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Welcome to your campaign!
A blog for your campaign

Wondering how to get started? Here are a few tips:

1. Invite your players

Invite them with either their email address or their Obsidian Portal username.

2. Edit your home page

Make a few changes to the home page and give people an idea of what your campaign is about. That will let people know you’re serious and not just playing with the system.

3. Choose a theme

If you want to set a specific mood for your campaign, we have several backgrounds to choose from. Accentuate it by creating a top banner image.

4. Create some NPCs

Characters form the core of every campaign, so take a few minutes to list out the major NPCs in your campaign.

A quick tip: The “+” icon in the top right of every section is how to add a new item, whether it’s a new character or adventure log post, or anything else.

5. Write your first Adventure Log post

The adventure log is where you list the sessions and adventures your party has been on, but for now, we suggest doing a very light “story so far” post. Just give a brief overview of what the party has done up to this point. After each future session, create a new post detailing that night’s adventures.

One final tip: Don’t stress about making your Obsidian Portal campaign look perfect. Instead, just make it work for you and your group. If everyone is having fun, then you’re using Obsidian Portal exactly as it was designed, even if your adventure log isn’t always up to date or your characters don’t all have portrait pictures.

That’s it! The rest is up to your and your players.

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One Hit Wonder
Week Of Aug 26 2024

Zack, a Solo, was contacted by his boss, Gary. Gary asks Zack to meet a man named Bennett Kader. Kader has done a little accounting work for Gary and Gary is generous enough to do him a favor.

Kader’s teenage son Garcia is in a coma-like state. Says the doctors said everything is fine, but there are chips in his head – which Bennett didn’t know about. Before calling police into this, Bennett wanted more info. Zack brings in The Omega, a Netrunner. Omega finds out that the chips have been hacked, causing Garcia’s condition. Also finds out that Garcia has been stealing and “premixing” (finishing) unreleased music and selling it on an underground forum and filesharing site called LabNote. Garcia has money in a BitDime account from sales.

Omega tracks back the program that hit Garcia – it was sent from a copy/print shop downtown. Examining the security tapes, they track down the person who sent the program, a college student at River City University. Zack and Omega visit him, the kid refuses to talk. Zack says if the kid calls the police, the cops will want to ask him some questions he won’t want to answer. The kid lets them in.

The kid was approached in a coffee shop by a stranger and paid $1000 to connect a flash drive to a computer at the copy shop and execute a few simple commands. The kid didn’t know what it would do, and didn’t ask. Zack and Omega examine security tapes at the coffee shop and get an image of the man who gave the kid the flash drive. They eventually manage to ID him as Zen, a Fixer from Louisville. They begin asking around until they find out Zen was sighted near a hotel downtown by the library.

Zack goes to find Sherrina, a nomad he knows and rather dislikes (the feeling is mutual). she agrees to help and goes with them to the hotel. [ Did Sherrina help locate Zen at the hotel? ] After bribing the hotel manager, they find out Zen is in Room 315 and go upstairs. Sherrina knocks, saying management sent her and that Zen has her “for a whole hour.” Zen lets her in, and she immediately moved to block the window. Zen wonders what’s going on, and Zack enters the room, gun drawn. Zen goes for his gun on the nightstand, and Zack shoots Zen right through his gun hand before he can pick up the weapon. Zack pins him to the floor. After some coercive persuasion, Zen reveals who hired him to send the program to Garcia – a musician named Damien Wynter. Zack and Sherrina stop Zen’s bleeding somewhat, and leave as sirens approach. Omega rejoins them as they leave – he waited down the hall in the men’s room, watching Babylon 5 on his laptop or tablet or whatever.

They find out where Wynter’s studio is, and pick the lock to the back door. Sneaking past the night watchman, they pick the lock to the only occupied studio. Zack headlocks the technicians, causing him to pass out. Omega puts a chair under the doorknob of the recording booth, trapping Wynter. Wynter does not answer questions until Zack enters the recording booth, and threatens to damage Wynter’s hands so bad that he will never play music again.

