration characteristics. The only issue was that more they filtered blood through the vessel, faster it regenerated.

Fearing the consequences of passing to much blood through the body, it was decided that the 10 1cc. samples would be enough for further analysis, tissue samples were also taken and frozen. The analysis of the tissue samples enabled the research team to understand that the body was not coming back to life, but was only re-animated, as if the organisms was trying to mimic life. After further studies, spores were found to be slowly multiplying in the blood samples and tissue samples. The extremely toxic fungus like organism were discovered and isolated. Once isolated the spores started dying faster that they could reproduce as soon as they were put in the presence of sunlight or UV lights, this flaw prevented the mass usage of the spores for any military use.

The body went back in the lead coffin and was  immediately sent in deep freeze [Location Unknown]. From the 10 blood samples taken, 3 were injected to test subjects (political prisoners). It was discovered that a couple of weeks after the injections took place tests subjects started exhibiting the same characteristics as subject 0. Their strength, resistance to pain, wounds and infections was found to be increased tenfold, the only thing that seemed to have a controlling effect was to subject the patients to daily UV-light treatment.

The subject were also found to develop a thirst for human blood, tests from that period were not able to discover the root cause of this, only that it seemed to strengthen the organisms. Feeding them blood from other tests subjects even speed up the process of healing, even re-growing previously destroyed limbs in a couple of hours.

The research was completely abandonned when the test subjects started exhibiting extremely uncontrollable violent behavior, and went through complete system shutdown. Kapitan Stepanovitch and members of the research team were able to steal 4 of the remaining samples. They also created falsified research reports explaining that the research was a failure and that the samples were destroyed.

The stolen samples were injected to Kapitan Stepanovitch and to the lead scientists: Doctor Sorin Cimpeanuu, Professor Andrei Nikolaevich (Luciano Ruiz) and to Doctor Oleg Borodin. Following the project failure, the four members left the Russian armed forces, keeping in contact to one another.

Till 1957 the project dossiers were kept under wraps in a KGB data crypt under the Kremlin, the Kychtym incident gave KGB command the perfect location to securely store the last 3 remaining samples and all the projects notes. The conspiracy has been biding its time for a while, but recent developments in the field of biochemistry combined with DNA discoveries could mean that the Organism could be researched again. They are now trying to recover the location of the original research notes and the location of the body. 

Currently Infected

  • Nikodim Stepanovitch
  • Sorin Cimpeanu
  • Andrei Nikolaevich (Luciano Ruiz)
  • Oleg Borodin