MHC INFO: Log

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Post by nemarsde » 25 Apr 2011, 15:42

Series 1, Part 1 & 2 - Manhunt ChIIDA, An Introduction to the Roleplaying Game of the Dark Future

This is the log kept by the GM of session 1 to 9 of MHC. Although session 10 was the climax of MHC, it was never recorded in this format but has been summarised here.

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Session 7
Session 8
Session 9
Session 10

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Session 1

Post by nemarsde » 25 Apr 2011, 15:45

Originally posted 20 Jan 2003, 01:32

Session 1, 8 June 2002

Gaming group:

nemarsde (GM)
Bubba
drakken
Gypsy
Rossi720
pchan

MON 08/06/2020

The summer months. Temperatures in Night City, CA are warmer than usual, reaching as high as the low-twenties (degrees C) beneath the smog layer. Heated from above, the acid rain is also warm and at street level there is a moist, steamy atmosphere.

01:00

Atsumichi Sato, representative of Bensen Corporation, meets HiLyte in the Atlantis wine bar, CENTRAL (by coincidence). Sato was a project manager at Network 54 and worked with HiLyte on the Io series. They get talking. He needs to hire a private investigator that he can trust. HiLyte suggests her half-brother, JC Stalker.

JC Stalker is contacted by phone. He gets to a data term and interfaces with the Net. Net conference between HiLyte, JC Stalker and Sato. JC Stalker hired as private investigator, HiLyte to provide media coverage.

Mission: Missing persons case, high profile. Locate the whereabouts of ChIIDA, consort to Chojiro Nuimon-Bensen.

02:00

Mission: Entropy and Nymph have been employed the previous day by Asiabank Pacifica to recover stolen Masamune daisho set from Kigaro Yakazu. Kigaro Yakuza based out of White Lotus Club, UPPER DANGAN. Contact is Rensaburo Ryusaki, Director of Private Services.

Entropy has business class suite at Highcourt Plaza Hotel, CENTRAL, and Takaya Daimyo estate as hire car. Expenses paid by Asiabank Pacifica up until 10:00 13/06/2020.

Nymph is in Honda Metrocar, parked in Auto-Storage car parking facility, CENTRAL. She is interfaced with the Net and has hacked into the White Lotus Club’s security system.

Eddie Kigaro, Shatei of Kigaro Yakuza, arrives at White Lotus Club. Nymph contacts Entropy at Highcourt Plaza Hotel. Entropy takes aero-taxi to UPPER DANGAN.

02:30

Nymph engages Johnny Kigaro, younger brother of Eddie Kigaro, in cyberspace. Eddie Kigaro assassinated by Entropy at White Lotus Club. Masamune daisho set recovered. Entropy makes escape in awaiting aero-taxi.

03:00

Japanese driver of aero-taxi collects daisho set from Entropy. Entropy returns to hotel. Orders drinks from room service and has suit collected for dry-cleaning, then cleans handgun and goes sleep.

Nymph interfaces for some cybersex.

HiLyte leaves the Atlantis, returns to apartment at Camden Court, CENTRAL, by taxi.

JC Stalker rents a private room at the Night Owl Hotel, CENTRAL.

07:00

HiLyte contacts her friend, Jin Wei, by phone. Arranges a meeting later that morning. HiLyte then contacts Thomas Knott, transport pilot at Network 54. She persuades him to take her and JC Stalker out to the HARBOUR in an AV-4. Sends JC Stalker an e-mail with schedule.

Nymph in on-line chat room.

08:15

JC Stalker arrives at Camden Court in taxi, has breakfast with half-sister, HiLyte. Sometime later Thomas arrives in AV-4 and collects both HiLyte and JC Stalker.

09:00

Mission: Prearranged motorcycle race between Jin Wei and Thai fixer, Chaibat. Race to take place in the hold of derelict container ship, HARBOUR.

Jin Wei races Chaibat and wins. Another race arranged for 15 June 2020.

JC Stalker and HiLyte arrive in AV-4 at derelict cargo freighter. Offer made to Jin Wei. Team takes AV-4 to more secure location – derelict oil platform, HARBOUR – where Jin Wei is hired as fixer. Decision is made to hire netrunner and solo. Jin Wei contacts Nymph by phone, they arrange to meet. Jin Wei drives to CENTRAL on motorcycle.

JC Stalker contacts Sato by phone. Arrange to meet at Atlantis restaurant, CENTRAL, with him and HiLyte.

11:00

Entropy wakes up. Works out in the fitness studio, has a sauna and then swim in the pool. Has breakfast in the hotel restaurant and books a massage.

Nymph scores 107,843 in Super Bubble Pop Xtreme VR. Orders out for coffee. Double expresso, maxed out on the vital, hold the sugar. This is breakfast.

Thomas takes JC Stalker and HiLyte in AV-4, to meet with Sato at Atlantis. Progress report. Arrange to meet tomorrow, Atlantis, CENTRAL at 19:00.

11:30

Jin Wei meets with Nymph in Auto-Storage Car Packing Facility, CENTRAL. Nymph hired as netrunner. Entropy’s contact details passed on to Jin Wei by Nymph.

Jin Wei contacts Entropy at Highcourt Plaza Hotel by phone. Entropy having Cantonese-style back massage. Arrange to meet for lunch in hotel lobby.

Nymph searches Net for info pertaining to ChIIDA and Nuimon-Bensen. Tomiko lead established: Saburo Arasaka is officially married to 21-year-old Tomiko Ikeda Daishi, born Nagasaki, Japan. Same year as ChIIDA.

13:00

JC Stalker and HiLyte take aero-taxi to NCPS HQ in the Government Building, CENTRAL. JC Stalker meets with Lieutenant Cullins of the Criminal Investigations Division, Central District PD. Cullins mentions an internal memo from the Special Investigations Unit, requesting any info on the Szechuan refugees in LOWER DANGAN.

JC Stalker and Cullins go out to lunch at La Baguette. HiLyte meets ‘Gormless’ Tommy Franks in cafeteria (civilian tech in the Special Investigations Unit), persuades him to take her up to offices. Whilst there, HiLyte meets Captain Benedict, also gains access to NCPS data fortress, downloading case files on Nuimon-Bensen and report on epidemic of criminal activity amongst Szechuan refugees in LOWER DANGAN.

Jin Wei meets with Entropy in lobby of Highcourt Plaza Hotel. Jin Wei contacts Kazuki Shirow, Director of Public Relations, Asiabank Pacifica, by phone and is forwarded to Rensaburo Ryusaki. Entropy’s credentials verified and he is hired as solo.

14:00

Jin Wei remains in hotel lobby, makes phone calls, gathering information. Then drives back to Teh Gulong’s hut, FLOATING CITY.

Lachesis contacts Entropy by phone. Saigo-Gozo subplot established: There is an unsubstantiated rumour that Saigo-Gozo has been despatched by Arasaka to Night City.

Nymph makes first attempt on unidentified black box in Wilderspace.

15:00

HiLyte leaves NCPS HQ. Meeting is arranged with the rest of team at Wing Chang’s Jade Palace at 20:00.

Jin Wei receives phone call from Malaysian drug dealer, KC (Koon-Chang). Apparently the city-wide fixer, White Lion has gone underground after being visited by ‘mysterious stranger’. KC has also been visited by a foreigner in a Raiden-style hat, who had eyes like ‘black holes’ and was interested in any info pertaining to Szechuan refugees in LOWER DANGAN.

17:00

Entropy contacts Paco Hanser, Central American correspondent at Sofmag.com, by phone. Paco recalls incident in Hindoo-Chinese Confederation possibly involving Saigo-Gozo and the assassination of an air marshal.

20:00

Wing Chang’s Jade Palace, CENTRAL. Team meeting. Jin Wei and Nymph arrive on foot, leaving vehicles at Auto-Storage car parking facility. Entropy and JC Stalker also arrive on foot. HiLyte arrives in taxi. Jien, the maître d, is a friend of Jin Wei. Food is ordered, gathered information is exchanged, incl. copies of police case files and reports, which are distributed amongst the team.

20:49 (precisely)

NCPS patrol officers abscond from guard duty outside of restaurant. Entropy notices.

Almost immediately after, Kigaro Yakuza arrive in black MPVs and enter building through front doors. Security systems are off-line. Yakazu begin attacking restaurant customers with katanas and sub-machineguns. Jien is first to die.

Entropy and JC Stalker return fire from elevated position on top deck. Jin Wei leads HiLyte and Nymph down the service stairs, engaging several Yakuza in hand-to-hand combat.

Reinforcements arrive from back of restaurant, through kitchens. Entropy and JC Stalker come under heavy fire.

Jin Wei, HiLyte and Nymph force entry into security ops center. Nymph interfaces, engages Johnny Kigaro in cyberspace again. Having destroyed Kigaro’s cybermodem, Nymph reactivates security systems and neutralises the remaining Kigaro Yakuza with high-energy laser.

HiLyte gets footage from CCTV and cybermodem, as well as taking weapons from the locker. Nymph then erases hard drives.

20:57 (precisely)

Team exit from rear of building and apprehend parked Luxus 14 limosine. Inside is Johnny Kigaro in state of shock. Team make their escape.

21:16 (precisely)

Team is stopped at police checkpoint. JC Stalker convinces patrolmen to let them pass, referring them to Lieutenant Cullins of the Criminal Investigations Division.

Team is being tracked by a remote Minibee Rotorcraft (media drone) of Infocomp. Team drives to public access car packing facility and make escape on foot.

Jin Wei returns to FLOATING CITY with Johnny Kigaro by taxi, and arranges for the boy to be shipped back to China by Boat People. Reviews case file and report.

Entropy and JC Stalker return to Entropy's hotel suite at Highcourt Plaza Hotel by maglev. Review case files and report.

Szechuan lead established: NCPS suspect that ChIIDA was victim of hijacking by Szechuan refugees. All available info suggests this crime must have occurred almost immediately after she left the US101, within the proximity of the Petrochem Station, ST LONGINUS.

HiLyte returns to apartment in Camden Court by taxi. Edits footage.

Nymph returns to Honda Metrocar, parked at Auto-Storage car packing facility, by foot. Starts on data fortress designs to host team’s VR module.

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Session 2

Post by nemarsde » 25 Apr 2011, 15:47

Originally posted 01 Feb 2003, 22:11

Session 2, 31 August 2002

Gaming group:

nemarsde (GM)
Bubba
drakken
Gypsy
Misthawk (guest)
pchan
Rossi720

TUE 09/06/2020

02:30

Nymph finishes designing data fortress. Orders pizza. Scores 116,187 in Super Bubble Pop Xtreme VR.

03:00

Nymph downloads series two of BDSM porno parody, Muffy the Vampire Sucker.

07:00

HiLyte has breakfast at apartment and contacts team by phone, arrange to meet. Entropy and JC Stalker have breakfast at Highcourt Plaze Hotel. Jin Wei has breakfast with Teh. Nymph eats remains of pizza.

09:30

Team meets at US Memorial Center, under City Museum, CENTRAL. They notice a European tourist may be taking undue interest in them. HiLyte suspects this tourist might be recording them. Entropy and Jin Wei approach tourist. Noiret subplot established: Tourist introduces himself as Antoine Noiret, corporate lawyer from the EC allegedly in Night City on business. Team are satisfied and let him go.

10:15

Team arrives at restaurant of Highcourt Plaze Hotel. Gathered information exchanged. Data fortress design is submitted by Nymph. Nymph orders items on-line, while Jin Wei is to acquire blackmarket programmes.

12:00

Jin Wei and Nymph return to Auto-Storage car parking facility, CENTRAL. (Jin Wei collects motorcycle.) Jin Wei then pays off some of Jien’s debt to help support his relatives. Acquires blackmarket programmes for Nymph.

Nymph searches Net for info pertaining to Saigo-Gozo and the assassination of air marshal in Hindoo-Chinese Confederation. According to government documents, the assassin killed the air marshal and his bodyguards using a kind of multi-flechette round.

12:30

Nymph makes second attempt on unidentified black box in Wilderspace, but black box has disappeared without a trace. Nymph starts on designing a specialised search programme.

Jin Wei contacts Chaibat by phone. Jin Wei needs somebody that knows the situation in ST LONGINUS. Chaibat gives name of prostitute, Stacey, to be found at the disused park-and-ride in the vicinity of the US101 turn-off. Jin Wei takes HiLyte on back on motorcycle.

