PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Thunderbirds and Lightning” (A different sort of SR campaign report)7 March, 2016
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 Nineteen: Thunderbirds and Lightning
Guest Starring: Clawz, DD and Double Up.
A thunderbird has nested near the top of a ridiculously tall tree near to the school and its presence is causing all sort of weird weather conditions and disrupting electronics. The school administration wants it chased off, the school’s Green Club want it protected and a sinister black van keeps dispensing teams of ninja to try and capture it. The team get involved after the corporate ninja get into a fight with the Green Club and hurt some of their friends. Clawz and Double Up keep the ninja occupied while Pink and Glitter built a climbing robot to help BB make it to the top of the absurdly tall tree, where she found a nest full of eggs! They then build a screen around the middle of the tree that will both keep people away and minimize the electronics disruption. The thunderbird tree is declared a protected nesting spot and the corporate ninja vanish is a cloud of blue smoke.
What really happened:
We are hired by one of our regular contacts to try and retrieve information on or a prototype of a new anti-drone device a local armaments company was working on. The compound the testing is taking place is out of is out of town and semi-isolated. The drones that our employer sent in were all destroyed but we had their footage up to that point and whatever was hitting them was taking them out instantly. Scouting of the compound, which takes up acres and the armament company uses for live fire tests, find that is has a pretty typical defensive setup, fence, razor wire, sensors, but nothing unusual that we could find. PinkCat decided that we needed to build a drone disguised as a endangered bird, to either lure our the anti-drone tech or give us more info on the interior of the compound. The plan works, sort of, the bird drone is attacked by an eagle that drop it just inside the compound before returning to its nest (also in the compound). BB poses as a member of the Sierra Club and talks her way into retrieving the drone by pretending that it is the endangered bird it appears to be. It is totally fried but now the team knows what to look for in the recording from the other drones, it looks like they were also attacked by something from above.
We make plans to capture the enhanced eagle, building a flying drone with an adhesive layer and counter shock that will deploy an airbag when its electronics are shorted out by the cybernetically enhanced eagle. Double Tap and Bladez will charge in on motorcycles to bag our prey and get out. Double Tap loads up with stick and shock rounds in case he need to subdue the eagle. The plan works perfectly except for one little hitch . . . it is a thunderbird, an electricity spitting (and eating) para-animal. The plan still works, just, but with more electrical burns and cursing than we had planned for. And we dump the still stuck thunderbird along with all of the data we gathered on our employer, collect our money and split, leaving him to decided what to do with the thunderbird. Success?
Notes: Big team for this game, five characters and players. Our GM was inspired by this news story.