The meet

Maybe Sam just doesnt -get- memos when his runners tell him 'I'm not available for work'. Maybe its not part of his nature. But who the hell cares. A run-meet is scheduled at Eddy the Geek's Trix-Cafe in the Pueblo Corporate Council, a seedy little dive full of kids playing on stripped down cyber decks they could never afford themselves, while they wander WORLD OF WHORECRAFT and slay large breasted, scantly clad vixens. God, I love the internet.

The meet comes to Kassandra and Minos through usual channels, that is, a telephone call. The meet comes to Annie through Ollie.

"Hey girl. Got a J here's who's asking for you by name. The meets at a tot-n-kaf over on the Pueblo Side of things. The guys offering a fair game price for just meeting."

"Ok, got it. Thanks Oliver. *click*", Annie replies when the call is answered. She is not really one for a lot of small talk. She gets her gear together at the appropriate time and heads on over to the meet.

Silk eyes the phone when Samuel calls, the greedy money-grabbing side outweighing the irritated side. The woman gears up, calling up her ride and heads to the meet. She dresses for the environment, packing several differant load-outs.

Silk hits Eddy the Geek's Trix-Cafe early by several minutes, heading inside to see the killing of big tittied vixens.

Minos is already on his way, since this was ultimately his desire in the first place. He takes a black van, in which he leaves his crap as he goes into the cafe and looks around.

The supposed meet place is a private room with a trid display and three chairs, one of which is troll friendly. A note on the table says 'Touch me. I like it'.

Kassandra will settle into a seat, eyes flicking to the note. She arches an eyebrow, touching the note and the table both, just in case.

Annie heads on into the room with a pleasant nod of greeting to Kassandra, and a curious glance toward the minotaur. She props her staff against the table and wearily drops herself into the other non-troll sized chair.

Minos walks in and heads to the table where he pauses as he confronts Kassandra being present. He starts to say something and then pauses and replies, "Biz now, other drek later, fair enough?"

Kassandra nods pleasantly to Annie and then to Alexander, saying to the man, "Of course. Business always comes first."

The trid display comes on when Kassandra touches the table.

The space in the center of the table comes to life with what looks like Rod Sterling, a dashing man (Johan) on a fuzzy black and white background. A cigarette rests stylishly in his lips, a black suit cladding his body.

"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area we call the Twilight Zone."

Kassandra eyes the Twilight Zone remake, looking to the others at the table.

Minos blinks and looks at the holo, shaking his head and, in his deep British accent says, "You could never look that good in real life; I just saw the suit you were wearing."

Annie pages: Does he look like the guy I worked with?
Annie pages: Or a different guise?
You paged Annie with 'Its been 20 years. Give me an intel roll.'.
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Intelligence + 3 (ME3) (to Samuel) for "Recognize the dude.":
1 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 8 10
You paged Annie with 'He's very familiar.'.

Annie blinks as she watches the meet intro, but waits quietly to see where this peculiar opening is going.

With a sigh, the J snaps his fingers and the Black and White filters move to something more 1940s Technicolor, over saturated but nice enough. His suit looks a bit more rumpled now, and yet, fashionably so.

"Always busting my balls. Okay. The score, it's simple, really. I need a woman dead. This is what I call a Toofer. She's a Target of Opertunity. Her names Esmerelda, she's a recent hire with Pyramid Thamuaturgical Development LTD, as you may guess, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mexico's finest. Here's a picture of her on the job. Yes, Really."


"Now. I want her dead. Ghosted. Caput. And it's not going to matter, because this chick doesn't exist. No SIN, No history. No name. She doesn't seem to draw a paycheck. Her expenses are company comps. I want her gone."

Kassandra eyes the image of the target, remarking, "Any other complications or provisions, or just this person dead and nothing else matters?"

The Cigarette comes from his lips in to his hand. He gestures a bit with it, seeming to look for the word. "Make her go away, don't get caught, and I don't particularly care about collateral damage. The Azzies might, as she doesnt' seem to leave their turf… So consider that before you touch off a nuke."

Annie takes a quick look at the pic and then nods. "Sounds simple enough at first glance. Now where is the part that she has some elite bodyguards and is an Invae Queen host?", she grins somewhat ironically but the smile does not quite reach her eyes.

"THats the part why I want her dead. I'm not exactly sure what she's doing, but I know that when someone comes out of no where, with no background, takes a high placed position in thaumaturgical research, its not a good place to be. She either has expertise they desperately want… or she is -something- they desperately want. Either way…" He puffs the cigarette now, blowing out a line of smoke. "I want the rats to eat Mexican tonight."

Minos glances at the picture, then at Kassandra, then at Annie, whose presence he registers for the first time. He saves introductions for later. "What intel do you have on the location?"

Kassandra shrugs to the mini-Johan, letting Minos ask his question. She's dealt with Johan before and knows he is good for the cash, so the rest is drawing the info out of him. Maybe candy cigarettes…

Annie shrugs, "Knowing the Azzies, I can probably guess.", she pauses before asking her own questions to allow Johan a chance to answer the other team members.

"Burnsley Hotel, Room 92. Thats the top suite. Penthouse. The Burnsely is a middle class sort of place, owned and operated as a flophouse for the AzCorps to keep middle management in when they come in to Denver. She's got 2 men assigned to escort her. One is Victor Hemliner, who does her physical security. He's pretty good, former MET2k, retired from their North African Division in 67, got cherrypicked by Aztechnology. Well paid. The other is Maria Carerra, a Physical Adept with a penchant for throwing things and killing people with a tap of her hands."

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Maria Carerra Victor Hemliner

«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Mercenary Rumors (to Samuel) for "Know or heard anything about Hemliner? As a former met2k gal myself.":
5 9 10
You paged Annie with 'Vic? Yeah, he was solid, but he got a bit of a problem with the NOva, if you scan. He was given a choice of retirement or being fired. He took half pension and decamped.'.

Minos strokes his chin and says, "So our problem is, getting into the AZT sector, getting into the apartment building, then getting out again in one piece. Alternatively, we could get an itinerary for when she leaves the apartment building, which would eliminate the 'having-to-break-into-her-house' bit. Thoughts and resources?"

Kassandra shrugs faintly, "Both choices are full of problems and complications, just a matter of how much struggle we want to get into. But yes, we can do some digging if you don't want to invade the Azzie apartments. I imagine she isn't straying too far out of that sector, though.""

Annie chews on her lip for a moment as she examines the image of Hemliner. "I know him. He was competent…but had a Nova problem.", she shrugs, "Rumors are that is why he is not with the MET any longer." She leans back in her chair and casually laces her fingers behind her head, "She's probably got the penthouse warded to the nines. It would be doable with minimal civilian casualties, but maybe easier if she is out on the town."

Minos pages: Want to know:
Minos pages: * General procedures in that complex; * Security stuff surrounding someone like her; and * any particular rumors about her in particular.
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Corporate Rumors (to Samuel):
1 3 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Megacorporate Security (to Samuel):
1 4 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Police/Security Procedures (to Samuel):
1 2 4 5
You paged Minos with 'Rumors: You hear about Pablo Francone? He lost his job when this slitch came in to the position. No one knows a damn thing about her. He's damn near beside himself. Company man he was. Real lifer. Now, he's scrumming about looking for other work, but Aztechnology won't take him and well, that Azzie sin makes him a liability for anyone else.'.
You paged Minos with 'And there don't appear to be any additional security that should be in place for her.'.

Kassandra looks to the others, "Well, let's get some information and see where we go from there. We could play what if all night long. If she is a recluse who never leaves except to go sacrifice someone on the pyramid, we will have our options limited.

