Running Uphill

Session Three
Rat Packs & ROM Hacks

Now in possession of the long sought after optical disc, the team decided to confirm that it was in fact what their employer was looking for before turning it over. Crescent Striker and Chalk traveled back to The Cathode Glow in search of a device old enough to play the disc, and paid the owner to keep the hackers in the bar from interfering. The disc was revealed to contain an encrypted music file that made it virtually unplayable.

Chalk hired a trusted hacker through ShadowSEA to decrypt the file, who partly succeeded. The hacker reported that the disc contained two layers of encryption, the first of which was easily bypassed, the second of which was designed to destroy the data on the disc should it be tampered with. Striker decided that his mechanic contact, Silver, might be able to give further information on how to deal with the disc.

Striker and Ariel arrived at the garage and met with Silver at her garage, who jury-rigged a contraption with which to play the half-decrypted disc while upgrading Striker’s cyberarm. The music, while not of a particularly good quality, was discernible after some tinkering. After some prompting and looking at the inscription on the disc (Carrion Sessions ’48), Silver recalled hearing about Carrion Studios, a recording label.

The team made a copy of the recording and returned to base to find Ahriman and Chalk putting away a statuette of Baron Samedi and a dismantled pistol respectively. While deciding whether to hand the disc over to Mr. Johnson immediately or to investigate further, Ahriman was overcome with a distinct feeling of unease, the reason for which is unknown. With that, he effectively convinced the team to continue investigating.

Striker discovered the location of Carrion Studios, now bankrupt and reacquired. They traveled there and met with Stan Latsky, the janitor there. After revealing that the studio declined due to embezzlement on the part of several members of the upper-management, Latsky mentioned Simone Derringer, the ex-head engineer, as a possible source of further information. Latsky then allowed Ariel and Ahriman into the records room, which lead to the events which are now known as The Devil Rat Massacre.

Narrowly avoiding death, the team spent the next hour sorting through the mess of records, eventually finding a box containing an account of a recording session that took place with one JetBlack, matching the ‘JB’ scrawled on the disc. The account revealed that the recording took place in secret, and confirmed that Simone Derringer was involved.

The team found out through their Mr. Johnson that Simone had moved to the Barrens after suffering from BTL abuse, and was currently making her living selling the same devices that lead to her downfall. It was here that the second and final law of Ahriman’s apartment was broken, as the team ordered pizza straight to his door and got pizza sauce everywhere. None of the team has been punished by death as of yet. One can only assume Ahriman has begun a decade long plot to enact his own brand of justice.

The team traveled to the Barrens and Ariel met with her by posing as a drug addict in need of a fix. He revealed his true purpose shortly afterwards, however, and Simone invited the team to her house in order to discuss the matter further. It was here that the team met Louis, who thoroughly freaked out the vast majority of the team with his cryptic messages while they waited for Simone to return with their information.

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Session Two
Dive Bars and Junkyards

Now in the possession of Nabo’s commlink and fearing the worst, the team built a Faraday cage in which to activate the commlink, lest it be destroyed by nefarious hackers or built in security measures. Once satisfied that it was safe, the team opened up the commlink and discovered an email advertising the sale of an optical disc that matched the description given by the Johnson. The source of this email: A hacker named Zipper.

The team tracked Zipper to the Cathode Glow, a bar catering mainly to hackers. En route, Ariel disappeared and met with her contact, Sharon Norris, selling the contact/scheduling/personal details of rising star Nabo out from under the rest of the team for a healthy sum of nuyen plus some knowsofts to help with dealing with the nerdy hackers of the Glow.

In the Cathode Glow, Striker’s robo-apendages were hacked by mischievous patrons, Ariel played video games with Zipper and her girlfriend, and Ahriman stunbolted a poor innocent man quietly into submission for hacking Striker. After a short while, Zipper was questioned and gave up the location of the man selling the optical disc: Kerwin Loomis, owner of The Coda.

Upon arriving at The Coda, the team discovered a small group of gangers known as The Trashers (whom Striker would later befriend) as well as an open fire escape at the back of the bar. Heading through the fire escape, the team stumbled upon a junkyard in which a Shangri-La strike force was attempting to apprehend Loomis, who was hiding somewhere in the rubble.

The team quickly dispatched the Shangri-La force and questioned Loomis himself. Loomis was found to have the disc on his person, and claimed that it was willed to him by his father, who had passed away very recently. The team debated buying the disc or taking it by other means, eventually deciding on convincing Loomis that the disc was a danger-magnet.

Loomis gave the disc up, and the team found that the words ‘Carrion Sessions ’48, JB. For enlightenment, seek out absent friends’ were written across it. The team took the disc back to Ahriman’s place for further analysis, thus breaking Ahriman’s vow and officially making his apartment their base of operations.

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Session One
Introductions

Codename Crescent Striker arrived on the Shadowrunning scene and was quickly adopted into Trance’s latest team alongside Ariel (unsatisfied with her previous fixer), Chalk (unsatisfied with his hindrance of a reputation) and Ahriman (generally satisfied and already working for Trance.)

After greetings were over, the team set off to meet their Mr. Johnson, a flamboyant troll named Darius St. George. Their mission, which they chose to accept, was to track down an optical disc (allegedly stolen from Darius’ employers’ home) and return it.

The group’s initial legwork lead them to a young ork rock star named Nabo, who had been contacted as a possible buyer for the disc. The team discovered that Nabo was performing at a converted warehouse the following night, and after scoping out the location, endeavored to acquire Nabo’s commlink for further clues.

After a brief skirmish involving Ariel, some flirting, a number of ork security guards and an unconscious dwarf rigger, an invisible Ahriman infiltrated the warehouse and stole away with the commlink amidst the distraction of a rioting crowd.

The team returned to Ahriman’s apartment, who swore that it would not become the team’s base of operations, and threatened the team with death should they order pizza. Chalk set about finding contacts to provide Ariel with hacking skillsofts with which to access the commlink, during which the rest of the team sat back and relaxed.

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