Cast of Characters
- 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.