2074 06 28, Evening
Elric sleeps. Nuk (and Barf) visit the Nightsook. Fasad becomes his own man. Bunny gets one free drink in the hotel bar.
The next day I summon a pair of spirits (Fire 4/4, Man 3/3) and Shadist goes to the club where he makes arrangements for 10 Saeder Krupp VIPs to use a VIP room at 6:00 PM (our target’s meeting is set for 7:00 PM). The sandstorm is much abated but still effects perception by 1 when outside.
Fasad suggests that we actually impersonate some SK VIPs, with Shadist and Elric as the VIPs, Bunny as their escort, and Nuk and Fasad the lightly armed bodyguards. Someone suggest we procure a rigger who is willing to drop a duffel bag into the open-air area of Chi, and Fasad facilitates that. We bring in minimal weaponry, but load up the duffel bag with 6 guns, 5 grenades, extra ammo, etc.
We are placed in our own VIP room but we have one-way windows so we can see out. There are 3 VIP rooms in total and one other VIP room is occupied when we arrive at 6:00. After about an hour, the other VIP room opens up to reveal an elderly woman of the same body type as the assassin girl and 4 guys. Using dual perception, I move toward the woman to ascertain whether she is missing essence from the same areas of her body as the assassin I’d assensed on the island. She’s heading toward me through the crowd, but sees me and turns away while using her comlink. Suddenly, out of freaking nowhere, a guy with diamond eyes and a pair of extendable spoons flies through/over the crowd to my left rear and attacks me, but misses. Pretty upset about this, and the prospect that her entire Tong was infiltrated the now-crowded nightclub, I command my Spirit of Fire to engulf him and my Spirit of Man to fear him (he resists the latter). A troll who had been flirting with Bunny advances with silenced Predator and takes an aimed shot at me, hitting me with a glancing blow. WTF? My local public awareness seems to have gotten out of hand — I’ve got to get out of this sand-blown litterbox. Bunny’s been walking calmly through the crowd with a lit Molotov cocktail in her hand, and she pitches it into the DJ pit. The 4 guys from the other VIP room are arrayed around the woman and pull silenced Predators and advance toward me, but the first one is knocked unconscious by one punch from Fasad, who then survives shots from the other 3 without a scrape. Nuk triggers his improved reflexes and Shadist is our eyes on the other side of the DJ pit in case she/someone heads that way. General melee breaks out with the DJ pit catching on fire, lots of gun shots, only some of which are silenced. The staff take no action. I cast improved invisibility (F6=4) and find what seems to be a reasonably safe place, then scan for the woman and command the Spirit of Man to mark her. She is hiding in the crowd, changing clothes, has shot at Shadist and is now heading to the 3rd level clockwise. Between Bunny and Nuk the troll is pinned down near a door, which he eventually uses to flee. The 3 gun guys knock Fasad unconscious, then are microwaved (which also effects any patrons who are too stupid to move away from 3 guys who are shooting guns and are being shot at), but one makes to escape. Shadist stim patches Fasad. Diamond Eyes had lasted around 6 combat turns before succumbing to the fire, but I Push the Limit and see the last gun guy fleeing in the crowd (perception 5 hits) and having no other way to stop his escape, possibly with the coin, I send the Spirit of Fire to engulf him. He doesn’t last long and, about the same time that the rest capture the woman, the Spirit of Fire returns to me. But where is the coin? We make our separate ways out of the club, Shadist with the duffel bag, with Fasad parting ways, and I taking the roof exit to avoid the crowd (dropping the improved invisibility once in the crowd at the exit). I head over to the nearby hospital, apparently not followed, and secure an abandoned taxi there. Bunny has the unconscious assassin, soused with hooch, and is telling people that her girlfriend had too much to drink. Someone, Bunny, or possibly Nuk, says that there is something large and organic pacing his taxi from a slight distance through the storm.