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The Job?
Episode 3

An Offer of Employment

After an eventful week filled with riots, clashes with police, side errands for Miss Aver, setting up an illicit pharmaceuticals lab and conducting interviews for Todd’s business, the group found themselves with little time to relax or unwind.

Only a few short days after the resolution of the issue with Armadyne, they were back in the thick of street life. Kitty received a call from her associate Dorian Byrn, a smuggler dealing in all sorts of high-end art.

He had been approached by one of his buyers, a man named Rei Yasunari- mid-level manager at the Mitsuhama Ironworks in Industry. Rei’s very expensive Bentley Diplomat and his apartment at the Aerie Hills Condominiums had been vandalized and a tablet containing some photos of his now dead daughter had been stolen. Rei had some suspicion that it was orchestrated by someone at his company, since he had been called away to an emergency meeting at the foundry at the time that the break-in occurred.

He wanted the people responsible dealt with and offered a bonus if his tablet was recovered as well. As Dorian did not handle that sort of business, he contacted Kitty to see if she might be interested. Dorian told her that the contact paid well, but was otherwise not someone he considered trustworthy.

Kitty contacted the team to determine interest in the job, and when everyone agreed, she contacted the client to arrange a briefing with the client for later that afternoon.

An Unexpected Errand

Between the time that Kitty received the call from Dorian and the time of the appointment with Rei, the group found themselves caught up in an unexpected bank heist. Each of the members of the team with the exception of Coop and Todd, were directed to the 1st Central Bank of Frontier in The Core, by Miss Aver. It turned out that a secret shipment of depleted uranium/titanium coated pins needed for her research were being delivered to a bank safety deposit box.

To assist the team, they were directed to arrive at only a few moments before an actual bank robbery attempt was to take place, allowing them to take full advantage of the confusion of the situation to acquire the case containing the pins. In addition after the team neutralized the robbers, Coop arrived, at Miss Aver’s instruction and managed to arrest all the bank robbers, while Avers erased the evidence of the teams participation in the situation.

In this way, Coop received a big police collar, and the team acquired the pins for Avers, for which everyone received conpensation.

A Round at Jerry’s

Afterwards, at the appointed time, the team met with Rei at Jerrys Bar, in Mumbly. There Rei explained the situation to the team himself, providing no really new information, with the exception of the pay. He offered the team 3,000 CR each to deal with the perpetrators, and offered 5,000 CR for the return of the stolen tablet, supposedly containing the photos of his now dead daughter.

The team left the meeting to discuss the situation, and plan out their course of action. They met back at Kitty’s place, where they discussed the client, whom they all agreed was lying about the contents of the tablet. They also developed a plan of action.

A Crying Shame about the Car

The team departed Kitty’s and headed to the Aerie Hills Condominiums, where they inspected Rei’s Bentley Diplomat in the parking garage.

The vehicle had been damaged just enough to prevent it from being considered totaled, meaning that repairs to the vehicle would be lengthy and extensive, and that the owner (Rei) would be forced to pay a sizeable deductable on his insurance. Included in the damage, was extensive grafitti, which pointed to the Finks Bikie Gang.

While not normally their style, it was not inconcievable that members of the group had been hired by a third party to trash the vehicle and the apartment. This led the group to head upstairs to room 1402, where Rei resided to review the damage done to the apartment.

An Inspection of the Premises

Upstairs, it was easy to see that the apartment was not equipped with any sort of reasonable security. The door was secured by a simple lock, and there were no cameras, motion sensors or other countermeasures in place to prevent or deter break-ins. Additionally the building itself was an unsecured and uncontrolled building and was not equipped with any sort of security systems or cameras.This meant that the vandals were able to gain access to the apartment without any difficulty, special training or equipment. They used an old-fashioned crowbar to leverage the door and gained entry relatively quickly.

The wrecking crew then proceeded to smash all the personal property belonging to the apartment owner, but were careful to leave anything connected to the apartment complex network unharmed. This meant that they smashed the flat-screen, the food printer, furniture and all his clothes and foodstuffs. They did not however, touch the smart glass window, the smart fridge, or the smart mirror in the bathroom. This indicated that the crew conducting the vandalism had a working knowledge of their art beyond that of the average ruffian. Flash paint was used on every accessible surface, and animal urine was poured onto ruined furniture and the carpeting.

The only theft that took place occurred in the bedroom, where an ineffective wall safe was located, ripped open using a crowbar and looted of it’s contents. This is where the missing tablet was stored. It was unclear whether there was anything else in the safe at the time it was looted.

Gathering Intel

Based on what the group observed at the scene of the vandalism and robbery, they came to the conclusion that it was a very personal and deliberate event. This, along with the suspicion that someone at the office may be behind the event, led the group to agree that it was most likely initiated by someone that Rei work with.

To help get to the bottom of things, the group decided to splint into groups to follow potential locations, with the hopes that they would be able to shed more light on the potential identity of the perpetrator. To these ends, Gimmy and Kitty would track down the Finks to see what could be learned by making contact with them.

While they were doing that, Coop, FyFy and Bunyip would head to the only diner near Mitsuhama Ironworks, the IO Diner, to see if they could catch any of the workers talking about anything that might tip them off to a potential rival.

Will wanted to conduct a records search concerning the existence of any alleged dead daughter, to see if such a person really had ever existed. He and the others felt that this was an attempt, although a poorly executed attempt, by Rei to solicit sympathy concerning the recovery of the tablet. They all believed that there was something more to the tablet then he wanted to admit, and with their curiosity piqued, they wanted to start digging into his story.

And finally, Rusty and Todd would attempt to visit the foundry under the pretense of meeting with Rei concerning a potential business meeting in an attempt to gauge the environment and try to get impressions of anyone that may be working closely with their client. This may allow them to narrow down their list of potential suspects.

The King is a Fink!

In order to locate the finks, a group with which no one in the team had any contacts or knowledge, Gimmy and Kitty would first need to figure out where they congregated. To get this information, Gimmy contacted a friend of his in the Fallen Angels, Grizzly in an attempt to get the location of the Fink’s club house. Grizzley pointed the duo to Suck Bang Blow Biker Burnout Bar, loacted in the north side of Industry. Beyond their location and the name of the Bar’s Owner, Basil Morris Grizzly didn’t have any other information. However, it was sufficient for their needs and the two headed there.

Upon arriving, it was apparent that the bar was a generally rough location, although it was peaceful enough at the time they were there. The two made contact with Basil at the bar and made some discrete inquiries there. After a short conversation, Basil directed them to a very large man sitting alone. He told them that they could ask the man about the break-in and the tablet. Basil gave the man’s name as Lawrence.

Kitty and Gimmy approached him, and managed to start enough of a conversation to get themselves invited to the table. A short while later, between the two of them, they had managed to get Lawrence to admit to having the tablet, and for a price of 10,000 CR, they purchased the tablet from him. Basil delivered the tablet to them, as he was attempting to decrypt it.

Kitty and Gimmy passed him their card and left the bar in possession of the tablet that the client desired. Now aware that the tablet was encrypted, and more determined then ever to unravel the device’s contents, they returned to Kitty’s apartment to wait for the others.

Diner Blues

Fyfy, Bunyip and Coop headed to the IO Diner in Industry, in an attempt to see if they could pick up or illicit any rumors or gossip concerning the apartment among any of the workers from the Ironworks at the diner. They began by positioning themselves near a group of Ironworks employees, identifiable by their work uniforms and began a loud conversation about the event in an attempt to see if anyone would chime in. When this ploy failed, the group ordered some food and decided to conduct a different sort of data collection on their client.

At Fyfy’s suggestion Coop accessed the FPD records associated with Rei, to discover a number of minor entanglements over the years between their client and the police. These included public drunkenness, DUI, a Weapons violation, some assault charges and a number of traffic violations. Coop also discovered that Rei had immigrated to Australia 3 years prior from the Shinjuku neighborhood of Tokyo Japan. He learned that Rei had some distinguishing scars from bullet wounds and had extensive tattoo removal performed prior to his arrival. This last bit of information l;ed the trio to wonder whether there were ties to the Yakuza.

Additionally Bunyip was able to access the Frontier-Me™ scores of their client, and was surprised to learn that he had recently suffered a serious (212) point hit to his professional score just over three weeks prior. This may be the impetus for the personal attack on the apartment and car if the group could figure out why the hit was levied. Additionally, Bunyip managed to gain access to Rei’s corporate data access, by working out that his username was RYasunari and his password was BIGWIG1. This gave the team access to the corporate organizational chart which allowed them to identify Ton Uyeno as Rei’s immediate subordinate. This allowed Bunyip to then review Ton’s Frontier-Me™ score to reveal that the junior man was much higher rated then his boss, offering a potential motive for the attack, if Ton were responsible for it’s implementation.

After finishing their meal, the trio headed to Kitty’s to share their information.

Forging Relationships

Rusty and Todd arrived at the Ironworks where they were stopped at the front gates. As they were unexpected, and due to the security at the facility, they were forced to wait until Rei would allow them entrance. Interestingly enough, although Rei authorized them to wait in his office, they never met with their client, who was busy with a foundry inspection.

