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Drummer is woken by one of his fixers and given a rendezvous that evening
with a shiny new Johnson at Tacoma. We drop Mason off to spy on the meet site,
baulking at the industrial stench. We prepare as best we can, being safe about
the meeting. A Harley Scorpian combat bike pulls up with a latino aboard,
followed by a car with tinted windows.
The job is to 'entertain' Euphoria, a simstar that is to promote a new
food 'Ambergel' by Strice Foods. We fumble the negotiations, but still
manage to get the job. Today is Thursday, and she is due to perform Friday
through Sunday, so we need to hustle to her penthouse and abduct her.
There's a safehouse at the Royal Meadows apartments in the Redmond Barrens.
We decide storing her in the safehouse is asking for trouble and plan
around it. The penthouse is at the top of a twenty five story pyramid shaped
analyse the pyramid in various ways and find out information about it - security is high and
the building is warded, we cannot get access to the internal networks
without being inside the building itself.
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dither at length. Net hacking gets us the name of the bodyguard, Osprey, and
the extra guards in the suite are his. We decide the best course is to sneak
the Technomancer and the Special Ops guys in underneath a security van. They
roll under it and latch on using gecko gloves and are carried into the
They hack the cameras inside then the external ones too. We sneak in in
the van and the Technomancer goes comatose in the back of the van to hack
the hotel network for control over the elevators.
We get in the elevator and the doors open to the penthouse. I
levitate the guard over to us and we dispatch him, though not quietly - so
we ask the technomancer to set off the fire suppression systems as the
Covert Ops guy sneaks inside. Our street samurai and gunslinger take care of
two guards in quick succession. Then we move inside killing the final guard.
The Covert Ops guy manages to talk Euphoria and Osprey out of her bedroom
to "escape", as the shaman appears and summons an earth elemental. Our
gunslinger unloads on the Shaman, killing him with just two shots. Osprey
and the summoned elemental lay into the gunslinger and street samurai, and I
attempt the banish the elemental. Osprey hits the gunslinger with multiple
shots, dropping him to the ground and I banish the elemental finally.
We escape with Euphoria and take her to the first of our series of
safe houses. We provide her with Amber gel to sate her hunger, but as we open a
jar I see astral ants crawling all over it that bite me. Ti Shan tastes the
terrifying goop and enjoys it.
From the Journal of Drummer
We plan to regularly change safe
houses. Adar sets up mystical protections. Ti Shan attempts to convince
Euphoria that Hong Kong action films are the best. Ti Shan and I give some
demonstrations of real martial arts prowess. On the second day Ti Shan &
Echo hear a sound in the hall only moments before the door is kicked in,
the attackers are wearing high street suits. One of them roars and
Combat begins bullets flying in all directions, we get sprayed with
bullets the damage lessened by the combat mage Adar. Mason cuts a hole in
the floor with his chainsaw. Ti Shan and I kill two of them and Echo
surprisingly takes down another and then proceeds to dive through the hole
in the floor. Euphoria climbs from behind the couch and jumps after Echo.
Since we can't see the last guy Ti Shan and I dive in the direction of
Adar's hand gestures, Ti Shan misses but I connect and Ti Shan takes the
hint and blasts in my direction dropping the final attacker.
The final day passes without incident and we return Euphoria home.
The next day my fixer informs us the MegaMedia corporation knows we were
behind the kidnapping and they want to meet with us. We meet with their
representative. We are told Euphoria has been kidnapped, they will wipe the
slate clean if we find out who has taken her this time.
We return to the apartment to find it trashed but Euphoria's simsense
equipment is still running. Echo plays back the last recording and sees the
kidnappers and tells us the name of a bar, Garratty's Bar & Grill and the
name Burroughs, Echo looks shaken by the experience.. meh.
We travel to the bar and interrogate the bar and patrons, we find out one
of the kidnappers Van Willis has disappeared but was last seen with Mr.
Craft who owns the shop Magic Crafts and is rumoured to be obsessed with a
famous simsense star.
We travel to Magic Crafts to investigate and find Van Willis. Ti Shan
moves towards him asking if he is Mr. Craft and is immediately attacked, Ti
Shan shoots him and I follow his lead and finish him off. In Magic Crafts we
find a basement set up with a shrine to Euphoria and a room spattered with
dried blood and replica Euphoria clothing and wigs. People have obviously
died in here.
Upon further investigation we find out Burroughs is an executive for
Streiss Foods in charge of the Amber Gel range of foods. We try to make an
appointment to see Burroughs under the guise of being a food distributer who
is interested in Amber Gel.
From the Journal of Adar Sintel
We talk to Mega Media. They tell us
to go assault the production facility for Ambigel and sign a contract with
them so they give us transport, armour and weapons. We arrive at the
facility and at least one of the guards outside is a possessed ant thing. We
snipe a couple and the rest run inside the building.
We cut a hole through the fence and race to the door where the gunslinger
tosses a grenade at the door. As the smoke clears twenty possessed zombie
ant people run at us. We unload with grenades, automatic fire and manaballs
until no bodies are left standing.
Inside the building barrels of Ambigel have leaked over the floor and it
is beginning to pool in corners. We proceed down some stairs and a spirit of
an ant creature manifests infront of us - all but myself run away in fear. I
manage to hurt it but it poisons me and I fall to the ground unconscious.
The others come back and manage to kill the spirit with some well placed
shots. Through one of the two doors in this room is Craft and a giant cocoon
- infront of that are many many human-ant-zombie creatures. A barrage of
bullets fly towards Craft, many bouncing off a magical barrier infront of
the mage, grenades exploding amid the transformed humans. A few make it
close enough to breathe noxious gas over the group.
Craft goes down to a sniped shot but his anthumans keep advancing until
Drummer is covered with writhing bodies. He bursts from the pile in a shower
of blood. The gunslinger manages to make his way to the far side of the
room, swinging across the rafters until he can drop infront of the cocoon.
He cuts it open and the body of Euphoria drops out, dead due to the cocoon
being what was keeping her alive.
Mega Media releases a simvid of 'Against the Hive Masters', starring us
all, and Euphoria 'retires' amid fan outrage. We get paid a crapload of new