Manhattan Shadows

T2: Judgement

Sup Chummers

Unfortunately there’s been a glitch, and your job reporting site got jacked. Bad news is, the last couple of runs ain’t been logged. Good news is, the last couple of runs ain’t been logged.

This time around, you met with a old Ares fixer from the sprawl that is Denver, Mr Johnson. He met you in a really high class restaurant, and fed you real meat and veggies. Bobby thought something big was up, (or you weren’t getting paid), but it was nice anyway.

The job: retrieve some Ares’ property that had gone missing. The item in question, a prototype drone known as the TALOS, that had been stolen/broken out during a raid on Scientia labs some weeks ago. Nice pay, short hours (hopefully), so you accepted the job.

It wasn’t that easy in the end. No one’s contacts had any real idea where the blasted thing had disappeared to after it left the Labs, but eventually you tracked down the greasy teen that spotted something he called the “Bronx Monster”, which sounded enough like the TALOS to warrant further investigations. At the same time, Bobby, Khelian and The Trencher found that the Terminal/IUnderground groups were nervous. Nothing specific that they could gather intel on, but definately something.

Shortly after M.C and Wraith left the diner where the teen worked as a cook, the team was called into a quick cafe meeting with Ieto Hong, Horizon’s chief security guy in Manhattan.

Apparently, Phrex, a young AI had walked it’s way out the door of it’s lab “prison”, coincidentally on the same night as the TALOS escaped. in the same building as the TALOS was being kept, but on a different floor. Hong wanted the team to download the AI into a nexus that he handed over once you accepted the job.

Some more sleuthing work later, you managed to find the home of a young woman how had, of all things, a fairly long discussion with the TALOS. This being unusual as most people that had encountered the TALOS ended up in several small pieces, fit for a ghoul’s fondue set.

After having a talk with the young lady, Wraith got a large headache, but managed to help the team find an old hangout of the young lady and her fiance, where they talked Phrex into leaving the TALOS drone and entering the nexus. Given that it appeared in the center of the group, the team did well not to open fire immediately. Having got Phrex and some data, they contacted their Johnsons for each job, and got paid, with several questions hanging over M.C, who turned up to the area late, with a stab wound….

The Terminator

You got a call late in the evening from Mara, a low-level fixer who M.C had encountered before. She had a simple meet setup, login to the Matrix Bar known as the Moebius Strip, and talk to the Johnson in one of the private “nodes”.

Logging in via commlink, you managed to get the “key” to the private room where the meet was to take place from the stone golem barkeep, and headed in. In the room, the Johnson, a middle aged middle eastern man (or so his icon displayed him as), gestured for you all to have a seat.

Once you sat down, he outlined the job for you: break into Scientia Labs 5th floor, and harvest some data and retrieve some hardware, as part of a security system test.

Given the level of pay, and the time frame and the reduction in pay on a daily basis, you took the job eagerly. It seemed to easy. The Johnson had provided you with a delivery van to use as cover, and a schematic of the alarm panel to bypass. After a quick stop to get several cartons of low-grade toilet paper, and having someone scope out the place, you got into the building and up to the 5th floor easily.

In fact, until the guard change came up halfway through the job, it was going really well. Even with the Horizon guards now walking the floor, you managed to grab most of the things you were after, and MC grabbed the nexus you needed, when all hell broke lose.

Apparently, the 4th floor of Scientia was rented out by Ares, and they were doing some drone research. Unfortunately, at the same time your team was breaking into the Horizon floor, another team, lead by a ork called Headshot, was breaking into the Ares floor.

They apparently woke something up, which looked to all like a puppet from a century old film called the Terminator, though this one was built to be about 50% bigger and 100% meaner. Fortunately, the drone didn’t have most of it’s armament attached, however it caused plenty of havoc with it’s built in sword, taking down one of the Horizon guards and wounding MC. Given the new (and profitable) way out the drone created, MC and Wraith stopped to help the wounded Headshot, while Bobby looted the floor, coming away with some interesting data, while Khellian hit the elevator down to the docking bay where the delivery van was left.

Easily conning your way past the last guard, Bobby hid the nexi in the vans smuggling bay while Wraith loaded in Headshot, the the rest of the team, and beat a hasty retreat. After driving for a block or two, you let out Headshot, who told you to “keep yourselves in trouble”, before you called the Johnson to set up the drop off.

On route, you were attacked by a Knight Errant SWAT team, who did their best to arrest, then when that didn’t work, kill you, before being called away for an unknown reason.

Meeting the Johnson, you traded over the materials, and got paid, plus a bonus for the unfortunate interruption by the other team.

So much for the “milk run”

Rats, Moss and Boom
Burning Bridges

You got a call at a reasonably decent hour, for a change. When you answered, it was your old pal Peaceman, and he had a job offer. Meet Mr. Johnson at the Inara Indian restaurant in Brooklyn, at for lunch the next day.

