Having doubts about their last Mr. Johnson’s credibility, the crew spent a little time on trying to track down a hacker to edit their faces out of the SIM recording. Coming up with a few contacts, the group realizes they’ll have to put their trust in someone and why not it be the man who showed them trust to begin with? Taking their recordings and SIM Modules back to Giovanni’s drop off point, the team collects their pay. Giovanni informs them that they should see the project finished in about 6 months and he thanks them for the recording’s quality.
Gideon’s Fixer rang through on the commlink and upon picking it up, she explained that she had yet another run. Not one to turn down paying work, Gideon asked for more details. It seemed the Employer wanted to assemble a group for a bit of extraction work. However, he only wanted to meet with one individual.
The meet occurred at a local coffee shop and Gideon went over the details with the Mr. Johnson who spared no time in getting to the point. Two delivery vans that would be unmarked would be carrying precious cargo in one of the vans to the airport from one of the Ares facilities. The cargo was to be extracted and brought back to the Mr. Johnson. Gideon negotiated a little hazard pay and half of the payment upfront for him and his team.
After going over the details and covering the basics with the Johnson, Gideon left to meet up with the others to discuss a plan. Many ideas were thrown around in the group. One involved switching out the cargo before it left the Ares facility, and another involved taking the cargo as it was on route. There was still much legwork to be done, and the job was to be completed in two days. The intel they had suggested that the two vans would be taking either of two routes to the airport. Both routes yielded roughly around the same time of travel time due to traffic on one, and the distance on the other. The vans also would be complimented with six guards in each totaling 12 guards to be dealt with. The cargo would be in a briefcase which both of the vans carried.
The team decided to take on the job, and contacted the Mr. Johnson to confirm their involvement. Upon speaking to Gideon, the employer handed off a hacker contact who might yield more intel for the run but his services wouldn’t come for free. A call was placed to the hacker who dubiously was named, “Scramble”. Scramble about choked on the cheese puff he was eating when the corporation Ares was dropped in the conversation. Through his reluctance, he agreed to dig up what he can provided he was paid 1,500 Nuyen now, and more would come upon delivery of his info.
Waiting on the hacker’s results, the group decided that they would scout out both of the possible routes the vans would take tomorrow and layout ambush spots on both as well as the total travel time it would take. To Boom Boom’s surprise though, a news trid reported an attempted cyber break in at one of the local Ares facilities and possible SIN compromises of the employees and clients. A two year credit reporting/monitoring service would be offered to those involved, but more importantly, this meant that the information of the run was potentially compromised. It seemed Scramble wasn’t entirely a ghost in the machine during his digging.
The next day the team followed up on their plan and scouted out the routes. They noticed several unmarked vans coming from the facility and going to the airport so this type of a delivery wasn’t out of the ordinary. As they followed the routes closer to the airport, they settled on several ambush spots that featured overpasses and areas to snipe from. It was just as the group was returning from their scouting that Gideon received a call from the hacker Scramble to report his findings. After a little chastising for his cyber bumble, Scramble explained he was successful in capturing profiles for the guards assigned to the vans as well as important details regarding the route and placement of the cargo.
Reluctantly, Gideon paid an additional 1,500 for the information and was granted images along with security profiles of each of the guards except for two who seemed to be contracted runners for the delivery. One of the runners also seemed to be the magic support of the team which meant trouble. Scramble also informed that the guards would have no knowledge of which of the vans carried the cargo as a sequencer program randomly decides which van’s briefcase will carry the true cargo. The same sequencer code randomly decides which route the vans will take as well. Luckily for the team, Scramble was able to put a back door program in the route sequencer and upon Gideon’s instruction, placed a line of code in to have the vans take the longer route.
Now that the team knew which route the vans would be taking, they set to work on fulfilling their shopping list of explosives, flash bangs, gas masks, and hard hats. Without following proper city code procedures, the team went about “borrowing” some construction cones and signs to litter along their ambush site to make it look more like road repair rather than road demolition. Packing a few potholes with gravel and homemade explosives, the group felt pretty confident about their plan until a Lonestar patrol car stopped to question them. It seemed he had stopped due to the construction crew (the runners) not having proper authorization to perform road work. He informed them not to perform any more work until they went through the proper protocol, and went on his merry way much to the group’s relief.
