OSCAR-5
a Lazarus Special Operation Team
by Gary Astleford
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LAZARUS SPECIAL OPERATION TEAMS

The Lazarus Corporation, known around the world for its mercenary army, has much more to offer the discerning client than an entire regiment. In some circumstances, clients may wish to contract a smaller team. In many instances, when an executive or private individual needs only a six man team of highly trained operatives, they usually pick up the phone and dial their local Arasaka branch. Or worse, they put the word out on the street for a group of ill-trained, ill-equipped freelancers. What does such a person do, though, if they cannot afford an Arasaka ops team? How does one expect to succeed if one uses a group of untrustworthy rabble to get one's dirty work done?

Lazarus now proudly presents its very own special operations teams - good quality personnel at reasonable prices. The teams are broken down by specialty, and designated by a phonetic code (see below). Teams specialize in military endeavors, and are not intended to be used as bodyguards or private security forces. Prices are based on team strength, skill, availability, and expenditure of supplies. Teams can be hired by the hour, day, week, or month. Yearly rates, while uncommon, are negotiable.

TYPES OF TEAMS

There are several different team formats available. Our strategists and consultants will analyze your situation and its feasibility, and suggest the right team for you. Most teams are reasonably priced, with a base cost of 500 eurodollars per man per day, with a minimum team strength of at least four personnel (Sierra teams must have at least two personnel). Additional fees for equipment (AV support, munitions, special weapons, etc.) are added to the base cost. Bravo and Papa teams are (generally) four or five times the normal cost, depending on the circumstances. Read the contract completely. Some terms are negotiable. Please ask your consultant if you have any questions.

Alpha Teams-Area Denial & Defense. These teams keep opposing forces away from assets (yours or theirs), either by denying them with mines and booby traps, or supplying perimeter defense.
Bravo Teams-'Borg Conversions. Be it a small squad of Gemini-class 'borgs, or a full unit of heavily-armed Dragoons.
Charlie Teams-Counter-Insurgent. Teams of specially-trained soldiers who excel in anti-guerilla warfare.
Delta Teams-Demolitions. These fellows blow things up.
Echo Teams-Extraction. Used to "rescue" employees (willing or unwilling) from the opposition.
Foxtrot Teams-Forward Observation & Artillery. Masters of indirect fire and bombardment.
Golf Teams-Gunship (Chopper & AV Support). Help from above, like a lightning bolt from God himself!
Hotel Teams-Heavy Weapons. Teams capable of providing heavy machine gun fire, rocket support, and anti-tank capabilities to your front line. Issued railguns on request.
India Teams-Insurgent. Mount your own guerilla war against your foe with these teams!
Juliet Teams-Jungle Warfare. Masters of stealth, combat, and concealment in the jungle environment.
Kilo Teams-Killer (Mobile Ambush Team). Trained to ambush and destroy enemy forces directly.
Lima Teams-Long Range Recon Patrol (LRRPs). Keep your eyes and ears open all the way over there, either in your back yard or your enemy's.
Mike Teams-Medical. Gifted surgeons and corpsmen capable of setting up efficient field hospitals.
November Teams-NBC (Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical Specialists). Be prepared for the possibility that your enemy may be crazier than you are!
Oscar Teams-Offensive (Assault). Trained in the art of attack, these teams strike fast and hard in an effort to spearhead an offensive.
Papa Teams-Powered Armor (ACPA). The power of a tank battalion with surgical precision in a compact package.
Romeo Teams-Recon. Short range recon patrols to keep you up on the action around you.
Sierra Teams-Sniper. When you absolutely need target discretion.
Tango Teams-Transport. Transport AVs and choppers to move your troops, fast.
Uniform Teams-Urban Warfare. When house-to-house fighting is unavoidable, these pros make it look easy.

LAZARUS SPECIAL OPERATION TEAM OF THE MONTH - TEAM OSCAR FIVE

Team Oscar-5, lead by Captain Scott Bauer, is one of Lazarus' most successful (and highly-prized) units. They specialize in small unit assault tactics. All of Oscar-5's members have experienced heavy combat, and each is highly trained.