Minos checks some files on a data pad and says, "Well, the place has some basic security procedures, nothing too hot but a patrol every hour and another one that patrolls any given three floors every half hour. The roof's got maglocks, an open patio, and an ultrasound sensor over the door," he says. He continues, "And here's an interesting note: She replaced a guy who was a lifer there, one Pablo Francone. He's looking for other work, disgruntled, but people aren't hiring him due to his AZT SIN."

Annie nods to Kass and waits to see if the Johnson has any more information to offer.

The Jay is smoking on the Trid, just sort of watching you all. He's not offering any more information until asked, because well, its cooler that way.

Kassandra waves a hand through the Johan image, "How much is this worth, as an aside. You seemed to indicate you wanted this done by tonight?"

"As Soon As Possible, but no direct time frame. I mean, don't take 2 weeks on this shit. They may move her to more secure facilities soon. Burnsley is a transient location. And as for the cost…" He glances down at his watch. He doesn't wear a watch, but he checks it anyway. "I'm seeing 30 large for each."

Minos just glances at Kassandra and keeps his mouth shut.

"Thirty? For assassinating some brand new Azzie bigwig under lock and key? I see now why you are hiding as an icon. That sounds a might light, considering the sort of crap we are going to have to swim through to get to this lady." Silk eyes the little representation of Johan.

Annie doesn't respond either. She blows things up. Negotiations is someone elses job.

«OOC» Kassandra says, "Negotiation!"
«OOC» Samuel says, "TN 8"
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Negotiation vs TN 8 for "No pheromones, because Johan is a big baby.":
2 2 4 4 5 5 5 = 0 Successes
«OOC» Kassandra says, "Karma!"
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Negotiation vs TN 8 for "No pheromones, because Johan is a big baby. KP 1/7":
2 2 2 3 4 5 16 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls Negotiation vs TN 8 for "Kassandra's int, And Johan delt with Mira. This is OLD hat.":
3 5 9 = 1 Success
«OOC» Kassandra says, "stand"

Samuel considers the counter offer, but responds. "And its the Burnsely, hardly the fort knox of the Azzie sector. Hell, you could JUMP off the friggen roof and land in the CAS." A glance is given to Minos. "He might even survive it. I stand on my price, but I'll offer an emergency extraction vehicle if things get hairy for you."

Kassandra nods, shrugging, "That actually might not be too bad of an exit plan."

"Be sure to film it, I could submit that to America's Funniest Home Trideo."

Minos says "Hmmm, hang gliding."

Kassandra waves a hand, "Begon, foul spirit, until we do this task and call you back. Or you hear about it on the news."

The image of the man in the trideo goes fuzzy. "Oh what a world, what a world, you miserable child, ooooooooh…."

And then the Trid shuts off.

Legwork and planning

«Plot» Samuel says, " LEGWORK AND PLANNING"
Minos looks over to Annie and says, "By the way, I'm Minos. I hear you're pretty spry for an old lady."

Kassandra lets the other two chitchat. She reaches for her secretary, starting to cycle through names, triggering the mnemonic recall for their numbers.

Annie looks around the room, "I presume he would not have scheduled the meet here if this place was not secure.", she pauses to brush a locke of graying hair from her eyes, "Shall we do the planning here or move to a different locations?" Her eyes turn to the Minotaur, "Yeah…I remember you. We worked together a bit in the big apple. Years ago. I was going by Serathilion in those days."

"It's likely as secure as most public places will be. So, any ideas on what you guys wanna do? Try to get someone to hack up her schedule for an external hit or brave the Burnsely?" Silk says.

Minos says "Well, I prefer moving targets; they're easier to hit. On the other hand, the Burnsley *is* right across the border from the CAS. So it's six of one half dozen of the other…the Burnsley's probably better since I do not think she travels out of the AZT sector."

Annie exhales slowly, "Personally I would rather hit her in the Burnsely. No matter how good you are, you can't sit around all day long and be on edge. It'll drive you crazy."

"Lovely, and having a static location makes it much easier to plan contingencies." Kassandra considers her PDA, "It looks like Minos already has some of the information we'll need to breach the place, which just leaves us with getting in, getting her, and getting out of the sector."

Minos calls Daniel

«OOC» Minos says, "Im calling whichever cop patrols the border—I know a KE and an LS patrolcop"
Contact for Minos (#5291)
Contact Name: Daniel Arroyo
Level: 1
Type: ls patrolcop
GM Note: Daniel Arroyo, Patrolman, is a Lone Star patrol cop serving the UCAS sector. Alex knows him through his work with the Draco Foundation; Daniel has helped coordinate and provide security outside the Foundation on several missions that Alex has been involved with and they struck up a friendly rapport. They meet every once in a while for drinks to chat about current events and sports. He can be relied on to give Alex a hand with information that's not too sensitive and to smooth things out if Alex gets in trouble.
«OOC» Samuel says, "I only needed one."
«OOC» Minos says, "I got confused :)"
«OOC» Samuel says, "It happens. NOw go wash your hand. Roll Etiquitte for me. TN is 4"
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Etiquette vs TN 4 for "PHEAR my massive social engineering skillz!":
1 3 4 5 = 2 Successes

"Alex, long time no hear. Whats on your mind?" Answers Arroyo on his cellphone. In the background, cop radio codes can be heard. He's on patrol.

Minos says "Dan, I need to take a trip to the Burnsley and out. What I need to know is how hot things are on the border there, and for you to give a shout out to the boys not to be in the area for a few hours just in case, you scan?"

"Drek Alex, hold on…" He reaches over and squelches the VOX on his radio. "Shit man, they review that and I'm in drek. The burnsley… uh… Thats Azzie side near Colorado and Colfax.. Um.. Dude, I can't promise you can I get people out of the main border choke point, but I'll see what I can do?"

Minos says "Oh, I don't expect you to do that, I just don't want to see any of our friends hurt, you know? I know how much you love the people over there. We ain't doing anything too bad, but it's just one of those things, you know? Nothing hot happening, I presume?"

Annie waits quietly, examining her manicure, while Minos and Kassandra do their telephone thing.

"Naw, tonights a quiet night, middle of the week. We're bracing for tomorrow night though. Jesus Alex, its friggen new years. It's gonna be a goddamn madhouse."

Minos says "All right, Dan; you take care. Thanks for the help.""

The call ends.

Kassandra checks a few things quietly on her PDA before making a few calls herself. She murmurs to Annie, quiet enough some crappy cell receiver won't hear, "Any idea how hot you want to go at this?"

Minos hangs up the phone and says, "So there's no particular Lone Star presence in the area and my buddy's making sure the street cops aren't going to be out; though we should avoid the major border chokepoint. With just three of us that should be easy-peasy; that is…if either of you knows any places to cross hidden?"

Annie looks over at Kassandra, "I don't have a lot of contacts in Azzie territory. About all I could do ahead of time would be a possible astral recon, check the ward ratings, and what sort of security the Burnsely itself has active.", she pauses, "As far as the actual hit. I am going to need to see some floorplans before I make any solid suggestions."

Kassandra kills the current call, punching in a few digits to check a voice mailbox, "Shouldn't be a problem. I know a guy who has a friend that … well, it is complicated. Suffice to say we shouldn't have any issues." The younger elf nods to Annie, asking Minos, "Did your information come with floorplans, or do I need to see about grabbing some?"

Minos shakes his head. "No, Silk, sorry. I could get them -maybe- but it would require more time and work than we have. My knowledge comes from studying the place once a while ago for a meet that I did security for one of the participants at that happened there."

"No problem, give me a few." The woman leans back, placing a few calls.
Annie blinks as she tries to follow the minotaurs complex sentence structure.

