Dane: [GM] Graham rubs his temple as if the sheer frustration of the GM were being channeled into his body and he was struggling to not explode. "Which brings me to your involvement."
Soo: [Kali dVostog] "Yes, I was getting anxious. We have no particular vendetta in this whole affair so we were hoping our quiet exit would be amicable."
Dane:[GM] "I'm afraid that's not going to be an option Lady d'Vostog. This cult business is all about spreading panic. If we allow people with knowledge of the events to go back into the general population, the Black Guards cannot adequately ensure the public's peace of mind."
Joe: [GR-210] "Alright, alright. But I just request that I be shot in the head last. I want to watch everyone die. You owe me Ghilly. Remember that blonde back when you were a sophomore?"
Dane: [GM] Graham sifts through his papers. "I assure you that it is hardly that sort of an affair GR. I've talked to the powers-that-be and they are willing to conscript your adventuring troupe into the Black Guards until this assignment has been handled. You will be well supplied and when this is all over you'll be allowed to go with our gratitude."
Kyle: [Bailey Hunt] "'ey, doc. Does 'gratitude' mean money er the other, pidd'leh kinda gratitude?"
Dane: [GM] "Of course there will be substantial compensation."
Ian: [Mari Shasho] Mari leans on Kali and waves her hand like she's asking a question in grade school. "What exactly can we do that the Shadow's Watch can't do by itself?"
Kyle: [OOC] Oh yes Ian. The Gestapo decides we're more useful alive than dead and you choose to ask 'why'.
Dane: [GM] "An excellent question, miss. The Shadow's Watch relies on a number of avenues when pursuing our objectives. In this case, we feel that a group of adventurers would fit the bill. You have credentials as professional troubleshooters and you have no prior links to the government. You'll be much more realistic as infiltrators than agents we could set up ourselves.
Joe: [OOC] Translation: because if we shot you and chucked you over the side, Dane would have to make a whole new campaign.
Dane: [GM] You know any plot stops making sense if you stare at it hard enough.
Ian: [OOC] Like how the timeline for the opening scene of Minority Report doesn't gel with the rest of the movie.
Soo: [OOC] Haven't heard that one.
Dane: [GM] Ian, we've heard your fan theory, please spare us and tell her in person.
Ian: [OOC] I just think the whole movie makes more sense if you...
Dane: [GM] That was an imperative 'please spare us' Ian.
Soo: [OOC] If you stare into the abyss, the continuity errors stare back.
Joe: [GR-210] "Hmm, infiltration work. We'll likely be quickly discovered and brutally executed by savage cultists trying to bring about the end of the world... Give me a new body and it's a deal."
Dane: [GM] Graham nods. "It's a deal then."
Joe: [GR-210] "Actually, not a new body. I want a hover unit so I can fly around. Oh! And a gun mounted under me so I can pretend I'm a helicopter. Can I also get a little arm with a buzz-saw?"
Soo: [OOC] Joe! Stop trying to hardball the secret police.
Dane: [GM] Graham puts some papers on the coffee table. "We managed to capture Dr. Himmult and his cronies before they could escape into the jungle. This will be your 'in'. We'll use Himmult's credibility with the cult to get you access to their operations. From there you will work with the cult while sabotaging things for us. Got it?"
Ian: [Mari Shasho] Mari looks at the papers "Won't the cult eventually learn of Himmult's arrest and get suspicious that we came in at the same time?"
Dane: [GM] "You should be long finished with your mission by the time that happens."
Kyle: [OOC] In other words "this will work right up until it's dramatically appropriate for it to not work".
Soo: [OOC] Mmhmm. That's Newton's First Law of Selective Narrative Logic.