Category Archives: Side Sessions

Establishing a Foothold — Side Run

Silver Tusk is by no means a large ork, but he still commands a sizable cell for the Bloody Tusks. He looks around his office, which is the actual office of the abandoned Paramount Theater, that he has been running his operation out off. Clicking through the tablet and reviewing the months take on the protection racket. “Hmmm, WaveRunner is still refusing to pay,” he said to himself about the harbormaster of the Oakland seaport. “I am going to have to have another chat with the ol’ chap.

Then from outside the theatre, a burst of gunfire erupts. Quickly, he ran from the office and down to the entrance. Standing over the body of a person, the two initiates that were on guard duty for the front door. One of them, designated as Worm, was standing over the intruder with his AK-97. The other, designated as Maggot, was just a bit twitchy and the stench of piss emanates from the fresh stain on his pants, was pulling himself up on the wall.

With, possibly a little too much enthusiasm, Worm looks at Silver Tusks and starts jammering on. “Quiet!” he shouted to him. “What happened here?

No idea Silver, this fragger just came up and said something, but then shot Maggot. I got a couple rounds off in him but he got me pretty good with that sword.” He looks down at the wound in his side.

He looks over to another ork nearby and whistles. “Tend to that” and points to the wound. The rest of you, get him inside.” He slaps a trauma patch on the intruder and takes a look around. He wasn’t worried about law enforcement or corporate security at all, but you never know if another gang is trying to infringe on their territory.

What the hell is wrong with you?” he asks Maggot as he finally gets up from the ground.

Hhheeeee, caauught mmmeee” he starts to say but his words are interrupted by his body still twitching from the stick and shock that he was shot with.

For frag’s sake …” Silver Tusk says while looking at him. “Thats it, your are now known as Twitch. Now get inside and get yourself cleaned up.

The other ork gangers around them start laughing and calling him “Twitch.

Silver Tusk stops by Worm and the medic as the others take the intruder to a nearby room. “How is he doc?

He looks up at him and says “He’ll live. Its looks like he took the monoblade all the way to the hilt and is still standing. It seems that the slice missed all the vital organs and was a clean cut. Just needs some rest and the bandages will stop anything from falling out and he should be just fine.

Good,” Silver Tusk says and looks at Worm. “Your new name is now Hilt. Welcome to the Bloody Tusks, kid.” and leaves as a smile grew on Hilt’s face.

As he walks up to the room, another ork is standing there looking at the intruder. He has him bound up in the chair. “I know this fragger, Silver,” he says in a flat tone. “That ballistic mask, that sword, this is the fragger that my cousin was talking about up in the Tir. He says that him and his team took down a building and drug lab for the Spanners there.

What the hell are you talking about Hoodie?” he asks.

This is him, this has got to be him, but what in sam hell is he doing down here.

Silver Tusk walks into the dark room and throws a bucket of cold water on the intruder. They have a discussion and start going back and forth about what he is doing here. The intruder, who said his name was Eternal, is working with WaveRunner and wishes to have him get out of the racket.

“Interesting…” He thought to himself. “Lets see just how connected this new player is.”

Ok, Eternal, lets make a deal then. To prove that your family is connected, then you will need to get me some hardware that we need. You see, there is also a new player that is moving against us. I know you aint with them, I can smell it. Being a family man, I know you would understand this. You see, the families and the Bloody Tusks had an alliance during the Occupation and did good together. This new player is a gang coming out of Los Angeles known as the Stiches. We need some hardware to hold them off, so if you can get me this, then we can come to an arrangement.

Eternal nods in agreement.

So what I would like is an Ares Thunderstruck and I need it within 2 weeks. Until then, I will lay off of WaveRunner and his dues. If you can get me this in time, then his past dues will be waived and he will no longer be required to pay his dues.” He looks at the bound intruder. “Untie him and get him his gear” he says to Hoodie. The ork goes and unties him and gets a duffle bag for him.

Eternal looks at him and agrees to the terms.

Great, but I only tell you once. Don’t fuck me, Eternal. Don’t you ever try to fuck me.” The pair nod in agreement and Eternal leaves.

Theres no way he can get one of those in such a short time” Hoodie says to Silver Tusk who responds with a sly smile “I know …

Mr. Saturday Night — Side Run

So I get a call from a suit that I know that wants to set up a meeting with Havoc Squad’s decker, Tatters, and only him. I thought it was strange that she wanted just him, but she hasn’t screwed me in the past, so I set it up. Duchess was working with the Havoc Squad on her job, so they should be fine without him. If she needs some Matrix support, she would let me know. She set the meet up for the 18th at 6:30 at a bar in Fremont.

The job seemed pretty simple, I guess. Tatters was needed to infiltrate an MCT research facility in Palo Alto. They are working on a classified project that was rumored to be a response to Knight Errants ACE units. He would be supported by a security strike team. All the intelligence has been gathered already and a plan developed. All they needed Tatters for was to access the host and acquire the research files. A little weary of this, Tatters discussed why they couldn’t use their own deckers. She simply said that he has a knack for this sort of thing and wants to test him out. Additional details were discussed and an agreement was made. A car would be picking up Tatters at the agreed upon time.

When the strike force picked up Tatters, they discussed the plan that was developed and what his role would be. There were four on this strike team all introducing themselves as Romeo, Mercutio, Tybalt and Benvolio. They also provided him a set of black full body after looking at what he was currently armored with. The plan was to have an aerial insertion from a VTOL onto the roof of the building. Tatters would hack the host and provide the access needed to their RFIDs. Once in there, Tatters would again hack the host through a direct connect and gather the data needed. Afterwords, the floor would be searched for any possible prototypes and assess their status. Evac would then be done by rooftop with the VTOL.

After a little tumble on the repelling, the squad gathered around Tatters to provide cover while he went VR. Mercutio, the mage, covered them with an invisibility spell and a mana barrier to protect his vulnerable body. With very little effort really, Tatters easily got into the host and set the RFID tags to have the correct clearance for the 54th floor. Mercutio then covered the team with a spell to mask any sounds. Once the picked the lock and headed down the stairs. Using a leap frog style tactic, the small team quickly made their way down to the 54th floor and into the research center.

Tatters hooked into the host directly, while the squad provided cover and security. This time, things were a bit more difficult in the host. While he did happen to get the correct files for the research project, it took time to defuse the databomb, decrypt and copy the file. However, he was able to without drawing the attention of the host or its deadly intrusion countermeasures.

The team then formed up in a diamond formation to survey the floor for any prototypes. They came upon a chamber with 4 stasis pods. One was empty, but the other three had a very large ogre and two extremely large giants in them. Only moments into surveying them, the red lights above them turned green and the pods opened. The ogre and giants came bounding out with an almost supernatural quickness.

Using suppressive fire and movement tactics, the team was able to secure their retreat in the stairwell. However, it did not go unnoticed that the firepower they had was insufficient and barely slowed down the trio. They took the bullets with a smile and kept on coming. Only when they had the advantage that the stairwell provided, did the assault stop. With a quickness the elite strike force and Tatters fled to the rooftop and to the waiting VTOL. As they were leaving, they spotted an corpsec HTR team aboard VTOLs as well descending on the building. They had left just in the nick of time.

Now with the threat of his life not hanging in the balance, Tatters made a copy of the files and reviewed them real quick. It seemed mostly project management stuff, project specifications, budget spending, nothing real .. wait. His train of though stopping on a dime as he noticed on some of the paperwork and photos a tattoo of some sort. He has seen this before … on Eternal …

~Calypso