Free Taiwan
or how to form a Spirit of Water train


The Job

The freighter Free Taiwan has been hijacked by pirates. The team is to get on board, remove the pirates, and return the ship to Seattle (it’s port of call).

As a secondary objective, the team is to destroy the contents of container GGK9902314

The Pay

¥2,000 up-front per runner
¥10,000 Ares Credit per runner if primary objective completed
¥10,000 Ares Credit per runner if secondary objective completed

The Outcome

Karma – 6 + 1
Nuyen – ¥5,000 up-front/runner
¥30,000 Ares credit/runner

The Story

Mr. Smith has requested a meeting with the team on behalf of his employer. The team has something his boss wants, and Mr. Smith has something the team wants.

They set up a meet at the Seattle Yacht Club for 9:00 pm that evening to talk things over.

As it turns out, Mr. Smith had the recently deceased Kasey. Turns out she survived her magma bath in The Prodigal Daughter, but it burned out her regenerative abilities. To what extent, they weren’t sure.

Mr. Smith’s boss, Jonathan Maverich, showed up and said he wasn’t looking to trade. Quite the contrary, he helped Kasey as return of a favor for a past action (see The Astral Quest (Parts 1-3)).
He then asked for the digital copy of the Book of Harrow that THX had distributed to the team after snatching it.
Venus handed that copy over to Maverich and that was that.

As luck would have it, Maverich had some work for the runners. His team was wrapped up in another engagement after the meet at the Yacht Club ended, and there was something that required attention this very evening. The freighter Free Taiwan had been hijacked by pirates and was off course. If the ship wasn’t recovered by morning, Knight Errant would send a team out to the boat to recover it.

This was not ideal.
Nor was the thought of pirates keeping the ship. Maverich was willing at the very least to recover the boat. Ridding the contents of container GGK9902314 would earn an extra payday for the team.

After some questions to clarify the goals of the job (after Ms. Shadow not giving complete information), the team agreed to the terms and the run was on.

The first order of business was to secure transport to the Free Taiwan. It was presently 200 km northwest of Seattle. Getting out there would require transport of some kind. The team settled on stealing a sailboat. Kasey managed to sneak onto the boat, and THX was able to convince the sailboats pilot program to take it out. The rest of the team loaded on board and they were off.

Venus called up a spirit of water to conceal the boat, give it movement, and to call up a fog around the freighter. Ta’Lon then used a spirit of air to have the team board the boat after THX took care of the on board security. Something was piloting the freighter, and it wasn’t the on-board pilot program. Thankfully, THX was able to skirt whatever it was while in the node.

Meanwhile, on deck, the team swept the ship, finding three metahumans on board. Two elf women who were wearing uniforms indicating they worked on the boat. The third was a human in a half wet suit. These three were all high at the moment, and thus easy to subdue (via hog ties). Venus mind-probed the human, and found that he belonged to the Tasmanian Devil Surf gang. He was attempting to surf from Seattle to Baja and had found THE PERFECT wave when the freighter ruined it. Knowing that the freighter was mostly unmanned, he boarded and took over the boat.
Finding the two women on board, he did the typical “threatening pirate” act, which frightened the two young elven women to tears. So he decided to party with them instead of locking them up. They were all currently sleeping off the effects of BLISS when the team arrived.

Knowing that there wasn’t anyone else on board, the team moved to investigate cargo container GGK9902314 while THX worked on correcting the boat’s course.
THX managed to scare off whatever was driving the boat by throwing Bitcoins at it. Once the “pirate” program was gone, the freighter’s on-board Pilot program took control again and changed the command codes (thus locking THX out of the system).
The team recovered one of the commlinks from the elven girls and gave the code to THX to use to operate the cranes so they could access GGK9902314. Accessing the ship’s manifest, said container was owned by Bozhevillya (божевілля) Conglomerate.

