As promised here’s my full written report on today’s events.
It all started when I got called by Almighty, you know the jump bike racer and owner of Englewood Dynamics I got to know who helped me out in the investigation to the Untari missionary murder. I actually didn’t feel much like it after just having finished my investigation on the SetiBank, but he told me he had an easy job and could use an extra set of eyes. His girlfriend or racing queen or whatever their status is, had pointed him on to a job of retrieving a missing jump bike that went missing about a week ago during an illegal street race.
Bullseye was there, as well as a seriously beautiful chic called Paladin. She must have had some serious work done I’m guessing. She has a few ’’controversial’’ points of view regarding sim rights. We met up at Lothlorien Acres, a bar in Oak Forest as that was the area the bike had gone missing. From what I understood the owner of the missing bike, was/is a certain ‘’Borealis’’ from Kenta Cyber Dynamics. The missing bike was the Variable Racer Zephyr Gear and a 5 year old ’’sim’’ driver going by the name of Iris.
After some asking around, we got to a hospital where Iris was recovering from a bike-crash. She crashed against a tree near some cemetery. Almighty‘s bike crashed due to what seemed an EMP. When Bullseye arrived on the spot they were jumped by 3 low end mercenaries that were easily dealt with. They found the bike afterwards, together with some sort of virtual sprite sidekick-AI. At that point they did not know (and I think they still don’t) what they were dealing with.
We (Paladin, Iris, who discharged herself from the hospital, and myself) got picked up by 2 Englewood Dynamics vans and were transported to the cemetery where Iris and the bike were reunited. At that time I started to suspect the bike might be more then just a normal bike and right after that it came to a stand-off between myself and Bullseye/Paladin. Paladin insisted on letting the sim go, and I didn’t have any real issue with that, but she had insisted earlier that she wouldn’t go anywhere without her bike. I first wanted to asses the bike myself to make sure it posed no threat. That was when you first called me. We talked about it some more and it became tenser and tenser. Bullseye was completely under the influence of Paladin, it was like the poor sap didn’t have a will of his own. They both wanted no part in me investigating the bike and prevented me from doing my job. As I had no backup I tried to talk them down, but the situation escalated as I could not tell them what I really am since they don’t have the proper security clearance.
The bike hacked my Lawdog and my BK616 and I am pretty sure it tried to hack my TAP as well. So I would consider it to be very dangerous and recommend immediate and most severe action against it, whenever we find it. I got almost knocked out by Bullseye right before you called me to ensure back-up was on the way. Btw, my muscle augment gave out again, for Hyperchrome it sure does break easily, maybe you can fix me an upgrade or 2 (and a firewall upgrade for my TAP)? After that, they must have knocked me out with some drugs or so, as I was completely KO when the combat medic you sent found me. I don’t know how long I was out nor where they took the bike-AI.
I know you probably want to take my ’’associates’’ down for aiding and abetting a rogue AI, but I am sure that they have no idea what they did. I recommend taking them in for a debrief to find out the whereabouts of the bike, as well as making them sign an NDA so I can disclose them who I am and what I do. I am pretty sure I can convince them to help me take down that bike as well, that would save us the costs of flying in several strike teams as well… I do think we could use some back up though, and I will need to requisite some serious toys if you approve the mission. But I am confident we can get it done.