The ‘rescued’ decker, Skunkworks provided further analysis into the log files left over from the data bombed simsense ransom note and was able to discern that:
- his signature was likely planted by someone fluent in the hardware associated with the recording of simsense experiences (not so much the software coding)
- the dermal sensors used to record the emotions and sensations of the person who the simsense user would be jumping into were of far higher quality that what is usually found on the streets. This indicates a biotech/medical engineering origin. Shiawase and Saeder Krupp are the main players i those markets in Chicago
Skunkworks found it doubtful that that Saeder Krupp would have tried to implicate him as they were attempting to hire him. His contact/recruiter, a man called ‘The Wasp’ – who had been making a bit of business throwing hyper-exclusive parties and providing the drugs was looking to get into BTL/Simsense production. Further questioning revealed that this “Wasp” was none other than Cory Hockmeyer – the frequent contact of Lady Monarch and co-owner of the luxury condo in the new North Loop.
Some research uncovered that the Wasp had also been notably not present on the club scene for a few days.
Brock Hammer, Ketna and Tankyo decided to investigate the condo. Posing as new S-K security for the Wasp, Brock conned his way past the guards at the font door and spoke to reception. Ketna walked around back to the service entrance. Tankyo re-routed the receptionist’s phone to his own phone and, posing as the Wasp, gained Brock entrance to the penthouse condo elevators.
Ketna set some light explosives to blow the service entrance door and waited for a guard spotted by Tankyo’s overwatch to get within the blast range.
Meanwhile Brock arrived on the top floor to find 2 guards stationed. He managed to convince the guards that the he was indeed new security, and following a hacking fail to open the condo’s front door was provided access by the newly fooled guard.
Ketna blew the back door and dispatched the guard stationed. An unsuccessful hack on the service elevator and a failed attempted at intimidation resulted in the untimely demise of an unfortunate room service employee (whose comlink did provide access to the elevator.)
The condo was actually more set up as a workspace than a lover’s den. Brock searched the condo and found a data module for a cyberdeck (think hard drive) as well as a prothesis-model cyberarm. Tankyo, (who accompanied in VR) knew this to be Lady Monarch’s. Around this time Brock saw a glint in the window of the building opposite the condo highrise and dove behind a kitchen island just as 2 high-caliber sniper rifles blasted out the windows and blew massive chunks out of said kitchen island.
Also at this point, Tankyo, who unbeknownst to him, had accumulated a mark on his deck from the building’s formidable host – was greeted by a nasty bit of IC in the form of a black widow. Though he was able to resist one round and brick one of the sniper rifles – he was hit hard by a Blaster IC which did a number on his cyberdeck, stunned the hell out of him and link-locked him in VR o the building’s host. He unfortunately had to Jack out, dumpshocked in the car.
About this time Ketna arrived at the top floor and managed to dispatch both guards just as Brock hauled ass out of the condo and back towards the elevator. Security stopped the elevator on the fourth floor where a shoot-out ensued – or whatever you call a shootout where grenades and whips are involved. They were able to escape the building taking the stairs the rest of the way – with Brock taking some bullets on his way out.
Once back at Tankyo’s apartment they examined the data module to find transaction records of both Lady Monarch’s and Wasp’s VIP parties documenting formidable entrance fees and the purchase and sale of a variety of drugs – BTLs being the dominant commodity.
It would appear that the corp-brats were in business.
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