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Calfree is a mess in the 2050s.  The tension between humans and metahumans came to a head in places like the Central Valley and particularly San Francisco... though several of the factions including Colonel Saito's Imperial Police were willing to set aside their differences to work together with local corporate interests and the grassroots "Norton's Army" movement in order to push back a second attempted elven invasion by Tir Tairngir (See Antumbra Saga).

San Jose however, has always been a bit of an oddball.  Long since distanced from its agrarian roots even prior to the Awakening, it still defines itself largely by its contributions in the fields of technology and medicine, so as you can well imagine, in the decades following the matrix crash of '29 businesses were stinging, and the field was rife for a strong unified identity to come in and stabilize the place.  It doesn't have the character of places such as SF or Orkland but does have its own spirit. One that if you listen carefully enough to the land has been getting agitated.  This has not failed to come to the attention of local shamans and mages.  Evangelism mixed with some anarchy colors the social landscape among much of the middle class and working poor, not surprisingly manifesting in the music and art this region produces.  There is some gang activity too in the streets but that's nothing new.  What is new though is the Corporate hegemony.  Traditionally in the Fifth World, this part of the Bay Area had power fluctuate with no one large company dominating the business landscape over the others but several different players holding sway over their own particular niches. A return of corporate raiding, in particular greenmailing by the feathered serpent Xiuhcoatl led to two corporations grabbing the cream of the crop when it came to the many valuable technology developers and think tanks San Jose is home to: Ares and a shadowy subsidiary of Saeder-Krupp.  Why would Damien Knight and Lofwyr be cooperating with Xiuhcoatl? And what interest does the Pueblo Corporate Council have in all of this?  While all this was going on Genetique is suffering since they are unable to request large scale help from their Aztechnology parent group as Az has been banned from Calfree, making Aztechnology furious with the PCC over continuing to enforce that ban.  Az is forced to watch helplessly from the outside while a series of many matrix and extraction runs being taken against their SJ branch floods the 408 black market with cheap knockoffs and various bootlegs of their bioware, wounding their (masked) assets in the city. Trade with a few Japanese Megacorps is not unheard of in this part of the Bay Area but Fuchi and Shiawase have minimal clout these days in the region and are forced to fight like dogs over tablescraps since the major dominant players are Ares and the as yet unnamed Saeder-Krupp subsidiary.  Some of that fat Aztechnology loot does slip through the cracks though and the lesser players typically eke out an existence on it through taking a cut of the secondhand market.

One of the protagonists of this campaign is an Ork named DEDbolt.  His father is a corporate snake shaman and his mother a rigger who runs an automated courier service that often ferries wetware between various clinics.  Xiuhcoatl doesn't just relegate himself to ventures with arms of his shares in the California branches of those two megacorps businesses but also happens to possess a solid real-estate presence in San Jose, Campbell, Neo Almaden and the surrounding smaller cities playing a hand in politics, and funding several universities as well as institutes, both of the technical and paranormal variety.  He amusingly refers to the towns his realty group holds sway in as "open arcologies" since by default most of the wageslaves who house there work at companies he owns a stake in.  Rumor on the street is he broke away from Aztechnology and was an instrumental player in the chaos plaguing the SJ Genetique, though whenever interviewed on the subject Xiuh's official media stance on it is infamously noncommittal.
Back to DEDbolt though, he and his parents live in one of those open arcologies.  A looming gangwar has forced an increased presence by security groups (Lone Star mostly, only the very rich can afford Knight Errant) as well as the odd and seemingly out-of-place occasional imperial marine (the heck are they doing all the way out here so far from SF?).

