Shadowlands // BayPlex.   Posted by Mr. Johnson.Group: 0
Acme
 player, 34 posts
 Coyote Shaman
 Avowed Pain In The Ass
Sun 16 Feb 2020
at 19:20
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>Surprized Sato's peeps didn't shut the whole studio down.  We may be seein' if Tak and K-Lee find themselves on a 'vacation' while they sort who's fault that gaffe of a dose of reality was.<<<<
-posted by Candlestick
Mr. Johnson
 GM, 108 posts
Mon 17 Feb 2020
at 02:49
Shadowlands // BayPlex
Getting Around:

GridLink: Almost all of the San Francisco inner 'plex uses self-driving cars, which communicate with and locate each other in peer-to-peer networks. There are several datacenters that perform overall traffic control to optimize travel times and avoid congestion.  All cars must be equipped with autopilots. Cars without autopilots operating in mandatory gridlink zones are illegal. Registration and presence of an autopilot is checked by automated sensors when a vehicle first enters the controlled zone.

>>>>>Of course your ride can be modded to circumvent the autopilot restriction. Most cars with a vehicle rig have some form of spoof.  Just broadcast the correct signal when the autopilot is disabled or broadcast no ID signal at all or transmit an ambulance or security vehicle code.<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge

Oakland-Berkeley has a less developed gridlink network and auto-drive is less rigidly enforced.  Traffic control in the heart of the 'plex has come together more organically.  Many urban communities have closed roads to traffic and are only open to trains, hired cars and pedestrians.

>>>>>Organically being a polite way of saying degraded and dilapidated.  Even in the thriving communities the sprawl has gobbled up the inner city streets.  From South Berkeley Ė Emeryville Ė West Oakland Ė Uptown Ė Fruitvale the Gridlink is non-existant and it's an urban warren.  Don't even get me started on Orkland/Alameda.<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge

Public transportation: The two primary options are commuter trains and Zipcars.  Local Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains are all operational again but the CalFreeState Rapid Transit Commission and Nobanaga Security have imposed major service restrictions in San Fran from Embarcadero to Millbrae.  The Antioch to Embarcadero line is a heavily secured zone that services outlying corporate suburbs.  Through Berkeley, Oakland and Silicon Valley/San Diego, BART is far less restricted and reaches most parts of the inner Ďplex.

Zipcars are driverless electric vehicles summoned by phone or matrix and run by smartframes on the GridLink. Routes are optimized by datacenters on the NOCAL RTG and real time traffic updates mean it usually only takes a few minutesí wait until a Zipcar arrives.  In the downtown core, with its parking restrictions and traffic congestion, most road traffic consists of these cars.

State Highways: Outside the 'plex, the CalTrans Toll Roads (CTTR) are state controlled highways and vehicles are not subject to mandatory grid link.  These highways are considered a separate sovereign entity within CalFree and are policed by a highway patrol force called the California Rangers.

>>>>>Chiptruth, guys like me don't normally have a lot of time for law men, but the Rangers are about as stand up a bunch as you can expect.  Sure, they collect some extra 'taxes' to help make up operating expenses, but all things considered, I'd rather a run in with these guys then cop-corps, corp-cops or imperial jarheads.<<<<<
- posted by Burnout
Grendel
 player, 38 posts
Mon 17 Feb 2020
at 17:58
Shadowlands // BayPlex
Downtown Culture:

>>>>> Begin Forwarded Message <<<<<
>>>>>I GOT THE JOB! I just received the official offer from Renraku and I don't think I have ever been more excited! My family and I should be moving to the Bayplex in the Spring, and I am in the middle of researching everything about the place. It sounds like we might have the option of a studio in the Renraku Arcology, but I am not a Mandatory Occupant. Any advice from the locals here?<<<<<
- posted by GoWestYoungMan
>>>>> End Forwarded Message <<<<<


>>>>>I guess this poor slot skipped the page on internal security, I've got his profile mocked up if anybody is lookin to pick up his trail. Easy dive, I'd let him go cheap. SIN Included. <<<<<
- posted by ShrimpBoyChow


>>>>>That threads got me rollin Omae. I don't know many wage slaves obviously, but it's like another planet over there. Check this drek out "You'll love it GoWest! The schools are some of the best in the country. Very competitive. If the family has not started learning Japanese yet get them started ASAP. Our local charter has after school options like Kendo, Kanji, Kids Karate and a very cute Home Economics program. My little girl can already make a mean bento box!<<<<<
- posted by O-TownBeatDown

>>>>>Yeah, weird to think it's already been 23 years since the Japs rolled in. Got kids down there goin ta work aint known nothin but the Jap Corps. I used to clean streets downtown, and O-Town's right, it's like another fraggin planet. Kids wearin uniforms, Imp Marines on the walls, got the salrymen bowin and scrapin to head suits all the time. It all must seem pretty slick if yall never leave the Arc...<<<<<
- posted by A1amedaHe1ghts

