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Chapter 2: Walls of Fire, Fangs of Iron

Post  Dani Potenza on Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:59 pm

In yet another shadowy meeting room, much like those all across the planet and beyond, a trio of conspirators met. “What of the subject?” asked the first, thin and sharp.
“On board their satellite, as far as we can tell,” replied the second, short and wide. “So far, nothing seems to have gone awry.”
“And the international situation should only speed along development...” The third, tall and cool, set down a small computer on the table and tapped a button, bringing up a map of the world. “Now, about the next phase…”

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The division had been called into the lounge, which had been set up for a briefing. It was dark, lit only by the holo-screens Colonel Lazard set up, showing maps of Eurasia, Spain, and Madrid Spire. “Good morning, agents. It’s been a while, I know, but we have a mission for you – you’re going to Spain. There’s been a lot of droids going rogue and unexplained droid sightings in the area, but not the normal spike in violent DLA activity that goes with it. It’s as if they’re not doing anything… except there’s been an unusual number of large goods deliveries into the spire in recent weeks, going to small companies owned by many different corporations. It could be nothing, but we can’t take that chance. This is a broad operation that we could be running for a long time – your objective is to find out what you can about this activity, and shut down any and all DLA operations within the city.

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MISSION LOCATION: Madrid Spire
MISSION OBJECTIVE: Uncover the source of the mysterious deliveries
                   Shut down any and all Droid Liberation Army operations in Madrid
SECONDARY OBJECTIVES: None at present

Captain Huang, we’ll load your copter into a Moonflower pod at your word to get the team down into atmosphere; from there, you can fly down to a delivery point of your choosing and begin operations.

There’s no timescale requirement for this mission, beyond of course getting started on it now. Prepare what you need to, then take to the field. Questions?


The security cameras subtly scanned the room, zooming in and focusing on each of the agents. What did they see on your faces, in your stance, as the Colonel explained the mission?

Voja: In the time since the last mission, the Reichenbacher technicians have used the data provided from the mission to improve Jannochka’s anti-vehicle abilities. Rocket attacks now reduce the penalty for targeting vehicle components by 2, to a minimum of 0.

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Preparation: For this larger-scale mission, every PC can take 2 Preparation actions, which represent things like research, getting in touch with contacts, giving jobs to your Green Division that will help with the mission. Kinda like downtime actions, but not in downtime. You can declare one or both of your Preparation actions before the mission, or at any time during it, because the PCs are probably better at planning ahead on a mission than any of us are.

Threads: This mission thread might split out into multiple smaller threads once you’re on the ground, or during Preparation – if you want to make a sub-thread with other players, please do, and in action I might spread things out for clarity if there’s a need. Feel free to carry on posting in your Downtime 1 threads if you want to.
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Post  Fenris on Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:03 am

Voja looked a little uncertain at how vague this mission was. He was the Muscle. Normally, the most investigation he would have to do on a UIG mission would be finding where his target had holed up, and even then he would mostly rely on the others on the mission. Looking across at Lester, he hoped that the rest of the division would be a bit more suited to this sort of thing. But there was one idea that he did have, "Do you know where the deliveries are coming from?"
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Re: Chapter 2: Walls of Fire, Fangs of Iron

Post  Amp on Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:00 pm

Amp looked confused. This of course, was an act. The UIG knew more than they were letting on. The lawyer knew more than she was letting on too. EI in general loved having helper bots around. Their custom had made the Sir Helpsalot droid the status symbol (& joke) it was today and easily financed the development of the King Helpsalots. Prince, as always, floated loyally at her side. Madrid would be crawling with robots. She could probably access Iyo's shipment history to the region if she wanted. But all of this fell away before the question she actually asked.

"Where will we be staying in the spire?"
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Post  SosieTerrehaute on Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:56 pm

Lester watched, lips pursed slightly and nodding his head. This all seemed to be acceptable. "I quite like Madrid." A seasoned traveller and native speaker of Spanish, he'd been many times on business and pleasure, and knew the food distribution scene well. There were a few people he could contact... (Ed. Note: Consider that a preparation point.) As always, Lester looked mild and a touch vacant, though his gaze moved around the whole room. He looked around, and then voiced his own question. "What if there's no DLA activity?"
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Re: Chapter 2: Walls of Fire, Fangs of Iron

Post  Dani Potenza on Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:42 pm

Another screen appeared to answer Voja’s question, highlighting cities spread across the world and known transit routes from them to Madrid. “Moscow. Shanghai. Buenos Aires. Seoul. Mumbai. Brisbane. The surge in shipping is all coming from these 6 cities, though the goods may have come from elsewhere beforehand – initial investigations didn’t identify what many of these items were, only what they claimed to be.

