Shadowrun at EVO

Chaos at the YET

The team was all in a motel room after their scouting efforts. There was much discussion of plans, the group finally deciding that the Trolls, Chimera, and Dvorak would try to sneak in to the server room and the others would wait as backup. Since it was now about 2am and much of the security was sleeping or gone home, it worked.

The group got Dvorak downstairs to a cubicle, and he hacked into the system. Only seconds later, a massive explosion went off overhead. The overwatch team witnessed a group of bikes and a van launch an assault on the building, shooting up the place wildly. In the server room, Brock misunderstands a message from Dvorak, and flips out convinced that the other deckers in the room are spider spirits, and he starts death-punching them. Soon, chaos everywhere.

Security guards respond to the fight in the server room, but are badly outmatched. The last survivor, desparate after watching his friends die, daisy chains a group of grenades together. When they go off, the cubicle farm “looks like Florida after the Hurricane”, and Chimera and Brody are unconcious.

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Hacking the Gibson... er, the YET

Mostly downtime activities last night. The group took 9 weeks off for training, initiation, and various shoppings. After I have done the research, that puts the current date as Thursday, November 8th, 2057. Winter has come to the Denver FRFZ! No major snowstorms yet, though.

Slade was advised to have the group come to a party to meet a Johnson with a job, and to “dress nice”. This led to trolls renting tuxedos, and Slade managing to convince everyone else to buy very nice suits. The party turned out to be a recruitment drive by the Young Elven Technologists policlub, who has a very nice young lady try to recruit Dvorak. The Johnson eventually made contact with Chimera, and hired the group to use a YET backdoor to hack into an investment companies’ servers and run a program, while leaving a letter in the private suite of Ehran the Scribe. The team met at a restaurant and discussed the job a bit, then moved to a no-tell motel near the YET building to case the joint.

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Escape from Castle Munchmaussen

With the group standing in a shot-up library as guards poured out of their barracks into the courtyard, the group jumped out the shattered wall from the 3rd floor. Ryan’s cyber just lets him do that, Neil tanked the damage while carrying Chris, Slade also tanked the fall – and Matt broke his left leg in 3 places. Taking a very few moments to splint Dvorak’s leg, the first aid kit also managed to get Bram awake again, at least enough to run on his own legs for the gate they entered through. Unfortunately, while crossing the free-fire zone that the court had become, he took a bullet on his armor and passed out again. Brody snatched him up and kept running.

They passed through the gate to find one of the walls of the outer courtyard lined with guards aiming at them. Brody threw grenades and panther shells, Chimera shot up the spotlights and some people, and The Machine started trying to blow a hole in the wall. The group got seriously shot up, but Ryan punched a hole into a storeroom and they all jumped through.
With Ryan leading the way with a couple of prybars from a store room, Ryan crashed into the Tram room to find a pair of guards, who he promptly brained with the prybars. One then got punched unconcious, and the other exploded when shot with a Panther. The group piled into the Tram, and Dvorak released the safeties, releasing the tram car to slide down the cables… and glitched.

As the tram began sliding down the cable, it rocked slightly as the safeties released unevenly, and slipped off the cable falling 10 or so feet to the snow covered mountainside. With the 3 concious members of Brody, Chimera, and The Machine screaming in terror, they somehow managed to steer it around obstacles and safely down the hill, with nothing but deep-tissue bruising to show for it. Terrified, but exhilerated, they piled into vans and peeled out, with the sounds of tank treads behind them.

As they raced through the forest, pursued by a helicopter, they came in sight of the border checkpoint – with a locked barrier gate and incoming AVMs. The drivers managed to avoid taking AVM hits, and a panther shot plus the front of Austin’s Citymaster at maximum speed managed to bust through the gate, allowing them out of the valley. The arrival of fighter jets terrified the group, but they turned out to be shooting down the Baron’s helicopter in a tit-for-tat response to his shooting down Sioux drones over the years.
The group made it back to Denver and got paid.

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Into Munchmaussen Valley

Last night: the team snuck through Castle Munchmaussen, with Matt and Chris mostly keeping the cameras off them with hacks and illusions. They avoided the guard patrols and picked the lock to the back door of the central keep. While Matt attacked the central servers, the rest of the team took the elevator up to the fourth floor, arriving just as Matt sent them a map showing the Baron’s quarters and Library to be on the 3rd floor. So they went down 1. Neil and Ryan snuck into the Baron’s quarters as he apparently lay there snoring, and Ryan stole the portrait hanging over his bed – for what perverted reason, we know not. Deciding the book was not there, they moved down the hall to the Library, where they found a book inscribed “Pademonicus Daemonicus”! But Chris remembered the details they had been given and said it must be a fake.

At this point the Baron emerged from a hidden door behind them, commenting sarcastically that he was dissappointed to find that was what the team was after. Neil interrupted anything he had to say further with a Flash-Bang! Which knocked Chris unconcious, as the entire party (minus Matt) was in the blast radius. The Baron was intimidated into standing aside while the group took the real book from his Safe room, but the party came under attack from a Fire Elemental emerging from the fireplace, and Austin’s drones reported troops boiling out of both barrack towers into the courtyard of the keep. Matt rigged the elevator as a death trap for the first group to use it, Ryan loaded the book (and his portrait) onto Austin’s flying drone with duct tape, and Austin flew it off while the party made preparations to go out the side of the keep, rather than down the elevator.

