November 6, 2071 ShadowSEA Commentary
So the run initially went off without a hitch. The team successfully infiltrated Clive onto the security detail and he successfully gassed the whole guard detachment. The rest of the team gained access to the site and Lord Z3R0 successfully spliced the biometric reader on the manager’s computer. Clive kept watch on a strange explosion to the south east and the rest of the team explored the secret elevator in the med clinic’s cooler.
That’s when things got a bit hairy.
After the elevator reached its destination, alarms went off upstairs. Clive went to check the security room and saw a bunch of people on the screens yelling onto their video pickups. Most were suits or uniforms, but he also saw one in a labcoat who was subsequently torn apart by autofire, moments before the screen went blank. Clive feigned inability to hear the suits and then flashed the a note about beating his kids. Memorable.
In the ‘basement’ the team was just getting ready to head back up the lift, when there was an explosion above. Debris rained down on the lift and the team scrambled out. That exit was destroyed. Lot opened a heavy rolling door with his magic, only to be accosted by ghouls. Lot was injured but Gyoza and Builder killed the ghouls while Lot resealed the door.
The team then found a secret hatch into an underground facility. At the end of the access corridor was a dual heavy MG mount that looked like it had been powered down. There were bodies in the corridor that had clearly been shredded by those guns.
Lot assensed each of the two doors leading away from the abattoir. The passage to the right had a ghoul at the end, beyond a partially open door. The team went left. The found a lab with another ghoul eating someone in a labcoat. Gyoza ended the ghoul with a grenade. Lot then assensed the door to the left and found three metahumans holed up inside. The one with a longarm opened the door a little and shouted, “who’s there?”
Up above, a QRT unit fast roped into the space between the door and the yard with the van. Lord Z3RO hightailed it and Clive has been zip tied. The new agent has been loaded into the security computer and the slushy drone is hiding in the damaged elevator as a wireless link to the team below.
“Are you frackin aztech employees? because if you are then we’re here to eliminate you.
If not then we are your backup. We’ve got some aztech assault troops bearing down on this room and could really use some more firepower in here." Gyoza
“Damn it, Gyoza. What did I tell you? The first survivors we find, and you have to try and scare them? It wasn’t funny in the last job, and it isn’t funny now.
“Hi there. We’re here to help. We’ve been tasked with bringing out survivors, but we’d almost gotten to the point where we thought we weren’t going to get paid. Until we found you three, that is.
“Problem is, we’re a bit lost. We can provide the firepower to get you out of here in one piece, but we’re going to need one of you to provide direction. What do you say?” Lot
“Alright, now I’m confused. Are you guys azzies or what? You’re certainly not ghouls.” Dodd
> >To Gyoza: “Shit. See what you did?”
> > To the guy: “Of course we’re not Azzies. We’re hired help. We’re also lost as hell. I have a question for you: Do you want to get out of here or not? Seems a pretty simply choice. There may be a dead ghoul in here, but I have no doubt he’s got buddies. I’ve seen some of them, and I’d like to get moving before they figure out there’s more dinner. So how about you lower your piece and we can talk face to face.” Lot
“Alright. I’m opening up.” A few moments later the door rolls completely open. Behind it you see a man in black hi tech fatigues with a tricked out battle rifle and LBV
(Load Bearing Vest). He looks a little worse for wear but he’s on his feet. Behind him are two very shaken individuals. They are wearing OD fatigues from the vietnam era. one (female) has a small pistol on a belt and a large bag with a red cross on it. The other (male) has an SMG
and several packs which look to be stripped down toolkits.
“I’m Dodd. these two are Ratchet and Flowers.” he gestures at the two people behind him. we definitely want to get the hell out. This run is hosed and our own ‘leader’ tried to scrag us. how did you get in? I thought all the exits had been sealed to prevent the QRT’s from getting down here." Dodd
“Hmmm… Ratchet. Flowers. Builder, either of those names on the, uh, list? You know. The List.” Lot
“Yeah. They’re on here. But how are we gonna get out?” Builder
“Good. Good. That’s good for them. Good for us. Alright, Dodd. You’ve heard my companions’ names. Mine is Lot. If we got in, there’s a good chance the QRTs can get in. Any recommendations on a possible exit?” Lot
“Well Kreiger thought up this whole scheme, but its clear he was playing everybody, so he must have his own agenda – and escape plan. When we tumbled to the bull he was spinning, he just wasted Fezzik, then went down the lift with those drones of his. We dove for cover then a few seconds later we were under fire from internal security. A few seconds after that, ghouls were everywhere, eating everybody. I grabbed up these two eco-rangers” he snorts derisively over his shoulder "and then high tailed it out. We holed up here to catch a breather, then heard the grenade in the lab.
