Chapter 4: Bye Bye Blackbird
Subaru 昴 (Thurrayya ثورية) Ogasawara 小笠原
Intelligence, power, confusion, uncertainty, outrage, and desperation all wrapped up in a 16yo body
Subaru 昴 (Thurrayya ثورية ) Ogasawara 小笠原 was born in the Free City of Constantinople of what used to be Turkey in 2059 to Satouru Ogasawara and Fatima Ogasawara‐Azab of the Renraku Corporation. Her father was an up‐and‐coming executive in the storied megacorporation, being a third generation Renraku scion. His wife, Fatima, was both a decker of note as well as quite the charismatic ingénue in both corporate and pan‐Arab social circles who had made herself pivotal in Renraku product placement strategy for much of the Middle East. Despite Fatima’s positive reputation within the Corp she was still a gaijin, worse than that she remained a devout if relatively liberal Muslim, and Satouru found his previously rapid climb up the corporate ladder somewhat greased. He persevered, though, and after many impressive successes in postings throughout the world, in 2072 was made the Executive Director of SE Asian Operations for Renraku, residing in the Corporate City of Singapore.
It was there in Singapore that someone finally found the flaw in Satouru’s corporate armor ‐ Fatima and her often unorthodox decking methods. Through various underhanded schemes implemented over the course of three years, a group of Renraku executives who saw Satouru as a threat to their own ambitions managed to collectively frame Fatima on embezzlement charges. Hundreds of millions of nuyen were involved. The impact not only touched Renraku resources, but also Singapore and Constantinople. Given enough time, Satouru, Fatima, and their allies might have been able to get to the bottom of the web of lies, but they weren’t given the chance. In order to save face, Renraku took the easy way out and immediately threw Subaru ‘s parents under the bus. Her father was ordered to commit seppuku. Her mother was to be handed over to Singaporan authorities as an example. Fatima never left the Renraku Arcology, however. Despite Islamic prohibitions on suicide, her gored corpse was found beside her husband’s ‐ the two had released their disdain, and their guts, onto the floor of Satouru’s office together.
This should have been the end of Subaru ‘s life as well. A sixteen year old girl, the apple of her parents’ eyes who had been given all the educational resources any child could ever have expected or desired, was too much a risk to be allowed to live. Subaru was already a decker of repute, perhaps the best of her age in all the company. On top of that, Subaru was awakened – a surprise that came during menarche but which wasn’t totally unexpected given her grandfather’s status as an Islamic tradition magician and teacher of some note. Subaru was a prodigy who, like her mother, wasn’t afraid to skirt the rules or use unorthodox methods to obtain results. The company was in fact encouraging her in the hopes her status as a Decker Mage would yield new insight on both technology and magic, the intersection of the two, and perhaps even reveal the secret behind Technomancy. As a highly trained decker as well as a developing mage, her potential ability to exact revenge was seemingly limitless, especially if she had nothing to lose. But her parents had recognised the threat. Rather than try to escape their fate themselves, Satouru and Fatima called in every favor, applied every resource they still had, to arrange extraction of their daughter to somewhere safe.
That somewhere was Seattle.
In the dark of night, barely a day after the charges against Fatima came to light and the seppuku order was a certainty, Subaru was permitted by those in the company who owed Satouro favors to slip out undocumented from the Arcology and into the hands of Yakuza who also personally owed Satouru favors. She left with nothing but the protective jumpsuit she wore, not even her precious top‐of‐the line cyberdeck. She was spirited away from Singapore in an ancient container ship which made its way eastward across the Pacific, rather than westward through the Malacca Strait which might have been expected given her lineage, before eventually coming to port in the Emerald City, Subaru’s new home.
Much adventure awaited the girl in Seattle. Through fate she became friends with a strange little girl Subaru came to know initially by the name Lexi, only later discovering the little urchin was “Rabbit”, the leader of a child-gang that Subaru became affiliated with. Through her younger friends she was introduced to a group of Shadowrunners led by a kind rigger called Arc and an enigmatic elf name Yelena who has rocked Subaru’s world to their foundation. Something about Yelena has found a place in Subaru’s heart and the young decker-mage is drawn like a moth to flame to find out more about this previously unknown part of herself.
Unfortunately fortune hasn’t shone on the poor refugee. The Yak, previously her benefactors, noted inconsistencies in her existence in Seattle, namely her sudden largesse after some successful runs that permitted her to pay off her debts. Unwilling to share about Arc and Yelena, Subaru has been forced to flee for her life…away from Yelena and in a direction once again her pursuers would never have expected.
Winter on the banks of Lake St. Claire are beyond hellish with the death of the Gulf Stream, but humans adapt and now Subaru adapts with them. Liking a subsistence existence as a young believer of her faith, she survives until she can find a trace of Yelena’s or Arc’s success in far off Poland.