Captain Scott Bauer - Team Leader

Age : 32 Ht : 5'10"
Wt : 170 lbs
Hair : Blond
Eyes : Blue
Race : Caucasian
INT 8REF 6/7TECH 5COOL 8ATTR 6LUCK 5MA 7BOD 8EMP 8/5
Interrogation +7
Leadership +8
Awareness +6
Expert : Cadre Tactics +7
Shadow/Track +5
Athletics +6
Dodge/Escape +5
Handgun +6
Kung Fu +5
Melee +4
Rifle +5
Stealth +6
SMG +7
Russian +2
Cyberware -Neural Processor w/Kerenzekov Boost +1, Chip Socket; Rt & Lt Cyberoptics w/Image Enhancement, Teleoptics, Infrared; Left Cyberhand.
Equipment -Militech Viper SMG (SMG 0 J P 2D6+3 (10mm) 40 30 VR) w/6 40rd clips
IR defeating fatigues in night camo design
Kevlar vest (SP 16, -1 EV)
Militech Arms Avenger (P 0 J E 2D6+1 (9mm) 10 2 VR) in Shoulder Holster
Combat Knife
Mastoid Communicator

SHORT HISTORY

Captain Bauer was a field officer with the United States Marine Corps, stationed in Peru from 2007 til 2010. The young officer quickly proved his initiative, and his platoon suffered 75% fewer causualties than most infantry units in the war at that time. After leaving the Corps in 2018, he worked as a civillian contractor in eastern Europe. Shortly after his return to the States, Bauer signed on as an officer for Lazarus, where he has served with honor and distinction ever since.

ROLE-PLAYING NOTES

Bauer is a natural leader, and he is well respected by his men for his quick thinking and blunt honesty. He has very few moral qualms when it comes to keeping his team alive.

MSGT Carl Baker - NCO/Demolitions

Age : 29 Ht : 6'
Wt : 175 lbs
Hair : White
Eyes : Grey
Race : Caucasian
INT 7REF 9/12TECH 8COOL 6ATTR 5LUCK 2MA 6BOD 9EMP 6/2
Demolitions +8
Chemistry +7
Awareness +5
Expert : Cadre Tactics +6
Shadow/Track +6
Athletics +8
Handgun +6
Judo +6
Melee +7
Rifle +7
Stealth +6
SMG +5
Leadership +5
Cyberware -Biomonitor, Neural Processor w/Sandevistan Boost, Pain Editor, Smartgun Link, and Interface Plugs (Rt. Wrist); Rt & Lt Cyberoptics w/Targeting, Thermograph, Anti-Dazzle; Basic Hearing Module w/Radio Link and Level Damper.
Equipment -Militech Dragon (RIF 0 N C 6D6-1 (6.5mm) 35 30 VR) w/5 35rd clips
Militech Arms Avenger (P 0 J E 2D6+1 (9mm) 10 2 VR) w/3clips in Shoulder Holster
IR Defeating Fatigues in Night Camo Pattern
Kevlar Vest (SP 16, -1 EV)
Combat Knife
Demolitions Kit (5 lbs C6, detonators, det cord, etc.)

SHORT HISTORY

Baker joined the U.S. Army in 2009 at the tender age of 19. His expertise lay in the creative use of explosives, and he gained a reputation as a lunatic. His constant antics and practical jokes involving home-made explosives made him less than popular with his fellows. After four years in the service, his history is unclear. It is suspected that he worked freelance, building bombs for IRA terrorists, but there is no conclusive evidence. He joined Lazarus in July of 2016, and spent time earning rank in a Delta team up until six months ago, when he joined Oscar-5.

ROLE-PLAYING NOTES

Carl is fearless, cold, and cunning. He will never back down from a fight, and will always strike to kill an opponent. His dangerous sense of humor is still evident, but Bauer ensures that such pranks are niether dangerous nor performed while on duty. The rest of the group may not like him, but they respect his experience.