A UIG housing complex on the 653rd floor has been emptied ‘for renovation’; it will serve as your base of operations groundside – unless you pull corporate strings for your own accommodation, that is. And if you can prove there’s no DLA activity in Madrid, Captain Buttercream…” The Colonel shook her head, smiling. “It’ll be our mistake. Your cynicism is appreciated, but I’m certain that you’ll bring back results.
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Re: Chapter 2: Walls of Fire, Fangs of Iron

Post  Huang Zushe on Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:18 pm

Zushe nodded, listening and taking careful note of the Colonel's answers. In particular, he began to mentally run through the six cities in question, trying to consider what goods one might be interested in shipping that the cities had in common. (Rolling Int+Business, pass by 5 (AT=17, roll=12))

"What companies are these goods being transported to, exactly?" he asked. Glancing around the team, he added, "And how long will the rest of you need to prepare?"
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Re: Chapter 2: Walls of Fire, Fangs of Iron

Post  Tansai Kay on Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:22 pm

Corva glanced down and figited with their rifle for a moment, not wanting to meet anyone's eye. They had never entered a Spire city before, and for some reason the thought of the gleaming towers was even more unnerving to them than the space station, but something the Colonel said caught their attention.

"What the items claim to be? What information do you have on these items, incomplete as it may be? Addtionally, is there a likely shipping depot nearby that would be handling enough of the items for it to be worth us attempting to obtain information from their records?"
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Post  Amp on Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:30 pm

Amp nodded approvingly at Corva before turning to Zusche. "They're right. We should intercept a shipment too, it's our best bet for finding out whats going on." But a bet was still just that, a bet. No guarantee. She tapped her chin as she continued, "Let me get my armour and I think I should be good to go?"
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Post  Tansai Kay on Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:29 pm

The nod seemed to calm Corva down somewhat. Perhaps coming from a society where obtaining a name requires one to become an agent or equivalent status, something as simple as a nod might be used as a major form of positive enforcement.
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Re: Chapter 2: Walls of Fire, Fangs of Iron

Post  Dani Potenza on Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:48 pm

Huang Zushe wrote:Zushe nodded, listening and taking careful note of the Colonel's answers. In particular, he began to mentally run through the six cities in question, trying to consider what goods one might be interested in shipping that the cities had in common. (Rolling Int+Business, pass by 5 (AT=17, roll=12))
There’s nothing super-specific you could source from all six cities that you couldn’t get from many others - what’s noteworthy is the variety:

  • Moscow Drome Spire is one of EI’s lead engineering hotspots, home to the world’s biggest racing circuit integrated into the spire itself, and thus vehicle parts designed for short-term intense performance could be brought out from there - or old parts that aren’t needed because they’re only last year’s best and thus won’t be missed.
  • Shanghai, of course, is home to many of the Ai-Jinn’s biggest terrestrial manufactories, including many cybernetics companies and the Shanghai Cyberlin Concern.
  • Buenos Aires is one of the most secure public ports in the South American Freestate, meaning that it’s the main point of export for many minor corporations based there such as Iyo, Omega, and bounty hunting aid manufacturer Doore Industries.
  • The newly-constructed Seoul interchange is home to a number of artisans producing highly specific and unique technologies, along with small companies like Tu Chin Nanofacture.
  • Mumbai Cityport is a cramped technological haven, full of small retailers where almost any gadget or part can be found - but getting anything in large numbers is very difficult. The Focus Dome, meanwhile, isn’t home to any businesses that seem relevant. Well, unless you can make an Int + Crime roll at -4, or have contact who might know about shady Comoros things…
  • Brisbane is where Australasian Freestate Waste Management is headquartered. You know from past experience that getting anything out of there - or anywhere in the AFS that’s not Dampier Arch Skybridge Terminal or the teleport station at Sturt - is expensive, and often involves illegal activity at some point in the proceedings, but you can speculate that it’d be a way to get your hands on some very interesting items abandoned with the waste...

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Discord wrote:Sidekick - Today at 9:31 PM
@GoldenElk:  2d10  = (1+5) = 6
GoldenElk - Today at 9:31 PM
Okay, so that's a pass by 6
Rumour has it that the shady Abassi Psi Systems, makers of illegal telepathic gear possibly linked to Comoros, run some of their operations out of Mumbai Focus Dome. Nobody's proved this - that you know of, at least - but it's certainly worth noting.