Winter confesses to hiring Zen and targeting Garcia, yelling that the little punk had stolen his work and was selling it. Sherrina suggests letting Wynter alone, and telling Bennett that the program can’t be deleted – after all, “the kid had it coming.”

Omega begins negotiating a deal – he will delete all of Wynter’s music from Garcia’s computers (letting Wynter watch him do so), and will transfer the money in Garcia’s BitDime account to Wynter. Since Wynter’s newest album had not been released by Garcia yet, Wynter agrees. They follow through on the plan, and Omega programs the computers to block access to the music forums and software, alerting Omega if Garcia tries again (Omega is aware that Garcia could just get new equipment, but it’s a stopgap measure for now). Bennett’s father is not at all happy (Omega introduces Wynter as “your son’s VICTIM”). Omega says he thinks he can find a way to release Garcia.

Omega forges an ID saying he is Zen’s brother and gets into his hospital room. He tells Zen he represents a midsized local corporation, and that what happened to Garcia has happened at least two other times – he shows Zen faked info showing that this has happened in Wisconsin and Texas. Zen seems surprised. Omega requests a copy of the program. Zen seems agreeable, but insists he cannot get the program in just 24 hours. He also asks who the target is. Omega pushes to have the program ASAP, finally agreeing to within 72 hours of Zen’s release from the hospital. Zen keeps asking who the target is until Omega says one of the corporation’s people has been selling their secrets, giving a name of someone just recently deceased.

Zen agrees, and Omega leaves.

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Three Strange Days
Week Of Sept 2 2024

Zack returned to work for Gary.

The Omega met Zen in the tower mall downtown. Zen did not have the program, and refunded Omega $9500 of the $10,000 Omega had paid for the program – he said that while tailoring the program for the target, it was discovered that the target had died 2 or 3 days prior.

Omega then decides to make up a story for Zen, and buy the program for a new target. Omega tells Zen that the deceased target was framed – that another person in the corporation named Shelby Phillips had set up the employee as the one leaking secrets, and it’s possible that Shelby had him killed as part of the cover-up.

Omega gets a dossier together on Shelby, and discovers that she likes to go to female-oriented nightclubs on Saturday nights. They hire a call girl named Selena from Frosty the Blow Man to “play a birthday prank” on Shelby. Selena is supposed to lure Shelby to a prearranged hotel room and spike her drink, leaving her passed out in the room. Turns out Selena rather likes Shelby and they have some fun in the room before Selena drugs her.

Omega sends Sherrina out with $1000 to get drugs to knock out Shelby. Sherrina finds a good deal on the drugs from a “very happy” dealer- spending less than quite half of the $1K and scoring copious amounts of X, heroin, weed, cocaine, and unidentified pills. She tells Omega that not only did she spend the $1K, but she had to spend another $1K from her own pocket. Omega does not reimburse her, but doesn’t question whether she spent the original $1K.

Selena is sent to the nightclub and meets up with Shelby. They eventually leave for the hotel.Once Shelby is passed out and Selena leaves, the PCs handcuff Shelby and take her to their room. While The omega is preparing the program and computer setups, Shelby begins having nightmares. They drug her some more, but not too much, and after a bit they connect he to the computer setup to install the program in her head. Something goes critically wrong with the setup and the program backfires, waking Shelby up and locking up the computers.

Shelby is beyond angry, due to her nightmares and the pain of the program misfiring, and actually manages to snap her handcuffs. She attacks the closes person – the extremely un-athletic Omega. Sherrina tackles Shelby just before she can escape out the window, while Zack futilely attempts to restrain the woman, hitting his head a couple times. They just barely manage to subdue her and knock her out again.

Omega leaves to buy more computer parts.
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[There were numerous critical failure rolls in this episode, leading to comedies of errors. the Referee was vastly amused.]

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Fuzzy Logic
Week Of Sept 9 2024

Omega tries to hack the program – he manages to redirect it to a USB stick instead of letting it install inside Shelby’s head. He discovers the basics of how it works, but none of the actual code. So now he has a copy of it but can’t read it, or use it on anyone but Shelby.

