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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

Retaliation!— Behind The Curtain

The room flickers into a view of a chrome plated cyberarm with intricate glyphs and symbols etched into it. You have seen this cyberarm before. In front of the desk the arm is resting on is a pair of orks, dressed in street leathers. The pattern and colors of the leathers denote them as members of the Spanners gang. There is a conversation going on and it seems rather intense.

What do you mean there was an explosion?

One of the orks speaks up
Like I said, there was an incident at the library and there was an explosion there. The building is in ruins and Peace Force is on the scene investigating

So what do we know, what did the surveillance drones catch?

The ork brings for a trid viewer and starts to play a video where there are few different angles from above showing a birds eye view of the building. The video shows an Ares Roadmaster pull up, individuals jump out and rush the building. Within a few seconds, there were explosions in the building and homeless people fleeing through the windows, followed by smoke.

That Roadmaster .. .

The video continues to show as the one person speeds off on a motorcycle and the others fleeing in the Roadmaster. The trid viewer then switches to a view of the inside of the building. Suddenly there was an explosion from a grenade in the middle of the room. In burst the people from the outside, all wearing masks. Commotion ensues and there are gunshots and a smoke grenade goes off, then another larger explosion goes off in the back that shook the building. The intruders flee and the sounds of the Roadmaster speeding off. It seems like seconds later, the building collapses.

The hand of the cyberarm clinches and slams into the desk.

Get me Keys! He should have been there and I need him to track these fraggers!

The other ork clears his throat and says “I cant do that”

and why not,” he says in a deep voice.

The ork stiffens and says “He’s dead, Jim“. Then shows a trid video from the parking lot. It shows the decker Keys jumping through the window, then immediately followed by one of the intruders. Seconds later, the head of Keys is rolling on the pavement as its severed from his body. The video shows the intruder grabbing his cyberdeck and fleeing towards the Roadmaster.

I want you to get this fragger where he breathes! I want you to find this nancy-boy that drives that Roadmaster and his team, I want them DEAD! I want their families DEAD! I want thier houses burned to the GROUND! I wanna go there in the middle of the night and I wanna PISS ON THEIR ASHES!

You see the other two orks recoil at this.

Yes! We have all the info we need. We will start by gra…

The view fades to black as they continue their discussion.

Session 7 – Chips, Bricks and Explosions!

Cast of Characters:

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

“After the recon on the 56th floor was completed and plans were made, the shopping for supplies was done. The team all purchased items that they needed to the job on Friday and Friday night, Bowjack and Felicia went on a date to watch the latest Star Wars installment. Saturday afternoon, Tatters received a call from one of his contacts. A fixer friend named Victor. He had an urgent issue that needed to be discussed. They met and it ended up being a job that needed to be done quickly. The job was simple, go to a legal chip factory in Wilsonville and pick up some illegal chips by the 2:00p deadline, which was in a few hours. Tatters enlisted the help of the rest of the team and they met up at a rest area on I5 just outside of Portland. They arrived at the chip factory on time to pick up the shipment. They check in with the Will Call desk and was told there was a delay and they are just finishing up the order and it will be a little bit longer. While they team waited on the loading dock, and Eternal in the Roadmaster, they hear some sounds coming from behind the Will Call counter. The sounds of a chip printer jamming and malfunctioning put the team on edge. Moments later, they spot a Peace Force police cruiser stop and turn down the road with its lights on. Ttith no incident. The shipment of chips comes out of the loading door and gets loaded into the Roadmaster. The team then heads back to Portland to finish the job, but on the way, another Peace Force cruiser makes and appearance behind them. Keeping his cool, Bowjack is able to stay focused on getting back to the freeway and the cruiser turns off on another road. They make the delivery and get an easy 5,000 nuyen each for their troubles. Tatters gets a bonus box of chips as well.

So back to the original job. That night, Eternal and the team requested Tatters to do a little more recon on the Ares host for blueprints and/or information on the basement level. Bowjack escorts Tatters to the area of the tower and he jacks in. Things did not go as easy as it was previously. A couple of encounters with the ED-209 Patrol and digging in the host, he was able to find the correct file and disable the data bomb that was on it. However, this has gained the attention of the Host and Convergence happens … The host launches its intrusion countermeasures and able to snag Tatters in a link lock. Furthermore, it launches an assault that nearly bricks his deck. However, Tatters is able to escape the host as Bowjack flees the area.

