After the strike on Victory Plaza, the team went out into the digital web to sell and trade the information they had pilfered. they went to the Spies Demise and met with a hacker known as Giest who traded them the allegiance of a Net Spider (a weaver spirit of the middle umbra) for data on the cybernetic wear-raven they had encountered during their mission. when he found out they also had information on the company Pentex and a Syndicate assessment of their business holdings and possible weaknesses, however he upped the deal offering a patch of virgin web inside a system he operated for it.
They sold information on Technocratic history to a multi tradition cabal in a domain called the Beehive, a constraint realm where all visitors had to assume the identity of insects. from them they received tass of useful resonance.
Finally they visited another constraint realm. this was Candy Town, a realm built upon the servers of a micromanagement game with a heavy candy oriented visual theme. the Virtual Adept who controlled the realm was known as Atomic Sourboi. the realm required a cute icon for entry and was full of puns and names of candy and candy related products. Sourboi traded valuable tech-design materials for the data on how the technocracy lost their leadership during the Avatar Storm, or Dimensional Anomaly as they call it.
A few hours after concluding the net-dive they were back at the Manhattan Project Sanctum when they received an encrypted message from Sourboi. Candy Town was under attack and he desperately needed help. he was offering a “huge reward” as payment. the group agreed and returned to the digital web- Cyber-tooth immersing holistically for the mission.
They arrived to find Candy Town on fire and with explosions occurring all over town. battles at multiple locations were raging and the icon constraint programming had been hacked to allow normal customizing of icons.
A scan of the area produced several active human minds and three anomalous life patterns present in the system. someone else was immersing holistically.
They first encountered a pineapple ninja icon fighting a Zerg of Slenderman- a popular nightmare fuel character of the internet. assisting the pineapple did not produce friendly results. angry at their killstealing Pineapple ninja destroyed the roof the combat had concluded on and all present save Samas fell through the hole he created. the party De-rezzed the ninja and moved on to the next location.
Inside the county jailhouse they found another VA with an Angry Birds theme fighting more slendermen and a camouflaged individual hiding in the corner- a holistically immersed individual. the party again took out the Zergs first, then, upon realzing the hidden individual was some sort of monster, blasted him through two walls and outside the building. the Angry Bird VA attacked the party and was also de-rezzed. Cyber Tooth noticed both he and the Pineapple had a stylized 23 on their icon and realized they were members of the notorious Team 23- a group of marauders who all believe they are in a super realistic FPS. knowing all their foes to be murderous maniacs or monsters made their mission much easier. they tracked the monster to Sourboi’s HQ the dance club Jellybabies, cut off his path and obliterated it with a powerful energy attack. at the club a small army of slenderman zergs and two more of the monster-hackers. not wanting to fight them all one on one the party set up a massive attack program and used their collective might to fry the entire group in one huge burst of firepower.
There remained two members of Team 23. one attempt to reason with them was made- and it didn’t go well. the marauders simply could not communicate meaningfully and the party wasn’t interested in sitting down and talking out aggression issues. the fight was short and brutal, despite their control of forces and spacetime Team 23 was outnumbered and outgunned. they were Derezzed and sent back out of the realm.
The party was given one of Sourboi’s nodes (he is known to camp up to seven powerful ones at any given time) as payment for saving his favorite realm and personal domain. they departed, with the resources they were going to need to create their own realm out of the digital web, a base of operations from which to strike out at the technocracy again.