Ghost Cartels

Episode 06 - Gilded Cage

Week commencing Monday 23rd February 2071

  • Contacted via Heliox
  • Meet is in a virtual bar called Dark Emerald
  • Johnson is also the principal – a woman named Akane, trapped in a bunraku arrangement after she started working in the sex trade for the Shigeda-gumi to pay her way through college: she’s a CompSci major
  • The job is to extract her from a bunraku parlour and brothel in Auburn called the Jade Crane
  • Pay was going to be a little different to normal: Akane had the passcodes to the parlour’s bank accounts, which were held on site
  • The extraction required a lot of legwork, which saw everyone getting stuck in
  • At the crucial moment, Baron was with Akane, both in gas masks; Mercury was hacking the various systems; Stars had her drones in position; and Leto snuck in through the roof with Neurostun grenades
  • It all got pretty messy pretty quickly, but you got Akane out OK and got the money
  • Baron was possessed by a very powerful Lwa of Ogoun
  • Leto was quite badly injured; one of Stars’ Doberman drones was destroyed and another damaged; and the final death toll was ten Yakuza goons, plus several others injured
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Episode 05 - Casino Corner

Week commencing Monday 2nd February 2071

SpikedHarmony hired you to help the Choson Ring with their planned incursion into Casino Corner, a district of Everett normally thought to be carved up between the Ciarnello Family and the Shigeda-gumi. The payment was in five Rating 5 SINs for planting a virus into the offline storage at Alex Harrison’s Shangi-La Casino – specifically in the office of the manager, Elizabeth Caitlin.

Casino Corner is swimming in tourists and families, despite the omnipresence of ties to organised crime. The Shangri-La is the last remaining independent club on the strip, and adjoins the Garden of Eden hotel. Faking a way into the casino electronically was difficult but not impossible. Inside, the place was largely free of AR, with plenty of security magicians and hackers to make sure no cheating goes on.

Leto palmed Caitlin’s card from her and copied it before returning the card. She then used it to get into Caitlin’s office, where she planted the data chip that Mercury and Stars had set up. Victory!

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Episode 04 - Home Turf

Week commencing Monday January 26th 2071

  • Hired by Angstrom as a “hooding” job – you get to keep anything you get
  • Joined by a new houngan called Baron, recommended by the Ciarnello Family
  • Angstrom’s people had discovered a corporate research station on their turf, and wanted rid of it
  • You checked the place out – it was guarded by Yakuza goons
  • Research indicated that it’s a black-ops outpost run by Mitsuhama Environmental Services
  • They’re testing on orks and other people they’ve abducted from Glow City
  • Turns out that the Rusted Stilettos had received a shipment of anti-rad medication that actually contains tracking RFIDs
  • The gangers were being captured and operated upon
  • The operations was causing aggressive tumours to develop in some cases
  • You attacked the research base when it wasn’t in use, taking out the guards and the scientists and stealing the server and a bunch of equipment
  • Mephistopheles/Deuteronomy left around this time
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Episode 03 - Supernova

Week commencing Monday 19th January 2071

  • Hired by Nigel Terwilliger for an urgent job
  • Break into TekLon Industries and steal a briefcase and await further instructions
  • The break-in went very smoothly and you recovered the briefcase
  • Nigel then asked you to rendezvous with a woman and swap your briefcase for hers
  • When you got there, the woman was being chased by Yakuza goons. They killed her and your buddy Ted but you killed or badly injured them all and got away with both cases.
  • You called Nigel and got through instead to someone else, who invited you to come to an upscale residence
  • Inside, Nigel was being interrogated, by Don Vince “Numbers” Ciarnello and his son and heir, Caesar “Chrome” Ciarnello
  • They took delivery of the cases, chided Nigel for trying to steal from them and from getting the Don’s niece killed, and paid you guys in full
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Episode 02 - First Run

Week commencing Monday 5th January 2071

  • hired by Running Fox of the Komun’go
  • Ruin Albert Foss’ life and let him know the Komun’go are responsible
  • Foss works for the DEA as an investigating agent
  • Foss is in Narcotics Anonymous for his novacoke addiction
  • Divorced but reconciling with his ex-wife
  • Burst into his home, used mind-manipulating magic to convince them that Foss was the one who injured everyone
  • Life ruined!

The Employer: Running Fox
What do we know about them?
Chose to meet Ted & Deuteronomy at Jonathan’s in Renton, a crappy restaurant with delusions of grandeur.
Works for the Komun’go ‘group’ who steal drugs & sell bodies
Connected to/ part of the Korean Rings

The Job: Ruin the life of the target (Albert Foss) and let them know that it was done by the Kumon’go.
Any other info from the employer?
Don’t kill the target
Foss wouldn’t agree to work for them hence the retribution

The Target: Albert Foss

What do we know about him?
Work: He’s a Fed, working for the drug enforcement department based in the Seattle Federal building.
Home: Lives alone in Tacoma [we have his address] in a house on a suburban street. Some security cameras around but not too many. Moderate – good Lone Star response time.
He leaves home at 6am [and catches a bus to work] and is normally back by 8pm [returns home by bus] except on Tuesday & Friday where he returns later at 11pm-ish after attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings at the South Tacoma Community Centre. He is away from home every other weekend.
Family: Divorced father of two. Divorced Evelyn Johnson 2 1/2 years ago citing ‘Irreconcilable Differences’. Evelyn works for the ( Renraku) Arcology Out-Reach and is currently single. She has some profiles on Matrix dating sites and is seeking a male human/elf.
Evelyn got custody of the children [Sarah (8yo) & Joy (6yo)] and the family live in Renton [we have the address]. The children attend Renton Elementary which is a expensive Private School.
Vices: Followed to a NA meeting where target had direct contact with Ted & Leto. Ted suspects he has a Novacoke problem. The target believed Ted & Leto worked for another group [we don’t know which one yet] who he blamed for getting him ‘addicted’ and ‘ruining his life’. He told Ted & Leto to tell the other group that if he saw them again ‘the deal was off’.

What are we doing?

Leto – Trailing Foss, finding out where he goes. Eventually helping Mercury get into Foss’s home node.
Ted – Helping Leto & getting a date with Evelyn.
Mercury – Information gathering, planning a hack into Foss’s home node.
Stars – Intel?
Deuteronomy – Intel?

The plan was to find out about him and what he held dear then start removing it from him (job/family/hobbies etc.). Now we are considering having him break off his ‘deal’ with the other group and letting them fuck him over then telling him it was the Kumon’go.

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Episode 01 - Freedom

Sunday, January 4th, 2071

All five of you were inmates at Hollywood Correctional Facility in Redmond. You were all slated for transfer to Bellevue Correctional Facility (AKA the Brickyard), where you have been flagged for “enhanced rehabilitation techniques.” You were all loaded into a Lone Star Black Mariah USPTV, along with a sixth prisoner, a dwarf with a black hood over his head.

At some point along the route, conversation started between the prisoners. The dwarf in question was a heavily-cybered Russian guy called Vasili . Suddenly the van stopped, and you could hear explosions and gunfire from outside. The van tilted and fell over, throwing everyone about and freeing them from whatever was securing them to the van. The rear doors squealed as a monofilament chainsaw was used to cut the lock out. A small man with dark hair, in a suit, was standing there. Vasili greeted him as Romanov and left, nodding to the orks in red and orange synthleather jackets who escorted him to a waiting car.

You all managed to flee, ditching your clothes and Ted removing your RFID tracking chips. You holed up in the Moe-tel, where Mercury hacked you coffins to stay in, and robbed a pharmacy for Leto’s medication and so on.

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