It's near the end of the work day, and near the weekend- well what is the weekend for you. You are in charge of processing and handling incoming classified paperwork, incoming requests for clearance, just about all requests for disclosure, and all inter office policy memos and classified memos. You are a god of paperwork. You have a nice stapler, a pretty nice freaking tie and nobody bothers you. You are the lifeblood of this agency, well at least the corporate backbone. Life is good. All forms have been processed and approved of and it looks like it will be a nice weekend. As a result, this gave you some free time to re-arrange your desk. Until Captain Operator shows the fuck up. This guy does nothing but fucking crazy shit and is nothing but bad news when he shows up. Sure he is a decent guy but fuck. If there ever was a messenger you wanted to shoot- it's this Guy, SSG Mark DeBrecht. He hands a few freaking files to you all of them with Top Secret all over them. Great. "Oh hey dude. I need your help with this, I got a bunch of newbies fucking come in, and they need this stuff." He says looking at you with a sly grin. "It isn't a top priority, so I don't need until later next week." Well that's some good news. "Oh but there is this op the captain wants to run on the weekend, but needs approval by CoB. I know you have your contractor hours but this shit is important to him." He says looking at the clock on the wall. 4:50. "We got all the signatures we need for this I think, but maybe you should look it over." The form for a weekend op is thirty pages long and requires no less than five signatures."..." THIS GUY.Well, what do you do?[ ] Express your displeasure at him, and meticulously go over the paperwork for errors, and if anything is fucked up toss it back in his face?[ ] Just stamp it to get him out of here? [ ] Take a third option"By the way, what's your name, I come here all the time but I never ask" The sergeant asks.
>>26928971[ ] Meticulously go over the paperwork for errors, correct the errors, then stamp it.Name: Nicholas Voronov
>>26929061I like the name and the option. Even with the clearly American military title. I guess we army or former army in this?
>>26929061[X] Meticulously go over the paperwork for errors, correct the errors, then stamp it.>>26929061 I like the name.
>WritanAdditional info:We are former army, working for some airforce folk in Sunny Tampa at Fort McDill. Our former job was analyst, and we dabbled into cryptology. Roll a D20 for rank and manner of discharge.
Rolled 8>>26929286Captain, we would wander into combat zones and force the paperwork to go right. It wasn't until we were trying to force the leader of a terrorist cell to sign for his own coffin they higher ups realized we were a bit too dedicated to the whole paperwork thing. Psych discharge.
>>26929326I'm thinking Warrant Officer. It would allow for more shenanigans like that. Captain is a bit too generic for my taste. Back story is good though.
Rolled 16>>26929412hurr forgot how to roll.
Rolled 4>>26929438>>26929326>>26929171"Nicholas Voronov" you say calmly. "Weren't you that one Warrant Officer who got hit by that IED trying to get that one dude to fix his" The SSG says looking to you with eyes widened "Chief Warrant, and yeah" you say almost casually as you gesture to the purple heart sitting on your desk. You look over the paperwork carefully, thirty pages shouldn't take too long, and hell, the guy isn't being an asshole. There aren't actually that many errors. It's got some weird as shit classifications that you haven't seen in a long time since your days back at the agency. But this guy has that kind of pull. Granted, you have the highest clearance in the god damn building next to some of the generals, but that's because you are a legend. You would have hit CW4 before everyone else if hadn't been for those assholes in higher up. At least you got that fucker to sign for his own coffin. That shit was totally worth it. As you look through the paperwork it has no errors, shockingly from the good sergeant, but the captain has some of his requisition work with weird numbers, and thus he forgot to specify any additional comments in the section for stuff like that. The captain must be in a rush. You look back at the name. Allen Tannhauser. Well shit. No wonder he rushed it. You put in his promotion paperwork a few days ago. But just some easy corrections clarifying the amounts in the comments section and your done with it. "Here you go Sarge." you say to him and he smiles. "You take care Chief"You look at the clock. You still have five minutes. A smile comes over your face when you realize that tonight at the British pub off post they have half off imports tonight. You got a few minutes before you have to log off your systems and sing out. What do you want to do?> Write in>  spin in your awesome chair and take a swig from your flask>  go over those newbie papers quickly just to see if there are any glaring errors
>>26929815Forgot my trip, also Congrats, Out of the five agencies you guys would get- You get the CIA.
