In the Shadow of a Dragon

Thrash the Body Electric II
Mr French Party Harty

After much deliberation they decided to go after RMD shipments in transit using local gang bangers.

They found the Ghostriders Go-Gangers at their hangout, All the Worlds a Stage, a karoake bar in a strip mall in Bow Mar. It ended up the Ghostriders, being new in town, were hungry to make a mark and after some smooth negotiations from Mr French they agreed to hit an outgoing shipment tomorrow afternoon, giving the runners 20% of the fenced take.

Later that night they decided to push their luck and see if they could get the Godz, the premier biker gang in Denver, to hit an incoming shipment. They tracked down the Godz to a party they were throwing at a large compound that was a mechanics shop. Inside they found Apollo, the leader of the local Godz faction drinking and fondling a biker babe on a dias/throne in the main party room. Mr French approached Apollo but he didn’t want to talk until after the party. Apollo told them they could stay and asked Candice to “show Mr French a good time”. Candice was older and well worn. Sereth, worried French was getting in over his head started a cat fight with Candice to protect “her brother” when French and Candice headed towards the back. A mini brawl erupted which was quickly stopped bt Apollo with a shotgun blast to the ceiling. Sereth was thrown out.

Mr French played along with Candice, but managed to avoid the X rated BTL’s she wanted to try with him by suggesting they share his Novacoke. He spent the next few hours in a hedonistic blur.

Afterwards he met with a shirtless Apollo who quickly agreed to the hit on the shipment for a larger cut than Mr French was shooting for. Nice!

The next day Lilly watched with her fly spy drone the Ghostriders take down the outgoing shipment. They were smooth.

She tried to watch the Godz hit, but wasn’t sure where the incoming truck could be found and flew up and down the highway for a while with no luck.

They laid low and waited. The Ghostriders called their burner comm and told them the goods were being moved and it would take a while, they would be back in touch.

French and Lilly went to the casino that night, not a lucky night, then went to a diner for pie. On the way out a van cut them off and a handful of mafia thugs accosted them, beating them senseless. The apparent leader sent a message “RMD is not to be fucked with, back off”.

They nursed their wounds at a new motel. The Godz called the burner and said they had their money, they would meet at 10pm Thursday night to give them their cut at a junkyard on the west side.

Meanwhile the group went to try and kidnap the RMD GM, they broke into his house without too much problem but found out it looked like he and his wife had packed up some clothes and left. He must have gone to ground.

They decided the Godz meet was too risky, but Lilly jumped in her fly spy and flew to the junkyard out of curiosity. There was a ton of EW noise there making things very difficult. She thought she spotted a Puebsec security vehicle then realized she was getting hacked. She tried to get the drone out of there, but the hacker was gaining control so she shut it off and it crashed somewhere outside the junkyard. They looked later, but could not find it.

Deciding things were too hot, they laid low to see what happened. Sure enough the Jonhson called the com he had given them and told them the job was done, they could pick up their payment. When they did all they met was the Johnson’s bodyguard with their cred. He said they had performed their job but the desired result failed to materialize then he left.

Job done?

A few days later this news item was spotted:

MetalStorm acquires RMD property to fulfill new UCAS Navy contract 12:30pm PST, Friday, April 17th, 2071

Metalstorm, a subsidiary of AresArms, is pleased to announce the purchase of the former RMD electric motor manufacturing facility in Bow Mar. After spirited negotiations, RMD CEO David Cherbourne and Metalstorm President Alan Davis held a Matrix virtual press conference at 11:45am today to announce the transaction. “This sale strengthens our balance sheet, and positions Rocky Mountain Dynamics to expand into high-end electric motor design and production. Our Bow Mar facility’s falling profit margins and rising operating costs made it a natural location to begin this restructuring.”

RMD CEO David Cherbourne:

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire this facility from Rocky Mountain Dynamics. The buildings, transportation infrastructure, and location mesh perfectly with our needs. We look forward to bringing the PuebSec the most reliable and technically advanced weapons system in existence.”

