Mission 1: Down Under
Down Under by Men at Work
Plot Summary: The crazed son of a scientist killed by the
Nazis (Karl Offelmann) hatches a scheme to force the governments of
the world to cooperate with his plan of revenge.
- The new double-oh agents are called to MI6 headquarters
in the pre-dawn, because a Q-branch technician (Lachlan Cunningham)
had tried to walk out with a secret file about Nazi chemical warfare
experiments during WWII. He had been captured shortly outside
of HQ, but his contact had gotten away with the file. He mysteriously
dies during interrogation, but the agents follow clues to the
"Down Under Shop" in London. They find links to Sydney,
Australia. They immediately fly there and are met by the
local agent, Jerome Goodner. But at the MI6 station house,
they find his new partner (Dick Henderson) dead. They give
chase to a ninja who was watching the house, and capture him
after his car crashes.
- With the ninja tied up, the agents head into Sydney to
investigate the local branch of the Down Under Shop. They find
an underground tunnel to the AERL (Australian Environmental
Research Lab), and links to its CEO, Mr. Tajima. At the shop,
they find that material has been forwarded to the AERL branch
by Ayers Rock. They return to find agent Goodner dead and the
ninja rescued. That day, they overhear a Mr. Khan informing
Tajima of Falstaff's identity -- and they fly out to Ayers Rock.
- Arriving at Ayers Rock, they rescue an employee of
the Down Under Shop (Felicity Foxworth) who was being kidnapped
by her employer (Bernard Drysdale). Blake Cannon has a brief
fling with her, and then leaves her at the hotel as they follow
via tracer bug the cars that picked up Drysdale. They find an
underground base deep in the outback under an aboriginal
village, but are captured when they go down into it to
investigate. They find themselves face-to-face with Karl
Offelmann, who reveals his plans and sets them to be exposed
in the desert to be faced with a "walkabout".
- The agents survive the arduous walkabout in the
desert, and eventually Falstaff captures a wild horse and rides
it to the town at Ayers Rock. They then race back to the
hideout to stop Offelmann before he can launch his plan. They
arrive and cut off the escape. Falstaff faces down and shoots
Offelmann down in his control room, while Hyde faces Saito in
the lab (with his finger on the nerve gas trigger). Falstaff
shoots Offelmann, but they have to race out before the base is
is flooded with the nerve gas.
- Karl Offelmann: the revenge-obsessed villian who had set
himself up as "Uluru", god of the outback.
- Kenji Saito: the guilt-wracked Japanese scientist who had
saved Offelmann as a boy and was then convinced into aiding
his schemes, in his new Australian identity as Mako Tajima.
- Hiroshi Neida: the female ninja, codenamed "Hiroshima", who
follows Saito in the ancient code of honor. She worked
undercover as the receptionist for Mako Tajima.
- Noguo Kagi: the male ninja, codenamed "Nagasaki", who also
follows Saito's orders.
- Simon Frober: the young German pilot who was hand-picked
by Offelmann to carry out his plans of revenge on the
- Jerome Goodner: the alcoholic local agent for MI6 in Sydney.
- Felicity Foxworth: the beautiful employee of the Sydney
branch of the Down Under Shop, who was unwittingly a part in
Date: December 1983
Experience: 5000 (four sessions at 1000 each, with the final
one doubled for a successful ending).
Fame Points: +30 for Cannon, +45 for Falstaff, +20 for Hyde.
Hero Points (ending): 4 for Cannon, 3 for Falstaff, 3 for Hyde.
Real-World Background: The plot from this was taken very
much from the published module. However, the module itself was
based on the record of Nazis in Australia. In 1986 (three years
after this game was set), the Australian government held the
"Menzies Inquiry" into claims that that Australia was a safe
haven for Nazi war criminals after WWII. For example, physicist
Earnest Hirsh fled Nazi Germany as a Jewish refugee, before WWII.
He ended up working with some of the German scientists at the
Weapons Research Establishment in Adelaide, but always assumed
their appointment was public knowledge.
John H. Kim
Last modified: Thu Jun 24 22:43:53 2004