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The Laes Incident — Behind the Curtain

Are you sure your ready?” The mysterious man asked the wily teenager.
YES!” he gleefully replied.
Okay, then” the man says with a sigh. “The agreement is in place then. Certain … disreputable people will be given to you for your cause. In return, you leave my town alone.
The teenager shakes his head.
I swear kid, if you frag with me on this, I will gut you like a trout.
The agreement is solid. I will not hunt in your town and you will provide me with the bodies that I need. But you know that you will need to boost the ‘tourism’ to attract more people.” the young teenager said.
That is none of your concern.” he says with a wave of his hand. “I have a few things in play currently tat will bring in enough for you.
Excellent!” he exclaims and heads to leave the room.
I swear to god kid, if you frag with any townfolk, I will squash you like the little cockroach you worship.
The kid stops and pivots on his heal to face the man. “Beetles, you impudent bastard. It is beetles, not cockroaches. Remember that!

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The mysterious man looks at the four ‘shadowrunners’ he has in front of him. He has heard rumors, and of course, watch the trids about these guys. But they are from out of town and that is what he wanted. He only needed to get more … There was this ‘Havoc’ team operating out of the bay area. Street cred is pretty solid on these guys.

So what I need from you guys is an extraction job. The time and place is still unknown, however, you will have atleast a few hours of advanced notice. Once I get the intel on when the targets are arriving and where, then I will pass that onto you. I am willing to pay 20k to each of you for this.

The group look and appear to be discussing amongst themselves. A few minutes later, a pretty elf steps forward. “You know, Mr Johnson, these types of jobs require a little more time to perform legwork and develop a plan. I dont …” Her voice trails off momentarily. She shakes her head. “Yes, that is agreeable with us. You got a deal!

Excellent” The Johnson says. “One other detail, I will be going along for the ride on this one as well.
Very well” she responds. “We will await your message then.
The mysterious man smiles and gestures the team out of the door. “Now to get Havoc ….

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Calypso gets a call on her commlink. “Hrm …” she says as she doesn’t recognize the number. “Yes dear, how can I help you today?

I am in need of some disposable assets and hear your the woman to talk to.” The voice comes through the commlink.

Why yes, I have been known to come across a few. What kind of job you need?

Well, I am not entirely sure yet. Basically, there are some unsavory elements here and I need people from the outside to assist. I don’t know how deep this goes.” He responds.

The mysterious man and Calypso discuss various things regarding a job. Everything seems to check out.
Yes, I can have one of my teams assist you.

Actually, word on the street is that there is a team there named … Havoc or something like that.” He quickly interjects. “I want them.

Well … I don’t know of their availability, but I can put in a word and see if they are interested in some traveling.
Excellent. Thank you for your time.
The call disconnects.
Calypso then reaches out to the team with the details on a Matrix meet.

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The mysterious man smiles when he gets the message that Havoc will meet with him for the job. Its a shame that it has to be over the Matrix and not in person. Either way, he is going to get what he needs. He joins the Matrix meeting and finds Havoc waiting for him.

Mr Johnson: “You and your team are needed for a job. Its in Omaha and you are needed urgently. Your teams street cred has reached us all the way here and we need an outside force to assist us with our … situation.

Walker: “What kind of situation is it and why us?

Mr Johnson: “The kind of situation that requires Havoc. We need to have some … unsavory people eliminated. We are prepared to pay you 12k each along with fronting any fuel costs that you need.

Walker: “Ok, our team is ready to accept your job offer with the fuel costs paid up front and 18k paid upon arrival for the job.

Mr Johnson: “Excellent, here are the coordinates on where we will meet. Its an airstrip just outside of Omaha in Shenandoah. Once you land there, meet us in Room 302 of the nearby Bodega Inn Motel. Just message me when you land.

Walker: “Ok, we will arrive there in a few days and message you once we land.

Mr Johnson: “Its a pleasure doing business with y’all.

