Shadowrun Missions Madison

While the City Sleeps SRM 05-05

Spoiler Alert! This post includes details of the published Missions adventure, While the City Sleeps SRM 05-05, that will be spoiled if you continue reading. You have been warned.

Also note this is a much abridged summary than my usual. I have fallen behind on posting and just needed to get caught up.

The Players

Martial, an ogre street sam
Felix, an elven Cat shaman
Sechs, a human mage
Delta, an elven technomancer
Gurdek, an ork phys ad

Debriefing Log

Summary: Sid contacts the runners for a rush job, one night only. Follow the trail, find the data, and get it done before the sun comes up. Successful objectives included:
• Recover the data for sid
• Ensure no other copies exist
• Take care of Miguel Garza
• Take out the Chemical Boyz
• Survived

Complications: Via excellent legwork the runners learned that the Chemical Boyz used biologic warfare. Then the team failed to pick up gas masks, respirators or antidote patches – not once but twice. They were stymied on 2 separate nights, before completing it on the third try. (I wouldn’t usually offer this option, but we have a stable group and they wanted to keep at it.)

Picking Up the Pieces

Money: 7,875 nuyen
Karma: 7
Reputation: None
Contacts: Sid (Loyalty +2/Connection 3)

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Liberation SRM 05-04

Spoiler Alert! This post includes details of the published Missions adventure, Liberation SRM 05-04, that will be spoiled if you continue reading. You have been warned.

Unless I hear clamoring for the old narrative format, I will continue to use this outline format for session summaries. It’s much less time consuming for me.

The Players

Martial, an ogre street sam
Sechs, a human mage
Feliz, an elven Cat shaman
Gurdek, an ork phys ad
Delta, an elven technomancer

Scene 1: Hire Learning

Scan This: PCs are phoned by Lothan the Wise for a job at the Chicago Field Museum
Details

  • Arrive at the Wisest Troll in the basement of Murphy’s Pub. Lothan is abrasive and condescending, especially considering the PC’s previous failure
  • Hired to get canister CAT2700 from Dr. Eric Kersh, leader of the Astral Space Preservation Society.
    • Must not let Kersh know that Lothan is the buyer
    • Felix negotiates XXX nuyen
    • Delta scans the matrix for basic information about the ASPS and learns the that canister contains an unknown mineral
  • Lothan’s office contains magical knick-nacks and an antique rotary dial phone.

Scene 2: Shy Town

Scan This: PCs meet with Kersh and get sent to the Cermak Crater to collect a sample
Details

  • At the Field Museum, now called The Sanctum, the PCs meet Dr. Kersh and his doddering assistant, Daytripper.
  • Kersh offers to exchange the canister for a trip to the Cermak Crater and a 15 minute sampling of the physical and astral space using a unique sensor of his design.
    • Felix negotiates the use of some old hazmat suits but can find only one ork sized suit.

Scene 3: Geiger Counter

Scan This: PCs travel to the Cermak Crater and encounter its denizens
Details

  • After considerable deliberating involving a bomb squad drone, a McGyvered button pusher and various spells and spirits, Gurdek dons a hazmat suit and jogs toward the crater
    • He encounters a pair of playful radiation spirits who want to play tag and other children’s games. He keeps the busy and gets the sample, but suffers severe radiation poisoning.

Scene 4: Double Cross

Scan This: PCs return to Dr. Kersh only to find a gunfight and the canister stolen!
Details

  • Nearing the Sanctum, the PCs hear gunshots. Dr. Kersh and Daytripper are being attacked by Swamp Thang gangers.
    • Sechs drops an ice sheet spell on the steps causing several gangers to topple while Felix casts combat spells
    • Martial and Gurdek close in melee and wipe out several
  • Once defeated, Dr. Kersh is grateful and abashed by his loss of the canister after the PCs completed their part of the deal.
    • Kersh offers Felix and Sechs a 20% discount on any single purchase of magical gear AND offers one quickened spell of Force 4 or less to each non-spellcaster in the group (this is a retcon change from in game).
    • Delta determines that the Swamp Thangs are a lower tier gang with a hideout in the Calumet Swamp near the south end of Lake Michigan.

Scene 5: Swamp Thing

Scan This: PCs assault the Swamp Thangs hideout to recover the canister
Details

  • The PCs find the gangers guarding a small warehouse near an abandoned train yard
    • Using Stealth and Felix’s earth spirit’s concealment power, the team approaches unseen
    • Under the globe of Sech’s silence spell, Martial snipes guards one by one
    • The team barges through the front door and drops 2 more gangers before any enemy shots are fired and the canister is recovered

Scene 6: Payout?

Scan This: PCs call Lothan to get paid or so they think
Details

  • Back outside Miller’s Pub the PCs meet Lothan who is uncharacteristically praising and plainly dressed.
    • When the PCs suspect something’s up, Lothan turns into a wendigo insect shaman wearing Swamp Thang colors
    • Following several rounds of gunfire and spellcasting, the wendigo summons a mosquito insect spirit to cover her escape. The PCs destroy the spirit eventually.
  • The PCs return to the real Lothan for payment and grudging respect for completing the mission

Picking Up the Pieces

Money: XXX nuyen
Karma: 6 (Collecting sample from crater 1, recovering canister 1, defeating wendigo 0, survival 1, mission difficulty 3)
Reputation: +1 Street Cred for rescuing Dr. Kersh from Swamp Thangs
Contacts: Lothan the Wise (Loyalty 1/Connection 4)
Other Advancement: Felix and Sechs get a 20% discount on any single purchase of magical gear. Martial, Gurdek and Delta get one quickened spell of Force 4 (4 hits)

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Sprawl Wilds - Manhunt

Spoiler Alert! This post includes details of the published Sprawl Wilds adventure ,titled Manhunt, that will be spoiled if you continue reading. You have been warned.

Unfortunately, this session summary will be unusually brief. Real life constraints prevent my preferred narrative summary.

