What Therin has been up to
Therin is spending the majority of his time in medical training, as he is working towards becoming a full fledged doctor. While it’s unusual for a doctor to be placed in a point team instead of a basic field medic, DMG have decided to let it go forward as an experiment – perhaps due to the extreme violence encountered in field missions in the last few years.
Therin spends some time training in small squad tactics and leadership under the tutelage of Captain Elli Eitel, a Gamma Group doctor who is experienced at leading containment crews in support of Response Squad actions (and who was involved in Operation PANDA STEEL). he has someting of a crush on her, but is unwilling to act on it while they are of unequal rank.
While in between high-pressure short duration stints of medical school training, Therin is visited by the technomancer Major Lowe, of the O.R.G., who simply wants to say hi as he usually does with most up and coming Medical Group doctors. therin expresses hi interest in technomantic healing devices to major lowe.
Because of the close proximity of Medical Group HQ to Gamma Group, Therin is training in heavy weapons and assault with Gamma Group’s Staff Sergeant Gerard Delahaye, who he last saw bleeding out on an Epsilon base operating table after Operation PANDA STEEL. Therins major interest is in grenade launchers and the mastery of rapid firing weapons.
How we came to be here
Some eighteen months into training, each of them is approached by their training lead and told to prepare for a field training mission.
From preliminary satellite surveillance, and later confirmation from Khady’s ground-placed surveillance assets, they determine that there are between 25 and 30 individuals within what appears to be some sort of commune.
They’re prepping to raid in force, just as soon as they confirm whether the mission is a go – KD still hasn’t found any evidence that there are truly SPIDER agents at the commune.
But then, when DMG are about to lose their window of opportunity, the commune buys groceries. One of the older gentlemen walks out of the house to help bring them in, wearing a back and arm brace that can only be a device.
Who is with who
KD is going in with Mira from Recon
Wils is working with Lieutenant Reese and eight guardsmen:
- Stéphanie Daumier
- Hugo Frassin
- Markus Steinhorst
- Wolf Heubeck
- Herbert Ellner
- Gabrielle Levi
- Phillip Weaver
- Ekkehard Niemann
Therin is put in charge of a containment crew of four medical and guardsman troops, who are going to be responsible for preventing mission leak and providing medical care when required for an assault team who are subduing a terrorist cell.
He will be working Captain Eitel, along with the following other troops:
- Hans Spott (Combat Medic)
- Emma Zuerner (Combat Medic)
- Armande Deroche (Guardsman)
- Heinz Grassmuck (Guardsman)
Therin and KD are both dropped at the site by Corporal Wandur, from Logistics (seconded to ORG).
The assault goes smoothly, and the players proceed to clear the compound completely in accordance with their training. It’s almost completely a perfect execution of the mission objectives, but…
While combat with most of the militants is fairly normal, something is not quite right about Haugk. When he forces KD to kill him, there is a blinding (physically and mentally) flash. After they recover their sight, although perhaps not their mental stability, the players see what appears to be the blood from Haugk’s cooling body spiralling into the air. It coalesces quickly into the form of something horrible – tentacles, teeth, and eyes, and all angry.
The thing is semi transparent and not quite complete, like a nightmare scribbled on the surface of reality (by a lunatic).
Lieutenant Reese is shouting into comm’s, “what the fuck is that, no-one told me about that, what the fuck!”, and an unknown voice answers him “Mission is still within designed parameters for the combatants, will proceed.”
Which is all very daunting, until Freddie comes up with a somewhat abrupt solution – the assault team runs for cover while Freddie gets approval from his superiors to task the german military drone that has been providing surveillance overwatch with a strike mission.
Shortly afterwards, damnation rains down in the form of a pair of hellfire missiles, utterly destroying the compound.
Not long afterwards, with a flash of green a descending grid melts from the ceiling to the floor, and everything inside the “commune” blinks out of existence, along with the guardsman and combat medics that the players were assigned specifically for the mission.
Barely having time to recover from that decided weirdness, a DMG Major (who Wils knows as Roberts) and several other officers burst into the room to congratulate the team on a successful operation. They seem perhaps rattled by the way the simulation went, but don’t talk about it with the players.
On going outside, the players find a cohort of DMG guardsman prepped to clean up, along with more observers. Among them, a captain of the ARG comes up and asks several questions about what they saw. He offhandedly refers to the monster as a a bloodspawn, a waker, and nothing to do with them.
While he’s questioning them, Corporal Wandur drives up in the van to take them home, and fails to see or brake for the ARG Captain. However, the captain leaps to safety just in time, and turns around and simply stares daggers at Wandur without saying a thing. Seems like maybe they aren’t friends. Wandur seems nonplussed, and tells the players to get in for a ride back to Gamma.
People at the commune
- Hannibal Neugebauer (38) arrested by wils
- Swanhilde Neugebauer (36) arrested by wils
- Wilhelm Neugebauer (11) arrested by wils
- Hans Neugebauer (8) arrested by wils
- Wolfgang Koenig (41) arrested by wils
- Minnie Koenig (35) arrested by wils
- Kathrin Koenig (7) found in a cupboard
- Helmuth Koenig (3) found in a cupboard
- Oskar Krause (m29) – Technomancer, Militant
- Anneliese Krause (f30) – Technomancer, Militant
- Heinz Krause (m2) found in a cupboard
- Georg Darius (m34) dead from Novakova gunfight
- Hilda Darius (f33) dead from Novakova
- Hedy Darius (f6) dead from Novakova
- Suse Darius (f5) found in a cupboard
- Karl Erdmannsdorff (m45) – Militant knocked out
- Erma Erdmannsdorff (f42) – Militant knocked out
- Heinrich Fahlbusch (m22) got arrested by hoebeck
- Ilsa Wickmann (f22) gt arrested by hoesbeck
- Wilhelm Haugk (m33) – Technomancer, Possessed, Psychopath shot down by khady, promptly turned into some sort of hideous monster.
- Jobst Snoek (m56) – Technomancer, Militant dead in a gunfight with novakova
- Alfred Deegener (m36) Tied up when found hiding under the bed
- Karl Grons (m34) Tied up when found hiding under the bed
- Bodo Ott (m21) – Technomancer, Militant, dead from gunfight
- Horst Schlang (m47) – Militant, Commune Leader, Arrested
- Heidi Stracke (f19) – Militant knocked out by Therin, stabilised by Therin
- Elli Guckenberger (f26) Arrested by khady
- Harry Schneider (m25) Arrested by khady
What happens next
After the field mission, the group is brought back together in Germany at Gamma Group’s base, for two months of intensive training with the agents of Response Squad Gamma. Lieutenant Versock is brutally honest about their capabilities, and pushes them hard to improve themselves. They are worked near to death, along with several prospective members of Response Squad Gamma that are hoped to be able to replace the losses they incurred during Operation PANDA STEEL.
When they finally reach the end of the eight weeks with Gamma, they are given a months leave in Berlin to enjoy themselves, before being shipped back to Alpha Group for their final three months of squad training.
Khady wants to lose his name, the organisation gives him a list to work from. He’ll be given a new identity when he returns from his leave in Berlin.
Freddie decide to change his name to Alfred Dales, to give himself a similarly clean break from the past.