The Big Easy

The Chains of Saint Peter

Session 6: 9/20
August 10th 2075

Things were not looking so great for the group of amateur runners. Brenda lost almost everything she had and knew that her RCC was going to lead to her being tracked down. She also found it impossible to pay her debts, and fearing for her life she called Selene to ask for a loan. Ace Ronnin had lost his home and his magical lodge. Selene, well she didn’t lose much of anything, besides one of her best friends.

Suffice to say Father Grigori was not very happy with them and was not planning on ever calling them again. But as luck would have it someone came to him with a job and he needed to pull a team together quick. So he contacted the team along with the remnants of the another team that had almost been wiped out. He told everyone to meet at the church.

Selene arrived early and hid herself so she could check out these new people. One was clearly a Ghoul who went by Leon, yet unlike most he gave off an awful feeling. He gave off the vibe of being feral yet seemed in complete control. The other newcomer was a fairly well dressed Black man with flowing long hair who introduced himself as Juice, a nickname given by his old team. He had an air of superiority about himself, clearly well educated.

Brenda and Ace arrived a little after. Ace looked perfectly fine as if nothing horrible had happened last week. On the other hand Brenda looked like hell, her clothes were a little ragged and starting to tear and she smelt as if she had been living in her van the past week.

With the introductions out of the way Father Grigori explained what he needed them for. But not before berating them for fucking up so bad. despite Ace’s apologies. Despite his doubts Grigori needed them to meet with a Paul Angelo, a dwarf who was visiting out of the Vatican. Grigori had worked with them in the past but he needed a little more clout since he had some competition, some asshole fire and brimstone preacher. So the group was to meet Mr Angelo at the 6 Spirits on the 13th at 6:30, he also reminded them to dress appropriately as it was a 3 star restaurant. Selene took Brenda out shopping adding the cost of the new dress to Brenda’s growing debt.

Selene left early calling herself a cab so her new clothing wouldn’t get messed up. She settled down at the bar and waited for Mr Angelo, and the rest of the team to show up. Leon was the next to show, of course with his “complexion” the maitredi stopped him at the door asking him to wait off in the corner. Leon however insisted on getting a drink so the maitredi called over an escort for him. He sat down at the bar right next to Selene, who quickly excused herself to the bathroom. Ace showed up right after Leon, yet for some reason the maitredi gave him a very hard time asking him to stand around the corner. A look of understanding came over his face and he asked were the bathroom was. The maitredi directed him to a small employee bathroom next to the kitchens. When he returned the maitredi looked even more confused but when Ace mentioned the reservation for Mr Angelo he let him through to the bar. Juice was let in without any trouble. But for some reason they stopped Brenda who was the last to arrive. The reservation had been made for Mr Angelo plus 5 other people, and the maitredi claimed everyone but Mr Angelo was present. Selene and Ace walked over and claimed she was part of the party. At that the maitredi looked slightly nervous, and the bouncer watching Leon left him to his own devices and walked off.

They were all escorted to the table at 6:30 and enjoyed a lovely dinner, all real food of course. Mr Angelo, a rather gruff dwarf with a Glasgow Smile made small talk, he seemed to be very no nonsense with a dry sense of humor, he had definitely been in some type of war. After everyone was finished eating he explained why he was in New Orleans. He came representing the Vatican tracking down a group of thieves. The thieves had stolen the Chains of Saint Peter from the Basilica, a very powerful magical artifact that supposedly allowed the owner to walk through walls. The thieves managed to escape and the Vatican had been tracking them since. The group seemed to all be infected of some sort, but they had little information besides that. They estimated that there was somewhere between 4-100 members currently. Though Paul Angelo said it was more likely closer to 4. The reason they thought the group was here in NO was apparently there were several recent high profile thefts over the past 4 months were the only way the items could be stolen was if someone could walk through walls. Mr Angelo claimed that this thief had recently stolen Cain’s Bludgeon another magical artifact from a traveling museum, along with breaking into multiple corporate enclosures, and multiple documents from several political figures who seemed very opposed to giving those affected by HMVV rights. Mr Angelo clearly seemed to agree with those politicians claiming that those soulless monsters could never deserve rights, much to Leon’s aggravation. He had very little information to offer only mentioning that there best bet was to check out Otto’s Shrunken Head an infected bar near the Yakuza’s territory.

