While on 'vacation' in London, the runners are contacted by their Fixer with a rather peculiar job offer: A Mrs. Johnson needs her husbands rescued out of the hands of a Megacorp. They are provided a recorded message from their Johnson, who is on the run from said Megacorp. Their reward is held in escrow by their Fixer, but they cannot reach their Johnson for questions. The Mrs. Johnson is a pirate captain by the name of Sable, who recently lost almost her entire crew during a failed raid on a Proteus AG supply vessel. The crew was captured rather than killed, including Sable's husbands. Now Sable is on the run and needs a second party to find and free her husbands, and maybe the rest of the crew as well.
Sable is a pirate captain in the North Sea with two husbands, going by the handles of Cutlass and Machete. Sable's crew uses stealth ships to raid merchant vessels. They tend to strike during bad weather, which some say they cause with magic. There's some truth to that rumor, as Sable's own ship is possessed by a Free Spirit that aids her raids. Four days ago, Sable's Privateers raided a Proteus AG ship and unknowingly stole some data drives with crucial paydata. A scientist had hidden said drives in a cookie tin, which one of the pirates stole. Afterwards Proteus put out bounties on the crew and, with help of a traitor, tricked Sable and crew into raiding a well-defended vessel. Proteus managed to capture most of the crew, with an entire fleet now trying to capture Sable.
The RunFirst the team must find out where Proteus took the prisoners. Proteus has made that easy: The Matrix is filled with chatter about the bounties they put out on Sable's crew. With some digging, the runners can discover that their primary research vessel is where Proteus asked informants to come and meet up. With the right bribes or pressure, they can find the exact coordinates. Said research vessel is essentially the flagship of the Proteus fleet, and normally well-protected. Of course right now the entire fleet is on the hunt, leaving the ship rather defenseless. With help of some enterprising smugglers, the team can approach the ship undetected and sneak on board. Once they find most of the crew, they're told some are still being questioned, including Cutlass.
Word on the street
"I am a pirate, and today I need help stealing the most important bounty there is: My husbands."
"Man, Proteus is clearly pissed at Sable's Privateers. They put large bounties out on every single one of them! Wonder what they stole?"
"I have no idea how they saw us coming. Hell, I don't know how they got us. It's as if they rigged the entire ship with hidey-holes to ambush us from!"
"We'll take care of him. We take care of our own. Even the traitors. A quick death is too good for a dirty maggot like him."