Harmony Craig Bottow
Ivan the Jackle
Rolf Soren Ramis
So the team does some much needed recon on the LoneStar facility that Knight Errant has hired them to infiltrate & assault. They discover that it is hardwired (or has an exclusively local wifi network) since they can’t hack in from the outside. However, Tobias is able to create an admin level backdoor in the main public node that he hopes to use to gain access to the rest of the system later. He also finds a facility map. K can’t find much astrally, and doesn’t want to attract too much attention. Ivan, via the dragonfly, sees that the roof appears to be used by the SWAT team as a kind of clubhouse/shooting range. They decide to split into two teams: Rolf, K, and Tobias (Team Blue) will go in through the SWAT team’s roof hangout, and go for the data (on the 6th floor), while HCB, UB! and Ivan (Team Brown) provide a distraction on the ground level.
But first, they decide to attempt to lure as many cops away from the place as possible. UB! assembles a car bomb, and Ivan remotely drives it to a nearby charity gala. Tobias then phones in a call about multiple carbombs in the area, using his (wanted) Hamshallow SIN. They wait for a bit, and then UB! detonates the bomb. They wait a while longer until they see a number of cop cars and one of the SWAT vans leave the secure LS lot. Then, K levitates himself, Rolf, and Tobias onto the roof. Tobias opens the locked door thru his admin account, and Rolf drops down the ladder inside.
Unfortunately, he drops right into the SWAT ready room, and although he has the element of surprise on his side, is handily outnumbered. Tobias jumps in to lend a hand, and K pokes his head in to gain line of sight. They make short work of the SWAT team, although they take some major damage in the process. Tobias also detonates an EMP grenade, severing comms with the rest of the team, but also preventing the SWAT guys from calling for help right away. Ivan has the dragonfly outside when comms disappear, and brings it back towards the van to provide surveillance.
Team blue exits the SWAT room and scopes out the area. Tobias checks out his map, and finds the main processor room, so they head that way. After breaking through some security doors, they gain access. Sadly, the EMP grenade appears to have wreaked havoc on the computer, but Tobias jacks in and hopes he can still find what he’s looking for. While waiting on Tobias, Rolf and K take fire from a machine gun pod which drops down from the ceiling, but defeat it without much problem.
Meanwhile, when comms go dead, Team Brown decides to provide a distraction on the ground floor, as planned, in the hopes that Team Blue isn’t all dead. HCB and UB! enter, and race through the security checkpoints into the main lobby (there are alarms going off, but they are not especially concerned). HCB strolls out into the lobby casually firing his machine pistol into the air, much to the horror of the receptionists at the far end of the room (luckily, encased in a bulletproof booth). Two turrets drop down from the ceiling and open fire, while HCB hightails it back to the door he came in from. UB! launches an EMP, and their comms go dead as well. One of the turrets drops, and HCB blazes the other one with autofire.
They blow through the door at the far end of the room, and find two humans in paper clothes looking terrified and bewildered. They are both somewhat injured from the grenade, and HCB shoots one, while shouting something horrifying about how he won’t betray him now. UB! launches a breathtaker grenade to take out the other guy (overkill?) before they notice the proerty return window in the corner and determine that these were two detainees who were being released. Slick. One of the receptionists in the booth pulls a switch, and a much louder facility alarm goes off. Ivan calls to the others to get out of there and back to the van, but they ignore him. He goes back out and frantically circles the area, hoping someone will get back online and get in touch.
Upstairs, the second alarm is accompanied by security blast doors closing over all the entrances. K and Rolf hunker down, and start burning through the doors while Tobias keeps working. He is slogging his way up an IC filled corridor, it seems like a lot of the data was corrupted by the EMP grenade. He makes some missteps, alerts the IC to his presence, and comes under attack. Deciding that the job is more important, he focuses on continuing to break the final firewall and get the paydata, while the IC wails on him (fortunately, the IC also seems damaged from the EMP). He finally suceeds, after nearly losing his icon to damage, and manages to whisper ‘help’ just after K and Rolf enter the room. K pulls the plug, and Tobias dumps out.
Rolf begins burning their way out, while K heals everyone. Downstairs, UB! blows through the rear door, as the remaining prisoner succumbs to breathtaker gas. They enter a rear hallway, and come under fire. However, UB! is apparently impervious to damage and makes short work of another turret and two cops, with HCB’s assistance. They invesitagte some other rooms, and execute some cowering office workers, as well as taking out a few more LS officers. They find a holding cell, and open it, telling the prisoners that the Ultradudes have set them free. UB! then blows the backdoor, and they usher the prisoners out into the early evening. They then turn around, and finding some elevators in one of the rooms, decide to try and meet up with Team Blue somewhere higher up.
