2 xp awarded to
David Lacoste for the recap. The battle begins.
Malkin: “I can’t do anything to help him but kill the guy what killed him.”
We don’t get anything worthwhile, and
Major Ellis Creed dies. 15 xp and 3 weeks of downtime awarded.
We arrive back at base with
Martin Dubois captured. We ask him about his friend
Jeffrey Phillips, member of the Independent Guardians of a Free Earth, who are trying to expose the aliens. The have pictures of government agents meeting the Saurians, which
Jeffrey Phillips is currently holding. We discuss how to contact
Jeffrey Phillips to try and prove that Martin Dubois is OK so he doesn’t release the photos. We catch some sleep, then in the morning
Major Ellis Creed and Dr. Jason Tennant go to the phone booth Jeffrey Phillips is going to, and David Lacoste, Captain Enabran Tain, and Major Ellis Creed go to the press conference. The press conference is full of
UFO enthusiasts. The podium for the speeches has an Independent Guardians of a Free Earth logo on it. We convince the manager to cancel the press conference and go in the crowd and try to sow doubt amongst the believers.
Major Ellis Creed and Dr. Jason Tennant start checking out the area around Jeffrey Phillips. After calling the phone
Jeffrey Phillips was supposed to answer, they verify him and then kidnap him. They go to his house, get a folder with the pictures, and then mind wipe him.
While there, they notice a couple people skulking outside.
One of them is a guy in a black suit that comes in the building. Very government looking guy.
The agents identify themselves as
FBI and talk to Jeffrey Phillips. They go out the window to hop the fence. The agents notice them.
Major Ellis Creed gets over the fence, Dr. Jason Tennant has trouble. There is a firefight. These “
FBI” agents have silenced pistols. After a short battle, they both run. The bad guys give chase and fire at them.
They steal a car and start driving. The rest of the group goes to meet them in the
. SWAT Van We meet, all get in the
, leave the scene and head back to the SWAT Van estate. We listen to the tapes and there are voices talking about a meeting and exchanging equipment. There are coordinates and a time in rural New York, 200 – 300 yards off the main road.
We go to the meeting place early. There are spotlights set up, military vehicles and personel around. There are also a couple of men in dark suits.
The road is blocked off, and a couple soldiers are setting up weird poles every so often.
We set up for surveillance and spread out.
Later on, the air starts to move around and shimmer, a crescent shape appears, and it lands.
The men in black go inside a hatch that opens, and a few minutes later then come out pushing large metal crates that are hovering.
The craft then quickly takes off, and a sonic boom is heard.
They then take down the barrier and pack up.
Richard Malkin sneaks up and grabs one of the poles, which causes an alarm to go off. We all run for the jeeps.
Major Ellis Creed and Dr. Jason Tennant follow the convoy. The convoy goes into a radar station surrounded by barb-wire fence.
We note the location and head back to the
Estate Headquarters to try and find info about the base through official channels. We find out that the name of the base is
Twin Hills Radar Station. We send our reports in to the parent cell. They send back that we should investigate.
Captain Enabran Tain gets satellite surveillance of the area.
David Lacoste gets a cop to take him over Twin Hills Radar Station in a helicopter, to check the place out. When we go there later that night, it isn’t lit, and doesn’t seem to be guarded.
We cut through the fence, but the guards notice
David Lacoste and Dr. Jason Tennant. They stay behind to distract the guards, while the rest go further into the compound.
David Lacoste contacts a friend and gets a safehouse. We schedule a meeting in
Central Park by the fountain with Dr. Peter Norstrum. We gear up and head out.
Richard Malkin makes contact with the
Dr. Peter Norstrum and puts a Tracking Bug on him. He dials
Captain Enabran Tain and gets him to put his wife on the phone as proof of life.
Dr. Peter Norstrum goes on to talk about his research into the hemi-sync, and how it is used to relieve stresses through hypnosis. Richard is interrogating him and he denys the connection between his research and
Industrial Dynamics. Probing deeper he says that they are interested in other, sub-research. He can show Richard more at his office.