The mysterious man sends a message to the other runner team. “Targets will arrive in roughly a couple of hours and the extraction point is Bodega Inn Motel, Room 302. Be ready

He gets a response back. “We are ready.

The smile on the mysterious man’s face widens as his plan is coming into fruition. Soon he will have all the bodies that the pesky insect mage will need. “I don’t see why I just don’t wipe the pest off the face of the planet.” he says to himself. “Fraggin little cockroach.

He reaches into the cabinet and pulls out some vials. “Yes, the elves did do something right coming up with this drek.

The shadowrunners and the mysterious man gather to make the run on Havoc. Before they enter, he shifts into a more powerful form … what he considers his ‘true’ form. The scales form on his skin as his horns begin to protrude from his head. It was sometimes a painful process, but he has gotten used to it over the years. The other runners with him start to gasp, but a simple spell eases them. They waited as the members of Havoc walked by and entered into the room.

We got to make this quiet. I dont want to raise suspicion in my town.” He says.

I got that covered” says the pretty elf subvocally.

Focus on the pokey one first, I will handle the mages.

Mag..” the elf was about to say, but the commotion started before the word could get out.

She goes into casting the spell and the team kick in the door. The occupants were caught offgaurd … slightly. The decker and the man with orange eyes seem to jump into action. The cat eared and one that had the quills were surprised. The man with orange eyes immediately opened with a powerful spell, but the mysterious man was ready for him. He reflected the spell back at him. The lightning bolt struck the orange eyed man with full force and he went down. The runners focused their gunfire on the one with quills. The barrage of stick n shock both hit and missed him. The quilled one went into a rage and charged at them with a flaming sword in hand, but the protection spell from the elf stopped him in his tracks. The fight was fast and furious, but within seconds, the quilled one was fell down twitching. The cat eared one and decker were next and quickly fell to the barrage of bullets and spells. The hit was quick, quiet, and efficient. At the end, the mysterious man shot each of them with a dart of laes.

Grab them and get them out to the truck.” He ordered. “But first …” He hesitates a bit. “Just in case.” He goes through the motions of casting a spell. The spell takes some time on each of them as the mysterious man prodded each member, then crafted a new memory to mask what had actually happened.

There, just in case the little drekhead frags something up.” He said to himself.

The shadowrunners gathered up the bodies of Havoc Squad and loaded them into the waiting truck. The mysterious man drove them to a field where they met with a strange teenage. The two of them talked away from the truck for a bit. He motioned to the runners to bring the bodies of Havoc to them.

Excellent!” the teenager exclaimed as he looked over the bodies … and the runners. “All of these will do perfectly.

What about our payment?” The elf asks the mysterious man.

Ahh yes, your payment will be serving a greater power.” He said with a chuckle.

Before the runners could react, the beetle spirits manifested and tore into them.

Looking upon the destruction, the mysterious man remarked “Didnt even bring your guns out. tsk tsk tsk rookie mistake.

The bodies of both the runners and Havoc Squad were taken down into the hole. The mysterious man gets back into the truck and leaves.

Session 34 — Showdown on Main Street …

Cast of Characters

  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • Acorn
  • Tatters
  • RedShirt

The team meets up again, with Acorn, at the luxury hotel room and plan their next move. They know that the roads lead to the mayor, but its not enough to convince Tatters that he is the one behind all this. It was decided that they will set up an appointment with the mayor under the guise of wanting to purchase a parcel of land that is owned by the mayor. In particular, the parcel of land that the team encountered the bug shaman on. The idea being that if the mention the land or interest in the land, if the mayor would somehow get spooked into making a mistake.

Walker contacts City Hall and schedules a lunch meeting with the mayor for the following Tuesday at 11:30am. With a couple of days to kill, the team spends a weekend enjoying the ammenities of the posh hotel.

They arrive at the lunch meeting on time. Eternal and Acorn waited in the car while Walker, Tatters and RedShirt went to the appointment. Walker and Tatters were unarmed, but RedShirt had her machine pistol. The guise was that she was thier bodyguard. They went up to the mayor’s office on the 4th floor. When they stepped out of the elevator, a pair of armed and armored security guards checked them before they entered the office.

