AR Log – Journal Supplement #3
黑蛾女巫 Black Moth Witch
Presently I am doing some quick cleanup following an attempted hit by some unknown Russian assailants. I anticipate that I will be too busy for a proper journal entry for a short time, and I wanted to take immediate note of our most recent failure while the details are still fresh in my mind.
Today was another sloppy movement of this miserable symphony that is the Baby Jo Johnson Consult. I am unsure where exactly we slipped up this time, but Dredger’s contact Tesa, a rigger and trusted associate, was beaten and nearly killed for her involvement in the situation. Her captors/interrogators (Russians of some kind, well connected and informed, part of a large shadow team well accustomed to information gathering and wetwork) used her to lure the rest of our team into combat. Splint made a brave but stupid move in an attempt to save Tesa from the Russians, and it very nearly cost him his life. As much as I respect his abilities as a physician, he is a liability in the field, and hopefully after this most recent brush with death, I can convince him to step into a support role. He’s talented enough to be street doctor to every Runner in the South China Sea, but I fear that the next bullet that comes his way might be his last. I thought he was dead when the gunfire finally stopped, but luckily he and Tesa are both still alive.
I took a strong hit myself, but it’s nothing that will prevent me from finishing delivery of the information to Baby Jo and hopefully extracting us from whatever EVO business that we’ve injected ourselves into.
Without Splint and in light of the seemingly limitless number of people that are interested in our crew lately, I will need to send word to Proper that we need some muscle. I guess I’ll see who they can turn up on short notice.
I hope that we will be able to explain things to the authorities when they arrive, which I expect to happen in the next ten minutes. I will speak with Tesa and hopefully we can arrive at the best plan of action quickly. I will ask her to erase any electronic evidence of our presence, and perhaps I can concoct a story involving a firefight between the Del Grecos and some gang of Russians to feed to Lone Star. Tesa will also need to let us know if there is anything that should be hidden at her garage, as Lone Star may decide to take a look around her place. If she is put out for too long from her own residence, I may invite her to stay with us for a time.
Of course there is also the matter of our new allies, the pair on the Combat Bike. I am unsure of exactly who they are, but I suppose that once this situation resolves itself, I will have time to untangle our current situation.
In the meantime, my priorities are to safely extract the team from this situation and see that Splint and Tesa are stabilized.
Another note to reflect upon later: I used my magic to make people kill themselves today. I feel reprehensibly. It was just wrong. Life in the shadows is never easy, and I have done many things that would not make my family proud as I have strived to become the best, but I knew as I passed the order from my lips that this was too far. I feel a great shame for what I have done, and I will have to try harder in the future to prevent myself from falling into a situation where I must do something so dishonorable in order to survive. When I finally get some down time, I will need to reflect on what I have done and try to make penance with myself.
Encrypted Message to Proper Consulting, Attn: Zhang Xin
SPLINT IS DOWN, WILL SURVIVE
NEED MUSCLE, PREFERABLY OGRE OR STREET SAM
PACKAGE IS READY, WILL PROCEED WITH DELIVERY