Instead, they had the opportunity to meet with Ton Uyeno and Satomi Yanzo. As such, they were able to assess Ton’s abilities, demeanor and skills. This would strengthen any belief that he may be the one responsible for the vandalism at the apartment.

The two were also able to meet and assess, although limited by the language barrier, Satomi. learning another little bit of information shedding light on their Client’s demeanor and personality.

After being stood up for their “meeting” with Rei, the pair left with a better impression of their client, acquired by inspecting his office and the two people closest positioned to him. They returned to kitty’s apartment to share information.

Meanwhile back at the Apartment…

Once everyone had returned, the teams shared their information. added to these reports, Bill was able to confirm that there was no record of any child where Rei was concerned. In addition, it seemed that Rei had no identifiable family at all, making him an effective orphan as far as records showed. Coupled with the knowledge that there was extensive Tattoo removal, the possibility that he was in some way associated with the Yakuza in Japan seemed more likely.

Bunyip decided to attempt to crack the encryption on the tablet, only to discover that he did not have sufficient processing power available to him at the apartment. The group decided to relocate to the share-space that Bunyip used for his programming projects and attempt to readdress the encryption. after another attempt, it became clear that Bunyip just did not have the equipment he needed to be successful.

I Need More Power!

However, an unlikely answer appeared. Rusty’s sister Verna Baker, not only had the equipment, but was an expert in encryption. With a phone call, Rusty convinced her to assist in the decryption of the data files on the tablet in exchange for a favor. Happy with that exchange, Verna arrived at the share-space with a van full of mobile equipment.

Once set up, it took her an hour to crack the 3TB encryption on the files.

The data, however, seemed encoded further. A ledger like table seemed to create a series of numbers associated with a decimalized weight measured in kilograms. It was Todd, using some data that he had seen in Rei’s Office that figured out the meaning of the numbers. It was revealed that the numbers were the atomic weights for the rare and precious metals Titanium (TI 47.867), Cesium (CS 132.91), Iridium (IR 192.22), Gold (AU 196.97), Silver (AG 107.87) and Platinum (PT 195.08) followed by a decimal weight (such as 0.012455 Kg). It was obvious at this point that these were minuscule amounts of precious materials that were “stolen” from the foundry. Todd suspected that there was most likely a programmer involved, since any spillage or splash slag was cleaned up and recycled by robots at the plant. He and Rusty had witnessed this in action while there.

A second data set seemed to indicate a series of payments in Credits to three individuals listed as RY, PS and PZ. It was not difficult to determine that RY was Rei Yasunari. but the names associated with the abbreviations PS and PZ were unknown at that time.

To determine who these people might be, Bunyip once again delved into the corporate personnel records for the Ironworks in an attempt to match possible people with the initials PZ and/or PS. While no PZ existed, he was able to identify the only person in the facility with the initials PS, Payton Style, a level two robot programmer.

Fyfy suggested that PZ may not be a company employee but perhaps a street contact, maybe a fixer. Using this knowledge Kitty was able to work through the names of low-level or mid-level movers in the city whose initials might match. Her efforts yielded the name Parker Zion, a moderately successful fence in stolen goods. Since it is difficult to track precious metals on the black market, it seemed likely that Parker was the most likely candidate for PZ in the ledger.

Armed with this new information, the team had now uncovered a trio involved in a theft and resale of stolen precious metals. Now they just had to decide what they should do with their new found knowledge.

A Course of Action

After significant deliberation, the team was able to determine that the best payout for the job would be to turn over the data implicating their employer to Mitsuhama for review.

This would guarantee that there would be no chance of being seen as complicit in his wrongdoing, if and when the corporation uncovered his operation.

To move forward with this plan, the team determined first to provide the recovered tablet to the employer and collect the 5,000 CR each that they were promised. Only after that would they move forward with turning the data over to Mitsuhama.

Arranging the Exchange

To facilitate returning the tablet to the client, Kitty called to arrange a meeting between Yanasuri and the team. Yanasuri was very quick to arrange the meeting within 30-minutes of the call at the upper level of a parking garage in Mumbly. Because of the speed of the meeting, Kitty because concerned of a possible doublecross and so contacted [[:e angie-davis |Angie Davis]] to act as an overwatch and countersniper should it be needed.

The team made their way to the meet point and Kitty, FyFy and Gimmy made the meet on the top level of the parking Garage, while the others waitied one floor down to act as support if needed.

Yanasuri arrived by AV, using a private security firm utilizing a Meurot Traveler as transport to carry the client and the security team. It was unclear whether the client was intending on starting trouble or not.

Kitty took the initiative to begin the conversation around the payment for the recovered tablet. The client was exceptionally displeased that those responsible, namely the Finks had not been dealt with. Kitty assured him that he did not want to take that on, as the bikie gang would be more likely to come back for vengeance. She refused to conduct that aspect of the job, but insisted on the payment for the recovered tablet.

Preparing the Bonfire

After he departed, the team moved onto discrediting and dealing with the client, who fundamentally threatened them. To deal with this properly, Kitty was forced to make a few calls to street contacts to forewarn them of the move, so that they were able to distance themselves from the client.

To this ends, she began by contacting her contact, Dorian Byrn, to confirm that the elimination of the client would not interfere with his business. Having confirmed this, she then contacted Parker Zion, Rei’s partner in the precious metals smuggling operation. Kitty warned him of the impending incident, so that he could stay clear of any trouble that may be headed his way as a result of the team’s next action.

Revelation

Kitty then put the plan into motion by contacting Ton Uyeno and advising him of the information that they had obtained from the tablet. They agreed to 50% of the reward that the company would provide Ton by revealing the theft, and the team wanted to rough up the clinet just a little before he was taken into custody by the corporation.

Ton agreed to these conditions, and took possession of the data.

Feel the Burn

Ton made contact the following day with Kitty to advise that he had taken the needed actions to start the inquiry into Rei’s activities. He also advised that he had made the arrangements for the same security company that had transported Rei to the group’s last meeting, to transport Rei again, but this time to the Battleground, where the team could intercept him and deal a little street justice, prior to him being turned over to corporate authorities.

Kitty notified the team, and they all headed to the Battleground to await Rei’s delivery.

Once the AV landed, the hired security escort, drug Rei free from the AV, and turned him over to the team for his beating. All things considered, the team was reserved in their punishment, and left him with only some soreness and bruising. After the distribution of justice, the security escort transported Rei to corporate custody.

Aftermath

The following day, Ton made contact with Kitty to arrange for the payment. After everything was said and done, the payout was 81,500 CR per person. In addition, Rei was processed through Corporate Legal, and Ton became the new manager for the Mitsuhama Ironworks .

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Episode 2

And Action!

After the events of the prior days, dealing with the Hammerheads, and Miss Aver in the Northside, the group started to handle the arrangements that had manifested as a result of those events.

This involved Kitty and Bunyip to start their production on the Simsense work that they had captured breaking into Miss Aver’s lab, capitalizing on the visuals, but editing it to create a more entertaining version of events.

Realizing that there would be gaps in the video they were creating, due to the need to clip out some boring portions, remove some identities and alter a few details best not shared, Kitty hired famed Simsense actress Elsy Cadence to gather some additional footage, which could be modified to fit the general tone and feel of the existing footage, and to add an additional level of dread, foreboding and horror to the original that it lacked. Elsy agreed to provide 4 hours of additional footage that Bunyip would alter post production into usable footage.

Of course, this work was made easier with the use of Kitty’s extensive production studio available to the duo. After three hours of work, they had the digital masks and virtual environmental applications ready, and all they needed was the final footage from Elsy to fill in the missing areas in post production. With the recent information hitting the streets considering the elimination of Zero Von Cyborg by a group of edgerunners, it was believed that the final product would sell well. Considering the readily available number of chips recently acquired by Kitty, the overhead was fairly low, and the two stood to make some significant money if they made any reasonable sales of the chips.

Behind the Badge

Meanwhile, Coop returned to the police station after the completion of his mission only to find that he was to be returned to the boring doldrums of tech support once again. With the recent excitement, he had come to realize that he rather liked the recent operation and was reluctant to return to the halls of paperwork and repair that he had occupied prior.

He spoke with Captain Sandra Marks who advised him that there was little she could do to prevent his return to his department, unless she could have him officially attached to the department for the duration of a “critical repair.” It turned out the the units last tech, Jones, had committed suicide after suffering from a complete break, and had left the repair of the unit’s primary armored transport vehicle in pieces, and in need of repair. Should Coop agree to repair it, the captain would make his attachment to the unit more long term until she could justify stealing him from technical support on a more long term basis.

Coop was of course, quite happy with this arrangement, and agreed to repair the “Lenko” as requested, to insure his attachment to the SO Unit. The captain indicated that he didn’t need to rush it, as long as he made himself useful and did the job right.

After the meeting, Coop was provided the desk of the prior tech and given some “paperwork” to fill out. Realizing that someone was attempting to put off doing some of their own work, Coop provided the short version of the requested work and returned it to the requester, earning the grudging respect of the team.

Once settled, Coop then gained access to an unsecured terminal in the precinct and installed Miss Aver’s flash device, which supposedly uploaded a program into the Police network granting her access to Police files for the entire Frontier Police Department.

