Eclipse Phase: Orbital Solutions

Backup 7: EarthCon the Best Four Days of Gaming
The party work towards finding out about their Target & Their Money

The team ends up running a favor for information on their target that’s on Lunar and find themselves in what they originally think is a political assassination of a faction but turns out to be mostly focused on money.

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Backup 6: The Unfiltered Truth
The team figure out the mystery behind the possible Titan Artifact

The team interview a Zepplin Pilot that jumped ship after the crew started disappearing and the lone passenger started muttering of weird things. They eventually get down to the balmy surface of Venus and quickly sneak into a facility before their ship moves out of range of attackers. Finding out the reality of the world known as Earth is shocking to say the least. 1/2 finds out a bit about his past which he dives into. Gwin finds real grown Earth Cannibus and smokes it. Hitomi finds the best place for the entire history of the Earth in digital format is on the Mesh… so she uploads it. Half after the fact in front of their benefactor explains they took his concerns into account and no morphs were destroyed during the mission… he also gives him actual roses from Earth as an apology since now Firewall has to deal with “The Real History of Earth” on the web and scrub it aka delete all accounts of it. This doesn’t put them in the best of graces with Firewall but Anarchist seem to like it.

-10 i Rep
+10 @ Rep
+6 Rez Points

FYI: First mission we finished in one session.

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Backup 5c: A fourway Venusian Standoff
The team gets the item in question they were after, plus a ticket to a large chunk of money

The team have Half go in for the meet posing as a tourist while Zorra sets up the three man kill team with a bomb, they find another team cloaked insides, zora sets up a mayhem contingency plan for when the deal goes down. There are several explosions and a fire fight.

Two of the Go Nin mercs are able to escape, Roland Nazon who seemed to have been working with them is taken out and his stack recovered by the team, as well as the device being sold by the Doctor, this copy of the Doctor detionates with Half almost getting himself killed in the process for the cred stick key to the 25 Mil. With Hitomi and the Merc moving away as orbital kill sats lock on they end up dying being blown out of the sky. Zora ends up taking the same route as the escaped mercenaries and Half in a Venusian Glider rushes out with the crowd in the panic of the attack.

The team have a meeting with their benefactor and the situation with Firewall seems to be resolved for the most part. They send drones down to the surface of Venus to investigate reports of an artifact and strange disappearances. The drone is destroyed and a second reveals the partial remains and claw marks. Whatever it is, its tough, the team does research on what they can do in the harsh environment to armour up to take on a possible natural predator that stalks prey effortlessly in heavy gravity.

i Rep +6
c Rep +5 (Debuff countered)
Rez +20

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Data Backup 5b: Up in the Air when Insanity Hits

The team back up when Magnus gets a tip from an associate that there’s a kill order out on the team from GoNin and they’ve sent Security Resolution Experts to resolve the issue GoNin has with the team and possibly recover Dr Kali. Before leaving Magnus and Zora set up a camera and a shaped charge trap for anyone coming into their room unannounced that they could remotely detonate.

The team opt to move to another aerostrat since kill teams coming for you when you’re possibly already flagged probably isn’t the best of positions to be in, a commercial air plan on loan had the group with a two hour flight to their destination plus time to think on what they wanted to do, also for Hitomi to figure out what’s in the box Dr Kali was going to sell. It turns out the box was designed to replicate onto any network it could connect to continueously while infecting all egos it comes across and killing, modifying them, controlling them. The extent it would go to she wasn’t sure.

While the team was trying to figure out how to not sell the planet killing device but still grab the money from the buyer since it was 25mil Magnus’s muse Gavin picked up a stealth airship moving towards them excessively fast. The team opted to deal with the pressing matter of the aircraft since it had mounted weapons aboard and they didn’t Half moved to the rear and ready to open the bay doors to open fire when he got the go, Zora and Magnus moved to the cockpit to get the commercial plane into evasive maneuvers. Hitomi strapped in the may lounge around and jumped into the enemy aircraft’s systems hacking it from the inside. While Zora and Magnus kept him busy trying to lock on Hitomi eventually got administrative override on the vehicle. With a notification the enemy was trying to lock on Zora inverted the plane, which was quite odd considering it’s size. Without the ability to pilot the vehicle or shut it down mid flight she opted to take out the dangerous aspects of the craft and ejected the pilot when he was distracted.

With the sudden realization of combat and bullets flying Zora reminded the group of the tourist barge next to them. Half quickly made AR displays leaving them in the air due to his media background and made large ads for a new attraction coming to the aerostrat: Dangers from Above. He hoped since they weren’t actually getting shot at saying it was a realistic show of a high octane action scene would make them think all the bulllets and explosions were part of a PR stunt to generate a buzz for the attraction.

