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Old 07-03-2013, 06:29 AM
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Dani was out of the room before Dotty and the visored Scrap could turn back around to offer her an escort. "To hell with all this," she muttered as she shoved her way down the nearest hall. She'd had her fill of tangling with the Reds for one day, and if even half of what she knew about this enforcer was true, a quick exit was definitely in order. Especially if the filthy son of a bitch was after her bounty.

That thought stopped her dead in her tracks. The guy with the tats was right, there was a bounty on her. But Danielle St. Claire was beyond dead, she never existed. As far as the entire sprawl was concerned, she was no one. The only identity she could even claim as her own was the one on the Interlink, and she was practically untouchable there. But in the real world, as anonymous as she was, if a Syndicate somehow got on her trail...

"Dammit!" Dani cried as she wheeled around and started heading toward the sound of fighting. If the Bratva somehow knew something, or thought they knew something, her only option was to make sure they kept their damn suspicions to themselves. And taking out the biggest muscle they had to flex would probably be persuasive enough. If not, well, she'd burn that bridge when she got to it. For now, she just hoped tat-guy could wear Kaschey down before he got ripped apart to make it easier for her to finish the job.
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Old 07-04-2013, 04:56 AM
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Well there was one way to try to track him down. It might work, or it might not, if not she plans on going to the Bards live performance. First, however, the problems with Mercenaries is that they seldom will be very loyal. It was time to see how loyal the mercs are. For this mission she takes a long silk scarf, a Sai, an a couple of smoke bombs. Should be what she needs for this.

She makes her way to the Gaffer Club, and assesses the place. It will be tough, and she will need to get to the back, but .. well you can't make scrambled eggs without cracking some shells.

She took the lookout first. Slipping behind him, throwing the scarf over his mouth, and pulling back..a quick application of a pressure point on the neck, and he won't be raising any alarms anytime soon.

Next was the two guards at the door, it appears the mercs did not want to be disturbed. Too bad. Unfortunately even a Ninja can make a calculation error. She had managed to get close without being noticed, and whipped out the scarf to tie around one, and pull him to her to knock him out. However, she was just a second too slow to throw the Sai (handle first) at the other guards throat. He managed to let out a yell. That was not good.

No going back now, she burst through the door, to find the ones inside either scattered (if patrons) or ready for her. One smoke bomb went down, to even things up for her. It was a hectic fight, they came at her at all sides, unable to fire any weapons because they had no target.

A swift kick to the stomach of one, gave her a chance to do a spin kick off his back taking down another. She barely managed to dodge a pool stick, and deliver a blow that not only broke the stick, but the hand holding it.

"Get out of the smoke you idiots!" came a roar from toward the back. "Fight them where we can see them!". Good thing that the smoke disoriented direction, because a few ended up running into each other in haste to follow the order. A twisted neck for one, followed by a low blow for the other, made sure those two were dealt with. Things went sort of quiet. When the smoke cleared, only two people remained standing. Kiki, and the boss of the mercs

"I will ask once, and once only. Where is Molier?"
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:28 PM
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[real-world].[the hub].[hub scrap hideout]|timecode:xxn.00.03.15.1154

"Dammit, don't go back there!" Dotty cries out as Dani darts back into the hideout. "Kaschey's a monster!"

"Slag it," Black-visor mutters. "She wants to get herself killed, let her. We need to get out of here and call in our own heavies to get Daisuke out of there, that crazy bastard."

The hideout is already turning into a bit of a warzone. There are Bratva men all over, shooting at or fighting with the handful of Scraps that defend their turf. But the biggest source of her attention would be Jinchu Daisuke, sword in one hand, pistol in the other, facing off with probably the largest man Dani has ever seen. He is easily eight feet tall, if not taller, and he is heavily augmented. Dense slabs of muscle cover his body, and that same immensity is present in his cybernetic forearms and lower legs. He wears only a pair of tough mil-spec pants and a thick belt, leaving his chest-- covered in Bratva nano-tats-- bare. Probably the most fearsome part of him would be his face. At some point in his career as the Red Bratva's unkillable killing machine, his face had gotten blown off. Literally. Raw musculature and bone shows, and his mad eyes stare out of his sockets, his mouth perpetually bared in a rictus skeletal grin. All this is shown beneath a clear plastisteel face-mask that had been apparently riveted to his skull.