Once in, they started discussing the property in question. Walker and Tatters continued thier cover story that they were representatives of a corp employers that has expressed interest in developing the parcel of land. The mayor did have the land surveyed for development already and offered to provide this report. The pair didnt sense that the mayor really had anything to do with the bug spirit, so they closed the meeting and left. An hour later the paperwork was received.

The initial review of the paperwork didnt reveal any direct ties to the shaman or the drake, but after closer inspection, they found that the property was also owned by another party. Tatters did some matrix checking and the other party was the mayor’s brother, who was also the manager of the Bodega Inn Motel.

Now things were starting to come into focus. Walker did some direct Astral scouting of the motel and found the manager there, with a couple of other mundane individuals. The team geared up and made their way to the motel, ready for a showdown. However, it seems that Walker was caught when he was scouting and the drake quickly set up a trap for them. It was time to end the shadowrunners.

As the rental car came up, a grenade rolled out and disabled the car. The pair of gunmen waited while the team regained their senses and started to move into battle position. However, it became difficult as the area around the wrecked car was encased in a sheet of slippery ice. Once they stepped out, they fell on their ass and the gunmen started picking thier shots. Then the drake stepped out into view. Walker exchanged spells with it as it continued to harrass the party with mind magic, convincing both RedShirt and Eternal that thier mage was against them. So Walker had to watch out for both the Drake and his entourage AND his own loose cannon in Eternal. RedShirt didnt have a clean shot at Walker, but did have one on Acorn and shot her. After a few moments, they pair were able to shake the spell before any further damage could be done.

Tatters, having already brought the VTOL nearby, called his drones in to provide fire support. However, after a few more spells from Walker, the drake and company were defeated. These spells were more than normal spells for Walker, he had to put more of himself than normal in them to defeat the drake. Pieces of himself that will take time to regain. Eternal, feeling the pull of the obsidian dagger, walked up and started to cut the head off the drake. The spray of blood and gore on him and the dagger seemed to consume Eternal and please the dagger. Walker was also able to gather up a couple of foci that the drake mage had on him.

Now that the fight was over with, the town police force was on their way and the sirens are blaring. The team “commandeer” a nearby vehicle and drive to the awaiting Archangel. The load up and flee without any further incident. Now the mind mage and his presumed accomplice, the bug shaman, have been defeated. But there was a cost to this. Not only the cost that Walker had to pay for the spells to defeat the drake or the cost for Eternal and his blood bathing, but a cost for Havoc squad. The team was pushed to the limits and is now in disarray and unaligned. How will this affect the future of the team?

~Calypso

Session 33 — The Chase is On …

Cast of Characters

  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • Tatters
  • RedShirt

The team spends the night in the posh luxury hotel in Omaha while they plan their next move. It was decided that they would drive into town to investigate, instead of using the VTOL. They get the concierge to get them a rental and head back to Shenandoah. On the way, both Walker and Tatters hears back from their contacts. Walker lets the rest of the team know that a fixer friend of Calypso’s, by the name of Tex, operates out of the Omaha area. He contacts him and finds out that he had a runner team that was sent to the little airstrip outside of Shenandoah for an extraction. As memory served, one of the runners was with them in the tunnel. A young elf woman was rescued as well. They decide that they neede to find this elf woman. Couldnt be too hard in a small town like this.

They start at the Bodega Inn Motel, where they were extracted from. Walker questioned the motel manager again, but no further information was gathered from him. As they headed out to the street, Tatters first notices a pair of armed and armored individuals getting into a black SUV. As the vehicle started to leave, he gets a mark on it to track it. However, Eternal had another idea. He pulled out Eileen and fired a tracer round at the moving vehicle. Unfortunately, it missed and hit the dirt. Hearing the shot, the security team turned wireless off and fled the scene.

