Clear Waters

Post George Planning

Vincent Bowen gets a phone call from John Watts, the BHouse boss, about George Algernon Percy. Asking if he was a danger to the trade secrets of the company. Vincent said no and assured him it would be taken care of. Since they were below the minimum team, they have two days to fix their current problems.

He meets with Dallas McFarland and William Powers. Both Vincent and William have been planning to kill George and find someone to blame it on. On of the rival groups if possible. Either the mafia admin or middle managers. But without a way to contact the mafia team, to set a trap, nothing concrete emerges. William suggests he knows someone who would like to join their mission.

William meets with his contact John Peterson and suggests he might light to join the mission. He agrees and they talk about ways to solve the George problem.

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The doctor is out

Dallas McFarland, Vincent Bowen and William Powers go to look for George Algernon Percy. Dallas asks about him at the place he works and are told he was called away on an emergency close to end of the working day. She got a number for the family from the house records and wakes his mother at 3am. The mother hasn’t heard anything and becomes distraught.

They have three names and descriptions for hoods who may be open to giving information. John Russo, aspiring capo, party guy. Anthony Vella, brains. Frank Carna, muscle.*First William checks out the nightclub by satellite photo, checking the area around it. He also finds photo’s for John Russo.

They go to Miami, get an abandoned car, Dallas fixes it up. They also pick the area as a meeting place. Then without a plan walk into the club. It being early on a Friday they get past the bouncers, but get a look for not being in party cloths. William gets a nod. Inside they spot the various levels of Mafia in the booths at the side, plus the three in question.

William calls over a waiter and hands a note, which says to meet at a location for a business meeting. Then walks out. The other two follow suit. This draws attention. William looks back and the waiter is pointing to him.

They go to the place. Later a car pulls up with four hoods. William is outside the car to one side, while the other two are in the car. One of them hands him the note and asks if he gave it. William responds he didn’t come to talk to him, ‘but I came’, was the response. Behind him comes another car with three including John Russo. William is walked to him, with a thug behind him. The other two take cover and watch the two PC’s.

William asks about give information to find a friend of theirs. John asks if the friend owes money, if so that would be the answer. He doesn’t know about that. John asks for a name. When he gets it he relaxes, smiles and just gives an address and says he is being kept against his will and to listen for the screaming. They then leave.

The house is on the spit of land that is Miami beach. They go up the the mansion on open ground, lights are triggered and the door opens. A butler comes out, they ask for their George, he responds that he cannot talk about anybody present. They ask different ways and get the same answer.

Vincent sends Morgan a message asking about intrusion equipment. Hey Dude, come over, is the response. They rent two intrusion suits and some equipment to break in. They ask what the place is, and are asked if they enjoy pain, ‘Its not so bad’, no, I mean ‘enjoy’ pain. It is a place for S+M. William and Dallas sneak up, but hesitate about breaking in. He had spotted a car arrive, but the lights were not triggered. That car now leaves.

They follow the car, Vincent drives in from to force it to stop. The cars collide. They get out and face a very frightened seventy year old man. He tells them he doesn’t meet the other customers, but the place is quiet.

Dallas and William break in using her knowledge. The computer system is in three parts. The security is hardwired, but gives a map of the house. The most open is the online store etc. While customer section is encrypted. She takes a copy of the encrypted data. They find the stairs down to the basement, go through the laundry room.

In the ‘Dungeon’ they find George naked and upside down being punished. They take him out of there. In the car he explains he was called out for an emergency, but liked what he saw and stayed. Didn’t know he was missing or that four days had passed. He calls his mother and is sent to explain himself to the Charlotte police.

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Planning with a map

Dallas McFarland, Vincent Bowen and William Powers meet again the next evening. In short they plan three routes like this.

A Hopper or Jumpcraft rented from Morgan and Stanley off the cargo ship then onto the Florida headland. Or by smaller cargo vessel. They have three transportation firms that could arrange it once on land. Harry Bonifay has reaches out to a contact in Tampa. They give prices for direct moving of the goods. Either as part of a consignment to Kansas city or a custom load to a destination of choice.

The middle way is to directly move the container by VTOL to Oklahoma. William reaches out to his contact who can arrange for a colleague move some ‘furniture’ back home. Allowing them to do some slight of hand. It is the fastest, but hardest to pull off since VTOL’s are watched by the US border defensive agencies.

The third way is to bring it off by normal hopper, by ship to Houston, leaving a clean run up to Oklahoma. Harry’s contact has connections to arrange the transport and paper work.

