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Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: ...


Daddy? As in: "Luke, I am your father," daddy?

Posted on 2008-03-08 at 22:49:53.

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: ummmm


I'm confused. It almost reads as though Roger doesn't want the same group of players.

Posted on 2008-03-07 at 05:58:25.

Topic: Cerebral Paradox - Cyberpunk 2020
Subject: Hoorah!


Good!

Posted on 2008-03-07 at 02:23:50.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: That'd be up to Roger.


Al?

Posted on 2008-03-06 at 06:08:42.

Topic: Cerebral Paradox - Cyberpunk 2020
Subject: hmmm


Can't argue the logic...

Posted on 2008-03-05 at 03:49:47.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Lurk away!


Who knows...Wyatt might be looking for some more crew if people don't start postin'!

Supernatural took over the big gaping hole the cancelation of Firefly left. I too own the DVDs and the movie. I hope the come out with more.

Posted on 2008-03-05 at 03:32:38.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Door number one reveals...


Walking back to the ship, Willow leaned her head close to Sung’s, as if to snuggle. “That one’s more than she appears to be,” Willow murmured, her expression soft for any watchers, ”And less, too. Best make sure we get full payment before a single container leaves the ship, Captain-San.”

Wyatt’s face remained impassive as he casually took in their surroundings. He wasn’t one to trust easily, and he most certainly hadn’t been swayed by the woman’s obvious attempts to distract through her appearance, but he hadn’t pegged her for a Ching Soh (ruthless or savage person…best bet). Though he had already considered that she was more than she appeared to be just due to the fact that she was apparently brokering the deal that required them to run a blockade while her husband was some sort of Da Gher Da (Faction Leader).

“You know her, Wolf,” Wyatt continued to watch the streets as they made their way back towards Rocinante. “We got reason to think she’d cross us?”

He wasn’t dismissing Willow’s assessment—he was too smart for that. She’d pegged way too many people like a sharp shooter right between the eyes with those readings of hers. He wasn’t about to just up and say, “Sorry woman, but you’re dead wrong.” He’d of been dead a long time ago if he had. All he was looking for was a little native, ear-to-the-ground intuition to compliment the good doctor’s. Besides that, he wanted to see what value Wolf could bring to the mixing pot that was his crew besides fixin’ things. Kora had given input, helped on the guns, and that’s just touching on the tail of the comet so to speak.


Posted on 2008-03-02 at 20:25:27.

Topic: Star Trek: Cerberus Recruitment
Subject: That's what counts.


So long as some of us are moving it forward, when Eol returns it will be ready to jump full swing into the thick of the Dominion trouble.

Posted on 2008-03-02 at 20:13:33.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Done?


Not on your life! Tell him, Al!

Posted on 2008-02-29 at 02:55:31.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Oprion C


Wyatt would always prefer to deal in cash, though he'll likely only rarely buck employment and as such will likely also have a transfer account. The transfer account would only ever have enough dough in it to keep it open with no fees, and as the crew get's paid, he'd empty the new funds to pay out share, resupply, and ship maintenance.

Posted on 2008-02-26 at 22:47:47.

Topic: You want to play a WHAT?!? (strange character ideas)
Subject: Tired


And sick, so I don't much have anything on my mind that's useful, but I had a friend who solely played (I was pretty much the GM all the time). Me and the guy who introduced us to gaming wanted to try our combined skills as an adventuring group, so we asked this other guy to GM for us. We brought together two character's that had been created in the same vein: Greydon and Reddon. This new GM had already decided to throw us for a loop, and our first encounter was against giant carniverous beavers...that could fly.

That session ended early with me taking over as GM again.

Posted on 2008-02-25 at 08:25:56.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: Back an' forth


“Mister?” The young boy asks suddenly, “Where did you get the antique?” He asks pointing at the pistol on Wyatt’s hip. “That’s an Independence’s Officer Pistol isn’t it?”

Wyatt glanced down at the boy with an unchanging expression. “Smart kid,” was all he said before turning his attention to the apparently mollified teacher.

“Billy!” the School Marm declares, “Now, you mind your manners. No man likes to have his equipment pointed at!” She laughs throatily.

She turns and puts down her chalk and addresses the class, “I have to talk to these gentlemen, so that will be all for today. Off now to do your chores and mind your parents.”

The children leave, grudgingly.

“Well, pleased to met you all.” Brigit says as way of a greeting, “Since you came to see me, this must be about the …containers.” She smiles prettily, “You all thrown me for a bit of a loop now as I was expecting someone else and sooner than this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to see you and to get the containers, but I plum almost had given up hope. I mean, Wolf, if you knew they were coming, why didn’t you say anything?”