>>26929815>>  go over those newbie papers quickly just to see if there are any glaring errorsDrinking on the job? C'mon, we're burned out, but we're not that guy.
>>26929857Doesn't have to be booze.
>[X] Go over newbie paperwork for errors.Cause this is Bureaucrat Quest Damn it! We don't spin in our awesome chair and we don't drink on the job. > Congrats former agency was CIAWe agency now.
>>26929815>  go over those newbie papers quickly just to see if there are any glaring errorsWe're a professional.
>>26929885A flask full of water or tea or some shit? That's even worse.
>>26929951I knew a guy who had a flask of five hour.
>>26929857>>26929939Roll a D20. Also, mad kudos for being clearly professional.
Rolled 12>>26930017Nat 20 inc
>>26930060>>26930144You look over the files he handed too you ...The Fuck is this?! Q Clearances?! Fucking cross Lifestyle Polygraphs? How the hell do newbies at that rank get shit like that? There are backgrounds and code words you have not seen in a long time, and it makes you think for a few seconds. What the hell are these guys here for? Department of Energy doesn't normally into this area. What is more disturbing, is while all these people are brand spanking new, there are no errors. None. You go through the paperwork, no errors, no problems, hell they even stayed within the signature line! It's just a quick once over, but maybe they had people help them with it. You have seen that before, people helping out rookies to make it easier, or recruiters filling out the paperwork, but this is all just crazy. You look at the clock, and it's 17:00 (5pm) but this is interesting to you. A few people walk by your window and wave, seeing that you are still working. Well, there are no glaring errors, but it is still interesting nonetheless. Your boss is usually cool with you staying after hours, but this is a long weekend (at least for him,) and he might frown upon your crusade against perfectly fine paperwork. Seriously though, it still is odd. If you gave it a little more time and went over it a bit in detail and used those old analyst skills of you, it may give you some peace of mind. However, your company isn't paying you to look at peoples past just because they have weird clearances and perfect paperwork. Then again, you get clocked per 15 minutes. If you stay a little later nobody is going to mind, especially payroll since they come to you for advice handling paperwork, especially if you aren't staying longer then 15 minutes. > Look over the papers once more with feeling> The papers will still be there on Monday and you work in a vault.>  Write in
>>26930323>> Look over the papers once more with feelingIt's probably nothing, but it'd be bad form to leave something like this over the weekend.
>>26930323>>[X] Look over the papers once more with feeling
>>26930323We go over it with a fine toothed comb. Does this look like some sort of game to you? We look over everything.
>[X] Look over the papers once more with feeling.We are a consummate professional. If this stuff looks weird it might be forged or something like that. Who knows.
>>26930323> Look over the papers once more with feelingWorkaholic Activated
…is this Ground Crew Quest Redux?
>[X] Once more, with feeling.They are perfect... TOO perfect...
>>26930404>>26930384>>26930376>>26930401>>26930369You quietly whistle part of Harder Better Faster Stronger. Your work is never over damn it. Nothing get's past you. You remember the code of the Warrant Officer Damn it! Nothing get's past your eye, and you do not slack! You look over the paper work again. Their addresses, are all near each other, and they aren't related. Some of their references match up. You have seen people enter together as friends, but this is a whole other level of that. If that didn't scream "cover" loud enough- you look at the names. Jack Thompson. Mike Rogers. Steve Roberts. Timothy Jacobs. No middle names. All bland as fuck. You see names like this all the time, but this much together is beyond coincidence. Then one of the names sticks out to you in the references, but you don't know why. Doctor Ryan West. Why would a bunch of 21 year old ghosts all have the exact same reference, much less that reference being a doctor? As a Friend? According to the file the guy is freaking 40. They all worked on the same street, in the same city. All went to the same high school graduating with honors, and went on to college. Then in the third year, eve though their GPAs were all 4.0, they fucking drop out and join up? None of this makes sense. Why the hell would Astrophysicists, want to actually join the army out of the blue like this. Normally clearance processing for this goes through people, but you are the first line of defense against weird shit like this. It's too perfect. Then again, there is nothing wrong with the paperwork. If you flag this, or send it back, your boss is gonna wonder what the hell is up-- especially with clearances like these. Then again, that is all the more reason to flag it. Your boss's cell number is on your phone, maybe you should call him about it. Then again, he is going to Vegas for the weekend, he might already be at the airport. > Write in.