Headhunter

While the others were handling some personal errands, Todd, contacted Lin-Sa Feng to request some assistance with handling his staffing needs for his business, R&R LLC. Mr. Lin-sa provided Todd with a contact at Midboss, who could assist him.

After making contact and scheduling an appointment with Midboss, Todd then provided them with all the requirements needed to acquire 5 candidates to act as Operations Directors. Additionally Todd requested that the applicants be local and available for interview on the following Monday.

Don’t harsh my buzz!

Rusty found a nice secluded location to get himself baked on organic pot. Taking advantage of the low cost and legality of it, he acquired nearly half a kilo, some of which he saved for future consumption. To facilitate this, he located a secluded spot where he would be safe for a few hours.

Arranging an encounter

At around the same time, Fyfy was making arrangements to meet up with Terra Sloane. She was working at Ozone Club at the time but would be able to meet later that day, or even the following day.

Getting the Entire Story

Gimmy took this short window of time to finally get around to watching the personal diary video the Miss Aver had provided him. The video diary gave him the background that was needed to fully comprehend the gravity of the actions that Cronacorp and Futuretech had taken against her.

In addition to that information, it also described in great detail, the steps that had to be taken to survive her ordeal long enough to develop a means of preserving herself. It also detailed the steps she took to restore herself to a mostly human form as well as the development of Zero Von Cyborg.

The video diary was hours long and Gimmy watched the entire thing. He knew that eventually he would be interviewing her.

The Hot Tip

Coop received a call from a contact of his, Aristotle Church, who stated that he had a line on a bounty contract against the Mavericks street gang by an anonymous client. At a price of 500 CR per identifiable head, it may well be an opportunity to rid the city of some crime while making a bit of spending cash. This information would be all his for a small finder’s fee of 750 CR (after they negotiated it down from 1000 CR). It was suggested that a team of people might make enough money to make it worthwhile.

Coop decided to talk to his recently found friends to see if they were interested. He was certain that most of them would be, but he couldn’t be certain without speaking with them.

Interestingly, a second tip was relayed to the city via the Edge Media Network which mentioned that a group of local citizens in the
Bartown Barricade in Humphrey were looking into hiring edgerunners for a job against local Mavericks as well. This might provide a unique opportunity to double up and profit twice from the same job.

Coop contacted everyone, beginning with Kitty, who had everyone gather at her studio to discuss the option. Once everyone agreed to do the job, Coop contacted Aristotle, to get the information, which included the location to take the bodies, Iggy’s Ice Cream Factory; as well as the information to contact a talent scout named SamSara for payment.

The Bartown Street Business Association

Rusty drove the group to the Bartown Barricade portion of Humphrey. There they made contact with Street Preacher Fredericks, who explained the situation to them. It fundamentally boiled down to a need to forcibly evict a number of mavericks from a nearby brownstone apartment building.

The gangers had taken the structure over earlier in the week, displacing or killing the residents of the building. Those that survived were under the immediate care of the Church of New Transfiguration, that he oversaw. This arrangement was in violation of corporate policy, so there were few funds available to see to the peoples needs.

He and the few remaining owners of local businesses had agreed to hire a group of netrunners to handle the problem. They had originally hired their own constable and deputy, but both had been killed early in the crisis, leaving the group desperate for assistance.

While the area was not wealthy, the business owners had all agreed to provide something as an incentive. As a result he asked the members to visit The Big Day Bridal and Catering shop, where he would have all the owners meet the group and pitch their offer for assistance. The only request was that the building remained standing and preferably livable after everything was done, since the idea was to allow those living in the church to return to their homes.

The Bartown Barricade Pitch

Once everyone assembled at the Bridal shop, the respective business owners each told the group of edgerunners what they could offer in exchange for their assistance. As a representative for the Church of the New Transfiguration, Street Preacher Fredericks offered a flat 1,500 CR each. He stated that he would take the money from his charitable works fund.

Sabrine DeCosta, the owner of The Big Day Bridal and Catering offered the group 20 Consumer FM points, and 2,000 CR in either catering or Wedding Planning credit. Additionally she offered to act as a discount contact for flowers or formal clothes through other vendors if needed.

Quick Meal, owned by Bander Marley offered the members of the group 250 CR at any Quick Meal locations across the city, or 500 CR that if they chose to only use his Quick Meal. His store carries a variety of higher-end prepackaged foodstuff and a broader selection of sundries than most Quick Meal locations.

Trix-e the owner of the Electro Mart offered the group 500 CR each at his shop, which sells electronic components and tools for hobbyists and designers. As the cost of individual components is fairly low, this is a significant amount of credit at such a shop.

Alpha Actual Armory’s owner, Stefan Zoyvich, offered each member of the group 1,000 CR worth of custom weapon work. He would also agree to provide component parts if desired instead of the work. As a weaponsmith, this means professional grade modifications.

The owner of Treads, Matso Hernandez offered each member of the group a full set of four high performance or off-road tires tires, a full set of custom rims and any custom or suspension work desired at no cost. Depending on the needs, this could be a significant value.

Caleb Handly the owner of the Go Store It Self-Storage offered each member of the group the free use of a micro-environmental 30′ × 30′ storage space for 5 years; each boasting a bio-metric lock. He also offered them 50 CR each.

After hearing the pitch, and being informed that there were roughly between 25-30 Mavericks in the target building, the group decided to take the job. If they could confirm that the 500 CR per head bounty on the Mavericks was legitimate, they would be able to clear some cash, some services and do some good all at the same time. Kitty negotiated the use of an enclosed trailer from Matso, to haul the bodies away in as well.

Iggy’s Ice Cream Factory

The next order of business was to verify that the bounty on the Mavericks was a legitimate offer. In addition the ability to scope out the operation first-hand was also a good idea. This would allow the group to get an idea of how serious this potential client was concerning their bounty.

To this point, the group made their way to the drop off location, Iggy’s Ice Cream Factory. The site was an abandoned ice cream production factory that had been closed down during the Pacific Conflict. The buildings formed a natural horse-shoe shaped enclosure, creating an excellent control zone for the people handling the bounty.

Upon arrival, the group noted a number of solos handling security, a handful of people wearing hazmat suits conducting the identification verification on some bodies being delivered, and the primary money man, SamSara.

Kitty made contact with the fixer and after a brief discussion verified that it was a legitimate bounty paying 500 CR per identifiable Maverick, and that there was no count limit to claim. All monies would be paid on Plastc Card. The only limit was that at midnight, the bounty became null and void. In order to claim their cash, the bodies must be back here no later than midnight, any bodies brought after midnight would not be accepted.

Satisfied that everything was on the level, Kitty and the others knew that they had the good potential to make some serious money on the deal. In addition to the bounty, they would be able to claim the services for clearing out the apartment building in Bartown Barricade as well, doubling the profitability of the operation.

The Op

The group returned to the Bartown Barricade and connected up the trailer that they would use to haul the bodies. Coop acquired a large number of body bags to facilitate body removal and transport as well.

It was time to discuss the assault on the target building. What the group knew was that there were six floors to the structure that had to be cleared. It was believed that the Mavericks may have potential hostages, and that they may be using some of the structure to manufacture street drugs.

After some discussion, it was decided to hit the building from two separate directions- the front and rear assault option. To better accomplish this, the group would break into two teams, Team 1 and Team 2. Each team would then breach the building from their respective entry points, eliminating any resistance along the way.

Team 1 would consist of Gimmy, FyFy, Bill and Rusty. Their assault would begin in Rusty’s Ute. As they rapidly approached the target building the occupants would lay down suppression fire against any targets located at the front of the building. The idea was to eliminate anyone there quickly, while potentially drawing any additional combatants forward towards the front of the building to facilitate Team 2’s breach of the rear of the building.

Team 2 would consist of Todd, Coop, Bunyip and Kitty. Their assault would take place at the rear of the building. The hope was that the majority of the belligerents in the building would be heading towards the front doors making their entry easier.

The First Floor

As the first team rolled up on the front of the building to engage the four hostiles outside, the second team engaged an individual on the roof, raising a bucket full of hand grenades. The resulting explosion wrecked several motorcycles, one of which bore the markings of the Chrome Division, and blew out all the windows on the back of the building.

As the first team breached the building, Team two breached the back of the building through now open windows. The back door was steel reinforced and inaccessible. The room that Todd and Coop entered contained some rotting corpses, which caused Todd to retch and evacuate the room. As the others entered a different room they engaged two enemies and then discovered a series of six pineapple hand grenades, rigged as a booby trap across the doorway. Kitty promptly disarmed them and the team moved into the corridor at the back of the building. At about the same time Coop discovered a mono-filament wire trap strung across a doorway. He removed the door framing and determined to use the trap to the teams benefit.

As Team 2 moved into the corridor, team one breached the front doors, although one of the enemy combatants managed to launch a flare into the cabin if the Ute, setting the interior seat ablaze. Bill, Fyfy and Gimmy, engaged targets exiting the adjacent doorways and one of the front rooms, as Todd in Team two took up an over-watch position at the far end of the hallway, to cover against flanking actions against team One.

