Did someone ask for gov't conspiracies? Ripe with Terrorist activity? *plays a theme song that would be appropriate for a Top Secret Koala.* Have no fair! TS Koala is here! ...I've had a slow day at work, can you tell?
The Gates of Perdition
Overplot: in 1989 the first President Bush and the Project for the New American Century realized that all Economic, national security, and military information was stored on Windows systems.
First recommendation. Advance your story by 16 years. President Bush 2. SecDef Don Rumsfield and UsecDef(I) James R. Clapper. These three make for a more believed clandestine trio.
Developing an independent system would be time consuming and expensive. Then Sec Def ******* proposed an elegant solution. Bill Gates founder of Microsoft would be eliminated and replaced with a double Steve Sires who’s death would be faked using gates body. This would give the Gov. control of the Windows tech. As well as all the power and finacial infuence of Gates’ Fortune.
Possible Problem 1. Bill Gates, inventor of "DOS", had a heavy handed development staff for Windows by the time they even attempted Windows 95. At best, he'd be the controller programmer, but realistically, I would see him as CEO / designer and not trench coder. Also, the DN (Defense Network) would probably use a combination of Unix, Linux, and Windows Interfaces to run. (I'm saying *PROBABLY*. Simply because, that's what I can say.)
Proposed Solution 1. Hate to be the guy who says "Hollywood got it right, doods." but your best bet is Die Hard 4. An elite hacker, for kicks.. make the hacker female, is the next Copernicus. Programmer of legend... and just smart enough to be dumb enough to get caught trying to hack something stupid. Which puts her on the radar of the NSA, CIA, USDoD(I).
Chapter 1: “***************” is kidnapped from his home on Lake Washington. Gather clues and discover the identity of the kidnapers. The kidnapers are identified as a sleeper cell of Al'Qaeda who plan to torture gates for his knowledge of windows security and then ransom him for billions.
Problem 2. Al'Qaeda are mujahiddin. More or less the type of people who plan ambushes and blow themselves up. Kidnapping for intel... not exactly their MO. The fact is even more 'issue-causing' on American soil where the sleeper cell would be heavily removed from the core, at best. At that point, even if they were to do an Op of this magnitude, it wouldn't be done without at least like 3 or 4 degrees of seperation, with a suicidal gatekeeper on degree 2 and / or 3.
Solution 2. Russians. Russians love this stuff. Or even a throw back to the 3rd Reich Germany. Now.. don't lose the Al'Qaeda idea. I'm just pushing it back a few twists. (Have the Russians do the grunt work for the actual bad guy.. Al'Qaeda / Middle East mastermind guy).
Chapter 2: Clues lead the team to Virginia Mason Medical Center and Dr. Farah. The Dr. lives on a small yacht in Bell Harbor Marina which is discovered missing. ******* has been spirited out of the country.
No issues. Moving on.
Chapter 3: The yacht is discovered at a marina in Portland, Or. Naseer Abd-al-Ali is still on board with 4 members of a Portland Cell prepping the ship with explosives to blow up the Marquam Bridge at rushhour. The bomb it self is attached to the hull of the ship under the water. There is scuba gear on the ship. A shipping receipt on Ali leads to Frontier Air Fright one of the kidnappers shipped a large box weighing about 200 lbs. to an address in Kampala, Uganda and insisted on traveling with the package. Flight Time 30 hrs
I LOVE this idea. You have the good guys chasing down the bad guys, when they bump into a completely different bad guy.
The only issue I have is... the story seems to be moving a little too quickly after this. So, I'd suggest sending the package to Siberia. Maybe Uzbekistan or Georgia. Plus, what terrorist would send something directly to their hide out? Insert a few chapters to keep your players guessing. Have them have a shoot out with the Georgian Anti-Terrorist Police unit. (Nasty little buggers.) And maybe even do some dealings with the Russian mob to learn what is going on.. and where it's going.
Insert a second air lift by a "private plane" to Uganda. Makes it a little harder to track down.
Chapter 4: From Kampala, Uganda the box is moved by truck from the air port at Entebbe to Moyo on the border with Sudan. The party has 2 days to get to the warehouse In moyo before the Sudanese militia takes delivery. Random encounters with “Lords Resistance Army” Team must assault the warehouse where Gates is being held. ****** weeps as the team carries him to their vehicle “Fuck this, ******* can blow me I fucking quit I gotta tell you guys something...BANG! (long range sniper well trained well equiped not Militia)
I like it. Toss in a tank, just to screw with them.
Chapter 5: Team is ordered back to Entebbe for extraction. On the way they are attacked by fake “LRA” troops Knowledge (tactics) DC 18: troop are too coordinated and well trained to be LRA.
Tactics is good. Also, maybe have them heavily equipped with perhaps FA2000s, HK G36Es, Styr AUGs, FN P90s, heavily modded M16s or even some disgarded, thought to be trashed but someone bought them OICWs. Give a tech guy a chance to make a Knowledge (mechanics?) roll to be like.. "Hey! How'd they afford those??"
The Idea is that the team discovers that the agency is a melevolent organization and goes on the run (not easy with a team) then either gets picked up by another Org. or goes A-team. Thanks alot for the ideas
May I suggest Her Majesty's SIS? Canadian Security Intelligence Service? Maybe even the Bundesnachrichtendienst? Or hell, the NSA who has an idea of what's going on and wants to stop it.
I tend to go more the realistic route in my thinking.. so.. if you want, scrap everything I just wrote. LOL. In my head, James Bond would have died 23 times in his first film. He was too dumb to be a Secret Agent.