UB! is still recuperating in the hospital while hoping his team will help him pay for his genetic reworking. K is busy preparing for the his metaplanar quest in the company of Arlen Thompson and Madame Gavral. So, when HCB receives another call from the Yak, he has a smaller team than usual. The Yak have had some success interrogating the kidnapped bunraku manager, and have some bad news. An assistant to Mitsuhama’s senior Mars rep has been a longterm customer of the parlor, having paid significant amounts extra to keep his visits quiet. He often attended in the company of his boyfriend, and was apparently into some fairly extreme activities, which the Yak don’t divulge to HCB. However, they worry that the assistant may have been infected, and may also have infected his boss. Worse, there is a conference coming up on Phobos, the government moon, which a number of major figures from the Corporate Court will be attending. Infecting any of these powerful people would be a huge coup for the insects, and the Yak needs the team to make sure that this doesn’t occur.
The team decides to check the assistant’s upper city apartment first off. HCB rocket packs up while Rolf tries to jump across from the building across the street. They crash through the window, and discover 3 empty husks and 1 partially mutated figure, which they ID as the assistants boyfriend based on pictures in the apartment. It looks like no-one has been here recently, although there are small beetles swarming the bathroom where the husks are located. So, they make a quick exit to avoid any incoming security, and report to the Yak that they will need to get to the moon.
THe Yak have passes and cover ID’s for the team to get up to Phobos as members of a work crew change. Once there, the team will split into pairs: Tobias and ThankYou will go to the conference room and plant a bomb. When this is triggered, the various corp delegates will be ushered to their saferooms, where Rolf and HCB will be waiting to assassinate the Mitsuhama group. This all needs to happen ahead of the CC delegations arrival the next night, so the pressure is on. The team will leave in the morning for the moon. The Yak tells them not to bring weapons or armor, as security is extremely tight. They disguise TY’s arm, making it look like a bulkmod, but disabling it’s use as a weapon (temporarily). The team requests some hi tech airborne poison and some guns (if possible) as well as the explosives to be delivered once they are on the moon. The Yak, as usual, covers medical.
The team does some prep, but mostly just has to wait. They get their fake SIN’s and board the shuttle. Disembarking on Phobos, they are directed towards the work boss, who gives them their toolkits and assignments. T & TY head to the conference room, and see that they have explosives (in lunch thermoses), as well as a disassembled ceramic pistol. HCB and R have a similar pistol and the poison (disguised as rice cakes). T & TY work on repairing the podium, while concealing the explosives therein. T also hacks a wireless mic, and routs to it through some other devices in the station. They head back to the spaceport bar once ready, and TY assembles the pistol just in case.
Meanwhile, R & HCB head into the access tunnels in the main compound. Using site maps, they manage to find an access hatch and HCB heads thru the ducts to gain access to the Mitsuhama safe room. R scouts outside to plan their escape, and let HCB know when people are inbound, if he can. At the appointed hour, the explosive detonates, shortly after Tobias has announced thru the hacked mic “This is Hamshallow. 3….2…1…”. THe explosion triggers a series of alarms, and the arrival of the CC ship from Earth is delayed temporarily. LS security officers fan out and start doing spot inspections and ushering everyone back to their quarters. T & TY dilly dally, but eventually go along. Along the way T hacks the work bosses console and makes it look like a different crew was assigned in place of both of their teams.
Meanwhile, HCB decides to wait until the delegation enters the safe room, to avoid triggering alarms or their suspicions. So he loosens the vent, and assembles the pistol. A few minutes after the explosion, a security team sweeps the room, clears it, and ushers in the delegation. HCB recognizes the two targets, and waits til the team seals the door. Then, he slides the vent aside, chucks down the poison cakes, and shoots a security guard with the pistol. As it is silenced, they seem confused as to what is happening initially as the invisible poison spreads thru the air. HCB drops a piece of sheet metal he grabbed over the open vent to seal it off while he escapes, and flees back down the vent- it looked the poison was already having an effect on the nearest person though!
R, having planned out their route, guides HCB back to the workers quarters, where they meet the rest of the team and wait. T hacks their datatrails. Shortly after, LS officers enter and haul off the workers that T framed. The team sleeps there, and the next morning is assigned to travel back to Mars after the security sweep is over. They return, and HCB is congratulated on his success. The Yak cleans them all thoroughly (physically and in matrix). Checking the news, they see that the attack is being possibly attributed to both Hamshallow and Olympus Prime, as the conference was apparently related to terraforming and development. T is thrilled. He also makes plans to cook up drugs in Daedelus‘s lab to help pay for UB’s surgeries. R begins to get interested in physical adepts, and wonders if he can unleash any inner potential. HCB is thrilled with his increasing presence in the Yak. TY is amazed that all they ever do is blow shit up. Shortly after their return, K calls and tells them that the astral quest is prepared. So they plan to embark shortly…. to a realm of terror- the insect planes!!!