Data Haven Apeiron thinks that they can make this guy a better offer, but they dont exactly get much chance to talk with a guy like this holed up in a corporate burbclave. Theyre going to perform a hostile extraction on the fellow. The runners will be given the known parameters for the fellow (works for K-E, lives in a burbclave in Seattle) and told that they can tell the target that his new job will be just as secure as his old one, more interesting, and will have a great deal more hands-on black market data to work with. He will still be able to publish his theories.
The catch is that Michelle is an accomplished cat burglar in her own right who knows the shadows quite well; her parents are shadowrunners, and she was raised by a team of shadowrunners.
One way to run this is with the Johnson cooperating with the runners, but that gives out too much info for most corps. Instead, its better to come up with a Johnson trying to screw the runners scenario, hiring them to attack the facility to steal a certain technology.
This is an excellent time to demonstrate the ability of shadowrunners to work as emergency crews. A Physical Adept with Smashing Blow should be just as good at breaking up fallen trees as a chainsaw; a mage with Levitate Person can pull people out of muck and mire far better than a winch. Riggers can navigate through situations that would leave an ordinary driver in deep trouble; deckers can stay home and coordinate with everyone through GPS locators.
There are many possible hooks for this one: the runners could be hired by someone who has a friend or relative camping out in the Salish-Shidhe area, or a tribal contact could ask them for help. Pay might end up being mostly karma rather than money, and perhaps a chance to join a tribe and make new contacts.
Some of the residents are rotten, some are quite nice. The ones who are left have been there for years and dont want to leave. This should give the runners a nice set of moral qualms for the night...
The runners are hired to come help out on the East Bay side of things, capturing as many ear-collecting corporators as possible, to hold them for ransom. (The money came from Tir Tairngire, some middle-tier corps who want to see the Japanese megacorps suffer, and some funds very subtly funneled in from Saeder-Krupp.) Reprisals are expected, with anti-guerrilla squads, and they want the runners to stick around for this as well. They want the illegal Liberation Day festivities to become a hideously expensive debacle for the Japanese megacorps, as well as a media extravaganza.
This is a chance for lots of combat as well as a few moral decisions. The metahumans from Orkland are not going to want to be nice to the people who have tormented their folk for years. The corporate reprisals may mount up. (They cant go too far because theres lots and lots of film of the Japanese folks making trouble in a genuine military situation, they could just hold lots of people hostage.)
The Johnson hires the PCs to extract him on Christmas Eve...
Bull had a great posting on the ShadowRN list that should be worth a nice late-December adventure. It doesnt necessarily have to wait for Dunkelzahns death/disappearance: Dunky already had a stuffed toy out when he was just a media star...
Tales from the Shadows will be back after these messages...
[Snappy music and a happy blue cartoon dragon appear on screen. The dragon dances around the screen happily as a deep, clear voice speaks.]
Dunkelzahn was a lovable, wonderful, magical dragon who changed so many lives and made the world a better place for everyone! While its sad that now deceased, Dunkelzahn and his spirit live on!
[Cartoon dissolves to a picture of a 3 year old ork holding a stuffed blue dragon.]
Now, you can bring the magic home to your children this holiday season with Dunky, the Interactive Dragon! Using state of the art technology, Dunky sings, laughs and responds to your child, teaching them the message of love, hope, and peace that our beloved former president brought to everyone.
Get your Dunky at all fine Toy Stores, Department Stores, Magic Shops, and Grocery Stores everywhere!
[Closing happy song with the cartoon Dunkelzahn flying around, then a final still shot of a smiling 4 year old elf girl hugging her Dunky doll]
[Fade to black]
>>>>>( Anyone else feel like vomiting after seeing this piece of trash? )<<<<<
>>>>>( Yeah, but all I know is I'm putting a team together to hit the local toy store the night these fraggers come in. My kids have been on my case for months to find one. Anyone else want in? Payment is all the Dunkys you can carry.)<<<<<
>>>>>( Hell, thats payment enough, Those things are worth a mint. )<<<<<
Mom on the Run
>>>>>( But they're so cute! My kids just adore the 4 I bought! )<<<<<
>>>>>( Bah. Biggest piece of propganda drek I've ever seen. Who the hell came up with this crap, anyways? )<<<<<
>>>>>( Apparently someone who slipped a licensing agreement past the Dunkelzahn Foundation without getting it checked out thoroughly. I wouldn't want to be that toy maker when Nadia Davier catches up with them. )<<<<<
>>>>>( Ya know, I woulda thought they'd have learned their lesson after that Tickle-Me-Dunky thing a couple years ago. )<<<<<
>>>>>( Hell, Id have though Id have learned after that Tickle Me Dunky thing a couple years ago. )<<<<<