Wyatt glanced at the newest member of his crew and then shifted his hat so that it rode the crown of his head a little closer. “Ma’am, Wolf didn’t have a clew we was comin’ until just recent. I’m sure he’d have let you know had he the opportunity. Now, not to be sounding rude, but we’ve just traveled through a bit of the Black that wasn’t so lonely, if’n you get my drift, and it ain’t likely that our little ruse is gonna stick too much longer ‘fore that other firefly sets dock. I can only imagine what sort of trouble that’ll present me an’ mine, so if you don’t mind I’d like to get paid and git out.”

“Ah, well you’ll have to let me head up to the bank and I’ll arrange a bank transfer. I had the money a week ago, but I didn’t want to be sitting on it here, what with how things are around here. Why don’t you all head back to your ship, wait for bailey and his men to unload to containers, and I’ll make the arrangements.” She smiles all sweet and pretty.

“Sounds right pleasant,” Wyatt tipped his hat once more before turning and leading his crew out of the schoolhouse and back to Rocinante.


Posted on 2008-02-24 at 00:57:02.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell Q&A
Subject: Marching order


Marching Order:
Sergeant Lee
Private Pearson
Lt. Kernan
Chief Blake
Corporal Joannsen
Staff Sgt. Kane


Posted on 2008-02-24 at 00:50:27.

Topic: A Cold Day in Hell
Subject: Onward, but not all the way. Pit stop anyone?


As Kane gathered the troops up, sending Lee to retrieve the rest of the team, he receives the report from Corporal Joannsen concerning the two soldiers. He gives her a nod and then approaches the doorway.

“Lee, you’re on point. Pearson, will follow,” Monty would usually wait for Kane to set up the marching order, but since finding the two troopers, he was in a hurry to complete their mission and make it out alive. “I’ll be right after you with the Chief. Corporal Joannsen and Kane will bring up the rear. Move out!”

The order of the day was to investigate each room they passed, leaving nothing unknown in their wake. Of course, this meant passing the communications center, and Monty fully intended to find out what condition the equipment was in. A quick pass down the bloody hall and he was already determining a plan of entry, but first, they’d have to secure the restrooms and showers. That part should be simple.

Reaching the main hall, and making sure that it was empty, Monty directed Lee down the corridor between the restrooms and the communications center (#14 and #4), giving the signal to keep eyes and ears open. Lee and Pearson would check the intersecting hall while the rest of the team set up post at the doors. Once they verified it was clear (OOC: assuming we do) Kernan speaks softly into the radio.

“Pearson, cover that hall. Lee, sweep the restroom.” (OOC: I believe that makes YeOlde happy.) While the small sergeant went about his duty (no pun intended), Kernan offers support from the doorway, carbine ready, staring down the red dot. (OOC: Again, assuming an All Clear).

With Lee back in the hall, and the restroom door closed securely behind them, Lt. Kernan gave new orders.

“Kane, you and Joannsen take the communication center through the door across from the foyer. Lee, you and Pearson are going in here. Blake, you cover the foyer: Kane and Joannsen’s six, while I cover this angle. Move out, and be careful.”

The objective is obviously to establish ownership of the communications center. Kernan knows one thing for sure and that’s that communications went down for some reason. Be it the blue field, some yeti tearing the place apart, or some freak robot cannabilising the comm. station for parts, he wasn’t ruling anything out, and the main lab would have to wait until they secured this room. Approaching the lab doors, Kernan readied his M6A1 carbine.

Posted on 2008-02-24 at 00:49:53.

Topic: Star Trek: Operation:Persephone - Q&A
Subject: Got it...


I finally posted...Sorry again for the delays.

Posted on 2008-02-23 at 19:54:46.

Topic: Star Trek: Operation Persephone
Subject: The long awaited encounter between Kel and Talon


Stardate: 2374.09.01
USS Charon – Captain’s Ready Room – 0910 hours


Kelsey’s face darkened as Talon leapt to his feet, the felanoid’s deep growl barely contained. “Captain! Romulans about this ship? Is this necessary? I though Federation engineers had been working with cloaking devises for years.”

“You will pull yourself together Lt. Talon,” Gavison growled back. Then, leaning forward, he addressed the room on a whole. “They will be on board only so long as we need them to install the cloaking device—the Federation doesn’t have any working devices at the moment, and the Romulans were kind enough to provide a pair.”