Mr Angelo offered 3 tiers of payment for the job. Killing the infected responsible would only get them 15k, however if they were able to kill them without tying it to the church they would receive 65k. Now while unlikely if they were able to recover the Chains of Saint Peter well an Ebony Credstick just might be in their future. At that everyone’s eyes popped out of their heads. With that generous offer everyone accepted the job, after all they really needed that money and the chance to get 1,000,000 nuyen was impossible to resist.

Session 7 10/4
August 16th-17th 2075

With only one lead to go on everyone decided that Leon, Ace Ronin, and Selene would be their best shot at getting information at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Though without names searching for information would be difficult. Looking at the recent thefts Mr Angelo claimed they had commited however it seemed the thieves were part of or at least working for the HMVV Rights Movement. So the best way to find these thieves was to infiltrate the movement itself.

Leon and Ace went out to the bar that Friday. They were not able to get in touch with Selene so they went without her. Leon figured as a ghoul it would not be to hard to join the movement and Ace was fairly charming. After ordering some food and drink at the bar Ace struck up a conversation with the bartender. The bartender did not seem willing to give up any information to the Oni and even after Leon chimed in simply told them to go join some the protests if they wanted to help out so much. Leon was not a ‘man’ to take no for an answer and after some more pushes the bartender told them to go find Santiago in the kitchens.

In the kitchens they found a gaunt hairless man skinning a gator and Santiago. Leon told them of his desire to help out the movement in a more direct fashion and Santiago lead them out the backdoor. Santiago asked what sort of work they were looking for, and Leon mentioned that he was representing a group of highly skilled individuals; theives, mages, people that could fight. Santiago quickly pegged them as runners and asked what happened to their fixer. Though he quickly changed topics and asked what sort of team would run with a Wendigo and a Ghoul. Leon looked around very confused while Santiago started explaining how Wendigos were made and asked how he became one. Ace growled at him to shut up and Santiago quickly closed his mouth. Just as Leon’s fist connected with Ace Ronin’s face. Ace looked at Leon unfazed said fuck this and walked away, as Santiago started walking back inside. Leon though was not letting this go, and got in Santiago’s face cutting off his retreat. Showing his feral side he asked for names. Santiago had no clue what kind of names he wanted so Leon asked about the thieves. He told him about Lander Wou a fence who might know of these thieves. As Leon turned to leave however Santiago asked for his commlink, and Leon walked back and handed it over no questions asked.

Leon called one of his contacts; a beat cop in the local area named Vivi. Luckily she knew just who he was and told him where to find his apartment. So Leon called up everyone though he still couldn’t get in touch with Selene or Brenda. Grumbling Leon Juice and Ace went themselves.

Lander Wou lived in an apartment building clearly in Triad territory. In fact upon arriving there was a lot of graffiti clearly written over a Yakuza tag, even worse all of it had horrible horrible grammar. Leon and Juice were so offended that they had to stop at the Stuffer Shack so they could get some spray paint. Ace tried to talk some sense into them but quickly gave up and went up to Lander’s apartment. Ace knocked several times but nobody came to the door. Eventually Juice and Leon came up and knocked the door down.

They found the apartment dead quiet, some half eaten food on the counter. It looked as if someone warned Lander and he ran off. Until they found him naked as the day he was born, pinned to his bed with a silver stake through his heart.

