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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:04 pm    Post subject: Template: Sleeper Agent Reply with quote

As with everything, comments, suggestions and attababy are appreciated.

Spies must be able to tell convincing lies. Often, a lie only needs to hold up for a few seconds—just long enough for the agent to complete a crime. In some cases, the lie must be more convincing and survive much more detailed scrutiny. Sleeper Agents must be able to operate in isolation from their support network for months or even years at a time. During such missions, operatives should blend seamlessly into their host environments, never arousing even the slightest suspicion. Sustaining believable lies for this much time requires dedication so that no hint of their real identity ever emerges. For some Sleeper Agents, their artificial guises are so ingrained that it takes effort to emerge from them once a lengthv mission is finally over.

On a mission, the vast majority of Sleeper Agents' time involves working a mundane job that may seem unrelated to their objective. In a few cases, the job is a military one, but those assignments require extensive security checks. More often, the Sleeper Agent works a civilian job that may have military connections. The agent may even serve as a member ofa criminal organization. Whichever is the case, the Sleeper Agent's duties offer peripheral access to a resource that is of great interest to the Rebellion. It is vitally important that agents remain constantly discreet about their true intentions.

All Sleeper Agents must be proficient in some profession that is not inherently related to uncovering military intelligence for the Rebellion. They might not need to be experts, but they must be able to convincingly assume an unremarkable civilian or military career. This act must be sustained for an extended period of time while the operatives wait to have their missions activated. Some missions focus entirely upon placing agents in critical places so that they can be activated to avert a currently unknown crisis. In these cases, the agents might pursue their cover career for years. Other missions have established time frames or discrete objectives that the operative must pursue without raising suspicion.

Critically, Sleeper Agents must remain unflinchingly loyal to their cause. At the same time, they must be able to maintain the illusion that they are loyal to the enemy. In the case of extended assignments, they must build friendships and working relationships with their foes-relationships that they know they will eventually betray. Few individuals are capable of maintaining this level of duplicity without developing some level of emotional attachment. Such attachment incurs terrible risk, as it could lead to hesitation at a critical juncture.

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Equipment: Holdout blaster (3D), appropriate security clearances, datapad, 500 credits.

Source: Age of Rebellion: Cyphers and Masks (p.9,28-29), stats by +Oliver Queen.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like this one, and love the concept.

I came to think of one thing to possibly add to this though.
The template Imperial Double Agent (heroes & Rougues)
is given a spceila ability that I think fits this template as well.

Special Abilities
Indoctrination: At the time of character creation and with the gamemaster's approval only, you receive an additional 2D to allocate to one Mechanical, Technical or Knowledge skill that fits your current cover assignment.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about 'sleeper agents' who don't REALIZE they are agents (see The Krytos trap and other novels in the X-wing series for what i am on about)..
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