Shadowrun Play => Play-by-Post => Virtual Underworld 93 => Topic started by: FastJack on <04-19-11/0054:37>

Title: [IC] This just in...
Post by: FastJack on <04-19-11/0054:37>
This thread is meant to post in-world news reports of what's going on in your runs. Think of it as the Notoriety of your runners' on display. As such, post should either be the news stories themselves, or Shadowland/Jackpoint posts in response to the stories.
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: FastJack on <04-19-11/0114:29>
Explosion, deadly battle occurs at local business near Redmond Barrens +++ Stock prices jump in anticipation of Damien Knight's visit to Seattle next week +++ Reports of strange lights over Renraku's arcology dismissed as "ridiculous gossip" by board of directors +++

"This is Susie Wong, reporting for KSAF at a local Stuffer Shack that has been the target of a gangland attack on the outskirts of the Redmond Barrens. Witnesses say that shortly after 1:30 AM last night, a group of armed robbers blew up a car at the front of the store, then proceeded to try and rob the place."

<cut to video of a acned-scarred, skinny teenager>

"I didn't see much after the explosion, since it knocked me back into the cigarettes, but these fu<bleep>n' a<bleep>les totally wrecked the place for no good reason, I mean I wasn't even supposed to be he-"

<cut back to Susie>

"The individuals met an untimely end, however, as it appears another gang was already in the store, and opened fire on the would-be robbers. Not much is known of the vigilantes, but officials claimed they looked like they had military or guerilla training, and, from what they could piece together of the mangled security video, they worked as a cohesive force."

<cut to a chubby dwarf girl with heavy makeup>

"It was so cool! After the explosion, I thought for sure we were goners, but then BANG! BOOM! SLICE! and those jerkwads were totally wasted!"

<cut to a nervous looking man, apparently covered in tooti-frooti frozen soygurt>

"I tried to get the robbers to calm down and leave peacefully, but these idiotic vigilantes just tore up the place, shooting everything in sight, without a care for any innocent bystanders!"

<cut to a young mother holding her son>

"I don't know who they were, but they saved my life and the life of my son. If any of them may be watching, thank you."

<cut back to tape of a Stuffer Shack with the front wall missing, and flicking lights on the inside>

"As you can see, the building was heavily damaged in this gang war, and the owner claims it will take months to rebuild and reopen the store that has been a community standard for decades."

<cut back to Susie>

"This has been Susie Wong reporting live on location for KSAF-TV."
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Outrider45 on <04-19-11/2000:03>
8-BiT here: those complete choads ruined a good game of SMG in the simsense arcade. I'm going to look into who sent them after that woman and see how much their hides are worth to the squeal-squads or the feds. Moral of the story is never get between a hacker and his videogames.
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Mystic on <05-04-11/2055:39>
*Redirected from "Gone South"*

From: INS reporter Carlos "Chuck" Pesina

<Exterior Shot, Carlos “Chuck” Pesina, Location: CAS/Aztlan Border>

<Begin Audio: Chuck> Attack on San Antonio?  That’s what officials and border watchers are saying began four hours ago. This is Chuck Pesina near “the border”, live for Independent News Services. Details are sketchy, but several credible sources of mine inside the city of San Antonio have told me that the city went on high alert and that several Aztlan security forces were scrambled, including several “reactionary teams” which ventured out in several directions to the north, east, and south of the city, apparently to counter some kind of massive attack against San Antonio. This comes after several days of para-military forces gathering along the CAS/Aztlan boarder. These forces….

<Cut to: two Aztlan attack helos flying past, slowing with gun turrets swiveling before turning direction, gaining speed, and moving off to the west>

<Begin Audio: Chuck> Wow, that was close…*ahem* These forces, which have been reported to include scores of troops and various transport and or assault vehicles have been conducting various sorties along the boarder from several scattered staging areas, possibly in preparation for today’s assault.  It is unknown if they are CAS forces, aligned with CAS forces, or even possibly Amazonian forces. What has been confirmed is that approximately four hours ago, these staging areas were cleared, with all aircraft and personnel departing, their current locations are unknown.