Zack leaves, not feeling well after the fight in the hotel room. He goes to an all-night “clinic” for meds.

Omega and Sherrina leave Shelby in her hotel room, along with some of the leftover drugs (coke and ecstasy). They clean up their hotel room and get out. They do not call cops, Shelby’s company, or anyone else.

Sherrina sells the extra drugs to Neurotic Nancy of the nomad pack.

Omega looks up the 100 best known hackers in the world, and sends a mass email (with addresses of all other hackers listed in it) to all of them. Email reads -

_To the ELITE!

I have done the impossible, I have created a program that enables functions to be stalled and excited to certain individuals which put the individuals in a comatose state. I am enabling others to contact later; upon my discretion for detail.

The Omega_

Omega gets a phone call from Zen – he wants to meet Omega downtown by the Warehouse and see this program, maybe buy it.

The Omega and Sherrina go to the Warehouse to meet Zen. Sherrina wears a hoodie and shades to cover her face as much as possible, so Zen won’t recognize her as one of the people who shot him in his hotel room. She hangs back a ways to hide and to observe.

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When Problems Arise
Week Of Sept 16 2024

Omega, Sherrina, and Zack went to the Warehouse to meet Zen. Omega showed Zen a fake program designed to look like the program Zen gave him earlier, and claims it does the same thing, but works on anyone without customization. Zen asks how much Omega is charging – $150,000 is the starting bid, highest bidder gets it. The program will be copiable, so the customer doesn’t have to buy a new one every time they want to use it.

After Zen leaves, Sherrina convinces Zack to stay at the club and have a few drinks. Omega is called by Mary the Q to come to the hospital – she was beaten hard by unknown assailants looking for The Omega. She didn’t tell them anything (although she didn’t KNOW anything).

Omega returns to the club, and Zack tries to dance. No serious injuries were reported.

When leaving the club, Sherrina picks a pocket or three and is noticed by Officer Ratner, a detail cop. He places her under arrest, and The Omega tries to step in. The cop gets angrier at Omega’s blather, and another cop – Patterson – gets involved. Omega and Sherrina are cuffed and placed in different squad cars.

Zack, already outside, has no idea where his compatriots went to, and thinks they ditched him.

Sherrina gets out of her cuffs, uses them to score the car window a few times, and kicks her way out and escapes. She calls Zack (who bitches at her about being ditched) and tells him that Omega got arrested.

Omega uses his radio link to plant a fake hit in the police computers, listing him as “David White,” who has a traffic violation from about 3 years ago. He uses his link to drive his motorcycle to outside the building.

Zack posts bond, paying $150 total for a $500 bond. “David White” gets a court date for Thursday at noon.

Sherrina lost her weapons when the cops frisked her, but managed to keep her wallet. She goes into the Combat Zone and finds someone shady to get her a new gun. She gets the same model as the one she lost, within 2 hours [gun $250, plus $50 for services, plus $50 for getting it in 2 hrs. – $350 total]. Her handcrafted knife is gone, however.

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Shots Fired
Week Of Sept 19 2024

Sherrina and Omega go home to get some sleep. Zack napped a little before going to work.

Zack is working for Gary when Gary has them driven to Bennett Kader’s house. Bennett has been contacted with a possible cure for his son Garcia’s condition. The cost is $15,000. Gary is considering paying it.

After they leave, Gary confides to Zack and the second bodyguard that while he wants to help Bennett’s son, he also worries that an attack could happen to him, or one of his people. Gary tells Zack there have been rumors of two more attacks like the one on Garcia. During the discussion, it comes out that Zack has been working with The Omega to try to find a way to reverse the program crippling Garcia, and that the rumored attacks are part of the Omega’s fiction to bait the real attacker. He refuses to say where Omega is, for Omega’s security, but agrees to forward Gary’s request to protect Omega and help him find a counter-program.

Gary tells Zack confidentially that a woman from another corporation has been attacked – it’s suspected someone tried to attack her with the same program, but was unsuccessful.

Zack then goes to get some sleep before meeting The Omega.

