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SESSION_001
Drugs, Sex, and Holy Shit You Just Ripped That Woman's Arm Off

It's a classic tale: a tidy accountant, a flexible AGI bodyguard, a congenial terraformer, a sex-addicted socialite, a hairless teen, an amoral gene hacker, and an autistic octopus meet in a virtual conference room to exchange icebreaks and tales of intergalactic doom before venturing forth to conquer evil and save the world.

Only, not.

Our heroes are a ragtag bunch. "Susan" "Jones" is an accountant with a penchant for khakis. In the outer system, she met Sunshine iPod, a particularly flexible bodyguard. In exchange for keeping track of her many small items, Sunshine follows "Susan" as her bodyguard and best friend.

Fred Uckerman once lived on Mars, but moved to Phobos who has found work as a terraformer.

Divinia Winslett loves all that glitters. A member of the gliteratti herself, Divinia has high rep in all the right places, and knows how to read almost anyone to get what she wants.

Like "Susan" and Sunshine, Negasonic Teenage Warhead Terton Malta also hails from the outer system. Her shaved head and acerbic demeanor belie a shaved and acerbic soul.

Gene Hackman is one of the greatest minds alive working in the area of gene hacking and morph modification hailing from the outer system.

Finally, the token diversity pick: Oslo Menlo is an uplifted octopus whose intelligence rivals the brightest of what transhumanity has to offer, though his interpersonal skills are less audacious.

Their mission is simple: find and secure Dr. Patrick Jove's research. The doctor had been working as a professor and researcher at Cognite's Wauxhall Institute on Phobos, covertly sending back information to Firewall. Before his disappearance, Jove was working on a new virus that had the potential to become useful as a weapon against the Factors, a mysterious alien race who made contact with humanity some years back.

The adventurers sleeve in on Phobos, meeting up with Fred Uckerman and venturing forth towards their first point of interest: an infamous pleasure palace called Eros, where another agent of Firewall worked undercover.

 

You Meet in a Tavern. No Wait, a Strip Club.

After climbing down the ladder that led to the seedy underground establishment, the group wandered apart. Terton, Oslo Menlo, and Gene investigate a rough trio hunched over a screen in the back corner, and eventually learn that the men work at the Wauxhall Institute (home of Jove's lab and his last known location) as maintenance staff. They agree to smuggle the party in to Jove's lab in exchange for Gene's help creating an octopus (in this case, Oslo Menlo) with human penises on the ends of its (his) tentacles.

The group learns that the Firewall agent is one of the identical blue waitstaff of Eros, and her only notable distinction is her impressive strength. "Susan" buys hard lemonades for herself and Sunshine and tips generously, then immediately begins challenging wandering waitstaff to arm wrestling contests, the first of which results in the quick dismemberment of her opponent.

Divinia flirts with a group of Direct Action employees, who openly discuss their fear of the Martian outbreak. One proves especially susceptible to her charms, but her deft hands cause a premature end to their blossoming relationship.

Oslo Menlo eventually sneaks through a pair of (unguarded) doorsto find a long, wide hallway flanked by doors down both sides and ending in another pair of doors – large, black doors with a visible electronic lock.

Terton follows close behind the octopus, but is quickly spotted by one of the waitstaff. She convinces the waitress that she and her friends have an appointment with one of the dancers. The waitress leads the party through one of the side doors of the hallway, where they meet Podette, an exotic dancer with additional orifices available for groups and parties. "Susan," now aware of her preference for feats of strength, offers to arm wrestle Podette. The dancer, impressed by "Susan's" skill but aware of her own shortcomings in this area of interest suggests she seek out Mnemonica, who specializes in strength and dominance, but who is unavailable at the moment behind the double black doors. The group peppers Podette with questions while "Susan" sneaks off to hack a terminal in the hallway, eventually producing and Official Gang Membership Card:registered:, giving the group access to the back room.

