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| result      = Shadow Haven completed all objectives, Ares security soundly thwarted.
 
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| combatant1  = [[Deimos]] <br> [[Baobhan Sith]] <br> [[Marionette]] <br> [[Frag Face]] <br> [[Luna]] <br> Wolf's Gaze
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| combatant1  = [[Danny Boy]] <br> [[Kay-O]] <br> [[Purkinje]] <br> [[Tanuki]] <br>
| combatant2  = [[Ares Project Pyro bugs]] <br> [[Knight Errant]]
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| combatant2  = [[Ares Macrotechnology]] <br>
| casualties1 = Deimos wounded, Wolf's Gaze wounded.
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| casualties1 = None
| casualties2 = All Bugs KIA
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| casualties2 = Massive property damage, loss of irreplaceable research data
 
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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
The runners were hired to go pull Wolf's Gaze out of the fire by Wolf herself, and got dragged into turning into exterminators.  
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The runners were hired by the Ares internal resistance opposed to Project Pyro with the objective of destroying ritual samples and noting any that were missing. The samples were held in a highly secure facility in Pittsburgh.
  
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
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==The Meet==
 
==The Meet==
Pretty short and to the point here. The runners were offered 30k to go out there and help, saw dollar signs, and agreed.  
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The team met the Johnson in a host made out to look like an American backyard barbecue. The offer was originally 10,000¥ apiece, but Danny Boy talked them up to 11,000¥ and half upfront. As an Ares employee, the Johnson had intimate knowledge of the facility and was able to provide information on both the physical and matrix security.  
  
 
==The Plan==
 
==The Plan==
Kick the wall down, run in screaming, and hit the bugs til they die.  
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The team decided to finesse the job, relying on legwork to support a series of bluffs to get them into the vault where the ritual samples were stored long enough to dispose of them and get out before anyone could stop them.  
(Alternatively: *CONFUSED ANGRY SCREAMING*)
 
 
==The Run==
 
==The Run==
The Runners arrived via air, and stealthily infiltrated the region where the compound was. They found a convenient cave in which to lay low and wait for nightfall, and use Luna's drones to survey the area. With that limited intel, the runners elected to levitate over the fence, and then hit the office building wherein most of the bug infested Firewatch were positioned, while Deimos and BB provided overwatch from the roof of the residential building nearby.  
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The runners flew to Pittsburgh from the Ancients' airfield in Seattle along with an odd-looking team of runners who seemed very knowledgeable about explosives. They bought some Ares corporate-approved clothes to blend in and received a rack of TNT to use on the safe if it came down to it. Purkinje did matrix legwork upfront by searching for online dossiers so Danny Boy could brush up on his con artistry. She also hacked into Ares' Pittsburgh regional host, bricked an important computer attached to facility, and then edited the security database's personnel files to register the team's SINs as authorized to be on site. In addition, she downloaded a strange file labeled, "PROJECT PYRO: MARKET INTEGRATION PLAN FOR SEATTLE." Delphi was unhappy with her for taking it, but she explained her concern for the world's welfare in the face of insect spirit invasion.  
  
Their attempt at providing overwatch went... poorly, as shortly after engaging, Deimos went down, though she did manage to squash a bug with a satellite dish. BB dropped to the ground to drag her out of the line of fire, and handed her over to the Knight Errant officers that elected not to side with the bugs, before taking a burst of MG fire and going down herself. Meanwhile, in the other building, Frag Face splattered the first bug he came across, before engaging in a duel with the MMA trainer bug spirit that took a fair while, while Marionette and Luna provided supporting fire, either personally or via drones.
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With the legwork out of the way, the team pulled up to the facility in meatspace. Knight Errant patrol officers almost caught them casing the perimeter, but they managed to play it off with Danny Boy's considerable face skills. Once at the gate, Danny Boy took on the persona of a highly displeased Ares Lieutenant General, and his bark was so fierce, no one questioned him for more than a moment. With the documentation seeming to back up his story, there was no room for doubt in the poor Ares security peons' minds.  
  
