String Theory

The Call

  • Madison Smith is noted as John’s personal nemesis.
  • As the agents review the data at hand, Robin gets a call on her burner phone. The caller Josef Lisky, head of the Lisky Bratva, wants the laptop and agrees to pay 200 euro each for it. They agree to meet his agent, a vor named Foma Zivanoviv, at One Beirut in two nights.
  • Scarlet investigates the Bratva via Lennart’s laptop. With Accounting help from Robin she learns a couple items:
    • The dossier connects the Lisky Bratva’s funding to the conspiracy, and suggests that a lot of their cash comes out of Odessa.
    • „Accounting traces clear connections between the conspiracy, the Lisky Bratva and the Black Sea Bank. The takeover of the Koernersbank is seen by most commentators as a bizarre misstep by the Black Sea Bank, with some speculating that the BSB is trying to buy respectability and a toehold in Switzerland. Certainly, the move makes little financial sense.
  • After flagging those sections in her copy of the computer, she installs a tracer program on laptop.
  • Robin scopes the club, using Architecture to gain pool of 9 points to spend when dealing with infiltration, combat or escaping the building. We also establish that (via a Criminology spend) that she knows Foma and his tells.
  • Two night later they go to the club. Robin goes in alone, meets with Foma, reveals via video the laptop, and get half of the payment wired. As the others enter the club, Scarlet (via a lucky Sense Trouble notes incoming attackers (one of whom has a bomb vest) and warns Robin.
  • Robin checks that the Russians were not aware and then escapes through a window, grabbing a light and swinging down to the second story rail from the VIP room. she then dismounts from the rail to the dance floor. All in a miniskirt. She gets an Athletics refresh.
  • Then there is an explosion. An athletics roll is made to avoid damage from debris. They spend their pool. Only Robin takes any damage.
  • As Robin escapes out through the sewers, others move out with the crowd. They spot and evade searchers by ducking down an alley and hiding in a garage (found via Human Terrain spend)
  • As they hide, they overhear the men discuss how their boss Asif Amjad, ex-explosives expert for ISIS, will be upset. But they seem more afraid of someone called “the Bride.”
  • They then retrieve the jeep from meet site A, drive to site B, grab Robin, and then pick from their many escape options. Ditching their plan to fly to Morocco, they take a boat to Cyprus. They have Hot Lead 5.
  • From there they take a charter to Athens. At the airport, they hack the security camera and lay down a false trail (Electronic Infiltration contest).
  • They drive north to Albainia, ditch and clear the vehicle, and take train north. Hot Lead 7.
  • (Failing a pursuit roll) On the train they are attacked by goons. Robin hears them coming and sets up an ambush.
  • Robin throws pack into lead goon, surprising him (investigative spend of infiltration). John unload shotgun into goon, Scarlet also fires. Robin does support, spraying fire extinguisher into hall (investigative spend of shooting to boost Hit thresholds by 1) and turning off lights quickly (investigative spend of athletics to do the same).
  • Once most are down, Robin grabs one as a mook shield and does second attack at goon with machine gun. The return fire is mostly absorbed by the now dead goon.
  • John Intimidates the last one into surrendering. They learn the contact info for his boss.
  • They then ditch the train and steal a boat, since John remembers he can Pilot a boat. They escape to Italy. Hot Lead 9.


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