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Gatac updated in Wiki on 2018-03-23 14:02:11

Tim Barstow is a good man in a job where bad people do bad things for bad reasons. Whatever mishmash of alphabet soup created him, he's never lost the open, forthright smile that ingratiates him so easily, nor does that friendly face impede his ability to lie, cheat, and steal whatever he needs to do the job. Tim's soul is on the beach and in the waves, and like water he flows from situation to situation; never truly prepared, but always flexible.



  • Architecture 1
  • Criminology 1
  • Human Terrain 2
  • Languages 1
  • Military Science 1

  • Bullshit Detector 1
  • Bureaucracy 1
  • Cop Talk 1
  • Flattery 1
  • Flirting 1
  • High Society 1
  • Interrogation 1
  • Intimidation 1
  • Negotiation 1
  • Reassurance 2
  • Streetwise 1
  • Tradecraft 1

  • Cryptography 1
  • Electronic Surveillance 1
  • Forgery 0/1
  • Notice 1
  • Outdoor Survival 1
  • Pharmacy 1
  • Photography 1
  • Urban Survival 1

  • Athletics 8
  • Conceal 4
  • Cover 6
  • Digital Intrusion 7/8
  • Disguise 8
  • Driving 2 (Motorcycles)
  • Filch 2
  • Hand-to-Hand 4
  • Health 6
  • Infiltration 15 (MOS)
  • Network 10
  • Preparedness 1/2
  • Sense Trouble 8
  • Shrink 8
  • Stability 6
  • Surveillance 4

  • Laura Mayer, former Mossad, now dark web information broker (2 points left)

Cover Identities
  • Claus-Werner Freiherr von Wertheim, German socialite/philanthropist (4 points left)


Drive: Altruism. Everyone deserves to come home.
Symbol: Kids, both the dead and the living sort. It’s why Tim never wants to leave bodies during a mission - and it’s why he will if he has to.
Solace: His sister, Sydney Barstow, frontwoman for the post-djentcorephonic band Wesley Snipes Is A Complete Sentence, currently on tour wherever is convenient to the plot.
Safety: Tim’s boat, the Carousing Bubble.
Trust: Mason 3, Blake 3, Luc 1

Re: IC 4 - Hamburg - Day 1

Gatac posted in IC 4 - Hamburg - Day 1 on 2018-03-23 14:00:56
(Going to rule that a simple "background" hack like this is an investigative spend of Digital Intrusion.)

"Say no more," Tim replies, already reaching for a hastily prepped "clean" laptop. "rapidScan, right?"
"Right," Laith says.
"Sec," Tim says.

Tap tap tap tap click.

"Credit card," Tim says; wordlessly, Operations hands over one of the prepaid cards from your slush fund box.

Tap click tap tap.

"This is it, right?" he says, turning the laptop for Laith and Blake to see.

This is, indeed, "it". As Laith hmms and hrrms, Blake takes a closer look. COTS software controller for the oscillator array...mess with that, the system won't work. Mess with it just right, the vibrations will also transmit into the structure - and possibly interfere with the mounted security cams. Just one problem: these boards are supposed to be set and forget right from the factory. You'd have to get your hands on a control unit, crack it open and put new software on the microcontroller board - or swap them out completely, which is probably the quickest, if least convenient option.

Re: Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3

skullandscythe updated in Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3 on 2018-03-22 23:08:20
While sniping is much more Angel's cup of tea than his own, Zaef can appreciate being able to support the other teams and pick off some of their tougher targets. Zaef simply decides the teammate to support is Angel, up here on a roof with plenty of concealment, little actual cover, and a big target on his back once he starts shooting.

Zaef looks for likely ways up to the rooftop and ponders how to deal with incoming hostiles. Some ways up he might be able to sabotage, but it'll probably come down to Zaef ambushing new challengers with grenade and blade, and turning his section of the roof into a bloodbath.

Re: Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3

e of pi posted in Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3 on 2018-03-21 21:28:20
Luis grins to Arketta and trades his beamer for his own sword. "All these explosives lying around like this, it's just sloppy. What if something happens? People could get hurt. Want to help me look for some detcord in here someplace, and see about hurting people and making something happen?"

