ShadowRun - Blood and Shadows

Battle in Auburn

[[[03:23:2075:20:12:32]]]
<<<< THIS IS A NEWSNET EXCLUSIVE!!!!!!! >>>>

A daring mid-day exchange of gunfire occurred in Auburn today as gang rivalry reached new levels of violence. On the corner of SE 320th and SE 162nd ave, the ‘Broken Tusker’ Bar (a notorious Biker bar and hangout of The Ancients, an all Elf Gang classified by the Seattle Governor as a hate group) was destroyed in a series of explosions that my sources say came from over a dozen grenades. The Bar was destroyed and all inside would appear to be dead, but the assailants ( as yet unidentified, but some in the neighborhood thought they heard ’SAMOAS!" yelled out just before the outburst of violence ) chased after unidentified individuals trying to escape in a van.

A Knight Errant first response officer arrived shortly after the assault, but was murdered in the line of duty, his body and KE vehicle blown up near the intersection of 162nd and 322nd.

An abandoned and blown up van, as well as another heavily damaged vehicle was secured in the third crime scene (326th and 162nd). Witnesses told our sources that a violent gun fight between two groups broke out here and several were slain. Sources tell us that at least 3 persons escaped this gunfight – one on foot and the other two escaped via car.

Knight Errant has initiated a drag net and pulled video and drone surveillance from the district to determine the identities of those involved.

More as it develops, brought to you by NewsNet!

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Three Little Indians

[[[03/22/2074:02:42:13]]

Ho Chummers, KJ with a job offer. Kind of a charity run, compared to the last job you did for me, but such is the way of Nuyen in the shadows. The Salish have posted a reward for information and/or the location of a missing tribe member. Details were sketchy – but I’ve dug up a little more info to get you started. File attached below

[Missing Persons Report]
_Robert ‘Sanquin’ Wolf-Brother, Salish Shidhe Elf from the Cu Cal Shein Tribe.
Last known whereabouts: Redmond, Seattle UCAS, May 2073

Reward for known location and/or extraction: 10,000Y
Contact SSC Representative Kyle SnowWalker at the Council Island Inn for reward_

[Report Concluded]

So yeah, initially not a lot to go on, but I did some digging and found out ‘Sanquin’ ran the shadows a bit before dropping off the grid, mostly in Redmond and Puyallup and mostly for a Fixer named Ricardo Rodriego. He’s a Dwarf and his rep is solid enough that he gets steady low-level work for his runners. He works out of The Armadillo (Puyallup) most nights.
Sanquin seemed to run with mostly two other runners; Brick and Dresden. Brick’s a big ass Troll and Dresden is supposed to be some street mage. Turns out they are missing too, been gone some 6 months or so it seems.

Look, this job seems like a big pain in the hoop but getting in good with the SSC and Council Island may be a good career move. It doesn’t pay up front, so no one has really gone out of their way to track the guys down. I’m curious enough to spot 2,500Y up front if you guys take the job. Three runners going missing without ANYONE knowing about it has my attention, and given the whole debacle that was kicked up during your last run, I want to know these guys didn’t end up Azzie CID zombies.

So are you guys in or out?

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Lair of the Ratt

The Runners finally corner Nova Ratt in his lair and the confrontation leads to startling and terrible discoveries. Only after the final showdown and extraction do the runners realize that they had all been exposed to some kind of vaporous psychedelic hallucinogenic drug cocktail – the Decker had some kind of BTL inducing modification on the Deck he so recently acquired (leading the Decker to begin an audio/visual ride mid-run) and the dozens of people strapped onto gurneys and having undergone twisted surgery… were they really starting to sing? To move? Why the hell would 12 people be daisy chained by data cables and blood transfusion equipment to a Host Computer? What was the purpose?

And finally, only afterwards as the dawn of the new day begins can they ask themselves…

“Who incinerated Nova Ratt, just as he was about to start spilling the beans?”

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On the Trail of the Nova Ratt

The Runners, hired by King James to uncover who is gathering information on him – and his family, have uncovered a far reaching plot to uncover dirt on various persons in the Seattle Shadow community. “Nova Ratt” – a Technomancer hired to dig up the paydata on numerous targets (including Crime bosses, runners, street docs and fixers) has been tracked down after several false leads.

His lair – an abandoned Cannery and warehouse facility in Tacoma, has been uncovered and now the team must move to catch the Ratt before he bolts….

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The Den of Vice

The night before valentines day, the runners are contacted by King James and put in touch with a Mr. Johnson who wants to hire them. The job was simple: locate and destroy a lethal BTL chip algorithm that is causing users to die.
They track down the source (the street gang ‘The 21’s" were manufacturing BTLs out of the old abandoned Wilson High School in Tacoma). The runners raided the site, killing several gangers before finding their target. But not before a mysterious hacker called ‘Nova Ratt’ played havoc with the team’s Decker.
The runners destroyed the lethal master chip and uncovered an encrypted file marked “King James, personal, Family.” They turned the (unread) file over to King James, who paid them handsomely for the data and put them ‘on retainer’ to track down the source and origin of this file. “Nova Ratt” is the suspect – but with next to no information on the (suspected) Tecnomancer, the runners must track down any leads the old fashioned way….