“I do not trust them." Talon continued. "I will demand they only have the number of personnel they need to install the device. I will personally attend to the security details, and I will blast the first one that even ‘hints’ at stepping out of line.”

“Fine,” Kel snarled. “But make sure they’ve installed the damn device first.”

Stardate: 2374.09.01
USS Charon – Captain’s Quarters – 0945 hours


Captain Gavison had returned to his thrashed quarters after the meeting with his command staff in order to set another meeting up, this one on DS9. He was bent to retrieve a picture of Sheri from the shattered remains of the frame it had been in when the door swished open on security protocol. Kelsey spun about, the phaser he always wore at his side being leveled at the intruder before he’d even come to rest with his back against the couch.

“A KZINTI!...The Cerberus has a Kzinti onboard! I would sooner have an entire ship of Romulands than a Kzinti onboard!” The felanoid wasn’t finished, but Kel was. As Talon stalked about spouting off something in his native tongue that Kel only half registered through the universal translator, the captain stood and stepped right in front of the towering officer, blocking his path.

There was a trilling sound as the phaser power cell was set to maximum just before Kel placed the weapon underneath Talon’s chin. Peering at his officer with narrowed eyes, the captain spoke through a clenched jaw.

“I don’t care if you and that other cat tear each other’s throats out once the mission is over, Lieutenant. Never really cared all that much for him when we served together on the Discovery, but if you take away my chances to spill Dominion blood by acting out your rage, I’ll vaporize your furry head.

“Contain it, Talon. Hell, feed it and use it when we encounter the Jem’Hadar! I don’t care! But you will perform your duties whether he’s on the other ship, or on mine—You’ll perform your duties if he’s using your damn leg as a scratching post! Do I make myself clear?”

(OOC: allowing a response.)

Kelsey lowered the weapon. He wouldn’t have used this approach on Fletcher, Jones, Hamilton, or any of his other officers, but he knew the Lyran well enough to know what worked best to corral the creature’s emotions, and a quick show of force, a quick display of who was still in charge, well, that was necessary. Besides, Captain Gavison was already on edge, as he always was just before the clandestine meetings he arranged periodically…meetings that had often resulted in the edge he needed when facing his enemies; when enacting his vengeance.

Posted on 2008-02-23 at 19:51:26.
Edited on 2008-02-23 at 19:52:31 by Bromern Sal

Topic: Cerebral Paradox - Cyberpunk 2020
Subject: No problem


See emailed response.

Posted on 2008-02-22 at 02:08:49.

Topic: Star Trek: Operation:Persephone - Q&A
Subject: ?


There are turns?

Posted on 2008-02-22 at 02:04:22.

Topic: Star Trek: Operation:Persephone - Q&A
Subject: I know...


I usually don't say one thing and do another, I promise. Hectic week with fourteen hour work days...I'll post soon though.

Posted on 2008-02-20 at 22:38:27.

Topic: Cerebral Paradox - Cyberpunk 2020
Subject: I may have missed something...


If I did, just remind me and I'll try to find a way to put it in place.

The lot of you are together again by the end of the post, the location of the Biotechnica lab will have been sent to Peacekeeper's phone and is located in the mountains east of Night City, some forty miles back into the country. Exact GPS coordinates have been provided...too bad none of you have a GPS device. Muahahahahahahaha!

Also, by way of equipment purchases at the stores in the Mallplex: let me know what you want to purchase and I'll let you know if you have the money to do so, update your sheets if you do, and make everyone more poor.

Posted on 2008-02-19 at 07:02:15.

Topic: Cerebral Paradox - Mature Content
Subject: Finally!


The Metalstrom – Upper East Side – Night City – March, Friday 13th, 2020, 5:40am

“Keahi, as you have the most Euro of all of us make a quick run to the nearest Stuffer Shack and get us some food for the next 24, Colton go with him to cover his back. Be back here as soon as you can. Knock twice, then three times, then once more to let us know it‘s you”

Croaker watched as the two of them left and the relocked the door behind them moving to the small bed he sat down upon its edge and for the first time all night he breathed out a tired but relaxed breath.

Firewind made no grumblings about covering the expenses. He was too tired, too hungry, and too done with that night to care. The pair hurried into the night barely saying a word to each other. They were back in what they figured was a short time carrying two bags of warm food and a few bottled beers.

“Croaker’s asleep, lets go ahead and let him rest, he can eat once he wakes up, so what did you find us to eat?” Peacekeeper said when they were let in.

