MirrorField on May 14, 2020, 12:46:41 am
And things start immediately degrading into an amateur hour. Does anyone on republican side have any idea of OPSEC?

*Blackmail has certain intrinsic problems. For one, it gives person rather strong motivation to remove the threat by other means. For another, it generates considerable "ill will" on subjects. Some may take things personally and, for example, burn everything up in kamikaze fashion.

*Few sexual peccadilloes pale in significance when compared to mass-casualty attacks. Alex may have been a simp and a useful idiot, but I'm rather surprised that he didn't spill his guts more or less immediately. Given the circumstances there might be some mercy, especially given the blackmail aspect.

*The Fact that our republicans have even found our villainess is a major failure on her part. She needs to run a major review of her personal security arrangements.

*That lip-piercing is a significant identifier. She needs to lose it if she wants to hide.

*If our villainess did not plan on Alex eventually spilling the beans on her... Well, she really should have. Loose ends are best tied up.



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UncleRice on May 14, 2020, 11:14:47 am
The fact that Alex hasn't not only ratted her out and given them a full complex biometric signature of her means he is a sub par mental asset. She should be the most famous person in Bubble town right now.
Stupid criminals put on a mask and rob people with a gun.
Smart criminals put on a suit, call themselves politicians, and rob people with writ of law.

B-Sabre on May 15, 2020, 03:08:20 am
And things start immediately degrading into an amateur hour. Does anyone on republican side have any idea of OPSEC?


*That lip-piercing is a significant identifier. She needs to lose it if she wants to hide.

*If our villainess did not plan on Alex eventually spilling the beans on her... Well, she really should have. Loose ends are best tied up.


She should have had a full body sculpt and gender swap if she was serious about disappearing.

And if she doesn't do that and run as far and as hard as she can after this little conversation (5/15) she's an idiot - she has to know that the temptation for the RPLD get rid of two loose ends at once will be enormous.

And the RPLD is being stupid for getting her to go back and liquidate Stern. If things go south, she has information that is valuable for trade. The RPLD should be letting their inside source to arrange the dirty work, and either "disappear" her or let her disappear.

DrakBibliophile on May 15, 2020, 06:36:11 am
I suspect that they are planning on the deaths of both of them.

Mind you, they might be better off leaving Alex alive and killing her.

Still by sending her to her death, that means that the Good Guys know she's dead and won't keep looking for her (in their minds).

And things start immediately degrading into an amateur hour. Does anyone on republican side have any idea of OPSEC?


*That lip-piercing is a significant identifier. She needs to lose it if she wants to hide.

*If our villainess did not plan on Alex eventually spilling the beans on her... Well, she really should have. Loose ends are best tied up.


She should have had a full body sculpt and gender swap if she was serious about disappearing.

And if she doesn't do that and run as far and as hard as she can after this little conversation (5/15) she's an idiot - she has to know that the temptation for the RPLD get rid of two loose ends at once will be enormous.

And the RPLD is being stupid for getting her to go back and liquidate Stern. If things go south, she has information that is valuable for trade. The RPLD should be letting their inside source to arrange the dirty work, and either "disappear" her or let her disappear.
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lurkergao on May 15, 2020, 05:51:15 pm
pretty mystifying decisions all around. They are basically handing a chance for the heroes to catch her. if they want to tie up lose ends they should have already had that green guy poison her drink. Even when presumably Alex does spill the beans it's really conjecture at that point. They have no way to verify it was her without follow up details. It could have been any other friend or acquaintance that has been seen with him. If anything blackmailing Alex before leaving makes it worse because it means she sticks out as having a shady character. If she had been a normal not too serious girlfriend. and had a living space in the dome that was hit it would be a natural assumption that she was one of the many people who's body was unrecoverable. I also question RPLD's sanity in having an agent who was on trial on intergalactic television go and make contact with the assassin and tell them to go murder somebody while wearing a silly eye catching hat. Maybe this is a sting operation?

Sean Roach on May 19, 2020, 01:10:25 pm
Considering the technology on display, I would go for using a dupe to impersonate her to Alex, in order to fetch Alex, then killing Alex and the dupe. And, of course, forcing her to undergo a backup, so you can interrogate the backups in parallel, either by reading the information directly, or placing them in a series of gynoid chassis's with full pain suites and going to town. You can always corroborate one copies statements by questioning another copy. Paraphrase as much as possible to avoid "trigger words" being used to communicate intention between the copies.

Granted, the dupe won't have anything but her face to use to get Alex out. No shared information to coax Alex out. Might be better to just use a dupe to GET to Alex, and then kill both right there on camera. The dupe can suicide, either knowingly and willingly, or as a component of the dupe's design. Walk in, say "Hi Alex", and blow up. Although, frankly, Alex doesn't KNOW anything. Just kill her and let Alex spill the beans on her. Belbenoit shouldn't have approached her. He should have just shot her as she returned to her room, (and whoever she was with.) Frankly, SHE shouldn't know WHO she's working for. THAT was an oversight as it gave her the opportunity to prepare an "In Case of Death or Disappearance" contingency.

Presuming this IS the real Belbenoit representing the real CDSP. If not, well, Jerome was already throwing them under a bus. Let her go to implicate their fall-guy group. https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=2047
That makes the most sense. That Belbenoit isn't noit, sorry not, the real Belbenoit. That the CDSP isn't behind it. That they want her to get caught with this wrong information. She might as well be a corpse, dressed up in a pilots uniform, and dropped behind enemy lines with a briefcase full of phony secrets.

UncleRice on May 20, 2020, 08:39:36 pm
Alex doesn't actually know anything except that his girlfriend was black mailing him, so he is not a loose end. Zondra does. Killing Zondra makes Alex irrelevant.
Stupid criminals put on a mask and rob people with a gun.
Smart criminals put on a suit, call themselves politicians, and rob people with writ of law.

 

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