S&V - The Outfit (OOC thread)

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Red Star Parts and Service

A boutique parts store owned by Yoster’s friend Sully, is right around the corner from the Katsubo. It has a show room, four vehicle bays, and an office. Sully can be found there most afternoons, along with a sales clerk, and a handful of tough looking mechanic types, who may or may not or may not do other sorts of work for Sully. Most days there will also be a handful of racing types hanging around as well, browsing the shelves, working on their rigs, or hanging around out front of the bays shooting the breeze. Yoster knows pretty much everyone who frequents the shop, and can often be found here himself when he’s in between jobs.

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Astra House

Yoster’s cousin, Kaelia, lives in fashionable Shamballah with her corporate lawyer husband, whose name Yoster can never remember (he’s a dick). She’s a straight arrow citizen, and finds Yoster a little embarrassing. She might have some idea that he does the dirt, but emphatically doesn’t want to know more. Yoster doesn’t get invited to many holiday meals there. Kaelia’s father, Gallial, has been off planet for years, and Yoster has no idea what he’s does or where is he is. Sully is more like family than anyone Yoster is actually related to.

Astra House is an upmarket apartment complex on Remakan Loop in Shamballah. It has 3 towers, a landscaped courtyard and underground parking.

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Lefty's Yard

Lefty's warehouse/abode is nestled in the Shenobi district, an old junkyard of containers that he has since put to use hiding his stash. There is a small temp-hab office that Lefty has repurposed as both his office and home in the back, and the containers themselves house his stash and simultaneously house the underground tunnels he's been digging to expand his enterprise's storage room. His most valuable stuff is hidden down here.

The compound is well defended with as much innocuous trash used to create barriers to entry as Lefty can manage, creating a chokehold entrance that his limited camera support watches, or otherwise presenting such a precarious threat to any fool brave enough to try climbing the walls of junk and risking both noise and a nasty infection.

Lefty is almost always here, a recluse. He uses contacts and middlemen to arrange exchanges and trades via his most loyal compatriots - all vets he served with (and was NCO over), Brun included.

Brun has a go bag (some spare weapons, cash and travel docs) hidden here at Lefty's place until she can find a more permanent solution to hide it. Lefty knows about it and may well have snooped inside out of his own curiousity. It's only a good hiding spot for the moment as Brun knows Lefty's paranoia keeps his compound safe.

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I see that we're operating with Bylaw #42613, no citizen who's name does not contain a 'Y' may operate or reside within a registered junkyard. That's good, keep the Heat low folks.
 

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I see that we're operating with Bylaw #42613, no citizen who's name does not contain a 'Y' may operate or reside within a registered junkyard. That's good, keep the Heat low folks.
There is something of a theme emerging here.
 

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I should spend some downtime liberally salting my little domain with high explosives for that inevitable junkyard shootout. Maybe some punji sticks...
 

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I should spend some downtime liberally salting my little domain with high explosives for that inevitable junkyard shootout. Maybe some punji sticks...
Sully reminds you that booby trapping his workplace is an egregious violation of OSH policies - even the milk toast version that passes for the law here. He also requests that you try not to blow up too many of his patrons - folks prefer their spare parts not to be covered in gore and the neighbours ask awkward questions about loud explosions at odd hours. He makes it pretty clear that you're responsible for cleaning up and disposing of any bodies.

It also occurs to you that minefields are normally marked and there are good reasons for that.
 
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Yoster reminds Sully that the OSH regs can kiss his hairy ass, but the point about customers is well taken. Yoster immediately begins looking into non-lethal options....
 

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The Halimar Job

Yoster’s thumbs tapped the battered steering wheel of the stolen Renshi-600 in time with the music playing on his node. It was a chill new mix from Boosterplex, very zen, which he needed. He was starting to feel a little tense. He clenched and unclenched his hands on the wheel. This was taking too long. He adjusted the rearview mirror and took another look at the front door of Halimar Holdings. No movement. Dammit. He adjusted the mirror again to look further back up the street. He could see the occasional car passing the intersection, and the neon for that breakfast joint was on. A hovercab hummed overhead through the morning mist, dome light off, probably heading back to the cab stand. The city was waking up. Fuck.

