Section 2 - Aftermath

Operation Z
Grozny, Chechnya

Leader: Kwaśniewski
Operator: Mitchell
Transport: Sandoval
Operatives: Lincoln, Oliver, Dasgupta, Redinger, Nielsen

Primary Objective: Find and Extract Remza Hazdi, suspected Zed Talent of unusual potency, before local Talent forces.

Primary Objective Status: Accomplished

Secondary Actions: 2 Talent prisoners from unknown force

Summary: Objective Remza Hazdi, Chechnyan journalist, was dragged into the street in front of his offices by Shamil “the Butcher of Grozny,” head of President Ramzan Kadyrov’s Talent branch of the Kadyrovtsky. As Shamil attempted to use his talent to animate Hazdi’s entrails to burst forth and strangle him, his power inexplicably failed to work. His subsequent attempts to engage hyper-strength also failed. He fled, as did Hazdi. Shamil’s Talent powers, however, did not return in the first 27 hours after the incident, and to our knowledge have not yet returned.

This prompted the Talent elements of the Kadyrovtsky to begin a manhunt throughout Grozny for this newly-manifested Zed Talent. It was deemed necessary to bring a Zed Talent of this power into Section 2 for his own protection and for future employment. Operations Team was interfered with by Talent operative team of unknown origin. Two captives are currently in the possession of Information Extraction.

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Operation Fat Man
Habomai Islands

Leader: Pyatt
Operator: Mills
Transport: Caravaggio
Operatives: Aamir, Fischer, Summers, Townsley, Sawyer

Primary Objective: Find and Extract alleged nuclear Talent held at Unit 731 facility.

Primary Objective Status: Accomplished

Secondary Actions: 1 Unit 731 Talent Prisoner, 7 Unit 731 non-Talent prisoners, 1 Talent prisoner from unknown mercenary force.

Summary: The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan has been in power for most of the last 60 years. This conservative party has recently changed the Japanese constitution to permit a “standard” military force. In an attempt to appeal to their voter base in preparation for looming elections they seemed sure to lose, the LDP violated international treaty by conducting an atmospheric nuclear weapon test.

The blast was relatively small, and generated no noticeable lasting radiation. Directorate of Surveillance and Directorate of Intelligence considered it a high probability that Japan had a Talent capable of creating small nuclear blasts.

LDP lost the election to the Democratic Party of Japan. Intelligence indicated that this nuclear Talent was likely the product of Unit 731, a non-Governmental covert group dedicated to Japanese Imperialism. It was deemed unacceptable for a non-Governmental group without the normal constraints of nation-state diplomacy to be a nuclear power. Operatives were dispatched to the contested Habomai islands (controlled by Russia) where Unit 731 had their covert testing facility.

The Operation was a success, although the target Talent was able to utilize his ability to create nuclear explosions twice. No operatives were lost. Unknown mercenary force attempted to intercede and were foiled.

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Operation Tuscan Sun
Siena, Italy

Leader: Pyatt
Operator: Mitchell
Transport: Caravaggio
Operatives: Cross, Dasgupta, Fischer, Nielsen

Primary Objective: Protect Section 2 Negotiator Cross

Primary Objective Status: Accomplished

Secondary Actions: 1 Odal Rune Defector successfully extracted

Summary: Section 2 interrogation revealed a pattern of interference by Odal Rune operatives. Due to past occasional cooperation between Section 2 and the Odal Rune, Negotiator Amelia Cross was sent to meet with Odal Rune negotiator Niko Pasandretti in the closed, subterranean Museo Archeologie in Siena, Italy to discuss an exchange of captives and negotiate non-interference in future operations.

Negotiator Pasandretti covertly indicated in the course of negotiations a desire to defect to Section 2 whereupon his associates sought to prevent his defection. In the subsequent combat, 3 Odal Rune operatives were killed and a fourth was permitted to leave. Section 2’s casualties consisted of two copies of Operative Pyatt.

