An Assassination is one of the possible Plots in a game of Covert Action. This is a common plot that occurs in four different Mission Sets. With many Participants and several branches of the plot to pursue simultaneously, it is very difficult to arrest everybody. On the other hand, there are many ways to find the Major Agent and stop him before he can strike. On top of this, the Assassination mission offers a terrific chance to catch the Mastermind, early in the mission.
In the Drug Campaign and Freedom Games Strike scenarios, the Assassination will usually occur as the second mission of the set, and may occasionally occur as the first mission. In the Political Assassination and Terror Campaign, it will always be the last mission of the set.
Note: Unlike in most other Plots, the Role names of the Participants in an Assassination seem to describe the actions they will perform (in the past tense, no less), rather than their role in the plot. Thus, we get names like "Financed Operation" rather than "Financier". This can be a little confusing both in-game and here at the Wiki.
The following actions are performed by the participants in the plot. The order in which these actions will occur is not strict, and may change slightly depending on random factors, as well as in reaction to Max Remington's actions.
During this stage, the Minor Agents perform Minor Crimes to acquire the necessary items for this plot. All items are finally delivered to the Major Agent. In addition, money is withdrawn and delivered to the Major Agent via Courier.
Note: This may occur after the Primary Crime has been completed. The payoff itself is not required for the Assassin to commit that crime.
By this point, all four of the above participants (Tailed Victim, Purchase Weapon, Financed Operation and Delivered Money) have fulfilled their mission and will go into hiding if not arrested or turned.
"FLASH: AP NewsWire Urgent: <Target Name> was gunned down in the streets of <Assassin's Location> today. Witnesses report a single gunman was involved. No motive has been discovered for this terrorist act."
The Assassin, having completed his mission, can now safely go into hiding if not arrested or turned.
This plot lacks a proper Resolution stage. The only action that may occur after the Primary Crime is the transfer of the Payoff from the Financed Operation to the Assassin via the Delivered Money courier - but this action usually occurs before the Primary Crime.
Unlike most other plots, there is no further communication or delivery of items to the Mastermind after the Primary Crime. In fact, the Mastermind will likely already be In Hiding since the end of the Activation stage.