The Players

  • Martial, an ogre street sam
  • Sechs, a human mage
  • Feliz, an elven Cat shaman
  • Gurdek, an ork phys ad
  • Ghost (until given a new street name), a human covert ops specialist

Scene 1: The Job Offer

Scan This: Called by Mr. Johnson (from last session’s Seattle job) who puts team in contact with Hua, an elven mage
Job Details (From Hua)

  • Bring in supplies, keep Hua alive, assist with his investigation into animal attacks in the Seattle Barrens
  • Background:
    • Some Rat’s Nest traders disappeared a week ago. The body parts suggested a powerful animal attack
    • Two nights ago a motley group of animals attacked (transmits trideo). Compound leader called Hua for assistance.
    • The animal attack returned last night
  • Location: Kaur’s Farm, Redmond Barrens near Salish-Shidhe border.
  • Hua recommends traveling with a scheduled Crimson Crush convoy. Offers use of a GAZ P-179 truck. Contact is named a troll named Arona at Crusher 495.
  • Payment: 7,000 nuyen each (after 2 hits from Feliz on Negotiation test)

Scene 2: Into the Barrens

Scan This: Travel through the Barrens with Crush convoy
Details:

  • Fee: 200 nuyen each (price ramped up due to Felix’s suit, looks like he’s got money to burn)
  • Trip: No significant complications

Scene 3: Kaur’s Farm

Scan This: Arrive at “Kaur’s Farm”, meet Mr. Singh and learn about attacks
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Details:

  • Arrival: 2 p.m. (6 hours until dark)
  • Guard delays them so they can be astrally screened by low-power magician. Will ask about exposure to “Vampire Virus”. If screen positive, Mr. Singh arrives a few minutes later. Hua will limp out to greet them too. Martial details exposure to Ms. Nunn, a nosferatu but is ultimately granted entrance.
  • Details last night’s attack (mist lynx and devil rats together) and local word of a nearby shanty town attacked in the night.
    • Hua wants runners to investigate the attack site and gives them a Forensics kit
    • Mr. Singh politely notes that it might be more helpful for the PCs to help reinforce the defenses or repair the generator or help heal the injured or boost morale
      • Felix helps magically heal several injured farmers
      • Ghost repairs the wind turbines and activates floodlights.
      • Felix’s earth elemental, Martial and Gurdek reinforce the compound’s sandbags and damaged fence
  • Return by nightfall – another attacks is expected

Scene 4: “They ate the bodies?!”

Scan This: Investigate the destroyed Shanty Town
Details:

  • Some scavenging gangers run off as the team approaches
  • The team finds evidence of a metahuman raid during animal attacks, including spear hafts, shell casings. There is also evidence of cannibalism. Also atypical animal behavior and types of animals working together, likely subject to mental manipulation spells or critter power.

Scene 5: Neo-tribal cannibal hippies

Scan This: Fend of assault on Kaur’s Farm
Details:

  • First wave: 11 p.m.
    • From west eucalyptus forest: 5 dogs, 1 barghest (howl from treeline)
      • None are effected by barghest’s howl. Magicians provide overwatch from tower. Ghost, Gurdek take out hounds.
    • From north or south: 2 gabriel hounds sneak in during commotion
      • Spotted by Martial who takes out both before crossing the fence.
  • Second wave: 2 a.m.
    • West wall: 3 scouts try to sneak to fence but are engaged by Martial before they can throw grenades.
    • Piasma crashes through fence
      • Gurdek softens it with a grenade and then closes into melee to finish it off
    • Enemy mage in owl form flies overhead providing casting support
      • Felix’s fire elemental takes him down “like a comet streaking toward the earth”

Picking Up the Pieces

Money: 7,000 nuyen each
Karma: 8 (Survival 2; healed the injured, improved morale, repaired turbines up to 1 each, max 2; defended Mr Singh 1, defended greenhouses 1, run difficulty 2)
Reputation: +1 Street Cred (saved farm and (partially) solved investigation)
Contacts: “Donnie” Hua (Seattle elf – affiliation unknown) (Loyalty 1, Connection 3), Bhagat Singh (Seattle Sikh troll compound leader, border’s Salish-Shidhe) (Loyalty 2, Connection 1)

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CMP 2014-06 A Night's Work

Spoiler Alert! This post includes details of the published CMP 2014-06 adventure that will be spoiled if you continue reading. You have been warned.

Spring 2076. After flying back to Seattle and picking up their gear from a discreet shipping company, the team met with Mr. Johnson in the Barrens. Within an abandoned warehouse, a Hispanic man stepped out of a black Americar. Martial, an ogre street sam, Sechs, a human mage, Delta, an elven technomancer, and Batomi, an elven Rat shaman, recognized the same Mr. Johnson who brought them to the Seattle Sprawl for a run a few weeks ago (CMP 2014-05). The current team added Gurdek, an ork phys ad.

Mr. Johnson smiled and said, “Thank you for meeting me. I have a job and you have proven quite capable. I need you to deposit information onto the host of a corporate facility. I don’t want them to know the file has been added of course. I can pay you 5,000¥. If you are undetected, I would then like you to extract an unwilling employee from the same location. For this, I will pay an additional 7,500¥. Are you interested?”

Batomi was able to negotiate a 500¥ bonus for expenses for a total of 13,000¥ for both parts of the mission.

Mr. Johnson provided the rest of the details. “I need you to download the contents of an optical chip on to the Tacoma NeoNet HR facility host. I have already arranged on site access to their host via a workstation on the third floor. The office is number 317.”

“It is critical that the information be uploaded without NeoNet’s knowledge. Failure to be undetected will result in decreased compensation.”

“If you are completely undetected, however, I will send you the bio of an extraction target who will be in the building. He should be considered unwilling. The target has no magic, augmentations, or known defense training.”

The team finished their questions and headed straight toward the Tacoma building. En route, Delta scanned the matrix and found basic floor plans from before it was owned by NeoNet. Nearing the building, the runnres found a busy bar with lots of pedestrians despite the trickle of rain. From there, they could observe the target building without attracting attention.

Batomi and Sechs noted a weak Spirit of Man circling the seven-story building with mirrored windows. Using clairvoyance, Batomi also viewed the empty lobby and saw a lone guard patrolling the 2nd floor and heading down the stairs toward the lobby. Later, he headed back upstairs.

Pretending to be drunk, Martial and Delta approached the front door. Martial popped the cover off the maglock and Delta slotted a cable into the device. Courtesy of his ‘trodes and technomancer wizardry, he quickly hacked the lock and marked the powerful NeoNet host. As the circling spirit slowed, Sechs cast an influence spell and convinced it that “these are not the pedestrians you are looking for.”

Once the door was open, the team quickly slipped inside. As luck would have it, the sec guards and security spider weren’t looking at the screen attached to the front camera at that moment.