14:00

Entropy and JC Stalker drive with Nymph to Petrochem Station at the US101 turn-off, ST LONGINUS.

JC Stalker questions brain-dancing clerk at the Petrochem Station, and has to force the clerk to answer. Bremen and McCulloch lead established: The Petrochem Station does have CCTV, but the recording from 25 May has already been commandeered by the NCPS, Officers Bremen and McCulloch.

Entropy notices Antoine Noiret across the street. Entropy follows Noiret but loses him inside the Rhythm Room dance club.

HiLyte and Jin Wei arrive at disused park-and-ride, ST LONGINUS. Area is now used for drive-in prostitution and controlled by Santa Barbara Nomad Pack, under the street fixer, Ringo.

Asking after Stacey, HiLyte and Jin Wei are soon confronted by Ringo and other nomads next to a row of freight containers. According to them, Ringo and Chaibat are currently contesting ownership of Stacey. Negotiations fail, nomads attack HiLyte and Jin Wei. Jin Wei kills a nomad, then they both escape on the motorcycle.

Before they can leave, they are stopped by Wen D, prostitute and friend of Stacey. She tells them that the nomads are beating Stacey to death in the back of a freight container. HiLyte stays behind to interview Wen D and contact the other team members. Jin Wei returns to the freight containers on his motorcycle to distract nomads.

14:35 (precisely)

HiLyte contacts Entropy by phone. Briefs him and requests assistance. Entropy and JC Stalker take an aero-taxi to disused park-and-ride. Nymph to follow in metrocar.

Jin Wei is noticed by nomads and attacked. He tries to avoid a confrontation but fails. Hand-to-hand combat, Jin Wei is seriously wounded.

Entropy and JC Stalker arrive. Entropy exits aero-taxi midair, dropping into combat from above. JC Stalker has to threaten the taxi driver to put down. Short exchange of gunfire, remaining nomads retreat.

15:30

Jin Wei takes the team and the prositutes, Stacey and Wen D, to Chinese laundry, HARBOUR, where they receive treatment from the Chinese physician, Wang. HiLyte interviews Stacey. She has a boyfriend, Hash-Trey, who works private security for Silas Webb (aka Black Webb). Black Webb lead established: The Black Webb Gang controls most of the dance clubs in ST LONGINUS, incl. The Lance and the cyberpunk club, Body Millennium (aka Body Mil). Through his network of informants, Webb's organisation knows of anything important that's happening in ST LONGINUS.

Nymph searches Net for other material, discovers a recording of the Petrochem Station, dated 25 May 2020. Thermographic and HDTV footage recorded by the East Coast Archipelago Institute of Paranormal Research. (Research into euphoric brain activity in a group dynamic.) Institute has cameras set up outside dance clubs around the country, nothing suspicious.

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Session 3

Post by nemarsde » 25 Apr 2011, 15:49

Originally posted 02 Feb 2003, 18:41

Session 3, 19 October 2002

Gaming group:

nemarsde (GM)
Boston (guest)
Bubba
Did (guest)
Gypsy
pchan
Rossi720

16:00

Nymph uses HiLyte's Adv Coms Suitcase to apply digital zoom to enhance image of HDTV footage from Archipelago Institute of Paranormal Research. Footage shows thousands of people, many of them Szechuan refugees, in the street outside the Petrochem Station. ChIIDA arrives in chrome Bensen Cascade and is blocked by the refugees. Then three of the refugees appear to force entry into the vehicle. One of them drives off with ChIIDA, the other two disperse.

HiLyte tries to contact producer, Ma-Li in Media Acquisitions Division at Network 54 (to acquire some cyberforms). Nobody knows where Ma-Li is. HiLyte contacts Thomas Knott at Network 54 by phone. Thomas makes enquiries with colleagues in Personnel Division. Further investigation reveals Ma-Li’s personnel file is missing.

Wen D takes opportunity to act as guide around ST LONGINUS, becoming friends with HiLyte.

17:00

Team prepares for meeting with Sato at Atlantis restaurant. HiLyte, Jin Wei and Wen D take maglev to Marcini’s department store, CENTRAL for clothes shopping. Jin Wei leaves vehicle at Chinese laundery, HARBOUR. Entropy and JC Stalker return to Highcourt Plaza Hotel (Entropy's hotel suite) to get a change of clothes.

Nymph and Jin Wei drive to CENTRAL. Nymph makes multiple copies of footage on data chip. Leaves Honda Metrocar at Auto-Storage car parking facility. Jin Wei leaves motorcycle at Highcourt Plaza Hotel (secure car parking facility).

19:00

Atlantis, CENTRAL. Team meeting with Sato and corporate samurai. Sato takes copy of HDTV footage and distributes smartcards for expense account. One million eb in an Asiabank Pacifica trust fund. Team decides to try to contact Black Webb, while JC Stalker is to visit NCPS HQ to confirm ID of Officers Bremen and McCulloch and explain himself to Lieutenant Cullins (re: Jade Palace incident). Sato and corporate samurai then leave team to have dinner.

21:00

Team takes aero-taxi to Body Mil dance club, ST LONGINUS. JC Stalker takes aero-taxi to NCPS HQ.

Vast crowds in ST LONGINUS. HiLyte assailed by drunken reveller of Eastern European extraction as she exits taxi. Entropy restrains drunken reveller with non-lethal force and pushes him away. Team queue for Body Mil, could take over two hours. Jin Wei approaches doormen, attempts to bribe them fail. Floor manager arrives, Jin Wei attempts to bribe him and succeeds. Team enters Body Mil, avoiding queue, and reconnoitres.

At NCPS HQ, JC Stalker asks after Officers Bremen and McCulloch in the St Longinus District PD. There are no officers of that name in the St Longinus District PD. He searches Net for info pertaining to them. Too many results. JC Stalker finds Cullins, gives a detailed account of the Jade Palace incident. Cullins is satisfied. As far as he knows there are no officers of the name, Bremen or McCulloch in the Central District PD.

22:00

Team has a dance. JC Stalker contacts HiLyte by phone. Arrange to meet in Body Mil.

Jin Wei persuades Wen D to contact Stacey’s boyfriend, Hash-Trey, by phone. She does so, receives much verbal abuse from Hash-Trey. Jin Wei talks to him. Hash-Trey refuses to comply until Jin Wei mentions Szechuan refugees. They arrange to meet outside Rhythm Room, ST LONGINUS at 00:15.

23:00

JC Stalker arrives at Body Mil by aero-taxi. Has to bribe floor manager to avoid queue, enters dance club and meets with team. They decide to arrive early at Rhythm Room and leave.

23:41 (precisely)

Team takes aero-taxi to Rhythm Room. HiLyte notices they are being followed by red BMW-McDonnell Douglas AV-7, driven by Antoine Noiret. Noiret turns off, HiLyte notices Network 54 logo on back of AV-7.

23:45

Vast crowds in ST LONGINUS. Entropy notices gunmen in elevated positions in buildings, and gunmen at street level. Aero-taxi is kept waiting.



WED 10/06/2020

00:15 (precisely)

Hash-Trey exits Rhythm Room, Wen D confirms ID. Waits beside a white AV-4 with other black gangsters. Jin Wei moves forward to negotiate, Hash-Trey informs him that he’s going to be taken to meet Black Webb. Jin Wei has no choice but is allowed a bodyguard. Jin Wei and Entropy enter AV-4 with Hash-Trey and four other black gangsters.

HiLyte, JC Stalker, Nymph and Wen D follow in aero-taxi.

00:45

AV-4 puts down on heavily guarded roof of Body Mil. Entropy and Jin Wei exit. Black Webb is there, beating a Szechuan refugee to death. Interupted, Black Webb talks to Jin Wei. Black Webb challenges Jin Wei to execute the Szechuan refugee. Jin Wei refuses, Entropy does not. Po Chi lead established: There are over 150,000 Szechuan refugees in LOWER DANGAN and SOUTH CITY, part of the area known as the Combat Zone. They are illegal immigrants and have no civil rights, at night thousands of them move to ST LONGINUS and commit various acts of street crime amidst the vast crowds. Most recently they have been marching in protest of the attrocities committed against them by the NCPS and criminal organisations. These marches are organised by Taoist political leader, Po Chi. Po Chi should know who exactly was responsible for the hijacking.

Mission: Jin Wei and the team must infiltrate Po Chi’s base of operations in the Combat Zone and plant an explosive device. The base is empty during the night when the Szechuan refugees are marching. The base is underground, located in a disused water treatment plant. The team is forced to accept. Black Webb invited over a team of Russian mercenaries (ex-Spetsnaz) from the East Coast, US, with the intention of hiring them. However, Jin Wei and the team will do the mission free of charge, or else Black Webb will hire the Russian mercenaries to kill them instead.

Black Webb will provide the explosive device and an escort into the Combat Zone. The escort will be a posse of Jamaican Yardies in utility vans. Leader is Lucius, Jamaican street fixer and member of Black Webb Gang.

HiLyte, JC Stalker, Nymph and Wen D circle overhead in aero-taxi.

01:30

Entropy and Jin Wei are released. Arrange to meet Lucius and Jamaican Yardies tomorrow night, 22:00 at Body Mil, ST LONGINUS.

HiLyte contacts Jin Wei by phone. Arrange to meet in lobby of Highcourt Plaza Hotel, CENTRAL. Team take aero-taxis. Nymph collects vehicle from Auto-Storage car parking facility.

02:15

Team meeting. Gathered information is exchanged. General discussion. Purchase order is put together, including weapons and armour. Nymph orders items on-line, while Jin Wei is to acquire blackmarket items. Sato is contacted to acquire Militech MetalGear for Entropy. Arrange to meet tomorrow, Atlantis, CENTRAL, at 10:00.

Nymph searches Net for Officers Bremen and McCulloch. There are two patrol officers in Central District PD by the name of Bremen and McCulloch.

03:00

Jin Wei contacts Teh Gulong by phone. Buys Kalashnikov A-80 assault rifle, arranges for delivery to Highcourt Plaza Hotel.

He then contacts arms dealer, Fireman. Arrange to meet at the Non-Kosher Deli, CENTRAL.

04:00

Entropy and Jin Wei take maglev to Non-Kosher Deli, meets with Fireman. Buy other blackmarket items, incl. HK G6 LMG. Hard bargaining, but overall a fair price.

Entropy and Jin Wei take aero-taxi back to Highcourt Plaza Hotel. All items are kept in Nymph's Honda Metrocar overnight, in hotel secure car parking facility.

Pyjama party. Team sleeps in Entropy's hotel suite. Nymph is inebriated at restaurant bar, has to be forcibly removed by Entropy and JC Stalker. Nymph seems to enjoy the attention.

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Session 4

Post by nemarsde » 25 Apr 2011, 15:52

Originally posted posted 01 March 2003, 01:21

Session 4, 8 February 2003

Gaming group:

nemarsde (GM)
Boston
Bubba
Gypsy
pchan
Rossi720

05:27 (precisely)

Nymph vomits in bathroom sink, then orders pizza from room service. Pizza is thin and crispy (Euro-style), Nymph is unimpressed but eats it anyway. Team (except for JC Stalker - heavy sleeper) are awoken by room service, much complaining, Entropy makes everybody expresso in kitchenette.

06:00

Team are finally asleep.

07:00

Team awakes. HiLyte enters bathroom.

07:30

HiLyte exits bathroom, dresses and has breakfast in hotel restaurant. Entropy works out in the fitness studio, has a sauna and then swim in the pool.

Jin Wei and Nymph take maglev to New American Motors showroom to buy Drifter RV.

JC Stalker and Wen D take aero-taxi to ST LONGINUS, further investigation of Black Webb Gang.

08:00

Orders are delivered to Federal Mail Centre, Government Building, CENTRAL. Jin Wei and Nymph collect orders in RV, then drive to Atlantis.

Entropy and HiLyte take maglev to Atlantis.

JC Stalker and Wen D get breakfast from the Good Friend noodle stand, ST LONGINUS.

10:00

Atlantis, CENTRAL. (Conference room.) Team meeting with Sato and corporate samurai. JC Stalker not present. Entropy takes receipt of Militech MetalGear. General discussion. Case reviewed - detailed analysis of all pertinent information.

Sato voices concerns about developing situation with Black Webb. Introduces team to Mach. Mach is a corporate agent, specialising in payload delivery and fast extraction. He is to represent the Nuimon-Bensen’s interests within the team and ensure the safe retrieval of ChIIDA if/when her whereabouts are located. Sato also provides a customised black Toyo-Chrysler Omega saloon (five-seater).