“Soyburgers,” Bull’s Eye said matter-of-fact. “And beer.” The nomad was already popping a lid on one of the amber bottles. The group ate, waking Croaker so that he could share. Keahi knew it wasn’t food for twenty-four hours, but he hadn’t been about to walk the streets looking for a convenience store, and the burger shack had been relatively close, so he wasn’t concerning himself with that particular problem.

After the meal, they each fell asleep in the comfort of a guarded local with relative ambiguity. It was Firewind’s watch alarm that woke them leaving the group with a half hour to get to the Red Lantern for the meet. When they exited the Metalstrom, crews were still assembling the furniture, and cleaning up from the previous night’s activity. The storm was still in full swing, causing the group to hunch against the ferocity of it until they could reach a bus bunker. There they hailed a cab, and again at Keahi’s expense, they were carted over to the Red Lantern.

It didn’t take them long to spot Spiff, Scribe, Guardian, and Preacher. Informing the hostess of their pending meeting, they quickly found themselves seated around the table, the previous night’s hostility towards one another not forgotten and slowly poisoning the air until Peacekeeper’s cellphone rang.

“You still with that nomad output o’ yours, Lass?” The voice was Springed-Heel Jack’s.

(OOC: assuming a response to the affirmative…)

“Tell ‘im t’ expec’ some ‘elp in the form of a tall Asian fellow named MDK. I’ll upload target information t’ yer phone in a minute.” Then the line went dead.

The timing couldn’t have been better, because that’s when the tall Asian and his companion arrived.

The Red Lantern – East Marina – Night City – March, Friday 13th, 2020, 12:05pm




Crisis Medical Center – Medical Center – Night City – March, Friday 13th, 2020, 4:05am

Preacher was a patient man. He hadn't always been such, but life experience and certain paths he'd taken in his various careers had forced him to create a habit of patience. This wasn't to be mistaken with understanding however, and Spiff's attempt to call a bluff that wasn't there was something he didn't understand. This was, after all, the Twenty-First Century; the Net a known, and understood separation from the Internet--also not to be confused with the megacorporation Internet--with the IG Algorithms making Netrunning as different from Internet Use as space flight was from handling the remote control of an RC plane. At least, that was how Preacher had always viewed things, even back in his Three Musketeer days when he and The Girls had made fun of the geriatric methods most of their school mates were using to get by on the Internet during the IG Algorithm’s infancy.

"Look, friend," Preacher closed his eyes and forced himself to remember that not everyone was as tech savvy as he was. "I think you've confused Netrunning fer pokin' around on the surface of the Internet. Quick explanation is one's a puddle, the other's a frackin' ocean o' Spring Break babes deep water, and a frackin' motherload o' sharks. I don't swim with the sharks no more...too much blood still in the water. All I done tonight is splash about in a few puddles--it ain't nothin' you couldn't have done had you spent a few minutes with a search engine.

"You want someone to throw the scent off for those big dogs that are on the hunt? Well, you're gonna hafta hire yourself a true netrunner--one that's been in the game a lot more recent than I. Puddle skippin' ain't gonna cut it for what you need done. Now, you interested in letting me pay your kindness back with twenty-four hours of watching your six, well, that I can do. Hell! I might be able to hook you up with a real netrunner if I dig hard enough."

"Now I'm gonna ask this as a guy who knows what you're worth, and a man who knows how much cash is in your pocket." Spiff took a deep breath and looked Preacher square in the eyes. "What's it gonna take to get you on board?"

Preacher watched as the fixer retrieved the dropped cell silently wondering after the benefit Spiff had received from treating his electronics with such irreverence. Even though he'd given up the netrunning, he still viewed technology with a near pious mentality. As the fixer finished up his thoughts, Preacher found one point hard to argue. A netrunner was definitely useful. Unless they went so low tech they'd be mistaken for nomads, the Biotechnica netrunners could track them in their daily use of amenities; depending on what information was available, obviously. And in a city that never slept, where everyone had a price, it was only a matter of time before someone fessed up to seeing one, or more members of their sorry little party. After that it'd be "Connect the Dots" to catch up with the rest of them.

The solo hadn't known this bunch for long so he wasn't sure he could trust any one of them not to sell his skin to save their own. That meant he'd have to take his fate into his own hands, and his own particular brand of honor stated quite clearly that he had to pay Spiff back for the medical care.

"Let me think on it a bit," he drawled as the cab came into view. "At the very least you got an extra gun on hand fer the next few hours."

That was apparently satisfactory, and the solo was grateful for the change in attention as Spiff offered to make good on his bid to take care of Scribe’s camera.