>>26930479negative ghost rider. I never looked at that quest, but I hope it was a good one.
>>26930757Fuuuck. Well, time to bite the bullet and call him. Hopefully we don't get in an "accident".
> Flag the file, then call up our supervisor. He no doubt knows our work ethic, he will be expecting this.
>>26930757We're taking this into our own hands.Time to follow up on Doctor Ryan West. Don't contact our boss. Not now.Don't file the papers or anything. That SSG said he didn't need them til next week.
>>26930886Hope rides alone?
Gonna give it a few minutes, I am going to get some food really quick. I have the late night quest snack cravings, and will pick the best looking answers and have them as choices.
>>26930757>Pull out phone and text boss juicy snippet. If he doesn't bite, ignore it (distinctively unwholesome paperwork) until we clock back in after the weekend. If he bites, make sure he OK's overtime, because daddy wants a new pair of blue suede shoes, and that sweet, sweet doubletime.>>26930964ps you motherfucker.
>>26930886Sounds like a plan.
You look at the clock. He wouldn't have gotten to the airport yet in his car. He drove that one fancy thing today. Whatever the hell it's called that looks like it's out of the Great Gatsby. You think carefully about what's going on. That name sounds familiar, but you have ran through so many clearances in the past year that a lot of names sound familiar. > Option 1>>26931072> Option 2>>26930886>  Option 3>>26930828OR>  Call up one of your old friends friends at the agency (your protege)>  or at your old army unit (Your mentor)For advice on this matter. Alsoroll two D20s for what our aspects are.
Rolled 1>>26931456>Option 3And>  or at your old army unit (Your mentor)
Rolled 17, 15 = 32>>26931456Voting for >>26931072 minus the greed.
Rolled 9, 12 = 21>>26931456
Rolled 11>>26931494Don't use 2d20. Doesn't let others roll.>  Call up your mentor.
>>26931456[X] Option 3
Rolled 8>>26931456Option 3
>>26931456come back to me (us) pls :(Although I'm enjoying this quest.
>>26931521Fair enough>>26931489>>26931521We have Eyes that would put an eagle to shame, and Old school mentoring with new school skills.
>>26931931>[Ask the Audience]>Start by looking into their high school and graduating class. Yearbooks are all published online, right? Same with school newspapers...maybe. Better than rattling around a contact which may or may not lead to sudden death.
>>26931931Lets find some info on this Doctor Ryan West
Did we just become the victim of a NSA cleaning crew or something? What just happened...
>>26932046>op accidentally posts classified pdf instead of quest fluffOP, wat r u doing.
>>26931882>>26931781>>26931494>Option No harm in calling the boss and telling him whats up. "Mr. Davisson, it's Nicholas Voronov.""Nicky! What the hell are you still doing at the office?""I have some weird paperwork, normally I would flag it out right, but I am not authorized overtime unless you..""Yeah, Yeah. What it is it and when do they need it authorized by?""Well, it's not needed until late next week. It's just that, these kids almost look unreal, and one of these references on here is raising red flags everywhere I mean, they all have the same reference listed, and he is almost twice their age. Then, there is the the whole fact that they are 21 and have DoE Q clearances and Full Scopes going on with strange codewords, and there are not any erro-""Look, if it's so convoluted that you think you need to do immediately, fine do it. I didn't hire you because of your good looks, I hired you because nothing escapes your gaze. Follow it up, if it looks bad to you, then I sure as hell don't want to just wantonly move them up. I am authorizing you whatever time you need, so long as you get it done by Monday, I will call pam and clear it with her.""Thank you Sir.""Thank me by don't calling me again this weekend unless it's an emergency. I have things and people to do!""Sir, can you please stop calling Nicky?""When you stop calling me Mr. Davisson. Out here."You forgot how laid back Mr. Davisson was. That's a good thing here, at least for now. He authorized all the overtime you need until Monday to look into this. So what do we do?> Research Doctor West. Find out more about this guy and what he is doing with this.> Call the investigator in charge of this. They might know what's going on.> Call up the issuing officer, normally it's expected for you to do anyway and they might have an idea of what's going on> Research their hometown and some of their references. > Write in or combination
>>26932089>[X] Research Doctor West. Find out more about this guy and what he is doing with this.
