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Shadowrun:  On The Hunt
Chapter 1

It started with a woman.  All the good stories do.  She was beauty personified.  She had the face of an angel, and skin of porcelain.  Her body was toned and taunt, with long limbs that you just want wrapped around you.  Her dress was immaculate, a skirt-suit that accentuated her appearance.  And her eyes are as pure green as the Emerald Isle, and they looked right into your soul.

Actually, her eyes did peer into your soul, as she wasn’t human.  She was a spirit of some sort, summoned by a magician years ago, and found her freedom through some manner.  This usually spelled death for the magician in question.  She was a chummer of mine, so I never asked.  I have a lot of friends that have mysterious and questionable pasts.  I, myself, have a history like that.  And you better believe that I worked hard at getting it that way.

Jet was how she introduced herself.  Not her real name, her True Name, as that would give power over her.  Names had power to people such as her.  People who knew my name could get my attention, which was power enough, come to think of it.  The only other thing I could think of that had power over her was coffee.  That’s real coffee, not the soy-based derivative that most people drank.

Which explained why, when she was in trouble, we met at a coffee shop in downtown Seattle.  It was the middle of the night, but this is Seattle, five minutes to a coffee house, with at least one that’s open 24/7.  She was drowning her sorrows in an Amazonian Dark Roast, while I sipped lightly at the low-grade SoyCaff that they served here.  Which was a sign that a plebian like me wasn’t wanted.   She was obviously troubled, she had used a TeleCom, which most Spirits appeared to hate, and she was appearing as totally neutral.  Showing emotions wasn’t really a natural act for a Spirit.  Physical form wasn’t a natural act for a spirit, actually.  They kept to the spirit world, which was just a step away from the physical world, a mystical equivalent to the computerized Matrix that permeated the technological world we lived in.

Confused yet?  Well, let’s just say that the 21st Century has been interesting, in the ancient Chinese curse form of the word, and there’s still 31 years of it left.

Jet was on her fourth dark roast when she finally had the courage to talk to me.  She looked at me with her impossibly green eyes while I looked back with my gold Zeiss electric eyes.  “I need you to find my sister.”  Her voice was cold, but not calculating, just pure information, as if she had forgotten how to put inflection into it.  I knew street samurai that were personifications of death itself order pizzas with more emotion.

I waited for her to continue, taking another sip of the SoyCaff.  It had started out tasting like battery acid, and was only getting worse as it aged in the sugar pressform cup.  It made me appreciate how Jet was feeling, the pit of her stomach (Or whatever Spirits have) was probably feeling the same way, rolling and rebelling against the feelings filling the core of her being.  Despite the stony face, she was obviously deeply worried.

“I was originally summoned to be a protector and companion, a Nanny, to Deborah Phipps, the daughter of my Master, Newton Phipps.  She thought of me as more of a big sister than a Nanny.  She was ten when…  Something happened to Newton.  I became Free, and Debby was orphaned.  That was five years ago, and I still check in on her.  She needed the support of people, not…”  She started fading at this point, returning to her native realm I guess, before solidifying again.

Regaining her composure, she continued, “I’m not compelled to protect her any longer, but she’s a good kid, and was doing pretty good at the orphanage.  Too old to be adopted, she cared for the younger kids, and even helped out with the hard cases.  She has a family now, and didn’t really need me more anyhow, but I was a shoulder to cry on.  A…  Piece of her Father.”

I reached out and held her hand, the one not holding the cup, and she gave me a weird smile.  I’m sure she tried for a sad one.

“When was your last visit, and why do you think she’s in trouble now?”, I ask, trying to lead her to the problem at hand.  She had already given more personal information than I had gotten out of her in three years.

“It was a few minutes before I called you.  I went to the orphanage and sought her out.  She wasn’t there.  The kids there told me that she had run off with some gang.  So, I looked for her…  I’m attuned to her; her essence is part of the core of my being.  I can find her anywhere on Earth with a thought.  I don’t, normally.  It’d be an invasion, but if I needed to protect her, like I was originally ordered to…  I can’t find her.  She’s not dead.  I’d know that in an instant.  But she’s guarded magically somehow.  I…  I don’t know anyone else in this city, Jon.  You have to help me.”

Most women would have been hysterical, sobbing, crying, and yelling.  Nature of the beast that is the Metahuman Races.  Be they human, elf, dwarf, ork, or troll.  But Jet was totally blank.  For one that prides herself on how well she fits in with the people of the United Canadian-American States, this is far more telling than any tears.  So totally against her nature, alien through it may be, that it could only be considered completely honest.

But there is a big question, why did she come to me, Jon Johnson, Corporate Investment Investigator?
2070. Seattle. One man hunts for someone that should matter for nothing.

Shadowrun is a registered trademark of WizKids Inc. All Rights Reserved. This work is not intended to infringe on any copyright, and is used without permission.