JC Stalker and Wen D approach members of Razor Boyz street gang, ask after Black Webb Gang. Gathered info is common knowledge.

10:30

Sato leaves with corporate samurai. Team orders breakfast, except for HiLyte.

HiLyte attempts to use Adv Coms Suitcase to apply pixel motion tracking to HDTV footage from East Coast Archipelago Institute of Paranormal Research. Unsuccessful.

Nymph searches Net for info pertaining to Po Chi. Finds a Po Chi web site containing Communist propaganda, but notices it’s hosted by a Body Mil proxy (and therefore owned by Black Webb Gang).

Entropy contacts Paco Hanser, close friend and Central American correspondent for Sofmag.com, based out of Hamburg, EU. Discuss Russian mercenaries, ex-Spetsnaz, Russian Mafiya, etc. According to Hanser there have been no reported movements of Russian mercenary groups from the East Coast Archipelago since late last year, when the Little Odessa Mafiya declared war on the Serbo-Croat Fish Heads. It is highly unlikely Black Webb has imported a Russian ex-Spetsnaz mercenary group all the way from the SovBloc. Sofmag.com would certainly know about it.

JC Stalker and Wen D approach members of the Klash Gang, ask after Black Webb Gang. Gathered info is common knowledge.

10:50

Outside of restaurant, dark blue citycar randomly loses control and rolls onto side. Driver escapes through passenger-side door.

11:00

HiLyte attempts to apply pixel motion tracking to HDTV footage again. Unsuccesful. Decides to attempt frame-by-frame visual analysis.

Nymph searches Net for info pertaining to Black Webb Gang. Although the dance clubs are a legimate operation, the Black Webb Gang has connections to the Jamaican Yardies, the leader of which is a self-styled Santaria priest, Ras. The gang seems to have been formed by Black Webb out of black gangsters from the Crips street gang, and the first reference to the Black Webb Gang is in 2013. The gang retains a connection to the Crips in that most of its members are recruited from them or the Yardies. Though Black Webb is leader of the gang, it is Lucius that seems to be the go between and has the criminal record.

12:00

JC Stalker and Wen D approach members of the Jamaican Yardies, ask after Black Webb Gang. Referred to street fixer, Viva, at derelict warehouse, 230th Street, LOWER DANGAN.

Realising the address is within the Combat Zone, JC Stalker and Wen D decide to leave.

13:00

HiLyte completes frame-by-frame visual analysis of HDTV footage. Abductors are shown to have moved in on ChIIDA’s conveyance from different directions, clearly intent on intercepting it. This strongly suggests pre-planning.

JC Stalker takes aero-taxi to NCPS HQ, in the Government Building, CENTRAL. Wen D arranges to meet with Stacey at Women's Centre, ST LONGINUS.

Jin Wei and Mach decide to visit Tokyo-Chiba Motors, CENTRAL, to gather information about possible location of ChIIDA’s conveyance, one chrome Bensen Cascade. They take the black Toyo-Chrysler Omega. Mach drives.

Entropy and HiLyte decide to visit Ma-Li’s residence at Camden Court, taking aero-taxi. Nymph is to crack Camden Court data fortress and open doors in immediate vicinity of Ma-Li’s residence.

13:15

Driving on US101, Jin Wei notices they are being followed by red AV-7, almost certainly Antoine Noiret. Mach takes evasive action. High-speed pursuit. Red AV-7 collides with advertising hoarding, pilot loses control and goes in high-G flat spin, out of sight. Jin Wei and Mach continue on to Tokyo-Chiba Motors.

13:30

Entropy and HiLyte arrive at Camden Court, take monorail to Ma-Li’s residence in the NE Quadrant.

Nymph enters Camden Court red zone in cyberspace. Bypasses first line of defence and gains access to data fortress. Data fortress is protected by Security Services Inc. SSI netrunners interface and converge on Nymph’s position. Nymph blocks anti-system attacks, then takes control of remotes and opens all doors in NE Quadrant. Nymph cuts out on the hard-line.

Entropy and HiLyte enter Ma-Li’s residence and are attacked by chipped Rottweiller. Entropy pins it to the ground, HiLyte shoots it with Avante Needlegun containing animal tranquiliser. Entropy then breaks its neck and chips are automatically ejected from chipslot. One Watchdog chip, one Stress chip, one Cyberpet Behaviour chip and one unidentified chip, possibly an IFF chip. Ma-Li is found on floor of bathroom, body has been eviscerated, clearly visible bite and claw marks. Cause of death, attacked by Rottweiller while on toilet.

AT NCPS HQ, JC Stalker and Cullins go out to lunch at La Baguette. JC Stalker gives a detailed description of two patrol officers in Central District PD by the name of Bremen and McCulloch. Cullins does not know them, but will download personnel files.

13:45

Jin Wei and Mach arrive at Tokyo-Chiba Motors, speak to receptionist and then salesman, Hentai Harry Ko. Hentai Harry paid for information on possible whereabouts of chrome Bensen Cascade, he refers them to the White Lion. Jin Wei unimpressed, but according to Hentai Harry, the White Lion frequents the Atlantis restaurant.

Mach contacts the tech, Flywheel, by phone. Flywheel suggests such high profile stolen vehicles would be shipped out of the country to be resold abroad. Szechuan refugees do not have resources for this, and must be selling to a buyer in the HARBOUR - most probably one of the Boat People and may be the street fixer, Chaibat.

14:00

HiLyte contacts Sato by phone. Informs Sato of Ma-Li’s death, Sato is aggrieved. Sato has been in contact with his former corporate attache. According to her Ma-Li’s personnel file has been reinstated, but the user profile has been deleted. All files in the Media Acquisitions Division workstore have been locked, pending the appointment of the new Director of Media Acquisitions, Jacques Lavalle.

Lavalle lead established: The previous Director of Media Acquisitions sold out to Infocomp earlier in the year, and Network 54 appointed Jacques Lavalle soon after. Jacques Lavalle was a media producer with ECWorld Service News, well-known for his coverage of the Second Corporate War, in particular the sinking of the 21,000-tonne Bunga Teratai Satu.

The Bunga Teratai Satu was a Malaysian container ship that was due to be retired, but was bought by legal representatives of the Boat People. During the Second Corporate War of 2007, it was carrying a cargo of 9,465 migrants from South-East Asia to Hamburg, EC. It was hit by an anti-ship missile in the South China Sea and sank. Over nine thousand people went into the water, with no SOS signal having been relayed or distress beacon activated. Jacques Lavalle’s EC cruiser arrived on the scene at the same time as the sharks, and the recorded footage was sensational.

All sides in the war denied responsibility for the attack and after the ceasefire, Network 54 war correspondent, Lyle McClellan produced evidence that suggested Lavalle ordered the EC cruiser to fire on the container ship, having predicted the results. Lavalle’s reputation within ECWorld Service News supports this, and he was once described as being 'Goebbels Mk.2'.

Lavalle and his production company have now defected to the US and Network 54. While preparations were being made, Ma-Li was promoted to Acting Director of Media Acquisitions.

Entropy and HiLyte return to Atlantis, CENTRAL.

JC Stalker and Cullins return to NCPS HQ. JC Stalker asks after Black Webb Gang. There are no active investigations of the Black Webb Gang. He finds 'Gormless' Tommy Franks, persuades him to gain access to unsynchronised Nuimon-Bensen case files. Not available for download, JC Stalker takes notes on PDA. Gives Franks Wen D's phone number instead of HiLyte's.

14:10

Jin Wei contacts Chaibat by phone. Chaibat confirms that he buys stolen vehicles from Szechuan refugees, in particular Yuen Hung. Some vehicles he ships to LA or San Fran, others he ships abroad to Hong Kong.

Yuen Hung lead established: On 23/05/2020 Yuen Hung told Chaibat he was getting something ‘extra special’. Chaibat has not seen or heard from him since then. He sends Jin Wei a video frame of Yuen by e-mail. It is the Szechuan refugee that Black Webb had Entropy execute on roof of Body Mil the previous night. Chaibat knows nothing about the chrome Bensen Cascade.

Further information about Po Chi is revealed. According to Chaibat, Po Chi is a disillusioned Chinese Triad from the Old Country. He used to operate river pirates and Snakehead gangs out of Hong Kong, but after the Hindoo-Chinese Confederation was formed Po Chi became more political, and sympathising with the plight of the Szechuan refugees he led a mass migration to the US.

This denied the river pirates and Snakehead gangs any potential profit they might have had from illicit slave trade (of the Szechuan refugees). The Triads were angered but honour-bound, they could not move directly against another Triad unless war was declared. Po Chi's actions were considered acceptable under the terms of the Triad code of honour, since they were classed as competition rather than an act of war.

Jin Wei and Mach return to Atlantis, CENTRAL.

15:00

Atlantis, CENTRAL. Team meeting. JC Stalker not present. Gathered information shared. Nymph searches Net for info pertaining to Jacques Lavalle, finds photo. Jacques Lavalle is Antoine Noiret. It is decided to locate the whereabouts of the White Lion.

Entropy contacts Lachesis by phone for advice on locating the whereabouts of the White Lion. Lachesis suggests phoning the Atlantis, claiming to have a message for White Lion. As an upper class establishment, staff should take the phone to her.

Team keeps watch around restaurant, Jin Wei at reception, Mach by salad bar, etc. Entropy remains seated in conference room, contacts Atlantis by phone. Waiter takes phone to White Lion, watched by team. Nymph loses visual contact, preoccupied with seducing attractive waitress. (Name: Terri Santi. Nymph also gets phone number.) Mach follows waiter at distance. Waiter enters conference room next to the team’s conference room. White Lion answers phone, Entropy cancels call. Bodyguards (incl. Rogue and Nomad Santiago) immediately respond to perceived threat. Much activity around White Lion’s conference room. High state of alert. It is decided that HiLyte should appoach White Lion’s conference room as team representative.

After security checks, body search, MagRes Imaging, etc., HiLyte is admitted to conference room. White Lion is not forthcoming and seems aggrevated. She informs HiLyte that having been approached by Saigo-Gozo (not mentioned by name) she has entered a period of ‘self-reflection’ (sic) and Saigo-Gozo was interested in info pertaining to one specific individual, not ChIIDA but Entropy.

JC Stalker returns to Atlantis, CENTRAL.

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Session 5

Post by nemarsde » 25 Apr 2011, 15:54

Originally posted 23 March 2003, 21:34

Session 5, 1 March 2003

Gaming group:

nemarsde (GM)
Boston
Bubba
Gypsy
pchan
rossi720

15:30

JC Stalker returns to Atlantis, CENTRAL.

16:30

Atlantis, CENTRAL. Team meeting. Gathered information shared. Review notes taken by JC Stalker of unsynchronised case file updates of Captain Benedict. According to Benedict there have been no less than six private investigators contracted by Nuimon-Bensen since 25/5/2020. None made any progress in the investigation and contracts were subsequently cancelled. Three of the six private investigators died in the course of the investigation. Long-Stepping Lawson (ex-cop) died in an AV accident. Simmer Plate (street solo) was killed by NCPS Max-Tac units, arresting him for a routine cybernetics violation. Yussaf Tashfin (ex-cop) was killed in a drive-by shooting incident.

All of the six private investigators have a local reputation in Night City (like JC Stalker), with each specialising in missing persons cases. According to representatives of Nuimon-Bensen, no corporations have been contracted, e.g., SSI (Security Services, Inc.), etc. Benedict speculates that this would be unnecessary anyway, as Arasaka Corporation provides security services for the Bensen Corporation. However, info gathered from his informants suggest there is no Arasaka operation in progress. Benedict’s case file updates do not mention Saigo-Gozo or the White Lion.

Nymph searches Net for info pertaining to Long-Stepping Lawson. Lead established: Long-Stepping Lawson’s 2019-model Yugo-Marakovka AV-7 stalled midair and crashed on takeoff, killing all onboard. An electric failure in the vehicle’s fly-by-wire system was held responsible. The PCB over-heated due to a known manufacturing fault. According to the vehicle’s documents, Yugo-Marakovka replaced the faulty part some two weeks after sale. Crash investigators found this not to be the case. The AV-7 had undergone maintenance work on the turbofans at the Bodukkan Performance Centre, CENTRAL approx. 48 hours prior to the accident. (Bodukkan Performance Center is owned by Bensen Corporation.) According to Bensen Corporation’s representatives, they could not be accountable for the avionics of the Yugo-Marakovka AV-7 when the customer had specifically contracted them for work on the powerplant.

