Shadowrun 5th.

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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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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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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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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Fighting our way back to the top
The building has a nasty case of crabs

Players this game:

Paul
Neel
John
Sean
Anjel
Xenith
DJ


Excetera here,
We’ve managed to make it to the upper levels of the building. This pay data has become a lot more involved to recover than we could have anticipated.

We have been fighting dozens of these manufactured mutated crab automatons as we make our way to the upper layers of the building. I have the physical hard drive as per the job description, but removing it initiated a complete shutdown of the building. Luckily my Drone had safety lights and we were able to pick our way through the corridors of the building.

The TechnoViking has discovered through astral perception combat that these automatons are some sort of freakish combination of Voodoo and Bug Spirits in a configuration he has never known before. He’s pretty intense about it so I am likely to believe him, though I’m still not really sure about the magical aspects to this place.

Speaking of Magic, we totally randomly bumped into Spectre. She was apparently wandering around the building looking for her lost spirit that had apparently been trapped down here the night before.

I had sent my spy drone to the TSV, so at least we have a backup of the data, and can remain there until we return. The Ghoul that was sent down here was separated from us and will likely have informed his Boss (Pimp) of our situation.

I am trying to keep focused on the mission as we are still not safely back at the TSV, but my mind is boggling with what we have found in this underground lab facility. Bug Spirits accounted for the complete obliteration of Chicago or at least the justification for nuking it, and if they are somehow nesting in Seattle, this could be bad. The revelation that some how toxic shaman voodoo may be involved in some novel and twisted way is also an anxiety inducing notion. I’m hoping when we reconvene with the Mr. Johnson for this mission, they can illuminate us as to what the frag is going on here.

Till then, Excetera out.

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We made it to the Surface
But we aren't out of the woods yet

Dear Readers,
I am posting a quick addendum to my previous update: We were able to make it out to the surface, relatively intact. As I mentioned in my previous post, we made some rather unsettling and disturbing revelations about the creatures that are being produced in the labs below the building. Here is a photo I managed to get of the creatures with my drone
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TechnoViking has indicated that these deformed creatures produced in the lab may be some unholy combination of Bug Spirits and Voodoo magic combine with Toxic Shaman powers that he has never before seen. Luckily they don’t seem to be immune to bullets, however after shooting them into crab paste, they seem to have the ability to re-coalesce and come back to life. Also one of our colleagues, I dub Lucy Gun, has a very interesting array of bullets that I’ve been mightily impressed with that were able to subdue the creatures so we can get out. When we return to the safety of my TSV, I’m going to start working on trying to figure out what is on this hard drive, and incidentally downloaded on my spy drone, while the magically folk start asking their contacts about what the frag is up with these crab creatures. I hope to have more information to update to you soon, dear readers.

Before all that we need to make it out of Ghoul town. We were granted access by the local Ghoul Overlord, the Garbage Man, however it came with the price of helping him with this domestic matter. We apparently have to “talk” or I guess take out his former lover and rival, a rather terrifying Ghoul entity and former elf named Tree Stalker. I will try to update as to how we handle this task as soon as I can. Till then Excetera out.

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Mission Accomplished?
The pay data stole my spy drone

Players this game:
Neel
John
DJ
Sean
Anjel

Dear Readers,
I am writing to you from the safety of the TSV, having just now barely manage to make it out of Ghoul town intact. When we had reached the outside of the compound, we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of some Ghoul Street War. Dodging arrows and bullets, and trying to subdue some of the Ghouls from taking the moment of chaos to make a meal out of one of us, we fought our way to through the throng and loaded up into the TSV, driving out of the war zone as fast as I could handle. We found out that Issac, the German Security guy is actually really great at tactical planning and when issuing orders, we all seem to do a lot better in stressful battle situations. We still are not quite sure what Ghost Tusk actually does, though Lucy Guns had ever more crazy bullets that he aptly employed in the ground battle against the Ghouls. As we were leaving, we spotted a monstrous creature that was lumbering towards us through the throng of bullets and mayhem; a creature with one eye and a bifurcated jaw that seemed like it may have been another gruesome experiment produced in this lab of horrors. Not wanting to stick around long enough to find out what this creature was, we peeled out of Ghoul town and headed back towards the rendezvous point to meet up with our fixer and find out exactly what the hell he was thinking about sending on us on this job.
When I went to check the pay data however, I was dismayed to find that the hard drive was completely empty. Horrified, I looked around nervously as I told the team that I had somehow managed to delete all our pay data, when suddenly our fixer called in to say that he received the pay data and we had all been paid. This was of course a shock to all of us considering I had just realized all pay data had been deleted from the hard drive. I also realized that I had lost access to the spy drone that I had downloaded all the data into and sent back to the TSV. I am not sure what happened to my spy drone, but I intend to find out when we meet back up with our fixer.