Looking around the room Juice found that there was clearly a fight, bathroom door was off its hinges (oddly made of real wood), there was a silver dagger underneath a pillow and one high heel was left behind. While Leon searched the bedroom Ace checked the kitchen and living room. Whoever Lander was meeting with clearly did not like the food as one plate was completely untouched and oddly they ate in the living room and not at the wooden table. Though at the door a Cavalier Falchion was rigged about shin height filled with silver and wood buckshot.Meanwhile Leon had spotted a store room of sorts the door was clearly stronger than the door they had bust through yet it was still hanging by the hinges. Inside Leon found a mess of firearms, old comms, electronics, ornate pieces of art, infected memorabilia, silver bullets, daggers, stakes, jewelry. It was clear someone had been through yet deemed most of it bellow their notice. Though behind a rather large crate was a rather distinctive lock box made of redwood and silver, locked with an 8 digit combination lock. They packed up all the loot they could carry along with Lander’s commlink and the lock box, wiped their prints and left the scene of the crime. As they left Leon gave Vivi a call to cover his ass in case the officer later heard Lander was dead.

Session 8: 10/11
August 17th-20th 2075

With Lander dead the only lead the team had was his commlink and the lock box. Yet they still had not been able to get in touch with Selene. So Leon started looking for someone who could crack the commlink. Eventually he settled on some one in the Yakuza who said he could find someone to crack it, he neglected to mention a price but said it would take a few days.

On the 19th Selene finally returned and after noticing the 50 missed calls on her commlink gave Ace Ronin a call. He gave her the low-down on the situation and what she missed, he actually didn’t seem very concerned about where she was. When she got off the phone with Ace she called up Juice and asked for everyone to meet up. To put it lightly Juice and Leon were not very happy that Selene was missing. They immediately demanded to know where she was and what they hell she was doing. She said that she was out trying to find the Chains of Saint Peter, but ended up getting caught along the way. Though she managed to figure out that The Chains are definitely in the city and are being held by a vampire who lives in Bywater. Juice and Leon thought something was off about her story, all she really told them that they hadn’t heard at the Johnson meet was that he was in Bywater. She also conveniently glossed over where she was. They pressed the issue but Ace spoke up in her defense claiming that I don’t need to know anything about the way she gets her information, they’ve been through some shit and he trusts her not to screw them over. Leon was not happy with that however and kept threatening to kick her out of the group. Juice was more hesitant and finally settled on asking if what happened to her would affect this run and get them all killed. " Of course not" said Selene and he left it at that.

With all the bickering and distrust out of the way Selene asked for the lock box, which she opened in about 3 seconds. Inside there was a little black spiral notebook, with a bunch of names and numbers (Most likely Burners). Reading through she quickly figured out Lander’s code. It was pretty basic V stood for vampire G for Ghoul, but there were some purchases made with an H next to them. They mostly seemed to be anti infected things, stakes, silver bullets, etc. It seemed to her that the H probably stood for Humanis. But she focused back on the job at hand and started looking at the Vs, in the last 4 months 15 vampires had either bought or sold something from him, 11 of those were sellers, and 3 seemed to be female. It seemed likely that 1 of those 3 killed him. One was a Jane A Garcia who Lander knew to be a pickpocket, next was Vivian Bravo a Loan Shark, and the last was Karen Le’Flore a second story-man someone who specializes in high rise theft. Karen seemed to be the most likely so Leon started asking his contacts if they knew anything about her.

Meanwhile his contact in the Yakuza managed to crack the commlink. It seemed he had several booty calls he was regularly with, one of them being Karen Le’Flore. Leon was already looking for her and managed to track her down to a Coffin Motel in the Arts District. Sadly due to his Ghoul like appearance Leon was not welcome in the Arts District which is one of the big tourist spots in the city. So Juice came up with the idea of turning Selene into a cat so she could go investigate. It sounded like fun to her so she agreed. So Juice turned her into a cat and they walked over to the Arts district. But a stray cat wandering around a nice part of town tends to draw animal control. When she saw them she bolted for an alley way. Jumping and climbing over a fence. The catchers managed to corner her, but as one swung down the net she jumped on it, jumped on his head and started sprinting down the alley. The other pulled out a dart gun and started shooting. Much to his surprise this cat seemed to be a ninja as none of his shots connected. While Selene managed to get away it took her around 4 hours to find her way back to Juice as the city can be quite confusing when your a tiny cat after all. So all in all not much was accomplished, well besides Juice getting to see Selene naked when her turned her back.