Huang Zushe wrote:"What companies are these goods being transported to, exactly?" he asked.

Labyrinth Technologies, an EI computer peripherals company. A couple of SYG-owned companies, including entertainment electronics developer Dragonbit and the Hidaki Eurasian HQ. An AMS delivery warehouse complex. Odin Learning Supplies, one of Comoros’ distributors of school supplies in the region. The Ai-Jinn have a lot of middleman companies in the area, juggling goods and ownership to take advantage of local tax loopholes, and they’ve received a lot of these deliveries. There are other, smaller companies too. None of them have any known connections to the DLA, so we can't tell if they're in on it or being used as cover.

Tansai Kay wrote:"What the items claim to be? What information do you have on these items, incomplete as it may be? Addtionally, is there a likely shipping depot nearby that would be handling enough of the items for it to be worth us attempting to obtain information from their records?"
”Discord” wrote:Sidekick: @Corva:  2d10  = (6+10) = 16
Corva: ffs
pass by 4
The Colonel provides you with the UIG case files, which shows that they are generally identified as “Spare parts”, “Prestige goods”, “Miscellaneous machinery”, and other vague terms. Items claimed by UIG customs from suspect shipments have included engine parts, unprogrammed stock task chips, and screws of various sizes. You’re able to sneak through WDN data on local shipping depots to find that one particular facility, owned by the Ai-Jinn-controlled Navarro Material Storage Inc., has seen a number of these shipments left there for a few hours and then moved onwards very quickly.

If anybody has further questions, ask away. Otherwise I will make another post, hopefully later tonight, moving you into a more active situation. I would have done that here, but I wanted to get this post out before I went to work.


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Post  Dani Potenza on Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:10 pm

The two immediate avenues for info that have come up are:

  1. Break into the Navarro Material Storage depot and get their shipment list.
  2. Intercept a shipment by road, air, or sea

You can either all commit to one, or split up and cover both plans overlapping. If you stick together, you have a broader pool of skills to draw on, but there's the risk of the enemy noticing what you've done and taking precautions that would make the other plan harder. If you split up, you can strike fast before they know what's hit them, but working in smaller groups could be more difficult.

Post with which plan you want to be a part of and whether you're up for splitting the party.

(This was originally going to be a longer scene-setting post, but I realised at work this works better)
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Post  Tansai Kay on Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:32 pm

Corva glanced at the two choices, aware that the team leader may prefer the other option. "I believe I would be most use inflitrating the Storage Depot to obtain a shipment list." They paused for a moment. "It may be best if only a small team attempts that to avoid detection."
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Post  Amp on Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:35 pm

Amp is in favor of option C, both.

Intercepting a shipment shouldn't be too difficult, especially if they transport and it does turn out to be a dead end. She volunteers for this and because she can't help herself from projecting her views onto others, she will also suggest that they are unlikely to need a hacker for this while the storage depot team will benefit from a broader skillset.
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Post  Tansai Kay on Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:08 pm

"If the vehicle is not self driving there is little a hacker can contribute to hijacking it, correct." Corva agrees with Amp.
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Post  Fenris on Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:15 pm

Voja looked at the two missions, and quickly decided he would probably do better at the hijacking, since he's good at stopping vehicles.

"If we're splitting up, then I'll go for the shipment. I should be able to take care of any escort they have."
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Post  James Fletcher on Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:13 pm

(James appears suddenly out of the space-time vortex that had swallowed him for a time, known only to Ai-Jin subspace researchers simply as "The Apprenticeship".  Sorry guys!)

James had been frowning slightly throughout most of this briefing, ever since being informed that they would be entering into EI territory, seemingly undercover, unannounced and without EI's permission.

Glancing around at his fellow agents, he chimed in, "While I do believe I would be most useful infiltrating the storage depot, and that splitting into two teams would be the best avenue for the successful completion of this mission..." he turned to look directly into the eyes of Colonel Lazard, a glint of anger in his own but his voice measured, "...does Madrid Spire not fall within the Corporate territory of Eurasia Incorporated?"  His voice raised slightly as he continued.  "And as such, should this not be considered an internal affair of the EI, and all information regarding this 'investigation' be turned over to the appropriate departments for examination?"  Although asked, the emphasis in his voice did not sound like a question.
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Post  Amp on Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:31 pm