The waitress pushes through the double black doors to reveal a room packed with a rowdy crowd watching two naked women fight to the death. "Susan," restored to her natural element, saunters towards a tall, glamorous woman overseeing the event. The two exchange meaningful looks when suddenly a fight breaks out on the other side of the arena. One of the blue waitresses immediately pushes through the crowd, picks up the instigator, and throws him into the wall hard enough to instantly kill him.

Terton, realizing this strong waitress is likely the Firewall agent Mnemonica, makes her way towards the scene with Divinia in tow. Recognizing fellow Firewall agents, Mnemonica leads the party to an empty room where she reveals that Dr. Jove was working on the exsurgent virus, attemping to modify it for use against the Factors. She then implants extremely effective memories of a sexual experience in "Susan's" mind, per her request.

Satisfied (some more than others) with Mnemonica's information, the group returns to the three maintenance workers to find them enraptured by Gene, who had been keeping them occupied with lurid details of his planned modifications to Oslo Menlo.

Oh the Huge Manatee

The workers smuggle the group into Wauxhall in a wheel-barrow, disguised as corpses (aided by Divinia's efficacious corpse-scent). Once inside, Terton and Sunshine <strike>bully</strike> convince the workers to disrobe, giving their uniforms to the group so they can blend in more easily. The party sets off, abandoning the naked workers in a closet.

As the group approaches what they know to be the location of Jove's office, they are struck by an odd sight: a huge, two-story aquarium where the doctor's office should be. Placards in half a dozen languages confirm: this is Jove's primary lab. From outside, the group discerns a number of blinking machines, a series of airtight habitats containing sickly mammals, and a small desk with a strange minitature building on it. As Oslo Menlo, Sunshine, Fred, and "Susan" investigate ways to gain access to the underwater lab, Gene, Terton, and Divinia wander off to explore the campus.

Divinia heads to Fresco Niche Cafetorium, the all-hours eatery frequented by students and other residents of the Institute. She quickly slips her information to a lonely-looking man before discovering her true destination: President's Row. With a clever bit of impersonation, Divinia convinces a pretty blonde woman to let her enter the Provost's Office, where she finds nothing of interest.

Terton wanders to the Red Planet Psychosurgery Center, where she rummages through cabinets looking for the chemical intoxicants used to study of the effects of mood elevating drugs on uplifts. She grabs a box of syringes of Laughing Policeman, quickly injecting one into herself, before heading back to Jove's office.

Meandering through the halls of the Regi Thoni Research Center that housed Jove's lab, Gene stumbles upon an eccentric man hunched over a desk in the front of a classroom. The man turns out to be Eloise Martin – a former protégé of Jove who fell out with the older doctor some years back. Eager to demonstrate his superiority over his former teacher, Eloise leads Gene to his research lab – a large, open room bustling with researchers and lab assistants.

Glass takes up an entire wall, part of an enclosure of a huge aquarium where a couple of researchers guide aquatic uplifts, a beluga and a manatee, through a series of exercises. Gene's careful understanding of kinesics reveals duress boiling underneath the calm outward appearance of the uplifts. While discussing the extent of Eloise's research, however, Gene cuts off contact with the rest of the group.

Back in Jove's lab, Oslo Menlo explores various machines while Sunshine unsuccessfully attempts to drain the tank via a large plug in the middle. From there, they swim into the corner of the tank where a small, doll-house sized miniature building sits. A quick mesh search reveals that Dr. Jove typically inhabits an extremely customized mechanical starfish synthmorph, and this small building appears to be some kind of residence modified to suit him. Despite a thorough search, however, the doctor is nowhere to be found.

"Susan," splashing her feet at the top of the tank, notices a pile of nodules that looked like they might interface with the blinking machinery taking up most of the tank, which Oslo Menlo immediately investigates. Fred weasels his minute fractal digits around the drain and successfully pries it out, causing a slow whirlpool as the water lowers. "Susan" and Terton (now returned from her drug seeking adventure and laughing wildly) hop in and ride the swirl until the tank drains completely. There, the party hacks into Jove's system, discovering correspondence between the doctor and his daughter as well as a mysterious individual going by the handle Corrupt Motoko.

