The Lagos Briefing (#000002)
SCENE SET by the Agent Harrington » March 13th, 2016 — Standing over a conference table within North Bay Avengers Initiative Compound in upper state New York, Special Administrative Agent Benjamin Mallozi, aka Agent 161 looked down at the one of the tablets which sat a top of the thick glass tabletop. The room he was in did not have a direct window to the outside, but as with all the other walls within the main mission control complex, the walls of this room were transparent and if you looked past the other surrounding in rooms in nearly any direction you could see the outside. It was a beautiful day, bright, shiny, no a cloud or a worry in the side, it was the exact opposite of what the mission details were which Agent Mallozi was giving a final look over.
Once was confident that the information on the table was correct, he replicated out the information to the other mission tablets so that each member of the mission team would have all necessary information to their clearance level; Any information which was beyond an agents grade would be automatically redacted with the document. With that done, he tested the view screens to ensure everything was in readiness to receive their the team. Turning his write, he looked down at the smart watch he was wearing 25 minutes to mission briefing. Everything was ready except for one thing; He quickly left the room and darted down the hallway to Craft Room #307 and pulled the final supplies he needed for the briefing.
Returning to the briefing room, he sighed with relief, no one had arrived yet with still 8 minutes to go. he set the cardboard box down on the table. Opening it, he pulled out three carafes of Coffee, along with bio-degradable cups, sugar and sweetness, milk and creamers, swizzle sticks, napkins, lids, and a section of pastries and breakfast sandwiches. He separated everything on to three trays and set them one after another in the center of the conference table running length wise. As he did this, Natasha Romanoff, the BLACK WIDOW of the Avengers came strolling in along side Clint Barton, laughing quietly to themselves as they did so.
Captain America »
Steve had had a quick shower after waking up this morning. Then changed into a blue T-shirt, blue jeans, black boxers, and a pair of white tennis shoes. He wasn't in uniform yet as this was just a briefing. He could switch to his Captain America uniform if they needed to suit up today. For now he wanted to be comfortable. He sighed as he made his way to the compound. There hadn't been any trouble in the past few days. So aside from crossing a few movies and books off his list he'd been training. And catching up on paperwork from previous missions. Sometimes there wasn't enough time to complete it before the next mission but he was all caught up for the moment. He made his way to the conference room spotting Natasha, Clint, and Agent Mallozi. He spotted a few sandwiches and things off to the side as his stomach grumbled. He hadn't had breakfast yet and he blushed sure they had over heard.
He chuckled as he grabbed a few sandwiches and some coffee before taking a seat. He ate first sandwich, while sipping some coffee. He waved to Natasha and Cllint, glad to see he wasn't the only one here. He wasn't sure who else was coming to this meeting. Was it the full team or just a few of them? He probably had been briefed of this earlier but he'd gone over so many documents he had forgotten. He shrugged and went back to finishing his food. He wasn't sure when the meeting would start but he wanted a full stomach before it did.
Black Widow »
Her eyes seemed to be drawn immediately to Cap’s stomach as it ‘roared’ mightily, “ Language. “ Her voice low and husky overflowed with a mock seriousness as repeated what had become an inside joke between all the Avengers. It had originated during one of the raids on Sorkovia, specifically the one where they had encounter the witch and her ghostly brother. The twins, misguided, had been lead astray first by Strucker, and then further by Ultron – how that pair had come to join their fold was still something the Widow was resident about. But, as they say, politics makes for strange bedfellows, as did combat it seems (My enemies jilted discarded betrayal alley was evidently their charge).
She smiled at the soldier whom often she found herself following, she trusted him like she did few others.
Rolling her head with the intention of returning her attentions back to that of her partner, Clint Barton, the arrival of Wanda, aka the SCARLET WITCH along side that of the WINTER SOLDIER Bucky Barns might have eluded her attention, but the Widow’s ears were always listening. Always. She went back pleasant conversation, reminiscing about missions gone bye with Barton.
Captain America »
Steve raised an eyebrow.
"I wasn't aware stomachs had a language of their own." teased Steve.
