The delivery drone abruptly broke from its previous route as it passed the Event Horizon and began to follow a group getting into a Bulldog. As the Bulldog made a turn north onto Zingster Street, the drone ducked into the steady stream of drone traffic following the same route.
The Bulldog parked, and for a time, no one came out while the team inside went about their work remotely. Unspotted by the now hovering drone, two flyspies under Ratchet’s control went about their work surveying the alley, spotting what signs remained of the killing that had occurred. Traveling further down the alley, the rigger also spotted signs that a manhole cover was used.
Meanwhile, Bright sunk into VR and pulled footage from traffic cameras catching the victim being pushed down the alley by a man she had been walking with from a nearby bar. A second man who had been trailing behind, followed into the alley behind them.
The drone focused its camera as Oma left the van, crossing over to enter a small market next to the alley. A camera inside the store picked up as the team’s shaman questioned the disillusioned clerk, learning that the woman was a regular in the area, but the man unfamiliar.
As Oma returned, Bright continued to work his way back through the events of the night, finding a nearby bar where the victim had spent the evening. Pulling camera footage from the bar’s host, he finds the woman alone at the bar initially and then leaving with the man who pushed her into the alley. The second person trailing them outside of the alley is seen sitting alone in the bar towards the back.
Oma, Ratchet, and Raven head into ask questions in hopes of turning up anything additional. Between the bartender and another regular, they confirm that the woman was a regular to the area, the man she left with was not, and second man creeped everyone out.
The delivery drone watched as the team piled back into the Bulldog before it dipped back into the steady stream of drone traffic and resumed its original route.
Detective Funck found the city block’s aroma – a blend of trash, sewage and fear – a welcome respite from his partner’s blend of lunch meat, sweat, and what must be a third day of cologne as a shower substitute that permeated the car’s interior. Two uniformed LCP officers started to walk up to the detectives as a district animal control vehicle came to an automated stop behind the detective’s car. Funck knew the two cops as real company men, loyal in just the right way at a time like this, the type of cop you can trust to bury something inconvenient. The kind of cop work kids really aspire to, he thought with a sneer.
Ignoring his partner and the two cops as they went to throw animal control uniforms on, Funck dialed the runner Bright.
“On schedule there’s another. I can give you a short window to check the place out before we have to get rid of everything.”
Hanging up, he turned to the other cops, “Let’s give it a few. Keep everything out of view and keep people away.” Funck settled in against the wall of the apartment building to wait for the runners while his partner and the uniformed officers went to keep watch on the courtyard.
After a short while, a Bulldog pulled up across the street and sat strangely idle for a bit until Bright, Oma, and Raven emerged and headed over to the detective. Unknown to the detective, Ratchet scouted through the courtyard via her two flyspies.
Nodding to the runners, he directs Bright and Oma to grab animal control jackets and leads them to the scene hidden away under a tarp. Raven hangs back to work the matrix out of view of the remains.
Bright and Oma are overwhelmed astrally by a tainting of the astral near the scene. Both feel a sense of terror and rage edging into their awakened senses. Despite this Oma is able to pick up the trace of at least two illusion spells and a manipulation spell centered around the area the astral signature behind the spells noted by the Shaman.
Raven is able to grab security camera feeds from the apartment’s host and reviewing through it, she shares a video with the team. The footage shows two homeless men sitting in the center courtyard as two people from either entrance come into the courtyard from the streets. They methodically fan out and surrounding the center courtyard as a darkness covers the area. When the darkness dissipates, the four people are joined by one of the homeless men as they all leave the courtyard. The pile of remains sits in the center on display.
Starting to come to terms with the feel of the astral in the area, Oma and Bright note the aura of someone watching down a walkway along the second floor of the apartment complex. Oma heads up to see if the person is a witness or has any information and as she nears the man, she remembers having seen his face around the more ‘exclusive’ parts of the Event Horizon on occasion.
Through Kiln’s anguish over losing his friend in the courtyard below, Oma learns of Kiln’s connection to the victim and offers Kiln the chance to come along to help on the job and avenge his friend.
Detective Funck starts the clean up of the scene, while the runners and their new straggler head back to the Bulldog. The detective was right in guessing the runners would head off to review what they knew so far and determine their next steps. He would not, however, had ever guessed they would leave to discuss the murders over a bite to eat at the nearby french sausage restaurant.