Jove's daughter Epiphany lives on Luna, and their correspondence makes it clear that the doctor cares for her deeply. His terse discussion of his work seems to indicate that he was becoming more and more dissatisfied with his role and his research. He frequently expresses an interest in visiting her and spending time away from his lab.

The messages with Corrupt Motoko, on the other hand, are written in code, but suggest some variety of business transaction. "Susan's" deep knowledge of criminal networks uncovers that Corrupt Motoko is a handle frequently used by a member (or members) of the Intelligent Design Crew, a criminal organization that specializes in smuggling infolives and bio- and synthmorphs (and who happen to own Eros). The last communication between the doctor and Corrupt Motoko transpired not long before Jove's last known appearance.

"Susan" runs off to investigate the local Pax Familae branch, discovering that her old crime family launders large amounts of money coming into the Wauxhall Institute, and Gene rejoins the group to assist Fred and Terton in investigating the animals in the habitats. Upon close inspection, they determine that the dead mammals are infected with a nanobot plague distinctly similar to the TITAN AI-born exsurgent virus. "Susan" returns, and the group refills the tank, leaving no obvious signs of their infiltration before departing the institute.

Their next steps are less clear: should they pay a visit to Jove's daughter on Luna, track down Corrupt Motoko, investigate the Barsoomian outbreaks on Mars, or wander wildly into the dark unknown of the Solar System?

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SESSION_002
Rowdy on the Red Planet

As our intrepid players ventured forth from the bowels of [[The Wauxhall Institute | Wauxhall]], they were faced with a choice: which of the few flimsy leads they had should they follow?

As they headed in the direction of a shuttle that would allow them to descend the space elevator to Mars, Divinia protested loudly, clearly defining her utter disgust at the prospect of venturing forth on the disease-ridden planet. This disgust was soon replaced with another, however, when the girl from the naked deathmatch in the back of Eros introduced herself, having been drawn to Divinia's striking appearance. The girl, Content Not Found: torrent, was awkward and socially inept, but proudly invited Divinia and her friends to watch her compete in a Splat Fighting tournament on Elysium. As Torrent boisterously discussed her career plans (all the while repeatedly stealing glances at Terton), a stoic man resembling a sort of sexy George Washington sat near a large group of Direct Action mercenaries. 

When the group arrived on the elevator and awaited it's long descent to the Martian surface, they took the opportunity to explore the space elevator. "Susan" entertained herself by standing in total isolation and speaking loudly as though she were some variety of cool teen. The redheaded Torrent eventually emerged from an XP show only to be shockingly consumed in some freak flare up or particle effect, which must have startled her, for she left the area with haste. The group also acquired a number of items and many weapons. Divinia secured transport, arranging for the group to be taken to Ashoka by a taxi cab who found her social profile to be very intriguing. 

As the elevator docked on the surface, the team were greeted by their eager cab driver, Content Not Found: arion-movore. Arion eagerly listened to tales of the teams exploits as a travelling Gregorian Chant band, and Sunshine stunned him with a beautiful redition of Toh Asynchorito, a tranditional Gregorian hymn. Arion also shared tale of The Messenger, a Barsoomian courier who went on a murderous rampage after spending days in hiding inside The Martian Quarantine Zone.

Their cab took the lower entrance, leading them deep into the pit of the cylindrical city. There, they explored [[Parson's Bloc]], ground zero for the latest outbreak of the [A-0 Virus]. Though the area was quarantined off, Terton attempted to gain access by posing as the mother of a missing child from the area. She found common cause with a local, who had been giving an interview near the zone.  Ying Au, a deaf massage therapist at Solaria, returned home from his week-long shift at the resort to find his daughter missing. 