Next session: What the frag happened to Excetera ’s spy drone, and other questions to ask Smiley.

Karma earned this game: 7
Money earned: 33k New Yen each

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Reconvening the old team
We have unfinished business to address

Hello Dear readers,
It has been a few weeks since our last mission to retrieve pay data from secret lab of horrors in the middle of Ghoul town. Since then, I’ve been busy trying to repair my shop from all the damage caused by the attack, using some of the money we earned from the mission to do some important security up grades. The other members of our rag tag group since then have stayed in touch, and I think we are starting to see the formation of an actual team. Plus I think that each of us feels there is something still left undone, as though we have yet to see the real end to this whole mission. I tried to do some more digging into to the origin of the Lab of Horrors but haven’t come up with anything substantial enough to write home about. The idea that a new breed of bug spirits in the form of polluted crab spirits living in Seattle still keeps me up at night, but I hesitate to raise any alarms just yet because I don’t want that kind of heat on me and my team.
I also tried to track down the whereabouts of my Spy Drone that went missing after the mission with little success. I’m still perplexed as to why it totally went rouge and still managed to deliver our pay data to the Mr. Johnson. I tried to interrogate Smiley about it but he just reverted to his Faux Jamaican accent and feigned complete ignorance and told me “Don’t worry about it Mama, you got your money.”
But I am worrying about it. I can’t just let go what I saw, and the fact that some sort of unknown force took over my drone has me all but ready to march back down to the lab and find out more about whats going on. However I’m not ready to do that because, for one I don’t want to face those crab creatures again, for another, I have no idea who came out victorious in the Ghoul Street war that erupted as we were escaping the compound. If Tree Stalker managed to come out on top, I can see her being less than hospitable towards us trying to come back to her turf to further investigate my fears.
I did receive a replacement drone, from what I suspect was Smiley. I’ve started retrofitting it and putting some new gear on my other drones to make them a little more useful in future missions. So for now I guess we just wait, and see if anything further comes of this whole ordeal. At least I’ve managed to make some friends along the way.
I’ll keep you updated as to if I find out anything else, dear readers. Till then…

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Startling Revelations
And we're suppose to save the world now