Everyone on that floor is giving Kaschey a wide berth, and the huge man simply advances forward as Jinchu fires pulse after pulse from his pistol. Jinchu's aim is impeccable. He's aiming at Kaschey's face, head, and neck, but Kaschey's mask is apparently impervious to small arms fire. If a shot threatens to go above or below or graze to the side of his mask, Kaschey just twitches his head in that direction and the blast spangs off the mask instead.

Realizing this strategy isn't working, Jinchu quick-steps back, adjusting his aim at something further south. But Kaschey moves fast for a man his size, closing the distance and grabbing the Scrap's pistol, crushing it in one massive fist and tossing it aside contemptuously. Then Kaschey's fist comes down like the wrath of gods, and it's all Jincu can do to get his sword up in time to block the swing, being pressed into a desperate crouch at the force behind that fist.

Dani would have time to see all this before a Bratva thug spots her, calling out, "Там она есть!" He raises a gun in her direction, declaring, "Получите ваши руки вверх, маленькая птичка." It's clear he intends for her to surrender. A couple more Bratva start making their way over, also aiming weapons.

[real-world].[the hub].[the gaffer club]|timecode:xxn.00.03.15.1221

The merc leader takes in Kiki's appearance and swears. "Aw, frack. You're one of those clan ninja." He shakes his head. "Look, I don't know who you're talking about. Lotta guys have come in looking to hire some muscle--"'

Suffice to say, Kiki makes a threat, and then shows the AR picture in the information packet in her comm-link. The merc leader peers at it. "That guy. Hired three of my best. Told them to meet him at Ellis Plaza later, they'd get further instructions then." As if in response to any comment about his crew's loyalty to their clients, he adds, "We ain't gettin' paid enough to tangle with fuckin' ninja. Syndicate or corp-sec muscle, sure, but ninjas? Slag that."

As Kiki starts to leave, however, she would notice three valet bots-- humanoid mechs used for various mundane tasks-- arrayed in the alley that she had entered through. Their heads all cock in unison, but in different directions. A synthesized voice-- not anything remotely similar to the standard vox that valet bots have-- speaks out from the bots as well, but it switches which bot with every other word.

"Greetings." "I'm afraid--" "that I--" "--can't let--" "--you interfere--" "--with our--" "--business further--" "--Toshioto Kiki."

At which point, the bots would suddenly leap into action. The hacked bots-- their speed overclocked by the hacker's action-- move with incredible speed, and spring off the walls of the alley in an attempt to disorient the ninja. At last one of the bots comes in at an angle from behind, and even though Kiki dodges the strike, she would feel and hear the sizzle and hum of a hard-light blade. The bots' hands are making 'blades' with their hands, and the hard-light blade is formed from energized particles, making an effective weapon.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:33 PM
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Noah scanned over his messages with a somewhat detached feeling. He always seemed to feel that way lately. He wasn't entirely certain if it was because of his relative isolation in the real world, or because of his double life.

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Reply to Message 1: gu$stav - I wud, bu7 N0 backwurd compa7 makes i7 hard 70 jus7ify 7h3 3xpen53. I kan7 mak3 7h3 5h0w. Mi73 n07 b3 5af3.- Noa

After reading the second message Noa will forward a small amount of creds to Lem for keeping her in the loop.

Reply to Message 2: Thanks. Will check it out.

Noah does not reply to message 3 but sets up an automated program to put some feelers out monitoring data flow of known Flow data hubs. The program is a simple sniffer that will alert him to any odd traffic. He will also do what he can so mask the sniffer program and make it look like simple junk code.

He also sets up a second program to simple mine any data attached to the name Brad Kenstern. No hacking involved, simply a program that will compile any files, data etc related to the name to be sifted through later.

Afterward he will log into the interlink as The Bard to begin preparing for the night's show.

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Old 07-10-2013, 12:47 AM
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"Yeah, yeah," Dani responds without even glancing at the men closing in on her where she stands on the stair rail overlooking the floor below. She's focused on the fight on the ground level, studying the massive Bratva for any weakness she might be able to exploit. The three men continue to advance toward her, finally coming within sensory range of her augs. Without taking her eyes off the fight below, she reaches out with her mental energies. She finds what she's looking for, and sparks the bullets of the guns pointed at her. The weapons explode in their hands, leaving the men to collapse, screaming on the ground. "Idiots," she mutters, then finds a grenade that one of them is carrying on his belt. She turns to look at them and flashes a smirk as she watches the pin pulled and tossed away by an unseen force. She then jumps off the rail to the floor below, slowing her descent as she drops and landing gently on her feet.