While Terton, Gene, Fred, and Divinia joined Ying as he ventured to Oyenya-II Medical Center to look for his daughter among the unidentified afflicted, "Susan" and Oslo (disguised cleverly as a Jansport backpack) gained access to the quarantine zone. "Susan" immediately made the acquaintance of Sexy George Washington, later identified as [[:raze-maessen | Raze Maessen]]. Raze was unfazed by "Susan"'s advances, though Oslo did take advantage of the distraction to scan Raze, which revealed a tie to Direct Action. "Susan", while she was unable to gain further access to the quarantine zone under Raze's close scrutiny, was able to convince the field team of medical staff and first responders that she was meant to assist them. She stole and hacked a Handheld EMR Device with local-mesh access to medical data regarding the victims of the A-0 virus, revealing the curious symptoms: auditory hallucinations, headaches, and hearing loss. Patients reported feeling 'called' to a point as of yet unidentified.

Back at O-II, Terton, Gene, and Fred helped Ying Au identify his comatose daughter. Gene further explored, gaining access to a research facility where he learned more about A-0 and possibly revealed that an exsurgent-similar virus was in development.

Divinia attempted to gain access to the elite resort Solaria, but was unable to surpass their strict security.

"Susan" and Oslo headed to O-II to meet up with the rest of the team when "Susan" overhead a woman loudly insisting to be discharged. This woman, [[:buzzkill | Adia Yo]], quickly trusted "Susan" with the you-would-think secret information that the A-0 outbreaks where orchestrated by a radical spinoff of the Barsoomian movement, Red Sun, to frame the hypercorps and engender support for their cause. 

Adia led the group to a bar in Parson's Bloc called Charybdis, where she introduced them to three other members of Red Sun: the snarky [[:tattershall | Tattershall], the quiet nurse Halo, and the imposing and easily amused Canon Jack. Adia, known here as Buzzkill, implored the team for their assistance infiltrating an abandoned facility near the edge of the MQZ.

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SESSION_003
Get WRECKed (I)

The team was listening to Red Sun's plan when suddenly many members received messages from Mnemonica to depart immediately. Fortunately, the Red Sun was very understanding that the team "had stuff to do," and would "totally meet y'all at the rendezvous point tomorrow." 

As soon as the team departed Charybdis, a team of Direct Action stormers raided the facility. Content Not Found: raze-maessen waited patiently outside as the mercenaries dragged unconscious Red Sun members outside before heading into the establishment himself. 

With Mnemonica's urging, the team summoned their cabbie friend Arion and brought "Susan" to a strange back alley shop where a silent figure stripped her of trackers Raze had placed during their brief moments together. 

Without so much as a moment to breathe, Mnemonica urged the team to depart Mars, claiming that Raze Maessen was intent on hunting them down. The team embarked onto a shuttle headed for Fresh Kills, where they would meet with Epiphany Holmstock, Jove's daughter. However, before the shuttle departed, all other passengers mysteriously got up and left the ship in unison. Trapped aboard a ship with no access to the pilot's cabin and only a hologram of Mnemonica to aid them, the team busied themselves with shooting snacks and being very bored.

Their running around was far from over, though, as Epiphany awaited their arrival at Fresh Kills. She quickly introduced herself before jumping into a scheme to acquire information that could be traded with The Intelligent Design Crew for information on her father's whereabouts. Epiphany had already traded in all of her g-rep to connect her father with Corrupt_Motoko in the first place, and needed more leverage to discover what might have happened to him. 

As a member of the WRECKlaimers, Epiphany frequently made crashing missions to Earth to recover artifacts, upload survivors, or put on a good show for her growing audience of XP addicts. Her usual team of seven aided her on this missions. Having lied to them that their upcoming mission would begin sooner than reality, Epiphany had freed up their morphs for the team to occupy, giving them access to the information on Earth and an alibi when The Planetary Consortium inevitably came calling. 

The team backed up, then (what seemed like moments later) resleeved. But rather than sleeving into the custom morphs Epiphany designed and built for her team, they were back in their usual bodies. It didn't take the team long to realize that they must have died back on Earth. With (again, seriously?) no time to wait, however, the adorable Pirate King escorted them to The Ex-Wife, a scum barge headed for Titan. The team would need to watch their XP broadcast in order to discover what truly had happened on Earth.

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Suddenly "Susan"

Things were complicated, and I am unsure exactly what I am supposed to say to whom, so I will limit myself to the basic facts.

