The Big Tomato
The runners were hired to perform a snatch-and-burn on an R&D lab in Portland. They submitted their medical and other personal data to Ms. Johnson in return for passports. They arrived in Portland, found the Omnitech facility, and smuggled themselves in dressed as gardeners. Tashiko immediately set off the astral defenses. A quick run through the facility netted the data they required (a partial mapping of the “magic” genome), and a white phosphorous grenade did for the lab. A call and a trip to the park, and the team was ready to fly back to Sacramento – until they turned on the evening news. The team’s pictures were plastered all over the trid; the newscasters told the story of a Saeder-Krup espionage team hitting a mid-level Tir corp. The runners made contact with their local gear supplier to arrange a meet with Ms. Johnson, aka Banshee. Arriving at the meet, it became obvious they weren’t the only ones being double-crossed. They fled the scene after getting shredded by grenades and gunfire.
Convincing Banshee to help them was no longer difficult; they slipped into Telestrian, threw an Influence spell on the equipment manager, got the data drive, and slipped back out. Banshee’s NAN contacts smuggled the runners back to the California Free State, posted (edited) files detailing their hire by Telestrian, and returned the data to Omnitech … keeping a copy for themselves, just in case.