PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Chili and Chocolate” (A different sort of SR campaign report)17 September, 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 Fourteen: Chili and Chocolate
Guest Starring: DD.
The trio is hired to help the small local “Chili Today, Hot Tamale” restaurant which is having trouble from the corporate Taco Tyrant chain. The evil TT manager is using every trick in the book to drive CT/HT out of business and is best cartoon fashion it keep escalating and Pink and company keep outwitting the TT thugs and tricks. Until finally the head of Taco Tyrant, the Tyrant himself Napoleon Nacho, comes down to see what is going on. He takes a wrong turn and his armored limo ends up breaking down outside CT/HT so while Pink and Glitter fix the limo, DD feed him CT/HT food and he breaks down and chies because it is “just like his mama used to make for him”. CT/HT is saved! Napoleon Nacho become a regular customer and TT becomes a little less tyrannical . . . for now.
The whole thing is happening next to an airport, so there are always (increasingly silly) planes and other aircraft taking off or landing in the background whenever the characters are outside.
What really happened:
We are hired by a real white bread dude to intercept and acquire a package passing through San Fran on its way somewhere South. Not a terribly easy snatch as it moves from absurdly secure airport to slightly less absurdly secure warehouse just outside the airport. So lots of scouting, lots of investigation follow. We cannot use flying drone anywhere near the airport (as they would be shot down by lasers) so one of our usual scouting tactics is out. BB starts making deliveries and handing out fliers in the warehouse park for Chili Today, Hot Tamale to establish a cover and scout the area out. Spark builds a rat drone (“Rat drones are the way of the future!”) to -hopefully- spot and scan the package as it is offloaded so we can know its dimensions. PinkCat hacks another company that uses the same delivery company and layers in a status request on the target package in a list of other tracking data from the company to confirm arrival times.
So, we have an idea where it is. What it looks like and how much it weighs. All we have to do, it get to it, open it, pull out the things inside and replace them with some wrapped junk that weighs almost the same. Easy peasy, right? So, BB gets a sidecar for her deliver motocycle, Sparky build a wheeled cart with a hidden compartment running up the back (that is lined to seal off RFID tags) and PinkCat . . .
PinkCat gets a whole bunch of band candy, mostly chocolate, and dresses up like a cheerleader from a local school, disguising herself to like like a relative of BB’s and they go in. BB schmoozes while PinkCat wanders around, selling candy (all of which are credited to the local school and cheerleader), she makes a beeline to the warehouse we know the package is in, noticing an exterminator’s truck nearby, and PinkCet gets stopped by a foreman! She needs to wear a hardhat if she is going inside. She jams the internal cameras long enough to cut open the package, switch it out for the junk and reseal it and then slip out of the warehouse just as alarm start going off! But they are not going off for us, we are hustled off the property as Knight Errant security encircles the “exterminator’s van”.
We get the package back safe and run it through a scanner, it is an aid kit for Shadowrunners, a high end sniper rifles, cyberdeck components, and other things not so easily identified. We look into our employer, he is a guard at a private prison. We debate about what to do but finally decide to hand it off as promised and to keep an eye on Mr Johnson as best we can. These three characters are pretty moral and do not want to cause more mayhem than necessary. So, we turn it over and try and keep tabs on the items via drones, including a rat drone, as the exchange is made at a storage facility and Mr Johnson drops it off in one of the units after we are gone. And that was where this episode ended.
Notes: PinkCat especially, but Sparky and BB too, are not typical Shadowrunners, as they think that people getting hurt is bad and to be avoided if at all possible. Violence usually means that something has gone terribly wrong.