With notification he was moving through the air towards them Half opened the back pay and started using his seeker pistol to try and drop him out of the air. Magnus jumped out of his copilot chair and found a tow line and anchored himself to the vehicle while Half peppered the oncoming jettisoned enemy. Having notched him with two missles already Half gave the targets position as Magnus showed up to the edge of the bay door and unloaded as well while Half went for another shot with his seeker pistol letting off another micromissle. Magnus got off another shot before the enemy landed in the back. Zora told everyone to hold on while Hitomi started hacking his brain. With a sudden lerch the enemy flew out the back when the plane suddenly went vertical from the back end flying forward from the momentum flung him out giving Half a chance to shot another missle into him. While he reloaded Magnus put another road in an exposed area where Half’s missles had cratered his armor to internal servos. With the body on fire and limp in an odd falling pattern Half zoomed in with his enhanced mission and noticed he was out of commission. Asking the group if they wanted his body and the aircraft since the answer was yes Half grabbed a tow line clipped off and dove out the back and dive bomb tackled the unconscious body. While he was being pulled back into the plane he severed the head from the body to get the cortical stack separated in case he came back to. With the body secured he jumped out the back again to latch onto the aircraft.

Zora’s sudden jerk off course due to clouds had the tow line snapping and Half flying off the craft from the impact to the line. Flying back he scrambled in the tail spin since now the craft was off autopilot due to the abnormal vector from the tow line snapping. Eventually he got into the pilot seat and piloted the smaller armed stealth aircraft into the back of the larger plane. A little worse for wear Half explained even for him that was dicey. Magnus and Half removed weapon systems and ammo and powered down the smaller craft.

Toture moved through some odd steps since the man was crass and played off being captured as not a big loss. There were more copies of him out there (two from what he said), but the team knew three separate employees were dispatched. Magnus and Hitomi were able to pull his handler’s name out of him during the interrogation who was actually someone a lot higher on the organizational food chain since it was the Director of Security versus was stated by him, a mid level account manager. They also did find out he as well as the dark slush fund for the operations like this was on Luna.

Eventually the plane was hailed by the aerostrat for landing and the team did some fast thinking. Explaining they saw what was being discussed or asked about (a supposed abnormal energy dispersal) was supposedly part of some new attraction coming to the aerostrat in the form of some live performance PR stunt. This was enough to appease the control tower before the team was able to land.

With a new hotel booked her Magnus with Zora went to pick up a body that was delivered to the room and plant another camera and charged explosive. When they got back there was a notification of someone in our room at the other aerostrat. It looked like a guy similar to the one they had just killed in a cloaked suit. Zora hit the execute order on the remote and the person’s head as they move in spun towards the bed. They could see the look of anger, surprised, and frustration on his face as he mouthed probably curse words as everything went white and the camera went offline.

With the spotting of blind spot in the area the deal could sneak people in and out of without going through security, an avian body to look like the rest of the people at the tourist attraction, and a stealth air craft the party loaded up for combat. With the stealth craft shooting out the back of their larger aircraft in the hanger and out into the world several sensors tripped. Eventually Zora sighed in frustration since they had been tagged and they were going to be detained. While Magnus tried to negotiate for a peaceful solution Hitomi is Half’s body, since Half was in the Avian Body, cut in on the negotiations and gave them an ultimatum. The party had a Titan Insurgent Virus aboard that could infect possibly the entire Aerostrat if not the planet killing all Ego’s. Hitomi threated she was about to release it if the security teams didn’t stand down. The fact most of the party panicked made it unclear if that added to the effect but it seemed the command center went into full panic mode with thoughts of planetary destruction. Hitomi told Zora to move out of the way of the net. Half now in a biomorph asked everyone what to do since the bombshell dropped and threat of satellite killing them from orbit had made him soil himself, something he didn’t have to worry about in a synthmorph. Hitomi wanted to know how it felt while the rest got over the idea of her bluff. Hitomi let the group know it wasn’t a bluff and she was still thinking of releasing it since they didn’t know if the results were technically, ‘Entirely as catastrophic and horrific as they had assumed’.

With the team scanning and finding three flight capable Fury morphs standing guard outside the blind spot in the aerostat security the team opted to wait for the deal to go down and take out those escaping. If no one showed up for the deal it meant they had the only copy of the item. Worse case scenario they’d steal 25million credits from bad people. The problem was tracking people that would freely fly around. Half said he had it covered and then swore and sighed.

1/2 moves over and reaches into his body much to Hitomi’s surprise since she was in it and pulls out sever miniature bots spraying them with canned taggant spray and has them move over onto the trio of mercaneries while their stationary. Hitomi explained he could have just asked and he shrugged explaining it was his body and it would take less time to explain. With Zora piloting the craft to the underbelly of the Aerostrat the team waited and hope things go in their favor plus don’t end up getting blown out of the sky.

