PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Pirates of the Pacific (Coast)” (A different sort of SR campaign report)24 July, 2015
To understand what is going on here, you had best read the first PinkCat: Running in the Shade post, but short summary, this is a campaign report for our Shadowrun campaign set in NorCal through the filter of a cartoon made by one of the team members.
Episode Twelve: Pirates of the Pacific (Coast)
Guest Starring: Bladez, DD and Ichi-kun.
Pink and Company are hired to protect a ferry from coastal pirates let by Captain Ursa Major and her first mate, Ursa Minor, the pirates are a mix of classic pirate and Russian stereotypes with cyberware, brave, tough, roughly honorable, and mildly incompetent (as cartoon villains tend to be). The pirates are trying to retrieve a chest hidden on the ferry, to which (of course) they have a map. Initially, Ursa Major and Minor use increasingly absurd disguises (from tourists to police to nurses to clowns and so on) to try and sneak aboard and locate the chest only to be foiled. Finally, they are fed up and mobilize the whole pirate fleet. Meanwhile Pink and Glitter have found the chest and opened it. So when the pirates appear, they present it to Ursa Major and it contains a birthday cake to her from Minor. All is happy and a big party follows.
What really happened:
We were hired by a courier to retrieve his lost case that was taken from him while he was traveling on the CaliSol sea liner ferry. We grab tickets and hop the ferry on it way from SF to LA, hoping to track the case down before it is offloaded.
PinkCat and Sparky booked the same room as the courier, BB got a room on the same deck, Bladez got stuck in economy and Adam booked his own room. We split up to investigate, we had a tracker program in our comlinks that would ping if it got close enough to the case. PinkCat and SParky checked their cabin for chemical residue and bugs, as the courier said the case had been stolen from his room while he was unexpectedly deeply asleep, but found nothing. Bladez gets hassled by security on the car deck and we come to the realization that the security and crew, but not the staff that runs cleaning and concessions and such, are all Russians, and all big, no nonsense Russians at that.
PinkCat finally hacks the ship’s security files and finds that the case was never in the courier’s possession but instead was in another cabin he visited (which was occupied by a professor from Seattle) which was taken by two of the crew. After much discussion, PinkCat hacked the crew’s comlinks, installed the seach program on them and located the case in the Captain’s cabin. So, we waited until the ferry was almost at port, when the Captain would have to be in the bridge. BB and Adam staged a distraction (as passenger and cleaning staff) while Bladez and Sparky slipped into the secure area of the ship. All was going well, except that the Captain was still in his cabin, when a crewman went to see if he was alright, the crewman got almost decapitated by a ninja. Cut Bladez versus ninja fight, which totally did not work out for the ninja. They tossed the body into the cabin and liberated the case, PinkCat hacked the internal com to have the Captain drunkenly yell at the crew and we disembarked as quickly as possible, the case wrapped in signal blocking material.
Arriving at the meet, our employers is nowhere to be seen, instead there are several ‘gentlemen’ of the Yakuza persuasion waiting there. They pay us off, and we, not being foolish, accept and go on our way. Mission over, though with some unanswered questions.
Notes: Apparently our GM was not expecting us to try and find the case on the ship and had to adjust his scenario on the fly. I did not manage to get this done before our game last night, so I am still an episode behind. But I will not be able to catch up until after GenCon.
Previous episodes: Episode 4, Episodes 5 and 6, Episode 7, Episode 8 , Episode 9, Episode 10 and Episode 11. Apparently our GM was not expecting us to try and find the case on the ship and had to adjust his scenario on the fly.
Bear Prates photo by Anne-Lise Heinrichs and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Ferry photo by IRI5HJ4CK from Wikimedia Commons and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.