Session 20 — Wrath of the Titans …

Cast of Characters

  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • Sledge
  • Tatters
  • Acorn
  • Ace
  • Viking

So the team was enroute to meet with the so-called “Puppet Master” at an abandoned warehouse in Oakland. They all meet, with the exception of Ace who was planning on an exit from the region, at a rendezvous point nearby and pile into the Bulldog. Eternal, with the help of an invisibility spell, moves along with the Bulldog, but on foot. Tatters caught glimpse of a fast moving vehicle that was on a collision course with them. He quickly tried to dodge, but the speeding Roadmaster clipped the rear of the Bulldog and sends it tumbling and flipping. The Roadmaster hits a lightpole, but is relatively unscathed, and pulls out to a stop. Out steps 2 huge giants and a large Ogre, all dressed in full-body armor and fully armed. As the rest of the dazed team straggles out of the ruined Bulldog, Eternal engages one of the giants with the Thunderstruck. However, the shot went wide and the giant drew a monoblade and moved to square off with him.

With the team now out of the bulldog and trading shots with the titans, things did not look to well for the team as their shots seem to be bouncing off of their armor. Tatters makes a quick check with the inbound Shakespeare strike team and they are seconds out. Eternal lands a blow on the giant with his monoblade and it tears into his ballistic mask. Caught off-guard by the giant’s familiar eye, he left himself open for a return strike. The giant buries his monoblade deep within Eternal’s gut and pierced through his back. The rage of Berserker, the revelations of the Titan project, the K-10 flooding his bloodstream and now laying in a slump on the ground, Eternal feels a burning sensation inside him. Berserker screams in rage inside his soul as the burn spreads across his skin. Eternal’s body begins to glow in a piercing bright white light. The burn is excruciating as he feels his skin rip and tear. When the bright light dims, the whole party can see that Eternal has gone through a bit of a change. SURGE has hit Eternal and his body is now covered in hundreds of quills.

As both Sledge and Eternal wail on the one giant, the other two Titans were trading shots with the rest of the party. Then a pair of Ares marked VTOLs show up, flanking the Titans. The warn them that they are engaged with an asset of Ares Macrotechnology and to cease all hostilities. The Titans responded by throwing a nearby wrecked motorcycle at one of them, striking the VTOL in the rotors and bringing it down in a fiery crash. Out of the other Ares Venture, Shakespeare team rappelled down and immediately formed a defensive barrier around Tatters. The Puppet Master attempted to use some mind magic, but it only opened it up to a massive lighting bolt from Walker. However, he was ready for the incoming bolt and attempted to counterspell it. The Puppet Master was not ready for such a powerful spell and eventhough he was able to successfully counter it, the effort took a painful toll on him.

Over the next few moments, the bullets flew, a furious swordfight and the mages took on the Puppet Master. The Titan that took down the VTOL tossed a grenade at the protected Tatters, but before it went off, Mercutio dove on the grenade. Even before Tatters could know what happened, the grenade exploded, instantly killing Mercutio and spraying blood and body parts all over. Back over to the swordfight, the Titan over reached with a thrust and fell prone. Eternal was able to counter and land a telling blow on the huge giant, dropping the Titan once and for all. Sledge immediately followed with a blow from his sledgehammer. That was one Titan down and two more to go.

Then, much to the surprise of everyone, Ace shows up with a car full of runners to assist. However, the runners were a team that the team already had a run in with. They recognized their Bulldog, which the team kept, and started firing on Eternal and Sledge and looking for the young mage Duchess. Unfortunately, Ares has had other ideas and the VTOL opened fire on the car. Ace jumped out of the car as it slammed in reverse and fleed the scene. This left him open as one of the Titan fired on him with the automatic shotgun, puncturing his armor, dropping him and leaving a bloody mess.

Now with the large giant down, Eternal fires on the ogre with the Thunderstruck. The gauss rifle easily penetrated the armor and dropped it. Walker and Acorn finish off the enemy mage. Tatters, escorted by the remaining Shakespeare team, headed to the VTOL to head up to the rooftop where the Puppet Master’s body was. The mind mage was unconcious on the rooftop when Tatters found him. He walked up, put his Ares Predator to his face and ended him in one fell swoop, He then threw his body over the side and down to the street below.

The final Titan hops in the Roadmaster and attempts to flee the violent scene. Eternal, on the other hand, fired on him with the Thunderstruck. The round pierced the windshield, the ogres head, the front seat, a backseat headrest, and through the back of the Roadmaster, finally burying itself in the side of a building. The threat of Project:Titan and the Puppet Master was over. However, Sledge and Eternal were not done. Eternal, still raging from the K-10, emptied the rest of the clip into the bodies of the Titans. Sledge, taking his sledgehammer, walks up to Ace. He called him a traitor as he buried the head deep into Ace’s chest, crushing his ribs and lungs.