So far there is no official word from…


<Audio: several explosions in the distance>

<Begin Audio: Chuck> What in the hell?! Gordon, get the camera over there now, I think that….

<Camera pans west, cut to: unidentified aircraft, passing overhead at high rate of speed, camera unable to focus as craft go overhead at low altitude>

<Begin Audio: Chuck> Gordon, did you get that? DID YOU GET THAT???

<Audio, background> CHUCK GET DOWN!!!


<Camera Angle wide: unknown ordinance fired from Aztlan helo before it explodes, several drones can be seen in shot, ordinance detonates off camera>

<Transmission interrupted>

<Resume Transmission: close-up, Chuck, holding bloody rag against forehead and eye>

<Begin Audio: Chuck> This is Chuck Pesina again, we had…a...It appears we got in the middle of someone’s hasty exit. We’re all OK, mostly, my crew and I, but I think it’s best we vacate the immediate area for now. More when we know it, I doubt this is over yet. This is Chuck Pesina, for Independent News Services, signing off.

<End Transmission>
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Mystic on <05-06-11/1419:22>
*Redirected from "Gone South"*

From: INS reporter Carlos "Chuck" Pesina

<Exterior Shot, wide angle Carlos “Chuck” Pesina, Location: CAS/Aztlan Border>

<Begin Audio: Chuck>This is Chuck Pesina, once again on “the border”. Two days ago, the city of San Antonio went on full alert, apparently in response to an attack by unknown paramilitary forces. Security forces stationed in the city were scrambled, and even this reporter became directly involved.

<Cut to: Stock footage: Dogfight between Aztlan forces and unknown forces, unknown aircraft passing over head then wide angle of helo exploding> Reports have finally begun to come in through official channels and according to an official statement from the government of Aztlan, there was no attack on the City of San Antonio. Yes, you heard me correctly folks, there WAS no attack on San-An. My personal sources within the city along with satellite photos obtained from CAS government sources confirm that there are no indications of damage or fighting within the city!

<Cut to: Satellite image of San Antonio>

<Audio overlay: Chuck, graphics highlighting>As you can see, there are indications of the security forces that were deployed, but again no sign of any kind of combat operations within city limits. According to their official statement; the Aztlan security forces stationed in San Antonio were part of a “readiness drill and feasibility study” designed to test the readiness of Aztlan security forces in response to what they called “the continued possibility of Confederate hostilities”.

<Begin Audio, camera close up: Chuck>The only reported damage to the area occurred at a private residence about ten kilometers outside of the city limits when an Aztlan patrol aircraft experienced a catastrophic malfunction and crashed into the residence, killing the crew, and completely destroyed the empty building.

So what exactly happened and where did all those massed para-military forces go? Speculation ranges from a botched CAS assault to a joint CAS/Amazonian operation aimed to take back San Antonio and a failed experiment and subsequent cover-up by Aztechnology. Whatever the reason, no one from Aztlan is knows, or is saying.

Reporting live, on “the border”, I’m Chuck Pesina.

<end transmission>
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Wolfboy on <05-23-11/2124:58>
WAHOO!!!, Tank Girl here, that makes it TG 8 Azzies ZERO Ha ha. I swear those fraggers never knew what hit them. Oh and readiness drill "accidental crash" "malfunction" my electronic but, I swatted those birds good. Don't listen to what the Azzies say, they lie about what they had for breakfast, and i know what they had the poor bastards, i was watching the entire time they were eating.
Title: Terror on the Roadway!
Post by: Kontact on <06-04-11/0157:56>
An Urban Brawl feud spilled onto the Redmond Way overpass today during peak traffic on Seattle's highway 520.  While Seattle's own enigmatic star heavy, Der Kompressor was driving into touristville on his signature motorcycle, the massive CATAPULT (Computer Assisted Troll Assault Personal Utility Land Transport,) long-time rival and noted Banger for the Cleveland Chaos Desmond "Foggy" Smith repelled down onto a delivery vehicle in front of him and began firing on him with a submachine gun.  Der Kompressor responded by accelerating his bike into the back of the delivery truck, slicing it in half all the way up to the driver's compartment.  Foggy managed to jump free before the mangled truck began to cartwheel down the highway, eventually coming to rest straddling the railings.  Foggy continued to fire on Der Kompressor until he was out of bullets, at which point the unfazed Troll grabbed the smaller Fomori gunner, Foggy, and managed to subdue him with the aid of some security-minded citizens.  It's unclear what might have provoked such an altercation, but Der Kompressor is wanted for questioning regarding the destruction of the vehicle.  When questioned, his lawyers said the dangers to his person were too high for him to remain at the scene of the accident.
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Vendetta Violent on <02-01-14/1542:29>