>>>>>It's the American dream chummer, Nippon style. Downtown is locked up tight, very tight. CorpCops get so bored they just run some people for kicks, even little grandmas to jack up their stats. It would be wise to have all of your "papers" in order if you even go near the place. I'm going to catch hell, but the place is really nice, and clean, and if you are legit, pretty safe overall. It does all feel pretty fragile though, I'll admit, just like an island...which is probably just how the Japano-Corps are used to doing business come to think of it.  <<<<<
- posted by OniO-yoroi

Check Points: The tried and true method of restricting access to sensitive areas, check points in the guise of customs, tolls, weigh compliance and just plain old "randomized" security inspections are a common sight when entering the Downtown region. Most of these check points are permanent facilities, although some are mobile, pulling designated cars off the Gridlink into out of the way pulloffs. The vast majority of the Bayplex checkpoints exist at natural "choke points" like bridges.

One you are "inside" however, they become far more rare.

Aerial Patrols: First deployed on a regular basis to protect commuter trains running "The Gauntlet", Aerial Patrols are a relatively common sight for Downtown locals. That's not to say they are a constant presence, it costs a lot of Cred to launch a VTOL once you factor in the rates for the crew, fuel, mandatory maintenance and training hours.

But, when compared to many cities, close air support is a far more likely obstacle for Runners. Ironically this means that some Runners have come to take advantage of all the air traffic to do their own aerial insertions and exfiltrations. Private luxury VTOL's, DocWagon/CrashCart med flights, secure Corp delivery services all jostle with the gunships and troop shuttles for airspace. They are all expected to be logged in with Flight Following software to prevent collisions, but few have the patience to reference every craft, or the diligence to track down a tail number if things seem hinky.

Panicky Bystanders: It's a sad fact. If your average Orkland resident hears gunshots they are not likely to even blink an eye unless it sounds like it's right down the block. Even then they are likely to just get on with their day, unless they are on the ground floor, in which case they might literally lay low until it's over. They are probably not going to call anybody expect close family or a neighbor, and they are almost definitely not going to get involved.

But Downtown, with some residents having spent their entire lives in air conditioned Arcologies, behind layers of security, filtered air and abundant creature comforts, they are likely to have a much more dramatic reaction to something like gunfire.

Mass panic, curious bystanders with PocSec's out and set to record, or the rare wannabe heroes who have internalized the Corporate Neo-Bushido may charge an armed gunman bare handed because, well, that's what they do in the Trids right?

The point is, down expect the "average" public reaction should things get loud. It's likely a once in a lifetime event for these folks.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:37, Tue 18 Feb 2020.

Mr. Johnson
 GM, 120 posts
Sun 23 Feb 2020
at 21:50
Shadowlands // BayPlex
7 Dec '59

As part of the upcoming Christmas street carnival festivities upstart music-simsense recording studio Apogee is planning a series of concerts featuring their stable of artists.  In Apogee studios, trog rap and elf metal feature heavily so the we can expect that the concerts will have to be hosted by venues outside the human cultural zone.  The studio is marketing this as an event to encourage a spirit of inclusion across the various subcultures of the 'plex.  The buzz surrounding the concerts is growing, with rumours of Apogee's most high profile act, techno-rebellion sensation Freya, taking part.

A video clip embedded in the story shows newly minted media darling Marissa Gregory providing a statement on behalf of the October 25 Alliance ďThis series of events is exactly the kind of corporate-community cooperation we've been striving for.Ē the orc says with sincerity, ďApogee is setting the example and working with local artists and businesses to put this together.  We're all very excited about it.Ē

>>>>>With the Imperial Peace Keeping Force patrolling the downtown core, the 'official' carnival will likely be a snooze-fest anyway.  This sounds like a much better party!<<<<<
- posted by Max

>>>>>Rumour is that the big security outfits won't touch these events.  Some say it's concern that security outside the HCZ is too unreliable to begin with and a botched contract with Apogee would become a PR nightmare.  Others are being a bit more cagey suggesting that this kind of work might make a bad impression with the imperial forces backing the shaky republic.  No one wants to risk being black-balled from big contracts.<<<<<
- posted by Insider Trading

>>>>>Unsurprisingly, KE is not interested in providing event security.  They're already spread to thin out in Oakland.<<<<<
- posted by Unity

>>>>>That sounds like opportunity knocking.<<<<
- posted by Pearlman
Acme
 player, 44 posts
 Coyote Shaman
 Avowed Pain In The Ass
Wed 26 Feb 2020
at 18:55
Shadowlands // BayPlex
Sports In The Bay

One thing to keep in mind while getting around the BayPlex is that we certainly are passionate about our sports teams.  They may have shifted and moved around over the last few decades, but the Bay Area still holds quite a lot for sports fans... and the traffic that comes with it.


Football

The main team in town during the fall and winter is the San Francisco 49ers, who currently are locked in a heated drive to the playoffs with the Seahawks.  The stadium is in Santa Clara on the south end of the Bay, though some of the JapaCorps are in a buzz to try and raze the old Candlestick area to bring the team downtown again.