“You scuffed the casing’s all, Spiff.” Scribe looked down at his bag where his precious camera was stowed. “Everything still works fine. Look, the cab’s on me. It’ll drop you boys wherever you want to go, but I, for one, am going to a motel where I’m going to try and catch a few hours of sleep before starting on the second leg of this adventure."

"I hope you're right, those were armor piercing rounds. I appreciate the ride, and all your generosity this evening, but that wasn't the crux of our conversation gato. What about the broadcast?"

Scribe motioned towards the dingy cab interior and smiled a winning smile. “Nope. Not gonna reveal that secret just yet, Spiff. Besides, I’m groggy-tired, and I might screw up the story enough to send you in circles for hours. Be patient, gato and we’ll take care of that upload when we’ve a little sleep behind us.”

***

Scribe accepted Spiff’s payment for his and Preacher’s room with a nod and a wink, once again indicating that he wasn’t about to spill the beans. Then the group parted company on the third floor leaving Spiff and Preacher to their room while Scribe and Guardian made their way down the hall a bit further to where their room was located.

“All right, Gato,” Preacher said as Spiff took care of his Mark II. The solo had dropped his own bag on the scarred table and had his back turned to the fixer as he slowly removed his armored clothing. “Here’s the just of it straight as straight can be. I’m beat up—passable, but beat up none-the-less. Truth of the matter is that I won’t be nearly as effective even with the medical care you’ve been so kind as to pay for.” The solo turned to Spiff and slowly removed his hat, revealing the bloodstained bandage about his scalp and his pale complexion. “There weren’t no fronts, no lies, bein’ told back at the hospital, despite what you think. I made a vow some time ago not to set foot in the Net again, and that’s why this cowboy plays with guns. Now, I’m not much good at neither in my current shape, but as much as I’d like nothin’ more than to drop down on that bed and hope to God that Biotechnica catches up to me before I wake up and my pain meds wear off, I’m in this as deep as you—deeper maybe, since I was with the original crew.

“I guess what I’m sayin’ is that you’ve got my skills, as they stand, though I still figure they ain’t much compared to what we’re facin’. If you’ve got cash-money, I’d suggest you let me try and hook you up with a netrunner you can trust, who is up to speed on the latest tech. I can jack in, but I don’t know how pretty it’d be, and I don’t have the—“ he paused for a moment and drew in a steadying breath. “—The crew with me that I was used t’ runnin’ with, so it’d be a whole different experience than what I’m used to. Still, I’ll do what’s necessary to stay alive, and pinching the nerve of a megacorp is just a bit of icing on that cake.”

Spiff’s response, whether physical or verbal, is answered by silence and Preacher makes his way to the restroom to clean up before bed. Within fifteen minutes, the solo is lying on top of his covers, apparently oblivious to the raging storm outside the window, and the habits of the fixer as he prepares himself for sleep.

***

"Alright Preacher, I want you to meet the gang.” Spiff said out of the blue the next morning as the two finished returning to their streetwear, and snazzing up a bit in the fixer’s case. “Reverend's my right hand man. He'll be the one you'll need to get to know for the rest of your job." He put the clip back in his Mark II and chambered the round, sheathing it in his holster. He then threw the trenchcoat over the ensemble, mostly to protect it from the weather, but it would also help serve the purpose of covering up his weapon.

He stretched one more good time, put his jeans and shirt back into the bag, packing up his overnight-kit and zipping the bag, checking if Preacher was ready to find Scribe and head out.

“Fair enough,” Preacher still looked pale, but he was ambulatory, and that’s what apparently counted. Within seconds, the two of them were stepping out into the hall and making their way down to Scribe and Guardian’s room. Preacher kept scanning the hall, his hand hovering near his weapon just in case. He was now on duty, and despite only a few hours sleep, he needed to be on his top game or his reputation would suffer. In this day and age, reputation was as valuable as Euros.

Spiff rapped on the door leaving a quick, sharp echo in the hall that dwindled to nothing in less than a heartbeat. After a moment, the deep voice of Guardian asks, “Who’s there?” The answer was satisfactory, and the group found itself joined up once more.

“Morning, Sunshine,” DigitalScribe grinned broadly and raised his eyebrows a bit at Spiff’s attire. “All right, as I was just telling Guardian, we’re in the door, now all we have to do is deliver the story.” That said, Scribe nudged his bag with the toe of his boot.

“And that means?” Preacher asked, leaning against a wall, arms folded across his chest. The rain had done a decent job of clearing away most of the blood from his outfit. Sad fact was that it was still raining.

