Session 29 — The Dreddnaught Prototype …

Cast of Characters

  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • Acorn
  • Tatters

The team gets their final shopping list together and make their final arrangements. It was time to go and get this run completed. They gather the gear and pile into the new NightRunner boat and head out of the safehouse and into San Francisco bay. Eternal, Acorn, Tatters and Walker don the new drysuits on the way and store away their gear in the airtight bags. Ace is charged with manning the boat and to pick them up if they come back through the water. Once they get to the buoy that was placed, they hop in the water and the boat leaves. The team swims down to the tunnel entrance and use the thermite bar and miniwelder to remove the grate. The 4ft wide pipe was too small to walk around in, but they are able to swim up the pipe until the water ends. They crawl through the sludge, sewage and greywater to the end of the tunnel. Tatters easily pops the door to the maintenance room and the team enters into the dark room. They change out of the dry suits and into their regular gear.

Using the flyspy drones, Tatters keeps a watchful eye as they move from the maintenance room and into the front lobby. There were a pair of guards posted there. As the team prepares to leave the building, with invisibility spells from Walker, Eternal sneaks off. He hits the guards with his taser. The rest of the team hears the commotion and realizes that he has gone rogue again. They assist with a volley of spells and bullets from Tatter’s silenced pistol, quickly incapacitating them. They pull the guards back into the maintenance room and bind them up. Once Tatters was done, an invisible Eternal finishes the pair off by snapping the guard’s necks.

Before leaving, Tatters hacks into the Security Services terminal and inserts thier fake SINs into the employee records and gives them Director level access. Noticing that the file he had contained the names, positions and access levels of all NeoNet CFS operations employees, Tatters makes a copy of the file for possible bonus pay. With the new level of access they have assigned to the cardkey they have, the team easily leaves the building and down the steps to the street. The see a little Mercury Comet parked and decided to have Eternal go dark in the trunk and they would drive over to the R&D facility.

The drive there was uneventful as the security checkpoint was easily passed. They arrive at Cavalier Arms R&D facility and find an employee entrance that they use. Once in, Tatters hacks into the terminal while the others keep watch. As he was in VR, a security patrol walks by, but see the level of clearance they have and keep walking. Tatters was able to find that the project they are looking for is on the 5th floor. They move out of the cubicle farm and into the front lobby. The guards stationed at the front desk just waived them by, again noting the level of clearance they were broadcasting.

They rode the elevator up to the 5th floor and found another security patrol, complete with a barghest, that was completing their pass by. The floor was laid out in a circular formation with a central room where the research notes and prototype were kept. They move around to the only door entering in and Tatters goes to work on hacking in. He pauses as he notices that the panel to bypass the lock was loose. Someone has already bypassed this and could be in the room. He lets the team know as he pops the door open. Once the door opens, however, the runner team was waiting for them. The decker was already jacked in and attacked the cyberdeck that Tatters had. Eternal rushed the troll that was standing guard over the limp body of his decker, but he was waiting for him. After the troll dodged the sword swing, he brought up his assault rifle and let loose a silent burst fire, hitting Eternal with a solid hit. The hidden mage throws up a barrier to block the rest of the team from entering, but Walker and Eternal were able to hit the troll with magic. Tatters, remembering the gear that Eternal had on him, set off a pair of the narco-gas grenades that were active. The explosions were enough to take out the decker, troll and mage. It was also enough to take Eternal down and very close to death. After a few moments, the HVAC system cleaned the air and the team moved in.

Tatters grabs the cyberdeck the decker had and jacked in to get the research data. Meanwhile, Walker checks the other runners and turns off their gear. He also finds a couple of credsticks and grabs those as well. Tatters was quickly able to locate and copy the research notes, delete the associated files and pop open the drawers. There was a set of prototype boots that had skates that would increase the wearers speed when using them and a pair of the prototype machine pistols. He also further dug and found another project file that had the same level of secrecy as the project they were after. This one had notes detailing a mole that was inserted into Ares Contact Services Division and their mission was to compile a list of deniable assets that they use. He also made a copy of this file as well.