Now, the job is at risk. The team would not be able to complete the job with a decker that does not have a deck. Tatters spends time to try and repair his deck. However, the stresses of getting it done before tomorrow nights plans and second guessing himself in the host distracts him. His solder gun tacks a micro-transducer to the wrong terminal block. Suddenly, the deck starts sparking and sending smoke everywhere. The smell of burnt electronics fills the room. In one bleak instant, Tatters looks down at his deck and the realization of what just happened hits him. In that instant, he realized that he had just bricked his deck and rendered it useless … Drek, he says to himself.

After explaining the situation to the rest of the team, Bowjack remembers that he knows where another deck is that they can get to replace the paperweight. During a previous job, the team was rescuing a judge’s daughter and they surveyed the Woodstock Library. This was once a library and now has turned into a homeless shelter and soup kitchen. This was also a secret drug lab that the Spanners used as well. During the recon, Skitz found a decker present that had a decent deck. The team decided to raid the lab and acquire the deck today so that they can be ready for the job tomorrow.

As they pulled up to begin recon on the library, Eternal leaps out of the Roadmaster. The rest of the team dons their gas masks, since the plan was to use crowd control gas in the library. However, Eternal had other ideas. He plows through the glass doors and tosses in a high explosive grenade near a couple of gangers, which also had a half dozen homeless people. The grenade goes off and sends the room into a huge panic. However, the next 6 seconds are but a blur of gunfire and explosions. Eternal locates the back room door where a ganger fled, opens the door and throws in a concussion grenade. What he doesnt know is that this room has barrels of highly volatile and explosive chemicals. The resulting explosion takes out the remaining gangers and the wall of the library. The decker that they were after was spotted and tagged in AR for the team to see. Eternal spotted him and charged at his as he fled through a window. He makes quick work of him with his monosword and finishes him off. He grabs the cyber deck and the team flees the area as Peace Force threat response floods the area with cars, drone and VTOL teams.

So the damage has been done. The structural integrity of library fails and the building now lays in a pile of rubble. High threat response has descended on the area and investigating. The remaining Spanners, that are still alive, have also fled the area. So now the fallout begins …”

~Aspen

Session 6 – The Bank Job

Cast of Characters:

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

“So yesterday, this team passes up on one job and this morning I got a line on another one. I tried to get Ajax in on the team earlier, but he never answered the call. This time he did. However, it appears that he had his hand full this morning as his apartment was raided by a pair of elves and a panther. I got to give it to the kid though, he was able to hold his own and took out the panther with his bare hands before dealing with the elves.

After the fiasco at his apartment, the team met up with the Johnson at the Chez Roach. He has an acquisition job that will need the talents of everyone on the team. The job was simple … access the 56th floor of the second largest building in Cara’Sir (Tir Bancorp Tower) and steal a commlink and a set of data chips from a safe deposit box. The floor, along with one above and below, are leased by Trident Enterprises, a subsidiary of Horizon. To top it off, the building itself is owned by Ares … So the team has their work cut out for them. Good news is, the J gave them a week to complete the job. This gives them plenty of time to plan out the run.

They started right into the planning by casing the place. Tatters worked on Matrix recon while Walker checked out the Astral security. Tatters was able to hack into the Trident Enterprise host and get a floor blueprint and other security details. While walking around the tower, they spotted a delivery van for a laundry service enter the basement of the tower. Some quick thinking and the team heads to check out the laundry service as a possible way in. After easily hacking the laundry host, they team develops a way in to hijack the delivery service truck. They learned the delivery schedule and that they deliver to the tower on Mondays and Thursday nights only. Since the job is due on Thursday, they team decides to hit it on Monday. Now that the team has an entry plan, they just need to figure out how to get to the 56th floor, avoid security, break into the safe deposit box vault, retrieve the items and escape. All without drawing the attention of CorpSec or Peace Forces.”

~Aspen

A Dip in the Ocean — Behind the Curtain

Protocol::SecurityBreach.OPS
Classification::Level-11
Location::Genetique.Underwater-Station.47
Date::March-7-2074
DeploymentStatus::Debrief

Summary::Special Ops Team Jaguar-Seven was deployed to a report of a possible security breach in an underwater research facility of Aztechnology subsidiary Genetique, station 47. No communication has been received in 20 hours and hails are unresponsive. Protocol dictates investigation with Ops Team. Team Lead Echo-1 reporting for debriefing.

Report::We responded to the call within 20 mins of the report and was wet with 4 hours. Deployed via airdrop submarine. Enroute to facility, sonar picked up the silhouette of another submersible. However, upon inspection, it appeared to be the shadow of a whale or another anomaly and no vehicle was found. Jaguar-Seven was deployed in the intake bay of the facility while the sub patrolled. Immediately upon insertion, we found numerous bodies of the facilities employees. It appeared, upon inspection, that they may have been Infected. However, they were killed with bullets and blades that were suspicious. Further inspection of the facility resulted in numerous contacts with other Infected employees that resulted in their elimination.

