In the Shadows of the Rotten Apple...

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“A calling to the , restless, the forever sleeping sprawl. There is some-Thing out there some-thing you or i have yet to hear of. We have seen everything battled everything. But then you see some=thing that changes everything you once new. I was out among the meat, among the living. They call it better than life cause that is exactly what it is. Better. If your reading this now you are high enough level or on the level. either way you should know its taking those of us gifted with wires. gifted with augmentation gifted with the undeniable truths only the corpse wish they could stop. This unstoppable creature is taking your people and mine. This week you here in my world beware the fest of masks for Death Is coming and Meurto is going to Reap That which comes from the depths of our world.”Muerto

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Alley Beatdown

I entered the alleyway with Plan B behind me and snuck down towards the other end of the alley. On my way down, I started to me able to make out two figures fighting with a much larger figure, before the larger one brought down a massive fist and obliterated one of the smaller ones. It dispatched the two figures with ease and began dragging them off, after an elf that had run away from the fight. The whole area was filled with an unnatural cold, but I couldn’t tell if it came from the creature or from something else that had happened.

One of the combatants had it’s arm ripped from it’s socket during the fight, so I moved up to inspect it. As I did, the massive creature stopped, turned and made eye contact with me, and then kept walking. The arm was human, and as I was looking at it, I noticed the… thing doing something strange in the alley ahead of me. I moved up a bit to get a better look, just in time to see it rip up the second of the bodies, limb from limb, and toss it down the hole. The area around the hole and the creature filled with the same unnatural cold as before, and the creature looked around in confusion before climbing down the hole.

I stayed there, stunned, and then shut off my image-link (after feeding the scene to Plan B and Tippy) and made a mark of the location for future reference. I started making my way back to the mouth of alley, where Plan B had intercepted a Reaper making her way back to the bikes.

He had subdued her and drug her back into an alley, and we questioned her – although she was new and didn’t know much. They were after a piece of ware in a Maitre’d at a local restaurant, and this was supposed to be her initiation run. She told us that the Reapers in the are had been decimated by what they thought had been another gang, and Muerto (one of their best hackers) had been looking into it.

There was a hooded figure watching us from the rooftops, but I only barely saw it and by the time Tippy’s flyspy got there, the figure was gone. The unearthly cold had alerted us to it’s presence as well. We planted an RFID tracker on the Reaper we had captured (without her knowing) and let her go. Tippy hacked the bikes and unlocked them for us, and we rolled them back to the apartment building and hid them in the back. I called SteelNomad and talked to him about selling the bikes for us, and we agreed he would pick them up from us.

Plan B called his contact in the Reapers, named JoJack, and tried to make a deal for us to be in the area when their next job goes down – in case Big Ugly shows up again. He then called Grime and me and Plan B went to go see him about the Big Ugly.

Grime said that he had not encountered anything like this before. He said it was like a Ghoul, but not a Ghoul. After we told him all of the details, he said it seemed like a Ghoul, but it wanted technology instead of flesh. He said it was very disturbing, but that he would continue to look into it and let us know.

We got home and found Tippy passed out on the floor of her apartment. We got her awake and took her down to Plan B’s apartment just before the Star kicked the doors in and raider her apartment.

After that insanity died down, Plan B and I went down to babysit the Maitre’D, who Tippy had found out the Reapers were still coming for.

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The Story Begins

It’s October, the fall is starting to roll in and it’s cooling off. The biggest thing in the news is a string of recent disappearances. No common threads as to who or why, but alot of people have gone missing in Chinatown as of late.

Yurei:
The Rake called me up, said he had a job for me here in the neighbourhood regarding the string of recent disappearances in Chinatown. His contact wanted to meet me at the Mogwai Cafe between 8 and 10pm. I spoke to PlanB and TT about it, TT said she was going do some digging. I reached out to SaintZero and Steel Nomad. Saint had nothing, but the Nomad said that his clientele had been desperate to get their hands on practically any sort of internal ware they could get their hands on.

I went to the meet at the Mogwai cafe, got there an hour early so that I could scope the place out. The cafe was right on the border of the restricted zone, so I needed to be careful if I had to leave in a hurry. The place was really nice, seemed to serve actual REAL food, not that soycrap – oh, and the place was PACKED. I couldn’t find a seat anywhere, but settled for leaning against the bar.

The Johnson showed up a little after 9:00pm – tall, white-haired elf, business suit, etc. EVERYONE noticed him come in, and some people gave up their table for him.

He said there was a matter he needed assistance with in the area. The work is information gathering, regarding the unexplained and unprecedented disappearances in the area. He offered 40,000 nuyen, and said he wanted me to put the information on a datastick for him.

He wants us to:

  • Find out who is causing the disappearances
  • Find out where future disappearances will occur
  • BONUS – Stop future occurances (eliminate those involved?)
    DO NOT LET THE AUTHORITIES FIND OUT IT WAS US

He gave me a datapad with some additional information, as well as a commcode to reach him at. I kept it hidden and made my way home, sans-tail (at least, I hoped).

The information was the police case files of all 14 victims, including date and times of possible disappearances, family members, who reported the disappearance, etc. The officer’s name has been redacted from the reports, but it appears to have been the same name on each report.

I met up with TT and PlanB to talk things out, found out that B’s job lined up with mine (recovering missing implants). I shared what I had learned from Steel Nomad (about people buying up all of the implants), and TT shared what she had learned about the officer investigating the disappearances.

PlanB told us that the cases fit what he knew about a gang in the area called the Reapers who were harvesting implants. We have to move on the info soon, as the Reapers typically move on soon after, and they probably know that the cops are zeroing in on them.

I went back to my apartment and started getting my gear together incase we needed roll out quickly. PlanB knocked on my door right as I was heading out, and we headed up to Tippy’s apartment. TT was deep-diving into the matrix to find out what she could from The Grid, and I headed out into the night to scout the neighbourhood.

TT sent us a feed of where they were located, so I went down to meet PlanB at the base of the tower and we headed their way. The feed from the grid dropped off, but we kept going on our course to intercept them. PlanB spotted some motorcycles – he went into the motel they were parked near, and I went to check out the alley nearby. I saw a commotion at the end of the alley, and called B to back me up as I went to look into it.

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