Kitten Caboodle aka Kit
Tate rushes Avocado into treatment to try to stave off HMHVV type 1- using advanced medicines + some potions (as well as additional potions the team gets from Patty C and Lothan the Wise). The team/Avo owes Lothan a favor for his help. Avo almost beats it, but eventually succumbs. He enters a coma and begins transforming while members of the interior Desolation Angels magical order guides his astral form through an initiation, during which he bonds to a new mentor spirit: Peacemaker, having gone through some major changes since 6Cyl’s death. Creature, Kit and Carole head to the Bugstomp rave at Midway, and have some fun dancing and socializing, while also getting some tourist-y t-shirts. It seems to be a medical supplies fundraiser for the ABC, and Carol searches around in vain for hidden corp sponsors.
They head back to the Bolthole, wanting more team members’ approval before introducing Creature to the group norms and Ahabitat. The next morning the team drives a still comatose Avo out to Long Pig Farms, where Aylin has called Red in to help oversee the transofrmation. They meet some of the ghouls who work there, and get Avo set up in a locked bunker basement out in the middle of a field, with a nearby chained up human to feed on when he wakes up. The team is assured this person was “ethically sourced” and decides not to inquire further.
Kit is uncomfortable with this whole situation, so stays behind at the Bolthole to tinker. Hotkey heads out to O’Hare to hang with his fam and fix up his deck from it’s near-bricking, and Keg (after he wakes up in Tate’s clinic and gets updated) has a brief freakout over his melted fashion armor and heads up to the Maker’s Collective to patch it back together. So Carol and Creature oversee Avo’s final turn to Banshee, with the option to kill him quickly if he goes feral. Luckily he comes through intact, with some assistance from Peacemaker, and feeds off the present captive to regain his senses. He decides to finish the captive off to get his essence maxed (for now), which Peacemaker doesn’t push back on too hard so it seems like this guy must have done something bad.
The team all joins back up and debrief on all the wild shit that just went down. Kit still seems uncomfortable with Avo’s new needs, but they all agree to continue working together. HK finds some local vamp fetish forums for Avo to find willing bloodbags on, to seek out a more sustainable longterm fix. Red also offers assistance if Avo wants to follow the “friendly vamp” path. For now, rent is coming up on both safehouses, so they decide to try to make some money. Looking to get some new and upgraded SINs, they decide to do another job through Mrs Clean, to boost her standing with Sierra Corp in exchange. They meet up with Juan Xiuhuitl at a Taco Temple in O’Hare (this is Creature’s first time outside the CZ since arriving from Denver a year ago).
They get the rundown on the job: AZT has lost comms from a lab hidden under the newly (re)opened/rebranded Omnistar hospital in the southern Zone, and Juan wants it cleaned out and all data retrieved. He doesn’t want anything left for other teams to find in the future, so the team decides to get some explosives and the like. They head to Ammo Jim’s first to restock on some key supplies, and then back into the Zone, where they roll up to the Atomizer. They spot Byom, who helps them get set up with what they need (EMP’s, some incendiaries, and some shaped charges), as well as a colorful cast of other characters, including what looks like some Mars survivors. Kit also learns a little bit about demo.
While on their way there, Avo got a call from Maggie Goldberg, offering them either: more pay to do the job for her with slightly different specifics, or: additional pay to share the data they find with her as well. Avo very politely refuses, wanting to remain pro, and Maggie seems to understand. However, they both acknowledge that this means she will likely put other runners on the job. They get more worried about this mystery opposition the longer they spend stocking up on the way to the job, and decided to head straight there without any recon. They park nearby in a concealed area, and plan to steal an ambulance on the way out and ditch it at that spot to swap to an un-ID’ed vehicle.
They sneak in to the hospital and infiltrate down to the morgue without being spotted. They KO the morgue tech with drone sneak attack, and HK squelches his comm to prevent alerts. They cut the lights in the morgue to minimize chances of onsite sec spotting anything, and use the hidden switches Juan told them about to open the secret door. They scout the hallway they find and debate setting traps, but decide to head in quickly in case anyone comes to check on the tech. They close the secret door behind them, and descend, finding a heavy security door, that seems to seal off both matrix and magical senses. Carol can barely hear some bellowing and crashing sounds from the other side, and a bright warning light is silently flashing above it. Carol confidently enters the code Juan gave them, but this time it doesn’t work.