Inside the sterile lobby, Batomi directed his clairaudient ears upward. On the second floor, he heard the patrolling guard entering the stairwell. Fearing he was moments from entering the lobby, everyone hid. The corporate furniture provided scat cover and the team was tense even with a spirit concealing them. Then, Gurdek accidently dropped a magazine from his SMG onto the faux marble floor with a terrible clatter. Fortunately, however, after several seconds no guard appeared. Batomi magically confirmed that he had moved to the 3rd floor.

Batomi followed the guard using clairvoyance to the 5th floor where he briefly chatted with a middle-aged human man getting a snack from the cafeteria. The guard continued upward and out of the Rat shaman’s range.

Delta hacked the lobby camera and the team silently moved up the stairs. On the 3rd floor, they found a cubicle farm with surrounding offices. Office 317 included a nameplate near the office door that read, “Peter Erdmann, Defense Projects Personnel Manager”. Inside, the 3 by 4 meter office was a faux oak desk. An AR “screensaver” swirled over the top of it. Behind the desk were framed professional degrees and a 4-foot-long ornate sword. (The engraved frame read, “Excalibur”, but the runners never investigated it.)

Delta found the terminal already logged into and quickly downloaded the file. Then, he notified the Johnson who replied, “Good work. Your target is Peter Erdmann, age 58, human male. Current location shared.” An ARO popped into their AR view. He was upstairs, likely the guy in the cafeteria.

Using clairvoyance again, Batomi confirmed that the guard was on the 7th floor. He had just entered a security office with 2 other guards. (Clairvoyance failed to “see” the Spirit of Air in astral space who immediately recognized the astral signature of a suspicious spell. The spirit sped to its off-site conjurer to report.)

Delta hacked the elevator and the team, cloaked in magical concealment, rode to the 5th floor. Mr. Erdmann was unconscious from Narcoject toxin so fast he barely had time to utter, “Not again.”

As the team drug the limp body toward the elevator, the returned air spirit manifested amongst them. Then it engulfed Gurdek. The ork turned purple and gasped for air as Sechs tore at it with a manabolt. Just as Batomi banished the spirit, Delta yelled, “Incoming guards!”

The technomancer’s sprite bricked one guard’s SMG as the other two lined up shots from the stairwell. Batomi magically controlled one of the pair and prepared to have him turn on his ally. Before friendly fire could be induced, Martial dropped one with a tight 3-round burst of stick-N-shock rounds. Gurdek, having caught his wind, closed and slammed the controlled guard with a stun glove. He slumped as the ork moved onto the landing and found the third guard (with the bricked gun) lobbing a grenade. Gurdek grinned. He snatched the projectile from the air like a Seattle Mariners star. And threw it back. After the flash-bang explosion, the last guard was down.

The team grabbed Mr. Erdmann and raced for the front door. Delta spoofed the cameras.

At the front door, the patrolling Spirit of Man descended. Batomi and Sechs disrupted it before it could even manifest.

The runner’s van drove casually away while the NeoNet High Threat Response Team was just leaving their garage miles away.

Mr. Johnson met the team at an unimaginative sports bar named The Sports Bar on the edge of Tacoma and Puyallup. His ork bodyguard collected Mr. Erdmann, while the runners got paid. He implied more work would come given their performance and walked out into the pattering Seattle rainfall.

Picking Up the Pieces

Money: 13,000 nuyen each
Karma: 7 (survival, file download, remaining unnoticed for 1st mission, extracting Erdmann)
Reputation: +1 Street Cred (download undetected)
Contacts: Mr. Johnson (Seattle Hispanic human man) (Loyalty 1, Connection 5)

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SRM 05-03 Gone Long Gone

Spoiler Alert! This post includes details of the published SRM 05-03 adventure that will be spoiled if you continue reading. You have been warned.

On a blustery spring day in the Windy City 2076, the runners got an early morning call from their fixer, Quantum Princess. She offered a meet with a Ms. Johnson at the swanky Northside Gale Street Inn. The Johnson turned out to be an elven knockout who knew how to use her plunging neckline to keep the guys off balance. Fortunately, Zee, the group’s social adept kept a cool head and negotiated a decent increase above the base pay. The job was to collect the offline node from an abandoned business in the Zone. The business, Valley Rose Pharmaceuticals, was largely destroyed by the neighboring atomic Cermak blast almost 20 years prior. The team otherwise included Martial, an ogre street sam, Gurdek, an ork phys ad, Sechs, a human mage, and three hackmasters: Frostbite, a human combat hacker, Dogfood, a human technomancer, and Delta, an elven technomancer.

While the hackers were digging up data on the VRP complex and Cermak blast, Martial got another call. A jade sparrow icon with a female voice asked for a meet to discuss the job the team was just given. After agreeing, Martial drove the team to the Park Bait Shop at Cricket Hill Park. An ork woman with a hooded cloak informed the runners that VRP was working on developing a vaccine for FAB III, the magic-eating bacteria that was largely responsible for destroying Chi-Town’s bug problem. She wanted the data destroyed and was willing to pay the team the same amount of money.

The team agreed to those terms but there was dissent about which contract they would ultimately renege on.

The ork woman directed the team to Miller’s Pub in old downtown to meet with another contact, Lothan the Wise. He would know more about what threats inhabited the VRP building. She warned that Lothan would be ornery – an understatement to be sure.

Once at the war-torn but once classy pub, the team bumped into Becky99 who Zechs, Martial, and Delta had just worked for a couple weeks earlier. The runners went into the talismonger shop below the taproom named The Wisest Troll. Inside, they found Lothan hulking over several gems and stones on a parchment of strange geometrics. He was obviously annoyed to be disturbed but Zee was gracious and flattering, so the troll explained what he knew. The VRP office building was still intact and now served as the base for an ultra-violent gang known as The Hot Dawgs. The basement was the lair of The Founder, a toxic shaman with intimate knowledge of pharmaceuticals. The Founder also somehow had a beaded necklace (spellcasting focus) that belonged to Lothan. The troll offered to trade magical goods for its return. He concluded by saying that he didn’t expect the team to succeed or necessarily to even survive.

The team piled into Martial’s van and headed deeper into the Zone. Gurdek spotted a pair of jackknifed rust buckets blocking the next intersection. Martial also noticed a lit burn barrel in a nearby alley without anyone warming themselves. Expecting an ambush, he started to flip a uey. Then the shots came.