During the XP playback, Susan was abducted from our midst by representatives of a local Triad, Sun Yee On.  Susan contacted a subset of our group for immediate assistance: Sunshine, Terton, and me.  We managed to successfully breach her AI in order to locate her physical position inside the scum barge.  All of the sensory input that we received suggested that she had been abducted by Sun Yee On on behalf a local religious organization, the Church of Luminous Saints*.  With the aid of a artistically rendered, visually-rich map, we quickly devised a plan of attack.

We entered the scum barge proper and quickly stumbled across a trio of Sun Yee On members shaking down members of the local populace.  The one member of the Triad trio, identified as "the beefiest" of them, somehow got it into his mind that his companions were trying to kill him.  He pulled his pistol and began attempting to defend himself.  He was quickly dispatched by some sneak attacks, and his fashionable friend was gradually beaten to death to by Terton and Sunshine's combined, progressive assaults.  When Terton and Sunshine returned, the third Triad member was found to be dead.  It would appear that perhaps he cut himself badly while shaving.  

Sunshine disguised herself in the robe of one the Triad members while Terton and I navigated the HVAC units that took us above the main meeting room of the CLS stronghold.  The congregation below was preparing for a "charity potluck bingo night," according to the signage outside.  There were about 13-14 of the CLS members, along with 3 Triad members.  Telemetry data from Susan's AI suggested that she had been severely injured, and was in dire need of immediate medical assistance.

Terton and Oslo executed a swift initial assault from above, including the calculated and restrained use of overload grenades and the judicious application of hallucinatory drug-laced spray weapons.  After the initial moments of this shock and awe campaign, Sunshine kicked open the door cinematically and delivered a withering opening line:

"Just so there is no ambiguity about my purpose here, when you discuss it later, I am here to retrieve my small items and, if time and conditions permit, to rescue my friend and employer, Susan Jones, who you are currently holding captive in the back room."

The following moments were rather chaotic, including shredder blasts and six-nippled pig morphs.  Sunshine clotheslined an escaping nurse to death, crushing her trachea as she attempted to flee to safety.  Terton succumbed to a mindless, berserker rage, and killed a variety of people, both Triad and unarmed CLS members as well.  Susan repeatedly shivved a physician who was attending to her wounds and was helping her to escape.  The majority of the CLS congregation was found to have mysteriously died in a series of bizarre shaving accidents.

With Susan stabilized, and her khakis safely returned, the four of us have rejoined the group in the XP playback.  I cannot speak for the others, but I found no time to bathe before returning to the larger group.

 

- written by Oslo Menlo

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SESSION_004
Get WRECKed (II)

Epiphany and her team usually broke through the dense web of killsats surrounding Earth, but for this mission Epiphany decided to try an alternative approach: jury-rigging the Kilimanjaro Beanstalk. The team rode the Beanstalk down to Earth and were greeted by a horrifying sight: a dense, fleshy, living carpet that extended as far as the eye could see. The Uzumaki. As the shuttle stuck on the gooey Uzumaki trailing up the beanstalk, an Jelly squeezed its way into the cabin. Susnhine was able to best it, but not before Terton, in her enthusiasm, accidentally shot Sunshine instead of the point-blank target right in front of her.

After securing the shuttle from the fleshy carpet, the team proceeded onwards to Singapore, where Epiphany guided them not to their proposed target – a Khione facility where soon-to-thaw cryo sleepers needed uploading – but a mysterious building spotted by sleuths in a previous WRECKlaimers outing. Epiphany crashed the shuttle through the front of Allio, deploying a sealing foam to keep them from the elements (and TITANs) outside. 

Survivors

As the team explored the main and second floors of Allio, they came upon a number of disturbing finds. In the Serturner Analgesic Laboratory, a TITAN Fractal hovered in a pristine room with an adult humans' remains.  

[to be continued]

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SESSION_005B
Privet, Stalker

Sunshine and Fred find themselves stranded in rural Mars with an unconscious Divinia. Nothing of interest happens, but they make their way to Terra Sirenum, where they seek medical attention.

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