A Cyberpunk 2020 session
Cast of Characters:
Jackson “Mr. Time” Laurier, Corporate MoFo (Chance)
Thad Thaddeus, Solo (Darryl)
Shalimar Seppuku, Rockeboy (Nathan)
Coyote Chrome, Techie (NPC)
*GM Note: Never Fade Away is a story in Cyberpunk 188.8.131.52 rule book and it has been slightly modified for our heroes.
Our adventure begins with a call from “Bag Lady” she’s a well known fixer in Night City. She has contacted Jackson who just might have an inside information on what a big client needs. She has arranged for a meeting at The Atlantis, which is a corporate bar.
The Atlantis is a place where the contacts are good, and the pickings easy. Where Corporates looking for a fast freelance assassination. medias and Runners looking to trade information. Fixers with guns, armor and smuggling jobs, etc,…
Jackson has called in an old friend to help him, Thad Thaddeus, a Solo, good with a gun and ready to protect. Jackson and Thad work out a plan of action, Jackson will sitting at a booth across from the bar where Thad sits so he can keep an eye and ready for action. Rockerboy legend, Johnny Silverhand strolls into the establishment, his head held high, a cocky light in his eyes. He spots Jackson and makes his way over to the table. He’s stopped by a waitress and signs an autograph and has a selfie taken with her before he sits down at the booth.
“Mr. Time,” Silverhand says. “Bag Lady told me you can help me.”
“What do you wish to acquire,” Jackson asks.
“Time,” Silverhand replies, “And I’m running short on it.”
Silverhand has a task and he explains the situation. Early that evening after a coming out of a gig with his girlfriend, Alt, he was caught of guard by three goons pretending to be fans. They jumped him, wrecked him up good and when he came too in a pool of his own blood, his girlfriend was missing. He breaks his trauma card and comes too in a hospital. Where he has been stitched back together.
It’s here that Silverhand learns from an old contact that the “goons” were sponsored by Arasaka. It wasn’t a hit on him, but they were after his girlfriend, Alt. She just so happens to be a hotshot programmer and had designed a program called “Soul Killer”. Rumour has it that Arasaka is working on their own version of “Soul Killer” and needed Alt’s input on it. Alt is being held in Arasaka tower and he needs to get her out ASAP.
Thad who has been watching over the bar, notices three men entering and making a bee line right for Jackson and Silverhand. He catches Jackson’s eye and nods over to the doorway and that’s when all hell breaks loose! The guns draw their weapons, they are going to take out Silverhand. Jackson first instinct is to expand his heavy armored coat around Silverhand to act as a shield as bullets begins to flow. The jacket absorbs the hits as Silverhand and Jackson make it to the exit.
Thad jumps into action and begins picking off the goons. In a matter of seconds three goons are down but Thad’s leg is shot up pretty badly. He staggers out after Jackson and Silverhand while he places a call to an old friend, “Lucy 4”. Silverhand has a Porsche in the parking lot and that’s where they are heading. Jackson sees that Thad is seriously wound helps him across the lot towards the vehicle.
The Porsche explodes and debris rains down among them. An armoured AV-4 hovering over the lot and now bullets rain down from the heavens. As cars in the lot are being chewed up by a mini-gun, though that doesn’t last long as the AV-4 is hit with a rocket from out of the blue.
“Lucy 4” has arrived on the scene to help out her friend in trouble. She lands her modified “Trauma” AV-4 and everyone loads up. She takes them to a hospital where Thad’s leg needs to be looked after by “professionals” instead of Street Docs.
It is here where the team decides a course of action calling in and cashing in markers. They need to get into Arasaka and they need a plan. Jackson places a call to A.D.A Montgomery to see if his old flame “Coyote Chrome” is out of jail. Turns out she is and has been for several months. She’s been catching up on the latest technology. Also since Thad’s leg is useless if they can get a “big gun” for him to use. Since Thad has a keen shot, maybe he can just do some good from a vantage point.
Silverhand places some calls to members his old group “Samurai” he wants them to get together for a big show in a park right across from Arasaka. While Thad makes a call and brings in Shalimar Seppuku to help out as well.
They all gather and work out a plan that will get them into Arasak tower and rescue Alt. Word gets spread that Samurai is getting back together for a big gig in Park Green and the techies begin set up the equipment, as fans begin to trickle into the park. Thad takes up nest in a good location, a tower across the street that is currently going under renovations on four floors and he sets up a snipers nest.
Jackson and Shalimar will filter in with the crowd and will make their way to Arasaka once the plan is underway. The stage is set and the time to strike will begin once Silverhand sings the lyrics “Chippin’ in”.
Thousands of people have been filing into the park waiting for the show to begin, Thad from his vantage point scans the area and keep tabs on things out of the ordinary. Shalimar is among the crowd while Jackson hands by a tree and waits for the right opportunity.
Silverhand takes the stage and begins the show, Shalimar can spot a red dot dancing around Silverhand’s head and he alerts the others. Thad with his keen vision spots a sniper at another building and is going to take him out. Jackson cautions him saying that to do that no will give away our plan since the sniper cannot take out Silverhand in front of a huge crowd across from Arasaka. Thad waits and hopes that Jackson isn’t wrong.
The show goes on and Samurai breaks into their classic hit, and Silverhand incites the crowd and jumps into them. This is the signal and Thad decides to take out the sniper first before she get’s a chance to fire. Jackson grabs Shalimar and they head to building as well, they break from the crowd and into the building.
Now I won’t go into detail of the events that happened here (just imagine the scene from the Ryan Reynold’s film Smokin’ Aces). With Shalimar and Jackson dealing with the guards in the lobby and then heading to the elevator making their way up Arasaka searching for Alt and fighting guards. Coyote Chrome hacking into Arasaka to mess with the security, and trying to find out where Alt is located. There are encounter with a few modified cybernetic sentries. With Thad and his sniper rifle picking off anyone and everyone who happens to get in the way.
After dealing with cyborg, Jackson get’s hit with a hail of bullets (14) from a Minami 10 SMG and one shot manage to hit him in the head, causing a huge wound and takes him out. Shalimar battles the cyborg and manage to shove him down an elevator shaft, by now they can hear the crowd of fans that have stormed through Arasaka and make their way to the penthouse. Though, a helicopter takes off from the rooftop, Thad is about to fire a shot but then his gun jams. The helicopter takes off.
Thad calls in Lucy to help since Jackson is seriously injured. Shalimar tends to the wound with first aid but he doesn’t know if will matter. Lucy’s AV-4 arrives and they load up, she swings by to pick up Thad as well and they head to the hospital to determine the fate of Jackson.