Re: IC 4 - Hamburg - Day 1

Gatac posted in IC 4 - Hamburg - Day 1 on 2018-03-20 11:41:19
Ops takes a long look at Laith.

"It's...proprietary," Laith says, looking at Blake. "We could make some educated guesses" - he turns to look at Tim - "or we could acquire their design specs directly from the source."

Re: Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3

punkey updated in Jade Imperium - Afghanistan, Pt. 3 on 2018-03-16 04:32:02
Angel nods - this isn't the first city street he's had to boost and climb out of. He waits for an opening, stays low, and hustles to step into Zaef's waiting hands for a boost.

(2d8+1d10 Angel stealth plus cloaked bonus = 3+3+10 vs. 1d6 militia notice = (6) = 6
1d10+1d8 Zaef Might + Bloodwraith for mentioning Arena tactics = 7+1 vs 5)

Angel's heart stops when he sees the militia soldier on the belt-fed turn his way and look right at him - and right through him, as the dark nighttime alley and active camo on his armor do their thing. Zaef's boost shoves him right up onto the lip of the building, where he wraps his arms around a conveniently place - and fortunately not hot - vent pipe, and Zaef climbs up his back before hauling Angel the rest of the way up.

"Lesson learned - stick to the roofs," Angel said. "We're in position."


"Easy for you to say," Hale gasps. "We're ready over here."


All four elements are in position. Garrett and Ngawai are near the main road leading to the bazaar, the front gate of Wazir's little compound. The defenses here are all about taking advantage of that wide-open road, with sandbag barricades and four machine guns on mounts pointed down the road with six militia manning the checkpoints. It'd be a great defense against attacks from vehicles or a mob - but only if you can see what you're shooting at, which the darkness and active camo make rather difficult.

Luis and Arketta are near seller's entrance. Lots of cover, very tight quarters between stacks of crates and shipping containers trucked in from the Black Sea. The stacks of obstructions and EMP mean good luck spotting how many people are somewhere in there - you both hear a few different conversations, and above it all, one man stands in a guard booth with a flashlight, trying to keep an eye on the stored goods for sale. With all the weapons and high explosives, Luis could do a lot of damage with some of the stuff in here, and Arketta swaps her purloined AK for something much quieter - her Turai sword.

FTE and Hale are near a block of apartment buildings and houses, all fairly run-down looking - but if FTE's optics don't deceive it, there's a whole lot of security cameras pointed outwards from those buildings. Between the cigarette butts and men's clothing hanging out the windows, this must be the housing for most of Wazir's militia. Most of them are likely out on patrol, but there's certain to be several of them left behind to guard this approach, and you're going to have to go right through them.

Zaef and Angel, on the other hand, have the high road approach from the other end of the block. TV aerials and satellite dishes alternate with rooftop gardens, pigeon coops, and laundry lines to make what could be a long line of sight into a broken array of visual lines more like the woods of North Carolina than a flat unbroken plain. Angel's glasses and Zaef's helm show them both that they have good line of sight to where Garrett and Ngawai and FTE and Hale are, but with all the containers and mess where Luis and Arketta are, they're on their own for the moment. But on the other side of the roofs is the goal - a clear sightline over the entire bazaar grounds.

"All right, from here on out, if they're armed, weapons free," Garrett says. "RoE is no survivors. We're going to blow through here -"
"Like the Killing Wind?" Hale asks.
Angel grunts over the vox.
"Exactly," Garrett says. "Let's show them what happens when you fuck with the 815."

Re: IC 4 - Hamburg - Day 1

skullandscythe posted in IC 4 - Hamburg - Day 1 on 2018-03-15 01:18:33
"That's assuming the scanning is the only security measure in the vault," Blake counters, though he follows up with "Still, it's a simple solution, and done elegantly enough, no one will notice until the reps come in - and perhaps not even then, if we're really good. Ops, Laith, if we know this much about the equipment, I assume we have some specs."

Re: IC 4 - Hamburg - Day 1

punkey posted in IC 4 - Hamburg - Day 1 on 2018-03-14 13:47:36
"Breaking it is easier," Mason points out. "And still gets us in the vault."