Shadowrun: Kings or Pawns

The Day Job
As told by Stitch

Neural Log March 22, 2072
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The Day Job

Mr. Johnson worked fast. He had already used the backdoor we installed to set up fake identities for us Runners and land us temporary jobs working at Nature Taste. The run he offered was to use those day jobs to alter the marketing data of the company’s new line of chewy gummy bars … or something like that. We had to alter the data so the chocolate chip curry bars we’re the favorite. Funny, chocolate curry didn’t sound that bad to me. The pay-out was 5k a pop, and we get the identities and the extra clothes and comlinks used to make the identities stick. That made me happy, and apparently Blue and Grey too as they piped up about how good the deal was, to which d’Arc would later admonish them in what I shall file as the “Duct Tape Incident.”

The next day we met an Elf in the swanky part of town. Angel, I believe her name was. She was all business, and set about getting the crew dressed and prepped for our jobs, handing over our commlinks and buying us clothes. We then went back to the Body Mall and had the weekend to prep for the job. D’arc disappeared into one of my consultation rooms for a while, she was still in there when I was done installing Grey’s new commlink.

The plan was to keep our first day pretty vanilla. Learn what we can and can’t do, where we can and can’t go, things like that, and that’s how it went. I worked the mail room, where we unload the truck in the morning, deliver the mail, then collect outgoing towards the end of the day. Tyrone was mopping bathrooms most of the day, he blew up about it later on that night. Grey worked maintenance and spent his day solving tickets, changing lightbulbs and the like. D’arc had the most access of us all, she was assistant to the VP of marketing and had access to his calendar and … like, corporate stuff. It sounded important when she was telling us about it later. She’s my in-character wife so I think I’ll play the part of the cucked third member of the office love triangle, and sent her a text in the day that she ignored. Gotta tell a story y’know? Makes the story stick.

Blue worked marketing, assessing schlubs as they chomped down on corporate chew bars or whatever. She thought it was boring as hell, but at the end of the day she had to slot her commlink to the market research database! That seemed like our in, and she had to do the same thing wednesday and friday. After worked we chewed over some courses of action, and took measures so our RFID trackable badges behaved like normal temp wage slaves did.

The next day, d’Arc, Blue and Grey made moves to get the access ID of someone with Database access, or was it Matrix ID? Fuck. I’ll dog-ear this entry and edit it later. D’Arc checked the employee database, Blue made some wireless communications with the mark, her supervisor, and Grey sniffed out the matrix ID successfully.

The second day ended with with everyone’s identities and jobs intact. The current plan is to make an attempt on the database tomorrow, either with spoofing access to the floor or through Blue’s own uploading of the data. If this fails, Friday will be our second attempt using some program d’Arc has.

Milk Run
Maul at the Mall

Tyrone was contacted by his Bouncer boss, Frank. Seems Frank heard there is a Johnson looking for some talent for a job and if Tyrone can put together some matrix talent and a magician, he might be able to pick up the contract, netting Frank a finders fee. Tyrone reached out to the Street Shaman Russian Blue and the Cybertechnician Lorenzo. Lorenzo reached out to the hacker team of Gray and d’Arc. A giant conference call followed and the group agreed to the meet. Frank told them to meet with Mr. Johnson at the Aztlan restaurant Guerrerro’s. The runners arrived to discover Mr. Johnson had reservered the private room. After ordering a large amount of food on Mr. Johnson’s tab, Johnson got down to business. He had a milk run that was important for a second possible run. After negotiating the price, Mr. Johnson filled them in on the details. They needed to get to the employment database of Aguilar Staffing, but it sits behind a glacier of IC. However, there was a work around, as each office had a terminal with a direct connect to the database, but the terminal was wired only. They needed to wait for an employee to connect to the terminal to upload new information to the database, then hack their way in and implant a back door to the database. Mr. Johnson recommended the Aguilar Staffing office at Renton Mall. With everything nailed down, Mr. Johnson left. After the meal, the runners discussed logistics. They met at Renton mall the following day to discover that the officers guarding the mall decided to take the day off due to the revelation that they were about to be unemployed. The runners then proceeded to case the place and pretend to shop the rest of the day. While casing the place, Lorenzo and Gray heard a commotion at the next door “A Whole New You” Body Shop. They entered the shop to discover a patient seizing and then dying on the table. Figuring it was none of their business and there was nothing they could do, they headed down to Ho Li’s Day Spa to get massages. There Gray was yelled at by an old asian woman named Ms. Han, then hacked into the manager’s commlink up at Aguilar Staffing while getting his massage, and waited for him to connect to the terminal. Near the end of the business day, the manager connected the commlink to the terminal and Gray got to work. Meanwhile, Joan D’Arc headed into the office to distract the manager if necessary. Gray sliced neatly through the IC and implanted the backdoor, but before the runners could bug out, they noticed two gangs, the Green River Killers and a gang they did not recognize, converging on the middle of the mall. The gangers pulled out handguns on each other. Tyrone charged at one of the Green River Killers and slammed his fist into the ganger’s chest, knocking the ganger to the floor and getting the runners involved in the gang fight. After a brief firefight, where Gray managed to put down two of the gangers before being substantially wounded, the gangers turned tail and fled and the runners headed out. With Gray bleeding everywhere and D’Arc yelling at everyone for getting involved, they headed off to The Body Mall in the Redmond Barrens. Once at Lorenzo’s shop, Lorenzo saw to Gray’s wounds and the runners took a day to rest up. Tyrone called Mr. Johnson and they headed back to Guerrerro’s the next day, where Mr. Johnson paid them each 1,300¥ and told them he had another run for them.

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