DEDbolt dismayed his father by choosing to get cyberware and become a street samurai. His mom, being a rigger, was a bit less displeased than his father, since she herself relies on a data jack to ply her trade.  DEDbolt's friends are an ex-LoneStar Dwarven Decker turned PI named Headcase (who remains surprisingly good at plying his skills despite of a penchant for conspiracy theory (he likes to attribute his skills to because of it though that is debatable) and Akiko, a human female mage of Japanese-American ethnic origin.  They frequent an eatery establishment owned by a nonvegetarian elf, one who for that personal reason particularly is quick to object to the derogatory term dandelion eater.  Unfortunately, the prevalence of Stuffer-shack clones under other names has caused local business to be negatively impacted ("these pop-out big box stores cheat, I tell you!" go many merchants).

Gang activity is heating up, foreign interests in the background may be pulling some strings and Xiuhcoatl has his five-digit fingers in as many of the pies as he can.

Headcase would be quick to suggest Xiuhcoatl has some connection to either the PCC or Aztechnology but so far does not have a whole lot to go off of.  Akiko's parents as well as DEDbolt's father each work for some of the companies which Xiuh ultimately owns, so going up for a run against the boss of the corp bosses of their parents would be risky.  As it turns out, so is grabbing research in the hotly contested bones of a bankrupt Genetique lab in the middle of ganger territory.  Did I mention that the proprietor of their favorite restaurant is also a fixer?  This ghost of a nearly abandoned research facility is rumored to contain valuable research if you search well enough.  Assuming you can get past the gangs camped in the lot outside of it.  As well as survive the remaining skeleton crew which includes a 24 hour indoor security patrol... something that seems like an extravagant expense for a building supposedly in the process of shutting down.
What could be so important that the skeleton crew would hole up in a facility that lies on such a dangerous territory to continue their work?

Even if the run is successful, Xiuhcoatl's people aren't going to be too happy to learn your team has stolen the important goods they'd intended to go after, making negotiations tricky.

There is one bit of good news though: You have some leads in the slums which suggest an old VTA line that used to go to a mall before the crash in '29 might get you closer to that lab.  The mall has been repurposed into a sort of a black market bazaar and sits tenuously as a fortified barren surrounded on all sides by several parks and fields.  The parks and fields are nestled between foothills and roadway stretches that are infested with ghouls.
 Hmm, Didn't your friend Headcase mention in one of his raving rants that Genetique at one point had claimed to be working on a Human-Metahuman Vampiric Virus cure or at least a treatment?
You'll need to break out your team's UrbEx gear chummer and hope the mall's autogun turrets are enough to keep the ghouls out as you collect information from the squatters.  One of the squatters knows Headcase and used to work on that project... supposedly. You must find her.  Your fixer didn't exactly set you up with a milk run so it would make sense to take on this side mission first.
Shadowrun Campaign Draft: Four-Oh-H8:
I love how in the Shadowrun Returns: DF Antumbra Saga UGC the author of that set a campaign using parts of California. I decided to do my own Calfree campaign but taking place in the future version of my hometown, San Jose.
Figured a feathered Serpent would be the best draconiform to feature mostly present in this campaign due to the huge Hispanic minority population present here in the 20th Century rather than one of the other types of Shadowrun dragons.

I think headcase and Akiko will be fun characters but am not sure quite what to name the team fixer yet.

Eventually when I start learning how to use the Run Editor I'd like to make this story into actual levels. :)
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Civil Wrongs:

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 2, 2015, 3:00 PM
You do not have the right to:
Steal another person's property which they had earned from working and the sweat of their own brow.
Take it upon yourself to decide to end his or her life.
Impose your limited view of morality upon another somehow because they have a personal habit which you find repugnant... when said habit does not affect other people.
Have legislation passed which allows you to have sole dominion over a specially sheltered market share that is not subject to the same competition forces as other businesses via exclusive contract (god I hate when companies do that... it's bad enough they get government contracts establishing these in the first place but why should we as taxpayers be paying to support their little artificial fiefdoms when it is obvious this will not create more jobs or be of benefit to the whole of society... paying for them to hurt us more :rage: ? ).