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Operation Remus
Rome, Italy

Leader: Kwaśniewski
Operator: Ivanoff
Transport: Ivanoff
Operatives: Oliver, Redinger, Sawyer, Summers, Townsley

Primary Objective: Recover Zulai Hazdi and Zezag Hazdi from Odal Rune captivity

Primary Objective Status: Accomplished

Secondary Actions: 1 Odal Rune laptop recovered

Summary: Five recent Section 2 operations have been interfered with by teams of Odal Rune operatives. This caused suspicion that elements of Section 2’s computer systems may have been marginally compromised. Director Ming utilized Operative Summers’s Talent to brief the mission in such a way as to minimize the possibility of a leak.

The primary objective was to assault an Odal Rune facility in the ruins of Rome while many of the Roman cell’s potent operatives were drawn away by negotiations (see Operation Tuscan Sun). They were to recover two mundane relatives of the Zed Talent Remza Hazdi that the Odal Rune had captive for leverage purposes and additionally to recover any and all intelligence on Odal Rune operations and personnel available.

After some careful reconnaissance, the team infiltrated the base and engaged the Odal Rune Talents therein, killing one and driving the rest off.

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Operation Aegis / Operation Kalaga
Section 2 Facility / Northwestern Myanmar

Leader: Sawyer / Sawyer
Operator: N/A / Ivanoff
Transport: N/A / Ivanoff
Operatives: Fischer, Kwasniewski, Oliver, Townsley, (Anderson), (Cannon)
() = Operation Aegis only

Primary Objective (Aegis): Defend Containment from Assault, Protect Nuclear Talent

Primary Objective Status: Accomplished

Primary Objective (Kalaga): Kill/Capture Giuseppe Nolo

Primary Objective Status: Accomplished

Summary (Aegis): Section 2 facility came under attack. All personnel who had ever been transported by former transport operative Robert Woolaru were psychically assaulted from the dreamtime while his team of Swords of Naciketas operatives invaded. Operation Team was in the midst of being briefed for an unrelated mission when the attack came. Director Ming updated their operation’s parameters before being moved to safety. Team made their way to Containment where they were able to corner part of the invading group. Team, along with other Section 2 personnel unaffected by Woolaru’s abilities, engaged enemy Talents and defeated them before Containment could be effectively breached.

Summary (Kalaga): During the assault repelled during Operation Aegis, Dr. Albright’s office came under attack by a second team. Dr. Albright managed to subvert one attacker and learned the location of the prison facility where the Swords of Naciketas keep Talent prisoners with mass-destruction capability, the facility where they intended to take the nuclear Talent, and where they were currently keeping Giuseppe Nolo, an Italian disease-Talent. The team from Operation Aegis, having proved themselves immune to Woolaru’s most effective offensive abilities, were sent to Myanmar to capture or kill Nolo, with the secondary objective to kill Woolaru if possible. In the process of scouting the Burmese mountain village at the edge of the Assamese wastelands, Woolaru arrived in the village. Team snatched Nolo and extracted, whereupon Executive Order #A555197 was initiated. The village was neutralized by a 5 megaton nuclear device delivered via Operative Ivanoff in hopes of destroying Woolaru.

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Operation Bloodhound
Panang, Malaysia / Ayutthaya, Thailand

Leader: Lincoln
Operator: Mills
Transport: Caravaggio
Operatives: Kwasniewski, Nielsen, Oliver, Pyatt, Summers

Primary Objectives: Infiltrate Dam Wan-Sow (Black Saturday), Capture, Destroy and Disrupt Talent leaders and operations.

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Secondary Actions: Captured leader, logistical officer, and bodyguard. $22,000,000 in US Currency

Summary: Dam Wan-Sow (Black Saturday) was a human-trafficking network operating out of the port city of Ayutthaya, Thailand. They specialized in the trafficking of Talent children and other vulnerable Talents to buyers from a variety of dangerous Talent groups who might otherwise have difficulty recruiting. Operation Team took on the guise of mercenaries from “Ursa Major” interested in selling two Talent children, Operatives Oliver and Summers, to Black Saturday in exchange for operating capital. The purchase took place on a hotel rooftop in Panang Malaysia. Operatives Oliver and Summers were transported by their captors to their base in Ayutthaya. Operative Kwasniewski was able to track and triangulate their position, whereupon the remaining Operatives assaulted that location with the purpose of destroying or capturing the six Talents in charge and dismantling their trafficking network. Initial success was followed up by systematic neutralization of Black Saturday’s infrastructure and intimidation tactics against those Thai officials and agencies complicit in the human trafficking trade.

