Section 2 - Aftermath

Operation Marinette
Haiti

Leader: Pyatt
Operator: Mitchell
Transport: Keffer
Operatives: Edwards, Fischer, Lincoln, Petrov, Townsley

Primary Objective: Investigate and stop Whitfield Syndrome outbreak in Haiti

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Summary: Operations Team was activated moments after the United States military and intelligence services became aware of a virulent Talent outbreak centered on Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Civilians had been infected with a Talent condition that made them crazed killers intent on force-feeding their blood to others through which the Talent infection was passed. By the time Team was briefed and assembled, thousands of victims had been infected and were infecting more in a geometrically-increasing rate in a radius from the city. Operations Team was instructed that they had access to every available resource, including the cooperation of the UNTDI team on the ground led by Section 2 Operative Raoul Destino. Their mission was to investigate the outbreak and attempt to stop it, if possible.

Team arrived at UNTDI beachhead where they exchanged intel with Destino. The UNTDI team was working to evacuate uninfected citizens to a cordon of hospital ships via teleportation, as well as hold infected at bay while civilians made it to the beaches for conventional evacuation. An initial flyby of Port-au-Prince allowed Operative Townsley to determine that the relative power of the Talent manifestations gripping the infected increased as one approached the Carrefour commune / neighborhood. This implied a “ground-zero” style event, with diminishing returns as successive generations of infected would infect more. Operative Petrov discovered that utilizing a Zed talent on an infected kills it. The Talent manifestation is apparently all that permits its sudden and constant adrenaline levels to function without the body dying. Operative Team Leader Pyatt, in utilizing his copies to defend fleeing civilians, discovered that they are capable of being infected, and retain their distinctive Talent powers, and a basic grasp of tactics. Furthermore, he discovered that attempts to mentally synch with infected copies risked infecting him. Finally, Team discovered that an infected individual can eat the flesh of another and increase their personal power.

Team took Destino and re-entered Port-au-Prince, setting up a defensible position on a rooftop. Between Operative Townsley and Operative Destino, Team discovered that there was a group of 12 infected individuals of significant power, a level that was steadily growing as constant streams of infected would pass corpses in to the building in Carrefour where they dwelt. These twelve appeared to be building power for some purpose. Contact was made with UNTDI advance scout Mtolo who provided details permitting the theory that the “loa” fueling this Talent outbreak was Marinette Bwa Chech, a notably fierce and violent spirit also known as a freer-from-bondage. The presence of twelve apparently mundane screech owls in the “temple” location seemed to confirm this theory. The twelve were feasting on corpses with the exception of a single, perfectly unharmed corpse in their midst. Team theorized that this was the body of the Talent who initially manifested the plague. There continued to be no sign of an actual Talent in the area.

Team Leader Pyatt requisitioned an fuel-air bomb dropped from US Air Force assets in the area to take out the temple whereupon Team advanced into the molten rubble. The accumulated power of the now-destroyed twelve entered into the remains of the suspect-Patient-Zero whereupon he returned to life in perfect health, and as a full, potent Talent. Combat ensued resulting in his re-death and complete disintegration by Operative Edwards. The infected, however, remained infected. Team held the hordes off long enough to ensure the lack of another rebirth then retreated to another secure location.

Without the corpse of the original Talent providing a focal point, infected began feeding on each other at random. Team remained in Port-au-Prince for a week and, with support from UN and US military assets, suppressed any clot of infected who accumulated enough power to risk another resurrection of the initial Patient-Zero. By the end of that week, the population of infected individuals had been reduced to insufficient numbers to permit such a resurrection and Team was returned to base, leaving further cleanup in the hands of the more usual agencies.

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Operation Sutekh
Red Desert, Egypt

Leader: Redinger
Operator: Mitchell
Transport: Caravaggio
Operatives: Aamir, Kwasniewski, Lynch, Nielsen, Oliver, Tomoji

Primary Objective: Infiltrate Operative Tomoji into Swords of Naciketas facility

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Secondary Objective: Recover all possible data from facility systems

Secondary Objective Status: Completed

Summary: Yama’s Apocalypse hit Egypt particularly hard. The high population density of the Nile River Valley made it a prime target. Only the rise of the mad Talent Osiris has permitted Egypt to recover as quickly as it has. With a newly-small population, and all manual labor handled by the nocturnal spirits of the dead that rise at the bidding of Osiris and his “Pharaoh” Gamal Mubarak, Egypt is following the “Dubai model” of economic growth in an attempt to turn Cairo into a center for financial services and other high-skills high-technology industry. Unlike Lord Yama, Osiris takes no interest in politics except to provide unnatural power to his chosen pharaoh. Section 2 analysts have been monitoring active infiltration of Egypt’s military and political classes and noted a divergence of resources and material for the construction of a top-secret facility deep in the red desert. Evidence pointed to Swords of Naciketas meddling with the suspected agenda of someday co-opting Osiris’ blessing and power.

