The Coda is a hole, a total dive. It looks like it should have been condemned quite a while ago, the “O” in the name is missing and its neighbors are an abandoned barbershop and a junkyard. The only people hanging around are a bunch of chipheads. Our shadowrunners pile out of the hovervan and head in to the bar in search of Kerwin Loomis. There are several members of the Trashers, a mostly orc local gang that acts as muscle for Loomis is exchange for beer and a place to pedal BTLs, hanging around. Grimm scans the place and there is one magic user who quickly leaves.
They go up to the bar and, after drinks are ordered, ask the bartender, a chunky orc chick, if they can talk to her boss. After trying to find out what they want she goes in back but comes out a moment later saying that he seems to have left. She doesn’t know when or where because he was there just a minute or two ago doing business with someone. Meanwhile the Trashers had come up to check them out and start a bit of trouble. Then Grimm notices that he is being scanned and just spots the mage he had seen early ducking out of view from one of the windows.
The group quickly splits up. Red going back to the hovervan – Reaper, Pixi, and Nosredna charging over the bar and out back in search of Loomis after Pixi passes Reaper’s drink to one of the Trashers – Grimm and Vash head to the front of the bar going in search of the magic user. Reaper notices some fresh blood at a hole in the fence to the junkyard and goes in followed by Pixi and Nosredna. They quickly track the blood to Loomis who has cut his leg rather badly. However they also notice several other people in the junkyard with them. Nosredna moves around to cut off Loomis while Red quickly gets her eyes-in-the-sky up and over the piles of cars to give the group some air surveillance. In one deft move Nosredna tackles and grapples Loomis to the ground. Loomis holds up the disk and yells that he’ll break it. That just gives Reaper more incentive to shoot off his hand. Nosredna catches the disk in mid-air when Loomis drops it and starts screaming in pain, blood spurting everywhere.
In the meantime Vash and Grimm ran around the building in search of the mage. They didn’t see him but they did run into the Thrashers who had chased the others out the back door in an attempt to protect Loomis. Vash handily talked them into going back inside and drinking some more after which Vash went over to help the others. Grimm rounds another corner and comes face to face with the other mage who seems to be concentrating on something. Grimm counterspells whatever he is doing. The mage then tells Grimm they should stay out of this. They get into a stun battle, but Grimm quickly tires of it and sets him on fire.
One of the other people that have been lurking around speaks up at this point, “Thanks, We’ll take that disk now.” The team vigorously disagrees with this and a vicious fight ensues. Nosredna gets shot up quite a bit while attempting to get the disk back to the hovervan. He manages to get to Pixi who is using her wire cutters to make an escape hole through the fence. Reaper gives them cover fire and acts as a human shield while she works.
Vash went to rescue Loomis from the fire fight, shooting down from a pile of rubble at one of the baddies, taking him out with a shot to the face. He went on to riddle another with bullets. Reaper took down one of the guys and then started in on the leader. By this point Red had sent out her Doberman to give the team some cover fire. Grimm was getting bored with the whole thing so he levitated the leader up into the air and flung him down on the razor wire lining the top of the fence around the junkyard. Fortunately for the bad guy he didn’t get hurt too badly, but unfortunately he got very tangled up, pretty much ending the fight.
The group manages to get back to the hovervan, except for Vash who heads back to the bar to find the Trashers. He deftly explains that some guys have messed up Loomis and left him in the junkyard. They believe him and gratefully go in search of their buddy and possibly a little bit of beating on any baddies still moving. Vash then heads to the hovervan where Grimm is healing people up the best he can.
They decide they need to check and make sure it is the right disc. Red spends some time inspecting the disc and realizes there is no way she can check out something so old. They soon remember that the Cathode Glow had machines that might be able to read it and head over there. Red, Pixi, and Vash go in and talk to the bartender about using one of the machines. She tunes out for a moment then replies that the owners will charge 200Nuyen. Pixi pays up and red convinces the bartender to allow them to bring the machine into a back room to avoid too much unwanted attention. They manage to get the disc to read a little and Red realizes it is encrypted. She gets through one layer of encryption and realizes there is actually a double encryption and it was done by someone who really knew their stuff. She manages to get the disc to play somewhat and while they are listening to it she jury-rigs a way to record the programming to her comm with some bits and pieces she keeps around in her kit.
The disc contains seven songs, audio only, the simsense parts must be locked behind the second layer of encryption. The singer is male and definitely not an amateur. Pixi quickly realizes that the singer is probably Jet Black, a famous angst-rocker who died back in 2048, and none of the tracks are familiar to her. The writing on the disc, “Carrion Sessions ‘48, JB. For enlightenment see k out absent friends” somewhat confirms this and if it is true, then the recording was made the year he died.
So now that the group knows that this is the disc the Johnson wanted they drop him a line and get a message saying that he will get back to them soon. Then they spend a bit of time discussing their options. Red does a bit of research and finds out that Loomis’s recently deceased father was K-Spot a semi-well known producer. It is possible that Loomis wasn’t actually a thief, but the actual owner of the disc. Red is also very curious about the encryption on the disc and is itching to meet the person who set it up. The rest of the group just want their Nuyen. Pixi is a bit interested due to her love of club music and suggests that they research about it using the copy red made after they turn in the disc.
When the Johnson gets back to them they set up a meet at the club where everything started. He is very pleased that they did such a good job and actually buys them drinks and gives them a bonus of five thousand Nuyen. They take it and head home, a job well done.
In the meantime Red has been researching the disc…