>>[The traffic is a nightmare on Sundays because of Niners fans trying to find every way they can to avoid the checkpoints so they can make it to tailgate, and just as back on the way back so they can avoid the drunk traps.]<<
-posted by Candlestick

The other NFL team in the region is the Sacramento Chargers.   Having lifted up from San Diego when the Azzies took over, the Chargers settled in Sacramento to avoid splitting revenue with the Juggernauts in LA.  The traffic on I-80 can be a hassle, though they draw more from the other parts of CalFree rather than the core Bay Area residents.

>>[Rumor has it that the Davis family might move the Raiders back from Richmond sometime soon.]<<
-posted by Silver'nBlack

>>[Fat chance.  That rumor's been in the fragging wind every year since they moved to Virginia to begin with.  You'll have to put up with drekhead Niners fans or make the trek to Sacramento like the rest of us.]<<
-posted by Orklander

Baseball

Though football has had a strong presence in the bay area, baseball has always been a true passion for most, especially with the high Japanese presence that has always favored baseball above all other sports.

The main team that makes the heart of the city beat is the San Francisco Giants.  Though they haven't had the best run of luck the last decade or two, Giants fans still pack venerable Renraku Park to cheer for the Orange and Black.  The Giants celebrated their 100th season in San Francisco two years ago, and have maintained one of the best rivalries over the last 175 years with the hated Los Angeles Dodgers.

>>[Trust me, when they talk about rivalry, they mean it.  Even wearing a Dodgers cap will get you a few missing teeth among many die hards.]<<
-posted by Candlestick

One of the few draws in Orkland has been the Oakland Whales.  An expansion team back in the '40s to replace when the Athletics moved up to Portland twenty years before, the Whales have had a tenuous embrace at best, since they haven't left the Coastal cellar for all but two seasons of their entire existence.  The stadium is at least a decent draw, with good drinks and ork food, though the residents of the main city try to ignore the team's existence.

Urban Brawl/Combat Biker

These two sports are often lumped together as they've supplanted the NHL and MLS at tied for #3 in the region.  There's a chance with recent moves that Combat Biker is about to fall t #4 and lower though.

The bigger draw lately though has been the Oakland Terminators, the Urban Brawl team that pulls in fans from just about everyone in Cal Free save for the southern third who have the Bolts to ignore.

>>[The Terminators are awful but fun, often beating the hell out of their opponents more than worrying about scoring.  It's about the only reason they avoid delegation every year though they haven't reached either the World Cup or the Super Brawl in nearly 15 years.  Remind me of the Raiders...]<<
-posted by Silver'nBlack

The Combat Biker team the San Fransisco Knights have been a strong draw as well, though it was an expansion team this year, but with the Oakland Hogs moving to Seattle to replace the Timber Wolves' move to Tacoma last year, but the California Rangers out of Sacramento has been a strong draw for years due to its connection to the police unit of the same name.

>>[Why the hell does Seattle need TWO fragging Combat Biker teams anyway?!]<<
-posted by Silver'nBlack


There are a few other teams like the Golden State Warriors (Moving into downtown to be the San Francisco Cavaliers next year) in the NABA and the San Jose Sharks in the NHL, but those overall have niche attendance compared to the big draws.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:56, Wed 26 Feb 2020.

Mr. Johnson
 GM, 143 posts
Sun 8 Mar 2020
at 21:36
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>>Hey there shadow chummers, here are some quick notes on what to expect run pay outs in the BayPlex shadows.  There are no hard and fast rules in the shadows, but this should help you be able to tell if you are being low-balled (and should ask for more) or if you are being offered top dollar (and should wonder what's the catch).

Noobs and street level toughs should expect base payout between 1000-2500•
Once you build up some street cred payout will range between 5000-10,000•
Established runners are pulling in no less than 20,000• with significant threat bonus structures.
Top-flight runners start negotiations at around 50,000•

As a general rule running teams settle for a bulk payout and divide the spoils according to whatever terms they all agree to.

A few things to keep in mind during individual negotiations:
Muscle is cheap, razorboys tend to get lower payouts but expect healthy bonuses if things turn violent.
Specialists like deckers might ask for a bit more.
Riggers might get offered a bit less, especially when they aren't exposed to as many risks.
Adepts might start negotiations at one and a half times more than base listed above.
Full magicians should expect nothing less than double what mundanes would charge.

Lastly, negotiation for payouts might include bonus structures or penalties. Things like quick resolution of the problem and keeping things on the down-low might be discussed to increase the pay-out. Running against the Imperial Army, a AAA megacorp's private army or a cabal of powerful magicians should also include a pretty healthy bonus. Penalties might be imposed after the mission if the runners make the news or bring the heat in and put Mr J or his corporate interests at risk of exposure.<<<<<
     - posted by Blanky
Grendel
 player, 47 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 14:40
Shadowlands // BayPlex
A Difference of Opinion

>>>>>So mah chummers sayin tha KE/Imp things all over a book. I think he's full of drek. We got creds ridin on it now. Who can confirm? I know yer out there<<<<< - posted by 2L3G1T

>>>>>Your both high, it's plain old little man syndrome from the Japs, all these crazy theories are getting ridiculous.<<<<< - posted by TheMollyTrolly

>>>>>Maybe not Molly, this might actually have some truth to it. I've heard this one a few times now. The way it was told to me, they were at some big meeting together and one of the younger Imperial Officers had a hardback copy of Hagakure with him. It's required reading for them, has been since WWII.