A gang of 5 zoners tried to disable the vehicle by targeting the tires but Martial’s quick reactions kept the vehicle safe. Then he decided he’d rather fight than flee.

The ogre jumped out the side facing the gangers but none their many bullets pierced his armor. He focused fire on 2 gangers near the end of the block and ended them. The hackers bricked the gun of the rooftop sniper, while Gurdek charged the last 2 near the burn barrel. The fight ended quickly. The only loot was some roughly used Colt M-23 assault rifles.

Twenty minutes later, the runners drove down Racine Avenue approaching 20th. In the distance, they could see the Cermak Blast zone with its leveled buildings and strangely barren center. The radiation sensors flipped to yellow.

Sechs, wanting to scout the VRP building, astrally projected. A maelstrom surrounded the blast site but seemed to end before the far end of the target complex. He slipped into a third floor wall and found a pair of gangers smoking and arguing. In the next room, he found a hellhound who growled and began barking. Sechs cast a manabolt with minimal effect. The hellhound then chomped into Sechs’ astral form.

Back in the Bulldog, the team saw a massive rent open in Sechs’ abdomen. They quickly hooked up the medkit as the mage returned to consciousness. He finished healing the horrible wound magically and explained what happened.

Deciding that speed was of the essence, Martial pulled his van near the ground floor entrance. He and Gurdek ripped the reinforced door from its hinges. The waiting ganger inside cringed and wildly sprayed the doorway. The hapless sod quickly fell to the combined attacks from Martial, Gurdek, Zee, and Jackfrost. The four decided against the stairs leading downward (toxic shaman-ward?) given the upstairs gangers would be flanking them. They snuck up a spiral stairwell and found a long, dark, and ominously quiet hallway.

The last runner to enter the floor was Jackfrost, who was unfortunately the only one able to see through the illusionary walls hiding the Hot Dawgs. As the combat decker’s eyes widened in surprise, a concealed form slashed a matte black combat blade into Jack’s shoulder. Gasping and coughing blood, he knew his lung was collapsed. Before he hit the ground however, a gout of flame shot through the “wall” and covered Zee. She howled in pain as her hair and skin melted to her flaming clothing. Two other gangers entered the opposite end of the hall, but even their heavy pistol rounds could not puncture Martial’s thick ogre hide.

With two members nearly dying, it was a fierce battle to regain the team’s footing. Gurdek turned the tide by literally stomping the hellhound to death. The fully healed Sechs was more than a match for the ganger mage despite the arcane dampening of the tainted locale. Gurdek and Martial ganged up (pun intended) on the Hot Dawgs’ leader, The Hound.

With moderate or worse injuries on nearly every member, the runners retreated. In no shape to face a toxic shaman on his own turf, they returned to report their failure.

Lothan was characteristically charming. “I suppose I should be impressed that you even lived. Well, I’m not. Don’t bother calling looking for more work.”

Picking Up the Pieces

Money: None
Karma: 2 (survival, defeating the Hot Dawgs)
Reputation: 0 Street Cred (-1 for failing mission, +1 for defeating Hot Dawgs)
Contacts: Lothan the Wise (Loyalty -1 if previously a contact)

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SRM 05-02 Critic’s Choice

Spoiler Alert! This post includes details of the published SRM 05-02 adventure that will be spoiled if you continue reading. You have been warned.

Having just returned from the Seattle Metroplex, the runners weren’t expecting more work so soon. They got a call from a Chicago fixer that they hadn’t worked with before. A greasy man named Sid said he had a job and to meet tonight at The Vault, a Containment Zone arena/bazaar/clinic complex. The team, including Delta, an elven technomancer, Martial, an ogre street sam, and Sechs, a human mage, piled into Martial’s van.

En route through the nighttime CZ, they came upon a gang of Fleshmongers, a vile band of humanoids who hunt people and sell them to the inhabitants of Ghoultown. They were harvesting a small boy and his mother from their wrecked van.

Martial was driving so he decided to intervene. He sideswiped the Fleshomonger SUV pinning it to the neighboring building. The runners piled out and quickly defeated the gangers and their ghoul collector. Only the invisible enemy mage invisibly escaped. The team used their medkit and spells to stabilize both victims.

Once at the Vault, the mother and son were sent to the attached clinic for evaluation. The team headed to the arena where a prizefight was just ending. Apparently, a burly elf named Matt Wrath had just KO’ed his opponent in record time. Sid was prancing around the ring and texted the runners to meet in the locker room.

Once there, the team met Sid and Matt in person. Sid directed them to a Johnson named Dr. Tate in the clinic next door. Matt told them to speak with a local gang boss named Becky 99 for a related side job.

Over at the clinic, the runners met Dr. Tate. He explained the job. He wanted ownership data stripped from the offline computers at an old trid studio near the Cermak Blast. He intended to turn the site into another clinic and didn’t want completion when the place was auctioned soon. The team agreed to take the job for 6,000 nuyen and priority medical service at Dr. Tate’s clinic.

Then the runners went to find Becky 99. She turned out to be the local gang leader of an all woman gang called the Desperation Angels. She wanted any videotaped data from the trid studio that was filmed before the bugs came. She offered to pay $500 nuyen for each useful file. The team agreed.

Delta learned that the site of interest used to be called Chicago Genesis, the one-time headquarters of Brilliant Genesis and a Neil the Ork Barbarian theme park.

Once they arrived, the team found only a mild radiation level surrounding the huge boarded up building. On the roof were 2 stealthy lookouts, but Sechs spotted them easily from astral space.

Once they made a plan, it was go time. Sechs used an air elemental to conceal himself. Then Delta went into full VR and fell unconscious. Martial lugged the techno’s meat body down the road. When a guard peered out, Sechs cast an influence spell and compelled him to come down to the front door and check the pair out.

Martial talked his way into the lobby before the spell wore off. The ogre promised to stay in the lobby, while the flustered guard went to ask instructions from his leader.

When the leader returned, he was a hugely muscled human who declared himself Neil the Barbarian and the others members of his tribe of Lost Ones. He loudly demanded that Martial leave. Quickly drawing on his extensive simsense starlet knowledge, the ogre said he was here to pay homage to Neil and his strong and talented wife Jane (played by one of Martial’s favorite actresses in the 2052).

Neil was swayed and Martial was invited to the tribe’s campfire.

