Changing Fate

Into Africa (May 26, 2015)

Key Events:

1. Secret message to Casper… “Kroft must not come to Iraq.”

  • Follow up with another message… “Keep Kroft safe at all costs.”

2. Hand off four captives to Kroft?

3. New Mission: Recover missing Specter Operatives in Nigeria.

Weber informs the team that the entire DC team has gone missing in the jungles of Nigeria. The team was on assignment to take some Boko Haram leaders, including Abubakar Shekau himself. The team was successful, and made a check-in three days ago, but has since gone missing.

It is worth noting that the team also mentioned a situation that was similar to yours. They cornered Shekau and three of his lieutenants in an abandoned school in Nigeria, but were setup by a European man that they didn’t get a good look at. There was an explosion of sorts, and they awoke with powers… but so did Shekau and his men.

Here is what we know about each of them…

Specter Team Operatives:
1. Paul Kraemer – Espionage and firearms expert. Displays ability to control electricity.
2. James Casey – Tech and hand-to-hand combat expert. Displays supernatural strength and toughness.
3. Marco Schefnik – Demolitions expert and Navy Seal. Displays ability to regenerate and recover from any wound.
4. Demarco Cross – KIA

Boko Haram Targets:
1. Abubakar Shekau – Emir of ISIL in West Africa and leader of Boko Haram. He appears to be able to change his physical form, taking on aspects of things around him.
2. Akande Okonkwo – Shekau’s right hand. Displays superior strength, speed and durability.
3. Kalu Martins – Ex-Interpol. Displays ability to anticipate and predict the future with a high degree of accuracy.
4. Mohammed Eze – Professional merc. Displays ability to change his size at will.

Mission goals:
1. Recover the three teammates.
2. Kill or capture BH leaders.
3. Keep powers secret.
4. Return to Specter HQ in Indy.

Prep Rolls:
1. Get gear and garb (4 successes) – The team has normal assault and jungle survival gear, as well as 2 free invokes on the aspect “We got gear.”
2. Monitor activity via satellites (9 successes) – The team has detailed maps and images of the area surrounding the school, as well as some idea of the number of people, vehicles and travel patterns. 4 free invokes on a the aspect “Lay of the land.”
3. Get local contact and safe house (7 successes) – See below.

Welcome to the jungle!

Team travels to Nigeria using the cover as US-based developers. They then take jeeps to the town of Calabar in eastern Nigeria, near the border with Cameroon. The area is fairly dense forest, but a bit drier than one expects of a jungle.

In Calaban they meet with Jonathan Nbuta, a local contact of the CIA with a specialization in Boko Haram. Nbuta is very helpful, but refuses to go into the field and be seen with the Americans so that he can keep his cover as a rural doctor. He does provide a very safe, secure and secluded haven for the team in a small religious retreat (recently fallen to disuse) in the forest. He also provides two jeeps using the resources of the team.

Assault on Boko Haram

Team travels via jeep over poorly paved roads, then onto dirt roads. After two hours, the roads turn into little more than trails. The area is highly forested, bordering on jungle-like.

The team stops the jeeps at small village, about 10 miles from the suspected Boko Haram base. There Victor manages to ingratiate himself to a village elder, and learn of the best route to take. He also learns that two of the men being sought are likely here in the village.

Supposedly, Eze and Okonkwo are meeting with some locals today, outside of the town, to arrange some sort of deal with a nearby warlord.

Ramshackle Outpost

The warlord and six men are holed up in what looks like an old travel lodge from the pre-war era. It has recently been fixed up, and has two generators powering it.

Encounter with Eze, Okonkwo and Warlord’s men.

*Aftermath…

What to do with Kraemer?
He is under the influence of morphine, heavily drugged and on the verge of OD.

Travel to school?
The jeeps have GPS in them, which can be hacked to get exact coordinates of school. Also they could get back to the school quickly using the jeeps and not arouse any suspicions about the missing team.

Encounter at School
No surprise… Martins saw it coming!

Shekau, Martins and three well-trained men are at the school, and ready for the attack.

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ISIS Infiltration (May 20th, 2015)

MISSION GOAL: Find and disable any weapons of mass destruction at the facility in Anbar Province in Iraq.

MISSION OBJECTIVES:

1. To secure a local contact that can identify the location of the facility where ISIS is likely to be keeping any important munitions.

2. Find the facility and gain entry by any means.

3. Secure and disable any WMDs present.

4. Capture ISIS leaders if any are identified.

5. Avoid capture at all costs.

CAVEAT: No one outside of the team is to know that WMD are likely involved.

PART I:

Colonel Webber explained the situation with ISIS recapturing an area in Anbar Province, and stated the mission’s goal and objectives. The team gathered together equipment and worked with Dr. Kroft to get a device to device any active warheads of they are found.

The next morning they were on a plane to Germany; Rammstein Air Base. En Route, Casper determined a handful of likely persons of interest based on who was communicating and transporting goods in the Anbar area. This led to the discovery of a soldier who was trafficking illegal goods in and out of the area.