Clearing the floor rapidly, the team was surprised by a pair of grenades bouncing down the stairwell and down to their positions on the first floor. The team was able to avoid significant injury, however, as the grenades proved less than effective. had previously set up the mono-filament wire trap, but the greneades destroyed it. Surveying the stairwell up, the team discovered a chain suspended from the ceiling wrapped with thermite explosive and a reinforced steel door at the top of the stairs blocking the egress. This trap would effectively drop fragments and molten metal into the stairwell, causing significant injury. The team had to come up with a plan to make it up to the second floor. The body count stood at 10 enemy combatants.

The Second Floor

As the door posed a very real obstacle to gaining access to the second floor, the team had to adapt their tactics to overcome this new problem. The team quickly considered their options and after a brief discussion landed upon a plan of action that would effectively allow the team to by pass the door.

The group broke into a few two-man teams consisting of Bill & Bunyip, Fyfy & Gimmy, Todd & Coop, and then Kitty and Rusty took up individual positions as over-watch.

The plan was deceptively simple. coop would use his shotgun to neutralize the thermite laden chain by severing it from the ignition source, dropping it harmlessly into the stairwell. As soon as the chain was down, Todd would rush the door to take up a position immediately to it’s front to cover against opening, or in case anyone tried to use the port in the door to lay down suppression fire or toss down further grenades.

As soon as the shotgun blasts were heard, Bill would use his ACR-10 to shoot up through the floor, into a room at the rear of the building, in an attempt to neutralize or scatter anyone inside. His rifle was equipped with air-burst ammunition, which would increase the effectiveness of the round once it had pass through the thin concrete sub-flooring.

Once his rounds detonated, Gimmy and Fyfy would enter that room using a two-man climbing method to gain entry through one of the glass-less windows. They would then engage any hostiles they saw, and clear the door at the top of the stairs from behind.

During this maneuver, Kitty and Rusty would hold opposite corners of the exterior of the building as over-watch, in case the team was attacked from outside. Once the breach team had accessed the room, Kitty, Rusty, Bill and Bunyip would all move to the stairwell, following Coop and Todd up the stairs and hopefully through the open door and on to the second floor.

It was a solid plan, but upon entering the second floor, Gimmy and Fyfy encountered three gangers in the same room, one of which was seriously injured, and then there were four additional gangers in the next room that engaged the pair through the wall.

While the pair were dealing with this issue, the ganger manning the door opened the slot to discharge a concussion grenade through the slot. However, Todd was ready for this maneuver, and slapped the grenade back into the compartment with the ganger, killing him.

When the explosion took place, some of the gangers attempted to engage the people in the stairwell through the wall. Bill eliminated that individual and then using the butt of his rifle smashed a hole in the wall. allowing access to the second floor with a boost up.

Coop and then Bunyip boosted through the hole to take up a position of limited cover in the corridor. As they did so, Todd broke out his handheld cutting torch and set to work cutting the lock free of the door. He was concerned for the delay in getting the door opened in time.

As the team engaged gangers exiting the rooms, and converging on the door, Todd managed to get the door open and he, Rusty and Bill managed to enter the floor to cover the other corridor. At the end of the hallway, a single individual with Chinese firework grenades proved a problem, but Gimmy used his 40-mm Grenade Launcher to evacuate the thick smoke that was hindering the teams ability to engage the target.

As the teams advanced, Bill engaged the target through the wall, killing the final assailant on the second floor. The body count was 21.

The Third and Forth Floors

Another door was present at the top of the stairwell leading to the third floor, but when one of the gangers tried to throw a grenade out the door, he fumbled it and it exploded without exiting the door. This, in turn ignited, some chemical fumes that were a by-product of the drug making lab on the third floor. The resulting explosion killed the last defenders on the third and forth floors. The body count was now 25.

The Fifth Floor

At the base of the stairs on the fourth floor, leading up to the fifth floor was a Paragon Arms Smart Security Door. Upon investigation, Bunyip determined that there were active data streams running to and from the door. When he shifted his viewpoint outside the interior of the buildings micro-net, the entire building disappeared from the Hypernet. This was the first sign that something was terribly askew.

Armed with this new information, Gimmy launched one of his drones and piloted it out the window to see what could be seen. The upper two floor windows were still intact and darkened so that optical spying was not possible. However, on the room, Gimmy spotted a number of Paragon Arms equipment crates and hardware components used for encrypted communications. This left the group wondering if they were interrupting a Paragon Arms operations.

An Invitation

As the team was working to gain access past the door, it suddenly opened. This was most likely a trap, but the group was determined to see the operation through.

Upon reaching the fifth floor, the group discovered that a significant portion of the fifth and sixth floor had been modified to create a sort of loft arrangement in between the two floors. The two floors had been reconfigured into a sort of high-tech computer server farm. A single individual was present.

On the upper floor the group encountered an unidentified Proxy. He would later be identified as Mundo Messias. The group attempted to get him to leave the area, but he refused. Uncertain of what sort of influence he may have, the group decided to withdraw from the building, taking their bodies as they went. Seemingly, the situation was of no interest to the Proxy upstairs and they were allowed to claim the 25 bodies they had eliminated on their way in.

Not Finished Yet!

Once the bodies were recovered and loaded into the borrowed trailer the group made their way to the drop-off point where they turned the bodies over to SamSara and his people for confirmation and payment. The bodies were confirmed and they group was paid 12,500 credits for their efforts.

Once the bounty was settled, the group then determined to deal with the pompous Proxy in the tower. To that effect, Kitty contacted her twin sister Mel, a skilled netrunner to trash his operation from the net side of things. Mel indicated that she would gather together some of her netrunner friends in the Red Brigade to assist her. however, before they could put anything into action, another party became involved and had already resolved the issue.

The third party in question was Cinch Connectivity Solutions. Coop had contacted a friend who worked there, Eleanor Costa, to ask for her assistance. It turned out that the TX line that the Proxy was hijacking was Cinch property. Eleanor was able to have a combat team dispatched to the site. There they eliminated the proxy and identified it as a persona fixed unit chipped to be Mundo Messias.

As repayment for the tip, Cinch agreed to rebuild and remodel the apartment building after they secured their TX line access. In the meantime they agreed to house the displaced occupants in a nearby hotel and to pay for basic expenses for them until they could return home.

Successful, the team returned to Bartown Barricade to claim their reward, which was promptly provided to them.

However, things were about to take a turn for the worse…

Delivery for Armadyne

It turned out that the bodies that had been collected in the bounty on the Mavericks were dumped very unceremoniously on the front lawn of the Armadyne Industries building in the Core. The nearly 200 bodies made a very pointed statement to that company, although those outside the immediate situation may not exactly know what the message was.

This caused an immediate news frenzy, as people tried to figure out exactly what was going on. Armadyne for their part, were very unhappy with the situation, and assigned one of their special operations managers,Robert Higgman, to deal with the issue.

Higgman received a lucky break as one of the individuals at the bounty site had used Simsense to record the identities of all the bounty claimants that had brought bodies. Higgman bought the data, and then coordinated an joint operation with the Frontier Police Department to help them identify those responsible for the incident. The corporation then received a free hand in dealing with those responsible.

As a result of this, Higgman began a rapid series of executions against those who had collected the bounties on the Mavericks. Higgman was, however, unaware that there was a leak in their department, and that the corporate entity that had commissioned the bounty operation was now aware of the problem. That inside asset provided their employer with a copy of the video, who in turn moved to warn the various street contacts that they were in danger.

The Warning

The very next day, while people were undertaking a variety of personal business errands, Kitty received a unexpected call from SamSara. He was calling to warn the group that one of the individuals that had been on the receiving team had sold a Simsense recording to Armadyne that made it possible for them to be identified.

Kitty, placed a small bounty on the head of the individual responsible for the betrayal, and SamSara let it be known that he would facilitate that contract. In the meantime, he suggested that the group take steps to protect themselves.

Kitty immediately contacted the various members of the team, and gave them the warning. During her conversation with Bunyip, it was determined that the group could hide out with one of the local nomad packs, since Bunyip’s brother Lorne was a member in good standing with them. Kitty passed on the word to all the members that they could seek refuge with the a local nomad pack and that they should plan to be gone a couple of days. Rusty agreed to pick everyone up, except for Todd and Gimmy who were at Todd’s business in Winding Creek.

Preparations and Meeting the Pack

Todd loaded a large amount of survival equipment into the back of one of his vehicles. This would be enough food, water and gear for a group of eight to survive in the outback for a month. However, it turned out that Bunyip’s brother was a member of the Untamed, who were an aquatic pack, centralized at the MV Atlas Shipwreck just off the coast, west of Frontier.

The group arrived at the pier in Ross Cove roughly an hour later. Arrangements were made with the members of the Untamed pack there to transport over Rusty’s Ute and Todd’s truck filled with supplies. The only caveat was that Bunyip was told he held the responsibility for all those that he brought over into the pack.

Unexpected Assistance

Not long after the group arrived at the Pack’s home turf, Bunyip received a cryptic message that read simply “I have hidden you from the Police Grid.” With everything being equal, the group deduced that the message had been sent to them from Miss Aver, whom had been given access to the Police computer systems by Coop.