The team hopped into the rental car and sped after it. The SUV went around a turn and as the rented Americar rounded the same corner, the SUV was no longer in sight. It went onto a busy street right in front of a parking garage. The parking garage was in between a trid theatre and City Hall. The on ramp to the garage was protected by a gate and a pair of guards.

Eternal and RedShirt, with the cover of Walker’s invisibility spell, infiltrate the parking garage and find the SUV in the lower parking deck. RedShirt tags them each with a stealth tag and head to the elevator. Tatters easily hacks the elevator to allow it to be used to go to the unmarked lower level. However, RedShirt has other ideas. Feeding on the urges from the the dagger, along with the influence of RedShirt, Eternal goes along with the insane plan. His plan was to eliminate the parking garage guards.

The pair approach the unaware guards and hit them with their tasers. However, the guards were tougher than they appeared. The guards were able to escape and fleed towards City Hall, screaming for help in the crowded streets. Eternal and RedShirt head back to the Americar and Tatters pulled away. As he was pulling out, a Sheriff patrol car drove by. The Sheriff that was driving the patrol car locked eyes with Tatters, but continued onto City Hall. Tatters drove the rental car back to Omaha for the night and to let things cool down in town.

The next day they head back to Shenandoah. This time they went for City Hall and the mayor, Dennis Hinkle. Tatters hacked into the host, very easily, and survey the floors. In the sub-basement, where they wanted to focus a search on, they find that its storage and files. An Astral search revealed no magical auras, spirits, Awakened, or barriers/wards. It seems that the City Hall was a dead end. The next step was to scout the personal residence of the mayor. It was the middle of the day and midweek, so it should be pretty empty. They pulled into a nearby trailhead and popped back into the Matrix and Astral. However, the search turned up very little. Tatters was able to pull some financial data off the mayor’s terminal, but that was about it. Facing another dead end, the team heads back to the hotel in Omaha.

The team was convinced that the Mayor has something to do with their extraction attempt, but no real proof of it. The next step was to shadow the Sheriff around and find out what information he knows. Tatters spent a few days tailing him and found him in a bar at the end of the week. With Eternal, RedShirt and Walker nearby, the decker pulled up a seat at the bar and ordered a passible glass of whiskey. He eventually slid over and made small talk with the sheriff. The talk revealed some information, including the discovery of a dead female elf just outside of town. His cover was that he was in town about possible real estate dealings. After finding out the sheriff knew of a few parcels of land and some hunting cabins, Tatters inquired about the parcel of land where the insect shaman had them. It was then they learned that the mayor owned that particular spot, including several other parcels and a hunting cabin. This information was confirmed with the financial information from his terminal. Armed with this information, they scout out the empty hunting cabin and head back to the hotel for more planning. The mayor is now their lead suspect.

Session 32 — The Team Gets Catfished …

Cast of Characters

  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • Acorn
  • Tatters
  • RedShirt

The team convenes on the room at the Bodega Motel. One by one, they each share what memories they remember. From the looks of it, they were supposed to deliver a package from Denver to New Orleans. En route, they were attacked by another VTOL. The Archangel was struck by a missle strike that took out is engine. They were able to land at the airstrip and get it repaired. While it was being repaired, they would be staying at the Bodega.

Each one also had a personal memory that was just slightly off. For instance, Acorn had memories of her girlfriend. Her and Duchess were going on dates and such, but she didnt have her green eyes, nor the way she behaved. She called her girlfriend, in a slight panic, and was concerned if her eyes have changed from the deep emerald green that she remembered. The two discussed what was going on and even met in Astral space. Since Duchess was not able to come to her side, but was able to summon up a spirit to protect her. The beast spirit was to protect her from other spirits, but would only be good for one fight.

Walker remembered the same thing, but there was something off about his wolf pup. There was something off about the pup. It was bigger than he remembered and his coloring was different. Eternal remembered varioius things about doing stuff for the family. He was involved with various shipping stuff, but it all seemed a blur to him. The faces, the details, all of it was just a blur. Tatters seemed to remember the most of the VTOL attack and missle strike, but again, it was all just a blur.