“That means I need a studio, and a genius.” Frankie continued to smile as he bent and shouldered his bag. “And I know just where to get both. Kinda a two for one deal, you know?”

“What of Croaker an’ the others?” Preacher pressed.

“We still have about three hours,” Scribe answered. “If we hurry I can drop off the footage and give the instructions before we make our way to the Red Lantern. Besides which, I’m gonna need a coffee, and maybe a burrito, or something. Breakfast is on the way.”

“Where?” Again, Preacher seemed reluctant to step foot outside the door without some direction.

“To the New Harbor Mallplex. You done with the twenty-questions, Cowboy? ‘Cause I’ve got me a mighty hunger,” Scribe faked the country drawl that set Preacher aside as not from the city, though he smiled as he did so.

The location Scribe spoke of resided in the New Harbor district of Downtown Night City. Every one in the party knew the location, though the exact boundaries weren’t every actually discussed, it was a well-known fact that the McCartney Stadium and the New Harbor Mallplex were basically the district. It fit well with Spiff’s plans to get new clothes, and was conspicuously public in case anyone were out to hit them. It was also practically next door by way of city districts, and was an easy enough, inexpensive ride by Red Cab totaling ten Euro for the group.

McCartney Stadium resided on one side of the small canal that separated the two facilities. Looming and not unlike a rather futuristic version of the Roman arenas of the Ancient World, the stadium was well known for housing the Night City Rangers football club, the Night City Slammers baseball club, The Night City Heat basketball club, and the Night City Deathdealers combat soccer club as well as being a favorite place for slashers and bashers to hang out before roughing a few people up.

The New Harbor Mallplex was partially on the same side of the canal as the stadium, but mostly resided on the south side; with its shining, sleek surfaces, neon-gilded signs, and holographic overhead displays, the mallplex is definitely a bastion of technology and compact living all rolled into one. But they’d all seen it before, and Scribe wasn’t waiting around for sightseers anyway.

The media led the group straight through the main shopping concourse, apparently oblivious to the three levels of open shopping, the massive amounts of people wandering about in their designer clothing: Icon America, fashionwear, Dignity, MaxiWear, Destry Fashions, even Gibson and RufTread. There were Mohawks mixed with hundred-Euro hair styles, diamond necklaces mixed with spiked dog collars. It was the Petri dish of society, the melding pot of class, and Scribe wasn’t so much as mildly concerned for the scenery, even when the group passed Bastion Swimwear where a paid swimsuit model paraded around in the glass window wearing less clothing than what was necessary to cover herself up properly and sporting light tattoos in all of the right places to draw the eye to just those spots unsuitable for public display. No, Scribe was explaining things to Spiff as they went.

“I met this guy a while back while covering a story about braindance porn. He was as dirty-minded as you could possibly imagine, but he was good. Did a job on Kari Eurodyne—made her up from scratch, and put such a scandal in place over her sex recording that her popularity skyrocketed. That was just the beginning of his particular brand of genius though—“

Led by Scribe through the maze of vendors and storefronts, the group eventually found their way into Action Jackets where everyone outfits themselves to their tastes with clothing accessories and armorjackets, jeans, t-shirts—fashionable, but useful. Then, renewed and in clean clothing, the group proceeded on to the concourse bridge-way that led them across the canal with an open, clear plastic view of the still-raging storm. Stopping at the huge plas-glass face of the Business Tower, Scribe stepped forward from the rest of the party.

“J.D. Billet, Ebertech.”

”One moment please; searching… Mr. J.D. Billet is registered as a braindance design engineer with Ebertech. Is this who you are searching for?” a sensual, yet somehow businesslike disembodied female voice asked while the shimmering image of the perfect secretary appeared just a few feet in front of DigitalScribe’s position.

“Yes,” Frankie said with a bit of a smile.

”Do you have an appointment?”

“No,” Scribe was still smiling. “But let him know that DigitalScribe says he’s a lame-ass excuse for a designer will ya? Tell him that the Kari Eurodyne looked like a plastic blow up doll.”

”One moment please, Mr. DigitalScribe,”

“It’s gonna repeat all that?” Preacher asked in a monotone voice. He’d opted to keep his hat, but had bought a can of nanoagents to clean it, leaving it with a couple of holes in it, but otherwise as good as new. He knew all about AIs and was just then figuring that this secretary was only a partial construct, and would likely reveal to this J.D. Billet exactly what Scribe had asked it to. Sure enough…

”Mr. Billet has asked me to show you up. He says to tell you, Mr. DigitalScribe, that your stories are about as believable as your hair, and that you would never make it on the air without his help given how you are uglier than the view of a bull elephant in heat from the underbelly, but that you are more than welcome to come on up and try to beg for his assistance now.”