Walker went to pick up one of the prototypes and it started to initialize. Not sure what that meant, he put it back down and picked it up with a bag instead. He then put a slap patch on Eternal. Knowing that the adept may not be lucid, he stands a bit back when he sticks in on him. Just has he thought, Eternal came up swinging and nearly took his head. The monoblade stop on the edge of his cheek as Eternal realized where he was. He then went on to kill the other runners before grabbing the other prototype. It went on to initialize and acquired the DNA profile of its new owner. The weapon spoke with Eternal and gave a run down of its capabilities. Eternal smiled.

The team decided it was time to leave and left the building. They loaded into the Comet and drove out of the compound with no further issues. They met up with Ace at the safehouse and notified LaRue that the job was complete. The set up a meet at the same warehouse to exchange in a half hour. When they got there, Tatters was surprised to see a young woman with raven hair that he had an encounter with earlier this month while Havoc was in Big Sur. On the defensive the whole time, they decide to wrap it up quickly and exchanged the research notes, one of the prototype and the nuyen. They also received a bonus as well. LaRue reminded Tatters that she would need him soon for another job, as they left the warehouse. The job was completed and it was easier than they thought.

~Calypso

Enter the Enigma — Behind the Curtain

The door closed as the woman with a raven haired bob walks into the conference room. Sharon Weston looks at the woman. “Have a seat” she says pointing to a seat. “I called you in today to discuss a job that I need done. It involves doing some covert office work and you are perfect for … you in?

Certainly Ms Weston.

Please, call me LaRue.

OK, LaRue … send me the details and I will get the job done.

The file is sent, thanks Enigma.

The young woman stands and walks out of the conference room. Its been awhile since she had a job and needed the extra income. She reviewed the file and details of the job as she headed out of the office and into her Jackrabbit. She was starving and decided to stop and get some food before reporting for her first day on her new “job.”

A couple of days go by and her progress is coming along pretty good. Some new instructions came in from LaRue. Now that she was able to get in as the assistant to MCT director, she needed to get an appointment created with the SINs of other operatives. After multiple attempts, one of which almost blew her cover completely, she has failed to do this and it needed to get done quickly. She left the office to get some food and try to figure out a way make this work. She was eating a burrito from Stuffer Shack when her car was rear ended.

“OH FRAG!” she yelled and got out of the car. She went to go scream at the idiot that hit her, but seeing the man step out of the Americar caught her off guard. He started to apologize and said he would pay for the damages. “Damn right he will,” she thought to herself.

He asked about helping her with keeping her job and she berated herself for letting that slip. But then thought that she may be able to make this work. She accepted when he asked her out to coffee. She explained what she needed done to him over coffee and was surprised when he said he would help.

A little later, she got message from the man named Philip and decided to meet at a place called Woodwork. She got dressed up for meeting him and headed there a little early. There was a table in the back of the room that she grabbed and waited for him to show. On a hunch, she ordered him some whiskey, real Tennessee whiskey, for him. Philip arrived in a Berwick suit and all cleaned up. “Damn!” She thought to herself. She smiled and greeted him. They make small talk and the man tells her that her problem was solved. The woman was caught off guard and surprised that he was able to accomplish that.

Want to get out of here?” she asked him.

The man downs the drink he had. “After you.” They head back to her place and one thing led to another.

The next morning she received a call from her “boss” at MCT thanking her for the great work she did. He also asked her to grab some Soybucks and donuts for the meeting this morning.

Fraggin asshole!” She says after hanging up the commlink. Another call came in “WHAT!” she scream.

Enigma …” the woman’s voice says from the other end. She quickly looks at the commlink and realizes it was LaRue that was calling her.

Yeah … sorry … what can I do for you?

Need you to come in, you have completed all that was required of you. Debrief at 9:30 this morning.

