In the Shadows of the Rotten Apple...

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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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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"Manhattan Undead" message board

“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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-Orbital News- "New York oddities or myths" Alligators in the sewers?

Slowly the world turns here in the Apple, but my readers and fans stand waiting every week for my newest finds. The classic myth that alligators live in the sewers of New York, I don’t by it. I have been here for my whole life and seen nothing, don’t get me wrong, the wrong gruff down an ally way is usually what i would refer to in this term. But maybe i am wrong. I have got some sources that wish to remain nameless. But stories say this alligator might be on the street not just on the street but also may be dangerous. No one has come out to the star about it. Not that your average surge walks into the star an admits to being handed its short and curlies by an old school story to prank your friends with. So i have done some digging of my own. This last week i got pay dirt. Its not much and it was after i got a glimpse but it was interesting to say the least and i know the picture does not do it justice so i will set the seen for you. I am on my way to my speeder. She is a sweet bike, when A large orc man comes at me with a knife. The brute demanded i give him the lock codes and keys to the bike, my cash,to do so quickly or i am dead. I figure i am dead so when i go to give him the keys i try and snap some shots with my key cam. Just as he slash’s my arm and coat with the blade The grate behind him Slings off The Glow lamps shatter and he is startled, as am i. Then like the wind It struck with a quickness i was not expecting brought him down dragged him to the grating and shredded his leg. I called the star and they showed arrested the orc. If it was not for the creature i would probably be dead. So here you go i know you have been staring at it this whole time.
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I have seen it out there. April Steel Bringing you the truth of the streets once again more to come next week.
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Manhattan Undead message board post

-piper here chummers. I got low rats in high places, and ive seen some real dirty reals this week. Ive seen some heavy hitters get geeked on the street. If you got the chips I have the clips. for the rite players i have the loot if the trade is legit. If you are following my tune you’re my rat.

if your deck dont run with blood your machine dont run rite

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Breaking News --- 3 dead, 1 injured in high speed chase and hijacking

Manhattan – Chaos on the streets today as a group of armed Reaper gangers chase down and attack a semi-truck on the 4224 skylane at approximately 4 p.m. today.

The attackers, six in total, assaulted the truck from a stolen moving van and several heavily modified street bikes, causing the truck to crash, then shot and killed both the driver and passenger of the semi who had survived the impact, witnesses claim.
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The Reapers held traffic at bay with highly illegal automatic weaponry while they broke into the trailer, then forcefully stole a second truck at gunpoint which they used to hijack the trailer, all of its cargo, and make an escape.

Before fleeing the scene they fired rounds into several vehicles on the road to immobilize them, creating an effective roadblock, and greatly reducing emergency crews ability to respond.

Two Knight Errant officers arrived at the scene as the gang tried to escape, but their aircraft were shot down before they could engage the criminals. One died at the scene, the second is in critical condition at an unspecified medical facility, but is not expected to survive. The names of the officers are being withheld until the families can be notified.
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It is believed that these same motorcycle riding Reaper members were responsible for a terrorist attack and bombing that left at least 4 dead at a nearby Renraku housing facility just minutes before the shootout on the skyway. 3 of the dead were Renraku security staff and one was a gang member who crashed his bike and died, although this is unconfirmed as by the time news and law enforcement arrived the bike and riders body had been removed by unknown accomplices.

The Reaper gangers were able to make their escape after shooting down the Knights Errant, and traffic was blocked for over 7 hours while police investigated the incident and emergency crews cleared the wreckage. The local K.E. office is offering a standard reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of any members of the Reaper street gang.

An anonymous source has claimed that the K.E. and local law enforcement have no tangible leads to follow, claiming a “fighter for the freedom of the people” was controlling news and security camera feeds, preventing any indentifiable images of the assailants from being captured. Members of the police have admitted that their eyewitness reports have been wildly contradictory.

(Reporting by Markoff Dobuzinskis, Manhattan, NewsNet)

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Making a better you

Bad car accident? Home injury? Angered the Wrong troll?

we can help. Come and join the ares wage offices and we can finance you into you new contract

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Security Breach
files posted on open forum NYPD going nuts

Hey CHummers Muerto Here and I have got the skinny on some old files recently given to me and it brings me no cash so i give it to you freely. Those of you who have the coin, know how hard it was to get this and i can get more. IF you want the rest You know where to find me. These files dates and and names Have been changed to conceal the names of the Runners who have obtained them. Also i took the liberty to add music and Dreck so the odd gunk doesn’t seem so real.

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Day 7 festival of Maks COMBAT BIKES finale XVII
The early release of the J4

-ORBITAL NEWS

This is all over the net. A recent leak in the Honda headquarters has forced an announcement of the first J4 hover bike released in america. The announcement was released to day when some crafty street gang in Manhattan our lovable huge city, stole the plans to this prototype bike and announced them to be ready and used in Saturdays finale of combat bikes XVII. combatbikej4.jpg

This is the Hond J4 150,000 Stock

here is the clip build from Muertos post board on manhattan undead.

“When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth."
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With the release of this image we have noted that there is a severe Bounty out on the Person going by the nameCrank Shaft Props for you and good luck in this years Combat bikes finale and keep an eye out for The Dog pounders are claiming they are going to take the bounty by the end of that match. that if i may mention they arte not even in
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Honda was correct when they said “Combat Bikes will never be the same with the intro to hover bikes”
This is April Steel.

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Breaking News --- Multiple explosions lead to 5 alarm fire in downtown Manhattan

Manhattan – Another terrorist attack in Manhattan leaves at least 14 dead and 36 injured, with casualty reports still coming in.

The attack began with what was assumed to be a prank or art performance, with witnesses reporting a man (referred to as ‘The Mummy’ because of his eccentric style of dress) climbing the outside of a Renraku Corporate research facility, but ended in chaos and misery.

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Calls began to trickle into news and emergency response agencies around 3 p.m. that a man was climbing the outside of a high rise, at approximately the 400 level, with no visible safety equipment or harness, or any apparent wing suit or parachute. Minutes later the “Mummy” fell to what spectators assumed was a grisly end onto a sky bridge some dozen floors below, but he was miraculously unharmed and promptly resumed his climb on a neighboring building to the amazement of onlookers.

Minutes later the gathering crowd was rocked by a small explosion that launched the climber into a nearby building, somehow triggering a massive explosion which caused severe structural damage, killing and wounding employees at several research laboratories. The raining debris killed several more on sky bridges below, collapsing one sky bridge completely and blocking traffic on several others.

This unlikely image of the stunt man impacting the Renraku building and triggering the explosion was captured by a bystander, quite by accident he claims. The amateur photographer was startled by the initial blast and forgot to take his finger off of the shutter release, but wasn’t paying attention to where his camera was pointed.

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Following so closely on the heels of the attack on a Renraku housing facility which was claimed by the Reaper motorcycle gang, many speculate that the Reapers are behind this attack as well, and rumors of Renraku retaliation are running rampant. Renraku has yet to comment on these claims.

The fire continues to burn long into the night, a statement released by the Manhattan Corporate Fire Department announced that as many innocent bystanders as possible were evacuated from the area, but because of the significant structural damage to the affected building, sending fire crews in was not feasible, and the cost of using fire fighting drones was deemed too high compared to the value of the research labs and surviving staff by Renraku officials.

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Whether the recent unconfirmed reports of “sniper” activity have anything to do with this uptick in Reaper motorcycle gang activity, or is in anyway tied to these attacks is, as yet, unknown, but sources inside the police department are unusually tight lipped regarding these rumors.

(Reporting by Markoff Dobuzinskis, Manhattan, NewsNet)

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