FUTURE PERFECT: Identity Function

Cracked Like a Broken Dome
Shaun wonders who to trust, Gabriel and Hwar Do have a showdown in Zone 6 that leaves the Zone's dome cracked, Otto gets the crap beat out of him, Deefor shuts down, and everyone gets to meet General Krendenza.
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...Something About a Penguin
Gary3 has disappeared, while Gabriel and Otto start trying to recover the Willems boys and Shaun sees a penguin and reconnects with an old friend
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Five Sashas and a Cup of Tea
Otto buys Tea and a Stealth Suit, plans unfold to release the Zombie plague on Harlinn's world, a Gremlin is stolen, and five Sasha's are revealed to be at war with one another...
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Yes, There Are People Sicker Than Otto
While on the trail of the mysterious Dr Manfredi, Otto is contacted by some past victims who want a repeat performance...
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It Always Boils Down to "Get 'Em"
After abandoning a suicidal plan to assault the spaceport in C-Town, Zone 6, they opt for a change of tactics... Deefor gets Gary3 some dinner and Shaun almost finds a new career in the exotic sex-trade
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Tea Time With the Hand of Sarkay
Otto and Shaun meet Harley Chen, owner of the Twin Dragon Tea House and get a lesson about stones, roads, and a secret order of assassins.
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Deefor Tweets: "I ❤ Numberz"
Gary3 finds his bar is missing, Stefan makes a move to sell out Otto, and it appears Hwar Do is back in Town... But thats ok, everyone meets Abstract and gets the biggest info dump yet. Oh, and Otto may be a clone. Hah!
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Much Ado About Gremlins
Kraffenburg offers a trade for information, Tigh offers a trade for services rendered, Otto gets hopped up on cyberware, and Shaun has words with everyone...

Otto leaves the planet for Nexus Gate after asking Caleb for a good place to get cyberware installed. Otto has decided that he needs a boost if he’s going to have to keep watching his own back and continue to face the threats he’s been facing lately.

On Nexus Gate Otto runs into Angel who had followed shortly after Otto left because Deefor approached her with his things. Deefor had just gone back to the apartment to get some things before going, but Otto and Shaun had left, so he hitched a ride with Angel. Deefor explains he went to go check on the meatbags back at the apartment and then came back to follow up with us.

Otto takes Angel and Deefor to the New View New U clinic where Caleb had told him he could get some good quality augmentations. Once inside the heavily cosmetically altered receptionist flirts with Otto as she is most likely paid to do with customers. She asks what kind of alterations Otto would like.

Otto tries to be discreet about wanting combat modifications, by saying he would like something to make him stronger and more resilient. She misunderstands thinking he would like something to increase his physique and stamina, and offers cosmetic packages meant for looks not function. Otto expresses a desire to have an augmentation that doesn’t just look good, but also functions well. The girl opens a book of body and genital pictures, asking Otto to pick his type and swears by their functionality. Angel laughs at Otto and begins to point out different models he might like. He gets frustrated and says he is not there for penis enlargement and Angel asks why not, he could use some thickness and girth.

Otto makes himself clear. He would like a nano-augmentation to his muscles, making him physically stronger. He would like something to make him more resistant to physical damages. He also mentions that Caleb insisted this was the best place to go for such a thing. She changes her tone and gets more professional and less friendly. She offers a package at reduced cost, that contains dual augmentations, one for muscle one for healing ability. She says that Otto must complete this stage of the augmentation first before she can treat him with a third augmentation that will toughen his bones and muscles with polymers.

Otto is given the first series of shots which are a thick nano-tech filled liquid that injected in several spots in the body and burns like hell and leaves him feeling very weak and tired. The nano-tech is already working on his body and needs special nutrients and building blocks to complete the augmentation. Otto is given instructions and special nutrient powders he must take for the next few days or weeks until things are complete.

Angel and Otto leave the shop with Deefor and they head back to the wharf. Otto tells Shaun he found Deefor and that he shouldn’t worry so much. Deefor goes about his business doing whatever he wants and ignoring Shaun, while Otto and Angel go into a back room most likely to play some more naked twister or something. No, this time it’s naked operation considering Otto just had minor surgery.

Shaun spends more time, spinning his wheels on what exactly they are going to do on Harlinn’s world. How can he assist in the takedown of the government the way Kraffenburg was going to, considering he most likely won’t be able to produce Ryan or anything useful, since nothing is turning up.

Otto relaxes while recovering from some new augmentations and some new wounds received on New Harmony. Angel repays Otto’s gesture of getting her out of harm’s way, by helping “nurse him back to health”. And as always Shaun is left doing research, being paranoid, trying to find the truth while still not having a real plan.