Newsnet, Inc: "Legendary Rocker, Taylor Hardline, Dead at 63"

It has been confirmed that Taylor Hardline was pronounced dead by Docwagon representatives at 7:36 P.M, just hours before he was to commence his sold-out show in Seattle.  Many details have yet to be confirmed at this time.  There are rumours that Mr. Hardline was murdered backstage, but Knights Errant investigators are telling us at Newsnet that it is too early to determine exactly what happened.  However, we have interviewed several witnesses from the scene, and what they reported to us seems to confirm the theory, that Mr. Hardline was in fact murdered:

Selma Joyce, 23: "I had just finished preparing a platter of...various delicacies...for Mr. Hardline and his bodyguards when I saw a strange man walking around backstage.  I went to ask who he was, but it was like he just disappeared."

Romo Dorien, 38: "I was here on behalf of Riot Blue, acting as their security, and I can tell you that no one came or left through the back doors of the venue.  I would also like to point out that my employers, Riot Blue, were unharmed."

Nicky Valentine, 19: "I was backstage because I was told there would be all sorts of wild drek happenin there, when I saw a few dead trolls lying around.  I thought to myself something like this: 'Self, this is deep drek, you gotta preserve that sweet ass of yours... so I took off through the front gates of the venue like a flash."

After the show was cancelled, thousands of fans waiting outside the Psychedelic Pirate vented their frustration through some small-scale rioting and looting in the surrounding area.  Knights Errant reports that there were some injuries sustained by citizens caught in the middle of this violence.  EVO has announced that all credits will be refunded to all citizens with a valid S.I.N. by contacting EVO with their commlink information.  Newsnet will provide additional details as they become available.   

>>>>>[ Wiz. Don't know who thought it'd be a thrill to surface this article. Look, I've been over this. The guy who got Hardline was the kind of guy who could snap a troll over his knee and who walks more quiet then a ghost. Us? We were just trying to make it. That gig cost me my shot at the big time. It wasn't Riot Blue. ]<<<<<
     -- Vendetta Violent (03:42:51/02-01-76)
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Nightmare on <02-28-14/1303:58>
>>>>>[ What the frag?!?!?!  Taylor Hardline is dead?!?!?!  Man, I remember when he first came on the scene.  He really kicked hoop on stage back then.  Hey, Vendetta, you need some help fragging this slitch, drop me a line. ]<<<<<
     --Nightmare (12:03:45/02-28-76)
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Leevizer on <04-28-14/1342:41>
+++Ancients steal prototype weaponry in Tacoma, Warehouse security questioned+++"Heaven's Gate" Hospital under a terrorist attack, over dozen dead or missing+++Investigation of the recently vanished GreenEarth water purification facility postponed+++

The area behind the reporter is full of debris, firefighters and police officers.

"Tom, I'm standing outside the Heaven's Gate hospital In Downtown Seattle. an hour ago a small aircraft, believed to be an Artemis Nightsky hit the face of the building and exploded."

The camera zooms away from the rather sheepish looking human man and moves up, zooming in on the uppermost floors of the massive skyscraper. There's a smoking hole in the wall of the building, along with cracks, spider webbing, surface damage and missing windows in a fifty meter radius on the outer wall.

"This does not seem to be a regular flight accident. The craft was did not take off on any airport legally. The craft was apparently unmanned and rigger-controlled. The resulting explosion caused by this collision shows that the plane was filled with explosives."