They all notice missing posters for George Algernon Percy. This makes them concerned about what is happening. Marcus Witterburg calls William to tell him if Bhouse hear about the posters they could cut their group out for being below the minimum number for the team. Also the college kids have withdrawn under pressure. He will be busy getting money for more gifts to get the location of the Bhouse servers. They debated if they should give him the money. Or at least hire him on the smuggling job.

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More planning I presume

George Algernon Percy has not been answering their calls or messages.
Dallas McFarland, William Powers and Vincent Bowen meet again the next day at a Charlotte harbour pub. They discuss how the various options open to them in devising the three routes for The smuggling mission.

Dallas has done some research in Bhouse industries. Discovered it is a shelf company, the records of them are scare. The people behind have histories in keeping with what they told them. Normally a company will have some PR, while keeping the specifics of their products a secret.

William Powers has a meeting with his friend, who tells him that a hacker with the trademark of those who work with the New York Mafia has been researching their names. He is also given some other tasks to accomplish.

Vincent Bowen also has a meeting with a friend who gives him a friendly reminder of a few things.

Marcus Witterburg is back at the FMC. He wants to talk to William. He gets invited to meet them at another place after the main meeting. He is nervous and unusually quiet. The place where the research is done is still unknown to him. His mother is working on that, but she is part of the front. He acquired some gifts to get the previous information and will need to get some more. He asks have they any work. They say they’ll let him know if any comes up.

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The game develops

Harry Bonifay is to be released from hospital. He has had minimal information from his wife when she visited. The room might be bugged. He orders a taxi to the bus station, but notices that a car with Mafia hoods have spotted him and follows. He gets in contact with Morgan and arranges a meeting in a restaurant. Morgan has business type e-docs on the table. He acts like a potential investor in a relaunch of the Bonifay’s restaurant. Morgan needs to whispher, play along, since Harry wants to have a straight up conversation. At the end Morgan gives Harry $1000 for a one month exclusive to do business with him. Then arranges for Vincent Bowen to fly him near where his family is staying.

Dallas McFarland, Vincent Bowen and William Powers go through a normal work day. They meet over a secure line to discuss what they do next. Nothing is decided, apart from brining Harry in to help plan the three routes and to have a face to face meeting in Port Charlotte.

Harry gets home and is filled in on what has really been happening. The family have some money but they need to start earning before the month is out. Harry gets an invitation to the meeting and agrees to go.

Vincent gets in contact with Marcus Witterburg who acts nervously. He has no new info, has been acquiring stuff to get more info from his mother. He tells him they need to find the hidden servers and the real research facility to get the required information.

George Algernon Percy is working late and hasn’t been involved in the planning. They all meet up and task Harry with planning the route. Dallas reminds them of the container size and the restrictions they are working under.

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Election

Back at the FMC their absence has been noted. The people above them have noted it in different ways. Most people have the day off. The launch of the election has been set-up with the arrival of three bottlenose dolphins from Hydrospan. A stage has been put up at the dock and the university is covered in bunting and flags.

Dallas McFarland meets up with a very concerned Ralph. She calls to say she is in trouble. Then misses a meeting later that day. She insists everything is ok. He asks her to be careful and to ask if she needs help. Since she missed the previous days setup for the election she works as security checking badges and frisking down women.

George Algernon Percy meets up with his Mafia contact in the crowd, after doing the work he missed the previous day. Got into the most trouble for calling in sick. Reaffirms they are a group who just happened to come together. The Mafia guy says payback is coming so keep an eye on them. They will wait until the situation calms down first.

Vincent Bowen is meet by Sheriff Jacobs as he leaves work in the morning to enjoy a day off. He is told his absence has been noted. Vincent tells him about the mission to collect the drugs out in the swamp, but not the trip to Poseidon. He says he went to New York to party with girls. He gets made a C.I, which means he has to give fresh information every month.

William Powers meets up with his boss that night. The medical device told him he was in New York. He send remotes to check the building out. They spotted a group of college age kids come out. The company left the building that night. The boss is very dubious about the supposed mission, can’t see the angle, doubts the journey to Poseidon is true. Their mission here is to get contracts in the FMC. Any investigation of Bhouse is unlikely to receive funding. Williams suggestion for his boss to meet Morgan and Stanley will happen the next evening in a nightclub.

The election announcement is done by human and dolphin. Half of the council handed in their resignation and then the first candidates handed in the application to be a candidate. Then the dolphins give a speech about the importance of returning the sea to life, which will benefit humans and cetaceans alike. The independence needed for that, which the new council members should continue. Three main strands of political thought among the people. Strong independence from outsiders, full collaboration with governments and incorps to work with the powers that be and a middle path to find the best solution with the available options.

