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Session 14 — Bugs … Does It Have To Be Bugs?

Cast of Characters

  • Bowjack
  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • Sledge
  • Viking
  • With Special Guest, Duchess

The team had wrapped up the prior night by stashing the other runner team’s loot in their bulldog and leave it a few blocks away to return to later. After I provided Duchess with Tatter’s commcode (she could have just used the team to reach him but why not get the full runner experience by reaching out to contacts to get other tasks done), she arranged an immediate meet with him to hack through the commlinks for any useful intel.

Tatters sat listening with a great deal of incredulity that first, a fifteen year old was on the mission and also the johnson, and secondly that the team managed to take down opposition without any fatalities. Somewhat dazed from what I hear, he left promising to get back with any intel he finds by the morning.

Before the team reconvenes in the morning, Tatters sends some relevant comm conversations between the other runners, along with a record of messages left for what looks to be the Johnson when they have a captive to deliver. After spending looking over the messages the team meets up at the club and decide to walk the eight blocks over to the supposed warehouse location.

Eternal breaks off from the group and effectively vanishes into an alley, watching the ruined warehouse from the ground level. The rest of the team finds a rooftop to watch from while Walker goes to astrally reconnoiter and Bowjack sends his flyspy.

Walker scours the warehouse astrally spotting what looks like a tunnel with rubble built up around the entrance protected by a mana barrier across the entrance. When the Flyspy catches up, Bowjack sends it as far as he can before his connection starts to become spotty and leaves the Flyspy watching the tunnel.

The team decides their surprising discretion in terms of weaponry may not be warranted this time, and Eternal leaves to get some heavier hardware while the rest of the team keeps up overwatch. During this time, the Flyspy catches what was certainly the Johnson. The dwarf makes an awkward climb up the tunnel past the Flyspy, but stops before leaving the tunnel itself and seems to check his commlink before returning down below. Without everyone there, the team decides to hold and stick to the plan of heading down in force.

I wouldn’t normally say Runners need to watch more trids, but I think if the team had seen a few Ares Firewatch propaganda trids, they would have just bailed and called in a tip. Instead, they head down the tunnel, which I certainly wish I could have seen. If Duchess wants to run the shadows, she better get used to the dirt. Most of the team ends up slipping on the loose dirt of the steep entrance.

While the rest of the team struggles to get their footing, Eternal continues on ahead, undeterred by his team falling behind. He kept his uncanny ability to remain utterly stealthy, while most of the rest of the team is falling, cursing, and throwing an occasional tantrum over a dress (Duchess is really going to have to learn about run appropriate attire).

As it is, Eternal reaches a chamber up ahead, and notices under at least one of the piles of rubble and dirt in the room is just the slightest movement. As he moves sword ready towards it, two man-sized ants rise out of the rubble and converge on him. Aside from a screaming Duchess, the team keeps its cool and springs into action despite most of them being in the tunnel still (in defense of Duchess: Insect Spirits on her first run, poor girl). Eternal is undeterred by the two converging on him and he and the team make short work of the ants.

While the team tries to take a moment to process what’s going on and how to move forward, they begin to hear the clamberings of a mass of creatures coming from two of the three tunnels leading on. Bringing the bigger hardware proves worthwhile as two grenades (and some tinnitus) later, only one tunnel remains leading into the chamber (and further down into the hive). They leave the third tunnel and set up an ambush as they hear a different kind of shuffling coming closer.

Rounding the corner into view are two horrible mixes of man and ant, hybrid spirits, which the team opens up on. When it’s done: four hybrids are dead, Sledge’s armor has taken some acidic damage, and Viking’s fist is covered in ichor from smashing through one’s head. Hearing silence now, the team heads down further into a bit of a maze of tunnels while Bowjack says he’ll watch their backs from the room with his drones that have curiously not fired a shot yet.

As the team makes their way down, eventually come across the Shaman’s lodge, finding two of the victims in the process of being inhabited. They seem to be writhing in agony in their cocoons against the wall. Walker intuits that they need to disrupt the hive and recognizes that placements of high sugar foods & syrup seems to be marking the boundaries of the lodge. Everyone sets about disrupting the lodge.

The best part of this was Duchess was exploding with excitement to tell me that she summoned a spirit so strong that the whole ground shook throughout the hive. I didn’t really have the heart to tell her that a minor earthquake happened to hit the bay area while they were down there…

Anyway, after freeing two captives, the team starts to make their retreat and head back up. And they ultimately make their escape, although they never tracked down the Shaman responsible for this. Conveniently enough, I know someone in a good position to capitalize on this info.

After that, Duchess paid the team and treated them to a nice dinner. I helped her out with some gifts she wanted to present the team. She gave Walker a wolf pup in thanks for rushing to protect her from the drone the night prior. And for Eternal, a cache of high ex grenades, to replace the ones he left behind in the Shaman’s lodge and through the hive to collapse the tunnels.