Operative Team was assembled an introduced to Operative Shingaki Tomoji, a Japanese Talent with the ability to explode with the force of a small neutron bomb (see Operation Fat Man). Operative Tomoji’s rather jumpy talent was temporarily neutralized by Zed Talent Remza Hazdi for the purposes of this mission (see Operation Z). The operation was to infiltrate the mostly-finished but theoretically off-line facility to utilize Operative Lynch’s ability to shunt Operative Tomoji a week into the future. Upon emerging into a hopefully fully-operational facility, Operative Tomoji was expected to use his Talent, neutralizing a significant Swords of Naciketas investment.

Upon arriving in a collapsed access tunnel, Operative Team encountered the external vault door to the facility which had some unanticipated zed-like qualities of a yet-undetermined nature. This effectively undid certain backup preparations that required Section 2 transport operatives to be able to teleport into or out of the facility. After extensive cautionary measures, Operative Team opened the door and infiltrated the facility with the aid of Operative Kwasniewski’s ability to control and neutralize the security systems. They canvassed the facility to discover a number of Egyptian special operations operatives who had been turned into solid metal statues of varying varieties. Operative Lynch shunted Operative Tomoji into the future at a location calculated by Operative Aamir to be structurally optimal.

As they prepared to leave, speakers throughout the facility activated and a voice identifying itself as Hassan addressed them. Hassan claimed to have been monitoring them with his Talent the entire time, and took credit for transforming the Egyptians into stone. He seemed interested in a dialogue wherein he expressed membership in an organization known as “Project Z” with the stated aim of neutralizing mad Talents worldwide. Hassan claimed that the rebel elements within Egypt’s military and political structures were loyal Muslims who wished to rid Egypt of the influence of Osiris. At no point did Hassan reveal any Swords of Naciketas loyalties. Hassan was quite interested, however, in removing whatever threat the Team represented. After some negotiation, Team Leader Redinger opted to take a hostage offer, leaving Operative Aamir behind in exchange for safe passage out of the facility (and the continued subterfuge as to the now-vanished Operative Tomoji’s purpose). During the negotiations, Operative Kwasniewski collected the entire contents of the facility’s main computer.

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Operation Legion
Shenzhen, China

Leader: Townsley
Operator: Mitchell
Transport: Sandoval
Operatives: Edwards, Fischer, Lincoln, Summers,

Primary Objective: Remove Talent infection from Shenzhen

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Secondary Actions: Captured Talent source of infection

Summary: Section 2 was contacted by The Squad, a Talent gestalt consciousness working primarily as an international investigative journalist. The Squad had deduced a potential serious threat to world security in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Section 2’s own surveillance and analysis came to some preliminary conclusions that led them to believe that large amounts of money were being funneled into cover organizations for terrorist groups such as the Swords of Naciketas out of Shenzhen and so Operative Team was dispatched to rendezvous with the Squad and receive a briefing on the situation.

The Squad, a hyperintelligent gestalt entity containing the memories and knowledge of every person who had ever been a part of it over the last 70 years, had deduced that a Talent was in operation in Shenzhen capable of infecting others with a copy of his or her personality. Henceforth, those copies would act in tandem with one another to set up elaborate embezzlement schemes across companies and across the legal divide. This Talent was apparently targeting Shenzhen’s business and criminal elite, and The Squad had uncovered financial ties between disparate groups that should not have existed otherwise. Furthermore, certain sources had become compromised and The Squad had noticed a Talent effect in operation on those sources. Attempts to subdue an infected individual revealed that in addition to infecting others with a parasitic psyche, the unknown Talent could transfer a certain reservoir of psychic power and some minor Talents, including psychically-damaging touch and increased toughness.