Hitomi asked if her threat sounded less or more disturbing since she was in Half’s body which currently looked like a twelve year old Asian girl. The party was quiet collecting their thoughts trying to figure out how to deal with what she had said. Half sighed and muttered about having to changing his appearance again.

-5 Hypercorp Rep (Temp)

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Data Backup 5a: What happens on Venus...

The team with their new financier’s assistance get new bodies for their first mission after being ‘crossed out’ and deleted from the world it seems, finding the first of the names on the list.

Zora, Gwin, and Half end up escaping a bar brawl Gwin starts and eventually find their target, unfortunately it seems the target was using a honey pot tactic to grab intel on what was happening in the area. With Zora under duress and their perception off of the tac network the team breached the room, Gwin and Magnus taking the room door and 1/2 going outside to fly up to the window. Gwin ends up running into an ambush and getting killed while Magnus stays hidden cloaked from vision. Zora having jumped from the 8th story window alerted the hotel security after freerunning down to safety. Half not being able to take off and not having to save Zora watched the target in multiples taking off, going after the one in the lead with a briefcase Half shot him down, another one was felled while Half busied himself with trying to get the primary’s head. Zora made off with his briefcase back up to the room while Magnus took off after the third version. With Half taking off with a body after shooting it in the head Zora had ransacked the room she was held hostage in and popped Gwin’s stack before going to his room since he wouldn’t be needing it. Once cleaned off and the contents of the procured loot taken Zora realizes Half in his smaller body was downed after being shot down by auto fire from six guards, throwing a grenade from the window and going back down to a lobby put her out of immediate questioning, since she saw the guards she had reported the people shooting about earlier telling them what floor people went to with grenades seemed feasible since she had been giving out good tips. Half played soccer with the head in the crowd to get away hobbling as he started self repairing, with one of the three detained by the guards, one in tow from Half and the third on the move Magnus following stated he needed more eyes on his target since they were in a car moving through traffic. Half threw up an aerial drone tiredly asking where to send it and what vehicle to track for him. With Zora getting away with weapons, cred sticks, and the briefcase she meets up with Half back at the hotel with Zora changing bodies.

Magnus had Hitomi try and overhear what was going on for which room the third was going to at their hotel which didn’t seem to work. Magnus still invisible followed the third version of the target into the elevator since Hitomi had stalled them. Getting into the room and watching them gave everyone time to converge. Magnus had the target out and detained before they could do anything. Hitomi pulled them from their body and the interrogation started.

They got little information out of the first female version. Sending them into a digital version of cubical hell where they saw thousands of versions of themselves in a cubicle with water dripping on them and not being able to move didn’t seem like much of a torture. Hitomi had modified it so 10 minutes seemed like 30 years. The results seemed to give her a mind ready to talk, unfortunately she had been driven insane from the process. Half held up the cortical stack he had pulled from the body of the male version he had severed from the body. He asked Hitomi to make a backup, instead of interrogation the group explained and showed clips of the other version of himself. Going in he didn’t seem scared but replacing the spreadsheets on the cubicle with a speed up version of the video seemed to help loosen his tongue. Plus the 10 minutes was shortened to a few hours.

It seemed the doctor had several more versions of himself out in the area plus digital versions of himself online with the code the party was after but it was encrypted. Also there was the sale of prototype that may or may not work since it was highly unstable or possibly a very detailed elaborate fake he was planning on selling to someone from the Legba group. Considering it was suppose to be someone dead to the party they wondered if they should go through the deal as the doctor was asking for 25 million for the item. Granted for their protection they’d probably use the doctor’s identity for the deal. If it didn’t work it’d be on his head(s) not theirs. The thought of selling the information to Lam Cong Dong where her rival was came to mind as well.

Hacked Cred Sticks = 150K split four ways
No Experience of Rep given at this time.

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Data Backup 4B: Temple Time Out

The team walk into the temple and have various visions, 1/2 lets the team know his gnat went off line and Magnus yells out ambush coming. Grabbing the chip Magnus takes off for the door, Half tries to grab the old man monk only to watch him be consumed by a swarm and melted into nothing, moving for the door as well Half watches as Hitomi and Zora drop also caught in the swarm. Magnus and Half hear a battle going on outside. With Magnus trying to blow the door open Half finds himself shooting into the swarm as he gets closer to them. When Magnus yells out RPG Half uses his telescopic arm to grab him away before the explosion rocks the temple. Xaviar walking and and stating the money was too good to pass up had Magnus diving away and Half piling on top of him before everything goes bright and then dark.