He adjusted the mirror again to look back the front door of Halimar. Still nothing. Shask had told him this was a simple smash and grab. In and out, no fuss, no bother. He’d said twenty minutes, maybe less. He’d been gone an hour. Yoster grimaced at the thought of what might be keeping Shask this long and regretted again that he’d been broke enough to even consider this job. Shask was a nutter, totally off his rocker on whatever a soup of stims, juice and ice he could get his hands on. He had a rep for unnecessary wetwork, but Yoster had put some of that down to gossip and rep building. People didn’t rub your mane if they thought you were likely to chew their arm off. Now Yoster was starting to reconsider.

Yoster rolled down the car window and lit a cigarette. The synth-tobacco was harsh, but welcome, and he inhaled deeply. The smell of the morning mingled with the cigarette smoke. Car exhaust, wet pavement, a whiff of something foul from a nearby alley, and just a hint of the sea. More cars were passing by the end of the street, and the wait was making Yoster nervous. He decided that he’d hang another five minutes and then he was gone. Traffic would pick up any minute now and then there’d be way too many eyes, too much exposure. Yoster tapped off his ash and took another deep drag, his fingers drumming impatiently on the steering wheel.

CRACK

Yoster heard the sound of gunfire behind him. In the rearview he saw Shask, long jacket billowing, slowly backing out of the front door of Halimar, pumping rounds from his hand cannon back through the doorway. Shask held something in his left hand. Yoster flipped his cigarette to the street and fumbled for the car keys.

CRACK … CRACK CRACK

Shask stopped firing, and there was silence in the street for a moment, then he tipped back his head and started laughing manically. He thrust his hands skyward in victory, his still-smoking heavy blaster in his right hand, and what Yoster could now see was a severed head in his left hand, held by the hair.

“Holy shit,” Yoster said, far more calmly than he felt, “he’s bloody insane.” In the rearview, Shask began dancing a jig while he waved the head toward the door. Yoster could see streamers of blood spattering the front of the building. “By the holy void.” Yoster whispered. The rumors of Shask’s insanity hadn’t even been close to the mark. Shask finished his dance, threw the severed head back thought the doorway, and began walking up the sidewalk toward the car. As he got closer Yoster could see that he was blood from head to foot, bloody enough that it was dripping on the sidewalk as he paced toward the car.

Fuck no, thought Yoster, and started the car. The engine sputtered, died, then caught, growling and roaring. In the rearview he saw Shask pause for a second, and then begin sprinting toward the car. Shit, shit, shit! Yoster thought, and pounded the gas. The tires on the Renshi smoked as he slewed out into the road.

CRACK

A bullet shattered the rear windshield, and whined past Yoster’s ear, putting a hole in the front windshield big enough to put a fist through. Yoster crouched low in the seat and floored the gas. In a moment, the only sign that Yoster has been on the street was a set of smoking tire tracks.
 

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Bayeux-Linden

Bayeux-Linden is a medium-size wealth management firm that (like most wealth management firms) specialises in investment management and tax evasion. It also runs a chain of safety deposit vaults.

It has several shareholders, but the major share holdings are through three shell companies that are rumoured to be owned by the Keisha Meiyo, an organisation reputed to be a Yak clan (needless to say they deny that there is any such organisation as the Yakuza).
 

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Keisha Meiyo

Name for a syndicate reputed to be a Yakuza clan. It is one of the major clans in Vetawa.

These clans tend to take on the trappings of the traditional Japanese Yakuza (some draw identity from Triads or Premani) in an attempt to project legitimacy, although they are not actually connected with the Terran Yakuza clans, which largely no longer exist.
 

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Colloquially known as the Wasabi Mayo, just not to their face. Or maybe the Keisha Girls. :grin:
 

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Who are our main competitors in Shenobi? I'd like to talk about specific targets if we end up going the frame job route.
 

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Who are our main competitors in Shenobi? I'd like to talk about specific targets if we end up going the frame job route.
History of Central and Southern Startown gangs

Formerly, Shenobi, Erdos and Central Startown were the territory of a wannabe Yak clan called the Sindikat Naga, or Dragon Syndicate. This underwent two schisms. The first splinter broke the gang into two factions.