Ta’Lon did some astral recon and checked out the container before they opened it. Within were 14 cylindrical tubes. 12 were roughly 2 m long, and 1 m high and stacked three high in two rows. The other two capped the end of the container and were larger and stacked two high. Once recovered, Kasey cracked the maglock and they opened it up.
Having something of a crisis of conscience, the team didn’t want to destroy the tubes without knowing what was in them, so Venus astral projected and poked her head in one to see. She was greeted by living person in some kind of hibernation.
Mind probing the target, she asked who it was “We are no one”.
What is it’s first memory: “You asking who we are”
What is your purpose: (no response)

About this time, the lights in the tube started coming online, and the team freaked.
[what follows is technically a breach of the rules, only bound spirits can perform remote services].
Venus then summoned up a spirit and ordered it to engulf a tube, and drop it into the Mariana Trench. It could only do one at a time. So Venus began chain summoning spirits to carry tubes to the Trench. Ta’Lon, meanwhile, began calling up spirits to move the tubes into the water and crush them.
Once all the tubes were emptied from the container, Venus summoned up several more spirits to further crush the tubes Ta’Lon’s spirits handled, and take them to the trench as well. They then had an spirit of air clean out the interior of the container and replaced it into the ship’s hold.

With the Free Taiwan recovered, they freed the two elven women and took “Shark” to their boat to free at a later point. They then sailed back to Seattle to collect their payment.
True to his word, once the Free Taiwan docked, the Ares Credit was released to the team.

Thus ends a successful run (for once).

The Prodigal Daughter
or How we went on a hike in the mountains and fell into a murder hole


The Job

Ms. Shadow : Locate, recover, and return asset 10477 Kira “Kira” Staanson from her current run.

Mr. Green : Locate, recover, and return step-daughter Kira Staanson

The Pay

Ms. Shadow is offering 60,000 for the safe return of her asset to her.
Mr. Green is offering 100,000 for the safe return of his step-daughter to him.

hs. The Outcome

Karma – 10+2
Nuyen – 130,000 split four ways (32,500 each)

The Story

The team was hired by both Ms. Shadow & Mr. Green to recover the same person, one Kira Staanson

The team got the idea to attempt to appear to take both jobs at the same time, splitting up the group’s travel and arriving separately.

Lily and Venus and one of THX’s drones traveled via Ms. Shadow’s arrangements and arrived first. The group stole a pickup truck and proceeded to investigate the town while they waited for the rest of the team to arrive. They quickly determined that the town was empty of metahuman inhabitation. Folks appeared to have just up and left in the middle of their routines. Cars left abandoned, food left uneaten on tables, etc…

Just as they had finished searching the town of McBride, Kasey and Ta’Lon and the other of THX’s drones arrived via Mr. Green’s smuggling contact.
The two groups met up and after a quick planning session decided to advance to the DaBeers-Omnitech facility.
The discovered what appeared to be a modular EM shield surrounding the facility, and several dead bodies just inside the field’s radius. The bodies were wearing lab tech uniforms with a UO on them and appeared to have killed each other.

Crossing the field’s event horizon, they advanced on the facility where Lily and Kasey did a quick exterior sweep of the place.
Kasey cracked the exterior maglock and opened the doors for Guidance Drone would meet her and be her personal assistant while on-site.
A few seconds later, a track security drone targeted her with a Full Auto mini gun blast. She managed to dodge it, and the blast punched a hole in the wall. Lily dived through and took cover behind the wall. THX then managed to destroy the pilot program running the drone, thus ending the immediate threat.
As Kasey and Ta’Lon entered the facility, a second drone was coming online. As venus began to enter the facility, she managed to hear the whine of the mini gun and sent her Earth spirit after it.
While the Earth Spirit engulfed the drone and tried to crush it, the mini gun began firing, punching a hole right through the spirit. A brief shoot out followed and the drone destroyed.

The team proceeded to investigate the facility room by room. WIthin they found a host of horrors. Bodies littered every room they found, all dead in horrible ways (none of them quick). An obelisk was found in a warded, locked room. Opening the room the team heard whispered voices saying “release me”.
The path to the mine proper was “barricaded” with dead bodies piled up to form a wall of flesh.

Ta’Lon case a Spatial Sense spell, letting her detect the layout of the mine and most of the contents. Their quarry did not appear within the confines of the spell, so the team searched through the mine, corridor by corridor. They eventually came to the bottom of the mine where an freight elevator was installed.