If this information was true, it would mean that the group would be likely to be able to avoid the police identification search that Armadyne had arranged with them. Additionally, it would also be likely that the group would not flag any alarms through Facial Recognition. It would need to be confirmed.

Testing the Waters

In order to confirm that they were no longer on the police radar, or the corporate radar, for that matter- Gimmy, Todd and Fyfy decided to take a trip to the Core and make a transit through the park space immediately in front of the Armadyne Industries building.

The group did not want to risk Rusty’s Ute being identified, so Bill arranged for one of his contacts, Grover, to act as chauffeur for the small group. He was a driver for Maxi Taxi and drove the very resilient Land Rover 225, which would afford a degree of protection should things go poorly.

The three met the driver at the end of the pier and he drove them to the Core. Once there, he dropped Gimmy and Todd at one end of the street, and Fyfy at the other. He would wait nearby, in case something terrible happened and the group needed to make a fast getaway.

To best test the situation, Todd walked the route directly past the Armadyne building. when there was no response from the security team or police, Gimmy decided to increase the risk, to confirm the groups supposed protection. He launched one of his drones, which immediately drew the attention of security personnel from the nearby Paragon Arms building. After a warning from the security personnel, Gimmy shifted closer to the Armadyne building, repeating the experiment. A second time he was warned by Paragon Security, but no police nor Armadyne security response was forthcoming, settling the question definitively.

Basic Recon

Kitty, armed with Higgman’s name, contacted her friend Rory Zabeleta to find the man and watch him. It was originally intended that Rory would eliminate the target, but it became very apparent that there would be a lot of collateral damage, so Rory was regulated to observation and tracking duties for the moment.

interestingly enough Fyfy also contacted one of his contacts, Vincent Carpenter, to inquire about hitting the man. The price was high, and the risk low, but the target wasn’t entirely worth it. Vincent was asked to be ready should he be needed, but to otherwise stand by.

The Enemy of My Enemy

It was at around this time that SamSara once again made contact with kitty concerning a possible job proposition. It seemed that his corporate contact, at Shiawase Reclamation, Seldra Montrose was interested in hiring the team to eliminate Robert Higgman and his boss Rashmir Al-Salid and was willing to provide pay and some limited intelligence to have the job done.

It turned out that Armadyne was paying the Mavericks to cause damage and difficulties for Shiawase at their Area 11 facility. This stemmed from the fact that Armadyne had developed a version of the Shiawase Nanocleaners that were used in the various orbital and off-world facilities by contract. They wanted to destabilize Shiawase and step in to assist showcasing their new, “cheaper” technology, cutting Shiawase out of the market.

Of course, once Shiawase figured out what was happening they wanted to send a very strong message to Armadyne. They instituted a 24-hour bounty on the Mavericks, the bodies from which were delivered to the front lawn of the corporation early the next morning.

However, Higgman’s desire to hit the contracted operators instead of corporate assets had angered certain individuals in the Shiawase company leading to a sanction against the two men. When Montrose discovered that one of the teams on the Simsense recording kept coming up empty on searches conducted by Shiawase intelligence assets within the FPD, she recognized an opportunity to handle two problems simultaneously.

As a result, she contacted SamSara, who in turn, contacted Kitty to arrange the meet. Each member of the team would make 20,000 CR and 1,000 Shiawase Utility Exchange Credits. Additionally, there would be an opportunity to make a bonus of 100,000 CR for the intact removal and delivery of an encrypted data module that was carried by Al-Salid.

The group met with Montrose at her office, where she provided some details on the security, habits and skill sets of their targets. She then left it up to her operatives to undertake the plan.

Planning the Mission

Before the team could get involved in the planning of the mission in any detail, Todd was called back to base on an emergency activation, due to some unknown military emergency. This left the team down a man, and the pilot needed for the original plan, so the team would need to come up with something new.

The team began to dig through the information that they had on the targets and after a few aborted mission plans, decided to simplify their mission by involving Miss Aver in the plan.

Using Rory as an eyes-on operative, the team was able to assess Higgman’s security detail, as well as track his whereabouts. The new plan would involve having his own corporation grab him and transport him to an Armadyne black site.

To facilitate this, Miss Aver prepared a false monetary transfer of 2,000,000 CR to Higgman’s personal account which would appear to originate with Shiawase, which were direct competitors. This, along with a dropped rumor that Higgman has been discussing defecting to Shiawase, coupled with his recent operational failures would hopefully do the trick.

As it was suspected that his immediate boss, Al-Salid did not really like him, it was hoped that this would draw him to the site to personally become involved in the interrogation that was certain to take place.

However, before springing the trap, the team wanted to give Higgman a chance to move about the town under his assumed, “Casanova” alias to add some additional credibility to the situation.

Casanova’s Big Night on the Town

Using Rory’s intelligence gathering as a starting point, the team learned that Higgman, as Casanova, was going to visit the somewhat infamous Androids proxy Brothel. The situation would allow the team to introduce a spray solution containing thousands of active RFID tags to the steering wheel, radio knobs and air conditioning vents of his Miretora Shimmer.

The team headed to the walking retail area in Halfton where Androids was located. Knowing that Rory was monitoring Higgman’s progress, as well as his security detail, the team had ample time to set themselves up to be in position well before his arrival.

To pass the time, Bunyip, Kitty, Coop and Bill took up a seat at the small sidewalk bistro located directly opposite Androids. Meanwhile, Gimmy and Fyfy purchased some 3-D printed fruit from the 3-D fruit store next door, to allow them to observe the exterior of the Androids club prior to Casanova’s arrival.

Desiring some information on the layout and security of the Brothel, Gimmy and Fyfy, made their way inside, where Gimmy hired a proxy for a sports massage, while Fyfy mixed at the bodyguard’s lounge. Other than testing the building’s security response, which included the presence of three security programmed proxies, little happened of note. Although Fyfy was hit on by a guy named JJ, who was looking for some “companionship” and had a fetish for bodyguards.

Satisfied that it was unlikely that Higgman/Casanova would be able to evade them at the club, the two decided to wait at the main entry with a small assembled group of individuals, obviously waiting for patrons of the establishment.

When Casanova/Higgman arrived, it was apparent that his security people were less than pleased with the situation. Besides the large, completely unsecured crowd, Higgman was being pushy with his security men. As they moved through the crowd, the group was halted by an individual who purposefully refused to move, unless paid some reparations.

Higgman ordered his security detail, to remove the man, and the first individual that attempted it was killed by the stranger within moments. He possessed a cyberarm with enhanced flywheels and explosive big knucks, which made quick work of the bodyguard. Enraged, Higgman ordered his security man to do something immediately. The security man responded by paying the assailant 3,000 CR to move, which he did. Higgman fired that bodyguard on-the-spot. This meant that his current security detail now numbered four individuals instead of the normal six-to-eight.

Once the group reached the entry of Androids, Higgman/Casanova forbid his people form taking a break, ordering them to stay outside and stay alert. Being unable to enter the building meant that the possibility that it would appear that Higgman was meeting with a contact Shiawase could now be surmised once the plan went into action.

It became apparent that the security detail was unhappy with their charge. This was especially clear when Coop and Bunyip approached Higgman’s car only to discover that there was a single security officer in a follow car on-site.

Rather than start a firefight, Coop and Bunyip were able to bribe the guard to allow them access to the car so they could spray a “nauseating” agent on the car to make their boss feel miserable. The attempt was so successful, that the security guard even unlocked the car for them and allowed them a full 5-minutes access.

Of course there was no sickening agent, but a mist containing the RFID tags that would be used to track the target through the city. The two had more then enough time to set up the tracking for the next stage of the plan.

Through Rory the team learned that Higgman’s evening would consist of additional visits to the Blue Girl Club, the Fox Hole and the Tap before heading home in Eden Heights. Armed with this information, Kitty asked Miss Aver to launch the simulated money transfer after the target left the last location. Rory and Aver would then track the target to the Black Site. The team would then move into place to await the expected arrival for Al-Salid. Once both were in place, they would move in, neutralize the security teams and deal with the targets. Bill was carrying sedative loaded rounds for his revolver which he planned to use against Al-Salid, so he could evaluate him before removing the Encrypted Data Module that was embedded in his skull.

Kitty had earlier acquired serial-free weapons for the team for use in the operation. These weapons were the same models that the individual members currently carried, allowing for quick familiarity.

Unfortunately members of the Honor Bound Nomad Pack, currently at war with the Great Khans spotted Rusty’s ute. They sabotaged it and a white phosphorus grenade burned through the engine block disabling the vehicle. As a result the team called Grover to provide transportation after the location of the Black Site was revealed.

Setting Things in Motion

Once Higgman left the final location, Miss Aver activated the simulated money transfer. This was, as suspected flagged immediately by Armadyne, who alerted Al-Salid.

On his orders, Higgman’s own security team was ordered to abduct him and transport him to a black site that the company possessed in Southside. The abduction was confirmed by Rory, and Miss Avers tracked the target through the city to the black site location. The team moved to get into position.

