Shadowrun: Kings or Pawns

Ancient Dead

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So, no shit, there we were about to kick the door in on the Ancients.

Now, I’ve been on similar runs before but I’m not going to act like they were anywhere in the same league as moving on a crew like the Ancients. I mean, I can’t really even name a gang that is better connected and outfitted than those tough little fairies. Most times I run on little local pissant gangs that get in the way of the bigger gangs out in the Barrens. But this shit was some high level mil-spec kinda action.

We were hired to geek some troll go gangers and drop their remains in another location. The trolls were the easy part, thanks to Darc/Grey getting their commlinks sorted. We cut them up before they even got off their bikes, it was sick.

Now, for the hard part, clearing a Ancient safehouse. We had a plan, one that was remarkably similar to the one I tried to pitch to Tox and Blue earlier in the week. We had split while the hackers were hacking, see, so we could make like a battle plan. And I hittem with the ole fucking tactical-like talk, ‘bout having people on both sides and shit like that, but I got the impression they weren’t really feeling it, so I just suggested we put some spirits in the back and just fucking go balls deep in the front door, and they thought that was a bang up idea so, fuck it. But, in the hours we had to kill before the second part of the Run she put some more polish on the plan, which I was cool with. I think she’s got a better way with words than I do.

Anyway the plan was to shine a light on the front porch and then start killing people.

Which we did, to great success. One thing I always harp on when someone is tricking out their cybereyes is flare compensation. It’s pretty cheap but most dinks in the shop say “I don’t need to worry about flare comp when I got infra.” Yeah, that’s true when YOU’RE the one that’s got the heads up about a flash going off, but when someone flashes you out of the blue you got a precious few micro-seconds to react and switch over. And thats the few ticks where we took them out, I hosing down one of the Dandys while Blue shocked another, and Tox ran cross the lawn, checked one out with his sword, ran over and punched another before picking his sword back up and then just fucking battering the front door in with what I can only assume is his chrome nutsack.

He was all dorphed up on Kamikaze so he just went in when I was out of position. Was planning on hosing down the living room while everyone went in, Tox, Blue, and the Drone but I was switching off our lightshow. By the time I got to the porch, the house was filled with people shooting Tox, 3 or 4 of them and Tox was getting shot up. He hit the ground at one point, I thought he was geeked but them he just popped right up and started swinging. And then a god damn bear showed up.

Man, I got a weird job.

Blue screamed out for the bear to get shot so I hosed it down for a second, but it really didn’t seem to mind. I was a bit disappointed, it didn’t even seem to get pissed at me. So I switched over to firing on the Dandi-eaters, squeezing off a few bursts as Tox opened them up, screaming about Pixie Dicks or something. He was really murderizing these guys, I feel bad for them looking back because I’ve been in that situation before, when you shoot a fucking juiced up troll thats pissed as hell and it just doesn’t fucking care, what the fuck do you do then? The whole point of having a gun is to shoot people that want to kill you, but when that just doesn’t fucking work, what the fuck are you left with?

Toxie was good, but I wasn’t impressed until he just shredded the giant glowing bear in the living room. After that he bolted up the stairs along with Blue, who had been firing lighting in the room over.

Now, upstairs I didn’t know what was going on. Now, I wasn’t clueless, my sound filter makes it pretty easy to keep track of a battle. Gunshots just sound like really sharp, brief pops, loud enough for me not overlook them but I can still hear talking and other sounds clearly. That being said, even with a sound filter enough layered sounds and it just gets confusing BUT I knew there were people shooting upstairs. The Drone went up top, since the mage was up there somewhere and you can’t really manaball a tin can.

This was where I wish I had that radar sensor I ordered. It would be so easy with it. I’d just fucking know, y’know. I wouldn’t have to take a precious second to figure things out I’d just look through the walls like I was superman. Instead though, I threw a flashbang upstairs, blindly, hoping it did more harm to the Ancients than my own people. After that I went in up the stairs myself to clean up.

Things got quiet when I stepped into the house. Well, relatively quiet, like I said sound filter. Still some fighting going on in the house, but the constant growling of Tox’s dorph-fuel haze had stopped and Blue, wherever she was, was quiet. I shouted after her as I stepped over the drone, and as I cleared the first little landing on my way up the guy watching the stairs started shooting. I saw him right before he fired and I lunged forward, his first burst hitting behind me as he tracked. My lurch sent me right into the corner though, and I didn’t have anywhere else to dodge as he squeezed off his second burst and three little hornet sized sledgehammers struck across my chest.

I rose my supermach and hosed down the stairway guy as I climbed the stairs. He hit the ground as I assessed the situation. Tox was finally laid out in front of this guy, it looked like he charged straight at him and swung at him, but that big ass sword got caught in the door jam. Still haven’t seen the mage, though I heard from the room beyond the gun-elf the sounds off, well, it sounded like an inner city street gang trying to tame a lion. All fucking lion rawrs and gang banger cheers.. Our spirits from the sound of it.
Blue brushed past me in a sprint, and ran into room. The room filled with snarls and what not. And then, through my sound filter, I heard the distinct sound of a skin on skin smack. Did she just run into the room and SLAP someone?

By the time I turned the corner, the mage was recoiling from, well, what I guess is the shock that after all this she just got slapped in the face. But I had a clear shot so I hosed her off.

After that, things get kinda blurred together. That’s cram for you though, it’s crystal clear when you’re in a firefight but when you got to do stuff that, y’know, requires actual thinking than details start to go missing. We loaded Tox up and unloaded our cargo, Blue stomped some guys face in, found a few crates of guns and some drug that I didn’t really recognize probably because I was crammed up and trying to get out of the house before backup arrived. We loaded them all up, hoping we could sell it to the Vory. We don’t really have an option other than them, if I Ancient’s warehouse gets hit and large shipment of guns go wandering off, we can’t exactly go down to the pawn shop to offload them. We’d be on ice within the week.



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