The first retained the name Sindikat Naga under its original Oyabun Nasem Terahono and held control of Shenobi and Central Startown. Terahono was killed in a turf war against one of the Naga Baru factions (see below) and the gang split apart, leaving a power vacuum in Shenobi. One of the senior Kobun, Hechi Suvarov has a kept a small rival faction in the Shenobi area; this is a small criminal enterprise that has control of some city blocks where they run racketeering and has perhaps 5 insiders and some intendants. He's not strong enough to take you down, but you're occupying the same turf and there's occasional argy-bargy. You will probably have to get rid of them at some point.

The second got control of most of Erdos and Sirtis and called themselves Naga Baru (New Dragons). These were led by Kanta Motuhake. Kanta was subsequently assassinated by his 2IC Damad Hadsiputra. The Naga Baru didn't last long and Hadsiputra was killed in an internal struggle. The gang split into three factions that each occupy territories in Erdos and Sirtis:
  • The Yatu (Swords) are the largest faction, based in Erdos, who appear to have designs on the power vacuum in Shenobi
  • The Tora (Tigers) are a smaller faction based in Sirtis.
  • Some of Hadisputra's loyalists retain the name Naga Baru but have largely gone underground and are dormant.
When the Sindikat Naga split apart, another Kobun managed to retain a toehold as a minor gang running racketeering in Central Startown. It's another small syndicate like yours and mainly runs protection, vice and racketeering in Central Startown. The call themselves the Naga Sejat (True Dragons) under Risano Losa who now claims to be an Oyabun.

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Is it believable that Suvarov's crew could have pulled the heist? Or are they too small time? Same question about the Swords. Those seem like they should be our first two priorities...
 

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Is it believable that Suvarov's crew could have pulled the heist? Or are they too small time? Same question about the Swords. Those seem like they should be our first two priorities...
It doesn't really sound like the sort of thing that any of the locals would do - and the location is all wrong. This was in Devaki, a city conurbated off Vetawa to the west, way out of their turf. You're pretty sure none of them would have the nouse to pull off something like that.
 

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Syd's Electronic Repairs

Syd's is owned by the Eponymous Syd, an ex-Navy electronics tech. He's tight-lipped about his past, and there are rumours he was involved in some unsavoury business or another. There's not much he doesn't know about electronics, though. He has a repair shop near Darko field, where he does a lot of repair and servicing work for free traders and various other customers.

Some say he maintains fire control systems and avionics for pirates and smugglers, and that he's part cyborg himself. All we know is he's called Syd. He claims to be of Smeg descent on his mother's side.

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The once-picturesque village of Lillias is now just a rundown part of Kumar, although you can still see Welcome to Lillias signs on the roads in. A few people still frequent the beach, enough so strangers in the area won't raise eyebrows.

The Seaview motel is a rundown motel from Lillias's tourist heyday that still hangs on. Now inherited by Chorus Shannan, a part-smeg woman in her 50s, it provides her a meagre livelihood. She was raised well enough to have a healthy distrust of the authorities, and will take in people to hide in her motel, providing groceries and other supplies.

An overgrown pathway behind the sections in the block allows discreet egress from the units. The motel is walking distance from the terminus of the Pontefract-Kumar branch line of the metro.

Next to the motel is the village with shops on Akhitakata Rd, with ambience provided by neighbouring fish farms.

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Most of the staff turn over fairly quickly and tend to be very young. Night shifts have a lot of college students.
 
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Remakan is sometimes colloquially known as 'Dobakan' due to his superficial resemblance to Dobakan, a robot character in the eponymous children's show. He doesn't like being called Dobakan to his face.
 

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The P40 fires projectiles of a standard form factor widely used for gauss pistol and gauss gun ammunition. The projectile weighs approximately 2.5g and the P40 fires it at about 1km/sec, which is typical for gauss pistols. Armour piercing rounds are effective at close ranges against all but the heaviest body armour. Standard magazines hold 40 rounds and a battery pack to power the weapon.

P40s are very much a service pistol. At about 25cm long they are on the large side for a readily concealable handgun although someone of a larger build could carry one in a shoulder holster or concealed under loose clothing.
 
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The gun fires a cartridge, usually containing about 500g-1kg of the base agent. This has a range of approximately 20-30 metres and is capable of immobilising most sophonts. The agent can be released with a solvent.

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Para Glyco-Urethlyl Benzyl Acrylamide (P-GUBA).
 
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I'll work on retro-fitting my character tonight. Shall we put that into play after the current action is over?
 
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