Meanwhile, Delta hung out in the matrix. A pair of hidden icons lurked about and the technomancer spotted one, a toned human female in a leopard skin. She had a remarkable resolution that worried Delta. She asked what he was doing there, so he told her the truth. She told him to return to his body and not return to the matrix while under her husband’s roof. Delta complied.

The next morning, Delta and Martial decided to be frank. They told Neil why they were there. Martial clumsily negotiated a deal on behalf of Dr. Tate but found a good compromise. The tribe would stay put, provide security, get free medical care and the runners would provide a mint condition 2050 trideo player and season 7 of Neil the Ork Barbarian. Once hands were shaken, Neil explained the node was in the basement, which served as the tribe’s garbage dump and sewer.

Sechs astrally scouted and found dozens of devil rats. Once ready at the top of the stairs, Martial lobbed a concussion grenade. It exploded and blasted debris and feces everywhere. The ogre dexterously navigated the slimy stairs and Sechs similarly followed. Sechs spotted the computer office just as a glob of drek fell from the ceiling onto Martial’s face (critical glitch on Perception!). Then, three bulldog-sized devil rats attacked the ogre. Martial wildly slammed one with a shock glove just before Sechs dropped a ball lightning spell on the ogre and rat melee. All were stunned but Martial shook off most of the blast. After another series of shock glove and lightning attacks, the rats were defeated.

The pair grabbed the server node and a couple of other optical chips and hard drives before the remaining rats started to close in a second wave. Martial and Sechs climbed the stairs and the mage dropped an ice sheet behind them to prevent being followed.

The chips and hardware had 3 useful files according to Becky 99, but it took all of their bonus earnings to clean the smell out of their gear and find Neil his trid player and videos.

Dr. Tate however was most pleased with the team’s negotiating. He said, ““I must say I am truly impressed with your ability to find solutions that are in the best interest of all of the CZ’s residents. I look forward to working with you in the future.” The runners were paid as agreed.

Picking Up the Pieces

Money: 6,000 nuyen each
Karma: 7 (retrieving Dr. Tate’s data, saving the family from the Fleshmongers)
Reputation: +2 Street Cred (saving the family, getting files for Becky99),
Contacts: Sid (Loyalty 1, Connection 3), Dr. Martin Tate (Loyalty 1, Connection 5), Becky99 (Loyalty 1, Connection 4), Matt Wrath (Loyalty 1, Connection 2)
Note: Each runner gains priority treatment at Dr. Tate’s clinic. If the runner is injured, he/she can visit Dr. Tate to be patched up to full health once, free of charge (It will take 1 hour per box of damage he heals.)

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CMP 2014-03 Boundless Mercy: Recover II

Spoiler Alert! This post includes details of the unpublished CMP 2014-03 adventure that will be spoiled if you continue reading. You have been warned.

The team was tracking down new gear and training their skills after completing Nazaire’s last job: to find where Magus Girardi of the Illuminates of the New Dawn fled to after leaving Chicago. As expected, the fixer called the team for the next leg of the attractive albeit eccentric Ms. Nunn’s mission. The team included Slim, the elven social adept and sniper, Shift, a dwarven rigger/decker, and Yuri, an ork street sam.

The runners returned to the abandoned Westside church and met in the basement sitting room. Nazaire and Ms. Nunn explained the job: travel to Montreal via a local coyote and find Girardi. Nazaire suggested they start by trying to contact a West Island gang leader of the pan-city Hellsouls. He would certainly know if the IoND had a base in the region. Slim read Ms. Nunn’s tells like an open book. Or open AR viewer. Whatever. She was unusually eager to see this job done but also hiding something big. Her movements also seemed slightly wrong, maybe magically so. The elf then smoothly negotiated top pay for the team: 10,000 nuyen each.

The team was given coordinates at which to meet their coyote: Wild Willy. On the outskirts of the sprawl, they found Willy lived up to his moniker. He was ork mountain man with a wild beard, taped clothes and mismatched boots. His ride, however, inspired more confidence. It was customized Ares Venture thunderbird covered with thermal dampening camouflage netting.

After a 2-hour flight, the team touched down on a semi-abandoned airstrip outside of Montreal. They transferred to a rusted out Eurovan with the safe house coordinates preprogrammed.

The team rode through the West Island district, a depressed urban slum, while Shift scoured the matrix for data on the Hellsouls and its leader, Hellbent. The van came to a stop at an alley behind a dive called Mathias’ Bar. In front stood a pair of Hellsouls gangers. The runners checked out the safe house above the bar but decided against staying long enough to contract lice or whatever else lived in the grunge (except Shift who actually jumped into a microdrone leaving his unconscious body alone despite the scurrying of creatures within the walls).

Slim and Yuri entered the techno thumping bar below. They found a couple dozen locals and a table full of gangers wearing flames on their armored jackets. Shift helped spot the cybered dwarf leader from his matrix overwatch. Slim then bribed the ganger to get some face time with the neighborhood boss, Hellbent.

The runners followed the address given to an auto parts warehouse covered with paint and AR flames that danced over the walls. Inside, they found Hellbent.

Hellbent turned out to be a large troll with 2 ram horns, 2 implanted head spikes and stylized red flame tattoos on all visible skin. His voice rumbled when she spoke. “I know where the mage hides. Do a job for me and I will tell you.” He then explained that he wanted some chips held in a local warehouse modified. He noted they chips originated from Lake Eerie with a routing number of “Alpha Mike … something or other”. The runners accepted, natch.

The team traveled to the St. Lawrence River Shipping Company’s warehouse complex and scouted it out. Shift’s spy drone hovered high above and detailed the guards’ patrol route. The site also held 2 large warehouses, a smaller office building, 3 huge shipping cranes, and countless shipping containers. The dwarf then jumped into the matrix and used his new agent (name pending) to slip into the company’s host. Inside the stock industrial core, he queried the system for the chip’s location using the originating region, partial routing number and tomorrow’s shipping date. He also figured out the chips originated from Ares Macrotech in Detroit. Once the chips were located, Yuri and Slim started to move in. Shift looped a pair of cameras and opened the warehouse’s maglock.

Everything was going so well. Too bad they couldn’t see the patrolling air spirit who rounded the astral corner just before Yuri could enter the warehouse. The swirling vortex of air manifested in front of the ork. In a blur of movement, Slim fired a silenced round. The spirit jinked left, right toward Yuri. The ork whipped his katana from its scabbard in an upward slash, blasting the spirit’s form apart in a circular spray of dust and debris.