Kass Calls Ocean

«OOC» Kassandra says, "contact: Ocean: need some floorplans for the hotel and general security information"
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) has the Contact Ocean with the following information:
Contact for Kassandra (#9777)
Contact Name: Ocean
Level: 2
Type: fixer
GM Note: Sara Ocean is a fixer who doesn't specialize. Instead, she offers all sorts of wares, jobs, and information in exchange for the same, or cash, whichever the client has. While they have a new relationship, they are working hard together to accentuate their similar styles and make a great deal of money together.
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Etiquette + 2 vs TN 4 for "Gimme some information and floorplans and stuff.":
1 1 2 2 3 3 5 5 9 = 3 Successes

Ocean answers the phone. "Silk. How would I ever guess? Not that I don't have call waiting, because I do, not that I don't have a special ring tone for you, because I do, but how about, its 7:30 PM on a Tuesday night… and you're probably just now getting down to some legwork for this evenings festivities..""

Kassandra laughs quietly, "Well, I am predictable, I suppose. You know how I am with Tuesdays." The fixer clears her throat, checking the information, "I need to look into some floorplans and security data on the Burnesly. It is one of those sort of things where the client wants it double-quick."

"What do you think I am, an Architect?" She asks, a chuckle in her voice. "Let me see what I can do."

«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 6 for "Does she can she will she do she?":
1 1 2 5 8 10

"Superchill. Let me know what you come up with." Kassandra closes the call, letting the other work while she sorts other data.

Annie Calls Franklin

«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) has the Contact Franklin Romano with the following information:
-> Contact for Annie (#5398)
Contact Name: Franklin Romano
Level: 1
Type: security
GM Note: 'Frankie' is one of the shift supervisors for the McCaffrey Towers Internal Security. He and Annie have known each other for several years and he knows her in her Sera Medaron role. He occasionally asks Annie for assistance on warding projects in the Towers and in return has been known to turn a blind eye when Annie needs to take something questionable up to her suite.

"Mcaffreys Tower Security Desk, How can I assist you, Citizen?"

"Frankie Romano please", Annie responds after a moment.

Annie waits for Franklin to answer before continuing, "Frankie, this is Sera. I was just curious whether you could find out for me who holds the in-house security contracts on a few Azzie hotels. I've got some bodyguarding work over in that sector and it's up to me to find a place for my client to hole up.", she pauses a moment as if looking at a list, "I am currently looking at the Burnseley, near the CAS border."

Click click click… listen listen listen… "Ah.. yeah… let me check the directory… Hold a moment, hon."

«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 3:
3 5 9

"Yeah… looks to be a Jaguar Private Security, a company that holds a few contracts in the area. Small time, but decently staffed. The Burnsley… looks like they have 15 guys on staff at any given time, in addition to an Aztechnology Corporate Security Laison for any VIPs they may have on hand."

"Ah, excellent. Mucho thanks Frankie.", Annie replies after the info is handed over, "Sounds decent enough for my purposes.", she pauses again to tap a few keys on her pocsec, "Oh…and I just remembered little Moira's sixth birthday is coming up in a few days. I am transferring you some cred. Get her something nice for me and let her know that I would be there if not for work." The money transfers and Annie spends a few more moments on small talk before hanging up.

«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) spends 500 nuyen for "Get Moira something shiny.".

Ocean calls back: She's got a floorplan for the hotel itself, its very basic. the Penthouse however, was recently remodeled and she can't vouch for the floorplan provided for the upper levels anymore. The Construction plan calls for 'no significant change' to the floorplan, which would have required a harder permit to obtain.

Kassandra thanks Ocean, transfering money from one of her slush accounts to take care of the data.
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) spends 5000 nuyen for "Payment for basic floorplans to Ocean.".


"Alright. We have floor plans, security information, and a way to cross the border. What do we want to do?"

Minos says "All right, so. First we cross the border; Silk, you know enough crossing points to get us close without hitting the chokepoint; that should be easy. Then we get to the hotel: I have a climbing rig if you want to scale the side, or we can come up with some means of fooling them into thinking it's a delivery, or something like that. Once we're on the top we kill everyone, then leave. I am thinking we can get the J's emergency extraction vehicle to land on the roof.""

Minos says "What do you think?"

Kassandra nods. "I think it is pretty doable. Either we can arrive by airtaxi and only have a few floors to cross or we can scale. Or we could get a room. Any of those are doable."

Annie nods, "I am thinking it might be easiest to just scale the building and go in on her floor.", she shrugs, "I don't like the sounds of the 'Aztechnology Security Liaison for VIP's'. So we may be dealing with some hard hitters in addition to the two bodyguards and the building security force." She exhales slowly and absently twirls a lock of her hair as she continues, "Anyone have a decker contact that can sit overwatch for us? Suppress a few panic buttons."
Minos's gaze turns to Silk.

Kassandra nods, "I can make some calls. It's early yet, there ought to be some geeks sitting around wanting to draw a check.

«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) has the Contact Dumpshock with the following information:
Contact for Kassandra (#9777)
Contact Name: Dumpshock
Level: 1
Type: deckmeister
GM Note: Dumpshock is a deckmeister (see Matrix for more details). He works with circuit breaker to insure that the little deckheads of Denver have all the toys they need. The dwarven male is a cynic and a practical joker with a taste for the macabre. He loves old flatfilm horror movies and vampires.

«OOC» Kassandra says, "No problem. NPCs need love too"
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Etiquette + 1 vs TN 4 for "Do my bidding":
1 2 4 4 7 8 9 10 = 6 Successes
«OOC» Minos says, "split the cost between the three of us?"
«OOC» Minos says, "out of the pool"
«OOC» Kassandra says, "whatever you folks are comfortable with"
«OOC» Samuel says, "Dumpshock knows a guy looking to make a name for himself. He's got a man."
«OOC» Annie says, "Yep, fine wit me."
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 10 for "HOw good is the Decker?":
3 3 3 3 3 4 5 5 10 13

Kassandra makes a call, sending cash to Dumpshock to distribute to the newb, as well as a contact number and radio code for him to contact the team through. She hangs up, "Done."

Minos says "I'll cover a third of that from my share. Who wants to climb with me? I can possibly hoist one of you up by myself…or, if you can climb, that's fine…or use magic."

"About all I have left is a quick astral recon of the external non-warded areas.", Annie replies and then nods to Minos, "I can probably get myself up there."

Kassandra says "I should be able to climb, unless it is snowing and icy."

«OOC» Samuel says, "Weather is below freezing. Snow is on the ground, but the building should be free of it due to external de-icers."

Minos says "Are we going all ruthy and stealthy?"

Kassandra shakes her head, "I am all out, runners have been buying it up like it is going out of style."

Annie looks over at Minos, "Yeah, I can do invisible or ruthy. Whichever."

Minos says "Well, I don't have anything that'd fit you, Silk…I wish you were around when I got the suit I have; I paid through the nose for a custom-fit jumpsuit."

Kassandra laughs, "That's fine, I'll have to do it the old fashioned way. I need the practice anyway; I hate being dependant on that stuff, it makes me sloppy."

Annie adds, "I could probably invis her if necessary."

Minos says "All right. So we'll scale the side of the building after infiltrating, get to the patio, break in, kill everyone, have the copter pick us up, and get out?"

Annie nods, "If the copter pilot is willing to do that in Azzie sector…then it sounds good."

Commlink-Minos> Minos says, "Come in, Geist. Come in."

Commlink-(Geist): This is Geist. I read you five by five.

Commlink-Minos> Minos says, "Need the robo bird for the exfil. Can you make ready?"

Commlink-(Geist): I've got the robobird down for repairs to its Matrix, but I can do the flying myself.

Commlink-Minos> Minos says, "All right. Well, that'll be fine, if you're willing?"

Commlink-(Geist): My dance card is light.

Minos says "All right, the pilot is a go."

Minos says "I've got a van; you want to ride with me?"

At home, Samuel rolls out of bed and heads to the Garage. With Marcus, he starts preparing the two helicopters for the mission.

"Sounds like a plan. I need to pick up a mission bag, but other than that I'm ready." Kassandra says.

