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Frank Cardova (real name Leo Vilseck, Section nickname Buddy) was the long serving American babysitter for the team. He had been first introduced to Charlemagne sometime during the late 60s. Short, balding, and somewhat overweight, he had a nervous manner but practiced excellent tradecraft. He provided the team competent logistic support despite feeling under threat every time he met the them. Frank retired in the early 90s, first to upstate New York and later to Vasily’s carpet. His daughter, Theresa, married Misha’s son, Michael (Charlie).

Skosh (Section nickname, game name John Nakamura) was a fourth-generation Japanese American who was supremely competent and knowledgeable concerning Asian affairs. He had experience as a babysitter for the best Asian specialist teams and was himself a respected martial artist. Skosh was promoted after Frank’s retirement and quickly learned two new languages and later a third. Not entirely happy with the promotion, he could be counted on to be unhappy with management decisions in general, though he diligently completed all tasks assigned. He rivaled Steve Donovan in the use of creative English expletives.


Jay Turner was an FBI special agent who assisted the team and their Section babysitters when an operation involved domestic matters. A distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, he grew up in the slums of Chicago and earned a PhD in English Literature.

Justin Goodwin was an FBI special agent who assisted Jay Turner during operations involving information technology. A computer scientist trained at MIT, he retired from the FBI and was hired by Charlemagne after suffering a serious injury during an op.

Alexandra Sobieski, neé Dolnikov was a twenty-year-old college student living in Chicago when she met Charlemagne during the early 70s. Bookish and dowdy, Alex had never been kissed before meeting Vasily Sobieski during a clandestine anti-terror operation in her home city. She and Vasily had one daughter, Mara. After Vasily’s death, Alex married Misha.