The team wake up in Splicer bodies and have an interesting meeting with a grandfather of spooks within Firewall. Fortunately they know what happened to them which means their cortical stacks were recovered.

*Needs edits and the rest of the story added.

Update: Last two sessions 9 Rez Points awarded.

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Data Backup 4a: Black Market Auction money's no object
With the list of the other Proactionary members on the table for a black market auction the team throws around something better than money... violence

0300 Local Martian Time
The team gets wind from Jake Carter that a list of the remaining four members that got out with alien tech before Go-Nin swooped in is being sold on the Space Elevator she will departing the planet at 1500. The team has 12 hours to get the list before OVersight a faction of the local Martian Government buys it.

Merc Suggests Firewall just buys the data to which Jake agrees after some thought, his primary thought was execution of all other parties and the retrieval of the data chip.

With fake Ego ID’s supplied by Firewall the team opts to use Zora Möller‘s contact at the Space Elevator, Hot Karl. He offers up his body so that he’d be out of debt. Taking a case body after the mission is done for his access to all things maintenance in the Space Elevator. With a bit of background into the person putting up the item for sale the team figures out she’s wracked up some debt.

With a credit stick with a fake 100K Credits on it the team had a few options ready to go.

1) Make the deal (1/2) as the Government buyer using the fake ID
2) Steal the data chip (1/2) before the deal goes down if #1 isn’t feasible
3) Take the data chip (and the money by force)
4) Call in Gwin to cause rampant chaos and collateral damage while the team gets what they need and moves out.

With Content Not Found: hitomi-takahashi in Hot Karl’s Body providing overwatch the team sets up for the ambush. Half walks around collecting a 3d map as he moves around the mall area. Zora stashes bombs in case they’re needed or to just blow up fancy high priced shops that forward a ideology she can’t accept, plus there should be no such thing as a size 0000. Magus with a gym bag (full of BFG Plasma Rifle pain) sets up a meeting location at the restaurant bumping the previous meeting setup time.

Takahashi finds two suspicious looking individuals and 1/2 listens in on their conversation from afar to do augmented hearing. With phrases indicating they were going to kidnap the seller before the meet to get the item Half flags them to be taken out of play quietly. Takahashi puts a bulletin out for their detainment by security. Being carted off the uplift Chimp made a scene of the altercation explaining it as being harassed since he was a chimp uplifted. Zora asked Takahashi to see if they had dropped anything anywhere which ended up revealing a box holding a case with two rail guns in it. Taking the guns and booby trapping the case with explosives she took the guns stashing one of them at the restaurant.

With the buyer showing up early Half moved to intercept the seller and Magnus and Zora to intercept the buyer. Takahashi noticed several pods stopped their routine maintenance work and were converging on the buyer through the crowd, with quick thinking she traced where the spoofed commands were coming from. Setting up a DoS attack to block and slow down the possible hacker she quickly moved the pods back to doing their regular work. Zora explained to the buyer the seller had cold feet but needed convincing and the meeting was getting pushed back 3 hours. He seemed suspicious but agreed and was about to leave when another version of the seller showed up. Half spotted the disguise and explained the second was a hitter probably going to attack the buyer take his money and identity to get close to the seller. Half asked the team to keep them distracted while he excused himself for the bathroom to change into the buyer before hand. Meanwhile the fake seller took the buyer into a store and killed him. Gwin was called in as Zora tried to move into position for a crossfire, not being able to get into position in time Zora made the call for Gwin to take the target out. Grabbing the killer and now fake buyer several shots were silences but a spray of blood decorated the outside of the store into an alley.

Tahakashi had pod workers clean up the mess as Gwin took off the head of the killer and the cordical stack plus any items. Zora grabbed the possessions and the stack from the actual buyer. With no other buyers Half walked up to the seller cold and opted to move up the meeting and trade to now. Although she was a bit nervous they went to the restaurant. When the seller was told her meeting time had been bumped she got nervous, Half as the buyer took the host to the side and reminded them Magus had reserved the room for a reason unless the host was now his new personal assistant and tell him where and when to conduct business he’d apologize and let Mr Magus and his current personal assistant aware of the new terms and conditions. Balked by the cold obvious threat she let them in. They were followed in by Gwin.

This in and of itself unsettled the seller. Half explained he was there for security reasons, also considering his appearance no one would think he was involved with them at all. As Gwin lit up a large cigar and tossed his bag on the table the deal was made. The seller took the fake 100K cred stick and went out to the resturaunt proper to get something to eat. Half grabbed Gwin by the arm and said they needed to leave now mostly before she used the stick to pay for anything. Gwin was surprised that Half was as strong as he was lifting him out of his chair with one arm before his feet got under him.

