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The next morning, the three of you head to the conference room after breakfast. Coming out of the room, you see a giant of a man with sword over his back, a Hellbringer revolver on his hip and carrying a black bag on one shoulder. He has black hair cut short, almost in a buzz cut and leaf green eyes. He glances over each of you and nods a greeting, then continues out the back door.

The group continues into the conference room. In the room, there is Heaven, the two bodyguards, and one new person. On the table, there is a strange device made of crystal, with intricate circuitry embedded throughout the device and several wires running from it. The device is about a foot high, and six inches both across and wide. There are also two weapon crates on the floor against the wall.

The new person is a young boy somewhere between thirteen and sixteen. He’s about 5’6” with oriental features and a very slim build. He also has very startling violet eyes and blonde hair. He carries what all of you recognize as net running equipment, as well as a heavy pistol. He is dressed in close fitting denim; the solos will recognize it as Gibson’s Battlegear.

Heaven is dressed in a business suit, with her hair piled on top in an elaborate style. She has her jacket off, and an exotic pistol in a shoulder holster on her left side. With a graceful motion, each of them are waved into a chair, and she begins “Good morning. I trust you all slept well? Are you all ready to begin?”
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Mahmoud, transfixed by the shiny new tech on the table, murmurs "Yes."
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Heaven notices where his attention is, and smiles "Yes, this is the equipment you'll be installing then babysitting."
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"Good Morning. My aren't you all spiffy looking today." Walking over to the table with the device on it. "May I?" Gesturing to the device?
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"Morning. Sure, I slept well"
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Replying to Spike, Heaven answers "Feel free to touch it. It's not activated, and it's embedded in a synthetic diamond structure and shell."

Continuing, she says "Your assignment is theoretically simple. Open up the Macy's in the Mall of the America's, clean any people and or critters out, and set up the device. There are, however, a few possible complications..."
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Spyke turns her full attention to Heaven. "Complications?" "Aren't there always complications?"
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"Well, there is the possibility... possibility, mind you, that there may be a somewhat exotic creature in the store. I'll get back to that in a moment." Heaven says, then continues "The Mall of the Americas is an ornament of the Crash. Built in 2009, it was a mate to the original Mall of the Americas; instead of the amusement park in the center of the mall it had an exclusive apartment building."

At this point, Heaven gestures and a holographic map appears above the table...
http://www.mallofamerica.com/map_directory.aspx


"After the Crash, the mall was abandoned for several reasons; the primary reason was there were no customers left in Orlando, and that was complicated by the fact that the consortium of holding companies that owned the mall went bankrupt so quickly, and with such a confusion of records that ownership of the mall vanished into the shadows, leaving it in limbo."

"The Macy's that you will be entering was sealed by a special compound; a nanite impregnated carbon nanotube polymer that regenerates itself indefinitely. Essentially, the Macy's has been isolated from the world for the last 14 years."

*Note for the tech... the sealing material described is theoretical even today; in 2009 it was way past bleeding edge tech*

"The Mall itself was built with the best tech of the day. Including it's own solar power cell network on the roof and a large electrophoresis and purification plant underground that provides clean water. Not a whole lot in terms of what a metroplex uses, but sufficient to provide water for the apartment complex and the commercial uses for the stores. These features are NOT known to the general public, but are known the current inhabitants of the mall."

"Inhabitants are a mixed bag. There is a diner serving (primarily, anyway) truckers taking the old I4 route. There are two boostergangs and about four or five hundred assorted people living in and directly around the mall."

"The first boostergang is called the Street Sharks. They are somewhat cybered, but their real strength lies in their assortment of armed vehicles and motorbikes. The run Dorph, Synthcoke, and Lace into the metroplex. All the truckers pay them a set fee to use 'their' road, except a few of the most bad ass and intractable. It's usually a lot cheaper to pay them than to spend the ammo to kill them. They cluster around the Nordstroms, to the northwest."

"The other boostergang is a lot more exotic. It's called the elves, and it's composed of a bunch of kids that had themselves bodysculpted into Tolkienesque elves. They tend to have lots of bio and neural cyberware, and use bows and arrows. Don't laugh; they have managed to stop everybody that has tried to move into their turf cold. The elves tend to use monoblades and 25mm grenades to tip their arrows, together with an average ref of 9+. Very, very bad news. They also sell fresh fruit and meat, though nobody inquires to closely as to what kind of meat. They live in the old apartment complex. The building could hold about a thousand people, but nobody knows for sure how many Elves there are. At least a couple hundred."

"The Mall is on the old I4 bypass, about twenty miles north of Orlando. It is surrounded by about 4 miles of dustbowl, with a swamp both north and west."

"I have the codekey to disable the nanite regeneration on the sealant, but it will take a fairly major explosion to make it. It will draw attention. On the other hand, two rather unusual entrances were left open."

"The first is a set of vent shafts going in from the top of the mall. The shafts were build a little wider than code for a group to enter. But there are fans on a regular basis to move air that will have to be disabled temporarily for you to move through."

"The other route is a route leading up from the electrophoresis plant, but you would have to enter through a toxic swamp area and move through about 6 miles of half flooded, unlit tunnel."

"A little climb and a few fans seem like a good idea in comparison to me. Your safe passage through the boosters has been purchased, as long as you don't enter their immediate territory and don't cause trouble."

"Now, moving on to the possibility of more exotic danger. Your employer has informed me that the Macy's was closed in that way because of several disappearances that were traced to the Macy's. There is a possibility that there may be a creature of extra-terrestrial origin in the building. It's unlikely; even if it was real it's been sealed away from food for the last 12 years. But your employer has told me that IF there is such a creature there, there will be an additional 1000 EB bonus if you kill it."

"In all likelihood, there is nothing more exotic than some spinners in there. But..."

*GM note... spinners are spiders the size of football that hunt small to midsize animals, up to about 100lbs. This has included humans on occasion, particularly children.

"Your assignment is to get into the Macy's, attach the device to the main electrical and comm grid. If somebody comes after the device, you will send a signal through a chip you will be given that will cause it to self destruct. You are not to EVER go into the underground garage area for the mall. Everybody that has expressed the intent to do so has never been seen again. There aren't even any rumors about what's under there."

"Moving right along, over here are your weapons. They are MPK-11's that have been improved by a master gunsmith, including reflex red dot sights, modular underbarrel rails, and an improved barrel-bolt weld giving greater muzzle velocity. Included are 4 underbarrel 40mm grenade launchers and 4 burst capable 12 gauge shotguns, together with an assortment of ammunition for all of them."

"You will also be getting laptops, some improved nanite healing packages, and the aforementioned chip. I don't mind if Mahmoud takes the time to check the chips carefully for sabotage."

"Questions?"
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"As I said, it's probably dead if it was ever there. And even if it is still alive, you get a 1000eb bonus for making it dead." Heaven smiles at her.
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