Eclipse Phase: Orbital Solutions

Data Backup 0a: Titan for Sale

A Merc, an anarchist, and a conspiracy theorist take on a mission to retrieve a certain item. Possible a Titan Artifact. After inciting a riot hot with angst against the uplifted types the team ends up being mistaken for buyers for the item in question. After an odd standoff the team opts to save the space station colony from being blown up by a missile coming to destroy the item from Firewall. Plus the Anarchist live streamed the whole thing and Gray Xu the local crime boss that had set up the auction vows revenge.

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Data Backup 0b: Dead with no Backups

The team tracked down Gray Xu at some TITAN ruins on Mars. The Merc bravely sacrificed himself by exploding a TITAN artifact killing Gray Xu again. For good?

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Data Backup 1a: The Black Brain Traffickers
The Merc forms a new team of more stable party members and the newly formed team via Harviar’s help have a cover for a new mission.

Getting there and a little research had the team ready to plot the popsicle stand sky high as plan ‘A’ due to all the crimes against what little humanity had left as being precious. After getting sidetracked the team had two bodies on ice, one blank cortical stack, and another with the ego of a would be ganger/mugger type thug… on to the actual mission since this all happened over the first hour they were in the asteroid colony space station.

+4RP
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Data Backup 1b: Gang Warfare, AI Deletions, General Choas and Destruction

The team meet up with their contact to find out the Psycho Surgery AI blurred the line of normal time it would take someone even forking themselves into a cluster to do the work with what it was capable of. An AI made by Cognit Corp specifically for Behavioral Modification that removed free will when given an order. It made sense why a Black Market Soul Trafficking Syndicate would grab such a program but the results of what it would do disturbed most of the group.

With the plan being to find out where the AI was and delete it the group realized they needed to get to it physically since wireless attempts were out of the question since it was locked down by security. Their research on the local syndicates power dynamic reveals some things. One, someone was buying up all the Cognit Employee Cordical Stacks wherever they were found for Roland Nazon which brought out more oddities like the rumors he put out that Lam Cong Dong was trying to kill him and take over, which he started stating after she stole the AI a few weeks back. Finding and deleting the AI was the primary mission so starting a turf and civil gang war to get access more easily and to distract at what they were doing made sense.

Takahashi pulled the protected Cordical Stack of Nath that Omri Melech was trying to sell and forked it and modified a copy scrambling all the secure information the fork had. Selling it to one of Nazon’s men that was buying up Cognit employee stacks became a pissing match of sorts. Eventuall between persuading and intimidating the man they got 130K Credit out of the deal. Takahashi tracked the man and found him going right to Nazon.

With their newly acquired credits they talked to Lam Cong to let her know she was in for a ride. Explaining themselves off as contractors hired to retrieve the AI they got wind of someone buying illegal forked Cognit employee such as one of Nath which got a physical tick out of the lady since she had made a deal to buy it from Melech. With the group stating they just were here for the AI and they had no beef with Lam Cong, the stealer of the AI she opted to ask for their help in taking out Nazon. A bit of back and forth happened with her stating the party would take out Nazon for her and she would then think about letting them destroy the AI. Which the group stone walled on since it sounded like a blatant setup.

Half reminded the woman that if she was going to be in charge she’s had to show she was strong, having outsider contracted to do all the heavy lifting was great in theory but just showed she couldn’t handle things and she would be assassinate soon. He proposed an in between, The party would destroy the AI during the meeting between her and the other two heads. Since she wanted to kill the other two leaders bombing them specifically as well as setting up bombs on Nazon’s route back to his bunker if he escaped would show she wasn’t just strong but Machiavellian. Her eyes lite up after the speech and she agreed, she even added making forks of herself and her entourage to going in with suicide bombs would add to the confusion. Half asked Zora to look into the bombs to minimize innocent casualties. With the bombs and possible route positions for the ambushes if Nozan escaped set up the group focused on their own mission which they’d have help with. They’d hit the seven man security team at the secure server farm with EMP Missiles once the Scrapper Gel was pumped into the pylon system for fires. Once that was done a fire/hazmat bot would spray the area down so it would be safe for entry with the Sythmorphs taken out with only the confused bimorphs on deck for protection

The team waited for everything to go off and the assault went as planned leaving the team to just walk through the corridor to the server farm with the hull of the space colony breached in their vacsuits. Once they had the file for the AI deleted they jumped out the breach into space and latched onto a shuttle that took them the long way back to their ship. They boarded and got a message from a mangled weary Lam Cong, she explained the war wasn’t over but she was definitely not losing or dying today. She let the group know if they ever wanted to change careers and get into soul trafficking to look her up.