SGT 1st Class Patrick Phillips - Medtech

Age : 26
Ht : 5'7"
Wt : 145lbs
Hair : Black
Eyes : Brown
Race : Caucasian
INT 8REF 8TECH 9COOL 7ATTR 6LUCK 5MA 6BOD 9EMP 9
Medtech +8
Cybertech +3
Cryotank Op +6
First Aid +10
Biology +7
Awareness +6
Expert : Cadre Tactics +4
Athletics +4
Handgun +6
Karate +5
Melee +3
Rifle +3
Stealth +4
SMG +6
Cyberware -NONE
Equipment -Militech Viper SMG (SMG 0 J P 2D6+3 (10mm) 40 30 VR) w/6 40rd clips
Militech Arms Avenger (P 0 J E 2D6+1 (9mm) 10 2 VR) w/3clips in Shoulder Holster
IR Defeating Fatigues in Night Camo Pattern
Kevlar Vest (SP 16, EV -1)
Combat Knife
Medkit
Mastoid Communicator
Smart goggles w/Low Lite, Infrared, and Anti Dazzle

SHORT HISTORY

A medical wunderkind, Phillips has had no previous military experience. He joined Lazarus at age 22, after dropping out of med school, claiming that the facilities there were crowded and the education less than sufficient. Learning of his medical talents and desire to be a field medic, they sponsored a corporate education in medicine, much to his chagrin. He has served with Oscar-5 for four months. This is his first Lazarus assignment.

ROLE-PLAYING NOTES

Humble and modest are two words that do not describe Pat Phillips. He is one of the most arrogant, self-worshipping bastards on the face of the earth. He's a very good medic, though, and the rest of the team knows it. It is for this reason, primarily, that he hasn't been subject to more abuse from the rest of his team. When he works on a patient, he is more worried about the end result than the patient's comfort. He has no desire to implant cybernetics into his body, preferring organic replacements.

SGT 1st class Barney Smyle - Technician

Age : 25
Ht : 5'9"
Wt : 165lbs
Hair Black
Eyes : Green
Race : Caucasian
INT 8REF 7TECH 10COOL 4ATTR 8LUCK 3MA 6BOD 7EMP 7/4
Basic Tech +9
Cybertech +8
Electronics +8
Electronic Security +6
First Aid +5
Weaponsmith +5
Awareness +4
Expert : Cadre Tactics +4
Athletics +6
Dodge/Escape +5
Handgun +8
Boxing +5
Melee +4
Rifle +4
Stealth +4
SMG +2
Cyberware -Neural Processor w/Chip Socket; Adrenal Booster, Rt & Lt Cyberoptics w/Anti Dazzle, Infrared, Times Square Marquee (left), and Microvideo (right); Rt. Cyberarm w/Reinforced Joints & Tool Hand
Equipment -Militech Bulldog Compact Assault Shotgun (SHT 0 L P variable 21 3/10 ST) w/2 clips 00 buckshot (4d6) and 1 clip explosive (2d6 explosive)
Militech Arms Avenger (P 0 J E 2D6+1 (9mm) 10 2 VR) w/3clips in Shoulder Holster
IR Defeating Fatigues in Night Camo Pattern
Kevlar Vest (SP 16, EV -1)
Combat Knife
Mastoid Communicator
Technician's Kit

SHORT HISTORY

Smyle is Oscar-5's field technician. While Phillips takes care of bodily ills, Smyle is always there to repair equipment malfunctions. He originally attended CalTech, but was unable to find a job in the competitive corporate market. Since then, he has become a Lazarus employee and a valued member of his team. While of average skill with most weapons, his accuracy with handguns is uncanny.

ROLE-PLAYING NOTES

Smyle tends to communicate better with machines than with humans. Consequently, he exhibits an odd habit of talking to inanimate objects. He is a master of analytical thought and logic, but tends to either lock up under stressful situations, or go bonkers and attempt to kill anyone who gets in his way.

