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Let Them Bleed
Author: Branson Hagerty
Category: Science Fiction
It's NeoHeroin with a kick and people are dying for it. Well, not dying exactly, but coming damn close. This particular concoction of Neo, called Bleed, makes it nearly impossible to actually overdose. Mixed in with its mostly chemical makeup is a harsh stimulant along with special conunteractants which actually reduce the drug's effect when the user comes close to death. The result is horrendous.
It's NeoHeroin with a kick and people are dying for it. Well, not dying
exactly, but coming damn close. This particular concoction of Neo, called
Bleed, makes it nearly impossible to actually overdose. Mixed in with its
mostly chemical makeup is a harsh stimulant along with special conunteractants
which actually reduce the drug's effect when the user comes close to death.
The result is horrendous. Users can get to the point that they're reduced
to a mess as their bodily organs malfunction but don't actually shutdown.
Your really hard core user will be a piss and shit covered mess, bleeding
through various lesions, and malnourished to the point that they're mere
skeletons. But, again, they don't die.
But there is hope. A drug company called LiveChem has developed a medicine
capable of counter acting the addictive effects of Bleed with virtually
no side effects. Needless to say this had made the major dealers of Bleed
Hence, the hiring of runners to get rid of the antidote. When they meet
with their Johnson he will NOT mention, or even know, about the reasoning
behind the elimination of the antidote, called Second Chance. All he will
give is the name of the antidote, the location of the lab at which it was
developed, and the following goals:
1. Destroy ALL existing samples of Second Chance and eliminate all research
information about it in both the lab and the computers. (The ALL part of
this statement will be very important later on.)
2. Eliminate Eliza Dennison, the scientist who developed it.
The payment offered for this run should be rather generous as the runner's
employers (who will never be named) are determined to stop the antidote
from hitting the market.
Eliza will be on leave at the time, although the runners probably won't
discover this until they get to the lab. She'll be at her country home
some 100km away from the city. She doesn't believe in security so getting
into her cottage won't be much of a problem. When the runners arrive she'll
simply resolve herself to the fact that the world is full of pricks and
that she figured she was going to eventually get wasted anyway. If the
runners don't keep an eye on her, however, she will activate, via a hidden
button in the kitchen, a mechanism which, after only ten seconds, will
blow up the house and most everything within twenty five meters of it.
The only indication that it has been activated will be when Eliza says:
"Ten seconds to live, guys" and the lights dim. The runners will have to
run like hell to get out in time. If the runners parked their vehicles
within 25 meters of the house they'll get severely damaged or destroyed
by the blast, possibly with the runners partially in them if they think
they can actually get out of a house, into a vehicle, start it, and pull
away in only ten seconds. If they're stupid enough to try I'd simply have
their vehicles blow 150 meters back into the woods and then break in half
as they hit a tree, but let the actual runners off with a few cuts and
The actual lab is located at a compound on the edge of the city and
covers several acres. It's rather picturesque and has very little overt
security, meaning no fences or patrol vehicles. LiveChem is a non-profit
organization which receives most of its money from private and governmental
funding and their crusades against drugs are well known.
This is not to say getting into the place is a breeze. Stationed at
LiveChem is a sampling of "donated" troops from various corporations, including
the biggies. Although there is only one or two troops from each, only half
of which are on duty at any one time, how may Red Samurai do you need?
In any case, each building is guarded by two or three guards at any one
time. The buildings are scattered across a several acre compound which
looks more like a park at first glance. What the runners will discover
if they do any research, however, is that running underneath the entire
complex is a maze of tunnels and access ways which tend to be more lightly
guarded than the above ground areas. These tunnels, however, have all kinds
of scary automated security measures including lasers and monowire. Blocking
some of the less used tunnels are actual screens of monowire and anybody
running to one will strain more than a muscle (get it?). A main flaw with
the whole place is its rural location which makes it difficult for security
to quickly ship in assistance should things go wrong.
