Chrome Rain

Prelude: Video Camera Sleuthing
  • Conductor > Fiat lux
  • Conductor > 744-66_d1.jpg
  • Arcwright > Bored, Conductor?
  • Conductor > cheshire-cat-toboggan-thief-1038x576.png
  • Conductor > pynn-butler-trial-security-footage-surveillance-1.png
  • Conductor > security_cameras_bonita_springs.jpg
  • Arcwright > I don’t get it.
  • FireWraith > Small man. Small mind. AW, let your betters handle this. Interesting meta data on these images.
  • Z7-87 > Item: Hashing algorithm 78-A-HUF. Primary use: UCAS internal commlink relay. Assertion: Improbability.
  • Arcwright > Shut it, fire face. Z7, seen this before? Ghast? You around?
  • Z7-87 > Assertion: Affirmative. Observation: 78-A-HUF current block chain at 988760791. Observation: Image block chain calculated to real time.
  • Conductor > In every handful of sand: grains of diamond.
  • FireWraith > Why can’t you just be direct for once?
  • Arcwright > I’ve heard that line before, one sec…
  • Arcwright > Got them! lat/longs hidden in the images. Steganography. That is some retro shit right there. Sharing is caring.
  • Ghast > Interesting. Image three is a UCAS site. Checking. Image one is one as well. All of them.
  • FireWraith > Seriously? How do you get this info?
  • Ghast > Do your homework.
  • Z7-87 > Observation: Symmetry detected. Assertion: Images define a quadrilateral. Action: PMing coordinates to Ghast. Question: Similar?
  • Ghast > Got it Z7-87. And, correct as usual. It is UCAS as well. Got the live cams on site. Let me patch this through.
  • Arcwright > Holy firefight batman!
  • Ghast > Defenders are UCAS. Image quality not good enough to check the insignia. Don’t recognize the attackers.
  • Arcwright > Knock knock Blue Nova: Bet you recognize the place.
  • FireWraith > Check frame 1208: anyone recognize that symbol? Hard to make it out.
  • Z7-87 > Negative.
  • Conductor > A trail of breadcrumbs.
  • Blue Nova > …

  • Arcwright > Ghast, you there? Need a favour bud.
  • Ghast > Here.
  • Arcwright > Remember a few days ago, those UCAS goons getting bent over by the black rubber fetish ninjas?
  • Ghast > Not quite the descriptive I would use.
  • Arcwright > Found an operation name, wanted to pass it by you. See if you’ve heard anything.
  • Ghast > Terms?
  • Arcwright > Quid pro quo
  • FireWraith > Hey Hey! Arcwright using smart person words!
  • PurpleGhost > Dio li fa, poi li accoppia
  • Ghast > Lol. PG: Think of the children.
  • Arcwright > … Okay… moving on. Ghast, you in?

  • Ghast > Arcwright.
  • Arcwright > Ghast.
  • Ghast > My ‘quid pro quo’ is this: Answers in the forum, for all eyes.
  • Arcwright > What?! You can’t do this to me!
  • Ghast > I can. I am. Project Tangiers is the code name of the UCAS operation that just ended in the SCIRE.
  • Arcwright > Shut it! Stop!
  • FireWraith > Slow a moment Ghast, want to grab the popcorn.
  • Ghast > Operation Tangiers involved high level assets spaced through Seattle. Very little information on reason other than ‘Fire Support’ and ‘Tag and Retrieve’
  • Ghast > Boots on the ground kept out of the loop.
  • Ghast > I’ve packaged everything else I’ve found together. Going to upload to the challenge space, here, and then drop it like a hot rock. I recommend you do too Arcwright: Every node I touched got torched. Someone wants this information dead.
  • Arcwright > …
    >>> Challenge Accepted! File: 876-AHBA-GABA-20591231-Ghast
  • Ghast > I’m setting the archive read only. Break the encryption and its contents are yours. But same goes for anyone else.
    >>> We Have a Winner! 876-AHBA-GABA-20591231-Ghast broken by SHIVANfurnace
  • Ghast > Holy fuck. That was fast.
  • Arcwright > Polkaroo got it? Damn.
    >>> File Deleted: 876-AHBA-GABA-20591231-Ghast by SHIVANfurnace\
  • Ghast > What? Hey! How…
  • SHIVANfurnace > open your heart; surrender; enemies will be friends.
  • FireWraith> And that, my friends, is why I think SHIVAN and Conductor are the same bloke.
New Years Day, 2060
Endless Party

The Fifties went out with a whimper. Any plans for festivities went out the window when the UCAS military arrived en-mass mid December and occupied the downtown. Everyone feared that Seattle was going to go the way of Chicago — what horrors were the military here to prevent? What could possibly be happening in the SCIRE that would justify such a lockdown.

But, then, as swiftly as it began, it ended: News Years Eve saw the massive exodus of the military. Leaving as mysteriously as they arrived. Now it is Knight Errant that encircles the SCIRE, and becoming the daily face of of the news in the city.

Mother Nature, never one to sit out the action, has lashed the city with rain unending since early December. Satellite feeds show massive cloud systems in the Pacific, and forecast a winter of long dreary rains punctuated with frightful wind storms.

The city exhales, but still waits for the other shoe to drop.

Amidst all this, life must go on, and our four runners find themselves short of cash, short of contacts and recently bereft of their prior teams.


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