He sipped his coffee and kept eating. He hoped this meeting wouldn't be too long. If there wasn't an urgent mission he was hoping to get some training in today. Or at least some jogging in the park but it depended on how much free time he had today. He looked up seeing Wanda and Bucky come in and smiled at his best friend. He waved to them both before he went back to eating. Trying to eat this quickly so he could focus on the mission not sure who else was coming to the meeting.
Agent Mollozi »
Trailing in not that far behind Maximoff and Barnes was <i>Samuel Thomas "Sam" Wilson</i>, better known as the Falcon. A former United States Air Force pararescue airman, he left active duty after his wing-man Riley died during a combat mission. He choose to move on by joining Veterans Affairs, helping his fellow compatriots who had served in any capacity and now found themselves suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. There, by chance, he met and became fast friends with Steve Rogers, aka, the living legend known as Captain America and helped to cull an attempted Hyrda uprising from within S.H.I.E.L.D.s* rank and file. Together with Agent Rominoff, they brought Alexander Pierce's schemes to a close. As entered the room, the Widow gave him a nonchalant nod of acknowledgment. With Agent Wilson’s arrival, the initial mission team had arrived. The team was to be composed of those Avengers present, and supplement by support from several S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives, some already present within the room, some already deployed and preparing for the teams arrival.
Mallozi, aka Agent 161 went to the door following the arrival of the Falcon and placed his hand on a key pad which was scanned. Following the scan, he entered in some touch commands based on synaptic finger gestures and the room entered strategic lockdown mode, common during mission briefings to help maintain the privacy of the mission; The clear 4 inch thick glass reinforced walls of the briefing room quickly darkened, blocking out any prying eyes - both from within and without. On the main wall, a mission diagram appeared within the glass, within the now defined boarders of the screen a map of Nigeria appeared with several incident reports called out – some of the incidents were information breaches where either by hook or by crook, information had been compromised. Other data points detailed suspect border crossing into Nigeria. All of the datapoint somehow correlated to one man, Brock Rumlow.
Rumlow was, or at least had been a high ranking Hydra agent who helped to lead the infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D some two years ago. And while he had been taken into custody follow the incident within the hanger bays of the Triskellian, he escaped with some assistance while en route to Essex County Correctional Facilities in Newark, New Jersey for incarceration. He now counted among S.H.I.E.L.D.S. most wanted; The InSight Program had flagged him when a tourist had been a selfie with their friends at a Starbucks in Benin. Further followup confirmed Rumlow as being on the Starbucks internal security tapes. This information was all brought together in the last twenty four hours, further details related to the events within the folders which sat before each of the agents assembled. Mollozi explained all of this to those gathered. In addition to this Mallozi added that statistical data modeling suggested that Rumlow who was now going by the nickname of ‘CROSSBONES’ appeared to interested in something contained within the laboratory of the Center for Human Virology and Genomics (CHVG) of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR); The lab was the first center located within the boarders of Nigeria to be accredited internationally by The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
There was an obvious concern revolving around biologics.
Post » #000007
Phase » Midday
Where » North Campus, North Bay Avengers Compound, North Bay, NY
Phase » Midday
Tags » Agent Mallozi , Black Widow, Captain America, Crossbones, Ronin, Scarlet Witch, Winter Soldier
Weather » Clear
Notes » * The events in Winter Soldier have been slightly revised; The Hydra infiltration did not become public knowledge and thus S.H.I.E.L.D. remains the entity that originally was; The infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. was far smaller, limited to less then a thousand agents, many of whom vanished into the woodwork following the revised events the hanger bays of the Triskelion. Cap and Falcon pulled the ‘blades’ i.e. specialized motherboards of the INSIGHT system, thus shutting down system before the carriers could launch; The system failure override the carrier launch procedures — there was a big gun fight, S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel rallied and took the hover carriers back before they could again repurposed by Hydra; Concerns continue that Hydra loyalists remain within S.H.I.E.L.D.
