Saturday March 23, 2075
We won! We won! We won! Errr… wait a second. This is some kind of setup. So we won an all expense included trip to Las Vegas. We also won some spending money too, if we survived and complete a mission for Renraku. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch after all.
So Julie Cruze wants us to fly to Las Vegas and look into a data breach they had in regards to one of their doctors who had worked on a Project Mind Sound. Evidently, this doctor created some sort of backdoor and they recently logged in so now Renraku is interested in closing down this gap in their security. And we have to do this on the down-low. Pay is 9000Y with a 3000Y bonus for 24 hour turn around. Plus we get a new member of the team since it looks like Ratchet is unavailable. Clutch is an ork rigger who will be picking us up when we get there.
So Project Mind Sound was a project starring Dr. Claudio Andrade. He worked with the Minutemen which was a Seattle gang that was big way back in 2058. That was forever ago. He had the gang implanted with cyberware without their knowledge and then the gang was used as a hit squad.
Dr. Claudio Andrade is some sort of pioneer in simsense conditioning and went the street name of Cheese down in Amazonia and big into cybernetic behavior modification. Was able to dig up that he loves to gamble on horses and recently hit it big at the Bellagio.
Julie Cruze is a midrange exec at Renraku in charge of external assets. I guess that makes us external assets.
When we got to town, we wasted no time cause you know, 3000Y is on the line. AJ and I headed down to the Bellagio so that we could find out more about the good doctors bet. Of course the floor boss couldn’t help because he was so busy, but when we found a credstick suddenly he had some time for us. He must have been looking for that credstick and had just misplaced it. Either way we found out that Claudio had put down a sizeable bet on a horse from a local trainer at Steven’s Ranch. The odds were long on the horse so he made off big when it went well.
We gather the crew and head out to Henderson to check out the horse ranch. We find out nothing on the first pass through. Well we found out that Claudio worked on the horse in question and put in some cyberware in what was supposed to be a natural league. You would think they would check for that kind of stuff before the race. Whatever. With a little extra persuasion, we were able to find out where the normal vet was and from him we found out where Dr Andrate lived.
When we got to his house we found diagrams and information about horses. When we went into the workspace, there were horse body parts everywhere and blood all over the ground. Just kidding. It was a pretty sterile place. We did find the terminal and a brochure to Cabos. I was able to hack in and see that he had wiped his data. While in I did a quick search to find out if there was anything on my dad. While not as much as I wanted, I did find an interesting video file. Seems that Hitako Yatsumari had an argument with my dad. I got some of the video but the audio was garbled and the file was lost at that point. Seemed that dad had put in some complaints about Yatsumari-san concerning overly harsh punishment of his co-workers. There was also some data about how good of an employee he was. At least now I have a name I can dig into concerning my dad.
Just as we are about grab the terminal and run, we found ourselves face to face with a beast spirit. Well, I think it is a beast spirit as that is what I saw in my school work. It turned around and left and we had about 2 second before someone decided to blow holes in the wall with his gun. A troll and his elf buddy were outside laying down the lead on the house. AJ decided it was time to try out his new grenade and Sprite used a barrier to make sure the other runner’s truck was well and truly fragged.
As much as it pained me, we turned over the terminal to Julie Cruze for the agreed upon 12,000Y and did get Julie as a contact.