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Offline Alexander Toff

Traitors in our Midst
« on: July 20, 2017, 05:06:55 PM »
It had taken nearly a full twenty four hours for Alexander Toff to be rescued from his escape pod. With all other pods having been shot down and the prison ship completly destroyed, he had been the only survivor. But he had gotten every bit of intel he could on the attackers for Imperial Intelligence to analyze. Images and footage of their gear, skill, tactics. If there was info to be found, the Intelligence's internal investigation teams would find it. But his survival left Alexander in an awkward position. He had now been present both for the capture of one of the Assassin's who killed the Emperor, as well as for their escape. It raised certain 'nasty' implications about his character and when a traitor was being looked for, it meant they wanted to make sure he was not in fact a traitor. So they set up monitoring devices up, staged people, watched him and examined everything Alexander had come into contact with to see if he was a double agent while he was getting a medical checkup. They found no evidence to suggest that he was a traitor, yet they were not completly convinced. After all, he was a rather skilled Agent. It was possible he had simply left no traces of his treachery.

So after a three days of internal debate, he was assigned a new mission as well as a partner. The mission was fairly simple. Find the traitors who allowed the Emperors death to happen and then find the ones who did kill him. While he was doing this, he would be monitored closely both by the fellow partner he had, as well as other operatives. His fellow operator of course was filled in on her role, what exactly she would be doing. How she did it was left up to her however. So it was that, four days after his return, Alexander had a entirely new mission and a partner to work with.

He was scheduled to meet up with Agent Talia at a non-descript spaceport on Korriban. A mission breifing would be left in the ship they were being supplied with, detailing what exactly it was they were supposed to do, where, how and when. Alexander made a point of persoanlly arriving three minutes early, as was his normal perogative. He was in his normal clothes, his pale golden skin reflecting a bit of the sun's heat as the windy day tossed his two toned auburn and blonde hair. As he arrived he glanced around, seeing if his new partner had arrived yet, or if she had not yet arrived.

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Re: Traitors in our Midst
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2017, 12:26:26 AM »
Talia had arrived early as well, scoping out the spaceport hours in advance. By the time Toff arrived, she had set up with her rifle on one of the upper levels of the spaceport, watching people go about their business through the long lens of her scope. And then... there he was. Even in his normal clothes, he stood out amongst the rest of the rabble; it was that golden skin of his, he would need to do something about that... She filtered through comm channels for the area and found the signals he was using and opened a line to him.

"Well hello, love," Talia said over her comm device, making sure to use her decidedly Imperial accent; she'd worked hard to get rid of the accent for undercover work, but it suited her purposes to use it now. "Don't you look ready to get down to business! But how about a game first? Maybe a little hide and seek?" she continued in a sultry tone.
˙sɹnoʎ uɐɥʇ ʇuǝɹǝɟɟıp ʇsnɾ sı ʎʇılɐǝɹ ʎɯ 'ʎzɐɹɔ ʇou ɯ,I

Offline Alexander Toff

Re: Traitors in our Midst
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2017, 01:01:54 AM »
Alexander tended to simply stay in his natural pale gold skin tone. Among other things, it made finding him much harder if he changed it during an operation rather then before. Going from looking pale gold to pasty white was quite the change. But the other way around was much more noticeable. The more unique the featuers, the harder to find the person when they suddenly changed them. That and if he did need to change how he looked for the mission, he would do it just before he went on said mission. The less time and change people had to know about it, the better. A moment later after he had arrived, a comm channel opend on his ear peice as he examined the area.

'Hello love', was it? Fairly good accent as well. He had a fairly 'monotone' voice that didn't have much of an accent, so while adopting one had been intresting to figure out, it was not much of an issue. "A game is it?" He said through his throat mic in a thick coruscanti accent. "Ya got two minutes and fourty two seconds." This kind of thing happend occasionally. It was also why he didn't like working with a partner. People in the 'industry' liked to test the skills of their peers on occasion. The higher ups allowed it under the idea of 'expanding capabilities and competetive spirit'. While he had more then a few personal thoughts about that paticular line of thinking, it kept an agent on their toes if nothing else. While he was plenty relaxed on the outside, he kept his eyes out and sharp, his ears perked and his senses just waiting. He didn't know what she had in mind, but he was ready to be suprised.

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Re: Traitors in our Midst
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2017, 01:27:28 AM »
This had nothing to do with a test; or maybe it did... After all, here she was looking at him over the barrel of a high powered rifle, ready to pick him off like the traitor who had fired at the Emperor, and he had no idea. It was true that Toff had caught on to the sniper on the station, but it was that distraction that allowed the other traitor to end the life of the Emperor. How far did it go? Could he be trusted?

