Lexicon Updates: – V –

VIPER – A specialized handgun developed by Anton Banes. Made with precision, light, metal-free components. It fired a special plastic alloy bullet that disintegrated on entering the body releasing a dose of a chemical poison equivalent to a dose of the ash-viper’s venom [JBHcb].

VOLKHOV, GRIGORY, GENERAL – Officer in the Soviet Central Intelligence Directorate and a senior member of the group known as Stalnaya Ruka. Originally from the Georgian town of Gori he had traveled to Moscow as a teenager and joined the Young Communist League before becoming a junior officer in the OGPU that dealt with the eradication of saboteurs and counter-revolutionaries. Volkhov developed a taste for executing people, preferably by shooting them himself. [WAMTKn]