Shaun gets to thinking. The goal at hand is to overthrow the government on Harlinn’s World, Zone 1. They left three “obstacles” in the way. Gary3 turned out to be one of their strong arms, Kraffenburg turned out to be a man who could cause revolution and get the people to revolt against the government, and the hippie, Shaun still thinks was just his drug dealer, but he may have been more.

If Gabriel planned a straightforward assault and Gary3 had a small army of people, all he would need is for a way to exploit the military, a way to get them to stand down while they did some damage. Kraffenburg would have to have already done some political damage to the standing ProVee making it look like The Syndicate coming in and taking charge would have been less of a take over and more of a change of the guard and settling public unrest.

Shaun thinks all he has to do is dig up some dirt on the ProVee and exploit that, and find a high ranking military officer willing to defect to The Syndicate and order the troops to stand down when we give the order.

Kraffenburg gets back to Shaun as to what else he might want as payment for what work he already did, if they cannot produce Williams and keep him on board. Kraffenburg gives and address to a vehicle storehouse on Harlinn’s World, as well as an ID number of a small Gremlin class shuttle craft. He wants Shaun to acquire the craft and deliver it to a yet to be disclosed location. This will earn Shaun what information Kraffenburg had already compiled regarding what they were doing before in Zone 1, whatever that was, possibly overthrowing the government.

Shaun tries to probe Kraffenburg as to why he wants the Gremlin, but Kraffenburg is evasive. Shaun manages to get Kraffenburg to admit that what he wants with the craft has less to do with the craft itself and more to do with something else, which is none of Shaun’s concern.

Shaun finishes his negotiation with Kraffenburg and begins to dig up dirt on The General.

Digging into the background of The General, ProVee of Zone 1 Shaun finds that The General has a past in the Syndicate. The General had a long standing career in the Coalition military before he seemed to have a situation involving several blocks of territory within Otto’s stomping grounds on Rakkhan Prime. Apparently several blocks of territory were burned to the ground, leaving Otto looking weak in the face of such a strong action. Apparently someone was trying to discredit Otto and make his superiors look weak. There may be some kind of back-biting going on in the upper echelons of the Syndicate. The General seemed also to have quite a gambling problem, and maybe he was used for this task because he owed too many people in high places.

With the revelation of his involvement, The General was stripped of his position and rank in the military, but he seemed to have enough money and loyal soldiers to set up his own mercenary company the White Fist. The White Fist are dangerous and highly skilled. His men were trained in difficult military action and could handle most heavy threats with a calm and organization not seen by many mercenaries.

The General left his gambling debts behind with his military career and entered the mercenary world. Within a short time his company had several lucrative jobs under their belt and a reputation for being one of the best in the sector. The General took position as ProVee of Zone 1 Harlinn’s World and it appears he did so with his own finances and mercenaries as his police force. Rumor has it he may have even gotten the position by popular vote.

The General spends much of his time on NeoGenesis a space station not too far off Harlinn’s world, where he maintains a luxury hotel, casino and entertainment complex. He most likely feeds his addictions for gambling and the finer things in life within the confines of this complex, while funding it most likely off the over taxation and suffering of his people in Zone 1.

By this time, Tigh has gotten back with some great quality new identities for Shaun and Otto and offers a ride back to Harlinn’s world. He also offers his medical skill to help Otto recover from his recent augmentations faster. Tigh concocts a special diet for Otto to be on while the nanotechnology does it’s job of building a stronger Otto. Tigh says all he wants in return for this favor is for Otto to recover a shuttle craft from an impound lot on Harlinn’s world. He’s heard that someone was looking for it and he wants to investigate the matter. Shaun overhears the request and recognizes it as the same craft Kraffenburg asked for.

Shaun speaks with Tigh and begins to draw the conclusion that maybe there is some genetic code in the vehicle. Maybe blood or some other bodily remnant. Shaun suggests that they secure the Gremlin, allow Tigh to investigate the craft and do what it is he wants to it, then trade the craft to Kraffenburg in it’s altered state. After all Kraffenburg never stated the condition of the vehicle in his negotiation.

On the way to Harlinn’s World, Shaun makes another attempt to gain Tigh’s help and thereby the assistance of RIFU by explaining his situation. Tigh is still unmoved by a speculative story concerning old team mates, The Coil and assumptions of further attacks on gate stations. He suggests that Shaun and Otto try to retrieve the Gremlin first and maybe what Kraffenburg has to trade will reveal more of the puzzle.

On Harlinn’s world, Jorge has set up a new base of operation in Zone 4 at a hotel and he invites everyone to join. Tigh and his men set up shop in the hotel while Otto takes Deefor, Shaun and his two goons to go get this Gremlin.

