Eclipse Phase: Anathema

Acrimony - Part 1

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Agents
- “Svafa” played by Sean
- “Njal” played by Adam
- “Amal” played by Cameron
- “Chi” played by Leslie

While Visiting the asteroid beehive habitat Kongyùn to pay off a triad mob boss a Firewall sentinel named Chi mysteriously disappeared. Chi’s handler assembled a small team of sentinels to investigate. Including Chi’s resleeved backup who is curious to find out what happened to his prior self.

The group travels to the asteroid via a fast resupply shuttle called the Red Coronet and posed as scrap re sellers. Their deception gets them through customs and the team furthermore manages to smuggle their weapons on to the habitat inside Amal’s mechanical body. But it soon becomes obvious that they are not wanted here.

Kongyùn was once a Fa Jing Hypercorp owned mine but when the rock floated deep into the outer system where harvesting its resources was no longer a viable business investment. The hypercorp abandoned its mining operation in favor of building a mysterious base on the rocks surface as part of a secret project. Meanwhile most of Fa Jing’s mining operation staff left, leaving behind a community of stubborn isolationist Brinkers and salvagers that continue to comb the empty tunnels for scrap and resources. The Firewall team sticks out like a soar thumb among the unwelcoming populace which are quick to distrust all outsiders. A search through the local mesh reveals that the asteroid has a history of strange sightings of “ghosts” in the tunnels and disappearances. Furthermore a look into the deep Mesh reveals a gang presence on board the habitat consisting of a small triad enclave and a local gang called the Confessors. The teams best lead to finding Chi’s whereabouts is Mariposa Chen, the triad mob boss, but they opt to search the mesh security feeds and question the locals first.

Njal runs taps into publicly available security feeds and runs facial recognition software using date given to them by their Firewall handler. He finds a video a Chi leaving a motel with a silver suit case and heading into the tunnels of Kongyùn and using a tram to get to the Fa Jing facility on the other side of the asteroid where he is seen handing the guards at the front gate the suit case. Then he is seen leaving the habitat on the same shuttle he came in. Njal finds evidence of tampering with the security feeds, the video was fake. Implying that some one had attempted to conceal Chi’s activity, but to what purpose? The group logs this info and moves on.

The team finds a blog belonging to local historian named Jade that had spoken to Chi extensive during his visit to Kongyùn. Chi, masked in his fake identity tracks Jade down to a simulspace chat room on the mesh and begins to make inquires about his former self. It doesn’t take long for Chi to discover that his previous self and Jade may have been a little more intimately involved then expected. It is from Jade that Chi had learned about the strange sightings of “ghosts” in the tunnels and other weird happenings, including the disappearances of several people over the years that had gone into the tunnels alone and never returned. None of the people that had disappeared where connected in anyway. Furthermore she revealed that people on Kongyùn some times woke up with traumatic memories that where not their own, leading some to believe that Fa Jing had been preying on the populace for some sort of experiment.

For every Inquiry that Chi had, Jade countered with another question. Chi managed to either evade her questions or weave an elaborate set of lies, which seemed to satisfy her curiosity for now. During the lengthy conversation Njal hacked into simulspace to check its security and found a hidden admin on the network which was not showing up on anywhere. When he tried to figure out the source of the hidden admin the mysterious user disappeared leaving no traces behind. Njal alerted the group and maintained careful watch over the teams Tacnet for any possible intrusions.

In a surprising stroke of inspiration Njal (Adam you son of a bitch I still can’t believe you pulled this off you piece of shit!!! XD) decided to risk the teams operational security to get more information out of Jade and insure her future compliance. Njal took on Chi’s online persona and logged into the Mesh as Chi, picking a random simulspace chat room to appear in. It didn’t take long for people to notice a dead man on the net that had recently disappeared. Following the attention Jade rezed in and tackled Njal, launching a million questions. The Firewall team managed to recruit jade to help them find Chi’s prior self after selling her on the story that he had lost his memories and was attempting to retrace his steps after taking too many drugs and partying a little too hard. Jade reveals that she had searched lead an effort to try and find Chi and showed the group a map of the tunnels that she had searched. As the conversation goes deeper Jade catches on to the fact that Chi wasn’t everything that he had lead her to believe. Njal let her in that he was part of a secret group and was on a less then legal mission and that her association with him may put her in danger. Jade barely manages to keep calm at this revelation, but Njal and the real Chi assure her that they can protect her if the worst comes to pass. The Firewall team gives Jade instructions to head to their ship if things turn ugly and promise to return if any new information comes up.

Next the team heads off to meet Mariposa Chen the triad mob boss that operates out of a clinic. Svafa steps forward to negotiate and reveals her self as a member of the Titanian Science Police. The mobsters lower their guard when Svafa reveals that she is after Chi. The two manage to come to a quid qo pro agreement and Mariposa gives the team a map of areas that she had searched in the asteroid tunnels, giving a team a fairly solid idea of where he may have gone.