Shocked by this sudden turn of events and the potential response by SFPD, Acorn flees the scene. Tatters grabs a medkit and starts to triage the teams wounds. The last two members of the Ares strike team grab the bodies of their fallen and load them up into the VTOL. They also lay claim to the bodies of the Titans and load them up before leaving. As they pass, they exchange words of sorrow and gratitude with Tatters. They gather up the items that the Puppet Master had on him, along with the commlink for Ace and Tatters gets to work. Noticing that Ace was indeed trying to assist the team with hiring the runners, he moved over to his limp body and immediately starts to resuscitate the fallen comrade, saving his life.

The team is bruised, battered and beaten, but still alive. The drain the Puppet Master’s bank account and funnel it into their team account, but also acquire his car and the painting that Black Cat stole. They will need to lick their wounds and tie up the loose end with the art dealer before taking on any more jobs, but how long with Havoc Squad have before they get another opportunity.

~Calypso

Session 19 — Sittin on the Dock of the Bay …

Cast of Characters

  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • Sledge
  • Tatters
  • Acorn
  • Ace
  • Viking

The team spent the day training up on skills, with Walker and Acorn building a magical lodge. The following day they started to discuss the job at hand that was coming up. They were hired by a Johnson to bring an art thief to him that stole a painting from him. They identified the thief as Walker’s close personal friend, Black Cat. The team decided to have Sledge try to renegotiate the terms of the run with the Johnson, since the Johnson would only speak to him. However, it did not go over well. Their proposal to bring in the guy who hired the thief had failed. They needed to bring the thief in or the Johnson will find someone else.

Eternal and Tatters decided to take the bull by the horns on the Family job, and attempt to recover the Thunderstruck. He taps into WaveRunner and rent a submersible drone that could open the shipping containers. Further, Eternal had some members of the Family on hand to offload any gear that they found. It took all night and a lot of luck, but they are able to locate the right container and recover a waterlogged Thunderstruck. A few hours of cleaning and Eternal was able to get it in good working order.

The next morning, after Sledge was done with his day job at the construction set, the team hatches a plan to find out more about the Puppet Master. The previous research with Tatter’s agent found that the doctor had an office at San Francisco General Hospital in downtown. They load up in the Bulldog, with the exception of Acorn and Eternal, and post up at a nearby parking garage. Ace heads to the hospital on foot, after changing his appearance, while Tatters hacks into the hospital’s host. He sets up the permissions necessary for Ace to access the hospital through the doctors only entrance. He headed down the the hall and located a locker room for the doctors. Intending on getting some scrubs or something to fit in better. Each of the lockers were keyed to the RFID tags of their respective owners. Tatters tries to assist and pop a lock, but fails. He tells Ace that he is on his own and reboots his deck.

Ace, between the blueprint that was provided and the hospital directory, located the office on the 14th floor. He makes his way up there, but stops on the 13th floor to plug in a direct connect for Tatters to be able to access the system easier. He ducks into a janitor’s closet to hide from a hospital security patrol and heads to the office directly below Doctor Dordan, which happens to be rhinoplasty clinic. He pops open the door and heads to the terminal on the other end of the office. Tatters directs him to where to put in the data tap, but before he can put it in, hospital security comes back around and notices the door is open. Ace was faced with a decision to either plug in the device and get caught or dive for cover. He dove under the desk as security steps in through the door. They turn on the lights and call for backup. Ace stepped out from under the desk and stated that the dropped something. Suspicious of this doctor that is in an office after hours, they scanned his SIN. It seems that Lady Luck did not smile on Ace this time and the check returned that the SIN was fake. Not seeing any other way out, Ace throws a manabolt at one of the officers and injures them. Just as the firefight was about to breakout, Dr Dordan shows up.

He defused the situation and used his mind magic to convince the guards that there is an incident in the emergency room that needs their attention and that it turned violent. Once the guards leave, he walks into the room and closes the door. It was just the Puppet Master and Ace now. He names off the entire team, except for Acorn, and offered to finish this game they are playing and gives them a location in Oakland to be at in 30 mins. He then turns and walks away. The rest of the team is now left hanging and prepare for a fight. There is just one word that hangs on the mind of both Tatters and Eternal … “Titan”. Tatters calls up a friend and asks for help. “Shakespeare is en-route” was all he was told. Eternal stops by his storage unit to pick up his gear, and his newly recovered Thunderstruck, and heads to the meet. Sledge, Viking and Walker do the same, while Ace and Acorn approach this more cautiously. Acorn offers to be nearby and will lend assistance if an opportunity presents itself. Ace, on the other hand, starts looking for an exit strategy and leaving the region.

