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Book of the Lost Errata
« on: (14:34:35/03-16-17) »
As one of the writers for Book of the Lost, I figured it was time to fall on a sword here and admit some mistakes in it.

To begin, there is an entire page of missing content between page 86 and 87.

Page 86 ends after describing the cards related to a campaign titled "The Gates of War" that uses the TWOs of all the suits. Page 87 begins with all of the information about the campaign titled "Triple Threat" but doesn't give that title or the cards related to it (the THREEs of all the suits). When reading, it appears that "The Gates of War" is all about organized crime and the cards don't relate at all to the campaign described - because they DON'T.

The complete information for "The Gates of War" is as follows:

"The Gates of War"

Puzzle Difficulty: Hard

  • Batons: “mars quaerit belli portas”
  • Cups: “Aedis Jani”, garland over exit, portrait of Rubens.
  • Blades: Janus on wall.
  • Coins:Pendant depicting the gates of Janus.

Damian Knight has a secret desire to own Ruben’s painting “The Temple of Janus” and if the runners can steal it, they might make a fortune. The Temple of Janis was a real temple in ancient Rome and was directly associated with war. It was famous for having two sets of doors for the two-faces of the god Janus to stare out from when Rome was at war. The doors were closed during times of peace (ergo, rarely).
The quote mars quaerit belli portas translates from Latin as “Mars wants the doors/gates of war”. Obviously, Mars means Ares Macrotechnologies, Inc..
The portrait of Rubens is the key. While the other clues all point to Ares wanting to possess either a horde of Nero’s gold coins (commemorating him closing the doors his first and only time as Emperor) or the gates themselves (long since destroyed) or even the original statue from within the temple (also destroyed), Rubens is the only Master to have painted a vision of the Temple of Janis.
Rubens paintings auction for tens of millions of nuyen, so this is a score few would want to pass up. Of course, it won’t be easy and it IS Ares, so anything could happen to screw up such a thing.

The original is in a museum of the writer’s choosing. Mr. Johnson thinks they have it all figured out. They think Mr. Knight desperately wants the actual original Janis Gates - but  they have been completely lost to history and everyone knows that they were destroyed and the material used as salvage to rebuild another part of Rome. They're gone forever. But Mr. Johnson insists "history" and "everyone" must be wrong and is willing to cut the Runners in on the deal. He is one of Damian's lifelong friends (so he claims) and that no one else will be able to negotiate better. The runners will have a hard time identifying the final clue without some serious OOC digging and Internet searches, but if they find the RIGHT artifact, Damian will pay and an odd thing will happen. Every single war around the world will simultaneously cease-fire for 2 months. Ares stock will plummet and things will go back to hell shortly - but it becomes a historical event. If the Team finds or fashions some form of doors, they should incredibly difficult to procure but Ares will pay zip.


The entire campaign titled "Triple Threat" is as follows:

"The Gates of War"

Puzzle Difficulty: Hard

  • Batons: Kanji “Three Harmonies Society”, 489
  • Cups: “Ninkyo Dantai”, Knowing lurker/creep
  • Blades: Aztec symbol for War (w/3 groups of 2 dots)
  • Coins:Sicilian Flag

The word "Triad" is an abbreviation of the "Three Harmonies Society" and they have a unique numerical code to identify members. The leader is coded "489".n They are not to be confused with Tong, who are exclusively North American in origin.
The Yakuza do no call themselves Yakuza. They call themselves Ninkyo Dantai (lit. honorable organization).
The Mafia is not, and has never been, Italian - it is a Sicilian structure of community organization that precedes the modern legal system.
For some reason, these three international organization Mafia, Yakuza, and Triad, are on the verge of war that will span the globe.

The Team is hired by a novelist to research one of the organizations for his next book and provide him with information on the Head of the Triad. Apparently he died mysteriously, and he is desperate to know more details. Of course, he isn't Chinese and no one of Chinese ancestry will talk to him about it. That's okay though, because those details are "all very shadowy and that's what Shadowrunners are for, right?".
The Head of the Triad is Li Leung Bang (First Name: Leung Bang, Last Name: Li). One of his granddaughters, Karen Lee, wants to wed Bruno Bonfiglio, grandson of Lupo Vitale, the unofficial international head of the Mafia. They are both opera singers and have nothing to do with organized crime. They met going to school at Julliard and fate turned it into a thing. Leung Bang and Vitale were both supportive and had turned it into a potential business relationship - but it appears that the Yakuza struck down Leung Bang to send a message. The Ninkyo Dantai are stoic and offer no apologies or excuses. In fact, they are even seeking to kill both Karen and Bruno out of spite.
Through all of this, Ben Hu and his NYC Tong are being suspiciously quiet. In truth, it was THEY who killed Leung Bang. That information is so valuable that everyone will kill to expose it or protect it. Can the Team survive the experience? Can they turn a profit? In any case, Mr. Johnson will die at the hands of SOMEONE.


Thank you for reading!
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