February 3rd, 2018 – February 6th, 2018
Fortunately for Cal Morrison, he had several contacts in the Bucharest area, one of which was the mysterious Fox Schillnger, an analyst with the CIA who was notorious for being a kook and a conspiracy theorist, but also for his sheer brilliance at seeing patterns and visions in the data that he had collected. Cal knew that if anyone would be able to make some sense of things, it would be Fox and since he was predisposed to believe in oddities, he was the perfect man with whom to meet.
Lou Mangiotti knew that Cal and Fox were close and therefore decided to use Fox as the handler for the mission that Cal and the team decided to take, namely that of apprehending the suspected terrorist, Haluk Ozturk, a man on the run and spotted in Bucharest. Since Ozturk was suspected to be proficient in making so-called dirty bombs, his apprehension and interrogation was a priority.
A few days after Cal’s meeting with Mangiotti, he, Wolfgang Fechtner and Franco Selvaggio went to the appointed location to meet up with Fox to get their briefing as well as allow Cal the opportunity to speak with his old friend om other matters. Meanwhile Luigi Cardellini and Vicente Rojas waited back at their secret location, working on securing and unloading the weapons cache they received from Natalia Constantin.
It did not take long for Fox to demonstrate his eccentric behavior or show his desire to discuss unusual or strange patterns. They began, however, by discussing the Ozturk situation. Fox explained that Ozturk was a terrorist on the run, having fled Istanbul and was currently linked up with a cell in Bucharest. This was the perfect opportunity to scoop him up and send him off to a black site interrogation location to see what he knew. The data that had been collected so far, showed his connections were nearby, and the cell was using a couple of blocks of abandoned tenements. The group had close to a dozen men at any given time and it was clear the group was nervous and interested in protecting Ozturk.
After the official briefing, Cal asked about other things going on in the city and hinted there was something bigger happening, widespread that included the terrorist investigations, Heal the Children, Bichi National Bank, and the London bombings around Christmas. He suggested that some of the activity was centralized to some of the Romanian Mafia clans in and around Bucharest, specifically the Mirga Clanuri as well as the Ruvari Szgany. Call asked Fox to check into the clans, ‘’off-books’ and report back when he could. Fox said that wouldn’t be a problem, since Mangiotti had pulled him off his usual assignment, Bichi Bank, and had compartmentalized everything in Bucharest Station for the past few months. Fox also volunteered another piece of data; Mangiotti had gotten an important visitor the other day, a deputy press secretary for Russian president Vikto Petrov. The press secretary, Svetlana Tovorsky, was known to the team as Franco had run into her at a Heal the Children event, in London, the night of the London Bombings around Christmas.
Concluding their meeting, they went back to their safe house and worked on their equipment, impressed at the level of quality Constantin had given them. In their spare time, they reviewed the files on Ozturk they had been given.
The following day while getting their equipment ready and again looking at the Ozturk assignment, Wolfgang had a call. It was unknown with caller ID and when he answered it was a voice that, while disguised, claimed to be Hopkins. Whereas Cal tried to trace the call, the skill Hopkins had was able to prevent himself from being located.
Hopkins related the following information:
- Hopkins was alive but regretted the death of Samantha Anderson
- Obviously, Hopkins was in grave danger so secrecy was a must
- Hopkins trusted Wolfgang and the team with the infamous Dracula Dossier
- Bucharest was currently crawling with Edom agents
- Edom had recently employed the notorious Hamilton Hoyt and his organization The Union to likely try and track down the team
However, when Wolfgang put Hopkins on speaker and Franco was able to hear, there was something that caught his attention – the fact that Hopkins used the word ‘only’ an excessive amount, and even in some odd places. He then recalled that when he first read the Hopkins Note, there was something similar. When Hopkins disconnected the call, he mentioned this to the others and they realized it was likely some kind of clue. It was at this point that Cal and Franco began pouring over everything they could and Wolfgang and Vicente went out to the location to observe the activities of the terrorist cell with which Ozturk was currently connected.
The observations that they made seemed to confirm much of what the CIA field analyst’s report had said – the group was nervous, more so at night and they seldom ventured forth. However, they suspected that capturing one of their errand boys and replacing him with a disguised member of their own group would be key in gaining access to the apartments. But before they could relay this information, Vicente noticed a truck pull up and several men get out. Upon observing the activities from across the street, Vicente not only noticed a strange robed figure in the apartments but one of the men who arrived on the scene was none other than Alfanso Gomez, a bitter enemy of his from his days in the narcotics trafficking rings back in Columbia. Gomez was a member of FARC and a highly dangerous individual. His presence in Bucharest was astonishing and it took everything he had from opening fire on this brutal individual who was responsible for the deaths of so many innocents. Wolfgang, noticing the strange behavior from Vicente, immediately called in the others to get to their location as things could go poorly.
By the time the others had arrived, Gomez’s business with the terrorists was over and he had left but they decided they would use this turn of events to act quickly against Ozturk and change the plan Mangiotti had put forth since Cal wanted Ozturk for himself, to conduct his own interrogation before – or instead of – turning him over to Mangiotti.