Everything else transpired uneventful until 9:35 AM the next day which is when the runners anticipated the vans to be arriving to the assault area. Detonating one of the bombs in excellent precision, Boom Boom took out the first of two van’s under carriage making it effectively immobile. The second van however seemed to react very quickly and turned out of the way just in time which seconds later proved to be a wise choice as the second bomb went off spraying gravel and shrapnel into the air.
Now that the jig was up, everyone leapt into action. Argent came out of hiding firing at the first van’s driver’s side window. The bursts of fire opened up a nice size viewport through the bulletproof glass which allowed Boom Boom to drop a flashbang inside. Gideon realizing the second van was still mobile, zoomed ahead in his mirage bike and hopped off to roll a frag grenade under the escaping vehicle.
To Boom Boom’s surprise, the flashbang she had dropped inside the van came flying back out as the startled guard reached for his pistol. Luckily, Argent was much quicker and chucked the flashbang back inside which rebounded nicely to the back of the van. Feeling the flashbang wasn’t enough, Boom Boom added a tear gas cannister to the mix and tossed it to the back of the van as well. Shouts of “Grenades” and “Look out!” came from inside as the Ares security force scrambled for the explosives.
The second van was attempting to get away and gunned it which forced Gideon to correct the angle of his grenade by rolling it closer. Feeling one wasn’t enough, Gideon tossed another just to be sure and then booked it a safe ways away. Argent anticipating the passenger, hurried around the back of the van and closed in on a female guard who had exited the van with a pistol drawn. Surprisingly, she wasn’t such an easy target for melee and the two wrestled for a bit just as the deafening pop of the flashbang and the dispersement of the tear gas erupted from within the van.
Unknown to the group, Raze, who was one of the runners assigned to the mission was mind linked to the Shade, the mage in the second van. With a telepathic message, Shade informed his crew to break out the emergency gas masks. Unfortunately though, the frag grenades rendered the second van inoperable and the van careened off the highway into a ditch shaking up the occupants a bit. From there on it was a pretty straight forward gunfight. Argent ended up taking the female Ares guard as a meat shield as he fired on those exiting the second van. Boom Boom tangled with Raze who even through his disorientation managed to hit her with a spray of bullets which penetrated her jacket.
Gideon tossed in a frag grenade along with Argent who in turn then tossed his human meat shield which resulted in softening up the second van’s guard detail as well. The human mage who hopped out of the passenger side of the van was quickly met with Gideon’s unmerciful shots and Argent along with Boom Boom collected the two briefcases from the vans. Argent quickly Hopped into the westwind which was waiting nearby with Tevtey in it, the other two followed on their bikes eluding the scene.
The group quickly disposed of the briefcases at the drop off which yielded them the rest of their pay. Deciding to lay low for a bit, they were surprised to hear that very same day that they had another job from Gideon’s Fixer. After an unorthodox meeting in one of the Peep Show rooms of a Brothel, Gideon was informed that he would be in charge of forming a team to plant monitoring devices in a certain structure to grant the Johnson surveillance capabilities over the building. Agreeing to the payment conditions, Gideon informed the team and awaited the data package which would contain the details of the building, mission parameters, and expected resistance.
The mission went rather smoothly with the group taking a different avenue than I originally foresaw them taking. I was happy they did a little legwork and was willing to pay some of their credits out to make intel a priority. Also, with the purchasing of the flashbangs and teargas proved to be quite helpful when tackling the Ares security guards.
I expected the two opposing runners “Raze” & “Shade” to be more of a challenge but I think the PCs did as well which is why they quickly dealt with the two upon recognizing them. In situations where I want to give the group more of a challenge, I’ll be sure to amp up the grunts a bit more. But for now, the team is operating pretty well on easy street :)
° That was a hell of a mess near the airport.
° That’s why I don’t text and drive.
° Neg, I’m talking about the mess near the underpass… terrorists, really? I smell a hit and run.
° I agree, and the involvement of the two Ares delivery vans tells me there is one AAA megacorporation who is really going to be pressing the streets for these “terrorists”.
° When does the media learn? Terrorists bomb buildings, poison the water, and broadcast creepy beheadings… they don’t pay Ohio highways a visit for a little extraction work.
° I dunno, from the look at the civilian body count, I wouldn’t put it past a terrorist group.
° Silly girl, ya can’t even spot a megacorporate cleanup when ya see it. • Clown-0
° Agreed. Those civies were silenced after the fact.
° Well, one thing is for sure.
° What’s that?
° Whoever these cats are, the Ohio Shadows are about to get a whole lot more interesting.