Minos says "All right. Go and get your stuff and we'll meet at DesignatedMissionDeparturePointA in say, 45 minutes?"

Kassandra says "Aye aye"

Annie nods to Minos, "I won't even try to get my own vehicle across that Azzie border."

Moving Along

Kassandra will show up at the designated meeting point, a longcoat atop her bad-ass runner outfit, her weapons stowed for the moment. She nod to Minos, her helmet stowed as well, "All right, let's do this thing." The woman seems ready to go, her hair braided and pinned up.

Annie heads off to get her mission-appropriate gear together and also shows up at the meet point. "Ready", she states unnecessarily,

Minos picks everyone up in his van, down by the river. Under cover of darkness and with Kassandra's voluminous knowledge of border crossing checkpoints and his own contacts with the Star, he manages to find a little-used alleyway which is primarily used to move garbage out of the AZT sector into someplace else that has landfills to drive in via. He pulls the van around the streets and drives like a little old lady until he's about a half-a-block from the hotel. Seeing as how the van is another one of those untraceable used cars the Draco Foundation keeps around for things like this, it won't be missed when it's gone.

Annie hits the van with a Sterilize spell to render dna samples in the vehicle unuseable, then heads off with the rest of the team toward the objective.

Kassandra spends the trip over swapping chips around and getting ready, going over her guns quietly. The elf pulls on her goggles before pulling the helmet over her head, a thin datacable running from behind her right ear to the transduced radio.

«Plot» Samuel says, " Does note that this is effectively a AAA sector."
[ Shadowrun Denver ]
=========> Security Info for Colorado and Colfax-Aztlan Side (#3417) <=========
Massive security. Constant Surveillance.

«Game» Backup to offline storage commencing. Game may freeze for a bit…
«OOC» Kassandra says, "that is gonna make climbing up the side of the building a mite iffy"
«OOC» Samuel says, "A little."
«OOC» Kassandra will swap gear rigs, then, and go in disguise, geta room. Annie and Bull can come in through my window
«OOC» Kassandra says, "Invis + levitate?"
«OOC» Annie says, "I could also levitate us up there one at a time."
«OOC» Minos says, "which do you prefer: ruthenium + climb or invis + levitate or invis + climb?"
«OOC» Annie says, "Climbing would be iffy…I could probably move ya'all up there quickly by levitate"
«OOC» Kassandra says, "still have to cross some areas under surveillance with cameras and guards with combat gear"
«OOC» Annie says, "I am not picky…if Kass wants to rent the room, we can do it that way. At least then we have more control over the environment"
«OOC» Kassandra nods
«OOC» Annie says, "Out here we are vulnerable to wandering monsters, long range surveillance drones etc"
«OOC» Kassandra says, "Gah! 2d8 bugbears! damnit"
«OOC» Minos says, "I know:"
«OOC» Minos says, "rent the room, we all go in in disguise, leave the bag hidden in a snowdrift outside of the place surreptitiously, look out the window, levitate the bag to the room, get geared up, leave the room, go to the penthouse."
«OOC» Minos says, "bag == illegal crap"
«OOC» Kassandra says, "Ok. Assuming we can disguise you as something othr than a minotaur."
«OOC» Samuel says, "Let me know when you come to a plan."
«OOC» Minos says, "I can easily be made to look like a normal troll"
«OOC» Minos says, "I've done that before"
«OOC» Kassandra says, "Done."
«OOC» Kassandra says, "that is the plan, then, Samuel"
«OOC» Minos says, "have a kit for it and everthang"
«OOC» Annie says, "I could mask us to look like Velvet Runway members."
«OOC» Minos says, "and the skill"
«OOC» Minos says, "that's our plan Sam"
«OOC» Minos says, "I'll use a normal disguise and then she can mask me if she wants to enhance the disguise"
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Disguise:
2 3 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Disguise for "kp 1":
1 4 17
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls 4 (Disguise) for "+4 for polymim mask":
3 5 5 9
«OOC» Annie says, "I will pick someone at random off the street and look like them."
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Centering vs TN 4 for "Centering 4 Success!":
1 1 3 3 7 11 = 2 Successes
«Watchfor» Katral (#293) just disconnected from the game.
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 5:
1 2 4 5 7
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 3:
2 4 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 4:
1 2 3 5
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 3:
1 3 3
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 3:
2 3 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 3:
4 4 11
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 3:
1 4 4
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 10 - 1 (air spell) vs TN 4 for "Phys Mask":
1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 8 9 13 = 10 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 10 - 1 (air spell) - 10 vs TN 4 for "Phys Mask kp 1/9":
1 1 2 3 3 3 5 11 11 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Willpower + Sorcery Pool: 1 vs TN 4 for "Soak 4M drain, then spell lock it.":
1 2 2 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 10 11 = 8 Successes

No one actively observed. Though one guy looks at Kassandra before continuing his phone call. Maybe it was her tits.

Minos gets up to the room undetected with Kassandra, and then waits for Annie to levitate the bag up through the window.

The only rooms available for Minos are on the 8th floor of this 10 floor building.

The 8th floor suit is sort of residential; the kind of thing you would find in an executive inn. A bedroom, a bathroom, a living and cooking room. All blandly decorated, though with a slightly Mexican motif and color scheme. There is an open air patio, with a sliding glass door, but otherwise, no windows actually open enough for anyone to get out of.

Commlink-Silk> Kassandra says, "Decker Newbie whose name I don't know, this is Silk, do you copy?"

Commlink-Sexyguy069> "I read you, Silk."

Commlink-Silk> Kassandra says, "Alright, Sexyguy069, we are looking to move from inside the hotel, eighth floor. It is time to earn our check. I need to know where the clear spots are and you need to redirect cameras to clear us a path, spoof them, whatever you can do. Over?"

Minos gets his gear together: helmet, check; knives, check; smoke grenades, check. He doesn't bring any of his heavier gear—the polearm, the combat axe.

«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 6 vs TN 5 for "(Control Slave)":
2 3 4 4 5 9 = 2 Successes

Commlink-Sexyguy069> "I can do that. I've validated my account here so I will be able to linger. I'm tapping the security network now… and… I'm good."

Commlink-Sexyguy069> "Alright. Move. I've encrypted their security systems, they won't be able to use them save for what I want to show them until they decrypt them."

Commlink-Silk> Kassandra says, "Aye aye."

Kassandra is back in her super commando gear, nodding to the others. Minos, of course, gets to be the lead. She'll cover the rear and let Annie play the meat in the samurai sandwich.
Thats so hot.

Annie moves out with the rest of the team (ala the sandwich), her own eyes slightly glassy as she watches alertly for any spirits that might be watching for unusual mundane activity. Her own aura is masked to appear mundane and non-perceiving, so any astral observers would have a hard time noticing her current 'dual nature'.

Minos leads the way, like any good Ranger. He keeps his helmet down and his lunch intact as he moves to the stairwell then up the stairs.

Kassandra selects one of the three pistols she is armed with and draws it, mentally toggling her skillsofts to combat mode. The elf takes a breath, the information flooding her system, but much more comfortably. This chip is made for her, and flows through her like an expensive scotch.

«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Intelligence for "Looking around astrally.":
1 1 2 2 2 3 4 5 5 9 20 21

You paged Annie with 'There are wards around the entire 9th floor, like someone wrapped suran wrap around the while damn thing. Not strong, only a 5th circle, mostly for privacy but more than your average VIP would have. Astrally… this place is… uh… anticeptic. It's been scrubbed. A lot. Cleansed. Regularly. Th roughly. Like someone doesnt like the smell. There's some spirit activity on the other side of the ward, but there's no real telling what it is.'.

Commlink-Breeze> Annie says, "Ward around the 9th floor. I will have to spoof it to go through without killing it. And it looks like some spirit activity on the other side."

