Worried that something is wrong with KrakkenSR’s ever growing sweet tooth and it’s potential connection to his previous infection with bug parasites, Thunderbird627 asks Juggs to take him to meet Egg Shen again.
The Spider has recently renovated some of Crane’s old headquarters into a deluxe hotel and casino with a state of the art VR horse track. But, someone has been rigging the ponies. He wanted the Nerf Herders to bring him culprit, alive.
After an argument of what to do if it is the Senator’s Son, who was already in trouble once with the Yakuza. They follow up on some intel about the magic item he was using to assist his luck. the Item should be with the elves of Tir Tairngire after he got into trouble there. It is unlikely that the Senator could have rescued his son from the Elven government and his Magic artifact.
They spend the night gambling and following up on a few leads. B.A.G. recognizes an old dwarf lady at the slots as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Han, buddies up with a high roller from Texas. And Jugg’s spied two elves that the Nerf Herders had been trapped with in Detroit. Upon recognizing Juggs they attempted to Flee, which lead to Juggs causing such a scene that Hotel Security had to intervene.
While for sure an odd coincidence, considering the suspected involvement of elves, it seems that the elves were there for some other reason. Finally when the races began Thunderbird was able to go full VR and spotted some marks on a couple of the virtual horses that did not belong there. He succeeded at placing a marker on another VR user at the race only to discover that it was security. He Jacked off and tried again, finally finding the person behind this. he placed three marks and then scanned location. He fed it to B.A.G. and threw punch after punch against this other hacker, whom he suspected from their limited conversation was another Technomancer. B.A.G. located the other technomancer and knocked his meat unconscious.
When asked why Thunderbird would turn in a fellow Technomancer, he replied, “It’s the job. We task this risk as runners. If he didn’t want scrapped he’d have kept ‘is head down and did somethin’ else for cred.”