The pair quickly entered the building and found the crate of chips. They modified half the cases before Shift called “Incoming!” The host has just gone on alert.

As Slim and Yuri ran for the fence, two pairs of guards charged out of the office building. An unseen mage stunned Yuri, but he shrugged most of it off. “No worse than a pint of cheap vodka,” he thought.

Then the cavalry arrived. Both of Shift’s rotodrones unleashed a hail of suppressive fire toward the guards as the runners escaped.

After they were clear, the team returned to the Hellsouls’ base. Outside, Shift examined the device used to alter the chips and realized that it removed simsense safeguards and effectively created better-than-life, or BTL, chips. The team then went to report their success.

Hellbent just laughed, took the device back, and paid the runners 1,500 nuyen each. He also gave them another chip with the address of the IoND compound where Giardi was hiding.

The next day, the team contacted Nazaire to report their success. They met him and Elizabeth Nunn at a nice Montreal restaurant and handed over the data and got paid. Ms. Nunn was unusually intense and eager to begin the next stage of her plans.

Picking Up the Pieces

Money: 11,500 nuyen each (minus 500 nuyen bribe during session)
Karma: 6 (survival, obtaining compound’s location, avoiding combat with Hellsouls, warehouse mission)
Reputation: +1 Street Cred for sabotaging simsense chips
Contacts: Ms. Nunn (Loyalty 1 or Loyalty +1 if already a contact, max 4), Nazaire (Loyalty 1 or Loyalty +1 if already a contact, max 4)

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CMP 201-05 Silence is Golden

Spoiler Alert! This post includes details of the unpublished CMP 2014-05 adventure that will be spoiled if you continue reading. You have been warned.

The team had only been back in Chicago for a week before getting another out-of-town job. Quantum Princess, the runner’s primary fixer, said another fixer in the Seattle Metroplex was looking for a solid team on short notice – he was even willing to pay for commercial air travel and freight shipping for their gear. Dogfood, a human technomancer, and Batomi, an elven rat shaman, rushed to buy fake SINs to pass airport security. The rest of the team included, Delta, an elven techno, Martial, an ogre street sam, and a new guy, Sechs, a human mage.

Once under the leaden Seattle sky, the team met up at a rundown bar in Tacoma called The Flying Hermit. They spotted the Johnson, wearing a pressed, steel-gray suit. He was Hispanic and walked with a bit of limp, but spoke without accent. He said, “Thanks for coming to hear about this job. It should be easy given your reputation, but I don’t expect you to believe that. I just need a hardcopy file replaced from a downtown building. I need this done before 6 a.m. day after next. The property is not extraterritorial and has average licensed security. I can pay you 7,500¥ each. What do you say?”

He proved a shrewd negotiator and not even Batomi could talk him up. Once the price was set, the Johnson gave the rest of the details.

“I want you to replace a file that was recently mailed to a government building downtown. The building is home to the Seattle Department of City Purchasing and located at 75 North Street. The file was mailed to the Division Director, Katherine Nyland, from an individual named Christopher Hoffman. The Director is on vacation until day after tomorrow so you must complete this job before she returns. The file has been delivered to the Director’s office on the 2nd floor. I want you to replace the file contents with this document,” as he patted a thick ream of dead trees on the table.

“It’s important that the contents of the file are not seen by the Director. I would prefer that she is unaware of any clandestine activity, which will limit scrutiny of the new file. I will pay an additional 2,500¥ if you are completely undetected. If you are detected and the original file destroyed, I will pay the agreed upon base rate. Any questions I can help you with?”

Once they finished asking questions, the team left and started planning. Options ranged from impersonating the courier and asking for the package back to destroying the whole building. (“The Director wouldn’t see the file, right?”) They wisely decided to scout the place out first.

The team drove a borrowed van within a few blocks of the target building. Martial scoped it out physically, noting a Knight Errant patrol car and drone in the area. The building was four stories of old government architecture with opaque windows. He also spotted a keycard reader and camera on the front and rear doors. The ogre cleverly thought to look up local law enforcement response times, and found a Knight Errant station house only 4 blocks away!

Batomi and Sechs left their bodies for some astral recon. They scanned the surroundings finding nothing before cautiously looking into the building. Inside, 3 mundane guards were on the ground floor security room and a ward protected the 2nd floor.

Meanwhile, Delta and Dogfood explored the digital realm. They found a more powerful second host linked to the building’s main host. Dogfood slipped into the host and located the building’s cameras, maglocks, elevator and other slaved devices. He opened a file cabinet and copied the last day’s camera footage. Delta duplicated his ally’s efforts in the other host, but failed to place a mark on the cabinet. A knight in full plate armor made of flames rounded the corner and slashed at Delta, flames surging and all. The technomancer evaded long enough to copy the file and log out of the system.

The team met up and compared their findings. The camera footage revealed several interesting facts, including Knight Errant uniforms on the guards, 3 of them on both the 1st and 2nd floors, and their usual patrol timing. They were also able to confirm that a Hermes courier dropped off the file of interest, and then a secretary opened and read it before carrying it toward the Director’s office. Elaborate plans were then made.

Later that night, the team moved into position near the building. Batomi and Sechs levitated themselves and Martial to the roof under the concealment of the rat shaman’s earth elemental. Simultaneously, Dogfood slipped back into the building’s host and hacked the maglock. The lock’s LED turned green, and the physical team entered the stairwell. Batomi cast improved invisibility on Martial and Sechs silenced the entire group with a hush spell.

Dogfood used a sprite to loop one of the stairwell cameras and tried to spoof another. Unfortunately, he failed to mark it. Knowing intrusion countermeasures would be incoming, he ordered his sprite to suppress the ice’s arrival. He got control of the camera long enough for the team to move past. Then he logged off the host.

As Batomi, Sechs and Martial approached the 2nd floor, Delta went to work on its host. He hacked one lobby camera while his sprite disabled the other.

The onsite team silently entered the lobby. A wall placard read “Seattle Metroplex; Department of City Purchasing”. To the right was room full of cubicles with several desk lights and music playing more loudly that would have been appropriate for business hours.

Knowing that 3 Knight Errant guards were in the security room on the back of the floor, the team crept quietly forward. Batomi brushed against a cubicle making a metallic scrape and they froze.

