Shadowrun 5th.

Getting out with the Pay Data
Can we escape in time?

Excertra here. I am uploading this missive to my drone so that in the event I don’t make it out, there is a record of where we are for backup and rescue purposes. We have infiltrated the facility in Ghoul Town and have made a shocking discovery: There seems to be a automated lab that produces these deformed, terrifying bio-automaton crab creatures. We observed no staff running the lab, only machines that seem to be printing these strange creatures that then roam the facility and attack anyone who tries to enter. We were escorted down here by a Ghoul in the employ of the Garbage Man, who agreed to aid us in our endeavor provided we help him with a domestic issue with another resident Ghoul overlord of the area. While the Ghoul sent with us has not especially been helpful, it has been easier to get into the compound with out Ghoul interference. The crab creatures are apparently unknown to the Ghouls, though they are sensitive to the background count of the area.
I have just now downloaded the pay data that we were sent to retrieve from this secret lab facility when all of a sudden, sirens and emergency lights have activated. I am going to store this data along with this message with the specifics of our location into my spy drone and send it back to the TSV (Totally Sweet Van) in the event we are not able to make it back out. Send help to Spectre immediately and tell her to trust the Garbage Man, and rescue us. I pray to the Great Spirit this does not come to pass and we are able to make it out of here alive, but for all intensive purposes, the world needs to know about this perverted and profane experiment that is being conducted down here. I will update once I am back to safety, or else…
Execetra out.

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Infiltrating Ghoul Town
Finally running the mission

Players this game:
Anjel
Sean
DJ
John
Neel
Paul

The party was finishing their preparations to go on their mission to Ghoul town, when Harper received a call from Smiley that he had another runner to help them with their run. The party agreed to meet up with them, and piled into Excetera’s Totally Sweet Van and headed to the appointed location to meet the new team member. As they drove up they spotted a tall Viking looking guy wielding guns and a hammer, and knew that must be the guy they were looking for. Marcus knew immediately he was among friends when he noticed that on the side of Excetera’s Totally Sweet Van was the Three Wolf Moon Logo. They made a few other stops to pick up the last of the equipment they would need for the run, and headed to the location in Ghoul town.
They pulled up to the road close to the building and started to make the block when suddenly gun torrents on the roof popped out and started shooting at the van. Excetera was able to maneuver around with minimal damage and they made their way to the other entrance of the building connected to the one they were trying to infiltrate. Issac and Marcus then got out and proceeded to scope out the area looking for an entrance when a few curious ghouls started to approach the van. One of the Ghouls tried to attack Marcus, but was quickly blown to pieces with Marus’ mojo. Issac, Ghosttusk and Lucifer were about to start taking out the rest of the Ghouls, when suddenly a Ghoul with gold teeth ran up and cried out for them to stop shooting. He introduced himself as the “Garbage Man” and claimed to be the leader of the Ghouls in the area. He seemed to be willing to make a deal with the runners. He would remove all Ghoul threats from the team if they would “go talk to” Tree Stalker, who Garbage Man claimed was his former lover who had turned sour and was now in a war for Ghoul town wit him. He asked for the Shadowrunners’ help in displacing her and in return he’d help them break into the building. Marcus pledged to help him, however Lucifer was very suspicious of him and kept wanting to shoot him in the head. Garbage Man pledged one of his Ghouls to go down with them into the building and retrieve the pay data. The team agreed to help him and made their way into the building.
Once they were close in the underground tunnels to the facility they were trying to infiltrate the encountered these strange hulking crab creatures trying to escape the building. The team was able to take out the crab creatures, but like the commandos, once they were shot down, they turned into goo. After taking out around 3 of the creatures, the party was found themselves in a lab where there seemed to be an automated production of the crab creatures. Excetera set to work downloading the data into one of her drones and had just finished acquiring the data when suddenly sirens started to sound and lights blacked out. This is where we ended the game.

