the Bit Buzz
Xiaojin is sitting at the Bit Buzz, relaxing and enjoying his afternoon, when Mao Ki-Lu a contact from the Triad shows up to speak with him. Xiaojin and Mao retreat to a private booth, and begin to discuss business.
Mao wants a certain package intercepted while in delivery. He knows that the package will be shipped via Fed-HL, but he is uncertain as to the destination or dimensions of the package. The only thing that he is sure of is that it’s actual nature will be concealed in some way.
Mao offers to extend a “recruitment” bonus for anyone that Xiaojin brings on for the task; the Triad is interested in cultivating whatever assets it can.
Xiaojin returns his workshop, a shipping container within the abandoned Draton Industrial Steel Mill. He sets to work programming a number of drones to begin an aerial monitoring of the area, in the hopes of being able to observe the Fed-HL traffic patterns. Situation Aspect: Partial Surveillance Net
The activity attracts the attention of Long, who commandeers one of Xiaojin’s drones, and inquires as to the game at hand. Xaiojin fills him in on the job. Intrigued by the possibilitiess, Long declares that he is helping, and immedately sets about hacking into the Fed-HL systems. After a few moments, he provides access to the shipping companies manifests, and the pair set about trying to narrow down the number of shipments.
Eventually, they determine that it will be one of three shipments:
Long reroutes the shipments to different locations, and sets up a number of temporary “dummy” front offices to receive the packages. Unfortunately, in doing so, he managed to leave an audit trail in Fed-HL’s systems … nothing that will interfere in the immediate task, however.
The first pickup – Yuan Medical
Xiaojin mans the desk at their temporary offices, while Long monitors from a drone hovering outside. A quick — forged — signature later, and the package is wheeled out the back of the office. Investigation determines that it is a photo-copier (present-day) sized machine, incorporating a 3d printer and an electron microscope — potentially useful for crafting things at a very fine scale. Xiaojin takes a liking to it, and brings it to his workshop.
The second pickup – Aztek Systems
This time, Long mans the desk, playing the part of a bored holo-worker manning the front desk. The Fed-HL delivery man expresses some suspicion at the delivery — he knows that Aztek deliveries normally go to a location much further up his route. A call to the main dispatcher (Intercepted and imitated by Long, of course) mollifies him, and the delivery is made.
It appears to be an antique, Vietnam era HAM radio … which raises suspicions in Xiaojin; what a would high-technology company would want in a hundred year old antique? He examines the device under his augmented vision, and finds it to be a convincingly crafted fake. The metals, though they look scuffed and faded, are simply not distressed enough, and are too consistantly formed, for a hundred year old device. He examines further, and finds that there is a region in the center of the box that is impenetrable to x-ray. Long hijacks an auto-cab, and they begin to move towards their dropoff point, when Xioajin notices that there is a tracking device in the unit. In a delicate bit of surgery, he managed to disable the tracker while still mired in traffic; Long then veers off in a different direction, hopefully leaving a very cold trail for any retrieval efforts.
A number of days after dropping the device at his dead-drop, Mao again approaches Xiaojin at the Bit Buzz. He is pleased with the results of the interception, and offers to wire payment to any collaborators Xiaojin may have used …. Xaiojin elects to keep Long’s participation secret, and Mao departs, “We’ll be in touch”