Encountered Dr Simon Talbott, head researcher on site and he too has turned Infected. However, due to his strain of HMHVV, he turned into a vampire. We subdued him and are currently holding him in a secure facility. His grasp on magic and Infected may prove useful for the future.

Investigation of the data breach is ongoing. The device prototype is missing, along with research material that was stored on the research host. Mainframe systems were destroyed. Facility systems are still intact. Security footage has been acquired and being reviewed by investigators. Host access logs show the breach at 12:10pm. Internal Countermeasures were launched, however, the intruder left the host before IC could be effective. Cleaning team has been dispatched to the location.

::end.log.transmission

Session 5 – A Dip in the Ocean

Cast of Characters:

  • Rae
  • Eternal
  • Mutt
  • Bowjack
  • Walker
  • Tatters

“I contacted the group for another run. Eventhough they failed the last run I gave them, I have confidence that they would bounce back on their feet. They are still pretty new to the game and still getting used to each other. Hell, even I had a failed run or two in my time. This one is pretty straight forward. They were hired to infiltrate an offshore research lab and steal a prototype and research data, eliminate any threats and destroy the research mainframe. Pretty simple, get in … grab the drek …. shoot it up …. get out. They already had transportation set up to go to the facility, so that was a plus. When they got their, the sub driver dropped them off and asked to be radioed when they are ready to be picked up. When they started looking around the dock floor and intake offices, they learned that this facility is for Genetique, which is a subsidiary of Aztechnology. Then they were suddenly attacked by ravenous ghouls in lab coats. Now something must be wrong, unless the Azzies have started employing the Infected. But back to the story, they were able to fend off the ghouls successfully with only moderate complications. During the fight, it seems that Eternal and Mutt started to one-up each other, which continued into the rest of the run.

They found where the data center with the research lab was located and took the secure elevator, after using one of the ghouls’ employee ID tags, to the correct floor. As they made their way to the secure data center room, a pair of hell hounds engaged them. Now this is to be expected with Azzie security. In my experience, they have usually used trained paranormal creatures as security. The pair got the jump on Bowjack before Eternal and Mutt made quick work of them. I have heard of a video of Bowjack’s reaction to the attack and its said to be hilarious and set to a favorite tune of mine from the 5th world.

Once they cleared the secure door to get in the data center, Tatters went to work with hacking into the computer to extract the information. This was done fairly quickly and efficiently and from whispers it sounds like he got alot of paydata as well! He unlocked and extracted the prototype cyberwear, an fist sized egg shaped implant. Eternal made quick work of destroying the mainframe and the team decided on what to do next. This is when they got a call from the sub driver that there is another sub, likely a threat response team, on its way. The team decided that the job was completed, so they extracted out and finished up the job. All in all, I would say that it was a pretty good run. Since I currently have jobs coming out the ears, I plugged them in for another one right away.”

~Aspen

That One Time We Did That One Thing

Here I am again. Reminiscing of the past. There was a NewsNet story about the 15 year anniversary of the Year of the Comet. My gosh, has it been that long …. My mind goes back to a run that I was on. It was just Scarecrow and I and the job was to eliminate a ranking member of the the CAS Senate. The intelligence we had was that he was going to be in his vacation home in Talledega. We set up the plans to hit him there. He was supposed to be alone, so a milk run right? It was so far from a milk run. The cabin was set back in the burbs and sorta away from the main sprawl. It was a quaint little wooden cabin that looked like it was pulled out of a Norman Rockwell painting. When we got there and set up, the fragger had his security team with him. “Drek ….” I thought to myself. Scarecrow and I were not prepared for this …

I called in some assistance by the name of Bulldozer. This was a 9ft tall cybered up troll that we called on when we needed in sticky situations. We decided to use a diversion and set fire to the parked nearby cars. The subsequent explosions drew out the security team. The ambush we set up worked like a charm and the team was eliminated … so we thought. Out of nowhere, a couple of spirits pounced on Bulldozer. Before our eyes and before we could even act, the spirits tore the troll to pieces. I called up some spirits of my own and started slinging spells at them. Scarecrow stormed the house and subdued our mark. After I was done with the spirits, I sped off into the house as well. Just as I entered the doorway, I caught glimpse of the mage that was about to take out Scarecrow. I threw up a mana barrier between them to stop the spell. The mage then turned on me with a powerful lightning bolt that hit me square on the arm. I went down twitching and yelling profanities. This gave Scarecrow enough time to put a bullet grouping right in the chest with his Predator.