Well I guess one of the KE guys, some skullcrusher by the name of Kohler, points out that it was written by some office worker a hundred years after all the "real" Samurai were dead and gone. Basically says it's all made up. Bushido vs Neo-Bushido vs Wartime Propaganda, even the history stuff all came out (Manchuria, Nanking, stuff the Imperial Japanese censor over there).

Well that got ugly, the Imperials were demanding an apology, then a resignation, and then Kohler told them to frag off. It was a huge mess. I guess that was the start. Both sides are doing damage control, but let's just say that the boots on the ground have been driving a little slower to back each other up these days. <<<<< - posted by ItsIt

>>>>>Can confirm your KE guy, K-----, he's a thing. Don't know about any of the other stuff. He's head doorkicker down at the KE Academy. Show's up to teach all the CQB stuff. I'd be careful using the name, just some friendly advice Omae.<<<<< - posted by OniO-yoroi

This message was last edited by the player at 14:56, Thu 12 Mar 2020.

Mr. Johnson
 GM, 151 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2020
at 20:46
Shadowlands // BayPlex
In reply to Grendel (msg # 16):

>>>>>Not so far fetched. Wars have been started over less!<<<<<
     - posted by DieterX
Acme
 player, 56 posts
 Coyote Shaman
 Avowed Pain In The Ass
Sat 14 Mar 2020
at 18:26
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>Its bugs in the system.  Bugs everywhere!  They're inside Sato, they're inside the San  Francisco mayor, Bugs are in Sacramento!  I bet you that's why they're selling us out to the Japacorps, because the little weevils buddy up and just want the whole bay to be the next CZ!  Look at what happened in Chicago, we're next!<<
-posted by RaidHuffer

This message was last edited by the player at 01:42, Tue 17 Mar 2020.

Mr. Johnson
 GM, 166 posts
Mon 16 Mar 2020
at 18:42
Shadowlands // BayPlex
In reply to Acme (msg # 18):

>>>>>As always, Shadowlands takes no responsibility for the bat drek crazy stuff that sometimes get posted on here.<<<<<
     - posted by DeiterX

>>>>>Iím no so sure RaidHuffer is crazy, DeiterX... Consider the weird mojo coming out of Mojave desert or the mana storms that follow the San Andreas ley line... the wise are wary... something wicked this way comes!<<<<<
     - posted by Orange Queen
Mr. Johnson
 GM, 167 posts
Tue 17 Mar 2020
at 01:55
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>>By now I'm sure you've noticed the very different standards between downtown core / human cultural zone and outlying areas.  As you might expect, the I-marine presence in SF has resulted in significantly increased cost of good forged credentials.  Sure, you can get lower quality stuff rather cheap but a forged identity that will stand up to scrutiny will cost you a lot more...

Human cultural zone day pass: 20•
Human cultural zone day pass (metahuman): 200•
SIN with human cultural zone residential pass: 5000•
SIN with human cultural zone residential pass (metahuman): 6500•
Human cultural zone weapons permit: 650•
Human cultural zone weapons permit (metahuman): 1200•

Burner quality CalFree SIN: 250•
Quality CalFree SIN: 1000•
Superior quality CalFree SIN: 2000•
CFS weapons permit (excluding human cultural zone): 50•

Better not to get caught in a patrol shakedown at all, but if you find yourself in need, happy forging chummers<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge

In terms of quality, some in game tags that might be thrown around:
Random: none of age, nationality, metatype or sex match your actual appearance.
Burner: metatype and sex match but the other vital stats are off.
These are good enough to spoof random visual spot checks and single verification automated systems like vending machines.

Good Match: all vital statistics match with your actual appearance, but biometric data contains errors
These will work when spoofing some public or corporate services like registering vehicles or booking hotels

Plausible: all vital statistics match with your actual appearance, and biometric data is accurate
Only the most sophisticated police, corporate or government checks will pick up the errors.  Good enough for banking and commercial air travel

True: the real deal, issued by a legitimate authority with detailed biometrics and links to major databases.
These only break down when they've been 'off the grid' for an extended period of time or d-coded (deceased), otherwise, these work to spoof all major queries