The team attempted to find the soldier, but the timeline for departure from Rammstein made it impossible. The soldier (Sergeant McCrae) was noted and may be pursued at a later time.

By day 3, the team had arrived in the Bagdad green zone and were provided basic accommodations courtesy of the army. They adopted false IDs as security experts, contractors hired to investigate systems security breaches.

That evening, Casper and the team tracked down a lead on a local Iraqi who knew a lot about the trafficking in the area, as well as the relations between ISIS and locals. He provided information about an asset in the town of Anwar, in the newly ISIS controlled area.

The asset’s name was Kamil Midhat Amhad, and he was known to run an operation with as many as 30 ISIS soldiers in Anwar.

PART II:

The next morning, the team boarded a Blackhawk and was dropped int he desert a few kilometers from Anwar. They made their way on foot to the town, holed up in an abandoned building, and investigated the area.

After some time, Victor fashioned disguises for himself and Shen, then they ambushed a couple of ISIS soldiers. They interrogated them and found out about Kamil’s wife and his habits. At the same time, Jeff took a position on the hill behind Kamil’s compound and watched.

That evening, the team converged on the compound and killed the guards. Kamil fled inside where they detained and questioned him. Patrick led the interrogation with Victor assisting. They determined that Kamil was working for a man named Ala al-Din Nimat Darzi, who was in an abandoned oil refinery a few kilometers to the south. They killed Kamil.

Casper hot wired a truck and the team piled in and headed to the refinery. Once they got close, they scoped it out and found about 12 men guarding the facility. It was bombed out and non-functioning, but they had erected makeshift barricades and walls with razor wire.

The team easily dispatched the men, with Jeff leading the assault. All enemies were killed easily. Once inside the compound, the team breached the main building, an old warehouse that was two stories tall. Inside it was empty except for some aged barrels, some rusted heavy machinery, and a handful of easily killed ISIS fighters.

The team discovered a securely locked cargo elevator with recent signs of activity. There was also a staircase with the same signs. They punched in the code they had extracted from Kamil, and headed down the stairs.

Below was a long hallway, reminiscent of an old hospital. There were several “clean rooms” where it looked like workers had once worked with drugs, chemicals or advanced tech, many years prior. All the rooms were empty except for some abandoned equipment, now defunct.

The hallway showed signs of having recently been used by a large truck to take something to a set of blast doors at the end. The team went to the end of the hall and tried to listen through the doors, but they were sound proof.

They bypassed the security and opened the doors, where they were met with a hail of bullets. One shooter unloaded a spray of ammo in their direction, missing everyone. Inside the team saw three men in clean suits working on small warheads. The shooter was behind them, in the back of the two story “lab.” Overlooking the lab was a glass control room with tinted windows.

The scientists all tried to find cover and direct gunfire away from the weapons. The shooter, Darzi, was taken out, but left alive. No one else was seriously injured.

During the firefight, a couple of the team members attempted to shoot through the bulletproof glass in the overlook. They could see the movement of a lone figure inside.

Once Darzi was removed from combat, a voice came over speaker in the room. The voice was vaguely European, leaning toward British with a mixed accent from numerous years of travel. It was a male voice, and of someone likely in his middle age.

He said something to the effect of, “all the pieces are moving into their places.” As he spoke, one of the warheads activated. It was spitting out code on the LED that made no sense to Casper. Try as he might, Casper couldn’t deactivate it. Five seconds later, the room erupted in bright light, and the team felt their skin burn briefly, followed by blindness and unconsciousness.

PART III:

Sometime later, the team awoke over the course of about 30 seconds, except for Victor. As they awoke, each felt strange, and different. They had not been burned, or otherwise visibly injured. The room had, however, collapsed around them. The space was crumbled to about 1/8 the size, and the whole second level, including the control room, was leveled. A few I-beams saved the people within from being crushed.

During the course of trying to escape the collapse, each of the team members discovered that they had some strange new power, like a super power. Shen could slightly augment his physical form with the elements. Jeff could teleport short distances. Patrick could exert telekinetic force. Casper could infiltrate the minds of others.

As the scientists awoke, they also began to display powers. Mohammed, the first and most versed in English, seemed to become youthful and invigorated. Achmed’s eyes turned black, but he seemed to be able to exert his will over others. Johar seemed to be absorbing energy from nearby and heating up his body and the air around him.

The team rendered Achmed and Johar unconscious. Victor and Darzi were already unconscious.

During this time Jeff managed to teleport through a crack in the rocks that Shen found. He circled back around to the entrance and opened the blast doors. On his way, he saw another group of militants coming toward the facility.

Upon exiting the building, the team easily dispatched the militants, using their skills and some of their new powers. They then radioed for evac and made their way to the extraction point.

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Who Can? Ukraine!
The group infiltrates a small city in Eastern Ukraine...

Participants: Jeff, Casper, Shen, Patrick
Ancillary: Victor

Late 2013…

With intelligence and pre-infiltration conducted by Victor, the group attempts to infiltrate a small coastal town dominated by Russian sympathizers. The goal is to create further unrest among Russian speaking Ukrainians in the hope of prompting an invasion by Russia.