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A thought piece:

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 2, 2015, 1:39 PM
One can think of transhumanism as the opposite of luddism. A transhumanist is equal parts futurist and existentialist (Careful, your philosophical roots are showing past the dye job!).  Unlike a luddite, transhumanists believe that integrating as much technology as we can into our lives is a good thing.
Instead of a doomsday/looming apocalypse, they talk about a singularity.
What is a singularity?  Well, they aren't talking about a quantum singularity. Rather, transhumanists are referring to technological singularity.
When the amount of developments in disruptive technologies and occurrences of cross/inter-disciplinary field discoveries accelerate past their threshold levels, things (psychologically, socially, politically, etc.) pass an event horizon.
See, post singularity, the old divisions in society may weaken (or strengthen, depends how we go about it really) as new ones emerge and either we, as a whole and a species (as well as citizens on this earth + wherever else we decide to colonize, but that's a digression for now) redefine what it means to be human and what becomes possible, or utilize it for our own further advancement in ways that would not have been thought possible in times past.
Whoo, technology, big and shiny advanced technology!

This will contrast sharply with doomsaying spiritual types, especially if people use this furthered integration of technology into our lives to bring one another closer together rather than divide them (that and to do cool superheroic type things I guess?).  Like the spiritualist though, a transhumanist may divulge little bits of philosopho/psycho-babble about an awakening, coming new age or renaissance.  Understand the differences.

What do I mean by accelerating past threshold levels? Well, think of it like this... if things progress in a linear way this presents a rather two dimensional view.  If they progress exponentially though, now you have capability to produce a 3D picture!
It's all about breaking barriers. Not the sound or light barriers but other more nebulous barriers such as the speed of thought or limits on calculation speed, in a literal sense.  In a figurative way there are political and social barriers to weaken or shape.
That's my take on it anyway so chew on that or shred it to line + stick in your pipe and smoke it ... and dissect at will. Enjoy!

There are subtypes :shrug: of course:
:bulletgreen: Some people concentrate on the medical/biotechnological progress side:
:pills: Nootropics aka the drugs that enhance human performance: > Oh say, synthetic steroids for strength and height, stimulants to sharpen reflex times, depressants to deaden pain.  We already use them to correct problem conditions to allow for closer to normal functioning in affected individuals, so granting access to these tools to larger society as a whole would have a similar effect to disruptive technologies.
> If you can use advanced knowledge of genomic information to correct a problem in utero before it has time to get serious or you can go even further beyond that seeking create a person with superior endowed senses, then why the hell don't you? Designer baby got you in an ethical tizzy? Don't be such a puss!
> When it becomes available/possible to have surgical and pharmacological techniques which directly lengthen the lifespan or improve human physical capability, let's dive in.
:bulletred: The machine camp:
> Bionics, mechanical/biological integration to computers and such all to go beyond the current natural human limits.  Exploring uncharted territory within ourselves... perhaps the grandest adventure of all?  As well as having significantly less travel expenses!
:bulletyellow: The socio-political:
> Globalization has shaped and driven many changes throughout the past few centuries leading to this one.  Well, in a similar way technological singularity is going to redivide territory, shrink boundaries and weave the fabric of our daily interactions. These progresses already do but one can suspect that in the future they will even MORE!

Example scenario: Say you wake up one morning to find out that self-determining artificial intelligences suddenly became a thing.  Saying that it's going to change the landscape of a ton of stuff would be something of an understatement.  If it's going to be a fixture in post-post-modern life then how you integrate it into your daily routine (or don't) is going to become of some importance from a quality of life perspective.

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In case you were wondering (which you probably weren't): SPaGMHF #4 is amazingly entrepreneurial financial genius businesslady who helps me save a bunch of cash. $_$
Stupid Post-adolescent Geeky Male Heterosexual Fantasy #5: Ideal woman as being a buxom someone either in the computer sciences or of an otherwise mathward-bent. :lol:

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About me: Ever since I was little I found myself caught and trapped straddling both the worlds of science and art; don't get me wrong though, I don't entirely dislike it.