SSGT Hiro Nagashima - Sniper

Age : 21
Ht : 5'6"
Wt : 140lbs
Hair : Black
Eyes : Brown
Race : Japanese/American
INT 6REF 8/9TECH 2COOL 8ATTR 7LUCK 6MA 7BOD 6EMP 8/6
Rifle +8
Heavy Weapons +6
Awareness +7
Expert : Cadre Tactics +6
Shadow/Track +6
Athletics +6
Dodge/Escape +6
Handgun +4
Wrestling +6
Melee +6
Stealth +8
SMG +4
Fencing +5
Cyberware -Neural Processor w/Kerenzekov Boost (+1), Smartgun Link, and Interface Plugs; Rt & Lt Cyberoptics w/Targeting Scope, Anti Dazzle, and Teleoptics.
Equipment -Smartlinked Remington Gyro Sniper Rifle (RIF +2 N P 7D6API (18mm) 6 1 ST) w/3 6rd clips
Militech Arms Avenger (P 0 J E 2D6+1 (9mm) 10 2 VR) w/3clips in Shoulder Holster
IR Defeating Fatigues in Night Camo Pattern
Kevlar Vest (SP 16, EV -1)
Combat Knife
Mastoid Communicator

SHORT HISTORY

Nagashima is a fourth generation Japanese man who spent a good deal of his youth hunting with his anglo-American step-father. By the time he turned 18, Hiro was participating in several national rifle competitions, and was rated one of the top five shooters in his division. It was then that the Lazarus corporation discovered him and offered him training and a job, specializing in sniper work.

ROLE-PLAYING NOTES

Hiro is warm, friendly, and always smiling about something -- unless he's working. Whenever he snuggles up close to the butt of his gyro sniper rifle, he becomes an expressionless weapon of the utmost lethality. He hopes someday to become a member of a Sierra team.

SGT Miguel DeJesus - Heavy Weapons

Age : 22
Ht : 6'1"
Wt : 235lbs
Hair : Dk Brown
Eyes : Brown
Race : Mexican/American
INT 5REF 7/8TECH 2COOL 7ATTR 4LUCK 6MA 8BOD 9/11EMP 7/6
Heavy Weapons +8
Awareness +6
Expert : Cadre Tactics +6
Athletics +6
Handgun +5
Brawling +8
Melee +7
Rifle +6
Stealth +4
SMG +5
Intimidation +8
Cyberware -Neural Processor w/Kerenzekov (+1), Subdermal Armor (Chest SP18), Muscle & Bone Lace
Equipment -Militech Renegade SAW (HVY 0 N R 6D6-1 (6.5mm) 200/35 20 ST) w/2 200rd belts
Rostovic Wrist Rocket (HVY 0 N P 5D6 6 3 ST)
Militech Arms Avenger (P 0 J E 2D6+1 (9mm) 10 2 VR) w/3clips in Shoulder Holster
IR Defeating Fatigues in Night Camo Pattern
Kevlar Vest (SP 16, EV -1)
Monoknife
Mastoid Communicator
Battleglove (rt. arm)

SHORT HISTORY

Miguel grew up a hardened Los Angeles gang member, known in the ghetto for his strength and fighting prowess. He was drafted into the SoCal militia at age 19 and forced to serve a two year tour of duty patrolling the SoCal/NorCal border, performing anti-smuggler sweeps. During this time, he became fond of using heavy weapons. When his discharge papers came, he returned home to find nothing that he remembered. While drinking at a local bar, he saw a commercial for Lazarus on TV and signed up the next day.

ROLE-PLAYING NOTES

Miguel is big, mean, and ugly. The rest of the team refers to him as the "Chicano Charles Bronson." He doesn't care. DeJesus is territorial, and always itching for a fight. He is incredibly loyal to the rest of his team, and will defend them with his life. His favorite weapon is a battleglove-mounted wrist rocket launcher which he has nicknamed "Pepe."