Venus conjured several watcher spirits to scout ahead. While doing so, Lily began pushing people on the elevator. Kasey did not take kindly to this, and said so. Lily shoved, and a scuffle occurred, leaving Lily pinned by the jaguar shapeshifter. After some terse words about “personal space”, the two separated.
That’s when Lily, shouting “FOR CASSONDRA”, pulled her shotgun and pumped three shock-lock rounds into Kasey’s chest all but killing her.

Venus cast orgasm on Lily to incapacitate her, while Kasey regenerated.

THX identified something happening in Lily’s commlink and stopped it, which appeared to clear Lily’s head up a little. At least she stopped trying to kill her teammates once Venus let the spell up.

Kasey, fully healed now got up and went about her business. Lily, sobbing her apologies at her, offered to buy her a “stain stick” as “her clothes probably have a lot of blood on them”. At least Lily seemed to be back to normal…

The team gathered on the elevator and descended into pit. The drop was nearly a click down, and hot. The team could make out a winding, downward sloping pathway surrounded by magma. Once the elevator touched down, they were able to make out Kira on the far side of the path. They also noticed that most of the townsfolk were here doing… things. Most appeared to have wounds that would have killed anyone else. Some were literally split in two, but still moving. Some had only open wounds where their hearts were, while others had slices in their neck so deep is exposed the spine. And all of them were fucking each other in any way possible.

Venus, fairly experienced in the art of the orgy, was even a little taken aback (though mostly curious). The rest of the team found the action mildly disturbing. Thankfully, these… people were too busy in their own endeavors to notice or care about the team moving around them.

Kira had reached the bottom of the path where a cluster of the “townsfolk” were. In the center of them was a small girl, seemingly untouched by whatever had taken over the rest of the area. She knelt, weeping, at the far edge of the landing. Kira approached, trying to console her, and escort her out of the area.

Of course it was a trap. The young girl stabbed Kira in the ribs with a talon far larger than her size would lead you to believe possible. It left a hole in Kira’s side, which immediately began pouring blood onto the rocky earth. Upon striking, the girl transformed into a small purple bunny-ish creature with a mouth larger than it’s head. It began hopping back and forth, clearly excited over something.

The team made a break for the end of the path in an attempt to extricate Kira and get out before whatever happens happens. That wasn’t to be.

Kasey jumped across a gap to get into the thick of things quickly. As the rest of the team took more cautious means of approach. As she landed, the bunny roared, and all the people roared in response. This triggered some kind of fear response in Kasey, and she blindly scrambled backwards; right into a magma pool.
Lily unloaded on it with her shotgun, but didn’t appear to do any damage.
Kira managed to crawl away from the rabbit, recover her sword, and carve a small groove into it’s chest. That’s the point where the rabbit hulked out. It grew in size and muscle mass (and apparently teeth). At the same time, the townsfolk began to merge into horrific constructs, merging into each other and becoming large amalgams of people.

The team managed to snag Kira with a spirit, and cart her back a ways, while making a tactical retreat. Kasey, covered in magma, frantically attempted to scrape the burning off, while her regenerative abilities kept her alive and burning.

Kira, in something of a blood lust, had to be Influenced to get her to make her way towards the elevator. Now, moving under her own power, she was able to do so. The rabbit bounded across gaps in the path and made it way towards them, locking onto Lily as the only real threat at the moment. It clamped onto her shoulder, and bit through her collarbone and ribs. She managed to break free of the creature, but at the expense of her arm and some of her shoulder.
Venus and Ta’Lon, on standby with some much reduced spirits, were able to sweep up the last of the team and deposit them into the elevator. Kasey was left behind as a smouldering pile of ash and earth.

They were not in great shape. Kasey was dead, Lily mortally wounded (though stable), Ta’Lon was nearly passed out from drain, leaving only Venus as the most capable runner standing. They managed to get everyone loaded into the pickup truck and made a dash for the exit, only to find it blocked by KRIEG, Mr. Smith, Jonathan Maverich, and their City Master. Venus panicked and tried to find another way off-site. Remembering the VTOL pilot outside, they called him in for an emergency evac [GM Note: Inconsistency in EM field].

He flew in, picked up the team, and flew off; only to crash into the EM barrier that was surrounding the facility. This crashed the VTOL, knocked Ta’Lon & Lily out, and left Venus as the only member of the team still conscious. She summoned a spirit of earth and had it tunnel under the EM field, and speed them to the plane waiting on the air strip.