In any case getting to the lab is going to go down like a typical infiltration,
meaning it's easy if the runners are good, bloody if they screw up. Once
in the lab the runner will discover two things:
First, there is a duplicate of all information regarding the project
located in ANOTHER lab on the third floor and the runners will have to
wipe this information as well.
And, second, they will come across a shipping order which states that
5 COMPLETED samples of Second Chance has already been shipped to a location
(which will be given) in the barrens. Now, remember that little part of
the contract that said ALL samples? Well.....
The location given is that of an under-funded humanitarian organization
operating out of a decrepid storefront called EZ Free. It is guarded by
only a few hired gang members. Once the runners enter it they will discover
the brutality of the drug known as Bleed. The place will be packed wall
to wall with a mess of addicts, to the point that the floor is slick with
blood and other bodily fluids. In the back room the director of the organization,
Evan Clay, will be admistering injections of the samples of Second Chance.
But, as the runners will discover, he only has FOUR of the samples. The
other one is located at another clinic called Free Help, a few blocks away.
The runners can obtain their information simply by looking at a piece of
paper sitting on a table which states that this is where the drugs have
When the runners arrive at Free Help they will meet much more opposition
than before because the clinic would have been warned of the runners possible
approach. Again, the resistance will only be hired gang members. Inside
the clinic looks similar to EZ Free. The director's name is Cheryl Avar
and she is willing to fight to the death to keep the runners from destroying
the last sample.
The following only applies if reasonable: Just as the last sample of
Second Chance is destroyed at the Free Help location the director, as a
last resort and unknowing that the sample has already been destroyed, will
tell the numerous addict lying around the place that the runners are giving
out free Bleed. At this point they will be rushed by the group as they
claw and beg for the drug. During the foray one of the runners will feel
a small prick on their neck. When they turn around they will discover that
the director (or somebody else) has actually injected Bleed into the runner.
The drug is nearly impossible to resist and the runner will suddenly not
give a damn about anything, will fall to the floor, and will have to be
carried out by his or her fellow runners. The run is over.
When running the lab security, at first, won't be heavily armed (LiveChem
likes to keep a low security profile) although the guards will be good
with the pistols they have. Once a problem is detected, however, heavier
security will be dispatched. One thing LiveChem did shell out for are MP-Lasers
due to the fact that collateral damage from their use is minimal. They
also have two high tech and heavily armored Landrovers equipped with VEHICLE
LASERS hidden in garages. So what I'm trying to say is that the runners
had best not underestimate the lab's security.
If one of the runners was injected with Bleed they are immediately addicted.
To get over the addiction roll body dice with a target of 20. Yes, 20.
This is a nasty drug. The runners get one chance a day and, if they succeed
just once, the break the addiction. If they fail then they experience withdrawal,
get a +4 to all target numbers, and will crave the drug. The runner can
reduce the modifier to a +1 simply by injecting some of the drug, which
must be injected once an hour and which runs about 10ny a dose. BUT if
the runners shoot up the target number goes UP by one the next time they
try to break the addiction. So, the day after the runner is addicted the
target number is a 20 to break the addition. If they fail they receive
the +4 and feel ill. If they try again the next day they have to get a
19. If they decide to break down and simply shoot up then the target number
goes up to a 21 the next day but the modifier to do stuff drops to a +1.
If the target number reaches 25 then the plus modifier for doing stuff
while doing the drug goes up to a +2 and the modifier to do anything while
NOT doing the drug goes up to a +5. At 30 the modifiers jump up AGAIN by
one, and again for every 5. As the target number to resist the drug goes
up, so does the nastiness of its effects. If, somehow, the number to resist
the drug gets to a 40 the modifiers would be a +4 and a +8 and the runner
is definitely up shit creek, bleeding through their ears occasionally and
suffering from intense, constant pain.
Archetype: Human Corporate Scientist
Information: Although Eliza really cares about most of the people of
the world, she doesn't give a shit about herself. She's a manic depressant
who often takes vacations to her mountain cottage to chill out for a while,
occasionally play russian roulette with a Warhawk, and take numerous drugs
in an attempt to feel better. It never really works though and when the
runners come after he she'll take it as more of a blessing than anything