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Getting Attacked at 1000cr / Hour
The meet with Sinclair seems to go well until all hell breaks loose as mercenary soldiers lay waste to a dive bar in an attempt to kill or capture Otto, Shaun, and Deefor...

Otto and Shaun have to book public transit to New Harmony gate because when they went back to the Zone where they left their ship docked they found it missing. Apparently Pilgrim had recovered from his broken jaw and come back to find a way to get out of there. He left a note saying I.O.U. 10,000cr or whatever, I.O.U.’s are just as good as money right?

Just before the departure time on public transit to New Harmony Gate Both Otto and Shaun receive a call. Otto’s call is from Angel who says Sinclair is going to be on New Harmony within the hour and is willing to speak to Otto but this is a business only exchange and that is to be clear from the beginning. Shaun’s call is from Tigh who says he will be on New Harmony shortly and the exchange of information can be much more casual as he is on leave and the conversation is off the record for the moment.

Arriving at New Harmony Otto receives a few funny looks since just a few days ago he was pulled from a dumpster that was recovered hurtling towards Harlinn’s world, one doesn’t soon forget that. Otto, Deefor, Shaun and The Syndicate goons try to find a place to hang out while they wait for everyone to arrive. Shaun’s guts are all full of bad feelings and Otto’s mind is racing with thoughts of vengeance. Angel gives another call to Otto and tells him to meet at a dive bar down by the loading bays.

The bar is as described, a seedy dive of a place, frequented by hustlers and whores. Inside the place is full of wanderers seeking a good time from the pros and shifty gamblers trying to make a quick score while passing through town. The bartenders are quiet and professional, they mix their drinks strong and most likely keep a blaster under the bar.

Angel waves Otto and company over to a back room, next to the stock rooms and bathrooms. Sinclair sits towards the back of the room at a circular table she is speaking with Tigh who is accompanied by a fully armed and armored RIFU soldat. Sinclair works in the interzone, it makes sense that she would know Tigh who is an independent agent for RIFU. Angel escorts everyone to the table and the conversations can begin. Tigh offers up the floor to Sinclair and Otto first, he would prefer to wait and hear that discussion first before speaking to Shaun.

Otto begins his conversation with Sinclair by voicing the topics he would like to discuss mostly the Skyforger Pirate clan and their family gathering and how to stage an attack with limited resources. Sinclair cuts to the bottom line and explains that before anything is discussed the nature of the business at hand needs to be explained and the payment for services rendered needs to be made. If she is here as a hired gun, the price is much more expensive than as a simple uninvolved consultant. Otto looks to Shaun who suggests they opt for the fee for consultation before deciding if they need to hire her as a mercenary. Sinclair tells Shaun the fee is 1000cr per hour and she expects the first hour up front. Shaun wires the funds from his account to hers and the conversation begins.

Otto starts his questioning and finds himself in a strange position. He is sitting across the table from someone who any of his usual social tactics have no affect on. He cannot seduce her with promises nor can he make her feel unsafe or insecure. Sinclair is someone who has no love or fear of The Syndicate; a tool Otto inadvertently uses with regards to his social manipulations, as Otto would never overtly bludgeon someone with his connection to the organization. Otto sees that he should simply voice his needs and allow Shaun to do the negotiating.

Being a bit more adjusted to social sparring of this nature Shaun begins the questioning. Since Shaun thinks the Skyforger situation has a whole lot less to do with Reeva than Otto thinks he tries to steer away from that. Beside the fact that Shaun kind of likes Reeva and feels he’s lucky to have gotten out of there early on. Shaun does bring up that the Skyforgers have been a thorn in their side as one of their former team is part of the clan. In the recent past certain stealth technologies that are not exactly the normal thing seen have been used against them. Once when the RIFU cruiser was shot down and the other was when the pirates assaulted Otto. The Gate Station here also has experienced several difficult to detect objects around the time Otto was assaulted. Shaun wonders if Sinclair has ever experienced any tech as he is describing. He also questions if a small force could have much effect on a whole pirate clan, if say we did hire Sinclair as a means of revenge.

Sinclair has had experience with stealth tech similar to this, as the Kokorans use different stealth tech and the pirate clans such as the Skyforgers and Dark Eye clans are known for having slightly off normal tech as well. As for how to get around it, sometimes it’s as simple as tweaking a sensor or as complicated as shooting blind. This makes Shaun think that his former Team in The Coil most likely had recruited Reeva to steal his knowledge of this technology then left him hung out like the rest of us. He asks if it would be possible to kidnap a Skyforger technician and force the secrets of this technology from them, but Sinclair thinks that would be just as foolish as trying to attack the clan outright. A loyal clanner won’t go against the family so they may die before divulging any secrets. Furthermore on the matter of attacking the clan, with or without her help, is a fools errand. There are far too many of them in the area right now, it would be like attacking a nation. Sure one or two can be hunted down at a time, but we can’t afford her prices to go off and hunt pirates for a revenge scheme and Otto lacks the skill to do so alone.