Arriving back in Seattle, Kira was patched up and “delivered” to Mr. Green. After an emotionless reunion, he paid the agreed upon sum and offered to have Lily patched up in the Tri-Fecta clinic. She was also set up with a new arm, at cost.

Ms. Shadow was not as enthused as Mr. Green, stating that the agent the team was sent to return was not returned as requested. And while it was freed of it’s cage, that was only half a job and thus only earned half the pay. She clearly wasn’t speaking of Kira. This confrontation put Ms. Shadow on the “Do Not Work With” shitlist that Venus keeps in her head.

Interlude 1
Downtime Hijinx


Venus – A group of ten former entanglements protested the Nightside. Nightside under investigation for trafficking drugs. Grey tree with purple leaves sprouted in the middle of the dance floor.

Pepzone – @ Doctor getting checked out for a persistent cough

Lily – Pops had a run in with two asian Elvis Impersonators that left him shaken. Summoned Chaunzaggoroth and traded Karma for Cash.

Ta’Lon – Bound a force 6 Air spirit with 5 services (correct me if I’m wrong there). Received a blank email from Tir na nOg.

THX – Reunited with Mario (the free agent). Met Pulsar and was shown the master
Kasey – Tried to recover Aztechnology shipping manifest, ran into former colleague Zolin and fought. Survived by jumping out of window.

Team was contracted by Ms. Shadow to recover an asset that has failed two check-ins.
She has offered 60,000 for recovery and safe delivery of the asset from her current whereabouts.

At the same time, Mr. Green contracted the team to recover his step-daughter. He is offering 100,000 for her safe return.

Venus in retrograde

The Job
Find a way to rescue Venus & THX from the Northlands by raiding the Tri-Fecta Industries R&D facility.

The Pay
Any recovered equipment from the facility can be kept

The Outcome:
Karma: 6
Nuyen: ???

Found a machine labeled Project R.I.F.T.S., activated it and jumped in.
PepZone’s drones recovered a fair amount of miscellaneous drone parts, and one unknown piece of equipment (a small computer box with five tubes, each leading to a larger metal loop).

The Astral Quest (Parts 1-3)


The Job
Find a way out of the Northlands

The Pay

The Outcome
Met “Lavos”, met up with team (See Venus in retrograde), saw Lavos possessed Cassondra in B-Side, killed her, recovered Aquarius Key, unlocked chest containing Lavos in order to meet her the first time (time loop).

Project KAERN


The Job

  • Break into an Alpha-Omega server farm to locate documentation on Project Kaern
  • Determine how wall is being created and recover sample
    SIDE JOB (AO): Provide false information to TriFecta
    SIDE JOB (Bozhevillya): Taint the source of the wall project

The Jonson
Mr. Green (Tri-Fecta Industries)

The Pay
12,000 for the documentation
12,000 for the sample

BOUNTY: 500,000 for the Book of Harrow

The Outcome
Karma: 8
Nuyen: 4,000/runner + 4000 into group fund
Venus & THX trapped in the Northlands

Now you're thinking with portals


The Job
Protect Gillean Innsmouth for 24 hours
Performs several rituals around specific places in town
(TF side job: record and report the entire process)
(AO side job: “help” with the ritual)

The Jonson
Ms. Shadow

The Outcome
5 Rituals completed, 3 of which opened portals to elsewhere
2 Failed
Gillian Innsmouth survived, taken to Sunrise Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation

Pumpkin Patches

The Job
Tommy “The Clamps” Malone (disguised as a Razor Head gang member) hires the team to “take care of” Halloweeners in 5 locations, and collect their pumpkin patches as proof.
• A stuffer shack
• A Warehouse
• The Jack’o’Lantern
• A facility
• An empty field
Tommy doesn’t care how many patches are recovered, so long as two sites were assaulted.

The Pay
350¥ per patch recovered

The Outcome (No Karma, Savage)
Team recovered 23 pumpkin patches (8,050¥ = 1,610¥ each)
Team BURNED DOWN the Jack’o’Lantern
Team kept the Stuffer Shack as a base for THX

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