"Mmm, there's a lot one can do in two minutes," Talia replied with a laugh. "So, are you seeking? Because from where I sit, it doesn't look like you're making any attempt to hide."
˙sɹnoʎ uɐɥʇ ʇuǝɹǝɟɟıp ʇsnɾ sı ʎʇılɐǝɹ ʎɯ 'ʎzɐɹɔ ʇou ɯ,I

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Re: Traitors in our Midst
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2017, 02:01:46 AM »
Under normal circumstances, Alexander would have just walked into the ship and waited. Unfortunately, for safety's sake, the ship was not going to arrive until the meeting time. In two minutes and twetny three seconds at this point. At this point, he had no idea where she was, nor what exactly her game plan was in this. For all he knew, it was a 'he who twitches first looses'. He did not see many clues in the moment yet on what exactly she was doing, but for now he listend for background noise on her mic.

He did not hear anyone in the background, so she was alone. She also could see him. That could potentailly mean she was watching from a camera but he did not think so. She had not called him untill he had stepped out into the area of the landing pad itself. While it could have been a ploy to lure him along that line of thinking, if one started assuming everything was a ploy you ended up nowhere fast. It was however worth keeping in mind.

"Me, seeking? I ain't seeking, i am just waiting." He wasn't being dishonest when he said that, he was waiting for the ship after all. At the same time, trying to go off and 'seek' her would likely just end up in him wasting time and both of them missing their flight. So instead of him going to her, he needed her to come to him. "So, Agent Talia. I am gonna take a few guesses as to exactly where you are. Since while i ain't seeking, i sure as feth do not want to wait longer then i need to." He said, checking the location of the sun. "If you are looking at me directly, you are somewhere on one of the top floors, probably in a maintnance area or security station. North eastern side to keep your scope from reflecting sunlight. The north side is currently getting reflections from the oppisite side from the sun and all, and the north western side is in partial sunlight. If you were watching me from a camera though, then i would place you at one of the rather nice cafe's i saw on the way in. I would offer you a drink at one of 'em, but i can see our ride coming in as i speak. Minute and twenty seconds hon."

And indeed, Alexander could see the ship they were being assighned for the mission coming in for a landing right on schedule. "Don't be late would you dear?" He said, mimicking Talia's Imperial Accent right back at her. Under a watchful gaze he might be for being a traitor, but that did not mean he planned to just let a fellow agent and peer walk all over him.

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Re: Traitors in our Midst
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2017, 02:18:50 AM »
"Ah, but if I was in the cafe, then you could hear the patrons over the comms, just as I hear from your end," Talia rebutted. She switched the rifle's safety on and removed herself from her perch, then casually slinging the rifle over her shoulder she made her way to the lift to take her down to the lower levels. "You know, you're not too bad. I'd heard good things about you, but then you had to go and let someone kill the Emperor on your watch," she said as she walked. "Quite frankly, I'm surprised you were given a second chance; you must have had something good to offer up to buy your way out of two failures."
˙sɹnoʎ uɐɥʇ ʇuǝɹǝɟɟıp ʇsnɾ sı ʎʇılɐǝɹ ʎɯ 'ʎzɐɹɔ ʇou ɯ,I

Offline Alexander Toff

Re: Traitors in our Midst
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2017, 12:01:36 PM »
"Not nessisarily. There are ways of masking sound. A throat mic along with a small sound dampening system would work quite well. Long as no one started screaming, i would be none the wiser to the fact that you had indeed been watching me through a camera." That was actaully a trick he himself had used before. It was a bit harder to pull off, as the sound dampening equipment while not paticularly obvious, was rather easy to notice if you knew what you were looking for.

When she remarked about the pair of failures, well, only one of those was truely a failure in his mind. The Emperor's death. Sure he had not been the only Agent present, but he was the senior one there and even he had only detected half the threat. Though he was not completly convinced about the entire Sith assassinating the Emperor act, well, that was neither here nor there. But as for the other 'failure'.

"While i certainly recall rather distinctly the first failure, the second on the prison ship does not rest on my shoulders. Considering my primary objective was to gather any and all information i could on any attackers and to get it back to the Empire. Getting the prisoners to where they needed to go was a secondary objective, not the primary." Though he did wish he had managed to kill both of the prisoners with that explosion and not just one, he couldn't really change what had happend or the fact that the prisoner had used the force. Dealing with forcers was typically the job of the Sith Order. One of those crazy, force weilding bastards would have come in very handy if they had actually chosen to be around.

By about the time she would show up within visual range of Alexander, their ship had finished its landing manuvers right on time. Boxes of cargos started to get taken out and set around the area, while the officer of the ship dealt quickly with the port authorities who quickly departed. "Happy now?" Alexander asked, turning to look at his new partner.