At this point, I would be thinking that Aspen is either getting out of touch or was exaggerating his claims that this team was chaotic. Some outliers but otherwise it’s been a professional and competent team. And then I heard what happened next. It seems as though this team is pretty good while they’re on the job, but once they get to their own devices, well, things get a little more extreme.

~Calypso

Blaze of Glory — Behind the Curtain

As the team finished up their dinner at the diner in southern San Francisco. Walker and Duchess were leaving the diner and talking by his car.

Hey. Thank you for this. It was generous. Look… you have my comm code, and you’re always welcome to contact me. I do hope you got what you wanted from this whole… endeavour.” Walker says to the young mage while petting his new wolf pup.
Your welc ….” The words barely left Duchess’s mouth as Bowjack barrels out of the diner with people shouting from it. He jumped into his roadmaster, slams the door and peels out of the parking lot in a haste. The sounds of shouting and screaming came from the inside of the diner. As Walker and Duchess look in with a sideways glance to see a troll bouncer sitting … yes sitting … on Sledge. They were yelling at him to calm down and that the SFPD were on their way. From down the street, the sudden squeal of tires caught their attention and the roadmaster comes to a screeching halt.

Looking down the street, a pair of SFPD cars had arrived and blocked the speeding roadmaster in. Not knowing what was going on or why this vehicle was driving at such a high rate of reckless speed, they decided to block it in. Minutes seemed like hours as they stood there in a stalemate. The elf slams the roadmaster in reverse and whips the car around and bails the other way, just to come to a halting stop as another pair of SFPD cars block him in. Quickly flipping the car around again, he tries to make it down a side street, but that too was blocked by more law enforcement vehicles. Again, they all sit there in another stalemate. The whine of a an SFPD VTOL is heard and the two magicians look to the sky.

Drawn out by the commotion, the bouncers let Sledge off with a warning and step out to see whats going on. Viking finally got his food to go and heads out of the diner, nodding to Walker and Duchess as he passes, and down the street to his Harley. The troll does not want to have any part of what is going on. Walker instinctively grabs a hold of Duchess’s arm and pulls her next to his car. The wolf shaman sensing that this situation was about to get out of control. Just as he gets her to relative safety, the roadmaster starts revving his engine.

Inside the roadmaster, Bowjack looks at the surrounding police cars that are blocking the escape routes. He was trapped in. Looking up and seeing the VTOL hovering above, he closes his eyes and a calm serene feeling came over him. He thought about his drones, his novacoke and his assault rifle that is next to him. The young elf’s thought train goes to the young elven woman that he captured his heart. “What would Felicia think about this …” he said to himself quietly. “Ahh Frag it!!!!” he screamed! He grabbed the bag of novacoke in the console next to him, puts his face in the bag and inhales deeply. The burn of the novacoke hits his system and he looks out at Walker and Duchess standing there. “FRAGGIN WIZZARDS!!” he screams out at Walker as he slams on the gas. The roadmaster hurls in reverse and slams against a pair of cars, but doesnt break through. The stunned officers pull their weapons and the elf slams the gas and it barrels forward towards the other roadblock. This time, the officers were ready for him. The open fire on it.

Once the gunfire starts, Walker moves in to cover Duchess and pins her between the car and his body. Bullets riddled the roadmaster as it slammed into the other pair of vehicles. It hit so hard that the roadmaster recoiled and rolled back, stopping in front of the diner. Walker takes a peak over his car, just in time to see Bowjack do some more novacoke and grab his assault rifle. “drek …” he thought to himself as he moves back to cover Duchess. Bowjack steps out of the roadmaster with his assault rifle and opens fire on the nearby officers. They in turn return fire. From above, the whine of the VTOLs minigun winding up and firing on the roadmaster and the elf. Bullets riddle both Bowjack and the roadmaster.

Then there was silence. The stunned onlookers from the diner coming out from their cover to view the horrifying scene. Duchess and Walker slowly peer up from behind his car. “O..h… God …” Duchess says as she sees the bloody scene. Walker brings the young girl in close and shields her from the view. Viking, hearing the gunfire, moved to Walker’s side and surveys what they witnessed. There, in the middle of the street, destroyed roadmaster and the bullet riddled elven body of Bowjack. The assault rifle he carried falling on the ground next to him. Viking and Walker escort Duchess out of the area as law enforcement approaches and secures the horrific scene.

Session 13 — A Night at the Cerebus …

Cast of Characters:

  • Bowjack
  • Eternal
  • Walker
  • And introducing, Sledge
  • With Special Guest, Duchess

Eddie Glenn, the owner of a club I like to hit up now and then, reached out to me saying that the club and neighborhood have been having some issues lately. As we got to talking about how I could help him, we got to talking about my girl Duchess. She’s young yes, but has a lot of potential on the magic front to take a few steps into the shadows. We both agreed it might be good to have someone with a personal interest and familiarity on the job, so this seemed like a good setup to get her back out to San Francisco.

