PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Hellpuppies” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

26 April, 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 Twenty: Hellpuppies

Guest Starring: Clawz and Double Up (cameo by DD).

It is just another day at school when one of the students (named Ben) sees an unattended puppy, he cases it off screen and then is a gout of flame and a comically soot blackened Ben staggers back into the frame.  Someone has dumped an unwanted litter of hell hound puppies near to school and they are causing all sort of comedic havoc.  Pink and Glitter set to work trying to round them up before they or someone else gets hurt, meanwhile the mean rich kids from the Upside Academy are trying to catch the puppies for their own nefarious ends.  Pink and Glitter do things like luring them with food or music which then get interrupted by mad mechanical contraptions from Upside Academy which then fail in some humorous way (usual with a push from Glitter, Pink or one of their friends).  In the end, the puppies are all rounded up and sent to a nature reserve where they can be watched by fireproofed drones.  Pink’s school gets a ribbon of thanks for their hard work protecting the animals and the Upside Academy gets a lot of burned thing to explain to their principle.

What really happened:

Big houndWe are hired by Bennie, dealer to the stars, whom DD put us in contact with,  to try and retrieve his pair of missing hellhounds which went missing chasing a intruder off his property.  Naturally, Bennie does not have the proper licenses for hellhounds so he needs them back before they get nabbed by the authorities or otherwise harmed.  The team swung into action, PinkCat crunching reports of odd animal sightings and unexplained fires, the rest of the team spread out and looked in the likely areas for the hellhounds to be hiding.  But a combination of diligence and luck, we track them down to the lowest level of a parking structure where the hellhound have made a den . . . because one of them in female and just gave birth to a litter of puppies.  Complication!  So PinkCat calls Bennie (starting the conversation with “You’ve been an irresponsible pet owner”) and negotiates for more money and a hellpuppy for Double Tap.

Using drones, a couple of which get eaten, the team tracks the movements of the hounds and once it is confirmed they are both in the den, we drop off a few kilos of actual ground meat laced with sleeping pills.  We wait and the Bladez and Double Tap go in armed with nonlethal weaponry (no pay unless they are alive).  Sadly, the sleeping pills were not enough and violence must be used.  The male hound goes down quickly but the female lights up Double Tap with its fiery breath and almost incinerates him!  A few more shot puts her down before she can burn anyone else.  We load them and the puppies into the (hastily fireproofed) back of the van and deliver hounds and puppies to Bennie and collect our money.  Afterward, PinkCat spends some time learning about the basics of parazoology.

Notes: Hellhounds are mad scary in Shadowrun, if they had gotten the drop on the team it would have been very bad.

Previous Episode 19 “Thunderbirds and Lightning.  Next Episode: 21 “2 Dye 4

Photo by Corrie Barklimore and used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


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