>>26932082>>26932046>>26932016>>26931987 Re did it to fit option two. which got removed. It's pretty similar since both involved calling your boss, but, some drama needed to be sold.
>>26932089> Research Doctor West. Find out more about this guy and what he is doing with this.Let's do this covertly and use the assets we have here before doing something bold that will alert them to our presence. Don't suppose we have some sort of search tool that starts with an X and ends with a Keyscore.
>>26932089Start by hitting up facebook for these people and their yearbooks, see how well it adds up there.
>>26932089No physical investigation today. Let's look at records. All from the comfort of our comfy chair.> Research Doctor West. Find out more about this guy and what he is doing with this.> Research their hometown and some of their references.
>Old School mentoring, New School SkillsWhat does this mean, exactly?
>>26932106>>26932118>>26932124The Good Doctor, comes to mind first. Thankfully it isn't exactly out of your jurisdiction to look that shit up, and it isn't too odd either. But where to begin?  Internet, hit up facebook and google. Look up anyone he may be working for. Cross-check any other thing that looks odd that pops up. Highside internets, see if he has any classified stuff on him, it might make sense if anything pops up there. Call your protege in Washington and your old mentor in Georgia, see if they have seen stuff like this before.  Cold call. Your phone is untraceable if you use it right, and you can figure out more about him from his co-workers since they gave you his work number (oddly, there is no actual work address or business) Stake out: According to the form, his residence is Ocala which isn't too far from Orlando which is what his area code says he works. >You can choose multiple options> They are ordered by riskiness.
>>26932325> Internet, hit up facebook and google. Look up anyone he may be working for. Cross-check any other thing that looks odd that pops up.> Highside internets, see if he has any classified stuff on him, it might make sense if anything pops up there.Those two for now.
>>26932215Old School mentoring, indicates that you were mentored with the old school mind set with a hard work ethos and a take no shit from any man attitude that strengthens your resolve in certain situations. New School Skills, you have skill when working with information systems and classified networks.
1-3Those seem like good enough for now. We got the whole weekend to figure this out.
>>26932357>>26932428Time to surf the nets. Roll a D-20
>>26932482>>26932485Dubs means we win, right?
>>26932464(them new school skills boost that 10 to a 12)You look on the internet, and the man doesn't have much of a social media presence. No facebook, no Google +, no Linkedin. You then narrow the search terms down, and look at area news papers for additional data. According to the information, the LATE Doctor Ryan West, died two days ago from a fire in his house. The body wasn't recovered as the fire was caused by thermate. He was, according to this report, a Scientist working for NASA in materials research... That's way too convenient. Thermate fires don't start in houses. Something is amiss, best research this on the high side. He might have a clearance on one of the various databases if he did work for NASA and it might have some more information other than the standard obituary. > Soldier on look on the high side>  ABORT! ABORT! SHIT JUST GOT REAL!> This might warrant a call to the boss, if he hasn't gotten on the plane yet.
Rolled 17>>26932626> Soldier on look on the high sideDon't call the boss. He said not to call unless it's an emergency and we have nothing yet.
>>26932626> Soldier on look on the high sideYou really think we're going to abort? OP pls.