Luckily she was free to take a short notice trip out from Baltimore and come visit. Eddie and I worked out a plan where Duchess would serve as the Johnson, but require that she is brought along on the job. Runners, particularly this new team, might not take to a 15 year old girl running the show, but they’ll certainly listen if there’s a paycheck involved. We set her up with a total budget, and gave her the responsibility to decide how much to offer. Whatever is left over is hers to keep.

On that front, Duchess didn’t disappoint. The team settled on 8,000 nuyen each with her, leaving Duchess with a nice chunk for herself. She’s got good instincts for this business. After that, Duchess briefed the team that the job is mainly to provide surveillance and security for the club during a show with what I’m told was a pretty novahot DJ. Would have liked to go myself, but wouldn’t be good to hang around influencing a job.

From what Aspen told me, it was almost like this was a totally different team tonight. The team set up a pretty effective surveillance net and stayed, well, more professional than I’ve been lead to expect with the Havoc squad. I’m told by the owner that one, could only be Bowjack, hassled a customer over some novacoke. The new member of the team, Sledge, got in on this until management informed Duchess. I wish I could have seen the sight of her dragging Bowjack by his elbow, and Sledge, an ork, by his ear. In fact, maybe Eddie has some security footage still.

She got the team refocused just in time for them to start noticing some unusual activity. Eternal was set up outside (for the best, I don’t think he’d do well in the club scene) and noticed a drone doing orbits around the club. It was trying to stay low and stealthy but he managed to catch a bit of its silhouette before losing it again. However, that was enough to get him focused on the right thing and he managed to pick up the drone again. With a quick warning to the team, he opened fire, initially missing the drone which then turned to get in range to return fire – a big mistake – as Eternal’s second shot landed solid.

Meanwhile, the team inside had started to focus in on some folks who didn’t seem as into the club scene itself. The team focused the most on an Ork (apparently even the Ork is racist against Orks!) but still managed to notice that the moment the drone went down, one of the men seemed to receive a message, have a quick conversation, and make his way out of the club. Sledge revealed himself trying to follow him (speaking of people who didn’t fit into the club scene) but with only one exit, it was easy for the team to pick the guy up again as he left.

Walker tried to get him into conversation but the man stayed focus on trying to get off the scene and continued to leave until Walker astrally slapped him down, and instantly unconscious. From what I heard he was almost outright killed. As Duchess comes out to see what’s going on, Eternal and Walker realize another drone is beelining in for Walker and the downed guy. Duchess may need to work on some of her instincts as she was focused on the unconscious man instead of potential threats. Walker seems to have a good heart though tried to get her out of the way, and stubborn as she was, he risked taking the incoming bullets himself. After a failed shot at Walker and Duchess, Eternal gets his second drone kill of the night.

The team starts to work on getting the guy into taco tank when Eternal spots a bulldog rounding the corner, and then backing out and leaving. A last second shot and he takes a rear wheel out and, I wish I was kidding, decided to chase the vehicle down on foot. Thanks to an assist from Duchess, he makes a … spirited… go at it, and catches up to the van, making it clear that they get one warning before a grenade comes out.

Amazingly, the team manages to subdue this, frankly insultingly b-rate runner team without any further casualties. Duchess with some support from Walker and some intimidation from Sledge and Eternal manage to learn that the team was hired to abduct people in the area and deliver them to a warehouse nearby. The other runner team of course couldn’t be bothered to do any real investigation on their Johnson so didn’t have much more information.

Although Tatters is prepping for the other job he was requested for, the team should be able to drop off the runner’s commlinks for him to search for any additional intel before they go back tomorrow to check out the warehouse in question. This first part proved to be an easy introduction for Duchess, but I hope what they find is just as much of a milkrun.

~Calypso

Session 12 – A Glutton for Punishment

Cast of Characters:

  • Bowjack
  • Walker
  • Tatters
  • Ajax
  • Eternal

Gluttony “.. the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste.

After the initial recon was done during lunch at the Dragon Panda, Tatters does some recon on his own through the Matrix. He is able to find the arrest record for Ajax and alter it enough that it shows he was arrested for unlicensed cyberwear. Bowjack also met with the attorney, Lo Wang, shortly after that. They worked out a deal where Lo Wang would expedite Ajax’s release. They agreed on a price and the lawyer was able to get Ajax released the next morning after paying a fine of 5,000 nuyen. After some discussion amongst the team, Eternal fronted the 5k for the fine. More on that later though.

After the meeting with the lawyer, the team gathers together to continue working the job at hand. Bowjack sent in a flyspy drone while Tatters went on Matrix overwatch. Eternal scouted out the loading dock area and Walker kept watch over the vulnerable bodies of Tatters and Bowjack. The tiny drone worked its way into the basement level where most of the kitchen prep and work is done. Tatters was able to hack his way into the restaurant’s host and get information on the blueprints and various other files. As they discussed option on how they would proceed with completing the mission, Bowjack was able to catch a moment that could be an opening. They noticed their mark make his way up to the vats where he would personally test the soup for flavor. They have decided that this was their opportunity.

