PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Holiday Special” (A different sort of SR campaign report)27 December, 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 Seventeen: Holiday Special
Guest Starring: DD and introducing:
- Double-Up. A mole with a vague accent, well dressed and obviously ex-Corporate. Uses two high tech pistols. (A stand in for Double Tap, an Israeli ex-company man and shooter. Played by J3.)
The team is hired to locate a missing shipment of toys. After searching high and low through a Christmas and other Winter Holiday bedecked city, including encounters with representations of the various faiths and holidays represented, the team finally tracks the toys down to a warehouse owned by Leon South Import-Export and staffed by a squad of heavily armed penguins. The penguins had been stealing toys to corner the marked on several much in demand toys, intending to seal them at the last minute at a huge markup. The team sneaks in, with much comic disguise and fast talk, reprograms the companies trucks to return the toys and ride them out into the night with Moonshadow’s version of Sleigh Ride playing. Merry Christmas to all!
What really happened:
The team really was hired to find a pair of brothers, both orks, who had gone missing after a Halloween party by their mother. Not our usual things, but most of the team are softies and agree to help. While it was not our best skillset, we set to, hacking security footage, visiting the last place they were seen and so on. We find that the brothers vanished from a bar, in costume, in the company on a strange man wearing a top hat. He turned up later at a hospital and was transferred to a mental health clinic, BB and Double Tap, assisted by PinkCat, visited him there and found out that he certainly believed that the hat (or something in the hat) had been controlling him. The Top Hat had a partner, Red Suit, who wore a snazzy red three-piece suit with a major black belt and black Doc Martin boots and drove a red Lamborghini, which we asked out friends in the orkish racing gang about and it turns out it had been stolen from one of their members (who could not report it stolen as it had once been “three of four Lamborghinis”). We tracked down Top Hat to an abandoned warehouse, which he had also abandoned, but there we found items of clothing belong to children and a hacked Watchful Bear. Investigating we found that children had been going missing from the local area too, as it was a poor area, the police were not following up with much vigor. We contacted a magical specialist who said it was not Loa but some other sort of spirit involved.
After more investigation and hunting, tracking signals and reports, we finally tracked them to another abandoned warehouse (the SanFran area is full of them) where the two possessed brothers had a bunch of children in cages. Red Suit tossed a bunch of little attacking drone at us out of a bag while Top Hat used magical cold against us but between non-lethal bullets and martial arts we knocked them both out while PinkCat hacked and shut down the drones. We packed away the hat and suit, freed the children, programmed the stolen Lamborghini to return to its owner and then called the police to come and clean up (and return the kids, which we were not equipped for). We dropped the brothers off at a hospital and informed their mother of where to find them, turned the hat and clothes over to BB’s friend for disposal and then collected out payment for a job well done.
Notes: Top Hat and Red Suit were evil spirit versions of Frosty and Santa Claus that feed on the fear and despair of the kidnapped children. Happy Holidays, yeah?
Toys photo by I See Modern Britain and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Top hat photo by Minnesota Historical Society and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.