Kord
 player, 51 posts
Mon 30 Mar 2020
at 19:51
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>>Hey choombas, you heard this rumour that's doing the rounds about Knight Errant and some Imperial Army Super Soldiers? Apparently the Imperial Army sent some of their ultra secret vat grown replicants to take control of the port facilities that were under a security contract with Knight Errant. There was a stand off that got resolved politically by some suits but when the Knights withdrew one of the Imperial Army Super Soldiers was missing, his tech offline and his aura impossible to find in the Astral. My source says that the Imperial Army accused Knight Errant of kidnapping him but Knight Errant deny this and maintain that one of them must have gone rogue. Who knows what's true but there certainly seems to be a heavily enhanced soldier out there somewhere, either in a lab being dissected or trying to stay hidden.<<<<<
 - posted by SparTecUs
Mr. Johnson
 GM, 213 posts
Sat 4 Apr 2020
at 19:38
Shadowlands // BayPlex
In reply to Kord (msg # 21):

>>>>>I hear that the super soldier went rogue.  Got tired of Hai Rōshi-sama, Iie Rōshi-sama routine and decided to take an early retirement.  Left the Imps and KE finger pointing at each other.  I also hear that something is hiding out in the old abandoned Eureka tunnel.  Coincidence?<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge

>>>>>Nah, it's nothing but ghouls and devil rats down there.  Everyone knows that.<<<<<
- posted by MuchaLucha

>>>>>Check again, Mucha. The ghouls were there, but are gone now and no one knows what happened to them.  The imps have doubled security details all over The Castro and you need a red level security pass to get anywhere near the place.  Someone is trying to keep something under wraps.<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge
Kord
 player, 71 posts
Fri 24 Apr 2020
at 20:12
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>>Hey choombas, you heard that latest news report from some Prol called Brad at Action 104 News about Gang Violence up in Oakland? The DisOrder street gang taking a beating from another gang around the Children's Fairyland Amusement Park area. Three dead, one an Innocent Bystander as Brad stressed, and the StreetDocs reporting numerous other injuries.

Well what Action 104 News didn't tell you is who the other gang was, kicking hell out of DisOrder. According to a Knight Errant report I've seen it was a Chapter of the Silver Spiders, looking to get a foothold in the SoCal area. Those Silver Spiders are bad news choombas, even for a street gang. I came off worse against them a couple of years back in NYC. Big enough already to be a franchise set up that's spreading round the continent and with organised crime connections supposedly backing them. But most of all because they're racist in the 20th century meaning of the word. There are other human only gangs who hate Metahumans but there aren't many who also hate non whites and proudly display it, shaving their heads and tattooing silver spider's webs on their skulls, each little spider in the web marking someone they've geeked. Their rep proceeds them and their markings make their allegiance clear.

They look like they mean trouble and they are trouble so why isn't it being reported that they're making a move into SoCal? Are the rumours true that the Silver Spiders are connected to the Russian Mafia and that the Russian Mafia are connected to Knight Errant. Who knows but Brad at Action 104 News should have mentioned it in his report and its omission means something. Action 104 News is a subsidiary of MCT so it implies that MCT are suppressing the information for Knight Errant. Why would they do that? It smacks of a conspiracy to me!

Or am I just barking at the moon again! Hooowwwwllll!<<<<<
 - posted by SparTecUs
Mr. Johnson
 GM, 299 posts
Sat 25 Apr 2020
at 19:11
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>>The Knight Errant East Oakland detachment is one of the toughest beats in the division. Who is surprised that the cops out there turn a blind eye to gang-on-gang violence?  What difference does it make if a few dirtbags geek each other?<<<<>
-posted by StreetKnowledge

>>>>Am I the only one who thinks that Bradís journalistic integrity may be in question?  If MCT finds out he is covering up dirt on a major competitor (Ares) the Brad is going to be out of a job pretty quick.  Those Corp news outfits donít like it when the reports help out the competition. Bad for the bottom line, you know?<<<<<
-posted by Editor.Oakland.Tribune
Grendel
 player, 72 posts
Sun 10 May 2020
at 21:27
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>>Need NC ASAP! It's critical Shadowlanders, minutes count, don't leave me hangin.<<<<<
-posted by DangerZone

>>>>>I got you DZ, I'll hit you up in Meatspace. Stand by.<<<<<
-posted by L1zza

>>>>>L1zzas a chummer but I need /quantity/ people, like twenty kg. I've got the sticks, I just need that Yay like yesterday!<<<<<
-posted by DangerZone

>>>>>No Joke! I thought we had some novahot Runner types on here. Hook it up!<<<<<
-posted by DangerZone

>>>>>I'll take some R-Mesc if I need to, but same conditions, fast fast fast and lots of it. <<<<<
-posted by DangerZone

>>>>>I can get you in touch with BKR for a small fee, they will def have what you need.<<<<<
-posted by Shashlik

>>>>>BKR?<<<<<
-posted by DangerZone

>>>>>Banda Kalifornia Russians, they're legit, although most of them are not actually Russian. A lot of Ukrainians, Belorussians, Khazaks, etc.<<<<<
-posted by KAZoo

>>>>>Yeah, if you're serious those are your guys. You want a few lines you can go with your local dealer, you want a kg, you can go with your local gang, you want a truck load, some hot red headed Dwarf twins and a Barghest puppy, BKR can get it to you before noon.<<<<<
-posted by Shashlik