So lets go back to the release of Ajax. Eternal gave the credstick with the fine on it to Bowjack. Bowjack was the only one that went to pick him up from the precinct. Once there, he pays the fine and Ajax is released with the gear that he had on him. His Jeep, however as with all such cases, was surrendered to the SFPD. When Bowjack and Ajax exited the precinct, there was a surprise waiting for them. An Ares HTR team in two Banshee T-Birds descended on the pair. In a moments thought, a tactical squad was on them with weapons drawn. One T-Bird was hovering with its mounted weapons trained on the pair and the second T-Bird was circling above. Among the Ares officers, a UCAS military official waded through them. In his hand was a scanner. He requested Bowjack to place his hand on the scanner. Reluctantly he did so. The scanner’s trid display showed a “no match” and he moved over to Ajax. When he placed his hand on the scanner, it came back as a match.

Before he could even complete his sentence to “bag and tag him“, Ajax quickly leapt into action and slammed his hatchet in the head of the military official. Luckily, the helmet on his full body armor took the brunt of the blow. Ajax, however, did not fair so well. The HTR response was swift and efficient. All of their weapons unloaded into Ajax, tearing him to shreds. Bowjack narrowly rolled out of harms way, but other innocent bystanders were also killed in the strike. After the bloodshed, Bowjack was free to leave since he did not take part in the attack and they were not looking for him. Still covered in blood and gore, he ate his McHues order and went home to get cleaned up.

Later that day, the team prepares themselves for the their strike. They need only to seize the opportunity, should it arise. Walker was to place an invisibility spell on Eternal while Bowjack watches the basement through the flyspy. Tatters would be on Matrix overwatch and would be ready to spring his trap. When their mark would go up to the vats to taste test, Tatters would cause his cyberwear to cease functioning. This would be the moment that Eternal would knock him into the vat. Well that was the plan anyways.

For the most part, the plan went flawlessly. However, at the moment when Eternal went to knock him into the vat, he found that he was a bit more sturdy than he thought. He slammed into the massive wall of flesh with a disheartening THUD! Quick on his feet, Eternal hits him again with a solid hit that was enough to knock him unconscious and into the vat of soup. As he fell into the boiling hot soup, his body got stuck in the vat opening. His upper half was drowning in the soup while his bottom half was left flailing. After a few moments, the flailing stopped and the deed was done. Just as Eternal starts to make his way off the catwalk and out, one of the cooks notice his body and screams. When EMS and LoneStar security shows up, the team was already on their way out.

The job was completed to the Johnson’s satisfaction and the team was paid after the coroner’s report was released. His death was ruled an accident. The report went on to state that there was a malfunction in his cyberwear that caused him to fall into the vat and subsequently drowning.

~Calypso

Session 11 – Arrested Development

Cast of Characters:

  • Bowjack
  • Walker
  • Tatters
  • Viking
  • Ajax
  • Eternal

After Aspen told me about his “Havoc Squad,” I did a little digging on them and they could be just what the bay area needs. After they get settled in, I set them up with a job. The meet was set for 3:30am at Cheng’s Restaurant in Oakland. The owner there is having some issues with another restauranteur. She says that he has been intimidating her because she refuses to sell to him. The word on the street is that he was going to take drastic action. She reached out to me for some help. I figured this would be a great way for the new team to get their feet wet.

They team meets up at the restaurant and go to the meeting. The Johnson was alone and eating her noodles when they arrived. After discussing the job, the team learned that she is requesting that this person be killed, but in a particular way. They are to kill him in a vat of his own soup and it must look like an accident. After some negotiation, they are paid a partial amount up front and the rest will be paid after the coroner’s report is released. They come to an agreement and discuss the details.

Their mark is a Chinese man named Xiu Yang. He owns a chain of Chinese buffet-style restaurants in San Francisco. The team is provided a photograph of him. They also find that he does have ties to the Triad. Tatters does starts some matrix searches on him and finds that the is a heavy handed style boss that has his thumb on everything regarding his business. They leave the meet and head home. Tatters does find out that the original restaurant, Dragon Panda, is where he mainly is. but does make appearances at the other locations.

As the rest of the team is headed home, Ajax decides to head into downtown San Francisco and do a quick drive by on the restaurant. Once down there, SFPD picks up on a Jeep suspiciously driving around Chinatown at 4:00am. They proceed to pull the vehicle over and perform their normal checks. A SIN check reveals that the driver is broadcasting a fake SIN. While questioning Ajax, they pick up on his nervousness and detain him for further questioning. Another pair of officers check the Jeep while a portable scanner is used to reveal Ajax’s true identity. The scanner picks up on his cyberwear and a handprint scan returns some interesting information. When he was first pulled over, Ajax started broadcasting to the rest of the team through his image link on what was occurring. Tatters starts digging on the matrix for any information on the SFPD and the local precinct.