Turning up, you noticed that the local protection gang, the Sainted Bastards were a bit nervous, and this seemed to project onto the restaurant’s dwarven owner Anuj. He offered good food at a good price, but before the team could seat and order, he noticed the sword that Khellian was carrying, and instead motioned them into the back storeroom, saying “Man here for your meeting already, back room. After you are done, come and eat.”

The meeting with the Johnson was somewhat unusual, clearly he had never done it before, as he tossed each of you 1,500 nuyen before he even started into his sales pitch. Just as well he did, as he wanted you to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the three remaining vehicle bridges that connect Manhattan to the mainland, and operated chiefly by Aztechnology.

He offered what everyone thought was a low price, but was negotiated up to 5,000 nuyen each, plus a bonus if they took out a caisson. He would even help out by supplying the explosives, from his company, KG Constructions. It didn’t take all that long to figure out the rest of the thing’s he wasn’t telling, namely that he was short on funds, and he had a better than average chance to get the rebuilding project, thanks to his husband’s brother sitting on the Brooklyn council.

After doing a through reconn of the Bridge, the team went down into the disused and ruined subways of Brooklyn, to see if you could access the caissons from underground. Apart from a devil rat attack and Weisse getting some minor infection from falling onto some of the faintly phosphorescent mold, you managed to find a decent spot.

Knowing that you would need some tools to get the explosives to the right spot, you broke into KG Constructions. Everything was going well, until Jeff Anderson (the Johnson’s husband) walked into the office to do some paperwork. Luckily, he was scared off, unluckily he called NYPD Inc on the way out, and given that the building was known to house explosive material, it wasn’t long before you heard sirens. Escaping quickly, you made off with the explosives, detonators and control boxes, along with a pair of small flying contruction drones, fitted with micro wielders, and some replacement tools for them.

Fitting the drill heads to the drones was easy, and after the holes were made, Wiesse oversaw the placement and arming of the bombs, whilst the others got hold of some cheap commlinks to relay the detonation command from the trigger units, to keep Weisse far away from the blast site, then gave him a time to detonate the explosives.

As Weisse waited, the others, using the rest of the explosives and some hacking from Bobby, loaded up a pair of the drones to take out the cables, and while they only got two of the three drones, Bobby crashed the last into the river, and sent the other two do perform their runs a little early.

The drones heavily damaged some of the support cables, and the bridge was closed, unfortunately a little early, as they couldn’t get to Weisse in time to detonate the underground explosives ahead of schedule, he blew the bridge when it was full of NYPD officers and a few structural engineers.

The team laid low for a day or so, then went to meet with their Johnson. Who, as it turned out had just been arrested by NYPD Inc for being responsible for the incident at the bridge. Peaceman was there instead, and he paid the team the remainder of their fees, and as he was leaving, and extremely beautiful and nice smelling woman showed up, thanked Bobby for his work, mentioned that more would be coming the team’s way, tossed over some more nuyen (1,500 each) and left. With the team having plenty of questions for their hacker.

Block War

After a good week off after stealing Starry Night, you received a call over your commlinks.

“Meet at 5pm, Carson Place Hotel, Conference Room 6.”

Curiosity peaked, you journeyed onto the isle of Manhattan, and entered the Hotel. Going up the stairs to the second floor, and entering the conference room, you were greeted by a odd sight. Sitting at the head of the table is a young dwarf girl, no more than thirteen, wearing a bright pink dress.

“Come in and sit please” she says “My daddy will be here in a minute”

Sitting at the table and looking around at some of the anachronistic furniture, including a dry-erase whiteboard. Sure enough, no more than five minutes later, an over-weight dwarf enters the room, carrying a pair of Chinese take away bags. Giving one to the young girl, he introduces himself as Klubbs, and his daughter as Cheli.

The job seems simple. Probably too simple, after you have a think. You are to break into Ignesys, a medium-sized business that develops front-end interfaces for various Matrix programs, then prank them. Some things that their client wants to see: foam in the fire system, then have it activate at 10am, put laxatives into the water cooler, TP the managers offices, and anything else to cause mischief, but not anything to disrupt them so they lose money.

After a quick recon of the offices by Bobby, posing as a reporter from a “nothing” farming journal looking into innovations for their market led to a few more ideas for pranks. Taking a short time to collect some stuff, Wraith hid out in the office, and after, in concert with Bobby, got rid of the last employee who was staying back playing some game, opened the doors for the others, and they got to work.

Feeling pleased with themselves, they left the office, and watched the office using some micro-cameras left there, amused by the office workers antics as the laxatives and thermostat tweaking made things more and more uncomfortable, and when the fire sprinklers went off dousing the place in semi-fluorescent foam, summoning the fire brigade, you left the scene.