Sherina commissions a new handcrafted knife – it will take 7 to 10 business days. After seeing “NOMEGA” grafitti, she goes to see Victor Leopold at The Foul Boatman to ask him what he knows about the Omega, Victor does not know much of anything about it. She goes to meet Omega at his hotel [he is not staying at any of his homes after the attack on Mary the Q]. Inside the hotel bar.restaurant, she sees a woman come running from an elevator screaming about people with guns.

Sherrina goes up to the 5th floor, and discovers people shooting at each other in the corridor. She goes down to the 4th floor, steals a cleaning lady’s outfit and hides whatever she can’t carry in the bucket with a towel over it, and climbs out a window up the fire escape to Omega’s window. Someone is breaking down the door, she shoots him. Someone else emerges carrying a molotov cocktail, and Sherrina shoots him too. He falls, dropping the cocktail and starting a fire.

Sherrina screams for Omega to come out the window – he comes out from under the bed and is pushed up the fire escape to the 6th floor window as another shooter enters the alley. The shooter wounds Omega, but misses Sherrina, and Omega gets into the window. Sherrina falls, grabbing the fire escape rail on the 4th floor, injuring her shoulder. The shooter runs to the front of the building, presumably to find and shoot Omega. Sherrina tries to hoist herself up, wrenching her shoulder even more and falls, just managing to catch the rail of the 3rd floor fire escape. She gets inside the hotel and meets with Omega. They leave as Zack arrives, diving into his car as he pulls away.

Omega is taken to meet with Gary’s men, and Omega switches cars. He is put in a secure location.

Sherrina and Zack go to see Arlen Porter at Docks. In the back office, they ask about Omega. Porter pulls up a mugshot for “David White” with Omega’s face on it, and asks if that’s who they mean. Sherrina says she doesn’t know what Omega looks like. Porter doesn’t believe her but remains quiet. Sherrina asks who put a hit on Omega – Porter provides 5 email addresses, to be contacted when a person has the Omega… dead or alive. Bounties range from $10K to $35K [lesser, non-serious amounts are discounted as amateurs].

They leave.

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Phone Freaking
Week Of Sept 23 2024

Yang Jaroll, a cop, has heard of the email from “The Omega” claiming he can hack a person’s vital functions, and has heard a couple quiet rumors that this has happened 2 or 3 times already. He meets with Porter, who shows him a mugshot of “David White” aka The Omega.

All characters decide to sleep for the night.

The next morning, Jaroll decides to wait in court to see if Omega shows up, and also looks for any other good bounties. All skips are nickel-dime stuff, nothing Jaroll will bother with.

Omega is kept in the safehouse. Gary calls rent-a-lawyer Lew Collins to cop a plea for Omega. Zack goes down with the lawyer to see what happens. Collins gets “David White” off on a technicality despite the officer’s objections and has the case dismissed.

Jaroll decides to follow Zack – he tracks him through the combat zone. Zack notices his follower, and tries to get a photo with his phone. Paying attention to his phone and not the road, he runs a red light, ramming the front end of another car. Two guys get out and begin approaching Zack. Zack floors it and gets out of there. The guys fire a couple shots but miss.

Zack gets to District 1 police station. Jaroll rides his motorcyle past Zack and into the parking lot. A female officer is at the desk – she is somewhat new and does not know Jaroll. Jaroll phones her, gives his badge #, and explains that he is following a suspicious person who might come inside asking about him. She pulls up his info, and looks out a nearby window, seeing him and matching him to the file. Zack tells her that a guy is following him, describes him. The officer says she sent her last available units to a hit-and-run a few blocks away [Zack’s accident unknown to her].

Zack walks outside the police station and gets a call from Gary to go to Bennett’s house. He explains he is being followed and will be there as soon as he can. Gary says “Do your best,” and tells Zack that he paid the money for Garcia’s cure. Zack calls Sherrina. She tells him which way to go, then Zack drives to Bennett’s going through the combat zone.