Shaun then tries to get into the situation of his former team mates in The Coil but wants to approach the situation without giving away too much information. He finds himself stumbling around for a way to explain that he and Otto were once involved with some people and they cannot remember any of the reasons for their involvement. These people now appear to be trying to hang Otto and he out to dry, as well as Reeva, Ryan and Gabriel. Where Shaun does begin, is with how to find Ryan Williams and the destruction of the Nebula Queen.

She tells Shaun that if she wants to find Ryan all he has to do is contact Ajax Stone a big time player in the Greyjackets. Stone doesn’t hold a high rank because he sees himself as a working man, preferring Sergent to something more lofty like Commander, even though, that’s pretty much what he is to the Greyjackets. Stone thinks with his heart which makes him a good man but a bit of a soft leader on the battlefield. Stone is heir to the Ragnarok Arms fortune but had forgone his windfall in favor of doing something he was passionate about. Stone is a softy for cases like Williams. A guy torn between obligation, family, country and what is right. If we want to find Williams we need to contact Stone, since he was holding Ryan’s ship for him, docked on the Stone Cold, his personal ship, just before Ryan left Nexus Gate. The key to talking to Stone about Williams is to make it sound like we’re trying to help him. Shaun mentions that they need to find Williams because they had apparently made a deal with Kraffenburg who represents the military of the Alliance who just want him back, while apparently his family has a bounty out on him. She again stresses that Stone will block all attempts to find Williams if we do not convince him we are trying to help. She also states that it is best not to double cross Kraffenburg or we will have to hire her as a bodyguard.

With regards to the Nebula Queen, she explains that from what she knows it was attacked. Tigh speaks up repeating that several Regency investors helped to build it. The question is, says Sinclair, who would benefit from it’s destruction? Now Shaun knows or thinks he knows that his former Coil mates had invested money in the project and had done so using complicated dummy accounts. Maybe they were not really funding anything, but rather using it as a way to shelter funds for something else, maybe they would benefit?

Shaun sees no way around getting to his point of hunting down his former team mates and finding the truth, so he mentions The Coil and Sinclair has no idea what they are. Shaun says that he believes he and Otto were once a part of this group, as well as a handful of other people they know. He feels that this group has left them behind, possibly to take the fall, while they operate on their goals. Their goals might include shutting down gate stations, as it seems they already nearly shut down Blackwatch.

Sinclair seems a bit confused by the paranoid ramblings since Shaun is providing little information and no proof of statements made. She suggests that Shaun ask this question; why would anyone want to shut down the gates? Once he knows this it might give insight into their plans.

It hasn’t been long since Shaun had begun to discuss The Coil when Sinclair offers a shot to everyone from a flask on her belt. She says it would be wise for everyone to drink quickly, as she can smell what’s coming next. Otto, Tigh, and his marine put on rebreathers as Sinclair drinks. Shaun spends his first few moments calling and alerting the authorities, while the two Syndicate goons reach for the flask. Shaun wastes the rest of his time asking a few paranoid questions regarding why he should drink from a strange flask. The goons were not soon enough and Shaun wasted precious moments as some kind of poisonous gas fills the room, incapacitating them.

Tigh puts an explosive device on the door and he and his marine stand ready on one side of the door, as Sinclair and Angel take up the other. Otto looks for his backup and sees that yet again Shaun has opted out of a fight and lies unconscious most likely by choice, while his goons lie slumped over the table in an effort to reach for the antidote. It looks like it’s Otto and Deefor back to back.

When someone from the outside tries to force the door the explosive device goes off, sending force and door fragments in an outward arc, causing no damage to the inside of the room. Several light combat armored mercenaries lie dazed or worse on the ground. Several more are seen in the bar, casually killing everyone inside.

The RIFU Marine takes a handful of micro grenades and tosses them out the door towards the middle of the bar. Concussive force accompanied by flash and smoke fill a large area, disorienting and confusing the oncoming attackers as the marine exits the room. Sinclair also tosses a handful of micro smoke grenades to hide her movements as she rolls out of the room and takes position inside the smoke. Tigh, Otto and Angel take shots on the outskirts of the smoke disabling several attackers.