With the team bugging out and Takahashi bag in her original body the team made it to the temple that was the drop off point. Due to the data chip being older tech no one knew how to access the data before it could be decrypted so no copies were made. Showing up at the temple they were invited in, Half put a small gnat bot outside the front to see if anyone was coming in.

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Data Backup 3b: -5 Star review on Galatic Yelp
The team pick themselves up after going to a resturant, being caught in an explosion and being shot at. Needless to say the service was horrible.

Short Version before recording
Investigated the area, took attacker’s Cortical stack from the ambush
Found out setup was from Julia Juggs, question is why
Gwin is happy to sell out anyone and anything if he gets a new body and gets to fight
Takahashi signs an indenture contract
Team figures out David was abducted not hiding out
Location Mike’s Custom Morph is Triad owned
There was an attack by Smoke Lions (rival crime gang)
Place went dark a day ago, before our inbrief
Team goes to scout and extract David
Exploration get the team a smash and grab assault gone wrong, only things still moving are automatons on auto routines
Team notices a Cleaner
Ambush Cleaner
Heavy firefight of sorts
Takahashi learns the truth about the Blind Imaam and that they’re infected with something
Grab the cure research: Drug called Hyperdrive
Half takes the cleaner’s body, Zora’s down as well and they’re dumped in a trunk.
Magnus and Takahashi split while Half grabs the laptop with the intel from the hot zone
Half gets decon’d before the debrief.

With the initial research estimating a cure would take a while to prototype and test the team as the other thing to deal with the local Triad selling a drug that makes people explode from David’s research. No evac for a person of interest, this will be a search and destroy mission. David’s intel also had copies of the key infrastructure for drug distribution.

Half looks into an XP show on the idea.

Rewards: 10K Credits
Rep: I-Rep: +7
XP: Rez: +8

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Data Backup 3a: Collegelife Choosing a Major Fixing a Big Problem
The next job leads the team to the University of Chicago Mar, a trip to a brothel for the investigation leads to a new meaning of bringing down the house.

Daniel Williams a student at the Chicago University of Mars was one of the other researchers from the Proactionary expedition to Giza that had managed to stay under the radar so to speak when Gonin came in locking down the gate and detaining personal. From what Firewall knew Williams had been back on campus and went dark about a day ago.

The team with not a lot to go on need to find Williams and the exo-planet tech he might have, do it discretely and stay under the radar themselves… as college students.

The ten hour high speed train ride started off with Half asking everyone what they’d be majoring in? Although everyone looked at him funny he reminded them most college students had some idea what they wanted to work towards for a specific degree.

Takahashi went with Creative Writing as her Major. Zora would major in Chemistry and Half opted for majoring in Social Media.

Half opted to call David Williams – Sherman Williams in case they saw him in person as not to spook him into running away.

Takahashi got into researching David first looking up his thesis, Takahashi raised an eyebrow and let the group know before she started reading he opted to do his main thesis on Artificial Intelligence and their relationships with Alien Diseases. Most of it seemed speculative modeling diseases versus computer based viruses. After finishing the dry reading Takahashi dove into seeing what papers he had co-written. There were several and some seemed well received in a few prestigious journals. Takahashi cross-referenced this list with other Proactionary employees at Giza with Half assisting with Relationship Mapping Software. Takahashi rubbed her eyes taking a few minutes break since she was stone walled. Half looking through the data figured she was on the right track. With that path of researched closed off, possibly need boots on ground on for further information involving Proactionary employees Half suggested they veer off towards Social Media to track him next and his connections to others at the university, Proactionary, and his line of work/research.

He had a modest profile for a social media footprint. Half datamined through the social media looking for frequency of people that had a standing relationship with David through his social media profile posts to assist Takahashi. He had a large network of colleagues and friends though that seemed worried he was back but no one has seem him for at the time over 24 hours. Half got the idea to try and track the geographical tags of the areas David had frequented on the map of the area in Mount Olympus via his social media uploads. He realized he wasn’t adept enough to do such things which got Takahashi digitally shoving him to the side and taking over.

She found the survelliance was a bit of a black box seemingly down, he had no roommates which seemed odd and a servitor bot that had it’s log or activity in the area letting the team know they’ll probably have to manual investigate his place. She did grab video of him walking to his apartment in the dorms a little over a day ago. Today a Knox Security detail seemed to investigate his room by knocking waited five minutes and left. She also found out about the rapid response teams and getting in with large group of weapons. She did wonder why the campus security would be searching for him out of the blue. Half suggested looking up the blotter to see what was the ‘disturbance’ or reason for the visit.
A call was placed for an anonymous tip about him that lead to him supposedly not being in his room about an hour before the team had been briefed on the situation the team figured via Takahashi, the call was made by a burner phone probably and the information on ‘where it was called in from’ was where called in from. Trying to find the location had Takahashi grumbling, she had gotten into the system but before she could search through the logs she wanted to she found herself booted out of the system.