Scribe chuckled and followed the AI as it passed through the doors when they opened, leading the group on through to the elevators with a seductive sway to her transparent hips.

Ebertech was a fairly well-known software firm that focused on the addictive, yet popular, braindance medium. The top two floors of the business tower were its domain, and it was to the first of these two floors that the four were led. After disembarking from the elevator, they were led down a long hall, passing numerous people who gave them cursory glances, open lounge areas where people reclined on couches barefoot, with exceptionally thin laptop computers at work. Then, they made their way through a set of swinging doors painted blue and red, into a tiled hall with pale lighting and few doors marked as studios, to a series of small offices; one of which had the plaque bearing J.D.’s name on the door.

J.D. Billet was a very large man though he stood no taller than five and a half feet. To those who entered the office he appeared to weigh nearly four hundred pounds. His mouth was practically lost in the roundness of his face, and his eyes were beady with digital readout displays. He was overflowing from the ergonomic office chair that he remained seated in as he swiveled about to greet his visitors, an interface wire running from his left temple to the star-shaped pancake box on his desk. There were various vidscreens up about his desktop, a rather high-tech looking keyboard, three large storage devices, and at least two cameras, three microphones, a holographic projector, and any number of action figures from various braindance games including more than one naked ceramic woman.

“You look like sh*t, J.D.,” Scribe said with just a little fondness to soften the observation. It was true, the man’s long, brown hair was oily and thinning. His moo-moo-like t-shirt was stained down the front, right across the nose of a blond vixen making a lewd gesture with her hand while only barely covering up her nakedness.

“Can’t say much better about you, ya attention hound,” J.D.’s voice was a high wheeze, like he functioned the same as a bagpipe. There were a few more pleasantries before Scribe introduced everyone all around simply by their names and then made sure the door was closed trapping the lot of them in with the odor of sweaty fat man.

“Are we Kosher?” Scribe asked, only proceeding after he’d received a heavy nod from the computer programmer. “Good. I’ve got a job for you if you’re up for it, but I need it this evening.”

“Tight schedule, Mr. Dancing Chicken. What is it?”

“I’ve some footage, but the people in it need to be dressed differently than they are now, and the tampering needs to be sooooooo hard to notice that it wouldn’t be worth the network’s dime to flip for a check.”

“Tall order,” J.D. let out a sigh that sounded like the air decompressing from a vacuum. “What’s the pay?”

“It’s barely a couple minutes of bytes, Choomba. What’s your price?”

“Five grand,” J.D. blinked rapidly as though that number frightened him.

“One.”

“You’re killin’ me, Scribe. Four seven five. This ain’t gonna be no easy thing.”

“One two five. That detective ever get back to you about that underage footage?”

“You’re a dick. Four five.”

“One five, and remember who happened to find you that one-of-a-kind Jenna Davison, uh, action figure.”

“That was in payment for something entirely different! That goes against the rules! Three eight. That’s a righteous price for the quality. You remember just how tight my work is, Media Hound? Well worth it.”

“Two straight,” Scribe answered generously acknowledging the jump the programmer made in price with one of his own. “You know, I hear tell there’s this pirate datafortress just crawling with celebrity images—non compliant images I might add. Some real good Kari Eurodynes walking around flashing their breasts to those lucky enough to get in…”

“You’re trying to get me killed!” J.D. was sweating bullets now, but Scribe was still smiling his friendly smile. “All right, all right. Two. I’ll do it for two. Now gimme the data.”

The media produced his camera as well as an interface cable. Plugging one end into the camera he handed J.D. the other.

“Hey, J.D.,” Scribe said as the fat man plugged the machine in. “I really appreciate the offer. That was right big of ya.”

“What offer?” Billet was busy typing on his keyboard in order to get the connection to download where he designated and was only half listening.

“The discount. You’re one helluvah guy to realize that this was a tight spot and offer me that discount.”

“Huh?” J.D. was still only half listening.

“One helluvah guy.” Scribe fetched his wallet from his jacket pocket and produced a handful of bills. Counting out a selection he set them on the desk and replaced his wallet. “I mean, to accept five hundred Euro when I know you had your heart set on two grand is mighty big of you. We’ll see you around closing time.”