The Black Site

The team followed the information to the Black Site used by Aramdyne. In this particular instance the site was cleverly hidden inside a rundown tenement block. This ‘C’-shaped building was five floors tall, and housed a number of small tenement apartments. The apartments were mostly occupied by civilians, and it was readily apparent that the site was used for temporary holding and interrogation.

The target building was one of six on the same block, each with the same layout and level of occupation. There were three abreast, each separated by a very narrow walking alley. each set of three was divided by a narrow drive, granting rear access to the buildings as a whole. Rory had indicated to the team that Higgman’s team had entered the building from the rear entrance.

Upon their arrival, the team surveyed the building layout and withdrew to the rear of the structure. There, they spotted the vehicle used by Higgman’s security team. Confirming the teams’ location on the fifth floor with Rory, the group separated to prepare for their assault.

Tactical Preparations

Gimmy and Bill traded weapons for the duration of the mission. This would allow Gimmy to take up a sniper position on the roof opposite the target room, freeing Bill to be on site to handle the removal of the data module when the time came.

To support Gimmy during the operation, Kitty joined him on the building to make certain that no one could sneak up on Gimmy during the assault.

To supplement the operation, Coop and Rusty took up a position in the drive alleyway between buildings. Their role would be to prevent any security assets from reinforcing anyone upstairs once the fighting started. It was believed that the security detail would most likely leave a small force to protect the vehicles. In reality they would leave two security operatives and supplement them with a pair of Inmara Security Support Robots.

The main thrust of the assault would be conducted by Bill, Fyfy and Bunyip on the room where the targets would be. Using a pincer maneuver, covered by sniper fire, this team would breach the room and engage to eliminate all security assets and allow Bill to deal with the data Module carried by Al-Salid. This team decided to stage on the fourth floor, gaining access to an apartment there after bribing the occupants.

The Boss Arrives

As expected Al-Salid arrived on the scene with his security detail to personally oversee the interrogation of his former employee. downstairs at the cars, two security operatives and two Inmara Security Robots secured the vehicles. Upstairs, Higgman and his five-man security team were joined by Al-Salid and his ten-man security detail. This made for a total of 15 security personnel and the two targets in the room. Two additional security personnel were left in the hallway to secure the entry to the target room.

The breach team moved slowly up the stairs to the fifth floor and prepared to strike.

Contact!

Bill and Fyfy engaged the security outside the room rapidly, while Bunyip secured the medical equipment needed to remove the data module and watched the team’s back to prevent flanking action by the enemy. The two outside fell rapidly, and Bill used a Grenade from Gimmy’s Grenade launcher to open the entry door and destroy all the windows in the room.

Simultaneous to this breaching action upstairs, Coop and Rusty opened fire on the security people and Robots outside. They rapidly disabled the robots and eliminated one of the security personnel.

However, one of the men outside managed to get into the Escalade chase vehicle and activate a remote operated rotary cannon. In an impressive show of skill, Coop dropped and fired from beneath the vehicle through the floorboard into the vehicle, killing the gunner and disabling the weapon. Rusty moved to secure the Escalade, but was unable to overcome the security system. He was, however able to hijack the sedan that Higgman’s team used to reach the site.

Meanwhile, with the windows blown out upstairs, Gimmy and Kitty performed covering fire against the security personnel in the room. As the security team attempted to protect themselves from both directions, Fyfy and bill engaged them from the doorway. Within moments the majority of the security team was neutralized and either dead or unable to continue the fight.

However, one security officer managed to drag Al-Salid into the adjacent bathroom and drop him into the bathtub, which offered a modicum of additional protection due to it’s metal construction. He then deployed a mono-filament grenade into the main room in an attempt to slow movement.

As the last of the security people fell in the main room, Gimmy fired a round through the wall of the building, eliminating the final security person. However, Al-Salid and Higgman still remained alive.

At this time, Fyfy attempted top cross the room to the bathroom, unaware of the mono-filament trap, thinking instead it was some sort of cluster explosive. He brushed against a strand of the filament and severed his arm, leading to unconsciousness.

Unable to reach Fyfy, and risk being injured and unable to retrieve the data module, Bill asked Bunyip to recover Fyfy and get him clear of the room. Bunyip bravely faced the threat and managed to reach Fyfy and belt-drag him to the doctor who stabilized him.

During this time Gimmy used the rifle to threaten Al-Salid, who was convinced that his Monarch Service Contract had activated and that a fire team was on the way. He was unaware that Bill had used a contact to suspend Al-Salid’s contract, preventing the team from deploying.

Gimmy eliminated Higgman, completing half the mission objective. At around the same time, Bill had managed to stabilize Fyfy enough to prepare for movement. He requested Gimmy and Coop to displace and assist in moving Fyfy.

While they were doing so, Kitty moved down to join Rusty at the two newly acquired Cadillac Slipstreams, one of which possessed a safe in the trunk while the other carried a robohound in the trunk.

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To complete the remaining objective, Bill rushed the bathroom, shooting Al-Salid with the sedative rounds. He was also hit, but his body armor managed to absorb the impact of the bullets and he was unharmed.

Once Al-Salid had succumbed to the drugs effects, Bill and Bunyip moved in to assess and prepare to removed the data module. Realizing that there were no safeguards to be concerned with, Bill and Bunyip rapidly cut the module out, killing Al-Salid in the process. Memory module in hand, the team moved to the hijacked cars for their ex-filtration. The entire operation took less than ten-minutes from start to finish.

The Wrap-up

Mission complete, Kitty contacted Seldra Montrose to complete the transaction. They met at a Giga Cafe, where the device was confirmed usable. Montrose paid the team by Plastc Cards. She even paid for the car with the safe, on the off chance that the safe may contain something of value.

Bill had recovered Fyfy’s arm and took the time that night to reattach it using bone-mend, micro-sutures and speed-healers to bring it back up to functionality. The operation took 3 hours to complete.

With the team paid, people were ready to undertake some personal business until the next big group job came along.

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The Lucky Winner
Episode 1

S.O.S.

The city of Frontier was in turmoil on August 8, 2050. A series of recent layoffs at the Union Global refinery in Mumbly due to replacement of those positions by automated workers, was quickly evolving from a picketing line into a riot. Members of the Frontier Police Department had already been attacked by rioters and the city had decided to send in the riot police to disperse the crowd.

In the middle of this social cocktail, Bunyip, Rusty, Coop and Gimmy found themselves very close to the action.

Although they had not yet met, the events of the day would turn from bad to worse as they unknowingly made their way to other locations in the city. To avoid the majority of the chaos, each in turn made their way into Jerry’s Bar, a local hangout for workers from the various Union Global companies in the neighborhood. And while many people may have chosen to avoid this location, it turned out that the individuals here were simply waiting for the storm to pass them by, while watching the Frontier Crushers pound their way through the Adelaide Angels in Australian Football.

Some of those present would notice the others, but they wouldn’t meet properly until a short while later.

To the Terminal

As the worst of the riot died down outside, the four individuals at Jerry’s Bar made their way out into the street and on their way towards their original engagements. For each, this led them to the Hyperloop station at Mumbly, where they would call for an individual private car to facilitate their travels.

Unknown to them, they would end up sharing that hyperloop car, and the ride would change their lives.

Arriving at the terminal, also looking for a private car was Kitty, Bill and FyFy. And they would also be sharing the same train car.

Boarding the Train

The individuals boarded the train at the Mumbly Station, and began their journey. The trip management system had combined these particular passengers requests for a private car, simply because they were all going to the same neighborhood; namely East Township.

It would be this small detail that would place them all into harm’s way, along the route.

An Unwanted Passenger

Just after the Victoria Station, the group became aware of a badly burning Aerovector vehicle screaming towards their train car at high speed. The vehicle was rapidly losing altitude, and was being pursued by the Frontier Police Department.

The AV Truck crashed into the street alongside the tracks of the Hyperloop, but not before it’s sole occupant, Zero Von Cyborg- a renowned instrument of destruction had leaped from the vehicle and landed on the roof of their train car.

The AV Truck exploded into a massive fireball, killing or injuring hundreds, and dealing massive damage to adjacent buildings. The police aerogyros opened fire on the train car, attempting to kill or dislodge Von Cyborg, but did not succeed in their attempts.

Instead, rounds from the aerogyro’s main guns slammed into the train car, penetrating the passenger cabin, smashing the auxiliary controls that may have been able to stop the train.

The passengers, realizing that they were in grave danger sprang into action.

The first idea was that they may be able to wait it out and see if the notorious Von Cyborg would disembark on his own. When this did not happen, and in fact, he began to shoot wildly into the cockpit. The group realized that they would be unable to evacuate the train car due to the high-speed and fail-safes built into it, preventing them from leaving the car. With this in mind, the technicians of the group, Rusty and Coop began working on a means to stop the train.

During all of this, Gimmy had begun filming the events, and was desirous of sending his footage off to the Edge Media Network, where he worked. One small problem made itself clear, however- the police were jamming all communications along the route, in the hopes of breaking off any communications that Von Cyborg may be transmitting or receiving.

To help remedy this, Bunyip set about using some of the hardware possessed by Gimmy, Kitty and himself and attempted to burn through the jamming caused by the police. This was only partially successful, as the police coverage was extensive.

