Transport: Caravaggio / Ivanoff
Operatives: Dasgupta, Lincoln, Nielsen, Oliver, Thompson, Townsley
Primary Objective: Pacify Mad Talent manifestation in Paris suburb.
Primary Objective Status: Completed
Secondary Actions: Neutralized Lt. James Hanson of Lester, Saskatchewan, 1 Swords of Naciketas prisoner, 2 refugees-of-interest
Summary: The rural farming community of Lester, Saskatchewan has been under the complete dominion of mad Talent Lt. James Hanson since 1944. He was killed on a bridge south of Paris when he manifested his Talent. That bridge, and his hometown, became intrinsically linked and only the actions of TOG 124 severed that link. Three days previous to the mission, that link reappeared, now encompassing a modern French highway. Hundreds of French rush-hour commuters disappeared. This action, coinciding with circumstantial evidence that there was a concerted attempt to antagonize or stir “mad Talents” worldwide, necessitated a mission to France and through the portal into Lester, there to confront the mad Talent and/or neutralize any theoretical opposing teams to restore matters to status quo.
A significant advantage was the presence of Grade 1 Operative Christian Thompson who was the Sergeant of TOG 124 back in 1944 and who had previous knowledge of the mad Talent and his paradigm. Operation Team transported to France and entered the still-open link to Lt. Hanson’s alternate-reality version of Lester Saskatchewan.
Team encountered a rural 1944-era Canadian farming town where every day was Sunday, and the inhabitants lived a soul-less monotonous existence, long driven insane by their interminable unchanging, unaging lives. Looming over the town was the Eiffel Tower, beyond which was a reasonable facsimile of a Parisian street, complete with cafes, flats, and French citizens, all of whom were clearly play-acting at their normal lives under threat of omnipresent harm or death. Team was immediately detected by three other Talents who provoked the Team into hostile use of Talent power which drew the ire of the omniscient Lt. Hanson. Team was able to extricate themselves via negotiation with Hanson’s proxy, the 14-year-old William Hanson, who seemed immune or impervious to the soul-deadening affliction of his fellow inhabitants.
Subsequent investigation revealed another Talent, apparently Consular attache to the American Embassy in Paris, who was haplessly caught up in the rush-hour abduction. He provided significant intelligence on how Lt. Hanson pacified his new French citizens.
Eventually Team engaged in a debate with opposing team, seeking to utilize rhetoric and persuasive oratory to sway the mad Talent. In the course of this social contest, opposing team was revealed to be Swords of Naciketas seeking to make Lt. Hanson’s “utopia” a mirror image of Lord Yama’s vision of the world. Team utilized a combination of Christian religious sentiment coupled with what fragments of memory and humanity remained in Lt. Hanson’s ex-wife to draw the mad Talent into direct manifestation. The opposing team’s dedication to a “pagan” god was one of the deciding factors that ended the confrontation and sparked brief physical confrontation with enemy team which was rapidly put down. Operation Team convinced Lt. Hanson to allow himself to die whereupon Operative Oliver’s “Samael” manifestation provided final execution.