http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Wage%20Slave%20QuestYou are Frank Doge, a Wage Mage of Ares Macrotechnology. Right now you are in the Big Rhino eating a troll sized portion of ribs and downing a tall glass of Sweet Tea. Just an hour ago you were in a van full of Shadowrunner terrorist who you think were trying to take you hostage. Through some stroke of luck though you talked them down from continuing their plan and even turn themselves in. You've been giving the day off to find your bearing and recover from such a traumatic experience.Inventory:6,500 nuyen1x Commlink with your work contacts along with a bartender at the Speed Runner incase you wanted to hire a "private investigator" to find out how this all happened.You are almost done eating, Time to move out and figure out your next move>Go to the Speed Runner>Go back to work>Go home>Other
>>29350298>You are Frank DogeMuch ShadowsMany FrankWow
>>29350298Speed Runner is good. But we still need to meet up with Tim the accountant. I bet he can shed some light on all this.
>>29350345Woops meant Frank Dodge
>>29350298Go to work, shit needs to get done.
>>29350380yeah lets do this
>>29350483>>29350380Going to the Speed Runner with Tim. Writing up
I don't know anything about Shadowruns.What is a Wage Mage? What is a wage slave? Can one become literally a slave in Shadowrun setting?What is a Spider?If we are a Mage, can we cast magic spells?
You finish your meal, wipe off your face, and finish your drink. As you get up your 'link chirps, telling you 6 nuyen has been taken from your account, along with the 5 corp scrip you were given for lunch earlier this morning. You then head for the stairs and walk downstairs into the Ork Underground, the only place you seem to blend in.As you walk through 'Touristville' you admire how much everyone has worked to turning this place into an official district of Seattle. Still though, you notice some of those less savory elements in the Underground and how they too may become parts of the city. That worries you, since it took all you had to escape being like those people.After a little while you head back out through the Big Rhino and take a cap back to Ares Plaza in Everett. After paying the cab driver you head back into the building and wait in the main lobby as people start getting off work early.After maybe half an hour you send Tim a message>"Hey I got off early today, wanna join me and take a half day. Found a good bar to head to."A couple minutes later you get a response back>"Be down in ten minutes"And on the minute Tim comes out of the elevator, with Sam. The two smile and give a half wave, and a punch on the forearm from Sam."Hey big guy, didn't see ya when I left for a coffee break, what happened?" She looks up laughing a bit, looking up towards you>Truth>Vague>Lie
>>29350613>Wage MageA mage that works for a corporation and draws a steady salary.>Wage SlaveDerogatory term for a corporate employee. >become a slaveYes, through illegal means, mundane and magical.>SpiderCorporate security and Shadowrunner term for a Corporate Security Rigger who is specialized in managing a building's security system, such as its cameras, sensors, door locks, and security drones.
>>29350613Wageslave: Megacorps now run most everything in the worlds, they are more powerful than governments. If you work for one, you are a wageslave.Wage Mage: You are a mage, employed by a megacorp (or subsidiaries). Mages are not easy to find, so you aren't super disposable, but you are still an employee and as such, gotta follow da rules.Spider: Someone who can go into the matrix and then control all the cameras and defense robots etc in a building. They also protect the servers from hacking attempts.Can we cast spells: There are different kinds of mages. You have Mages, Adepts, and Mystic Adepts. Mages cast spells and can summon and do lots of crazy stuff, Adepts use magic to perform super-human feats, and Mystic Adepts do a bit of both.We are adepts, so no, we don't throw fireballs.
>>29350613A wage slave is essentially a slave to whatever Corp they work for as a wage mage you actually have the ability to use magic which gives you a slightly cushier job. A spider is basically Computer security.We are actually an adept, a kind of magic in which we have a certain control over our body akin to Bruce Lee, but we have honed it to instead be a social genius.
>>29350834>>29350852>>29350869thanks.Can a wage slave change their jobs if they want or are they shackled to the Corp they are working for?
>>29350790>>VagueLets not show our hand
>>29350891Sure, they can 'quit'. But jobs are hard to come by, and unless you are really spectacular, you are probably not going to find another job easily.But then again, if you are really special and your skills are in demand, you might be able to work out a deal with a different corporation to 'abduct' you.
>>29350899>>29350902>>29350907>>29350837>>29350860Vague it is. Writing up.
>>29350891It's possible to change employers, and the lower on the corporate ladder you are, the less restrictive things get. But if you work for one of the big AAA megacorps, they're essentially their own nations and changing employers is essentially changing citizenship.It's possible, but somewhat discouraged.
>>29350934>>29350976I see.And who are the runners? I always thought they were some badass professionals but the last thread we were against bunch of snot-nosed rookies.