The whole team was watching as the handprint scanner displayed that he was wanted by UCAS military for desertion and AWOL. Ajax is immediately taken into custody and taken to jail. Before the police could link Ajax to the rest of the team, Tatters hacks and bricks his commlink.

Shocked at the early morning incident, the team decides to move forward with the job and will worry about Ajax later. Bowjack does decide to lookup an attorney that could help him and scheduled an appointment with Johnson and Lo Wang for later that day. The plan was for the team to meet up at the Dragon Panda and have lunch to check the place out. Eternal stays behind and does some legwork for his family responsibilities. When they get there, they go into the buffet in pairs and get some food. They do notice that some Triad members are present and there is pretty good security here. After some time, they hear the crash of broken dishes and screaming coming from the kitchen. A young woman comes running from the back, through the restaurant and out the door crying. A large morbidly obese Chinese male with heavy cyberwear comes out from the back and yells that she is fired! Looking back at the image they were provided, which appears severely dated, and find that this is their mark. Concern amongst the team spreads as they realize that this man must weigh close to 800lbs.

Seeing an opportunity, Walker and Bowjack rush out to follow the fired waitress. Bowjack trips and falls, but Walker is able to catch up to her and started a conversation to keep her from getting in a cab and leaving. Tatters gets a bead on her commlink and puts a mark on it for use later. Walker talks her into letting him pay for a cab and escort her home to allow her to vent as she needs. Tatters then does some searching on the Matrix for her and finds an image on her social media of her, their mark and their Johnson together at a family function. About that same time, Walker learns that the waitress, who is Janet Che, is the niece of Xiu Yang.

At this revelation, Tatters does some more digging and learns that the Johnson, Lien Cheng, and Xiu Yang had divorced 3 years ago. Furthermore, he located a life insurance policy that named her as the beneficiary. As a kicker, the life insurance policy has an accidental death clause that will pay out if he was to suffer an accidental death. It seems that the team has stumbled across quite the dilemma. One of their members has been arrested, their job is to eliminate the ex husband of their Johnson and to make it look like an accident AND they find that their Johnson will receive a life insurance policy payout upon the accidental death of her ex husband … yes, quite the pickle they find themselves in.

~Calypso

Aspen and Calypso — Behind the Curtain

So I find myself discussing internally what will happen. I just got done with a discussion with Walker about the team possibly having to leave the Tir. On my drive home, I start to think about who I know that I can call in a favor with. At this point, it seems like Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and the San Francisco metroplex would be the best bets. I decided to place a call to Calypso in San Francisco. Just the thought of that name sends goosebumps everywhere. Back in the day when I was a runner, Calypso worked with me on a number of jobs. She is another shaman that follows a different set of rules. She, how can I put this nicely, is quite the manipulator. There have been quite a few jams that we got out of due to her looks, and a few jams because of her looks. She is a beautiful woman and she knows it. After our running days, we both took up being fixers. Calypso took up residence in the Bay Area and I moved into the Tir. She was there during the occupation and helped to oust Saito and his forces. Lets give her a call.

The commlink rings. “Aspy … Its been a long time,” She answers. “Hey Calypso, I have a some chips that I need to cash in.

Chips??? I didnt know we still dealt with chips. If thats the case, then I still have a bank full of favors left. So what can I do for you, love?

Frag, Calypso, do start that drek again. I have a runner team that needs to be relocated. The Tir is getting a little hot and they need to get out with a quickness.

Well Aspy, you know that I can always use more help down here. Ever since that Imperialist asshat left, the Corps are here thinking they own the place. Go ahead and send me their info and give them my comm number. Once they get here and settled in, then I will put them to work.

Thanks Calypso, I really appreciate this.

You know, Aspy, you should come down for a visit some time. You know that the Bay Area has better tacos than those dandilion eaters up there.

Hahahahaha, yes Calypso, I will make my way there for a visit some time. Until then, take care of my runners.

The conversation and the call ends with the usual pleasantries.

Retaliation: Exodus — Behind the Curtain

The sounds of pneumatic tools and the smell of engines permeate the warehouse. Scott Wilkins, an Ork mechanic for the Spanners, is working along side his drone. They are working on fitting a Ford Americar with some armor plating. “Now just hold the plate right there,” he tells the drone. Once its in place, he fires up the welder and sets it in place. His mind wanders to the announcements of the previous raids on the Shadowrunners that blew up the library. “Those fraggers are going to pay for this!” His thoughts go back to his girlfriend, Anita, who was at the library during their raid. When the composite plate was welded on, he orders the drone to get the next piece.