>>>>>Never heard of them. They Vory? Not that I care, just new to me.<<<<<
-posted by DangerZone

>>>>>Kind of? They used to be kind of a Vory feeder gang, but a bunch of the smart ones realized they could make more selling to and networking for the Vory than actually being members, probably safer too. They are kind of your slav nerds that never would have made it as muscle or gun slingers. Now they specialize in all the weird drek the Jap suits get up to on their days off. Very weird, very specific requests are their thing. Like if you actually want to buy a submarine or something, those kids can get it to you. Going to cost you though. <<<<< -posted by KAZoo

>>>>>KAZ is half right. Don't bother them with small scale orders, but I wouldn't call them kids either. They may not be Vory, but they still know Vory, and they've got more than enough NuYen to subcontract for all the wet work stuff.<<<<<
-posted by Shashlik

>>>>>They're kids, rich kids, but they've only been in business for like five years. One of their founding members started with a family Banya up off Lombard that the Vory used to use. They built up from there, quick, but I don't think any of them are over thirty, if that. They spend money like kids too, "flashy" does not do it justice.<<<<<
-posted by DangerZone

>>>>>Barghest puppy! Yeah Omae! Hook it up, I'll pay.<<<<<
-posted by DangerZone

>>>>>Sending now. Tell them I sent you.<<<<<
-posted by Shashlik
Mr. Johnson
 GM, 335 posts
Mon 18 May 2020
at 02:50
Shadowlands // BayPlex
In reply to Grendel (msg # 25):

>>>>>Most gangs make their cred trading in volume of smaller illegal transactions, but not these Boyeviks. Banda Kaliforniya is a tight knit group of guys running with Viktor's blessing as long as they don't cut into his profit margins.<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge
Hellfire
 player, 79 posts
Fri 21 Jan 2022
at 23:47
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>> Saw Danis picked up the Mirage, he was takin' a jander around the Bay showin' it off. Bike is tricked out!<<<<<
- posted by RedCrane

>>>>>Damn keeb's all cred. Won't be long before he writes it off.<<<<<
- posted by DataFix69

>>>>>Yeah. Someone really should take it off his hands before that happens. Wouldn't want a beautiful bike such as that all fragged up.<<<<<
- posted by RedCrane

>>>>> ;) <<<<<
-posted by DataFix69
Mr. Johnson
 GM, 422 posts
Sat 22 Jan 2022
at 08:03
Shadowlands // BayPlex
In reply to Hellfire (msg # 27):

posted 28 Oct 2059

>>>>>I hear that spell slinging keeb will be riding that tricked out bike in Emeryville in Devilís Night.<<<<<
- posted by Bad Blood

>>>>>Yeah, so? Whatís the big deal?<<<<<
- posted by webZilla

>>>>>What are you, new? Devilís Night... the night that the Imperials let the i-marines off the chain to raise a little hell in Orkland.<<<<<
- posted by Bad Blood

>>>>>If killing innocents and collecting ears as trophies is Ďraising a little hellí boy do we have a problem with perspective.<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge

>>>>>OK, so one elf on a tricked out bike is gonna stop the imps? That doesnít scan.<<<<<
- posted by webZilla

>>>>>A lot of Orklanders ride in Devilís Night webZilla. They hit the streets and give some back to the i-marines, help protect those who canít protect themselves.<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge

>>>>>Isnít that suicidal? The imps will just roll on them with t-birds and VTOLs.<<<<<
- posted by webZilla

>>>>>Not since Herr Diet decreed the Devilís Night raids verboten ... any of them who fall prey to Orklandís defenders is declared a deserter. Plausible deniability.<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge

>>>>>Yet they keep in coming across the bridge. Every year like clockwork. Stupid fraggers.<<<<<
- poster by Bad Blood

>>>>>Hate is a powerful motivator and Iíve heard rumours that new troops have to participate to prove their commitment to the Empire.<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge

>>>>>Hell with this fraggers. Iíll ride with the Orklanders!<<<<<
- posted by webZilla

>>>>>BayPlexBeat does not endorse or condone violence of any kind and strongly encourages our readers to stay indoors and avoid confrontation with anyone in Devilís Night. Stay safe friends.<<<<<
- posted by DeiterX

>>>>>Remember Joanna Wilde.<<<<<
- posted by Bad Blood
Grendel
 player, 96 posts
Sat 22 Jan 2022
at 17:17
Shadowlands // BayPlex
posted 28 Oct 2059

>>>>>Not many will remember, but Devil's Night gos way back to before the Japs showed up. It was actually a tradition in the Ares educational sector long before the occupation, and it used to be way smaller in scale.<<<<<
- posted by OniO-yoroi

>>>>>I'm calling bull Oni, educational sector? Like teachers and drek?<<<<<
- posted by TenderLoin

>>>>>Not school teachers. Ares preps their Security prospects young, lets them ride around on patrol in the safer areas when they are old enough. But the way I heard it was that one of these teenagers got mixed up in a fire fight across the bridge and came back some sort of hero. After that, all the kids wanted to ride in Orkland to get a kill of their own, but the Corp wouldn't let them.<<<<<
- posted by OniO-yoroi

