Covert Operations

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As you're about to talk to the agent, she notices your identification documents, and grabs them.

"Ah, Mr. Abercrombie," she says. "Welcome. Your travel arrangements have already been made. Here are your tickets -- you can board your ship at dock 94."

You go to the dock and board the ship -- a luxury liner. You're wined and dined for the bulk of the sea voyage, and as soon as you disembark you're shuttled into a stagecoach (or stagecoached into a shuttle, you're not sure which.)

After a long and bumpy ride, the stagecoach (or shuttle) deposits you into the center of a bustling bazaar. You look around to get your bearings, when you're suddenly grabbed by the shoulders and jerked into a darkened alleyway. A gruff, bearded man emerges from the shadows and speaks.

"I assume you've come for the diary. Well, here it is. I'm glad to be free of the cursed thing. It has already cost me half of my fingers, and I'm eager for it to become somebody else's problem."

He hands you the diary and fades back into the shadows before you can reply.

Then, for no reason, somebody hits you on the back of the head with something, knocking you unconscious. You wake up back in your campsite, muttering to yourself about how all of this cloak and dagger nonsense gives you a headache.

AdventuresYou lose 3 Adventures.
Meat.gifYou spent 500 Meat.
Book2.gifYou acquire an item: your father's MacGuffin diary

As you're about to talk to the agent, she notices your identification documents, and grabs them.

"Ah, Mr. Abercrombie," she says. "Welcome back! Oh my -- were you in some kind of accident? Well, anyway, your travel arrangements have already been made. Here are your tickets -- you can board your ship at dock 94b."

You go to the dock and board the ship, which the other passengers and crew refer to as a "luxury" liner, leaving you to wonder if the word underwent some drastic change of definition over the years. The wine is barely adequate, the grapes aren't even peeled, and where are the muscly dudes waving palm-frond fans? You'd have the captain flogged and thrown to the crocodiles, if you weren't in a hurry.

After you disembark, you're directed to a coach, which drives you to a bustling bazaar. A familiar-sounding "Psssst!" leads you to a nearby alley, where a cloaked and hooded mummy (almost indistinguishable from Amun, apart from being a bit shorter and his clothing being a bit shabbier) hands you a notebook with a somewhat-checked bow. You flip through the pages, and it does appear to be a roughly-scrawled copy of an archaeologist's journal. Or possibly a meticulously-exact copy, if the archaeologist's handwriting really was that small and sloppy.

"Did you have any trouble getting it?" you ask the hooded figure.

"No, O Great Ph… I mean, boss," he says. "He didn't have as many fingers to break as we expected, so we were forced to improvise, but everything went smoothly."

"Great. Tell Amun I said to give you guys some kind of bonus. I don't know what he actually pays you. Bag of mouse skulls or something? No, don't answer that. Listen, how am I supposed to get back to Loathing?"

"Typically, boss, we'd knock you out and smuggle you back rolled up inside a carpet. But we figured you probably wouldn't appreciate that--"

"Certainly not!"

"--so we just got you a return ticket on the ship you rode here. It'll be leaving in about two hours." He hands you the ticket, and vanishes into the shadows with a bow.

So, you wander around the bazaar for a while before catching a cab back to the docks, and then ride the cruiseship back home, wondering who you would have to execute to get a decent overseas express mail service established.

AdventuresYou lose 3 Adventures.
Meat.gifYou spent 500 Meat.
Book2.gifYou acquire an item: copy of a jerk adventurer's father's diary

Occurs at The Shore with forged identification documents.

History

  • Prior to the Shore revamp on August 30, 2013, this adventure had a title Covert Operations and had the image:
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References

  • Han Solo said "docking bay 94" was where the Millennium Falcon was waiting for Luke Skywalker when he and Obi-Wan Kenobi chartered the ship for transportation in the movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • "I'm glad to be free of the cursed thing. It has already cost me half of my fingers, and I'm eager for it to become somebody else's problem" may be a reference to The Subtle Knife, the second book in the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, in which Æsahættr, the subtle knife, cuts off the pinky and ring finger of its bearer's left hand when the bearer receives the knife from the old bearer.