So, I make a deal w/ HC: if he gets me a .50 cal, I’ll give him the 10k nuyen cash he needs to pay for his rescued for his brother’s tuition (that apparently happened the session I missed). So, HC goes to Tuan Vo, a chemist in New Orleans East to see if there’s some work he could do in exchange for some guns.
Turns out, there is a job. Tuan needs some drugs smuggled into Orleans Parish Prison. Heh, looks like HC could have a lucrative side career as a drug mule! There’s something I find extremely funny about HC sticking a bunch of drugs up his butt* so that I can get some guns, when I could just go buy some with my own money (which part of is his, as it were). The delivery is to a guy named Dagmar, who’s in OPP Tower 2, floor 42, room A1.
Great. OPP. I thought I was done with that place. I did my time. Still, a gig is a gig, and I want them guns. For those of you not in the know, OPP is a prison consisting of a series of towers that are about 50 stories high. They’re mostly built without regard to code/safety, and mostly built by inmates. In other words, if OSHA was still around, they’d shit themselves. The interior is run by inmates – the guards don’t keep the peace – they’re there keep the inmates from leaving. One good thing I do have to say about this place is that family can come and go. The inmates’ families basically leave during the day to work, and come “home” at night. The system overall is non-anarchic, pretty civil, and self-regulates well. Part of that though is that it’s usually ruled by a cartel. So, just don’t get on the cartel’s bad side, and it’s not so bad.
You can either get in/out with a special tattoo or card – sort of like a bus pass. HC made cards for us to get in, and to the little bastard’s credit, they worked without a hitch. Ebon decided to manipulate his glowy blue tattoos instead, and managed to give himself agent access. Impressive. And since Taki’s kinda wanted, using the device Anoosheh gave him he morphs into what looks like the lovechild of me and Ebon. That’s … that’s kinda not right. But, it worked to our favor later.
We cross the main area to Tower 2, and the scanner that is supposed to regulate access to the tower is dead and makes things much easier, but I still walk through like I knew it was broken. Gotta stay in character, yanno? Well, I guess our penance for getting into the tower so easily was that the elevator was broken, so we walk up. All 42 floors.
Finally, we arrive at our level. There are 5 enforcers in the hallway, between us and our door. They of course stop us. HC gets in by stating his purpose and destination, and I go to follow, they stop me. I (roll a 25 to) intimidate them, saying that if we can’t escort him, there’ll be a problem. Taki, looking like me with glowy Ebon-like tattoos, flexes and brightens them. Everyone else gets to pass too. We walk down hallway to A1.
There’s a short man inside, about 5′ 2″, with an Anton LaVey beard, wearing a smoking jacket, nothing else. Come on man, put on some pants if you’re to have company. It’s Dagmar, the recipient. Inside is a bare octagonal room with 1 door on each of the back 4 walls. The floor’s black, with a silver pentagram inlaid in floor. Metal.
Apparently the package is refined salts or bath salts or something. Dagmar asks HC to put the whatever salts in the center of the pentagram, but HC seems weirded out by that. I don’t care, so I do it. I’d like this job to be done. Dagmar makes passes over it and says “primo grade shit.” Great, I’m happy for you, bub. Let’s keep things moving.
HC mentions guns as payment, and Dagmar turns to look at the four other doors, and goes behind door #3. While he’s gone, we’re all percepting. It seems like we may be in pocket universe. Taki does his magic detection trick, only to find that the room is filled w/ magic. It’s concentrated on the inlaid pentagram, and the four doors along with the one we came through are also equally powerful. The pentagram could be some sort of summoning / teleportation circle.
Taki sees Dagmar return through door #3, and shivers. META: Taki/Russell takes a Player Intrusion, giving +1 XP to Sarge, so that the following happens: Taki seemed OK, then his ass opened what smelled like a door to a pocket universe of shit and rot. Taki diarrhea’d himself. I guess whatever he saw through that door couldn’t be squeezed down with his mind vice. Dagmar comes over, and Taki’s just rambling about something that sounds like some sort of non-euclidian nightmare. Dagmar seems somewhat perplexed and shows Taki that the only thing behind door #3 is his library – at least that’s what I see. Still, Taki’s shit himself, and I help him to the bathroom which is back in the library somewhere.
Taki and I get back from the bathroom, and HC hands me box and key to me, so I open it, excited for new guns.
The ensuing emotional rollercoaster was intense. I went from super happy before opening the box, to super sad to see them, then super happy to learn they only work for HC. Behold the wrongness:
I want some new guns, but not like that. I talk to Dagmar about a weapon for me, and it looks like Dag and Taki are going to perform a summoning for me for gear. However, I’m not interested if they’re like that. Also, I suspect that while he seems to be doing this for free, there’s some cost we’re not aware of.