Captives:
Akkarat – Leader, spokesman, hyper-aware of his surroundings
Alak – Former male prostitute from Thailand turned bodyguard
Chaiyo – Hypercognition, the human receptacle of Black Saturday’s operational information

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Operation Hornet's Nest
The Hive (Bangladesh)

Leader: Sawyer
Operator: Mills
Transport: Keffer
Operatives: Aamir, Dasgupta, Fischer, Redinger, Townsley

Primary Objective: Rescue UNTDI team captured by the Queen.

Primary Objective Status: Completed (3/5)

Secondary Actions: Captured Drone-Soldier Christopher Larson, 2 other Bangladeshi Talent drones.

Summary: Under pressure from the UN security council, the United Nations Talent Defense Initiative sent a team of 5 to the Hive to engage the Queen in negotiations to ascertain her intentions toward her neighbors. The team did not return. The team sent included one American Talent on loan from Section 2, Raoul Destino, whose past expertise with a Hive outbreak in Georgia was deemed essential to the mission. Section 2 put together a team to infiltrate Bangladesh and recover as many members of the captured UNTDI team as possible, with special priority on Destino. Secondary objective was to capture if possible former Section 2 operative Christopher Larson who is one of the Queen’s most powerful Talent soldier-drones. Team was infiltrated into Bangladesh near the last known coordinates sent by Destino’s Section 2 communications gear. Team encountered and successfully subdued and extracted Chinese Talent Li Fan Gao, the UNTDI transport operative. A day later, in the face of increased Hive watchfulness, they managed to exfiltrate Raoul Destino, and in the process capture Chrisopher Larson and their other captives. This caused the direct attention of the Queen herself, however, and the team opted to evacuate, but not before encountering Rwandan Talent Mtolo, who had avoided capture and became a source of valuable intel for later UN or possibly Section 2 missions. UNTDI Talents Dmitri Yanukovich and Lars Hansen were unfortunately out of reach of this mission.

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Operation Startup
San Jose, CA

Leader: Pyatt
DoI Intelligence Analyst: Lena Pelton
Transport: Keffer
Operatives: Aamir, Fischer, Kwasniewski, Redinger, Summers

Primary Objective: Establish contact with presumed Mad Talent “Spirit of Silicon Valley”

Primary Objective Status: Completed

Secondary Actions: 1 Swords of Naciketas prisoner

The Directorate of Intelligence had reasonable suspicion that a low-grade “mad Talent” manifested in Silicon Valley in the aftermath of the devastation of Yama’s Apocalypse. Hitherto, this entity had remained a low priority for Section 2. Circumstantial evidence suggested that enemy operatives may be attempting to antagonize this entity to cause harm to the United States and its rebuilding efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Due to the highly classified and somewhat limited nature of the intelligence available, and due to the Mad Talent’s presumed ability to manipulate electronic devices, the typical operational method of having a remote operator was deemed unworkable. Directorate of Intelligence Analyst Lena Pelton was strategic leader of the operation with Operative Steven Pyatt as tactical and operational leader.

San Jose has been recovering slowly, partly due to the odd manifestations of the target Mad Talent, who appears to have a disembodied and near omnipotent awareness of the valley and control of electronic devices, particularly broken or destroyed electronics. He appears to inhabit or manipulate those networks and systems obliterated by the EMP pulse of San Francisco’s destruction three years ago. Team almost immediately encountered unusual animal behavior that was determined to stem from a rival Talent group. This led to a showdown with a Swords of Naciketas cell that was also in Silicon Valley seeking to subvert the Mad Talent. A combination of military and social preparedness coupled by Operative Kwasniewski’s knowledge of “gamer” culture resulted in persuading the Mad Talent to side with Section 2’s team and expel the interlopers.

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Operation Maple Leaf
Lester, Saskatchewan

Leader: Sawyer
Operator: N/A
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.

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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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