The marine comes face to face with a few of the mercs and engages in a brief combat, ending with him holding one of three men hostage, while the other two are down.
Sinclair continues to roll from one downed table to the next, taking shots at anyone who would enter the bar. She is steadying a heavy slug thrower over her arm, which turns in such a way that no human arm does. Apparently she has a cybernetic arm and she’s learned to use it to assist in stabilizing her heavy weapon for more accurate shooting. The firefight continues and Deefor tires of hiding in the back room and rolls out to kick a little ass of his own.

Otto, angel and Tigh continue to try to battle the mercs who are closing in on their position. Deefor has taken up position on the outskirts of the smoke and is ambushing anyone who would seek to use the smoke as a means to sneak up on the back room. By assaulting several mercenaries in their genitals, he manages to either send several people into shock or outright death with his newly installed vice clamp and his trusty old buzz saw.

The mercenaries that manage to get close enough toss some grenades into the door and Otto steps in front of Angel to toss her free of the blast, taking much of the force in his back and lower legs, sending him sprawling.

The RIFU marine falls back and guards the door with Angel as Tigh administers some potent combat and healing drugs to Otto. Otto comes to his senses, grabs a carbine off of one of his goons and exits the room into the smoke.

Otto, Sinclair and Deefor make quick work of the remaining mercs and allow one to run away. Sinclair states, that one will tell the story of what occurred here and either they will stop coming or I may have stepped up the quality of goon sent after you.

Shaun and the Syndicate goons begin to stir and awake. Shaun has questions about what just happened and Otto glares at him for the insult. Otto continually buts his skin on the line in every scuffle and Shaun always finds a way to remain clean, how long will he continue to put up with this cowardice and betrayal. Shaun senses Otto’s disappointment and he reminds him that situations like this are why they need Gabriel back and they need RIFU’s help. He tries to further explain that this is why they need a plan. Otto turns his back on Shaun and tells the marine to bring the prisoner he took, into the back room.

Between Tigh and his pharmaceutical persuasion and Otto’s natural charms they force some answers from him. He was sent by a man who sounds much like Hwar Do. They, like many other of the backwater mercenary and fringe pirate groups have seen notice for work. It sounds like Sasha and the other members of The Coil are hiring desperate people to stand ready to attack Otto and Shaun on short notice. As soon as they sense they are moving, it seems people show up to either slow them down or stop them. Is this how The Coil is staying one step ahead? Shaun voices his further concern that it had seemed the fake ID’s they bought on Dust have been exposed or used before and they forgot. Either way those identities are blown and they need new ones to continue to operate with some level of secrecy. Tigh says he might be able to work something out but he needs to get to Nexus Gate to do so. Everyone agrees that they should leave before the authorities arrive and cause too much trouble. Shaun hacks the security feed and sends an edited version, showing mostly the mercs trashing the place but no evidence of who stopped them, to the authorities.

Tigh gives passage to Nexus Gate where the second half of this conversation can begin and Sinclair says that her hour is up, unless we want to continue paying. Shaun opts to end the discussion here, because he has some good leads to go on for now, though he may contact her later for consult. Otto and Shaun and the goons take the ride, leaving Deefor behind who had gone missing now that his governor had been disabled by Otto and Deefor is now acting on his own, unrestricted. Before departure Shaun calls Jorge to warn him that their apartment may not be safe. Hwar Do just sent mercs to attack them on New Harmony and he may attack Jorge next. Jorge says he will move position and contact Shaun later.

At Nexus Gate Shaun tries to convince Tigh to give them Gabriel and help them get new ID’s so they can get from place to place with some secrecy and avoid being attacked at every spaceport as he just saw. Tigh says that he can try to get Gabriel but that will require more than speculation that members of his old team may or may not be assaulting Gate Stations. The ID’s on the other hand are much easier to obtain and he will try working on those as a show of good faith while Shaun does more work on researching the operations of The Coil. He explains that getting these ID’s, Good quality Regency ID’s may take time, several days at least. Tigh goes his way with his marine and Otto and Shaun go theirs, off to the wharf on Dust to meet Caleb.

Caleb gives Otto an open welcome and offers his place for Otto to stay as long as he needs. Otto explains, in private, his run in with The Syndicate higher ups and how they tried to get him to sell out Caleb for selling those drugs for him earlier. Caleb says The Syndicate can go fuck itself as they need him more than he needs them and he can’t care less if they approve of how he does business. Caleb also asks Otto if he had found Mister E on Harlinn’s world as they had discussed last time they spoke and Otto says he had forgotten to look, but will do so as soon as he gets back. Caleb tells Otto to look in Zone 3, that’s where Mister E was before he went to Zone 6, Roddy Harlinn’s Zone. Mister E went missing there, strangely enough, that’s the same Zone that The Syndicate cargo ship went missing. It left from the wharf right here and disappeared with it’s men and cargo. Caleb reminds Otto that The Syndicate wanted him to look into that very matter.