18:00

Sato arrives unannounced, with him are double the number of corporate samurai from previous meetings. Sato is nervous and aggitated. Team are suspicious. Sato informs them that Nuimon-Bensen has invited them to a private audience at his residence. He had been scheduled to play racketball with his girlfriend Donna Falcone, when Nuimon-Bensen contacted him by phone. With no time to organise transportation for the team, Sato decided to use his escorts (the corporate samurai). He reassures the team of their safety.

Team leaves Atlantis restaurant. Take Bensen AV-7s to Arasaka Tower, CENTRAL, containing the offices of many Japanese and Pacific Rim corporations, incl. Asiabank Pacifica and Bensen Corporation.

18:45

Bensen AV-7s ascend through layer of thick smog, into a fine Californian summer evening. Arasaka Tower now subdivides into seven separate towers. Vehicles approach SE tower, team notices it is protected by SAM and CIWS emplacements. Vehicles enter tower through pressurised air-lock. Security checks, MagRes Imaging, CAT and X-Ray scans, etc.

17:00

Team arrives in private airport of Bensen Corporation Head Office. High security, heavy Arasaka presence. After more security checks, team are disarmed and Sato takes them to meet with Nuimon-Bensen.

Glass biodome on top of SE tower, inside is subtropical climate with dense foliage. Sato leaves team at the base of waterfall, team are then called over loudspeaker to climb stairway alongside waterfall to Zen Buddhist shrine at the top.

Team enter shrine. Windows are holographic displays. Air is laced with mild hallucinogenic. Inside is Nuimon-Bensen, kneeling in front of ornate wooden box. He is well-informed, explains the situation and apologises.

Nuimon-Bensen is convinced he will be killed by Arasaka, but desperately wants Chida-Ichi to live. He will have Sato create a new identity for Chida-Ichi in Scandinavia, but first the team must locate her whereabouts, extract and deliver her to safety. Nuimon-Bensen offers them any of the resources at his disposal as payment, incl. money. The team must simply decide what they need, contact Sato and he will try his best to acquire it. Team accepts offer.

Sun sets over the West Coast. Team leaves, takes Bensen AV-7s back to Atlantis, CENTRAL.

21:00

Atlantis, CENTRAL. Team meeting. Food ordered. To locate the whereabouts of Chida-Ichi, they must deal directly with the Black Webb Gang. It is decided they will not attempt mission for Black Webb (to plant explosive devices in Po Chi’s base of operations). They do not believe Black Webb has any Russian mercenaries to hire. They do not need any further info pertaining to hijacking from Po Chi. Lengthy debate about possible course of action. Much confusion about why Black Webb would cease negotiations with Nuimon-Bensen.

22:30

Team decides to contact Black Webb. HiLyte will pretend to be legal representive and executor of Nuimon-Bensen’s will (from Merrill Asukaga & Finch) with the message that Nuimon-Bensen is dead, and a phone number.

Black Webb will have two choices. 1. Receive payment as ransom, in return for Chida-Ichi as originally agreed. 2. Merrill Asukaga & Finch will be absolved of responsibility and forward all the relevant details to Arasaka Corporation. (In this event Arasaka will probably take Chida-Ichi by force.)

Team takes taxi to Highcourt Plaza Hotel, CENTRAL. Jin Wei purchases pre-pay phone from dispensing machine in hotel lobby. This is to be phone number sent to Black Webb. Jin Wei contacts Sato by phone, informs him of plan. Sato will need to make cash withdrawal of ransom money, i.e., 20 million eb. Sato contacts corporate account manager by phone, arrange to meet tonight, 23:00, at Asiabank Pacifica Head Office.

23:00

Entropy, HiLyte and Mach hire Mercedes-Benz AV-7 from Executive Transportation Services (office on roof of Highcourt Plaze Hotel). Take AV-7 to Body Mil dance club, ST LONGINUS. Mach drives, Entropy to provide cover while HiLyte is to approach doormen.

HiLyte is dropped off at street level, Mach then puts AV-7 down on advertising hoarding opposite Body Mil. Entropy provides cover with HK G6 LMG. HiLyte embarrasses doormen with belittling comment but persuades floor manager to deliver message to Black Webb.

Mach attempts takeoff but AV-7 fuselage becomes ensnared on advertising hoarding. Mach loses control of vehicle momentarily, but regains it in time to put down on street. Major damage to exhaust system. Entropy, HiLyte and Mach return to Highcourt Plaza Hotel, CENTRAL.

JC Stalker, Jin Wei and Nymph setup in New American Motors Drifter RV, in secure car parking facility of hotel. Attach remote cameras to outside of vehicle.

Sato takes monorail to Asiabank Pacifica Head Office, in the Arasaka Tower, CENTRAL. To maintain total secrecy, he does so without bodyguards (the corporate samurai). He meets with corporate account manager. Sato and corporate account manager go out for drinks at Café Chrome kareoke bar. Sato explains that he needs a 20 million eb cash withdrawal from Nuimon-Bensen’s personal account. It must be done quickly and efficiently, whilst keeping a low profile and most importantly, not involving Arasaka security forces.



THU 11/06/2020

00:45

Having filled out accident report forms for Executive Transportation Services, Entropy, HiLyte and Mach arrive back at Drifter RV.

Sato and corporate account manager return to Asiabank Pacifica Head Office. Sato notices Black Webb leaving Asiabank Pacifica Head Office as well. Black Webb has a Ford-Mazda Luxus 16 limosine and four brightly-coloured saloons parked outside Arasaka Tower (not in secure car parking facility). He also has a posse of Jamaican Yardies with him. Black Webb gets into limosine but does not drive off.

01:03 (precisely)

Black Webb contacts team by phone, HiLyte answers. Black Webb is aggitated. He will release Chida-Ichi in return for ransom of 20 million eb. Lengthy debate about location of exchange. No decision made, Black Webb is angry, HiLyte cancels call.

01:10

Jin Wei contacts Sato by phone. Team needs ransom money to be delivered to them at Highcourt Plaza Hotel asap.

Asiabank Pacifica Head Office, CENTRAL. Corporate account manager informs Sato the cash withdrawal has been made. Sato bribes the Asiabank Pacifica receptionist, she informs him Black Webb has just met with Rensaburo Ryusaki, Director of Private Services. Ryusaki lead established: Holding directorships on every corporation in the Arasaka Tower (except Arasaka and Bensen Corporation), Rensaburo Ryusaki is also Saiko-komon (a senior rank) in Yakuza. Nuimon-Bensen refuses to employ any Yakuza, and because Ryusaki has not worked for Arasaka Corporation in the Pacific Rim, he’s had difficulty gaining the attention of Saburo Arasaka. If Ryusaki is Black Webb’s contact in the Arasaka Tower, he could have influenced Black Webb’s decision to take Chida-Ichi hostage. By doing this, Ryusaki could potentially force Nuimon-Bensen’s removal and be responsible for returning Chida-Ichi to Saburo Arasaka. In a few short weeks he could have directorships in both Arasaka and Bensen Corporation.

01:20

Black Webb contacts HiLyte by phone again. Finally it is decided they will make the exchange on derelict oil platform, HARBOUR at 02:30.

Jin Wei contacts Sato by phone again to confirm delivery of ransom money.

Asiabank Pacifica Head Office, CENTRAL. Still on phone, Sato moves outside and notices all but one of Black Webb’s vehicles have left. The Toyo-Chevrolet ’17 saloon is parked on street, there is a Jamaican Yardie standing alongside smoking a joint and the driver-side door is open. Sato moves closer, notices that there is a netrunner inside in back seats and Wen D. She appears to be seriously wounded and her hands are tied.

Back at Highcourt Plaza Hotel, Entropy notices the sound of automatic weapon being cocked outside of Drifter RV. Black Webb attempts to keep HiLyte on phone, HiLyte cancels call.

Mach moves into cabin, notices Jamaican Yardies surrounding Drifter RV with automatic weapons. Mach starts Drifter RV engine, attempts to drive off. Yardies open fire, taking out tires and wheels. Mach draws HK MP-2013 SMG.

Asiabank Pacifica Head Office. Sato hears sound of gunfire over phone, decides on immediate action. Draws Colt AMT 2000 autopistol, opens fire on Jamaican Yardie killing him. Wen D extends Ripper cyberweapons, kills netrunner and exits vehicle, running in direction of maglev. Sato takes Toyo-Chevrolet ’17 to Highcourt Plaza Hotel, CENTRAL.

Entropy pulls on Militech MetalGear, draws HK G6 LMG. Jin Wei is still on phone to Sato, moves into toilet and takes a seat. HiLyte checks remote cameras with Adv Coms Suitcase, Yardies have surrounded Drifter RV. She notices Black Webb amongst them. JC Stalker draws HK MPK-11 SMG. Nymph lies flat.

Black Webb calls to team, he wants them to come out and talk.

01:30

Entropy opens side door, Black Webb approaches. New Mexico lead established: After staging the hijack of Chida-Ichi’s conveyance, Black Webb kept her at Body Mil, ST LONGINUS. She stayed there in relative comfort and safety until 01/06/2020, while Black Webb decided on a course of action. During this time, Nuimon-Bensen became increasingly concerned about Chida-Ichi’s safety as she still hadn’t contacted him. Black Webb finally decided that instead of creating a new identity for Chida-Ichi and helping her escape the country, he would take her hostage. He contacted Nuimon-Bensen’s representative with ransom demands, which were negotiated at 20 million eb.

Four days ago (08/06/2020) Black Webb’s contact in the Arasaka Tower informed him that Nuimon-Bensen had contracted another team of private investigators, incl. a Eurosolo. Black Webb was not concerned, believing that Nuimon-Bensen would divert them as he had done so far with other private investigators (keeping up his pretence).

However, after the incident at the Jade Palace, CENTRAL, Black Webb was given a detailed account by his contact in the Arasaka Tower. He then became concerned that Nuimon-Bensen did not have full control of the situation, and that his power within the Yakuza and Arasaka Corporation was failing. He put Chida-Ichi onboard his private jet aircraft and had her sent to Jamaica. According to his plan, the 20 million eb would only be the first installment so Chida-Ichi had to be kept in a secure location. He would keep demanding more ransom until Arasaka Corporation got involved (he would get advanced warning from his contact in the Arasaka Tower). Then he would send Chida-Ichi back to Saburo Arasaka. As a contingency plan, he then set about removing any connection between him and the Chida-Ichi hijacking.

At 16:00, 09/06/2020, Black Webb lost contact with his private jet aircraft somewhere over the badlands of NM. He immediately despatched two tilt-rotor aircraft from his business interests in Phoenix, AZ, on a search and rescue operation. They located the wreckage of the private jet aircraft, which appeared to have made an emergency landing having been hit by AAA (anti-aircraft artillery) fire. It had been stripped down to the airframe by scavengers and there was no sign of the crew, Black Webb’s men or Chida-Ichi.

Since Nuimon-Bensen had been expecting a Net conference with Black Webb and Chida-Ichi present that evening, Black Webb being unsure of his position decided to cease all communication with Nuimon-Bensen.

Black Webb will give the team a chip containing data downloaded from his private aircraft’s in-flight recorder, in return for the 20 million eb. Black Webb produces the chip, Entropy takes it and passes it to Nymph. (Team does not seem to remember they don’t have 20 million eb.) Nymph checks the chip, verifies the data.

01:37 (precisely)

There is an airburst next to Black Webb. He is hit by armour-piercing flechettes, and then again by some kind of HEP round. Explosion tears Black Webb’s upper body apart, killing him instantly. Smoke bombs detonate amongst the Yardies, who open fire indiscriminately at Entropy and the Drifter RV. Much confusion.

Inside the Drifter RV the team is hit, taking light wounds. Nymph is stunned. Outside the Yardies are hit by fragmentation grenades. Fuel tank of one of the vehicles outside explodes.

Sato arrives. Toyo-Chevrolet ’17 saloon rounds corner at high-speed, hitting a Yardie and disappearing into smoke. Vehicle reverses out of smoke, into concrete support column and stops. Sato exits vehicle, runs over to passenger-side door of Drifter RV and bangs on the window. Entropy lowers window and pulls Sato into Drifter RV. Sato is apopletic, he came to get them out, not get in himself. Nymph recovers. Team and Sato exit Drifter RV, Entropy taking point, Mach as backup with JC Stalker covering the rear. Nymph takes data fortress.

