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Gentlemen:

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.

BMW

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GM NOTE:

Dredger cannot extract a picture of cowl from his Eye recording system because he did not state he was recording during the time of the meeting.

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This Cowl fellow does not seem like one who enjoys being investigated, and he deals with such things quite…efficiently. Meaning he’ll probably kill the fuck out of us and our unborn children. May I ask WHY you want to know more about him? Is it more than just that you want to know more than he has said, or is there some kind of underlying thought process going on here that you haven’t quite shared? I’m willing to work with you on this, since you are willing to help me on my own personal endeavors.

Concerning Z3Ro, I was going to have him find for me (or us) a long term investigator. One who is very good at covering their tracks. Z3ro is a combat hacker, and I think is more suited to the aggressive nature of getting a job done. Not saying her couldn’t do it of course. And here is where our paths meet. I was interested in that dragon from the Urban Brawl game as well, and was going to have the investigator find out more about it for us. This is jumping to quite a conclusion here, but do you suspect this Cowl character to actually BE that dragon?! Or perhaps has some influence over the dragon? If that is what you suspect…do we want to go down this road and find more info about him?

Now with my implant, I CAN take pictures with it. And I CAN take video with it. By no means have I discovered a way to go back and “recover” images from it that I didn’t purposefully engage the implant to take to begin with. If I were to see this person again, I could take a picture of him and that mask for you. By no means am I an artist, so I wouldn’t draw up a rendition. It would probably be in crayon anyways.

Can you tell us more of some threats we could face while gathering this plant? I haven’t combated many things from the Astral Plane before, and have more experience with just the mage folk themselves than anything. So if we do this run, what would be best to bring along?

And yeah, I’ll ask Michelle about the buildup of security. Not sure how much she “has her ear to the ground” on such things, but perhaps she heard something.

-Dredger

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GM Note:

Dredger is able to use the functions of his eye system listed on the EVCS item page. So he is able to pull pictures and video from them. Basically the system records via the eye system but saves the data on your Personal Com Link. So all you have to do is say in or out of character is “I Take pictures with my eyes” and bammo, the pic files is saved into your commlink to share or post online or what have you.

Someone roll a Data search concerning Threats in the Gansu region. Tell me how many hits you get.

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DEFAULT ROLL ON DATA SEARCH
Data Search 0 + Logic 3
2d6 = 4 and 5. One hit on threats in Gansu region.

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GM Note:

Nope, you dont find anything. Good job using the defaulting rules and lowering your Dice pool by -1. I suggest you guys harass chuckles Or use computers + logic at -1 to your pool.

P.S. I really like this side work being done between sessions. It will save time during the session.

P.S.S. Z3RO found a contact for doing some background checks for you Dredger, he is expensive and costs 1000 nuyen a week. However Z3RO says he is very good. However you are not allowed to contact him and all communication will be done through Z3R0. Forward Z3RO the info you currently know and what you want to know from the Nameless Matrix Investigator.

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Most of our past troubles stemmed from our foes possessing a greater knowledge of the situation than we did. I do suspect that cowl may be a dragon or have ties to one, and as such, perhaps we should exercise greater caution when dealing with him. I never trust what I do not know. At the same time, I do not want to jeopardize our relationship with cowl. One thing we do know for certain is that he is he best fixer in Asia and we’d be fools to throw away an opportunity to work with him.

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COMPUTERS + LOGIC – 1
4d6= 6, 5, 4, 5 (I wish I rolled like this during sessions! Used the Obsidian rolling tool on the top of the page)

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I agree that it’s good to know what we are dealing with. Knowledge is power. But so is a Ares Alpha being pointed at the backs of our heads once we find out too much. We need to be very careful. I definitely don’t want to lose such a great form of income on us tripping on our dicks. Well…ok, I guess you wouldn’t have that issue…figure of speech, lay off!

-Dredger

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Good Roll Dredger, see Ravar link on the Character page.

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I have the same apprehensions which is why I’d like to avoid trying to take a picture. I doubt it would even work properly given the scrambling devices inside Cowl’s office.

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Years ago, Dragons were thought of as gods and emperors were their incarnation. Now, Dragons walk among us and the rich and powerful are their puppets. Cowl, be he dragon or pet has a past and purpose of his own. Im not superstitious, but i feel like bad karma is to befall us just for considering the actions you wish to take Miss BMW. Today, i wake up and count him as a blessing. So dig if you must but do not expect me to be there when he finds you. The Delgreco’s seem like enough trouble so lets focus on them.
Also, if you are in need of a bodyguard for your trip to procure a reagent, it would feel good to test my metal again. im in if you need me.

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As I said, I do not wish to go ahead unless we are unanimous in our decision, so we can hold off on digging deeper into who our employer really is until he gives us more reason to do so. I would like to proceed with the run for Hui Zhong as well if we are all in agreement there.

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So…this Mage Thistle is in an area that has this…beastly looking creature called the Content Not Found: ravar. What the shit is that all about! haha! I mean, really?! We better be packing some heat for something like that. If they have the agility of a large cat and tough hide like some reptiles out there…well fuck me sideways. Just let me know what I need to pack up.

And for dealing with the payment! You mentioned 3000 now, and 1500 for each plant we bring back. Is that PER PERSON, or 1500 per plant and then we have to split that? Because then we’ll be having to dig around for a while to make this worth the time. Meh, I guess we’ll get out of the city finally!

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We’d split it, I presume. I doubt she cares how many mouths we have to feed.

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