Otto, now openly speaking, also explains his troubles and how he’s been harassed by pirates, attacked by former team mates and the whole mess. Shaun tries to be funny and lighten the mood on the whole situation and continues to butt in making Otto’s situation sound more easy and comical than it really is.

Otto tries to ignore Shaun’s interruptions while Caleb feels no need. He backhands Shaun and threatens to cut him if he doesn’t keep quiet while he is here. It is explained that Shaun’s input is not wanted and if it does become needed he will ask for it but he should not hold his breath waiting for that moment. Should Shaun want to remain here, he is welcome, but he is to do so quietly and respectfully as a good guest, not a yapping pest. Furthermore, if Shaun would listen instead of talking so much he might learn some of the answers he’s been looking for.

Shaun is utterly shocked and taken aback that someone who he mistakenly thought was more friendly with him than he really was had just struck him and told him he was not very important. Shaun had overstepped himself around Otto’s connections and paid the price. Shaun is not Syndicate, Shaun is not Otto. To Otto’s contacts Shaun is someone Otto knows, or Otto’s information guy, at worst he’s a bitch or a pet. Shaun needs to watch himself around these people, he might get himself killed. Shaun slinks away to a back room and busies himself with research and trying to think of a way to convince Ajax Stone to help him find Ryan williams.

While Otto and Caleb catch up on things, Jorge contacts Shaun to tell him he has set up in Zone 3 at a hotel. Gary3 helped him move position and has taken up as his bodyguard in the mean time. Also, to keep things going, Gary3 had his gang begin some riots and trouble in the streets. Gary wants to move forward on the plan to take down the government using Gabriel’s old plan of brute force. Shaun hopes they can get Gabriel back and make this whole mess work.

Shaun spends the next day or two researching the Nebula Queen and the whereabouts of Ryan Williams and Otto puts the word on the streets about anything regarding Williams.

Otto finds out that there are several bounties on Ryan and none of them are with The Syndicate. The largest and most noteworthy is 500,000cr for Williams alive but they will pay 50,000cr for him dead. Otto pries into this bounty and finds out that too many people that have asked too many questions have wound up going missing with regards to this bounty. He pushes further and everyone in the underworld goes silent, nobody wants to end up missing. So Otto gives a call to his Alliance law enforcement contact Dodger Hayes who says he will look into it and this matter regarding Kraffenburg for him. Otto takes some time off from research while Shaun continues plugging away with little results.

Shaun has one conversation with Jorge who reminds him that they need to meet with Abstract very soon and that Deefor had shown up when they were moving position. He had collected a few things and left again without saying anything. Shaun gets further frustrated because Deefor has gone missing, and begun to do whatever it is he wants, while Hwar Do may be out there trying to capture all of them. Shaun asks Otto how it is possible that Deefor can be acting on his own with the governor on, and Otto tells Shaun he had disabled it a while back then he leaves before Shaun can begin his bitching and whining about it.

Shaun is left standing there wondering how it is he is supposed to get anything accomplished when the person who is supposed to be in charge, Otto, doesn’t seem to care. Shaun is trying to get more resources but Otto is letting what they have just run amok and go missing. How can they put Sentinel back together if Hwar Do captures Deefor?

Otto is leaving for Nexus Gate to get augmented because he knows he can’t trust Shaun at his back, the guy runs away or falls unconscious at the mention of a fight. If he doesn’t do something soon, and the attacks continue he might end up dead or worse. He’s got nobody worth a damn at his back, he’s beginning to miss Gabriel. Shaun has a point in wanting to get some things from RIFU, but getting things to help them hide isn’t what he wants. He’s not going to sit around and wait for stupid Fake ID’s, he’s off to the clinic for an augmentation of whoop ass.

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Charlie Goes From Bad To Wurst.
Charlie is revealed as a mole, Shaun meets with Kraffenburg, and folks head to New Harmony for some meetings...

After the meeting with Kraffenburg, Otto, Shaun and Gary3 head back to the apartment. Upon entering the apartment and seeing Charlie, Gary3 lets fly a blur of a palm strike at Charlie’s face. Otto tried to react to the situation, but Charlie is falling to the floor with a broken faceplate choking on his own blood. Once Charlie hits the floor there isn’t any life left in him. Gary3 steps over Charlie, cocks his head over his shoulder and casually mentions that Charlie is a spy for Stefan, as he grabs himself a sandwich out of the refrigerator.

A short inspection of Charlie reveals a wire and several recording devices containing segments of Otto and Shaun’s ramblings while they were high. So Charlie was indeed a spy, or at least keeping close tabs on the two.