MetalStorm President Alan Davis:

As reported Tuesday, MetalStorm won a PuebSec contract to produce and install several classes of ground attack pods in aerial drones and aircraft. To see how MetalStorm’s revolutionary technology works, link to the trideo files attached to this press release.

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Thrash the Body Electric
Corporate Shenanigans

The team was splintered for various reasons, all that was left was Lilly and Alaric and they had bills to pay. They added a face and a shamanic adept and put out word that they were for hire.

Fortune smiled as a few days later the shaman Sereth had a job lead from her friend Blink. They met Mr. Johnson at the Aspen Chalet it Golden, a rather nice place on the edge of the mountains. Mr. Johnson wanted them to disrupt the business operations of Rocky Mountain Dynamics which was located in Pueblo sector along Bow Mar lake in the sleepy town of Bow Mar. $1k up front and another $5.5k upon completion (each) were agreed upon. There were stipulations: No loss of life of employees or contractors of RMD, no damage to the structures or grounds. Each failure on those would result in a loss of 1/3 payment each.

The group set off immediately Saturday night. Lilly hacked the RMD system and stole a copy of the personnel records, though she was spotted and had to jack out. Alaric and Mr French gathered intel on the gangs in the area: Two go-gangs were the Godz and a new player the Ghostriders, two thrill gangs were the Dambusters and the Zombies.

Sunday they researched, Mr French talked to his friend Don Casquilho. They found out several things about RMD having trouble with Nissan, and that the GM of RMD, Erik Fjordson, was good friends (“choombas”) with Emilio Chavez, son of Don Chavez of the Chavez mafia. That complicated things a bit.

The next day (Monday) they scouted the facilities and found it lightly protected though there was an Ares plant next door. Sereth summoned up a fire elemental and had it set fire to the containers on the premises, but a mage from somewhere apparently banished it after several minutes of fiery mayhem. That prompted Lilly to follow the fire trucks onto the property in her big truck and they had a grand old time tearing the place up with the truck as guards wearing black ball caps embroidered with a single eye ineffectually sprayed gel rounds at the armored vehicle. They fled back to the cheap hotel where they were holed up, passing Knight Errant heading towards the plant. Hopefully nobody followed them!

Tuesday morning Lilly did some matrix digging on security at RMD. Payroll had no security listed, they must be contractors. The single eye embroidered on the black ball caps in gold thread suggested a “cyclops”. Denver has a security contracting firm called Cyclops Security. Lilly dug up some info from the matrix on them.

Then Lilly hacked into RMD again and stole their shipping schedule files. She couldn’t help but throw a wrench into their factory automation while she was at it, setting the line to run a t triple speed, but then she had to flee as the node had noticed her and the IC and security hackers were swarming.

Legwork

RMD

  • It’s a third tier corp; their headquarters isin Vancouver, and their CEO is David Cherbourne. They manufacture electric motors, mostly for cars and watercraft.
  • They also manufacture generators, mostly for hydroelectric plants. They have strong relationships with many of the NAN tribal governments. Their plant in Denver is in the Bow Mar neighborhood of the PCC sector. The facility is run by general manager Erik Fjordson.
  • Their manufacturing plant in Bow Mar is the primary source for the wheel motors in Chysler-Nissan Jackrabbits sold in North America. They also supply electric motors for several of Nissan’s drone designs, such as the Doberman.
  • It is rumored that someone in the Chavez mafia family has an interest in RMD.
  • RMD is currently in negotiations to renew its contract with Nissan. Nissan is upset with quality control in RMD’s Bow Mar manufacturing facility, and is insisting on major improvements at the plant. RMD is balking at the costs involved to upgrade the automated control systems and equipment, considering the low profit margin on the parts supplied to Nissan for the Jackrabbit. Plant general manager Erik Fjordson is under pressure to keep quality high and overhead low, an almost impossible task considering the age of the facility.
  • The Chavez family has an interest in the plant.
  • Emilio Chavez is a choomba with RMD plant general manager Erik Fjordson. They both crave the rush, mostly from speed.
  • Word is, Fjordson managed to acquire some stealthy watercraft for Emilio Caesar, as well as a pair of exotic electric racing bikes. Emilio keeps an eye on the RMD facility out of friendship with Fjordson.
  • Erik Fjordson is the general manager of Rocky Mountain Dynamic’s manufacturing plant in Bow Mar. Been there about 2 years.
  • Prior to that, Fjordson worked as a managing engineer for Ares back in Detroit. They recruited him right out of Purdue. He currently lives at 335 Marion in the Littleton district of PCC sector.