And we ended there for the night.

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Returning a late book

Team is hired to steal a book from Baron Munchmaussen, a bavarian Troll living in the Rocky Mountains in a replica tourist trap village.

Team goes in, scouts around – I don’t have any notes from this session.

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Bug City
Timeline of adventures in Chicago

22 June 2057 – Insect Spirit Outbreak begins in Chicago
25 June 2057 – APN (elf lovers) wiped out in Denver, first attack by Ghostwalker, UCAS announces “VITAS” outbreak and implements Chicago Containment Zone (CCZ)
1 July 2057 – Cermak blast in Chicago – ARES Firewatch detonates a mystically enhanced tactical nuclear weapon in a major bug hive. The yield is less than expected and has uncertain effects on local astral space and nearby spirits. The team enters Chicago this date.
3 July 2057 – Team rescues 2 people from cocoons in a Bug Spirit nest.
8 July 2057 – Professor Twoflowers and Team relocate civilians to northern edge of CCZ, near the Shattergraves. Tunneling operations begin.
17 July 2057 – Team recovers research for Ariel.
20 July 2057 – Planning begins for assault on satellite link station.
22 July 2057 – Satellite link established between CCZ and Asgard data haven, publication of Bug CIty document – truth about CCZ revealed to world.
28 July 2057 – Team escapes from the CCZ.

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Elves vs "Elves"?
A splash of wetwork

Present were Steve (Brock), Neil (Brody), Chris (Brom), Austin (Redline), Slade (Chimera), and Larry (Anonymous). Matt is unable to make it for a while due to work schedule, so Dvorak has left for Chicago to spend some time with his folks.

Start date: June 22, 2057
The group was contacted by a fixer that they hadn’t worked for before, wanting to hire them for a bit of wetwork. They were having issues with a group known as the “Association Para Nobilis”, whose public face was an advocate group for the protection of elves. The fixer revealed that a core group of hardcore APN members had been killing elves who did not adhere to the “proper” elven archetype (which is very Tolkienesque). The APN had been in a scuffle with the Young Elven Technologists in Seattle and relocated here recently. The group was hired to kill 6 core members, bring back their prosthetic ear extensions as proof, and drop off a package at the body of the leader to make sure the message is received.

The group did some Matrix research, and the accusations looked plausible. Some of them were leary about taking a job for straight up murder, but they ultimately decided to take the job. They located the APN HQ, finding it was downtown in the Aztlan district – a one-time city utilities garage that was only a few blocks from Aztechnology HQ. They went to check the place out and found it was buttoned up pretty tight. Brom disguised himself as Allair, one of the targets, and tried to bluff his way in, but the guard wasn’t fooled, as he said Allair was downstairs at the time. Questioning a waitress at the local diner, they were told that some of the group ate there frequently, but many of them never left the HQ building. They also found out the APN was having a regular meeting that Thursday, and grabbed a flyer about the meeting.

The group made the decision to assault the HQ during the Thursday meeting. Brock and Brody snuck up to the garage door and planted grenades all over it, and blew the door while Chimera and Larry covered the back door. The trolls charged in, and Redline crashed his van in and rammed Blaine Deathedge, who was giving a presentation when the door blew in behind him. Many of the couple dozen members attending the meeting were wounded by the blast, and all of them were gunned down when Redline’s minigun hosed the room or when they tried to flee. Brom created a very realistic illusion around the front of the building, making it appear that Humanis was the group attacking the building, and hid disguised as a bum outside. Brock checked out one part of the basement he ended up killing Thiran and Erendahl, locating the armory, and putting down a horse that the APN had surgically altered to look like a unicorn. Chimera and Redline ended up in a firefight with a group of female APN members. Brody scared a little girl into hiding under a couch, tied her up instead of hurting her, and then found Blaine Deathedge’s room – where it appeared he tripped a countdown timer.

Cries of “BOMB!” sounded over the radios as the group turned to flee….

And that cliffhanger is where we left off for the night.

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Running down a killer

The group tracked the Copycat killer to a abandoned car dealership in the Barrens, where he was holed up with Humanis goons. The group assaulted the compound, managing to capture him.

They turned him over to Macallister, getting paid.

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Little Girl Lost

Present were Chris (Bram), Steve (Brody), Neil (Brock), Austin (Redline), Matt (Dvorak), and Slade (Chimera). Downtime was about a week and a half – Redline and Bram moved into their new place, and the trolls tracked down a warehouse and rented it out as a team base of operations.