Ok, I will be there.” She says and the call completes.

Enigma arrives in the debriefing meeting with LaRue and explains the details of what she had done on the job. She got to the point where Philip had assisted her and was a little more careful about what she said.

I needed to get some outside help and luck has it that I was able to get a little. A young decker, it seems, hit my car in San Jose and helped me with placing the guest list that you requested.

Oh really now?” LaRue asks and her attention perks up. “Who was this person?

The young woman explained what Philip looked like, but didnt provide any names.

Hrm …” LaRue says with a knowing look on her face. “Seems like you have met with a pretty good person indeed. That is all we need for now.” She pauses and then says “do you need to expense anything that you paid for this decker?

Nope” she says. “I paid him … in my own way.” and a big smile comes across her face.

Perfect!

A few days later, Enigma gets another call from LaRue. “Need you to come with me on a meeting in about a half hour. How fast can you meet me at this address.

Well I am already in my car, I can be there in about 10 minutes.

Great, meet me there.

The Jackrabbit pulls up to a convience store and LaRue is waiting in her Americar and opens the door for her. She climbs in and they drive to a nearby warehouse and park. “They should be here soon” she says as they get out and head in. “This is a warehouse I tend to use when meeting with other deniable assets that are not on the payroll … officially.

The pair continue talking when the group of runners come in. LaRue turns around to greet them and Enigma catches a glimpse of him. “What the frag is Philip doing here?” She thought to herself. The young woman quickly composes herself and follows LaRue’s lead, but it was too late. LaRue picked up on the facial expression of the young woman and knew that it was Tatters that she met with.

LaRue notice the tense expression of Tatters, but was able to de-escalate the situation and get the wrap up on the job she hired Havoc for done. The team leave the warehouse, leaving only Enigma and LaRue. As they were leaving, the young woman sent a message to Tatters apologizing. She didnt know this was going to happen and she was sorry. No response was sent back. The two woman continue to make small talk and leave the warehouse, a small sly smile appears on LaRue’s face.

Session 28 — The Art of Legwork …

Cast of Characters

  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • Acorn
  • Ace
  • Tatters

The team did some initial scouting of the NeoNet compound and is a little overwhelmed at the size of it. The physical security on site is pretty tough and they already know that the Astral security has spirits and a projecting mage on site. Previously, they found an old document that had a sewer tunnel leading from building 2a to the bay. Tatters also needs to get into the host and see if there are any other tunnels or blueprints that he is able to find. The team heads back to the safehouse to join up with Acorn and discuss the plans further.

Eternal decided to scout out the sewer tunnel in the bay that was found. He convinced his contact WaveRunner to take him out and drop him off. He swam up to the entrance and found that the entrance to the sewer tunnel was gated off. Testing the grate, he found that it was going to be very tough to get in and that thermite might do the trick. Eternal then set up a monowire buoy line to mark where the sewer grate was for the operation later.

Tatters decided it was time for him to take a run at the host to get some information. Together with Ace, they find a spot near the compound and hack in. He spent some time in the NeoNet host and found some details about underground tunnels that connect the residential buildings with the security and headquarters that make an underground bunker to be used in case of an emergency or natural disaster. After getting that info, he dropped out of that host and jumped into the Cavalier Arms host to find info about the prototype. After some searching, he found a reference to the project file. However, there was a NeoNet spider that was watching him and engaged the intruder. Tatters took a hit, but jumped out of the host and reset his deck before the spider could get a trace on him. Unfortunately, he was also unable to get the data he was looking for.

With the rest of the plan, the team goes and boosts a old car they found in an Oakland parking garage that was most likely abandoned for some time. WaveRunner also pointed out a spiff new Nightrunner boat that the team was looking for. The boosted that and stored them at the safehouse after they were secured. So now the plan is starting to come into fruition and all thats left now is more possible legwork to see what is inside the tunnel and possibly another run at the Cavalier Arms host.

~Calypso