Shaun reminds Otto that they already have one corpse in the house in Gabriel’s closet, they don’t need another. Between bites, with a full mouth, Gary3 mentions he knows a guy who will deal with the body. Gary3 wipes some of the food off his face, leaving Charlie’s blood from his hand on his face where he wiped the food. When Gary3 finishes eating he grabs Charlie and heads out the door, beckoning for Otto to follow.

Shaun stays behind to try to track down Ryan Williams and where he might be, beginning with contacting Gryff about Hakim “one eye” the warlord Ryan seems to know.

Outside, Otto and Gary, who is carrying a dead body openly, hijack a car. Otto mentions wanting transportation to conceal the body and make the trip faster, so Gary drops the corpse, and dons a pair of energy powered gauntlets called knockers.

Gary3 approaches a vehicle stopped at a traffic signal, punches in the door, tears the driver out and tosses them to the street with a crack as he waves Otto over with the corpse. Otto is beginning to realize why he likes soldats. They do not whine, they do not ask questions, they do not run away. Soldats do what they are told or feel they need to do without question and without pause, at least that’s Otto’s experience, and right now Gary3 seems to be on a mission.

Gary3 heads out of the sector they were in, The Colonel’s zone, and into the zone where Otto had bought his coat. This zone is far less orderly and much colder and darker. Gary3 is not as good a driver as he is a fighter and he ends up ignoring a few traffic rules and getting followed by the authorities. With a little concentration and careful driving, Gary3 shakes the tail and continues to his destination.

They arrive in the food packing district, where many of the local provisions are made and purchased. Gary3 stops around back of a meat packing plant. He gets out of the car and bangs on a large steel bay door. A ragged older man who coughs, smokes and has few teeth opens the door. This man is covered in blood and fat and speaks in a ragged voice. He seems to recognize Otto , mentioning Otto Murrin is a good name to know, a dangerous one indeed. Gary3 haggles on the price of the corpse, the man wanting to charge Gary3 a clean up fee, and Gary3 wanting to sell some grade A prime meat to a sausage maker. By throwing in Charlies’ gold chain, Gary3 and Otto net themselves 50CR and Gary3 insists on some fresh sausages.

Otto and Gary3 hang around the plant for a while and the man comes back out with some freshly made knackwursts. Gary3 eats one of the sausages raw, right on the spot, telling Otto that he has a little bit of everyone he killed inside of him. Otto remarks back, that he puts a little bit of himself in many of the people he kills, so they kind of have something in common.

While Otto waits for Gary to get his fresh sausages he makes a call to Angel because he can’t get the whole issue of Reeva’s revenge out of his head. He asks Angel if she can set up a meeting with her boss Arashi Sinclair who is knows to make serious trouble for pirates among other things. Since Sinclair has an equal dislike of The Syndicate as she does for the pirates, Otto’s best shot is having Angel broker the meeting. Angel gets to work on the situation and tells Otto she will get back to him when she has some word.

Shaun has turned up little to nothing on the whereabouts of Ryan Williams except that Hakim “one-eye”, the warlord Gryff suggested Williams was friendly with, is the type a bastard who would sell his own mother out to turn a buck. So unless Williams has something on Hakim or Hakim needs him, he would be sold out for hiding in his turf.

Continuing his search Shaun is getting further frustrated by a lack of solid leads on his former teammates and he is tired of being blocked at every angle by what appears to be his old team. It’s as if any efforts he would undertake to undo any of The Coil’s plans only result in self defeat. Shaun decides that the only way to get around his old teammates, who have apparently retained all of the resources that they all worked to obtain, is to change the game by introducing RIFU in a larger capacity.

Shaun thinks he needs some solid proof that Sasha is trying to shut down more gates, if he can prove that, then he can definitely interest RIFU in getting involved. Shaun speaks to Jorge on this idea and he thinks Shaun may have a good idea, because operating in this fashion will eliminate the former need to hide the funding for all their endeavors, while leaving their old teammates to continue to have to hide. Shaun is busy looking for proof of Sasha and her movements and he is still blocked at every angle, it’s as if someone is laughing at him. Jorge suggests that Shaun just lead RIFU to the situation and hope that his psychic instincts are correct concerning Sasha and The Coil.

Given his options, Shaun contacts Tigh and sets up a meeting so he can discuss the situation at hand. Shaun just hopes he has enough to offer RIFU to get them involved, because he’s tired of running and getting nowhere fast.

Sinclair gets back to Otto and sets a meeting for the next night on New Harmony Gate and Tigh has also set the meeting with Shaun, same time, same place.

Otto arrives back at the apartment and He and Shaun tell one another of their future meetings. Shaun remembers that Kraffenburg said he would get back to him within a short while. No sooner than he remembers this, that Kraffenburg contacts him with a meeting place and time.