Just a bit of Fan Fiction, folks. Please consider it free publicity!
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Chris-919 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I think its damn cool. I used to enjoy Shadowrun and Cyberpunk RPG nights so I'm probably biased. Plus I'm a Blade Runner and Film Noire fan so this has a lot of appeal. I think your writing style is a great homage to that style but I'm no literary critic beyond the fact that I like it. I'm going to put the rest of your literature submissions into a literature and keep the first one in featured for the time being, since as a non-super group we can only show so many favourites at the same time, hopefully this is fine with you.
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CanRay Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks, that's what I was aiming for with this story. I try to vary my writing style for the topic (Which is limited at the moment, I'll admit.).

There wasn't a Literature section that I could put this into when I was submitting, or else they'd have all gone in there, so that's not issue at all with me. :)
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Chris-919 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay I'll move the first one in there as well. I just thought I'd feature it for a bit, helps to show we are interested in all genres. Well all except porn!
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Wolfmaedchen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
It's frakking exciting. I'm happy that I've finally found time and leisure to read more of your work.
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CanRay Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional Writer
YAY! Hope you enjoy! This is the first of the stories that I wrote. It's less raw than my other stories, more polished.

Which both improves and lessens the work.
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Wolfmaedchen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
I really DO enjoy it! I've closed part 2 now and I can't wait to read more.
Your description of the shapechanger pack is absolutely wonderful, I felt like I was in middle of them, with hot breath in my neck and these 'domesticated' women by my feet.
I'd wish to stay there - it would be a perfect home for me! *laugh*

Thank you so much for this amazing fairytale.
Now I've come to the end, part 3 is calling me :D
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Wolfmaedchen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
I love it. I absolutely do, no question, it was a rare and amazing trip you sent me through.

Thank you so frakking much for it.

The thing that fascinates me most is the way you let the Sixth World come to life, all the little everyday-life details you drop between actions and reactions.. it is so wonderful.

I am in to this stuff since about one and a half year or so, and I adore the Shadowrun Universe as it is such a different and distorted place with so many many possibilities to feel and live and behave.. I wish I could paint my pictures of this universe at least in a few colours of which you use.

I haven't read any official SR fiction yet, only got a few impressions of the 4th edition's rulebook and Runner Havens, so I depend on such great tales like yours to get the image alive in my head. Thank you for that colourful impression.

(Finally, I am now fighting against my want to delete the few pieces I wrote about Sam.. they're so far far away from that real art of yours...)

Thanks again and not for the last time.
Great journey.
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CanRay Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Professional Writer
Well, let's hope I can get some more out of my skull. :)
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Wolfmaedchen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
I had so little time within the last days, I'm truly sorry I haven't read your story yet. Will do it as soon as I'm at home again.

Till then: Be hugged and thought of! :glomp:
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CanRay Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Writer
:hug: OK. Whenever you get to it. :)
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Wolfmaedchen Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Wow? Seems like I'm a little bit disturbed currently.. why did I post that here?!

(Have come home from my parents' now, guess I will find reading time tomorrow.)
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mightyduct Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
wow this story is pretty good man, i love shadowrun it's a great game
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CanRay Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Writer
Thanks very kindly, hope you enjoy the rest of the story, and the others I have written.
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lemmonade Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
i love sadowrun ... the demo that is ^^;
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CanRay Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional Writer
Are you talking about the Video Game, or the Pencil and Paper RPG?
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CanRay Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional Writer
Pencil and Paper RPG.
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CanRay Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Writer
I'm talking about the Pencil and Paper RPG.

And you're apparently posting from just over 39-years in the past!
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lemmonade Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
game whats the rpg
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CanRay Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional Writer
OK, first off, if you're talking the latest Shadowrun game from Microsoft, it isn't Shadowrun.

It isn't. Period.

The RPG has been out since the Late '80s, and has been going fairly strong ever since. There's over twenty years of real time history to the game, and literally twenty-one years of in-game history to it!

I highly suggest picking it up, and checking it out!

It's Cyberpunk with Fantasy Overtones. Orks living in Ghettos as Dragons own Megacorporations!
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lemmonade Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
sweeeeeet
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CanRay Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Professional Writer
My stories will give you a good overview of things from a street-level.

And here is a good read to give you an idea of how History went to 2060: [link]

My story takes place in early 2070, a decade later, and *WHAT* a decade!
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lemmonade Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
WILCO OUT *cuu*
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CanRay Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Professional Writer
Check it out, it's a good read. :)

And an excellent RPG! :D
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TheYoungTurk Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
I just recently got into Shadowrun - fun times, once I learned how to stifle my self-loathing at actually playing a dice-moderated roleplaying game. I'm what our storyteller refers to as a "pornomancer" (social adept).

Good writing - you kept it fast and tight, which is important for any writer of scifi/cyberpunk works. Make Gibson proud!