And so the team prepares for what just might be the fight of they’re lives …

~Calypso

An Executive Meeting Takes Place — Behind the Curtain

The young man walks into the office for the meeting with Carla Freewell, an executive for MCT. The woman rises to shake the man’s hand and waves him to have a seat.

So Dr Dordan, what was it that I can do for you this afternoon.

Thanks for meeting with me Carla, I know this was short notice, but it is pretty urgent.

Certainly doctor

I wanted to discuss a project that you are currently working on that is a little hush hush. Please don’t insult me by asking me about how I know, but I need a favor regarding Project Titan.

The executive’s face suddenly turned to stone and then softened. “drek,” she thought to herself. “I hope he didnt catch that slip.” But it was too late … he did.

Carla please, dont insult me!” he exclaimed. “Without me that little bitch of a daughter you have would still look like the disgustingly ugly troll that she goblinized into. I made her look beautiful again!” The young man raises his hands, palms out, and pauses for a moment to ease the tension in the room.

Carla reaches into her desk and pulls out a white noise generator and turns in on. “You prideful asshole!” she yells. “What do you want …

A smile goes across the young man’s face and he started to explain.

The meeting wraps up with the young man recounting the meeting. “So things will be in place the moment I request it, right?

Yes, just as we discussed” the executive agrees. “It is in the record as a field test for the prototype.

Another sly grin goes across the young man’s face. “Excellent!” He thanks her for her time and leaves the room. Carla sat there for a few, with the white noise generator still going. She stood up and walked to the window overlooking San Jose. She caught a reflection of herself in the window and looked at it in disgust. “You fragging bastard … I hope that some shadowrunner wipes the smirk off your face someday …

Session 18 — The Master of Puppets …

Cast of Characters

  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • Sledge
  • Tatters
  • Acorn
  • Ace
  • Viking

Master of puppets I’m pulling your strings
Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams

-Metallica (a 5th world rock band)

After Walker went home and played with the wolf pup that was given to him by Duchess, he waited for Black Cat to come home. She came in around 9 or so with takeout for dinner. As she got the take-out ready, apparently orange chicken from the takeout place was very good, Walker confronted her about her extracurricular activities. When asked about the art job, she willingly admitted that she did it. When further questioned on it, she said that she used Tatters to do some Matrix overwatch for her. She had a trideo of her meeting with the teams decker. She ran into him just after meeting with the Johnson. He gave her an RFID tag that she would use to get into the art studio. He also would arrange a window in time where he will loop the cameras to allow her some time to grab the painting. She sent over the video of her and the Johnson and of her and Tatters. They decided that she would leave town until this blows over, but she will not tell anyone where she was going. However, they were going to finish their meal first and is was indeed some very good orange chicken.

After dinner and Black Cat’s departure, Walker contacted Tatters to discuss the new information. After watching the trideo, Tatters looked and Walker and stated what the mage already knew … It was not Tatters on that tape. There were a few nuances that occurred that tipped him off to it. Walker confirmed his statement and decided to bring in Eternal. They explained that the team was being set up by someone, but for what reason. Either way, the three of them had to keep the rest of the team off of the trail on this until they figured it out. Tatters sent his an agent to scour the Matrix for everything it can find regarding the person in the trideo. The team still had the job to destroy the evidence for the Simsense stalker. They trio gets the rest of the team together and meet around the prosecutor’s office.

They got a plan together and, with Tatter’s and Ace in the same car, they started to put it in play. However, Ace suddenly got the urge to get some coffee from down the street. Tatters decided to look around at random stuff on the internet as well, instead of his standard host hacking activities. Eternal, weary of being near a courthouse in downtown San Francisco, decided to wait things out in a bar. Walker, Viking and Acorn were alone and nearby. Sledge was in his truck and eventually fell asleep. On the way to the coffee shop, Ace notices Acorn at a park bench and finally decided to ask about the cat ears. They have a short conversation and he offers to get her some coffee as well.

Meanwhile, Tatters receives a notification that his Agent has some search results and is continuing to work. Tatters brushes the Agent aside and continues to look at random internet stuff, not even thinking about the job or the host. Ace continued onto the coffee shop, but then spotted a street side game of 3 card monte and the compulsive gambler could just not resist. Through the PiTac that was set up, they all watched as he lost the first two rounds, and a total of 3,000 nuyen … However, the third round, he was tempted with an another offer. He can choose twice, but the bet is 10k. He agreed, this time Viking assisted him on the first selection, but lost track of the ball. Ace guessed incorrectly. On the second choice, he calls on Lady Luck for assistance and guessed … correctly. He won the 10k and received the electronic transfer. He then finally made it to the coffee shop and picked up the drinks. He brought Acorn’s drink to her and went to the car with Tatters. As he came up to the car, a wave washed over them, the sense of urgency over the job at hand returned.

