Category Archives: Session Posts

These are the down n dirty runs that that the team takes part in. Most of the time they are from the POV of their fixer, Aspen, but they will also be from the POV of other individuals.

Session 15 — Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Cast of Characters

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

So I am going to have to have a little talk with dear Aspen … The last run involving the bug shaman seemed to go pretty flawlessly, but afterwards, the team sort of imploded. After Bowjack decided to take on the SFPD all by himself, and failed, I had to get a replacement together pretty quickly. I got word a few weeks ago that Salt had a prospect that might turn out good. She was really green and, not to mention, a teenage girl. Since the team did so well with Duchess, maybe a more permanent solution might be to have her join. So I had Salt line it up and when this job came up, I decided to have her in with the rest of Havok Squad.

The job was set up at the downtown Hilton and the Johnson provided a Matrix code for the team to provide the valet attendant. Once the code was transmitted, the Johnson arrived in a stretch Americar, complete with minibar, and the team piled in. The Johnson, a middle-aged human male with a leisure suit and SF Giants baseball cap, proposed the job and pay to the team. The job was simple enough, to rough up an up and coming player and end his career. The Johnson made is specific that he does not want him killed, just wants to end his career. After the deal was made and the team agreed the details were shared. In a surprise rookie move, Walker asked the Johnson why he wanted this to happen. A quick retort from the Johnson about it being his business reminded Walker that his line of work was generally paid work with no questions asked.

Now anyone following the local sports news knows that the Giants have a player that may end up breaking the home run record for a single game. Yes, the target is none other than Jackson Pruitt. Another detail that was revealed is that the Johnson wants to have this done before Pruitt breaks the record. Since baseball season has already started, this could prove to be a little difficult. During all this, Tatters is already scouring the Matrix for info on their target .. and their Johnson.

After that meeting, the team is dropped off back at the Hilton, and they started discussing the plan. Only moments after, Sledge gets a call from Horatio, his fixer, asking what he got him into and the line goes dark after a hail of gunfire is heard. He slammed the commlink down on the ground and smashes it to pieces. Acorn, pointing out the obvious, suggested that they discuss this somewhere a little more private. Tatters suggested a nearby dive bar that had drek service and matching drinks, but would work for discussing any plans. When they agreed to meet there, Acorn started ahead of the team on her rollerblades. Caught by surprise, the rest of the team watched as she skated away and then made their way there. Sledge decided to go back to his car and drive there.

On the way there, it seems that Tatters offended Eternal in some way. The rest of the team paused as Eternal draws his Ares Predator on the decker. There was a sigh of relief when the two discussed something quietly and the firearm goes back in its holster. Downtown San Francisco really doesn’t need another HTR incident. When they arrived at the dive bar, they pack into a booth at in the rear corner of the bar. This bar, as Tatters mentioned, served only two things, beer and beer and the Ork behind the bar really didn’t care about anything else. Eternal took his ballistic mask, possibly for the first time in a very long time, and revealed the scarred flesh of his face. They started discussing various parts of the plan and when the timing would be. Based on the Giants game schedule, their target would not be back in the area until midweek next week. However, it appears that his agent does have an office in town. They decided to pay a visit to the sports promoter that happen to run a boxing gym nearby. Before they left, Tatters revealed his new tow, a PI-TAC, and explained how it works.

So on to the boxing promoter’s gym, who’s name was Kanner Leewee. Walker, Viking and Sledge walk into the gym while Eternal and Tatters wait in the car for Matrix overwatch. Acorn positioned herself nearby in case she was needed. They were directed to the office in the basement and proceeded down the stairs. Along the way, they noticed movement and sound coming from a meat freezer that is stuffed with hanging racks of meat. They opened the door and found a naked elf, bound at the feet, hands and wearing a burlap sack over his head, hanging from one of the racks. Due to the PI-TAC, everyone can see the video feed. Quickly, Tatters blotted out the more sensative parts for Acorn. Walker removed the bulap sack as Sledge attempted to lift him up off the meat hook. However, the elf’s body was slick with icy sweat and the ork gets a face full of elven private parts. A quick scan around, the team finds a bag of gear nearby that had the elf’s clothes are gear. Walker used a levitate spell to get him off the hook and they wait while he gets dressed. Apparently the elf, who introduced himself as “Ace”, knew Leewee and where to find him.

Ace escorted the team further down the hallway to the office, which caused Leewee to call out to the bum for getting loose. Ace decided to quickly leave the office and headed out of the building. The Leewee turned to the other 3 that here in his office. “What da ya bums want?” he asked out. Quick on his feet, Walker concocts a story that they have a business and wanted to book Pruitt for a Meet and Greet. On this queue, Tatters quickly jumps into the Matrix and throws together a website for their newly created business, along with credentials for Walker to use if needed. Just as this is going up, Leewee is confirming the story and looks at Walker “So when do you want to schedule this?” Their plan worked. After some back and forth, they got it scheduled for the end of the week on Saturday. Pruitt was already going to be in town for another event and will be flying out that night for a game in NYC the following day. With this part of the run scheduled, they team moves on to further planning on what they are going to do. However, it seemed only Acorn notice that Eternal went dark while Tatters was in VR. When he came through, there were some words exchanged and then Tatters went dark on the PI-TAC. After a few moments though, they both come back online, apparently after discussing something in private.

With nothing else to do currently, the team went their separate ways. A few days later, I got another job that specifically requested the Havoc Squad. Not by name of course, but by reputation. It seems that the team has gotten into some high demand as of late. So I messaged them all with the details. They all agreed to the meet and went to the motel where it was scheduled. Acorn just walked up and into the door, surprising the Johnson. They discussed what he needed and even though he was pretty vague in most details, they agreed to the job and the pay. It was then that more details were released. There was a trial coming up and he wanted the evidence in that trial destroyed so that the trial does not happen. A Simsense star, Janice Polk, had a stalker that tried to kill her. The trial is scheduled on June 4th, so the team had a few weeks to complete the job. So now the team has two jobs going currently and a few days to start planning on how to end the career of the sports athlete.

~Calypso

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

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

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

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