Clutch of Dragons

Give The Devil His Due - Downtime

This is really just a placeholder post to give a space for the Player Secret stuff below ;-)

Group Funds: 29,500

Give The Devil His Due - Part Two
  • Based on their previous intel, the team started to plan
  • Gabriela pulled up an AR map of the Bazaar, and identified that the meet would be in the Bodrum Han
  • The major concern was the security inside the Grand Bazaar
  • Gabriela researched stolen paintings with a view to conning the Mafia guys into offering a swap
  • She then went to the Bodrum Han and familiarised herself with the area whilst Saiph and Mel went back to the hostel to rest and collect armour and weapons
  • Gabriela spotted four cybered-up types from North Africa (of Arabian descent) who Saiph identified as being Kharijites, a small sect of exiles from the former Oman who serve the Great Dragon Aden
  • Gabriela sent a forged news story to the 10,000 Daggers mercenaries who provide security for the city about the Kharijites having committed an armed raid in nearby Dubai. She then witnessed the Kharijites paying off the first mercenary who approached them. They were subsequently left alone.
  • The Karavan mages arrived, and greeted Gabriela in a friendly fashion. The mages were carrying a black filigreed box, which one of Mel’s spirits explained was empty after Assensing it.
  • Mel was by the Beyazm Gate and noticed one human female and twelve ork males, all looking stylish and European, enter and walk towards the meet location
  • The woman introduced herself as Maria N’Drangeta and was very dismissive of the other Maria’s offer to purchase the heart with a stolen painting
  • You watched the N’Drangeta rep hand over a Platinum credstick (which later turned out to contain 200,000¥) and accept the filigreed box
  • Gabriela drew the ork bodyguards’ attention to the Kharijites just as the fight kicked off
  • The Karavan mages were the first to die, taken out by the Kharijites’ suppressive fire
  • The Kharijites and N’Drangeta then got into a gun battle, whilst Maria N’Drangeta made herself invisible
  • Whilst Gabriela snuck to where she believed Maria to be, Saiph started firing into the mess with his sniper rifle and Mel threw Power Balls around, mortally wounding several civilians
  • At a certain point, Mel became enraged by the battle and the fact that Maria was counterspelling for her bodyguards and turned into her dracoform, still attacking with Power Balls – even injuring Gabriela at one point
  • Gabriela shot and killed one of the guards with a well-placed pistol shot, whilst Saiph eventually took out Maria and split the remaining orks with Mel (who fled briefly, overcome with terror)
  • As the dust settled, Gabriela grabbed the box and checked it contained the heart, which it did
  • Mel recovered the credstick from the Karavan mages
  • Saiph disassembled his sniper rifle and managed to hustle the team away before the 10,000 Daggers mercenaries turned up to the disturbance
  • The team was able to get back to the hostel quickly, and thence back to Lake Louise for a debrief…

Karma Awarded: 6
Cash Awarded: 3,000¥

Brindar Operations Report

Operation: Recovery of “The Black Heart”

I was assigned to a working group with two female elves. Gabriella is a well travelled and educated professional. Mel is a likeable and principled young mage.

We travelled to Constantinople and established a base of operations. Through quick research we were able to discover that traders from Karavan, including one or more mages, had been seen in the market. This is noteworthy so we chose to investigate. Mel was able to identify the mages with relative ease and it was agreed that Gabriella would approach them. She posed as a buyer while I made no efforts to conceal my nature as physical security and Mel hung back to cover us. The merchants were thoroughly convinced by her act and explained that they had already agreed to sell the item to representatives of the Mafia. They invited Gabriella to the meet, providing the time and location.

From here it should be a simple matter to retrieve the item from the Mafia representatives after the handover.

Gabriella - Mission Notes
This will take the form of the mission notes she makes on her commlink for reference.

Day 1

  • Afternoon meeting with Jane-in-the-box, given my first real mission. Travel to Istanbul with 2 other fellow agents of the Draco Foundation to recover an artefact.
  • Met with my colleagues;
    Saiph – an ork who initially appears to be of middle eastern decent and to have some mercenary work experience. My suspicions were quickly confirmed when in conversation he mentioned being a Kurdish freedom fighter.
    edited to add: Has enemies within S-K, apparently linked to closure of Constantinople HQ. Carries a LMG. Links to Aden?
    Mel – a very likeable elf mage who explained she was a Hawaiian Marine Biologist before she started working for the great Sea Dragon. Appears to have strong beliefs about environmental & ecological issues. Possibly killed in the name of environmentalism.
    edited to add: Travels very light (could be unprepared or might rely on magic?). Can change appearances.

Day 2

  • We took a flight in the first few hours of the day as far as Istanbul. During the flight we decried on a cover – students backpacking – and booked beds in a youth hostel in the city.
  • Upon arrival the owner agreed to give us the key to our room and let us rent the extra bed so we could have privacy. (Told him we had suffered theft on our trip}
  • We hit up contacts and discovered that it was a expensive black, still-beating & very difficult to damage, heart. Saiph discovered that it was being sold by some mages from Karavan in the grand bazaar. We also heard rumours that the Bank of Panama (and the associated Apep Consortium) were trying to purchase it.
  • Quickly found the Karavan mages (potentially very useful contacts if we play this right) in the bazaar and after a quick chat they divulged that they had agreed to sell it to the Mafia in 3 hours time and gave us the place of the meet so we could attend if we chose.
Give The Devil His Due - Part One

April 2072

  • Jane-In-The-Box contacted you electronically, explaining that she’d heard about the sale of an artefact (a black heart) in Constantinople. She said that she’d been looking for a decent mission to get the three of you into the field together, and Saiph has experience of the local area, so your job is to go there and recover the heart for the Draco Foundation.
  • You met in the mess hall of the Lake Louise underground complex to discuss the plan.
  • Travelled to Constantinople on a t-bird that you boarded outside Calgary; Mel disguised Saiph due to his concerns about getting recognised by old enemies
  • Once at a commercial airport outside Constantinople, you found a Backpackers International hostel. Gabriela charmed the proprietor into giving you access to a four-person room and giving you the key so you could get some security. The room itself had two bunk beds, one of which was taken up with Saiph’s light machine gun.
  • Saiph discovered from a local contact that some Karavan mages were in town, which was noteworthy. They were apparently in and around the Grand Bazaar, making that a good place to start looking.
  • Gabriela called a lecturer friend to learn about the black heart and discovered the involvement of the Apep Consortium, who have an interest in this matter. The artefact itself was apparently sort-of alive and a literal black heart.
  • With the information from these two sources, you started to plan, agreeing to try to strike either before or after the auction rather than at the auction.
  • Mel spotted several magically active people around the Grand Bazaar, and Gabriela identified a group of four matching the description. She was then able to charm them into telling her that they had already arranged the sale of the item to the Mafia, and that the meeting would occur nearby in the Bodrum Han in three hours’ time. The magicians invited her along to the meeting so she could negotiate with the buyers to acquire the item for her “backer.”

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