Ozma Field Team Delta-Seven-Echo
After Action Report
Subject Zero loitered in the vicinity of the Taft-Crowley estates for 9.34 minutes. We anticipated that his murder of Lorelei Taft-Crowley would draw asset-7331 to Mars, and that he would make a move once she arrived. It appears, based on our internal feed into the estate, that Subject Zero utilized his async hold over Lorelei to affect asset-7331 and her team. As anticipated, the presence of Subject de Winter split Subject Zero’s attention and aggression, and the team was able to repel his attempts. He utilized his talents to retreat from the estate.
Logs from the estate indicate that asset-7331 and her team utilized accelerated-time simulspace recreation to recover from the trauma of the experience. asset-7331 attempted psychosurgery on associate Ricky Thompson. It would appear from overheard audio that Thompson had experienced something while under Subject Zero’s sway that caused concern. Asset-7331 was unable to locate any particular trauma.
While four of the team were in simulspace, Subject de Winter left the estate to pursue solo investigation. I assigned an operational pair to track and monitor her, as well as a surveillance operative to keep tabs on asset-7331 and her team. The remainder of our team continued monitoring Subject Zero. He returned to his lair.
Upon emerging from simulspace, asset-7331 and her team began operational planning to lure Subject Zero into the open. At this time, I made the call to Principal Omega-Sixteen, assigned as handler to asset-7331. The Principal determined to relay a message to asset-7331 to test the bonds of that relationship as well as bonds to Subject de Winter. Asset-7331 relayed a warning to Subject de Winter but took no other action at that time.
As part of operational planning, the team engaged in preliminary mesh research. Associate Argo was contacted by his superiors in the Hidden Concern about an internal schism along with instructions to locate Dr. Mahmoud al-Tikriti, an employee of TerraGenesis, and liason to the Pathfinder Corporation. This contact appeared incidental to our monitoring or their operation to find Subject Zero, but Argo’s loyalties were such that he made a game attempt to make it seem like finding and protecting Dr. Tikriti would be of operational advantage. Associate Tari decided to attempt electronic intrusion into two corporate entities, Somatek and TerraGenesis. In both cases, corporate anti-intrusion countermeasures were activated and she got limited information. Her interest in Dr. Duvalier and SIBA seemed personal and unrelated. Her interest in Dr. Tikriti seemed like a favor to her fellow criminal Argo. Data from TerraGenesis enabled the team to track Dr. Tikriti to a TerraGenesis safehouse in the Tito neighborhood. They made contact with the Dr. and his protection team and escorted them back to the Taft-Crowley estates. The Hidden Concern then deployed a two-dozen-strong team of muscle to provide perimeter support under Argo’s command.
Simultaneous, and preparatory to these actions, asset-7331 used her wealth and fame to solicit an ally in the local police forces, Lt. Ji Xue. The Lt. permitted asset-7331 and Tari to enter an interrogation simulspace to speak to a mid-level Nine Lives operative named Olore. Asset-7331 demonstrated remarkable skill at simple verbal interrogation, backed with the threat of a century of accelerated-time torture, to get the name of a cortical-stack-trader named Kevin Cole. As they conducted that business, Argo and Thompson procured some quasi-legal drugs. As they departed the store, they observed Subject de Winter approaching them at a run.
Sub-Team Epsilon-Nine had been monitoring Subject de Winter as she used her async capabilities to investigate Subject Zero. The precise data she uncovered is unknown to our surveillance, but her inquiries vibrated the web of subverted transhumans and electronic systems set up by Subject Zero. He emerged from his lair seeking to isolate her and assimilate her. Epsilon-Nine acted upon their orders to prevent Subject Zero from taking Subject de Winter by assassinating Subject de Winter and seeking to recover her cortical stack. Unfortunately, the timing of the assault was not optimal. Thompson’s skill at cyberbrain hacking subverted Operatives Echo-Seven and Echo-Eight disrupting the operation sufficiently for Argo and Thompson to escape with Subject de Winter’s head and stack. Epsilon-Nine was forced to abandon their morphs in the face of police response. The team, along with Subject de Winter’s head, was taken into police custody, but released after an hour after reviewing incident footage and subject to pressure from the Taft-Crowley family.