While the group tried to brainstorm up a different way to get the information. Zora says for the group to hold up and she checks something before saying she ‘knew a guy’. It was going to take some time though she explained but her contact said it was a definite he could get where the phone was, possibly a photo of the area as the time as well.

Half got the idea to look at people in the background of all the pictures on campus related to David or the time of the call. There was too much data to extrapolate out a lot of useful and meaningful information. He did find one thing that stood out to him. There was a well known contact with David, a female student by the name of Mari Danielson that the group may want to investigate who was in the same field of study as well.

Half studied the photos again while he reported to the group on her and it seemed she was just a good friend who was worried about him and was one of the many asking about his status through social media.

Getting off at the train station and heading to a lower end hotel to sleep after being up for almost twenty hours had the group dragging their feet a bit except for Half who announced to the group he had also improved his trauma from the incidents at TQZ and seemed eerily chipper at three o’clock in the morning. With the group crashing they watched as Half moved to a centered position watching everyone get into bed where he could see the door and bid them goodnight. Each person awoke to Half staring at them and announcing how long they had been asleep and the likelihood of how much of that time they spent in deep sleep. When asked about if he had slept he dismissed it explaining he rarely needed to sleep anymore. With the group wondering how they’d smuggle things in Half finally took Takahashi’s monofilament sword and shoved it into what looked like his shirt at first until a metal tap was heard and everyone saw an area of skin moving back into place. Zora requested her monofilament sword as well but tried to shove several packs of explosives down his shirt and the Merc looked at his plasma rifle asking how big the aperture was for the hidden compartment. Half in a bit of distress exasperated it didn’t work like that and he wasn’t some lunchbox for the party too fit all their treats and goodies in. There were requests for the items to be jettisoned to them on demand as well. Half had to remind the group it did not work like that.

Walking through the detector was a lot easier with Takahashi crashing the sensors two minutes before the team arrived, with the security having to search the team manually they never found the hidden compartment. Getting in the elevator the team press the 98th floor to investigate Williams room. Since the ride was a bit of time Half opened his collar and a small speaker started cranking out classical 21st century elevator music. The other occupants seemed to get a kick out of it as well.

Walking down the hall once they got out put the group right in front of David’s door. Half tried to scan the room through the wall but got interference. He also noticed the door also doubled as an air lock from the hallway. Vibrations inside let them know there was something vacuuming by the profile.

The lock is electronic Half pointed out as well in the tactical network. Half looked around and shared a feed of staring specifically as the cameras. Takahashi stated in chat to give her a minute and looped a feed of us not being there after we moved back tot he elevator and got on. Once the feed was playing and recording we moved back to the room with her disabling the lock.

Once inside the group saw the servitor bot vaccuming had a old earth style French maid outfit stenciled onto it’s metallic frame. As the group stared Half reminded them what an individual did to his robot behind closed doors was really his own business. Takahashi muttered about having an idea for a new novel. Zora oddly enough was already on the couch eating a sandwich she made with the prefabber.

In the hall closet Half seemed fixated with a shoebox that seemed out of place since it didn’t have shoes in it plus size wise it was different than the rest of his shoes being larger. The laundry room didn’t turn anything up but the bathroom did, the Merc and Takahashi searched the bathroom and found several containers of adhesives and solvents. They stared for a bit when Half came in and looked at him before looking past to the servitor bot with the French maid paint job. Half reiterated what a boy and his robot do behind closed doors speech.

In the bedroom the team stop and stared at four mannequin heads three of which had wigs on them. What looked like his normal hair from the photos they had of him the group was thankful, especially Half that the bot’s head was square and too large to fit the wigs on. The team figured he was swopping his hair out and wearing different size shoes, it would change up his gate and appearance enough without having to resleeve into another body.

Half tagged the other wigs with a Taggant spray in case he came back. A holographic projector table in the main area was hacked by Takahashi and a picture of a female looking individual in a sexy cyberpunkish outfit with glasses made to look like steampunk googles. Half referenced David’s information and stated the facial bone structure was the same and with the right modifications it was likely David was now posing as a Davida.

Takahashi’s muse reminded him to check the door for it’s access log. It seems someone had pulled off when David had left although in fact he had. He had actually left about two to three hours after arriving in the apartment. Takahashi had her muse looking into finding someone with the new specks when searching for David. Zora added that they should be searching for a woman with red hair. Half found a pill bottle hidden in the table leg of the coffee table in the main area as they filed around. Two small green tablets with a black smiley face had everyone looking at everyone else. Half offered up if anyone knew anything about recreational drugs this would probably be the time to say something.