Captain America »
Steve watched as Sam arrived and the door was closed. Steve guessed everyone invited to the meeting was here. He waved to Sam as he finished his meal. He sipped his coffee while glancing at the briefings keeping him up to date with what happened. He was annoyed at these loose ends. Rumlow as one of the Hydra plants in SHIELD. He knew others feared there still could be some within SHIELD. They may have stopped their last couple plans including recruiting the twins but they could have others. Especially if enough of HYDRA was still out there. Rumlow could have allies helping him.
"We need to capture Rumlow but do we know if he's alone? Even if we assume we got everyone in SHIELD that doesn't mean there couldn't be more HYDRA agents out there ready to help Rumlow. Or to use their own plans." said Steve.
With the last of them having arrived, Agent Mallozi had reached out to a small control pad in the transparent wall of the briefing room, a moments later, the transparent walls began to grow opaque, taking on a darkish hue. Within the walls, holograms began to appear related to the upcoming mission detailing recent incidents and events relating to the Avengers, Crossbones, and Lagos; Those events illustrated within the holograms all shared a common theme - Crossbones. Study of the events seemed to indicate that Crossbones was growing reckless, perhaps because he was for the first time operating without the restraints of Hydra, perhaps he was acting out of a sense of impunity having survived his past circumstance, perhaps he was simply drunk with freedom, whatever the reason, his most recent actions seemed haphazard - reckless even.
Natasha leaned forward slightly in her chair, her fingers danced across the tablet she had been provided, she cross referenced several events. After a moments silence, she pressed the results gleamed against intel she was personally privy too. She then leaned over toward Barton (Hawkeye) where she shared a short whisper. Barton nodded.
She drew a deep, momentary breath.
Pushing her chair away from the table, she stood up and went to the wall behind her where she had transferred the conclusions of her tablet to the wall behind her. “ Agent Mallozi, If I may, I don’t believe that Rumlow’s actions suggest haphazardness. There is nothing reckless in these actions if you consider them not from the street or from within the emotion of the moment they happened. Rather, look at them from ten thousand feet, each event he has recently executed was meant to catch our attention. From raids on certain facilities and the contents which he confiscated, to what I believe where test runs where he was working out some methodology for whatever it is he is planning. These actions are meant to call us out. “ Pausing, she looked to Captain Rogers and Former First Lieutenant Wilson. “ I think he’s call the pair of you two out. I think he wants a rematch. I think that this is personal for him. I think he intends to make this personal for you… You might want to consider sitting this one out guys. “ She didn’t like saying that, but she felt it needed to be said. It needed to be considered before they went into the theatre to attempt to execute on the assembled intelligence before them.
“ SAY WHAAAH?!! “ Wilson replied to the Widow’s suggestion that he and Captain America reframe from the mission. He had no intention of stepping down. He had fought Rumlow (Crossbones) and the fight had nearly cost him his life. Rumlow had killed a good many people who Sam had come to call friend since he had joined the Avengers Initiative. Those Rumlow had killed were good people. The deserved to be avenged. Was this personal for Sam? Hell yes it was. Did he plan to allow that to prejudice his judgements, hell yes. Would he admit to that, not if it meant he would be disqualified from the mission. He was going to bring justice down on Rumlow for every person he had hurt, maimed, or killed. This Sam swore to himself as he looked at the widow with blazing eyes.
" With all due respect Natasha, are you crazy?! Cap and I, we have practical experience facing off against Rumlow. He's dangerous. He's strong. He's fast. And now, I imagine very very motivated. We have to be there. I have to be there. We have to take that ass down. " He looked at Steve as he added " Hard. "
Captain America »
Steve listened quietly as he spoke. He shook his head.
"Maybe he is. But if we don't show up he could have a back up plan. Who knows if he has bombs, or others helping him? We don't need another disaster on our hands." said Steve.
He paused turning to Sam.
"I see everyone's point of you. Which is why we do divide and conquer strategy. Send Sam and me as bait. If Rumlow thinks we've walked into his trap which it clearly is the rest of you can be our eyes and ears. Come in another entrance. Sam and I will do our best to take him down but if the rest of you get a good shot take it. He wants revenge against us but he may also go after Bucky and Wanda. Rumlow might consider them traitors. If not him then any potential HYDRA agents with him so you two should watch your back out there as well." said Steve.