The message from MacCallister said 7:45pm, top of the thirty-story Yojirushi building. The runners received a call from someone identifying itself as The Scion and sporting a matrix icon of a pharaoh with electron-gleaming bronze skin and a reptilian head. It told them that they were being hired for a hostile extraction of a young arcanoarchaeologist named Peter Acson, recently hired by Horizon. A banquet for new hires was being held in an adjacent building and The Scion wanted them to break in and pull Acson out of the party. The final condition was that the extraction had to begin exactly fifteen minutes from the start of the conversation.
The runners agreed to the job and, finding gear left on the roof by MacCallister, zip-lined over to the opposite balcony (leaving right after Hal triggered an alert in the Node controlling the lighting and cameras on the balcony outside the banquet hall). As they fought through security to get to Acson, Hal got knocked out by the Node’s spider and Gandalf caught some full-auto rounds from one of the security roto-drones. Deuce and Twilight managed to get Gandalf and Acson back to Hal’s car and made their escape. Then they split up with Deuce waiting with Acson and a critically-wounded Gandalf while Twilight went back for Hal. DocWagon picked up Gandalf, then Twilight picked up Deuce and the prisoner and heading to Deuce’s new apartment.
After a couple of hours, MacCallister contacted the team. Having heard about Gandalf’s situation, he asked if they wanted him to put them in touch with another Magician to help them finish the job. He put them in touch with Xocotzin. She joined them at Deuce’s apartment, and after a bit of interrogation discovered that Acson was The Scion. Having already spent his stipend from Horizon, Acson assured the runners that they would be able to collect a hefty finder’s fee from someone wanting to secure his services.
The group decided to go to both Moreau and Laurent Nazaire to see which would offer the best price. During the negotiation with Nazaire, Hal intercepted a commcall between the fixer and Acson. Acson was trying to sell the Thaljun Cordex to Nazaire. When they brought it up with Nazaire, the dwarf said he would only deal directly with Acson for the Cordex. Moreau offered them a better deal than Nazaire, but also had the same stance on the Cordex.
During the meeting with Moreau, Hal hacked Acson’s internal commlink and found his copy of the Cordex—a series of photographs of a physical book. After he made a copy, the team contacted Moreau about dealing with them directly for a copy of the Cordex. Since Moreau was only interested in the book, he agreed to pay them the agreed-upon fee for the copy. However, once they got to the meet, they were ambushed by a Horizon strike team. They managed to fight them off and clear the scene before reinforcements arrived. Then they set up another meet with Moreau and managed to make the exchange, and finally set up a meet with Nazaire to exchange Acson for another payday.