Searching their commlinks and gear, they found the details of a Matrix meeting with a Johnson. According to the details, they were to travel to Shenandoah and meet with the Johnson. The fuel costs of the Archangel would be fronted to them and they rest of the agreed upon payment would be paid when they meet. They were to meet at the Bodega Motel, Room 302. Of course, this does not jive with what they remember. They came to the conclusion that their memories were altered …. they were possibly dealing with another mind mage.

During the discussions, they were approached by the manager of the motel. Walker bribes him with a credstick with 2,000 nuyen on it. Surprised by the payday, since it was 5 times what he makes in a month, the manager happily shares the information that he has and allows them to stay in the room another night. They only needed to make sure they cleaned up the room. Walker did some Astral scouting over the town, since the manager said there were no magician shop or any mages in town. However, he was able to catch a glipse of something … something powerful, but then the aura disappeared. Further investigation of the room revealed a slight astral signature. There was spellcasting in this room. Tatters also placed a call to his Ares contact, LaRue. She will be getting back to him after reaching out to her counterparts in the region. Walker also put in call to Calypso about the Johnson. She, of course, will also be getting back to the team. The team headed back to the Archangel, after receiving a message that the repairs were complete. They figured that would be the best place to start. Of course, they did not clean the room.

Once back at the airstrip, the two mechanics went over the repairs that were made. Apparently the missle strike did quite a number on the engine. However, when reviewing the plane with the pair of mechanics, both Eternal and Tatters notice that there was no damage to the plane. No bullet holes, no scorch marks, not even a bent panel. If they were in the dogfight with the other VTOL and get hit with a missle, surely there would have been more damage than the destroyed engine. Walker, Acorn and an invisible Eternal walk into the office. They wanted to see the old engine. The pair of mechanics were happy to take them out back to the scrapyard. The fenced yard was full of old cars, plane parts, scattered wings, etc. The pair pointed to the destroyed engine on the pallet nearby. The pair were explaining that they were going to salvage what they could of the ruined engine.

However, the team seen nothing wrong with the engine. It looked fine to them. They confronted the mechanics with an image of the engine and it seemed to stir something. The image was showing a working engine, but in front of them was an engine that was destroyed. The shock of the difference overwhelmed them. Their eyes started to twitch, their bodies started to convulse, they went into full blown seizures. Walker watched from Astral and it appeared they both were healthy, but in distress. He then noticed an Astral signature leak out of the spell that was holding the mechanics. It was the same signature that was in the motel room. When the mechanics came to, they were extremely confused. Eternal negotiated a sale price for the old engine and they left the scrapyard.

Walker also seemed to remember a memory. His eye started to twitch as he went into a seizure, much like the mechanics. He started to remember what had happened in the motel room. The team was there talking and the room all of a sudden went silent. There was a bang at the door, followed by bursts of gunfire. The surprised team went on the defensive. Walker and Acorn tried casting spells, but they seemed to be countered. There was a mage there … a powerful one. Then the dart guns were brought to bear and the laes filled darts took out the team. The last thing that the Wolf mage remembered was the mage had scales … the mage was a drake. The team now realizes that the entire run was a ruse. They were set up from the beginning.

The team, now with an idea of what they are up against, heavy discussed their options. Walker wanted to flee back to San Francisco and hole up there. Atleast there, they can face the threat on their terms and their home ground. Tatters, however, wanted to hang nearby and research this new threat. The heated discussion finally brought us to where we are now. They compromised on a luxury hotel in Omaha where they would stage their actions. The hotel would provide them with the security to help protect them from this threat and gives them a secure place to park the Archangel, while they devise a plan.