Takahashi opted to just search for what the pills could be online. She found out the pills weren’t pharmacy grade or probably even legal. She wasn’t a chemist but from what the forums she had found them on marketed them as a cross between Drive and Juice.
It would keep someone’s mind working at over capacity overclocking one’s brain in the process with no usual side effects and making negative emotions dampened making the person oddly if not disturbingly ‘happy’. Zora opted to make a call to figure out what they were actually called. Takahashi opted to pocket the pills for later. Zora making herself a frozen drink got a call back from her contact a half an hour later. The pills were called Happy Thoughts, she needed about another half an hour before she could get a local supplier. Half left his Speck Bot move to a location to inspect the room if David came back and the team got to filtering photos looking for their new person of interest, Davida Williams, red headed boot wearing wanted researcher hiding in plain site.

The search since they had specific times was easier to narrow down the query and they had him going to the train station and getting off in a different area of town called HLS. It was known for it’s privacy and for the most part surveillance free. Half did remind them that this meant taking around a plasma rifle would be spots on sight versus a large network of sensors. Zora’s contact let them know a dealer could be found at the thousand candle brothel in the district David had gone into. Shui Fong are the criminal faction controlling and dealing there. Takahashi wondered if David was also working there for funds.

With thoughts of moving the location of their investigation Half opted to generate a cover story to talk to Mari Danielson. The ruse of a private investigator hired by his parents was the easiest enough to get marginal success, Takahashi posing as someone named Francesca. She didn’t seem to have any links to the red wigged version of David which was by choice, security, or she didn’t know. With a bit of coaching Takahashi got Mari to give up that she was worried and that he seemed to be addicted to drugs. Although she seemed restricted in giving up the information

While Takahashi interviewed Mari the team got something to eat using the nanofab machine. Half check the last thing David programmed before he left. Having a snack before leaving didn’t put him as the on the run type.

Getting into HLS by train once the group armed up at their room. Getting to the Thousand Candle Brothel the group had to verify the address a few times since it looked like they were standing in front of a church. Opening the door and seeing a pleasure pod in a miniskirt nun’s outfit the group let out a communal sigh. Half replayed and zoomed in from his video feed of the cleaning bot, apart from the maid outfit painted on there was also a cross stenciled in around where a neckline/collarbone area ‘should be’.

Two male pleasure pods deactivated in an area that looked like confessionals had the group shaking their head although Half pointed out theme wise this place seemed to be hitting it’s mark.

The group finally addressed the hostess, Ms. Sandy Surprise. Going straight into the sale pitch. The group looked for David among the girls but didn’t see her. Half in true random fashion asked about the University student discount if there was one as well as if they were hiring. It didn’t seem to be panning out so the group went into asking about recreational drugs on site. She directed them to Julia Juggs who was in a back room. Dressed in a small old earth style Christian schoolgirl outfit the room depicted like a classroom. She greeted the group ready to whip someone and noticed there were a lot of people here. Half let her know they wanted to know about their chemistry deficiency not need for discipline. She did comment on Gavin and how he seemed like a big strong man. Half commented off the cough she hadn’t seen him happy. Gavin screamed in group chat over the tacnet why Half was flirting by proxy for him. Half did counter he was the Meat Shield for the party in some situations. But to be fair Half put it on a vote. Takahashi let Gavin know he should be on point for this one. Half scanned to see cameras that were hidden. Gavin sighed since he had to distract her while Takahashi hacked her cyberbrain. Spanking her was what the group vote seemed to be, Half was supportive enough to send Gavin a link in group chat to how to spank someone versus kill them.

Takahashi dove into her mind and found an XP of Julia with David the day he was spotted in this area. He looked like himself, the red wig in a backpack it seemed in the corner from the memory, he seemed quite angry though considering what he was doing. He ranted about ‘they’ were all frauds and he’d make them pay once he got the last piece of evidence from that rat bastard at Xu Fu Chang’s. After finishing he seemed to pull something out of his pack although nothing could be seen. He said he’s show himself out as he disappeared with the impression that he was in a high grade chameleon cloak. Takahashi looked around for anything else useful in Julia’s head finding a few more videos.