Within the matrix, Delta hacked the maglock to the Director’s office. It proved more stubborn and soon the flaming knight returned with a bipedal battle mech bristling with guns. Delta spoofed the lock, and in the real world, Martial and magicians slipped inside.

Delta focused his will on defense and rolled and dodged several lances of laser fire and fireball explosions. He saw a text bubble from the spider zip toward the back of the host. Delta used the last of his reserves to purge the host’s log of any records of tampering. Then, he dropped out of VR and logged out.

In the Director’s office, Sechs watched the door while the other two searched her in basket. They found the file sent from “Chris Hoffman, AA, Seattle” and swapped its contents. Sech saw shadows of rapid movement near the back of the cubicles. Unable to speak due to the magical silence, he rushed to the others and pointed emphatically toward the door.

Still invisible, Martial peered through the gap and saw one guard crouched at the end of the passage and another stalking forward with an Ares Alpha assault rifle at the ready. The guard never knew what hit him. Martial used his own Alpha and placed 3 stun rounds on the guards helmet visor. His head snapped back and he fell to the ground.

The second guard immediately responded to the unseen foe. He launched a flash-bang grenade into the doorway. A thunderous boom and blinding flash slammed the three runners. Martial’s cyberware compensated for the worst of the blast, so he leaned back out the doorway and put a burst of stun rounds into the guard. Sechs finished the job with a stunbolt.

Meanwhile, the other guard was still in the security office, having just contacted the nearby station house for High Threat Response team backup. Then, a massive humanoid of asphalt and earth materialized in the room and closed in on the cornered guard.

Batomi grinned as the team raced out the door to the waiting van. They drove off into the night just as the sounds of sirens started to close.

They met the Johnson at another run down pub, this one called Vinnie’s Garage located in Everett. Mr. Johnson smiled and said, “Were you able to complete the job unnoticed?”

Martial replied, “It turned loud.”

Mr. J’s smile soured briefly before he added, “You said on the comm that it was successful though, so here is your payment as agreed. Depending on how the results play out, I may have work for you in the future.”

Then, he slid a credstick pouch with 5 sticks, each with 7,500 nuyen and return airfare to O’Hare International.

Picking Up the Pieces

Money: 7,500 nuyen each
Karma: 5 (survival, swapping the file)
Reputation: None
Contacts: None

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CMP 2014-04 Boundless Mercy: Destroy

Spoiler Alert! This post includes details of the unpublished CMP 2014-04 adventure that will be spoiled if you continue reading. You have been warned.

The Chicago team was still in West Island, Montreal and had only a few days to recover from the Hellsouls job. They reported their mission objective, the whereabouts of one Magus Giardi, to their fixer and awaited the next phase. The team included, Delta, an elven technomancer, Botami, an elven rat shaman, and Caleb, an ogre street sam.

Meanwhile, the fixer, Laurent Nazaire, contacted three new members to bolster the team for the mission finale. He contacted Dogfood, a human techno, Zyanya, a human adept, and Flapjacks, a human street samurai. They agreed to take the job for 8,000 nuyen and were transported to Montreal to meet the rest of the team.

After introductions, the Ms. Johnson contacted the team directly. She offered a side job for a friend who ran a pediatric clinic for terminally ill kids. Apparently, patients had gone missing in the night over the last couple of weeks. She offered 4,000 nuyen and gave the team her contact’s name, Kay St. Jacques.

The runners arrived at a worn red brick building with a lone door guard. They dropped Kay’s name and were directed to her office. She showed the team around the brightly decorated rooms and explained what little was known about the kidnappers: no forced entry, no witnesses, and no apparent patterns.

The team split up to interview staff, review matrix records, and establish better security. Dogfood developed a detailed profile on both guards, Sean and Duane, and assessed them to be clean. Zyanya made friends with a weak, young patient and in her room found a trampled teddy bear with a human-sized boot print. With his assault rifle in hand, Flapjacks watched the main 2nd floor hallway. Caleb and Delta installed cameras, tripwires, and a sensor on the main doors. Lastly, Botami conjured an elemental to patrol the place and was performing astral sweeps himself when trouble arrived.

Delta was pinged when the front door opened. He monitored the camera and saw the guard opening the door for no apparent reason. He alerted everyone immediately. Moments later, Flapjacks saw a shadow of movement in the hallway before him. And then he was dodging melee attacks.

Botami’s spirit let him know that “those not hidden by my eyes” were in the building. The rat shaman ordered the spirit to lead him and to contain the foes.

Dogfood and his sprite hacked the clinic’s host to engage the sprinkler system, hoping to visualize the targets.

At one end of the hall, Flapjacks battled two invisible foes with his monofilament whip. He suffered a pair of vicious gouges but delivered deadly retribution.

At the other end, Caleb was faring less well in melee with 2 unseen foes. Fortunately, the spirit arrived and grappled one allowing the ogre to gun down the other.

Meanwhile, Zyanya emerged from a side room and targeted the hidden mage. She suffered a pair of stunbolts before finishing him. His bound spirit vanished as well, causing all the hidden targets to be revealed. They were ghouls – and a particularly feral band at that.

After things settled down, Botami determined that the guard was magically compelled to open the door. The team got paid and enjoyed both Kay and Elizabeth’s gratitude.

The next day, Nazaire called with details of the real job: scope out the IoND compound and capture Giardi alive.

The technos found online satellite images of the compound, an old grocery distribution warehouse complex surrounded by cargo containers and old trailers. Via astral recon, Botami found astrally perceiving mages and mundane snipers on the roof as well as a pair of patrolling spirits. Dogfood hacked some neighboring cameras and scanned the gate guards’ routine. Delta scanned the slaved devices on the host and found a well-equipped security rigger and Giardi in a central office building.

Under the concealment of their own spirit, the team decided to have Botami levitate himself, Caleb, Flapjacks, and Zyanya (via a magic carpet) over the wall and get the drop on the sniper/mage pair above the offices. As planned, both dropped without returning fire. The runners dashed to a rooftop doorway that Dogfood unlocked just before a watcher spirit passed overhead.

In the host, Delta tried to mark the spider’s commlink…and failed. Over tense seconds, he tried to erase the mark and hide. Dogfood delayed the arrival of any ice and set his trio of sprites on the spider.