"It seems that the group I went with wasn't completely prepared for their presentation, and there was nothing I could really salvage." You laugh a bit and look a bit smug about yourself as you say all this. Tim and Sam laugh with you then look back to you. "So where are we going again? Tim says its some sort of place named the Speed Runner, this isn't some seedy dive bar is it?" Sam says a little suspicious since you usually don't take Tim along when you and Sam hang out after work. You then shrug to her "No idea, its supposed to be downtown from what I was told.""Alright, well lets head out then." Sam responds back as the three of you head out of the building. As you guys head outside you call for the nearest available cab on your commlink.>One hour laterRedmond Barrens"FRANK WHAT THE FUCK?" Sam grabs your collar and pulls you down to her level, face redder than anything you have seen before.You are outside of the Speed Runner, but still this is Redmond and law is nothing out here.>Go in>Go somewhere safer>Other
>>29351120>"FRANK WHAT THE FUCK?" Sam grabs your collar and pulls you down to her level, face redder than anything you have seen before.what's wrong?
>>29351100Shadowrunner just means that you're someone who is willing to work under the table and outside the system.A shadowrunner can be a snot-nosed punk from the ghettos who doesn't have a System Identification Number and is in way over their head, to a cold professional operative who has the most bleeding edge cyberware outside of a megacorp R&D lab.
Oh god, why are we in the Barrens? Why are we going to the speed runner? Who is Tim? We need refresh pls
>>29351120Go in. Show her Frank Doge is not afraid of anything.
>>29351170Redmond Barrens have no real laws. It is the home of the seediest elements of the city.
>>29351195Tim is your accountant friend who asked if you wanted to go drinking. The Speed Runner has a Bartender who can put in contact with some "Private investigators" who can figure out why you ended up having a bunch of runners almost take you hostage.
>>29351206Oh....Well lets go to somewhere safer then. We can always meet with a shadowrunner on our own time. No need to drag Sam and Tim into this. Don't know if we can trust them about our paranoia for our BossSay it was a joke or something stupid like that.
>>29351120Part of me wants to go in.... But the other part thinks this is a stupid idea to come down here with them, going to the barrens is something we should have done by ourselves....Do we have any sort of self-protection, aside from you know, being a troll?
>>29351285A winning smile?
>>29351306Yeah no. Lets not do this. We should at least explain why we wanted to go there. Or maybe not.
>>29351306Can we turn that into a scary face?
>>29351285>>29351257Go somewhere else.>>29351235>>29351197Go in.Need a tiebreaker.roll 1d100>1-50 Go somewhere else>51-100 Go inFirst odd post counts
>>29351381Welp looks like its already brokenGoing somewhere else. Writing up
>>29351396At least make fun of them for being pussies or something. Like this was a practical joke.
You laugh a little bit trying to pull off this as some sort of office prank Tim and Samantha do not look amused though, so thats not gonna work."Jeez, well someone told we this was a pretty good place to go since I look like I can take care of myself." You say, as you turn around shrugging. Oh thank god, the cab didn't leave he must have taken pity on you."Whatever Frank, lets go back to Everett and go to some bar, I think baseball is supposed to be at the World Cup or something." Sam says as she storms back into the car, Tim following her, and you getting in last. You tell the driver to head back into Everett and go to Danny's on Beverly and Barbra. As the car drives off though something catches the corner of your eye and you watch a guy get thrown out the window of the Speed Runner, then you hear the sounds of gunshots and the man who was thrown out the window open fire of the building."Oh man, Frank look at that. Must be one of those Shadowrunner types. Thank goodness we didn't go in there." Tim says, pointing at the scene as the cab driver puts his foot to the peddle and in almost half the time you are back in Everett., and at Danny's Bar and Grill even. You all get out and Sam looks sternly at you. "You are buying me a steak""All right, all right, if that puts me back in your good graces." You say as you all head in. The bar seems to be a small little dive, but its better than some place in Redmond and you all sit down and look through the menu.After you all order and your drinks come out, Tim gets an extra girl. Your waitress smiling at him. "Its from the lady at the bar."You all turn and see a rather gorgeous woman sitting by the bar, turned towards Tim and gives him a 'look'. Tim smiles nervously and waves back.>Egg on Tim>Ignore it, let the man make his own decisions>Talk your way out of paying for steak.
>>29351741Ignore it, let the man make his own decisions.
>>29351741>>Egg on TimProbably gonna abduct him. Might be funny.
>>29351741Woops meant extra drink, not an extra grill, now that just silly. He probably only likes 2D anyway
>>29351741>Egg on TimAlso I really don't mind paying for the steak.
>>29351741>>Ignore it, let the man make his own decisionsDidn't we want to talk with Tim about something?Maybe after that he can try to hit on hot women.>>29351890Same here, lets pay for the steak.
>>29351942True, we were going to talk to him about what he got yelled at for before we got "kidnapped", but after that we can give him that small confidence boost.