Short exchange of fire between the team and Yardies before they reach the vehicle. Nymph hit, knocked out. Jin Wei carries her, while JC Stalker takes the data fortress. In the Toyo-Chevrolet ’17 Mach is to drive, JC Stalker in passenger seat, others keep down in back seats. Entropy fires at Yardies emerging from smoke, blasting out a side window. Mach notices Yardies coming up from behind in rear-view mirror. He turns and fires, blasting out the rear window.

Mach applies full throttle, drives off. Yardies keping watch at main entrance open fire on team. Nymph and Sato are hit, Sato is mortally wounded. Mach drives out of Highcourt Plaza Hotel at high speed.

01:45

Black Takaya Daimyo saloon pulls in behind team from side junction. Inside are suspected Arasaka field agents with Kiroshi OptiShields and Arasaka Minimi-10 SMGs. Mach takes evasive action, applies heavy brakes and swerves into Takaya Daimyo. Driver loses control, crashes through central reservation and collides headlong with oncoming taxi.

Team notices another black Takaya Daimyo closing fast from behind. High-speed pursuit. Entropy opens fire on Takaya Daimyo with HK G6 LMG. Vehicle explodes.

Nymph recovers. Team decides to drive to Crisis Medical Centre, on the Westover, CENTRAL.

01:53 (precisely):

Team arrives at Crisis Medical Centre. Sato taken into ER and placed in cryotank. A deposit is required before medtechs can operate. HiLyte and Jin Wei pay deposit, Sato is removed from cryotank and stablised. Sato gives detailed account of his actions during the previous hour.

Entropy and Mach keep watch from an alleyway. Toyo-Chevrolet ’17 is covered in bullet-holes, JC Stalker steals a blue BMW 9018S saloon. Nymph wants to seduce a nurse but feels unwell.

Team leave Sato at Crisis Medical Centre and take BMW 9018S to Flywheel’s Autoshop, SOUTH CITY.

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Session 6

Post by nemarsde » 25 Apr 2011, 15:56

Originally posted 13 Jun 2003, 13:05

Session 6, 29 March 2003

Gaming group:

nemarsde (GM)
Boston
Bubba
Gypsy
rossi720

03:00

Team parks BMW 9018S around back of Flywheel’s Autoshop, SOUTH CITY. Team makes way on foot to maglev, books into sleepcube facility.

07:00

Team awakes, has breakfast at sleepcube facility. General discussion. Team decides to close expense account and withdraw money as hard currency. JC Stalker will find Wen D and gather information in Night City, CA, while rest of team travels out to co-ordinates of crash site in NM.

08:30

JC Stalker leaves team, takes maglev to CENTRAL.

Team returns to Flywheel’s Autoshop. Nymph sets up data fortress, connects to Net, meets team in superrealistic VR rec area. General discussion of travel plans. Purchase order is put together. Jin Wei is to acquire black market items.

Mach informs them that AZ and NM are in an area designated the Southern Wilderness, spanning the US-Mexican border. The Southern Wilderness is an area of depopulated urban centres, a result of the bioplague and the counter-measures employed by the Federal Government to contain it. There is no sizeable civilisation between Phoenix City, AZ, in the west, and Austin, TX, in the east. The Southern Wilderness is populated by fanatic Neo-Luddite survivalists, and rippergangs of cyberpsychos and exotics. Heavily-armed nomad packs patrol the abandoned freeways. There is little or no ground traffic crossing the Southern Wilderness, and it is a no-fly zone for commercial air traffic. The flight path between Phoenix Goodyear Airport and the Austin Bird’s Nest Airport is commonly known as Smuggler’s Run.

It is decided to take US101 to LA, join the I-10 to Phoenix City, AZ. From there, northwards along the abandoned freeway I-17, and join with I-40, east to Old Albuquerque.

11:00

Flywheel sells electronic surveillance package and Bell Bumblebee Rotorcraft remote to team. Offers to demonstrate Adrek Robotics Burroughs Mars Ops borg, with Dover GA-1112 Autogun. Team accepts, takes AV-4 to Combat Zone with Flywheel.

Flywheel demonstrates Cybernetic Control Device that replaces Biopod. Nymph could control the borg by remote, over the Internet. Team considers offer.

12:45

Team returns to Flywheel’s Autoshop. Flywheel makes lunch - roast dog sandwiches with cheese sauce and mustard. Jin Wei contacts Chaibat by phone. Chaibat has a Kundalini Roadworks Bedouin RV at an excellent price. Arrange to meet around back of Chinese laundry, HARBOUR at 14:00.

Entropy and Jin Wei take maglev to Asiabank Pacifica Head Office, CENTRAL. HiLyte and Mach take BMW 9018S to local hypermarket, food shopping, while Nymph stays and searches Net for info pertaining to Southern Wilderness, Smuggler’s Run, etc. Marauder lead established: The nomad packs in the Southern Wildernress are heavily armed and patrol the badlands from the abandoned freeways. However, apart from territorial disputes, most nomad packs are relatively non-aggressive. According to Infocomp reports, targeted AAA fire is more likely to come from rippergangs. In recent years many of these rippergangs have become dominated by the Marauders, a gang comprised almost entirely of cyberpsychos. Cyberpsychosis gives the Marauders two group motivations, 1. Lose all Humanity. 2., Kill every living thing.

13:00

Entropy and Jin Wei withdraw money and close expense account, take aero-taxi to Non-Kosher Deli, CENTRAL, meets with arms dealer, Fireman. Jin Wei buys blackmarket items, incl. ammo supplies for HK G6 LMG.

Flywheel makes pass at Nymph, Nymph hits Flywheel with sprocket wrench. She maybe a nymphomaniac, but she’s not a desperate nymphomaniac. Flywheel sits in corner and plays with electronic screwdriver.

14:00

HiLyte and Mach return to Flywheel’s Autoshop with food and drink supplies. Take maglev to HARBOUR.

Entropy and Jin Wei take aero-taxi to HARBOUR, meet with HiLyte and Mach at Chinese laundry. Jin Wei receives treatment from Wang. Chaibat arrives, Mach inspects Kundalini Roadworks Bedouin RV. In good condition, Jin Wei buys it for almost one-fifth list price. (Might have been a good idea to use the 15,000eb electronic surveillance package to scan the RV for devices.)

Team takes RV to CENTRAL, shopping for other items, incl. nanotech, and programmes for Nymph.

Nymph trades wearable computers with Flywheel for Net-Runner Cybermodem Utility Suit.

17:00

Team returns to Flywheel’s Autoshop, SOUTH CITY, park RV around back. Team meeting, gathered information shared. Team decides to buy Adrek Robotics Burroughs Mars Ops borg and Cybernetic Control Device. Flywheel will reduce price for a kiss from Nymph, but even though she’s cheap, she isn’t bargain basement yet.

Jin Wei contacts Teh Gulong, arranges for team’s vehicles to be collected from Highcourt Plaza Hotel overnight and delivered to the warehousing next to Flywheel’s Autoshop. (Mitsuzuki C21 Keneda motorcycle, Toyo-Chrysler Omega saloon and Honda Metrocar.) Warehousing is owned by Flywheel and protected by security systems.

Team loads up Bedouin RV, drives to Petrochem Station to fill reserve fuel tanks. Collects Indian takeaway and returns to Flywheel’s Autoshop.

Nymph sets up data fortress in Honda Metrocar, connects to Net. Data fortress will be left on and connected to Net while team is travelling. Nymph suddenly realises she won’t have Net access in Southern Wilderness and feels unwell. Eats remains of Indian takeaway, cold, and feels better.

20:00

Team decides to have quiet night in, staying in the RV. Nymph downloads Mary Poppins 2013: Return of the Cyber-Nanny for team to watch. HiLyte edits footage from remote cameras on Drifter RV. Footage shows Black Webb and Entropy at side door to RV, following gunfight, etc. After the smoke has cleared, figure approaches RV. Figure is wearing a longcoat and a Raiden-style hat. Smoke appears to be streaming from his high-necked collar and sleeves. Also appears to glide across floor rather than walk.

HiLyte cuts footage of Saigo-Gozo, Entropy sends it to Paco Hanser at Sofmag.com.

23:00

Entropy goes for run.

Nymph scores 117,025 in Super Bubble Pop Xtreme VR. She is now ranked 18th in the world. World’s Number One is Korean netrunner, The Backdoor Bandit, with a high score of 358,920.

Team sleeps in Bedouin RV.



FRI 12/06/2020

04:00 (precisely)

Team wakes, injects bioware. Team drives out in Bedouin RV, along US101 from Night City to LA, CA.

08:30

Santa Barbara, CA, north of LA. Team stops at the Deuce-Deuce Bar & Grill for breakfast. Parking lot is full of street racers, lowriders, cruisers, and RVs of the Santa Barbara Nomad Pack.

HiLyte stays in RV and goes sleep, while rest of team enters bar & grill. Team sits at table, orders breakfast.

Ringo enters with solo and nomads. Apparently the Bedouin RV that Chaibat sold team was stolen from Ringo.

Bedouin RV has tracer button fitted behind wall panel. Ringo tries tipping cup of coffee over Jin Wei’s head, fight starts, hand-to-hand combat. Mach pulls Slice ‘N’ Dice, nomads pull knives. Nymph knocks out nomad with punch to the head. Jin Wei knocks out Ringo, other nomads and solo killed. Team takes light wounds, retreats to RV, drives off.

Team uses security scanner to locate tracer button. Entropy crushes tracer button with bare hands. Jin Wei gives Mach treatment, but is jostled by uneven road surface. Skin is torn. More bleeding instead of being staunched. Mach is now seriously wounded, but is stablised by Nymph.

22:00

HiLyte wakes up, has shower. Rest of team informs her of incident at bar & grill.

11:00

Team pulls onto I-10, eastbound for Phoenix City, AZ.

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Session 7

Post by nemarsde » 25 Apr 2011, 15:57

Originally posted 04 Jul 2003, 16:55

Session 7, 31 May 2003

Gaming group:

nemarsde (GM)
Boston
Bubba
Gypsy
pchan
Rossi720

13:00

Palm Springs, CA. Teams pulls over, stops for lunch at a Golden Arches fast-food restaurant.

16:00

Team pulls over, takes a break on the shores of Palen Lake.

18:56 (precisely)

Team crosses stateline into AZ. Stops for dinner at road-side trailer park in Blythe, AZ. Many bulk freighters parked here, as well as nomad packs. Team’s tired from travelling, it is decided to take the rest of the day off to recover and gather information. Dinner is prepak.



SAT 13/06/2020

04:00

Team awakes, drives off in Bedouin RV. Team notices low altitude air traffic, possibly helicopters, going east towards Phoenix City, AZ.

05:30

Bedouin RV overtaken by Petrochem bulk freighter.

6:30

Sunrise over desert. Team notices smoke on the horizon, on the road up ahead, somewhere around the Centennial windbreaks. Team pulls over and stops, surrounded by desert in all directions. It is decided to send in the Bell Bumblebee Rotorcraft remote, and unload the trail bikes.

07:30

Rotorcraft is readied, takes off. HiLyte uses Adv Coms Suitcase and CCD to control Rotorcraft remote and onboard systems. Rotorcraft approaches site. There is a bulk freighter on its side in the middle of the road. Petrochem logo on side of cab and trailer. Seems to have come under small arms fire, with faint heat signatures visible inside cab in IR mode. There are also faint heat signatures in tactical positions at the side of the road in IR mode. Possibly under camouflage netting, since normal mode reveals nothing. As sun rises, light levels increase. HiLyte notices blood-stains in normal mode, where the heat signatures are at side of road. This suggests there may be dead bodies under the camouflage netting.

Rotorcraft remote hovers down next to cab, automated defence systems seem disabled.

It is decided to drive passed bulk freighter, pull over ahead of it and send in Mars Ops borg. Trail bikes are loaded back onto Bedouin RV.

08:30

Nymph uses Cybermodem Suit and CCD to remote control Mars Ops borg. Borg is readied, exits Bedouin RV, approaches bulk freighter. Climbs onto cab, tears passenger side door off hinges. Two men inside, both wearing Petrochem branded clothing. One has been killed, shot to the head. The other is still alive, mortally wounded, multiple gunshots to torso and upper body.

HiLyte and Mach go in, Entropy covering from turret of Bedouin RV, Nymph covering with Mars Ops borg. Jin Wei takes over control of Rotorcraft remote.