Operative Team set up in a hotel suite in the heart of Shenzhen and Operative Townsley began a surveillance. Nearly two hundred infected individuals were detected operating in the Shenzhen city center. Other Talents were detected, including a team in another hotel. This other team sent a written message to Operative Team indicating both the knowledge of their presence and their own identity as Odal Rune. Operative Team opted not to engage in further contact with Odal Rune team. Eventually the infector-Talent manifested, infecting a new person. Talent was revealed as a local massage girl, with access to a wide and varied clientele. As soon as she utilized her Talent, Odal Rune team began moving. Operative Townsley successfully abducted the target and combat ensued. She revealed the ability to summon her infected victims to her side. Operative Fischer eventually suffocated the target to unconsciousness whereupon Operative Team made their escape before Odal Rune team could contest them for the prisoner.

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Operation Wolf Rescue
Cut Bank Creek, MO USA

Leader: Redinger
Operator: Mitchell / Mills
Transport: Andreson
Operatives: Aamir, Dasgupta, Nielsen, Oliver,

Primary Objective: Protect Denice Wolf-Collar

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Secondary Actions: Captured 1 Sword of Naciketas infiltrator

Summary: George Begay, an important figure in the Native Nations movement, contacted Section 2 with some precognitive visions of danger to an important young Talent, Denice Wolf-Collar of the Blackfoot tribe of Montana. Wolf-Collar has the ability to summon forth the spirits of the Blackfoot ancestors via their connection either to sacred land or a particular person. She gathers the spirits into herself and speaks with their voices. It was suspected that the Swords of Naciketas were seeking to collect her so as to contact the spirits of the millions of Assamese who died in Yama’s Apocalypse, or perhaps even contact Lord Yama himself. Operations team was dispatched to rendezvous with Begay for a more detailed briefing and to arrange the defense of Ms. Wolf-Collar until such a time as Begay indicated the danger was over, or until recalled by the Director.

Operations team strategized and determined that Operative Oliver should be changed to appear identical to archive photos of Ms. Wolf-Collar to potentially act as a decoy. Operative Nielsen changed her appearance to Native American as well. They made their rendezvous with Mr. Begay who performed a ritual to determine additional details before taking them to Montana to meet Ms. Wolf-Collar and the Blackfoot shamans who looked after her. Team procured Bureau of Indian Affairs ID and were introduced to the council of elders to discuss the nature of the threat and the means by which to defend Ms. Wolf-Collar.

Team and the four available shamans set up a shift-rotation to ensure constant protection of Ms. Wolf-Collar. Four days later, the attack came. Operations Team and two shamans encountered an assault team consisting of a transport talent who could create and control storms and sundry others. One of the attackers split off to attack the two shamans not guarding Ms. Wolf-Collar. Operations Team fought off the others and forced the storm-transport talent to flee. From the secondary fight, one shaman appeared to survive and rejoined the main group. Mr. Begay did not sense that the danger was over, and so they resumed their rotation. Operative Dasgupta noticed, at one point, that the surviving shaman had vanished. Subsequent investigation revealed the body of a second shaman, one who was at that moment helping to guard Ms. Wolf-Collar. Correctly surmising that one of the enemy had, in fact, successfully replaced a shaman only to murder and replace the second, they cornered the infiltrator and captured him. The threat lifted from Begay’s sight, and he collaborated with the surviving Blackfoot shamans to take Ms. Wolf-Collar to safety while Team returned to the facility with their prisoner.

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Operation Storm Dragon
Rural Bhutan / Aceh, Indonesia

Leader: Kwasniewski
Operator: Mills
Transport: Andreson, (Redacted)
Operatives: Fischer, Nielsen, Oliver, Townsley

Primary Objective: Kill Bhatt

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Secondary Objective: Surveil the Swords of Naciketas-affiliated armed resistance fighters in Aceh, Indonesia

Secondary Objective Status: Completed

Summary: The isolated Kingdom of Bhutan is a mountainous land that has only recently begun to extend contact to the outside world. The extremely popular monarch has voluntarily begun the process of conversion to a Constitutional Monarchy and has begun modernizing reforms.

A Talent known only as Bhatt manifested about five years ago. He takes the form of a creature from ancient pre-Buddhist Bhutanese mythology and is suspected of having traveled to Assam at least once prior to Yama’s Apocalypse. The Directorates of Surveillance and Intelligence have pieced together an upsurge in Swords of Naciketas activity coinciding with a sudden flurry of activity from Bhatt. Operations Team was sent to assassinate Bhatt before he could consolidate a mythologically-based hold over the population of rural Bhutan in preparation for a political takeover of a country that would be a perfect replacement for Assam.