Like: Science, thinking, observation, people-watching.
Like + dislike: politics, the nature of good and evil.
Dislike: Brattiness, angry mobs, being cut off in traffic, too much conformity.

Watch as I churn out artwork, homework, writing, grind axes and try to find a date... just your typical atypical college student.

Current Residence: United States of America
Favourite genre of music: several
Favourite style of art: fractals, comic book, absurdism, some surrealism, pop
Operating System: varies; usually Windows and the one this human meat bag was born with (my brain & nervous system)
MP3 player of choice: No thank you
Favourite cartoon character: Spider-Man, Ninja Turtles and Canadian animation
Personal Quote: "For the Love of God please don't make an ass of yourself."
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Civil Wrongs:

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 2, 2015, 3:00 PM
You do not have the right to:
Steal another person's property which they had earned from working and the sweat of their own brow.
Take it upon yourself to decide to end his or her life.
Impose your limited view of morality upon another somehow because they have a personal habit which you find repugnant... when said habit does not affect other people.
Have legislation passed which allows you to have sole dominion over a specially sheltered market share that is not subject to the same competition forces as other businesses via exclusive contract (god I hate when companies do that... it's bad enough they get government contracts establishing these in the first place but why should we as taxpayers be paying to support their little artificial fiefdoms when it is obvious this will not create more jobs or be of benefit to the whole of society... paying for them to hurt us more :rage: ? ).

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Disclaimer:

These writings are the products of this author's fevered imagination so any resemblances to any persons living or deceased are a.) entirely coincidental, or b.) gravely unfortunate.

Hypothetically, which is a preferable way to die? 

50%
9 deviants said In a final blaze of glory against overwhelming enemies.
50%
9 deviants said Peacefully of old age after having a long, full life.

Living Epitaph: Study onward!

"Yes I laugh in the face of death. Now, more work! Wahaha!

Time to do my parents, and my many mentors and the tutors I've had over the years proud. It is my duty to become as well educated as I can to in my own small silly part steward this ungrateful community as a way to give back by being an upright citizen with a profession and accomplishments, yes?

That is what keeps me going no matter what. The belief that I need to make the investments other people made in me worthwhile and not a waste of money and time."

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scholarwarrior-lad:iconscholarwarrior-lad:
I'll give it a shot.
Tue Feb 4, 2014, 11:17 AM
ZombieFritz:iconzombiefritz:
DRAW VENTURE BROS!!!! *Whispers* P....please? :P
Sun Feb 2, 2014, 9:46 PM
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Viva la personal shoutbox?
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I know it.
Thu Apr 5, 2012, 7:05 PM
scholarwarrior-lad:iconscholarwarrior-lad:
You probably could teach me to shoot better.
Wed Apr 4, 2012, 12:20 PM
FireChic86:iconfirechic86:
I think I could teach you to shoot well. I can pick off just about any target.
Tue Apr 3, 2012, 4:41 PM
scholarwarrior-lad:iconscholarwarrior-lad:
I'd take you up on the latter but I have possibly the worst aim in if not human history, at least the western hemisphere...
Tue Apr 3, 2012, 2:12 PM
FireChic86:iconfirechic86:
Tea is always helpful. And so is SD gundam. Another thing I find relaxing is shooting.
Tue Apr 3, 2012, 8:32 AM
scholarwarrior-lad:iconscholarwarrior-lad:
True.
Mon Apr 2, 2012, 12:48 AM
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or a good match in SD gundam
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ZF, formerly known as ZD? I'm *getting* better. Had a bit of a bad turn recently and am attempting to get my sh*t back together. :dizzy:
How are you?
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Yeah, I was ZombieDaryl, a while ago we jabbered about Venture Bros! :3

Ugh, I know that feel...I'm kinda scattered too, but looking back it's clear that everything'll get back to normal. :D
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I remember that.  Hey, I didn't unwittingly miss out on VB Season 6 yet while the all kinds of school hell was going on, did I (please say no, but don't lie if I did! :lol:)?
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