After a short call from Klubbs, you returned to the hotel, and found Klubbs under guard from six large orcs. Seated either side of Klubbs are a youngish man and an older man, and you recognise the younger as Gary Deltona, someone you recently worked for. The two new Johnsons, pay you off, and tell everyone present that no one is to accept any further jobs for “pranks” against Ignensys or Chelsey (the other party in the prank war).

You agree, enjoy a meal with Klubbs and Cheli after the Johnsons leave, and head back to your homes, thinking the job is over.

Early the next morning, you get a call from Cheli, who is really upset. You don’t make out much, apart from “daddy’s dead” and an address. Arriving at the location, you find Cheli kneeling over her father’s body, which, apart from the two pistol rounds has had it’s neck broken. Bobby called NYPD Inc., who sent a patrol car, then after seeing that there actually was a body, called in a detective. MC took care of Cheli, whist the others tried to work out what happened. Shortly after MC left with Cheli, to get her things and take her to the brownstone safehouse in Queens.

Not too long after, you received a pair of comm calls, one from Deltona, one from the other Johnson. Both want you to steal a trophy from Ignensys and return it to Chelsey. Deltona also wants you to leave a “salt shaker” in it’s place, whilst the older Johnson was going to do something later. The older Johnson, did however, offer some access cards to get into the various offices.

Accepting the jobs, the team stole the trophy from Ignensys and left the beautiful salt shaker, and headed across the road to Chelsey. There you got into some trouble, as a team of runners was there, who opened up on the team immediately. After a short but intense battle, where Weisse went down from a full auto blast from a Doberman drone, but no before killing a troll with his bare hands.

After a bit of healing, the team explored the offices of Chelsey searching for explosives after they found some demolition tools on the dead opposing forces. Unfortunately, they failed to spot a laser beam that detonated a series of high explosive charges that nearly killed MC and Weisse (again). Leaving the trophy on a pile of rubble, the team quickly left, especially as the noise of sirens was getting steadily louder.

Returning to the brownstone, they found that MC had given over Cheli to Ieto Hong, and in exchange received a Eurocar Westwind 3000. Convincing the others that it was a good thing, the team retired to their homes to rest and recover.

6 karma
total of 6,500 credits
+1 Street cred
+1 Notoriety

Ready, Set, Gogh

It was a cold March day, when you received a call to meet a Johnson at the Marquee Club on the island.

Getting there was easy, as was getting into the club, thanks to a codeword, “Vincent”. Unfortunately, that was the easy part of the meet. With the noise and crowd, the Johnson had to pull out an old style Cyberdeck, though modernised with Trodes, and conducted the meeting through that.

The job, steal from the Museum of Modern Art. The target, Starry Night. No, not that Starry Night, the new transgenic art piece by Hanso Mach, a collection of genetically modified and “trained” fish, that swims a maze in their metre sized tank that shows sections of the famous Van Gogh piece at regular intervals.

Your plan was straight forward, scope the museum, acquire some high quality trideo of the tank, then swap out the tank for a custom one with a holo projector in the bottom, playing a loop of the recorded trideo to give the illusion the piece was real.

The heist went off without a hitch. Bobby, the teams computer expert, rigged the system and diverted the guards, while Wraith and MC, the stealth expert and the negotiator headed in under an invisibility spell and did the swap, while Khellian went to see if they could disable the hard-linked panic button. Discovering that the door to the comms equipment was locked, and that the stealth expert was upstairs dropping the valuable art piece to the floor, Khellian returned to the van, wondering why he didn’t go with MC, as he could have leviated the piece easily, and Wraith could have picked the lock.

Delivering the piece to the Johnson, and on their way back to returning the loaned van, they were told to pull off the road by Ieto Hong, the head of security for the Manhattan office of Horizon.

There, he offered a new job to the team. Break into the Johnson’s house and steal back Starry Night, and return it to the museum. In addition, steal two more pieces of art, Perpetual Magic and Tribble.

Quickly stopping off at a pet store and aquiring some items, the team got past the ridiculously inept guards on the Johnson’s house, and removed the requested items, leaving in their place a goldfish (for Starry Night), a hamster (for the Tribble), and the old analogue wall clock from the pet store in the place of Perpetual Magic.

Feeling immensely pleased with themselves, the party returned Starry Night to MoMA, scaring the daylights out of the head of security, saying the theft had been a test, extracting a promise from him to beef up the security system, and then dropped off the other two artworks to an orphanage in Hell’s Kitchen, getting them huge thanks, and several offers of kids to adopt.

A strange night to be sure, but at least you got paid

The First Run

So, the first run.

Should have been cake, but somehow you ended up with a nearly dead team member.

All you had to do was find and extract a woman from Manhattan, and pack her off to Denver.

Admittedly, getting into the isle of Manhattan, the Rotten Apple, was tricky, though once you got through the checkpoint onto the island, you managed to work your way through the Triads, Corps and other lowlifes to find your target.

At least you got paid, and made a friend in Peace Man.

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