~Calypso

Session 31 — ‘Twas But a Memory …

Cast of Characters

  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • Acorn
  • Tatters
  • And Introducing RedShirt

The team wakes up … in a dirt room lined with treeroots. Eternal and Walker are the first to stir and catch a glimpse of Tatter’s head being dragged down a tunnel. A quick inventory of themselves and they find that all of thier gear and equipment was gone. They had no weapons, no armor, no gear of any kind unless it was attached. However, Eternal finds the obsidian dagger and cuts themselves free. The cut Acorn loose and gather their bearings. As an afterthought, they remember Tatters was being drug down the tunnel. They quickly move out and catch a giant dung beetle dragging the body of Tatters. They pounce on it and easily dispatch it. Walker was able to determine that the beetle was infact an insect spirit. Tatters was unconcious but wasnt dead. They wake him up and explain the situation.

There was only one way to go to get out of this and so the team followed the tunnel. It came upon a small cavern with another pair of dung beetles and a stag beetle. Before a plan could be developed, Eternal dropped down on one of the dung beetles and started attacking. As Acorn and Walker assist with spells, Tatters found a hidden bottle of black label whiskey. He knocks it back as they defeat the spirits. However, it was at a cost. The fight with the spirits took a toll on Eternal. Both Acorn and Walker was able to use magic to heal the wounds and they went on their way.

There was two choices at the end of this cavern. One passage leading to the right and the other to the left. Eternal was in the lead and he headed to the right. This tunnel started to take them further down into the ground. Tatters rebelled a little proclaiming that they need to leave. He knew of some Ares people that LOVE to kill these things. However, Eternal was steadfast in his pace. They came upon a large cavern with multiple beetle spirits, the insect shaman and a bright light eminating from the center of them.

Tatters started to turn to leave, but noticed the sound of scrapping coming down the tunnel towards them. It was then that the beetles all noticed the intruders. Eternal caught the sound of Eileen calling out to him. Before he could act though, Walker unleashed a lightning bolt directly at the insect shaman. The shaman was caught in the middle of a ritual. The lightning bolt ripped through him, tearing him to pieces and disrupting the ritual. The shaman was instantly killed. The remaining spirits disappaited, leaving only darkness.

Scattered along the walls were bodies, mostly dead, except for a trio that were found near the shaman. Eternal and the others gathered their gear, then Walker attended to the injured victims. Eternal could hear the ancient rythmnic chanting as the dagger called out to him. It has had a taste of blood and wanted more. He took the dagger’s lead and moved in to assist one of the victims. When Walker wasn’t paying attention, he slipped the obsidian dagger into the heart of one of the victims. It drained the blood and life from the poor soul. The chanting in the head of Eternal thrummed of satisfaction.

The team escorts the remaining two victims out of the tunnels and onto a grassy field. Now with matrix connection, they learn that the date is … September 3rd? Its been two months … but where has the time gone? Furthermore, they found themselves in a small town just outside of Omaha, UCAS! Tatters convinces the survivors to come with them and they can escort them to safety. He located the matrix signal of the Archangel at a nearby airstrip and make their way there. Once there, they see the plan with a missing engine. The mechanics that were working on it let them know that it will be later that day. The missile damage took out an engine and it had to be replaced. Unsure of what was going on, they find that they were staying at a local motel called the Bodega Inn Motel.

The make the couple mile walk to the motel, with Tatters and one of the victims, stopping off at a bar first. They started to realize that this victim was part of thier team? He went by the name of RedShirt. After making things square, they all met at the motel room. There they found the room in complete disarray. Something big happened here. There was scorch marks, bullet holes and blood scattered about. Then they caught sight of some darts on the ground. A check with the med kit revealed the darts have residue of Laes, the elven memory erasing drug. Now faced with the fact that they may have had their memories altered, they review their commlinks and any other device that they had to find out what has happened for the last two months?

~Calypso

Eternal Gets a Taste of Power — Side Run

Eternal was fresh from the Alaska run when he went to his talismonger contact to seek Berserker’s favor again. The physical adept was seeking to gain another initiate grade. She gave him the usual disclaimer about seeking out Berserker in his realm, however, the adept just waived her off and assumed his meditative state within the lodge. Stephanie just grinned and joined him in the lodge. She went into her meditative state and brought Eternal to the door of Berserker’s realm.

