Paper Gods

You no get free ride!

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.

Egg agrees to look at Krakken, but insists that the Nerf Herders owe him a favor because “Bug Bombs not cheap.” He tells Juggs that he wants the crew to do a job for The Spider.

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.”

Bug out!

With multiple Nerf herders infected with the magical bug spirits, Egg Shen, friend and mentor of Juggs had been working long and hard to tackle the problem on how to remove the infestation from Thunderbird, Krakken, Han, and B.A.G.’s mother.

To witness the strongly magical and complicated ritual, Egg Shen invited another magical adept under his tutelage, an orc named Guldan. With a Military Grade Aerosolized Bug Bomb as a focus he fed the infected a tea, that had been laced with strong drugs to bring the drinking into the Astral, and began the ritual.

The ritual was going fine for Thunderbird and B.A.G.‘s Mother, but Han and Krakken were facing some difficulties pushing their spirits to survive the magical effects. The Raccoon Spirit that had been following them since Detroit had offered Han a choice, He could aide her or help Thunderbird’s lover. She chose herself.

All of them survived the experience, Krakken included. So the Nerf Herders picked up a call from Rio and went straight back to the job. They invited Guldan to come along, at Egg’s insistance.

In the Redmond Barrens one of the Sully’s was reporting less than stellar profits. The Job was merely to report back to the Johnson, Senator Charles Seaver, by way of his body guardMarcus Smith on why this Sully’s was not doing as well as the rest.

The Crimson Crush a local orc street gang had decided to disrepute the establishment. They left poor reviews on matrix sites, they intimidated staff, redirected customers, and vandalized the property. One even went so far as to defecate on a table while Han was buying a cup of soup for a sample. All of the video footage of the gang’s activities were compiled as well as the results of the magical inspection of the soup sample and sent to Marcus as evidence that this is why the Redmond Sully’s was not doing as well in business

From the Feeds 27 April 2078

News Across the Feeds:

Bad luck for the new fast food chain Sully’s here in Detroit. The franchise lost two stores in tragic accidents that has lead Health and Safety officials to shut down the other locations amid public safety concerns. The first location to catch notice, located in Peach Tree MegaBlock was completely destroyed in a fire. Apparently cleaning and pesticide chemicals were being improperly stored, and when exposed to the heat of the grills and fryers, exploded. Only one causality was reported, the manager that came in to open that morning. A second location in the Eastern Market section of Detroit suffered the same fate when, again cleaning agents ignited due to heat from the cooking appliances. Sadly three employees were killed in the blast that occurred just after closing. No word on when or if the other locations in the greater Detroit area may reopen. You’d think that the Sully’s safety policies would be be better, but I guess some corporations really will do anything to save some Nuyen. Here’s hoping the recently opened Seattle franchises have better standards….

NeoNet is set to unveil, what they are promising, is an exciting and revolutionizing new opportunity for the Redmond Barrens. What this Matrix technology giant has in store for the section of Seattle is anyone’s guess, but we’re all waiting excitedly to find out more…

For you sports fans get your fantasy leagues ready, because draft day is right around the corner and there are some exciting new rookies coming out of the college and semi-pro teams…

Move over Karl Kombatmage, Europa really is the triple threat! With the release of her newest action Trid “Death and Destiny”, which she both stars and performs the soundtrack, this girl is unstoppable. The press tour to promote the movie, soundtrack AND her new clothing line kicks off this month. Check her media feeds for the physical and VR locations!

GB Brands, a local Seattle start up has had a record winning quarter on the stock exchange. Share holders have earned impressive dividends for Q2, and things are looking to only go up from here. Investors and Seattle locals should keep on eye on this corp…

Seattle’s nightlife is about to get even more interesting with the opening of the Golden Drake Hotel and Casino in the Downtown District. A wide variety of games are available including an entire room of Pachinko and Slots! Be sure to check out the state of the art VR Horse racing tracks!

A rare deed of bravery and compassion has been done these days. The “ Crimson Crush” gang and private contractors have used their power to make sure the local fair and pizza competition would go without incidents. When questioned the leader of the small force responded with: “‘Dis our neighborhood. We want it nice an’ quiet here, no ruckus. Just brings unneeded heat an’ problems.”
The “Crimson Crush” gang consists mostly off Orks, with a few Trolls and humans, and their assistance was welcomed by all visitors, especially as the local mafia started making trouble. Undeterred by numbers “Crimson Crush” chased them off.
small clip of three Crimson Crush members standing against 20 mafia goons as a human with braided beard jumps into view swinging a Pizza peel, breaking the mafia.
That would stay the only negative event of the evening as the pizza contest calmed minds and filled stomachs with “Mamma Cozzi’s” pizza winning the evening contest. In a gesture of gratitude “Mamma Cozzi’s” offered free pizza for the “Crimson Crush” gang for protecting the event which was, under bellowing applause and jeering, accepted.
The only victim of the fair was the unlucky Mr. Trevor Stetson Sr, who ate one too many strawberry shortcake cupcakes and died from sugarshock. Readers are advised to eat strawberry shortcake cupcakes in moderation to avoid such accidents.