Team Blue, somewhat healed, leaves the processor room, and heads back towards the SWAT room exit. They come under fire from two dog drones with LMG’s, but Tobias quickly takes them out with the ever-handy HERF gun. K astrally projects to scout out their path, but comes under attack from another astral presence (probably a LS wagemage, given the cowboyish appearance). He flips back out, and lets the team know they have a mage surveilling them. Tobias goes back to the processor and plugs in the virus that PHH gave him. They decide to blow a hole in the wall to escape, and Tobias makes a shaped charge in what he deems is an optimal spot. They head down the corridor a ways to avoid the blast.
Downstairs, UB! and HCB have pried open an elevator, and cut their way trough the ceiling covering to gain access to the the hatch onto the roof. UB! pops it open, and climbs up, reaching down to help HCB ascend. After some initial confusion at the lack of proper lighting, they realize they can both see in the dark, and examine the shaft. It appears to ascend to the top, so UB! takes a grappling hook shot towards the elevator mechanism. He misses, and the monofilament cable comes back down towards them. HCB gets out of the way, but UB! slices himself up a bit while trying to respool it. They decide to climb the cable instead, but UB! gets electrecuted as soon as he grabs hold-and he’s stuck on with his magnet hand! HCB tries to pry him free, but also gets stuck with his magnet hand. UB! passes out from the damage, but HCB manages to pry them free and detach himself from UB!. They abandon the elevator and decide to leave out the back.
They head out the back door only to come under fire from more cops in the lot. They have already made short work of the freed prisoners, a few are still hiding behind nearby cars, but they look like they won’t last long. HCB and UB! open up and waste the cops. Ivan, hearing the gunfire, rams his way into the lot, busting up the van a bit in the process. Team Brown reunites! Upstairs, they trigger the explosion, blowing out a huge chunk of the wall. They then come under fire from another turret, knocking both Rolf and Tobias unconscious. K saves the day again, blasting the turret with magic, and then healing his comrades. They flee.
In the parking lot, having failed to gain access to the remaining SWAT van, HCB shoots a grappling hook up into the hole, where it skitters around until Rolf grabs hold. Everyone can hear sirens and a helicopter approaching at this point, so they feel a bit rushed. Ivan and UB! head across the street to a car rental lot to boost an escape vehicle, while HCB ascends towards the hole. The team’s reconnect and decide to get the fuck out of there. HCB heads down with Tobias hanging onto a levitating K on his back. Rolf climbs up top to try and scout out the incoming vehicles. He gains the edge, and is spun about by a fierce impact. He decides it’s a sniper in the chopper, and dives for the pavement, 6 stories below. He tries to save himself from the brunt of the fall with his grappling gun, but his bad luck kicks in, and it goes flying away from him. He plummets.
HCB attempts to reascend on the grappling gun in order to partially breaks Rolf’s fall, and ends up slamming into him, which does slow him somewhat. He still passes out on impact, but they quickly stabilize him, and K levitates his ko’d body towards the car lot (HCB is pushing/steering Rolf). As they are fleeing, the come under more fire from the sniper. Ivan and Tobias try to provide covering fire, but seem to be at the the limits of their weapons ranges. The sniper ko’s UB! as he rides his Dodge Scoot out of the van towards the SUV that Ivan is busy hotwiring. Ivan gets the car up and running, and swings over to UB!, slapping on a stimpatch and hauling him into the car. Tobias runs up and dives in as well. UB! takes over driving, so Ivan can rig the cat and fire at the heli with the LMG. UB! pulls out into the street and scoops up HCB and Rolf, and then spins it around near the LS lot entrance, letting K in. They are pretty crammed, but in a rush, so they skedaddle.
The chopper has been gaining on them, but now has to avoid their return fire. The sniper has stopped shooting, but the minigun perforates the car’s roof, without doing serious damage. However, Ivan and Tobias keep up a steady steam of lead, and Ivan successfully fries a stabilizer as the chopper spirals off and spins out of control. They flee, as they can see the approaching lights as well as hearing the sirens.
Next up: Can they make good their escape? Will the data be worth anything in its corrupted form?