Sanja is interrogated, once again by LoneStar Detective McCormick, who seems to have taken a particular interest in him. Sanja tells what he was doing for Toomey (i.e. researching the magical diamonds), and suggests that he will cooperate further if LoneStar helps keep him alive, as he is worried that one or more dragons might be after him. He also gives up one of Rooster’s fake SINS as the ID of his accomplice in infiltrating the hotel. He is once again let go, with a warning to stay in contact and out of trouble. Sanja promises to relay any new info he uncovers in regards to the diamonds, Hamshallow, or anything else to McCormick. Figuring that McCormick might have him followed, he gets Ibn Hassan to set him up with a hideout & activate his newest fake SIN. Sanja also keeps a “detect individual: McCormick” spell going, to find out if the detective is ever close.
After Sanja warns him of LS’ portential interest, Rooster purchases a lethal BTL dose, and installs that and his junkie SIN on a disposable comm. He then finds an especially decrepit looking junkie in the undercity, and foists it off on him, hoping that he will take the BTL, die, and divert LS’ attentions from Rooster himself. It is at this moment that he realizes how far his newfound teammates’ influence have pulled him away from the pacifist path he had been following (after a promise to his mother). He decides that what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her.
Tobias analyzes the data he retrieved from Robert Toomey‘s commlink. He sets off a data bomb on a file that seems to be travel & purchase records, but successfully accesses a video file. It shows the last moments of Toomey’s life, picking up as he lets in The Brassface Man (from Thankyou‘s recollections of the spaceport). Toomey seems surprised and worried to see him. The man gives Toomey the missing artefact from Arlen Thompson’s, and presses Toomey for information about Sanja and the group. Toomey devolves as much as he knows, basically just contact info and description. The man then kills him (seemingly with spellcraft) and the video ends.
Hearing this, Sanja is even more worried. He goes to see Ibn Hassan, and purchases Rooster a replacement SIN for the one he gave up, and then asks Hassan a large favor: Sanja wants to be put in touch with either or both of the great dragons he thinks are pursuing him, and requests that Hassan reach out (cautiously) to see if that is possible. Hassan says that he may know some people back on Earth who have connections to Aden’s organiztions and to Saeder-Krupp, and will do what he can. In exchange for an appropriate donation, or some future work, of course. Sanja agrees.
Ivan the Jackle & Daedelus both contact Tobias to warn him that LS is engaging in a massive sweep in street gang turf, apparently in response to the recent SWAT assassinations, although there has been no public mention of those. Ivan says that One Shot Wade wants those deaths publicized, for effect. Daedelus wants Tobias to rescue some participants in the Exchange who have gotten caught up in the sweeps. There is apparently a new detention center out by the spaceport which LS is using as a proccessing point for all the detainees. Daedelus provides some intel about the spaceport, and Tobias plans to do some hacking recon.
Tobias, sensing an opportunity, agrees to both of these requests, and calls Elton Massey. Massey agrees to increase the flow of weapons to the undercity, to better fight LS, and to fund Tobias in assaulting the detention center and freeing inmates there. Massey suggests that this will go better if it looks like a gang operations, and not a targeted rescue, and Tobias agrees. Massey provides some useful intel about the layout of the spaceport facility, from KE satellites. Massey also agrees to look into the SWAT deaths, and pass any reportable info onto news sources.
Tobias also calls Patrick Henry Hughes to warm him of the danger that Tobias has found himself in, and suggests that if PHH or Ares was itching to try out any particular tech against a dragon, Tobias may have that opportunity. PHH is worried but supportive. Tobias also forwards video footage of the Brassface man, and specualtion about Aden’s magical cloak, in the hopes that Ares can develop something from that.
Rooster receives a call on his Vendiagram SIN that the LS station in the undercity needs a resupply on some snacks. He grabs an appropriate van, purchases some snacks, and heads over, only to be immediately arrested upon his arrival, and beaten unconscious by some spectacularly angry SWAT team members. Upon regaining consciousness, he is interrogated by three LS detectives about his role in the assassinations, but amazingly manages to spin a story about his mother having been kidnapped and held hostage to force him to engage in criminal activity. With some relucatnce, the LS detectives eventually buy it, and while he is still under arrest, Rooster feels significantly better about his position. He ID’s the Brassface man for the kidnapping as the ringleader of the plot. He is transferred to the holding facility near the spaceport.
Meanwhile, Tobias and Sanja do some recon. The detention center appears to have multiple watcher spirits observing it’s astral surroundings, as well a projecting mage. There are two concentric circles of electrified wire, with what looks to be a 20-ft minefield in between, ringing the enclosure. There is one heavily guarded entrance, where prisoners are brought up from the city and processed in. There are four holding buildings, and three guard towers. All in all, pretty secure. Tobias decides to hack in, and manages to breeze through the system with no significant trouble, even imitating an LS employees avatar to avoid suspicion.
He gains access to a prisoner manifest, and finds the four people that Daedelus wants rescued on it, as well as Rooster. He finds camera and door controls. And he finds and copies the software that operates the automated turrets, which he plans to alter to attack LS instead of prisoners. They plan to have gangers flood the area and pick up as many freed detainees as possible, while a small team tries to rescue the specific Exchange members and Rooster. Ivan says says that he can get a bunch of gangers and cars as long as ThankYou and Tobias can supply the guns. Massey confirms that TY has met the latest shipment at the safehouse, so it seems like they are good to go.
Next up: the assault!