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A Blackmail is one of the possible Plots in a game of Covert Action. This is a fairly simple plot to thwart, with only a handful of Participants that keep close contact with one another. Delaying the plot with Confiscations can give you plenty of time to Turn many, if not all of them.

General Plot OverviewEdit

In a Blackmail scenario, 5 participants attempt to coerce an important personality to cooperate with their plans by seducing him and taking scandalous photographs of the deed. This is performed loosely in four general steps:

The plot begins with several participants planning the operation and getting in touch with some of the other participants.

In the next step, the Inside Contact introduces the target to the charming Black Widow, and a Photographer takes pictures of the deed. This counts as a single Minor Crime. The Photographs are then sent to the Blackmailer.

In the third step, the Blackmailer commits the Primary Crime by issuing an ultimatum to the target, threatening to reveal the pictures to his wife.

In the final step, the Photographs are delivered directly to the Mastermind for safe-keeping.

Mission SetsEdit

The Blackmail plot appears in 3 different Mission Sets:

In each of these Mission Sets, the Blackmail plot will be the first or second plot in the set. It will never appear as the third (Ultimate) plot.

ParticipantsEdit

Role Role Arch. Actions
Organizer Organizer Begins the plot by contacting the Inside Contact, Black Widow and Photographer to explain their tasks.
Inside Contact Inside Contact Introduces the target to the Black Widow so they can "hit it off".

Contacts the Blackmailer to give him the name of the target's wife.

Black Widow Minor Agent Seduces the target at her apartment.
Photographer Minor Agent Photographs the liaisons at the Black Widow's apartment, acquiring the Item Photographs Small Photographs.

Delivers the Photographs to the Blackmailer.
Blackmailer Major Agent Uses the Photographs to blackmail the target.

Delivers the Photographs to the Mastermind.
Mastermind Mastermind Waits until the end of the plot to receive the Item Photographs Small Photographs.

ItemsEdit

During a Blackmail plot, only one item is created. It will move between participants as the plot dictates:

Icon Item Name Sequence of Events
Item Photographs Photographs Acquired by the Photographer in a Minor Crime during the second part of the plot.

Delivered to the Blackmailer, who uses this item in the Primary Crime.

After the crime, delivered to the Mastermind, who will try to take this item with him Into Hiding.

Plot OutlineEdit

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.

ActivationEdit

During this stage, the Organizer activates an Inside Contact and both Minor Agents. In addition the Inside Contact and Photographer both contact the Blackmailer to let him know what's going to happen.

Message Traffic The Organizer sends a message to the Inside Contact.
 
"It is time to bring <Target's Name> under our control. You are to arrange a meeting with the lovely agent known as the Black Widow."
Message Traffic The Organizer sends a message to the Photographer.
 
"We are planning to lure <Target's Name> into a compromising situation. Find a suitable location and arrange for photo and video coverage."
Message Traffic The Organizer sends a message to the Black Widow.
 
"Your special charms will be needed to seduce <Target's Name>. This case should be a piece of cake."
Message Traffic The Photographer sends a message to the Blackmailer.
 
"We will have the photographs you need shortly. I am sure <Target's Name> will not be able to resist your threats."
Message Traffic The Inside Contact sends a message to the Blackmailer.
 
"<Target's Name>'s wife is named Laverne and is reported to be extremely jealous. He should crack in no-time."

By the end of this stage, the Organizer has completed his mission and will go into hiding unless Arrested or Turned.

AcquisitionsEdit

During this stage, the Inside Contact does his part by introducing the target to the Black Widow. The Minor Agents perform a single Minor Crime together, acquiring the Photographs item that's necessary for the Primary Crime. It is delivered directly from the Photographer to the Blackmailer.

Meeting The Inside Contact visits the Black Widow.
 
"<Target's Name>, let me introduce you to Ms. Widow. She has a charming penthouse apartment. Perhaps you would like to visit her there."
Minor Crime The Black Widow invites the target to her apartment.
 
"Bulletin InterPol NewsNet: <Target's Name> left his office today on a hastily-arranged trip. According to his secretary, this behaviour is exceedingly unusual."
Meeting The Photographer visits the Black Widow and acquires the Item Photographs Small Photographs.
 
"I'm glad you came to visit, <Target's Name>. You don't mind if we leave the lights on, do you?"
Note: This is not a true Handoff, because the Item Photographs Small Photographs do not exist before this meeting occurs. They appears suddenly in the Photographer's posession during this meeting.

Meeting The Photographer visits the Blackmailer and delivers the Item Photographs Small Photographs.
 
"Here are the photographs of the Black Widow and <Target's Name>. Perhaps his wife would care to see them."

By the end of this stage, the Inside Contact, Black Widow and Photographer have completed their missions, and will go into hiding unless Arrested or Turned.

ExecutionEdit

Primary Crime The Blackmailer issues an ultimatum to the target, threatening to reveal the photographs to his wife unless he complies with their demands.
 
"Bulletin InterPol NewsNet: A mysterious man carrying a large envelope met with <Target's Name> today. He appeared shaken and immediately took the rest of the day off."

No participants complete their missions at this stage.

ResolutionEdit

Meeting The Blackmailer visits the Mastermind and delivers the Item Photographs Small Photographs.
 
"Mastermind, <Target's Name> has agreed to cooperate with our plans. Keep these photographs in case he changes his mind."

At this point all participants have completed their missions, and will go into hiding if not arrested or turned.

ScoringEdit

This is a list of the points you will be rewarded for performing various actions during the course of the mission.

Action Target Points
Arrests Organizer 35
Inside Contact 40
Black Widow 40
Photographer 25
Blackmailer 40
Mastermind 200

Confiscations Item Photographs Small Photographs 50

In addition, the following failure will increase the Maximum Score by the listed amount of points:

Action Max. Score Increase
Fail to prevent the Primary Crime 400

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