WOMEN OF AUTUMN BLADE
To become an operative of Autumn Blade is not easy, especially since they don't advertise. You have to impress them, word of mouth from operatives or contacts is usually the only way to do this. If by chance someone is seen as a potential operative they will be invited for an interview by an anonymous employer. The invitation will instruct the applicant to be at a certain location, (usually either the Buddokon or at a specific empty warehouse) at an exact date and time, the invitation will dissolve after 1 minute of skin contact so the applicant better have a good memory. If the applicant arrives, he/she will find himself greeted at the entrance and stripped of everything but the clothes on their back, a cybernetic inhibitor in placed on them and they are ushered into a dark room to where they will wait for several moments before being greeted by voices in the dark. A primary initiation takes place to test their combat and problem solving skills, then they are given instructions for a test to gauge their individual specialties. During this time the applicant is under scrutinous observation. If he/she passes the test then depending on the level of skill and the past reputation the applicant will finally meet either Char or an intermediary. If it is Char then they will be made a full fledged member and continue on to special training. If its an intermediary then they will be hired but will not be made aware of the organization that is hiring them.
Personnel of Autumn Blade are treated well, they are given a generous salary and for every successful mission they are given a bonus high above what they would normally receive.They are also allowed access, within reason, to any equipment necessary for completion of a task. Even those operatives not directly employed by Autumn Blade receive compensation beyond the norm. All operatives of Autumn Blade, both direct and indirect, receive a special pager, its number is not revealed to the operative and any attempts to tamper with it will cause it to explode. If the pager beeps, a number will be displayed, the operative has 5 minutes to call that number. Upon calling they will receive instructions and this is how a job is normally contracted. Special security precautions insure that the pager is impossible to trace, and the number that appears on the pager is always different and completely random.
Fees for Autumn Blades services are high, but the service and personnel are worth it. Occasionally deals can be made and Char has even been known to foot the bill if he believes the cause to be worthwhile.
Autumn Blade is made up of professionals, and these are its operatives:
THE HEADS OF STAFF
(Authors note: these characters may seem overly powerful but I assure you they got where they are through
role-playing, time, and more role-playing. I have been running the same game since 1991 and many of these
characters have survived that long. )
(Autumn Blade was created and written by Deric Bernier, picture from an unknown artisti)