1st Lt. Rachel Barnes - Aerodyne Pilot

Age : 21
Ht : 5'7"
Wt : 115lbs
Hair : Red
Eyes : Green
Race : Caucasian
INT 8REF 7TECH 7COOL 6ATTR 6LUCK 4MA 8BOD 4EMP 9/8
Pilot Vectored Thrust Vehicle +8
Pilot Gyro/Helicopter +7
Leadership +4
Awareness +5
Athletics +5
Handgun +6
Heavy Weapons +6
Tai Kwon Do +6
Melee +5
SMG +5
Cyberware -Neural Processor w/Vehicle Link, Interface Plugs (temple), and Chip Socket; Rt Cybereye w/Times Square Marquee
Equipment -Flight Suit
Flight Helmet (SP 15, Anti Dazzle Visor, Communications Unit)
.45 Colt Alpha-Omega (P +2 J C 2D6+2 10 2 VR) w/3 10rd clips
Survival Knife

SHORT HISTORY

Rachel spent most of her high school career in ROTC, hoping to join the Air Force or Navy as a female combat pilot. Upon graduation, she sorted through her options and found the perfect employer in a Lazarus brochure. Since then, she's received training as a pilot and flown several combat missions in and around the free state of NorCal.

ROLE-PLAYING NOTES

Rachel is a plain-looking country girl with freckles on her cheeks and a crazy gleam in her eye. She enjoys games of chance, and isn't above playing "chicken" against other AV pilots. She has a boyfriend in Lake Tahoe, CA, that she visits whenever she is on leave.

2nd Lt. Joshua Wilkes - Aerodyne Crew Chief/Co-Pilot

Age : 19
Ht : 5'10"
Wt : 165lbs
Hair : Brown
Eyes : Brown
Race : Caucasian
INT 7REF 8TECH 8COOL 5ATTR 5LUCK 5MA 5BOD 7EMP 7
Pilot Vectored Thrust Vehicle +6
AV Tech +8
Leadership +2
Awareness +4
Athletics +8
Handgun +5
Heavy Weapons +6
Savate +5
Melee +6
SMG +5
Rifle +2
Cyberware -Neural Processor w/Vehicle Link, Interface Plugs, and Tactile Boost
Equipment -Flight Suit
Flight Helmet (SP 15, Anti Dazzle Visor, Communications Unit)
Militech Arms Avenger (P 0 J E 2D6+1 (9mm) 10 2 VR) w/3clips in Shoulder Holster
Crossman "Varmint Buster" BB/Pellet Rifle (RIF 0 J C 1d2-1 (.177) 50 1 ST)
Combat Knife

SHORT HISTORY

His father being an airline captain, Wilkes wanted to be a pilot, but found he preferred the technical aspects of aerospace. He joined Lazarus right out of high school and gave his all in officer training. In his spare time, he studied aerotech skills. In return for all his hard work, Lazarus assigned him to Rachel Barnes' AV-4 as crew chief. He wouldn't want it any other way.

ROLE-PLAYING NOTES

Joshua is an excitable young man, still a child, really, who loves the thrill of flying. While perfectly capable of operating an AV himself, he prefers to watch Barnes (who has has developed a fairly large crush on). His romantic aspirations towards his superior are well-concealed, however, and cause very little friction on the job. He prefers to avoid armed conflict outside the safety of his vehicle, however, and has been called things worse than "coward" before. He carries a BB/pellet rifle in the field as a joke, and loves to shoot at birds, lizards, and small rodents.

OSCAR-5's ORIGINAL FUNCTION

Long, long ago, I ran a cops game which came to be known in common parlance as "Night City Cops." The players portrayed officers transferred into a rag-tag Special Investigation (SIn) unit from various areas within the department. They subsequently were assigned to infiltrate an illicit mercenary organization that was performing black ops in and around the local area.

