It seems we’re about to get caught in the middle of a turf war. This morning, about thirty gangers on bikes drove up to the bridge and three of them came into the Nets under a white flag, with the message that their leader wished to speak to Growler. I recognized their colors as those of the First Nations.
Growler agreed and called Monkeywrench, Ningbo and me to join the conversation, as well as two people as guards. The First Nations brought two guards and their leader Blood of the Buffalo was joined by their shaman Walks With Spirits. It was absolutely clear that they could just have taken what they wanted, the First Nations have, as far as I know, over a hundred members and they are heavily armed. The Scrappers with their crossbows and Streetsweepers are no match for them.
Blood of the Buffalo told us that the First Nations would be waging war on the Crimson Crush over the territory of The Verge. They wanted the Nest as their base of operations, as well as support in form of Matrix and technical help as well as medical care. We bickered a bit about the price and, after declining an offer to be paid in drugs, we came to an agreement. This will last for two weeks and then the First Nations expect the war to be over. I’m not so convinced. But we’ll re-negotiate then, at least that’s what we agreed on.
For now we’re having guests and I don’t plan on getting much free time once the real fighting has begun. Plus, there’s also the question what will happen once (if) the First Nations have their new territory – pretty much the only way to get there is through the Nest. The fact that the First Nations are big in the drug business doesn’t help to ease my mind one bit, but on the other hand, if it’s not them, it’s someone else. And Flipside will become a problem whoever is dealing with it, I don’t care how harmless it’s supposed to be.