>>29351780>>29351942>>29351890>>29351800Another tie, I rolled a die with the same rules as before and looks like we are gonna let him do what he wants. Writing up
You smirk and look over to Tim who lets out an audible gulp and turns red in the ears before ducking his head back and bury it into the menu the waitress forgot. Sam laughs a bit at Tim's expense and pats his back."Its ok if you're nervous, not everyone needs to pick up bar skanks." You laugh at that and after awhile and glancing over at the Combat Biker game on the Trid Screen.Another ten minutes later your food is brought out. You ended up getting a rather meaty burger, fries, and a 2 pint glass of Budweiser. Tim got a meatless salad tea while Sam got the porterhouse with baked potato along with a Michelob Ultra Light.As the three of you begin eating, the woman from the bar comes over and sits down at thee open seat and stares at Tim."You aren't gonna take my drink sweety?" Her finger circling the glass, a smile on her face. Sam glares at this woman for so rudely coming over, but you, you can tell something is off.>roll 1d100+10 for being a Magic Troll
Rolled 30>>29352337ASSENSING, MAGIC, SUPER NOTICE
Rolled 6 + 10super eyes go
Rolled 77 + 10>>29352337Oh shit, I bet picked up a tail coming from the barrens
Rolled 89 + 10>>29352376>>29352439Looks like I gotta save the day
Rolled 86 + 10>>29352337Rollan for magery
>>29352376>>29352439>>29352451>>29352462>>2935246599 vs.65 writing.
Rolled 77 + 10oh god
Rolled 14 + 10>>29352574Send Tim a quick message on your commlink "She's a vampire, watch out"
Rolled 6, 3, 3, 3, 3, 5, 5, 3, 2, 4, 6 = 43I'm suprised we don't use Shadowrun's actual system for rolling
>>29352574Let's cut the crap out of the equation. Going for aggressive, with a char boosted intimidate.
>>29352499NOW WHAT WAS THAT, MISTER?
>>29352337Cautious, warn Tim... Post was deleted?
You can easily tell what this person is. Her pale skin, her dull colored eyes, the heavy make-up, and most tellingly, her aura.This woman is a vampire, and Tim is her mark. You send sam a message over your 'link, telling her what you sense. Her eyes widening and the vampire puts a hand on Tim's face, turning it beet red as he falls under her spell.She looks back to you wondering what the two of you should do>Aggressive>Cautious>Other
>>29352688>>29352666Sorry wasn't satisfied by what I put out. Still not but whatever. There will be a longer delay on my next post, I need to run out and take care of something really quick
>>29352704ROLL THAT BEAUTIFUL ATT BOOST MOJO FOR CHARISMA AND STRENGTH
>>29352704What are the laws about undead here? Are they legal? Do they have to visibly show they are undead?
>>29352704> other Provide a response.Ask Tim how he likes bloody hickies.
>>29352688>>29352666>>29352780>>29352792>>29352890Cautious it is. Writing up
You try to send Tim the same message you sent Sam, but as his 'link chirps the woman reaches into his pocket while he stares into her eyes. She takes the commlink turns it off and throws behind the bar. You curse to yourself and lean over, "Excuse me ma'am may I ask what your name is?"She turns towards you, a dead stare and pipes up "EXcuse me, but we are having a conversation here please be courteous." She then turns back too Tim giggling at a joke he never told as he stammers. Sam seems to have enough of this "Come on guys, lets leave, Frank you have the bill." Suddenly with the voice command you are charged 30 nuyen, plus a five nuyen tip.The vampire though looks up with a frown and Tim finally speaks. "I th-think I'll stay here guys.">Grab Tim and leave>Let Sam leave and stay with Tim>Screw this and get into a Magic bar fight>Other
>>29353329Grab Tim and leave.
>>29353329> grab Tim and leave
>>29353329>>Grab Tim and leaveSay something about vampires.
>>29353329>>Grab Tim and leave
>>29353329Well I suppose I should respect your decision, but... (ATT BOOST PUNCH)
>>29353329>Grab Tim and leaveCome on Tim. Don't forget you have that big thing at work tomorrow! (I have no clue if this is true, but we can't leave him with her)
>>29353329>>Grab Tim and leave"Pardon me, Elvira, this boy has an early bed time. Might try sinking your fangs in elsewhere"
>>29353329>Grab Tim and leave136 utcounc
>>29353329Are we going to have to grab that link? Company property and all.
>>29353329"Just so you know, the health plan doesn't cover HMHVV, Tim."
>>29353405>>29353422>>29353430>>29353437>>29353457>>29353472>>29353473>>29353488As you grab Tim, he goes with you almost freely. Only lightly fighting back.'Thank god, he is still in there.'Suddenly though you feel all the oxygen leave the room for a second and with a bright flash of light you feel a sharp pain.Your back arches back and you hear Sam scream, tossing Tim to Sam in a split second the two of them run out the door'. You know Sam is gonna call Knight Errant but you remember an officer once saying it takes five minutes to arrive to a crime in Everett maybe 3 if its an Ares Employee.>roll 1d100+5(Opposing Test, Trolls have a slight resistance to magic)
>>29353543Oh god, lol.
Rolled 83 + 5>>29353711
Rolled 25>>29353711roll to continue being a magic troll
Rolled 74 + 5>>29353711Fuck vampires.