>>>>>I love Oni storytime! *eats popcorn*.<<<<<
- posted by TJKawai

>>>>>Fraggers are nuts to put kids in uniform down there, the locals would be licking their chops.<<<<<
- posted by NappaRed

>>>>>So you can probably see where this is going. Just because the Corp said no publicly, behind the scenes it was a different story. You have heard of the Crypteia? It's how the ancient Spartans used to pick out leadership potential in recruits. Turn their kids out into the countryside to kill Helot slaves. In this case they limit themselves to just one night a year.<<<<<
- posted by OniO-yoroi.

>>>>>Still don't see those kids lasting very long in Orkland, no matter what hardware they let them borrow<<<<<
- posted by NappaRed.

>>>>>Devil's Night was not a "thing" yet, Orklanders had no idea it was going on. Took them a few years to notice the pattern and for the stories to get out.<<<<<
- posted by OniO-yoroi.

>>>>>So if it was an Ares thing why do the Imperial Marines do it now?. Seems weird.<<<<<
- posted by TJKawai.

>>>>>That I don't know, all I can say is that it used to be just a few Ares CorpSec Recruits creeping around killing homeless and strays. How it turned into a annual night long slugfest for the Imperial Marines? No idea. <<<<<
- posted by OniO-yoroi.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:53, Sun 23 Jan.

Bailey
 player, 18 posts
Mon 24 Jan 2022
at 02:08
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>>hey I just got a message about changes to CalHealth? wtf is this? why am I getting this?<<<<<
-posted by blublob

>>>>>First time with a SIN? They update provider lists monthly with clinics that accept the Free State Health Program. Clinics falling off and on constantly.<<<<<
-posted by StreetKnowledge

>>>>>BayPlexBeat does not condone or endorse the manufacture, sale, or improper use of national or corporate SIN or other forms of identification. Anyone who posts information about acquiring or utilizing a SIN improperly will be banned and reported to authorities.<<<<<
-posted by DeiterX

>>>>>We know!<<<<<
-posted by PeaNutGalley

>>>>>blublob if you're in need of medical care avoid any place on that list! CalHealth reports all SINs that claim benefits to Imp for background checks.<<<<<
-posted by 90sBabyBaby

>>>>>Imp background check is thorough but they're months behind for low level shit like clinics. Just make sure you toss the SIN after they've given you the antibiotic<<<<<
-posted by BadBlood

>>>>Seriously? Any more and I'm shutting this thread down.<<<<<
-posted by DeiterX

>>>>>We know!<<<<<
-posted by PeaNutGalley

>>>>>DO NOT USE THE IMPERIAL MEDICAL CLINIC IN ORKLAND! theyr collecting dna samples from goblinoids to make some sort of gene-weapon! READ MORE HERE [link disabled]<<<<<
-posted by RealMedicalNews!

>>>>>Ok, RMN has posted, this is officially a dead thread. Everyone go home.<<<<<
-posted by DeiterX

>>>>>We know!<<<<<
-posted by PeaNutGalley
Laurie
 player, 12 posts
Wed 26 Jan 2022
at 04:19
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>>Anyone heard from the Sisters of Ariadne in Marin City? No one is answering my calls<<<<<
- posted by Punk_Pagan

>>>>>It's not you, its them?<<<<<
- posted by Greasy

>>>>>Helpful... Serious responses only, or I'll look for you, and you won't like if I find you.<<<<<
- posted by Punk_Pagan

>>>>>Rumor has it that that cabal got into something a little too powerful<<<<
- posted by Carli

>>>>>That doesn't scan, the sisters don't quest for power.  More likely they ran up against something they couldn't handle. There was something about them trying to drive the pollution out of the old Mare Island Shipyard awhile back<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge

>>>>>Nah, I heard they were snooping around the old Six Flags in Vallejo, locals stay out of that place, they say the old park is teeming with undead<<<<
- posted by Arcainine

>>>>>Toxic spirits? Shedim? Horrors?<<<<<
- posted by Punk_Pagan

>>>>>Abominations, all. An affront to nature<<<<<
- posted by Orange Queen
Mr. Johnson
 GM, 532 posts
Mon 31 Jan 2022
at 02:35
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>> Begin Forwarded Message <<<<<
>>>>>So is the Peopleís University and accredited degree granting institution? I donít see it listed among the options offered for academic upgrading through my HR office.<<<<<
- posted by GoWestYoungMan
>>>>> End Forwarded Message <<<<<

>>>>>Ummmm... just no. What is it with this guy?<<<<<
- posted by ShrimpBoyChow

>>>>>PU is fully independent and suffers no government interference and is beholden to no corporate masters.<<<<<
- posted by Independent_Academic