Bow Mar Gangs

  • The highways around Bow Mar are the turf of the Godz go gang. The main street gangs are the Dambusters and the Zombies. Even though the Mafia control the den of gambling at the Lakeside Amusement Park, there are other power brokers on the street. The Yakuza and Triads control much of the smuggling and BTL trade.
  • The Godz are involved with smuggling, often as escorts or guides. The street gangs have turf that overlaps in some places, but I’ve never heard of a gang war between them. The Dambusters have a vintage look from the 1940s, and have connections to the Yaks. They provide protection to several coyotes in exchange for a cut of the action. The coyotes operate on the PCC/CAS border. The Zombies dress in drab greys, and have a heroin chic look. They’re involved mostly with the street distribution of BTLs.
  • In the Bow Mar neighborhood, the local Godz lieutenant is Apollo; the Godz have connections to both the Mafia and the Triads. They frequent several bars and clubs along Route 470; which one they end up at varies from night to night.
  • The boss of the Dambusters is Wallis. He’s pulled the gang away from the Yaks somewhat. They’re taking all kinds of jobs now, and can often be found in bars and clubs along Quincy Avenue in Bow Mar. The Zombies are led by Romero; he’s a strange one. Some say the ork’s crazy, but I think he just has a sick sense of humor. The Zombies show up all over the Bow Mar district, and even have a yellow school bus they’re seen in occasionally. Recently they’ve been seen around the Southwest Plaza Mall in Bow Mar.
  • There’s a new go gang in the district, mostly girls. They ride Route 121 and the 285, and call themselves the Ghostriders. They have some crazy special effects when they ride. The Ghostriders’ boss is Wanda, and she’s one tough chica. One or more of them is supposedly a shaman, and that’s who creates the ghostly effects. They hang out at All the World’s a Stage, a bar in Bow Mar.

Cyclops Security

  • It’s a local security outfit here in Denver. They aren’t big enough to play in The Hub or with the Star or K/E, but they have quite a few clients down in the PCC and CAS sectors. They wear brown uniforms and ball caps with the insignia of a single gold eye.
  • Their personnel are pretty good, as security guards go. No internal donut sacks on these guys, and they’re equipped pretty well, from what I’ve seen. Predator pistols and occasionally shotguns, with good body armor. They are one of the security contractors at the federal correctional institution in Bow Mar.
  • Their rapid response and regional office is in Littleton at the corner of Platte Canyon Road and Ken Caryl Avenue. It includes a hangar, and word is they have a modified Hughes Stallion on Ready status at all times.
  • They don’t have much in the way of magical assets, from what I’ve seen. Any sort of magic is on call, not on site. They don’t have a security system division, so technical security devices and surveillance varies from client to client. They know how to use what they’ve got, though.
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The Grab

The runners are hired by a well connected arms dealer who they later identify as Lady Jade. The job is to snatch the daughter of a corporate wage slave named Catherine Westmore (mother Donna). The corper, a single mother, is out of town this week, so now is the time. The kid is to be handed off to another runner team after the job is done. After the meet, the Johnson is attacked by The Godz, Denvers premier go-gang, but the runners help fight them off.

Doing legwork the runners find out where the kid lives and what school she goes to. They also find out that there is a bodyguard named Jack “Frost” McPherson. Frost is a hard case ex military type, currently playing babysitter to the kid. He also has some very serious friends who are currently running a team called The Trinity. Scuttlebut on the street is Frost is unhappy with his current financial situation, apparently babysitting doesn’t pay well enough for someone with his cred.