Rolled 90 + 5>>29353711We need to teach this vampire whore some manners.
Rolled 38>>29353711WRONG MOVE, LEECH.
Rolled 81 + 5>>29353711
Rolled 72 + 5>>29353711Frank, try to remember the basics of CQC.
Rolled 3 + 5>>29353711friend pecieve
>>29353820What was Big boss's real name?we should have a diamond dogs tattoo
>>29353730>>29353731>>29353754>>29353759>>29353771>>29353773>>2935382010 vs.95, Noice rolling time to kick some pansy ass, writing up
>>29353861I think Jack? I never beat MGS3. not a MSF tat
So how are vampires seen in Shadowrun setting?Kill on sight? Or are they like citizens too?
>>29353861Frank is the cyborg ninja...of the first metal gear solid. He and snake fought each other in the middle of explosive mines dater snake destroyed the first metal gear. Snake of course won.He is Grey Fox or shit.
>>29353938Is there some sort of bounty on vampires in the Shadowrun universe? Because if so, are we eligible for it, considering our employment at Ares Macrotech?
As the shock of being with a magical spell sinks in and the fire ball almost dissipates on contact with your flesh, leaving a hole of seared fabric on your back. You turn around, your face flushed with anger and rage, the vamps filled with absolute horror at what she had just tried. "Wrong move you undead bitch." You march forward, smashing your fist into your palm and cracking your neck, posturing as a complete and total monster.You tower over the quivering creature as you stare her down.>SMASH!(Roll d100)>PUMMEL!(Roll 1d100)>Mercy?>Other (Roll 1d100 if your choice is combat related)
>>29353985Usually they get to dance the bullet fandango with a 10 SMG salute.
Rolled 74>>29354065>SMASH!(Roll d100)
>>29354065We're the CHA-mancer, diplomance the fuck out of her. Wring her contact number in case we need her services, under threat of calling ARES on her undead ass.Then we call Knight Errant instead.
Rolled 70>>29354065>SMASH!(Roll d100)>PUMMEL!(Roll 1d100)whynotboth.jpg
>>29354124maybe after we beat her up a bit?
Rolled 61>>29354065> OtherWrestle.
>>29354065>>OtherPut out a hand,"You are paying for this fucking jacket, Vamp, or I am going to take payment out of your face."
>>29354065"You owe me a new suit."
>>29354151That works wonders on persuading her, so yeah. Pummel first, diplomance afterwards.But we gotta do it like classy gentlemen vs skank-ass ho, you see. Backslap the bitch, fluff it that way!
>>29354065Intimidate"I think the Biological Research department would LOVE to get a vampire for their regenerative experiments..."
>>29354185>"You owe me a new suit."This. I can't imagine something more intimidating than someone shrugging off a magical attack so well that they're more concerned about their suit than first aid.
>>29354241I bet they wouldwhy should we give her time of the day? Let's knock her out and see if our company had any use for her
>>29354098>>29354101>>29354124>>29354129>>29354151>>29354155>>29354173>>29354185>>29354220>>29354241So I got three for Beating her up and another three and getting her contact info out of her. so combine the two?
>>29354365>>29354313>>29354185>>29354173And another three for making her pay for out suit.
Rolled 89>>29354365Sure, beat her ass and then some diplomacy.
>>29354365>>29354397Beat her up, make her pay for our suit and get her contact info.Pepper intimidation freely.
>>29354397>>29354365Combine all three.Your gonna have to pay for my suit after the beating her and getting her contact information.
>>29354365Yep. Only instead of getting contact info, we forcibly recruit her, either as a company employee/company runner, or as a test subject/lab animal.
>>29354397I vote for giving her a good slap to demonstrate our dominance, then diplomance, demanding a new suit and contact information for services as yet undetermined.
What is this "get contact info" plan? Knight Errant is gonna be here in 3-5 minutes. Are we going to help her avoid the police?And I, for one, prefer to have contacts who aren't resentful of a personal assbeating.>>29354457this sounds more reasonable
>>29354492I prefer having some one who is afraid of us in this setting.
>>29354523Yeah, but someone who has a reason to betray us and zero oversight is a liability. If you want them to fear you, they better be firmly under your thumb.
>>29354492She's stupid, easily angry and afraid of us. These traits, excepting the latter, are the traits of poor people. That's excellent pawn material here.
>>29354457>unpaid vampire intern
>>29354563The controls are that we know she's a vamp and her employment opportunities elsewhere. Everything else can be made up with our social jutsu.
>>29354637Don't forget the fact that our employers can supply her with food without her risking her ass doing this to survive, and the issue that as an employee of a company that currently has the peacekeeping contract of Seattle, we have a better opportunity then most to subject her to living hell
>>29354741In Shadowrun, vampires aren't worth it. They are literally infected with an infectious disease, and them doing even a SINGLE point of essence damage could permanently fuck us up as a mage. She isn't minion material. Period.