Over the mic, he hears commotion about a possible security breach. Before he could process what was happening, he hears the sounds of the security drones move into place and start firing. As he looked around to survey what was going on, the others in the warehouse grab their weapons and start taking up defensive positions. Then the sounds of a revving engine fill the warehouse as a GMC Phoenix comes blasting through the warehouse garage doors and slams into a parked Bulldog. The security drones continue to fire at the bullet-hole ridden car.

Then, all of a sudden, the drones stop firing and the warehouse is dead silent. Orders are barked out and a group of gangers move up to the car. A pair of panthers were also released and are approaching the car. Another group of gangers, armed with assault rifles and wearing armor, move into covering position. Before the team moves in on the car, the telltale sound of the assault cannon from the ceiling mounted drone takes aim and fires. The cannon round hits dead on to the Phoenix and the following explosion was much more than expected. The resounding explosion blew past the first two ranks of gangers, the damaged Bulldog truck flew and crashed into the opposite wall and the front of the warehouse begins to collapse when the entire front of the warehouse is blown out.

As the front of the warehouse comes down on top of the burning wreckage, nearby gangers start to choke as they shout out warnings. Soon, everyone near the wreckage was dead and others started harnessing their gas masks. “What the hell is going on?” Scott asks himself as he quickly puts on his ballistic mask with the built in gas mask. Another team was assembled and approached the wreckage. There were bodies everywhere, but they were all gangers. Then word got around that there was nobody nearby. It appears that the Phoenix was driven remotely.

Then there were new sounds that filled the air. The whining sound of a pair of Peace Force VTOLs that took up position over the collapsed part of the warehouse. Some stupid idiot decided to fire the assault cannon at it and it struck it straight in the left engine. When the left engine exploded, the VTOL started to waver back and forth as the pilot fought to regain control of it. The gunner started firing on the nearby gangers, who in turn, started firing back. The VTOL was too damaged by the initial cannon round to stay aloft and came crashing down on top of the warehouse, further collapsing it.

With a vengeance, the Peace Forces came in hard. The second VTOL opened fired with its own assault cannon as ground troops repelled from the aircraft. Before long, the Peace Forces had the situation controlled. The remaining gangers, including Scott, were lined up with hands behind their heads and seated on the ground. As he looked around at the others, he noticed one of the Peace Force elves talking on his commlink. He nodded as he received his orders. He walked up to the group, with two other officers. “For crimes against the subjects of Cara’Sir, those of you present are indicted on all charges. By the power vested in me by the Council of Princes, you are all hereby found guilty and punishment is death.” He pulled out his assault rifle and begn firing. Scott closed his eyes and though of Anita. She was his last thought as the bullets from the firing squad ripped through his body.

The scene cuts to a pair of orks looking out a vehicle’s windshield. A call comes in and shows a video of another ork. “Boss, the warehouse has been compromised.” You see a familiar looking chrome plated cyberarm with intricate glyphs slam on the dashboard. “What happened?” he asked. “It was attacked .. Peace Force officers are on scene.” The clenched cyberarm fist slams into the dash again as the driver makes a turn in the vehicle. “Understood. Send anyone that is left underground for now while we regroup.” And the camera fades to black.

Session 10 – Retaliation: Exodus

Cast of Characters:

  • Bowjack
  • Walker
  • Tatters
  • Viking
  • Ajax

“There comes a time in every runners life, where you have to make a decision. A decision between vengeance or walking away. When the odds are insurmountable and you have to make that instinctual choice to fight or flight. This decision has come to my runners. The attacks that the Spans made against them left them battered and raw. Close loved ones have been hurt, former teammates were slain, and their sense of safety has been taken from them. After suffering the black eye of that day, the team plans for their retaliation.

The Spans main safehouse was an old warehouse in Gladstone. With the city already on high alert, any direct assault would bring Peace Force HTR on top of them within minutes. Walker came to me for some new fake SINs and we started to discuss the plan. I offered to have other shadowrunner teams run interference to delay the HTR response time. A contact of Bowjack’s was also able to possibly delay them as well. However, I felt it was my duty to impress on the young follower of Wolf the gravity of the situation and the possible repercussions.

So the team went out and did what runners do. They scouted out the warehouse and took up a position nearby for recon work. What they didn’t expect was a fortified warehouse. While there wasn’t much in the way of magical or Astral threats, there was plenty present in meatspace. Tatters hopped into the Matrix and did some scouting. He found that the place had some decent defenses, sensor suites and was well armed and manned. Bowjack tried to do a little checking inside the warehouse with his fly-spy drone. While scouting the perimeter, he found just how good the defenses were. The sensor suites picked up on the drone and before Bowjack could react, a turret with a mounted assault rifle came out of the walls and took out the minidrone.

Tatters decided to come back for more scouting and to see if he can get the camera feeds the following day. He jacked in and entered the host again. However, this time, he had more difficulty. He wasn’t able to hack the cameras, but was present when another truck full of reinforcements and additional steel lynx drones arrived. Once the patrol IC spotted him, it was time to jack out and leave. It was clear that the Spanners were digging in and prepared for the team of shadowrunners.