Once they had established themselves with the group, they were assigned a task - to accompany a fellow named Heatseeker (see Deadeye's file) to SoCal, where he was supposed to kill someone. They crossed the NorCal/SoCal border in an AV-4 flying nap of the earth to avoid surface to air missiles. Once dropped off, they proceeded by van to a house in a suburban area of northern Los Angeles, where Heatseeker killed his mark.

On the way back, they were ambushed on a deserted stretch of highway by a group of what appeared to be nomad road pirates. The group veered from the road towards the safety of an abandoned arcology complex. While the group holed itself into one of the decaying complex's apartments, the pirates sealed the area off. Team Oscar-5 arrived a short while later in a Lazarus AV-4.

WHAT HAPPENED THEN - OSCAR-5's POINT OF VIEW

The team had been contracted out to EBM's Los Angeles field office mere hours earlier, when it was found out that one of EBM's top American programmers had been killed by what appeared to be a freelance hit team. A group of EBM-sponsored road pirates was alerted, and began to scout the area for the players' vehicle. Once the players were located, the pirates were to capture or trap them, and report back to their superiors. Once this was done, EBM immediatly scrambled Oscar-5, which had been preparing for the operation.

Upon landing, Captain Bauer and MSGT Baker consulted with Bobcat, the pirate leader. They discussed how many individuals they were after (at the time, four), where they'd hidden (an area easily identified by it's higher heat signature), and what sort of equipment they had (Bobcat's men reported nothing heavier than an assault rifle or two). Once briefed, Bauer ordered SSGT Nagashima to take up a sniping position on the roof of an arcology building that lay parallel to the structure the players were hiding in, and to prepare to flush them out using incendiary ammunition. In the meantime, MSGT Baker accompanied by SGTs Smyle and DeJesus, gained entry to the structure's lower floors, preparing the assault the players' location. Bauer and SGT 1st Class Phillips remained outside to serve in an auxiliary capacity, while the AV-4 and crew remained active in case air cover was dictated.

When the team was in position, Bauer gave the signal. Nagashima, sighting through a thermal imager, began to harass the players with his gyro sniper rifle. Baker's team began to ascend the stairwell with DeJesus on point. At this time, Nagashima reported movement on the rooftop across from him. The players had taken flight and moved to the rooftop in their panic. Hiro resumed his sniping, while Baker, DeJesus, and Smyle headed up in pursuit. One of the enemy on the roof (Heatseeker) began firing short bursts towards Nagashima, which forced the sniper to keep his head down, while the other two made a run for the fire escape.

Baker's team, after reaching the trap door to the roof, popped several smoke grenades and threw them out to cover their entry. Once out and in the open, they fired upon the players, injuring one. Heatseeker turned his weapon onto the newcomers, taking out Smyle and seriously wounding Baker. DeJesus pulled back behind cover to appraise the situation. This allowed Heatseeker time enough to grab the wounded and jump down onto the fire escape, temporarily out of harm's way.

At this point, an AV-4 with NorCal registration (later checked and found invalid) arrived. Barnes and Wilkes immediately took off to intercept the bandit. A dogfight ensued, in which Barnes' AV was hit and forced into a hard landing some 300 yards from the arcology. The surviving AV-4 performed several strafing runs on the road pirate personnel before landing to pick up the player characters. It then took off and headed to the north at an approximate altitude of seventy-five feet.

IN CLOSING...

While team Oscar-5 was less than a complete success in the game I ran, they can be a valuable tool for any GM wishing to teach their players a lesson about military tactics. Most of the players' success hinged on the fact that both Hiro and Baker's squad made such horrendous rolls. In all actuality, it was a fun game, and the team did one hell of a job intimidating the player characters. If you plan on using Oscar-5 and are unfamiliar with small unit tactics, I suggest you pick up some source material on the subject. Remember that they are a tight-knit, disciplined unit, and they will probably tear most small groups apart with relative ease. Oscar-5 is merely an example of what a Lazarus Special Ops Team might be like, and there are many possibilities for other teams in both function and size, limited only by your imagination.


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