Hoi little bro. Well thought I should keep writing, I want someone to know the details if this all goes to drek.
Day 4: We sent the info on Nabo’s commlink to R10t Grrl last night, she came through with the info this morning. Seems the disk is old recordings done by Jet Black. Yup, THAT Jet Black. I don’t know how, but the message says they’re unreleased tracks. The message came from some hacker named Zipper. R10t Grrl knows them by reputation, they hang out at the Cathode Glow, that shitty decker bar. Also, she found some interesting pictures on Nabo’s link, seems he’s been having some fun with that elven pop princess, what’s-her-name, you’ll know who I mean. I guess Nabo like his women tall, slim, and pointy eared. We’ve decided to keep the photos in case drek hits the fan. Always good to have a bargaining chip.
We decided to go check out the Cathode Glow. When we showed up, a drone greeted us, wanted to know what we were there for, and it would be an understatement to say we stood out from their regular clientele. Blix tried sweet talking it, his gift of gab doesn’t seem to translate across technological boundaries. I told the drone we needed a secure node, something I never would have known about if it wasn’t for you, so something did rub off.
Inside we found the biggest junk heap of old tech I’ve ever seen. Your old pad didn’t even come close to the ancient consoles and decks they had in this place. You probably would have creamed your shorts, all kinds of dead tech, but also some stuff that looked like it should be dead, but someone had lovingly kept alive. Well lets just say all eyes, real and cyber, were on us. My comm went ape shit as people sent me update notices and security vulnerabilities, I had to turn it off rather than let one of them crack it open and poke around some more. R10t Grrl was able to tell us that Zipper was somewhere inside, they was running in Public mode. We sent a message, saying we had something of interest. This half-asian dwarf girl comes over, all attitude at first. Tries talking a big game, which seemed to get Morkis and Allice on edge. I can see the other hackers getting antsy, and the drones in the bar were moving towards us. I’ve got one had in my bag, an area jammer all keyed up to go, when Blix takes over. The girl seems to just give up, she lets slip that she doesn’t know what she’s selling, she set up an anonymous account for a friend, and doesn’t know what it’s for. She seems happy to make a few bucks giving us the name, some friend eh? We learn that she’s been working for some guy named Loomis, he owns a bar downtown, the Coda.
We head to the bar, seems to be beside a Junkyard, and out front are a bunch of BTL addicts. Would it surprise me if you knew the place? Probably not. Well those beetle kids got me rattled, I was willing to bet there was a dealer inside, and I didn’t want to have to kiss ass and play nice. I told the team to go in without me, I’d cover the back door, be overwatch for them. I guess inside they found some gangbangers, came on hard at first, but Blix talked them down. I picked the back door, so I could get fast entry if need be. Well the door was already unlocked, I should have twigged then that something was up. In that part of town NOTHING is unlocked.
Blix learned that Loomis wasn’t there, and he got the feeling from the gangbanger that we’d just missed him. I heard a yell from over in the junkyard, almost a scream. I decided to check it out, and Morkis got my message and came with me. We saw a group of guys headed to the front of the yard. I don’t know what it was, but I knew they were after someone, they scream was too much to be a coincidence. My blood was up and seeing those beetle kids made me want to hurt someone. I was able to get through a hole in the fence, and just as I did I saw a guy come up the alley, checking each row like he was looking for someone. I was able to duck behind some crushed cars before he saw me, and I decided to see if I could find the person who screamed before these guys did. I spotted some blood and followed it to another aisle, crouched there was this guy, big gash in his leg, looking about ready to pass out. At this point I got a message from Blix, he was at the front gate with Morkis and they’d been stopped by some guy, telling them to leave. I shot a message over to Allice telling him to meet me over by the fence, we’d set up a flanking position in case this turned ugly. Well as soon as Allice gets there and pulls out his chainsaw (yeah I know, the kid uses it for EVERYTHING), a guy pops up, his hands crackling with energy, telling Allice to back away from the fence. Well my mind shot back to that night across the Tsimshian border, never again was I going to let some mage geek my friends. I lit that fragger up like a Christmas tree, that Defiance Taser is a thing of beauty. Unfortunately the drekhead kept his feet, and I decided to finish it before he got a chance to tell his friends. Sun Chief buried itself up to the hilt in his neck and I could feel the Ancestors’ power coursing through me. I guess his buddies heard the gurgling over their comms, because next thing I knew there was an AK rattling somewhere by the entrance. I learned later that Blix and Morkis got opened up on by one of the slots they were dealing with. I guess Blix took over the mind of one guy and had him shooting at the other (fragging Mages, eh?) When that didn’t work out and Morkis was dodging lead like it was confetti, he just stunbolted the fraggers, like it was no big deal. Allice took out one guy with a well placed shock glove to the face, but then took incoming fire from another slot who popped up out of nowhere. I drew my HK and charged the fragger, he didn’t expect me to close the distance anywhere near that fast and I put half a clip into him from close range.
One of the guys Blix took out was still alive, a little bit of intimidation got us who sent them: Shangri-La. Some music company if I remember correctly. I’m wondering if they’re working for the same group we are, maybe they didn’t like how slow we were going? Or maybe this was a double cross? Well talking to Loomis cleared some of that up. I guess he wasn’t being chased like I originally though, he’d booked it out the back door when he saw us coming, guess a huge honking troll with a machine gun does give us away a little. Well he’d fallen and cut himself bad on some rusted out car, that was the scream I heard. Guess the Shangri-La guys heard it too. Makes me feel kind of bad for the wagemage and his buddy, but I’m not letting another mage get the drop on me or my team, and once the bullets start flying, it’s all autopilot for me, the Rangers trained us to neutralize the threat, the faster the better. Loomis didn’t want to talk at first, but he got a good look at me pumping that poor slot full of lead, a good portion of the guy’s head was still on my clothes too. I got his leg fixed up, but made it clear that if he didn’t cooperate, we had no problem leaving one more body if need be. He spilled, told us the disk was from his father, it had been willed to him and it was the only thing he had left. Blix felt this was somewhat truthful, though something wasn’t right. We told him to hand it over, at this point it didn’t matter if the disk was stolen or some old family heirloom, Mr. Johnson wasn’t going to pay if we didn’t get it. We’d sort out later what the truth was. Well Loomis handed over the disk, and on the cover it said: “Carrion Sessions, ’48
J.B. For Enlightenment, Seek out absent Friends” Well well well, maybe JB is Jet Black after all. I did a clean up on the bodies, grabbing anything useful. Wish I had a clean up kit, something to make sure we didn’t leave behind any evidence, but none of us took a scratch, so no blood, and I’m using caseless ammo, so not much for the forensics boys to trace to us. We better take care of Loomis, make sure he goes somewhere safe till we figure out this situation, but also somewhere we can find him if need be…
- Daniel Fraser (July 5th, 2072)