Mach gives treatment to driver. Due to awkward position looses grip on subclavian artery, which recedes into upper body. Driver bleeds out, dies. HiLyte searches rear driver accommodation, finds personal affects. Mach removes onboard computer.

Nymph searches trailer in Mars Ops borg. Trailer is fitted out to carry large fuel cannisters, though trailer is now empty. Searching back along the road, Nymph finds large square indentation in road surface, as if something extremely heavy has been pressed into it.

Jin Wei lands Rotorcraft remote, goes to search dead bodies at side of the road. Dead bodies are under camouflage netting, having been hit by bulk freighter’s automated defence systems. Dead bodies appear to be mercenaries, wearing various body armour and armed with various assault rifles. No distinguishing features, except a tattoo on one of the dead bodies. A skull and crossbones in a diamond. Jin Wei decides to search all the bodies.

09:30

HiLyte notices incoming unidentified target on radar, low altitude and closing fast. Sikorsky-Mitsubishi Dragon gunship arrives moments later, with Petrochem and Militech logos on the side. Six heavily-armed Dragoon borgs debark from sliding doors, secure landing zone. These are followed by the rest of the platoon, twenty-six Militech mechanised infantry wearing Miltech EMA-1 Softshell full environmental body armour and armed with Militech M-31A1 assault rifles. The team is ordered to put down their weapons, form an extended line and lie face down, hands behind their heads. Team do so.

Finally, after the Dragon gunship lands, the Militech officers and Petrochem representatives exit and approach the team. The Petrochem representatives are aggitated, the team is ignored while science officers examine the bulk freighter and dead bodies. The Militech CO then asks the team to make a statement, which they do. Team returns the personal affects and onboard computer.

Petrochem subplot established: It seems an ambush was laid for the Petrochem bulk freighter, possibly in the early hours of the morning. Indentation in the road was most likely caused by some kind of pneumatic ramp. Ambushers were dug in along road side. Bulk freighters travel at an average speed of around 100 mph. If bulk freighter ran over pneumatic ramp at this speed, it could have been turned over onto side.

One of the drivers must have triggered the automated defence systems when they came under fire. For some reason, however, the automated defence systems were then disabled by one of the drivers, allowing the ambushers to approach, break and enter the trailer. Cargo must have been loaded onto waiting helicopters, along with ambushers. Ambushers must have been expecting a rapid deployment force from Petrochem, because they left some of their dead.

12:00

Sun has risen. Team’s hot, tired and still lying face down, hands behind their heads. Team overhears conversation between Petrochem representatives. Lead representative is called Harvin. This is second time a shipment has been hijacked in 48 days. Finally, the team is allowed to leave with weapons. Rotorcraft remote and Mars Ops borg are stowed in Bedouin RV, team drives off.

12:15

There is a large explosion back along the road. Soon after, Sikorsky-Mitsubishi Dragon gunship flies overhead towards Phoenix City, AZ, carrying the bulk freighter’s trailer underneath.

Team takes turn in shower, washing off dirt, sweat and blood. Lunch is prepak.

17:00

Phoenix City, AZ. Team arrives at city limits, pulls over, stops for dinner at side of road. Dinner is prepak. It is decided to wait until night-time to drive into city.

Nymph searches Net for info pertaining to Arasaka Corporation in Phoenix City, AZ. She finds that Arasaka Corporation has an office in Phoenix City, and that the data fortress is relatively unprotected. Considering Arasaka is probably involved in grey to black ops here, this is unusual.

21:00

Team drives into city, noticing Petrochem refinery with smoke stacks and patrolling Militech RPV-400 remotes. There is a lot of air traffic coming in and out of Phoenix Goodyear Airport. Phoenix PD are not as heavily armed as NCPS, wearing bulletproof vests and armed with handguns. The city is used by corporations for large-scale industrial R&D, and other grey ops. Gangs and organised crime syndicates use it as a waypoint for smuggling and trafficking between East and West Coast USA, and Mexico. All non-essential population have relocated to CA, most parts of the city are now abandoned. Team parks Bedouin RV around back of abandoned drive-through restaurant.

Team makes way into city on foot, visiting bars and gathering information. Smuggler informs the team of irradiated area.

Hazardous radiation lead established: The Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, was abandoned by the US Government in 2009. Presumably connected to Orbital War, when US was trying to prevent Euro-Soviet business consortiums from taking control of high orbit. Local rumour has it that an ERW (Enhanced Radiation Weapon) was being tested at Echo Canyon, next to Colorado Springs, CO. The weapon was being developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, to be deployed against heavily microwave/EMP-shielded space stations.

Colorado Springs was destroyed by an asteriod fired from an EC mass driver, and then Washington DC was fired on. The US Government decided to abandon the project, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (maybe at the insistance of the EC). Radioactive waste materials were hurriedly buried beneath the Laboratory. The ground water around Los Alamos, NM, is now poisoned by radiation and the area is irradiated as far south as Santa Fe, NM.

As team leaves Golden Gecko Stripclub, they’re stopped by a gang of seven Puerto Ricans and Jamaican Yardies - the Black Webb Gang in Phoenix City, AZ. They’ve been told the team are the same team that killed Black Webb. The leader, Casimir, challenges team to a facedown, team refuses, so Black Webb Gang draw handguns. Entropy and Mach are quicker on draw, killing Black Webb Gang before they can open fire.

Detective Doug Schuler, Phoenix PD, approaches the team, tells them to keep a low profile and leave the city by morning. Any more open violence and Phoenix PD will take them down.

23:30

Team makes way back to Bedouin RV on foot. (Rather than taking a taxi.) They notice they are being followed by two men, one is a white man with cyberoptics and long blonde hair in ponytail. Other is black man with shaven head. Both are wearing long coats. Jin Wei decides to turn around and approach the blonde-haired man, a street ronin. Street ronin pulls Arasaka Rapid Assault-12 shotgun, opens fire. Jin Wei and Entropy hit, Entropy knocked out. Mach pulls Slice ‘N’ Dice, but street ronin dodges and is about to open fire on Mach at point-blank. Jin Wei leaps in, kicks shotgun out of street ronin’s hands. Shaven-headed black man pulls assault rifle. Street ronin draws Rippers, Jin Wei is hit, stunned and seriously wounded. Nymph retreives shotgun, opens fire on shaven-headed black man, who goes prone and takes cover by curb. Entropy recovers, draws handgun, opens fire on shaven-headed black man, killing him. Mach draws handgun, hits street ronin at point-blank range, does nothing. Mach decides to draw SMG, but has to reload.

Fight continues. Team takes light or serious wounds. Entropy finally empties magazine point-blank range into street ronin’s head, killing him. Team decides to take dead bodies with them back to Bedouin RV.



SUN 14/06/2020

00:00

Team arrives back at Bedouin RV. Dead bodies are put in shower cubicle. Blood everywhere.

Bodies searched, find false IDs on street ronin, and engraved nickel-plated Colt Alpha-Omega autopistol with ivory grips. Also find mags, ammo, etc. Nothing on shaven-headed black man. HiLyte scans in ID photo, Entropy sends it to Paco Hanser at Sofmag.com.

Nymph gives treatment to rest of team.

00:45

Team drives off in Bedouin RV, finds ripperdocs based out of laundrette. Dead bodies sold cheap, poor price. Team then pulls onto abandoned freeway, I-17, stops by road side.

Trail bikes unloaded. Jin Wei and Mach drive into city, to fuel station with hypermarket, for mop, bucket, scrubbing brushes and cleaner, etc. Also buy Esporma Environmental Suits.

Nymph searches Net for info pertaining to skull and crossbones tattoo. USMC lead established: The tattoo is based on the insignia of the 1st Recon Battalion, US Marine Corps. Militech are the Government contractors for training and equipping the US Military ground forces. Most US Special Forces, incl. Marine Recon, are hired by Militech after their term has ended. Those that do not pass the Militech application process may be hired by other corporations.

Jin Wei and Mach return. Trail bikes loaded back onto Bedouin RV. Team cleans inside, incl. the shower cubicle.

04:00

Team drives off in Bedouin RV, northwards towards mountains. Uneven road surface. Population of some towns was killed in bioplague epidemic, many deserted buildings, abandoned vehicles, etc.

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Session 8

Post by nemarsde » 25 Apr 2011, 15:59

Originally posted 04 Jul 2003, 16:58

Session 8, 5 July 2003

Gaming group:

nemarsde (GM)
Boston
Bubba
Gypsy
Han (guest)
pchan
Rossi720

09:00

Flagstaff, AZ. Team arrives in the foothills of San Francisco Peaks, surrounded by forest, mountains on horizon. Town of Flagstaff, AZ, was destroyed by small-scale tactical nuclear bombardment ten years ago to prevent another outbreak of bioplague. Forest around town is mostly blackened tree stumps. It has become trade centre with market place, and nomad packs stopping here to resupply, coming in west from San Francisco, CA, south from Phoenix City, AZ, or east from the Southern Wilderness. There are hundreds of stalls, incl. mechanic repair shops.

It is decided to stop for breakfast at open-air BBQ. Nymph then insists on trying horseback riding, so she goes with Mach, buys a ride. Meanwhile, Jin Wei and HiLyte take line-dancing lessons from some nomads. Entropy stays with Bedouin RV.

Paco Hanser contacts Entropy by phone, on HiLyte’s Adv Coms Suitcase. He informs Entropy that Sofmag.com are not publishing any Saigo-Gozo feature, all files have been deleted. This order came from the board of directors. Has also found a match for the ID photo of the street ronin. Stab Shesko lead established: Stab Shesko, solo and cyber-soldier, involved in Invasion of Lithuania, 2015, Brushfire Wars (Eastern Europe), 2018. Served with secret police forces in both cases. Now a street ronin based out of Caribbean, working for most part in Central and South America. No corporate or gang affiliation.

10:15

Team drives off in Bedouin RV, pulls onto I-40 abandoned freeway, eastwards. Road surface is more even, since almost no ground traffic comes from Southern Wilderness.

No Internet or cell phone access now for approx. 1000 mi (1600km).

11:51 (precisely)

Team notices burned out wreckage of New American Motors Armadillo RV on road up ahead. Team pulls over and stops. Rotorcraft is readied, and takes off. Woman appears amidst wreckage, approaches team’s Bedouin RV. Tall, athletically-built black woman with braided hair, wearing Eji armoured cloak and carrying Luigi Franchi King Buck shotgun. She is dirty, covered in dust and soot-stained. Team allows her to talk. Introduces herself as Akeyo, medtech and vagrant from Night City, CA.

Akeyo subplot established: Akeyo was bought up in the Combat Zone by the vagrant community. She never knew her mother or father; as a child she was neglected by her parents. She came to find comfort amongst culties, persecuted disciples of the Church of the New Epoch (destroyed by the megacorps in 2009). As such she led a fairly sheltered life on the streets. She made many friends amongst the Szechuan refugees and was taught medicine by a Chinese physician, Koo.

Being brought up in the remnants of the New Epoch, she was fitted with a cybermodem link and spent much of her free time on the Net. In cyberspace she was considered an equal, whereas in the real world she didn’t even have human rights. She became more and more obsessed with Enlightenment, and how to be at one with the world. The Church of the New Epoch had sought to attain Enlightment through VR modules and the Net. If human beings could some how transcend their base origins, from the real world into cyberspace, perhaps they could create an ideal world. But this had been a delusion and had only resulted in religious mania and cyberpsychosis. Akeyo believed in Enlightenment, though she did not know what it was or how to attain it.

After various cryptic messages implying that she might find the answers to her questions in the Southern Wilderness, she planned a journey to there. She hitchhiked to Phoenix City, AZ (which was not without its dangers) and then north and on towards Old Alburqurque, NM, with a family of nomads (where they were meeting their pack). However, on the road from Flagstaff, AZ, the Armadillo RV hit an anti-tank mine. All the nomads were killed, most of Akeyo’s belongings were destroyed.

After security checks, body search, etc., team decides to let Akeyo travel with them.

12:15

Team notices unidentified targets on radar, some ground, some low altitude, closing fast from north-east. Mach drives, turns Bedouin RV around, back towards Flagstaff. HiLyte retains control of Rotorcraft.

Nomad pack approaches across desert, pursues Bedouin RV. Mostly motorcycles and ATVs, but also two AV-4s and an AV-6. AV-4 fires warning shots, strafing road in front of vehicle.