He found himself in a clearing next to the woods. As he scanned the area, there was no threat to be found. However, he went on his guard and ignited his sword. He drew Eileen in his other hand and issued an open challenge. The challenge went unanswered.

After a few hours, a strange blob appeared along the edge of the woods. The shambling mound of bleeding, festered flesh oozed towards Eternal. As it approached him, the mound turned into a vague humanoid shape that resembled that of a young girl. Scars, cuts and wounds oozed out blood and puss as it came to a stop. It lifted up a finger and pointed at Eternal with a vague smile across its face. Its finger fell from the rotted stump and another one grew in its place. Eternal took a hit of K-10 and felt the drug course through his body. He happily accepted the challenge with a smile of his own.

He pointed Eileen at his target. He poined the gun at his target and unloaded the APDS ammo in a full auto burst. The armor piercing bullets slammed into the shambling mound. However, it was hard to tell through all the blood and wounds that were already present if they bullets had any affect. The mound just kept on shambling towards its target and moved to attack.

From deep within his mind, Eternal started to hear the sound of ancient rythmic chanting. The chanting and voices were so loud and distracting that it distracted him from the fight. Eternal shook his head to clear it, but it failed. He swung the flaming sword at the blob and struck true. However, it appeared that the blob separated as the blade passed through it. Eternal started to get frustrated as it seems that he was able to hurt this thing. Meanwhile, the adept still found it hard to focus or concentrate with the voices and chanting in his head.

The chanting was so much that he didnt notice that the blob had wrapped itself around him. He could feel the pressure of the embrace. He could smell the burning flesh as the mound pressed against the flaming sword. He let out a scream as the chanting and voices got louder and louder and louder. It was almost overtaking him. He could feel his lifeforce start to drain from him. It seemed this spirit was draining the life from him.

Then he heard a voice. It was a familiar voice casting a spell that he has heard before. Through the confusion in his head, he could recogize that he knew this mage. The feeling of electrical discharge touched his skin as a lightning bolt hit the spirit that was wrapped around him. The spirit released its grasp on him just enough for him to escape. He gathered his wits and notices a wolf shaman next to him. Walker was asking him questions and looked concerned, but nothing was making sense to him right now. Then the confusion stopped.

Eternal’s mind cleared for a moment and a bit of clarity sunk in. The spirit was still there attacking him, but he had Walker next to him. it was then that he felt a sharp pain in his side. He looked over to see the mage had buried a dagger deep into his side. The pain shot through his body. He pulled the dagger from his side and buried it into the mage’s face. The blade struck true, but the made just disappeared in a cloud of dust. POOF! Eternal was alone again, except the two spirits.

The realization hit him as there were now to spirits attacking him. Both were within range. He started swinging his blade and shooting, but one of the spirits enveloped him again. The voices and chanting in his head started again. He reached down and set off a flash bang. The concussion of the blast shredded the spirit to pieces. Bits of blood, flesh and gore exploded as the spirit was ripped back to his home plane. Eternal was now one on one with the other spirit.

A smile came across his face. “Hi-Ex!” He exclaimed. “Call me, Eileen” the gun responded. Eternal looked strangely at the prototype gun. “Hi-Ex! … Eileen” he said again. “As you wish” the gun returned. The smile came back as he shot the other spirit. The grenade buried itself deep in the flesh of the spirit and exploded. What was left was a writhing mass of torn flesh, protruding bone and bleeding wounds. The spirit turned to make a break for the trees, but he shot another grenade that ended the spirit.

A slow clap came from next to him. Eternal, still on edge and high on the K-10, spins to face … Walker. The wolf mage was clapping for him. He brought up a finger to stop Eternal. “I have given you a taste of this power … should you want to pursue it then seek me out.” . He then disappeared, leaving Eternal alone.

The adept awoke back in the lodge. He still felt the sharp pain in his side and noticed the obsidian bladed dagger in his side. The runes on the dagger revealed that this was a powerful foci of some sort. As he held the bone handle, he could hear the ancient chant in his head again and the words of Walker. The adept left the talismonger shop blessed once again by Berserker … but at what cost.

