We approach in the van to the “haunted” house that the locals in the area directed us to. There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of electronics nearby. I drop into VR and take a look around. Not surprisingly there is a host running silently. I grab a mark and enter. Looks pretty much like the interior of the house might. A bunch of cameras, a few maglocks, scanners, drones and more all controlled by 2 nodes within the host. I grab a mark on the node which seems to be linked to the cameras. I send the feeds to the rest of the team. Then focus back on the rest of the contents in the host. I see a decker’s persona looking about. I try to grab a mark but fail – in return he gets a mark on me and notices I’m there. I try to data spike him but he fights me off. We exchange another round of data spikes and both get through. Mine was laced with biofeedback. Guess he didn’t like that so he logs. I send a last message through the node to unlock all the maglocks and then exit and jack before the ICE finds me.
“We need to get moving now. I messed up, they know we are coming.”, I say and André hits the gas and screeches to a stop by the gate. I see André dose with Kamikaze as I jump out the door and head toward the gate.
I spot a couple of drones heading in my direction. One takes a shot but I grab a bit of cover by the gate. The others advance and damage one of the drones before a couple of big, cyber’d mean nasty dogs rush Mako. He goes down again. Damn he falls hard. A bullet fires almost straight down between André and I. No clue who was targeted. André takes a shot and I hear a whispered “Damn right!” through the comms.
Shawn summons his second sadistic bunny which decides to feast upon one of the dogs. We manage to take down the 2 drones, both dogs and the killer bunny and head for the door.
A Renraku manservant drone takes a shot at André. I give it a slash and it falls and sparks fiercely. 20K nuyen down the drain. I send the video to Roy and promptly receive a “God damn it Grace! I can’t believe you did that and ….” I ignore the rest of the message and suspend further messages from Roy.
André opens the next door and throws in an explosive grenade. In return some turreted drone opens fire. Then a guard opens up with submachine gun fire. André looks to be in pretty bad shape.
I walk in and slash the guard pretty badly and Mako follows up with a punch that sends him flying into the corner. The others manage to take down the wheeled turret drone and I hear a scream from the next room.
André opens the next door and narrowly avoids getting hit by another Renraku manservant. I drop into VR and data spike the drone and he drops like a brick. Before I can exit VR, I see on Mako’s video feed that he entered the room and punched the downed decker/rigger. When I get there, it is immediately obvious that he’s dead. There’s an RCC that Roy will most likely want. My scan of the body pulls up an implanted deck, data jack and cybereyes. I open the access hatch to the deck and then look up to see Shawn casting a spell. Another damn bunny appears just outside the door and it heads right for André and stabs with the injectors on its hind legs. André goes down. We take out the bunny but Shawn is casting again. I point my sword towards him in a questioning motion and he quickly says “Antitoxin”.
Luckily no more bunnies appear.
“Umm guys, there’s a conversation in the guard’s commlink from yesterday and today…
Sent: Keeper, there is a Trog P.I. investigating around the neighborhood recently looking for that dandelion eater we nabbed for the ritual last month. What do you want done?
Keeper: If he comes around again kill him, nobody will miss a dirty trog. Also we need another sacrifice for the ritual, this one needs to be magically active.
Sent: Disabled the P.I.. Looks like he was magically active. Will he suffice for the ritual?
Keeper: He should suffice, Trogs have sentience even if only barely.", Grace looks nervously towards Mako but then realizes he wasn’t listening and is already on his way down to the basement towards the chanting. Yeah, of course there is chanting…