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"Manhunt"
"... nothing good happens after 3 a.m."

[[01/11/2075]]

An early morning call from King James puts the Team on the clock with a tricky job: Deliver supplies to a farm in the ‘way the hell out there’ Redmond Barrens and then make contact with their employer who needs them to a)defend the farm from recent animal attacks b) investigate a series of brutal killings and figure out what is causing them and c) Stop the killings

Arriving via convoy at around 8 a.m. – the party finds a bedraggled and beaten up ‘shanty farm’ and some shell shocked survivors. Put to task, they help around the farm for a few hours before heading out to investigate two murder sites.

The runners find themselves with the cursory aid of an established ‘old timer’ who has clearly been around the block and knows his Drek. Why he’s out here exactly is unclear… but he seems to be looking for something (someone?) he referred to as ‘Frost.’ But he sure knows a thing or two about parazoology and fragging up awakened critters.

Plenty of evidence is gathered, but no one is sure what it points to: Cannibals? HMHVV infected? Some demon possessed teenager with a rage fueled hunger? Before they can draw concrete conclusions, the farm is under attack as waves of feral dogs and paracritters charge towards the farm…..

After a harrowing series of fights with enraged critters (feral dogs, a Barghest and some hellhounds) – the runners are tore up and ragged. They discovered a ‘White Owl’ was actually a shape changed cannibal mage after it was shot out of the air and died.While recovering.

As they warily continued the watch – something breached the fences and began stalking the farm. Five farmers/militia men were brutally slain before anyone was able to track the ‘thing’ to the entrance of the research/medical lab building… where Whiskey was sleeping off a taxing bout of spell slinging.

Whiskey uses is arcane sight to get a glimpse of ‘it’ before popping a flash/bang and jumping out the window. ‘It’ gave chase and impaled Whiskey on it’s claws before tossing his limp, nearly dead form behind ‘it.’

Pancake fired off a few successful rounds at the invisible terror and it dropped it’s camouflage and charged towards the remaining runners to finish them off. In a hail of gunfire the runners knocked the creature down and finally finished it off after dozens of rounds slammed home. Exhausted, scared and excited, they runners had just experienced their first encounter with a modern day nightmare- a Wendigo.

They were able to save the farm, claim the handsome bounty, finish their run and make some friends along the way….

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New Years Eve
>>>>>Hello 2074!<<<<<

[[[Can you pick up some grub on your way here? We’re getting hungry and NiblZ doesn’t want to go yet. I’d kill for a McHugh’s dbl deluxe or even something from the Stuffer Shack]]]

KTHXBY<20:24:28..12-31-73>

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>>>>>>[Getting Biblical]<<<<<<
-- King J <16:24:28/12-22-74>

WARNING: 2048 BIT ENCRYPTED MESSAGE, CROSS/THREADED WITHIN RANDOM 6 SECOND PULSE

Matrix Messenger Service, Delivery Confirmed.

“Okay, I know you and you know me. Leave it at that. I’d like to invite you to a sit-down with other like minded, career oriented individuals. Think of it as a networking session. If everyone clicks then the group can qualify for lucrative business opportunities. Standard finders fee will be collected by myself for any non-direct work.”

King James

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a Knight on the Town

Arturo Mallory’s friends in Lae’Sa are throwing him a ‘welcome home’ party. Wishing to show his appreciation for their part in his freedom, Arturo has extended invitations to the trio (via Ricardo, their fixer) to attend his ‘humble gathering.’

Of interestingly disturbing note – along with the invite came sets of high fashion clothes. All seemingly custom fit for the three Shadowrunners….

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Hunted

>>Knight Errant Incident Report – Redmond Barrens, Abandoned Bus Terminal outside Touristville 2072-4-23<<

Noise complaints and multiple reports of gunshot fire drew an armored response from Knight Errant’s ‘Crusader’ division. First response arrival found several corpses in the initial sweep of the area and several more in an abandoned terminal bathroom. Deceased were identified as a mix of Sons of Volkov and members of the Vory v Zakone syndicate. Early forensics initially pointed to a possible internal feud between the two normally cooperative factions. However evidence was found of at least 1 unidentified subject present during the conflict.

There was also evidence that one member of the deceased died due to exsanguination, which seems to indicate a HMHVV carrier. Astral observations noted a decidedly high background count even for such a violent killing. The area of highest BGC was in the immediate vicinity of the exsanguinated victim. Forensic Hermetic Mages sent ally spirits to investigate astral leads but nothing has been reported back at this time.

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