Commlink-Silk> Kassandra clicks her comm in acknowledgment, staying against the wall and letting the woman do her thing. The weapon is pointed at the ceiling, the combat computer paused.

The Samurai Defense

«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 2:
3 5
«OOC» Samuel says, "Intellence, everyone"
«OOC» Minos says, "is this a perception test and, if so, does hearing apply?"
«OOC» Samuel says, "Hearing is the applicable sense"
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Intelligence for "Eeek!":
1 1 1 1 1 2 3 5
«OOC» Annie says, "Ooh."
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Intelligence + 5 for "select sound filter 5":
1 2 3 4 4 4 5 5 8 9 9
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Intelligence for "Hearing Amp.":
1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 7 9 11
«OOC» Minos says, "….showoff"

You paged (Minos, Annie) with 'There comes the sound of heavy foot falls from the floor above, headed for the stairwell. MINOS ONLY: Male stride, approximately 250 pounds, boots.'.

Minos holds up a hand.

Commlink-Minos> Minos says, "Incoming target. I have him, but prepare to back me up, silently."

Minos moves behind the corner, taking cover, taking out a knife and preparing to throw it at the man when he rounds the corner.

«OOC» Minos says, "er, behind the corner of a stairwell bend…I think you get it. On the landing."
«OOC» Samuel nods. Trying to be out of direct sight of the door opening
«OOC» Minos says, "right"
«OOC» Samuel nods. Give me a stealth check
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Stealth:
1 3 4 9 9
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 6 vs TN 13 for "+4 for positioning":
1 3 4 8 11 15 = 1 Success

Kassandra holds her position, bringing her pistol down and taking a knee. She waits quietly, not equipped with a silencer and bitching at herself internally for selling the gun with the silencer on it.

Annie waits quietly for Minos to do his commando take-out thing.

The door opens and Victor moves to step through it. There is a pause though, as he's halfway through the door. Something's wrong. He sniffs the air, then starts to slide back out the door, reaching for his radio.

«Plot» Samuel says, " Victor has had a bad feeling, but can't place it. He withdraws unless stopped"
«OOC» Minos says, "no, I'll just punch him in the throat :)"
«OOC» Samuel nods. Give me a reaction test.
«OOC» Samuel says, "Your TN is 2."
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Reaction vs TN 2:
1 2 2 2 3 4 4 4 = 7 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 8 vs TN 4:
1 1 2 3 4 5 10 11 = 4 Successes
«Plot» Samuel says, " Minos has the drop on Victor"
«Plot» Samuel says, " Victor cannot use combat pool in the first round."
«OOC» Samuel says, "Minos, punch the fucker"
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Kung Fu + Combat Pool: 9 vs TN 3 for "applying reach to my benefit. base damge 16M stun.":
1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 8 = 10 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 7 (Savate) vs TN 4 for "No CP. Victor DOES have a trauma dampener as a good bodyguard should.":
1 2 3 3 4 5 11 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 7 (Savate) - 3 vs TN 4 for "No CP. Victor DOES have a trauma dampener as a good bodyguard should. KP 1/5":
2 2 3 5 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 9 vs TN 12 for "Mommy.":
1 1 2 2 3 4 5 9 10 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 9 vs TN 12 for "Mommy. KP2/5":
1 2 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 9 vs TN 12 for "Mommy. KP3/5":
1 1 2 3 4 4 4 5 5 = 0 Successes
«OOC» Samuel says, "Victor takes S wound+2 boxes"
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 9 vs TN 16:
1 1 2 2 3 3 4 5 9 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 9 vs TN 16 for " KP4/5":
1 1 4 4 4 4 5 7 16 = 1 Success

Minos runs up the stairs as he sees the man withdrawing and executes a flawless strike to the man's neck while pulling at his arm with his other hand, hoping to make him fall foward into the stairwell.

Victor takes the punch, and takes it like a bitch. The trauma dampener activates, spreading the damage out a bit. Pain editors come online, but are already overwhelmed by the neural sensations flooding in to the mans cortex as he reels from the blow that came like a freight train.

«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Initiative with a result of 14.
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Initiative with a result of 14.
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) has the Attribute Reaction with the value '8'.
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) has the Attribute Reaction with the value '8'.
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) has the Attribute Quickness with the value '6'.
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) has the Attribute Quickness with the value '9'.
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Initiative with a result of 29.
Annie spoofs the Ward
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls 14 vs TN 5 for "SPoof the ward!":
1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 5 5 5 8 = 4 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls 14 - 4 vs TN 5 for "SPoof the ward! kp 2/19":
2 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 8 11 = 4 Successes
«OOC» Annie says, "I will stand there. It's tn is 7"
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 5 vs TN 7:
1 2 3 5 5 = 0 Successe
«OOC» Samuel says, "Simple action: draw firearm, Simple action, Fire firearm, Free action: Activate Cyberware (Commlink)"
«Watchfor» Katral (#293) just disconnected from the game.
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 7 + Combat Pool: 7 vs TN 6 for "4, -2 for SLII, +3 for S wound, +1 kinda in melee":
1 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 7 10 11 16 = 4 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Body vs TN 2:
1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 4 5 7 8 10 11 13 = 14 Successes

Annie grits her teeth as the fight above her turns bad. "Fudgesickles", she mutters in irritation. The damn ward is still between her and the target, not to mention a quarter ton of grade a beef. The air ripples around her like a rainbow as she presses through the ward, her masking skill attempting to synchronize her own aura to the wards creator. She manages to succeed and passes through as the rainbow effect slowly fades behind her.

Victor is good at his job, despite the issues with the blow. He staggers back, transducing in to his commlink that there is a hostile in the area and he's in contact. The massive Eichiro Hatamoto II clears the holster and barks its unsilenced report in to the stairwell, echoing down to the bottom, then back up again…

Minos takes a shot in the chest. Victor couldn't've aimed better had he tried…and he hit exactly where his bullet aimed, the problem is, he didn't really know what he was facing. Too bad, so sad. The faceless darkly mirrored helmet looks back at him without any expression or sound, but just shakes its head, holding up a finger and wagging it 'no no no'.


«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Kung Fu + Combat Pool: 9 vs TN 7 for "nut shot. reach to me. with leg.":
1 1 1 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Kung Fu + Combat Pool: 9 vs TN 7 for "nut shot. reach to me. with leg. kp 2/16":
1 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 8 9 10 10 = 4 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Kung Fu + Combat Pool: 9 - 4 vs TN 7 for "nut shot. reach to me. with leg. kp 4/16":
1 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 21 = 1 Success
«OOC» Minos says, "okay, stand on 5."
«OOC» Samuel nods.
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 7 + Combat Pool: 2 vs TN 7 for "Holyshit mah nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutz!":
1 1 3 3 3 4 5 8 9 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 7 vs TN 7 for "Holyshit mah nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutz! KP 5/5":
1 1 3 5 5 9 10 = 2 Successes
«OOC» Samuel says, "Success to you, +1"
«OOC» Minos says, "he is resisting 18S stun to the nads."
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 9 vs TN 18 for "MY FRIGGEN NADS!":
1 2 2 3 4 5 5 5 7 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 9 vs TN 13 for "MY NADS PART TWO: ELECTRIC BALLALOO":
1 2 2 2 2 3 4 10 11 = 0 Successes

Minos brings his knee up into Victor's crotch, and a sickening crunch can be felt. The man sags like a wet sack as blinding pain shoots to his head and he falls to the ground unconscious.

Commlink-Minos> Minos says, "And *THAT* is how you hit someone in the nuts. For next time."

Victor is so glad he's unconscious. Otherwise, he would be aware of the massive groin trauma he just sustained.

Commlink-Breeze> Annie says, "Well, with that shot going off I am sure we will get more practice here in a few."

Commlink-Sexyguy069> "Actually, guys, yeah. I'm showing no less than four lines to the main desk opening on that shot… I'm tying up the switchboard."