They continued doing the good work for several combat turns, during which time BB got up, whiffed, and then was put firmly back down, before one of the bugs attempted to finish the Banshee off, realizing then what she was. Thankfully, Marionette (I think) managed to distract him from doing more than superficial damage to the Infected, though she remained unconscious until the fight was over, as regeneration takes time. Eventually, Frag Face, Marionette, and Luna were able to destroy the remaining bugs, rescue 40 odd captives from certain infestation, and drag Deimos and BB back onto the airplane before HTR showed up.
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Posing as a hardware specialist on the way in, Kay-O got to work on the vault door and had it open within seconds despite it having a high-tech anti-tampering mechanism. Purkinje kept the cameras occupied while Kay-O picked a mechanical safe inside that turned out not to have been changed from the default combination. Once inside, she browsed the documents and noted which ones appeared to be missing from the filing system per the contract. She rewired the temperature regulator that was keeping the ritual samples stable so that it wouldn't detect the fire she started, nor the bottles of bleach and turpentine she used to clean up. While it burned, Purkinje looked up the missing samples in the Ares database she had a direct connection to. She managed to snag a file labeled, "PLAN TO TARGET PROTOTYPE TRANSHUMAN EX-FIREWATCH LEADER IN SEATTLE."
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Since they managed to avoid setting off any alarms, their way out was relatively unhindered. Tanuki leapt into action, driving the runners through a series of tight alleys like something out of a trid until they were safely out of Pittsburgh and able to rendezvous with the Ancients at the airfield. Unfortunately, they weren't out of the woods yet. Ares VTOL craft pursued them once they were aloft. The craft were dispatched, but the pilots who ejected seemed to disappear mysteriously into thin air.  
  
 
==Aftermath==
 
==Aftermath==
They burned down the facility, dropped Wolf's Gaze and her compatriots off at a location of their choosing, and then returned to Seattle.  
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Ultimately, Ares was thoroughly embarrassed and lost millions of nuyen in property damage. The client was pleased, and the runners were paid as per the contract.  
  
 
==Rewards==
 
==Rewards==
  
*30,000 Nuyen, 40 karma, +3 rep Ex Firewatch, +3 rep Ares: Anti-Project Pyro
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*11,000¥ each, 5 karma each, +3 Rep with ex-Firewatch, +3 rep Ares: Anti-Project Pyro
*+1 PA Frag Face, Luna, and Marionette
 
  
 
===Player After Action Reports (AARs)===
 
===Player After Action Reports (AARs)===
'''Luna -''' Normally I don't pay much mind to Ares, Knight Errant are annoying but ineffective at dealing with organized crime on a large scale, especially when facing a group as powerful as the Ancients (though there are few worth considering our equals). They also aren't direct competitors in arms dealing. Legal purchases of their weapons go through them, we fight the yaks and vory for the illegal purchases. This bug business though...this is something else. It scares me. They dropped a banshee 3 different times (nearly managing to kill her) and sent Marion running scared twice. If the Ancients fight these things head on, we're doomed; we don't have the numbers or the strength to win without partnering with other...lesser groups.
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====Purkinje's Report====
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Have you ever felt like you were just coasting your whole life, then you suddenly woke up and starting seeing yourself in a whole new way? I've had some close calls and all, but every run I've ever been on has been terrifying - anxiety fuel. This time felt different, somehow. It's hard to say exactly what did it. People were depending on me and I pulled through, but that's happened before. I got away without being detected, but that's happened before too. Something about this time felt like I was skating on a razor's edge, and there were a million moving parts to the plan that could've broken down at any point along the way. We did it, though. ''Téch,'' did we do it.
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At first, I was nervous. A lot of the Haven runners have been talking about insect spirits, and it sounded like there was a high chance we'd run into them if things went sideways. The Ares host looked pretty tough, too. Most of my poking around in hosts has been small-time. But hey, the best shadowrunners can do the job without firing a single bullet, right? And I aim to be one of the best, not because I'm prideful but because I owe it to the people who trust me with their lives and nuyen. Anyway, I took time to pray to Delphi for Her favor, and I struck at the host. I got in without raising an alarm and took the time to brick a terminal that was in the facility we wanted to get into. Figured we could pose as tech support and get inside like that, classic con. I was really nervous though, and I had trouble threading my resonance spikes. Danny Boy managed to calm me down, though. He likes to keep things light, and between him and the Oracle, I was able to brick the machine in a few seconds. From there, I broke into the nested host containing the secure files and added fake profiles for the team into the authorized personnel list. Though, uh, not before I found this weird file that had something to do with Ares' insect spirit plans for operating in Seattle. Oracle wasn't happy I took that, but ultimately, she understood.
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I struggled to sleep off the fading, thanks to my damn insomnia. We ended up going to sleep early so we could get up at midnight and catch the facility while they were still figuring out what the hell happened during the night shift. I dressed up in this Ares-themed technician outfit so I could pose as a matrix security assessment specialist and support Danny Boy's ruse. He ended up hardly needing my help, but goddamn if we didn't get straight to the safe room where the samples were being held without trouble. Kay-O was also terrifyingly effective. She had that vault open about as fast as I could loop the security camera feeds, except she was working with meat hands. Handled rewiring the safe like a pro, too. I'll admit my knowledge of hardware is... lacking. All I know is when the stuff is wired up right, I can feel it working. She IDed the missing samples before destroying the ones on site, and I was able to pull info about them from the database before wiping my presence in their system and getting the drek out of there.
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Speaking of getting the drek out of there, Tanuki. Goddamn. I kept thinking we were gonna crash, but every time we came close to a wall or a corner, he snapped around it like it was the most natural thing in the world. My memory becomes pretty foggy at this point. I was really... freaked out? Hypnotized? I don't know a good word for it in English. It felt like how I always imagined ''zarien'' to be, a sudden transcendental awareness that drew my entire focus. I remember being shuffled back into that throwback airplane the Ancients used to get us to Pittsburgh, only now there were Ares VTOLs everywhere. They went down, and there were... things. Something I couldn't quite identify, like spirits of a rare sort. They vanished into thin air up in the atmosphere, no parachutes or anything. I really hope I'm not cursed now.
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Y'know, I think I figured out what made it different. Every step of the way, there were people cheering me on, and I wanted to root for them too. They felt like people I could be friends with. Between the camaraderie and the frequent Sperethiel on this trip, it almost felt like home. Like... like there was somewhere I belonged for once. I've strayed from the ''Mes ti Draesis'' since my parents kicked me out, but... frag it, I'm in no shape to write more. This isn't a diary, anyway. Purkinje the Many-Branching, signing off.
 