So, after much debate and discussions of options, the team decided it was time to relocate their operations. This, of course, is easier for some than others. Walker needs to discuss with Black Cat on what she would like to do. Likewise, Bowjack and Felicia need to discuss and decide what they should do. Eternal and Mutt would also need to decide since they really are not on the Spans list at this time. They could very well remain in the Tir and continue on. For now, the team needs to plan their Exodus and decide on where they go. I have already offered to assist them with leaving and getting them in touch with anyone I could in the new location. While it is sad that I am losing this team of runners, I am glad that they did not go through with their plan. For the sake of the stability of Cara’Sir, and my other operational teams, the decision to leave was the best one they could have made.”

~Aspen

Session 9 – Retaliation: The Spans Strike Back!

Cast of Characters:

  • Eternal
  • Bowjack
  • Walker
  • Tatters
  • Viking

“Everything has a Price … at least that is what we are all told since we were kids. My team of runners is learning this the hard way. It seems that the strike on the library to get Tatters a new cyberdeck was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back with the Spans. From what I have gathered from my litter, the Spans struck back at them … and hard.

The Bolthole is a small little bar that in is Gresham that is run by a former Shadowrunner known as Black Cat. She is a closer personal friend of Walkers. On a normal day, the bar has its usual patrons eating and drinking and at night, it gets pretty crowded with thirsty wageslaves that are fresh off of work. This was a normal night, unfortunately. It all started with a scream from the window seats as a Ford Americar plowed through the front windows of the establishment, followed by the explosions of high explosive frag grenades and followed by even more screams. Black Cat rushes behind the bar and gets her security system running. Out from the walls pops drone turrets with mounted automatic rifles. They immediately start firing on the gangers as they seemed to flood into the bar. In the hail of gunfire from the turrets and from the gangers shooting it, along with more grenades, nearly everyone of the bar patrons was gunned down. A few of the gangers remaining were able to destroy the turrets and set their sites on the bar and unloaded with their AK-97s. Black Cat did what she could from behind the bar with her shotgun, got a call off to Walker to get some backup and was able to take out the remaining few. However, the bar turned black as she succumbed to her wounds. Laying next to her was her commlink and an open line to Walker, who heard everything.

Walker, just starting to relax from completing the last job, got the frantic call from Black Cat and immediately started making his way there on his bike. He requested the assistance of the rest of the team and, after offering payment, Viking, Eternal, Tatters and Bowjack get enroute. Tatters and Viking show up at the same time as Walker and they see the carnage of what had happened at the Bolthole. Bodies were strewn about everywhere, both patron and ganger. Walker started to make his way to the entrance, which has been replaced by the Americar, but hesitates. The faces of all the bodies … they were the faces of his friend. Nearly succumbing to the reality of what he might face, he finds the resolve to continue in. Meanwhile, Tatters drops into VR and provides Matrix overwatch and monitors for the Peace Force HTR teams. Viking and Walker walk into the bar, stepping over the bodies and debris. He catches a glimpse of a leg wearing a chameleon suit and her familiar looking shotgun on the side of the bar. Slowly, he walks up and sees the body of Black Cat, but she is still alive! Severely wounded, but still alive. He hit her with a heal spell as Tatters announces that HTR is enroute and close. Eternal shows up by Johnny Cab and they load her in and flee the area.

Meanwhile … Felicia is closing up the Celebrate It! shop and getting ready to leave for the night. She is surprised as a Suzuki Mirage flies through the front window and crashes into the front desk she is standing behind. Stunned from the explosion of glass and wood, she doesnt notice the pair of gangers that walk in with their AK-97s. Once she notices them, she flees to the back office and locks the door. Grabbing her commlink, she calls her boyfriend, Bowjack. Just as he picks up, the gangers shoot their way through the door and grab her. She was able to tell him that she is at the shop but then the call trails off to the sounds of screams and more gunfire. They pull her out of the building by her hair, across the shattered glass and into the waiting Americar. Everytime she tried to resist or fight, the gangers would scream at her and punch her in the face until she stops. Once in the Americar, they leave with the remaining bikers. While inside the Americar, Felicia struggles to get loose, but they quickly smack her down. She only hoped that Bowjack was able to get to her in time. She looked out the back window and caught a glimpse of a GMC Phoenix sending one of the bikers into a nearby window. She seen Bowjack behind the wheel and smiles.