Karma earned this game: 3
Total Karma for the group: 9

Next game: trying to get out of the building before we can’t leave

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An unexpected attack
Strange forces at work show their hand

Players this game:
Sean
Anjel
John
Neel
DJ

The team met up about two days after their initial meet up to start putting their plan to infiltrate the building in Ghoul territory into motion. The team assembled at Excetera’s garage. Surprisingly, Spectre was not in attendance and Excetera had said she had told her that something had come up. The rest of the group was disappointed their main source of Magic would not be on the run, as no one was quite sure what exactly Ghost Tusk actually does.
The team gave their contributions to Harper for the bodies and were discussing how they were going to use the bodies to bait the Ghouls in the area towards certain places then denote the bait and take out the Ghouls, when a new Shadowruner sent from Smiley arrived at the garage. He was a tall gruff looking elf wearing a cowboy hat and duster sporting guns. The team was at first suspicious, but having no reason to not trust Smiley they let him into their plans.

While the party was plotting, they were suddenly descended upon by a strange commando squad of unidentified origin. This gave the party a chance to show off their muscle, as everyone in the group shot at the intruders save Harper who guarded Excetra’s body while she went cold sim into her Totally Sweet Van and shot the intruders to hell with its mounted gun. The party quickly dispatched of the intruders but when they went to investigate the bodies, they found that there was something not right about the commandos. For one they were wearing indeterminate second hand shabby armor and for another the bodies quickly melted into goo. Harper was able to get a sample of said goo and brought it to his contact Detox who he was also getting the Ghoul Bait from. Detox was stumped as to what these intruders actually were and promised better results after he had time to analyze it. After further contemplation, Excetera realized that one of her drones was bugged which may have led the intruders to her location which was shot up pretty bad (and Anjel plans to read the vehicle combat chapter as well as draw up her garage for next time).
The game ended with the party ready to start their infiltration of the area with the plan that Issac came up with, and a much more begrudged respect for whoever or whatever it was holding down this building in Ghoul town.

Karma earned : 6

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The First Run
Scoping out the area

Players this game:
John (Issac)
Neel (Ghost tusk)
Xenith (Spectre)
DJ (Harper)
Anjel (Excetera)

Each of the players responded to a message sent from Smiley the fixer to meet up at an Ork-spliotation bar in Mid town Seattle. Smiley was meeting in the back of the bar in a heated conversation with one of the record execs for the band that was suppose to be playing at the club that night, but once the shadowrunners entered, he quickly dropped the Faux-Jamaican accent and got right to the point: he had a job for the 5 runners that involved a smash and grab in Ghoul territory. Issac was able to negotiate 10% increase with hazard pay for each of the characters because of this fact.
The characters sat in the back room and got to size each other up quickly and get a feel for if this run would be beneficial to all involved, and it seemed that an alliance could be struck for the purposes of this mission. Also it seemed as though Spectre and Excetera knew each other already. After all agreeing to take the job, Smiley gave the coordinates for the location of the job, then went back to his role as Jamaican Tusker Club Owner with out even missing a beat. The party never stuck around to find out if the Slow Wailers did ever go on stage, but Harper ended up going home with one of the Ork waitresses only to find out she was an ork poser, and further she was a rich corporate brat who had brought him back to her parent’s place for the evening’s activities.

The party reassembled at a location Issac had designated and swapped their information they had gathered the night before, with the exception of Harper who still smelled of dental glue and sex. Excetera and Spectre had teamed up surveillance with spirits and drones and had found out that even the ghouls avoided the location they were given to break into. The building was surrounded by a background count that made the spirit really unsettled to be in the vicinity. The drone could only reach so far into the building before hitting a wireless block, meaning that there were not internet signals going out of the building.

Ghost Tusk and Issac had used their contacts to find out that the building had been a software company that had gone under after the area was taken over by ghouls, but then an environmental consulting company had moved into the building with the intention of gentrifying the area. The plan had seemed to fail however, as there hadn’t been any contact from anyone with in this company for years. Ghost Tusk had also found out that there were sewers connected to the building that the party could penetrate the perimeter with so that they could retrieve the hard disk they were paid to recover.

Harper had the idea to use dead bodies that he could acquire as bait for the Ghouls, in the event the team had to offer something else in order to escape. The game ended with a plan starting to take place where in the party would infiltrate the building through the sewer entrance

Next game: Infiltrate the building and recover the hard drive.

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