Operations Team was given minimal briefing information in an attempt to stymie the precognitive abilities of Jawarhalal Gupta, leader of the Swords of Naciketas. They were infiltrated into Bhutan. They scouted Bhatt’s elaborate temple-palace compound, evading his summoned demon minions, and infiltrated the assault Operatives to complete the operation.

Subsequently, Operations Team was briefed by (Redacted) and sent to the island of Aceh in Indonesia where an armed resistance movement had recently entered into an agreement with the democratically-elected central government to lay down their arms in exchange for the right to directly elect local officials. Section 2 had reason to believe this was a ruse as there was some evidence that the group was sponsored by the Swords of Naciketas. Operations Team spent three days in Aceh scouting the compound and the local citizenry obtaining evidence of ongoing terrorist activity and connections to the Swords.

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Operation Himalaya II
Kathmandu, Nepal / New Delhi, India

Leader: Pyatt
Operator: Mitchell
Transport: Keffer, (Redacted), Andreson
Operatives: Aamir, Dasgupta, Lincoln, Redinger, Sawyer

Primary Objective: Capture or kill Gaurav Sharma

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Secondary Objective: Prevent the assassination of the Indian Prime Minister

Secondary Objective Status: Completed

Summary: Team was assembled and given minimal briefing. Director Ming claimed that even she had not been briefed as to the target or the reason for the mission and that they would be briefed on the ground when they arrived. This was presumably in order to potentially interfere with the abilities of a potent precognitive Talent.

Operative Keffer transported the team to a small Aleutian island where an unnamed transport operative from Oversight took over. Operation team arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal where they encountered a Nepali who did not register as a Talent. This individual briefed them. Gaurav Sharma, the premiere Buddhist monk and close advisor to the Nepali government since the days of the abolished monarchy, was discovered to be one of the Swords of Naciketas. He had been keeping the Nepali government from consolidating around any of the major factions, presumably to pave the way for Nepal to become the next theocratic Kingdom under the sway of Yama’s worshipers. The last-minute briefing was due to the fear that the leader of the Swords, Jawarhalal Gupta, a potent precognitive Talent, might warn Sharma before the Operation. The Team had slightly more than half an hour before Sharma returned to his office in the monastery from his visit to the presidential palace where the current government was headquartered. Sharma was known to be an incredibly potent Talent of significant versatility.

Operation Team rapidly scouted the monastery utilizing Dasgupta and Redinger while the rest made their way into position utilizing Sawyer to minimize civilian interest. The trap was sprung in Sharma’s office. Despite being only a single Talent, Sharma put up significant resistance before finally being overwhelmed and killed. Operation team extracted once more as the Nepali authorities swarmed.

Operation Team was taken to the Aleutian island where they awaited further instruction. The Directorate of Surveillance monitored a number of suspected Swords of Naciketas cells and noted that Naxalite Maoist rebels in eastern India, on the borders of the Hive, were suddenly moving. The target was determined to be the Prime Minister of India. Operations Team was transported to New Delhi where they coordinated with Indian Defense Force Talents. Team was advised that there was a distinct possibility of infiltration in the Prime Minister’s defense force. Operations Team cleared those Talents guarding the Prime Minister directly. Portals opened and nearly two hundred fighters assaulted the building, most of them non-Talents. In the chaos, the Prime Minister’s non-Talent secretary poisoned him. Quick action by Operative Lincoln saved the Prime Minister’s life. The secretary revealed herself to be loyal to Lord Yama and Operative Lincoln shot her.

The Talents, Indian and Operation Team, repelled the remaining attackers, whereupon Operative Andreson returned them to the facility.

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Operation United Multitude
Mathare Slum, Kenya

Leader: Lincoln
Operator: Mitchell
Transport: Sandoval
Operatives: Aamir, Nielsen, Oliver, Redinger, Townsley

Primary Objective: Capture Mungiki Talent-stealing Talent

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Secondary Actions: Captured head of Mathare Mungiki and one other Mungiki Talent

Summary: Nairobi’s Mathare slum is one of the most miserable places on the planet. Nearly a million people are packed into a few square miles. Mathare is dominated by the Mungiki, a religio-criminal organization comprised of members of the Kikuyu tribe. Tribal cultural beliefs result in a phenomenon well-known since WW2 of Talents “jumping bodies,” leaving one individual and entering into another. This is theorized to be possible because the culture sees Talents as powers granted by spirits, and because the participants all believe such transfer is possible, they effectively make it happen.