Jaroll follows Zack again, but when Zack passes in front of an alley, Sherrina drives her motorcycle out of the alley, hitting Jaroll. Zack drives on, but Jarol confronts Sherrina, informing her that he is a cop. Sherrina quickly deletes all calls and info about Zack from her phone. He cuffs Sherrina and takes her to an interrogation room. Jaroll begins his shift soon after.

Zack arrives at Bennett’s, Gary is there, along with several of his men, and Omega. Bennett gets a call to wait 5 minutes, then check the front doorstep. A car w/ no plates drives past, a man in black with a mask leaves a package. After they’re gone, Bennett retrieves the package and opens it. There is a smartphone with a black box attached, with a cable connecting it to one of the USB ports, and another cable. The screen says DIAL ME. They dial, and get instructions to connect the phone through the other cable to the smartjack on Garcia’s neck. Once connected, they are to dial 8-3-7-0-7-3-8.

After typing in the numerical code, the phone screen shows a progress bar just beginning and the words COUNTERPROGRAM INSTALLING. Omega rips it out of Garcia’s smartjack, and connects it to a computer. The phone reads TOLD YOU NOT TO DO THAT, begins deleting itself, and ignites in flames. Omega rips out the hard drive from the phone and pockets it. Zack notices this. Bennett freaks out, and Garcia begins having trouble breathing. Bennett calls 911 and screams at Omega, who pleads that he was trying to help, thinking it was a trick. A trauma team arrives and loads Garcia into an ambulance.

Zack tells Gary that Omega saved the phone’s HD. Gary orders his men to take Omega back to the safehouse, Omega says he needs his computers to work on this. Gary says take Omega to his house for 10 minutes, no more, and get him to the safehouse. He orders Zack to go to the hospital and keep an eye on things.

One of the men enters Omega’s house first, to make sure it’s secure. The other man escorts Omega inside. Once in his room, Omega triggers the electronic door to close. The guard is confused, and Omega gets close enough to hit him with an eye dart loaded w/ curare. The man collapses, shouting to his partner. Omega runs out of the house, and into their car, attempting to hotwire it. The attempt fails, slightly damaging the car’s ignition as the man reaches the driver’s side door. Omega clumsily jumps out the other side, managing to keep hold of his laptop, and summons his motorcycle. He rides off, the guard pursuing him. The guard shoots out one of Omega’s tires, sending him sprawling. Omega makes a break through the years, managing to lose the man. Omega then catches a bus to another place of his.

Omega looks up who placed the bounties on him. It appears that at least two are from Speedripper, a netrunner who hates Omega, and who probably stole the money to front the bounties. He locates some of Speedripper’s assets and donates them to several charities. He finds another bounty places by someone indicating that they are a doctor, and that Omega is to be brought in alive. Some quick research indicates that The Omega would do well to stay far afield of the doctor.

Omega’s phone rings – it’s Zen. He wants to know what happened with Shelby Phillips. Omega says he used the program. Zen asks why Shelby was then sighted walking around. Omega exclaims that he doesn’t know, and to ask the guy who gave him the program to sell to Omega. Zen pauses, then says “I see.” and hangs up.

Sherrina says nothing to Jaroll or the other cops, and is fingerprinted and moved to a holding cell. She cries a lot.

At the hospital, Zack notices a couple of maintenance men have suspicious weapon-shaped bulges under their uniforms moving in the direction of the operating room, where Garcia is. Looking toward the door, he notices two shady fellows smoking, and a van with dark windows rolling up. There is a clatter and noise from down the hall, and Zack sees the fake maintenance men pushing Garcia on a gurney, running up the hallway Zack moves outside along the van, calling 911 along the way. Tapping on the driver’s window [facing away from the hospital wall] and the driver lowers the window, aiming a gun at Zack’s face.

Zack grabs his arm, and pulls him out right through the open window, throwing him to the ground. He leaps into the window, using his hand to push the gas pedal. The van moves forward, scraping and bouncing off the wall as the men running with the gurney try to catch up.