You grab her by the face, don't wanna ruin her money maker. Well thats not HER money maker, but still you don't hit girls in the face. You proceed to throw her into the table, you were just eating at, her entire body hitting the cheap wood, splitting it and sending the food flying. In blind panic she claws at your arms and tries to bite your hand as you hold her down, letting out a barbaric yell. Breathing heavily you scream at her. "Three things you undead skank. First, your paying for my fucking suit. Second, when I let go you won't attack me. Finally, you are gonna give me your contact info," This seems to make her stop attacking your arm and let out a muffled"What?""You heard me, I want a new suit, and I want a number I can reach you at. Now if you say no I can sit on you until my colleagues at Knight Errant come and pull me off. Do I make my self clear?"After a couple seconds a muffled 'yes' comes out of her mouth and you let go of her. She then looks up at you with half a smile and from inside her cleavage she pulls out a card and hands it to you, its for a high end suit place in downtown Seattle"Alright, and get my info from the bar man. You may call me Xena, and tell the man at shop my name after he takes your measurements." She quickly slides out from under you and makes a run for the back door to disappear into the night .And a second later Knight Errant charges in, guns out and see you covered in claw marks kneeling down. "Mr. Dodge are you alright? Do you require medical attention?"Sam is standing by the door with Tim, the two of them look positively frightened.>Go with the officers and give a statement>Leave with your friends and don't press an inquiry>Other
I don't like this get contact info plankeys just beat her up and maybe tale her as a test subject
>>29354791Goddamn Essence system. Fuck, do link's use plugs anymore. Character ruined, reroll.
>>29354835May as well get patched up. We don't want to end up with scars. We're trying to not look the troll stereotype, after all.
>>29354895This, but lets not give a statement. Fucking vamp will be meat if she shirks.
>>29354885Our link is probably hooked up to glasses/earbuds/a simple trode band built into sunglasses/our suit collar. I just want to reiterate how BAD FUCKING NEWS it is to deal with ANYTHING that causes permanent essence damage, especially for a wage mage.
>>29354835>Go with the officers and give a statementDon't forget Wining smile Frank.
>>29354895>>29354835Gotta make sure we're in Top Shape, yo.Anyway, we'll want to give a statement to make sure we can ruin miss "Xena" if she makes any Bad Decisions.
>>29354936>Anyway, we'll want to give a statement to make sure we can ruin miss "Xena" if she makes any Bad Decisions.This. We want to be able to make them all descend on her at a single word from us, but with her safe before then. A sword of Daedalus.And once we get our suit patched up, let's drop it. Vampires are serious fucking business in Shadowrun. For real.
>>29354973>A sword of DaedalusGod I hope that was an intentional joke mistake.
>>29354835>>Other"I want you to look into this address. Send a note telling her that she either meets me for a talk about possible employment tomorrow, or she'll disappear like most of her fuck buddies."
>>29355047Oh. Heh. No, that was a mistake. A Sword of Damocles. But now that you mention it...
>>29355062>>29355047Care to explain?
>>29355059Well, we do need to figure out what the boss has going on under the table. A vampire might be a good idea if we go for the seduce route...
>>29355082A Sword of Daedalus would be some kind of labyrinth, or melt when it's too close to the sun, or otherwise be an over-engineered wonder. Versus the Sword of Damocles, which is a sword dangling over someone's head that could drop at any time.
>>29354895>>29354914>>29354916>>29354936>>29354938>>29354973Ok, So far give a statement and get patched up seems like the way to go. Writing up now gents
>>29355189Hold on, isn't vampirism good grounds for instant murderization. Can we leave our description of her vague enough that she won't get her head caved in by Knight Errant BEFORE we can try and turn her into a worthwhile investment.
>>29355212Fuck that. They SHOULD kill her, before she infects/kills more people, or causes us a point of Essence loss. Vampires should be quarantined until they die of lack of murdering people AT BEST.Vampires are NOT a thing to be fucked around with in Shadowrun. An encounter with one leaves wounds you NEVER recover from, ESPECIALLY if you're a mage, which we are.
>>29355268This.We do NOT have essence to spare.
>>29355268manI wish this was explained in the plot posts by opshould have just killed her dead
>>29355268We aren't some gutterpunk Shadowrunner with no backup though. As long as she thinks crossing us will result in a Desert Wars brand Ares combat boot lodged so far up her undead ass that she'll be picking synthleather out of her teeth for a month, we have a valuable asset.Got to play the game if you want to earn some sweet promotions.
>>29355268Note to self. GET ANTI-MAGIC KILL SQUAD TO RAID APARTMENT, BRING VAMP IN FOR -INTERVIEW*-*interrogation session
>>29355268At least we get our suit paid for first.THEN they can go to town on her.On the other hand, if we can turn her into some kind of weapon for us (albeit a double-edged one), we can have our personal 'fuck this guy and everything around him' button. And she gets to eat. That's a win-win. The only problem is when to press that button, and against whom.