Unable to get any messages out, it was unclear to the occupants of the train car what was going to happen. That was, at least, until Coop’s smartphone began operating despite the jamming. The reason for this quickly became clear, Coop was a member of the Frontier Police Department’s Technical Support Division.

It was through this singular inbound only lifeline that the group learned the police department’s plan to stop Von Cyborg. The powers that be had decided to accelerate the train, and slam it headlong into a barrier they had placed across the tracks between the Bends Station and the Core Station.

It became quickly apparent that if this plan came to fruition, that the passengers on the train would not survive the encounter.

Police Actions

Along the way, the FPD evacuated several of the stations that the car would pass through. They also placed police tactical units in those stations in an attempt to either eliminate Von Cyborg, or to at least keep him contained aboard the train. As the train car roared through these stations, police units opened fire on the car, with more of the rounds hitting the car then the criminal riding atop it.

To escalate things even further, the Police requested the assistance of the Military personnel at the Orient Station checkpoint, hoping that the heavier weaponry would do the job, where the smaller police equipment had failed.

As the car shot through the Orient Station, the military fundamentally engaged the train car, rather than the criminal riding atop it, nearly injuring the passengers on board. However, with the limited advanced warning offered by Coop’s smartphone link to the FPD, the passengers were able to avoid any injury.

The Barricade Approaches

With time and space rapidly running short, the group decided on a desperate effort to stop the train themselves before it reached the barricade that the Frontier Police Department had established on the tracks.

To accomplish this, they group managed to break into the auxiliary controls console, but discovered that the innards of the system were too badly damaged to be repaired without more time and equipment.

Their next idea was to force the maintenance access point in the floor of the car open, to allow a tech access to the magnetic levitation coils beneath the train car. However, once access had been gained, it became readily apparent that disabling the coils from below would crush the tech doing the job to death, and create a crash just as bad as hitting the barrier.

The final option was to gain access to the Helios batteries that powered the train car and pull them. Once removed the car would belly-flop onto the tracks, rapidly slowing, but in a much more survivable manner.

With time rapidly running out, Coop and Rusty attempted to gain access to the battery compartment, located on the outside rear of the car. Their efforts were made easier by the fact that the military had blown out the windows of the car during their assault at the Orient Station. While Rusty held him, Coop attempted to gain access to the compartment, but was defeated by the security system and mechanical lock. He had been traveling without his tools, so he had little means to gain access.

However, it turned out that Rusty had his tools with him. The two rapidly swapped places, and Rusty climbed out onto the back of the train car. As they reached the Bends Station, Rusty managed to get the compartment opened and with one last bit of assistance from Coop managed to extract the batteries from the compartment.

The result was that the train immediately lost power to all of it’s magnetic coils at simultaneously, resulting in the car crashing belly down into the tracks. Von Cyborg was thrown from the wreckage, and escaped.

The passengers in the car managed to ex-filtrate from the scene of the crash before the police arrived. They were certain that being caught close to the events would result in their arrest or engaged with the police in hostilities due to their role in stopping the train.

Traintown Market

During their trip, it became apparent that the group had all been heading to the same place, the Traintown Market in East Township. Since they all felt that it might not be a bad idea to continue to travel together, especially if they encountered the police, they decided to hail a Maxi Taxi to take them to their destination.

Upon arrival, the group broke into smaller groups to help each other fulfill the individual need for traveling to the Market in the first place.

To this effect, it was discovered that both Bunyip and Bill were going to meet with Sacha Hamilton a pusher of medical grade street drugs. While Bill was looking to purchase some for his medical practice, Bunyip had been asked by a friend, Nona Ritter to repair one of the cold storage unit that Sacha needed for his business. This proved interesting because FyFy and Sacha had once been roommates, and knew each other well.

Coop, departed from the group and headed to the a local Thai Restaurant known as Phi Ning Thai to meet Amberlynn Kindricks. They were matched through a dating app, MeetMateā„¢ and had been scheduled to have an early dinner together there. However, due to the incident with the train he was almost an hour late and she had left angry. He left her a message and rejoined his new associates.

Meanwhile, FyFy, after helping make introductions with Sacha, made his way over to the Taco Republic food truck, where he was to meet with a man named Agave Joe. A prearranged exchange was conducted and the encounter completed without complications.

As FyFy was visiting the Taco truck, Kitty, Bunyip and Bill made their way to The Heap to make contact with a tech fixer named Walker. There Kitty negotiated for a box of excellent condition SimSense recording chips.

Gimmy met with a contact, Cassidy Ming who claimed to have video that she captured in Orient, concerning the illegal dumping of hazardous materials in an alley in the neighborhood. They made the exchange of the video, and Gimmy then joined Rusty and FyFy, to help the nomad acquire 6 boxes of military grade SCOOP! for the pack from a fixer named Charro. They met in an alleyway adjacent to the nearby Jackpoint. The meeting went well enough, but there was some disagreement concerning the price of the goods. It was resolved peacefully and all parties went on their way.

With the business concluded, Kitty invited everyone to the Ozone Club later than night for drinks and dancing.

The Ozone Club

The group arrived at around 9 pm that night, and made their way into the bar. Many spent the evening prowling for potential playmates, drinking and otherwise carousing. Bunyip noted the presence of his sister, Sian Taylor. While Kitty conducted a little business with Tyrone King.

There were no dangerous encounters that night, and everyone left alive and well.

The Notice

The following morning, however, would bring a different set of problems for those who had been unlucky enough to find themselves caught in that fateful train car the day prior.

It began with Coops arrival at work the next morning. He was escorted to the precinct Captain’s office where he was exposed to a pair of predatory and disrespectful Detectives from Internal Affairs. He was advised that the department was considering prosecuting him for interfering in an ongoing police operation (by stopping the train), destruction of property (the train), and for the theft of some very expensive batteries (the Helios batteries had been taken from the train).

However, he would not be prosecuted if he would undertake a temporary posting with the Special Operations Division under Captain Sandra Marks. Failure to perform or cooperate would result in the worst.

He made his way down to the third floor, to meet with Captain Marks. There it was revealed to him that the other individuals that had shared the train car with him had been notified to report to the Police Precinct no later than 9 am that day, or face freezing of all assets assigned to their RINGs.

One-by-one, they awoke and discovered this message, and realizing that they would have a great deal of difficulty living without their RINGs, they each, made their way to the Police Precinct, to see what was in store for them.

The Contract

It turns out that someone up the chain had decided that this particular group was the answer to the city’s ongoing Von Cyborg problem. As they were the only individuals to encounter him in such proximity during a rampage and live, the powers-that-be had decided to force them to work together and bring down the big, bad, cyborg.

There was no pay involved with this job, in fact, it was not voluntary at all. It was approached under a threat of action if the members of the newly formed team did not cooperate.

Marks however, did not like the approach from upstairs and offered the group limited material support, and agreed to fund them 15,000 CR for additional needs. This resulted in a boost of drugs for the Doctor, a new Royal Enfield Arms AR-6 Hellion for Gimmy; a new Franchi SPAS-12 Auto Assault Shotgun with some FSDU Rounds for Coop FyFy received a pair of top-end Vigor Glasses.

All in the Details

Marks explained that some Analysts with the Police Department had developed a theory that Von Cyborg was actually more than one individual, each of which sported more sophisticated and dangerous enhancements as encounters progressed. As a result of video surveillance in the city, the Police were able to pinpoint the first appearance of Von Cyborg near the border of Northside and Humphrey. Most of the cameras in Northside are destroyed as a result of Gang activity in the area, so they suspect that this Von Cyborg originated in that neighborhood.

The police suspect that there is a Ripperdoc involved in the upgrading and installation of the new augments that Von Cyborg sports with each new appearance. The Department wants the survivors from the train car to enter Northside, track down Von Cyborg and/or his support and base of operations and eliminate them.

Data Mining

The group, once released from the police station made their way to FyFy’s place, where Bunyip conducted some data mining. Pulling old data from the various Von Cyborg appearances, it became clear that the rampages were getting longer, more destructive and that they were farther ranging. One of the more interesting points was the fact that a Cronacorp storage facility was damaged during this latest attack.

Using video acquired from Edge Media Network by Gimmy, it was possible to determine that the different incarnations of Von Cyborg were very different, indicating that it was likely that the individual playing the Von Cyborg role has changed.

Northside

The group realized that they needed to head into Northside in order to undertake their next stage of their investigation. Gimmy contacted an associate named Yuri who made arrangements for Gimmy to be able to meet Dietrich Heinrich, leader of the Volksfront.

It was also mention that there was a possibility that Aesop at Aesops Cybershop or some one at Tommy’s Tap may also be able to help them find Von Cyborg.

The Volksfront

The group made their way, via Rusty’s Ute, to the area of Northside known as Gang Street, where the Volksfront kept their headquarters. The group was stopped by members of the Ozonerz street gang, but were able to avoid conflict long enough to allow Gimmy and Bunyip to meet with the Volksfront.

To appease the Ozonerz, Bill provided them group of guards with 3 doses of Drencrom he had acquired at the police station earlier that day.