Mathare’s misery is a Talent-generating factory. The Mungiki capture newly manifested Talents and have a Talent capable of forcibly removing the Talent from the individual and placing it into a loyal Mungiki gangster. These loyalists are then hired out as mercenaries to any number of clandestine Talent groups. Operative Team was tasked to scout Mathare, locate the Mungiki Talent capable of Talent theft and transfer, and capture him. His death was deemed an acceptable alternative.

Operations Team secured a base of operations in Nairobi whereupon they came under an attack in the form of poisoned food-delivery. Subsequent investigation prompted contact from a Nairobi Talent of unknown power who indicated he was affiliated with the Kenyan government, and was of the Luhya tribe. He expressed a certain rivalry with the Mungiki leader, and exhibited a strong disinclination to permit foreign Talent teams to operate in his city. Team negotiated permission to remain contingent on focusing their operation on Mathare. Unknown Luhya Talent provided intel about the methodology of Mungiki Talent transfer.

Operative Townsley maintained active monitoring of all Talent activity in the Mathare slum, selecting a vulnerable Talent for capture. Interrogation of this captive resulted in a journey into the slum to meet with Maona, the Mungiki leader, and a Talent of unknown power or capability. Team entered into business negotiations, ostensibly to hire the Mungiki to perform a Talent transfer. It became clear that Maona and his people would not permit “clients” to observe the process or meet the warlock Wamwara, the one who would perform the ritual. Team returned to their base.

Operative Townsley engaged in winnowing logic and through observation narrowed the potential pool of Mathare Talents who might be Wamware to four individuals. Operatives Aamir, Redinger, and Oliver entered Mathare by stealth for visual confirmation of these four individuals. Combat ensued resulting in the capture of Wamwara, Maona, and a third unknown Mungiki Talent. Team extracted rapidly after having been contacted by the mysterious Luhya Talent in Nairobi offering to “buy” Maona.

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Operation Clay Jar
Lannister, Iowa

Leader: Sawyer
Operator: Mills
Transport: Keffer
Operatives: Dasgupta, Fischer, Kwasniewski, Summers

Primary Objective: Capture Torches of Gideon cell or cells planning the assassination of US Senator Richard Riker, (R) IA

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Secondary Objective: Prevent the assassination of US Senator Richard Riker

Secondary Objective Status: Completed

Summary: Two weeks prior to the mission, Iowa Republican Senator Richard Riker crossed the isle to vote alongside three other Republicans in support of Democratic legislation supported by the Obama White House securing the Constitutional authority of the Federal Government over the States. In response, he got the usual spate of threats of violent death from various right-wing extremist organizations. This is not ordinarily within Section 2’s jurisdiction, but surveillance “noise” from active agents inside the Torches of Gideon Talent terrorist group indicated that one or more cells would be making an attempt on the life of Senator Riker during his stop in Lannister, Iowa during a whistle-stop tour of Iowa seeking to defend his position on Constitutional grounds ahead of the 2010 mid-term elections.

Operations team met with the Senator’s security detail under FBI cover four days in advance of the Lannister stop and then flew ahead to scout the town. Operative Dasgupta and Operative Kwasniewski discovered both the locations of one cell, and the mechanism whereby they received information. A local “independent” church would podcast their sermons online, which contained code alerting Torches of Gideon cells about the Senator’s itinerary. The Operations team apprehended the three individual members of the cell individually, securing two and killing one. The team also secured the non-Talent pastor of the independent Church, Simon Philips. Further monitoring of the church prior to the Senator’s arrival revealed a second cell, which became spooked by the absence of the Pastor and the residual effects on the pastor’s wife left by Team Leader Sawyer and sought to flee Lannister. Operations team set an ambush that successfully secured the three members of the second cell.

Operations team then monitored the Senator’s stop, ensuring no additional cells were present.

