Off to Jamaica! More bloody colonials causing trouble for us...
We set off to Jamaica on our next mission...to root out and stop a group of wealthy, power-hungry money launderers. We started to mingle and in the process of Simon acting like a rich, self-superior prick he and Ana were about to get jumped by some native Jamaicans who thought *they* were involved with COIL. Looks like his disguise was a little *too* good.
Under the premise of, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend", we are joining forces with one of the local drug lords to stop COIL.
November 5, 2017
We finished with our party in Switzerland, and Zoltan Zubriggen was blackbagged to London.
We have some downtime in London, and Simon gets his hand doctored back up. It’s been a week or so until we get a familiar missive to report to Auntie for our next mission. We’re outside and old colonial building…there is a brass plaque with a globe and “The Burden”. We pull the pull ring to ring a bell and summon an immaculately-dressed butler. He ushers us inside, bags up our jackets, and escorts us into the dining room. A wood-lined chamber filled with a century’s worth of exploration trophies. Auntie is enjoying a fine roast dinner; we take a seat and watch him eat.
One of the many organizations we watch is called COIL. Of late they’ve been engaging in a wider range of illegal activities and bringing in a hell of a lot of money – dirty money. They need to clean it before they can use it. WE have intelligence suggesting they have a new way to launder money and return it to the membership. A large amount of money is being collected in Jamaica, so we can track it – stop the laundering. So far we have intercepted transmissions saying an agent, “Mamba”, will be heading there to pick up the cash. Now is the time to act. Travel to Jamaica, find the facility, find the money, track it, and shut it down. It’s run by “King Cobra”.
What do we know about Mamba? Top agent and courier. Spotting them will be the hardest part. Contacts? Best is Rene’s 5…there’s a persistent rumor that Mamba is an American and unlike most COIL members, they were underprivileged and was bought out by COIL. They didn’t work their way up like many members.
What do we know about the actual laundering operation? One can’t just be asking door to door if they know anyone named after a snake…Rene has no idea. Simon figures COIL is involved with drug dealing, and since it’s Jamaica, it’s marijuana. They have money, clout and can buy off the authorities. Now that Jamaica has recently become independent, COIL probably has a lot of influence.
No idea where on the island…finding them is our job.
Who else has worked on this problem? Not sure. SWING doesn’t have any operatives on the island until we get there.
What else has COIL done in the past? Rene’s Academics 5…they put their heads together and talk. They’re a group of old money and nouveau rich. Poor people are obliged to do what they say because they’re poor. These people want to return to a time when the wealthy and powerful ruled by decree because they could. Lots of old money and nobility, plus some East Coast new wealth. They will look out for anyone wealthy, COIL or not.
He admits we’re being thrown off the top boards and wishes us well…but things are likely to move too quickly to get a lot of help – and we will have to improvise.
The butler brings us into the kitchen, then through into a smaller, second kitchen. It’s full of smoke and interesting smells, but no food. A man in a chef’s uniform flies back into a table and lands in a can of baked beans. He says, “It’s ok, I’m fine!” We pay him no mind as he returns to work.
A wire haired, black-faced Uncle walks through the chaos and stops in front of us. He has a sheaf of bank notes…each one has a tiny transmitter that can be tracked by this box. The range is only a few miles. He’s also got a radioactive spray to mark things that we could track with this Geiger counter (the spray will last a few days). Also a pen that marks in ultraviolet ink that can be detected with some special glasses. Mark money, or anything you need to. And here, the latest in miniaturized transistor radio earpieces…they don’t transmit, but will receive from a normal transmitter. We need a handheld radio to transmit. And lastly is a fine tan attaché case…there is a button on the handle that fires a concealed pistol. 6 rounds in the clip…enough for a decent surprise.
Idea is to show up as a wealthy Texan couple and the famous photographer.
Look for drug dealers and follow up the chain? Or, start with businesses and go there (I have money and hate paying taxes).
Can Simon use any of his contacts from the FBI to see if he can get a big wad of greenbacks to use as a bait? No.
Two ideas that seem promising…Rene could try fishing around looking for a bigger supplier of recreational pharmaceuticals, if we think the drug business is involved. Simon and Ana could pretend to be some new money with old money values, seeing if someone reacts or tries to get them involved with COIL.
Put trackable radioactive money on a boat going to Jamaica? Simon doesn’t know anyone in Orlando who’d be sending some drug money back. Well, he is a Man of the World…what about, say, Rio? (Contacts 3). Nope.
Well, if we’re going, Simon can rent a fancy car. If he does it right it automatically gets him noticed.
We land in Jamaica, and Simon goes to the taxi stand and tries to find the most clever one. The guy, $name, agrees to drive Simon and Ana to their hotel. On the way, he says he wants to see what he can see…he wants to find the best parts.