Half and Zora compared notes that it was probably not a chameleon cloak. Takahashi via her muse found a call had come in around the time of the XP from Mike’s Custom morphs as well. Takahashi opted to let the group know someone needs to have sex with her or this will probably flag for the working girl. Half volunteers a group vote for Gavin and opts to leave trying to figure out the path David took out once he was not seen. Finding a trail for someone two days ago who was unseen isn’t easy but between figuring David’s gate to the fact the Brothel did skimp a bit on cleaning robots Half after a while figured he had moved out a back hallway to the rear entrance. Since he was alone no one in the party knew he was going off the smell of the boots they had found the box for in David’s apartment. Inside a hallway it the Brothel seemed to share with another business, called The Doll House from the sign. Outside on a shared back dock area Half spotted a ComEx Truck. Half stopped and looked around since the scent stopped in the middle of the loading area. Seeing the delivery guy Half asked if he was there about two days ago explaining he had misplaced something. The man hadn’t seen anything out of place or odd as Half had put it, he had just came and got a package. Half was about to thank him and get back to the rest when he asked if the man needed a dolly by chance for the package. The man nodded and mimicked the shape.

Takahashi meanwhile tried to find out about Xu Fu Chang’s and where it was. It was a small bar and resturaunt located on an underground street that went out of business.

With Gavin and the team getting back together Half wondered if David had tried to get assistance from local Criminals that basically took whatever he had and stonewalled him out. That would explain the mention of ‘them’ being frauds and needing evidence from Xu Fu Chang’s.

Half before going in let the group know it was a trap and likely to be life threatening. Half went in and started making threats. The team move in behind him immediately and a bomb went off. Half streamed a map of their current locations and the blast impact letting the group know it wasn’t proximity but by seen detonation. Still on his feet in the rubble of the blast exhaling smoke Half not taken aback from the bomb scanned the area flagging the spotter in the room and letting the rest of the part know before rushing in his direction screaming out he couldn’t see the bomber although he could since he had scanned all spectrums and flagged him for the rest of the group. As Half scrambled through the rubble gun fire opened up in Half’s general direction but didn’t hit him. Zora popped off a full auto burst in the general direction from over her head as she dove for cover staggering the target with bullets as he screamed and collapsing the pillar and with it parts of the roof on top of him. Half whistled rubbing his neck feeling the sting of Zora’s shooting before. Takahashi commented she thinks the threat was taken out plus that Zora probably had anger management. Although it wasn’t David Takahashi popped the cordical stack.

Half – 5 Dur
Takahashi -10 Dur -1W
Gavin – 10 Dur – 1 W
Zora – 12 Dur – 1 W

Contract –
Credits:
Rep: Varies
(Meta XP:Varies)

David Williams would be codenamed Sherman Williams.
Mari Danielson would be codenamed Ms Miyagi.

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Data Backup 2b: No one hears the Explosion in TQZ

With Zora figuring out the best place to plant a bomb to blow up the air ship Takahashi asked why they needed to go to the lengths, they had the Cortical stack and AI known as Idris so the mission was complete. Half was the first to offer up letting the Blind Imaam have a portable large scale aerial base of operations to do things to people was not the best of options, The Merc agreed stating tactically it was like giving him more options to run amok. Plus Half verified with Zora blowing up didn’t mean disabled to the point it might be repaired it was blowing up to the point of wonder what the scrap parts were from.

The Blind Imaam jumped into the party’s feeds when Zora was about halfway done with her work. Half staled for time wondering about the benefits of surrender since they were supposedly surrounded. The Blind Imaam had disabled all the exterior camera though was what Takahashi let the group know via secure tacnetwork chat, Half looked outside via the Sat in a Can Network and didn’t see droves letting the group know, and if the Blind Imaam had them surrounded a show of force was a bargaining chip. Half stalled long enough for Zora to finish and she was out towards the exit first saying they needed to go. The lurch of the ship let the group know it was decoupled from the anchor and the Blind Imaam was trying to either trap them in the ship at great heights or he was trying to leave the city. Half watched Takahashi free fall before parkour down the ground radio and communications antennae array. Seeing Zora and the Merc jump down via towing lines to safety Half jumped out gliding down after wings extended out his back.

With the group on the ground they made their way to the buggy with the Airship heading out. Half enabled flare compensation and turned to watch the explosion for confirmation. The rest of the group see the explosion as well since they see long shadows of themselves suddenly and the group get pushed forward from the shockwave behind them. With the group heading south towards liberty point get out of TQZ and making a waypoint course back to Elysium Proper Takahashi used the external hard drive she had fabbed to copy Idris to for an additional backup, from what she could tell the gaming console version needed games to be played and achievements unlocked before one could ask the more specific bits of information.

With the hand off of the Doctor’s cortical stack, the Hard drive version of Idris and video feeds of the Blind Imaam and the explosion the party were debriefed. The doctor being one of seven cases of this magnitude, one of the others had devolved into selling off high teach plans that resulted in several million credits of damage and an entire research facility needing to be resleeved. Of the five remaining Firewall had one lead on one of the members currently. The team was debriefed before being sent off on their next mission.

The only lasting question in Half’s mind was where was the Airship headed.

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Rewards: 25K Credits
Rep: I-Rep: +8
XP: Rez: +6

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