On their way away from the colony they sent a message over secure channel, Mission Complete. They received one back from Xaviar also crying at the mayhem they personally caused again. The team explained they were not directly responsible, Zora comment on how well her explosives had worked and that it felt good to gut one of those 9Lives lieutenant while holding two large sacks filled with cordical stacks. Xaviar looked at the group and Half explained they were sticking to the story and that they were technically only indirectly involved, that their mission was not to quell or stop a gang war on the colony, and what he meant by ‘again’ since this was their first job.

+ 6RP (Takahashi +1) (Zora +1)

+ 10K Contract Completion
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+ 32.5K Side job payout
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Data Backup 2a: Missing Person in a TQZ
Missing Person to extract from a hot zone

The team was physically meeting up for a meeting in Elysium City on Mars, we meet Xaviar in his new simuspace roman villa overlooking the Caspian sea. He had a retro look with oversized shades and a microphone headset from the 20th century called a “bluetooth” although it had very little to do with one’s teeth. Xaviar had a deal to supposedly license the IP of our exploits after our last mission. After the 9Lives mission. They wanted to do a reenactment of the accident on a TV show called True Crime. They’d be using up and coming actors for a one time show to see how things pilot out. They’d use our real names supposedly. To which Half immediately said no. Xaviar posed this is how we get our reputation up, Merc asked about the money we’d be looking at and Xavier seemed to be fuzzy but promised he could get us money. Takahashi wanted creative license approval of the script Half and Takahashi talked it over considering their ties to the media already and it could be done plus possible residuals being percentage based on how the pilot fared with a possible spin off series. Merc was strongly against it since it would compromise our work, Zora was willing to sign on if she got a platform to talk about pressing anarchist issues. A meeting was set up possibly to discuss it with the producers later.

With that out of the way the team got into the meat and potatoes of why they were meeting Xaviar, he gaves us the contact information to meet a Mr. Jake Carter who would be our handler for the mission with Firewall. We were suppose to make contact at a place called Joekim Noah’s Korean Dog Chops and Truckstop which seemed odd since it was out in the sticks. But considering he was running on an alias and under cover of a terraforming line engineer as a Barsoomian Sympathizer living in the Mars outback it seemed to make sense, or just the fact it was low key with more chances at privacy. From what Xaviar could get it was a ‘simple run ‘n gun extraction mission’ which probably meant it was not simple at all and would be most likely lead to an excessively violent outcome but with almost no one around at the location when the team showed up they got into the area and Mr Carter out the gate went into the mission details.

Jake seemed to be playing the part in a mish mash of various survival and camouflage gear and looking quite scraggly he went straight into the mission brief with little use for idle chit chat it seemed.

Doctor Zimana Alama Rich, a controversial researcher working with Proactionary, an extropian free enterprise corporation. With Proactionary claiming rights to the ExoPlanet Giza a planet they discovered through use of a Pandora Gate The Discord Gate. She supposedly discovered xenotechnology that enabled communication with live aliens. Her research was heavily involved with the compiling and extrapolation of the data involving this unknown technology and attempts to use it. One of the factors was the complication of Gonin corporation, which controls the right to specifically the Discord Gate. With the thoughts of Proactionary possibly subverting them since they technically had all rights to any newly discovered tech or IPs involved with the use of the Discord Gate they moved seizing all assets at the location as well as all the personnel on both sides of the gate were detained. Zemana and a few of the Proactionary employees went into hiding though, Firewall having an interest since tracking Zemana had her coming back to Mars to her family. Another odd factor that flagged was her immediate and extended family liquidating their entire wealth of assets and cutting all business ties before going dark within days of Zemana’s disappearance. Firewall had reason to believe Zemana and her family had not only gone into hiding but were hiding in the TQZ in the Martian Outback, the still dangerous quarantined zone of the Titan battle on the planet.

The theory was they went to rebuild and renew the forgotten City-State of QURAIN. Zora filled in the group that they (Zemana and her family) were Muslims as well as the majority of the people from Qurain before the Fall. Unlike most bioconservative Muslims they did believe the soul moved with the EGO and from the timer period they were now considered extremely forward thinking to the point where they also believed for example one did not have to pray to Earth’s Mecca to truly be able to pray to Muhammad. Meaning Quarain was for all purposes a ‘New Mecca’ of sorts on Mars. The family supposedly took out their airship called the Higira. Not a lot of details about the details of her research could be found. The battle over the IP/Tech battle for ownership lead to her moving to where she was possibly hiding out in the TQZ. Firewall would like retrieval of her and if it wasn’t possibly her cortical stack, body, and her research.

Firewall provided transportation in with 25K each upon completion.