With their fun done they figured being in person wouldn’t be that big of a liability. So Selene and Juice staked out her motel with Leon waiting a few miles away in another district. They managed to follow her out as she went to the local Stuffer Shack and bought some luggage towels, soaps, disinfectant. It seemed like she planned on leaving pretty soon. Loath to start a fight in the Arts district they simply tailed her back to the motel. She came back out and hailed a cap. Selene cursed to herself and ran up asking to share the cab, but Karen said she needed to room for all her bags got in and left. She slapped a stealth tag on the cab as it left but there was to much Noise for her to track it. Defeated Selene and juice left.

Though Leon was not willing to let her go and texted her from Lander’s commlink saying “I am from the NOPD, I know you murdered Lander Woo, Come and meet me at (place holder). This is your chance to get out of this scott-free. I need information you have and I’m willing to make a deal, if your not willing to play ball I’m prepared to put your vampire mist sucking ass in jail, and trust me, you won’t last a week.”

“What do you want to know?” responded Karen.

Leon asked why she killed Lander, and apparently Karen had found out he was cheating on her with a bunch of other girls. Not really caring about Lander he asked if she knew anything about the thieves stealing blackmail information lately. She didn’t know much but told him they were called the Basset Crew.

With Karen gone Selene figured she should head back to Otto’s Shrunken Head. She didn’t put much faith in Leon and Ace’s ability to actually get information. She was something of a regular at Otto’s. She checked in with the bouncer Hugo asked how he was doing, and then sat herself at the bar. Otto came up asked if she wanted a drink, she nodded but then remembered she was completely broke and just asked for water. She gave Otto a sob story about how the cops kicked her ass locked her up and robbed her and asked if he knew of any work. Taking her as just another girl looking to be a waitress he said he didn’t have anything open right now. She considered being subtle but flat out told him that she used to be a thief over in Europe she told him of a few of her heists but since coming to New Orleans she had fallen on hard times. He considered for a moment and gave her a commcode and told her to ask for Steph.

Session 9: 10/19/2015
August 20th 2075

Steph messaged Selene back asking her to meet at an abandoned Go Kart place about 3 miles outside of the city. So she called Juice up and started running a matrix search on the place. They really couldn’t find much since it had been abandoned since the matrix crash. With so little information Juice suggested they all go just in case shit went south. Leon picked everyone up and drove everyone out.

Leon was able to find an old hunting blind that was pretty well hidden, and went the extra mile to buy some camouflage blankets to cover himself. Meanwhile Juice and Ace Ronin found an old barn and parked inside, waiting in the astral in case things went wrong.

With everyone in position Selene sent a message to Steph saying she was there. No one answered. Five minutes later something appeared right in front of her. It looked a lot like an elf, but instead of fingernails it had scythe-like talons, and rows of incredibly sharp teeth. But that wasn’t the most unsettling part. Selene had been watching to see who was coming but even still the creature caught her by surprise. Even worse she had no idea what it was despite knowing a lot about infected people.

Well Steph didn’t waste time and grabbed Selenes arm pulling her out of Leon’s line of sight. On the plus side she didn’t break her skin, though now she was only inches away from those really sharp teeth. Steph told Selene to call off her friends, though it was more of a hiss than actual words. Selene was pretty caught off guard and asked her what friends? Well apparently Steph didn’t like that answer and pulled her arm back to claw off Selene’s face. With death staring her in the face Selene managed to pull her arm free and jump back but it wasn’t enough as Steph’s claw raked through her arm. In a rage Steph charged her, even though Selene was more prepared this time Steph’s claws still came way to close to her face.

