Cyberpunks and Cyberjerks

Last week's explosion attributed to paramilitary forces
"[The attackers] found what they came for."

SEATTLE: Knight Errant authorities are continuing the investigation, however yesterday Ares Macrotechnology CEO Damien Knight held a press release to quell fears about any future terrorist attacks.

“At this time, we have concluded that the attack on Bracy Industries was carried out by an unknown military force targeting bioware research. Fortunately, however, we see no evidence that attacks of this scale will continue. We are certain that whatever organization that carried out this attack found what they came for.”

Several citizens in the area have expressed some concerns that the attacks will continue, however.

“I don’t believe that one bit”, local business owner Harold Jackson said. “This was obviously a move by foreign attackers who are after our research centers. Mark my words, these [expletive deleted] terrorists are going to hit us all.”

When asked to address these concerns, Knight had this to say: “If this were a military strike from a foreign nation, we would have had more attacks of this nature by now. The fact that the NGO that committed this vile act has not attacked again tells us that the perpetrators have completed their task.”

Damien Knight declined to elaborate on what was stolen, saying only that “Bracy Industries was simply looking to perfect existing technology, everything that was taken from them can be easily found at any of our bioware dealers, and has little to no value on the black market.”

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Brackhaven Investments

While the team waited for their VIP, Rick Jones to arrive, Rin decided to scout ahead in the Matrix to see what he could find. It didn’t take long for him to discover a security host in the shape of a massive medieval fortress, complete with patrol IC shaped like wizards patrolling the walls and ramparts. Rin decided that with two decks breaking into the security host would be a worthwhile endeavor, if only to obtain control of the building’s security features. Rin first discovered that there was a set of infrared tripwires immediately inside the door leading down to the 55th floor, and it didn’t take much to set them up to deactivate as they would pass by. Rin also took the time to hack into the monitors for the cameras so that they would run a simple 5 minute loop. By this time Rind discovered that his overwatch score was quickly climbing and decided to regularly reboot his decks in order to reset his score and stay incognito.

Once the VIP arrived, Slim took the opportunity to greet him and quickly hit him with a tranq patch, knocking him out for the rest of the mission. The rest of the team managed to ambush his two guards without much trouble. Rune then cast a disguise spell on Slim that made him appear to be the VIP and hid the bodies in an alcove.

The team didn’t have too much trouble at first, especially once they discovered where the meeting was to be taking place and what it was about. Slim decided to attend the meeting as Rick Jones while the rest of the team descended the tower to the IT department. Nala managed to convince one of the bankers on the 46th floor to tell her about Jim in IT who might be able to let them into the server room. The team, minus Slim and Cinder slowly made their way down the tower using the armor jacket of one of the guards they had subdued as a disguise along with Nala’s charm.

They passed checkpoint after checkpoint with relative ease until they came across Jim in IT. Jim was decidedly more suspicious of them, but a timely commlink hack by Rin convinced them they were legit. Jim in IT allowed them into the server room and was quickly knocked out, after which Rin jacked into the main server to work his magic.

The virtual data host was made up to appear as a 1950s suburb, complete with patrol IC disguised as friendly policemen and paper boys. The data was located in a mock-up of Brackhaven Manor in the center of the suburb, so Rin changed his appearance to that of a postman and ran silently up to it.

After several close calls, Rin managed to successfully copy the files he needed and place a data bomb to cover his exit, but unfortunately an inopportune data spike went out at the last possible second and alerted the host to his presence. Rin quickly jacked out and told the rest of the team that they needed to be gone.

Rune and Fingers set up poor Jim in IT for the fall and planted him with drugs after getting him high off bliss, and as they fled the floor to the roof Rune managed to see a spirit of air rise up through the floor. Slim texted Eliza to set up her distraction and the riot outside soon became a roar.

The team again made it past most of the checkpoints, but after they recovered Slim and Cinder they were stopped by a group of security on the 55th floor. This group wasn’t letting anyone pass, as they were advised to lock down their floor until the situation downstairs could be worked out. This prompted Slim to signal the attack, causing the team made short work of the guards. It was not without bloodshed of course, the fight ending with the team killing one and maiming another. Rune managed to catch another glimpse of the air elemental quickly clearing the floors below them and told the team it was high time they left.

As Slim was still in disguise, he hijacked the helicopter and allowed the rest of the team to get on the chopper with the real Rick Jones and his guards. While they flew off Slim and Nala rouse Rick, and explained to him that he saved him from a disastrous investment plan and that Brackhaven Investments would soon be going under. He told him to keep Blackwater in mind if he needed some dangerous work to be done in Seattle, and the team abandoned the chopper in their Nightwing Gliders.

