My contacts have alerted me to some very interesting information.
I would like to learn more about Cowl. I would not like him to know about it. He is too valuable to alienate as a contact. Z3R0 would be willing to investigate his mask for us, but he needs a drawing or picture. Dredger, if there is a way to extract a picture from your eye implants history, I would like to do that. I believe it is unwise to go in with an active recording device, though, so if we need to set them to record first, I would rather go with the backup plan: one of us draws a picture of the mask (artisan + intuition straight up or forgery + agility – 2 dice).
If we cannot procure a decent picture of the mask, it might be worth our while to investigate the dragon that appeared at the Urban Brawl championship some weeks ago. I believe the two to be related. This could be a very dangerous dead end, though, as Z3R0 reiterated, so I would not begin the investigation without everyone’s consent.
Zeros fee would be the same weather he is looking up info on Dragons or oriental masks, he just cant do both at once. He is more hesitant getting involved in the affairs of dragons though, they are a dangerous species and a dangerous culture in which outsiders are not welcome.
My friend Hui Zhong has also offered a run to us. We would need to go into Gansu and collect Mage Thistle, a powerful reagent used in summoning.
Concerning payment, Hui Zhong’s initial offer is 3000 nuyen now and 1500 nuyen for each thistle flower we return with. On a visual spectrum level it blends right into the undergrowth, in order to stand a chance of finding it I need to view it on the astral plane. Gansu can be a dangerous area, there is a leyline that runs west to east across the northern part of the country (where Mage Thistle likes to grow) and the plants there aren’t the only thing that is Awakened. We could possibly negotiate a better deal, but she is a friend and I am not interested in exploiting her. On a personal level, I would like to do this run because I could use some Mage thistle myself.
One last note: Dredger, could you ask about the recent mercenary buildup in Macao while you’re at dinner with Michele? All of the corps are instating very high security measures. While I suspect this has a lot to do with our successful work last week, I want to know if there is more to it than that. Maybe your friend knows more than my contacts were able to share.