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Re: Traitors in our Midst
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2017, 12:34:56 PM »
Happy? "Yes, quite," Talia replied. Now that she was no longer in hiding, he could see that she was human, or at the very least near enough at a passing glance. Her eyes were green and she had rich auburn hair that was long and curly and bound loosely just past her shoulders. She wore clothes to fit the setting, just simple garb a traveler or even a low level privateer might wear, though her leather jacket was somewhat distinct. Over her shoulder was the rifle she had used to watching him, but she didn't seem to be armed past that. "Shall we?" she said with a playful grin, inclining her head towards the ship's loading ramp as an invitation.
˙sɹnoʎ uɐɥʇ ʇuǝɹǝɟɟıp ʇsnɾ sı ʎʇılɐǝɹ ʎɯ 'ʎzɐɹɔ ʇou ɯ,I

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Re: Traitors in our Midst
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2017, 06:54:23 PM »
He let out a sighat the fact that she had let it drop, that worked for him. It would only get in the way if he had to constantly defend his competence like that. He took in her features for a momnet and nodded shortly to her in a form of greeting. "We shall." He nodded, turning around and heading into the plain cargo ship which had been unloaded of its small amount of cargo. As for what cargo they were taking in, it was just various items that had already been paid for and were part of their cover into the next operation. As he walked on into the ship Alexander looked around for bugs, though there did not appear to be any placed with the examination he gave it, he could look in more detail later. For the moment, they had a peice of intel to read. Unlike the standard breifing given by a 'handler', this one was given in a bit of a diffrent manner. A folder that contrained all relevant information for the task at hand. It had been put in a container with a biometric lock, a lock that would only respond to the touch of either Agent Artemis or Talia. If it was not one of them who touched it, it would destroy the papers within.

Said container was being handled by a protocal droid who upon seeing them gave them a greeting before setting the box down on the table and exiting the ship. After three more minutes the cargo exchange was done and they were the only two people on the ship. Alexander did for safety's sake another check through for any bugs but found nothing. "Right. Ready to begin then?"

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Re: Traitors in our Midst
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2017, 11:59:12 PM »
Talia did her own sweep for bugs, watching the cargo droids and the ship's onboard droid with great interest before heading to the cockpit and then the bunks for additional security. As she rejoined Toff, she indicated with only a nod that her sweep had come up clean and that she was ready to proceed. "Ready when you are, love," she stated, then pressed her hand to the bioscanner to open the case.
˙sɹnoʎ uɐɥʇ ʇuǝɹǝɟɟıp ʇsnɾ sı ʎʇılɐǝɹ ʎɯ 'ʎzɐɹɔ ʇou ɯ,I

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Re: Traitors in our Midst
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2017, 08:09:52 PM »
Toff nodded in return to her silent remark. "Aye, ready." He agree'd as she opend the box. It would scan her for a moment before cracking open, revealing an old style paper dossier on targets related to the Emperors assassination. Two suspects were Sith Knights that they were not expected to deal with, the Sith Order would internally handle that but they were mentioned to let the agents know the possibility of running into Force Users. Apart from that there was three main targets.

One was a simple kill order, Imperial Officer Valimar. They had confirmed his acts and his alighnment with the Traitors and now simply needed him removed. He was a coruscanti man who had been a part of the Imperial Army before the battle of Anaxes. He had aided in the cards and registery needed to slip the traitors onto the Silk Road. There was plentious information on his location, wereabouts and personal life style. He was a fairly low ranking officer who had a few friends in high places and managed to make the most of them, getting himself an easy career and a posting at the Silk Road.

The other two were not quite so simple.

One was a Imperial Logistics Manager, Second Lieutenant Vash Sel'iah. Out of the many who had the potential to have access to the right people at the right time, as well as codes and knowledge, she was the most likely. Being the manager she was as an aid to a well known Major Admiral, a lot of information would be easy for her to access, under normal means or through more covert and underhanded methods. It would also have been very easy for her to point someone in the right direction to find the codes needed to pass the flight monitors, various transponder checks and the like. Not only that, but she was in position to know the flight path of the prison ship that had been attacked carrying the Assassin's of the Emperor.  Their task with her was to find out if she had indeed aided the traitors and if so to use her to find out more about the group that had him Assassinated. If Vash did prove to be a traitor, she was to have a unfortunate accident after they extracted any information out of her that they could. There was plentious information on her as well, how she acted, where she tended to visit, her favorite type of tea. It seemed she was currently on shore leave at Columex, staying at a place in the city there for around a month.

The third was investigating a Mercenary who might or might not be tied to all this. It had been suspected that during the entire planning phase for the Emperors visit that a break in at a database had occured. At the time there was not sufficent evidence to bring it to light, but with the Emperors death and a few closer looks a leak of the information has been found. It is suspected that a Mercenary Slicer who goes by the callsign 'Specter' was the cause. Little is known other then it is a person who is very capable at stealth and evasion, with most shots of his or her personage being inconsistant at best, to completly unrevealing at worst. Who this being works for and why is unknown, but it is possible that there might be a connection. While they are not expected to actually find and locate this 'Specter', it is worthy of note that this being may be working with the Traitors to some degree and that they should be wary of it.

In total they had one month to deal with the first two targets. The third target Specter was a secondary objective, something to persue if they found any information on the person. If not that was fine as well.

"Seems we have a fun few months ahead of us." Alexander said after throughly reading through the entirety of all the documents. "Likely best to go for Vash first. Never know when something might come up to call her away from shore leave and have her dissapear. That and Valimar will be easier to find." He said, looking up to his new 'comrad' for her thoughts.

 

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