Ohio Shadows

Stars in the Shadows

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When you’ve went months without decent pay, a run offer is always welcomed. Through their fixers and in Boom Boom’s case, her mother, the four were told that a Mr. Johnson was hiring runners for an upcoming run. Anxious to hear more details, the group is sure to show up on time (and for the most part, much earlier) than the scheduled 8 PM rendezvous.

Brief conversation was made over the three various colored suzuki mirage bikes that Boom Boom, Gideon, and Tevtey Black brought to the meet. Not knowing the others, the runners quickly made their way to the Johnson’s limo described to them by their contact. A well dressed Ork greeted them surprisingly without any scans for weapons and they piled into the back of the Nightsky Limo to meet their potential Employer.

As it turns out, the Mr. Johnson was a bit of a Matrix Celebrity. Giovanni, producer of SimSense Criminal Reality shows such as “Captured”, and “You wreck it, you buy it”. His offer, as the group found, was a bit unorthodox. The task was simply to capture three scenes under the recordings of a SimRig.

Giovanni explained he hopes to make a compilation of runners that will satisfy his target audience’s need for an adrenaline rush. The scenes, were to include a fight scene, a high speed chase, and a celebration. After some back and forth negotiation on top of the realization of just how desperate a Shadowrunner would have to be to actually take the job of glamorizing the lifestyle, the team started to talk out a plan. The pay seemed to be based on quality, and as long as the fight scenes were fair, the high speed chase was captured, ended with a celebration, pay could be in the ranges of 1500-2000 Nuyen. Giovanni’s eyes lit up when he explained a truly quality film would have to include an explosion, which would almost guarantee a 3000 Nuyen payment.

On top of Giovanni’s offer, it seemed another individual who went by the name, “Mr. Adams” was willing to offer 500 Nuyen per each request that was fulfilled during the recording:
1. The high speed chase scene was recorded downtown around 11:00 PM tomorrow and that the Ares billboard was scene in the shot
2. Sometime during the run someone announced, “It’s time for a celebration” and the group indulged in enjoying a bag of Whammos.
3. Sometime during the run someone offered the line, “Nothing beats my Ares” and an Ares model gun is shown.
4. An altercation is recorded at the Pyramid Club.
5. At least two Lonestar patrol cars are disabled.
6. An explosion is recorded near a certain Stuffer Shack at approximately 9:00 PM tomorrow

The team gawked at being nothing more than ad placement but after realizing how dry work has been, they found they had no choice. Legwork was put to work on establishing a plan and the group settled on instigating two gangs they have encountered (The Bramblers & The Emerald Shoguns) into a gang war to satisfy the action scenes of their run. The explosion was put mostly into the hands of Argent who had demolition training and group did good on scouting out locations before hand to get a feel of the areas.

To instigate the gang war, Tevtey and Boom Boom decided it best they talk to the Emerald Shoguns due to their Japanese features and Argent went along with Gideon to speak to the Bramblers. The Emerald Shoguns were skeptical at first upon being approached by the two female runners, but due to a tip given earlier by Tevtey, they seemed to take the bait that their recently stolen bikes were going to be parted out at a certain Stuffer Shack (which was also conveniently rigged to display a nice light show/explosion).

The Bramblers however were not so accepting of Argent and Gideon. After getting harassed by one of the gang members, the two runners made their way inside the bar to wait to talk to the Bramblers in charge. Apparently, this must’ve been one of the Brambler’s favorite hangouts because the two Street Samurai found themselves surrounded by red and black Brambler jackets. Upon hearing some talk outside the bar, Argent alerted Gideon that they should go check on his sportsbike which at the time was being knocked over and decorated with some gang art. Argent quickly subdued a quick draw gang member who greeted him at the door and Gideon burst through the bar’s front window to greet those who were vandalizing his bike outside. Greeting the graffiti artist with a right hook, Argent quickly accompanied Gideon in the parking lot and insuring distance was kept with their guns drawn, the two made their get away with Argent riding on the back of a new Brambler scorpion bike.

The rest of the run went rather well with the group achieving most of their objectives. The explosion on top of a Stuffer Shack gave a nearby news van it’s report while the Bramblers and Shoguns duked it out in the parking lot. Tevtey showed off some of her driving skills and lead the group away from the chaos which Gideon found to be excellent material for recording.

Argent made sure to include business inside his business and did a favor for his Fixer, “Sparky” by getting the owner of the Pyramid to pay his debt all the while giving the Pyramid some much needed action with the assistance from the others.

The chase scene included a capture of the Ares billboard as planned which seemed to sport a nice Brambler’s gang symbol tatooed over it and Boom Boom made short work of her Brambler pursuers with some well timed grenades. The Dwarf Adept’s luck ran out however when she made the mistake of following Gideon down a one way street and colliding with a stopped car. The impact left her mirage inoperable and she had no choice to leave it behind hitching a ride with Gideon.

Enjoying their ending scene at a local bar and completing their last objective of “it’s time to celebrate” with a bag of Whammos, the group contacted their Johnson to notify him of a job complete. Ensuring before their recordings are released, the runners agreed to lay low outside of town for a while and headed to Cincinnati in hopes of editing their identities out of the recordings.

All in all, the run went great, and made for plenty of opportunities to give the newbies to 4th edition chances to roll dice. We found out the ramming rules in the vehicle section are broken and will probably wing those when encountered and also found out that the opposition will need more dice to give the runners more of a challenge in combat.

Next run should be interesting, and now that we got the introductions out of the way, I’m sure the runners can look forward to more options for pay.

° Any chummers catch the noise ground zero @ c-bus last night?
• Siphon

° If by noise you mean a wreckless westwind full of deviants disobeying Gridguide speed warnings while eluding and shooting at a horde of Bramblers? Nah… didn’t see any of that.
• Clown-0

° Geez, I thought the Bramblers had a pair. I heard they got fraggin’ beat down on their own turf.
• Revis

° Revis, you do know a frequent poster here is part of the Bramblers right?
• Snow

° Oh, I’m sorry, fact/truth isn’t supported here now?
• Revis

° Cut the drek. Can we get back to the topic? Crossfire, you’re new here, any chance ya know them? Cuz I got a credstick that says it’s not locals.
• Siphon

° Wouldn’t happen to be the same Credstick acquired from an Ork incredibly lousy at 5 card poker would it?
• Clown-0

° Neg on that Siphon, I like to stay out of gang affairs.
• Crossfire

° Slot it Clown-0, and Revis, come near Brambler area, I’ll show ya what we got.
• Tomb

° Sigh.
• Siphon



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