PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Bad Dogs” (A different sort of SR campaign report)25 January, 2017
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 Five: Bad Dogs
Guest Starring: Clawz, DD, Double Up and Tora
The School’s crosstown rivals, the Caninefornia Academy, have been getting more aggressive, starting fights and pulling mean pranks, as both are competing for the prestigious city school sports award. It turns out the Caninefornians are using drugs supplied by Hippogryph BioLabs, who sponsors the Academy teams, to increase their performance but it is also making them more aggressive and reckless. While the drugs are not technically cheating, they are unsporting, and the team makes plans to trick the Caninefornians into disqualifying themselves by going too far. The team lets it be known that they will be building a float for the big game at a “secret location”, which Tora lets slip, the Caninefornians break in and trash the vehicle that would be used for the base of the float . . . which turns out to be the Academy Headmaster’s new SUV. The worst of the Caninefornians are suspended and the use of ‘performance enhancers’ is stopped. The School wins the award and they invite the Caninefornians who played fair to join them at their victory party.
What really happened:
The team was contacted for a rush job meeting at Rosie’s Radioactive Shawarma where we are hired to penetrate a corporate compound and extract some information with a minimum of noise and no body count within 48-hours. The target was Griffin Biotechnology, their compound was isolated at the end of a road but we were given maps, accurate as of six months ago, and a liberated employee keycard. Their external security was provided by Knight Errant who patrolled the compound which was protected by a 4-meter high stone wall with concealed monowire along the top and active patrols.
After scouting and weighing various options, we decide on direct physical insertion of BB, Double Tap and Toru, Bladez hosts a high school kegger/rave in the woods outside, where there are some conviently abandoned buildings, to focus KE attention away from out team, Sparky runs the drones to neutralize the monowire while PinkCat does net overwatch and waits to hack. Crossing the wall and the compound works perfectly, the provided keycard get them into the building and right into a pair of security guards . . . Luckily, they are able to talk their way by and pass the keycard so they can all “swipe in” as requested.
Plugging in a link so that PinkCat could access the systems, the team made its way to the basement level, had to hardwire their way through a palm reader and siphoned the off the requested data. Getting out of the building was easy, shedding their disguises on the way, but halfway to the wall, they are spotted by one of the patrols with a dog, no, wait, it has glowing eyes and teeth. A barghest! Its howl chills them but does not stop them, they run like hell, Double Tap gets a pant leg torn off as he scrambles over the wall. PinkCat drops a DDS attack on the Griffin Biotechnology matrix site and routed through certain parts of the deep web and claims the raid for GreenWar as obviously a biotechnology company is bad for the planet. The team leaps in the van, brought around by Spark and Bladez, and gets back to the safety of San Fran. Our GreenWar cover story seemed to have worked and we were given full payment for the job.
Notes: Wow, it has been two months since our last NorCal game. We had pretty much the whole team this time and things were a bit confused due to having six players and starting late.
Cheerleaders photo by eagle102.net and used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license, building photo by William Murphy and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.