Private Log of Miles Lanier:
Looks like my luck finally ran out. Again. I was looking into some work Proteus had been doing on the NeoMatrix project. They’ve been involved in most of the creepier side, with the artificial technomancer children and the “biocomputers”. I’ve been getting increasingly uneasy about something going on with all of this, but I wasn’t sure if it was my atrophied morals finally pushed to the breaking point, or something worse. I’m still not entirely sure, as my visit became complicated by a runner team.
While I wasn’t technically at the Arcoblok on official business, the security staff there were only too happy to let me assist once they started getting warnings from their local grid. Apparently one of the two template changelings they’d based their system on had broken in and accessed the grid. Freq, apparently, the one they’d been less worried about. They didn’t trust their own technospawn, Theta, to deal with him, so they shut her out and offered me access. Theta’s a good kid, and whatever else is going on, I am really uncomfortable with what those bastards have been doing with her, even if it has been vital to our project. You don’t screw with children like that, first fucking rule of megacorping. You’ve got the rest of the world to screw over, let the kids grow up before you start using them. Fuckers.
Once I realized the runner team was going for Theta, I felt conflicted, though not for very long. Kid or not, I couldn’t let the project get disrupted like that, and it would screw up any chance I had of pinning down my fears if they took her. Proteus relies mostly on drones and turrets for security, and to my complete lack of surprise, the runners had no problem with those. After engaging one of them in the Matrix to try and stop their escape elevator, I headed down personally for one last chance. They were pretty much out by the time I made it to the moon-pool where they were stealing a sub.
I decided the best I could hope for was to slow down or weaken them. Maybe give another team the chance to pick them up later. So I fired a round into the first two targets I saw. I figured they’d just get their wounded into the sub and I’d probably be out of luck, but this crazy wolf woman just freaked out and charged me. I was sure I had her, but she was a lot better than I’d planned for, and had fire support from her conscious team. I took a few shock rounds while I tried to get a clear shot on the bitch, but she made it to me unharmed. Pretty sure I got a good right hook to her muzzle, but I paid for it. She literally hit like a dump truck, and I’m sure I’ve got all my modding to thank for the fact I didn’t just rip in half.
They must’ve set me up to be taken into a hospital, though I have no idea how all that went down. That’s the last thing I wanted right then, but my repair systems were able to wake me before it was too late. I just managed to escape the hospital and find a place to lay low while my repairs run their course. A quick call to Proteus shows that they haven’t had any luck tracking the kidnappers so far. That’s fine, looks like I’ll be starting over anyway. At least I’m in Chimera’s town now.