Had our second session of re-commenced Shadowrun game last night.
Following the rescue of TinMan, the Seattle news has been filled with stories of The Ancients, an Elven gang, disrupting the rehabilitation of a prisoner in the Zoological Gardens. Pundits criticise metahumans undermining the authority of UCAS and Humanis Policlub are milking the story for all they can. Not the best of times for Elves in Seattle.
Whilst Tinman recovers under the care of Kitsune, Smiley calls Brian and asks the runners to meet Slade, a runner and courier, at the Gray Line Restaurant. The job seems pretty sweet: keep an eye on Slade’s vintage Red Samurai armour, get to meet ‘Big’ Ben Howard, the famous director, and perhaps meet the famous Trid star, Pandora.
The team get through the fans and the security and join the set at the Space Needle restaurant for filming of ‘a fistful of credsticks’. Bob’s bowels lead him to settling himself in the lavatory with his commlink, whilst Brian has a chat to the film company’s security chief, Enigmo tries to find extra work as a special effects Mage, and Alex sees to the armour being delivered to the actors.
Filming begins: Jenny Freelance (Pandora) begins negotiation with the Johnson… the elevator dings and to Ben’s disgust, a crowd of fans rushes out of the elevator towards Pandora. Alex returns to the armour to find the actors KO’d and three runners trying to remove the armour…. Alex leaps into action. Meanwhile, Enigmo veils Pandora as she moves behind Brian, and his stun baton mows down the fans approach. Brian meanwhile speeds up his hack, getting security access to the restaurant’s node and closes down the elevator.
Enigmo’s air spirit tells him that a Mage that was perceiving the restaurant has now returned his astral form to his body, and is in the restaurant. Enigmo identifies the mage amongst the fans, and Brian moves to confront him as an Ork steps out to intercept him. Alex by this time has managed to defeat two of the three runners with the third realizing he has no chances in melee combat against Alex’s adept-fuelled martial arts. Brian dispatches the Ork and moves towards the Mage, already stunned by his flash grenade, but is hit by a stunbolt despite Enigmo’s countermagic. Bob finds that a hacker is trying to wrestle control of the node from him and ruthlessly launches his BlackHammer program: the Hacker, realizing he is outclassed, tries to jackout but the IC prevents him and due to the hot VR, the IC fries him. The runners notice a slim Mexican-looking man collapse in the restaurant, blood pouring from his ears, eyes and nose. Enigmo summons and directs a fire spirit, and together with Brian and a manabolt, the Mage falls.
We finished the session with the enemy runner team, or at least those that lived, being taken away by the security and the Doc Wagon taking the rest to the morgue. Pandora is extremely grateful to the team and her manager, Richard Fermin, offers the ongoing security work in LA during the rest of the filming….