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The Big Biker Blunder (Second Crossing Path)

Team: Victor, Casper, Shen, Jeff

The team, under the direction of Victor, was charged with gathering intel from the Outlaws biker gang. Victor went into deep cover with the gang for several weeks, and then setup a meeting with Casper (also under cover) to “clean” the biker’s phones of incriminating data. The meeting was held at the Sinking Ship in broad daylight, to put everyone at ease. The place was emptied ahead of time, except for a few plants from DHS and the rest of the team.

After some bickering, Victor got the gang leader to have the crew hand over their phones to Casper, who wiped them, but also took all of the data and call records.

Shen started a brief quarrel with one of the bikers, which created enough distraction to keep eyes off of Casper.

Victor planted some insidious thoughts into the gang leader’s head to make him believe that one of his guys was selling them out, backed up by planted information by Casper on the guy’s phone.

The gang leader killed the other biker in the bathroom.

Everyone got out alive, and the team got the information they were seeking, with no knowledge of the activities.

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The Manning Incident (First Crossing Path)

The Team: Jeff, Shen, Casper, Victor

Objective: Protect Peyton Manning from assassination attempt by the North Koreans.

Story: Casper stumbled on intel from N. Korea that an assassination attempt was coming. It was the day before the Superbowl in Indy. No one else could be deployed quickly enough, so they unleashed this team to stop the attempt.

After fast but ample preparation, the team gets into position. Casper organizes and listens in to the chatter. Jeff looks on from above. Victor disguises as a press agent. Shen blends into the crowd as a tourist.

With Casper hearing chatter of the coming attack, Jeff watches carefully and sees the movement of the would-be assassins. He signals to Shen and Victor to intercept. Shen “bumbles” into one of the assassins and slows his progress before putting him to the ground stealthily. Victor puts himself between the second shooter and Manning, playing the part of concerned press agent.

Shen incapacitates the first attacker, and while the second is stalled by Victor, Jeff puts a bullet in his head form his sniper position.

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Current Issues
Aspects about the world...

An imbalance in global power – Power lines are shifting, and violent extremism is gaining ground. Even powerful nation-states find themselves at a loss for how to maneuver in the changing global politics.

EVERYTHING is online – One can find anything on the internet, but one can also be found there. While the internet is a blessing to seekers of knowledge and sharers of information, it has also created a new battlefield in a rapidly growing form of warfare.

In a world without trust… – One never knows who to trust, and alliances are often false or fleeting. The complexity of societies and the ease with which one can attain anonymity only serves to increase the value of truly trusted friends, as rare as they may be.

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Introduction

Following the atrocities of 9/11, Americans were sold a story that enable the invasion of an uninvolved sovereign nation. We were told that Iraq’s leadership supported terrorism and that Saddam Hussain was in some way responsible for the attacks on America. We were led to believe that Iraq possessed dangerous weapons of mass destruction and that he posed an imminent risk. Nearly everything we were told was a lie.

Following our invasion of Iraq we were informed that there were no weapons of mass destruction and that we may have invaded for all the wrong reasons. This retraction, it turns out, was the biggest lie of all. As it turns out, Saddam did have various weapons of mass destruction. The worst part? Our forces failed to locate and secure them. In order to create the illusion of security, certain operatives in the U.S. government occluded the truth in order to continue the search for the weapons in secrecy.

We now know that ISIS has some of the weapons, and that they intend to use them in the near future. Though the Islamic State is a new entity on the international stage, many of their major actors have been involved in terrorism, trafficking and other dark acts for decades. These are powerful men with powerful connections. Furthermore, they can disappear in an instant and resurface more powerful in just a few months. We cannot risk losing sight of these men and their weapons.

You are some of America’s most talented and elite operatives. Your careers have been forged in the trenches, behind enemy lines, and among the shadows in foreign territories. Your skills run the gamut from armed combat, technological expertise, espionage and any number of other crafts picked up along the way. It is your experiences and your special training that qualify you for the mission at hand.

You will work as a team to strike fast and hard and retrieve the weapons at any cost. Your mission will be organized by the CIA with guidance from DHS and DOD. Lethal force is authorized and anticipated.

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Welcome to your campaign!
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1. Invite your players

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4. Create some NPCs

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A quick tip: The “+” icon in the top right of every section is how to add a new item, whether it’s a new character or adventure log post, or anything else.

5. Write your first Adventure Log post

The adventure log is where you list the sessions and adventures your party has been on, but for now, we suggest doing a very light “story so far” post. Just give a brief overview of what the party has done up to this point. After each future session, create a new post detailing that night’s adventures.

One final tip: Don’t stress about making your Obsidian Portal campaign look perfect. Instead, just make it work for you and your group. If everyone is having fun, then you’re using Obsidian Portal exactly as it was designed, even if your adventure log isn’t always up to date or your characters don’t all have portrait pictures.

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