Gimmy and Bunyip, meanwhile, made their way up to the second floor where they met with Dietrich. The two managed to gain safe passage through the neighborhood, under Volksfront protection while they looked into finding Von Cyborg. In return, for that and contacts at Aesop’s and Tommy’s, Gimmy gave Dietrich FyFy’s contact info stating that FyFy could acquire guns for the movement.

Tommy’s Tap

The group made their way over to Tommy’s Tap, where they mingled a little to get some information. There Bunyip ran into one of his friends with the Mavericks, Noir. They were able to confirm that Aesop’s would be a good place to go next.

They were also told that there was an old abandoned factory, partially bombed out during the Pacific Conflict that many avoided in the area. This seemed like a good place to also investigate.

Aesop’s Cybershop

After the crew finished at Tommy’s, they decided to head to Aesop’s Cybershop, the second location suggested as a possible location for cyberware sourcing for Von Cyborg.

The crew arrived in time to see a group of Hammerheads stripping a crashed armored truck near the shop. Kitty, Bunyip and Fyfy headed inside while the others watched the nearby gangers with concern.

The door required the teller inside to buzz them into the building. After stating that they were looking for cyberware, they were allowed inside, and were then able to ask the clerk questions.

Once they made the subject of Von Cyborg known, the clerk refused to assist them without a payment. Kitty agreed to a 5,000 credit payment in return for any information. This info was of limited value, since the store did not knowingly provide any hardware for Von Cyborg.

However, Aesop was able to shed a little light on the issue for the group. He told them about some mastermind cybernetics ripperdoc located in the basement of a bombed out building in Northside named Miss Aver. He told them that she was occasionally buying up all cyberware on the street, stripped from people dispatched or those pieces scavenged from corpses. He told them that the building was near the heart of Great White/ Hammerhead territory, and that there was an agreement between the groups and the ripperdoc.

Armed with new information, the group headed to Jerry’s Bar once again to discuss the information they had, and to see what else they could acquire.

Jerry’s Bar – Another Round

The group ordered drinks and discussed what they knew, which seemed like just enough to get them all killed. In an effort to decrease the chances of their deaths, they decided to hit their contacts and see hat other information they could gather.

Research uncovered the location of the bombed out building. It also uncovered the history of the attack made on it and the death of Doctor Elizabeth Avery, a renowned scientist working there.

New Information

It turns out that the partially collapsed building had been a Cronacorp research facility in operation during the Pacific Conflict. The building was home to several research projects, most notably Project Alter Ego and Project Sentry. These projects were developed upon the framework set out by Doctor Elizabeth Avery’s groundbreaking work in Simsense, ASIST and Consciousness Transfer technology.

While the technology was hers, she had strong moral arguments against the use of the technology as a weapon of war. She discovered the goals of the program were to torture prisoners of war for the extraction of critical intelligence and immediately threatened to terminate the program and withdraw her licensing rights from the corporation. Two days later, an alleged Chinese agent entered the building and detonated a suicide explosive package. This collapsed the building, killing hundreds of employees and also Doctor Avery, who was in the sub-basement levels.

And so it seemed that seemed to be the end of things. However, the group decided that this tidbit of information could not be coincidental. This was especially true of the fact that Doctor Avery was a pioneer in Consciousness Transfer. All evidence and some speculation pointed to a possibility that Miss Aver, could be a reborn Doctor Elizabeth Avery. Perhaps a Persona Fix or some other technology related to Consciousness Transfer. It began to appear that Zero Von Cyborg was nothing more than a very blunt tool for revenge against her enemies.

Three Options

The Group made some arrangements to deal with Avers. It was unclear exactly what the means would be, but the options were limited to really only three choices.

The First Option would be to go in guns blazing. This method would only be successful if they were able to completely eliminate any of the possible three versions of Von Cyborg, likely to be at the location, as well as Miss Aver. Additionally, the group may need to deal with either one or both groups of Great Whites or Hammerheads, depending on the situation.

The Second Option was to manage to Eliminate Von Cyborg quietly without alerting Miss Aver, which was believed to be difficult at best. This option would allow the group to fulfill their agreement to the Frontier Police Department and possibly avoid any direct interaction with Miss Aver, a person they would need to steer clear of in the future.

The Third option would be to convince miss Aver to give up Von Cyborg, and in return gain some assistance against her enemies going forward. This would satisfy the need to bring in Von Cyborg for the police and turn Miss Aver into an ally, although at the risk of turning two megacorps ( Cronacorp and Futuretech) into enemies.

The Evil Lair

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The group waited for the cover of darkness to make their way into Northside. They were prepared to provide some combat drugs to the gangers should they be encountered, but ideally they were hoping to avoid contact and make their way directly to the collapsed building.

The group approached the building carefully, masking their approach by sticking to rubble piles left over from the original bombing of the structure, and of those buildings nearby when the explosive was detonated.

Being proactive, Gimmy used a series of small personal drones to scout the area around the building. He was able to penetrate the structure and identify possible entry points. However, initial attempts to find any viable access through the interior of the remaining structure proved impossible due to the damage the building had incurred in the initial blast.

However, this initial scouting run, allowed Gimmy, to determine the existence of a subterranean parking structure under the front half of the building. Redeploying the drones, Gimmy was able to locate a viable entry into the parking structure and led the group inside.

Once inside, it became very obvious that the damage was extensive. The first sub-level of the parking garage was trashed, and the group were forced to make their way down to the second sub-level before they were able to find any viable access point.

Here, they were able to gain access to a security checkpoint and the elevator shafts that it guarded. It was clear that other individuals had made access to this point and that the group was following in their footsteps.

The group used the elevator shafts and ventilation duct-work to eventually gain access the sub-level one research lab. This area opened into a kennel, filled with long dead canines. Nearby signage identified this area as Project Sentry labs. A small pack of chihuahuas were roaming the area. Not to be fooled by the dog’s small size, the group proceeded cautiously, using drugged meat-flavored protein bars as bait. When two of the dos fell prey to this tactic, the group was horrified to watch the remaining members of the pack begin tearing apart their pack mates. This however, revealed the presence of some sort of metallic cylinder inside the animals intestines, indicating a greater threat than initially thought. The smaller dogs lost interest and moved on allowing the group to continue.

Accessing a partially collapsed stairwell allowed the group to make their way down to sub-level two. It was unclear what this area had been used for, but it seemed to be a partially functional cybernetics design and development lab. Here was the possible location at which Von Cyborg could have been developed, upgraded or repaired. Several components were identified that made it a very real possibility that this was the location used for the creation of the Von Cyborg unit.

Exiting this level, using a second set of stairs, Gimmy discovered one of the unit’s security features, an Elesec Mat. It gave him a slight shock, since he didn’t make strong contact with the mat. However, in an attempt to disable it, Bunyip was shocked to unconsciousness. After he recovered it, he was able to disarm it by accessing the power switch on the underside. Once disarmed the group was able to access the third sub-level.

Here, the group encountered another one of the buildings defenses. in addition to a pile of long dead bodies, a pair of automated rotary cannons were found. Fortunately the weapons had long run out of ammunition.

At this point, the group had reached the Cognitive Science Research Labs, which was the primary lab for Doctor Avery. As expected they found an automated table working to repair the latest Von Cyborg, two older versions of the same, one newer version and Miss Aver. The group was about to test their luck.

Dealing with an Insane Icon of Genius

The group had decided to attempt to negotiate with Aver, especially since they had pieced together the timeline that had caused her to be in the situation she was currently living.

Shortly after the blast that had wrecked the building, Doctor Avery had found herself trapped in the sub-levels with other survivors. She had managed to contact members of the Cronacorp board and CEO to let them know that she and others were alive. They had promised help, but none had materialized. Desperate to survive, she had been forced to upload her consciousness into the building’s mainframe computer, in the hopes that eventually someone would arrive to salvage something and provide her with a chance for escape. She waited for ten years, before a few individuals got word that some valuable tech may still be buried in the basement of the building that Cronacorp had abandoned.

A group managed to gain access, and one of the members of that team, a netrunner made the mistake of jacking into the barely functional mainframe. Miss Aver was born. The other members were either killed or in the case of one of them, converted into the very first Zero Von Cyborg, the vehicle of her revenge.

She told Cronacorp she was coming and set her first version loose. She hit them, each time cutting a broader swath of destruction across the city in an attempt to leverage pressure against the Corporation, leaving a trail of clues to lead the police to conclude that Cronacorp was responsible.

There was only one significant problem, someone was deleting all the data related to the attacks, leaving the police clueless. In effect Cronacorp was managing to avoid her revenge.

The group brought up several of these points, highlighting her broad collateral damage, and how her attacks weren’t harming her enemies at all, but only harming innocent individuals instead. The team managed to convince her to turn over Von Cyborg to them, and they would assist her in regaining control of her corporations, perhaps through support of a controversial legislative bill called the Digital Consciousness Act, which would allow her to reclaim her partial ownership in her companies. Barring that, other actions could be taken to aid her, including arranging a Proxy body for her to use, assisting in more direct actions against the corporations that wronged her, and spinning media favor to her cause.

Miss Aver liked the proposal and ripped critical components out of the most recent Von Cyborg and turned it over to the group in exchange for their assistance. No one knows what the future may hold as a result of this agreement.

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