Jorall arrives, and moves toward the van. He beings shooting at the engine block. One of the men tries to get in the driver’s side as Zack bails out the other side. Jorall keeps shooting the engine. Zack is in front of the van as it’s still moving forward, and makes a run for the parking lot. One of the men turns and runs back into the hospital, managing to escape out another door and disappear. The other two abandon the gurney and move for the door. The van stops moving, vomiting fluid onto the asphalt, and the driver jumps out, heading for the grass away from the building.

Jaroll mmanuevers his motorcycle between the men and the door. The closest one stops, the one behind him tries to shoot but misses Jaroll. Jaroll is glad for the excuse to unload his shotgun into the man. The cops have arrived and secured the area, catching the man who ran for the grass as well.

A doctor and nurse have run out and grabbed Garcia’s gurney and rolled him back into the operating room.

Zack recognizes Jaroll, and realizes now why the police didn’t do anything about his report about being followed. Jaroll recognizes Zack as being with the lawyer for Omega. Zack gives his statement about the incident. Jaroll says nothing to Zack unless required for the report, and doesn’t do anything to him. Zack recognizes one of the men from the incident at the hotel the day before. Another one of the men may have been there too, Zack isn’t sure. Jaroll is vaguely familiar with them… modrately competent within certain areas, but outside those areas – such as this episode – they aren’t so swift.

Zack takes a seat in the waiting room again.

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The Last Letter
Week Of Sept 30 2024

Zack stays at the hospital until his relief arrives. Garcia Kader is in critical condition.

Sherrina is released from jail. The charge from Jaroll has been dropped, The bond on the escape charge has been paid by a “Mr. Smith” – an extremely generic looking man – who was sent by Porter.

Sherrina is asked about Omega, she tells Porter about the house she knows of. Porter holds up a phone, where one of his men is stationed – the house is on fire.

Omega tries to track down Dr. January. He orders 4 mini-helicopters and cameras to attach to them.

The next morning, Zack goes to work. Garcia is alive for now. Sherrina sleeps on a couch in Porter’s office. Jaroll does some shakedowns of drugs dealers before starting his shift.

Omega’s order arrives. He calls Zen – who is in Louisville – and offers him $2000 to take the copters, find some kids who will play with them, and fly them around in the combat zone. Zen arrives about 2 hours later.

Word hits the street that a new bounty is out on Omega – $50K if he is brought in alive.

Garcia dies in the hospital.

Omega collects the copters from zen. He mentions Dr. January, and talks about finding her. Zen offers to tell Omega where the Doctor is, but strongly cautions him not to go there. Omega invites Zen to join him in tracking down whoever is selling the program that crippled Garcia. Zen punches Omega’s jaw, and says the price Omega is offering is an insult.

Omega goes to a cybercafe. He calls Zack and apologizes for what happened to Garcia. He has an offer for Gary. Zack agrees to meet him.

As Gary and Zack arrive, Jaroll gets a tip tregarding Omega’s location. He rolls up to the cafe and watches his meeting with Zack.

Sherrian gets a job working at Victor’s place. After a few hours, business slows down and he sends her away. She is called to meet with Porter, who asks her about Omega. She tells him most of what has happened.

Zack gets back in Gary’s car, but they don’t leave. Omega leaves the cafe and hops a bus. Jaroll follows the bus, as do Gary and Zack. They notice Jaroll, who notices them. When Omega gets off the bus, Jaroll drives his car up and orders the Omega inside. Omega reluctantly gets in, and Jaroll drives them in large, looping circles while they talk. Gary’s car follows the entire time.

Jaroll takes Omega to see Porter, while Gary’s car follows. Porter asks Omega what’s going on. Omega explains his plans. Zen has a man go down and get Gary, Zack, and their driver. Gary tells what he knows of the Omega and the program.

Porter suggests calling Zen to the office, Sharrina says Zen might not be happy to see her and Zack. She explains how they shot him through the hand in the hotel. Porter decides to contact Zen anyway.

Porter calls Zen, who is already back in Louisville, and strongly recommends he come visit. Zen arrives about 2 1/2 hours later.

Zen is questioned about his role in things. He refuses to say much, even when beaten. Porter offers money and protection, Zen demands at least $100,000 and passage to anywhere he wants to go if he gives up info.