~Calypso

Session 30 — Family Affairs …

Cast of Characters

  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • Acorn
  • Ace

The team gets a message that LaRue has another job for them. They were to meet at the same warehouse that they met before. LaRue was alone this time. She had a simple extraction of a pair of individuals. Walker negotiated a deal, but LaRue had a bonus in mind. They agreed on 10k nuyen and LaRue presented them with a gift. Behind a curtain in the warehouse was a the training model of an Ares Archangel VTOL. This is included in the deal.

The extraction targets were Jannet and Hiroshi Suyin. The are Directors of Magical Research and Aquisition for Wuxing out of Alaska. The pair were expected to be at thier cabin retreat on Lake Minchumina in Alaska, Athabaskan Council. They are expected to be there for the next 4 days. The pair is to be extracted from the lake house. To cover the extraction, there needs to be an accident at the cabin that will make the pair appear to be killed. Security should be light, but expect opposition. The team immediately recognizes that they were extracting Acorn’s parents and they were headed into Wuxing territory with someone that had a Wuxing bounty on her head.

Tatters spends the day getting used to flying the Archangel while the team started to plan the run. The weather looked good and there didnt seem to be a need for any special equipment. They decided to head out to Alaska the next morning. Tatters had already planned and filed the flight plan, so they were all set to go. The flight there was uneventful.

After circling around the lake, there was no clear place to land except for on the lake. However, landing on the lake near the cabin would alert the security. They decided to land on nearby Jim Lake, which was about 3 miles away from the cabin. Tatters was to stay with the plane while the other three hiked in. After they cleared the cabin for the extraction, Tatters would fly over and pick them up. Walker was able to guide them on the hike in and after a few hours, they made it to the cabin.

They approached the rear of the cabin on a slight overlook. As they moved into position, Ace tripped on a tree root and fell down the embankment. Unfortunately he landed right in front of a sasquatch guard. Before Ace could even react, the guard cut his head clean off his body with his combat axe. He then alerted the rest of the guards of the threat. The team sprung into action.

Eternal and the others quickly dispatch the sasquatch, but at a cost. The firefight left some wounds on the team and the rest of the security force was headed in. Before they knew it, they were set upon. The security team used cunning tactics and advantage as they laid down cover fire and picked shots as the team exposed themselves. Eternal was able to use his flash bangs and Walkers spells to finally wear down the security force. Once they were all down, he finished the job.

The team then moved into the house from different points. Walker covered Eternal in magical invisibility and they went in. Eternal found their targets were protected by a lone gaurd and esily dispatched him. The distraught couple looked on in horror as thier bodyguard was slain in front of them. Acorn appeared and they moved into a position to protect their daughter from the unknown horror. She calmed them down while Walker explained the situation. They pair finally came to the understanding that they were being extracted. Acorn convinced them to get in the plane that was waiting for them. Eternal gathered up some of the guard’s gear and set the exposives. Part of the job was to make it look like they were killed in an accident. They were rigged to make it look like there was a gas leak and explosion. The team and their targets left with the explosives going off a short time later.

Tatters set up the drop off point with LaRue and they made the 6 hour flight back to the Bay Area. On the way, Acorn and her parents got caught back up in tearful conversation. Eternal and Hiroshi, Acorn’s dad, also had some stuff to talk about regarding the sinking of the Estella Maersk. The discussion led to files on his terminal with the manifest that he was looking for. The ship was carrying cargo for a DIMR research facility in New Orleans. The cargo was an aquatic creature that had been created with DNA altering and gene splicing. The mention of the facility starting to bring back memories of Eternal’s past.

When they arrived at the drop point, LaRue advised Acorn that she will never see her parents again. She gave them a little more time to say their goodbyes and they were whisked away to an unknown Ares research facility. The team was paid for the job and furthermore, they completed the job they were given by Eternal’s connection with the Family. So with the loss of one of their teammates and now a new lead on Eternal’s past, what will the team do now?

~Calypso

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.