February 24, 2019 at 2:27 am #16029
The team feels relieved leaving the creepy hotel room. Perhaps it was the card, and perhaps it was the strange and possibly possessed buyer. The money was solid, and in their position and there were no spirits that seemed to be interested in them. The only spirits Jawsy can see seem to guard the hotel room.February 24, 2019 at 7:28 am #16037
“Let’s get this over with.” Bobby growled while he wrestled with his sandals in the cramped space. “I wouldn’t mind a hot meal afterwards.”February 24, 2019 at 11:54 am #16040
“I am agreed, let us quickly get neat Gau’s. I’d rather not call until we are closer, just to minimize the risk of tipping anyone off.”
“Oh, and we should pull in somewhere off grid guide and change our plates and ID. The gangers surely passed along our old ID. Too bad we can’t change the color or any damage we took, but let’s do what we can.”February 25, 2019 at 12:47 am #16041
Mato follows Jawsey’s instructions. Before getting to the Double Lucky Curio Shop that Gao calls home, Mato pulls off and into a parking garage. He activates the GridLink Override, then triggers the morphing license plates and spoof chips. Pulling out of the parking garage, the car is reporting a different plate and a different identity.
Mato repockets the throwing knives he had removed for the meet at the hotel. His Ingram Smartgun is within easy reach too, even though he probably won’t bring it into the meet with Gao. His Zoé: Executive Suite didn’t come with a holster, and even if it did an SMG would be too large for it. No way Mato’s going to mess up the lines of his suit like that, not when he can throw a knife like a ballista.
”Alright, now make the call. If Chau’s got him strung up by his intestines already, hey, another 15K for us.”February 27, 2019 at 5:31 pm #16111
Gau is almost happy when the team reports that they delivered the card, and he is relieved to know that you still have his card. He sets with you a meeting at a small Pizza place not far from his shop. You arrive there without a hitch, and while you continuously look over for traps – there is nobody after you for now.February 27, 2019 at 7:12 pm #16113
”Pizza? Why is everyone going on about pizza tonight?” Mato asks.
He adopts a semi-sarcastic tone to quote the text message the team received from the buyer, ”Just be careful honey as that Pizza is really hot.”
The meet in a public place is decent sign, as if they’re going to be ambushed Mato presumes that it would be somewhere quieter.
”But the buyer didn’t have any pizza, nor was there any cause for concern at the meet. She seems like one of those mystic finger-wiggler types, so maybe she had a premonition about this pizza place. Let’s keep our guard up.”February 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm #16114
Just before leaving the car, Jawsey runs an astral sweep — making sure that Gau is there, and no unexpected spirits or the like are around.February 28, 2019 at 2:16 am #16115
Jawsey notices that Gau is there, and he is seating with AM. There is also a family of five with three children. The only other people in the Pizza place are two employees.February 28, 2019 at 9:00 am #16116
Returning to his body, Jawsey tells the rest of the team “Looks clear, and AM is in there with Gau. Looks clear to go in.”
All the same, Jawsey makes sure to bring his sword-cane with him.
February 28, 2019 at 12:43 pm #16123
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Mato nods. He’s inclined to be suspicious that AM is there, but she’s charistmatic, like all elves, and has good social skills. (She’s also a skilled liar, and has fooled Mato more than once.) He remembers her mentioning Gao, plus several others that Mato has never met, like Tom Jones and Johnny Morad. One of them is a go-ganger and one of them is an arms dealer but Mato can never remember which is which.
”Alright, let’s get some pizza.” He goes to high-five Bobby, who is always down for caloric intake.February 28, 2019 at 2:39 pm #16130
Bobby didn’t leave Mato hanging and replied. “Frag yeah, Pizza.”
Unconcerned about any potential danger, he entered the pizza joint, making a beeline for the table with the hardcopy menues.February 28, 2019 at 3:25 pm #16135
Noticing the team approaching, AM explains her position with a text “>>> I just finished a quick one, and I went shopping for a magical lodge for me and Jawsey. Right in time to see some masked man tossing a molotov cocktail inside. I helped him minimize the damage and then promised to look out for him until our team can resolve his problem. Figured, it was time to pressure him a bit harder now that his own shop is threatened.”
