It’s Not What You Say, But How You Say It (Part 1)

Posted: August 11, 2015 in Shadowrun

“What kind of coordinates are these?” muttered Sashka, re-arranging her AR topographical map. “I swear that Prizrak’s paranoia is getting worse and worse with each meeting. I didn’t even know there was a node way out here.”

The ork decker brushes her left tusk habitually and re-orients herself with her map.  He distinctly said I would see a key once I got here. But I don’t see anything resembling a key anywhere.  She turns off her AR overlay and rubs her hands over her face, groaning in frustration.

“Frag it Prizrak, how am I supposed to see bloody anything at 11:30 at night, in the rain, in the middle of an abandoned windfarm!”

Sashka, seething in frustration, runs up to the nearest decrepit wind turbine and plants an armored boot solidly into its tower.  The heavily oxidized metal bends and groans under her strike, shedding off layers of rust and debris.  She pulls her leg back and lands another solid kick. Turning to leave, Sashka hears a dull metallic tink and soft fump behind her. Chort Vozmi, what did I just break? She turns and sees a metal panel on the ground, partially covered in rust and grime.

What the… Sashka bends down and picks up the panel, brushing off the detritus. There’s something stamped. Drek it’s worn…I can’t make it out. She actives her cybereye’s magnification function and feeds the image to her deck.  I am so glad I took that NASA image processing agent as payment for that Ares job. She shudders at the memory. Run topographical and contrast enhancement and stitching protocol and send the results to my HUD.

Layer by layer the image builds in her HUD.  Sashka overlays the agent’s image over the worn panel, manually correcting image errors caused by the downpour or grime. She then feeds the updated image back to the agent and continues the process.  After a few minutes, a readable image is produced.

“Oh you’ve got to be kidding me,” growls Sashka. “This is why I wish Prizrak would stop using that stupid computer synthesized voice. Less confusion.”

She stares angrily at the completed image.

ACKIE – 48.

Shit!  I guess I need to go and look for number 01. This had better be worth it.

  1. gator9 says:

    Ahem… i am looking for more… 🙂 Just because i am not on Facebook currently, does not mean that i do not want more! 8)

    Hope this finds you well.

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