The camera focuses back onto the man. A pair of paramedics are patching up someone's arm on the background.

"The explosion reached deep inside the administrative offices and magical research sections of the hospital. Along with the loss of atleast a dozen employees and atleast a hundred injured, the repairs will be atleast a million nuyen according to experts. Thankfully the attack was aimed at the uppermost floors instead of the main hospital floors."

"According to a statement issued directly after the event, the man in charge of the Hospital, Damon Akroyd, had this to say."

a smaller window pops up in the upper right corner of the camera and quickly zooms up to fill the whole screen, showing a somewhat overweight, bald human man. His face is red and his mouth is open in an angry shout as the sound comes on.


The video disappears to show us the bland-looking human.

"No organization has come forward to take responsibility of this event and it is assumed to be caused by Shadowrunners. The event has caused a stir in demands of more airspace surveillance over Seattle. Back to you, Tom."
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: FastJack on <04-28-14/1945:28>
>>>>>[ Someone tried to take out the son of a slitch Akroyd? Nice. I don't know anyone who deserves it more. ]<<<<<
     --Mercedes (18:41:40/04-28-76)
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: The Wyrm Ouroboros on <04-29-14/0355:21>
>>>>>[ Ignore Akroyd's patented Manic Paranoia® turned up to 11 and scan back a bit, Mercedes.  Someone let something slip - probably somebody who wasn't supposed to be talking to the press - and ol' DA is trying to cover it up, make it look like a shot at him.
          Hospitals don't have magical research sections. ]<<<<<
          -- The Wyrm Ouroboros (04:00:00/00-22-4679)
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Leevizer on <04-29-14/0749:21>
>>>>>[This was not an assassination attempt. They would have used a larger plane or more explosives. This is a distraction. A bad one. Killing him would have been subtle. Or direct.]<<<<<
     --Shade (14:47:40/04-29-76)
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Wolfboy on <04-29-14/2057:49>
>>>>>[ Direct, that bastitch has to much blood on his hands for him to die quietly. ]<<<<<

Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: farothel on <05-02-14/0929:34>
>>>>>[ Normal hospitals don't have magical research departments, but university hospitals do (I know someone working in magical research for medicine.  I don't know this guy, but you don't become a hospital director in Azzie land without being involved in some questionable practices.  I've seen some results of Azzie medical 'research' back in the day I was just a green merc on a tour in the Yucatan.  ]<<<<<

Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Nightmare on <05-02-14/1114:29>
>>>>[You're still a green merc, Kitten, at least to me you are.  Besides, I think Wyrm has it correct, Akroyd is trying to cover up something and knowing him, it's none to pretty.]<<<<<

--Nightmare (10:14:26/05-02-2076)
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: farothel on <05-02-14/1125:16>
>>>>[ I'm not a merc anymore.  And while I might be green compared to some fossils out there, after 10 years of Lagos, Yucatan, Chicago and a bunch or other hellholes, I don't consider myself green.]<<<<<

Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: The Wyrm Ouroboros on <05-02-14/1348:50>
>>>>>[ Take the extended chatter to the conversation page. ]<<<<<
          -- The Wyrm Ouroboros (13:45:00/00-02-2567)
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: SlowDeck on <05-04-14/0246:46>
New Tempo-Based Drug Beat Proven Fraud; Drug Ring Busted With Prejudice

Hello, I'm Anita Dickinson, and this is the 3:15 News. Yes, I'm aware of what my name sounds like, and the next person to send me a message about it will wake up on fire.

In today's top story, the Beat drug distribution ring was broken up by mercenaries hired by the DA. Beat, as those who are familiar with the drug scene are aware, is a new drug to hit Wichita streets. Dealers of the drug claimed it was a refined version of Tempo, designed to give you better highs and make your party last longer. The DA, remembering the toll that Tempo has taken on our streets and how Lone Star is so incompetent they can't find their nose with a mirror, quickly hired local shadowrunners to shut down the operation before the drug could get entrenched.