As they enter the Pizza they see a family sized Pizza with olives on the table, Gau seems pale and without an appetite, while AM is munching on a slice. Gau seems bitter, too bitter to make a racist comment. When the team approaches, he stands up and says to Mato “You had to go sneaky, sneaky… Couldn’t play to the trog stigma heh?” He sighs and look at Ginsburg “I blame you… Prison made you a grifter” Ginsburg grins “You are new at this… Johnsons should play happily when their runners succeed. ” Gau just shrugs, and says “Seat… have some Pizza your pixie friend is barely finishing a single slice, and I am in no mood to eat.”February 28, 2019 at 4:51 pm #16143
Mato sits and orders a soda to go with the pizza. Olives are a favorite so he picks a slice of pizza that’s heavily laden with them and gobbles it down.
”We ran into go-gangers on the way to the meet with the buyer,” he says with his mouth half-full of food. He swallows and chases it with some soda. ”But the Halloweeners are the local pyromaniacs.” He eats some more.
”So what did the man in the mask look like? Metatype? Wearing any colors? On foot or did he have a ride?”
Separately to the team he messages: <<Let’s make sure that this is connected to card. It seems obvious that there would be a connection, but given Gao’s skill in insulting people it might just be that he pissed off the wrong person. Maybe he’s not making protection payments to the right people, or maybe he’s not making them at all. He’s a cheap bastard.>>February 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm #16144
<<Agreed with all you said, Mato. I do want those materials for a Lodge that AM and I can use, and sometime hopefully soon I want to see if they can upgrade the magic in my sword cane so it won’t fade away in the barrens so easily. So I want him in business. That said, we don’t do this for free, this isn’t our fault.>>
Jawsey helps himself to a slice of pizza, and tells Gau “Cheer up, we dealt one situation for you, I’m sure we can come to an arrangement to deal with another.“March 2, 2019 at 2:56 am #16164
Gau says ”Two humans wearing a balistic mask, one driving and the other tossing the bottle, they did not even stop to see the results of their attack.”March 2, 2019 at 3:08 am #16168
“Doesn’t have to be related to this. Might just have been some guys thinking you are a racist asshole.” Bobby replied helpfully while rolling himself a piece of pizza and chewing it noisily.March 2, 2019 at 12:28 pm #16173
”What, that’s it?” Mato asks, disappointed that someone could product such an undetailed observation.
”Driving what? A car, motorcycle? What kind of motorcycle, a dirt bike, a street racer, a chopper? Were they wearing colors? A ballistic mask doesn’t cover the back of your head; what color was their hair? You should have seen it as they were driving away.”
Mato is perhaps being ungenerous, as being firebombed is a distracting event. He looks to AM to see if she noticed something more than Gao did.March 2, 2019 at 12:53 pm #16175
“Ballistic masks and leather jackets, they were riding a Suzuki mirage.” AM replies ”They were no professionals, their smart-gun was online and I would recognize their PAN if I see it again. They wore no gang identification which means they did not want to be identified, possibly it is not their own territory or they would have troubles if they are seen. If Gau thinks its Chau I’d believe him, this kind of deed usually does not come out of the blue.” She also texts the team >> I am not sure if violence is the cure in this case as well. None of us has the resources to win in a gang war. I’d say we provide security to Gau for some payment, and on our off time we figure out what do these people really want and if we can get to a more stable solution.
Gau looks embarrassed “It is Chau, he is angry that I denied him the card. He seems to really want the card, but he also was short on cash, as when he first came along, I offered him to outbid ms Green – and he could not do that. Instead, he tried to get the card for free. He is an arrogant prick that acts as if he has some backing of organized crime – but then again I only saw him before, no bodyguards no gang.”March 3, 2019 at 1:44 pm #16193
“So, what do you want us to do about it? And how much are you willing to pay for it?”
Bobby had swallowed an unproportionally large piece to be able to get those words out. In his mind’s eye he saw another stack of Nuyen that could aleviate some of those crippling debts he faced.March 3, 2019 at 3:52 pm #16194
Gau says “I need you to get Chau to back off… “ AM gives him a dry look and he shrugs “Right… don’t kill him, this will escalate things. Man is well connected in the triads. Just get him off my back, the water is getting too hot for me, and the man gets vindictive and irrational. Scare him, compensate him, find some leverage for mutually assured distraction. I don’t know – I want nothing to do with him…”
He pales when he talks about money, and his mood worsens. “Look, you already know that things are difficult. There is the 15k I gave you, nothing more. Even that money will be difficult to give up. “
Ginsburg stands up “Look Gau, no offense man but I can’t afford a conflict with the triads. They’ll kill me if I go back to jail. He looks at the team and says… It was a pleasure.” Ginsburg will leave after getting his cut from the job.
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