Bowjack, who is also just fresh off of the run, stopped to get some waffles and relax. While waiting for the waffles, he gets the message from Walker about the incident at the Bolthole. He makes another order to go and fires up the Phoenix to make his way there. However, shortly after that, he gets the call from Felicia. Frantically looking around, he knows that the office is nearby. He slams the Phoenix in a u-turn, unleashes the Detroit muscle and flies down alleyways an streets towards the office. He blew through stop lights and signs and turning down an alleyway that leads right to the office, he spots a black Ford Americar fly by with bikers riding Suzuki Mirages wearing the leathers of Spanners. Without hesitation or caution, he drifts out of the alleyway and runs down the first of the bikers. The other didnt stand much of a chance as the Phoenix causes the biker to slam into a parked car. The bikers try to shoot at Bowjack, but the bullets are either wide or bounce off the car. Felicia tries to get out of the window to let Bowjack know she is in there, but is pushed back and beaten while a ganger props himself out the window and fires with his AK-97. The spray of bullets riddle the hood and windshield of the car. Slamming the gas, Bowjack makes a couple of attempts to stop the Americar with a PIT maneuver, and the second one takes hold. The Americar looses traction and slams into the bikers, sending them both into nearby parked cars. The front end of the Americar catches on a parked car and goes into an end over end roll. The car slams over and over sending glass and steel everywhere. After a half dozen rolls, the car comes to a stop on its roof. The gangers inside were either ejected or dead. Bowjack pulls the Phoenix up to the remains of the car and sees Felicia’s bloody arm handing out of the window. He rushes towards her and pulls her out of the wreckage. She was still alive, but barely. He gently puts her in the Phoenix, hooks her up to a med kit and flees the scene. He meets up with the rest of the team at Walker’s house.

While there, Walker also hears from Sapper and finds out that Skitz was killed when the Spanners bombed his house. He fleed with some members of the Sons of Gimli to one of their safehouses. He also gets a call from Susan, also known as Vixen and is the leader of the Shooters, and is notified that the Hooters was hit. Her and Pwoner were the only survivors. She regretted to inform him that Rae, also a former member of the team, was killed during the assault. After all the news, Walker takes Black Cat to the back bedroom and Bowjack pulls the Phoenix into the garage and sets the Roadmaster make its way there, then gets back to caring for Felicia. Viking, Eternal and Tatters are all keeping an eye on things and discussing the events of the night.

It first started with the sound of motorcycles down the street. Eternal was the first to notice them just as the spanners launched another Americar through the front window of the house, which was immediately followed up by a high ex grenade. Eternal, who was the only one that noticed the attack, grabbed the grenade and threw it back towards the bikers in the front lawn. The two gangers in the Americar were quickly dealt with by both Eternal and Viking. Bowjack eases the fragile injured body of Felicia off the couch and on the floor, then flips the couch for cover from the gunfire. It was Tatters that brought this to a violent end as he hacked the other high ex grenade that one of the bikers had. The explosion was enough to kill the remaining bikers and leave a large whole in the front yard. Conveniently, Bowjacks Roadmaster pulls up just in time to make their escape. The Phoenix rams its way out of the garage and they team, plus Felicia and Black Cat load into the Taco Tank and flee to a coffin motel that Eternal stays at. They assume it is safe since Eternal has not been with the team long and it may not be known to them.

Black Cat recovers from her injuries and discusses the events with Walker. Bowjack, concerned for Felicia’s safety has me get her a plane ticket out of town. I set it up and also arrange for her to stay at a safehouse in Seattle. Now the team gets ready and plans for an assault on the Spanners main location, an abandoned warehouse on the lower Willamette River in Gladstone.”

~Aspen

Session 8 – The Bank Job — Part Deux

Cast of Characters:

  • Eternal
  • Mutt
  • Bowjack
  • Walker
  • Tatters
  • Ajax

“So after the fiasco with the library, the team finally gets to where they can complete the job. As the had planned, they successfully acquired the laundry delivery van while it was enroute, without harming the drivers. They were also successfully able to gain entry into the loading docs of the tower. Tatters took up a spot in a maintenance closet and started his matrix overwatch. The rest of the team loaded up their gear in the laundry carts and headed up the freight elevator to the 56th floor. Unlike during the recon time, there were no guards present when they arrived. Tatters successfully cleared the way by looping the cameras on the hallways. Still no guards or security arrived. They gained entry into the vault and located the correct safe deposit box, then the security arrived. There was a pretty strong water spirit that appeared in the vault, along with a pair of guards that came in on the regular elevators. Walker attempted, and nearly succeeded, in destroying the spirit with a manabolt spell. However, it turned bad for him as the spirit knocked him unconscious. As it manifested, Mutt pumped it full of lead from his automatic and finished it off. Hearing the gunfire, the guards call for back up and rush to the vault. Only to be surprised and stumble over each other as they come up on an awaiting Eternal, with sword drawn, and Mutt. The guards had no chance with the the prepared shadowrunners. Now that there was an alarm set, Ajax grabs the safe deposit box and they team begins their exit strategy, down the elevators, grabbed tatters and fleed the building. On the way out of there, they paused to check the box and found it empty. After despair started to set in, Ajax found a false bottom and it revealed the commlink and chips that were requested. They met with the Johnson and was paid. However, their actions may have upset the balance of things within Cara’Sir.”

~Aspen