It comes out that Omega had purchased a copy of the program to use on Shelby Phillips. Gary is angry at zack for his role in this, but Zack explains that he wanted to keep Gary’s name out of it.

Porter confers with Jaroll privately, and both concur that neither Omega or Zen are needed.

Porter returns to the office. He sends Zen away with a couple of his men, and Gary with them. He asks Omega of he can transfer the program and counterprogram to his own computer in exchange for $50,000. Omega does so, managing to copy the files to Porter’s computer, keeping a copy on his laptop.

Omega is taken out to get a meal. He is offered a cigarette or cigar after (Porter often offers his guests cigars). After he eats, he is taken downstairs to the same room Zen is in, and restrained by guards. Gary is there. Porter and Jaroll arrive, and Porter allows Gary to shoot Zen in the head. He offers Omega to Jaroll for Jaroll’s service in this matter, but Jaroll declines.

Gary levels his gun at Omega, and Porter asks if he has anything to say. Omega just taps his temple and says "Just that “I know.’” Gary kills Omega.

Porter returns to his office while Jaroll returns to duty. Porter notices that Omega’s laptop has uploaded much of its data to the internet, including the files for the programs.

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Situation Nowhere
Week Of Oct 7 2024

Porter informs Jaroll that there was a hit on him and Zack, but Porter had the hit on Jaroll rescinded. The Doctor still has a $10K price on Zack’s head.

Jaroll receives an envelope with $2000 – it’s from Gary, for his help in the Garcia Kader case.

Broken Saint escapes from the Morren Corporation’s netspace with the evidence that they have been involved in human trafficking. Morren makes and sells the popular “Doggie Delight” brand dog treats.

Zack’s apartment burns down.

Broken Saint recovers money for Elliott Tucker, who was ripped off by a hacker named Zee-roX. tucker was buying drugs online with digital currency, and therefore didn’t want to go to the cops. The Krystal Edge made Saint aware of the situation, and he resolved it.

Zack is traveling with Gary when their car is shot at. A car with 3 men chases them. Zack fires into the engine block of the other car as they fire at Gary’s car. Zack shoots the driver of the other car in the chest – he is shoved out into the street as another one takes over driving. Gary’s driver has difficulty navigating around a bus, clipping it, and the left rear tire of Gary’s car is blown out. Jaroll gets a dispatch about a rolling shootout.

Zack manages to shoot the other driver through the head. The car careens wildly as the passenger tries to right the vehicle. He finally manages to shove the body out and take the wheel. Jaroll rounds the corner and sees what’s going on. Either Jaroll or Zack (I forget which) shoots the pursing driver, and the car flips sideways end over end, rolling over a parked car. Gary’s car drives off. Jaroll investigates – the driver is dead. He checks on the next body – he’s dead, shot thru the head, doesn’t even have enough cash to make it worth looting him, but has a piece of paper with an address and a phone # on it. The last shooter is alive, but Jaroll knows he will die before an ambulance can arrive.

Jaroll contacts Porter, and gets one of Gary’s private phone #s. He arranges to meet Gary at a restaurant. Jaroll offers to tell Gary who placed the hit for $500, or for a higher wage he will lead a team on the person who placed the hit. Gary offers Jaroll a total of $5500 to five him the name and lead a team against the person. Jaroll says it was Doctor January, and that the hit was against Zack.

Jaroll offers to call the number on the paper to see what the deal is. Gary agrees. Jaroll uses the house phone, asserting his authority as a police officer. The person on the other end asks what Jaroll wants, and says to meet him as the address listed on the paper in 30 minutes, alone w/ Zack and unarmed.

Jaroll asks to use one of the vehicles in the restaurant’s parking lot, as his motorcycle has been damaged and there is a very urgent call he has to attend to. The server gets the manager, who is excited at the prospect of police action. Jaroll assures them that any damages to the car will be compensated for, and the manager insists that the server, Antoine, surrender his car. Antoine reluctantly agrees.