The media gave the large man a pat on his shoulder and then motioned everyone out. Just as he was closing the door behind him J.D. woke from his interface dream.

“Five hundred!? I said two—“

“Helluvah guy,” Scribe said with a wide grin on his face as he closed the door behind them.

“You don’t think he’ll give you crap now that you’ve stiffed him?” Preacher asked as they made their way out of the building.

“Naw,” Scribe grinned over at the cowboy. “He’s got too much pride in his work. He’ll produce the best he can in the timeframe he has. Nothing to worry about. Now, what say you we get some coffee, and then kill some time at Gelbert’s World Information before heading over to the Red Lantern?”

“’Every man’s work shall be made manifest.’ 1st Corinthians iii. 6.” Preacher muttered just loud enough for Spiff and Guardian to hear as they followed Scribe to the store front of the city’s best known information gatherer (besides Infocomp, of course), pausing just long enough to grab some coffee and a bagel from a vending booth.

Once there Scribe spent a few more bucks to peruse the “Public Knowledge Database” leaving Preacher standing near the door carefully watching the concourse outside and occasionally trading glares with the security detail on hand while Spiff and Guardian did as they pleased. The group left Gelbert’s with enough time to catch a cab (another fee of ten Eb) to the Red Lantern where they entered, snatching up a table suitable for ten. By this time, they were hungry once more, and had just begun perusing the menu when Croaker and party arrived a little wet, but none the worse for wear.

Red Lantern Restaurant – East Marina – Night City – March, Friday 13th, 2020, 12:05pm




Sam’s Place – Night City – March, Friday 13th, 2020, 10:33am

The blonde man sat, the other remained standing, watching MDK’s every move like a cat ready to pounce on a tense mouse.

“I’ve got a gig for you if you’ve got the cohunes. It pays big, by way of five figures. I was told you weren’t the type to just jump at money, so I’ll paint you a picture. Ten people need to wind up dead. Ten very specific people. You don’t even have to do the killing, just get the people to a particular local and you get paid. Two grand for each person with a kicker of four for the tenth. That’s twenty-two grand to just arrange a…meeting. What say you?”

(OOC: No matter the response, and back-posting required…)

MDK and Lightning were the last two to arrive at the noon meeting at the Red Lantern. Neither man knew who they were looking for specifically, but MDK had received a brief description on his phone that morning while waiting at the café and it was pretty easy to match that description with Croaker and Peacekeeper. Beside’s which: he’d heard of Peacekeeper, had even seen pictures of her in the Solo of Fortune magazine, though the story hadn’t been on her, she’d received brief recognition for her part in bringing down a rather infamous criminal. The piece had been on bounty hunters, and though she wasn’t the main story, a brief mention in Solo of Fortune was something. Another individual that stood out at that table was the large black fellow. MDK felt he knew that man by reputation as well, and if he were right all those hours with his ear pressed tightly to the ground had just paid off. He had to be about to share lunch with Guardian, a fairly well known bodyguard if you had access to the right circles. The others at the table he didn’t recognize, except Croaker (and then only because of the description on his phone).

There was the islander with the tribal tattoos covering his face wearing medical combat armor and looking tired; the short, heavily tattooed, leather wearing tough; the cowboy who wore bandages like they were accessories; the suit who could likely charm the skin off a snake, and a slick-looking fellow in a trench coat with TechHair v.2 currently glowing with a low-intensity red out of the ends.

The two men approached the table, with MDK’s lead and Lightning following until they reached the group under the watchful eyes of the bounty hunter, bodyguard, and cowboy.

Red Lantern Restaurant – East Marina – Night City – March, Friday 13th, 2020, 12:05pm

Posted on 2008-02-18 at 04:58:31.
Edited on 2008-02-19 at 06:58:35 by Bromern Sal

Topic: Continuing Where We Last Left Off Q&A
Subject: I love interest....um...


You still have the every difficult to understand Char ready to roll...and rock...and boogie too.

Posted on 2008-02-18 at 01:54:59.

Topic: Star Trek: Operation:Persephone - Q&A
Subject: ummmm


I believe that'd be me...

This weekend. Life's been a bit...uncontrolled as of late.

Posted on 2008-02-16 at 00:58:17.

Topic: Cerebral Paradox - Cyberpunk 2020
Subject: What?


You wanna play?

I'll post this weekend.

Posted on 2008-02-16 at 00:56:30.

Topic: Star Trek: Operation:Persephone - Q&A
Subject: I think they're all dead.


The Borg got 'em.

Posted on 2008-02-14 at 04:26:39.

 


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