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Revision as of 18:58, 7 September 2019

A Shadowrun Based on Poison by Stick and Poke
Date2080-07-9
GMDrBurst
LocationPittsburgh, PA
Result Shadow Haven completed all objectives, Ares security soundly thwarted.
Factions Involved
Danny Boy
Kay-O
Purkinje
Tanuki
Ares Macrotechnology
Casualties and losses
None Massive property damage, loss of irreplaceable research data

Summary

The runners were hired by the Ares internal resistance opposed to Project Pyro with the objective of destroying ritual samples and noting any that were missing. The samples were held in a highly secure facility in Pittsburgh.

Background

Wolf contacted one of her followers to give Wolf's Gaze a hand dealing with some bugs in a secret Ares compound in West Virginia (which I don't remember the name of).

The Meet

The team met the Johnson in a host made out to look like an American backyard barbecue. The offer was originally 10,000¥ apiece, but Danny Boy talked them up to 11,000¥ and half upfront. As an Ares employee, the Johnson had intimate knowledge of the facility and was able to provide information on both the physical and matrix security.

The Plan

The team decided to finesse the job, relying on legwork to support a series of bluffs to get them into the vault where the ritual samples were stored long enough to dispose of them and get out before anyone could stop them.

The Run

The runners flew to Pittsburgh from the Ancients' airfield in Seattle along with an odd-looking team of runners who seemed very knowledgeable about explosives. They bought some Ares corporate-approved clothes to blend in and received a rack of TNT to use on the safe if it came down to it. Purkinje did matrix legwork upfront by searching for online dossiers so Danny Boy could brush up on his con artistry. She also hacked into Ares' Pittsburgh regional host, bricked an important computer attached to facility, and then edited the security database's personnel files to register the team's SINs as authorized to be on site. In addition, she downloaded a strange file labeled, "PROJECT PYRO: MARKET INTEGRATION PLAN FOR SEATTLE." Delphi was unhappy with her for taking it, but she explained her concern for the world's welfare in the face of insect spirit invasion.

With the legwork out of the way, the team pulled up to the facility in meatspace. Knight Errant patrol officers almost caught them casing the perimeter, but they managed to play it off with Danny Boy's considerable face skills. Once at the gate, Danny Boy took on the persona of a highly displeased Ares Lieutenant General, and his bark was so fierce, no one questioned him for more than a moment. With the documentation seeming to back up his story, there was no room for doubt in the poor Ares security peons' minds.

Posing as a hardware specialist on the way in, Kay-O got to work on the vault door and had it open within seconds despite it having a high-tech anti-tampering mechanism. Purkinje kept the cameras occupied while Kay-O picked a mechanical safe inside that turned out not to have been changed from the default combination. Once inside, she browsed the documents and noted which ones appeared to be missing from the filing system per the contract. She rewired the temperature regulator that was keeping the ritual samples stable so that it wouldn't detect the fire she started, nor the bottles of bleach and turpentine she used to clean up. While it burned, Purkinje looked up the missing samples in the Ares database she had a direct connection to. She managed to snag a file labeled, "PLAN TO TARGET PROTOTYPE TRANSHUMAN EX-FIREWATCH LEADER IN SEATTLE."