Shaun has a short time before the meeting so he asks Deefor about Stitch. Deefor tells him Stitch has been operation for some time, he’s just working on the body, Stitch is upstairs with the corpse and has been trying to identify it. Shaun speaks to the head, partial torso and one arm of Stitch who is unable to properly ID the body without a network connection, but he can project an image of what the person did look like.

The image Stitch projects is identified by Jorge as Sasha, their former team mate. If Sasha is indeed plotting against us, she is doing so from beyond the grave, or as a clone, or maybe we only knew her clone and she was operating from elsewhere. After all, Sasha was Collective, they do freaky shit like that. Deefor finishes putting Stitch together with Shaun’s help, just before they all leave for the meeting.

Shaun, Otto and Deefor go to the meeting accompanied by Gary3 who has taken up the task of body guarding Otto. The meeting is to be held in a perverse sex bar where just about any sexual perversion is bought and sold.

When Shaun enters the bar he notices an advertisement with his face on it, accompanied by several donkeys and various women. When Otto asks Shaun what that’s about, the bartender says that Shaun is a bit of a celebrity here. The last time Shaun and Otto were here, Otto had Shaun film some sort of pay per view bestiality film that involved Shaun directing the women into acts with the donkeys and eventually getting involved in the mess himself. Shaun appeared very high in the movie and to make matters worse, his old team mates in The Coil had reaped the profits and are most likely using them against him right now.

The bartender tries to entice Shaun into an encore video to score some more cash and Shaun tries to laugh off the situation and then Otto humiliates Shaun while physically intimidating him. Otto suggests that he could force Shaun into one or more vulnerable positions whether he likes it or not and suggests that due to their lost memories he may have already done this many times, he just can’t recall; then he gestures to the advertisement as it it is proof. Shaun slouches into a low profile and looks around for Kraffenburg while trying not to be noticed, as Otto keeps up his jokes and humiliation.

Deefor complains about the device that had been put on him that restricts his choices and tracks his activity. He is trying to download a bootleg copy of Shaun’s sex tape but the governor will not allow it, so Otto disables the device. Shortly thereafter Otto and Gary3 are having a laugh at Shaun’s expense. They pass through the crowd past multiple stages where acts are being preformed. A large hog from one stage hops off and directs Otto and Shaun to a back room where private things occur.

The hog has several electronic implants for use in recording audio and video, as well as sysnet links to broadcast what it records. A voice comes from the hog and it is apparent that Kraffenburg has hijacked the pig through it’s cybernetic implants and sysnet feed. Kraffenburg explains that there is nothing else he wants from the two except the whereabouts of Ryan Williams. Shaun tries to give the information he has about Hakim “One-Eye” and Kraffenburg says he already knew that and it is becoming more apparent that Shaun simply cannot be much use to him regarding Williams. He refuses to do much more work on the previous plans they had in taking down the local government but he will allow Shaun one last chance to dig up anything on Williams that he can use. He will allow a third and final meeting in Zone 3, but will wait no longer than a week before he loses interest and will move on. Shaun has one week to dig up anything on Williams before Kraffenburg ceases to be a resource of any kind.

With that, the devices on the pig begin to blink and the pig lies down to sleep. Otto and company manage to leave yet another seedy bar just as it explodes into flames. This leaves Shaun to lie to The Colonel yet again about who blew up a building in his territory.

Shaun is growing increasingly frustrated as he just cannot seem to catch any good leads on what they were doing and why. He feels his old team really set he and Otto up big time and the one he thought was orchestrating it all, Sasha, may be dead. He feels like they are playing fall guy for all The Coil’s ill gained resources. Making matters worse he is beginning to think he and Otto may have assisted them in making this set up against themselves all possible. It seems any attempt to uncover the past just leads he and Otto deeper into trouble and costs them more of their limited and now dwindling personal resources. They are rapidly losing privileges, contacts, places to hide, not to mention money and safety. If they don’t get some answers or a new source of resource soon everything might come crumbling down around them.

All the while Otto doesn’t seem too worried. He going along with his plan as he thinks it was. He’s going to tear down the local government and put The Syndicate into power, and he’s going to get revenge on The Skyforgers. The how and the why don’t seem to be a concern of his. His only concern is having someone at his back who won’t bitch out and run like a pussy every time a weapon is pulled. He can’t get anything accomplished by hiding from problems and running away from a hidden or forgotten truth that might be a whole lot less scary than the monster in the shadows it appears to be. He’s tired of chasing his tail and he wants to take some drastic actions because he’s being played for a fool, no more planning, no more researching. Tonight he’s off to New Harmony Gate and there he’ll meet Sinclair and begin taking some actions.

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