They all meet up with Ralph at a diner. He is courteous and charming. Gives a broad outline as to what the mission is. 40foot containers need to be brought through and send to a warehouse in the midwest. They need to scout out three separate routes that can be used. It should also be possible to switch between them. 10k has been left for them as a group to plan them out.

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The mission

Dallas McFarland, George Algernon Percy, Vincent Bowen and William Powers arrive in New York two hours before the interview. They go to an upmarket place on 5th avenue. Dallas does up their CV’s and builds a cover story over their real lives to make them into a team and hide what they have really been up to. After coming back together shortly before they go over the main points and head up.

Dallas has nominated herself as the engineer, William as security, Marcus as PR, George as the team leader and Vincent as his assistant. At the building on the edge of the financial district they are virtually ignored by security and waved through when they say where they are going.

Vincent pushes Marcus out as the PR guy, he has a look around finding the only used section on the floor. He strides forward and determination, when his mother calls out, Marcus what are you doing, he stops deflates. They go through a smoky glass door into an open plan office. On the left are offices, at the back an open door reveals lab techs and equipment.

John Watts a small, nebbish man ushers them forward and into a small conference room. He keeps the door open, but doesn’t shake their hands. Two people are still in there. Henry Piereson and Anan Tinashe sit on either side of the spare chair for their boss. The players sit in the seats across from them. The introductions are made.

John explains about the biomod. He is the owner manager, passionate about the project. He extols the value of being a small agile company doing research. They make some small talk, John mentions the two shoots outs and the Mafia having a holiday. They say you can’t believe the reports, citing the political struggle happening there as well.

Dallas tells her so she is asked about engineering stuff, degrees, calculus etc, which she is able to do. John guesses William is security. Dallas says Marcus is PR, George is the manager, he shows his medical knowledge by asking which model its based on, Anasi or Biogene. John looks a bit confused then tells them it has something from those an a lesser known Lavender model, with some of his own work. Which leaves Vincent as the assistant, John fails to ask proper questions about filing, all seems well. But he passes the question to Anan, who asks questions he can’t answer.

John stops this and says its good enough. He explains the job is to bring them onto Poseidon pretend to setup a company. While they will negotiate a deal with an incorp and sell the models on. They may need to do a handover, but that’s all.Since this is a sensitive mission they will need to hand over something valuable to them as collateral. He is taking a big risk and he wants to reduce the risk of being double crossed.

When he says this its clear he hasn’t run it past his two employee’s. He waves his hands in general manner, obviously having not fully thought this through. The players are stumped. They will have a few days to think about it.

They go to a café to talk about what they will give. Vincent thinks about offering his legs. They throw around all kinds of ideas, mainly to find a way to give something which they can pass of as valuable. Dallas tells Marcus to find out about the other applicants. He says he missed a few birthdays, Christmases and Mothersdays. So he going shopping online to make up for it. He will stay in New York.

Dallas does a search for the names of the three they met. John Watts graduated from MIT, worked for american companies. Forum posts describe him as talented, but eccentric. He disappeared after working in a string of jobs, then going off the radar before BHouse industries. Henry Pierceson has the best online footprint as an engineer. Anan Tinashe studied engineering at online in her native Africa before coming to the U.S.

Bhouse is ten years old, John Watts took over in five years ago. The previous CEO is a prolific member of company boards and executive positions. The books are closed as a Limited company. Since the incorps run 90% of the worlds business the caution and low key nature is not surprising. Other businesses do manage to be more open.

They go back to Port Charlotte before the day lease runs out.

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Are we a team?

Dallas McFarland and George Algernon Percy are at a gas station cafeteria waiting for the bus to bring them to Port Charlotte. After awhile a continental car arrives, with a different group of Mafia types. They are discussing what has fallen the other two groups. Having gotten bogged down over a small matter. They are looking at other places to transport goods. Dallas and George listen in covertly. The boss gets a phone call, talks about having a meeting. George has been getting messages to work. He has said he is stuck in an isolated place. The boss comes over to tell them to take a romantic walk. Just before this she was in contact with Ralph who said he is sending someone to collect her. She should have called him for help.

Vincent Bowen, William Powers and Marcus are at the strip club. William tells about the offer to go to Poseidon in a private VIP room. Vincent is interested, will still be working for M+S as well. Marcus is asked some more questions, its clear he doesn’t know that much. The group want to send an advance team with their new Biomods. There are rival group competing for the job. Need to put forward a team for the interview. After a few hours they get a hotel room.

