CONTAINS CARDS 81-100 of the "GENESIS CYCLE."
Hardware and programs drive efficiency, but talent trumps them both in Humanity’s Shadow, the fifth Data Pack in the Genesis Cycle! In the future of Android: Netrunner, humans compete for work with bioroids and clones. Business is built as much from programs and hardware as from cash and concrete. To find your way in this tech-centric world, you need to be savvy to the latest upgrades, and you need a good deal of imagination. Humanity’s Shadow gives you a chance to get your hands on both the most bleeding edge technology and the talent you need to make it sing.
With a new Criminal identity, a daring new resource, and unique sysops for the Corporations, Humanity’s Shadow profiles some of the most talented individuals pulling the strings behind the game’s cyberstruggles. New events for the Runners allow you to customize your strategies while the game’s Corporations look to increase their security with a more hands-on approach based upon new operations, talented sysops, traces, and traps.
|83||, Dispossessed Ristie||Criminal||Identity|
The speakeasy was a collage of strobing lights and glitzy revelers, filled with the sort of enervating energy that speaks of an obsession with ennui. Three glasses of brightly-colored fizz drinks were offered to her in quick succession as she navigated her way towards the center of the room. She ignored them all, even a Silo Red, her favorite. Plenty of time for that later.
"Andy! Over here!" Elizabeth Sun waved a hand in her direction. She was flanked by a pretty hispanic girl and a dapper young pale-skinned man, neither of whom Andy had ever seen before. "It's been so long! Where have you been, dear?"
Elizabeth cleared her throat and introduced her companions. Andy instantly forgot the latina's name, but the man's name was memorable: Jeremiah Levy. Levy. Levy. A Levy cousin perhaps? A snatch of her afternoon feed popped into her head: "...large private donation to the university is its biggest in history..."
Levy had a perfectly slicked full head of pecan hair, and was wearing a button-down jacket and crimson tie. A surreptitious scan with her PAD showed there was nothing easily jack-able on him. She would need direct access. With a start she realized he was studying her as well; their eyes locked, and he turned away, blushing. Still just a kid, she thought.
The chat was dominated by Elizabeth, as usual. Andy found herself only half-listening to the latest gossip and cutting remarks being shouted out above the pounding music. She cast sidelong glances at Andy whenever she could.
Finally another group approached theirs, and Andy took the opportunity to Jeremiah aside. His eyes were wide. He tried to tell her something, but it was too soft and lost in the noise. She laughed anyway, and leaned in close.
"You want to have some fun?" she shouted into his ear.
He glanced around nervously and then shouted back. "What sort of fun?"
"Why don't you find out?" she slipped her hand into his shirt, then drew him after her with with his tie. He followed like a puppy. So easy.
She brought him into the private booth and slowly reached into her dress, pulling out a small e-card. "Give me your PAD."
"Well..." She leaned in and kissed him, softly.
He handed her the PAD, and thrust forward for another kiss. She placed her finger on his lips as she drew back. She scanned the card with his PAD, and it flickered with a blue glow. In a matter of seconds she loaded a scene and jacked its vitals. Now she could gain remote control of the device from Mars, if she had to. She flipped the device back to him; he almost dropped it. "Do you have a plug?"
Levy ran his hands through his hair. "Maybe I do. And maybe it's a Cybersoul." She cooed in mock admiration and he grinned with pride. "What would I 'scape?"
"Only one way to find out..."
She left him in the booth, sprawled on the purple upholstery, eyes half-closed, lost in a fantasy. With access to a Levy, it wouldn't be long until she could check out that new donation. A good night already, and the night was still young. She snagged a blood red drink from the tray of a passing Eve, caught the eye of a well-dressed ristie, and with a coy laugh disappeared into the crowd.