Borg is readied. Entropy opens fire from turret at nearest AV-4, HK G6 LMG jams. AV-4 descends, hovers over RV. Entropy caught in jet engine exhaust and seriously wounded. Nomads debark from AV-4 onto roof of Bedouin RV. Entropy drops down into RV, secures turret hatch, clears jam.

Delta Motors Bermuda sidecar with mounted machinegun pulls alongside Bedouin RV. Mach runs over it, but sidecar is pulled up into wheel arch, seizing the axel. Mach loses control of vehicle, vehicle buckles at full speed, rolls onto side. Rotorcraft is shot down by air-to-air missile from AV-6.

Team regroups, as nomad pack’s outriders surround Bedouin RV. Grenade is thrown in through turrent hatch. Entropy tries to throw grenade back out of hatch, too late. But grenade has been defused. Team quickly realises the nomad pack does not want to damage RV. Outside AV-4s can be heard landing at roadside. Team decides to make a run for an AV-4. Team uses incendiary grenades to clear outside RV and create smoke.

After incendiary grenades explode, team exits RV and runs for AV-4s. Both are taking off. Entropy shoots down furthest AV-4. It nosedives into ground, fuel tanks rupture, explode, creating more smoke.

AV-6 descends on strafing run, exchanges fire with Mars Ops borg. Team takes cover. Borg is hit by rockets, Nymph returns fire with Autogun and disables AV-6 avionics. Out of control, AV-6 over-shoots and crashes some distance away.

Nomads in Scion Triwheel 10 tricycle drive into Mars Ops borg. Large explosion, suggesting tricycle was carrying external fuel tanks. Borg steps out of smoke, badly damaged but surprisingly heroic for robot. Akeyo, HiLyte and Jin Wei provide cover for Entropy, Mach and Nymph. (Akeyo kills nomad with nunchuks. HiLyte knocks out nomad with needlegun. Jin Wei needs more practice on the range.) Entropy climbs in through side door of AV-4 as it takes off. Kills doorgunner, reaches down and pulls up Mach. They kill the crew, take control of AV-4 and open fire on nomad pack with Miniguns.

Miniguns hit nomad GMI DustDevil ATV, destroying front suspension. Vehicle embeds in ground, flips end over end towards rest of team. Team takes cover. Vehicle explodes, creating yet more smoke. Team stands amidst carnage. Mach and Entropy flyby in AV-4, savouring the goodness of twin-mounted 200 rounds per second. Akeyo and Jin Wei glad to be alive. Nymph feels horny. HiLyte records it all.

Final scores:

Nomad pack 0 - 39 Team (+1 prisoner in extra time)

13:00

Akeyo, HiLyte and Jin Wei interrogate prisoner. Prisoner resists, Akeyo starts breaking fingers. Miasmal Cur subplot established: Nomad is goes by name of Dunny, belongs to Miasmal Curs nomad pack, highway bandits. They were responsible for the anti-tank mine that killed the nomads Akeyo was travelling with. They have no base of operations, carrying all their supplies (incl. CHOOH2 and jet fuel) with them.
The Miasmal Curs patrol as far west as Phoenix City, AZ, as far east as Old Albuquerque. Dunny is not well informed about the Miasmal Cur’s operation.

It is decided to keep Dunny restrained and take him with them, since leaving him in desert would mean certain death. Jin Wei promises to release Dunny in Old Abuquerque if he behaves. Rest of team is not present to agree to this, however.

Meanwhile, Entropy searches through wreckage for spare weapons and ammunition. Amongst other things, finds Militech RPG-A.

Mach tries to dislodge sidecar from wheel arch of Bedouin RV, fails. Nymph assesses damage to Mars Ops borg. Extensive damage to bodywork, space frame, and cybernetic systems. Power unit, drive robotics and CCD seem to be intact.

14:00

Akeyo and Mach finally manage to dislodge sidecar. Mach uses AV-4 and winch to right Bedouin RV. Team has prepak for lunch, then sets off for Old Abuquerque, Nymph drives RV, Mach drives AV-4, Entropy on door gun.

16:00

AV-4 runs out of fuel. Mach lands at roadside, he and Entropy move to Bedouin RV, taking 7.62mm ammo drum from Miniguns.

18:30

Team reaches outskirts of Old Abuquerque, NM. Nomad packs camped at roadside. City is desolate, concrete ruin, no sign of animal or plant life. Team decides to drive through and stop on the eastside. Team extends awnings on Bedouin RV, watches are posted. Setup movement sensor. Prepak for dinner.

21:30

Akeyo wakes up - spider-like cyberform on her leg. She calls out, feels sudden, sharp needle-like pain. When she looks again, the cyberform has disappeared. Team searches for cyberform. Nothing on thermal imaging or movement sensor, no visible sign of cyberform. Dunny is asleep. There is puncture mark on Akeyo’s thigh. Back to sleep for team.



MON 15/06/2020

02:00

Akeyo wakes up again. Informs rest of team (those on watch) about an apparent OBE (out of body experience). She was standing alongside her sleeping self, and an old man was with her. He was short, black and seemed somehow familiar. He spoke to her and told her to seek the answers to her questions, passed what he referred to as the “Forest of Dust”. She then returned to her body and had a dream.

Dream lead established: Akeyo dreamed about being a mother with a baby, chased by a voracious predator through the darkness. She then found a pinnacle, and on the pinnacle were a group of friendly strangers and they helped her up. But the predator stayed at the base on the pinnacle and they could not escape. They all knew that if they threw down Akeyo’s baby, the predator would consume it, and meanwhile they could escape.

The friendly strangers would not allow this, and had an idea. They took a hot coal from the fire and wrapped it in the baby’s swaddling clothes. This they threw down, and the predator consumed it. But the hot coal burned in its innards, and it ran to a lake to put out the fire inside. As it floundered in the water, the friendly strangers came down from the pinnacle and killed the predator.

02:28 (precisely)

Team on watch notices the Bedouin RV is being observed from nearby buildings. Suddenly humanoid shapes glide down from nearby buildings onto roof of RV using somekind of retractable wings. Rest of team is awakened. Nothing on thermal imaging, but movement sensor indicates they’re surrounded. Nymph turns on perimeter lights.

Humanoids appear to be wearing IR absorbant cloaks and masks with ghost technology. Leader steps forward and removes mask. Has BigKatt exotics package. He introduces them as the Lion Tribe. Lion Tribe subplot established: Nymph recalls the Hunt Club, a resource sharing node set up by a group called the Master Hackers. The aim was to develop a render farm, capable of being run on a cybermodem micro-net. This would allow the user to live simultaneously in the real world and virtual world. One of the members was a black man, rumoured to have become a lion and moved into the Southern Wilderness. Though actually living in the real world, he only perceived his virtual world of the African Savannah.

The leader informs the team they are expected. He also cautions them not to stay in Old Albuquerque, and not to share water with Dunny. After that the Lion Tribe take their leave.

Akeyo then tests blood sample from Dunny. Nothing, apart from minor treatable STDs. Back to sleep for team.

06:00

Team awakes. Prepak for breakfast, awnings retracted. Lengthy debate about whether to release Dunny or kill him. Jin Wei insists they release him, as promise was made. Rest of team reluctantly agrees and Dunny is released in Old Albuquerque, NM.

07:00

Team drives off in Bedouin RV, southwards following Rio Grande Valley. (Most of I-25 freeway is buried under sand.) Terrain is rough. Arid lands with sparse vegetation, reminiscent of America’s Old West. Rio Grande is reduced to a narrow stream, air surrounding the river is dry and dusty. Gallinas Mountains in west, Manzano Mountains in east.

09:30

Team arrives at ruins of San Antonio, NM. Town has been partially buried by sand. Team stops to discuss next leg of jounrey. It is decided to unload trail bikes and have Entropy and Jin Wei as outriders. Team turns eastward, passing southern tip of Manzano Mountains, and northern tip of San Andreas Mountains. Heading into Tularosa Basin. Mach and Nymph takes turns driving. HiLyte records some spectacular pan shots from turret.

13:00

Passed Tularosa Basin, team turns north-east and reaches Valley of Fire. Lava beds. Ground surface is uneven, littered with sharp rocks and volcanic dust. Takes several hours to traverse a dry gulch. Competition between Entropy and Jin Wei. Q. Who can ascend far side of dry gulch the fastest? A. Jin Wei. Team drives up into Sacremento Mountains, gaining steadily in altitude.

15:30

Team stops in shaded gully for late lunch. Air contains more moisture. Gully surrounded by grassy vegetation, thin topsoil. Snow-capped peak of Sierra Blanco on southern horizon. View of the Tularosa Basin and Valley of Fire. Lunch is prepak.

Nymph notices fingers on right hand of Mars Ops borg still respond to CCD. Considers possibilities for later that evening.

Team then drives off eastwards with Entropy and Jin Wei as outriders. Steadily losing altitude, outriders race down moutain trail into wooded terrain.

16:30

Capitan Mountain Wilderness. Trail is surrounded by mountain meadow and wild flowers, though woods quickly become thicker. Much foliage and undergrowth. More trees than team has ever seen. Pine, fir, aspen and oak provide good cover. Rotorcraft is readied, takes off to survey terrain ahead.

Entropy takes single shot to the head, ricochets off helmet. Stunned, Entropy rolls off back of trail bike. Jin Wei pulls up behind tree, gets off bike. Bedouin RV pulls up, Mach driving.

Multiple gunshots hit windscreen of RV but don’t penetrate armoured glass. Akeyo, HiLyte, Mach, and Nymph take cover in living area.

Jin Wei takes single shot to leg. Heavy bleeding. Entropy runs over, lifts him up and runs for Bedouin RV. More gunfire. Shots hit Entropy on back, do not penetrate body armour.

Akeyo treats Jin Wei, stabilises him. HiLyte controls Rotorcraft remote and onboard systems. She notices automatic weapon’s muzzle flash coming from rock strata up ahead. In Entropy’s opinion they’re confronted with sniper, and machinegunner. It is decided Entropy will stealth out rear hatch and approach within range of rock strata, then fire Militech RPG-A at machinegunner. Hopefully, sniper will reveal himself.

Entropy stealths out rear hatch of Bedouin RV and through undergrowth, towards rock strata. Snags foot on tree root, trips over into bush. Machinegunner opens fire, hitting Entropy across back. Body armour provides protection.

Entropy stays prone and continues to stealth towards rock strata. Once within range he takes aim at last position of muzzle flash, opens fire with Militech RPG-A. Explosion, cloud of smoke and debris.

HiLyte notices sniper retreating across rock strata to the left of a syncline. Radios in. Entropy draws HK G6 LMG, activates Overdrive Heart, runs through woods after sniper at approx. 20 mph.

Mach exits Bedouin RV, gets on trail bike and makes for syncline so he can come round on the sniper from other side of rock strata.

Entropy climbs up rock strata, crosses over crest and down other side. Find a copse of trees with well spring. Sniper is lying by pool under a ghillie suit. Entropy takes cover, shoots him. Sniper does not move. Entropy approaches, turns the sniper over. The sniper’s body is rigid, he squeals when turned over. Eyeballs are wrinkling, bruising seems to be spreading across face. Lips crack and bleed as sniper tries to breathe. Entropy steps back.

Meanwhile, as Mach rounds the syncline on bike, he hops a tree trunk. As back wheel catches trunk, it breaks apart in a cloud of dust.

Entropy and Mach radio in. Akeyo informs team that cellular necrosis is one well-documented effect of the bioplague.

Nymph drives Bedouin RV through woods. After passing through syncline, trees all seem to be dry, brittle and break apart in a cloud of dust. HiLyte passes control of Rotorcraft remote to Nymph, then she and Akeyo pull on Esporma Environmental Suits. Exit RV through side hatch (with decontamination chamber). Take blood samples from Entropy and Mach.

Team finds Mi-50 aerodyne, probably patrol vehicle used by sniper and machinegunner. No keys in ignition. It is decided to leave it.

HiLyte tests integrity of surrounding trees. All seem to be dry and brittle. They would collapse in even a light rainfall. Must have been infected only months ago. Akeyo believes this is the “Forest of Dust”, foretold in her dream.

Nymph searches personal files for info pertaining to bioplague. Bioplague subplot established.

17:15

It is decided that Entropy and Mach should continue on trail bikes as outriders. Nymph lands Rotorcraft. HiLyte and Akeyo return to Bedouin RV, secure Rotorcraft on cargo rack, and enter decontamination chamber.

