Forty Days and Forty Nights
Case 3 - Smuggling Ring
A Task Force investigating the smuggling of Iraqi Antiquities stumbled upon a much larger smuggling ring, handling items of potentially ‘extra-mortal’ origins.
Got in touch with one of my old contacts to arrange a meet with a dealer. Prof’s going in UC as an interested buyer to see if we can tempt the gang out. Cap’ll go as bodyguard, Attaway, Asha and I’ll keep an eye on things.
I’d forgotten how ‘classy’ that bastard was. Still, we’ve got him on the hook for some fancy artefact the Prof’s interested in.
The dealer finally got in touch with Prof, saying his item’s ready. He’s organised a meet outside a Burger King (again, classy) and I’ve managed to get the Prof a briefcase full of marked bills with a tracker built in. Been a while since I’ve helped with a sting buy. Prof and Mikey are going in as a pair on this one, I’ve got a few bits I need to handle at base.
Seems Prof struck gold. Tristram Maspero, as we’ve discovered coke-head is actually called, is also actually a wizard of some description. Using some cow’s blood and a half-dozen burgers he used a shrine in the Tower of London to summon up an Egyptian spirit to transport an Ushabti from somewhere in the Middle East. Means we’ve got a solid lead at least. I checked up on Tristram; lots of travel but no actual crimes committed. Best keep an eye out though.
The Prof’s organising another meet, so I checked up on how the previous sting had gone. Tristram seems to spend a lot of time eating in Burger King. I tried to work our where he was based, but I don’t have enough intel for that yet.
He does, however, pay a 2.5k retainer to a security company, which has a small percentage owned by Namnan PLC. Not sure if that’s relevant, given Namman own small chunks of a lot of small security companies, but still.
The Prof and Mikey had another meeting with Tristram to enquire about purchasing some Celtic / Gallic artefacts. Tristram replied that these weren’t his speciality, but he’d put out feelers. If he couldn’t find any he’d put the Prof in touch with someone he knew who would be able to help. He also invited the Prof to his leaving party, as he would be returning to America for a bit as there was a ‘large deal’ of some form going down fairly soon.
So, while I was busy with a few other minor matters, the rest of the team went to Tristram’s leaving party. Apparently there was enough coke to sink a few aircraft carriers, and Asha ended up ridiculously high on some strange designer drug given to her by the ‘Wizard of Mayfair’.
The upshot of attending the party is that the Prof managed to make contact with Red Thorn in his ‘professional’ capacity as a purveyor of dubiously-sourced antiques. Unfortunately, Red Thorn wants payment in the medium of armaments. Like Sarin gas. Now we need to work out how to get around Fey contracts on hospitality when we attempt to kill him.
The meeting never did take place – Thorn invited the Prof to a pre-meeting at his record company offices, where he tried to get the Prof to join up with some kind of free market reality changing belief economics bullshit system with the start-up funding provided by a blood-bank of two hundred and fifty constantly exsanguinating children. So the Prof stabbed the bastard in the dick with the Bloodcicle and sent him back to his mother. Then the Prof and the Cap made sure the poor kids found their way to the afterlife. Admittedly, it was with Hela, but they deserved whatever manner of peace could be provided.