>>>>>Excerpt from ďA Peopleís History of Peopleís UniversityĒ by DeiterX
It was only a matter of time before the money dried up and Berkeley had to shutter its doors. The university just couldnít stay competitive in the new world order where education had become synonymous with corporate training programs. Admissions had dropped to a trickle and the University just couldnít pay the bills. But nature abhors a vacuum and the people of the BayPlex have proven that they wonít all cowtow to corporate and government masters. A small, motivated crowd of free thinkers just took up residence in the old campus, set up a democratically elected academic board and started running courses. Itís all volunteer based, there is no real academic oversight but thatís not important to the PU crowd. The ideas, the education, the knowledge are far more important than an impressively framed price of paper.<<<<<
- posted by Independent_Academic

>>>>>What do you get when you put a bunch of young men and women together in college but take out all the normal Ďrulesí that a permanent faculty might impose?<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge

>>>>>Elf girls gone wild!<<<<<
- posted by MuchaLucha

>>>>Get yer head out the gutter.<<<<<
- posted by Independent_Academic

>>>>>So much for freedom of expression...<<<<<
- posted by MuchaLucha

>>>>>Not what I had in mind, chummer.  You get a lot of creativity and a healthy dose of listlessness. Thatís the kind of combination that breeds a thing like The Circle. Smart kids playing a game of one-ups-manship with no one in any kind of authority to shut them down.<<<<<
- posted by StreetKnowledge

>>>>>Strictly small time.  Prep school dropouts parading as crimelords.<<<<<
- posted by Blanky

>>>>>Well they stepped in it now thatís all Iím gonna say.<<<<<
- posted by Shashlik

>>>>>No one can put anything about that gambling parlour on them.<<<<<
- posted by Blanky

>>>>>Not yet. Shadowbuzz says someone is looking ... and I wouldnít wanna be found by those someones.<<<<<
- posted by Shashlik

>>>>>Iím not worried.<<<<<
- posted by Perfecto

>>>>>You should be. We shall send flowers to the funeral.<<<<<
- posted by Nobunga's Ambitions

>>>>Bet they're black chrysanthemums.<<<<<
- posted by Shashlik
Laurie
 player, 18 posts
Sun 6 Feb 2022
at 06:48
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>>I heard it's Alamos 20,000 that made Renraku lockdown in Seattle, looking for a repeat of the Sears Tower, what better target then Seattle? Highest population density of metahumans on the whole west coast.<<<<<
- posted by rAider

>>>>>Sure Seattle has high percentages of metahumans, but not downtown in the Arc, that just doesn't scan chummer."
- posted by Adder

>>>>>Neither did Sears Tower. Or Ohio for that matter. Don't try to put any thought or logic into what they do. Those animals just want to destroy.<<<<<
- posted by Punk_Pagan

>>>>>Metaskum gonna burn!<<<<<
- posted by RealMan

>>>>>Metaskum like 'The Troll' and 'The Loon'? Face it, all you true believers fighting in the name of the cause are being played. The Alamos 20K Directors are playing terrorist to gain market share. It's a business model, not a movement.<<<<<
- posted by Pistol_Pete

>>>>>Well, that would explain Renraku. If the Directors are looking at cutting the knees out from under a competitor, what better way than to ruin their flagship investment?<<<<<
- posted by Adder

>>>>>Racial purity now! Orkz and elfz die!<<<<<
- posted by RealMan

>>>>>I'm thinking of hiring a decker just to find that guy on pure principle.<<<<<
- posted by Adder

This message was lightly edited by the player at 07:23, Sun 06 Feb.

Mr. Johnson
 GM, 608 posts
Fri 11 Feb 2022
at 04:36
Shadowlands // BayPlex
>>>>>Well, well, well.  Look whatís recently floated to the surface. Not sure who dug this little gem up, but those tech specs at the end are going to make travelling in the shattered hosts of SAC RTG a lot easier. Have fun and play safe shadow kiddies!<<<<<
-posted by GhostXero

Neurotech proprietary information - For official use only
Operation Lights Out

Ö15Mp of data corrupted and unreadableÖ 7:L-cvvq scope of work will include covert deployment of the Lights Out payload, exploitation of vulnerable systems and termination of active intrusion on order. Initially Ö25 Mp of data corrupted and unreadableÖ &gy?:aw contracted support primarily to ensure deniability and avoid attribution for the intrusion. Critical to success will be maintaining control of the code 9(:nmy^{ Ö46 Mp of data corrupted and unreadableÖ ok?-3 did not go as planned. Lights Out payload became uncontrollable in the host system. Immediately attacked our contracted support and remained unresponsive to the termination codes that were to have been built into the system. We can offer no explanation why the codes were unsuccessful, but there remains suspicion that the project was infiltrated by a Californian agent. Regardless there was uM2?#%ÄÖ61 Mp of data corrupted and unreadableÖ}%,\{jr technical specifications of the second termination payload. Using a code inject to bypass the mutated verification algorithm and establish a reverse terminal command shell to take control of the malware. Modelling indicates the following code sequence has a 83.67% chance of successfully disabling the rogue malware Ö25Mp of technical data followÖ