Fortunately Selene had managed to get back into Leon’s line of sight. Leon realized that things were not going so well. Now that he had a clear shot he put a very nice sized hole in Steph’s head. Right after he took the shot he heard footsteps approaching his little perch. He dropped his rifle and leveled his shotgun at the ladder ready to blow the head off the first thing he saw.

Back at the barn Leon and Ace heard the gun shot and went to investigate in the astral. Leaving their bodies behind they saw one aura that was clearly fading and one that was infected with a disease. They also saw 2 auras heading towards what could only be Leon, and 2 more rushing to the barn. They quickly returned to their bodies inside the car, and Ace prepared to launch a lightning ball at the barn doors. Two creatures rushed inside stumbled the lightning ball crashed into them and charged the car. One reached through the window Ace had lowered to cast his spell and managed to claw off a nice piece of flesh. The other jumped on the hood and began hammering the windshield. Juice through a stun bolt at it while his guardian spirit tried to hit it with a bolt of lightning which it easily dodged. Already losing consciousness from casting spells and with this thing trying to pull his head off, Ace Ronin channeled all the mana he could into a lightning bolt. He blasted it straight into the wall charring most of its skin. The one trying to break through the windshield realized that she was pretty much fucked and ran. As fast as these things were Juice was way faster in the astral. So he chased her down raining stun bolts on her until she went finally succumbed and passed out.

Meanwhile the first of Leon’s victims came over the ladder and came face to face with the barrel of his shotgun. The second one coming up took some shrapnel as his buddies head exploded into a red mist and figured it was time to leave. Leon switched back to his rifle and put one right in his back dropping him.

While everyone was fighting Selene put three rounds into Steph’s head to make sure she didn’t come back. Though now she had a serious problem, she was obviously infected. While Selene was a fan of the infected and sympathetic to their cause being turned into something she didn’t understand with the possibility of going feral scared the shit out of her. But the job came first she told everyone to take the bodies and cash them in for the bounty. Obviously Juice was the most obvious choice but he really didn’t want to go to the police so Leon called someone up and convinced her to trade the bounties for us. Leon packed up his car and left everyone back at the go kart track.

Selene was ready to accept her fate with no way to get back to the city in time and no money to pay for a visit to the ER she was pretty much screwed. She sent some messages to her friends telling them she wouldn’t be coming back. But Ace offered her a different solution. If she let him drain her essence she would be turned into a vampire instead, which was much more manageable. All she had to do was either let him eat her or eat some human flesh. Well with those two lovely options the choice was pretty clear. Luckily Ace carried around his “food” in a backpack since he still didn’t have a place to live. So Selene made a fire and cooked it hoping it would make it go down a little easier. She gave Ace and Leon her address before she passed out and fell into a coma.

Meanwhile Leon met with his contact and cashed in the bounties bringing the money back to Selene’s apartment. Where the rest of the group waited for her to wake up.

She woke up about 27 hours later coughing up blood. It seemed her new body did not appreciate the cyberware she had, and was rejecting it. In other words trying to push it out of her body. So until she managed to get some imuno-suppressants she would be in constant pain. But the job wasn’t quite done yet, so they called up Mr. Angelo and told him to check the recent bounties and he would find his thieves. If everything was the way they said they would find their money behind a dumpster the following morning.((Forgot what street))

Well they managed to get paid for the job, but Selene was not happy. It seemed to her that this job should of never been this difficult and she blamed the rest of the group for it. So Leon, Juice, and Ace brought up the fact that she was missing for half the job to begin with so they were working with less resources. So she finally told them that she had been in jail that last weekend, but it wouldn’t be a problem now that she was infected. Still she was adamant that things needed to change within the group they couldn’t keep bumbling through jobs hoping that they would succeed by dumb luck. They managed to convince her to stay, but she said that if things didn’t change soon she was gone.

Though now the group found themselves in an awkward position. Who would hire a group of infected runners?

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