The Fabulous King
"A lie by omission is still a lie. Call it an obfuscation of truth, then. Either way, he-they, tried to play us. As for the other part? Never doubt the digital. If this thing is reactive to light, and that wasn't just to keep us from taking a peek inside, doesn't it make sense to have a backup in case a naturally-occurring phenomenon like the passage of fragging time managed to pop up? I still think it's worth a shot. Besides, doesn't hurt to try covering all the bases, yeah?"His attention moves to Rabbit with that outburst, and MadCat shakes his head slightly. "Dinnae lie. Not exactly, anyway. The J did mention somethin' about viral treatment an' the like, which, technically, this would be....just, with the side effect o' vampirism." He shakes his head again, "Not technically a lie, just...left out a rather large chunk o' information."
"With a coffin o' that size, I doubt it'd be digital. Ta be honest, my guess'd be it is in a carrier, a person, 'r at least somethin' that used ta be a person, anyway. So, really the only way ta know would be ta get inta the thing. Though," brows furrow in concern, his mind going back over the meet mere hours ago, "didn't the J say somethin' about us not openin' it? I doubt they'd leave it without some sorta alarm system 'r some other way of knowin' whether it's been tampered with. So we'd have ta be able ta put it back in place so they wouldn't know. If it's as dangerous as it's soundin', I don' think they'd be lettin' us live ta use the nuyen if they knew that we knew."
Rabbit balks at the very idea, standing up. "Wait wait wait. You want to brick it? I'm all for not unleashing power creep on a global scale, but that seems a little extreme. What if it's the only working set? We should at least figure out how to...I don't know...split it up, first? Hand off a bad copy, sure. But don't waste the whole thing."Annabelle taps her fingers to her chin. "Now, I know less'n Rabbit here about how this drek works, but bein' as we've got two experts in the room and we're gonna be messin' with the samples anyway...Any chance you could introduce a Rare But Serious Side Effect to the brew - one that looks natural? Betcha they'd slow down a bit if they found that, ahem, Vampire 2.0 comes with a side of face-melting,"
"Nothing says we have to keep the streak alive. This is big. It should pay big. And a reconstruction? Pfft." He rolls his eyes. "I mean, sure, if you want me to put together a puzzle. I thought there might be...y'know...actual work involved."Doc Wilson
"Kid, you get used to it. Runners are always underpaid."
George checks the file drop again.
"You bloody genius! He got pictures of the pictures!"
George throws the images on yet another AR window.
"Kid you know how to do a photo reconstruction?"