Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Bandit Country Character Creation Example

If this is not making sense, check out the prior Bandit Country posts on Character Creation.
Ammar al-Bagdhadi

Ammar was 16 at the time of the US invasion of Iraq in 2002. A streetkid in Baghdad, his parents had vanished during a purge five years earlier and his wider family had done little more than give him a place to hide when he caused more than the usual amount of trouble. 
Ammar was successfully running a band of street thugs watching over local businesses, essentially a protection racket (Surveillance). Following the invasion and as things got worse in Baghdad he built them into a network getting people out of the country (Infil:Exfil). This proved to be very successful and he even set up a small company doing roadworks in Baghdad. He `redeployed' some of the road-working machinery to improve Highway 10, the trunk road linking Baghdad to Amman in Jordan (Operate).
In early 2004 the CIA caught up with him. They had been watching him for a while and when they confirmed that he was not affiliated with any of the insurgency groups (a rarity) they recruited him. For the next 6 months he underwent rigorous training and preparation. Ammar had never been academically minded and he found the schooling quite arduous but emerged with very high competency (Tradecraft).
By late 2004 the second Battle of Fallujah was in full swing and Ammar was deployed to the Sunni triangle. He continued with his people smuggling, passing the refugees through a CIA filter. A number of mid level insurgent leaders were captured and the operation was considered a success. It was a difficult time and Ammar spent nearly as much time fixing damaged vehicles as he did finding and transporting customers (Repair).
This and other similar operations continued over the next 7 years. His network had a reputation on the black market and he was able to shift from moving people to goods as the state of affairs improved in Iraq with the surge in 2008.
By 2010 the drawdown was in full effect and most of the foreign troops were gone from Iraq. Ammar's handlers were by this time far more interested in Iranian influence than in domestic driven insurgency.
Ammar spent a few years in Basrah. Using road works contracts as cover, he ran several small operations scoping out Iranian agents of influence. These operations grew in scope from basic surveillance and time/ motion studies to breaking into safehouses to photograph documents (Intrusion). Ammar was not comfortable with the way the operational tempo was escalating and felt that his CIA handlers were pushing too hard.
In early 2013 Ammar was shot while exiting a safe house in Baghdad. His team got him out and he survived but it was the end of his time with the Agency. They told him that he was burned, paid him some money and that was the end of his career as an Agent.


Ammar's first asset is Documents 3. His connection to the Iraqi government bureaucracy from the early days has paid off. 
His second Asset is Techs 3. This asset represents his team that he ran in Baghdad and Basrah. He can use them for Intrusion, Surveillance or Operate. These guys work in the construction business but will do some work on the side for Ammar.

Ammar has recovered from his gunshot wound and is facing the next stage in his life. He was recently visited by a polite man who knew all kinds of things about Ammar's activities over the past decade. The man asked Ammar if he wanted to do more? He left a card. Risk/Reward. Ammar is reaching for his phone.