Shadowrun - Toronto

Collateral Damage

When a run goes too far

The universe apparently appreciates irony.

After being given the lead by Leatherneck’s police contact, the party went back to the Bunraku parlor where the first run had gone so well for them. There, they met with a wet-behind-the-ears Mr. Johnson, most likely a Yak Exec. He told the group that they had a lead on a group that had hit their parlor the previous week, and while they seemed to be stocked up again on warm bodies, honor demanded a revenge hit. He asked the group to nail three key local Shiawase assets, all within the same building: a server room / data center, an arms storage area, and a living area which they believed to be housing local Shiawase security forces.

The group accepted the run with an agreed upon payment price of 20,000 nuyen. Though fully aware that the group had been responsible for the run against the Bunraku parlor, and that it was the local Corsican Mafia who had funded the run, it was just good business. It wasn’t the first time the group was double-dealing, any way.

The Buildup

Kitty and Elvesmere used their powers to become animals, searching the sewers surrounding the Shiawase building and trying to find a way in, or way to destroy the whole building remotely. They summoned a water spirit, who perused the building’s water supply and found a reservoir at the top with approximately 8,000 litres of water. The water was used to feed the buildings cold water system for cooling.

Kitty asked the spirit to open the pipes and drain the water in to the sewer, planning to fill the tank with natural gas and cause an explosion. The water began to drain, but slow enough that they realized this would take a while. They returned to Nikia’s shop and decided to return the next day.

During the evening, as the group bided their time, Axis noticed some activity on his com. He jacked in to the PAN and started running some diagnostics, eventually finding that there had been a remote login attempt from an unknown source, which had been killed by the firewall. No more information was available, so despite some worry, the group thought nothing more of it.

Upon their return to the sewer, they found the pipe was no longer pumping water, and thought perhaps it had emptied. Neither noticed the maintenance worker, who tried to grab Elvesmere. Elvesmere cast control thoughts on the worker, and after some trial and error, got him to get naked and head home. Upon investigation, the reservoir had barely lost half of the water, and the group considered other options.

Though some intangible metaphysical force (GM) kept offering that brute force entry and destruction was always an option, the group was hesitant. They eventually decided to hijack a gas station filler truck, drop a remotely blasting explosive inside the half-filled tank, and drive it straight in to the building. Axis spent an hour and a half searching the Matrix with his sprites, and eventually was able to locate a current route for a fuel tanker between Hamilton and Toronto.

During the heist, about 30km outside of Toronto proper, the original driver was able to make it back to the tractor and grab on as they pulled out. The door was locked and he couldn’t get in, so he jumped off about 10 seconds later, hitting the ground at almost 40kph.

As he rolled to a stop, Leatherneck used the van to run him over. Ouch.

The Build-down

The truck was driven right through the front door of the Shiawase building, taking out a fountain, a receptionist’s desk, and getting about 10 feet up the stairs before coming to a halt. The tractor was ruined, but the tank was more or less unscathed. David jumped out of the cab, unharmed, and made his way back out the front as inconspicuously as he could manage.

After getting far enough away, he hit the trigger, and a cacophonous explosion rang out through downtown Toronto. The explosives tore open the tanker and threw flaming liquid petroleum over everything on the ground floor, engulfing the front half and first two floors entirely in flames. Adding insult to injury, Elvesmere summoned a fire spirit, and asked it to help the fire continue in spite of whatever fire suppression system existed.

Afterwards, the group retreated and awaited the news. Almost immediately, the net came alive with reports of terrorism hitting Toronto, the cleanest and safest city in the UCAS. Discussion blogs broke out questioning the city’s hyped status; people started to question if the local security forces were enough to handle this possible new threat. Surely, there would be inquiry and escalation.

The runners waited until the news feeds reported that the fire had burned out. The building’s fire suppression system had activated, but mysteriously ran out of water before the fire could be contained. Multiple tankers and trucks from private Shiawase fire departments were barely able to keep the buildling from falling. Experts on the net suggest it was a lost cause, and the building ought to be written off for insurance purposes.

Never Leave an Enemy Stronghold Intact

Elvesmere, unsatisfied with the result, returned to within a few blocks of the building after the fires had been squelched. Harnessing all of the strength he could muster, and dangerously overcasting his summoning attempt (Force 10, used Edge), he brought forth an earth spirit more powerful than he had ever previously summoned, and instructed it to rock the remaining foundations of the building.

The spirit vanished. Moments later, the ground shook, a rumble arising as if a slide earthquake was hitting the area. Moments later, he saw the top of the building quiver, and finally plummet to its final rest.

Loose Ends

Ellie returned with the party to help negotiate a fair “tip” from the Yakuza, for their violent success. With her usual charm, she convinced the Yak Johnson to more than double the original offer. The group was given 45,000 nuyen, and gifted a free contact (Bunraku Exec Johnson).

David decided the sweeten the pot further, and gave the Yak information about Nikia’s shop, claiming that he too was a runner involved in hitting the parlor a week prior. The Johnson was shocked, and hesitantly asked how much this information would cost him. David called it a gift, while silently informing the rest of the group to abandon the shop and tell Nikia nothing.

Two down. Five to go.

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