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Intel Op Second Coming
Leavenworth Prison, Kansas

Leader: Redinger
DoI Intelligence Analyst: Lena Pelton
Transport: Keffer
Operatives: Dasgupta, Fischer, Nielsen, Oliver, Summers

Primary Objective: Infiltrate Leavenworth Prison and evaluate Mad Talent Private John McGrath for mental tampering

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Summary: In the aftermath of Dr. Albright’s “temporary re-assignment” Intelligence Analyst Lena Pelton requisitioned a team of Operatives to investigate Dr. Albright’s ongoing projects for unsanctioned experiments. Private John McGrath, a Mad Talent who believes himself to be Jesus Christ, has been incarcerated in the military prison of Leavenworth for the past 65 years, unaging, “suffering for the sins of man.” Albright has been a regular visitor, monitoring the state of this Mad Talent for scientific and national defense purposes. Intel Op Team was tasked to evaluate Mcgrath, as well as his fellow inmates, guards, and prison staff, for signs that his psychology has been altered in ways outside of Albright’s official reports.

The team first tracked down a recently released inmate where they discovered that many, if not all, those exposed to McGrath for a lengthy period of time come to believe, on some level, that he is who he says he is. Leavenworth is a model prison with well-behaved inmates and a nearly 0% recidivism rate. Inmates emerge as model, if perhaps overly religious, citizens. Team infiltrated Leavenworth under the cover of a military budget office audit with attached EPA environmental impact review. Everyone from the office staff to the guards to the other inmates universally agreed that if McGrath were not Jesus himself, he was the next best thing. The prison food budget was amply expanded by regular exercises of divine power, inmates who were injured or sick became healed, a few inmates over the past few decades had even been resurrected from the dead.

Operative Dasgupta interviewed McGrath himself where he learned that McGrath is merely waiting for the secular authorities to judge him and execute him so he could die for the sins of mankind. He seemed to expect that he would rise in three days and ascend to the side of his “Father” to, in turn, sit in judgment over Mankind. Until then, however, he waits. McGrath viewed Albright as the “Wandering Jew,” cursed by God, and therefore beyond his power. All of this was within the scope of Albright’s official reports.

One of the Talent prison guards was discovered by the Operatives to be a foreign agent, likely of the Vatican. There was some suspicion that the prison Warden, Major Hugo Velasquez, might be complicit in this ongoing espionage. Follow-up was relegated to future Operations.

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Intel Op Gherkin
Garyville, Louisiana

Leader: Sawyer
DoI Intelligence Analyst: Lena Pelton
Transport: Keffer
Operatives: Aamir, Kwasniewski, Lincoln, Pyatt, Townsley

Primary Objective: Contact and assess Reverend “Benjamin Johnson”

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Summary: Intelligence analyst Lena Pelton drew conclusions from disparate facts leading her to believe there was a problem at the highest levels of the Directorate of Operations. The growing conflict over Operative Pyatt and his copies had not been adequately dealt with by Dr. Albright and it was causing active problems within the organization. She gathered those Operatives most involved into a private session where she facilitated the resolution of outstanding misunderstandings and in the process revealed the existence of a hidden agenda by Dr. Albright. Evidence provided by Operative Kwasniewski shed greater light on this agenda. Albright was seeking to create a “Mad” Talent from Operative Angela Oliver’s “Samael” alter-ego with the aim of creating a “controllable” Mad Talent as a secret weapon. The creation or manipulation of Mad Talents is expressly against Section 2 policy as mandated by Oversight.

Pelton and Pyatt met with a member of Oversight where they reported Albright resulting in Oversight “temporarily reassigning” him. Pelton subsequently brought together those Operative privy to this classified knowledge on a mission to check up on of Albright’s loose ends, a former Louisiana preacher named Louis Lamonica who had, four years before, been taken into Section 2’s custody as a minor Mad Talent. This preacher was “adjusted” by Albright and set loose on Assam as “Reverend Carpenter” triggering Yama’s apocalypse. Apparently psychological triggers convinced Carpenter that, having subdued the Devil Yama, his calling was concluded for the moment and he was supposed to live a relatively power-less life in rural Louisiana under the name “Benjamin Johnson” to await the second coming when he would be needed once more. Pelton’s Intel Op was to assess whether Albright’s conditioning on Reverend Johnson was indeed functioning as advertised or whether there was any evidence of additional private tampering.

Operatives arrived in Garyville where they discovered an Odal Rune operative acting as the town’s deputy mayor. He was apparently there for the express purpose of keeping an eye on Johnson and not violating the status quo. Conversation with the deputy mayor revealed that a Swords of Naciketas operative had been sniffing around, but had been eliminated by the Odal Rune. Subsequent direct conversation with Reverend Johnson revealed significant insights into his religious worldview and implied some conditions under which me might “go forth once more and lead an army of the righteous.”

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