«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Small Unit Tactics + Task Pool: 1 vs TN 4 for "Every 2 successes is +1 to Init or CP.":
1 1 1 3 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Small Unit Tactics + Task Pool: 1 vs TN 4 for "Every 2 successes is +1 to Init or CP., karma reroll":
1 3 8 8 = 2 Successes
«OOC» Kassandra says, "everyone has +1 CP or +1 to init for next action (if they listen to me)"
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 6 (edit slave) vs TN 6:
2 2 3 3 4 10 = 1 Success

Commlink-Sexyguy069> "I'm tying them up for a moment. Cna't get you long."

Kassandra hunkers down, eyeing Minos, "Ok, Minos, move like the wind. Annie, you know what you can do about the magic, otherwise clear the decks. I'll kill anything you two dont get. I'll hug the left side."

«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Centering vs TN 6 (to Samuel) for "For the win!":
1 2 3 3 5 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 10 - 1 (air) vs TN 6 (to Samuel) for "Enhance Aim":
1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 7 10 14 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 10 - 1 (air) - 3 vs TN 6 (to Samuel) for "Enhance Aim kp 3/19":
1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 10 = 1 Success
Annie pages: -2 to ranged tn's.

The hall on the 10 floor holds three doors. A T-junction hallway, the Elevator is at the cross of the T, two rooms on the arms, and at the leg of the T, the stairs down you have just entered from.

«OOC» Samuel says, "Intelligence, audio"
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Intelligence for "audio":
1 1 3 3 4 5 5 5
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Intelligence + 5 for "+2 TN mod due to Nitro":
1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 8 14
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Intelligence for "Hearing Amp.":
1 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 7 11
«OOC» Kassandra says, "being in the back sucks!"
«OOC» Samuel says, "l laughs."
You paged (Minos, Annie) with 'You can hear, from one of the rooms, a worried cry and then what sounds like furniture being slid in to position to block the door. MINOS ONLY: You can make out two female voices.'.

Minos steps out into the hallway and cocks his ear as he hears people down one of the hallways. He charges towards the door that he can hear the sound coming from, intent on bursting it open.
At least it's not painted red.

Annie moves on into the target floor, chanting softly in Sperethiel as she does so. Something seems to shimmer around her for a moment, but little other effect is noticed. «Can we get an empty elevator up here and on standby, lock the other ones down if you can.», she subvocalizes urgently into the comm as she follows the Minotaur down the hallway.

Commlink-Sexyguy069> "On it"

Kassandra moves in behind the pair, flattening along the left-hand wall, holding her current pistol in an easy grip. The elf sights, waiting for a target. Time is ticking away rapidly.

«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 6 (Control Slave) vs TN 5:
2 2 3 4 5 11 = 2 Successes
«OOC» Samuel says, "Minos, give me an Str check, vs TN 10. Reinforced door, plus a dresser behind it. I want 3 successes to bust it off its hinges."
«OOC» Samuel says, "2 will shatter the door and impeed entrance, 1 will simply break the door and not allow entrance yet"
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls 14 vs TN 10:
1 1 1 2 3 3 3 5 5 8 10 11 14 16 = 4 Successes
«OOC» Minos says, "turning on pain editor"

The Physad Defense

Minos huffs huffs huffs down the hallway and SLAMS into the door, knocking the thing off of its hinges and pushing the hastily-erected dresser barrier away from the door with the momentum of his travel. He stands there and looks around, standing up and appearing menacing in his faceless helmet. Rawr.

Minos can see that the mattress has been pushed up against the patio door, while it looks like Maria is about ready to pounce on the bull man. The women behind him can see splinters and Maria.

Kassandra slides along the wall, looking for a good firing solution on either Maria or the target, or God forbid if someone else shows for the jamboree.

Annie moves up to within a few meters of Minos, her pistol now in her hand as she looks back and forth down the hallway for potential targets. She begins chanting once again and a nearly invisible barrier of sparkling motes of light spring up around her, contouring the the lines of her body.

«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls 5 (Custom.Pistols.Chip) + 1 (EA) + Combat Pool: 4 vs TN 3 for "Base 4 -2 SMII +2 modifier -1 aim shot=3":
1 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 = 8 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 13 vs TN 6 for "9-(half ballistic)":
1 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 10 11 14 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 10 vs TN 6 for "9-(half ballistic) KP1/6":
1 2 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 8 = 1 Success
«OOC» Kassandra says, "why spend 28 =Y= a round when you can spend 80"
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 9 vs TN 6 for "9-(half ballistic) KP3/6":
1 1 2 2 4 4 9 10 15 = 3 Successes
«OOC» Samuel says, "L wound."

Kassandra snaps her pistol up as Minos clears the door, the combat computer giving her an iffy percentage on the target Maria. She closes one eye, sighting on the woman and holding her breath for just a second longer. The light changes from a pinkish-red to a more orange-tinged yellow to a yellow-tinged green. Silk mentally commands the gun to fire, coolly letting the round go.

THe round impacts maria's shoulder, imparting its kenetic energy with a jerk to her shoulder. The armored plates in the vest she's wearing take the damage for the most part, a small bloom of blood welling up as the bullet slashes in to her flesh. It hurts like a bitch as she gets ready to pounce on Minos.

«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 4 for "+10 (11, -1 for L wound)":
1 2 4 8
«OOC» Samuel says, "Maria moves on 23"
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Initiative with a modifier of +1 with a result of 17.
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Initiative with a modifier of +4 with a result of 24.
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Initiative with a modifier of +1 with a result of 32.
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Kung Fu + 3 vs TN 4: Kick Maria
1 1 1 1 1 2 4 4 4 5 5 9 = 6 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 9 + Combat Pool: 6 vs TN 6 for "Maria's counter. L Wound, +1 Reach mod":
1 1 1 2 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 7 10 10 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 9 + Combat Pool: 6 - 3 vs TN 6 for "Maria's counter. L Wound, +1 Reach mod KP 4/6":
1 2 2 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 6 vs TN 15 for "OUCH IN THE BABYMAKER":
1 2 3 4 5 7 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 6 vs TN 15 for "OUCH IN THE BABYMAKER KP 5/6":
2 3 5 8 11 14 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 6 vs TN 20: Knockback
1 1 1 4 5 9 = 0 Successes

Minos kicks the Azzie physad in the stomach with his cyberleg, using his Kung Fu Powers for GOOD! Or at least to work off some aggression. His form is excellent, as is hers; the difference is a whole lot more physical presence—and that AV bullet distracting her at the critical moment.

Maria takes the kick right to the stoumach, her form buckling as that foot drives in to her with a power that is simply inhuman. She goes flying back, hitting the floor with a thud. "Madre de dios!"

«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 6 (Sorcery) + Sorcery Pool: 3 vs TN 10 for "7 will + 3 woundmod, Control Thoughts, Minos, kick Kassandra.":
1 3 4 4 5 9 13 13 16 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 6 (Sorcery) vs TN 10 for "7 will + 3 woundmod, Control Thoughts, Minos, kick Kassandra. KP 6":
3 3 4 5 5 7 = 0 Successes

Maria growls, kipping back up to her feet, she lashes out, mana coalescing around her hands, a mask which looks decidedly like a jaguar comes over her features. The magic… it does nothing. She looks to her hands, then to Minos. "Fuck…."

From the helmet a voice distorted says, "You could surrender and extract with us. No harm will come to you. I cannot speak for her, though." He gestures towards Esmerelda.

Maria shakes her head, moving to put herself between the Minotaur and the mattress over the door. If she goes with them, she's effectively dead and without a job, flipping on your ward is bad. Very bad.