Early the next day, they executed their plan, replacing one of the errand runners with Franco and positioning the others to the roof to come in and take Ozturk. However, the plan held until the mysterious robed person, revealed later as a woman, noticed the inconsistency with Franco. As she attacked Franco and alerted the others in her cell, Vicente, Wolfgang and Cal took action. It seemed that through the chatter, they were suggesting that Ozturk flee to their garage and since Cal had done extensive research into the location, he knew exactly where they were headed.
Franco, Wolfgang and Vicente were able to take out the robed assassin but not before she had dealt a crippling blow to Franco. Luigi Cardellini approached the empty street with his van but when Cal arrived at the garage, he noticed two men with submachine guns waiting and a semi-truck revved up, likely with Ozturk in the back, trying to make their escape. As the semi rolled out, Cal took out one of the gunmen but the other prevented him from stopping the truck. Luigi picked him up in the van and as the semi rolled past the others, Wolfgang jumped on board, but Franco and Vicente quickly got into the van to give chase to the semi. However, as the van followed through the streets of Bucharest, the back of the semi opened and several gunmen, including Ozturk, were in the back, trying to gun down Luigi, driving the van.
As the semi rolled through the streets of Bucharest with insane reckless speed, Luigi and the others followed closely, taking out the two gun men in the back. However, Cal got a call from Mangiotti, furious that the plan had gone awry and demanded to know where Cal was and that their team should pull out. Cal hung up on him and within a few blocks CIA agents were also apart of the chase in their own sedan. It is when the CIA attempted to take out Luigi’s tires that Cal became furious, suspecting they were pawns the whole time.
Wolfgang saw that they were getting close to the docks and suspected Ozturk was trying to make his escape via speedboat. He used a grenade to blow the connection between the cab of the truck and the trailer. As the explosion detonated, the police were in hot pursuit but Cal had taken out the CIA vehicle that was on their tail as well. As the police tried to close in on the semi, the driver abandoned and Wolfgang took over, aiming the truck for the icy river, knowing that the cold February air was not going to be his ally.
Meanwhile, in the confusion, the team picked up a stunned Ozturk, turning a stun gun on him and loading him in the van. They his in a parking garage, switched vehicles and Franco made connections with someone he knew in the area, Levi, a street girl and protest organizer who was well connected in the underground movements in eastern Europe. Franco was badly hurt, the team had prisoners and they needed a place to hide. Levi was the best option for the time being.
Meanwhile, Wolfgang located the speedboat that Ozturk was likely heading towards, and climbed aboard, getting rid of the lone agent and sped off, determined to meet up with the team later. But first, he needed safety and needed to get warm as the cold water and February temperatures were going to quickly be lethal. So he went to the club that Marika Skinsky frequented, hoping to find allies there.
It was evident that Levi would likely be uncomfortable with the idea of torture, so despite how hurt Franco was, he took her on a walk, often limping along as they talked. This left Luigi, Cal and Vicente alone with Ozturk and a handful of questions.
Astonishingly, Ozturk revealed that whereas he did have some experience with bombs, he was hardly the ‘expert’ Mangiotti suggested he was, and had virtually no experience with dirty bombs – clearly the jacket on Ozturk had been altered, making him out to be a much more dangerous person than he actually was. He mentioned that his prior cell, in Istanbul, was attacked by a lone, demonic figure, late one night that slaughtered everyone in a bloody and ruthless fashion with Ozturk as the only survivor, escaping while the others were slaughtered. Ozturk had been on the run for several weeks and he was convinced that this evil creature was following him from city to city. He explained that through his connections, he had been in touch with representatives of one Omar Shakti, who gave him a code to pass on to someone in Rome, an individual named Javed Al-Pari.
When the team analyzed the code, they instantly recognized it was co-ordinates and Cal quickly discovered that they were the co-ordinates for a location in Vatican City, the Teutonic Cemetery. However, Ozturk had no idea that these codes were for a location and had likely never even heard of the Tuetonic Cemetery.
Satisfied they had gotten what they could out of Ozturk, they were still unsure what to do with him for the time being. On one hand, this was a valuable prize, as Mangiotti clearly wanted him but on the other hand, there was some demonic creature relentlessly chasing after him through eastern Europe. Would they be prepared to defend him from this creature or was it better to cut their losses and go? Or was it better to hand him over to Mangiotti, with whom Cal was still angry over what had happened.
The group turned to the code that Franco seemed to pick up when talking to Hopkins. There was something about the word ‘only’ that stuck out. Trying to figure out which terms or sentences came after the word was a dead end but then Cal remembered the strange turn of phrase that individuals of Indian decent used. They tended, when translating into English, peppered the conversation with ‘only’ much as Hopkins has done. So was it that Hopkins was from India or perhaps someone who had grown up in India? This was certainly an interesting development as the chasm opened wider for the clues of the Dracula Dossier.