What a difference a few month can make! It seems like another life-time, but less than 12 weeks ago, Pacoy was racking up debts and dodging small-time hoods. After a few jobs working off some debt to The Bey, he fell in with a group of Edgerunners on a somewhat semi-permanent basis. It was a motley band, but surprisingly efficient: In a matter of days they managed to overtake a tower full of 2nd rate gangers, thwart both a plot to install the stolen ghost AI of a crazy fascist Brit general into the mainframe of corporate HQ and a suit from re-stealing it, an inadvertently aid a group of terrorists – it may not be the perfect foundation for a long term partnership, but it seemed like a smart idea to not walk away after an experience like that.
When things started to settle down a bit, the runner known as Candyman offered Pacoy a place to stay and set up shop in his facility, and while he politely turned down the offer to live at Cabrini-Grean (Really: live in a former prison populated by armed children calling some guy Father all day? No thanks! Let’s keep the creepy factor to a maximum of Level 7 please. Not that the Candyman seemed to be inappropriate, or anything but protective and caring around the children, but still – the candy-man… kids… Pacoy’ll keep his crappy apartment!), Pacoy did accept an offer to set up shop there. Splitting tool costs with Candyman and his drone pilot Hugh, Pacoy was able to set up a decent workshop and the children were actually fairly adept at scavenging for scrap electronics in the seized “Toenail Tower” while the Pacoy lent drone support to the Edgerunners clearing out the last of the Black-Toe stragglers still hiding out in the area.
Pacoy had a few minor run ins with the Sumantings, nothing major, but close calls traveling between his apartment and his shop in the Desiderium Cartel’s HQ. Besides the tools and the bots, Pacoy managed to spread a bit of cash on club life and small-time gambling – nothing major for now, just enough to spend enough on drinks and expensive food as he won in poker. Despite his reluctance to actively pilot a drone instead of just activating a bot, Pacoy started toying around with drones. At first, it was just to help Hugh build up and maintain his fleet, but soon Pacoy got the hang of piloting them himself – and while he’s no ace, the cost he saves on sparing a brain in a drone just might be worth it – but Set-and-Forget automated robots will always be his first love!