April 2, 2057: On his Exchange commlink, Dvorak gets a message to meet Macallister at The Big Rhino if he’s looking for work. The team meets there, most of them taking their motorcycles, and are pointed at an older ork sitting in the back. The ork, Macallister, informed the team that his daughter had been murdered by a serial killer – apparently a copycat of the Mayan Cutter (a famous killer who killed for over 2 years before being caught and killed last year by Lone Star). He wanted the group to hunt down the killer, find out why his daughter died, and bring the bastard back alive. The group agreed.

They first headed into the Ork Underground to check out Rebecca Macallister’s apartment. They convinced a local to lead them through the passageways to her home, finding it guarded by a number of Skraa’cha (a local ork gang who served as the Undergrounds enforcers and protectors)., and convinced the gang members to let them look around. They found that the murder apparently took place in the kitchen as Rebecca was making breakfast, and the room and table were covered with her blood. Searching the place did turn up some blood on the edge of her bathroom sink that didn’t look as if it belonged, and the players collected a sample, with Chimera (and Redline) heading out to have a doctor friend take a look at it. The trolls were convinced/fooled/delayed into NOT starting a fight with the Skraa’cha leader, who had been dating Rebecca, and the rest of the group headed topside to talk to Tosh Athack – a Lone Star detective who worked the original Mayan Cutter case, and a friend of Macallister.

Tosh, after collecting for his retirement fund, turned over his original case files to the group to peruse, and arranged for them to gain access to the morgue where Rebecca’s body had been taken. The medical examiner had started the autopsy, and pointed out the details, several of which the group noted did not match the original Mayan Cutter’s MO. Partway through, Chimera and Redline joined back up, and gave Tosh the DNA results of the blood analysis. He promised to run it through Lone Star’s database.

Heading out with the idea of brainstorming a bit more, the group was jumped in the parking garage by a group of gangers, all wearing necklaces of Troll horns and Ork tusks (the gang later identified as the “Troll Killers”). Dvorak was heavily wounded, but Brody and Chimera reaped them like wheat, and the group shortly broke and run. Brody had only knocked out the leader (who had bragged about being hired to take them out), but he was taken into custody by Lone Star officers from the morgue building. The group did keep the leader’s commlink, though.

And we ended there for the night.

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Checking out a book
because Trollplan somehow works every time

Mar 22, 2057:

After laying low for a couple weeks after the Euphoria incident, Brody is put into contact with Mr JP Morlock, who specializes in hiring runners for Johnsons who are looking for quiet runs. The group goes to meet with Mr Morlock in his penthouse apartment.

He wants them to steal a manuscript of a new novel by Tir Tairngaire politician, Ehran the Scribe. The novel is called “Of the Human Spirit”, and is being edited and converted to electronic format by a local publishing company in the Pueblo sector – Sylvan Publishing. Apparently, Ehran had just finished writing the novel by hand at his lodge on Pike’s Peak (in the PCC itself, not the Pueblo sector of Denver). Mr Morlock wanted the physical copy of the manuscript brought to him, and a tailored virus installed in Sylvan’s computer system that would destroy all electronic versions of the novel.

The group headed down to Sylvan HQ at 0-dark-thirty in the morning, and while the trolls prowled around the perimeter of the fence, Dvorak checked out the public Sylvan Host. Brody and Brock saw little sign of serious security, and Dvorak could only identify Maglocks on the doors and burglar alarms on the windows. He did find that the public host did not seem to contain any working copies of books in progress, so they concluded they would have to upload the virus on site to have it take effect.

An illusion of a racoon managed to lure out several guard animals into showing themselves, which were eventually identified as Barghests – meta-versions of dogs with a paralyzing howl, and dual-natured so they wouldn’t be fooled by illusions. A few minutes later a caretaker showed up with another Barghest hound and shooed Brody away from the gate.

While the group laid low in a local motel, Bram visited HQ during the daytime under the pretense of setting up an account with them for a new bookseller. He was very convincing with the sales rep he spoke with, and while supposedly in the bathroom, snuck around the ground floor enough to give the group a good feel for it’s layout. He also decided that the most likely place for a manuscript to be would be on the 2nd floor, where the President, VP and 4 senior editors had their offices.

That night, Brock, Brody, and Dvorak snuck into the building after cutting through the security fence. They came in through the loading dock and headed up to the 2nd floor. They started searching in the President’s office, where Dvorak cracked into the files on Sylvan’s secure host. While he was doing that, Brody checked out the VP’s office, where he became suspicious of a painting behind the desk. He found there was a safe behind it, and cracked it open. Returning to the president’s office, he found the safe behind a picture there and cracked that – finding several data files, a light pistol, and a small stack of cash. Dvorak took a look at the data files, identified them as being un-related to the Ehran manuscript, but kept a copy of them for himself.

Dvorak told the group that he found that Senior Editor Sylvia Green had been assigned the work of formating “On the Human Spirit”, so group headed into her office and opened the safe there, finding a copy of the original manuscript. Dvorak then dropped back onto the secure host, and uploaded the virus to her terminal successfullly. The group headed back downstairs, snuck back to the fence, and slipped away, without any alarm being given.

They returned immediately to Morlock’s hotel, dropping off the manuscript, and receiving their payment. And we called it a night, with a successful run.

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