«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls 5 (Custom.Pistols.Chip) + 1 (EA) + Combat Pool: 4 vs TN 2 for "Base 4 -2 SMII -1 aim shot=1; 9M Damage, 1/2 armour due to ammo.":
1 1 2 2 4 4 4 5 5 11 = 8 Successes
«Plot» Kassandra says, "Stand"
«OOC» Annie says, "I will move in also, edging toward the mattress and around the melee combatants"
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 6 vs TN 6 for "Half of Ballistic, Maria Soak":
1 4 5 5 5 5 = 0 Successes
«OOC» Samuel says, "She's out of Karma. She takes D wound. Pose it."

Kassandra slips forward, still watching the physad. When Minos kicks the woman away and she rises to cast the spell, Kassandra takes careful aim, letting the imprinted information on the chip guide her. She aims for the T, just south of the collarbone and commands the weapon to fire, already scanning for a new target as the round clears the gun.

The bullet hits home, slamming right through the womans vest and in to her flesh. The matress behind her is sprayed with blood as pretty much every major artery in the womans body is severed at once. She coughs once, then crumples forward to her knees, then the ground itself.

Kassandra motions with the muzzle of her gun towards the mattress to Minos, checking with Annie. The younger elf takes the other side, preparing for an ambush.

The Principle

«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Small Unit Tactics + Task Pool: 1 vs TN 4 for "Extra dice":
3 3 5 9 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Intelligence for "Astral Perception":
1 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 10 10

The woman does not appear to be in the room.

Minos moves over, yanks the mattress aside, and opens the bedroom door.

The bedroom is dark, the lights off, save for the light coming in from the door now that the mattress is moved so forcefully. Its tastefully decorated, with mirrors refracting the light but also image about. It's spacious, with its own bathroom and jaccuzi, a trideo system and its own balcony overlooking the city.

Annie visually inspects the bathroom to make sure the mattress was not a misdirection, the greenish pulse from her laser sight reflecting eerily from the chromed bathroom fittings.

Kassandra sweeps the room, toggling to infra-red when standard vision shows nothing.

«OOC» Minos says, "thermographic vision shows…?"
«OOC» Samuel says, "Thermo shows… a PERCEPTION CHECK right there, inside the door."
«OOC» Samuel says, "Annie, same."
«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Intelligence for "+2 TN mod":
1 1 2 5 5 15
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Intelligence for "Looking.":
1 1 2 2 2 3 3 5 5 5 5 11
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Intelligence for "I can see!":
1 3 3 4 5 7 9 11

Minos sweeps the room: Someone recently took a shower, the lingering heat showing in the tile. A quick search of the room shows no one is actually in it, if they have body heat higher than ambient temperatures (75 degrees).

Annie: You search the outside bathroom, in the bathtub and behind the toilet. Then you see, sort of Charlie Manson-esque, a bit of hair hanging out of the cabinet…

Kassandra: You sweep the room, senses hair-triggered. The patio door is not latched, nor closed all the way, its pushed just too, but not closed.

Kassandra transduces, as silent as the grave, "Patio door is not latched or closed."

Commlink-Sexyguy069> "Guys, I can't stick around much longer. I'm getting Ice crawling over me and they are almost done decrypting the securi… FUCKOUCHGODDAMNSLOTTINGWHORE!"

Commlink-Minos> Minos calls out, "Bedroom, CLEAR!"

Commlink-Silk> Kassandra says, "Slot and run, SG069"

Annie holds her pistol at the ready and opens the cabinet with her left hand.

Annie holds her pistol at the ready and opens the cabinet with her left hand.

Kassandra aims at the patio door, sending her thoughts through the transducer and radio to the decker and the others.

Commlink-Sexyguy069> "Sexyguy069 has logged out"

«OOC» Samuel says, "Annie: Reaction, TN 4"
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Reaction vs TN 4 for "Hair Golem!":
1 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 8 9 10 = 9 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Reaction - 9 vs TN 4 for "Kp it.":
2 3 3 4 7 8 8 19 = 5 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 10 vs TN 2:
1 1 2 3 4 4 5 8 9 11 = 8 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 2 vs TN 2 for "KP 1/10":
2 4 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Pistols + Combat Pool: 5 vs TN 2 for "Base Tn 4 - 1 Laser Sight - 2 Enhance Aim = tn 1":
1 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 9 = 9 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 4 vs TN 6:
3 5 7 10 = 2 Successes
«OOC» Samuel says, "She foes night night fo 100 minutes."

Commlink-Breeze> Annie says, "Got a naked female tucked in the cabinet. She's down."

Commlink-Minos> Minos says, "Is she the target?"

Commlink-(Geist): Olly olly ox-en-free… You got Azzie Sec converging on your building guys…

Commlink-Silk> Kassandra says, "Affirmative. Prepare for immediate evac."

Annie throws open the cabinet, not really surprised to see someone hiding inside. The emerald laser sight strobes out and is followed immediately by the soft *chuff* of the dart pistol. Almost immediately the woman goes slack, a bit of spittle dripping from her lips as the mace can falls from limp fingers. Annie reaches into the cabinet with her left hand as the right reholsters her pistol. She grabs the girl by the hair and drags her out of the cabinet. <Confirmed. Target is down», Annie replies. She flicks her right wrist and a dikoted throwing knife pops into her hand from the spring-loaded wrist sheath. Without hesitation Annie draws the blade across the girls throat, severing her throat nearly to the spinal cord. She stands up and lets the rapidly emptying corpse spill onto the bathroom tile. «On my way out», she reports as she turns toward the exit.

And with that Esmerelda's life spills across the floor.


Kassandra turns and heads out of the suite at a sprint towards the stairwell. «Moving to evac.» Silk only slows at the downed merc that Minos left, putting a round through the man on her way up the stairs (assuming no one is coming.)

Commlink-(Geist): Rooftop Evac. I will touch down in 10 seconds from MARK. I have 5 seconds hang time.

Minos heads towards the patio and waits for the helicopter, waiting for the girls to come out and scanning the sky.

Annie moves out of the bathroom rapidly, placing her blade back into the wrist sheath. She joins up with the rest of the team and waits for the evac copter.

«Auto-Judge[]» Minos (#5291) rolls Athletics:
3 5 11 15

Kassandra doesn't respond to Geist verbally, just sending a click. She is busy running.
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 4 (Marcus Gunnery) vs TN 4 for "Drone Defense":
1 1 2 3 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Athletics for "RUN AWAY!":
1 4 5
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 4 (Marcus Gunnery) vs TN 4 for "Drone Defense KP1/5":
4 5 9 16 = 4 Successes
«Watchfor» Cash (#1575) just connected to the game.
«Auto-Judge[]» Kassandra (#9777) rolls Athletics for "RUN AWAY! Karma reroll KP5/7":
9 10 10
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Athletics for "Annie Athletics!":
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Athletics for "Annie Athletics! kp 5/19":
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Athletics for "Annie Athletics! kp 7/19":
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Athletics for "Annie Athletics! kp 10/19":
«Auto-Judge[]» Annie (#5398) rolls Athletics for "Annie Athletics! kp 14/19":

Up top, its two helecopters coming in. One is the massive Blackhawk styled Stallion II, its sensors lit up like the fourth of July in the FDC. The second, much more agile and playing defense, is a Northrup Grummin Wasp with a chin mounted chain gun that just blew the HELL out of a rotodrone that was streaking to intercept. The door on the helicopter slides open as just one of the wheels touches down on the side of the building.

Commlink-(Geist): Go go go!

Minos waits outside the copters for the girls to come, just in case.
Annie spills out onto the roof, ducking her head out of long habit as she makes a beeline for the Stallion. She dives through the open door and finds something to hold onto.

Kassandra is moving swiftly, partially due to her superior elven grace, partially due to her training, and mostly from several years in the military. She snags a handle and pulls herself in, strapping down as soon as she can.

Minos jumps onto the helicopter and comms, "We're all clear!" as he closes the door.