The DA reports that the shadowrunners discovered local teenagers who had been enslaved by the drug cartel and forced to work as drug distributors. Sadly, while rescuing the children, the shadowrunners ran into extreme resistance, forcing them to utilize rockets and heavy weapons fire to protect the children. Released security footage shows the shadowrunners, whose identities have been obscured, taking fire from handguns and automatic weaponry outside the building. It is believed this show of overwhelming force in extracting the slaves forced the drug dealers to take desperate action, resulting in the explosion that destroyed the building and damaged nearby structures.

Notaby, eye witnesses on the scene report that the footage has been edited. They claim the teenagers were the only people in the ring, that there was no one inside any of the vehicles shown being blown up, and that the shadowrunners were acting like blood-thirsty maniacs and shouting about torturing the children. The families issued no statement except to thank the heroic runners for rescuing their children from a life of crime. Medical reports are classified, but an anonymous source inside the DA's office reports the teenagers had soiled themselves and were meek from extreme fear, but otherwise unharmed.

In sad news for party fans everywhere, Beat has turned out to have nothing to do with Tempo; chemical analysis shows it is just Deepweed mixed with Bliss and sugar.
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: farothel on <05-04-14/1249:09>
>>>>[ I've seen something similar in LA.  Just a second, I'll have to find the file.  It was shown on an Horizon news channel yesterday.]<<<<<

--Black Panther--(18:49:25/05-04-2076)

camera shows a police chief standing in a press room.
"Yesterday the PCC Security forces have invaded a drugs lab where they liberated a dozen children who were used as couriers.  Two gang members were killed and one was arrested."

The next image is of a normal house in one of LA's suburbs.  Suddenly a group of people dressed in black body armour descend from a helicopter on the roof while some other people in the same outfit run towards the house and crash though the door.  At first there's not much but then some gunfire is heard and then a number of other people rush towards the house, including some medical personal.  Soon after a group of children is brought outside towards waiting ambulances.

Image shifts back to the police chief.
"In the house we found evidence of a new drug which we have seen on the street since a few weeks.  It is called Beat and while at first it was thought this was a new version of Tempo, analysis have shown it is not the case.  Investigations are continuing."
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Jesskitten on <05-13-14/0910:04>
>>>>>[ Seriously? its bad enough corps like MCT nabbing kids who are emerging but even this kinda thing? Who are they and where can I find them. I think Ive just found my team a new freelance run. ]<<<<<
          -- Jesskitten (22:39:20/05-13-2076)
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Celtibero on <05-13-14/0928:45>
>>>>>[See?!? this is why we need more people spouting the truth and acting on the streets, corporate interest care little for kids, the pawns are a joke and UCAS gives a drek about kids being exploited! good for them guys for getting thekids out! ありがとうございます]<<<<<
             -- Kitty (22:42:15/05-13-2076)
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Flip on <05-23-14/0533:23>
Armed Robbery in Downtown Seattle Turns into Violent Motorchase; 3 dead, 47 in serious condition

The camera pans across the freeway, a number of ambulances nestled on the side of the road, with stretchers being ferried between the multitude of crashed cars. The camera comes to rest on a short human woman, holding a microphone.

"Chaos on I-90 after a motorcycle chase tore threw traffic, causing several major accidents and atleast two confirmed deaths. Police reports indicate that the chase, which lasted fifteen minutes, began after a robbery attempt made by a group of five men on motorcycles fell apart. The following footage of the inciddent is graphic in nature, and may not be suitable for all ages."

The picture changes to an intersection in downtown Seattle, where a delivery worker stands sorting through packages in his truck, surrounded by five men in racing jumpsuits. One of them is pointing a gun at him while the others wait on their bikes. After about a minute the man with the gun shakes his head and thrusts the gun towards the delivery man, starting an arguement amongst the bikers. The deliveryman turns around with a box in his hands, but pauses when he realizes the arguement is going on. The gestures become increasingly violent until the one with the gun fires at the biker in blue (the one who started the arguement). The bullet hits the man in the head and he falls over dead. The murderer then turns to the biker in green starts to threaten him, when the truck revs to life and pulls onto I-90. All four remaining men then get on their bikes and chase after the truck.