Meanwhile, the others moved quickly toward their target. Flapjacks was in the lead and peered into an office. Giardi was speaking to a tall, dark clad man who eerily turned and stared at Flapjacks. The sam shoved the door open and fired a knockout dart. The figure moved like a blur and then dissolved into mist.

Caleb rounded the corner and punched Giardi with shock gloves, easily dropping him. The team scooped him up and left the same way they entered. By the time security was mobilized, the team was well clear of the compound.

Once the team met with Elizabeth to drop off the Giardi, she magically probed his mind. Her face quickly changed from satisfaction to anger to horror. Then her form flickered and the attractive woman became bald and gaunt with dark claws and razor teeth. She became a nosferatu. A she buried her face in Giardi’s neck and drained him until dead.

The team stood by quietly shrugging.

Elizabeth stood up and reverted to her more pleasing form before she said, “It may not be obvious, but that was justice and more mercy than he deserved.”

Nonplussed, the runners took their pay and went to meet the coyotes who would get them back home.

Picking Up the Pieces

Money: 12,000 nuyen each
Karma: 7 (survival, capturing Giardi, saving the clinic)
Reputation: +2 Street Cred (capturing Giardi, saving the clinic)
Contacts: Ms. Nunn (Loyalty 1 or +1 if already a contact, max 4), Nazaire (Loyalty 1 or +1 if already a contact, max 4)

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CMP 2014-02 Boundless Mercy: Search 2

Spoiler Alert! This post includes details of the unpublished CMP 2014-02 adventure that will be spoiled if you continue reading. You have been warned.

Having completed the investigation of the abandoned Illuninates of the New Dawn site on the Southside of Chicago, the runners were not surprised when Nazaire called with additional business. Ito, an oni adept and self-described “Legendary Ninja Warrior”, was joined by Slim, elven social adept and sniper, and Shift, a dwarven rigger/decker.

The group arrived after dark at the abandoned church crypt and met the remarkably pleasant Elizabeth Nunn and the Québécois dwarf Nazaire. After providing drinks, Ms. Nunn explained that the new job was to find the whereabouts of an IoND mage. Following expertly-applied negotiations by Slim, the team agreed to 8,500 nuyen each.

Ms. Nunn then explained the target was Magus Tyrone Girardi, head of the Southside branch of IoND. He apparently escaped the initial attack on the chapterhouse and had gone into hiding. He was last seen in the southern part of the Containment Zone. She wanted Girardi alive for questioning.

Ito left a message for his mage contact, Lothan the Wise, but the troll did not return the call in time. Shift sifted through data on NooseNet and found a poster claiming knowledge of IoND’s Chicago activity. After a private message request, he heard back from a metahuman named Uther who offered locations of known IoND safe houses in the Zone for 700 nuyen. Shift accepted. Meanwhile, Slim contacted Pentos (name pending player approval), his talismonger contact and learned, after 300 nuyen and asking around, that one safe house was recently absorbed by the Human Brigade.

The team decided to head into the zone and do some physical legwork near the remaining known safehouses. En route, a group of go-gangers started tailing Shift’s van. Ito and Slim jumped out and hid until the bikes passed. They scaled a dilapidated building while Shift circled around. Ito dropped one biker with an arrow that blasted through the target’s back before sinking several inches into the broken asphalt. Simultaneously, Slim held his breath, corrected for wind and fired a single shot from his Desert Strike. The second biker fell in eerie synchronization with his partner.

Slim bricked another ganger’s SMG and he and his chummer wisely turned away.

The team moved to the closest safe house and started casing the place. In the matrix, Shift found 3 hidden commlinks. He hacked their slaved devices and got views of someone reading arcane writings on a datapad and 2 others apparently sleeping. Then, he sent in a Fly-Spy drone in and found 2 cybered guards watching the front door. Well, one was watching. One was sleeping (critical glitch on Perception). Several minutes later a mage tromped upstairs and yelled at the guard for sleeping and headed back downstairs.

Ito snuck into an upstairs window and moved catlike to the main floor. He left a neurostun grenade and retreated. Outside, he wirelessly triggered the grenade. Then, he climbed back in and found both guards slumped unconscious. He let the rest of team in the front door.

The oni moved down the basement stairs and tried to slip through the door – only to trigger a quickened firebomb. With his fire-resistant armor, he was merely singed. He launched an electrical arrow into the flabbergasted mage dropping him.

As Slim and Shift’s rotodrone moved downstairs, a water elemental manifested nearby. It sloshed at Slim but missed. Ito dispatched it was two deft katana strikes.

The nearby bedroom doors opened. A pair of invisible mages joined the battle but proved less-than-invisible to Ito and the drone’s ultrasound sensors. The team quickly subdued both casters.

Looking around, the runners noted the central chamber was huge, including the basements of all the townhouses in the block. Several ritual circles with ominous stains covered the floor. Notes from the datapad described ritual magic performed on ghouls and other humanoids but the details were beyond the team’s understanding.

Slim interrogated the more potent mage, who explained that Giardi had been there but left several hours ago toward a private jet to Quebec. The team stripped the mages of their valuables and left them near Ghoultown.

Lastly, the runners contacted Nazaire and returned to the cozy crypt. Ms. Nunn was disappointed that Girardi escaped town but thanked the team for determining where he went. She asked what else they found and they shared details of the magical experiments on the Infected. She was aghast and told the runners to expect more work soon. She pays them as agreed.

Picking Up the Pieces

Money: 8,167 nuyen each (8,500 – 1,000 for legwork divided evenly)
Karma: 6 (survival, finding safe house, learning Giardi’s location, not (directly) killing mages, telling Ms. Nunn about experiments)
Reputation: +1 Street Cred (telling Ms. Nunn about experiments)
Contacts: Ms. Nunn (Loyalty 2 or +2 if already a contact, max 4), Nazaire (Loyalty 1 or +1 if already a contact, max 4)
Loot: 2 used Harley Scorpion motorcycles (one with 3 boxes of damage, one with 6), one used Browning Ultra-Power heavy pistol, 2 Ares Alpha assault rifles, 6 flash bang grenades, 2 stun batons, 2 suits of SWAT armor with helmets (Armor 15, fire resistance 4, non-conductivity 6), 90 drams of hermetic reagents, chameleon suit, electronics kit, glasscutter, lockpick set, cellular glove molder (Rating 3), keycard copier (Rating 5), sustaining focus (health, Force 5), sustaining focus (illusion, Force 5), heavy crossbow with 8 bolts.

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