Monday, February 21st, 2072
Prologue: The Collective are contacted by Lady Jade . She apologises for not being in contact. She says she was protecting Takeshi Modori. Lady Jade wants the team to find Kazuya Hitomi so they can confirm if he was the one who murdered Catherine Westmore.
Scene 1: Regency Tech Center. The Collective arrive at the Regency Tech Center at 6 pm sharp to receive a job offer. A tense and agitated Ms. Johnson gets straight to the point and asks the team to hunt down Takeshi Modori because she believes him to be a the killer of Catherine Westmore. The team quickly figures out that Ms. Johnson is Donna Westmore. They keep this information to themselves.
Donna Westmore agrees to pay the team 3,000¥ up front with 5,000¥ more on delivery of Takeshit Modori. She insists that he be kept alive so she can interrogate him herself.
Felix makes some hurtful remarks and the rest of the team tries to contain him. Zer0 tries to hack into Felix’s brand new Hermes Ikon commlink. Zer0 fails twice, giving Felix two marks on Zer0’s cyberdeck. Felix then uses Zer0’s cyberdeck to send more hurtful remarks to Donna Westmore. Olo uses magic to coarse Felix out of the hotel room to stop him from torturing poor Donna Westmore. The Collective then excuse themselves.
A call from Lady Jade informs the team that she doesn’t know where Kazuya may be hiding, but Lin Yao, manager of Klub Karma, and member of the White Lotus Triad, would know.
After some quick calls to contacts, the team learns that Lin Yao is someone you can make deals with if it’s in her best interest. The team is also led to believe that Kazuya bought his protection with either lots of nuyen or some item. They also learn that the Yakuza want to get their hands on Kazuya and that Lin Yao is risking a war between the two syndicates.
Scene 2: Klub Karma. The Collective agree to do a quick recon mission at Klub Karma. The club is packed and the music is blasted through the enormous speakers. Everyone seems to be having a great time. Most of the team decided to go in unarmed while Felix tries to sneak in through the backdoor.
Olo does a quick astral projection of the two-story building, learning the astral aura of passion as he catches several couples in carnal pleasure. There is a ward on the east section of the second floor that hides what the team assumes to be something important.
Felix tries to get the drop on the guy standing out in the back alley. Felix uses a gun to defeat the guy’s fists. The backdoor opens to Felix’s surprise and another fight ensues. Felix is victorious after a couple more shots from his Ares Predator. He enters Klub Karma and attempts to loot the manager’s office after dismissing some underaged girl who was caught by club security.
The Collective try to blend in. Zer0 eats dumplings with An Peng, Mellora spies on some Wuxing corpies, Olo denies an elf poser’s plea for help, Lion-O gets hit on by Katie Kaboom and Jessie Cakes. It appears that the only way to get to the second floor is through the elevator.
Olo buys a couple sake bombs from the bar but fails to talk his way past the elevator guard. The team notices that couples are allowed to take the elevator to the second floor. Olo and Lion-O agree to Katie and Jessie’s advances so the foursome are allowed to go to the second floor.
Felix doesn’t find anything interesting in the manager’s office. He pickpockets an inebriated stranger in the hallway and finds a dead stuffed mouse, and a live mouse. Felix pockets both mice.
Zer0 gets the contact information for Lin Yao from An Peng.
In an upstairs bedroom, Lion-O and Olo enjoy Katie and Jessie’s company for a good 30 minutes during which they all partake in a little novacoke. Lion-O and Olo become eskimo brothers. They pay the nice girls for their time before exiting the room and make an attempt on the warded area. Lion-O, with Olo’s help, talks his way into a meeting with Lin Yao.
Lin Yao doesn’t trust Lion-O and asks him to beat up An Peng to prove that he’s on her side. Lion-O and the team decide it’s not worth the trouble and the meeting ends abruptly. Lion-O is kicked out of the club.
The rest of the team save for Felix decides to regroup and plan their next step.
Felix, however, presses on and tries to work his way to the warded area. Felix tries to talk his way past a guard but fails and a kung fu fist fight breaks out. Felix wins easily with the aid of some kamikaze drugs that he inhaled right before the fight started.
Still high on kamikaze, Felix makes his way through the ward. He knocks and the first door and lo and behold, Kazuya Hitomi opens the door. They exchange pleasantries before throwing down. Neither score a meaningful hit in the first exchange and both back off find cover.
Felix uses a fistful of plastic explosives to blast down the door and wall Kazuya was using for cover. While waiting for the smoke to clear, another triad member appears down the hallway and forces Felix to take cover again. When Felix sees movement from the rubble, he tosses the last of his plastic explosives on a stunned Kazuya Hitomi, nailing his exact spot and detonating it, causing Kazuya to explode into chunky salsa.
Felix hears more voices coming his way, so he grabs Kazuya’s pistol and jumps into the hole in the floor made by the blast. He lands in the men’s bathroom on the first floor, encountering An Peng who is just exiting a bathroom stall. An Peng recognizes Felix. Felix tries to con his way past An Peng, but fails. Felix makes a run for the exit and An Peng, realizing that Felix is much faster than him, slings a Knockout spell at Felix. Felix resists and gets away.
Scene 3: Aftermath. Mellora and Olo realize what just happened and know they don’t have much time to act. The team needs evidence that proves Kazuya is the sniper who killed Catherine. Olo casts two Physical Masks spells to disguise the two of them into Katie Kaboom and Jessie Cakes.
They talk their way past some triad members to reach Kazuya’s bloody mess. Mellora has to make a climbing roll to reach the second floor. After some furious searching, Mellora finds two locked suitcases that could contain the murder weapon. Realizing that one of the suitcases has a biometric recognition system lock, Mellora looks for and finds a dismembered finger that would open the suitcase.
Luck is on the team’s side as the finger will come to open up the suitcase revealing the Ares Desert Strike sniper rifle that killed Catherine Westmore.
Scene 4: Knight Errant station in CAS. Lion-O returns from his assignment with Kazuya’s sniper rifle with hopes that it would be enough to fulfill his end of the bargain. Lion-O isn’t surprised to learn that Chief Bujold demands more from him. She’s not satisfied that the sniper rifle is enough to pin the Catherine Westmore murder on Kazuya and wants Lion-O to bring in Takeshi Modori for questioning. She gives him 12 hours to get the job done, but before he is allowed to leave the station, Knight Errant takes a fresh blood sample.
Scene 5: Lion-O’s house. With all five members present, the team has a long discussion/intervention with Felix, asking him to be more of a team player. Felix is unaware of the discord caused by his past transgressions, but is happy to be more cooperative if the team is more open with him.
Payout: 3,000 nuyen retainer
Karma Gain: 6 Karma.
Notoriety gain: +1 for blowing up Klub Karma
Faction changes: -1 with the White Lotus Triad
Contacts gained: Zhang Wong (Connections 2/ Loyalty 3), Junko Tetsuya (Connections 3/ Loyalty 3), Olo and Lion-O gain Katie Kaboom (Connections 2/Loyalty 1)
Other Items gained: Ares Desert Strike rifle, a suitcase full of fine articles of male clothing, Ares Predator V pistol, Live mouse, Kazuya’s dismembered finger
Items lost: total of 400 nuyen for cover charge, 400 nuyen for services of Katie Kaboom and Jessie Cakes, bullets from Felix’s gun, plastic explosives, 1 dose of kamikaze, Ares Desert Strike rifle, Kazuya’s dismembered finger, Lion-O’s commlink/fake SIN/fake licenses