Concerned about his recent activity, Tatters requested Walker to investigate. The mage projected himself into the Astral plan and sped over to their location. He found the cause of Tatter’s concern. Before him was another mage perceiving. The other mage projected into the Astral as well. The Astral signature for this unknown mage was familiar to Walker, he remember seeing it in the parking garage where they met their Johnson for the baseball job. The unknown mage calls Walker by name and started to monologue. He talks about how impressed he was with their team during the “fat bastard” job, referring to a previous job. He goes on about how he was involved with the baseball player job and how disappointed he was when they mettled in his Bunraku Parlor activities. Because of this, he set up Black Cat to take the fall on stealing a painting he wanted. A painting named “The Seven Deadly Sins.” He then mentions that he knew that Black Cat was headed for a train to leave the area … and before Walker could act, the unknown mage drops out of Astral space and then suddenly masked his aura. He effectively disappears from the mage. In meatspace, he could be anywhere. Walker returns to his body and informs the team.

Tatters decided to continue with the job. They two join together in the bulldog so that Walker can do Astral overwatch while the decker goes in hot sim VR. Tatters doesn’t hack the host on the first try and reboots. The second time, he does succeed in hacking the host and gains entry. He finds the file with the case load and is able to get a mark on it to noticed the encryption and the databomb that was in place. He moved to disarm the databomb, something he has dozen quite a few times now. However, this time he wasn’t able to disarm it and it goes off. The PiTac’s biomonitor started sending alerts regarding Tatter’s condition. Walker drops out of Astral and finds Tatter’s body shaking and bleeding out of his nose and eyes. Sparks and smoke was coming out of his cyberdeck. Tatters dropped out of VR and back into reality. He wasn’t dead, but he was severely injured. He let the team know that he was done with the job for now, headed to the back of the van, fired up the the medkit and started repairing the damaged cyberdeck.

Ace decided that now would be a good time to go into the office to scout it out. Just as he enters the office, the PiTac and PAN go down as Tatters turned off the deck for repairs. The secretary asked if she could help and Ace concocts a story that he had a package for the prosecutor. He was asked to leave it on the desk and sign it in. Ace decided that a spell would work best, but it failed to take hold. The secretary notices that he has no package and immediately demands to know whats going on. Ace flees the office while she screams out. He shoulder checks a pair of clerks on the way out the door and threw up a barrier to hold them off while he disappears into the crowd. He rounds the corner and ducks into the restroom of a nearby building and uses his magic to change the way he looks. As he leaves, the SFPD shows up at the law office. The team decided it would be best to disperse.

Later that day, Eternal gets a call from Gavino about the explosion and the sinking of the Estella Maersk. The ship was carrying a thunderstruck gauss rifle that was meant to secure the family’s shipping routes. He asked Eternal to gather his team for a job. Gavino was the Johnson and proposed the job to find who was responsible for the sinking of the Estella Maersk and have them delivered to him. The offer was 15k each with no specified deadline. They agreed with no negotiation attempts out of respect.

Tatters received an alert, after the meet, about the Agent that was still running and what it found hit the team at its core. The Johnson that met with Black Cat is a local doctor that is CEO of a non-profit charity, named Dr Alton Dordan. The charity was the beneficiary of the 2 million nuyen donation from the estate of the Johnson for the “fat bastard” run. Further digging into his info by the Agent revealed an online auction account that recently purchased an autographed baseball for 40k nuyen. The doctor was also reported as the surgeon that operated on Harvey Levi, who happened to be the Johnson for the Simsense job they were currently on. Levi had met an unfortunate end and passed away on the operating table yesterday. The Agent had hit on one final file. There was a meeting a few hours ago with an MCT executive. There was one word mentioned that sent a sense of dread through both Tatters and Eternal. The word was “Titan” …

So with the death of the Simsense Johnson, they decided to leave that job. They picked up a new job with the Family to find out who was responsible for the Estella Maersk and they still had the job with finding the thief for the painting. There is 4 days left for that job and even if they take the cred hit, along with the lost nuyen, they were well aware that the Johnson would probably just hire someone else to find her. Walker sent a quick message to make sure she was alright. She responded that she was and had to change her plans at the last minute and headed to a new unknown destination.

~Calypso