In the world of espionage, a solid cover story is the most important defense an operative has at their disposal. James Bondâ€™s main cover was a businessman for Universal Exports, a reasonable profession for someone jetting all over the world. George Smiley, when not pulling strings in the shadows, was known to have taught university courses on his beloved German literature as he looked for potential recruits. Real-life spies have posed as everything from students to doctors, engineers to farmhands. Itâ€™s far easier -and safer- to obtain information when the person doing the inquiry appears as though they belong.
Baroness had always found education and writing to be the most useful of cover stories, and it wasnâ€™t exactly a lie. She was a university student during her first, short-lived forays into intelligence, and she did, on occasion, still teach, although since RivalCast had expanded to full-time operations that mantle had been mostly passed to her able protege and assistant editor, Miggnor. And of course, her writing work was well-established. Whatever story she said she was covering, she did actually write, which helped tremendously with her credibility. It allowed for reasonable access to the widest range of targets, without having to come up with special reasons. â€œIâ€™m writing an article about X and was hoping to get some expert inputâ€ was usually enough to get her in the door, and if not, she found a little charm went a long way.