They take a cab,
Major Ellis Creed takes a seperate cab, and the rest take the van.
Major Ellis Creed sets up outside the Dr. Peter Norstrum’s window, David Lacoste goes upstairs in the building and waits while Richard and Dr. Peter Norstrum starts going through his stuff. He pulls out a secret computer and a device that he says
Industrial Dynamics is actually interested in and uses it on Richard. He senses a ringing in his ears and a slight headache and blacks out.
Dr. Peter Norstrum then starts controlling Richard. We converge on the office and cuff
Dr. Peter Norstrum and smack Richard. The van comes around to the window. We start to he people in the hall,
David Lacoste blocks the door, and a silenced pistol goes off through the glass. We then go out the window with the
waiting underneath. SWAT Van
Major Ellis Creed places an Audio/Video Bug and gets out the window, at the same time that they smash the window. He takes a shot at them, hitting one square. We take off in the
, looking back they are men in dark suits. SWAT Van In the van
Dr. Peter Norstrum claims he didn’t contact anyone, and that they might be from Industrial Dynamics. The device is an
LB-427 and was given to him by Industrial Dynamics for testing. He used it on the subjects in question. He was to see if it could be used for mind control. The deaths were an unfortunate side effect. We get medical care for
Dr. Peter Norstrum back at the Estate Headquarters. Robert finds out that the head of
Industrial Dynamics is Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn They hold a lot of military contracts and deal with a lot of electronics and weapons guidance. Looking at the
Audio/Video Bug, these men look really well trained. They leave the office empty handed. Searching through his computer, it seems like
Dr. Peter Norstrum was running a study like he said, but further selected special subjects for post hypnotic suggestion studies. There was a note that after repeated use, there were commonly psychotic breaks. Emails on the computer suggest that he wanted to have the device adjusted. The device was something he was given, and that he doesn’t really know how it works. He was well paid for his work.
Richard senses that he feels little if any remorse for what he has done. He cares little in his subjects, only about how they can help the study.
The device itself is flashlight shaped with weird dials and very clunky. It is made out of known materials and seems human in origin.
Reports come out that there was an altercation at
Dr. Peter Norstrum’s office and that he and his wife are missing.
Dr. Jason Tennant then tries to use the device on Dr. Peter Norstrum and his wife to try and make them forget the past week. It sends some sort of electrical pulse at them.
Dr. Peter Norstrum seems less affected than his wife. Richard then takes the device and uses it on him again.
It still isn’t entirely effective, so we dope them up and drop them off in New Jersey.
At the same time,
David Lacoste goes to the scene under official pretenses, gets the Audio/Video Bug, and copies of all the evidence files. We give eveyone a copy to look into it.
David Lacoste gets a hit on the prints, they are active military. Major Ellis Creed uses this info to look into them and finds out what base they are stationed at.
Major Ellis Creed goes onto base to get their personel info. They are classified and he can’t get access to them. Major Ellis Creed gets the base commander to look into it.
Dr. Jason Tennant then tries to hack into the military system to get the info but fails.
Major Ellis Creed then uses the email address Major Ellis Creed was using to start a dialogue with them. We set up a very complicated meeting.
Major Ellis Creed attacks Robert like a jack-ass, who fights back. It escalates but ends before any final actions are taken. No one from
Industrial Dynamics shows up to the meetup. Looking into
Industrial Dynamics, we find out that they occupy a floor of a Manhattan high-rise. Search for info on
Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn, he is highly decorated, wounded in the Gulf War, and seems to be in a wheel chair. We eventually decide to go into the
Industrial Dynamics building under the pretense of being electricians to tap their lines.
Dr. Jason Tennant uses the taps to get into their systems. He finds out that they have some research labs in their office. After downloading what he could get,
Dr. Jason Tennant gives them a virus. While going through the info,
Dr. Jason Tennant comes upon some old documents from the 60s and 70s from the CIA. They talk about a device called the Mhic-Edom (Microwave hypnotic intracerebral control-electronic dissolution of memory).