Date of game: Dec 26, 2014
Players:
Anjel
Neel
John
Paul
DJ

Greetings Dear readers,
There has been a new development in the Ghoul Town Data Grab job that has turned out to be a lot more than we initially thought: the pay data I had downloaded on to my drone was actually an awakened AI named Johnny. We discovered this after we were invited to meet this incorporeal Mr. Johnson at a Sushi restaurant after demanding more information from our fixer, Smiley. Apparently Smiley was largely in the dark in regards to the full extent of this job, and set up a meeting with us and at the time the mysterious Mr. Johnson. When we arrived at the restaurant, my missing spy drone flew into the room settling on the table, and projected a crude hologram of a man that introduced himself as JOHNY (Standing for Joint Operation Holographic Network) Jonny told us that he had hired us using funds that he had accumulated as the operational network for the environmental consulting firm that he had been programmed to work for. He had been trapped within the facility that we had gone to rescue him in for years after the disappearance of their lead scientist, a man by the name of Dr. Benson. Dr. Benson was a well-known theoretical thermatologist who had been employed by government to find ways to remediate toxic zones. He had spent time in Bug City, and had tapped into some very dark things during the course of his research. Some time ago he had disappeared around the time Jonny achieved sentience. Johnny was locked down with in the laboratory, but was able to send a replicated program of himself out into the world to hire our team to rescue him. Now that he is free, he implored us to help him stop Dr. Benson, impressing on us that this was of grave importance to save the world.
Upon discovering how far down the rabbit hole we had gone, our team realized that we’ll have to step up our game if we are to save the world. I found out some startling revelations about our team members including the fact the Techno Viking specializes in exterminating bug spirits. I also found out some rather interesting information about the two Ghouls in Ghoul town we encountered (Garbage Man and Tree Stalker) in that they were once both spies for the Elven nation that had been burned when they turned Ghoul. Even further startling was that Ghost Tusk finally clued us all in that there was even more to their dispute in that they had a child together. This child would be immune to the HPAV virus, and therefore would be an extremely valuable commodity to mega corps all over the world searching for the cure. This makes me think that our work in Ghoul town is still not over, and we may need to return there in order to wrap up our affairs as well as assist Marcus in keeping his word to the Garbage Man.
Right now however, I am looking to take inventory of my resources, re configure my drones, and also gain some more skills in computer and hacking so that we can begin to figure out what to do with this Dr. Benson business and the awakened AI that wants us to save the world. Isaac and Techno Viking are assisting me with beefing up security at my garage, and we are starting a weapons depot in order to support our eventual costly endeavors to fulfil the mission we’ve been charged. Also I am going to need to employ a lot of bug spray weapons on all my drones.
I am also chasing down leads about this Dr. Benson. I’ve managed to locate discourse between him and his grad students, as well as follow up on one of the last grants he has funded, so I’m hoping that between this and all the other information our team has managed to find, we’ll have some leads. If he was tainted by toxic magic and he has some sort of insight into Bug Spirits, I am fearful of what consequences this could have. Further, what exactly has he tapped into that has created such a concern that the very fate of the world may be at stake? Only time and further research will tell.
Well I will leave you on that note, Dear Readers. Till next time…. Excetera Out.

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Paging Dr. Benson
Chasing down more leads

Greetings dear Readers,
When I had last posted, I had only just then realized the full extent of which we had become entangled in what was at first supposed to be a simple smash and grab job. It turned out to be a lot more involved, dangerous, and further terrifying in the revelation that we had stumbled our way into something a lot bigger than any of us had initially thought. Since then it’s been a few weeks, and I’ve been able to better digest what we’ve gotten ourselves into. I’ve been chasing down leads in relation to the enigmatic Dr. Benson, whom we’ve been tasked with finding more information. My research has lead me to some pretty startling discovery that he was indeed connected to the Universal Brotherhood (http://pl.shadowrun.wikia.com/wiki/Universal_Brotherhood) the shadow organization that was responsible for the Bug City Incident in former Chicago. I’ve managed to dig up some correspondence between Benson and the infamous Dr. Caitlin O’Connal, who initial theories into the “universal brotherhood” connection between all humans and metahumans was used to start the Universal Brotherhood. In the correspondence, Benson is seeking methods that he knows to work with mitigating background count and toxicity of magical places and inquiring from O’Connal as to if her posit of the “Brotherhood” energy could be used for such a purpose. By this point O’Connal was already starting to suffer from PTSD related to her husband’s suicide and therefore her replies aren’t much in the way of helpful in regards to Benson inquiries. His last correspondence with her occurred shortly before her own suicide and seems to indicate that the path of Benson’s explorations were very dangerous and implored him to stop his further inquiries into the research. Five years after this last correspondence was the Bug City Incident, which Benson was sent to investigate in hopes of remediating the environmental and magical damage to the area.
I am continuing to follow more leads, including that of his 4 graduate students who are considered to be dead or missing since before the lab in Ghoul Town was abandoned. One of the leads concerns grant money that was allocated to an offshore lab facility that was Benson’s last known location, somewhere in the Pacific. This is a particular lead I will need further time to look up and peruse.
In the meantime, we’ve been working on getting our shop running. I’ve ordered a new drone to run the actual shop that I’m going to have contact and try to automate. Besides that things have been quiet, almost eerily so. I will update as soon as I know more. Till next time dear readers.

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