"Hey, jackass," she calls. Kaschey looks at her, still trying to crush Jinchu under his fist. A second later there is an explosion upstairs, raining flaming debris all around them and Dani's smirk resurfaces. She takes hold of the fire all around, increasing its intensity and drawing it to her, finally surrounding herself in raging, swirling flames. "Lookin' for me?"
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:05 AM
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Kiki just barely managed to dodge yet another sword, as she was cursing trying to avoid the three machines. Her Sai was useless against metal, and they were just as quick as she was. She was losing, because she could not hurt them, but they could hurt her. She fled through another door, and was out on the street, the machines not far behind.

As she fled the machines, she ducked into another building hoping to lose them, and come across the oddest site. Somebody covered in flames, but that seems not to be harmed by them. Of course being blind all she knew was that there was fire, and somebody was in it, her other senses told her that. Then one of the machines burst through the wall, and the other two were not far behind. She was caught between whatever THAT (the person on fire) was, and these machines..she pulled out her silk and prepared for death..she would go out fighting though.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:44 PM
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://noafence.mesh|timecode:xxn.00.03.15.1135

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lol wot. simtek 10 IS bckwrd compat, slackbit. wut evr. u shud dl the rec after the bard livefeed at least. schway beatz. l8rz. --gu$tav.

://meshcrawl/search#brad kenstern|timecode:xxn.00.03.15.1136

Searches on Brad Kenstern would turn up some dividends. He was a code monkey, often contracted to various small corps that in turn were contracted by megacorps to do all the grunt work of getting their systems and warez and so on working. The upshot of being effectively a sub-sub-contractor to megacorps is they didn't care much about him, being an interchangeable cog in the machine, and he got access to all manner of interesting code.

Naturally, what he did for them was compartmentalized so that, in theory, he didn't know specifically what he was working on, but the bright ones have ways around that. And Kenstern, as it turns out, is very bright. He'd found a chink in the Tyr DRM, all right, and his information was now for sale to anyone who could pony up the credits. There was a bidding war going on, because Kenstern wasn't just putting it out there for free.

It turned out that The Flow had taken an interest in this, of course, with their interest in the freedom of information. Naturally, it seemed the Crashers were also taking an interest.

Some more checking would reveal that Kenstern lived in The Hub, just a few blocks from Noah's flat.

://flow.meshnet|timecode:xxn.00.03.15.1159

Checking on The Flow's network would definitely reveal that the Crashers had been more active. Hellborn and L0ki and their cronies were hitting the servers and hubs hard, looking for any weaknesses, and some of the low-tier Flow activists had been cut off. Their systems were compromised by Crasher agents and viruses, and the activists themselves had either gone off the grid to lay low, or had... been laid low, as it were.

Thus far, however, it seemed that the Crashers hadn't yet targeted NoaFence. Noa's sniffer would definitely detect Crasher agents looking for her, but their agents had indeed not detected the sniffer.

://clubset/radbeatz#the pulse|timecode:xxn.00.03.15.1215

When The Bard turns up at The Pulse to prep for the show, Kelly Haberdasher is waiting, in her usual Interlink avatar. "About time you showed up," she complains. "We got some major prep to do before this feed, you know that? We're expecting record log-ins and downloads for this."

Typical worrywart behavior. But she means well, and she does right by The Bard.

[real-world].[the hub].[hub scrap hideout]|timecode:xxn.00.03.15.1220

Dani would find it hard to spot a weakness in Kaschey. Some pulser blasts had clearly struck him during the initial assault, but these had just left some reddened patches on his flesh or slight scorching on the metal parts of his body. When they had built him to be their ultimate deterrent, the Bratva had clearly gone all-out. Still, nothing is ever invincible for long...

Kaschey turns that gruesome face toward Dani as she challenges him, and just cocks his massive head as she surrounds herself in flames. He turns to face her, a laugh rasping its way through his grinning mouth. Nearby, Jinchu bristles. "Hey, don't look at her, I'm your opponent!" He moves with speed, intending to swing that sword of his down at Kaschey's back--

--only for Kaschey to swivel with faster speed and catch Jinchu square in the fast with one massive metal fist. The Hub Scrap leader goes down hard. This finished, Kaschey turns back to Dani. "Я дам вам преимущество. Забастовка меня где угодно," he declares, and spreads his arms, another laugh rasping out. It seems he is offering Dani the first blow.