>>26932626>[X] Soldier on look on the high side
I hope this gets archived. I'm knocking off since I've got an early morning swap meet to hit. Good luck, spymans
>>26932639>>26932663>>26932664You switch on the classified network aka the high side. You go to the cleared database website and start with this the easy way. You type his name in and hit "look up!".........> Dr. Ryan Alexander West> Born December 22 1971, at midnight, in Wilmington Delaware. >---Position: Project Lead for REDACTED Clearance Level: Q level Fullscope, Top Secret SCI, SAP - PROMETHEUS, SOLAR SHEPHERD, BLIND GUARDIAN- Supervisor contact: NASA DoE LIASON/Research Director Mark Ward on Direct Line only. Security Officer: Lt. Col Martin Pickman.Status: ACTIVE...Active. His status is active, even though he died two days ago? Something isn't right in this program. Additionally all those caveats on that SAP are the same as on the four documents on your desk. The problem is, that it's a special access program. Getting information from that requires a need to know, and whatever it is, they will say you don't have it. Additionally, why would people here at centcom, get suddenly signed up to go to nasa for a special assignment. Why would they fall under the Sergeants team? He is full blown operator, but space shit? That's a little bit out there. This gives you moment to pause. What do you do now?> Contact Lt. Col Pickman> Contact Director Mark Ward> Research further on program/clearance> Research Lt. Col Pickman and Mark Ward before contacting either.> Stop for now, we don't want to be too hasty in this, also your not sure if they will be at work right now.
>>26933009> Research further on program/clearance
>>26933009>[X] Research further on program/clearanceWonder what would have happened if we had just left the file untouched?
>>26933054Well, that is the question. Too bad we work for a living. [X] Research further on program/clearance
>>26933038>>26933054>>26933080We have to go deeper. The only way to do that is more research. Sadly, to find out anything on the program itself we would need authorization to look it up, and that sort of authorization aint easy. We might have a few favors stored up back in our agency days, but we don't want to burn them right now. The clearance however- that we can research. After about a good half hour, you are able to determine that only 140 people are read on to this program, and all authorizations go through Pickman, and not much is revealed about him except his rank and that he is air force. However, he has to report to someone in a program like this, finding his superior might help clear things up, however whatever he is with, falls under space command- in addition to the DoE and NASA. This is by far the largest organizational clusterfuck you have ever seen. That being said, finding out what the actual organization is, and what the hell is going on is the tricky part. Everyone with the clearance has the program/project redacted, yet their clearances are active. From where we started, we are left with more questions than answers, but that doesn't stop us from getting to the truth about this messed up paperwork.> Research Lt. Col Pickman's superior officer> Contact your old friends at the CIA, (if selected, roll for it)> Research Director WardYou look outside and the sun is starting to set, yet there is still much work to be done.
>>26933230>[X] Research Lt. Col Pickman's superior officer
>>26933255I agree with dubs on this one. We don't need to burn any favors yet.
>>26933255Last post of the night, will return to do this next week. After a little bit of research, you come across the name of someone who works at centcom oddly enough, though he works across the way at SOCOM. A Brigadier General Mathew Kirkpatrick. If memory serves you correct, you see him go to the same place as you do for lunch, and you have a general idea of where he parks. From what you have seen he usually gets out late like you, so there might actually be a chance to talk to him. You look at your makeshift phonebook that you have made over the years you have worked, and find the Brigadier General's number, email and office hours 11-1900 . He would be getting ready to leave the office, now, you can probably call him up and he would answer. > Call him up, it isn't too unusual for you to make calls like this.> Go meet him in the parking lot a more direct approach. > Shoot him an email, which is the most subtle approach> Back track a little, try to see if we are missing anything before talking to someone like this.
>>26933418Calling him is the most professional route, so that will be the route we take
>>26933418I guess I will just leave this as a cliff hanger for next week. Bureaucrat Quest part 1 is complete
>>26933462or we can do that. Next week will start with a phone call to the Brigadier General.
>This quest.Holy fuck, this is the dream quest for my LARP character.>>26929326And someone even posted a description of him... lol.