Debrief w/boss: Sellers will be prosecuted for murder, attempted murder, etc. Buyers were caught and will also be prosecuted. She also offered us each some pointers for how we could improve our actions before we’re sent to our offices to complete our post-incident paperwork.
We’re called to assist an HTR team evacuate with a client, Rod Johnson. The HTR team is being prevented from leaving by law enforcement, the FBI, in Redmond.
As we head into Redmond we hear live fire in the incident area. We drive up on our HTR team who is stationed around their vehicle in a holding formation. The HTR leader brings us up to speed on the situation. There are two groups (gang and metro guard) facing off from opposing buildings with a burned out vehicle between them on blocks, shielding a runner gang in which our client waits.
We identify a building near the metro police and most of our team attempts breaching. Inside of a bathroom Cowboy finds a squatter smoking a cigarette who, upon running away, reveals a hallway our team can use to traverse the building’s length toward the metro guard.
We make contact with their FBI team lead after a brief moment of alarm at our drone entering their defenses. She tells us quietly that the pinned-down runners are working for her, off the books, and have been compromised by the metro guard attempted to execute a warrant. Michael does some background research on the FBI agent and learns her name, Maria Richardson, as well as her partner’s, Regina Wescott.
Amber Dawn identifies some weak points in the gang’s defenses and attempts to blow down some of the building by striking critical points with explosive arrows. Between her and Cowboy’s fine shooting, the barricade comes down and changes the defensive structure, allowing for the metro guard to advance and our HTR team to attend to our client. The no-fly restriction was lifted by Maria allowing the HTR to evacuate.
We return to campus to complete our paperwork and debrief. During the debrief Augustina receives a call and tells us that we’re requested to head back to the barrens and meet with Agent Richardson. Michael uncovers some basic personal preferences of Agent Richardson in an effort to give Arbitus more social ammunition, but it turns out she enjoys off-roading, as well, which is slightly alluring to Lucent.
Richardson requests that we take a look at the scene to give our professional perspective. We find two of the slain Yakuza gang members from the earlier battle dead on the floor of the clinic where they were holed up. The gang members had obvious cyberware removed from their body, apparently sometime after they were slain.
As we inspect the scene a couple of us hear a rolling sound, which is quickly followed by a blast which we all hear quite well. The blast destroyed the FBI agents’ vehicle, flipping it over and wedging in Lucent and his Rover in. We’re put in the position of defending the run-down clinic we were investigating against two groups of 3 gunmen approaching from either side.
With limited room to fight out of the front, both FBI agents go searching for a rear exit so they can flank the attackers. Cowboy, Amber Dawn, and Arbitus take up arms to fend off the frontal assault, while Michael dives between the two stiffs to jack in and handle the matrix-end. The exchange of gunfire has limited effect, although the occasional attacker is struck down.
Arbitus braves a run through their suppressive fire to assist Lucent in getting the vehicle operational again, barely avoiding being shot. One team of assailants blocks the clinic entrance with a dumpster while coming to the realization that they won’t win this confrontation. Of the two remaining assailants, one runs in each direction towards different heaps of trash hiding their getaway motorcycles. Michael hacks his way into one of their commlinks, copying what he hopes to be some identifying information, while Cowboy wrangles one to the ground with the classic bullet-to-fork lasso technique, removing the front wheel from the bike.
As the final attacker rides quickly out of range, the team begins to address the downed driver who failed to escape when a shot rings out from the distance and our captive’s head explodes onto Cowboy’s armor. A nearby sniper preferred that the captive die than for us to extract any information, and our attempts to track down the sniper only result in Arbitus having his fly drone shot in its spying eye.
We gather up the dead bodies and the FBI agents and leave the area, heading downtown and dropping off the FBI en route. Upon investigating the file Michael finds two long numbers and three number sequence. First two numbers were long/lat indicating the location of our battle, the remaining three 6-digit numbers are not currently discernable, although they may have some type of pattern.
After our paperwork, debriefs, paperwork, rest, and paperwork Michael encrypts the file from the escapee and sends it to Agent Westcott.
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