>>29355268>>29355337>>29355344>>29355368Really now, you people are painfully cautious, I'm not saying we trust the vampire, but if we don't ensure we have some contingencies in place for someone trying to fuck us over, we're as good as fucked already.
You smile and get up, brushing off what you can from now your heavily ruined suit. "Why yes gentlemen, My friends do not have a car, do you have a proper vehicle for a man my size.The officers relax and look out to the small pursuit car they drove to the scene "My apologizes Mr. Dodge, but no. We can call a separate car for your friends if you that would make you feel more comfortable. As the Knight Errant officers run out your commlink chirps >Xena has been added to your contactsYou shakes your head as the message disappears and you feel Sam grab onto you into a hug, and Tim grabs your arm to shake with his whole arm. After a second Sam is the first to speak"You Big Oaf! If you got blasted by that monster who would I have to make me coffee. They might even move some total douche to your old spot into the cube, maybe two since you take up half of the damn thing. Shit, I would be fucked without you." Sam laughs nervously, but you can tell she is shaken by this. Tim on the other hand looks so embarrassed about all this he doesn't want to speak except to say thank you repeatedly as he uses both of his arms to actually shake your hand.Before long though the second car comes and you all go to your cars. The back is rather cramped, but the station isn't far and as you pull up you see a paddy wagon unloading an entire group of people, whose curses you can hear from here. Once you are in the station you see what kind of people these are. Shadowrunners and they look mad. Sam and Tim are sat a couple seats away as you go into the onsite clinic where they patch up your arm and an officer sits down next to the table, pulling out a tablet."I'm Officer O'Connor and I'll be taking your statement.">Truth>Lie>Vague>Other.
>>29355578>TruthKeep out the part where we let her go and got her contact info.
>>29355638>>29355578this, but don't tell them her name.
>>29355578>VagueDon't give a detailed enough description that they can nail her, but if there's some pressure up in the area with KE looking for a vamp, it will help convince her not to do anything stupid.
>>29355578>truth (partial)Tell the truth that we got attacked by a magic user...but omit the fact that we know her, and that she's a vampire. Just feign that it happened too fast and we didn't see her face clearly.
>>29355578>>VagueTell them her appearance, but not any personal information, we need to put the pressure on her, but not get her caught.
>>29355578Tell him that she was a vampire, but don't give super specific details, like her alias, ("eh, most humans rate in at about 'short,' maybe Sam could get more specific, don't think Tim was in the frame of mind.") just enough to get the heat up on her so she might get desperate.
>>29355672Sam also knew she's a vampire though. Not to mention we told her that.
>>29355578>>VagueGive enough to seem cooperative, feign nerves for lack of details. Add diplomancing to make it stick.
>>29355731oh yeah. So just omit Xena's name and face then?
>>29355578Straddle the line of truth and vague.
>>29355638>>29355658>>29355665>>29355672>>29355685>>29355690>>29355731>>29355747>>29355783>>29355785Seems pretty even on the truth and vague, so the Vague Truth?
>>29355852yup, just tell them enough to put pressure on her.
>>29355852Yeah, don't lie, but don't give them enough details to be able to figure out who she is.
'Alright Franky, you got this. Talking is your fucking job, put some pressure on her till I can get the suit and in proper contact with her.'My memory is a little fuzzy sir, she must have hit me with a memory spell after I subdued her. All I can remember is how she seemed to be a vampire...an elegant figure, a beautiful woman really, but I can't put a face on it." You scratch your head while a doctor pours hydroxide on your arm, wrapping it in gauze and bandages.The officer watches as the tablet records everything you say, nodding as you finish it up. "Ok, we have enough of an appearance, a lot of these HMMHV nut-jobs are hard to pinpoint, but we will do out best Mr. Dodge, I am sure we can get the rest from your friends. We will get the rest from your colleagues, you go rest now.>Leave for home>Stay in the processing room while you wait for Sam and Tim to be finished.>Just pass out in the clinic. They will wake you up when Sam and Tim are ready to go.
>>29356089>Stay in the processing room while you wait for Sam and Tim to be finished.
>>29356089Stay in processing. Size up those runners. We might need a good hacker if it's a datajob.
>>29356089PRocessing room, et cetera.
>>29356174Good idea, while we're at it, talk to the nearest cop that looks friendly and fat, and ask what's with those guys.
>>29356089>>Stay in the processing room while you wait for Sam and Tim to be finished.
>>29356125>>29356140>>29356171>>29356174>>29356210>>29356223>>29356245To the processing room it is. Writing up.