Dallas and George leave. As another car arrives, George is caught in the headlamps. The car breaks, the doors fling open. George runs, then Dallas does as well. A voice calls out ‘Doctor’. He stops then calls his contact. The person chasing him answers. The two are bundled into the car. They are searched. Dallas is presumed to be a prostitute. She bites her lip. At the new operation room, Dallas is given uppers to stay awake and she acts as a nurse.

In the morning Marcus calls his ‘Uncle’. They have an appointment at 6pm that day. Marcus is questioned again about the job. He talks generally about needing a manager, security, scientist, admin, business 101 stuff. He says its very important for the group to go, to apply for the position. They rent a hopper for the day. William calls Dallas.

Dallas is cleaning up after helping with four operations and just an hours sleep. She tells him she has been kidnapped and doesn’t know if she will make it out alive. Sends a message to Ralph she is ok. He had called during an operation because she wasn’t there at the rendezvous. George is given another $10k. He is questioned about the group. He gives all the information he has. They are dropped off in Port Charlotte. They go home to get cleaned up.

They all get messages asking why they are not at the FMC. Except for Vincent who gets a call from his boss, it is from the Admin office. The hopper lands in Port Charlotte, they have around six hours to make the meeting. BTW says Marcus, they will all need suits.

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A common interest

The half abandoned road of town houses is quiet. Some light spills out of the houses. The group are given bullet proof jackets and armed with three ranch carbines, with are taken by Vincent Bowen, William Powers and Dallas McFarland. Vincent takes watch at the corner of a house. Observes three people hiding outside the house. Dallas , William and George Algernon Percy sneak around the back. They make noise, but the hoods aren’t alerted. The last house before a road has a higher wall. They debate what to do next.

As the next events are taking place George stays in the garden and makes a slow retreat away from the gunfire.

Vincent puts forward a plan to shoot and draw them forward. They procrastinate. Marcus sends a message there is movement in the house. The hoods in sight haven’t moved. Vincent shoots at a drainpipe to get their attention. They hunker down. William boasts Dallas onto the wall. She sees a guy at the backdoor and shoots him.

Vincent keeps up the distraction. William tells George he had better stay behind him or he will shoot him, then goes to the front of the house. As he is at the corner of the a resident comes out with a shotgun. William puts up his hands and tries to be friendly, gets a shot over his head for his trouble.

Dallas shoots at the figure pulling in the wounded comrade. Misses.

Meanwhile the hoods have gone between the houses for cover. The one across the road shoots a blind burst with is pistol. The resident retreats, his wife ushering him back inside. William has moved to the otherside of the road and shoots back, hitting every time with a three round burst.

Dallas jumps down to the road towards William. William moves towards the front of the house.

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The intrigue collides

Dallasmeets up with Willy Marshall to go to the location. They make the best time, willy sees the note, so he knows exactly where the goods are hidden.
William Powers meets with John Cobbin Port Charlotte. They go out on a yacht, then leave by boat to old hermits house. John gets lost.
Vincent Bowen meets with M+S outside of town, then fly’s the jump craft to the hermits house.
George Algernon Percy is told to infiltrate the smugglers and find the drugs. Can create a cover story that he escaped from them. He chooses a different way. Hires a taxi to drop him nearby. Also should find there missing member Marcus. He needs to be ‘cross-examined’.

William goes to meet Marcus, who is ensconced in a room with his playbox 200, playing MW 300, the cats of Spartan pass, surrounded by wrappers. Tells him the Mafia are looking around for new smuggling routes. Their are different captains, whoever finds the best one wins. William interested in the info.

Dallas and Willy arrive first and start digging near the Hermits house.
George arrives next and scouts out the place.
Vincent arrives, four arc lights shine down on the hermits house, a shack built into a large sprawling tree. The beam lights up George. The hermit shoots at the jumpcraft. They try to question George who says he was out walking and got lost. The statement, you can’t walk here, is answered by OK.
William arrive and he try’s to swim to the shack unnoticed.
Dallas and Willy keep digging and get to the package. They get noticed by M+S, who fly over to have a look, just as William is swimming. ‘Oh, for fuck sake’, is heard through the loudspeaker.

They get them and the package onboard. They are pursued by the Mafia. M+W tell them they have a spy and with a scanner find a bug on Willy. Its put into a lead box and the tail looses them. Say they need to buy the groups loyalty by having one of them shoot him. William argues, they did this to be paid, which buys their loyalty as well. Back and forth. William gets a message from Marcus, he thinks he has been found. William tells M+W Marcus has valuable intel.

They drop down nearby.

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