Dr. Jason Tennant also finds emails from Dr. Peter Norstrum, and emails between Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn and an unnamed individual. This thrid party provided the CIA documents. Richard recalls that the
CIA project, MKULTRA, were supposed to have used the device. Later that evening, we overhear a call by
Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn on the tap saying that things have gone too far, and are too close to home, and that they have to meet. We don’t know who is on the other end. We go to
Industrial Dynamics and see Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn getting into a limo. They eventually arrive in a warehouse district.
We go around back and try and surveil the situation.
Major Ellis Creed climbs up to a window. The warehouse is poorly lit.
Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn is talking to a man hidden in the shadows, wearing a trench coat and smoking a cigarette. Major Ellis Creed climbs into the building and onto a catwalk.
Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn is saying we need to call this off because of the heat. The other man is insistent about their “deal”. Major (Retired) Sandford Vaughn says he needs to get back to his superiors. The stanger says that he fullfilled his part of the deal by giving him the plan, and he wants in, now. They both leave, and we decide to intercept the stranger.
After a scuffle, we apprehend him and head back to base.
At base, we give him medical attention, and interrogate him. He reveals himself as
Jonas MacDonald. He says he is fed up with
AEGIS, trying to leave, and betraying them. He claims
Industrial Dynamics have contacts with a common enemy, which we think means Black Book. He says that
AEGIS is controlling him, got him using addictive psi-drugs, and used him up. After getting what we can from him, we kill him.
Agent X shows up at our base and commends us for uncovering him as a traitor. Agent X is saddened by the fact that we had to kill Jonas MacDonald as he knew him well.
Agent X takes Jonas MacDonald’ body and says he will dispose of it. 10 xp received.
X meets us at the Estate Headquarters. He gives us our
HERMES links. We are told that they are in a limited access mode until we can prove ourselves.
We are given a mission about incidents at
Columbia University. From the outside they appear normal, but when looked at in aggregate
Ethan Crawford commited suicide by jumping off the school library.
Javier Coletta walked into a classroom, shot the professor and then himself.
Rebecca Trembley went into the locker room and shot 10 members of the football team, and is now catatonic. Robert starts to investigate and info about these people at the
Dr. Jason Tennant starts to do computer research on the subject.
Major Ellis Creed goes to see Javier Coletta’s apartment in the Bronx. His wife opens the door with his kids in the background.
David Lacoste goes to talk to Ethan Crawford’s friends and family.
Captain Enabran Tain goes to talk to Rebecca Trembley’s family. They live in a nice condo, have money. Richard goes to investigate the
campus. Tries to pick up guilty thoughts or violent thoughts. Also asks around about the people. Gathered a lot of similar info that was found from the families.
The door to the roof is unlocked. Richard goes up to investigate.
Under one of the air vents, a book bag is stashed.
Ethan Crawford’s bookbag. Crumpled at the bottom is a flyer for a research study about the stresses of school from the psychology department. Afterwards, we all get a text from
Major Ellis Creed to meet at a nearby internet cafe and discuss things.
Major Ellis Creed and Dr. Jason Tennant go to the psych department. Both notice the posters in this building and outside of this building. Study was being run by Dr. Peter Norstrum. “If you are troubled or stressed, please participate. Cash reward offered.”
Dr. Jason Tennant distracts the secretary, while Major Ellis Creed breaks in to his office. Major Ellis Creed quickly turns the place over. No computer, typewriter on the desk. Strange old device in the office with dials and a set of headphones. Made of wood.
Locked filing cabinet with a current research study.
Major Ellis Creed takes it and the typewriter ribbon, and climbs out the window.
Captain Enabran Tain and Richard goes to see Rebecca Trembley at the hospital in the psych ward. They get copies of her charts.
We all meet back at
base and investigate the machine. Richard investigates the machine and recognizes it. It is a hemi-sink and is used to create a trance like state to relax the subject.
Dr. Jason Tennant investigates Ethan Crawford’s computer files and sees that he had appointments with Dr. Peter Norstrum.
Major Ellis Creed looks through the paper files about the research. Dr. Peter Norstrum had appointments every couple of weeks with the people.