Hawkeye: At any rate, we're looking for the people who helped Ponder Tom with a particular hit last year; victims were a married couple by the name of Barnes. Tom himself is in HPD custody, so we can't exactly talk to him. But we know that he had three guys with him on that job. We're hoping to find out from one of those three guys who funded the hit. The friends of the victims aren't really that concerned with the grunts that did the actual killing. They don't want the pawns, they're interested in the king himself, if you get my meaning. Pawns are a dime-a-dozen. They do what they're told. It's the king who gives the orders. Checkmate the king, and the game is over, ya know? Any help you could give us would be appreciated.
Gibraltar replies with a smile, “Sure, I’m willing to owe you a favor. I don’t know how you stood against three gangers with diamond sharp gladii, and walked away without a scratch on you. I’m glad y’all came to see me today. Think about it and message me.”Perhaps as token of this favor that you offer, you will allow me a holding card.
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Subconsciously noting the 'later' comment, Thomas is more focused on the words to Gibraltar. The background on the comment is lost to him, figuring that it has something to do with the time in the VR, but understanding the nature is second nature for a runner. He holds up a gesture of hold-that-thought-for-a-second and interjects before Gibraltar can respond.Hawkeye asks Gibraltar, "If the pinstripe guy is taken out, how does that help you..."
When asked, Syd knows nothing about the pin-striped suit man, or that there were ever any deals with anyone else. He says, “You might have guessed Nice Guy Larry didn’t get his name by being nice. I was under the impression that the Hudu Krew was autonomous. Nice Guy always talked about never bowing to the corporate dogs. Heh, what a chump. There’s a lie for every shadow in Helton.”Hawkeye makes a mental note to ask Syd what he knows
Gibraltar smiles, “Sounds like a Hudu Krew problem to me.”won't the larger concern simply replace him with someone else?
Gibraltar replies, “This isn’t the usual biz where I seek you out to do a job. You came to me and asked me a favor, did me a favor so I owe you one, and me paying you back is giving up the info on the scag in the suit. You want to know why the Barnes’ were snuffed? He’s the guy that would know anything about it. I’m giving you the info to get the drop on him, so this doesn’t blow back on me, and I’m tired of taking orders from this guy. It’s not all secret murder plots. Lately he’s been having me escort his hookers to him, that way there’s no record of transaction. It’s degrading. I understand biz is biz, so if you make sure this suit-man doesn't live to talk, I'll compensate the three of you for 4000 credits apiece.”what are you offering to clean this scrub?
Trollick watches the video with interest, to fill in the gaps from Hawkeye's conversation with Gibraltar.Hawkeye will then play the video on the van's closed-circuit internal hologram, so that everyone can see it at the same time.
Trollick works his mouth in the manner of chewing a thought. "Despite our chosen profession, I have an aversion to enhanced interrogation. However, being tuned to waylines, I can utilize my magic so that things do not have to turn messy. I am more suited to causing physical harm to a body, but I can first try a simple mind bending."Hawkeye continues, "We need to take this guy alive..."
Syd doesn't like this choice, but knows it will work --- and most effectively --- though it will cost; hopefully it won't be a lot.I suspect that Gibraltar knows that we won't stop with just the pinstripe man. That's why she told us not to worry about it. She knows that we intend to take out the people who are giving him his orders. My guess is that she is vying to move in after we take out the people involved, and scoop up any loose assets. We should consider beating her to the punch. When we take out the higher ups, whomever they are, we should look for ways to confiscate their assets, and turn them to our use first."