I caught a glimpse of a lump of flesh nearby, but then passed out. I could hear Scarecrow running to me with a medkit and the sounds of him telling me to hold on while he patched me up. I woke up in the truck some time later and my wounds were field dressed. I reached over to scratch my arm and it wasnt there … What the FRAG! … That fucking mage took my arm. I asked Scarecrow what happened. He said he finished the job and then evac’d us the hell out of there. “What the frag happened to my arm!” I asked. “Its dead Aspen, its dead” he replied. When we got back from the job, I had a new fancy cyberarm installed. At first, it was difficult to deal with. Eventually, I was able to gain full use of it. I was even able to integrate using my magic with it.

I snapped back from the memory rubbing my arm. I thought of Scarecrow and placed a call to him. It has been too long since I talked to my old friend. We set up a time to meet at the Taco Stand for lunch. I hung up the commlink and thought “It has been way to long since I talked to my old friend“. I reached for the whiskey bottle and poured a drink. “To you Bulldozer …” and took the shot.

~Aspen

A Meeting Takes Place …. — Behind the Curtain

The view is a bit foggy at first. You catch the glimpse of a chrome plated cyberarm with intricate glyphs and symbols etched into it. Its resting on a fancy wooden desk with an electronic notepad. On the notepad, there seems to be a program running with flickering spreadsheets and command line scripts running. Around the small room are bookshelves, chairs and a few potted plants and a picture on the desk. You try to focus on the picture, but a knock at the door commands your attention. “Enter“, you hear coming from the person at the desk. In walks an elf standing over 6ft high, medium build and wearing military fatigues. His long hair is pulled back in a ponytail and covered by a hat. As he approaches, you catch an insignia that denotes he is (or is portraying to be) a Ghost. The insignia of the highly specialized and trained special forces unit of the Tir Peace Force is well known among the shadows. “Daytona … What have you for me today?” As the elf sits down in the chair on the other side of the desk, you notice that the elf’s left eye is a cyber implant.

You asked me to keep an eye on that last job, right. Well I was watching the hideout, some little birdies I have informed me that there was a shadowrunning team that was looking into the kidnapping of a little girl. I thought to myself on how many kidnapped little girls there could be in Cara’sir and knew that they had to be talking about this one.” He pauses while he takes a drink from a canteen. “Sure as drek, the shadowrunners shows up at the shack and take the girl back. They did it with a quickness too, your guys didnt stand a chance against them.

Why didnt you stop them, dammmit!

That wasnt what I was paid to do. You paid me to keep an eye on it and gather information and that is what I did! However, I did have a little fun with them to keep them on their toes. As they were leaving, I popped a shot off. I got it to shave the nosehairs of one of them runners. He nearly drekked himself in his hurry to leave … crying out about hurting his truck and drek. Laughed my ass off on that one.

Well did you get what you were PAID to do then?

Affirmative … passing the file as soon as I get the creds

You see the cyberarm pick up the notebook and some commands are rattled on it, catching a passing glimpse of a sizable number.

Done … 90,000 nuyen sent.

On the same notebook, you see a file arrive.

This is all the information that you were able to gather?

Yes” the elf says as he stands, takes another drink off the canteen and leaves the room without another word.

Looking back at the file, it appears to be a series of pictures and text files. One of the files has a couple of images associated with it. The first image is that of a tall well built elf with short brown hair and green eyes. He is standing next to an Ares Roadmaster. The other image is that of a good looking petite female elf standing outside of a building. One the building is a partial banner over the doorway. “Celebrat ….” Switching to the text file it appears with a name …. Felicia Anchen Owner/Proprietor of Celebrate It! Event Planning. Switching files, another set comes of images and text files show up. This one is a tall human with slicked back red hair, close shaved beard and …. orange eyes? A small tattoo is seen hiding behind his jacket collar of what looks to be a black cat. The other picture is that of a rather pale human woman with black, short cut hair and deep blue eyes. This one also has a text file associated with it. The name on this one is Lith Felin Owner/Proprietor of The Bolthole. Going back to the file list, there are multiple other files and photos.

Putting the notepad down, a slow giggle is heard. “These … shadowrunners … these …. cockroaches are starting to piss me off. They will soon learn not to frag with me.” He picks up a commlink. “LIFT! GET YOUR ASS IN HERE! We have work to do” …. As the sight of a large oversized ork walks into the room, everything fades to black. Your left with an ominous feeling of dread and apprehension.