March 3rd, 2018 – March 11th, 2018
Cal Morrison, Wolfgang Fechtner, Pascal Lerue and Franco Selvaggio patiently awaited the arrival of Omar Shakti and his retinue, in the Brussels warehouse that they had set up as part of their sting operation. The plan was to abduct Shakti, take him to a safehouse an hour away provided by GCHQ operative, Rachel Little, and see what Shakti’s relationship was with Edom and Elvis.
The action was fast and furious, once Shakti and his underlings arrived. During the fight, the heroes took some hits but also noticed that Shakti did not attempt to flee or even truly protect himself. However, once the agents had taken out Shakti’s men, they quickly loaded him up in one of his armored SUVs and carted him off, while Illari Vassyl, Vicente Rojas and Luigi Cardellini fled in the other SUV in a different direction. However, as they packed Shakti up, he warned them that this was a poor choice of actions and they only had a few moments to change their minds. He swore this would not go well for them but Cal retorted that the only person for whom this would go poorly was he, Shakti.
En route to the safehouse, the group interrogated Shakti, who clearly knew about Edom and Elvis but knew surprisingly less than they suspected he would. Further, he was clearly hesitant to reveal more than he wanted, as if he had an escape plan. However, Shakti seemed to speak at great lengths as to what was inside the crate he was expecting to find. The body of Queen Netocris, a queen from Egypt’s 6th Dynasty. However, when faced with the reality that many of the other items in the caravan were forgeries, he seemed displeased, to say the least, with much of his anger being directed towards Elvis and the other members of Edom. He was quickly learning that Edom was an organization filled with backstabbers and double-dealers, perhaps something Mr. Shakti was becoming weary of.
When asked about Bela, the assistant of Elvis, Shakti semed to suggest that he had never met her or if he had met her, it was a different person each time. However, he did mention that the mysterious Vendella French, the supposed antique furniture buyer, was an asset of Edom’s, perhaps even the mysterious Bela. He clamied that shortly after the caravan was hit, she paid him a visit, explaining the loss of the caravan.
Arriving at the safehouse the team determined there was likely little more they could do with him so Wolfgang Fechtner decided to plant forgery papers on Mr. Shakti before deciding to kill him. As Wolfgang was preparing to kill him, Shakti learned in and whispered some kind of mysterious code, involving the sands of time and the return of those once thought lost. With that, they staked him and put two silver bullets in the back of his head, making sure that he was dead. This seemed to do the trick they were hoping for. With that, the team evacuated the safehouse, went back to Dr. Oskar Beaufort’s home to relax for a few days as they were tending to their wounds.
It was back at the home of Dr. Beaufort, while resting from the injuries sustained, that they discussed working on some of the side projects he had expressed an interest in, namely going to Berlin to infiltrate and steal certain chemical formulas from an American company, Nox Therapeutics. He suggested he had been there once before and provided them with some schematics of the building as well as some suspected protocols when he had been there several months ago.
A couple of days later, the team, while researching possible leads and relaxing they saw the news story that the missing financier and businessman Omar Shakti had been found alive. He claimed that he had gone on an impromptu hunting mission and gotten lost. The shock that the team suffered that the once quite dead Mr, Shakti was alive was stunning. But it was clear he was not a vampire. But now it became clear there was definitely something more to Mr. Shakti.
That night Wolfgang had a harrowing dream that had a woman’s voice speaking over and over again regarding the ‘sands of time’ which was the same statement Shakti had whispered before he was killed. At the end of the dream, he had a vision of a stone statue of the Greek muse, Colliope. This lead to Wolfgang researching the following day and discovering that there was a large statue of the muse adorning the Brussels opera house – opera being one of the interests they had discovered Mr. Shakti had. It was at this point that Wolfgang used a cover to purchase season box seats.
The following day the team went to the opera house to examine the seats. The opera house representative took them to the seats and at that point Wolfgang noticed someone in a different area sending a signal. When he excused himself to meet up with the mysterious figure, he got a signal that someone was wishing to meet him in the basement. He joined Lerue while Cal and Franco kept the opera house staff busy. At that point Wolfgang and Lerue went to the basement where they were directed. It was only a few moments later that they encountered not only Omar Shakti, very much alive, but also a retinue of bodyguards and a mysterious woman under a veil who did not speak. But n the course of the conversation, Shakti refered to her as ‘her majesty,’ prompting Lerue and Wolfgang to presume she was, perhaps, Queen Nitocris.
Shakti began to negotiate with Wolfgang with the basics of the conversation being that they could likely help one another. Shakti seemed to distrust Edom at this point and his main interest in working with them was access to their vast intelligence network in return for Shakti setting up a cell in Brussels loyal to Edom. However, if Wolfgang and his associates would be willing to work with him, offering up some of their CIA and MI6 intelligence, he would give them access to some of the items and resources that he had – that he assured them they would be interested in.
Shakti agreed they should meet up again in a few weeks, meeting at a chalet in the German Alps under the auspices of a skiing trip. Here, Shakti stated, they could speak more freely as he was convinced that Edom had eyes everywhere, spying on him. Wolfgang agreed and Shakti provided him information to get in touch with ‘his people’ to set up the meet.