Jaroll and Zack go to the Doctor’s office, and make short work of the 3 men they meet there, with a little help from a couple boostergang guys that Jaroll called in. they decide not to actually enter the building, thinking that what they have done will be sufficient warning to the Doctor that the contract on Zack just isn’t worth it.

Jaroll returns Antoine’s car. Antoine is aghast at the 6 bullet holes in it, but Jaroll promises to fix it, and the manager tells him to think of them as “battle scars” that will “impress the ladies.” Antoine is not convinced.

Gary suggests Zack take a vacation out of town for a while. Gary makes arrangements for Zack, providing Zack with an alias.

Sherrina picks up her new knife. Porter asks her to keep an eye out for “Tao” and “Qi,” a couple of fixers from Louisville.

Sherrina has her first day in court – her lawyer is stoned out of his mind, to the point where the judge calls for a continuance and recommends Sherrina get a new lawyer. Even the prosecutor agrees, knowing if he won, the case would be declared a mistrial due to the defense attorney’s spectacular incompetence.

Porter apologizes to Sherrina about the lawyer. Porter discovers just how bad the lawyer’s home life has become, and that he has turned to substances to make his life bearable. Porter will give the lawyer a chance at rehab (and if he doesn’t take it, Porter will toss him out on the street), but he will probably lose his law license no matter what.

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Don't Take Me Alive
Week Of Oct 14 2024

Broken Saint finds proof of Argent Corporation embezzling money and sends the evidence to the media.

Sherrina goes to court with her new lawyer and enters a plea of “Not Guilty” to escaping police custody and damaging police property.

Broken Saint notices subtle anomalies in data transfers and net usage coming from a warehouse on Dalton St, near W 8th St. by the river. He is unable to determine what the connection is, which is odd, since it’s a standard (hackable) business that he should be able to penetrate easily.

Porter is contracted for an extraction mission. Randy Qualls, a very high-level security specialist, has been kidnapped and is being used to penetrate the defenses of the Schraeder Corporation, where Qualls works.

Porter’s men are “not available” (he doesn’t want his name involved), and he can’t get hold of Jaroll, which is unfortunate, since a police-led raid on the warehouse would be perfect as far as plausible deniability is concerned. Porter asks Sherrina to lead the team to rescue Qualls.

Porter contacts Charlotte to ask if she knows anyone suitable for the job. Charlotte says she may know someone then calls Shipley. Shipley then calls Tonya, a bail enforcement agent who is new to the city, and who has done some successful recoveries for Shipley. Since she has proven herself competent so far (and she is also expendable, as far as Shipley is concerned), he tells Tonya to call a number about a job.

Tonya contacts Charlotte, who tells her where to find Porter. She arrives at Dockside and a man escorts her to a back office.

Someone slips a piece of paper under Broken Saint’s door and leaves. It has a number to call for a job. He calls it and Porter answers, asking who it is. Broken Saint says he was told to call about a job. Porter asks who he is and what he can do. Broken Saint explains he is a netrunner, and Porter sends someone to his hotel to pick him up.

Broken Saint is brought into Porter’s office, where he meets Porter and three other people (Sherrina, a bounty hunter named Tonya, and a mobster named Alistair). Broken Saint is not introduced by name to any of them, and he is also not introduced by name. Porter explains the mission (leaving certain details out, such as who is contracting the job). All agree to take it for $15,000 each. Porter is willing to loan them weapons and a vehicle.

After a long planning session, they begin their assault on the warehouse. They take out the sentry, and move inside. Two of the captors are quickly killed. They see a man inside the office, along with Qualls at the desk with two other men beside him. they attempt to take them out while avoiding fire from the man in the main open area. Another man is seen in the office, reacting to the firefight by grabbing Qualls and heading for an exit. Broken Saint manages to fire a grenade at the man dragging Qualls, killing both of them. Tonya manages to kill the last solo.

Sherrina attempts to fire a grenade at the office, but her launcher malfunctions and explodes, critically injuring her and catching Broken Saint in the blast. The team does kill the two men trying to escape with the computers (who appear to be netrunners), and the computers recovered. They pick up the late Qualls and prepare to leave.

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