Monday, August 3, 2015

Shadowrun Report – Clean Up, Aisle Sin – Session 1

[This session happened on July 27th and is the start of a new run.  This one looks to be a slow boil kind of run as opposed to the pell-mell nature of the previous one.  I expect complications to set in as we go along.]

Player Characters

Void – female human physical adept B&E specialist, a shadow that blends in easily
Bookie – male elf alcoholic hacker, favors whiskey with a whiskey chaser
Prometheus – male human street samurai, handy with any firearm
The Fin – female human con artist and gambler from India, by way of Russia, posh and elegant
Sin – male human rigger, knows exactly the wrong thing to say and says it

NPC’d Characters

Murdoc – male elf kilt-wearing street mage, at home with the hobos
Killroy – male human street samurai, specializes in hand-to-hand combat (and apparently machineguns)

Friday, January 10, 2076
At 10:00 am, Prometheus received a call from his uncle (known as Zeus in the criminal underworld), asking if he (Prometheus) had done any work recently at the Tacoma Ferry Terminal.  Prometheus admitted he had escorting a friend there on Monday, “riding shotgun, as it were”.  Zeus warned that Knight Errant apparently had collected a large blood sample from the parking lot and was actively looking for the “donor”.  Prometheus thanked his uncle and then stated he needed to hang up as he had two calls to make.

First, Prometheus called Sin and warned him that Knight Errant had blood evidence from the ferry terminal and was looking for him.  At first Sin was not concerned as his DNA wasn’t in any system, but Prometheus reminded him that the blood would allow mages to locate him.  Then…Sin was concerned.  Sin stated he did not know what to do next and Prometheus told Sin that his next call was to The Fin, who should be able to put together a plan.

Prometheus’ next call was indeed to The Fin.  The Fin was…exasperated at the situation, but agreed that things needed to get done to save Sin or else the Pleiades Group would also be compromised.  The Fin decided that first she needed more data and the only way to get that was to hack Knight Errant’s Forensics Node.  She called Bookie and asked what he’d need to do the job.  Bookie was good on equipment, but what he really needed was another decker to back him up in case things went sour.  The Fin questioned Bookie extensively about exactly what he needed and where they might do a quick recruiting run.  After getting that information, The Fin posted AR ads in several decker hangouts, posing as a fixer brokering an immanent job for Mr. Johnson.  She received four responses and, after interviews with Bookie backing her up via commlink, she selected Coldpulse, a female dwarven decker with solid Matrix combat capabilities (something Bookie was severely lacking in).

Meanwhile, Prometheus did his own investigation of the situation by checking the news feeds for recent articles on the Tacoma Ferry Terminal.  He found: “Killer Hobo Strikes Again!”  The story reported that another important business man had been shot in the head with a high caliber weapon in a public place with witnesses reporting a hobo fleeing the scene.  The story had been locally big earlier in the week, but the reporters were now waiting for Knight Errant to feed them more of the story.  There was an artist's sketch of the hobo, but it didn't look like Sin at all.

Checking early reports, Prometheus was able to get the name of the detective investigating the scene (Detective Brett Mannix), which he forwarded to Bookie and The Fin.  Prometheus also noted that there was no mention at all of the sniper on the roof of the Boathouse and that Knight Errant was referring to Sin as “the suspect” and not a potential witness or victim.  Clearly there was corporate influence at work here.  Prometheus was also bothered that two unrelated shootings he happened to be at (read: was one of the shooters at) were being linked in the media.

Bookie and Coldpulse went to scout out the Knight Errant Forensics Node.  They were able to get in and look around with minimal difficulty [Coldpulse had to spend Edge to make it happen for her].  Inside they located Detective Mannix’s notes and copied them.  From the notes they got the case number and used that to track down the case data from Forensics.  They copied that data [after Coldpulse spotted a data bomb that Bookie missed] and then quietly exited the Matrix.

End of Session

[Coldpulse’s rolls were done by Void’s player, as Void was never called in to help with the situation.  I suspect we’ll need her once we find out what’s in the data files Bookie and Coldpulse copied.  The current plan is to destroy or hide the blood samples through bureaucratic shuffling, preferably destroying the blood.  That assumes all of it is still in the forensics lab.  We’ll also want to alter the data records so Knight Errant loses us.]

[We also want to find out which corporation(s) has taken interest in this and how big their stake is.  If they want some justice for their dead employees, we’ll need to find a patsy or other way to deflect them away from us in a serious way, which will be a run of its own.]

[As I said at the top, this run is going to be a slow boil kind of run.  It looks simple right now, but I have faith that my co-GM has something up his sleeve here.  We should find out in Session 2.  Murdoc’s player missed this session and we missed him greatly.  Hopefully he will make session 2 as we really need his knowledge – both character and player.]

Session 2 [Not Written Yet]

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