HK hacks the lock, no trouble, but it looks like someone recently changed the code- did the other runners beat them here? As the door swing open, a bizarro slimline cyberzombie charges Carol, who barely avoids a slice from it’s claws. Another CZ down the hall opens up with an arm cannon, and Keg is quickly killed. Creature once again proves xyr worth, teaming up with HK to take down the farther CZ while the closer one is felled by the rest of the team. They EMP and incendiary grenade the bodies, as HK has detected active nanite colonies trying to repair them, and worries about CFD. HK also comes under matrix attack- disturbingly it seems like Dissonant energy, but the TacNet provides solid defenses, though his deck is once again badly damaged. They prepare to head further in to the facility.
The TacNet comes under attack from the same Dissonant entity, and HK tells everyone to go wireless off. He and Carol advance up the hall and take cover near an open door, hearing movement. Avocado steps into the doorway and catches a full burst in the chest (luckily his new banshee strength preserves him), and Creature, Carol, and HK get into a melee fight with another Dissonant CZ while Kit starts healing Keg. Creature zaps the CZ with another EMP and also hits Carol, frying his antennas, and then they manage to take it down, setting another incendiary off on it after to halt it’s regen ability. They then demo blast open the lone sealed door in the facility, and find four cowering scientists. Rushing in a with breach and clear move, Avocado and HK kill one scientist and badly wound another. Kit dashes in to heal the injured woman, as Keg murder another scientists for talking back, and then continues pummeling the corpse until Kit intervenes.
Avocado threatens/questions the remaining scientist, who quickly caves and helps HK get the data they are after. However, Carol has been investigating the rest of the facility and discovered that there is a missing secret backup server that also seems to have been taken by whoever beat them here. The team convinces Kit that they have to kill the 2 surviving scientists as part of the job, and that they can give them a more peaceful death than what AZT would offer for their failures. Kit doesn’t agree morally, but mixes up a lethal cocktail. Avo lies to both that they will knock them out and smuggle them out, 1 scientists believes them and the other doesn’t, she also insists on injecting herself, wanting some element of control over her death.
After, they plant the charges and some more incendiaries throughout the facility and head out. Carol realizes that whoever beat them there may have left some surprises for their way out so they tread cautiously. They call in a bomb threat to the hospital and hear that someone already called in a active shooter, so they decide to split up and try to get out. Kit detonates the basement and shuts the secret door, and then poses as a doctor using one of the dead scientists lab coats while probing Keg’s wounds to get him to perform better as a patient. Avocado wears another lab coat and social sneaks out. The remainder of the team heads out through the garage as planned, using fleeing civvies as cover and setting off some more grenades away from the crowd to cause chaos and confusion but no injuries.
They all rendezvous at the team car and skedaddle, heading back to the O’Hare Taco Temple to drop off the data and the samples that Kit took from the CZ’s with Juan Xiuhuitl. They also report that someone else likely has the data, but don’t give up Maggie Goldberg’s involvement, not wanting to burn that relationship. Juan is disappointed but Avo con’s well so he doesn’t seem overly suspicious that they do in fact know, and they get paid. Avo and Maggie exchange some winking texts and agree to work together again where possible. The team heads back to Ahabitat, introducing Creature to the safe house. Carol collects rent from everyone as well. Keg, living up to his name, buys a couple kegs and brings them down, and most of the team parties together, alongside Big Meat, only missing HK who has gone back to stay with his fam and fix his deck.
They decide to tackle the final job on offer from Mrs. Clean (for now), and arrange a meet with Shiro Seto from Shiawase, after taking a day off to rest and heal. They meet up at a sake bar in O’Hare and get the rundown: Seto wants the corpse of a Goblin and as many live ghouls as the team can get from one particular ghoul community in the Zone. The team briefly confers and does some research, finding out that the community is likely not feral, so they refuse the job, but Kit and Avo make an effort to be as polite as possible, in order to maintain the relationship for future work. Unfortunately, this requires Kit to drink, and they slip a bit deeper into addiction. The team gets in touch with Red as part of their inquiries, and he arranges to pay them and boost their rep in order to get their help moving the ghouls and smuggling the Goblin out of town to Terasca’s Goblin-safe community in NOLA, before Seto can hire another team.
They decide to set some non-lethal traps for the followup team, and Carol disguises himself as a ghoul, with Keg on a bike nearby for the getaway. HK, Kit, and Creature rig up traps while Avo convinces the community holdouts to leave. Most of the team takes the Goblin in the trunk over to Freaktown, to smuggle to NOLA via their drug sub, and strike a deal. Carol leads the next runners to show up into the traps- non-lethal stuff in the mazelike underground warren the ghouls were living in, and collapses his escape path behind him. He and Kit race off, and everyone links back up and gets paid. They get some rep boosts and are just thinking about what to do next when they get an urgent message from Dr. Tate!