Driver: Ocho Rios is beautiful as is Sand’s Bay. Kingston of course is where a lot of the fun happens. Anything else on the island would be scenic
S: I’d hate to end up in a place with the wrong kind of people…I’m looking for the finer things in life.
The driver gives him some recommendations of places to avoid. Ana stays quiet.
Simon uses “Discretion is my middle name” and insinuates that he’s an old money fellow and a bit of an ass. He spends a Fate point to make this happen.
Morris and Rene rent a little sports car and check it out, then head for the hotel after stopping at a little store to pick up some refreshments.
We meet up and discuss our plans. Simon will spend time acting the part of someone rich and obnoxious…he’ll be good and meticulous.
Rene will look for parties and try to get some dope deals going. Morris will be his driver and muscle.
Social standing – looking for parties, etc. 1 and 4…they do find some fancy parties to go to with some old money on Day 2.
The party is in a big white mansion at a former plantation. Most of the events happen out on the tile patio. Lots of fancy-looking people in nice dresses…for some reason the attendees are white and most of the servants are black.
This is a wander around and mingle party…not a lot of dancing etc. But Rene still looks good. This is a “we pretend to still be in charge” party.
Simon makes an Empathy check (3) as he cranks up the racism. Alertness…from -2 to 5. Ironically, only Simon notices that he’s being watched by a lot of the staff who must not care for his treatment. It doesn’t seem to be from what he says, either.
Simon would like to figure out who’s in charge of the servants so he can let Rene know who to talk to. Investigation…0. He’s having a hard time with it.
He *does* tell Rene that he’s being watched anyway. Looking back at things, there is one guy in particular who’s the center of attention for the servants.
Morris doesn’t really mingle as well but he’s much more of a common Brit than these newly independent Jamaicans. Where to go for a good time, and where to avoid pricks like Tex over there. Rapport +4…they point out the tourist traps where all the rich people go, and there are some villas on the island with walled communities that normal people aren’t allowed in (need a code etc). There are some English-style ale houses for the working man and/or the wealthy go to rub shoulders with the common man.
Ana decides to go swimming in the pool…some of the dirty old men are now distracted.
The party doesn’t last until all hours. Around 10 or 11 local time, most of the guests start finding their way out…or finding bedrooms. There is kind of an afterparty going on…seems like there’s something going on at the pool.
Simon says it’s time to go it’s getting too *unnecessarily racist slur*. Ana eventually acquiesces and they head off. Rene’s down at the pool hanging out with sexy Jamaican ladies.
Morris will continue to chat up the staff, and tries to talk to the guy that Simon had pointed out. Simon’s enough of an ass that *everyone* knows it. It sounds like rich people have been coming here more often….something about fewer laws and thinking they can get away with everything. The government isn’t changing that; they’ve got more money than the government so they’re unwelcome guests.
Alertness…bad, 2, 3, 7. As Simon heads to the road to try to get a car, Ana notices someone sneaking around in the bushes – at least a half dozen.
Ana: Dear, there are bogies all around us. Little birdies. Should we let them take us?
S: Let’s see what they want first. I don’t think so.
A: It’s just going to be a ransom for money, after all.
After a minute or so they’re surrounded by six or seven guys who tell them to stop. They look like waitstaff and are carrying knives and clubs.
S: What’s this all about?
Them (the guy giving him the eyeball earlier): We’re done with your interference, and what’s left of you is going to send a message. We’re tired of you COIL agents muscling in on our turf.
S: I think we’re going to want to leave some of them alive.
S: We’re here *looking* for COIL. We’re not with ‘em.
A: We’re against ‘em.
S: Who might you be?
The crowd pauses for a moment…
Them: You came here to join COIL to muscle in on our territory.
S: We came here to stop them and their money laundering.
T: I don’t believe you!
Cold read: Lieutenant to a drug lord, Jamaican liberal, Knows how to lead a pack of dogs
S: I’m sure the drug lords you work for would love to stop COIL like we do.
Dude stops his guys for a second.
Dude: Let’s step off the road…
While Rene is at the party, Morris will sneak into the hotel/resort to see what’s going on.
Meanwhile, Empathy for Simon and Ana…they don’t think he believes them necessarily, but they’re not being beaten right now…he attempts to Intimidate them back. Social combat!
Simon takes a 4-box composure.
Dude: You’re lying to get out of this! Just because I want to believe you, I don’t.
S: Would my wife and I join you in the dark here if we were just rich folks looking to get into a group like that? We’re more than we put on.
Rapport 4 vs Yawn…looks like a 4-box back.
Dude: You’re not who were I thought you were, true.
Ana: What do we need to do to prove it to you? We have one name, Mamba. We’re after him.
He looks a little perplexed…dude doesn’t seem to recognize the name. She’s clearly not what she appears to be either…
A: Do you have a coin?