The team returned to the Taft-Crowley compound where they re-instantiated Subject de Winter and discovered what she had learned. To whit:
- Subject Zero can affect electronic systems with his async abilities
- Subject Zero likely requires access to fork-reintegration tech in order to completely assimilate the stacks he captures, augmented by his own abilities.
- Once assimilated, Subject Zero can utilize async abilities on any ego associated with that stack at range.
- Subject Zero believes that assimilation of asset-7331 will permit greater and more successful ego integration.
Team placed Subject de Winter in a ghostrider module attached to the takko morph of Argo. Team discussed plan of dangling a desired stack under Subject Zero’s nose to draw him out, using Cole as a middleman. Thompson suggested spiking the decoy stack with an advanced nanovirus keyed to Fortuna morph design specifications. Argo suggested spiking the decoy stack with low-level radiation and tracking the stack through the use of the drug frequency.
Asset-7331 and Tari made contact with Nine Lives asset Cole. Asset-7331 posed as a corrupt police officer offering to sell the recovered stack from Subject de Winter out of the evidence locker. Cole was intrigued, yet deterred by the fact of Epsilon-Nine’s involvement, not knowing if similar force would be applied to him. Asset-7331 provided enough detail to bring to Cole’s mind Subject Zero as a buyer. The deal was made.
Tari procured an infomorph technician through the indenture exchange named Leo Markus. She forked him into a cortical stack to act as the decoy, wisely opting not to use Subject de Winter. Asset-7331 negotiated with the Hidden Concern, trading her family’s safe harbor for Dr. Tikriti for cutting-edge nano-viral designs. These designs, coupled with Thompson’s existing expertise, resulted in a nano-virus keyed to Fortuna design specifications that also emitted a low-grade radiation. The nano-virus was applied to the decoy stack. Argo procured a Ghost sleeve so as to successfully use frequency and the team left to stake out Cole’s strip club.
Thompson and Argo secured themselves nearby while asset-7331 and Tari entered to conclude the deal with Cole. As anticipated, Subject Zero used his prior assimilation of Cole to pull asset-7331 and Tari into a shared-simulspace, causing their morphs to slump unconscious. Thompson entered the club covertly and engaged in violence against Cole, disrupting Subject Zero’s hold. They fled.
Sub-Team Epsilon-Seven had been monitoring Subject Zero. He was in place two blocks from the club, and he arrived rapidly. He entered the club, discovered that asset-7331 had already made her escape, and used his async abilities to dominate the employees and staff into covering his own getaway. Fortunately for asset-7331’s team, he is pathological unable to pass up an untended cortical stack, and he took the bait anyway.
Argo, high on frequency, led the tracking team following Subject Zero. He was able to overcome Subject Zero’s camouflage capabilities, either due to intrinsic willpower or the effects of the drug. Flag frequency for follow-up experimentation.
The nano-virus activated moments after Subject Zero entered his lair, reducing his morph to undifferentiated gray organic sludge. The team entered, found his collection of cortical stacks as well as the exsurgent symbology painted in blood on most available surfaces. Subsequent contact from asset-7331 delivered XP of the intrusion, included in file: 5554-C, which shows unusual inorganic growths from Subject Zero’s cortical stack. The team destroyed Subject Zero’s fork-reintegration machinery, destroyed all of Subject Zero’s collected cortical stacks via public reclaimator, and scoured his lair with fire and nanotech.
Field-Team surveillance of Subject Zero is hereby concluded. Visuals of his unusual cortical stack are flagged for follow-up. Asset-7331 was assured that her actions would not reflect poorly on her continued relationship with us. Our surveillance of Subject Zero was entering an uncertain phase in any event. She did us the service of exposing herself and her team so that we would not have to.