Merc got the job offer up to 40K each upon completion which was immediately agreed to by our contact making us wonder how bad the situation was we were walking into.

Half pulled in a media favor for mapping equipment since the TQZ was a dark zone literally since fallout and topography put global access to the mesh as impossible. In the very least they’d have a real time look at the land around them inside the area which would prove Half thought to be valuable. Also telling the Media grabbing a copy of the environment for use in a move would push the bounds of realism and it’s something no one else had ever done yet. Granted going in to just get 3d maps was silly since simply entering the area was highly illegal plus the area being patrolled by Martian Rangers.

Moving through the area Half figured would take about four days to be done safely. On the second day the team got the buggy stuck. We noticed two figures on the top of a night cropping. Merc realized and let the group know they were being watched of Waste Walkers, exosurgent infected cyborgs still reminiscent of the Titan Fall. The group gunned it and got out of the area. Takashi stated there was a message sent out possibly transmitting our position.

A few days later the party finds themselves looking around the local area for cover inside the mars buggy as a group of headhunter drones patrol by the area. With the second crisis averted Half pops his Mapping Missile and sets up the SatNet in a Can Network with Sky Mote sensors as well to collect data on the area. Merc looking around the area and with the assistance of the feed asked about what looked like a crash site above them on a plateau. Half getting some of the sensors to zoom in got what looks to be the remains of a helicopter labeled the Higira and three bodies, from what he could tell they weren’t moving and with the thought of investigating the bodies before heading into Qurain the group split. Zora and Half found the three bodies disabled and Zora went to removing the cortical stacks with an exacerbated Takashi explaining the delicate process although Zora’s approach looked more like the effects one would have with a toaster when you think it’s ready before the timer goes off. Half grabbed the helicopter’s transponder before the two came down to let the rest know what they had found.

From what they figured the helicopter landed pretty rough coming from the Higira Airship Proper. It crashed from what Half could tell about a week ago.

With that minor mystery solved and the Doctor’s body not in the remains the team head into Qurain which the party find out is mostly underground. After Half’s bot gives them sight into the unknown and it seems all clear. As Half and Zora stealth in they find out why it was all clear. Moving into the first building the party inspect seeing no major clues to their charge. Finding two heat signatures they figured out where two of the waster walkers were. Hitomi with Half’s help to figure out if there were any active networks. Besides the network mesh from the airship Higira the group figure is docked inside all over network options seem offline. Finding a distress message from the Doctor and with a little bit of exceptional hacking what looks like a blind Muslim priest with several body guards in the form of waste walkers the group opt to get a move on with Half and Zora moving out of the building first.

It was an ambush. Half seemed to be having issues while Zora dropped one of the two they knew were out and about trying to find and distract while the Merc and Hitomi moved towards the airship to find a way in. With both of the waste walkers down Half opted to take their weapons before he and Zora moved to get with the rest of the group. Finding what seemed like an obvious close entry point which was more than likely a trap the group move to the back of the airship to move in through the cargo loading area into engineering. What they saw unhinged most of the group. Seeing the entire area where people had been once now covered in a congealing substance that seemed to be flesh had the group wondering what was going on.

Takahashi flayed flesh away from the fabricator and got the machine to work on a hard drive when the group up and meet (mostly through Takahashi) Idris and AI from ‘far far away’ that knew a lot about gates and wanted to teach people about them. They were also at war with a man called the Blind Imam that was trying to take over full control of the ship. With promises to come back for him later when they found the doctor they were looking for the team moved on into the rec area and found Idris again, this time on a console. Finding out his ‘version’ in it’s entirety was on the console they powered it down and took the console hard drive. Going into the medical bay they found what seemed like plant matter, green and purple floating liquids, and body parts. A docbot named also Idris ‘Bot’ was here as well but seemed more concerned with remaking the people as the Blind Imam had ordered by standard protocols. He seemed to be hacked in the group’s opinion and the group calmed down a bit after the realization and seeing what was in the vat. With the group stopping the process when they saw half of the head of the doctor floating in the vat they flushed the tube. Takahashi grabbed the stack using a small length of electric rope wrapping around the item via Half’s paranoid suggestion. After disinfection the cortical stack was placed in a biohazard container.

With the primary objectives completed the group opted to make for getting out of the airship, forsaken city, and deadly zone for safer pastures. Half did opt to bring up they should probably blow up the ship and the Imam. Everyone looked to Zora who pursed her lips as she opened a briefcase, stating they needed to get to the engine the group started to move out. She didn’t have enough explosives for just the ship not enough to bring the dome down on the city.

With Zora starting to prep the bomb the rest of the team just needed to provide cover.

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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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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 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 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 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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