Eliza, happy with the results of the run, paid the team as agreed, promising work in the future. She assured them that she would get the evidence to DA Dana Oaks and that Brackhaven would soon be rousted out of power. She also expressed deep gratitude on behalf of the Ork Underground and that they would have their back in the future.

For now, the team has earned a well deserved break. The weeks pass, and it becomes clear that Brackhaven’s career is forever ruined. It’s only a matter of time before he is impeached, and Eliza appears to be next in line for governor.

All in all, a good night in the shadows.

FOR PLAYERS
Be advised, you all have obtained a point of street cred for taking on Brackhaven Investments in a relatively smooth manner. Keep building that rep!

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Legwork and Planning

After recovering from the ambush at the Zoo, the team managed to put together the two files and discovered that Brackhaven was not only trying to delegitimize the Ork Underground, he was also trying to starve them out and destroy them. The completed file indicated that this plan was codenamed Project Daybreak. According to the file, the governor’s chief of staff had an insurance policy, all the evidence he needed to prove Brackhaven to be as corrupt as he really is, located in the Brackhaven Investments building on the tenth floor.

There are also several unread messages from the team’s contacts. Turns out everyone who wants the commlink decided it was more cost effective to just buy it off them.

The messages all contained offers from 4 separate entities; Ares Macrotechnology, Mitsuhama Computer Technologies, a man named Zane, and a group calling themselves Project Freedom.

Ares did not mention in their message why they wanted the commlink, nor did they seem like a viable option. They were offering 200,000¥, however. Mitsuhama made it clear that they wanted Brackhaven out of power, probably to get a foothold in Seattle, and they were also offering 200,000¥. Zane declined to offer the information of who he worked for, but the team assumed that he was working for Brackhaven because of the amount he was offering, 400,000¥. Finally, Project Freedom could only offer 80,000¥, but the representative who got in touch with them, none other than Eliza Bloom who had run against Brackhaven in the last election, wanted to get the information to destroy Brackhaven’s image and force him out of power. Project Freedom was based out of the Ork Underground, the district of Seattle that Brackhaven wanted gone.

A long debate followed, with no decision coming in sight. Slim suggested that they had two options, go big or go safe. By going big they would sell out to Zane and take the money, but by going safe they would get the device to Project Freedom and develop valuable connections in the Ork Underground. It finally came down to a vote, but completely unexpectedly the team voted to sell out to Zane.

This came as somewhat a shock, and it was Argyle who finally spoke up against Brackhaven. Soon after, Rin advised the team that Project Daybreak had come up with more funding, provided they sell the device to them and only to them, as well as aid them in securing the files from the BI Building.

The team finally decided to hear out Bloom’s offer, and managed to squeeze out an extra 10,000¥ as well as 50,000¥ if they managed to successfully break into Brackhaven Investments and retrieve the evidence against Brackhaven. Project Freedom had connections in the building and was also able to set out a plan of attack; the team would glide onto the roof of the building and make their way down. They would also leak out enough details and seed enough discontent to cause a riot in front of the building. Once the team had the files and was ready to escape, they will send out a mass text to cause the riot to turn violent and cover their escape. They would also provide the team with a budget of 50,000¥ to buy what equipment they needed.

What followed was nearly a week of planning, plotting, and buying, but it’s now the night of the plan and after a quick flight the team is now on the roof of Brackhaven Investments.

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Shots Fired at Local Nightclub
Eyewitnesses report multiple injuries and 6 dead

SEATTLE: A representative of local nightclub Dante’s Inferno has reported a shooting that occurred last night at approximately 9:00 PM. Several patrons were injured, however an unidentified group of five or six nightclub goers escaped after killing three of the shooters. The remaining three reportedly surrendered and subsequently committed suicide prior to the arrival of police.

The shooters are believed by Knight Errant to be members of a Yakuza cell that have recently become active in the area. Forensic mages and specialists are currently gathering physical and magical evidence as of this writing and hope to identify the targets.

“This appears to have been a hit on another gang that is trying to gain a foothold in Seattle”, Knight Errant detective Theodore Athack said in a press release. “Based on preliminary evidence and witness testimony the gang seems to be called Blackwater. We are currently investigating any leads we have on this gang and are requesting that any citizens who have information to share with Knight Errant to place an official report.”

The shooting appears to be unrelated to a second shooting that occurred this afternoon at the Fort Lewis Zoo.

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