Team drives off, following mountain trail eastwards. Vegetation becomes sparser, slopes steeper, and terrain becomes rougher. Passing out of Capitan Mountain Wilderness, the team has a view of the Llano Estacado. Flat arid lands all the way to the horizon, not a hill or mountain.

20:00

A fiery sunset. Team arrives at crash site, an arroyo some distance west of Roswell. Wreckage of jet aircraft has been stripped down to airframe. (And seems even airframe is being gradually stripped down by somebody.)

It is decided the team should take the risk of being infected by Entropy and Mach. Esporma Environmental Suits are dispensed with.

No sign of life. Suddenly team hears banjo playing, HiLyte notices small child sitting on ledge watching them and playing. Child is a young girl with blonde hair, frontal cyberoptic mount and cyberhand. Introduces herself as Rayanne and informs team they are expected and her mother has made trifle. Is very pleased that Akeyo has “come home”. Offers to lead team back to the White City. Team accepts. Trail bikes are loaded back onto RV.

Team drives off with Rayanne, following arroyo. It eventually leads into dry riverbed, once the Pecos River. Drive up the east bank and head straight south into Chihuahuan Desert. Even surface for Bedouin RV.

22:15

Team notices Guadaloupe Mountains coming up on horizon to the west. Gaining altitude, team arrives in foothills. Spanning a creek is fortified compound, with outer wall composed of salvage. Nymph notices a large satellite dish and even radar tower. This is the White City, NM. There are also APEX defence systems mounted on outer wall, and guards in obsolete Militech Mirage Gear patrolling with automatic weapons.

Main gates open on hydraulics, team drives into compound to friendly welcome. People seem normal, even have cybernetics. Seem to wear more practical clothing than in Night City, CA. (Everybody wears hiking boots, for example.)

They’re greeted by priest of Church of the New Epoch, introduces himself as Father Salvatore. Team notices a lot of children around without parents. Salvatore informs Akeyo she is to replace the Vagabond, the old man she met in her OBE. Aparently the Vagabond died 18 months ago.

Salvatore shows team to infirmary, in case they need it later. Infirmary is already full. Entropy notices they appear to be battlefield casualties.

Team is led across walkways to townhall. Doors are guarded by Adrek Max Police Dog cyberforms. Inside is long table with feast laid out. Gathered together are representatives of Roswell-Carlsbad Township, incl. Dana, Rayanne’s mother. There is also trifle. Team’s invited to eat. While plates are being loaded, Salvatore introduces young Japanese woman to team. They’ve found ChIIDA at last.

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Session 9

Post by nemarsde » 25 Apr 2011, 16:01

Originally posted 03 Oct 2003, 18:00

Session 9, 16 August 2003

Gaming group:

nemarsde (GM)
Boston
Bubba
Gypsy
Han (guest)
pchan
Rossi720

22:30

Team discuss recent events with Chida-Ichi. She confirms that Black Webb was conspiring with a power-broker in the Arasaka Tower. She does not know his name, but it seemed to her Black Webb intended to help her escape initially. It was his contact in Arasaka Tower that persuaded him otherwise.

He was insanely jealous of Nuimon-Bensen and hated the megacorporations. He planned to stage the hijacking of Chida-Ichi’s conveyance, and send her to his villa in Jamaica while her new identity was created. Then she’d get passage on trans-Atlantic cargosub to Algiers, North Africa, and from there across the Med into the EC. Apparently it would be dangerous, but it sounded exciting. Whereas Nuimon-Bensen’s plan involved her stowing away in a stratoliner to Scandinavia, DNA altering retrovirals and weeks in a health clinic in the middle of nowhere.

So she insisted that they go with Black Webb’s plan, and Nuimon-Bensen reluctantly agreed to let her go. (He believed in letting her make her own mistakes.) On 25/05/20 they put the plan into effect. At this time, Black Webb did not know Chida-Ichi’s real significance, but on 01/06/20 some power-broker in the Arasaka Tower contacted him and informed Black Webb of the situation. Black Webb initial reaction was to give Chida-Ichi to Arasaka, but his contact persuaded him to extort money from Nuimon-Bensen and then give her to Arasaka.

On 09/06/20, Black Webb sent Chida-Ichi to Jamaica by private jet aircraft. The jet aircraft was flying low altitude across Southern Wilderness to avoid detection, when it was hit by a barrage of AAA fire. The aircraft crash-landed in an arroyo, and Chida-Ichi survived with only superficial injuries and a broken wrist. Almost immediately the wreckage came under fire again. The Yardies onboard were killed, while Chida-Ichi escaped through the cockpit. Rayanne and several other townsfolk rescued her in an AV-7, as the Marauders were closing in. She was brought back to the White City, NM.

Chida-Ichi wants to leave as soon as possible.

23:00

Team has dinner. Jin Wei returns to infirmary, helped by Rayanne. Rest of team notices Night City street ronin, Hargan, is chief of police. Mach also meets old acquaintance from Night City, Madam Candice. Team gathers information on Roswell-Carlsbad Township and White City.

23:50

Father Salvatore offers to take team on tour of White City, followed by visit to AI. Team accepts, meets with Jin Wei in infirmary. Tour of White City, incl. cavern complex, nanite manufacturing plant, and BAβγ power source. After team meets with AI in VR rec area. Questions and answers, confirming gathered info (see above). AI informs Akeyo that the old man in her dream is the Vagabond, and the Vagabond is her father. She is given access to his files.

Hargan arrives in VR rec area, informs team that White City has thermo-nuclear device with 200kt yield. (The Hiroshima A-bomb had up to 20kt yield.) He explains that Marauders are moving south from the Pueblo of Kuaua, advance units will be in region within 48 hours. Does not explain how he knows this. Father Salvatore explains that leader of Marauders, the Red Dragon, wants BAβγ power source. (Hargan mentions Red Dragon is more like a punknaught than a borg.)

Team finally decides to return to town hall to sleep. Father Salvatore cautions team that water drunk at dinner was laced with trans-lucid hallucinogens. Apparently normal occurance in Roswell-Carlsbad Township, as part of mind-expanding drug programme. Clean water is on tap. Seperate rooms.



TUE 16/06/2020

02:27 (precisely)

Jin Wei wakes up from dream involving container ship, anchored off-shore, and Chinese children being vivisected by robots. Goes outside for fresh air and drink of clean water.

02:42 (precisely)

Mach wakes up from dream involving the Silver Surfer and Santa Claus. Goes outside for fresh air and drink of clean water. Meets with Jin Wei. They discuss dreams, decide to find Bedouin RV.

02:02 (precisely)

Entropy wakes up from troubled sleep. He is in control room, in command bunker, just logging off Net. Doesn’t know how he got there. White City AI informs him that he entered control room through aircon vent, having entered command bunker through cooling flue. Entropy is cut, bruised and burnt.

Checks user log. He downloaded Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, Elvira Madigan from Classic.net. One of Mozart’s most thoughtful pieces, according to log, Entropy listened to this while connecting to node in Wilderspace. Signal was then captured and encrypted. Entropy transmitted a message, then logged off.

White City AI informs Entropy that he will not activate threat response as long as he exits through aircon vent. Threat response is only set to unauthorised entry through security doors. Entropy was given Net access earlier that evening, after tour.

Entropy exits through aircon vent, returns to town hall to sleep.

03:45

Entropy gets into bed, Jin Wei and Mach knock on door. Discuss dreams. Entropy explains recent events in command bunker. It is decided that Roswell-Carlsbad Township cannot be trusted. Akeyo should be informed of this tactfully.

[GM notices how female characters are excluded from decision making.]

Entropy goes sleep. Jin Wei and Mach stay awake all night.

07:00

HiLyte wakes up, meets with Akeyo and Nymph in showers. Chida-Ichi and Madam Candice arrive, are impressed by HiLyte’s makeup bag, prompting major mirror-gazing session. Nymph gets very excited.

Jin Wei and Mach stare at sky, try to stay awake. Breakfast is prepared in town hall for team. Jin Wei and Mach discuss dreams with Akeyo, HiLyte and Nymph.

Akeyo had a dream involving a thought, not to trust the Eurosolo, and then Super Bubble Pop Xtreme VR. HiLyte has a dream involving the White Sands Space Harbour and bioplague. Nymph has a dream involving mind maps and a sudden revelation about a conspiracy plot. Chida-Ichi mentions she had same dream as HiLyte when she first arrived in the White City.

Discuss dreams, then lengthy debate about whether or not Roswell-Carlsbad Township can be trusted.

HiLyte decides to interview Chida-Ichi. Akeyo, Jin Wei and Nymph will visit White City AI. Mach will check out vehicle pool and garages.

09:00

HiLyte finds that Chida-Ichi’s dream is not same, but similar to hers. In Chida-Ichi’s dream, the bioplague manifests as mutated second strain, with coagulation of bodily fluids. She describes an effect is reminiscent of infamous netvid, Deathx (pronounced “Death Multiplied”), a 30 min montage sequence of recorded footage of bioplague victims with a toxic grunge soundtrack.

HiLyte suspects that dreams were influenced, at least in part, by the individual. Cannot explain similarities, however.

Akeyo, Jin Wei and Nymph visit AI. Questions and answers, nothing to indicate Roswell-Carlsbad Township may be involved in dubious activities, other than drug programme.

11:00

Entropy wakes up, goes for swim in lake.

Nymph seduces virile young netrunner, Troy. Persuades him to get her Net access that afternoon. Team then decides to find Entropy for team meeting, stopping by town hall and garages for HiLyte and Mach.

12:00

Entropy sits down next to waterfall to meditate, rest of team arrives. General discussion. It is decided that Jin Wei and Mach will get some sleep, Nymph will search Net for info pertaining to Wilderspace node. Entropy will help Hargan train townsfolk in weapons and tactics, HiLyte will record.

Lengthy debate about BAβγ power source, Marauders and Akeyo’s dream in Old Albuquerque, NM.

13:00

Lunch is prepared for team in town hall. Jin Wei and Mach return to rooms. Nymph returns to command bunker. Entropy and HiLyte meet with Hargan.

16:00

EC lead established: Nymph matches fractal-based encryption used by Wilderspace node to obsolete encryption used by Crystal Palace ESA space station back in 2011. This suggests Wilderspace node was connected to EC.

Entropy and Hargan take inventory of equipment. Organise defenders into teams of four, each with a team leader. Militech 20L Autocannons are mounted in emplacements on each side of outer wall, to be operated by Adrek Humanoid 100 cyberforms. Teams will occupy the outer wall, engaging targets from cover.

18:00

Dinner prepared for team in town hall. Rest of team wakes Jin Wei and Mach. Discussion about whether or not to drink laced water. It is decided they should all drink and report on dreams. Nymph not present, she attends rooftop barbeque with Troy.

20:31 (precisely)

Nymph swallows.

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Session 10

Post by nemarsde » 25 Apr 2011, 17:22

[Not recorded.]

Although session 9 was the last recorded session, session 10 involved the climax to MHC. A probing attack by Marauders during the night manages to top the walls and leaves Entropy badly wounded. At dawn the main force attacks White City in an epic battle that rages all day and into the night.

As darkness descends, the outer walls have fallen and the Red Dragon punknaught breaches the main gate. The defenders are routed and flee into the cave system deep below ground. Madam Candice is killed by a Zealot in defence of an aid station. Father Salvatore is incinerated by the Red Dragon as he draws its attention from fleeing litter-bearers. The team are pinned down by the Red Dragon's demolition cannon, until Hargan jumps on its back and attacks its sensors. The team fall back, out of ammo, carrying a mortally wounded Akeyo, but Hargan is crushed underfoot.

It's left to one of the White City's Gemini borgs to detonate the 200 kiloton thermonuclear device once the others have reached safety below ground. The Red Dragon is blown to smithereens, along with the White City AI but BAβγ is saved.

As the sun rises, the team find that Akeyo has passed away during the night. Those who remain of the Roswell-Carlsbad Township decide to return to San Fran, whilst an ESA stealth deltawing lands nearby, revealing that Sato is actually an Interpol agent. He's the power broker in Arasaka Tower responsible for arranging ChIIDA's kidnapping, and is Entropy's handler. "Saigo-Gozo" were actually an ESA cyber-commando unit. He takes ChIIDA and Entropy, ChIIDA indubitably to be used against Arasaka. The deltawing blasts off, leaving the rest of team to pick up the pieces.

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