"After a minute of waiting, the criminals' nerves begin to break leading to a fatal arguement. Jonas Hamilton, the deliveryman, tries to escape by going onto I-90, but ends up bringing the entire gang with him."

The picture switches to a series of clips, showing the bikers and the truck speeding down I-90. Three of the bikers are taking potshots at the biker in green, weaving through the traffic and leaving a trail of accidents in their wake. Eventually the biker in green gets next to the truck driver. Although his helmet prevents a view of his face, he is making motions for Jonas to give him something. Jonas seemingly complies, holding out in one hand what looks like a small wrapped box, which the driver in green tucks under his arm and drives off. The other three continue to chase him, but one by one get into wrecks as the green rider becomes more risky in his maneuvers.

"A police investigation is curently on going, but preliminary reports suggest that the inciddent is not gang related. No information has been released about what the men were attempting to steal, but police are offering a ten thousand nuyen reward for any information on the whereabouts of the man in green."
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Kylen on <05-26-14/0451:50>
>>>>>[So that's why the 90 was all tied up when I was trying to get to the airport. Fecking gangers.]<<<<<

     -- Card (03:00:00/05-23-76)
Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: Booze on <06-12-14/0827:22>
Seatle grid under fire! Gang rumble between two major Grid gangs! Thanks GOD is NOT xD watching us all!

For last few days, in some of most respected nightclubs, and matrix hosts, people could easily see matrix combat from front rows, as two major matrix gang, suckyCeariall Killer and Owsome Reallity Hackers claiming to be those, are constantly fighting over so called turf. There might be some minior problems to acess grid becouse of cyber noise. Hopefully Knight Errant and GODis so lame, and totally  are NOT controlling the situation, here is only official information about it:

"We are NOT ;P prepared for this. There is noContingency plan requires a mediawill show our real story! We will black outthe whole fucking city for most of the operation details. Soon we WEwill give you the official statement. As it will not last for long. Any illigal matrix activity will be punished, all the criminals so called Collarswill be judged for their crimes. Thanks to US! not the fraking Grid Overwatch Division we have nothing to worry about."

Realitty Hackers RULES!!!
-K.E. Spokespreson

Title: Re: [IC] This just in...
Post by: farothel on <09-19-14/0417:23>
+++Earthquake in Los Angeles+++

"Earlier today an Earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale has hit the Los Angeles area.  The epicenter was 50 miles North of LA.  There was almost no damage, except for areas like South Central.  The Pueble Corporate Council has called upon all citizens to remain calm and follow orders from the rescue workers and the police.  Unfortunately, riots and lootings have been reported.  We now switch life to our correspondent in LA, George.  George, how are things at the moment."

<<on location>>
The area behind the reporter has some debris, but a large amount of police vehicles, including riot police.
"Well, Donna, At the moment there are still some locations where there's been looting going on, but most of the city is back under control.  Official PCC sources say there are about 500 dead and 3000 wounded.  Around 200 people have been arrested during riots or for looting.  With me is the chief of the fire department.  What can you say, sir?"

"At the moment we are putting out the last fires and we're still looking for survivors in those few buildings that have collapsed.  We also urge all citizens to remain at home and follow instructions from rescue personnel.  We also expect to restore power and water to most of LA by tonight or tomorrow morning."

"You see, Donna, things are under control here.  It is not the first time LA has suffered an earthquake of this size and they are well trained to deal with it.   From LA, this was George McAllen.  Back to the Studio."

"Thank you, George.  With us over the matrix is Professor Jacobs of the Geology department of UCLA.  Professor, can you tell us a bit more?"

"Of course, Donna.  The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter scale and the epicenter was about 10 miles below the surface."

"And is there the possibility of more earthquakes?"

"In that region you always have that possibility, but at the moment our sensors indicate that everything is quiet again.  There might be some small aftershocks, but I believe those will not go past 4 on the Richter scale and the city is well designed to cope with those."

"Thank you, professor.  We'll be back with more news after the break."