The runners gathered their supplies and tried to infiltrate a Wuxing Worldwide Shipping data centre. They managed to get into the office without causing much suspicion, but their focus on the office of Aaron Mackintosh attracted the attention of security. Despite best attempts at stalling and distracting the security, a firefight broke out.
Monday, January 27, 2076: Planning to infiltrate the Wuxing Worldwide Shipping data centre at approximately 10pm, the runners had a day to prepare for the run. Pepper contacted Bright Eyes (who wasn’t available) and Fatman in order to obtain a dart pistol and a five neurostun darts for ¥1450, which he promised to deliver to the runners’ Everett warehouse. Zero went to the Renton Knight Errant precinct to pick up his Ford Americar, which has been vandalised: the hubcaps have been removed, the rear passenger window smashed and the vehicle has been tagged with a gigantic penis both in meatspace and AR. The repairs have cost him (or more preciesly, cost Max, who reimbursed Zero) ¥800, with no concrete timescale for the job.
The group arrived at the Wuxing offices in three vehicles: Max arrived with his speedbike and broadcasting his corporate SIN, which he parked in the underground garage; Zero came with a his courtesy Nissan Jackrabbit and parked it in the underground garage as well; Pepper and Stogy arrived in Stogy’s van, which they left behind the office building, in a small alley close to the fire exits. Chef was dropped off earlier and walked to the office building with trays of sandwiches and canapés.
Security at the building’s lobby did not cause the runners any trouble, as they had the security tags in their clothing. The team travelled, one by one, to the Wuxing offices – Chef travelled to the reception floor (floor 35), Max went to floor 36 and Zero, Pepper and Stogy went to floor 37. Max inquired of the security guard where the office of Aaron Mackintosh was, claiming he had business with him. The guard instructed him to ask at reception, where Max went.
At reception, Chef was trying to give sandwiches to the receptionist and security guard, who declined and asked him to leave. Chef left the sandwiches and exited the office, letting Max in at the same time. Max attempted to convince the receptionist that he is here with business for Aaron Mackintosh, but he didn’t manage to convince the receptionist, who asked him to make an appointment and come back later. Max leaves and travels to the top floor, with the rest of the group.
Meanwhile, on the top floor, the remaining runners spotted the office of Aaron Mackintosh and decided to get inside. The door was locked and Pepper couldn’t spot the security host in the matrix. Fortunately, Max managed to pickpocket an access card off of the belt of one of the guards and opened the door. Pepper went in and connected to Mackintosh’s commlink, hacking it and therefore getting into the data host. Their presence in the office alerted a security guard, who asked them to leave, saying that the office should be closed. Stogy attempted to stall the security guard by striking up a conversation, but the guard ignored him.
At this point Pepper failed a hack on the fly and alerted the data host to her presence. The host started firing off IC in an attempt to get the hacker to leave. This alerted the decker spider, who was present in the host and helping set up some new conferencing technology. Pepper and the spider (and the IC) engaged in cybercombat all the while Pepper was trying to crack and copy files off of the server (succeeding in getting the convoy schedule).
In meatspace, Zero tried to convince the security guards that he is the personal assistant to Wuxing’s president. The lie proved too outrageous to the guards and the receptionist and the guards ended up opening fire on the runners, trying to dispatch them. A firefight continues.
A report leaked today by the Financial Times News Feed caused quite a stir in the megacorporate world, leading to major drops and downs in the global stock exchanges and significant drops in the stock prices of a number of smaller AA companies.
According to anonymous sources (supposedly on the Zurich-Orbital platform), the Corporate Court is currently revisiting the process for multinational corporations to qualify for extraterritorial megacorporate status. Many suspect that the reforms of Matrix protocols and the authorisation to build grid architecture based on corporate standing and abilities are the reasons for this revision, but others believe the recent re-evaluation of German AG Chemie, whose status had been offically challenged by major competitor Komatsu in 2071 (and supported by the Japanese megas), was the spur for the new debate.
Recent decades saw an increase in the number of AA corporations that—based on the Business Recognition Accords—were granted extraterritoriality by the CC and any signing nations. While there is no doubt that those corporations earned their status at the time using whatever processes were then in place, many economists have argued (especially after Crash 2.0) that both the process and the status of a number of those corporations are not up to date due to a lack of megacorporate supervision and changes in the global economy, including crises and economic recessions in a number of markets and countries.
If the rumors are true and the CC is aiming to review the status of all AA corps, it could throw the corporate world into turmoil. Most corps would risk everything to retain their high status—a status that includes armed protective forces, land rights and jurisdiction over corporate holdings. And I don’t mean just shadow campaigns to gobble up assets to strengthen their portfolio; I am talking about small corporate wars as well. This could result in the CC thinning the corporate herd a bit, leading to the strongest corps surviving and a general cleaners slate at the AA level.
Sources from our friends at Brokerage X, however, have told me there is another explanation. A lot of the larger, more established AA megacorps that never made the top slot (such as Zeta-Imperial Chemicals, Universal Omnitech, Maersk and Monobe) have been feeling disregarded and overlooked by the Corporate Court (especially with upstarts like Horizon moving past them) for quite a long time now. Using their leverage with the Eurocorps (especially those politically active in the NEEC) or Japanese compatriots (Sony, Yakashima, Komatsu to name just a few), they have been campaigning for a reorganisation of the Corporate Court with a “House of Commons” that would give a seat to all extraterritorial corporations ranked by the CC. The apparent leak and threat of status revision could also very well be a move by the Big Ten to silence a number of the lesser AAs.
This could get very interesting…
— Mr.Bonds|| Posted @ ShadowlandsBBS//MegawatchFeed || Jan 27, 2076; 14:47:23
If this turns out to be true and not just some fake to bring down AA stock, running will become even riskier than it is now. Corporate involvement will go through the roof
— Bull|| Posted @ ShadowlandsBBS//MegawatchFeed || Jan 27, 2076; 14:50:21
But you know what comes with high risk? High reward, omae $◡$ ¥◡¥ €◡€ Kaching! If it’s true we’re looking at a very lucrative couple of years.
— €spion|| Posted @ ShadowlandsBBS//MegawatchFeed || Jan 27, 2076; 14:04:14