Vorina narrowly her escapes her encounter with Captain Lewis and slips out of the pirate stronghold. Looking around for her friends and not finding them, Vo does notice a mass slaughter of pirates, bodies laying everywhere. She decides to escape back out the way they broke in initially. She grabs the raft with the outboard motor. I has enough gasoline to get her to the peninsula just outside of Alchatorus. After getting to Alchatorus, she begins looking and listening for signs of her friends.
At RRRRRR U A PIRATE, most of the pirates are discussing the pirate slaughter on Monday’s Island. Vo joins a holodeck game of Creature Crush and outplays both opponents to the extent that they storm away from the game. Around the bar, there are rumors of Carlos’ death, of his missing ship, and of the pirate vacuum that was Carlos’ territory.
As Vo explores Alchatorus searching for any sign of her friends, she gets a call from a Mr. Johnson offering her a quick security job. With nothing better to do, she agrees to meet him at a local bar and get the details.
Once at the bar Vo grabs a drink and purposely sits a few tables over from Mr. Johnson. Mr. Johnson, wearing a conspicuously white suit and raised sunglasses gets up and goes to the long bar where he speaks with an orc. The two come to Vo’s table and take a seat uninvited. Mr. Johnson makes the introductions. Then he outlines the security job: “Help see a shipment safe from the docks to the warehouse. It is only a couple of blocks, but the shipment is valuable and our intel tells us that the likelihood of an ambush or heist is very high. Since Horizon is backing this, you will want to speak with ”/characters/captain-stratton" class=“wiki-content-link”>Captain Stratton at HQ. You will receive an upgraded commlink or program & 2,000 nuyen for your efforts." Mr. Johnson proceed to give the details of the where and when, and then he left.
Vo and her new acquaintance Nikon move to the bar for more drinks, get to understand each other, and develop a plan. Although they do not trust Mr. Johnson and Nikon’s hatred of the corps leads him away from trusting Captain Stratton, they decide that they should go scout out the docks and look for any suspicious activity. At which point the lumbering bar tender leans across the counter and says, “I couldn’t help but overhearing your conversation there with the suit. That sounds like messy business. My friend Lixin said that if I came across rumors of this to send any interested parties his way for more intel.”
The bartender is one more person not to trust. Nikon hacks his way through any information he can find on the bartender and comes up with nothing unusual. Vo and Nikon change plans and head to Lixin’s house first. Nikon does a quick cyber sweep of the living complex. Using the security cameras installed in every room, he checks out Lixin’s apartment to find him in the middle of an intense push-up routine. Nikon’s search on the trid finds the Lixin is connected to the Triads, but his presence in Alchatorus is tolerated. He is directly connected to higher-ups of the Triads in San Francisco. He is most likely the pointman for maintaining a Triad presence in Alchatorus.
Nikon has a chat with Lixin, while Vo, on the premise of using the toilet, has a quick look around the apartment. Neither find any reason to distrust Lixin. He warns the two that there is possibly an organized heist of the Horizon goods and offers his advice on where and how to guard against the threat. He even offers the service of a couple of his men if the two decide they need help.
A visit with Captain Stratton is under high security and reveals very little information.
The two finally make it to the docks. It is noon. They have six hours left to figure out a plan. Vo continues to scout out the dock for conspicuous places and people. Nikon heads over to the high-security warehouse that is the destination of the shipment they will be guarding. He wants to see what’s inside.
He starts trying to convince the guards that he has clearance to enter the warehouse. The guards ask for his ID. He says that he was sent by Captain Stratton and that they should be expecting him. The guards demand his ID and tell Nikon that he is not authorized to enter the building. Meanwhile, Vo walks up. She is able to left a security token off one of the guards. Nikon quickly hacks the Horizon system and creates some fake Horizon ID’s for him and Vo. They weren’t thorough but passable. At that point, Nikon asks them to check his authorization again. And the guards realized he was on their list. Nikon laughs and says, “Ha, I was just testing you guys.” The guard unlocks the door and says, “That’s a dick move, man!”
Next Time: What are Arturo and Samuel up to? Did they survive the pirate battle? What will Nikon & Vo find inside the warehouse? Will they stop the probable heist of Horizon goods?