A reminder that election day is coming up! Be sure your voter registration is up to date on your SIN. While not a presidential year there are several important local and federal seats up this term in the U.C.A.S.

Nerf Herding the Stone
Nothing weird ever happens in Roswell, right?

The crew is sent to recover a mysterious black box from a secret bunker located outside former Roswell, NM currently Aztlan territory.

Train Robbery
We're gonna be bad guys

Taking the train home to Seattle? Why not rob it on the way!

Spa Day
You should be flattered, really

The team is still waiting on the intel from Simon, are encouraged to check out the night life of Detroit. The team decides to check out a few spots that are recommended by Simon.

Thunderbird is the first to wake up, he’s laying completely naked on a massage table in a room decorated in traditional Japanese minimalism. Reaching out the Matrix he is only able to find a local network with six silent running devices clustered within a few feet of each other.

MeMaw and Juggs wake up in a Japanese spa room as well being attended by a hospitality drone. BAG wakes up in similar surroundings.

The team, unsure of how or why they are naked in what appears to be a Japanese style spa begin searching for one another. When a hospitality drone attempts to stop MeMaw and Juggs from leaving, Juggs destroys with with her bare hands. A Ork Phys-Adpet is not to be trifled with even when wearing only a soft cotton robe.

Thunderbird makes the starting discovery that when he is actually in contact with his decoy deck he is able to see the Matrix, but when he uses his natural abilities it is once again only a local network with six silent icons.

The team finally all meet up in the room with Thunderbird and shares what information they have. BAG suggests trying to hack one of the icons that Thunderbird is able to see in the weird isolated local network. More hospitality drones and what appears to be a human employee of the spa begin banging on the room door demanding entry.

Thunderbird is able to successfully hack on of the icons, but is unable to determine what the device is as it is not registered and he has never encountered one before. There is a coded series of commands and Thunderbird begins the process of running the commands to see what will happen. As Thunderbird executes all the commands on the device, Juggs falls lifeless to the floor.

Memaw is immediately distraught and blames the robots outside the door, BAG confirms that Juggs body is not just unconscious but lifeless.

Juggs wakes up as the door to the stasis pod opens and disconnects tubing from her. She is in sealed room with five other Stasis pod. Three containing the rest of her team, and two containing a pair of elves she has never seen before. Juggs decides that the best course of action is to get BAG out of the stasis pod next, and lacking any proper tools or ability to interface begins forcibly destroying the stasis pod.

The opening of one pod and attack on the second alerts the people running the stasis pod facility and a person is sent down to investigate. BAg is free of his pod by the time the facility crew come in the door. In the virtual reality BAG falls over dead.

With the room door in the real world open Thunderbird now sees the building’s wifi signal, though weakly as the rest of the room is still shielded. He is able to quickly get in communication with his team on the outside and begin shutting down all the stasis pods in the room. From files he recovers from the central system he learns that BAG and one of the unknown elves was marked to be chopped up and their cyberware sold. Juggs, MeMaw, Thunderbird and the other elf were going to undergo the drugging and mind-wipe process to make them Joy Dolls (sex slaves).

BAG and Juggs make short work of the kidnapper. The rest of the team and the elves are freed from the stasis pods and with the help of the deeply mistrustful elves they fight their way out of the compound and escape into an alley on the streets of Detroit. Once above ground all their devices sync and the team realizes they have lost three days and have several messages from Simon, who has located the information they need to find Lycos.

Detroit City Blues

In the aftermath of Lycos’s abduction the group scurried to track where the Heli-coffin had taken both Lycos and the CyberKnight. Twain’s signal had been located outside of Ares Macrotech HQ in Detroit.

A suborbital flight, a few phonecalls to Rio, and a few nervous hours later, they were in Detroit getting ready to meet with a Local Fixer and Saeder-Krup insider, Simon.. They rented an apartment together and waited to meet him at a nightclub later. After discovering their needs Simon informed that them investigating the whereabouts of Twain and Lycos would take time. He set them up with his local man, Steve, an exmilitary who lived in a van down by the river, and an expert sniper, to help them out with local area information. Instead of going to their new home that night. Juggs went to spend the night with Simon and Thunderbird627 crashed at an abandoned house with the band.

