PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Field Trip” (A different sort of SR campaign report)26 November, 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 Four: Field Trip
Guest Starring: Clawz, DD and Tora
The whole school is going on a field trip to the coast, naturalism, survival skills and team building is on the schedule. Naturally, this leads to lots of inter-clique feuding with comic results. Clawz gets lost in the wood and briefly adopted by a wild bear. Glitter builds a drone to rescue fish and other sea creatures trapped in tide pools. DD get everyone to participate in a campfire sing along. Tora starts a prank war with the popular kids. While Pink just tries to keep the peace. On the last nigh, a big storm blows in and everyone has to work together to secure the huts they are staying in and they all end up as friends, singing songs by the glow lights as the storm howls outside.
What really happened:
The team is hired to watch over the teen-aged niece of Mister Lee, the niece is the child of Mr Lee’s sister whose husband is negotiating with the Yakuza over something and Mr Lee does not want his niece kidnapped. The school the niece attends is pretty secure, so we concentrate on watching over her during field trips, the first three of which were easy as they were just day trips in the city which we managed by shadowing and drone surveillance. Toru embarrassed herself in a dojo but managed to get close enough to clone our ward’s datalink so we could track her and her calls. PinkCat hacked the school system database and built identities for the team, four of the five being teenagers helped immensely, for the final big nature field trip of several days in a State Park on the coast. PinkCat and the others showed up a few times at the school they were going to be posing as being from so as to not be totally unknown to the others students there.
The field trip day came, BB posing as the teacher-chaperone, and everyone loaded up on buses. We were light on weaponry: Toru has a holdout pistol hidden in a stuffed zebra (the mascot of our school) and ceramic knives, Bladez has lots of ceramic knives, BB has a holdout pistol, PinkCat has a disassembled taser and Sparky has shock gloves. Only Toru and BB ended up in the same cabin as our ward, but we all did our best to keep eyes on her. PinkCat quickly subverted the local network and sensor grid, such as it was, to aid in that and Sparky had a few flying drones up for ‘weather experiments’ to help keep watch. But our ward and her crew still managed to slip away from the campfire, to indulge in some recreational chemicals, and she was almost snatched by a shadowing figure with a dart gun who Bladez managed to chase off.
The next, and final night at the camp, the big attack came. Luckily, we were expecting it. It started with a gas grenade lobbed into the cabin with our ward. Toru moved to guard her while BB tossed the grenade back out. Bladez intercepted two men heading for the cabin and brutally knifed one to death before getting into a more serious fight with the other one. PinkCat used her control of the camp network to turn on all the lights, disorienting everyone but the team who she had warned. Things went poorly for the kidnappers, Bladez winning his fight against the other attacker. BB and Sparky double teaming and disabling another. The last one got away with only a flesh wound from a pistol round.
PinkCat and Sparky had to do some forensic cleanup to keep Bladez from being arrested but mostly things ended will with a safe niece and us being paid.
Notes: This adventure played out over two sessions which is one of the reasons it has been so long since a PinkCat update.