The game takes place in the modern day, 1995 or thereabouts. At least a couple of the PCs should be law enforcement officials: local police, state troopers, FBI, or even Secret Service. Other PCs could be investigative reporters, psychiatrists, freelance computer hackers, etc. It would be helpful if the characters had at least some sort of acquaintance relationship before the scenario begins. The GM should discourage the PCs from being conspiracy theorist types, and probably should not let on about the type of campaign it will be until the game is underway.
The body in question is quite dead, and appears to look just like Nixon in 1969, except for the fact that he has been sitting at the bottom of a river for a day or so.
Exhuming Nixon's body from its supposed gravesite will reveal that the body entombed there has transformed to a sticky green ooze. Tissue and blood analysis on the found body will positively identify it, as much as possible, as Richard Nixon, ca. 1969.
At some point the PCs will become separated from the body of Nixon, whereupon it mysteriously disappears. Any report expected to mention the incident has either been rewritten or never filed. There is no mention of the event in the media at all. If the PCs persist in trying to find out what has happened, they will face pressure from their supervisor to drop the matter. Further persistence will result in anonymous threats to the PCs and their loved ones. Eventually, the PCs will encounter Agent W.
In 1953 members of various national investigative agencies (CIA, KGB, Interpol, etc.) began to realize what was going on. To protect the world from what they figured would be a horrible truth, these investigators formed a secret cabal, known only as The Agency, to cover up what was going on. Over the years, The Agency has infiltrated organizations around the world, to the point where they can effective monitor and control information dealing with the abductions. To date, The Agency has been highly effective in crushing any suspicion in the populous that something untoward is happening to their world leaders.
While they have been quite successful in their primary mission or covering up the truth, The Agency is still quite in the dark as to the reasons for the abductions. Various members of The Agency have their own pet theories: Some feel that the aliens are trying to control world events, perhaps for the better, perhaps the worst. Others think that the aliens are uninterested in Earth's politics, but just want to examine our leaders. Some think that there is more than one group of aliens stealing world leaders. A small faction believes that it is all a clever ruse by the aliens to force the formation of The Agency so that the humans will hide the existence of the aliens on Earth and cover up whatever the aliens are really involved with.
The discovery of the real body of a world leader has only happened once before: in 1984, Anwar Sadat was found frozen in the wilds of Siberia. Agent K handled the situation with ruthless efficiency...
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