Set in the world of cyberpunk 2077, we begin with our arrival into Night City. We get off the taxi, it's night time.
Rufus - a nomad trying out the city life, hates advanced tech
Rufus steps out of the taxi into Night City. The bright lights and loud music overpower him, and he turns to look up at the towering skyscrapers illuminated by neon signs. He takes in a deep breath of the smog-filled air before heading down the street.
Rufus pulls out an old-fashioned rolodex from his pocket. He flips through the cards, searching for a name and number that might help him. After a few moments of searching he finds it: "Kenji - fixer". He dials in the number and hears a gruff voice on the other end of the line. "Who's this?" The voice asks. "My name is Rufus," Rufus replies, "I was told you could help me find some work."
Kenji laughs. "Work? Sure, I can help you out," he says. "But first, you'll need some equipment. Come on down to my place and I'll set you up with what you need." Rufus thanks Kenji before hanging up the phone and setting off for his destination. He quickly finds Kenji's shop in a back alleyway, and is surprised to find it full of high-tech gear. "This stuff looks pretty fancy," Rufus comments as he surveys the array of items before him. "It sure does," Kenji replies, picking up a heavy rifle from one of the shelves and handing it to Rufus. "You're gonna need something like this if you plan on surviving in Night City". Rufus takes hold of the weapon but soon realizes that it's
Kenji laughs. "Work? Sure, I can help you out," he says. "But first, you'll need some equipment. Come on down to my place and I'll set you up with what you need." Rufus thanks Kenji before hanging up the phone and setting off for his destination. He quickly finds Kenji's shop in a back alleyway, and is surprised to find it full of high-tech gear. "This stuff looks pretty fancy," Rufus comments as he surveys the array of items before him. "It sure does," Kenji replies, picking up a heavy rifle from one of the shelves and handing it to Rufus. "You're gonna need something like this if you plan on surviving in Night City". Rufus takes hold of the weapon but soon realizes that it's too heavy for him. "It's too heavy," he says, attempting to hand it back to Kenji. Kenji takes the rifle and sets it down on the counter before picking up a lighter gun and handing it to Rufus instead. "This one should be better suited for you," he says with a smirk.
Rufus takes the gun and gives it a few test shots. Satisfied, he turns back to Kenji with a smile. "Yeah, yeah.. this is more my speed," he says. He pauses before adding, "I also wouldn't mind something a little more dirty and hands-on, if you know what I mean." Kenji grins at Rufus' words. "Ahh yes," he replies, reaching behind the counter and pulling out an old-fashioned handgun. He places it on the counter in front of Rufus before saying: "That should do just fine for some 'dirty work'."
Kenji laughs again. "You don't want anything too fancy, do you?" he asks with a smirk before walking over to one of the shelves and pulling out a rusty machete and an old baseball bat covered in spikes. He sets them both down on the counter in front of Rufus. "These should do," Kenji says, gesturing towards the weapons. "Just make sure you know how to use 'em."
Rufus picks up the machete and examines it. He can feel the weight of it in his hands, but he knows that this is more what he's used to. With a nod of approval, he straps it onto his belt and then holsters the old-fashioned handgun at his side. "I'll roll with these," Rufus says with a smile as he gazes down at his new weapons.
Rufus looks up at Kenji, his gaze full of determination. "So," he says, "the job? What do you need done?" Kenji grins and leans back against the counter. "Well," he replies, looking Rufus up and down with an appraising eye. "I've got a few jobs that are right up your alley." He pauses before continuing. "The first one is a bit of information-gathering for me in Little China Town. I need someone to go in undercover and find out what's going on there; who's involved, who they're working with, that sort of thing."
Kenji smiles at Rufus' eagerness. "I also need someone willing to take on a bit of.. muscle work," he says, his voice dropping to a whisper. He leans forward and continues in a low voice: "A rival gang is making moves in my territory and I want them gone. I'll pay you well if you can make sure they stay away."
Kenji looks at Rufus knowingly and takes a deep breath. "It's the Voodoo Boys," he says, his voice grim. "They've been causing trouble in the area lately and it's time they were dealt with." He pauses before adding, "Just be careful - they're well-armed and not afraid to use force if provoked."
Rufus nods, a determined look in his eyes. "I'm not too good with that techy stuff," he says with a shrug, "so I'll head to Little China Town first." He pauses before adding, "I'll let you know when I get there. Hey, listen. You can count on me. I'll get it done." Kenji smiles and claps Rufus on the shoulder. "That's what I like to hear," he says before handing Rufus an old-fashioned commlink and some credits for expenses. "Take care of yourself out there," Kenji adds as Rufus heads out the door and into the neon-lit streets of Night City.
Rufus examines his new equipment, checking the gun's condition and taking a few swings with the machete to get a feel for its weight. He takes in a deep breath before setting off into the night, ready to take on whatever challenges lay ahead.