Hey, if you wouldn't mind or take offense to it, I'd be more than happy to edit this, scan it for grammar, and send it to you via email. I'm a better editor than I am a writer, trust me.
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CanRay Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008  Professional Writer
Thanks anyhow, but I had the family Semi-Retired Editor (And writer, and lots of other things) go through this with a fine-toothed comb. Just haven't been back to her place to get the corrected copy.

Appreciated, however!
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DarionDamage Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this piece of writing is excellent. great language; a very classical story beginning - a beautiful "female" asking a detective for help; a spoonful of cliché and of course, profound knowledge 'bout the world the story takes place in. a shadowrunner's delight.

... and now i'm gonna add some nonsence to the serious comment:
it is safer to free a spirit on purpose by asking a chummer to knock one out xD (think the spell that one can use well for that is called stun bolt, but i am not sure what the right name is in english ^^)
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CanRay Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Professional Writer
Figured a nice, traditional introduction is the best way to show how little things have changed in the world, despite all the weird and wonderful things that have happened.

As for Freeing a Spirit... It's never safe. It's the very, very, very rare spirit that gets free and doesn't immediately kill their summoner in a bloody, gruesome way.
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DarionDamage Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how true ^^ that's why it is always better to free a spirit that has a lower level than one's magic attribute ;) and have another mage with an "awakening" spell as a chummer xD (the one who spoke "stun bolt" before). then the spirit has only a very short, yet free, life.

on the other hand, a freed spirit that doesn't go amok on you can also be a very nice connection, a helping hand for rituals, f.e. if you don't try to find out its true name.
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CanRay Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Professional Writer
Or useful in other ways, like what she did for Jon "Money" Johnson, to incur the debt he's repaying...
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MissIguana Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
oh I finally had the time to read it - your style is really great, chummer!
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CanRay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Professional Writer
Thank you very much!

Hopefully you enjoy the rest of the story!
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fcneko Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
I like this. I like it a lot, actually. Your style is highly similar to my Talbot pieces, which is likely why you're reading THOSE (what a concept). ^_^

One item -

"I reached out and held her hand, the one not holding the cup, and she gave me a weird smile. I’m sure she tried for a sad one. “When was your last visit, and why do you think she’s in trouble now?” I ask, trying to lead her to the problem at hand. She had already given more personal information than I had gotten out of her in three years."

This paragraph leads the reader to believe that SHE is the one speaking. Break it into two, with the second starting with his question and it will read better.

Small niggling question I'm sure you'll answer in later chapters - he mentions he's known her for FIVE YEARS and only now are they talking?? O_o
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CanRay Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional Writer
OK, good nitpick, I'll fix that.

As for the bit about personal information, I'm not going to answer that later on. I already have with this line: "I have a lot of friends that have mysterious and questionable pasts. I, myself, have a history like that."

People go into the Shadows for various reasons. Most are for bad reasons, things they don't want to remember, or for other people to know. Asking a person about their history, aside from references from people they previously worked with, is probably a social faux pas.

And, when you upset the Troll with the Panther Assault Cannon, that could be a rather serious problem.

Thank you for the comment! :D
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KyotoKid Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
...very nice indeed. I could picture the setting perfectly.

I had more but as was entering my comments somehow this random gambling website popped up in the same tab. Now my train of thought is gone, blast. Just like having someone spam your commlink at the most inopportune time.
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CanRay Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Professional Writer
Yeah. You know, Spamming would be a dangerous business in Seattle of 2070. If you think Road Rage is bad now...
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pPmArt Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok, now i see that u are a reeeeaaal geek bout sr :D
nice work, i will print the others, so i may read them while i drive bus or metro...
good work
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CanRay Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional Writer
Thanks! Hope you enjoy!
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Benzie Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
WOOOO!! You are really doing it!! *cheers!*

I just knew you would be good at this! ^_^ Shaping up to be very interesting...
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CanRay Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007  Professional Writer
Two chapters to go now. Chapter five has been semi-locked due to violence.

Parental Discression is advised.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Student General Artist
Very nice, are you going to have any of the snes characters play into this? :)
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CanRay Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Writer
Nah, they'd be a bit old in the tooth for it.

And, unlike the Genesis version, none are Cannon, IIRC.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Student General Artist
Ah, I see. nevermind. :)
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CanRay Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Writer
Shadowrun SNES is more a "Run And Gun" game with RPG Elements. This story is from the works of the RPG Proper.

The SNES game is still closer to the real thing than the stupid Micro$oft game, however!
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Student General Artist
Ah, okay. How was the microsoft version bad?
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CanRay Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Writer
Complete re-write of the Unvierse, placed in the wrong year and area of the world, screwing up things that are dedicated "DOES NOT HAPPEN!" with magic...

No Orks.
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Phobos-Romulus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Student General Artist
What replaced the orks then? Trolls?
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CanRay Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Writer
Trolls, but Trolls have always been in Shadowrun.

The Caryards King would be a Troll, IIRC, as well as Troll Mercs in the Volcano.
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JoeVeen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
Nice work here. :D
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CanRay Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007  Professional Writer
Thanks! Will try to post more tonight.
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