Hitting Frost risks involving The Trinity, which is dangerous. Hitting the school might bring too much heat. Deciding to take a chance, they contact Frost with a deal. Some serious scratch to look the other way. Frost agrees, the nuyen flows, and the girl is easily grabbed from her bed one night.

Driving to the meet to drop off the kid driving down I-76 Lily is thinking to herself “So this is what a Milk Run must be…” Then she hears the whump whump whump of the chopper blades. Leaning out the window she sees someone swinging out the Ultramax Machine gun and the troll on the rappelling rope of the pursuing chopper. Trying to flee, she realizes the rigger in the chopper has all the advantage as the gun roars to life and tears up the highway in front of the car. Then she realized the troll is ACTUALLY intending to rappel down onto them! Meet “The Trinity”. Guess Frost never made a deal about what happens AFTER he looks the other way… The drek hits the fan. Lily thinks “So this is what they mean by the term Milk Run…”

Fast forward: The beat up vehicle delivers the kid.

Fast forward: Even news reports a kidnapping gone horribly wrong. The runner team holding the hostage refuses to surrender to police. The runners are all killed, but so is the 12 year old female victim when Lone Star failed to notice a sniper on a nearby rooftop. Another innocent casualty of the Plex.

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A Dish Best Served Cold

The team is contracted by a fixer named Tabby for a job. They travel to a ranch used as a corporate retreat owned by Jaron Falcone. An executive with Ares was kidnapped from the ranch and a million dollar ransom requested.

Video survellieance shows 3 women in dark clothes and tribal masks entering the property before dawn.Searching the room where he was taken they find his commlink and a black feather hidden under a pillow. Breaking into the commlink Lilly finds the frequency of his RFID tag, but needed his employee ID to run a search on that frequency. She didn’t want to risk a run on the Ares host.

Asking around they find the feather is a signature of one of the Black Cats, a shadow team out of the Sioux sector of 4 women. They frequent a bar called the Hardpan which is a hangout for Sioux military and shadow runners. at the Harpan they try to pretend they are old friends of one of the Cats who just happent o be in town, but the proprietor Sandy isn’t really buying it. Lilly manages to snoop on Sandy’s call to the Cats and gets a commlink number.

Calling the number they try various clumsy attempts at intimidation, but the Cats take them for amatuers. They arrange a meet to hand over the feather and clear the air because the Cats seem genuinely confused about the ransom.

Meeting in a parking lot with one of the Cats they are told there is no ransom and that they will release the captive tomorrow at 9pm (too late). The runners are confused.

They are contacted by a spooky decker who tells them Falcone is going to betray them. Lilly manages to somehow tail the Cat on the bike to a motel/storage unit on the edge of town with a fly spy drone.

They attack the motel and get torn up by the hardened runner team, but the captive breaks away and the Cats flee the scene.

They return the captive to Falcone and get paid, but never figure out where the ransom demand was coming from. They have made enemies of the Black Cats.

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Begninnings

A group of newcomers to Denver were contacted by one of their fixers. A Johnson needed a set of “shiny new faces” to act as neutral parties.

The runners met a Raven, a Koshari chieftan at a bar called Denim in the Pueblo sector. Raven tasked them with delivering a package to an address in the UCAS sector.

The group took the job and the package which was full of documents of some sort. Thanks to some lucky border crossings where the fake ids held up and some fancy driving by the rigger Tiger Lilly (avoiding several attempts to interfere with their delivery, including Yakuza) they only had one issue on the trip. A drek hot decker named Dean Costello hacked Lilly’s van and shut down the engine sending a message he wanted to talk.

Dean paid them to allow him to scan the package with an electronic scanner and they went on their way.

They found the address was the mansion of Omar Chavez, sottocapo of the Chavez mafia family. They delivered the documents and got paid, although they did not make a terribly good impression on the mafia Don.

Karma: 5
Nuyen: 3160

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