Since they managed to avoid setting off any alarms, their way out was relatively unhindered. Tanuki leapt into action, driving the runners through a series of tight alleys like something out of a trid until they were safely out of Pittsburgh and able to rendezvous with the Ancients at the airfield. Unfortunately, they weren't out of the woods yet. Ares VTOL craft pursued them once they were aloft. The craft were dispatched, but the pilots who ejected seemed to disappear mysteriously into thin air.

Aftermath

Ultimately, Ares was thoroughly embarrassed and lost millions of nuyen in property damage. The client was pleased, and the runners were paid as per the contract.

Rewards

  • 11,000¥ each, 5 karma each, +3 Rep with ex-Firewatch, +3 rep Ares: Anti-Project Pyro

Player After Action Reports (AARs)

Purkinje's Report

Have you ever felt like you were just coasting your whole life, then you suddenly woke up and starting seeing yourself in a whole new way? I've had some close calls and all, but every run I've ever been on has been terrifying - anxiety fuel. This time felt different, somehow. It's hard to say exactly what did it. People were depending on me and I pulled through, but that's happened before. I got away without being detected, but that's happened before too. Something about this time felt like I was skating on a razor's edge, and there were a million moving parts to the plan that could've broken down at any point along the way. We did it, though. Téch, did we do it.

At first, I was nervous. A lot of the Haven runners have been talking about insect spirits, and it sounded like there was a high chance we'd run into them if things went sideways. The Ares host looked pretty tough, too. Most of my poking around in hosts has been small-time. But hey, the best shadowrunners can do the job without firing a single bullet, right? And I aim to be one of the best, not because I'm prideful but because I owe it to the people who trust me with their lives and nuyen. Anyway, I took time to pray to Delphi for Her favor, and I struck at the host. I got in without raising an alarm and took the time to brick a terminal that was in the facility we wanted to get into. Figured we could pose as tech support and get inside like that, classic con. I was really nervous though, and I had trouble threading my resonance spikes. Danny Boy managed to calm me down, though. He likes to keep things light, and between him and the Oracle, I was able to brick the machine in a few seconds. From there, I broke into the nested host containing the secure files and added fake profiles for the team into the authorized personnel list. Though, uh, not before I found this weird file that had something to do with Ares' insect spirit plans for operating in Seattle. Oracle wasn't happy I took that, but ultimately, she understood.

I struggled to sleep off the fading, thanks to my damn insomnia. We ended up going to sleep early so we could get up at midnight and catch the facility while they were still figuring out what the hell happened during the night shift. I dressed up in this Ares-themed technician outfit so I could pose as a matrix security assessment specialist and support Danny Boy's ruse. He ended up hardly needing my help, but goddamn if we didn't get straight to the safe room where the samples were being held without trouble. Kay-O was also terrifyingly effective. She had that vault open about as fast as I could loop the security camera feeds, except she was working with meat hands. Handled rewiring the safe like a pro, too. I'll admit my knowledge of hardware is... lacking. All I know is when the stuff is wired up right, I can feel it working. She IDed the missing samples before destroying the ones on site, and I was able to pull info about them from the database before wiping my presence in their system and getting the drek out of there.

Speaking of getting the drek out of there, Tanuki. Goddamn. I kept thinking we were gonna crash, but every time we came close to a wall or a corner, he snapped around it like it was the most natural thing in the world. My memory becomes pretty foggy at this point. I was really... freaked out? Hypnotized? I don't know a good word for it in English. It felt like how I always imagined zarien to be, a sudden transcendental awareness that drew my entire focus. I remember being shuffled back into that throwback airplane the Ancients used to get us to Pittsburgh, only now there were Ares VTOLs everywhere. They went down, and there were... things. Something I couldn't quite identify, like spirits of a rare sort. They vanished into thin air up in the atmosphere, no parachutes or anything. I really hope I'm not cursed now.

Y'know, I think I figured out what made it different. Every step of the way, there were people cheering me on, and I wanted to root for them too. They felt like people I could be friends with. Between the camaraderie and the frequent Sperethiel on this trip, it almost felt like home. Like... like there was somewhere I belonged for once. I've strayed from the Mes ti Draesis since my parents kicked me out, but... frag it, I'm in no shape to write more. This isn't a diary, anyway. Purkinje the Many-Branching, signing off.