"No," Amp said simply before elaborating on her point in true lawyer form. "As the shipment details Colonel Lazard has already disclosed suggest, this is matter that spans beyond Eurasia Incorporated's 'internal affairs.' Besides which, the same argument could easily be made for the last operation we completed and you, James, had no trouble butchering WF in their own territory. Additionally EI almost certainly sent those reports of curious droid activity on to us and are performing their own investigation." She rolled her eyes at the assassin. So green.[/color]


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Post  James Fletcher on Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:51 pm

James panned his vision round to Amp, fixing her with the same stare.  "I was clearly acting within my authority as a temporary agent of the UIG, with clear evidence of hostile activity taking place against WF assets and personnel, supporting the incumbent WF forces in upholding peace and security within their own territory."  His voice was silky, but sounded recited, like he was talking from long practise.  "As for the assertion that they are already carrying out their own investigation; assuredly.  I can also asure you that they will have the situation completely under control, and that outside interference, however... well-intentioned... is not necessary."  He smiled, a cold, unemotional upturn of his lips which failed to spread to his eyes, continuing to fix Amp with an unimpressed stare.  The smile broadened.  "Perhaps we should contact the EI Inter-Corporate Relations and Joint Operations Team for clarification on this matter?"
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Post  Amp on Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:01 pm

"We?" Amp pressed delighted. "I thought you were acting as a temporary agent of the UIG?" Her smile broader, genuine pleasure on her face at getting to school James. "We are under orders to investigate DLA activities and, should we uncover clear evidence of hostile activity then we will act in the same capacity. With exactly as much regard to civilians, corporate property, the feelings of the corporation and it's drones as well as take judicial action in response to any illicit activity we uncover. On the part of Eurasia Incorporated or any of the other corporations we come across." She smugged to Prince before turning to the Colonel, although she was clearly still speaking (down) to James. "I'm sure our CO will contact EI's 'teams' if and when they require any clarification."


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Post  Tansai Kay on Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:15 pm

"It all rightfully belongs to us anyway." mutters Corva in Abyssal, obviously uncomfortable with the argument. They stepped around the side of Voja, who was comfortingly large, and kept their gaze ahead at Lazard.
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Post  James Fletcher on Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:26 pm

The glorified lawyer was right, unfortunately, and had talked around him very nicely, James admitted to himself.  He bit his tongue, trying to keep it in mind that he was under orders from EI to cooperate in this UIG venture.  "As you wish." he said calmly but a little more quietly, turning back towards the briefing information.  He made a mental note to get in touch with his networked colleagues the second he entered EI territory; surely someone should be able to pass along some info on the investigation that, frustratingly, that damn lawyer was right to suggest was probably already happening [OOC: that's one of my preparations].
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Post  SosieTerrehaute on Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:48 am

Lester watched as one might a tennis match, and at the end, gave a little look to Corva as they muttered to themself. The drama over, Lester nodded and cleared his through before speaking clearly. "If we do both, then we should determine the teams now to make sure our skills our split accordingly."
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Post  Tansai Kay on Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:20 pm

"I believe that myself and Agent Fletcher would be best suited to the warehouse break-in. It requires hacking capability and furtivetivity. Whether additional personal are required depends on the level of resistance expected." Said Corva. "Agents Voja and Amparo are likely to be best suited to the vehicular based mission as they have said."

They tilted their head to one side, looking in thought, before pulling out their hacking computer and beginning to look into the security features of the depo. They kept one eye on Lazard; they weren't sure how much the UIG officer knew of Abyssal, and had been resisting the urge to mutter in it while working in case the UIG recorded it.
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Post  Huang Zushe on Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:35 am

Zushe, who had been standing back and watching his team tussle amongst themselves, cleared his throat.

"We split up," he said, firmly. "Your requests are all noted and I agree. We hit both, fast, at the same time. Corva, Agent Fletcher, you'll hit the storage depot. Your aim is stealth. The plan works best if they never even know you're there. Agent Buttercream, you'll accompany them and act as commander for the mission. It's up to you whether you go in with them or not."

He turned to the other two. "Agents Okawa and Grigorievich, you're with me. We're on hijacking duty. I have experience, skills and contacts that should be of some use here." He looked over to the colonel. "Can you find us a suitable shipment? Preferably one moving by sea?"
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Post  SosieTerrehaute on Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:04 pm

At this, Lester nodded. It was perfectly reasonable, and what he would have said were his roles reversed. He took out his phone and began to make notes, giving another, smaller nod to Corva and James; a sign he was paying attention and taking them into account.
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