“this place is supposed to have three underground floors. of course that information came from Kreiger so I don’t know how reliable it is. I do know that he was worried that the QRT’s would get here before we were done, so he took steps to block the three exits he told us about – the elevator to the factory, the ventilation shaft, and the tunnel to the sub hangar.” he scowls "part of what put us onto his bullshit was how cagey he was about the exit strategy if the QRT’s were all over us. Still it stands to reason that he did block all the exits that the azzies know about, but this place used to belong to the feds, supposedly, so maybe there is another exit the azzies never tumbled to?
“In any event ”/campaigns/basement-shadowrun/characters/kreiger" class=“wiki-content-link”>Kreiger would know about it, and he’s on the lowest floor i think. but whatever we do, we need to get moving. Apparently Aztech’s protocol, if they lose control of this place, is to nerve gas the whole thing 24 hours after loss of control. I don’t want to be here to test that bit of intel." Dodd
Meanwhile, up above the chaos….
“Oh mercy me, worst first day ever,” Clive mutters aloud. “This is one fine pickle for Mr. Jimmy Jimston, yessiree. Oh shoot, not cross at you boys…just doin’ yer job. Hey, hey you. Yeah, the handsome fella,” Clive bobs his head at the closest security specialist, “can you make sure these pizza coupons don’t slip outta my pocket? Hate to lose em’. Shit, we’ll all be friends one day and I might need em’.” Clive considers all the lost opportunities to purchase a dental tooth cyanide delivery system.
“hey Sarge. Get a load of this guy.”
“cut the chatter red 2.”. The sergeant listens intently for a moment. "alright. They want us to infil. They don’t want the intruders to have any more time to fort up. Have to keep the pressure on ‘em.
“get your rappelling gear. We’re going in."
“Hey, far be it for me to tell you guys how to do your job, I mean, you guys do know what you’re doing and I just wanna help…but please don’t make me go down that hole with you, please. I mean, I’m claustrophbic just thinkin about it and (drumroll……..) I really got to get back to beatin’ my kids soon….so, can’t you just get me to your headquarters and out of your hair. Ya see, I’m sure I could maybe remember the face of the guy that punched me and help differentiate him from any others out there, but listen…actually ya know what? Imma just gonna lay real real still for a while and let you fine boys do your job. (Clive whistles a popular Seattle pizza place’s theme song in an attempt to subconsciously make them hungry for pizza)
“I dunno, whadday think sarge?”
“Screw this frag face. the second team can handle him. We gotta get in there or our butts are fried. Now Move-it!”
The QRT troops, all in military style uniforms W/ integral armor and LBE’s and an assortment of weapons up to LMG’s and drum fed grenade launchers begin rappelling into the hole. Moments later you hear:
“Hey what the hell is that? did that junction box move?”
“Holy Shit! Drop Drop Dro . . . KABLOOM!”
The floor throws you up into the air then caresses you harshly as you slam back down onto it (body resist 2 boxes of stun damage). Smoke and dust are floating up from the shaft. your ears are ringing (do you have sound dampeners?) so you’re not sure whether you can hear any screams from down below.
Once you are finally free, you can look down the shaft and you see more pockmarks and cratering. In addition you see broken bodies lying atop the remains of the elevator car. It looks like there is a blood smear inside the car itself going out into the main room. You see no movement, just smoke and dust clogging the air in the shaft, and flickering red lights emanating into the remains of the car from the room below. The rappell gear is still attached. It’s impossible to determine how damaged any of it might be form here. There are clearly weapons on the bodies of some of the men below.
you slide on down the shaft. A few small bits of debris occasionally drop past you, but nothing else moves. You definitely hear moaning and groaning down below now. As you get to the ruined top of the elevator car, you see several assault rifles amongst the bodies, as well as a few sidearms still holstered. no one has noticed your presence as near as you can tell. There are three dead bodies on the top of the car. You hear voices from the room off the shaft.
“come on sarge. Hang in there. QRF 6 this is QRT15. come in over.
“Hang in there sarge.
“QRF this is QRT. We have severe casualties. Respond!
“Goddammit! Jenkins stay with me now. You too sarge!
“Base this is QRT OVER!”
the azzie trooper keeps repeating similar things, with mounting frustration.
Z3R0 walks away . . .
then he looks back over his shoulder and sighs and starts to make his way back to the security building.