Next the team heads off to investigate the motel where Chi had been seen. They are confronted by a group of armed men in the motel lobby. The leader of the group identifies him self as Bves the leader of the Confessors gang. Both groups exchange insults and move on, but not before Njal tags the Bves with a Gnat drone, giving the group an ants eye view of everywhere the gang leader went.

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At the motel the Firewall team breaks into Chi’s room by hacking the door and find that it had been cleaned out. Svafa does some forensics analysis and discovers that any evidence of Chi’s presence had been either cleaned up by nano machines or he was never there. The motel security feeds say otherwise. While the team searches the motel Njal dives deeper into the Mesh and discovers that at some point in the past the habitat had a violent episode of riots which had been suppressed by Fa Jing security forces. In addition there was a major system wide crash on the Mesh caused by an unknown source. In an attempt to try and piece together data fragments from old records he discovers evidence of a Basalisk Hack, confirming a possible TITAN presence on Kongyùn.

Having exhausted all their leads in the habitat the teams final step is to check the hidden Firewall stash that was mentioned by their Firewall handler in the briefing. The team heads on into the asteroid tunnels to the location and find a small space with a regenerating rock wall created by a small nano hive. Inside the scratch space the team finds an arachnoid morph, weapons, and a silver suit case. Inside the suit case the team find an single use industrial grade nano dissembler. Slapping one of these bad boys down would generate a temporary grey goo of nano machines that would rapidly devour an area the size of an office building unless carefully instructed with a directive. The team carries with them the spare morph and the suit case hoping they wouldn’t have to use it.

As the group travels further into the tunnels Njal notices something of grave concern coming from his Gnat drone. A room full of heavily armed Confessor gangsters preparing to hunt the party down with the intent of stopping them from finding the “truth.” Njal hacks into a monitor in the room the Confessors are in spawns an image of Mariposa Chen. Although highly unlikely (Seriously Adam? 10 percent chance to succeed and you roll a 9? You broke the game) He uses her likeness to sow deception among the Confessors, claiming that they had betrayed her agreement with them to keep out of their respective businesses. Njal cut the link and the party continues forward. Before the team gets out of range of the habitat mesh, reports of a fire fight between the Triad and the Confessors begins flooding the local news network.

Hours later the group discovers a closed off tunnel marked by large Bio Hazard emblems, this area is not marked on any of there maps. Moving inside they find what seemed like a dead end, but a scan reveals another tunnel on the other side. The group breaks apart the tunnel and discover a frozen corpse on the other end. Its Chi’s back up. A quick investigation of the body reveals that he had been killed by gun shot and the cortical stack had been slagged. Further down the tunnel the team can see a eerie blue glow coming from a larger chamber.

The team proceeds forward and finds a vast cavern with oddly carved walls with seemingly organic spirals and curves carved into regolith walls. In the center of the room is a gathering of blueish fog which seemed to move unnaturally around a large floating crystal structure. The team in unison agree that the object must be destroyed.

As if sensing their intent the walls behind the Firewall team spring to live and block their exist. Parts of the fog move together and solidify, forming a giant transparent tendril which seemed to shimmer like a mirage. The massive tendril whips forward and the team scatters in different directions to dodge it. Amal provides covering fire for the team while they try to clear the wall blocking their path out. Meanwhile Njal creates a fork of him self and downloads it into the spare arachnoid morph. He grabs a hold of the industrial disassembler from the suit case and kicks off the wall in the direction of the giant crystal structure.

The fog generates another arm after the first one is shattered by Amal and artifact resumes its attack on the Firewall team. Its second volley of attacks this time meet their mark and Svafa is struck by the tendril, which seemingly passes through her suit as if nothing is there. When the arm slides out, Svafa is missing her eyes and passes out from the pain. Meanwhile Chi manages to cut an exit out of the chamber and kicks the wall out of the way. Amal grabs Svafa’s floating unconscious body and follows the party out the door. Elsewhere Njal fork cuts through the fog and lands on the crystal objects surface. The strange iridescent stone beneath him flashes in a bizarre array of color. For a brief moment he is tempted to give in and surrender to the TITAN artifact. (failing this roll would have cost the party this entire adventure) He resists, plants the disassembler and slams the “On” button. The disassembler rapidly consumes him along with the artifact, eating matter and using it to create more nano machines.

As the surviving team members make their way back the way they came a massive shock wave ripples through the asteroid, nearly ripping the 10 kilometer rock in half. When the team reaches the habitat they discover the colony in chaos. The take this time to quietly slip back on to the Red Coronet and leave.

The Red Coronet was last seen heading into orbit around Uranus. The ship is strangely silent…

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