That's when a ninja came diving through the window, sliding to a halt to one side. Three hacked valet bots come through the wall after her, and pause as they take in the sight of the battle. The surviving Bratva and Scraps look at the bots, as do a recovered Jinchu. The bots all cock their heads in different directions, and that voice speaks up again, once more switching between bots every other word:

"This is--" "--an unexpected--" "--scenario indeed."

One of the bots suddenly lets out a squawking sound as its body is bisected diagonally across the chassis. Its left shoulder and arm and its head fall to the ground, and the rest of the body shortly after. The reason for this is revealed moments later, as Jinchu's sword is vibrating in the wall. The Hub Scrap Gang leader is back on his feet, rolling his shoulders. He takes in the sight of the flame-wreathed Dani without apparent surprise (though how could you tell behind that mask), then the ninja. "I'll deal with the bots, I guess. I think she can handle Kaschey..."
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:23 AM
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Kiki through out the silk, swirling it around one of the bots.. SHE might not be able to hurt it, but she thought they just might be able to hurt each other, she spins one of the machines around. It collides with the other, slowing both down and making a tangled mess. It won't take them long to untangle themselves, and shred her silk..leaving her with just her Sai, but she had bought time.

"I am Kiki Toshioto of the Toshioto clan, you will find I am not so easy to kill." She didn't know who was friend or foe, but she was going to go down fighting either way. Honor demanded it.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:12 AM
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Danielle is so focused on her target that she barely notices the random appearance of a ninja into what had become an all-out battlefield. However, her ears perk up at the mention of the Toshioto clan. It's bad enough this mess with the Reds has blown up as much as it has, but now there are 2 people tied to the Shinsen-gumi involved in it. "Christ," she mutters, "this day just keeps getting better." The company erased her life, but her past still doing its best to haunt her. Oh well, she'll deal with others as needed. For now, she has bigger fish to fry. Big, hulking, ass-ugly fish.

"All right," she says. "I'll go first." She mentally wings a barrage of fireballs at him, not expecting them to do much damage. She knows his augmented body can be burned, so she wants to see how much heat it will take for him to feel it. Unfazed, he laughs and crosses the room at a much faster speed than anyone would think his huge body could manage. Dani leaps to the side, holding out her arms and releasing a steady stream of blistering flames at him. He's on her in an instant, grabbing her with his massive hands despite her body being surrounded by fire. She can smell burning skin, but her opponent is still undeterred. He slams her against the wall, nearly extinguishing the flames around her from the force of it. "Wipe that grin off your face," she says as she looks up at him and spits blood on his mask. "I'm just getting started beating the piss out of you." She can feel the fire raging on what's left of the floor above. The fire on the ground floor wasn't the only one she stoked with her augs after the explosion, and now she can feel the weakened structure above her and Kaschey. She screams, and as the flames around her body intensify, the floor above starts to give and pieces of flaming debris begin raining down. The giant's grip loosens as he's caught by surprise and Dani is able to free herself and roll under his legs, scrambling away just as everything above where she was pinned comes crashing down in a huge fiery mass.
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[real-world].[the hub].[intersection five blocks from hub scrap hideout]|timecode:xxn.00.03.15.1220
Tyger, a 5' 9" tall, 150 pound Average Joe, had been zooming along the streets at a blistering 120mph when he first saw the flames. At the red light, he checked the holo-map on his dash. Son of Eh, Squirrel's gonna kill me. THAT's the address on the package!

Five minutes and fifty blocks across the Hub earlier...
John "Squirrel" St. Helens, Comet Delivery Services main dispatcher, a short, balding 2nd-generation Sicilian, handed his best delivery man, Tyger, a flimsyplast envelope and a delivery receipt.
"Deliver this to that address and use caution. If you pull that off, fine, if not, you'd best not bring the officials here again."
Putting the envelope in a pocket of his jacket, Tyger grinned, "I'll have to use a few double-backs, then." Tyger slung his leg over his Akira 750 and strapped on his helmet.
"You know your job is to get this done and back here quickly!" Squirrel protested vehemently.
"Well, yeah, but driving for the sake of the officials is boring." With that, Tyger roared out of the delivery garage.

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