You quickly get off the table once the clinic doctor is done with you and make your way through the hallway, making as much room as you could as you walk by people, busy at work until you get to the processing room.Upon making your entrance the two Dwarf runners taking up room on the bench quickly scoot over so much so one is in the lap of an Ork who looks like he is about to say something till you sit down, taking up the vacant space.'Damn, rip my clothes up and put a bandage on my arms and I am scary. I should do this next Halloween.'The Dwarf closest to you that scooted over, prods your side with his elbow. "So biggun, the rest of your crew get away with the payday and they commin' back for ya'? Cause that would be fraggin' wiz. Plus you don't look like the guy to rat. Name is Decker Kommando, least it was till this 'Hacker' nonsense started back in the good ol' days I could break into the sweetest data, even Slamm-O was fraggin' scared of me, bet that fragger still is. Why I remember..." And holy shit does this guy talk, and talk, and talk. But, he did say he was a hacker>Continue listening>Ignore>Change the subject>OtherGonna be a slight delay till the next post.
>>29356575>>Otheruse our social skills to see if he's bullshitting or not?Just because someone says they are great hacker does not mean they are
>>29356575I support a combination of listening and what this anon suggested:>>29356673
>>29356673Ditto, except we look over at all three of those runners.
>>29356605>>29356624>>29356671>>29356673>>29356682>>29356809Ok, Writing now. Combo of listening and trying to see if he is bull shitting you.
You nod and try your best to listen to all his stories about the jobs he has done, and how he is the greatest thing in the history of decking NOT hacking, but DECKING, yes, because decking is the shit, you really can't tell what is the difference beside a lack of those board things he keeps describing. Also this Slamm-O dude. He won't shut up about him either. Its a lot for someone who doesn't know shit about computers to stomach. Finally you see a chance to get a word in edge wise. "So, how good at you into breaking into Ares systems?" You say, looking at him as serious you could. As 'Shaodwrunny' as you could."Ares, you fraggin' serious? Those white hat scrubs couldn't keep up with this Kommando I'll tell you that. They once were able to get my location and sent a group of Fire watch guys to take me out and I jacked out and helped my bro and this ork take out the whole team before we got out with that sweet paydata." As he is saying this the Ork and Dwarf roll their eyes. The ork speaking up this time."It didn't happen EXACTLY like that 'Ko' he did jack out, before a firewatch squad got through the door, but we hightailed it before we could get caught. It wasn't this job though. So if you lookin for a new crew, we ain't that bad.""Kracker! Don't go tell this guy we 'aren't that bad' we are the fraggin' best and don't you forget it.">Roll 1d100+5(Since he is obviously posturing, but you don't know jack about computers.)
Rolled 42>>29357137Roll for bullshit
Rolled 46 + 5>>29357137
Rolled 15 + 5>>29357137Perhaps if we can get his compatriots to coorborate his story a bit, we can get some more obvious holes.
Rolled 48>>29357137He's trying to sell a service, we get that much. Ask about what they think of us, and why we would be dinner material.
Rolled 95 + 5>>29357137
>>29354915My DM always ruled that essence damage (and any reduction in magic) healed over time.Also, hackers are pretty terrifying to non-shadowrunners, given how much the corps pay to make them seem scary.
>>29357154>>29357163>>29357186>>29357198>>29357200100 vs. 89. Well that was close.
You frown realizing something. The Ork never said they got whatever they were after, just that they got away. Really, these dudes look like some two bit group like the one from earlier today. These guys probably haven't even been around long enough as this 'Decker Kommando' says he has been around.This guys don't seem even worth it. Plus that scrawny dude watching all this in front of you guys has started laughing. 'Kommando' looks over at him and growls"What you looking at Wunderkid, you looking for a laugh before they rip you apart on a table?"The kid seems to stop laughing, but the light about you does seem to hum louder, louder, and louder until it burst. The police running over and pointing their guns at everyone on the bench besides you.The kid seems to just laugh at this.>Wait for Sam and Tim to get out at this point>Talk to the kid>Keep talking to Kommando,Kracker, and the mystery dwaf
>>29357583>Wait for Sam and Tim to get out at this point
>>29357583>Keep talking to Kommando,Kracker, and the mystery dwaf
>>29357583>Talk to the kid"Techno, I take it?"
>>29357583>Talk to the kidThe kid seems like a real hacker.I also find it funny that we keep getting out of serious situations.
>>29357583Wait what just happened?
>>29357660the roll was for making sure we didn't get dragged into this little altercation.(we keep avoiding the shadow running.)
>>29357660There are technopaths in shadowrun, kid looks to be one.
>>29357583>Talk to the kidYou just jumped into a police station's server, risking your ass to IC, just to show these guys up?Kid, you want a job?
>>29357628>>29357640>>29357649>>29357659>>29357720Talking to this kid. Writing shall commence.
>>29357583>Talk to the kid
>>29357702I meant more of, why are the police all of a sudden around us, pointing guns, yet we are just looking to keep talking?
>>29357841they came over because a light suddenly went out in the area with people waiting to be processed. They don't care about us and probably won't give a shit once they see no one is moving, so then we can talk to the wizkid.
>>29357841Because it looks like we found a GOOD hacker.
>>29357897Oooh, I thought we just randomly let our some sort of spirit aura explosion or some shit.