She slowly pulls her guns out…dude flips it up, and she puts a couple of holes in it. Intimidate 3…it works. She definitely convinces them that she’s not just a housewife…
Dude: Those are pretty fancy skills but maybe you’re just a highly trained COIL agent. You’re not convincing me you aren’t my enemy…
Simon takes a 4-box. They’ve impressed him, but haven’t proven him wrong.
S: We work for an organization outside your country. We are after COIL internationally. We’re not at odds here. 5-box and a condition (spin) – “makes you think”
Ana: If you don’t want to work with us, tell us where to look and we’ll do it for you. Your hands are clean and it proves we’re not with them. We can help make the change you’re looking for.
She tags him for a 2-box.
Dude: You make a good point, but it’s too convenient that you showed up right when everything’s going down.
Simon brushes it off.
S: Let us deal with whatever’s “going down” and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Simon isn’t convincing.
Ana: These guns work just fine on COIL agents.
She intimidates for 4…
Dude: I like the way you talk, pretty lady. If you’re here to stop COIL, what are you waiting for?
S: We just got here…sounds like it’s time to share some information.
Dude: That’s a scary proposition, but it’s a start.
Ana: We already told you, Mamba. He’s one of their lieutenants.
Dude: You need a ride? Follow me…
They head off to the servant’s parking lot and he invites them into his car.
Dude: Let’s go talk to my superiors…
Simon: Before we go…there are two others that we work with. Mind if I call them?
D: And your friends are?
S: Rene and his driver, if you could get them.
Now that the old crowd is gone, Rene starts working the crowd. Fab contacts…there’s a young man who looks to be native to the island that doesn’t appear to be involved with the waitstaff who might be able to help him find what he wants in larger quantities. Rene passes on some contact information.
Around that time, a servant comes up and tells Rene that he and his driver have been requested to contact Simon about the snakes we’re trying to run to ground.
He doesn’t know where Morris is, but he asks the servant if there’s a bar inside. Turns out, yes there is and there *he* is. Rene fetches Morris, grabs a glass of wine, and we head out. We follow to the parking lot, and they’ll bring us to the sports car.
Dude is now known as Kamar. We’ll follow them out. There are a few servants around yet…the servants chat for a bit, and one of them hops into the back of the sports car – he tells us to follow Kamar and our friends. We disappear off into the Jamaican night and drive into a somewhat sketchier part of town.
Rene, on the radio: Why didn’t you just call me on the radio?
Simon: Maybe we didn’t need to show off all our technology? Rene doesn’t hear this; he popped out his earbud.
We end up in the part of Ocho Rios that Morris was specifically told not to go. We pull up to a garage door…
Rene: This is much better than the pool party I was at.
We enter this warehouse and find a large drug operation…lots of guys with guns staring at us.
Simon takes off the cowboy hat and gets out of the car. Kamar walks off and comes back with a very upset looking man flanked by two guards carrying guns.
Dude: Kamar here tells me you can help us with our operation?
Kamar: This is Simon and his wife, Ana. They’re the ones I told you about, and their associates.
Simon looks at Rene. Rene looks at Simon.
Simon: we represent an organization that wants to stop COIL. I played someone who COIL might approach, but fortunately met Kamar and explained my situation – I’m not in COIL and I want to stop them. I don’t care about your organization, just COIL. I’d love to help you deal with any problems with COIL.
Dude: Get rid of their operations here?
S: Maybe, if it helps us. I hear they’re using businesses here to launder money and that’s what we’re going to stop.
Dude: Who are you, American? CIA? You can call me Elijah.
Simon: (introduces us) We all have our own roles in our organization.
Elijah: You’re not all Americans – you’re not the American police here lying to me?
S: We’re not worried about your drug operations.
Rene: Maybe setting up an account…
S: We have international concerns, but don’t have the local knowledge you do.
E: Kamar vouched for you, so you’re in without a bullet in your head. But in my position, I can’t be so trusting. What can we have you do?
S: We would be happy with even the slightest clue.
Morris: It’s a pretty small risk to you…We’re clearly not the Americans – they’re the ones you need to worry about, and they’re not here.
E: You’ll do us one better. Shut them down and get what you want…then turn the operation over to us. You walk away without a word…fair deal? We’ll tell you what we know.
Cold read on Elijah: Successful drug lord, knows how to play the game, ruthless leader
S: We’ll need a moment.
E: Don’t take too long…
Simon asks if COIL is a bigger threat than these drug lords. Morris says that the drug lords aren’t good for the country either but probably better than COIL.
Rene is concerned about whether the drug lords would have access to the money laundering…but not really. They would get the buildings but not the contacts etc.
Morris wants to leave his children a better world, and a huge pot plantation is a concern for the world. Morris pays a Fate point now with the understanding that while they expect everything won’t get blown up, stuff does sometimes happen.
Tomorrow they’ll give us some information and point us to the location, then stand back to watch.
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