Wanted Dead or Alive

Bobby Ross, Meemaw’s long time friend, contact, and lover landed his plane at their airstrip in Snohomish badly injured. With the gang finally assembled and a medikit doing its job on helping heal Bobby, the group was able to finally get out of him that he and his team had taken a job tracking down a missing PI. It turned out the case was somehow involved in the increase in missing persons where they only found the cyberware remaining. Bobby’s group ran into some trouble at a warehouse. Bobby was able to make it out alive, but he was pretty sure the rest of the team are dead. They researched the data that was recovered, where Thunderbird627 found a bit of code that he recognized as familiar, Lycos was in the matrix with him began telling the entire group that they had to run and get out while they still could. Thunderbird627 then recognized why the data looked familiar, it was Lycos’s OS that let him be more than just an ordinary dog.
The team decided to take a look around the warehouse for several reasons.
1. Whatever was relevant about that data was terrifying Lycos, And no one hurts their dog.
2. If it had programming from Lycos’s OS, it might be worth a considerable amount of Nuyen
3. Bobby’s people were still in there and the team owed him for helping out with that Merrow
4. Cyberware ain’t cheap, and there sounded like there were some spare parts laying around for the taking.

Upon arrival the group discovered a magic rune trap inside the building … as well as a cyborg, Thunderbird627 had dubbed him “Robocop” since he had been researching late 20th century science fiction and the guy was being built by Knight Errant Security Services. All machine and no humanity, the group had decided that Lycos must have been a stepping stone to this, since they had made a non humanoid creature cyber, to be able to make a person completely cyber and suspected the endgame of making a completely synthetic AI. Being a Technomancer and showing up differently on the matrix the Robocop did not attack Thunderbird627, focusing more on Juggs, Meemaw, and B.A.G.’s drones. Juggs suspected that it was drawing power from the runes and broke them as she breaks most things, with her axe. This had the draw back of freeing the Robocop. The group was in over their heads in a straight on fight and so lured him outside. Immediately, a drop coffin container surrounded Robocop and hovered him off. The group was caught off guard by this, but not for long. They discovered the cops were on their way so they grabbed any and all data they could, some cyberware laying around and Bobby’s friends. On the way back Thunderbird627 played some messages from Lycos, each more frantic than the last about intruders and how he is running away. Until a message from Twain, his SRO friend, came through thanking him for finding his brothers. Thunderbird627 messaged Twain that they were coming for their dog and how could he do this to a friend.

Happy Little Accidents
Fish in a Barrel

Lycos takes it upon himself to arrange a meeting with a Johnson, while the group is a little wary about cutting their own fixer out of the loop, they decide not to leave Lycos out to hang and meet with the Johnson.

Under the pretense of being an animal rights group the Johnson represents and organization that is little more than a hate group against non-humans. They dress Juggs appropriately for the meeting, and make her eat from a bowl on the floor. The gang is upset to discover that the Johnson wants a Merrow that has been put on display in a bar in Renton destroyed.

They take the job, but vow to relocate the creature (they are tool users and likely sentient, Juggs argued) instead of kill it, though B.A.G. insists on a “kill it” back up plan in case the mission goes south due to the violent nature of Merrow. Calling in a favour from Meemaw’s long time paramour, Bobby Ross to acquire the use of his medi-plane the group makes a plan to break the filter and relocate the creature for the tank cleaning. They come in posing as the water tankard drivers, steal the fish person, put him on the plane and fly away before calls are made about him being stolen.

Lycos is forbidden from meeting Johnsons and Thunderbird tasks a cookie sprite in the matrix to monitor Lycos and keep him in line by zapping him every time he hacks something on the matrix.

The Beatles are more popular than Jesus
Better-Than-Life Beating

News reports of people going missing in Tacoma began increasing. Rumors that the Yakuza had begun targeting and eliminating Female Orc Prostitutes were reaching the groups ears. Meanwhile Thunderbird627 was putting pressure on KrakkenSR and the rest of his SRO guild to make friends with a newcomer, Twain, whose interpersonal skills seemed lacking.

Rio lined up a job, The Johnson wanted us to abduct and beat up someone. It did not take the group long to discover that this was part of a Better-Than-Life simsense experience. Thunderbird627 agreed to go along with the rest of the group since they had already taken the job, but made a notion that they needed to ask more questions in the future about what was being asked of them. He informed the rest of the group that he was morally opposed to Beatles, BTLs, since he was exceptionally susceptible to sim-addiction. B.A.G. seemed intrigued to note that Technomancers were always considered running Hot-sim anytime they were in the matrix, which was almost always. They played along with the kidnapping and beat and tortured the “victim” to the point of passing out, they edited themselves out of the footage and even found ways to augment the experience further. After which the group used a medikit to clean out any and all drugs in the poor “victim’s” system


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