>>29357841The police aren't pointing guns at Frank, because Ares Macrotech owns the police. Shooting Frank would be a bad idea to the company, particularly if we are valuable. And since Frank is magic, he's valuable.
You look rather bewildered for a minute at this entire scene and then suddenly you get a message from a mysterious contact. >"Hey, you aren't like the rest of these guys, are you?"After looking around very quickly you don't see anyone with a commlink, but you are the only one. That kid is looking you dead in the eye though.You respond back>"No, how can you tell?"A second later the kid smirks, and shrugs. Another message comes up on your 'link.>"You are talking to the 'Decker Kommando'. Fragger is a total scrub.>FRANK: So are you that kid in front of me?>KID: Man, now he is getting it. If you are looking to hire I haven't been caught for anything, but my friend has and is being questioned.>FRANK: You're right, I am looking for work, I'll send you my info, but don't send me your's till your outAs you send that last message Sam and Tim come out of a door and the guys on the bench go with the officers into the door they came from.Sam looks at you and smiles "Ready to get out of here?" >Leave with Time and Sam>Physically talk with the kid>Head out on your own
>>29358149>>Physically talk with the kidWhy not?
>>29358149>>Leave with Time and Sam>>Physically talk with the kidJust say a passing remark.
>>29358277Well, I was thinking it would be for character flavor.Also, fuck it, Frank lived the street life before Ares took him in. He might see a bit of himself in the kid.
>>29358149>>Leave with Time and Sam
>>29358256>>29358277We already texted him, just give him a nod on the way out.
>>29358149>>Physically talk with the kid"Kid, you need a ride? Seems like bad news for you to be hanging out here solo.
>>29358256>>29358277>>29358346>>29358356>>29358379>>29358415Sounds like we are leaving with our friends.
>>29358431Nah, just looking to try to recruit the kid. Having a pet technomancer would be handy.
>>29358149>>Leave with Time and SamMaybe tell the group of people we were sitting with to have a good day and not to get into "too" much trouble. You know, being friendly at the very least.
>>29358431Looks more like a little from A, a little from B.
>>29358415could be cool
>>29358509> pet Please. We're paying him and he does a job. There's always a possibility that he'll turn on us, either blackmailing us about the job or using our connection to gain access to our position.
>>29358431Don't we have to link to the post for it to count?
>>29358415Pretty sure he's waiting for his friend.
>>29358599I guess shadowruns (paranoia) in a Shadowrun (game) quest should be expected...
>>29358599Probably wiser. But, the idea of adopting a technomancer kid appeals to me. Big giant well dressed troll holding the hand of a tiny, skinny, pale boy, going into a trideo theater or whatever the fuck the sixth world equivalent of a theater is.
>>29358431Let's get the dwarf's contract info too. We can use as many contacts as we can get.
>>29358653aw fuck, why'd you have to go an make it adorable
>>29358670Use him as a tailchaser, and the kid as the actual hacker.
>>29358653He's too hardcore and jaded for that shit. He'd be insulted by it
>>29358706Not a bad way to be. Perhaps have the tailchaser try to compromise some irrelevent part of the target system and have the kid go for the paydata.
>>29358724Probably, I still had that mental image, though.
>>29358653He's a surly teen. We should go for a little kid about grade school age, and as adorable as a kitten and a puppy eating from the same bowl of food.
>>29358650It may be a small possibility, but it's there. I am only pointing out the need to thoroughly vet our runners and if possible, find their ideology. Here is what we excel at: finding out what he wants.
You nod and smile back. "Like you wouldn't believe." You get up and stretch out. Damn these guys make sure these benches are uncomfortable."Sorry to hear that Frank, I am sure they don't usually make troll sized chair in this place that are for processing." Tim says as he pats you on your back. As the three of you leave you pass up the the kid who just turns to watch you leave. "Hey kid, you need a ride?" He looks up to you and chuckles while shaking his head. "No thanks sir, I'll be fine. thanks though.The three of you take the same cab back to each of your homes, your stop the first. Letting you out, you wave good bye to Tim and Sam, yawning as you do so. 'Christ I am tired.' You trudge up to the elevator and take it up to your "cramped" apartment. Its not that bad, its just human sized. You collapse onto your bed and look up at the ceiling. Its been a long, and weird day filled with the biggest of oddities. Hopefully tomorrow will better, hopefully you will actually be able to get some real work done.>End DayThanks guys for reading, I'll be back Friday at 5pm. I hopped you guys enjoyed everything today.
>>29358743I was thinking on using the kid to set up a research honeypot for the dwarf. One later of security between a disposal asset.
>>29358800Thanks for running. I only ever hear Shadowrun being made fun of, but I think kitchen-sink is my favorite genre.
>>29358800Thanks for the run. This is pretty great. It is nice getting a depiction of corp culture, even if we move in rather unusual circles within the beast.
>>29358800I have to say I do enjoy reading this a lot. Keep up the good work!
>>29358800Hmmm... We need to get a troll-sized apartment.