«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls 3 vs TN 4 for "Denvers famous automatic air defenses.":
2 3 8 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls Rotor Aircraft vs TN 4 for "Dodge":
2 3 4 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[]» Samuel (#799) rolls Rotor Aircraft - 1 vs TN 4 for "Dodge KP 1":
5 5 = 2 Successes

The moment the other two women are aboard, the turbofans start to whine as the helicopter claws in to the air. "HOld on!" Calls Johan from the front, as the helicopter lumbers back from the building a few feet then turns to drop 3 stories of altitude, dropping below the building line and making its way over the border. A bead of tracers launch up from the ground, but Johan banks the chopper at the right moment, letting the Magic B-B's scream off in to the night sky…

"We're clear!"

Kassandra grits her teeth, hanging on for dear life, straining against the straps. The woman's face is obscured by the helmet so no one can see the momentary panic as the chopper does its anti-get-shot-down maneuvers.

Minos swings back and forth, trying REAL HARD not to rattle around in the helicopter like a marble. He hasn't had time to strap in and he does his best to grab at a bracing bar quickly as Johan works his magic, narrowly missing whacking Annie upside the head or Kassandra in the face.

Annie grins to herself as the g-forces threaten to toss her around the cab of the chopper like a pinball. She clambers toward an empty seat and the safety of the harness.

Johan flies low, splitting buildings and keeping low to the earth for a few minutes, then pops back up on the radar, on the other side of the Down town sector. "Confirmed Sioux Tower, this is Mile High Aerotaxi number four one oh niner niner four. I am coming out of the downtown clutter and confirming my vector for Dancing Bear Aerodrome."

"Confirmed Mile High 410994, you are clear for landing. Hoka Hey."

"Nope, not today my friend. Only gonna be one of those."

«Plot» Samuel says, " Free RP."
«Plot» Kassandra says, "After Run Precautions: (1) stripping the gun down, having the barrel, firing pin, etc replaced. the old parts will be smelted down. (2) I want to hire someone GOOD to clean our registry and camera information out of that place. You can expend the remainder of my share to clean up any loose ends."

Kassandra will be reaching for one of the expendable phones on her belt as the craft banks and bobs, waiting for the all clear from Johan to make her call. She reaches out and touches some people, making it apparent that she wants to clean house.

Minos takes his gear off in the 'copter as they land. "That went cleanly."

«OOC» Annie says, "Any photos or video of me will reveal a random Azzie citizen that I spotted on the street."

Johan brings he chopper in for a very quiet landing at the private Dancing Bear Aerodrome. The Wasp doesn't land where you land, nor does it appear to come back in to your area since it left Aztlan. He starts to unhook from the pilots chair to make his way back in to the passenger cabin. "Well, you are all alive and I am not surrounded by flashing lights, so its a good sign."

Minos says "It went cleanly, I think. No blood spilled on our side; the targets went down easy—there was a close moment when we were spotted slightly before I had hoped, but we made it through all right."

"Yes, everything. Burn all the footage you can, corrupt the registry. Act of God or just bad luck, I really don't care. My client is pretty particular." The elf is still on the phone, a finger in her other ear. "Right. Exactly. Just like the op in Memphis. Alright. Ciao."

Shortly after she gets herself strapped in, Annie goes astral and paces the chopper to make sure that no astral entities are attempting to follow them. If they are, she dissuades them. Otherwise she rejoins her body after the chopper lands and exits with the team.

The chopper made a fairly clean gettaway, being so close to the border and the indecision of the watch patrol on sending hostile spirits in to CAS airspace.

Johan leans on the bulkhead, reaching for a cigarette. HE's dressed in a civilian flight suit, with a flight helmet concealing his features. "Not a bad days work." He reaches for a cigarette from a flight suit pocket, fitting it to his lips.

Kassandra snaps the phone closed, moving to a trashcan and hitting a few keys. The phone fizzes for a moment and then smokes for a second before the elf drops it to the ground, crushing the remains beneath a heel. What is left is tossed into the trash before she returns to the others.

Minos says "Everyone all right?"

Johan nods, bobbing his head as he moves a lighter to his lips. "Yep. I ain't hurt, the bird aint hurt, the only ones hurt, I presume, are the ones we got paid to hurt."

"Hm? Oh, yes, just tidying up. I wanted to make sure that Jr the Decker didn't leave any traces and that a few other odds and ends were taken care of." Silk shrugs, starting to strip off various pieces of gear now that essential problems are taken care of.

Annie steps forward, nodding her head. "Went very smoothly", she offers her hand to the pilot, "Thanks for the ballsy evac. It would have been less than fun having to fight our way back out to CAS territory."

JOhan takes the hand, shaking it. "Best use of resources, so the boss said, so here I was. You guys got out okay, so I'm a'ahappy fragger, cause it means I get to keep worken."

Minos says "Good, good." He pauses, studying Annie, saying, "Annie, may I call you sometime? I've something I would like to discuss with you."

Johan eyebrows Minos. "Aw man, you ALWAYS hit on the new chicks. For once, can't I get a chance to get the geriatric poontang?"

Johan puffs his cigarette then, blowing smoke off to the side. He takes the flight helmet off then, setting it back on the pilots chair. "I never get no love. I swear."

Kassandra bags her gear, snickering at Johan and Minos' conversation. She stuffs the various bundles into the small bags she has removed from one of the pouches on her belt, stepping into a likely hiding place/behind cover to shimmy into a new outfit.

Annie nods to Minos, "But of course. A contact number that will usually be effective is <INSERT COMMCODE HERE>", she looks over at the Pilot chuckles, "Those wild days are far behind me kid."

Minos glances at Johan and just shakes his head. "Well, Johan, I *did* give you first crack at your mother, but you turned me down."

Johan rolls his eyes, stepping off the helo on to the tarmac. "I had a witty retort, but temporal mechanics ate it."

Kassandra steps back out, rubbing at the various bits of spiritgum on her face, carrying two bags. The elf starts primping and returning to normal, getting ready to establish her whereabouts for the evening.

Minos looks at Kassandra and says, "Oh yeah, Silk. The adept I hit? She tried to mind control me to kick you." He grins. "I resisted the temptation, but it was pretty strong!"

Kassandra arches an eyebrow at that, a battered black van pulling up. She says, "Well, I apprieciate that, Alexander. It might have left a bruise and I can ill afford to be marred up before the party tommorrow."

Minos says "True enough. You have my package?"
Minos says "For the party?"

Johan looks over to the older woman. "Hey, Grandma, catch you on the flipside, eh?" He starts heading off for a waiting car, himself, as a ground crew comes to tend the helicopter. His car, it would seem, is a car that MAY be a little older than Annie, but who the hell knows.

Kassandra nods to Minos as the van comes to a halt, two oversized men rushing out to recover the bags of gear. "I do, yes. With luck, you will see a return on your investment."

Annie nods to the pilot as he departs, "Nice car for a grunt pilot", she comments absently as she turns back toward her team-mates. "Nice working with both of you.", she pauses as she absently brushes some stray hair from her eyes, "I will see you around." She pulls a deck out of one of her thigh pockets and taps a few keys, rewarded a moment later by a soft chirrup and a flashing green acceptance message.

Johan slides in to the car, glancing back at Annie. "I heard that." he mutters, putting the car in gear and driving off in to the night. The chopper has its own ground crew to take care of it.

Kassandra nods courteously to both Minos and Annie before following the two men towards the black van, ruffling her hair as she goes. The woman is now dressed in a simple black dress and heels, ready for a night on the town. Within seconds of entering the vehicle she is whisked away, into the night.

Minos heads out himself, hailing a cab as he's poor, putting his stuff away in a bag before he, too, disappears into the night.

Annie waits around for a bit until her own RV pulls up, the door sliding open with a hiss of pressurized air to admit Annie. The vehicle wheels around and heads off toward the city.

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